Burning Permits Required April 1 Across Mainland Nova Scotia

first_imgAnyone on mainland Nova Scotia who wants to burn brush within 305 metres (1,000 feet) of the woods will require a provincial burning permit beginning Sunday, April 1. “We had less snow than usual in many parts of the province this winter, and that can put our forests at additional risk for spring fires,” said Natural Resources Minister David Morse. “With that in mind, we have put this safety measure in place a little earlier than usual in some counties.” The April 1 permit requirement does not apply in Cape Breton. Higher snowfall amounts in that area mean that property owners will not require their burning permits until April 15. Starting a fire without a permit can result in a fine of up to $500, six months in jail, or both. The fire season is expected to last provincewide until October. Landowners should also contact their municipal government office to see if any additional permits are required in their region. More information on provincial burning permits is available at local Department of Natural Resources offices. Forest fires can be reported by calling 911 or toll-free at 1-800-565-2224.last_img read more

Prince William Announces Taskforce To Tackle Illegal Wildlife Trade

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge gave a passionate speech about the illegal wildlife trade at the World Bank in Washington DC earlier this week.During the speech, the Duke announced that a taskforce, chaired by former Foreign Secretary William Hague, would be established to examine the transport industry’s role in the illegal wildlife trade and identify ways “the sector can break the chain between suppliers and consumers”.“The task force will bring together key partners and representatives of the transport sector, underpinned by expert legal advice,” he said. “It will draw together existing evidence and information about the illegal wildlife trade, identify gaps in knowledge, and commission research to plug those gaps.“The taskforce will call on companies to implement a “zero tolerance” policy towards the trade. Criminals are able to exploit weak and corrupt standards, so we must raise those standards, collectively.“I am delighted that William Hague, the former British Foreign Secretary and chair of the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade held earlier this year, is here today and has agreed to chair an international taskforce.“Within a year, the taskforce will work with the transport industry to develop recommendations for how it can play its part in shutting down wildlife trafficking trade routes; with the sole intention that the implementation of these recommendations will lead to a tangible and significant reduction in the illegal wildlife trade.“Cooperation is our greatest weapon against the poachers and traffickers who rely on evading individual national initiatives. By taking a truly international approach, we can get one step ahead of them.“Our collective goal must be to reduce the wildlife trade by making it harder: denying traffickers access to transportation, putting up barriers to their illegal activities, and holding people accountable for their actions. Those who look the other way, or spend the illicit proceeds of these crimes, must be held to account.“Some people may say that this is an impossibly difficult task. It is true that like any organized crime, the illegal wildlife trade is a many-headed hydra. Tackling it will be a complex challenge.”To read the full speech, click here.last_img read more

Toronto standup comedians petition launches battle for shot at government grants

first_img Twitter Comedian Sandra Battaglini, seen here in her recent appearance on Comedy Network’s JFL All Access, has launched a petition through her local MP to declare standup comedy to be an art form, and hence eligible for grants from arts funding agencies such as the Canada Council. (PIERRE CREPO / BELL MEDIA PHOTO) Advertisement What’s the difference between a one-person stage play and a standup comedian’s performance?The first one is eligible for various types of government funding while the latter is not, which is a sad punchline to several of this country’s comedians. It has long been the case that various arts institutions across the land don’t recognize standup comedy under the umbrella of performing arts, which has left many comics fuming about what they see is an unfair distinction between types of performances. Canadian comedians are getting organized to try and change it.Locally based comedian Sandra Battaglini has started an Parliamentary e-petition, a government-sponsored program which ensures an official government response provided the document gets at least 500 signatures. The petition started last week and already has over 2,000 signatures. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img “I just thought this is the standup industry, we don’t have anything. This just seemed like this was something that could give comics a bit of relief, because so many comics are living below the poverty line, and it is one of the greatest legacies of our country and nobody talks about it,” says Battaglini. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Casino indictment dismissed against Akwesasne man who became fugitive to be with

first_img(Ieweras, whose name means “she helps bring the thunder and lightning,” died on June 4. Facebook photo)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA U.S. federal judge dismissed an indictment this week against an Akwesasne man who became a fugitive to be with his dying daughter.James Gray was one of five men indicted in 2012 by federal authorities for allegedly operating a casino illegally on the U.S. side of Akwesasne. Gray was wanted on a federal warrant.  He fled Akwesasne following the indictment to be with his 16 year-old daughter Ieweras Gray who was undergoing treatment for leukemia in Ottawa.Ieweras, whose name means “she helps bring the thunder and lightning,” died on June 4.Three of the five men named in the indictment were found not guilty by a jury this past December following a six-week trial in Albany, NY.Gray was recently in Akwesasne to bring his daughter’s ashes back to the community for the funeral ceremony held at the Kanienkehaka Kaianerehkowa Kanonhsesne longhouse. Her ashes will be spread out over the Pacific Ocean off the California coast.James Gray. Photo courtesy of Charles KaderU.S. federal Judge Thomas McAvoy this week granted a request filed by U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian to dismiss the indictment against Gray and another man, Anthony Laughing. Laughing was set to be retried after falling ill during the initial trial. At one point, he was taken from the courtroom with chest pains.Hartunian said the motion to dismiss was made “after considering all of the circumstances of this case and in the interest of justice,” according to court documents.U.S. authorities, including Homeland Security, with the help of the St. Regis Mohawk tribal police, raided the Three Feathers Casino in December 2012. The raid followed an investigation that included the use of undercover officers who visited the casino with hidden cameras.Thomas Square, one of the indicted men, spent nearly 11 months in jail before the trial because he refused to submit to the authority of the U.S. court system.In the end, the jury acquitted Square and Roger Jock, who are both from Akwesasne, along with Joseph Hight of Georgia.The prosecutor’s case took up most of the trial time, while the defence rested its case after one day.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Fatima Zahra El Hor Crowned Miss Morocco

Rabat – Fatima Zahra El Hor, 23, was crowned on Saturday night in Tangier, Miss Morocco 2015, as part of the 2nd edition of the national beauty pageant Miss Morocco, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Following a competition that put 27 contenders vying for the title Miss Morocco, selected from 1,500 applicants, Fatima Zahra El Hor, a Master student of “Business Law and Taxation in Marrakech”, managed to win the title of Morocco’s beauty queen.Fatima conquered the heart of the jury and the audience with her physical beauty but also with her intellectual abilities, her communication skills. The title of the first runner went to Tangiers’ Kawtar Benserghi, while those of the second and third runners were won respectively by Hafsa from Meknes and Feryal Ziani from Tetoua.Morocco’s beauty queen will work for a social cause and contribute during the coming year to defend this issue within the Kingdom and abroad, according to the organizers. While respecting Moroccan traditions, this competition “seeks to promote the fundamental values of a Morocco open to the world.”Out of respect of the country’s traditions, the beauty pageant did include a swimsuit competition.Fatima Zahra El Hor said she was “very happy and excited” by this recognition.She went ton expressed “her full readiness to work for the promotion of the situation of Moroccan women and for humanitarian causes,” according to MAP.The 27 candidates received since early May an intensive apprenticeship to prepare for the final, under the supervision of a team of coaches and professionals in the fields of choreography, communication and personal development.The ceremony was saw the attendance of Moroccan and international personalities, including Miss England 2014, Carina Tyrrell, who came to discover Morocco’s beauty, traditions and culture.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

Finance Ministry to impose 100 tax on imported big onions

The Finance Ministry is to impose a 100 % tax on imported big onions.The tax is to be imposed following a directive from President Maithripala Sirisena, the Government information department said. The President issued the directive after taking note of the problems faced by local big onion farmers when selling their crops. (Colombo Gazette)

Dwight Howard Admits His Conditioning Has Cost the Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard has not looked like the explosive player he was during his time with the Orlando Magic. Howard admitted that his lack of energy and problems with conditioning have cost the Lakers some games.“You’ve got to have energy and I want to bring that energy every night,” Howard told ESPNLA.com Saturday. “That’s my job. They count on me to be that guy. I know how much more effective I will be when I’m in better shape. And, unfortunately, it’s cost us a lot of games.”Howard acknowledged that he is “not even close” to where he wants to be, but said his conditioning has steadily improved throughout the season after back surgery this summer.“I knew that would be a process. The better shape I’m in, the more active I can be and the more I’m able to do on the floor,” he said. “But it was a struggle at first because I just didn’t have it in the tank, especially on defense.”Howard, who is three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, was forced to take off six months from basketball after surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back last spring. He didn’t return to physical activity until just before the Lakers training camp in October.Howard went on to add that it has been hard to get into shape during the rigorous season and traveling with the team. But he said that he is doing everything he can do to pace himself to get into shape so he can be an offensive and defensive problem for their opponents.“That comes with time,” he said. “But I’m not going to get discouraged. Once I get tired, I’m going to ask for a blow, take a break, then get back out there and go hard again.”The Lakers’ front court is currently suffering with injuries to Jordan Hill and Pau Gasol. Hill is out for the remainder of the season with a hip injury and Gasol is out for at least another month with a foot injury.“There’s no subs so until I get in great shape, some times I have to make sure I don’t risk a dumb foul because I’m out of shape or fatigued,” he said. “I usually can play 45-48 minutes without getting tired. Now after five possessions I’m winded. But all that stuff will come.”Howard promised that if the Lakers continue to play the way they are, then he will be in “pretty good shape” in time for the playoffs, if they make the playoffs.Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni has taken notice in Howard’s improvement in his conditioning, which has allowed him to run and execute the pick-and-roll-based offense more effectively.“But now he’s getting in a little bit better shape; he’s getting a better relationship with Steve (Nash) on the pick and roll,” D’Antoni said of Howard. “Now he understands that he can be in every play. We want him in every play and will be big factor in them.”Howard’s play has picked up as his conditioning has progressed. He has had two double-doubles in the last two games. He had 24 points and 12 rebounds in Wednesday’s win over the Boston Celtics and 19 points and 16 rebounds in Friday’s win over the Portland Trail Blazers.Howard will have a chance to continue the double-double streak as they take on the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday and try to inch their way into the playoffs. read more

Ecigarettes are creating a generation of nicotine addicts top scientists warn

E-cigarettes are creating a generation of nicotine addicts, top scientists warn, as they accuse Public Health England of “walking around with blinders on”.   E-cigarettes are hotly debated by health experts, with some viewing them as an effective quit smoking device while others are concerned that they have become a popular accessory for young people. Teenagers are at particular risk from vaping due to the effects of nicotine on brain development, one leading academic in the field has said. The scientists’ intervention come as the head of Britain’s biggest quit smoking clinic says that children as young as 14 are now seeking help treatment for addiction to vaping. PHE has thrown its weight behind… read more

Google Cr48 seen running Android

first_imgGoogle’s first foray into laptop hardware is proving a big hit with developers. Although the Cr-48 was just intended to run an early version of Chrome OS, it hasn’t stopped hackers putting other operating systems on the machine.So far we’ve seen Windows 7, Mac OS X, and Ubuntu loaded on to the hardware. But today we found out Android also works.AdChoices广告Liam McLoughin, otherwise known as Hexxeh, is a very active developer who was lucky enough to receive a Cr-48. He posted a picture via his Twitter account showing the laptop running a version of Android. We don’t know specifically which version, but would like to think it’s the latest.Hexxeh has also been developing an “any OS” installer for the Cr-48 called Luigi. So far it handles Windows 7, OS X, and Ubuntu, but now he’s got Android running it will probably become part of Luigi too. Luigi is desirable as it offers a very simple way of flashing the Cr-48 firmware, which is otherwise quite an involved task depending on the OS you want to load.Although Hexxeh hasn’t officially released the files allowing for an Android install on the Cr-48, Twitter use coggy9 found them and got Android running on his own Cr-48 proving it really does work.Read more at Chrome OS Site, via NeowinMatthew’s OpinionI realize that the Cr-48 is just an experiment for Google, but I am liking the fact it is completely open for hacking. When Luigi gets released Cr-48 owners will be able to have a boot menu for all the major operating systems available to use. How many developers would benefit from such a setup? How many consumers would appreciate being able to buy one piece of hardware and switch between different environments on it?I think it would be quite popular with consumers, but companies like Apple would clearly have an issue with Mac OS running on anything other than Mac hardware.There’s still a few operating systems to go before the Cr-48 can really be called the universal laptop. As well as the many different distributions of Linux, there’s also MeeGo and older versions of Windows. Is there anything else you’d like to see running?last_img read more

Nintendo Will Show Switch Launch Games on January 13

first_img Nintendo has announced that it will air a special Treehouse Live event on January 13 that will give viewers an in-depth look at the launch games for the Nintendo Switch. The stream will begin at 9:30 am EST on the company’s Twitch and YouTube channels.As you may know, Nintendo will have a Switch-centric Nintendo Direct on January 12. During that time, it is expected that we’ll learn more about the Switch’s hardware capabilities, its price, accessories, and its exactly launch date. It is also expect that games will be announced during this Nintendo Direct, but it appears that the Treehouse Live stream will go more in-depth about these titles.Join us at 9:30AM EST on 1/13 for Treehouse Live and an in-depth look at upcoming games featured in the Nintendo Switch Presentation. pic.twitter.com/0OMGtCJLW9— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 5, 2017We don’t know for sure what games will be shown during the stream, but it would be reasonable to assume that one of them will be the highly anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. During the Switch reveal trailer, we also saw brief glimpses of games like Splatoon and a new Super Mario Bros. We’ll hopefully see what those games (and others) are all about during the Treehouse event.Nintendo will be bringing the Switch to the people to get the word out about its upcoming console/handheld hybrid. The Switch Preview Tour starts on January 13 in New York City and will come to several other big cities across North America. Folks will also get a chance to try out the Switch at PAX South, PAX East, and at SXSW. You can read more details about the tour here.Nintendo appears to be cutting it close when it comes to advertising the Switch before its reported March launch. It is unclear why the company waited until the proverbial last minute to show off the system, but I guess we should be happy that months of rumors and speculation will soon come to an end. At least, we can hope that will be the case.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on targetlast_img read more

We deserved more – Wagner

first_imgHuddersfield Town manager David Wagner believes his team deserved at least a point from their game against Liverpool.The Terriers lost 1-0 to the Reds on home soil and Wagner argued a first-half handball in the box by Milner could have given his side a chance to score their first home goal in the Premier League this season.“This handball situation was a huge situation and I don’t understand why it wasn’t a penalty,” he said, according to Herald.“I haven’t spoken to the referee.”“It was a clear handball and the ball changed direction because of this handball and Laurent Depoitre couldn’t receive the ball. It is handball. That could easily decide the direction of the match.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Huddersfield striker Steve Mounie missed the game’s best second-half chance in the 82nd minute, leaving the Terriers goalless in their last seven home league games, a new club record.Despite putting up a good fight against Liverpool, Huddersfield defender Chris Lowe cut a dejected figure afterward.“It gives us a bit of confidence if we see that we can give them a real fight and play really well against such a team,” Lowe said.“But the most important thing is to get the first win and get some points on the board.”“We’ve played some good games in the past few weeks, but in the end, we are here after the game with nothing in our hands and that is the most important thing.”last_img read more

300000 Students To Benefit From School Feeding Project

first_img Recommended for you Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Sept. 10 (JIS): Over 300,000 students are expected to benefit from an integrated school feeding project, to be implemented by the Government. Titled: ‘Strengthening of School Feeding Programmes in the Framework of Latin America and the Caribbean without Hunger 2025 Initiative’, the project involves collaboration among the Ministries of Health; Agriculture and Fisheries; and Education.It aims to strengthen the Government’s existing school feeding programme by, among other things: ensuring adequate nutrition for students through increased access to affordable nutritious, safe, and quality foods in schools; and establishing and maintaining a comprehensive school feeding national policy, plan, and legislation.This integrated school feeding project model has recorded significant success in Brazil, where it has been undertaken over the past 50 years. Brazil’s government, along with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), are partnering with Jamaica to implement the initiative, for which a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing the arrangement, is to be signed by the major stakeholders.At the launch on Tuesday (September 9), at the Planning Institute of Jamaica’s (PIOJ) New Kingston offices, Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, said its implementation will ensure that children, particularly at the early childhood level, have access to adequate nutritious meals each day, thereby fortifying their development.“We know that in that first 1,000 days (of a child’s life), and beyond, to perhaps grade eight, is the time of brain formation, or personality development, when nutrition plays a tremendously important role,” he said. He stated that the “knowledge… of the Brazil model of school feeding will be of inestimable opportunity for us in Jamaica. This is exactly the kind of cooperation we need for Jamaica, and I trust that the information that will be purveyed, will not only be a fillip to the local economy, but, also, be a tremendous strength to the process of education.” In his remarks, Acting Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, said the initiative is integral to “our holistic drive for the National Food Security and Nutrition Programme.”“If we wish to have a nation that is healthy, then we must ensure that our young children are properly fed and, from the earliest stages, be involved in pursuing a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, our educational, health, and agricultural policies and programmes must be crafted and implemented in such a way as to enhance convergence and collaboration to ensure the best outcomes,” he stated.“It is for this reason that the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is fully committed to ensuring the supply of more nutritious and locally grown foods throughout the nation, specifically in the school feeding programme,” Mr. Kellier assured.Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, gave the Ministry’s commitment to playing its part to achieve the goals that have been outlined in the (project) MoU.”In his remarks, FAO’s representatives to Jamaica, Belize, and the Bahamas,Dr. Jerome Thomas, said that school feeding programmes are important in promoting food and nutrition security in countries where they exist.“They also impact on the implementation of public policies for the achievement of the right to food. For these reasons, school feeding programmes are, therefore, recommended as one of the major strategies for addressing long-term sustainable development,” he added.PIOJ Director General, Colin Bullock, said the project represents an important partnership between regional governments and the Government of Brazil, supported by the FAO, while Charge d’Affaires at the Brazilian Embassy in Jamaica, Alfonso Nery, said his Government welcomes the opportunity to share the key components of its school feeding programme with Jamaica.Key among the project’s initial engagements is a two-day workshop, being conducted by visiting Brazilian school feeding experts, for 45 participants from several government ministries, departments, and agencies, at the PIOJ, which commenced on September 8.The workshop’s participants also include representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Lucia, where similar programmes are slated for implementation. Following the workshop, the participants will receive additional training, which will run until December 16.Brazil boasts one of the world’s most successful school feeding programmes in the world. Managed by the National Fund for Educational Development (FNDE), Brazil’s programme currently provides nutritious food to more than 45 million children across the South American nation, through integrated public policy development and implementation with other government sectors. Brazil’s involvement in Jamaica’s project forms part of the Government’s commitment to South-South cooperation, particularly with Caribbean countries. Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, jamaica, school feeding program Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaicalast_img read more

2010 Folio Award Winners Announced

first_imgClick here to view the complete list of Eddie Awards winners. [pdf] Click here to view the complete list of Ozzie Awards winners. [pdf] The winners of the 2010 Folio: Awards, the largest competition for magazines, were announced today to a sold-out audience at Sentry Center in New York City. Folio:’s Eddie and Ozzie awards recognize the best in editorial and design excellence.last_img

16 teams depart Kobuk 440 start in Kotzebue

first_imgA snow-encrusted sled dog in Ambler during the 2015 Kobuk 440. (Photo: Francesca Fenzi, KNOM)Sixteen dog teams took off from Kotzebue this afternoon at the start of the 2018 Kobuk 440. Leading the pack across the sea ice was this year’s Iditarod Rookie of the Year, Jessie HolmesListen nowOther big names in this year’s race include Hugh Neff and French-born musher Nicolas Petit. Petit finished second in this year’s Iditarod, with many of the same dogs he left with today. He was candid about his goal for the 2018 Kobuk.“I wouldn’t mind winning again,” Petit said.Missing from the starting line was Kotzebue’s own Katherine Keith. She withdrew from the race just two days ago. But two of her handlers are competing with dogs from the kennel she runs with her husband, Iditarod champion John Baker.“This is the first time that we have ever raced, and it’s a long race,” rookie Maja Bernhoff said. “So for sure we’re going to stick together as much as possible, you know?”Bernhoff and her best friend, Julie Flotlien, moved to Kotzebue from Norway to handle for Team Baker Kennel. They’re hoping to run their first ever race side-by-side.Bernhoff explained her team includes a mix of veteran dogs, who raced with Keith on this Iditarod, and yearlings who are getting their first taste of competition. The idea, she says, is for the young dogs to watch and learn from the more experienced ones.As for a strategy for herself and Flotlien, Bernhoff says, “Oh we haven’t planned that at all …take it as it comes.”The Norwegian rookie says they’re both just thrilled to be there.As much as he’s hoping for a win, Petit echoed Bernhoff’s sentiments. He says what he’s looking forward to most is the journey.“The beautiful scenery and the nice people everywhere,” Petit said.Sixteen mushers left just after 12:30 Thursday afternoon, although 17 were originally registered. They’ll race the more than 200 miles to Kobuk and then back to Kotzebue, with the first finisher expected to arrive Sunday morning.last_img read more

The Smithsonian Will Premier 4 New Space Documentaries in March and April

first_img Hubble Space Telescope Captures Star’s Eerie Gaseous GlowElon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over Twitter We’ve had a lot of major wins for space flight recently, including but certainly not limited to the monstrous Falcon Heavy launch last month. In an apparent nod to the endless march of astral discovery, the Smithsonian Channel will be airing two pairs of back-to-back documentaries in March and April. The first of which, “Billionaire Space Club” is about exactly the people you think it is.Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and Jeff Bezos all feature prominently, as the film looks at the big push the private sector of space flight has seen thanks, in large part, to billionaire visionaries. The film probably won’t be looking at the seedy things these folks did to make their stacks, but I digress.  Brian Cox hosts the premier, which will run March 25 8 pm EDT and PDT.After that, at 9, comes “Earth from out Space.” Focused on how our planet looks like to those whipping around above, it shows off the many changes we’ve made to our planet over the past few decades. For years the adage that something can be seen from space was held as a statement of monumentality. But, as Smithsonian Channel’s mini-doc explains, there are countless ways that we’ve been tweaking our planet that we may (or may not) be aware of.The week after, the Smithsonian will air “Finding Life in Outer Space” on (hyuk-hyuk) April 1 at 8 pm EDT and PDT. This documentary focuses on the extremes of life on our own planet, and understanding how so many different forms of it can survive in so many inhospitable environments — as well as what that may tell us about how to find life elsewhere.Finally, at 9, the late Stephen Hawking hosts “Leaving Earth: Or How to Colonize a Planet,” wherein he lays out why he believes humans must move off of earth and begin colonizing space in the next 100 years. It’s not quite clear, but with this morning’s news that Professor Hawking has passed, this may be one of his last official appearances, so be sure to catch it if you can. Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Linguists to rethink reason for short words

first_img A link between the length of words and how frequently they are used was first proposed in 1935 by George Kingsley Zipf, a Harvard University linguist and philologist. Zipf’s idea was that people would tend to shorten words they used often, to save time in writing and speaking. The relationship seems intuitive and it seems to apply to many languages with short words such as “the”, “a”, “to”, “and”, “so” (and equivalents in other languages) being frequently used. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), led by Steven Piantadosi, tested the Zipf relationship by analysing word use in 11 European languages. They analyzed digitized texts for correlations between words by counting how often all pairs of words occurred in sequence. This information was then used to estimate the probability of words occurring after given previous words or sequences of words. They made the assumption that the more predictable a word is, the less information it conveys, and estimated the information content from information theory, which says the information content is proportional to the negative logarithm of the probability of a word occurring.Piantadosi said if the word length is directly related to information content this would make the transmission of information through language more efficient and also make speech and written texts easier to understand. This is because shorter words, carrying less information, would be scattered through the speech, essentially “smoothing out” the information density and delivering the important information at a steady rate.The studies suggest that the short words are in fact the least informative and most predictable words rather than the most often used, and that word length is more closely related to the information the words contain.The paper is soon to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Steven Piantadosi belongs to the PhD program with MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. As long as original version still available, tweaking Twain is OK, professor says Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Linguists to re-think reason for short words (2011, January 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-linguists-re-think-short-words.htmlcenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — Linguists have thought for many years the length of words is related to the frequency of use, with short words used more often than long ones. Now researchers in the US have shown the length is more closely related to the amount of information the words carry than their frequency of use. More information: Piantadosi, S. T., et al. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2011). PNAS paper will appear online at dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1012551108 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Acting up on city stage

first_imgFigure theatre or puppet theatre as it is commonly known in Europe has been quite popular in Japan as object theatre. This figure art is now coming to five major cities in India and is being brought by the Japan Foundation. The Noriyuki Sawa Puppet Theatre India Tour 2012 will showcase performances on Japanese folktales. Object theatre is a  new form of theatre where people and puppets perform together on stage with equal stage presence.  Noriyuki Sawa is a contemporary puppet theatre performer who studied figure theatre at the Czech national Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and  continued to perform in collaboration with numerous leading theatres such as DRAK from his base in the Czech Republic. Some of the performances that will be enacted in the Capital includes The Legend of Forest, Star, Fish, Sky and seed. So we say its time for the Capital to gear up for a new kind of theatre.DETAILAt: Chinmaya Mission, Lodhi Road When: 10 and 11December Timings: 6.30 pmlast_img read more

Cinnamon helps to cool stomach

first_imgCinnamon just not enhances taste but significantly contributes in improving health by cooling the body by up to two degrees, according to research. The research published in the journal Scientific Reports said that the investigators used pigs for the study and found that cinnamon maintained the integrity of the stomach wall.“When pigs feed at room temperature, carbon dioxide (CO2) gas increases in their stomach. Cinnamon in their food reduces this gas by decreasing the secretion of gastric acid and pepsin from the stomach walls, which in turn cools the pigs’ stomachs during digestion,” said Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh, Professor at the RMIT’s School of Engineering. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe researchers have developed swallowable gas sensor capsules or smart pills which the by-product of digestion and could provide valuable insights into the functioning and health of the gut.“Our experiments with pigs and cinnamon show how swallowable gas sensor capsules can help provide new physiological information that will improve our understanding of diet or medicine. They are a highly reliable device for monitoring and diagnosing gastrointestinal disorders,” Kalantar-zadeh added.last_img read more

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News | April 06, 2010 New Businesses Spin Off of Healthcare Reform News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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April 6, 2010 – Once healthcare reform goes into effect, radiology information systems (RIS) may be a good model for showing other departments in hospitals how to streamline workflow, indicated Christopher McCord, principal at Healthcare Growth Partners.A panel that met last week at Health Technology Investment Forum concluded new business models will emerge as a result of regulatory changes in healthcare reform law. With approximately 32 million uninsured people required to purchase health insurance under the new law, patients can expect long wait times for service in emergency departments and for appointments, as experienced in Massachusetts since it adopted statewide health coverage.According to McCord, new business models that address scheduling throughput, efficiency in patient flow, and over-use will likely thrive. He also indicated the care and use management space as seen in radiology is a good example of how to providing the most effective best practices.Also, look to consumer devices, such as personal digital assistants (PDAs) and the iPhone, which enable consumers to access healthcare information, as consumers assume the role of their own healthcare advocates.For more information: www.ihealthtran.com/healthtechforum and www.healthcaregrowth.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more last_img read more

MTA – mentoring for Success

first_imgMTA – mentoring for SuccessMTA – mentoring for SuccessProviding those consultants considering the move to a home-based model with a further compelling reason to choose MTA – Mobile Travel Agents, the company has once again forged ahead of the pack with the launch of its latest ground-breaking innovation – ‘MTA mentoring for Success’.Developed inhouse and spread over a 12-month period, the ‘MTA Mentoring for Success’ program has been designed to support the professional development of MTA Advisors via peer knowledge sharing supported by a professional framework helping each other deepen their already considerable skills to enhance their effectiveness and knowledge.The year-long program is supported by an induction workshop, online learning courses and 12 monthly meetings with mentor and mentee ‘pairings’ based on mentee’s development requirements and the skills of mentor.Launching the new program MTA CEO, Don Beattie said the initiative was really a build on something that has been taking place informally ever since the company was founded by co-managing directors Karen and Roy Merricks in 1999.“MTA has always cultivated a family feel since day one and it’s not unusual for our more experienced Advisors, some of whom have been with us since day one, to step in and lend a hand, offering an insight or advice to those wishing to expand their expertise,” Mr Beattie said.“Right path mentoring offers an incredibly valuable and effective development opportunity.“This MTA mentoring for Success program builds on MTA’s credentials as a learning organisation which also features the ‘MTA Professional Plus’ and professional development programs that are already part of the MTA family culture of support for its Advisors.”Source = MTA – Mobile Travel Agentslast_img read more