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Bengal is No 2 in ease of doing business Centre

first_imgKolkata: According to a survey conducted by the Centre, Bengal has ranked second only after Gujarat in the ease of doing business. Rajasthan and Haryana jointly occupy the third spot. Bengal had ranked 10th in 2018.The Centre will check the financial reforms that have been carried out by the Bengal government in the past few years. The senior officials, however, are confident that the Centre will not be able to spot any discrepancies in the claims made by the state government. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe Centre is giving special importance to the rank given by the World Bank in terms of foreign investment. In 2015, India’s rank was 142 while in the next three years it got elevated to the ranks of 130, 100 and 77 respectively. The Centre wants India to occupy its position among the first 50 countries and with the improvement in position, the possibility of foreign investment in India will also shoot up. To reach the achievement it is mandatory for the states to perform well and improve their business investments. The Centre has decided to hold competitions among the states in terms of possible investment destinations. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayInitially, it had fixed the last date for the evaluation of the states to be March 31, 2019, but later, it was extended to August 14. It was learnt that the Centre has expressed satisfaction over the Bengal government’s initiative to bring about administrative transparency and e-governance. It may be mentioned that after coming to power in 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced a slew of measures to improve the investment scenario in Bengal which included the banning of industrial strikes and protests. This resulted in bringing loss of man-days to zero. The state government also set up a land bank from where industrialists can buy plots at market price. The improved law and order situation has also helped to woo the investors. The state government has constructed two convention centres at New Town and in the coastal town of Digha. The Biswa Bangla Convention Centre in New Town is the biggest of its kind in the country. The Dighashree Bengal International Convention Centre was inaugurated by Mamata Banerjee last week. The state government holds the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) to woo investors all over the world. The next edition of the BGBS will be held in 2021. Bengal is coming up as a major IT hub in the country. The state government has allotted 200 acres of land at New Town where IT parks will come up. Infosys has already started construction of its office complex on 50 acres of land and Wipro is also coming soon. At the Bantala Leather Complex, the tannery units are likely to generate jobs for 6 lakh people. The MSME industries have given a major boost to the state’s economy. Along with industry, the state government has also laid considerable emphasis on horticulture, floriculture and fish culture to help the rural folk become financially strong.last_img read more

Video Travelers at Tangier Med Port Stuck in Traffic for 24

Rabat- Moroccan summer vacationers leaving Morocco from Tangier Med Port have been stuck in a 10-kilometer-long traffic jam.Moroccan expats returning to their homes in Europe have been waiting for more than 24 hours to board ferries to Europe through Tangier Med Port, due to the high number of travelers heading home at the same time.Video of the traffic jam which have been circulating social media show long lines of vehicles on the road leading to the port. Some travelers can be seen waiting outside of their cars.  On Wednesday, 53,200 travelers left Morocco from Tangier Med Port, the highest single-day number since Operation “Marhaba” launched, according to the secretary of state to the minister of equipment, transport, logistics, and water, Najib Boulif.Boulif’s prediction that “the registered number of travelers on Thursday will most likely” be as high as that of Wednesday has come to life.Tangier Port authorities expect that the high volume would continue through the upcoming days until September 15, the last day of Operation Marhaba, which began on June 5 to welcome home Moroccans living abroad.In a Facebook statement, Boulif apologized to travelers for the ordeal, saying that Morocco and Spain are working together to find solutions to the situation, considering adding another ship to the ferry route to reduce overcrowdedness.Meanwhile, Tangier Port authorities warned passengers that the waiting period before boarding ferries may exceed ten hours. They invited travelers to postpone their trips until after September 15 to avoid the traffic jam.According to Tangier Med Port Authority, a total of 842,698 passengers entered Morocco through Tangier Med from June to August. During the same period, 371,861 passengers, 118,579 vehicles, and 1,695 buses left Morocco through the same port which is a veritable gateway to Africa and Europe. read more

Brothel raided in Colpetty three Chinese arrested

The police have raided a brothel operating in Colpetty and arrested three Chinese Nationals, the police media unit said today.Following information received by the police on the brothel operating along School Lane in Colpetty, a police team raided the brothel and made the arrest. The police said that the manager of the brothel, a Chinese woman and two other Chinese women who were engaged in the sex trade were arrested.All three Chinese Nationals are to be produced before the Fort Magistrate. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Twice as many girls as boys will never start school – UNESCO

In the run-up to International Women’s Day on 8 March, the UNESCO eAtlas of Gender Inequality in Education shows that girls are still the first to be denied the right to education despite all the efforts and progress made over the past 20 years. “We will never achieve any of the Sustainable Development Goals without overcoming the discrimination and poverty that stunt the lives of girls and women from one generation to the next,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in a press release. “We must work at all levels, from grassroots to global leaders, to put equity and inclusion at the heart of every policy so that all girls, whatever their circumstances, go to school, stay in school and become empowered citizens,” she added. Gender disparities remain highest in the Arab States, sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia. Across sub-Saharan Africa, 9.5 million girls will never set foot in a classroom compared to five million boys, according to UIS data. In total, more than 30 million children aged of six to 11 are out of school across the region. Some will start at a later age, but many more will remain entirely excluded with girls facing the biggest barriers. The gender gap is even wider in South and West Asia, where 80 per cent of out of schoolgirls will never enter formal education compared to 16 per cent of out-of-school boys. This affects about four million girls compared to less than one million boys. Girls form the majority of the millions of children excluded from school in the Arab States, although precise estimates are impossible to produce due to conflicts in the region. The eAtlas of Gender Inequalities in Education shows gender gaps from primary to tertiary education using the latest available data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. With about 100 interactive maps and charts, the eAtlas shows the educational pathways of girls and boys in more than 200 countries and territories. “We clearly see where the injustices begin and how they accumulate through the lives of the most marginalized girls and women,” said Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. “But the data also show that girls who do manage to start primary school and make the transition to secondary education tend to outperform boys and continue their studies.” The UIS produces annual data on the number of out-of-school children and estimates concerning their likelihood to start school in the future. UNESCO is highlighting the importance of noting that the numbers of girls and boys likely to remain excluded from education can vary considerably from one year to the next due to fluctuations in population estimates. read more

Womens Hockey Ohio State loses one and ties another in weekend series

Ohio State freshman forward Samantha Bouley skates toward the puck against Minnesota in Minneapolis on Jan. 21. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s hockey team split a two-game series with No. 4 Minnesota (17-5-3, 12-4-3) in Minneapolis this weekend, losing the first game 2-1 and tying the second 1-1,  ending in a 2-1 shootout victory. Saturday’s game marked the first time OSU has earned points against the Golden Gophers since Jan. 11, 2015. The Buckeyes moved to 11-12-3 overall and 5-12-3 in conference.On Friday night, Ohio State had a 1-0 lead through the first two periods. After a scoreless first period, junior forward Julianna Iafallo scored the first goal of the game off an assist from sophomore forward Maddy Field to put Ohio State up 1-0 in the second. Minnesota was kept out of the net for the remainder of the second period thanks to 18 saves from Buckeye goalie Kassidy Sauve.The Scarlet and Gray got off on the wrong foot in the third period with a penalty to put Minnesota on the power play. At 10:48 on the game clock, the Gophers scored their first goal of the game to tie things up 1-1. Shortly after, Minnesota scored again at 16:23 to take the 2-1 lead. The Gophers held off the Buckeyes for the remaining minutes and won 2-1. Sauve had 31 saves against Minnesota but the OSU offense had only eight shots on goal the entire game.On Saturday, the game started out in a similar fashion with another scoreless first period. At 9:38 in the second, Minnesota scored the first goal of the game to take a 1-0 lead. The two teams had a combined seven penalties in the first two periods. At 1:27 in the third period, OSU senior forward Katie Matheny scored off an assist from Field to tie the game 1-1. Sauve defended the Minnesota attack perfectly for the rest of the period and the two teams went into overtime at Ridder Arena. The Buckeye goaltender had 26 saves through regulation.Through five minutes of overtime, the teams remained scoreless and went to a shootout. Minnesota’s Lee Stecklein shot first and scored for the Gophers, but junior defenseman Dani Sadek responded with a goal of her own. The teams went through seven shooters until Iafallo got one past the Gopher goalie to secure the Buckeye win, 2-1. Due to NCAA rules, all shootout wins are recorded as ties in the record book.Minnesota, the best power play team in the NCAA, had seven power play opportunities this weekend, all of which were killed by the Buckeyes. OSU went 0-3-1 against the top-ranked Golden Gophers this season which is an improvement from last year’s 0-4-0.Next up, the Scarlet and Gray will travel to Duluth, Minnesota, for a two-game series against conference opponent No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth. read more

Nicola Sturgeon Second referendum now more likely after Theresa Mays Brexit speech

first_imgMs Sturgeon said the Scottish Government would continue to take decisions “in an orderly and responsible way” but the Tory Government could not be allowed to “act against Scotland’s wishes and our interests, and reject all attempts at compromise”.She added: “It seems the Westminster Tory Government now think they can do anything to Scotland and get away with it. They must start to understand how wrong they are. The UK Government cannot be allowed to take us out of the EU and the single market, regardless of the impact on our economy, jobs, living standards and our reputation as an open, tolerant country, without Scotland having the ability to choose between that and a different future. “With her comments today, the Prime Minister has only succeeded in making that choice more likely.”Ms Davidson said the Prime Minister had made clear that she would “prioritise the protection of our own union of nations” and said all parts of the UK should now be pulling together.She added: “There is no reason why both Britain and the European Union cannot emerge from the negotiations in stronger shape.”The SNP should have the good grace to accept that many of its own demands – including the protection of workers’ rights, and the protection of rights for EU citizens in Britain and cross-border cooperation on tackling crime – have been recognised by the UK Government.”Ever since the Brexit vote, the SNP has tried to use the result as an excuse for holding a divisive second referendum on independence. It has failed to persuade people in Scotland of that case. Now that the UK Government has spelled out this plan of action, that case has collapsed altogether.”Kezia Dugdale, the Scottish Labour leader, said the speech would increase the divisions in the country and accused the Tories of putting the Union at risk by “furthering the sort of divisions the SNP thrives on”.But she also said it would be the wrong reaction to the speech to call for another referendum. “It’s illogical to react to the UK leaving the EU single market by calling for Scotland to leave the UK single market too. Remaining in the UK is even more important to Scotland than being part of the EU. Scotland’s economy, jobs and public finances are all boosted by remaining in the UK. “Under independence, Scotland would face the prospect of being out of the EU and out of the UK. That would be a disaster for Scotland.” Nicola Sturgeon has warned a new vote on breaking-up Britain is now even “more likely” after Theresa May used her Brexit speech to rule out membership of the single market.The First Minister said that for all the Prime Minister’s “warm words” about the Union, the UK was heading for a hard Brexit that “threatens to be economically catastrophic”.She accused Mrs May of ignoring Scotland’s wishes, adding: “Decisions are being driven not by the rational best interests of the country, but by the obsessions of the hard-right of the Tory party.“It is also becoming clear that a more fundamental issue is emerging – not just whether the UK is in or out of the EU, but what kind of country it is going to be. Theresa May says she wants a stronger UnionCredit:EPA Theresa May “The Prime Minister gave the game away towards the end of her speech when she talked of the potential for the UK to become a low wage, low tax, deregulated economy. That would see a race to the bottom replace our membership of the single market and everyone – perhaps apart from the very wealthiest – would be worse off as a result.”Opposition parties urged the SNP to rule out another referendum and claimed they wanted a new vote at any cost, while Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, said Mrs May had set out a “clear and reasonable plan” that would see UK businesses continue to “trade freely in Europe after we leave the EU”.The Scottish Government set out its own Brexit proposals before Christmas when it called for the UK to remain in the single market, or for Scotland to remain in the single market while still part of the UK.Ms Sturgeon said that while talks on the proposals were continuing, and the Prime Minister had promised to give them proper consideration, there was still no evidence that “Scotland’s voice was being listened to or our interests taken into account”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. She first warned the day after the Brexit vote last June that a new vote independence referendum was “highly likely” and said Mrs May’s position would have to change quickly if there was to be “any confidence that Scotland’s interests can be met within the UK”.The First Minister also said that if the UK was leaving the single market there would have to be serious engagement on her proposal to allow Scotland to stay in.last_img read more

Man dies in stabbing in southwest London just yards from where TV

“We are appealing for information from those who were out and about in the area at the time of the attack and saw anything of note.”My team is particularly keen to trace a light skinned black male, about 6ft tall who was seen near the scene at the time of the incident. Did you see him? Do you know who he is? Anyone with information on his identity or whereabouts is urged to contact police.”Mr Hands later tweeted praise for the passers-by who had tried to save Nathaniel:  London’s knife crime epidemic continued as a 29-year-old man was stabbed to death just yards from the Fulham home of murdered TV presenter, Jill Dando.  The man, named locally as Nathaniel, was fatally knifed in the early hours of Saturday, Scotland Yard said, and becomes the 27th person in the capital to be killed with a blade this year.He was a former engineering student at the University of Southampton and a ‘good guy’, friends have said.     Police were called to the scene at around 12.27am to reports ‘of a fight in progress’ by ambulance crews. Neighbours reported they had heard an argument break out before police and paramedics arrived.   The 29-year-old was found with stab wounds and later pronounced dead at the corner of Gowan Avenue and Munster Road just before 1am – despite initial attempts by members of the public and later paramedics, to save his life.   Ms Dando was 37 and engaged when she was shot in the head on the doorstep of her home in Gowan Avenue on April 26 1999. The scene of the latest stabbing is understood to be just 80 yards from her former home.Detectives are searching for a ‘light skinned black man’ of 6ft in height who was in the area at the time.    This shows how close crime has gotten to my Fulham constituents. Last night, I, my family & many others were having dinner at this restaurant. A few hours later, the fatal stabbing occurred 20 metres up this road. The car breaking in the background is being diverted. pic.twitter.com/XRvQxdjlSb— Greg Hands (@GregHands) March 16, 2019 DCI Lloyd said the victim’s next of kin have now been informed, and a post-mortem will take place in due course.He added: “Enquiries including forensic analysis and the review of local CCTV footage at the time of the incident continue.”A white forensic tent remained at the scene on Saturday and several police officers stood guard at the cordon.Barry George was convicted of Ms Dando’s murder in 2001 but cleared at a retrial in 2008 after doubts emerged about the reliability of gunshot powder, found in his pocket, which was relied upon by the prosecution at his first trial. Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting reference 179/16 March. The Metropolitan Police told The Telegraph that the murder was not believed to be gang related.  Conservative MP for Chelsea and Fulham, Greg Hands tweeted:     Scene of crime officers at the scene in FulhamCredit: Ben Cawthra/London News Pictures Ltd Scene of crime officers at the scene in Fulham A friend of Nathaniel described him as a ‘good guy’.   The friend, who visited the cordon on Saturday morning, said: “It’s still processing, he was a good guy, he was a big man, 29, you don’t do silly things like this, knife crimes.”The friend, who asked not to be named, said he was not aware of similar violent incidents in the largely quiet residential area but added: “There might have been a stabbing in this area, don’t get me wrong, but they are normally with kids, not people our age.”Even if there was a little problem it should not have led to this.”A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “I heard an argument but not very loud screams, not a violent argument, no tussling and then they just wandered off. Have thanked the local Fulham man who gave CPR to the victim in the fatal stabbing last night. A hero – and the group of girls from New Zealand (ironically) who helped too. A traumatic experience for all of them, but we thank them.— Greg Hands (@GregHands) March 16, 2019 “I heard no screams at all, you expect a fight and a scream but there was not really any of that, just loud voices.”Det Chief Insp Glen Lloyd, who is leading the investigation, said: “This murder investigation continues apace. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Shawsheen Tech Class Of 2009 Announces 10Year Reunion

first_imgBURLINGTON, MA — The Shawsheen Tech Class of 2009 will be holding its 10-year reunion on Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 6pm to 10pm, at Tuscan Kitchen (2400 District Avenue) in Burlington.In addition to traditional Tuscan hor d’oeuvres and drinks, there will be live music and the opportunity to relax on a private patio.The event will be a semi-formal event with no kids. So bring your significant other, close friend, or come solo and dress to impress in what will be an incredible evening to remember filled with great drinks & food, conversation and dancing into the evening.TICKET INFORMATIONTickets include entry, hor d’oeuvres + 1 drink ticket$45 – *Early Bird* Single Ticket purchased by May 1$80 – *Early Bird* Couples Ticket purchased by May 1$60 – Single Ticket purchased after May 1$100 – Couples Ticket purchased after May 1A ticket is required to attend and will not be sold at the doorSpecial Promo: Volunteer at the All-Night Grad on June 6 and receive $25 off $60 / $100 tickets.Purchase your ticket(s) online HERE.Questions? Email svthsclassof2009@gmail.com.(NOTE: The above information is from the Shawsheen Tech Class of 2009’s Reunion Eventbrite page.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, June 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”Shawsheen Tech Class of 2013 To Hold 5-Year Reunion On November 24In “Education”Shawsheen Tech Class of 1991 25-Year Reunion Set For October 1In “Education”last_img read more

49 Voices Trevor Shaw of Ketchikan

first_imgThis week we’re hearing from Trevor Shaw of Ketchikan. He’s an Alaska Delegate who’s been attending the Republican National Convention this week.Listen nowTrevor Shaw at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (Photo by Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Media.)“I’m currently the youngest delegate from the Alaska delegation. My first convention. I just turned 21 back in May so it’s really exciting to be here. I wasn’t even old enough to vote in the last presidential election.So I do accounting for the Alaska Marine Highway at the Marine Highway headquarters in Ketchikan. I’m an accounting technician. Before that, I worked at our local credit union there and was in banking for a while.It’s just great to be here with a great group of Alaskans and it’s very exciting. It’s fun. You get to meet a lot of people and you get to meet a lot of people with the same values. I mean we all have the same fundamental, foundational, values and you get to know those people. You get to spend time with them. And you get to have fun with them. I mean, this is really the Comic-Con for political junkies. There’s no other way to describe it.And so we’re making a real change here. We have a lot of impact. And this is the grassroots right here, so we’re having a lot of fun, and there’s a lot of great people. We’ve met a lot of diverse, dynamic people from all over the country. And so that’s what I would say. It’s a lot of fun, a great opportunity to meet people who believe the game thing that you do from all walks of life.”last_img read more

JSW Steel net profit rises exponentially in June quarter Sajjan Jindal firm

first_imgJSW Steel posted an exponential growth in consolidated net profit to Rs. 1,109 crore for the first quarter (Q1) ended June aided by cost reduction and higher volume sales. The rise in the Sajjan Jindal-owned company’s net profit marks a 52-fold increase from Rs. 21 crore in the year-ago period. Costs fell 11.26 percent to Rs. 10,447 crore in Q1 from Rs. 11,773 crore in the June 2015 quarter, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. Revenue from operations rose marginally to Rs. 12,720 crore from Rs. 12,447 crore during the corresponding period last year. In volume terms, the company sold 3.34 million tonnes steel, 8 percent more from 3.11 million tonnes in the first quarter ended June 2015. “The blast furnace at Dolvi and Vijayanagar, which were re-commissioned in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 after capacity expansion, achieved commercial operations with effect from May 1, 2016. The installed capacity of the company has increased from 14.3 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) to 18 mtpa,” JSW Steel said in its regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).Bleak global outlookThe company said globally, the steel sector continues to face the twin challenges of excess capacity and lower demand.”Global steel capacity utilization in June 2016 jumped to 71.8%. With surge in production not being supported by underlying demand, prices started declining May onwards, but of late they have firmed up again mainly on restocking demand led by infrastructure and construction sectors in China.”However the global steel industry continues to face headwinds of weak demand and overcapacity. Exports from steel-surplus countries (like China, Korea and Japan) continue to increase. In the absence of effective tariff measures, South East Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe continue to see surge in imports whereas the US is able to clampdown imports with imposition of trade remedial measures.”Similar trends in India”In India also, steel production ramp-up was ahead of expected demand pick-up – crude steel production increased by 4.8%YoY in 1QFY17 whereas apparent finished steel consumption grew by only 0.4% due to sluggish demand conditions. At the same time, steel imports remained at elevated levels.”Cheap imports cause for concern”More than 50% of current imports are happening at prices below MIP levels for the respective product category. Therefore, widening of MIP scope, effective implementation, monitoring and extension of MIP provisions is imperative for the health of the steel industry.”Fund-raising plansLast week, JSW Steel said it was planning to raise about Rs. 5,032 crore ($750 million) from global investors. According to media reports published last month, JSW had was planning to participate in the upcoming auction of iron ore mines in Karnataka and other states in order to ensure access to raw materials.Besides, the steel-maker had said it would approach shareholders to raise $2 billion from global markets to drive its long-term capital expenditure and loan refinancing initiatives.Stock priceThe JSW Steel stock was trading at began trading at Rs. 1, 723 at around 9:20 am on Thursday, down 0.87 percent from its previous close on the BSE.last_img read more

Banani firefighter Sohel dies in Singapore

first_imgSohel RanaFirefighter Sohel Rana, who sustained severe injuries during Banani FR Tower fire rescue operation, died at a hospital in Singapore early Monday, reports UNB.He succumbed to his injuries at 4:17am ( Singapore time), said Mahfuz Riven, duty officer of Fire Service and Civil Defence headquarters.Rana was flown to Singapore from Combined Military Hospital (CMH) on Friday.Sohel Rana, a staff of Kurmitola Fire Service and Civil Defence, sustained serious injuries on 28 March while rescuing people from FR Tower where a deadly fire claimed 26 lives and left many injured.last_img read more

Louisville Baseball Summer Update – July 10

first_imgStory Links Northwoods LeagueAndrew Benefield – Madison Mallards (Player Page)Benefield was selected to represent the Great Lakes Division in the Northwoods League All-Star Game scheduled for July 16 in Waterloo, Iowa. Benefield is hitting .311 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 37 games this summer. USA Baseball Collegiate National TeamReid Detmers (Player Page)4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 KDetmers got the ball for game four of the 8th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series on July 5 in Cary, N.C. The left-hander allowed just a single run on three hits in four innings of work, striking out three. Lucas Dunn (Player Page).400 (2-for-5)Dunn picked up a pair of hits against Cuba in the final game of the series July 6 in Durham, N.C. Dunn also started game two against Chinese Taipei on Wednesday, but the game was suspended in the fourth inning due to rain. Prospect LeagueTim Borden II – Quincy Gems (Player Page).222 (4-for-18), 2 2B, HR, 4 RBIBorden had four hits in four games over the last week, notching a pair of doubles and his second long ball with the Gems. Below are some of the highlights from July 3-9 games. Cape Cod LeagueJared Poland – Bourne Braves (Player Page).307 (4-for-13), 2 2B, 4 RBIPoland tallied four hits, two for extra bases, and four RBIs in three games over the last week. He also turned in a scoreless inning on the mound July 3 against Wareham.center_img Zach Britton – Orleans Firebirds (Player Page).276 (8-for-29), 4 2B, 7 RBI, 4 RBritton picked up eight hits, including four doubles, to go along with seven RBIs and four runs scored in seven games for the Firebirds. New England LeagueGarrett Schmeltz – Newport Gulls (Player Page)5.2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 7 KSchmeltz made a pair of appearances, including a start, and didn’t allow a run in 5.2 innings. The southpaw pitched four scoreless frames in a start July 9 against Danbury and tallied a victory with 1.2 scoreless innings July 5 against Sanford. Schmeltz has not given up a run in 7.2 innings this summer with 10 strikeouts. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville baseball team has 19 student-athletes on summer ball assignments across five summer leagues and the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. Trey Leonard – Waterloo Bucks (Player Page).250 (5-for-20), 2 R, HR, 4 RBILeonard reached base in five of his six games played over the last seven days, including his first home run of the summer July 6 against Rochester. Fans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @LouisvilleBSB. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Italian company to sell portable cold fusion plant deliverable next year

first_img Explore further Cold fusion, is of course, a theoretical means of harnessing enormous amounts of energy by fusing atoms together. Normal fusion is what powers the sun, but it of course, is very hot. Scientists have been working for years to come up with a way to cause fusion to come about in a way that doesn’t require a huge amount of heat—thus the name cold fusion. Unfortunately, to date, no one has been able to figure out a way to do it—no one but Rossi, that is, if his claims turn out to be true.Rumors of how ECAT’s plant works suggest it’s little more than a simple tube that utilizes an unknown nano-sized nickel type catalyst. When hydrogen is added, heat and perhaps copper, is produced. According to ECAT, the plant does nothing more than produce heated water and/or steam. Those that purchase the plant are free to attach it to a turbine to create electricity. The plant is small—just 20x20x1 centimeters, but each unit can be stacked. The company has put 106 of the units in a shipping container and all together they make up the ECAT 1MW Plant, selling for a cost of $1.5 million to anyone that wants and can afford one.Read more: Controversial energy-generating system lacking credibility: phys.org/news/2011-08-controversial-energy-generating-lacking-credibility-video.htmlRossi’s E-Cat gets first customers, but questions remain: phys.org/news/2011-11-rossi-e-cat-customers.htmlTests find Rossi’s E-Cat has an energy density at least 10 times higher than any conventional energy source: phys.org/news/2013-05-rossi-e- … -density-higher.html There have been various sightings of ECAT’s technology, in 2011 for example, a select group of scientists was invited to witness a prototype in action. Reports from the demonstration suggest the prototype was able to generate 470 kw before a system fault caused the test to be stopped. That was enough apparently, for DARPA, which has reportedly already preordered one of the plants.The portable plants are expected to be ready for delivery in approximately four months, which should end the mystery. If Rossi has succeeded where so many others have failed, he and his colleagues will be cheered and likely awarded a Nobel Prize. If the debut is a flop, however, it will be more than just an embarrassment to him and his company, it will be a very sad day for science and perhaps another indication that cold fusion, simply cannot be done. 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. Citation: Italian company to sell portable cold fusion plant deliverable next year (2013, November 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-italian-company-portable-cold-fusion.html (Phys.org) —Italian company Energy Catalyzer (shortened to ECAT) has announced that it is right now taking preorders for its ECAT 1MW portable cold fusion plant. Founded by Italian scientist Andrea Rossi, the plant has the scientific community shaking its collective head—it’s never been peer reviewed and neither Rossi nor anyone else at ECAT has ever published a single paper regarding cold fusion or describing how the plant works.center_img © 2013 Phys.org Rossi’s E-Cat gets first customers, but questions remain Credit: ECATlast_img read more

How Entrepreneurs Can Take Advantage of Voice Search Marketing

first_img Enroll Now for Free 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Fresh off a holiday season that saw Amazon sell “tens of millions” of devices, Las Vegas hosted its annual glimpse into the future: the Consumer Electronics Show, where the world’s most innovative companies pull back the curtain for a peek at their new tech. And wouldn’t you know, one of the prevailing themes from that three-day journey into the future was the growing ubiquity of voice search as a marketing channel. So how does this window into the future influence small-business operations today?Why voice search is part of the future of techCase in point, independent research conducted by the Capgemini Digital Transformation Institute confirms that 51 percent of consumers already utilize voice assistants, with 81 percent of those users primarily accessing the voice assistant through a smartphone, citing convenience, multitasking enablement and speed as value-adds from the voice assistant experience. Your customers are already using voice assistance, and to capture this revenue you must embrace the tech.Related: 4 Unconventional Ways to Bring Traffic to Your SiteKleiner Perkins conducts an annual report on the digital landscape. Its most recent iteration reported voice search as having 20 percent of the mobile search origination share, and comScore predicts that number will swell to 50 percent by 2020.At this year’s CES, voice assistants took center stage even before the event was underway, dominating press day as multiple television manufacturers revealed that their upcoming television models would house voice assistants. Other products that used CES to showcase voice assistant integration included deadbolts, ceiling fans, speakers, routers, mirrors, washers, dryers, refrigerators and even a Microsoft Cortana-powered thermostat.Voice search implications for advertisersAs voice-enabled devices become more ubiquitous, advertisers are acknowledging voice as a viable channel for commerce, and they’re doing it with their wallets.Bing data from early returns on 2018 show year-over-year investment in voice search has grown by 24 percent, sustaining the momentum from the back half of 2017 and increasing through the holiday season.Related: Don’t Let Alexa or Siri Speak for Your Company: Protecting Your Brand’s Voice on AI PlatformsUsing data from Cortana, we know that the lion’s share of questions presented to voice assistants begin with either “how” or “what,” and then there’s a steep drop off in search share for the remaining interrogative words. Advertisers should think about what sorts of questions, to which their product is the answer, begin with these words, and then invest in those queries.For example, a ticket seller who wants to capture its voice-assistant-using audience should ensure portfolio coverage on [how do I buy tickets], [what website sells tickets], and [where can I go to buy tickets].How audiences communicate with voice search*Chart based on internal data from Microsoft Bing.For search marketers, whether consumers are engaging with voice search is only half the question. Understanding how these consumers engage is also critical. It’s important to relay this information to businesses so that brands can capitalize on this insight.Related: Here’s How You Can Use Alexa at WorkThere’s action here for brands, and advertisers should be asking themselves the following questions, at the least:Does our keyword portfolio have coverage for long-tail queries in command form?Does our keyword portfolio have coverage for long-tail queries in question form?Have we appended common descriptor tokens, such as “best,” “top” or “price,” to our core product keywords?According to proprietary research by the call intelligence company Invoca, voice search is the preferred mode of communication for 20 percent of consumers making a purchase of $500 or more, only 2 percentage points removed from the 22 percent who prefer traditional online search. And according to the same research, not only are voice assistants facilitating purchases, but they’re also influencing them. Invoca reports that 39 percent of its polled population had a voice assistant who influenced one of their purchases in the past month. Voice search is an opportunity for business owners to direct consumers toward their products and services.While the digital transformation is demonstrably under way, it’s also still in its fledgling stages. What we do know is that the future of search is predictive. Voice assistants are delivering personalized and salient information to their users, while also advancing our traditional conceptions of search. Search engines are the intelligence fabric for modern AIs, and the advancements thereof are improving predictive search capabilities. Soon users will find items that they didn’t yet know they wanted. Voice search will be a principal contributor to this movement as search becomes a partner capable of dialogue with a consumer on any platform and any device.Related: 10 Crazy Tidbits About the First Voice of Apple’s SiriMy colleague Christi Olson is Bing’s evangelist and speaks at events on search and digital marketing all over the world. She recommends small businesses and entrepreneurs focus on the following when it comes to their marketing:Write content in a conversational tone that sounds natural when spoken aloud.Listen to your customer’s questions and create compelling digital content to provide specific answers.Understand where you can compete to be the spoken answer — start with queries that already rank on the first two pages of the search results and optimize for the featured snippet placement.Your customers are already using voice search. It’s up to you and your business to meet them there. April 6, 2018 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

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first_img News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more June 14, 2011 – Accuray announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of TomoTherapy. The combined company is focused on developing, manufacturing and selling personalized treatment solutions that revolve around the patient.Accuray now offers radiation treatments tailored to the specific needs of each patient, ranging from high-precision radiosurgery for early-stage and localized disease to image-guided, intensity-modulated radiation therapy for more advanced disease sites throughout the body. These complementary patient populations are treated by the same medical specialty, creating a broader base of sales relationships for the company to leverage. By bringing together the expertise and complementary resources of both companies, Accuray hopes to increase its scale to invest in the R&D, leading to new innovations.”This acquisition places Accuray in two market segments with good growth prospects and enhances our opportunity to grow shareholder value,” said Derek Bertocci, senior vice president, chief financial officer of Accuray. “We expect our new scale will help make revenue more predictable, and assist in making the TomoTherapy service business more efficient and ultimately profitable. Over the next 12 months we plan to make changes with the goal of achieving combined operating expense savings of $25 million in fiscal year 2013, with the majority of savings from corporate overhead and marketing.”With the closing of the transaction, Accuray’s installed base increases from 226 to more than 550 Systems, installed in 32 countries. Accuray’s total number of employees doubles to more than 1,000 worldwide. Corporate headquarters will remain in Sunnyvale, Calif., but the company will maintain a significant presence in Madison, Wisconsin, where TomoTherapy’s headquarters were located. Euan Thomson will continue to serve as president and chief executive officer of Accuray. With the closing of the transaction, TomoTherapy common stock will cease trading on NASDAQ before market open on June 13, 2011, and will no longer be listed on NASDAQ.For more information: www.accuray.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Related Content Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | June 14, 2011 Accuray Successfully Completes Acquisition of TomoTherapy News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. 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first_img Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more Related Content With healthcare professionals thinking about the effects of ionizing radiation on the population at large, there is particular concern about its use for imaging children. That there is reason for concern was underscored by the release of new study results earlier this year, which indicated computed tomography (CT) exams of children in hospital emergency departments increased substantially from 1995 to 2008.[1]  In addition, numerous studies have indicated ioninizing radiation has more serious effects on children than it does on adults, compounding the worry.The industry has made concerted efforts to reduce radiation dose in pediatric imaging, especially from CT scans. These have included the establishment of the Image Gently campaign in 2007, an alliance for radiation safety in pediatric imaging supported by healthcare organizations around the world.While CT still may be the best imaging choice in certain cases, there is continued emphasis on using other modalities whenever possible. As a result, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is being used more and more, according to Tariq Gill, M.D., chairman/medical director of diagnostic imaging, Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Binghamtom, N.Y., and president of Millennium Medical Imaging. “There is a new interest in using a modality that requires no radiation,” he said.Besides the advantages of being radiation-free, MRI has other benefits for young patients, Dr. Gill noted. “With CT having the tunnel and the fact that parents can’t go into the room with the patient while the scan is being done, it can be more uncomfortable for the child,” he said. “With MR, parents can walk into the room and, especially with open MR, there is space so the child can see them during the scan. It makes a huge difference to the child in being able to go through the scan.“MRI is becoming more and more the procedure of choice, whether it’s musculoskeletal or neurological, which are the most typical types of pediatric MRI exams,” he added. “The whole experience of scheduling these kids with less stress is improved.”The open configuration where a child can keep visual contact with parents helps compensate for the fact that an MR exam takes longer than a CT scan. Lady of Lourdes Hospital has a Hitachi 1.2T open MRI system, and Dr. Gill said the open bore has been a tremendous help in creating a non-threatening environment. “It also has reduced our number of so-called failed studies, where we would end up having to sedate the child, which is always a concern,” he said.“The fact that a caregiver can sit with the pediatric patient has meant that we have been able to scan them without sedation,” he added. “And the Hitachi system has a software algorithm that corrects for the little motion artifacts that might occur with a non-sedated child.”Avoiding sedation not only is a benefit in terms of the pediatric patient’s well-being, but there also is a practical advantage. “If a child is uncooperative and we have to sedate him, that affects our throughput. It makes it hard,” Dr. Gill said. “In an outpatient setting, you can finagle the schedule around a little and accommodate the extra time that becomes necessary with sedation. But in a hospital setting, you never know what will happen. You could go from having no one waiting for a scan to having a dozen patients waiting all of a sudden. So throughput is an issue, and it is much improved and easier when there is no sedation required.”Dr. Gill added that when they do have to sedate a pediatric patient, they look at the scans immediately to make sure they are good.Technology Makes a DifferenceThe ability of MRI system manufacturers to develop an open configuration with high field strength has really changed things, according to Dr. Gill. “Previously, the magnets were low or intermediate strength,” he said. “With the high-field, with rare exceptions the open system images are comparable to the 1.5T closed systems now.“With the 1.2T, we get a better signal-to-noise ratio, the scan is faster and slice thickness is thinner. So scan time is comparable to high-field 1.5T,” he added. “That’s a question we get asked a lot. It’s pretty much the same time.”The ability to obtain good images from an open MRI not only is an advantage with pediatric cases; it also makes the imaging process more comfortable for bariatric and claustrophobic patients, as well as older patients who may be attached to life-support or other systems that must be accommodated.“Theses four types of patients either fail the conventional mode of scanning or complete the exams without great success, with poor images,” Dr. Gill said. “With our new system, our MR volume has increased close to 50 percent because we are seeing those patients now.”Easing the Burden for ParentsAs Dr. Gill points out, pediatric cases also are unique because clinicians have to take parents into account as well as the patient. “You have to cater to the parents as well, even somewhat more than the actual patient,” he said. “When I had a child of my own, I really realized how a parent can be more nervous than the child.“When parents are told their child might have a serious problem that requires testing, sometimes they end up traveling 80 or 100 miles to find a care center that can accommodate them. Even for people who are savvy travelers, going to a care center that’s far away from their home and is unfamiliar causes a lot of anxiety,” Dr. Gill added. “It adds stress to an already stressful situation.”For him, having a system at Lady of Lourdes Hospital that can accommodate almost everyone in the community means “a huge burden has been lifted off our shoulders,” he said.Reference1 Larson DB, Johnson LW, Schnell BM, Goske MJ, Salisbury SR, Forman HP. “Rising Use of CT In Child Visits to the  Emergency Department in the United States, 1995-2008.” Radiology. 2011 June; 259(3):793-801. Epub 2011 April 5. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | October 06, 2011 | Helen Kuhl MRI Helps Ease the Burden in Pediatric Imaging MRI use is growing, as it offers a good alternative for imaging children in many cases News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. 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Deals for clients points for agents with TravelBrands Europe sale

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Deals for clients, points for agents with TravelBrands’ Europe sale Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Posted bycenter_img MISSISSAUGA — Until July 2 TravelBrands is offering up to 45% off European vacations, plus travellers can get a $50 add-on credit. Travel agents can also earn 5X Loyalty Rewards points.“From Italy and Spain to France and Great Britain, Europe has so many beautiful regions to explore,” says Nathalie Tanious, VP, TravelBrands. “That is why we decided to host this sale. We are always looking for new ways to give back to our agents while showcasing the beauty of destinations around the world.”Clients who make qualifying bookings are eligible to receive a $50 add-on credit. To redeem the credit, agents must use promo code EUR50 at checkout. Agents can earn 5X Loyalty Rewards points on applicable bookings. To learn more see travelbrandsaccess.com. Travelweek Group Tags: sale, TravelBrandslast_img read more

Faulty electrical system forces closing of all operating rooms at San Josés

first_imgA faulty 46-year-old electrical system is to blame for a decision by administrators at San José’s public Hospital México to shut down all 14 operating rooms as of Friday, the hospital’s medical director, Douglas Montero, said.The same problem forced administrators to close seven operating rooms last week. The move comes after an engineering study found low voltage as a culprit.“The study found that there is no certainty the rooms’ systems are working properly,” Montero said on Friday.As a contingency measure medical staff will perform surgeries in the mornings and evenings at the Heredia Hospital and at the facilities of the National Rehabilitation Center.Hospital México currently has a waiting list of 7,000 pending surgeries, Montero said.“In an emergency, we can enable one operating room in the Obstetrics Department and one in Intensive Care,” he said.Montero could not say how long it would take to reopen the rooms, but he estimated that repairs could take up to three months.Hospital officials also will be forced to reschedule a large number of surgeries. They said they expected that rescheduled dates would be as close as possible to original appointments.Said Montero: “We will perform surgeries in early morning hours and during evening shifts to help reduce the waiting list.” Facebook Comments Related posts:No free dental checkups for self-employed workers who owe the Caja, Sala IV rules Number of obese Ticos has almost quadrupled in four decades Social Security System launches anti-influenza vaccination campaign Costa Rica shares vision, guiding principles for universal healthcarelast_img read more

Meet the guy trying to turn emoji into a legitimate usable language

first_imgRelated posts:Apple working to complete streaming music deal with record labels before June 8 Why Google’s new quantum computer could launch an artificial intelligence arms race What happened to the 15 people the Internet hated most in 2015? Spik Up! Say What? While many of us tap out these symbols to our family and friends, there are no universal usage rules for emoji: no grammar, no meanings. No syntax.But Fred Benenson, the visionary who gave you “Emoji Dick,” is trying to change all that. In fact, Fred Benenson is trying to turn emoji into a bona fide language.“Emoji are now an essential component of how we’re talking to each other,” Benenson said. “And experimenting with them gets us to a better understanding of what they actually mean to us and how we can use them.”On Kickstarter, the platform where Benenson first launched his “Moby Dick” translation — and where he now works, as the site’s data lead — the unlikely linguistic visionary is raising funds for an online tool that could translate even complex English sentences into emoji.Unlike other efforts in this vein, Benenson’s “Emoji Translation Project” won’t just match keywords to their equivalent symbols and sub the symbols in. Instead, it will work much like Google’s high-powered translation engine: first gathering texts in English and emoji, produced by human translators; then running those texts through a machine-learning algorithm, which searches the two data sets for patterns; then waiting and watching as the algorithm spits out a synthesized, codified grammar.Or … not.“It’s ridiculous,” said Arika Okrent, a linguist and the author of the 2009 book “In the Land of Invented Languages.” “Emoji are fun. I like emoji. But they’re not a language — they’re a game of charades.”Okrent, it’s worth noting, is not someone you’d expect to be skeptical about made-up tongues: She actually speaks Klingon.But Klingon — the fictional language of an alien warrior species, for the non-Trekkies in the audience — was set down with both rules and a writing system from its beginning. Emoji, Okrent says, are fundamentally different: Even as people begin using them to express complex ideas or full sentences, they’re using them in arbitrary, individual ways. We haven’t agreed on the meaning for the “prayer hands” emoji — forget the intricacies of expressing abstract thoughts or the present perfect tense.That variance, Okrent says, will make machine learning impossible. (“In order for the algorithm to discover a pattern, there has to be a pattern to discover,” she explains.)And that’s not the only obstacle Benenson and his vision face: There are literally no other image-based languages.The last real push to invent one ended semi-tragically. A concentration camp survivor named Charles Bliss attempted to launch a universal, pictorial language, called Blissymbolics, because he believed it would decrease intercultural misunderstandings. Blissymbolics’ basic pictures are, indeed, pretty easy to figure out, which has made them popular among a small set of language therapists. But as you try to express more complex ideas, the language gets less intuitive and more confusing. Ultimately, it never caught on — a great disappointment to Bliss.Of course, there’s a momentum around emoji that there never was around Blissymbols. An emoji — the humble — was named 2014’s “word” of the year. Instagram recently enabled emoji hashtags, a nod to some kind of mainstream desire to use the symbols instead of words.According to Emojitracker, a tool the logs each emoji tweeted out on Twitter, emoji use has risen more than 50 percent since December 2013, from roughly 11 million tweeted emoji per day to almost 17 million now.“I think as we use them more and more, a certain emoji lingua will emerge,” Benenson said, “and that’s what we’re interested in capturing with this project.”Benenson isn’t naive to the challenges of the project: He knows he’ll need a huge team of English-to-emoji translators to get enough material to run past an algorithm. (Currently, he’s fundraising $15,000 to pay these translators: at 5 cents a translation, that’s enough for roughly 300,000 lines of text.) Even then, he admits, the translator might not work: There will be words or sentences it gets wrong. There will be gobbledigook.Still, if “Emoji Dick” taught Benenson anything, it’s that there’s value in probing emoji and their cultural applications. That project was met with derision when he launched it in 2009; six years later, the Library of Congress has a copy — and emoji translations of half a dozen other books are now available online.Benenson thinks his Emoji Translator could be put to similar use, translating books or other texts. He also envisions an API that would let other Web sites and apps integrate emoji translation.If nothing else, he said, “we have faith that the results will be at least funny.”It’s not a linguistic revolution — but it is something.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Pope fires Slovak bishop in rare show of authority

first_img 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Top holiday drink recipes Comments   Share   Associated PressVATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Benedict XVI fired a 52-year-old Slovak bishop for apparently mismanaging his diocese in a rare show of papal power over bishops that could have implications for U.S. sex abuse cases.Usually when bishops run into trouble _ either for alleged moral lapses or management problems _ they are persuaded by the Vatican to resign. But Benedict has become increasingly willing to forcibly remove bishops who refuse to step down, sacking three others in the past year alone. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Top Stories Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements His willingness to do so raises questions about whether he would take the same measures against bishops who covered up for sexually abusive priests. So far he has not.In the most notable case to date, Benedict fired Bishop William Morris of Toowoomba, Australia, last year after he called for the church to consider ordaining women and married men. He also removed a Congolese bishop for management problems in his diocese and an Italian one in May for similar reasons.On Monday, the Vatican said Benedict had “relieved from pastoral care” Bishop Robert Bezak of Trnava, Slovakia. No reason was given, but Italian news reports suggested administrative problems were to blame, and Slovak news reports quoted Bezak as saying he thought his criticism of his predecessor may have had a role.Bishops normally hand in their resignation when they turn 75 years old, their customary retirement age.The exercise of the pope’s ability to fire a bishop has important implications, particularly concerning bishops who mishandle pedophile priests.In the face of U.S. lawsuits seeking to hold the pope ultimately responsible for abusive priests, the Holy See has argued that bishops are largely masters of their dioceses and that the pope doesn’t really control them. The Vatican has thus sought to limit its own liability, arguing that the pope doesn’t exercise sufficient control over the bishops to be held responsible for their bungled response to priests who rape children. The ability of the pope to actively fire bishops, and not just passively accept their resignations, would seem to undercut the Vatican’s argument of a hands-off pope.“If the pope can fire a bishop, that implies he’s their supervisor,” said Nick Cafardi, a U.S. canon lawyer and former chairman of the U.S. bishops’ lay review board that monitored clerical abuse. “This will invite more lawsuits attempting to sue the pope in American courts.”Jeffrey Anderson, who is seeking to hold the Holy See liable for a case of an abusive priest in Oregon, said the Vatican was trying to have it both ways.“They will remove, using their canon laws and their own protocols, bishops, priests and clerics for any reasons _ for theological or any other reasons _ but when it comes to sexual misconduct, they never use those same standards,” he said.Even the most well-known case, that of Cardinal Bernard Law, ended when Law offered his resignation after the sex abuse scandal exploded in his Boston archdiocese 2002. Law subsequently was named archpriest of one of the Vatican’s basilicas in Rome, St. Mary Major.That said, things may be changing: The Vatican’s sex crimes prosecutor, Monsignor Charles Scicluna, warned in February that bishops could face possible church sanctions for malicious or fraudulent negligence if they fail to follow the Vatican’s rules on handling sexually abusive priests. But he acknowledged that such bishop accountability needed to be “further developed.” Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family ___Follow Nicole Winfield at www.twitter.com/nwinfield. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

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