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Womens Media Center Announces Honorees For 2017 Womens Media Awards

first_imgThe Women’s Media Center announces their host and honorees for the 2017 Women’s Media Awards, to be held on October 26, at Capitale in New York City.They will be giving awards to Maria Hinojosa, April Ryan, María Elena Salinas, and Gail Tifford, and also recognizing the film “Hidden Figures.” And they will be celebrating the landmark 80th birthday of their co-founder Jane Fonda.Maya L. Harris, lawyer, MSNBC analyst, senior policy adviser to the 2016 Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign, and former board co-chair of the Women’s Media Center, will host this event for the first time.“Women’s Media Awards recognize and honor game-changers for women in media. By deciding who gets to talk, what creates debate, who writes, and what is made visible, media shape our understanding of who we are and what we can become. We are grateful for these 2017 awardees who are creating a better future,” said Pat Mitchell, board chair of the Women’s Media Center:Jane Fonda, two-time Academy Award-winning, three-time Golden Globe-winning, Tony Award-nominated actor, and Emmy Award-nominated actor, recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award, producer, bestselling author, advocate, and Women’s Media Center co-founder, will be celebrated for her milestone 80th birthday — and for her lifetime of achievements in media, in front of and behind the camera, as a writer, an innovator and an activist.Maria Hinojosa, four-time Emmy-winning journalist, anchor and executive producer of the Peabody Award-winning “Latino USA” on NPR and of PBS’ “America by the Numbers,” as well as the founder of the Futuro Media Group, will receive the Women’s Media Center Carol Jenkins Award.April Ryan, White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, news blogger for “Fabric of America,” CNN political analyst, and award-winning author, will receive the Women’s Media Center She Persisted Award.María Elena Salinas, Peabody, Walter Cronkite, Emmy, and Gracie Award-winning long-time anchor of “Noticiero Univision,” author, philanthropist, and spokesperson for “Ya Es Hora,” will receive the Women’s Media Center Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award.Gail Tifford, vice president of Media NA and global digital innovation for Unilever, co-founder and executive sponsor of GALvanize@ Unilever Women’s Network, and co-founder of #Seeher, will receive the Women’s Media Center Marketing for Change Award.And they will also be celebrating the historic 2016 Oscar-nominated and SAG Award-winning feature film “Hidden Figures.”Lauren Embrey is chair of the Women’s Media Awards. Co-chairs are: Loreen Arbus, Abigail Disney, Jane Fonda, Mellody Hobson, Victoria Jackson, Pat Mitchell, Robin Morgan, Susan Pritzker, Bonnie Schaefer, Regina K. Scully, Gloria Steinem, and Mary & Steven Swig. Proceeds from these awards support the work of the Women’s Media Center.“It has never been more clear that media shape our world — by fact-checking or not, by choosing what to report, by deciding who gets to talk, by assuming there are two sides to every issue even when there are more, by employing or not paying writers, by going for numbers and advertisers instead of quality and credibility — and much more,” said Gloria Steinem, co-founder of the Women’s Media Center. “Media have a lot of power over who we are, what we can become, how we live, and who governs us. That’s why the work of the Women’s Media Center is even more important than it was a decade ago at our founding.”Julie Burton, president of the Women’s Media Center, said: “At a time of political attacks on women’s rights and opportunities — and when the important role of the news media is being undermined at the highest level of government — our honorees represent trust, truth, and excellence. Whether in front of the camera or behind it, they tell the real stories of our lives and are champions for all women. We are proud to celebrate them at the Women’s Media Awards.”Past WMC honorees include Luvvie Ajayi, Christiane Amanpour, Amma Asante, Laura Bates, Samantha Bee, Ursula Burns, Katie Couric, Sady Doyle, Mona Eltahawy, Sarah Hoye, Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, Sheila C. Johnson, Maria Teresa Kumar, Laura Ling and Lisa Ling, Lara Logan, Pat Mitchell, Martha Nelson, Soledad O’Brien, Salma Hayek Pinault, Elianne Ramos, Joy Reid, Yanique Richards, Anita Sarkeesian, Regina K. Scully, Mary Thom (posthumously), Marlo Thomas, Barbara Walters, Padmasree Warrior, Lindy West, and Maggie Wilderotter.Co-founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem, The WMC works to make women visible and powerful in media. They train women leaders to be in the media; promote women experts to the media through WMC SheSource; and conduct groundbreaking research and reporting on media inclusion and accuracy. They also feature women’s voices and stories on our award-winning radio broadcast and podcast, “Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan,” and through WMC Features, WMC Fbomb, WMC Speech Project and WMC Women Under Siege.To buy tickets or for more information about the 2017 Women’s Media Awards and the ongoing work of the Women’s Media Center, go to: www.womensmediacenter.com.last_img read more

Dave Chappelle to present Icon Award at Canadian Screen Awards

first_imgAdvertisement Comedy star Dave Chappelle will be in Toronto to present the Icon Award to homegrown comedy brand Just For Laughs at the Canadian Screen Awards.He will present the award, which celebrates important achievements in Canada’s screen industry, on March 12.Founded in 1983 in Montreal, Just For Laughs has become one of the best-known comedy brands. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “With over 30 years of brilliant work, Just for Laughs is one of the world’s finest comedy brands, firmly established as the quintessential breeding ground for Canadian comedy,” Martin Katz, chair of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, said in a statement.last_img read more

Kehlani and Brandy will headline Toronto Pride 2018

first_imgAdvertisement Queer women are having a big year in the pop mainstream thanks in part to Kehlani. The Oakland singer/songwriter has dazzled us at Mod Club and Rebel over the past three years, but extra exciting is that she hasn’t been shy in flaunting queer love on red carpets and in songs like the flirty acoustic ballad Honey. Though she’s always identified with the LGBTQ rainbow, she recently clarified on Twitter, “I’m queer… i felt gay always insisted there was still a line drawn as to which ‘label’ of human i was attracted when i really jus be walking around thinking ERRYBODY FINE.”ERRYBODY FINE could also be the theme of this year’s Pride weekend music lineup, which kicks off with a headlining performance by R&B icon Brandy on June 22 and ends with Kehlani at Yonge-Dundas Square following the Pride Parade on June 24.Despite being a massively influential voice in R&B, Brandy rarely played Toronto until last year, when she headlined the Black Diamond Ball in February and played Echo Beach in the summer. Her Pride performance means this year’s event will be bookended by old-school and new-school R&B. Facebook Kehlani (left) and Brandy bring starpower to Toronto Pride’s 2018 music lineup. Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Other artists announced so far include a lot of hip-hop and experimental electronic acts. International artists include Tennessee rapper BbyMutha, who will headline Yes Yes Y’All’s Sweat block party on June 22, and Bolivian-American electronic producer Elysia Crampton, who performs on the Indigenous music stage Catalyst on June 22 alongside rappers Chhoti Maa, Dio Ganhdih and local producers Obuxum and Ziibiwan. Also on June 22 is the Alterna Queer stage, featuring dubby Toronto band Above Top Secret, Montreal’s hip-hop duo Hua Li and Iranian rapper Säye Skye. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

‘Mahagathbandhan’ announces seat-sharing formula in Bihar

first_imgNew Delhi: Finally, Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) made it official its seat-sharing formula on Friday.Interestingly, top leaders like Tejashwi Yadav, Upendra Kushwaha, Sharad Yadav and Jitan Ram Manjhi gave a miss to the much-awaited press conference to announce the seat-sharing pact and it was announced by state leaders of alliance partners only. As it was first reported by the Millennium Post that Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) — the key constituent of the Grand Alliance — would get lion’s share, so Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD will contest on 20 seats out of total 40 seats and Congress has settled with nine seats in the state. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’While talking to reporters in Patna, RJD national spokesperson Manoj Jha and RJD state president Ram Chandra Purve said that former JD(U) president and NDA convener Sharad Yadav will be contesting on an RJD symbol and merge his party Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) with it after the Lok Sabha polls. Recent entrants to the Mahagathbandhan Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) and Mukesh Sahni’s Vikasheel Insan Party (VIP) will field their candidates on five and three seats respectively, while former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustan Awam Morcha (HAM) has been given three seats, including Aurangabad, which was once represented by former governor Nikhil Kumar. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KLeaders of all the alliance partners of the Mahagathbandhan, including Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) president Madan Mohan Jha was also present at the press conference. The candidates were also announced for the Lok Sabha seats that would go to polls in the first phase, for which filing of nominations will end on March 25 and votes will be cast on April 11. In the first phase, the polls would be held on Gaya, Nawada, Aurangabad and Jamui seats. The Mahagadbandhan candidates for all the four seats are Jitan Ram Manjhi from Gaya, Vibha Devi, the wife of RJD’s notorious leader Raj Ballabh Yadav who is serving a jail term for raping a minor, Upendra Rai from Aurangabad and Bhudev Choudhary from Jamui seat. In the first phase, the HAM will contest on two seats — Gaya and Aurangabad – out of its total share of three seats, while RLSP would contest on one – Jamui – out of its total share of five seats and RJD on one — Nawada — out of 20 seats. As per sources, the seat-sharing pact was delayed as Congress and HAM had locked their horns over Aurangabad seat. Notably, former Delhi Police Commissioner Nikhil Kumar had represented Aurangabad Lok Sabha seat in 2004 on the Congress ticket. The NDA is likely to field its sitting MP Sushil Kumar Singh from Aurangabad, Veena Devi from Nawada, Chirag Paswan from Jamui. While announcing the seat-sharing decision, Bihar RJD chief Ram Chandra Purve said, “CPI(ML) will contest one seat from the RJD quota. Five seats have been allocated to the RLSP and three to VIP and HAM(S) respectively. Jitan Ram Manjhi will contest from Gaya.” On being asked ‘how can you say’ ‘all is well’ when your leader (Tejashwi Yadav) doesn’t come, RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha said, “Am I nothing in my party? You are making me insignificant? If format changes at the last moment, it’s a party’s decision, do not question that.” RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav had on Wednesday said that Bihar’s Mahagathbandhan’ is intact, rubbishing rumours that all was not well in the ‘grand alliance’. He had called it “a union of hearts and not just of parties (dalon ka nahin, dilon ka gathbandhan hai). “There is no heartburn among the alliance partners,” he had averred.last_img read more

Sudan UNbacked initiative launched to provide legal assistance to most vulnerable

The partners behind the Network – the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Legal Aid Department of the Sudanese Ministry of Justice, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the People’s Legal Aid Centre (PLACE) – issued a press release saying the initiative will contribute to justice while bolstering reconciliation process between refugees returning to their homeland, communities and the Government.“Establishing the Legal Aid Network in Sudan is essential in the broader context of training trainers on human rights and offering legal aid services, especially to the poor and vulnerable groups,” said Jerzy Skuratowicz, UNDP’s Sudan Country Director.The Network comprises 14 Justice and Confidence Centres, independent community-based organizations each with at least 25 Sudanese paralegals who work in tandem with lawyers to provide pro-bono legal aid. The Centres also serve to raise awareness of rule of law and human rights issues.The Network was officially started after a week-long workshop that trained more than 100 paralegals, also referred to as legal mediators, from various regions of Sudan. The session aimed to strengthen collaboration with the Government, and instructed participants of aspects of the Sudanese Interim National Constitution; the Bill of Rights; the country’s legal system; criminal, Muslim sharia and common law; human rights; and legal aid techniques. 14 March 2007A new United Nations-backed Legal Aid Network in Sudan – the first of its kind – brings together paralegals and lawyers seeking to provide pro-bono services to the most at risk and defenceless in the population, the organizers said today. read more

Top UN envoy meets with Somali President and Prime Minister

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah met with President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed and recently-appointed Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein in the town of Baidoa in southern Somalia. “I discussed with the President and Prime Minister the need to address the crisis in a peaceful manner by involving all Somalis in the future of their country,” Mr. Ould-Abdallah said in a statement. “The current situation is a good opportunity for Somalis and all their friends who would like to help join the UN in its work for peace.” Somalia, which has lacked a functioning government since 1991, has been wracked by violence in recent months which has displaced a total of 1 million people. Mr. Ould-Abdallah’s trip to Baidoa comes on the heels of his meetings last week with the Government of Djibouti, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and members of Somalia’s opposition. Since taking office this September, this is the Special Representative’s second trip to Somalia. 29 November 2007The top United Nations envoy for Somalia today discussed the ongoing crisis in the Horn of Africa nation with the country’s President and Prime Minister. read more

Samarasinghe says he withdrew from UNHRC delegation

Former Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says he withdrew from the delegation proposed to head to Geneva as President Maithripala Sirisena’s special representatives to attend the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session.Samarasinghe told Parliament today that he just returned from Geneva after visiting the country on a fact finding missing before the official delegation is sent to Geneva. He said that at a meeting with the President yesterday he informed the President his intention of not being part of the Government delegation being sent to Geneva. Accordingly, Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana will lead the delegation which will include Parliamentarian Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Governor of the Northern Province Dr. Suren Raghavan, Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha and Deputy Solicitor General A. Nerin Pulle. The Foreign Ministry said earlier that following consultations held with President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday by Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana among others, it was decided that a Sri Lanka Government delegation from Colombo will participate in the discussions. read more

UN experts propose expanded arms embargo possible nofly zone in Darfur

The panel, set up to help the Committee monitoring an arms embargo imposed by the Council, reports that weapons and Government troops continue to flow into the region, where some 180,000 people have been killed and 2 million more uprooted in the past three years, and the Government continues its offensive military overflights. As a possible option for the overflights, the panel says the Council should consider establishing an air exclusion zone over the entire Darfur region for all Government aircraft, the report says. The rebel Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) has violated ceasefire accords by expanding territory under its control, while the Government has failed to identify and neutralize armed groups in the region, it adds. Arms, especially small arms and ammunition, flowed into Darfur from other countries and other regions of Sudan during the January-March period despite the embargo, and the Government continued to move in armed troops and supplies without seeking Committee approval as required by last year’s Council resolution 1591.Moreover pro-government Arab militias appear to be maintaining their stock of weapons and ammunition through support from Government entities, banditry and clandestine sources, the experts write.They recommend expanding the embargo to all of Sudan, with certain exemptions for non-lethal supplies; establishing a verification mechanism; and imposing additional measures on the Government and SLA as entities rather than on individuals for actions that impede the peace process.Since the report was prepared, the Council on Tuesday imposed restrictions on the assets and international travel of the commander of the Western Military Region for the Sudanese Air Force, a SLA commander, a field commander of another rebel group, the National Movement for Reform, and the paramount chief of the Jalul Tribe. During the reporting period, the Panel continued to supply the Committee with information on individuals who have committed acts that may constitute violations of international humanitarian or human rights law, and it recommends that any UN mission in Darfur should include a strong civilian protection dimension. In a related development, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) announced that it will start on Saturday a comprehensive training programme in Al-Fasher, Northern Darfur, on Saturday aimed at enhancing the capacities of the African Union (AU) force currently monitoring the region.Also today, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported that malnutrition in Darfur was creeping back up towards levels of 2003, due to lack of security and lack of access by aid groups. read more

Police find bulletridden body of woman kidnapped after giving polio vaccines

first_imgPOLICE HAVE FOUND the the bullet-riddled body of a kidnapped female health worker dumped in a field in northwest Pakistani, an official said on Monday.Salma Ghani, about 32 years old, was taken by five unidentified men from outside her house in Peshawar, the main city in northwest Pakistan, on Sunday.Senior police official Rahim Shah said Ghani’s body had been recovered from a wheat field on the edge of the city. She had been shot several times, he said.“It is not yet clear whether she was killed for taking part in polio vaccination drives,” Shah said.Some 56 people have been killed in militant attacks on anti-polio teams in Pakistan since December 2012.Militant groups such as the Pakistan Taliban oppose immunisation, saying it is a cover for US spying.Violence, and the threat of it, have badly hampered a campaign to stamp out polio in Pakistan, which along with Nigeria and Afghanistan are the only countries where the disease remains endemic.Pakistan recorded 91 cases of polio last year, up from 58 in 2012, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Victims are left dead, paralysed or with withered limbs.Pakistan’s failure to defeat polio stands in stark contrast to its neighbour and great rival India, which recently celebrated the eradication of polio three years after its last case.The WHO has warned that Peshawar is the world’s “largest reservoir” of the wild polio virus.- © AFP, 2014Read: Pakistani couple stoned to death ‘for having affair’ > Read: Afghanistan and Pakistan a ‘potential reservoir’ for spreading polio >last_img read more

PlayStation Phone Coming in Spring Rumor

first_imgKeep in mind that the so-called PlayStation phone is, so far as we know, as real as Bigfoot. We’ve pretty much got rumors of sightings and a lot of blurry photos to go on. Now, granted, Sony execs haven’t exactly gone out of their way to deny the existence of such a device, but they’re apparently waiting until they’re good and ready to launch the Android-based, gaming-centric smartphone.According to a new report from the Japanese paper Asahi Shimbun, the device is set to hit the US and Europe this spring–and while the paper does expect it to arrive in Japan as will, it will apparently be hitting our shores first.The paper also offered up some specs for the rumored device, which will apparently be physically based on the not particularly well received PSP Go–albeit with a slightly smaller form factor.last_img read more

Dropbox client reverse engineered user files accessed

first_imgA pair of security researchers have some worrying news for Dropbox users: they’ve managed to reverse engineer the desktop app. Once they laid its Python-powered inner workings bare, the real fun began.The duo of Dhiru Kholia and Przemyslaw Wegrzyn were then able to bend Dropbox to their will. They managed to intercept SSL traffic flowing between the Dropbox client and its cloud servers and even gain access to user accounts.Big deal, you say. You’ve got your account secured with two-factor authentication, which Dropbox enabled last year. Your files are still safe, right?Wrong. Kholia and Wegrzyn were able to bypass two-factor authentication. They were also able to hijack a user’s account by clicking the launch Dropbox website link from the Windows system tray icon. Fortunately, that particular hole was patched in a recent update.It’s not all doom and gloom, however. With the Python code exposed, it’s possible that some enterprising Dropbox users could hack together an awesome open-source client with all kinds of cool additional functionality.It’s also possible — and probably much more likely — that criminal types might code an impostor Dropbox app that steals users’ files. That’s a frightening prospect when nearly one billion files are handled by Dropbox every day.Fending off reverse engineering attempts is a cat-and-mouse game. Now that Dropbox appears to have lost, it will be interesting to see how the company responds.It’s not as though there’s any truly immediate danger to Dropbox users. If you’re running the latest version of the official client, you should be perfectly safe. If, however, you’ve installed some kind of “enhanced” app that you discovered in some shady corner of the Internet… well, you’re probably screwed.Update 8/29/13: We just received this statement from a Dropbox spokesperson:We appreciate the contributions of these researchers and everyone who helps keep Dropbox safe. However, we believe this research does not present a vulnerability in the Dropbox client. In the case outlined here, the user’s computer would first need to have been compromised in such a way that it would leave the entire computer, not just the user’s Dropbox, open to attacks across the board.last_img read more

Unseen Bird Box creatures look kinda like bald veiny babies

first_imgBest Netflix series: There’s no shortage of original Netflix series to binge.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers.  Share your voice Comment 2019 movies to geek out over 1 TrackR Atlas Preview • TrackR Atlas maps your home, finds your stuff 77 Photos TV and Moviescenter_img Netflix Warning: Spoilers for Bird Box ahead.The monster you never get to see is always the scariest, and Netflix’s post-apocalyptic hit Bird Box is no exception. Viewers never see the creatures that drive humans to violent deaths merely by being glimpsed, except in some dark and disturbing sketches by Gary (Tom Hollander).But in a now-deleted Instagram post, Howard Berger, Emmy-winning co-owner of special-effects company KNB EFX Group, shared a few images of one concept for the creature. Berger and Netflix didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.According to multiple screengrabs of the images, including the one below posted by SFX Atlas, Berger shared three views of the creature. “It’s always a bit disappointing when so much effort goes into something that ends up in the cutting room floor, but I get it and it’s always what is best for the final product,” the original post said, according to SFX Atlas. While it probably would’ve been scarier in context, to this Bird Box watcher, the images appear to be of a bald, veiny adult baby with crushed ears.”Seems almost comical in concept,” wrote Instagram user jsfx79. “Not what I envisioned.”But some found them to be unnerving. “Yeah I think the not knowing is scarier, but these are still wigging me out,” wrote ronnieeaves. Tags More Bird Box Screenwriter Eric Heisserer told Bloody Disgusting he was “forced” to write a nightmare scene where Sandra Bullock’s Malorie sees one of the creatures, which is presumably what the special-effects images were for.Bullock wasn’t exactly terrified.”I turn and he’s like this [growling at me,]” she said in the Bloody Disgusting interview. “It’s making me laugh. It was just a long fat baby.”In Josh Malerman’s 2014 novel of the same name, the creatures are never described. Netflix thriller Bird Box flutters into nonsense All the ways Bird Box is like A Quiet Place Netflix issues danger warning over Bird Box Challengelast_img read more

Town Finds Quirky Flintstone House Annoying and Sues Its Owner

first_imgStay on target Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall A California town is suing the owner of a bizarre Flintstone House after she reportedly violated local codes with her dinosaur sculptures and landscape changes.The town of Hillsborough, which dubbed the quirky home a “public nuisance,” filed a complaint this week against Florence Fang, a former publisher who bought the bright house two years ago, Fox News reported.center_img Fang reportedly installed big metal sculptures, a driveway sign that read “Yabba Dabba Doo,” figurines of The Flintstones characters, and other front and backyard additions.Last fall, a code enforcement panel said the changes caused “a highly visible eyesore and are out of keeping with community standards.” A complaint was filed against Fang after she didn’t comply with the panel’s order to take down the “irritating” additions and decor.Despite these allegations, Fang’s grandson said his grandmother will fight to keep the “Yabba Dabba Doo” vibe of her home: “I think the dinosaurs are beautiful,” Sean Fang told Fox News. “They make everyone smile and should stay.”More on Geek.com:These Are the World’s 12 Weirdest BridgesWatch: This Baby’s First Word Is ‘Google’‘Miracle’ Coin That Saved WWII Soldier’s Life Goes Up for Auctionlast_img read more

More words dying and fewer words being added to languages in digital

first_imgWord extinction. The English word “Roentgenogram” derives from the Nobel prize winning scientist and discoverer of the X-ray, Wilhelm Röntgen (1845-1923). The prevalence of this word was quickly challenged by two main competitors, “X-ray” (recorded as “Xray” in the database) and “Radiogram.” The arithmetic mean frequency of these three time series is relatively constant over the 80-year period 1920-2000, 〈 f 〉 ≈ 10^-7, illustrating the limited linguistic “market share” that can be achieved by any competitor. We conjecture that the main reason “Xray” has a higher frequency is due to the “fitness gain” from its efficient short word length and also due to the fact that English has become the base language for scientific publication. Image (c) Scientific Reports doi:10.1038/srep00313 Journal information: Scientific Reports Suspecting that the addition of new words to languages might be inhibited by modern tools such as spellcheckers, the team looked at 107 words that have been recorded by Google as part of its book digitizing process, which is now estimated to represent somewhere near four percent of all of the world’s books. Because they are in digital form, it is possible to perform statistical analysis on them, which is just what the team did. In doing so, they were able to note when new words appeared in a language and then to see if they held on long enough to become permanent, or if they vanished after a certain amount of time. Analyzed works included books from 1800 to 2008.One of the most striking results the team found was that words being lost from the three languages occurred more often in the past ten to twenty years than in all of the other eras in the period of study. They also found that newer words were being added less frequently during the same period indicating that modern languages are shrinking. They suggest that electronic spellcheckers introduced during this period might be partly responsible for the change, as might the tendency to gravitate towards a smaller vocabulary when writing emails and especially when texting. They also cite the increased use of just one language, English, in science endeavors and projects, regardless of native tongue.Interestingly, the group also found that when new words are added in the digital age, they tend to become mainstream much faster than occurred in previous years, likely because of the same modern electronic communications tools that are causing languages to constrict. They also found that it generally takes at least forty years for new words to become truly accepted as a part of a language, and if that doesn’t happen, they tend to die. (PhysOrg.com) — Adding new words to an existing language, or dropping old ones is something people have always done. As new things or ideas are discovered, new words crop up to describe them. But now, in the digital age, that process appears to be slowing despite the increased pace of new things arriving on the scene. In a paper in Scientific Reports, a group from the Institutions Markets Technologies’ Lucca Institute for Advanced Studies in Italy, describe how they have found after studying English, Spanish and Hebrew trends, that words are being dropped from languages faster and new ones added at a slower rate, than at any other time over the past three hundred years. Chinese-English bilinguals are ‘automatic’ translators 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.center_img Explore further © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: Statistical Laws Governing Fluctuations in Word Use from Word Birth to Word Death, Scientific Reports 2, Article number: 313 doi:10.1038/srep00313AbstractWe analyze the dynamic properties of 107 words recorded in English, Spanish and Hebrew over the period 1800–2008 in order to gain insight into the coevolution of language and culture. We report language independent patterns useful as benchmarks for theoretical models of language evolution. A significantly decreasing (increasing) trend in the birth (death) rate of words indicates a recent shift in the selection laws governing word use. For new words, we observe a peak in the growth-rate fluctuations around 40 years after introduction, consistent with the typical entry time into standard dictionaries and the human generational timescale. Pronounced changes in the dynamics of language during periods of war shows that word correlations, occurring across time and between words, are largely influenced by coevolutionary social, technological, and political factors. We quantify cultural memory by analyzing the long-term correlations in the use of individual words using detrended fluctuation analysis.via Livescience Citation: More words dying and fewer words being added to languages in digital age: study (2012, March 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-words-dying-added-languages-digital.htmllast_img read more

Elon Musk suggests the new Roadster could get a rocket car

first_imgBut though Musk claims a flying Roaster is “certainly possible,” his Twitter musings come with a major caveat: “Just a question of safety.”The new Roadster is scheduled for release over two years from now, meaning Musk has time to tinker with flying car capabilities. Still, considering Musk’s recent track record with big claims, we’ll save our excitement for 2020. Not saying the next gen Roadster special upgrade package *will* definitely enable it to fly short hops, but maybe …Certainly possible. Just a question of safety. Rocket tech applied to a car opens up revolutionary possibilities.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2017 Always a fan of theatrics, Elon Musk unveiled a surprise new Roadster at Tesla’s Semi Truck event on Thursday night. And though the unexpected rollout already has tech media talking, Musk threw another detail into the mix on Sunday, claiming on Twitter that the Roadster might (big emphasis on “might,” here), as an upgrade option, have the limited ability to fly.As Musk teased on Twitter: “Not saying the next gen Roaster special upgrade package *will* definitely enable it to fly short hops, but maybe…”center_img Image: Getty ImagesBy Laura Vitto2017-11-19 23:47:14 UTClast_img read more

TriggerMesh announces open source Knative Lambda Runtime AWS Lambda functions can now

first_img“We believe that the key to enabling cloud native applications, is to provide true portability and communication across disparate cloud infrastructure.”Mark Hinkle, co-founder of TriggerMesh Yesterday, TriggerMesh- the open source multi-cloud service management platform- announced their open source project ‘Knative Lambda Runtime’ (TriggerMesh KLR). KLR will bring AWS Lambda serverless computing to Kubernetes which will enable users to run Lambda functions on Knative-enabled clusters and serverless clouds. Amazon Web Services’ ( AWS) Lambda for serverless computing can only be used on AWS and not on another cloud platform. TriggerMesh KLR changes the game completely as now, users can avail complete portability of Amazon Lambda functions to Knative native enabled clusters, and Knative enabled serverless cloud infrastructure “without the need to rewrite these serverless functions”. Fun fact: KLR is pronounced as ‘clear’ Features of TriggerMesh Knative Lambda Runtime Knative is a  Google Cloud-led Kubernetes-based platform which can be used to build, deploy, and manage modern serverless workloads. KLR are Knative build templates that can be used to runan AWS Lambda function in a Kubernetes cluster as is in a Knative powered Kubernetes cluster (installed with Knative). KLR enables serverless users to move functions back and forth between their Knative and AWS Lambda. AWS Lambda Custom Runtime API in combination with the Knative Build system makes deploying KLR possible. Serverless users have shown a positive response to this announcement, with most of them excited for this news. Kelsey Hightower, developer advocate, Google Cloud Platform, calls this news ‘dope’ and we can understand why! His talk at KubeCon+CloudNativeCon 2018 had focussed on serveless and its security aspects. Now that AWS Lambda functions can be run on Google’s Knative, this marks a new milestone for TriggerMesh. It would be interesting to see how this moulds the path to a Kubernetes hybrid-cloud model. Head over to TriggerMesh’s official blog for more insights to this news. Read Next Introducing Grafana’s ‘Loki’ (alpha), a scalable HA multi-tenant log aggregator for cloud natives; optimized for Grafana, Prometheus and Kubernetes DigitalOcean launches its Kubernetes-as-a-service at KubeCon+CloudNativeCon to ease running containerized apps Elastic launches Helm Charts (alpha) for faster deployment of Elasticsearch and Kibana to Kuberneteslast_img read more

Bosques de Doña Rosa Bed and Breakfast For Sale in San Antonio

first_img info heading info content Price: $679,000COD: 1-480Email: realestate@ticotimes.netPhone: +(506) 2258-1558Province: HerediaCantón: HerediaConstruction: 490m2Land: 589m2Bedrooms: 12Parking: 8A/C: YesThis newly renovated bed and breakfast is located in the upscale suburb community of Bosques de Doña Rosa within Cuidad Cariari. The property is located only minutes from the Juan Santamaría International Airport, international corporate centers, fine dining restaurants and just a couple of blocks from the Cariari Country Club and Golf Resort.This 12 room bed and breakfast is sold fully permitted and licensed and furnished.The neighboring house is also for sale and currently available, in the event that the buyer would like to expand the bed and breakfast or simply live next to the business.Owner financing is availableSee this and other listings in the new Tico Times Real Estate section here. https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/1-480-07.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/1-480-04.jpg Previous Image https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/1-480-06.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/1-480-01.jpgcenter_img Next Image No related posts. https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/1-480-03.jpg Facebook Comments https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/1-480-02.jpglast_img read more

Colorado Attorney General Reaches Settlement with LPS

first_imgColorado Attorney General Reaches Settlement with LPS October 30, 2012 491 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-10-30 Abby Gregory In Colorado, “”Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS)””:http://www.lpsvcs.com/Pages/default.aspx, has reached a settlement with the state’s attorney general. [IMAGE]Concluding the investigation into document execution practices by subsidiaries of LPS, the company has agreed to provide [COLUMN_BREAK]payment and reimbursement fees in exchange for a release of potential liability.According to the terms of the settlement, LPS will pay $1.3 million, as well an additional $500,000 to cover fees and costs to the Colorado attorney general. In return, the deal provides for a “”release of potential liability of LPS and its subsidiaries related to past document execution practices in Colorado.”” Commenting on the proceedings, Hugh Harris, president and CEO of LPS, stated, “”This settlement is another important step in our continuing efforts to resolve legal and regulatory issues related to past, discontinued document execution practices.””LPS remains focused on resolving all remaining legal and regulatory challenges as expeditiously as possible, and is committed to ensuring that we continue to operate with integrity and compliance in everything we do,”” Harris concluded.center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Sharelast_img read more

Travelport has launched a global campaign to encou

first_imgTravelport has launched a global campaign to encourage more support for airline passengers with intellectual disabilities, aligned with the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2019.The travel commerce platform says it aims to improve awareness and use of the DPNA Special Service Request (SSR) code, which can be used by travel agents, among others, to alert airlines when a passenger has intellectual or developmental disability and needs assistance.Travelport’s six-month long campaign will reach more than 100,000 travel agents in over 30 countries. It features electronic direct mails (EDMs) as well as ‘sign on alerts’ and graphical ‘prompts’ delivered through the company’s flagship Travelport Smartpoint tool, which is used by travel agents, among others, to search and book airline seats, hotel rooms and more. The EDMs and ‘sign on alerts’ are being shown to its travel agent partners globally, while the ‘prompts’ are activated when a consultant is at the booking stage of a flight to over 30 of the most popular destinations in the world such as London, New York, Sydney and Delhi.The campaign was initiated after Travelport found evidence of exceptionally low use of the code on bookings made through its global distribution system (GDS). GDS are vast hi-tech reservation networks that allow travel agents, travel management companies and large corporations, to search and book airline seats, hotel rooms, rental cars, and other travel related items. Despite registering more than 250 million flight bookings through its GDS globally in 2018, and an estimated 200 million people worldwide having an intellectual disability (2.6% of the global population), the code was used just 4,309 times (approximately 0.0015% of total flight bookings). A poll of 136 of travel agents, conducted by Travelport, revealed just 24% know the code exists.Gordon Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Travelport, said: “Travel can be a particularly challenging time for people who require special assistance, so once we discovered such low use of the DPNA SSR code, we decided to take action. Our point of sale, Travelport Smartpoint, with all of its graphical and prompted capabilities offers the perfect channel to reach and remind travel agents across the world of the existence of this facility, enabling them to work in better partnership with our airline customers in the service of these travelers. We hope this campaign will not only make a difference in the travel industry but act as a catalyst for other organizations to investigate how their industry or the industry they serve can better support people with intellectual disabilities and make improvements where needed.” airlineslast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Cunard has revealed a

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterCunard has revealed a new menu for its popular Commodore Club, featuring a blend of signature cocktails created in honour of each of the cruise line’s seven knighted commodores.The menu shares the fascinating stories of the knighted Cunard Commodores and features special illustrations in a modern menu design, infusing the cocktail experience onboard Cunard’s three Queens with rich maritime history.With the Commodore Club enjoying a prime location on each of the Cunard Queens, the transformed menu is one of a number of new food and beverage concepts being launched across the fleet.The seven newly designed cocktails include ‘Over the Top’ inspired by Commodore Sir James Charles (1865-1928). Known for doing things on a grand scale, this Commodore’s dinner parties aboard Aquitania were renowned as opulent social affairs, and this aromatic and refreshing sharing cocktail is extravagantly presented, just the way Sir James would expect.Another cocktail on the menu is the ‘Punch Romain à la Carpathia’, believed to be the last libation served onboard the Titanic. This intriguing cocktail is inspired by Commodore Sir Arthur Rostron (1869–1940), who led the safe rescue of passengers on the Titanic, and features Advocaat as the signature ingredient.Cunard worked with illustrator Lauren Crowe who created intricate pencil illustrations of each of the knighted commodores as part of the new menu design. Cunard Director Angus Struthers said commemorating Cunard’s seven most decorated commodores was testament to their prestige and rich history.“Inspired by this history, each character is reflected in an artful and carefully crafted way, and we hope our guests enjoy this new series of cocktails celebrating the Commodores’ remarkable stories,” Mr Struthers said.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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