Can Sentiment Analysis Platform Predict Outcome of US Election?

first_img November 11, 2016 at 8:51 am Log in to Reply “Well, it goes without saying that this is where the cream of society hangs out — is the place to see and be seen LOL” “Unless the analysis includes metadata like the locations of the folks posting on the social networks. “ JackPeacock says: “The rural vs urban divide has been known about since at least 2000 so it should be taken into account by now. There may also be a divide between younger and older although that’s much less pronounced.nThose most active on social networks tend to be young November 9, 2016 at 9:40 pm Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Clive”Max”Maxfield says: November 9, 2016 at 6:09 pm November 9, 2016 at 3:57 pm “The election results show a sharp divide between rural and urban voters. If social networks are biased to urban populations the results tend to exclude a large proportion of the voter base. Based on Tuesday’s results this appears to explain failure of po Log in to Reply Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Clive”Max”Maxfield says: “But as the USC/L.A. Times poll showed (since it was closer than any other major poll to being right) the correct weighting of the data is key to getting an accurate result. According to the article below, if you take their data and use the same weighting Social media systems like Facebook and Twitter contain a wealth of information about how their users feel about current topics of interest — the trick is to be able to root through vast amounts of data and extract the hidden gems of information.The word “sentiment” is defined as a view of, or attitude toward, a situation or event; an opinion; or a feeling of emotion. ZimGo, from BPU Holdings (BPU), is a Sentiment Analysis Platform that is designed to evaluate huge amounts of social media data to determine what people feel about particular topics.ZimGo features a sophisticated pattern recognition engine. In the case of its natural language processing (NLP) capabilities, ZimGo augments regular dictionaries with the use of the Urban Dictionary, thereby allowing it to parse and understand posts using slang. Furthermore, ZimGo also includes emojis and hashtags in its analysis.Of course, one topic of great interest is the US election, which is in progress at the time of this writing. The creators of ZimGo recently ran a sentiment analysis on the approval ratings for Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton associated with various key topics. The ensuing analysis can be presented in a variety of ways, including day-by-day and hour-by-hour (it’s interesting to see how approval ratings varied by topic throughout the course of the presidential debates), but an overall summary is shown below.Approval ratings for Trump vs. Clinton (Source: BPU Holdings) Measuring areas like the economy, foreign affairs, healthcare, immigration, income distribution, and Washington culture, the ZimGo analysis revealed the public’s close positive/negative feelings toward the candidates. The most recent debate only minimally affected these sentiments, perhaps confirming the level of follower commitment late in the election process. The most notable exception is that the sentiment toward Clinton is significantly more positive with regard to income distribution.BPU Holdings recently announced plans to offer free licenses for the ZimGo sentiment analysis platform to university development partners in Korea and the US. Initially available in Korean, English and Japanese versions of ZimGo will soon be available in limited beta release. Those interested in joining the beta may enroll at cwildhorse says: 6 thoughts on “Can Sentiment Analysis Platform Predict Outcome of US Election?” elizabethsimon says: November 9, 2016 at 11:28 am elizabethsimon says: November 14, 2016 at 7:10 pm Continue Reading Previous Next-generation military radio systemsNext How to prevent IoT-based Internet outages: #2 Floodgate “thank you for the article … As with many platforms, the depth of the data is limited only by the amount of resources we want to dedicate. The beauty of twitter is that it does include the GEO and the Demographic data with the posts, as well as the tech Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Understanding the real limits of current AI technology

first_imgGo ahead. Ask Siri on your iPhone: “Tell me good Italian restaurants nearby.” Instantly, you get a list. Great.So, ask again. This time, “How about bad Italian restaurants nearby?” A list pops up, but most of the bad restaurants are also good restaurants on the previous list.No one with a minimal grasp of technology should be surprised. Siri — on your so-called smartphone — doesn’t know good from bad.Oops.In fact, modern AI (i.e. Siri, IBM’s Watson, etc.) is not capable of “reading” (a sentence, situation, an expression) or “understanding” same. AI, however, is great at pretending as though it understands what someone just asked, by doing a lot of “searching” and “optimizing.”This is one point made emphatically by Noriko Arai, a mathematician at the National Institute of Informatics in Japan, in a recent book entitled “AI vs. Children Who Can’t Read Textbooks.”You might recall her name from a 2017 TED talk. Arai gained her notoriety by launching the “Can a Robot Get into the University of Tokyo?” project in 2011. I’d heard of the project but paid little attention until I read her book.Noriko AraiArai explains that passing the exam to enter Todai (short for the University of Tokyo in Japanese) turns to be very ambitious challenge for a machine. Unlike Jeopardy! — always framed as factoid questions — the entrance exams for Todai consists of seven sections, including math, English, science, and a 600-word essay. Each section poses distinct challenges for researchers translating natural language into machine-readable formula.In the end, after several years of R&D by roughly 100 people — including PhD students and corporate researchers — Arai’s Todai Robot flunked the Todai exam. However, the robot did better than 80% of the students who took the test.Definitely junior-college material.There are many ways to interpret the Todai Robot Project, and many implications. However, here’s where I find the genius in Arai’s project: Continue Reading Previous VadaTech presents base board for wideband massive MIMO software defined radioNext Kontron: KBox B-201-CFL offers compact housing and flexible mounting options ThomasMaloney says: Arai assessed where Japan went wrong with its now infamous “Fifth Generation Computer System.” Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Log in to Reply 2 thoughts on “Understanding the real limits of current AI technology” She compares a Todai Robot, that can search and optimize but can’t really understand the meaning of questions, to Japanese kids who similarly cram information into their heads before taking tests, but on a very superficial level, not understanding questions they said they’d read. Succinctly lays out the basic limitations AI faces today.center_img March 26, 2019 at 5:12 am “Well, obviously we cannot expect an AI to work exactly like a human brain. There are certain limitations that restrict their thinking or how they really function which should be kind of expected since they are basically programmed to work as such. If they Arai framed her big AI research project in a simple, easy-to-understand catch phrase that got everyone’s attention: “Can AI Ace the Entrance Exam of a Top University?” Who wouldn’t want to know? Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology March 26, 2019 at 2:30 am “Of course AI still has a long way to go. If and when artificial intelligence reaches the standard of computing and processing that the human brains have, we will be in a lot of trouble I reckon! We need to embrace the fact that there are such quirks and p StephenGiderson says: Fifth Generation Computer Project You might have heard of Japan’s Fifth Generation Computer System, a massive government-industry collaboration launched in 1982. The goal was a computer “using massively parallel computing and processing” to provide a platform for future developments in “artificial intelligence.” Reading through what was stated then, I know I’m not the only one feeling a twinge of “Déjà vu.”The plan was to build a high-speed parallel computing machine around the concepts of logic programming. The planners believed that logic reasoning would help Japan design AI applications such as automatic diagnostic systems or machine translation. More than 5 billion yen was poured into the project.Japan bet its national reputation on this effort. In those days, Japan was often viewed as a heavy borrower of knowledge from abroad while contributing little of its own ingenuity to the outside world. Japan hoped to deflect the stereotype and build a new reputation.The project was an abject failure. There is no fifth-generation computer to speak of today. Yet, no official reports exist in Japan today analyzing what went haywire, according to Arai. She suspects that this is one reason why Japan has steered clear of big AI projects ever since.Curiously, Arai points out that the U.S. corporations have all learned from Japan’s failure.Big companies like IBM and Google “quickly abandoned the idea of developing AI around logic programming. They shifted their efforts to developing a statistical method in designing AI for Google translation, or IBM’s Watson,” she explained in her book. Modern AI thrives on the power of statistics and probability.last_img read more

USMNT to play France, Ireland and Paraguay

first_imgUnited States U.S. national team announces friendlies with France, Ireland and Paraguay Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 06:08 2/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Christian Pulisic USA World Cup USA Today Sports United States World Cup France Republic of Ireland Paraguay After missing the 2018 World Cup, the U.S. plays the South American country in March before heading to Europe in June for a pair of matches The U.S. men’s national team announced Monday a trio of friendlies against France, the Republic of Ireland and Paraguay.The game against the South American country will take place during the March international break, while the two European friendlies are set for June.Paraguay will travel to face the U.S. on March 27 at 7 p.m. ET. The match will take place Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, home of North Carolina FC of the second-division USL. The U.S. last faced Paraguay in the 2016 Copa America Centenario, with the Americans walking away 1-0 victors. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The U.S. will face off against Ireland on June 2 at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The U.S. will match up against France a week later at Groupama Stadium in Lyon in a World Cup tuneup for Les Bleus.France and Ireland will meet each other prior to their games against the U.S., facing off May 28 in Paris.While France is headed for Russia this summer, neither Paraguay nor Ireland will be joining them, with the former finishing seventh in CONEMBOL qualifying and the latter losing out to Denmark in a UEFA playoff.With the March and June friendlies falling during international windows, the U.S. will be able to call in a full complement of players.Having missed out on the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the next competitive match for the U.S. will be the CONCACAF League of Nations, which is expected to begin play in September.The national team is currently led by interim coach Dave Sarachan, who guided the team to a 1-1 friendly result against Portugal in November and a 0-0 draw against Bosnia & Herzegovina last month.New federation president Carlos Cordeiro is expected to hire a general manager of the men’s national team in the near future. That GM is expected to handle the hiring of a full-time head coach, which may not happen until after this summer’s World Cup.last_img read more

Bill Self, Les Miles Star In Ridiculous ‘Step Brothers’ Parody

first_imgBill Self and Les Miles speaking in an office.Despite the struggles it has endured over the last decade, Kansas football now actually has a big name head coach to line up with its more successful and prestigious basketball program. Les Miles is preparing for his first season in Lawrence.Like KU basketball coach Bill Self, Miles has won a national title. The two men even won it all in the same school year, 2007-08.Miles and Self played up their similarities in a newly-released video from Kansas Athletics. In it, they do their best impression of the scene from “Step Brothers.”Yes, Bill and Les are now “best friends.”Did @CoachBillSelf and @CoachLesMiles just become best friends??#KULateNight // #RockChalk— Kansas Jayhawks (@KUAthletics) April 15, 2019If you’re not familiar with the film “Step Brothers,” which came out the same year Self and Miles won their national titles, this is the scene that clip was based on.Miles will have his work cut out for him this fall and beyond though. Kansas hasn’t had a winning season on the gridiron since 2008.The year before that, 2007, was when the school had its greatest season, going 12-1 and winning the Orange Bowl.last_img read more

Mohammed Shami is going to be the biggest asset for India at World Cup: Ashish Nehra

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 4, 2019UPDATED: March 4, 2019 12:41 IST Mohammed Shami’s improved fitness has come as a huge boost to India’s World Cup plans (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMohammed Shami has been impressive not just in Saturday’s ODI but for the last year-and-half: NehraShami has received a lot of praise for his fitness from India captain Virat KohliShami has established himself as one of the top three pacers for India in the lead up to the World CupFormer India fast bowler Ashish Nehra has said Mohammed Shami is going to be crucial to India’s chances at the 2019 Cricket World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales. Nehra lauded Shami’s lean appearance, saying the pacer’s fitness is “really, really impressive”,Nehra’s comments come even as Mohammed Shami has been coming up with impressive performances for India in the ODI format. Shami has been one of India’s most consistent bowlers in Tests. The Bengal pacer was one of the standout performers for India during their overseas trips in 2018 as he picked up 68 wickets in 12 matches while forming a lethal combination with Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma.Since making a comeback to the ODI squad in 2018 in a home series against the West Indies, Shami has been making a strong claim for a place in India’s World Cup squad. The 28-year-old shone in India’s 4-1 win over New Zealand in New Zealand and has continued his impressive form in the ongoing ODI series against Australia.In Hyderabad, Shami picked up the crucial wickets of Glenn Maxwell and Ashton Turner and showcased brilliant control with both the old and the new ball. Shami’s fitness and consistency have come as a huge boost to India, who are still looking for options to assemble a strong 15-man squad for the World Cup.”Mohammed Shami has been really impressive, not just in this series and today’s [Saturday] game but for the last year and year-and-half. From South Africa tour I would say. Test cricket, he bowled really well. Bowled long spells. His fitness has been really really impressive. He is going to be a big asset for India,” Nehra told CricketNext.advertisementShami recently received a lot of praise from India captain Virat Kohli, who has been marvelling at the Bengal pacer’s improved fitness. Speaking after India’s six-wicket win over Australia in the first ODI, Kohli said: “The way Shami has come back into the white-ball set-up after his Test performances, have never seen him so lean before. He has lost 5-6 kg. He’s running in and bowling so well.Nagpur next. With the lean mean pace machine @MdShami11 Kohli (@imVkohli) March 3, 2019″The lines and length he’s bowling; got Maxi on 40-odd out with a beautiful ball. He has the wicket-taking ability and he’s hungry for wickets. Heading into the WC, it’s a great sign for team India. If he can stay hungry like this and look for wickets and he has the ability to back it up with Bumrah and Kuldeep, it’s gonna be great to stand in the field and watch.”Also Read | Lean, mean pace machine: Virat Kohli poses with Mohammed Shami ahead of Nagpur ODIAlso Read | India facing healthy headache, reserves going to be key at the World Cup: MSK PrasadAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Mohammed ShamiFollow Ashish NehraFollow India national cricket teamFollow 2019 World Cup Mohammed Shami is going to be the biggest asset for India at World Cup: Ashish NehraEchoing India captain Virat Kohli’s assessment of Mohammed Shami, Ashish Nehra said he has been really impressed with the Bengal pacer’s fitness and consistency.advertisementlast_img read more

Preselection for Overseas Employment Programme Begins June 26

first_img Pre-selection for the Overseas Employment Programme, administered by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, will be held between June 26 and July 17.This programme provides opportunities for hundreds of Jamaicans on Canadian and American farms yearly.Recruitment for the programme is done based on the needs of employers.The last recruitment was done in 2015 and resulted in a pool of approximately 3,000 persons from which to select.To ensure successful placement in the programme, persons must satisfy a number of requirements. Candidates must:• Be between 21 and 45 years old• Possess a Tax Registration Number (TRN) and a National Insurance Scheme (NIS) number• Possess a valid passport• Be literate• Have not been refused a visa in the last year by the Canadian or United States of America authorities• Not have been previously deported from any country• Possess no criminal recordApplication forms are available through several avenues, including Members of Parliament, mayors and councillors, the Ministry’s parish offices, civic organisations, trade unions and agricultural schools.After the forms have been completed and submitted to the Ministry, they are processed and then interviews are scheduled islandwide.Normally, four locations are visited across the country – 110-114 East Street in Kingston; Mandeville, Manchester; Montego Bay, St. James and St. Ann.Director of Manpower Services in the Ministry, Andrea Miller Stennett, explains to JIS News that after the interview stage, candidates are put in a pool for placement.“They are then required to submit a police record before they do a medical examination. If the candidates are found to be in good health, they are placed with an employer and then we call them to do biometric tests,” she outlines.They then fulfil the visa requirements for Canada or the United States, after which travel arrangements are made.Mrs. Miller-Stennett, however, cautions candidates that even if they have met the requirements outlined by the Ministry, there is no guarantee that they will be employed.“The Ministry cannot guarantee placement on any farm overseas, even if the candidates are successful with our processes, because there is a visa process that they have to go through where the Canadian and US authorities make a determination as to whether or not they are admissible,” she says.Approximately 375 farmworkers left the island for Canada in January. Last year, 15,611 workers participated in the Overseas Employment Programme. Of this figure, 8,934, or more than 50 per cent, went to Canada. This represented an increase of 844 new workers when compared with the same period in 2015.More information on the Overseas Employment Programme can be found on the Ministry’s website: or by calling 922-9500-14. Story Highlights To ensure successful placement in the programme, persons must satisfy a number of requirements. Recruitment for the Overseas Employment Programme, administered by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, will be held between June 26 and July 17. Approximately 375 farmworkers left the island for Canada in January. Last year, 15,611 workers participated in the Overseas Employment Programme. Of this figure, 8,934, or more than 50 per cent, went to Canada. This represented an increase of 844 new workers when compared with the same plast_img read more

Development Approval Time to be Reduced from 90 to 60 Days by March 2018

first_img The Government is targeting a reduction in the development approval process timeline from 90 to 60 days by March 2018. Speaking at the signing of the loan agreement with World Bank Country Manager for Jamaica, Galina Sotirova, at the Ministry’s offices in Kingston on June 28, Mr. Shaw said the loan will also support the Administration’s targeted programme of fiscal consolidation and enhanced public financial management. Story Highlights The Government is targeting a reduction in the development approval process timeline from 90 to 60 days by March 2018.Additionally, the Administration has taken steps to reduce the time taken to establish a business by facilitating an electronic registration process, Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, has said.These measures, he indicated, form part of the thrust to further improve Jamaica’s investment climate and competitiveness by removing impediments to the ease of doing business in order to facilitate investors.They are among the programmed reforms for which the World Bank has provided the Second Competitiveness and Fiscal Management Programmatic Development Policy Loan (DPL) in the sum of J$9.01 billion (US$70 million) for Jamaica.Speaking at the signing of the loan agreement with World Bank Country Manager for Jamaica, Galina Sotirova, at the Ministry’s offices in Kingston on June 28, Mr. Shaw said the loan will also support the Administration’s targeted programme of fiscal consolidation and enhanced public financial management.He noted that this is another priority area for the Government which, he assured, remains committed to improving public efficiency, quality and cost effectiveness.To this end, Mr. Shaw said several initiatives aimed at achieving better expenditure oversight and management through public procurement and public sector pension management reforms are being targeted.He further said the Public Investment Management System has been established within the Finance Ministry to streamline the appraisal, approval and management of all public investments.Mr. Shaw said the provision is welcome as it will support the Government’s undertaking to achieve and fast-track higher levels of economic growth, provide additional employment, reduce poverty levels and inequality and streamline Jamaica’s energy sources, in addition to encouraging better fiscal management and strengthening the business climate.“The Government of Jamaica stands resolute in its commitment to this programme of reforms and welcomes the continued invaluable contribution of the World Bank. Jamaica looks forward to reaping the positive effects of the reforms on the economy and anticipates continued collaboration with the Bank in support of the Government’s overall growth objectives,” he added.For her part, Mrs. Sotirova said the loan is the third of three DPLs totalling approximately J$34.8 billion (US$270 million), which the Bank has provided under its Country Strategy for Jamaica since 2014.She indicated that it is a testament to the institution’s faith in Jamaica’s sustained and strong commitment to implementing a “really ambitious” reform programme “which has led to a favourable economic outlook.”In this regard, Mrs. Sotirova anticipates that Jamaica’s economic performance will continue improving, once the Administration stays the course.She also reaffirmed the Bank’s commitment “to be Jamaica’s long-standing partner in the implementation of an ambitious and sustained reform programme…and in bringing about prosperity and development for the Jamaican people.”Jamaica’s last loan allocation was the J$9.7 billion (US$75 million) First Competitiveness and Fiscal Management Programmatic provision, disbursed in March 2015, and which funded the initial phase of the Government’s reform agenda.The country has benefitted from a total of J$77.9 billion (US$605 million) in World Bank funding support for the overall reform programme. Additionally, the Administration has taken steps to reduce the time taken to establish a business by facilitating an electronic registration process, Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, has said.last_img read more

Jamaica Cancer Society Hosts Anti-tobacco Youth Forum

first_img Scores of students from a number of high schools in the Corporate Area turned out for the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) Ninth Annual Anti-Tobacco Youth Forum held recently at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston.The event was part of a cadre of activities in observation of Healthy Lifestyle Awareness Month.While the key focus of the event was on tobacco use, other unhealthy practices such as poor eating habits and physical inactivity were also addressed.Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, who addressed the students, urged them to make wise choices as it relates to their health.He lamented that there is a growing prevalence of physical inactivity among the youth.“Youngsters today are more interested in engaging with their electronic devices, and so they are living a more sedentary lifestyle than their predecessors,” he pointed out.Dr. Tufton encouraged the students to take the information garnered back to their homes and communities.He said they should encourage those they care about to practise a healthy lifestyle, including adopting good eating habits and getting annual check-ups.Executive Director of the JCS, Yulit Gordon, for her part, charged the young people in attendance to be responsible in their decision-making as it relates to their well-being, and avoid the dangerous practice of tobacco smoking.She indicated that tobacco-related illnesses globally have severely impacted healthcare systems, and a number of countries, including Jamaica, have moved to implement tobacco regulations to minimise the overall impact of tobacco use.Ms. Gordon further appealed to those who may have already begun using tobacco to take advantage of a cessation programme that is available through the JCS and the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA). Ms. Gordon further appealed to those who may have already begun using tobacco to take advantage of a cessation programme that is available through the JCS and the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA). Story Highlights Executive Director of the JCS, Yulit Gordon, for her part, charged the young people in attendance to be responsible in their decision-making as it relates to their well-being, and avoid the dangerous practice of tobacco smoking. Scores of students from a number of high schools in the Corporate Area turned out for the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) Ninth Annual Anti-Tobacco Youth Forum held recently at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston.last_img read more

Sarah Henstra wins Governor Generals fiction prize for book on campus politics

first_imgOTTAWA – Toronto author Sarah Henstra says she thinks her win at this year’s Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language fiction signals that Canadian readers are hungry for literature that tackles thorny cultural issues.Henstra is among the winners announced Tuesday for her first foray into adult fiction, “The Red Word,” set at the epicentre of the polarized debate about sexual assault on university campuses.The novel follows 19-year-old Karen Huls, a Canadian student at a prominent U.S. college in the 1990s, who is awakened to the ambiguities of gender politics after moving in with a group of radical feminist activists while dating a member of a fraternity notorious for drug-fuelled misogyny.When she found out she had won the $25,0000 award, Henstra said she first had to make sure that someone wasn’t trying to pull a fast one on her.“You sure this isn’t a joke?” Henstra recalled asking a prize administrator, shaking with shock at the news.A peer review described the work as “groundbreaking and provocative,” and an “astonishing evisceration of the cliches of sexual politics.” The committee also uncharacteristically invoked foul language in their citation to applaud Henstra’s incisive blend of ancient mythology and contemporary issues.But before the deluge of critical acclaim, Henstra, who also authored the 2015 young adult novel “Mad Miss Mimic,” said she struggled to find a publisher for “The Red Word,” which eventually landed at ECW Press, because of the novel’s prickly subject matter and reluctance to issue black-and-white moral judgments.“I don’t offer easy answers in the novel, and I think that was difficult for some publishers to imagine how they would frame that for readers,” Henstra said in a phone interview in between classes at Ryerson University, where she teaches English literature.Henstra said her students have connected with the book, and while some have been dismayed by the lack of justice for the characters they consider to be the story’s antagonists, they recognize the “fog of war” that takes hold when the ideas they learn about in the classroom play out in practice.Teaching also gives Henstra a first-hand glimpse of how the feminist discourse has changed with a generation of activists emboldened by the #MeToo movement and versed in the fluidity of gender.“I think the vocabulary is much clearer now, and more agreed upon now, than it was in the 1990s,” said Henstra. “We’re able to have a much wider conversation now, and get many, many more women’s experiences into the conversation.”Henstra said the persistence of mythologies about gender, which she explores both in the novel and the classroom, can instill a sense of “hopelessness” that these notions are so deeply ingrained in our culture, they can never change.But she said the Governor General’s Literary Award’s recognition of “The Red Word” suggests that a new kind of mythology could be emerging as conversations about gender take centre stage in the literary world and beyond.“I think it speaks to a kind of courage we have as readers in Canada right now,” said Henstra. (There’s) a kind of a real thirst to engage with these issues in real ways, and to grapple with them rather than try to jump to easy solutions.”The Governor General’s Awards, founded in 1936, are among the country’s oldest literary honours. English and French awards are handed out in seven categories with the winners receiving $25,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, which administers the prizes.This year’s prize for non-fiction went to Darrel J. McLeod of Sooke, B.C., for his debut “Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age” (Douglas & McIntyre), which judges hailed as an intimate examination of gender fluidity, familial violence and cultural hybridity told with “phoenix-like strength.”Cecily Nicholson of Burnaby, B.C., won the poetry award for “Wayside Sang” (Talonbooks), which offers a discursive look at the migration of the black diaspora around the border between Windsor, Ont., and Detroit.Jordan Tannahill won the honour in the drama category for his reimagining of art history with “Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom” (Playwrights Canada Press).In the young people’s literature category, the text award went to Jonathan Auxier’s “Sweep: The Story of a Girl and her Monster” (Puffin Canada). Toronto’s Jillian Tamaki won the illustrated book award for “They Say Blue” (Groundwood Books).The English translation honour went to Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott in Montreal for “Descent into Night” (Mawenzi House Publishers) by Edem Awumey.The awards will be presented Nov. 28 in a ceremony presided over by Gov. Gen. Julie Payette at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.Publishers of award winners also receive $3,000 and the finalists for each award get $1,000.— By Adina Bresge in Torontolast_img read more

Stars Attend 2017 World of Children Hero Awards

first_imgLast week, World of Children, a global recognition and funding organization for individuals exclusively serving the needs of vulnerable children, held the 2017 World of Children Hero Awards at Montage Beverly Hills.Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski at 2017 World of Children Hero AwardsCredit/Copyright: Randy Shropshire, Getty Images for World of ChildrenHosted by {celebrity:Brooke Burke-Charvet, the evening recognized four extraordinary individuals for their work with children in various parts of the world. Funds raised at the event will benefit the World of Children Honorees to continue their outstanding work with children.Brooke Burke-Charvet at 2017 World of Children Hero AwardsCredit/Copyright: Randy Shropshire, Getty Images for World of ChildrenAttendees at the event included Amanda Seyfried (The Last Word) and husband Thomas Sadoski (Life in Pieces), Award Presenter Lily Aldridge Followill (World of Children Ambassador, Honorary Chair), Emcee Brooke Burke-Charvet (Actress, TV Personality, and CEO of ModernMom) with husband David Charvet and their daughter Rain Charvet and son Shaya Charvet, Award Presenter Alyssa Milano(Actress, Producer, Entertainer, Philanthropist) with husband Dave Bugliari, Rachel Roy (Fashion Designer, Honorary Chair) with her daughters Ava Dash and Tallulah Dash, Honorary Speaker Caryl M. Stern (President and CEO – U.S. Fund for UNICEF), Kay Isaacson Leibowitz and Harry Leibowitz (World of Children Co-Founders, Event Co-Chairs), Award Presenter Cade Hudson (CAA Agent, Honorary Chair), David Salzman (Producer, Honorary Chair), Heidi Nahser-Fink (James Banks Design Co-Founder & Designer), Veronica Grazer (Honorary Chair, Board Member), and more.Alyssa Milano at 2017 World of Children Hero AwardsCredit/Copyright: Randy Shropshire, Getty Images for World of Childrenlast_img read more

Tech firms states face feds in net neutrality court battle

WASHINGTON — Tech companies and nearly half a dozen U.S. states are clashing with the Trump administration in federal court over the repeal of net neutrality, a set of rules aimed at preventing big internet providers from discriminating against certain technology and services.The faceoff comes in a federal appeals court hearing Friday. The companies, including Mozilla and Vimeo, want the judges to restore the net neutrality regime. It was set in 2015 during the Obama administration and repealed in December 2017 under a regulator appointed by President Donald Trump.The rules had banned cable, wireless and other broadband providers from blocking or slowing websites of their choosing or charging Netflix and other services extra to reach viewers faster.Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press read more

Ubers Q1 losses reach 1B despite revenue growth

NEW YORK — Uber is continuing to bleed money even as it posts dramatic revenue growth.In its first financial release since its lacklustre IPO, Uber reported Thursday that revenue rose to $3.1 billion in the first quarter of 2019, up 20% from the same time last year. But the ride-hailing giant posted $1 billion in losses as it fights to maintain market share.Chief Financial Officer Nelson Chai says Uber will not hesitate to invest to defend its market position. He also says he’s noticed less aggressive pricing by competitors.CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says customer engagement across Uber’s platform was higher than ever with an average of 17 million trips per day.Uber went public three weeks ago and its shares have been trading below its IPO price ever since.Cathy Bussewitz, The Associated Press read more

Government says detention only a last resort

The Government says that detention of irregular migrants is a step taken only as a measure of last resort and always for a very short time period in order to make necessary arrangements for their departure.The Government was responding to a report by the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau. The Government also said that all cases of detention are individually assessed to establish nationality, reasons for violating immigration regulations etc, in order to liaise with foreign missions, IOM, families of the detainees to facilitate early departure.Foreigners who are found violating Immigration regulations are immediately removed from the country if there is a valid passport and a return air ticket in their possession.In the event the persons concerned do not have the required documentation/tickets/finances, authorities are compelled to house them in the Mirihana Immigration Detention Centre, until suitable arrangements for deportation are made. In the report to the UN Human Rights Council which begins meeting in Geneva today, François Crépeau has also proposed that the Government refrain from detaining returned Sri Lankans who have migrated irregularly. In a response sent ahead of today’s Geneva session, the Sri Lankan Government said that it is not the intention of the authorities to detain families and children at any point, but under certain exceptional circumstances, authorities are compelled to keep them in approved places to ensure their security and safety until their repatriation.“All possible alternatives have been explored prior to such steps being taken,” the Government said. In the report, François Crépeau notes some concerns about foreigners detained in Sri Lanka for violating their visas. He had also urged Sri Lanka to decriminalize irregular departures from Sri Lanka, as irregular migration should only be seen as an administrative offence. During this period, authorities make every possible effort to obtain valid travel documents for these persons by liaising with the respective embassies expeditiously. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Sri Lanka yet to identify location for nuclear power plant

He said that the sensitive nature of the issue, including environmental concerns, would mean the process to decide on a nuclear power plant will take longer than usual. Perera said that Sri Lanka has the capability to monitor any possible threat from nuclear power plants in the region. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka is currently depending on hydro power, thermal and coal power and Perera said that as an alternative Sri Lanka is also looking at Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).The Deputy Minister also said that there was no threat to Sri Lanka from the nuclear power plants in India. Sri Lanka is yet to identify a suitable location to set up a nuclear power plant, the Power and Energy Ministry said today.Deputy Minister of Power and Energy Ajith P. Perera said that Sri Lanka is working with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to identify a suitable location for the plant. Perera said that Sri Lanka has however not taken a final decision on having a nuclear plant despite looking for appropriate land. read more

Letter Minister Holder lets the cat out of the bag

Dear Editor,The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU) was very disturbed having read an article entitled “Two Government Ministers differ over move to lay off Rose Hall sugar workers before year end” which was published on December 05, 2017, on an online news outlet.That article reports Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder as saying in reference to the closure and sell-out of estates that “…the move was in the pipeline for some two years”. From the Minister’s shocking, and maybe inadvertent admission, we have unceremoniously been told that the APNU/AFC Administration seemingly since the latter part of 2015 has had on the cards the cutting down of the sugar industry.This speaks a mouthful. Clearly, as some have opined and now confirmed by a Senior Administration Official, the Government was not honest when it said it wanted to save the sugar industry. Undoubtedly, it was engaged in mere theatrics when it invited the trade unions in the industry and the Opposition to receive views on protecting and safeguarding sugar.For the GAWU and more so the thousands of sugar workers who are affected by the cruel sugar plans, the Minister’s admission adds further insult to the injuries received from the Administration. At this time, a strong feeling of being deceived runs though the workers, the overwhelming majority of who have come to the sad realization that the APNU/AFC has never had their interests and concerns at heart.As the Government writes a painful chapter of our history, this recklessness shown in the sugar industry will also, no doubt, be a telling blow directed at the growth and vibrancy of our economy and our country.Moreover, GAWU has observed the several news reports regarding the disagreement between Minister of State, Joseph Harmon and Minister Holder regarding the issuance of redundancy notices to workers of Skeldon, Rose Hall, and East Demerara Estates.While our Union finds the contradiction interesting, it causes us to wonder about the quality of governance we have. It is even more alarming given the realization that the Government is at the centre of decisions condemning in a heartless manner, thousands of Guyanese workers to the breadline with several thousand facing the threat to be similarly affected.This tug-of-war with the fate of our workers prompts our Union to once again put on record that despite several commitments by spokespersons of the Administration to ensure that alternative arrangements are put in place for the workers nothing has been done. This is distressing situation and workers are justifiably questioning whether there was really any plan to address their plight and difficulties that they and their families face in a jobless existence.What is disheartening for us too is the Government’s traversing the road whereby it is considering plans to miniaturize sugar and is obviously indifferent to the harmful repercussions which we see playing out before our eyes.The absence of the highly-paid Government officials discussing with the workers their new-found plight speaks a lot about their concern and respect for the workers and their families.This is something that is now etched in the minds of the people of the sugar belt as they face up to the challenges brought about from what clearly were ill-considered and poorly thought-out decisions.Yours sincerely,GAWU Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGAWU urges PM to get acquainted with misfortunes of affected sugar workersMarch 17, 2017In “latest news”Gov’t to bail out GuySuCo from financial crisisMay 27, 2015In “Politics”Letter: AFC’s concern about the plight of the sugar workers insincereJanuary 17, 2018In “Letters” read more

5inch Lenovo Android phone photos leak

first_imgAt five inches, it’s hard to call devices like the one you see above a phone or a tablet. Whichever label you prefer, Lenovo’s working on one to pair with its recently-leaked 10.1-inch, Tegra 3 quad-core Android slate.Unfortunately, this time around there aren’t many (or any, really) details to go with the photos snapped by an Engadget tipster. Among the details that can be gleaned from the images are a top-mounted HDMI port, rear-facing camera, volume rocker and another side-mounted button (perhaps a shutter release?), and three capacitive buttons below the screen.Based on their inclusion, it seems like a safe bet that this is a Gingerbread device. If it was running ICS or Honeycomb, Lenovo would almost certainly have left the bezel blank since both of the more recent Android iterations offer on-screen replacements.The phone also sports a rear panel coated in that snazzy orange shade Lenovo used on its IdeaPad U300S Ultrabook. Though the 5-inch segment was once only occupied by the then-gargantuan Dell Streak, Lenovo’s got some company this time around. HTC hasn’t shied away from mammoth screens on new devices like the HTC Titan and Sensation XL, and there’s also the quad-core Zeta coming next year with a 4.5-inch display.Does the extra .5 or .3 of an inch diagonally really make that much difference? Not so much. The Dell Streak 5 and HTC Titan are practically the same size. As Ice Cream Sandwich becomes the norm on Android smartphones, we’ll probably start seeing more and more 5-inch phones on the market. You’ve got to do something with the extra real estate where the navigation buttons used to live, after all.More at Engadgetlast_img read more

Les baleines sont réellement perturbées par les sonars militaires

first_imgLes baleines sont réellement perturbées par les sonars militairesPubliant leurs travaux dans Proceedings of the Royal Society B. et dans Biology Letters, des chercheurs américains ont montré expérimentalement que les sonars utilisés dans les eaux californiennes lors d’exercices militaires influent sur le comportement des cétacés, notamment sur celui des baleines bleues.Financées en partie par l’US Navy, des recherches menées conjointement par divers organismes scientifiques américains ont permis de mieux connaître l’impact des émissions sonar sur le comportement des cétacés. Pour cela, les chercheurs ont équipé des baleines bleues du golfe de Californie avec des capteurs (adhésifs et non invasifs) de sons et de mouvements, afin de suivre leurs évolutions.Puis ils ont soumis ces animaux à des émissions sonar simulées de moyenne fréquence : 3,5 à 4 kilohertz, soit significativement moins intenses que celles utilisées lors des fréquents essais militaires dans la région. Les chercheurs ont alors mis en évidence un clair changement de comportement chez les cétacés. “Dans certaines conditions, les baleines répondent clairement en modifiant leur comportement de plongée et en évitant temporairement les zones où les sons étaient produits”, explique l’auteur principal, Jeremy Goldbogen, de Cascadia Research, une ONG de cétologie de l’état du Washington.”Mais dans l’ensemble, les réponses sont complexes et dépendent d’un certain nombre de facteurs interdépendants”, ajoute t-il. Les scientifiques ont constaté que certaines baleines en train de s’alimenter en profondeur arrêtaient de manger et s’éloignaient parfois en hâte de la source du bruit. “Ce sont les premières mesures directes des réponses individuelles à ces types de signaux sonar à moyenne fréquence – toutes espèces de baleines à fanons confondues”, souligne le spécialiste.Mieux comprendre les risques encourus À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ces résultats sont donc d’importance alors que la pollution sonore créé par les sonars est depuis longtemps pointée du doigt par les défenseurs des baleines. D’autres cétacés, les baleines à bec de Cuvier, ont d’ailleurs encore plus nettement réagi, tant à de vrais sonars militaires à distance qu’aux simulations des scientifiques, plus proches. “Ces résultats nous aident à comprendre les risques courus par ces animaux à cause des sons d’origine humaine, et à éclairer les décisions de conservation et de gestion en temps opportun”, conclut ainsi Brandon Southall, de l’Université de Californie à Santa Cruz. Le 4 juillet 2013 à 19:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Judge dismisses Berrigan’s petition, orders him to pay court costs

first_img A judge in Clark County Superior Court formally dismissed a petition to remove a precinct committee officer candidate from the 2018 ballot Friday.The petition was filed last month by Christian Berrigan, a former Clark County Republican Party state committeeman and local conservative activist. Berrigan argued Greg Cheney was ineligible to run for a PCO position and had been wrongfully placed on the ballot. The petition, which also named Auditor Greg Kimsey, was first dismissed by the court May 25 and was set over until Friday to hash out attorney’s fees and sanctions.The court found there was insufficient basis under an existing statute to remove Cheney’s name from the ballot and that the court had no jurisdiction to decide the case.Cheney requested Berrigan pay his attorney fees and costs for the case. Berrigan said the judge ordered him to pay Cheney $2,400. The final judgement could not be verified by The Columbian by press time.“The argument today was whether or not my action was frivolous, and if so, whether or not the Respondent would be entitled to attorney’s fees on that basis,” Berrigan said in an email. “The upshot is that if a candidate files for an office for which he is not eligible, the court claims no power to enforce the eligibility requirement, and if a citizen has the temerity to ask the court to do so, they will be punished with sanctions for attorney fees.”Berrigan said he has been waiting for two years for a case where he could force the court to issue an opinion on PCO eligibility. Greg Kimsey last_img read more

Julian Wilkins reelected Chairman of CANTO and Digicel Group Director Government Relations

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCuracao, CANTO Annual General Meeting – Wednesday 1st February, 2017:  Julian Wilkins, Digicel Group Director, Government Relations and Public Affairs, was re-elected as CANTO Chairman to the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications (CANTO), the leading authority for shaping information and communication in the Caribbean. The announcement was made during CANTO’s Annual General Meeting in Curacao on Tuesday 31st January.With this year’s theme for CANTO being, Reimaging ICT as a tool for national growth and development, Wilkins said, “Reimaging ICT is high on CANTO’s agenda and focuses on ICT connectivity – fostering an environment which stimulates the creativity so necessary for the development of our national and regional markets. This is where we look to our Governments and Regulators to create the right environment to incentivise investment in the Caribbean region.”  Wilkins added, “We are in the process of transforming the organisation and this work must continue.” Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews He joined Digicel Trinidad and Tobago in 2006 as Operations and Maintenance Manager and transferred to Digicel Group, Legal and Regulatory in 2008. Wilkins was first elected as CANTO Chairman in 2015.#MagneticMediaNews Wilkins, who is from Antigua and Barbuda, was educated in the UK and holds an MBA from the Henley Business School in General Management and full telecommunications City and Guilds qualifications. He has worked with British Telecom in the UK as well as with the Antigua Public Utilities Authority, where he successfully launched the first GSM mobile network in the English-speaking Caribbean. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

HEA Crews Responding To Large Power Outage In KenaiSoldotna

first_imgAccording to Bruce Shelley with HEA, the outage is affecting members from Beaver Creek down the Kenai Spur Highway towards Soldotna. The cause at this time is unknown. HEA crews are working to restore power to the effective members. Refresh for updates as they are made available. If you are without power at this time, please call 1-888-8OUTAGE.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric crews are responding to a power outage effecting members in the Soldotna/Kenai area.last_img read more