Big Data reveals classical music creation secrets

first_imgPinterest Share on Twitter A team of scientists has shed light on the dynamics of the creation, collaboration and dissemination processes involved in classical music works and styles. Their study focuses on analysing networks of composers contemporary to CD publications, using modern data analysis and data modelling techniques.These findings have just been published in EPJ Data Science by Doheum Park from the Graduate School of Culture Technology at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon and colleagues. This work explores the nature of culture in novel ways, as part of a broader movement of applying quantitative methods to music, the visual arts and literature.The study is based on the largest classical music recordings database to date, using online retailer ArkivMusic and music reference site AllMusicGuide. The authors first focused on understanding how fundamental properties of the network of Western classical music composers correlate with the artistic styles and active periods of their composer. They found such network displays the small-world property and a modular structure. LinkedIn Share on Facebookcenter_img Park and colleagues also looked at how a network of classical composers developed over time. Specifically, they studied how different composers are “listened to together” by consumers of classical music CDs–a very important aspect in cultural studies. They, then, demonstrated how consumers relate to different composers and styles. This, in turn, provides useful tools to predict the future landscape of the classical recording market.Specifically, they found that the composer network has evolved by concentrating on top composers while its size grew steadily. In the future, the musical recording landscape is likely to be concentrated around a few composers with an increasing prominence and a greater diversity thanks to a growing number of recorded composers. Email Sharelast_img read more

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Dana Announces Addition of Chief Information Officer

first_imgTOLEDO, OH — Dana Corp. has added a chief information officer (CIO) to its top executive team. Former PepsiCo executive Bruce Carver has joined the company as vice president and CIO. In this new role, Carver will be responsible for the development, coordination and advancement of Dana’s global information systems and technologies. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Carver comes to Dana from leading global food and beverage company PepsiCo, which has annual revenues of approximately $27 billion. At PepsiCo, he served as vice president and division chief information officer for the PepsiCo Beverages and Foods Division, an operating business with $8.5 billion in revenue. In this role, Mr. Carver played a leadership role in the division’s information systems function — an effort that has included the alignment of division and global I.T. strategies, as well as the development and implementation of a successful I.T. integration strategy following PepsiCo’s merger with The Quaker Oats Co. in 2001. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Carver served in several leadership roles at Reynolds and Reynolds, a Dayton, Ohio, provider of automotive-oriented software systems and services. He progressed through positions in business systems acquisition, corporate systems, and information management and technology to become vice president and chief information officer for Reynolds and Reynolds in 2001. For more information about Dana, go to: www.dana.com. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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Haiti’s Foreign Minister calls for collective action amidst coronavirus pandemic

first_img The 23rd Meeting of COFCOR was due to discuss, among other things, the increasing incidence of the COVID-19 pandemic on international relations. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… “To this existing list is added the increasing incidence of the Coronavirus pandemic whose dire consequences on the economic growth of the Caribbean region are already being felt. According to a study recently published by the Inter-American Development Bank, Caribbean tourism-driven economies could face a seventy-five per cent reduction in tourism arrivals during 2020,” the Haitian Foreign Minister stated.  Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Reminding CARICOM Foreign Ministers of the global environment in which CARICOM finds itself, Minister Joseph said: Renewing Haiti’s firm commitment to participating actively in the work of the organs and institutions of CARICOM, he urged his colleagues to seize the opportunity to discuss and strategize the best ways to benefit from existing mechanisms of cooperation between CARICOM and its international partners.    CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Oct 16, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 Oct 15, 2020 Oct 15, 2020center_img St. Lucia records more cases of COVID At the regional level, he said the Community continues to face a range of development challenges including climate change, the use of GDP as the sole criterion for determining access to concessional financing, correspondent-banking, and blacklisting. Noting the devastating threat the pandemic poses to the Caribbean Community, Dr Joseph said the Meeting was an opportunity to deliberate on critical issues, and to map a way forward. “… It is characterised by deeply divisive and challenging issues which have impeded cohesion which in turn has led to greater uncertainty and unpredictability. More specifically we are being confronted with the escalation of transnational organized crimes and regional conflicts, terrorism, climate change and its attendant problems, geopolitical competitions and issues of governance.” Regional Foreign Ministers meet to coordinate CARICOM’s foreign policy amid COVID-19 pandemicCARICOM Foreign Ministers were reminded of the importance of regional foreign policy coordination in the current uncertain times, as they opened the 23rd Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) via video conference, Thursday. CARICOM Secretariat’s Assistant Secretary-General, Ambassador Colin Granderson in reminding the meeting of the…May 8, 2020In “CARICOM”TWENTY-THIRD MEETING OF THE COUNCIL FOR FOREIGN AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS (COFCOR), VIRTUAL, 7-8 MAY 2020COMMUNIQUÉ The Twenty-Third Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held virtually on the 7-8 May 2020, under the Chairmanship of His Excellency Dr. Claude Joseph, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Republic of Haiti. The COFCOR was attended…May 11, 2020In “CARICOM”COMMUNIQUE – 20th Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR)COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE TWENTIETH MEETING OF THE COUNCIL FOR FOREIGN AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS (COFCOR), BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS:   18-19 MAY 2017   The Twentieth Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) took place in Bridgetown, Barbados on 18-19 May 2017,…May 23, 2017In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Haiti, His Excellency Dr. Claude Joseph, has urged his regional counterparts to take collective action as far as possible in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Minister Joseph chaired the 23rd Meeting of CARICOM’s Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) which opened Thursday via video conference. You may be interested in…last_img read more

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CARICOM Chair Praises Resiliency Of Caribbean People

first_imgBarbados GIS, Bridgetown: The people of the Caribbean have remained resilient, despite the various adversities encountered, including the current COVID-19 pandemic. Highlighting some of those struggles as the slave rebellions that precipitated the abolition of slavery, the popular rebellions of the 1930’s, and the Black Power Rebellion of 1970, the Prime Minister pointed out that there were values produced and lessons learnt. Ms. Mottley told those listening: “Resilience is most certainly not a newfound trait of ours in the Caribbean….  In fact, while our history may feature many struggles and adversity, we have always prevailed.” Oct 7, 2020 sharon.austingill-moore@barbados.gov.bb Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… “I can confidently assert that as our Caribbean region faces the many existential challenges that are currently bearing down on us, there shall be no retreat, there shall be no abandonment of our core values. There will be no deviation from the positive mission of transformation that our history has bequeathed to us! And it is up to us to run our leg of the relay,” she stated. CARICOM Reparations Relay Launched in Barbados – Reparations Baton and Torch Will Travel Throughout the Region in 2016The CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) has launched an International Reparations Relay & Rally Initiative in Barbados that in coming months will take a ‘reparations baton’ and ‘reparations torch’ from one CARICOM country to the other. The baton and torch will be presented to the national reparations commissions across the region…April 19, 2016In “Barbados”CARICOM Flag Raised at Barbados Government Headquarters(Barbados Government Information Service) Barbados now has the CARICOM flag flying “at the seat of power” at Government Headquarters. The flag was raised (30 June) by Barbados’ Ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), David Comissiong, during a short ceremony in the presence of a number of representatives of Caribbean associations,…July 1, 2020In “Barbados”2020 must yield optimism, determination to transform Region – PM MottleyMy message, in essence, is that 2020 can and must provide the platform for a positive spirit of hope and optimism and a fierce determination to come together as Caribbean people to purposefully carry forward the transformation of our region into a space that truly values, nurtures, and provides concrete…December 30, 2019In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApp PM Mottley Renews Calls for Restructuring of Global… She added that the COVID-19 crisis had caused the postponement of the inaugural CARICOM/African Union Heads of Government Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, next month. CARICOM and UNEP extend cooperation on environment You may be interested in… Ms. Mottley is Prime Minister with lead responsibility for the CARICOM Reparatory Justice Initiative. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley expressed this view last evening, as she addressed the Virtual Launch of Pan African Festival TT, in commemoration of Emancipation 2020 and African Liberation Day, held under the theme: 1970 Remembered: Reconnection and Recommitment. The Prime Minister also thanked the Committee members for their continued contributions and lobbying on the issue of reparations, adding that she looked forward to engaging further on this critical matter. Standards, Quality Still Important Oct 7, 2020 Sep 25, 2020 Prime Minister Mottley said even though the pandemic had caused the postponement of the inaugural CARICOM/African Union Summit in Nairobi, next month, she was still committed to deepening the region’s relationship with Africa. She is pictured with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in December last year. “In addition, I can report that plans are still in train to take up the very gracious offer made by the Government of the Republic of Kenya to provide CARICOM with rent free diplomatic office facilities in Nairobi for an initial period of two years,” she disclosed. Ms. Mottley noted that several CARICOM Member States were forging ahead with plans, even if delayed by COVID-19, to establish embassies in a number of African nations.  Ms. Mottley, who is also Chair of the Caribbean Community, said CARICOM would be reaching out “in an extremely determined manner” to the African Continent. The Prime Minister congratulated the Emancipation Support Committee of Trinidad and Tobago for, despite the pandemic, forging ahead to host the virtual launch. She said the Committee had played a tremendous role in developing the Caribbean/ African Union relationship in the sphere of civil society. CARPHA: Leading the Caribbean’s COVID-19 Response – VIDEO “I regret that that has happened. But I assure you that this will in no way dampen our resolve to deepen the Caribbean community’s relationship with Africa and to close ranks with the African Union in our battle for a more just and sustainable international social and economic order. Our people must start to trade, our people must start to travel…,” she insisted. The political leaders of CARICOM, she stated, face a multiplicity of threats and vulnerabilities. She added that they must boldly confront the inequities of the existing International Order head on, and in so doing, join ranks with all allies in the developing world, and the nations of Africa. Sep 28, 2020last_img read more

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Dutch Offshore Grid Gets Its Own Website

first_imgToday, TenneT launced a special website where relevant stakeholders can provide feedback on the development of an offshore electricity grid.For some time, TenneT has been consulting stakeholders on technology and planning.The overall goal of this process is to optimize, together with stakeholders, the offshore grid configuration and realization against minimum societal cost. By collaborating from the start with energy producers, suppliers, NGO’s, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and other parties, TenneT ensures transparency and a feasible concept for an offshore electricity grid that can be used to connect future wind farms to the onshore grid.TenneT recently engaged consultancy firm Ecofys to provide support during the consultation process, in order to facilitate a successful first call for tenders by the end of 2015.Relevant stakeholders can register via a dedicated website in order to keep informed on the consultation process.The website will also be used to post information about the topics currently on the agenda, the choices made, and the considerations underlying them. Stakeholders can also consult the website for an overview of scheduled expert meetings.All feedback and information submitted will be documented anonymously and used in the decision-making process.TenneT will organize monthly meetings on topics relevant to the development of wind farms, such as technology and planning. A limited number of experts will be invited to attend these meetings to facilitate a detailed discussion of key issues related to the development of the offshore electricity grid.The list of invitees has been coordinated with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Netherlands Wind Energy Association (NWEA). All information, reports and position papers will be published on the website after the expert meetings have been held.There are three zones where new offshore wind farms are planned to be constructed:BorsseleSouth Holland CoastNorth Holland CoastThe coordinated construction of the offshore grid means that TenneT will prepare and execute these three projects.Image: TenneTlast_img read more

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InterOil: Antelope-4 well re-entered

first_imgInterOil Corporation said that the PRL-15 joint venture has started drilling a side-track well at the Antelope-4 site, as part of its appraisal campaign on the Elk–Antelope gas field in Papua New Guinea.The Antelope-4 appraisal had been suspended in May 2015 at a true vertical depth sub-sea of 2,056 meters, approximately 158 meters above the field gas water contact, the company said in a statement.Well operations, which resumed on August 13, 2015, included the on-site preparation and testing of well-head equipment. Subsequently the operator, Total E&P PNG obtained approval from the PNG Department of Energy to re-enter the well.The side-track was initiated at a measured depth of 862 meters. As at 15:30 (PNG time) the side-track well was drilling ahead at a depth of 895 meters.last_img read more

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First BWTS-Fitted Oceangoing Laker Sails the Great Lakes

first_imgThe 2016-built oceangoing laker Federal Caribou, owned by Canadian bulk shipowner Fednav Limited, recently arrived at Burns Harbor, Port of Indiana, marking a milestone as it became the first vessel in the Great Lakes to treat ballast water using an onboard system, according to the company.The 34,564 dwt vessel treats its ballast water two times, by conducting an exchange in the North Atlantic and through filtration and a chlorine disinfection treatment on the ship.Designed specifically for the Great Lakes, Federal Caribou, which has box-shaped holds in order to facilitate the handling of general cargo, is a part of a series of 16 Handysize vessels planned under the company’s USD 400 million investment.In April 2015, Fednav signed an agreement with JFE Engineering Corporation for the installation of ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) BallastAce on board its new ocean-going lakers.These vessels feature 25% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar vessels built less than 15 years ago, a decrease of over 15% in nitrogen oxide emissions, and a CLEAN notation from the DNV/GL classification society, according to Fednav.last_img read more

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MSC to Resume Maple Service on Transpacific Route

first_imgSwitzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) plans to resume its Maple service, which will sail from Yantian, China and include Vancouver, Canada in its full rotation, starting from October 28, 2016.“Maple is an exclusive MSC provision, and since September has omitted three calls during the so-called ‘Golden Week’ period,” the company said.MSC added it will now resume its full service with a rotation which sees the containership MSC Rochelle departing Yantian on October 28, and calling Shanghai (China), Busan (South Korea), Long Beach (US) and Vancouver.The service was first introduced in mid-September on the Transpacific Trade, in an effort to minimize the effects of Hanjin Shipping’s decision to file for bankruptcy at the end of August.Maersk, which forms the 2M Alliance together with MSC, joined the company’s efforts to cover Hanjin’s operations by announcing a new service between Asia and the US West Coast, the TP1 service.When asked about the possibility to suspend the TP1 service on the Transpacific Trade, Maersk Line told World Maritime News that the “TP1 will continue to exist.” “We are currently reviewing the plans for TP1 and ate customers and market in due time. In the meantime we are deploying extraloaders according to customers’ needs,” Maersk added.last_img read more

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Liberty attacks ‘baffling’ review of extradition law

first_imgThe Extradition Act under which British subject and Asperger’s syndrome sufferer Gary McKinnon faces being sent for trial in the US for computer hacking is not biased against British citizens, a landmark review has concluded. The review, published today by parliament’s human rights joint committee and conducted by retired Court of Appeal judge Sir Scott Baker, concludes that the act is ‘completely balanced and works fairly’. There is no need for the secretary of state to take an increased role in the ’surrender of persons to non-EU countries’, the review states. However, the review suggests that in relation to the UK-US extradition treaty, the government should look to raise the level of proof required when extraditing a person to the US to the same level required when extraditing a person from the US to the UK. That would be sufficient evidence to establish probable cause, the review states. The committee also ruled against the introduction of a so-called ‘appropriate forum bar’, which would mean a suspect would normally be tried in the country where the bulk of their crimes were committed. In McKinnon’s case, that would be the UK, because he searched NASA computers for evidence of ‘little green men’ from his North London home. However, the review’s author rejected this option, saying: ‘We have no evidence that any injustice is being caused by the present arrangements.’ Human rights group Liberty angrily rejected the review’s findings, pointing out that both coalition party leaders strongly criticised extradition laws in opposition. In 2009, the now deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said that the extradition of Gary McKinnon would amount to ‘a travesty of justice’. As leader of the opposition David Cameron said that the possibility that McKinnon could be extradited raised ‘serious questions about the workings of the Extradition Act’. Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, said: ‘We don’t just disagree with this review but are completely baffled by it. This is not a court judgment merely policy advice and government cannot abdicate its responsibility to honour the promises of both coalition parties in opposition. ‘Britain’s rotten extradition system stinks of human rights abuse and rank hypocrisy. It’s time we stopped parcelling people off around the world like excess baggage and remembered the duty of all governments to protect their people and treat them fairly.’last_img read more

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Biologically better

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