Gov. Pence To Meet With Scott County Official

first_imgGov. Mike Pence is to visit Scott County and meet with local officials about an HIV outbreak that Pence’s office says “has reached epidemic proportions.”Pence is scheduled to travel with state health commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams and state epidemiologist Pam Pontones to Scottsburg for this afternoon’s meeting. The governor will issue a public health disaster emergency Thursday for Scott County, but the scope of that order will be determined by what he hears from local officials today.State health officials said Friday that 55 HIV cases have been confirmed in southern Indiana. Scott County is the epicenter of that epidemic.Federal health officials will begin working in the area this week. At the same time, a local doctor is pushing for a change in state law he believes could help contain the spread.The CDC is stepping in to help. Disease Intervention Specialists and what’s called an “Epi-Aid” team are expected to start this week.Most of those infected shared needles while injecting a powerful prescription painkiller, but some of the HIV cases have been linked to unprotected sex.last_img read more

Photo library: Tourism and leisure 8

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Tourism & Leisure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Cape Town, Western Cape province: Luxury apartments look onto the marina at the V & A Waterfront, a mixed-use shopping, hotel, business and residential development set in a working harbour.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Capeprovince: The cable car up Table Mountain.Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Hout Bay. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The lighthouse at Cape Point. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The Victoria and Albert Waterfront is a shopping and entertainment complex set in a working harbour. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: A view of Table Mountain from the ferry to Robben Island. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: A guard tower on Robben Island, once an infamous jail for political prisoners, most notably Nelson Mandela.Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The manor house at Groot Constantia, one of the oldest wine farms in the Cape winelands. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The manor house at Groot Constantia, one of the oldest wine farms in the Cape winelands. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image TOURISM AND LEISURE 8:{loadposition tourism}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Orange Launches Online Music Analysis and Recommendations

first_imgOrange Spain, a mobile operator, has two new music services – ‘New Talents’ and ‘Enjoy your Music’. Both arepowered by Music Intelligence Solutions, aprovider of AI (artificial intelligence) software for music recommendation anddiscovery.Music Intelligence Solutions is an intriguing company. It was founded in 2002 andis based in Spain and the US West Coast. They describe themselves as “a diverse group ofmusicians and mathematicians”. Their customers range from record labels, to radiostations, to musicians and artists, to MP3 Player Manufacturers, to Music Retailers, tomobile operators. So they cover the whole spectrum of the music industry, which isunusual in a service provider.Hit PotentialTheir Hit Song Science technology aims topredict music chart success. It “overlays musical analysis with commercial data such assales, highest chart position, and release date.” On their website aimed at music artistsand producers, the technology is being promoted as a way to analyze the “hit potential”of music. You can read more about the technology here, plus The Guardian ran a good storyabout it back in January 2005.In terms of how it is related to the Web, it is verysimilar to internet radio service Pandora – whichanalyzes music patterns, via software from The Music Genome Project.The Orange “New Talents” service uses Hit Song Science. The idea is to allow independent artists to upload their new music onto the Orange website, providing themwith a hit potential rating free of charge. Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App richard macmanus 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… RecommendationsMI Universe technology,which powers Orange’s ‘Enjoy your Music’ service, is about giving music recommendations to users. Ithas two aspects to it – “soundalikes” and the “music taste test”. The aim is to matchup music with “the user’s music personality”.How does this work? It uses a clustering engine to find musicpatterns (including a “methodology for detecting social trends”) and a recommendationengine to do the matching with peoples tastes. This technology is being aimed at onlinemusic retailers, in-store terminals and mobile services. Here’s howit’s being used in the ‘Enjoy your music’ part of the new Orange Spain services:“…when an Orange customer is browsing music on his phone or on the Orange website,he can click on a track he likes to generate “more like this”. Therecommendation will be presented as a list on his phone, or graphically as a“mini-constellation” on the website. The customer will be presented withtracks from mainstream artists, plus tracks with a high success potential rating fromindependent artists, all of which he or she can sample and download. The tracks presentedwill have a high degree of sonic similarity with the initial track, and a strongcorrelation with the customers musical tastes.”SummaryYou can see the potential of music analysis software to power music services on theWeb – for clustering, social patterns, user recommendations, personalization, and so on. Pandora isalready proving it and these new services by Orange in Spain bring the experience to themobile Web world. I’m expecting this to be a ripe area for growth in online musicservices – and also, in time, tv and video on the Web. Tags:#music#web last_img read more