Aesop Rock, GZA Have The Largest Hip-Hop Vocabularies

first_imgEver wondered which of your favorite hip-hop artists were the most scholarly? Who’s rhymes drop the most knowledge? Well, that’s what programmer Matt Daniels set out to discover. Here’s the description from his website: Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever.I decided to compare this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop. I used each artist’s first 35,000 lyrics. That way, prolific artists, such as Jay-Z, could be compared to newer artists, such as Drake.In his results, Daniels found that Aesop Rock used the most unique words (7,392) in his first 35,000 lyrics. The Wu-Tang Clan appear several times throughout the chart, both as a collective, and through the solo work of its members. GZA ranks in at #2, RZA at #6, Ghostface Killah at #9, and Raekwon and Method Man fall in the early 20s.Hyphy slang master E-40 found his way to #14, with Outkast right behind him at #15. Meanwhile, some of the bigger names, including Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, and Lil Wayne, didn’t appear until the late 60s-early 70s in the ranking. Of course, this only takes the first 35,000 lyrics into account. Some newer artists who aren’t quite that prolific are yet to be featured on the graph, such as Kendrick Lamar. The ranking isn’t perfect, but it certainly is an interesting perspective towards hip hop music.David Melamed (@DMelamz)last_img read more

D.C. To Add More Paramedics, Ambulances

first_imgWASHINGTON (NBC Washington) – The D.C. Fire Department will announce new paramedic hires, new ambulances and a new computer system Tuesday, News4’s Scott MacFarlane has learned. News4 I-Team has been covering the struggling department for months, tracking slow response times, understaffed stations, and a lack of “single-role” paramedics.last_img

Public Service Announcement: Celebrate Thanksgiving safely during COVID-19

first_img If you do plan to be with others outside your household, then:Stay at least 6 feet (2 arm lengths) away from the other people and wear a mask.Wear a face covering or mask that is at least 2 layers of cloth and covers your nose and your mouth. It should fit snugly against the sides of your face and should wrap under your chin. This is about protecting others from your germs.Wash your hands often, with soap and water for 20 seconds. If water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Wash or sanitize your hands before you touch your face or remove your mask.If you are attending a gathering, please consider the following:Have the gathering outside. If it is inside, open windows and leave doors open to keep air moving.Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups and silverware.Wear a mask. Wear the mask when dishing food. Keep the mask safely stored (not laying on the table) when you are eating or drinking.Consider using disposable items such as paper plates and glasses, and single serving condiments like ketchup, salt and pepper.Avoid food preparation areas: It is not the preparing of the foods, it is the talking, visiting and closeness as we prepare the foods that helps spread the virus.If you choose to share food, have 1 person serving that is wearing gloves and a mask.Clean frequently touched surfaces often (door handles, counter tops, backs of chairs).After the gathering:Consider staying in quarantine for 14 days, particularly if you have traveled, or have been around travelers, or were around others not from your household. At a minimum, be vigilant about keeping your distance from others and wearing a mask properly.Everyone should monitor themselves for symptoms for 2 weeks after the gathering. If anyone does get ill, even mild illness, please let the others at the gathering know and consider getting tested. Please make the holidays saferAs the Holidays approach, we are asking everyone to do things a bit differently. The larger the family gathering, the higher your chances of being exposed to the virus. Try to keep your family gatherings to those that already live in your household or just the people you already interact with and already do life with.If you are ill or have any symptoms, do NOT attend any gathering or be around other people. If you have COVID and have not met CDC criteria for release from isolation, or you have been around anyone with COVID, or who has been ill in the previous 14 days, do NOT attend any gathering or be around other people.center_img BEAUMONT — The following information from the Southeast Texas Regional Health Departments addresses how residents of Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Newton, Orange and Tyler Counties, including the City of Beaumont and City of Port Arthur, can safely celebrate Thanksgiving during the COVID-19 pandemic.Like you, we in Public Health are tired of the COVID virus. We don’t like the changes any more than you do. But over the last 8 months we have learned some things about this virus.It is shared person to person, as we do life together. It is shared when we gather to celebrate or eat meals. We share it with our co-workers, or when we gather for worship. It is shared as we practice and play sports or work out (even in the home gyms).Everyone responds differently to the virus. Many people only complain of ‘sinus symptoms’ or ‘allergy symptoms’. Thirty percent or more do not have a fever of 100.0 degrees or higher. Most people, about 80 percent, have mild to moderate symptoms and don’t need any help. But 20 percent are more severe and need some medical intervention of medication, oxygen or hospitalization.And, although the death rate is only 2-3 percent overall, it is up to 30 percent or higher the older you get and the more medical problems you have.last_img read more

Briarwood parents raise red flags over classroom sizes

first_imgClass sizes at Briarwood Elementary have raised concerns with parents.Parents at Briarwood Elementary have raised concerns about class sizes at the school, specifically in the second and third grades.The elementary staffing guidelines for the Shawnee Mission School District show that 17 to 29 students is an acceptable range for second and third grade classrooms, a limit that was raised in January 2011. The Briarwood second grade classrooms have 24 to 27 and in third grade 27 to 28, but each class has an additional three students from the English Language Learners program integrated for 40 percent of the day, according to a Briarwood parent presentation to the school board. That pushes the number over acceptable levels, they contend.Kirsten Byrd was one of the Briarwood parents who spoke the school board in late September asking for relief from the large class sizes. Byrd’s presentation also questioned the fairness to Briarwood. Her data showed that Briarwood’s second and third grade class sizes are higher than any of the other elementaries feeding into SM East, while Briarwood has the second-highest proportion of economically disadvantaged students of those schools. It also has the highest non-Caucasian population of the schools, according to the data.This is not the first time that Briarwood parents have raised concerns about class sizes. As far back as mid-August 2012, they had made some of the same points. Relief, however, does not look promising for this year. Shawnee Mission School Board President Deb Zila said there are no classrooms available at the school to add a section and other remedies are difficult and costly to implement.The district “continues to review and monitor staffing and classroom ratios across the district,” according to SMSD spokesperson Leigh Anne Neal, the same response given by Briarwood Principal Dr. Kent Peach. Superintendent Jim Hinson, only on the job since July, has announced that the district will hire a demographer to get information about boundaries and enrollment trends. Donna Bysfield, the school board member who represents the SM East area, said the Briarwood concerns are “an administrative action, not a BOE (board of education) action.”Briarwood has added 82 students since 2010 bringing its enrollment to 590 this year. Few lower grade classes across the district reach the Briarwood size, so parents say it is a case of equity across the district.State Rep. Stephanie Clayton, who is the parent of a fourth-grade student at Diemer Elementary in a class of 29, says class size is “a huge tipping point issue.” It is the number one education-related complaint she hears. Rep. Clayton has communicated with the Briarwood parents and district and has toured Briarwood recently and saw “first-hand that the school is bursting at the seams.” “I was blown away by how full the building was,” she said in a communication to a Briarwood parent.The next Briarwood site council meeting has been moved so Dr. Hinson can attend, parents related.last_img read more

Maclure hired as new OSCA deputy

first_imgMaclure hired as new OSCA deputy Maclure hired as new OSCA deputy October 15, 2013 Regular Newscenter_img A new deputy state courts administrator has been selected, according to a memo issued by Chief Justice Ricky Polston.Eric Maclure is set to take the reins on November 1, assuming functions of the former administrative services director position and overseeing additional Office of the State Courts Administrator units.“Eric is a great asset to the judicial branch and will provide invaluable leadership in his role,” Polston said.Maclure has been the OSCA director of community and intergovernmental relations for nearly two years. He previously worked for the Legislature from 1994 to 2011, where he was involved in matters relating to the judicial branch.Maclure is a member of The Florida Bar and a former judicial clerk at an appellate court. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from West Virginia University, a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University, and his law degree from the University of North Carolina.The Supreme Court is continuing to consider candidates for the state courts administrator position, as the current administrator, Lisa Goodner, plans to retire.“Our hope would be to match in the OSCA senior management team the total range of expertise and experience that we have now,” Polston said.last_img read more

Lennar breaks ground at high-profile Phoenix corner

first_imgLennar Multifamily Communities announced the start of construction on The Muse, a 367-unit luxury apartment community in Phoenix, and the signing of two retail leases from Press Coffee Roasters and Salon D’Shayn.Located on the northwest corner of Central Avenue and McDowell Road next to Arizona Opera and across from the Phoenix Art Museum, the 5.7-acre, high-profile corner has long been vacant. The four-story, luxury residential building will have 11,000 square-feet of ground-floor commercial space that will house Press Coffee Roasters’ fourth Valley location and Salon D’Shayn, a full-service salon relocating from down the street. Lennar Multifamily is currently seeking a collaborative co-working space tenant.Lennar Multifamily will commemorate the start of construction with a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 8am with Mayor Greg Stanton and other community leaders and neighbors.“We are excited to move forward with our vision for luxury apartments on this high-profile corner in Phoenix, which is located in one of the city’s most culturally rich areas, neighboring the Phoenix Art Museum, Heard Museum and Arizona Opera,” said Nathan Stum, development manager of Lennar Multifamily. “With increasingly more Phoenicians desiring a more urban living experience in and around mid-town and downtown, we expect The Muse to be very well received.”The luxury studio, one- , two- and three-bedroom residences will have upscale contemporary finishes including quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, tile backsplashes, frontload washers and dryers, nine- to 10-foot ceilings and open functional floor plans. Residences range in size from 506 to 1,258 square-feet with several two-story, live-work units offering prime street frontage.Indoor amenities include a business lounge; a 2,400 square-foot fitness center and yoga studio; a fully equipped dog wash and grooming room; secure bike storage and workshop; car charging stations and resident parcel management system. A private club room and outdoor terrace is situated on the top floor offering residents unobstructed downtown views while they enjoy events or entertain guests.The Muse’s outdoor amenities include a luxury pool and spa, social dining and BBQ areas; a pool adjacent outdoor lounge; a zen garden courtyard and pet amenity areas. Several landscaped paseos that dissect the community will be connected via public walkways to create an open and urban environment.Construction and site work began at The Muse on Sept. 14. Tenant move-in is expected to begin in March 2017 with final completion slated for later that year.last_img read more

WHO’s Chan welcomes pandemic review at start of World Health Assembly

first_imgMay 17, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), opened in Geneva today with director-general Dr Margaret Chan praising the accomplishments of global partners with diseases such as smallpox and polio but noting that health officials got lucky with the pandemic H1N1 virus because it has not overwhelmed medical systems and is a good match with the vaccine.”Schools closed, but borders remained open, and disruptions to travel and trade were far less severe than feared,” she told assembly members today. The WHO also published her speech on its Web site. “Had things gone wrong in any of these areas, we would have a very different agenda before us today.”The group is slated to hear an interim report from a 29-member independent WHO panel that was set up earlier this year to review the organization’s pandemic response. The report will reflect the group’s first meeting, a 3-day session that was held in mid April.One of its missions is to review how the International Health Regulations (IHR) functioned. Designed to guide response to global health threats, the IHR, passed by the WHA, took effect in 2007, and the H1N1 pandemic is the first major test of the rules.Several elected officials, such as some members of the Council of Europe’s Social Affairs Committee, have criticized the WHO’s pandemic response as being an overreaction that wasted countries’ resources on a vaccine that they say was pushed by pharmaceutical companies. About 200 elected officials who are members of the European Parliament have also signed a petition asking for an inquiry into the world’s response to the flu pandemic.However, during today’s WHA sessions, representatives from some nations, such as France, India, and the United States, publicly defended the WHO’s response, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. French health minister Roselyne Bachelot called criticism of the WHO’s response unfair, according to AFP.”The vaccine, which was the answer to a real danger, turned into a source of risk in the collective mind,” Bachelot said, according to AFP. “The effects of this smear campaign are potentially devastating.”Chan said during her speech today that she welcomes the review. “This has been the most closely watched and carefully scrutinized pandemic in history. It is normal that every decision and action, especially on the part of WHO, will likewise be closely scrutinized and critically assessed. We welcome this process,” she said.Also on the agenda this year are such topics as sharing of influenza viruses, access to vaccines, intellectual property rights, progress of the WHO’s Millennium Development Goals, food safety, and eradication of variola stocks, a component of smallpox eradication.This year’s meeting is the 63rd gathering of the group, which will wrap up its week-long meeting on May 21.See also:May 17 text of Margaret Chan’s speechWHO World Health Assembly materialslast_img read more

Unity and development urged

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Cargolux inaugurates 747-8F to Brazil

first_imgFlight CV7687 from Luxembourg to Sao Paulo Viracopos International airport was the first-ever commercial operation of a B747-8F into the country. The Brazilian authorities only recently certified Boeing’s flagship freighter to fly in its airspace. Until now, Cargolux has only been able to deploy its smaller, less fuel-efficient B747-400 freighters into Brazilian gateways. “The 747-8F will further support airfreight exports from Brazil, permitting export commodities like automotive parts, pharmaceutical products and fruits to reach their markets throughout the world in a more fuel efficient and, therefore, sustainable way,” said Pier Curci, Cargolux vice president the Americas. www.cargolux.comlast_img

CARPHA executive director urges caution on decriminalisation of marijuana

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Dr James Hosepdales (Photo: CMC)BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) — The executive director of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr James Hosepdales, is urging regional countries to “proceed with an abundance of caution” when it come to the decriminalisation of marijuana.Hospedales, who spoke on a government radio programme “Working for you”, said there is much discussion on the decriminalisation issue and that there have been several times in history where populations and societies have gone very liberal with substances of abuse.“The Americans are in the middle of a big opioid crisis and some many decades ago they had a huge problem with addiction and especially among white women,” he said.“We in the Caribbean have a problem with marijuana and clogging up of the courts and the justice system and that’s understandable to try and reduce that side effect. I think though, in introducing these kinds of public policies, consideration has to be given to the full range of impact.”He said said that if marijuana had to be decriminalised, there may be repercussions.“We don’t want that when you’ve solved the problem so to speak of reducing the burden of the judicial system and the prisons you create a great surge in the increase of mental health admissions for marijuana addiction and other addictions.“What I think needs to happen is that there should be strong public education concomitant with decriminalisation if government proceeds along that route; also, proper monitoring of impact policies,” Hospedales stated.He added that there are some countries where there are reports by the chief medical officers that they are indeed seeing major increases in admissions for mental health problems associated with marijuana psychosis and increased use.“So, generally you have to look at the whole thing when making a public policy decision,” he said, adding that research has shown that a significant percentage of young people in the Caribbean already use marijuana even if it is only infrequently.“The harmful consequences of this are well documented. From mental health to social interactions to occupational opportunities. If you are a young person, it is very bad for your studies and it tends to demotivate a lot of young people.“I think most Caribbean people are aware of others around us, for example, in our families and among friends, who have not achieved their potential because they have been smoking weed most of their lives or they have a problem with it.”The CAPHA official said because there is significant medical, social and occupational harm associated with marijuana use, the move to decriminalise it must be taken seriously and if decriminalised there needs to be proper regulation of the substance.Antigua and Barbuda is the latest Caribbean country to move towards the decriminalisation of marijuana for medicinal purposes.But Prime Minister Gaston Browne said the initiative would be undertaken in a controlled environment.“I want to make it abundantly clear that my government is not advocating the use of cannabis, we are against anything that is smoked.We do accept, though, on the other hand, that marijuana utilised in different forms has significant medicinal benefits and certainly we’ll move pretty quickly to ensure that we legalise the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes,” he said.The prime minister told Parliament that the government would be pursuing research in that regard and will also be looking to Canada, which has promised to legalise cannabis for recreational use by July. NewsRegional CARPHA executive director urges caution on decriminalisation of marijuana by: – April 25, 2018center_img 93 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharelast_img read more