The detection of prosodic characteristics is an important aspect of both speech synthesis and speech recognition. Correct placement of pitch accents aids in more natural sounding speech, while automatic detection of accents can contribute to better wordlevel recognition and better textual understanding. In this paper we investigate probabilistic, contextual, and phonological factors that inﬂuence pitch accent placement in natural, conversational speech in a sequence labeling setting.
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In some countries, adolescents are less likely than adults to obtain skilled care
before, during and after childbirth.
WHO’s recommendations for increasing the use of skilled antenatal, childbirth and postpartum care are informed
by one graded study, one ungraded study, existing WHO guidelines and the collective experience and judgment of a
panel of experts. The studies were conducted in Chile and India. One intervention was a home visit programme for
adolescent mothers. Another was a cash transfer scheme contingent upon health facility births.
Some small businesses will receive tax credits to offset their contributions to premiums. To be eligible, a company cannot employ more than 25 workers, and, in 2010, those workers must earn less than $50,000, on average. Beginning in 2014, the earnings threshold will be indexed to the consumer price index for urban workers (CPI-U).
The legislation’s penalties apply to certain employers, as well as to individual people who do not obtain coverage. In particular, a company with at least 50 full-time employees that does not offer insurance could be subject to penalties.
As in many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, the majority of poor smallholders
in Malawi are left out of the agricultural extension and credit systems. These
households, characterized by landholdings of less than 1 hectare and very low crop
yields, are unable to grow enough food to feed themselves even though they focus
much effort on producing food crops, especially maize.
The economy has made considerable progress in shaking off the
legacy of the 2001 economic crisis and is on a path of growth and
increased trade integration, underpinned by improved macro-
economic stability and structural reforms. During the last five years
real GDP growth has been impressive, with an annual average
growth rate of 6.9%; inflation fell from an average of 77.
This session is an occasion to discuss good practices in MDG achievement with regard to gender equality that can help
improve the way in which development cooperation promotes gender equality in a more systematic way while also
improving its own effectiveness and coherence in line with national and international agreements.
Achievement of such commitments is a key driver of effective development cooperation on all fronts.
We are well on the way to implementing health reform and establishing Affordable Insurance Exchanges – one-stop marketplaces where consumers can choose a private health insurance plan that fits their health needs and have the same kind of insurance choices as members of Congress. Today, the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations implementing the premium tax credit that gives middle-class Americans unprecedented tax benefits to make it easier for them to purchase affordable health insurance....
More important is the scatter plot of data points, each representing a microfinance
institution. Many points are above the threshold for profitability, and many are on the left of the
graph, indicating low reliance on soft (subsidized) funds. This is the hope of commercial
microfinance. But note too that an ample number of institutions are above the threshold and to
the right, funded by social investors of various stripes. The solid circles represent institutions
with for-profit status, while the empty circles are non-profits.
This paper reviews current marketing practices in the pharmaceutical sector, examining both consumer and doctor-oriented promotion. It presents examples of marketing practices and their impact on consumer and doctor behaviour. It identifies negative impacts of these practices which include misleading advertising, disease mongering and escalating costs. It goes on to argue the need for an independently-monitored code of practice for marketers in the pharmaceutical sector and a greater degree of consumer education for both end-users and those prescribing drugs.
Secondary diamond sources are deposits that have been removed from the primary source (a kimberlite or
lamproite pipe) by natural erosion and eventually deposited in riverbeds, along shorelines, in glaciers and on
the ocean floor. They are also known as alluvial deposits. Although alluvial deposits account for only 10-15
percent of the world’s diamonds, they are generally higher-quality stones given that they retain more volume
after polishing; they therefore command a higher price.
The location of the diamond deposits determines the mining method that producers use (see.
Facing the rapidly changing global business and different cross-country customer cultures, luxury can be
understood as a special transnational type of culture. It represents a system of tangible (clothing, cars, buildings,
etc.), as well as intangible components comprising ideals, expected behaviors, and beliefs in a group specific
value system. In a global marketplace, there is no understanding of luxury conceivable which is nationally or
regionally bound. However, it has to be stated that to some extent ethnocentrism and ―country-of-origin‖ effects
If you really want to make more money, you can. But not everyone wants to make more.
Some people can live very meagerly. As long as they can pay their bills, and have enough
left over for a movie once a month, and maybe a night out at a decent restaurant, they’re
happy. These individuals will have absolutely no use for information on how to make more
money. But if you’re the type of salesperson who likes “things”, this is the program for you.
Insurers anticipate this adverse job turnover dynamic. Nevertheless, insurers are expected to renew
policies and may be reluctant or prohibited from increasing premiums rapidly. As a result, offered
premiums for covering a previously uninsured ﬁrm are well above the initial expected costs for the ﬁrm’s
worker’s current age and gender distributions. Such large premium loadings deter small ﬁrms from
offering health insurance to their workers. A dynamic adverse selection problem emerges.
The Factory scene in the ﬁgure shows the efﬁcacy of the pairwise
constraint. By modifying the weights of the pairwise distance and
orientation terms, different groupings of work desks and chairs are
obtained. The accessibility and visibility constraints acting together
prevent the door and poster from being blocked. The Flower Shop
provides a striking example of the effect of the pathways constraint,
which maintains a clear path between the doors despite the dense
coverage of the remainder of the room by ﬂowers.
The Scientific Contest held for the second time this year has allowed 100
excellent young scientist of under 34 years to be supported by the Society to
join us in Florence, by providing free registration and accomodation.
The contest has been extremely tight, and although the scientific committee
could select only 100 winners, the scientific level was so high that ISGE
decided to support anyway those who did not get through, by providing a
reduced registration rate to the congress. This is the first of a series of moves
to help the young and the brightest to contribute to...
After 40 the muscle fibbers shrink and replaced slowly with a tough fibrous tissue.Muscle changes often begin in the 40s in women. Lipofuscin (an age-related pigment) and fat are deposited in muscle tissue. This is most noticeable in the hands, which may appear thin and bony. Muscles may become rigid with age and may lose tone, even with regular exercise. Loss of muscle mass reduces strength which contributes to fatigue, weakness, and reduced activity tolerance. Exercise is one of the best ways to slow or prevent problems with the muscles, joints, and bones....
Ammonia concentration should be measured using passive sampling techniques – either
the ‘Alpha’ samplers used by the Ammonia Monitoring Scheme or commercially
available diffusion tubes (e.g. those supplied and analysed by Gradko Ltd.).
Wet deposition should be collected using a standard precipitation collector (Sykes &
Lane, 1996) and analysed for NO2