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Manitoba government will change law banning floorcrossing avoid lawsuit

first_imgWINNIPEG – Manitoba’s justice minister says the government will eliminate a controversial ban on political floor-crossing and end a legal battle with an ousted former backbencher.Heather Stefanson said the Progressive Conservative government will act next month to remove a section of the Legislative Assembly Act that says anyone who leaves or is kicked out of one party’s caucus cannot join another. The law offers only two options — sit as an independent until the next election, or resign and run in a byelection under a new party banner.“We think it’s a bad law and it’s not in the spirit of parliamentary tradition,” Stefanson told The Canadian Press Tuesday.“We’re not going to spend … tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to defend a bill that should never have been introduced in the first place.”Former NDP premier Gary Doer brought in the provision in 2006, shortly after David Emerson was elected to the House of Commons as a Liberal and, within days, crossed the floor to the Conservatives.At the time, Doer said the law was needed to ensure voters’ wishes were respected.The law is being challenged by former federal cabinet minister and MLA Steven Fletcher, who was kicked out of the provincial Tory caucus in June after criticizing the government’s plan to set up a new Crown corporation to promote energy efficiency.Fletcher’s lawsuit, filed last month, alleges the law violates his rights of expression and association under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Fletcher said he has no intention of joining another party but is fighting the law on principle.Paul Thomas, professor emeritus of political studies at the University of Manitoba, said he always considered the law “a political gimmick” and a likely violation of the constitution.If the government lifts the ban on floor-crossing, he said it could tempt some disgruntled New Democrats — upset over the election of Wab Kinew as leader last Saturday — into joining another caucus or even forming their own splinter group.“You could have a kind of core, small group of New Democrat MLAs who would in some way distance themselves from the main caucus,” Thomas said.“They could split off in some way and sit as a group … and if they acquired a new name as a registered political party, they would qualify for the benefits that come with being an official party in the legislature.”Something similar happened in federal politics in 2001, when a handful of members of the Canadian Alliance caucus broke away from leader Stockwell Day and formed the short-lived Democratic Representative Caucus.In Manitoba, four legislature members are enough to qualify for official caucus status.The Opposition New Democrats have just emerged from a divisive leadership contest that saw Kinew, a political rookie, beat out former cabinet minister Steve Ashton. Kinew has been dogged by recently revealed details of assault charges he faced 14 years ago involving a former girlfriend, Tara Hart.Hart went public last week and said she was thrown across a living room. The charges were stayed in 2004 and Kinew has repeatedly denied the accusation.Thomas said Kinew was already opposed by some NDP members who consider him too new to the party to lead it, and controversy over the assault charges has added to the acrimony.“Mr. Kinew has a big challenge to bring unity and harmony within the party.”last_img read more

TNA demands the opposition leader post

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is demanding the opposition leader post in the new Parliament which is set to convene next month.TNA member Selvam Adaikalanathan said that the TNA has now become the third force in Parliament and so it should be given the opposition leader post. Accordingly, he says TNA leader R. Sampanthan must be appointed as the opposition leader in the new Parliament.The TNA will have 16 seats in the new parliament which will meet from September 1. (Colombo Gazette)

Maharashtra to remove references on Rajivs failed Sri Lanka policy

Maharashtra is to remove references on former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s “failed Sri Lanka policy” from school textbooks.According to The Hindu, Education Minister Vinod Tawde has said Maharashtra will make necessary changes to its school textbooks to remove all references allegedly showing former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi in poor light. The issue was raised by Congress MLC Sanjay Dutt, who claimed that there existed ‘defamatory’ references to the two former Prime Ministers in textbooks meant for standard ninth in the State School Board. The chapter in the Maharashtra Board’s History and Political Science textbooks mention both their names in reference to the infamous Bofors scandal controversy, he alleged.“These references are an attempt to show the two leaders in poor light and must be immediately removed,” Dutt said. The demand was supported by most members of the House and acknowledged by the Education Minister. “We will convey suitably to the textbook bureau about the sentiments of the members regarding this issue,” Tawde said. Replying to a demand raised under rule 289 in the Upper House of the Assembly on Monday, Mr. Tawde said government acknowledged the feelings of the members of the House. The Youth Congress has been leading a string of protests across the State on the issue. The Congress has also earlier demanded resignation of the Minister on the issue alleging that the BJP government is trying to change the history of the country and trying to show Gandhi family in a poor light.The Congress has alleged the textbook did not highlight the achievements of Rajiv Gandhi instead the chapters talk of “failed foreign policy in Sri Lanka and scandals in purchase of defence equipment during his tenure.” (Colombo Gazette) read more

A senator wants something done about raucous seagulls stealing childrens lollipops

first_imgA FIANNA FÁIL senator has called for the Minister for Environment to intervene and take action against seagulls in Dublin who he says are keeping people awake at night and stealing children’s lollipops.Ned O’Sullivan said today that while he has nothing against pigeons he is “very much against seagulls”.“I think something needs to be done to address the seagull problem here in this city,” he said during the Order of Business in the Seanad this morning.O’Sullivan said it seemed that seagulls have “lost the run of themselves completely” and cited complaints from listeners on a recent RTÉ Liveline programme.He also cited his own personal experience of living in an apartment block in the capital where he finds it “impossible” to get a night’s sleep because of the seagulls.“They’re very raucous, they’re keeping people awake,” O’Sullivan said to muffled laughter in the upper house. “I saw that they’re getting so cheeky now that they attack young children and dispossess them of their lollipops and stuff like that.”O’Sullivan concluded his brief contribution on the issue by saying that seagulls appared more interested in eating human waste than looking for fish and called on Environment Minister Alan Kelly to examine what can be done.Read: 8 creatures who are making your life hell at the momentRead: Here’s the proof that seagulls are the devil incarnatelast_img read more

Nvidia shows off new facial rendering tech still cant claw way out

first_imgWe’re currently living in an age where computer-generated graphics are kind of hanging out at the other end of the uncanny valley, taking a breather from climbing in either direction. Video games look pretty good in modern times, packed with detail, and certain games — Uncharted and L.A. Noire, specifically — are exemplary models of character animation. However, with just a glance, you can easily discern that a video game is just that, a video game and not real life.As L.A. Noire showed us, character animation is just as — if not more — important than helping computer-generated graphics escape the uncanny valley. Nvidia recently unveiled some new facial animation tech, dubbed Face Works, that aims to get that valley climb started once again.At its core, the beauty of Face Works is that it condenses a large amount of motion-captured data into file sizes small enough for Nvidia’s new Titan graphics card to access and display in real-time. Nvidia performs its motion capture with a rig of 156 cameras set up in a circle around the subject’s face. A full range of capture usually churns out around 32GB of data, but Face Works is able to compress that down to 300MB.Unfortunately, Nvidia says that rendering the man above took about 2 teraflops. The PS4 can only reach around 1.84 teraflops, and rumors suggest that the next Xbox won’t even get that high. So, the new facial rendering most likely won’t be involved in new console games, at least not for real-time animation. Interestingly, these measurements are for the demo running at 60fps at 1080p, but at 30fps, the amount of work required is halved.Nvidia’s new Titan can handle 4.5 teraflops, so PC enthusiasts that want to upgrade to a Titan can dream of the tech making its way to their games. However, for as impressive as the demo is, the animations still look animatronic, albeit very sophisticated.Though the facial model is graphically superior to the character models in L.A. Noire, the facial animations in Noire still knock everything else we’ve seen out of the park. It’s also worth keeping in mind that tech demos are usually the most impressive use of a tech, as they only need to focus on a single aspect. A gaming rig might not be able to handle Nvidia’s facial tech if it’s applied to multiple on-screen characters, which in turn are inhabiting an animated backdrop.Whether or not the tech makes its way to consumer products, and might run into a few bumps in the road when it has to run alongside everything else running in a game, it still looks pretty good.last_img read more

WWE reveals the arrival of former ROH and TNA star Roderick Strong

first_img Now Playing Up Next Jamie Noble was indeed in WWE before being signed to ROH where he eventually became champion. Then he left ROH to go back to WWE as half of J & J Security with Joey Mercury so he does count as a former ROH champion who WWE signed (re-signed) away.Jerry Lynn however became ROH champion after leaving WWE and has yet to be re-signed by them and since he’s retired that likely won’t happen unless in it’s in some capacity as a road agent or trainer. 8 COMMENTS Pinterest Videos Articles Very interesting analysis.Yep, 11 more or less–Low Ki, Samoa Joe, Austin Aries, CM Punk, Jamie Noble, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins (Tyler Black), Eddie Edwards, Davey Richards, Kevin Owens (Steen), & finally Roderick Strong. Edwards & Richards only had 1 match in NXT but I guess that counts.The 9 they haven’t signed yet are–John (Xavier) Jirus, Homicide, Takeshi Morishima, Nigel McGuinness Jerry Lynn, Jay Briscoe, Adam Cole, Michael Elgin, & Jay Lethal.Technically Jerry Lynn used to work for WWE but he won the ROH title after leaving there. Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ October 15, 2016 at 1:17 pm NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action October 15, 2016 at 7:20 am Nick Noel Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Lost another one to DiTech….er I mean WWE. I was wondering why I hadn’t seen him on ROH lately but good news is that with the way WWE is treating wrestlers from outside the company at the moment, he should hopefully do well there. Hopefully. the last time i saw Roderick Strong was when he answered Kurt Angle’s invitational match back in 2005 on SmackDown October 14, 2016 at 7:09 pm Kurt Angle Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed. October 13, 2016 at 10:11 pm WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Austen Allen Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It TheCyberZon Mat Thompson This is good news. Strong is better than a sleeping pill and I have been dealing with insomnia. Some new boring Strong matches will put me right out. October 16, 2016 at 1:26 am Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission TheCyberZon IKILLU Vince Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions October 13, 2016 at 7:49 pm You don’t like Roderick Strong? Don’t watch then, problem solved! October 14, 2016 at 4:23 am Videos Articles So, out of 20 champions, hes the 10th or 11th roh world champion to be signed with WWE Cesaro Seth Rollins WWE just posted the following photo on Instagram revealing the arrival of former ROH and TNA star Roderick Strong at the NXT TV tapings tonight at Full Sail University.Strong, a former ROH TV and Tag Team Champion, was a regular with TNA in 2005 including the first ever match on Impact against AJ Styles on Spike TV that year.He would then return to ROH as a regular in 2006 and remained active on the independent wrestling scene including stints with Pro Wrestling NOAH.You can check out a photo of Strong courtesy of WWE below. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next TheCyberZon October 14, 2016 at 1:53 am Wouldn’t Jamie Noble be the same as Lynn? As I recall, wasn’t he in the WWE as an active roster member before going to ROH? I may be wrong, but his run in WWE was prior to ROH, wasn’t it? Or was he kinda back and forth? I think if WWE wants some serious competitors, Lethal, Cole and the Briscoes should be top of their list. But I do hate to see ROH getting stripped as if it was a bush league fed. Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems WhatsApplast_img read more

HIT AND RUN IS NOT SOPHISTICATION THE BOKA HARAM PHENOMENON REVISITED

first_imgth April Bomb blast at the Nyanya Bus station in Nigeria which led to the death of 75 innocent persons has been arrested in Sudan and handed over to the Nigerian authorities confirms that the Nigerian state is not faced with an organised movement with command and control structures occupying a   particular liberated zone from which it launches military operations where ever it wants and whenever it wants.It is claimed that the suspect is the son of a retired colonel who also served as an intelligent officer in the Nigerian Army and was at the time of his arrest a student of the Arabic language at the International University of Africa in Sudan.The fact that the suspect left the country instead of joining a Guerrilla force in some remote part of Nigeria near Cameroon tend to give the impression that the Nigerian state is dealing with Sabbatical plain clothes dissidents who identify their targets and are hosted in the areas targeted to hit and then run away from the area.It appears that the state has been giving them clout by wiping out the hosts with military vengeance and thus gives the perpetrators more allies to carry on.The Nigerian state must go back to the drawing board. The Inter-faith groups should be congratulated for defeating the agenda to split Nigeria into states based on religious beliefs and abandon its neural secular tradition which respect the right to belong to and practice any religion.The state should encourage communities to come together and build more solidarity so that no one could hide in a community and perpetrate atrocities against the common people without being discovered.The security apparatus should be restrained so that no one is killed or maimed with impunity and that all are brought to justice.Civic education and education for citizenship should be conducted in schools, the media and other avenues to ensure that Republican and democratic values are embraced by all. Debates should begin on how to have a society which all could claim to be their own and avoid the Boka Haram phenomenon which is a by-product of sectarian tendencies   and social exclusion. In short, no genuine Nigerian Nationalist would turn his or her weapon against his or her own compatriot. Efforts must be made to promote love of country and people to prevent senseless killing.Political parties should begin to promote social justice and integrity and honesty in running political office in order to reduce the alienation of the young with visions. ]]>last_img read more

Paper Maurizio Sarri frustrated with Willian at Chelsea

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has been left reportedly frustrated over Willian’s continued absence from his return for pre-season training, claims The TimesThe 29-year-old has been away on an extended vacation this summer following his exertions with Brazil at the World Cup.But, amid being strongly linked with moves to both Barcelona and Real Madrid over the past few months, Willian failed to show up at Chelsea’s Cobham training base last Friday and has continued to be absent in the past four days.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…A passport issue was the reported reason as to why the Brazilian winger was unable to return to London.However, Sarri has still been left unimpressed with Willian and had hoped to use him for his first Premier League game against Huddersfield Town next week.Although, Chelsea will be able to welcome back Spanish striker Alvaro Morata and English midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek ahead of their Community Shield showdown with Manchester City this weekend.last_img read more

Regional economic development group schedules public launch of capital campaign

first_imgClark County’s largest nonprofit business recruiter and jobs promoter will announce its “Opportunity Clark County” capital campaign next week, aiming to raise a total of $5.5 million through 2017 to fund its annual operating budget.The Vancouver-based Columbia River Economic Development Council, staffed by six full-time employees, plans to use the additional money to add another staff person and to increase its economic development programs, including business recruitment and expansion, said Diane Dempcy, manager of investor relations for the CREDC.The nonprofit’s capital campaign launched in March, but the agency is kicking it off publicly with a breakfast event to be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday at the Fort Vancouver Artillery Barracks, 600 E. Hatheway Road in Vancouver.The breakfast event is invitation-only. It will feature several speakers, including Lisa Nisenfeld, president of the CREDC; Bill Dudley, attorney for Landerholm, P.S., and CREDC board chairman; and Camas Mayor Scott Higgins, a CREDC board member.Sean Robbins, president and CEO of Greater Portland Inc. — a private sector-led business promoter of the Portland-Vancouver area — will deliver the event’s keynote remarks.last_img read more

Vancouver schools consortium falls short in Race to Top

first_imgNo Vancouver schools were on the list Tuesday when the U.S. Department of Education announced the winners of the federal Race to the Top District grant.Vancouver Public Schools, as the lead district in a consortium, had been named a finalist in the previous round of the grant processThe Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools consortium, comprised of districts from several states, had submitted a 1,500-page grant application for creating personalized learning environments.The consortium’s application “was ranked 19th out of 371 applicants,” said Steven Webb, Vancouver superintendent. “The U.S. Department of Education made 16 awards. Our application missed the award cutoff by 1.33 points.”A $40 million grant was won by seven King County school districts — the Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle and Tukwila school districts — who competed together as The Road Map District Consortium. The districts, covering 261 schools and 150,000 students, will use the money to support students in many areas, including funds to improve math, science and English Language Learner teaching and leadership approaches.last_img read more

Oregon OSHA fines WildCat Haven in mauling case

first_imgPORTLAND — Oregon safety officials have fined a suburban Portland wild cat sanctuary $5,600 for two serious violations, one of which likely contributed to an employee being mauled to death by a cougar. The state’s Occupational Safety and Health Division found WildCat Haven violated its two-person safety procedure by allowing employees to work alone with the wild cats on a frequent basis. The sanctuary’s protocol calls for two qualified workers inside an enclosure containing animals. Renee Radziwon-Chapman was killed at the sanctuary while working alone, cleaning a large cougar enclosure. The facility’s co-owner Michael Tuller discovered her bloodied inside the enclosure, with two cougars roaming nearby unsecured and a third cougar locked in a smaller cage inside the enclosure. The 36-year-old wife and new mother had worked as an animal care technician and head keeper at the sanctuary for eight years. After Radziwon-Chapman’s death, her mother Carol Radziwon told The Associated Press the young woman had expressed concerns about safety measures at the facility.last_img read more

Countywide burn ban in effect

first_imgThe Southwest Clean Air Agency on Tuesday announced an immediate burn ban in Clark County due to deteriorating air quality and stagnant weather patterns.The agency announced a Stage 1 ban, which prohibits the use of all fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves generally made before 1990. All outdoor burning is also prohibited.The ban does not apply to people who use wood burning as their only source of heat, according to the clean air agency.A high-pressure system moved into the area and could remain in place until Thursday, according to the agency. The ban will remain in place until air quality improves, officials said.last_img read more

SBI expects 53 recovery from RBIs first list of 12 stressed accounts

first_imgThe new logo of State Bank of India (SBI) is pictured at the podium of the venue of a news conference after the announcement of SBI’s fourth quarter results, in Kolkata, India May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/File PhotoReutersThe SBI, which has introduced an “intermediary credit review mechanism”, is expecting a recovery of around 53 per cent of its exposure in the RBI’s first list of 12 stressed accounts, referred to NCLT for corporate insolvency resolution, an official said on Friday.”In the 12 cases (of the first list of Reserve Bank of India) referred to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), we are expecting a recovery of about 53 per cent and the hair-cut will be not more than 47 per cent.”We have made adequate provisions for this and it will not impact the balance sheet. Our average provisioning for these cases will be around 55 per cent,” State Bank of India (SBI) Managing Director Dinesh Kumar Khara said.He said that the lender would be able to make adequate provisions for the second list of stressed accounts by the time these cases are heard in the NCLT.”We have 75 per cent provisions already in place (for the stressed accounts) in the second list. By the time they are heard, we are confident to make 100 per cent provisions,” Khara said.The lender brought in an “intermediary credit review mechanism” which critically review credit proposals, he said.”We have come out with a new department, which is known as credit review department comprising specialists who evaluate each and every proposal. Based on their assessment, they give a decision in terms of go or no-go. It was set up about two months back,” he said on the sidelines of the Banking Colloquium organised by CII.He said that the SBI has an elaborate risk review mechanism.The state-run lender is looking at 10 per cent credit growth and 15 per cent deposit growth for the current fiscal, he said, adding that corporate lending constitutes about 40 per cent of the total portfolio.On the crisis-ridden Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Limited (IL&FS) he said: “As of now, we are yet to see the proposal. IL&FS has gone and filed a petition before NCLT under Section 230 of the Company’s Act to seek relief. We have to wait for the outcome. Thereafter, it will approach various entities for relief. It is too early to make comments on the kind of dimension the matter will take. We have to wait and watch.”last_img read more

Prosecutor Philando Castiles Mom Develop Crisis Tool Kit

first_imgBy The Associated PressST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The mother of Philando Castile and the prosecutor who charged the officer who killed him have teamed up with others to develop a tool kit for law enforcement to use in times of crisis, including police shootings.Valerie Castile and Ramsey County Attorney John Choi spoke about the tool kit during a recent online video conference with about 70 law enforcement agencies and other groups from around the country.Valerie Castile, mother of Philando Castile, and prosecutor John Choi have teamed up with others to develop a tool kit for law enforcement to use in times of crisis, including police shootings. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported the kit gives prosecutors and police ways to assess how prepared they are for police shootings, and see how they can be handled better. Among other things, the kit says a prosecutor should be immediately assigned to a police shooting and family members should be contacted within 24 hours. (Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP, File)The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported the kit gives prosecutors and police ways to assess how prepared they are for police shootings, and see how they can be handled better. Among other things, the kit says a prosecutor should be immediately assigned to a police shooting and family members should be contacted within 24 hours.“I hope you guys take time out to read it and absorb the information and just think about it and say, ‘You know what? This is doable work,’” Castile said, adding: “It’s not complicated at all because some of the information in the tool kit you are already doing and if you’re not, ask yourself, ‘Why am I not doing what should be done?’”The tool kit also promotes connection to communities and advises agencies to collect data on racial disparities in their criminal justice system. It also says a prosecutor’s office should try to complete its investigation into whether charges are warranted within four to six months, and release its decision and full report to the public no more than two weeks later.If charges aren’t filed, prosecutors should explain why to affected family members.Philando Castile, a 32-year-old elementary school cafeteria worker, was shot during a traffic stop on July 6, 2016, after he told then-St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez that he had a gun. Authorities later discovered Castile had a permit for the firearm. Choi’s office charged Yanez with manslaughter, but he was acquitted.The case got widespread attention after Castile’s girlfriend, who was in the car with her young daughter, began livestreaming the shooting’s aftermath on Facebook.After the shooting, the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College and prosecutors, police chiefs and family members of shooting victims participated in a yearlong discussion on police shootings. Valerie Castile and Choi were among the participants, along with Philando Castile’s uncle, Clarence Castile.During the video conference, Choi said being involved in the group helped him better understand the perspective of families who are waiting to see how the criminal justice system will handle a loved one’s death.Choi said he knows it won’t make sense for every jurisdiction to adopt all the recommendations. But he’s hoping the tool kit will encourage police and prosecutors to examine what they’re doing and engage more with their communities.“How arrogant if we thought we knew all the answers and we didn’t need to listen to our community,” Choi said. “I would say to government officials across the country, when we are thinking about our work, we have to recognize it’s not ours, it’s the people’s. … Nothing will really change unless we do it together.”___Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.comlast_img read more

Qcloud project to allow online users a taste of quantum computing

first_img Quantum computing with recycled particles Officials with Bristol University in the U.K. have announced at this year’s British Science Festival, that they intend to put their two-quantum bit (qubit) processor online for use by some people on the Internet. Called the Qcloud project, the idea is to get scientists, those in academics and even the general public used to the idea of quantum computing so as to be prepared when real quantum computers arrive. © 2013 Phys.org Explore further Citation: Qcloud project to allow online users a taste of quantum computing (2013, September 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-qcloud-online-users-quantum.htmlcenter_img More information: www.bristol.ac.uk/physics/rese … ntum/qcloud/project/ This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Quantum computers are based on quantum processors that use qubits instead of electricity to represent data. The processor at Bristol computes results by first firing two photons from a blue laser—special optics cause them to become entangled. Programming is done via phase shifters which alter the speed of the photons. The idea is that quantum computers—because a qubit can exist in multiple states at once, allowing it to generate multiple solutions to a problem simultaneously—should be able, eventually, to far outstrip the abilities of current machines. Most computer scientists believe it’s only a matter of time before truly useful quantum computers are built and put into service—estimates range from a couple of years to a couple of decades.The Qcloud quantum “computer” is housed at the Centre for Quantum Photonics on the University’s campus. Because it uses just two qubits, the machine isn’t capable of doing much, but that isn’t the point. Instead, it’s to get people ready for the time when such computers become a reality. Bristol officials note that currently there are just a handful of people who have any idea of how to program a real quantum computer.To prevent a glut of programs that don’t work from accessing the real computer, Bristol will first require prospective programmers to create a program on a web based simulator. If users are optimistic about their results, they can then submit them for review. If the program they’ve written is deemed worthy, it will be run on the real quantum processer. The university has already made the simulator available online—the processor will be made accessible via the Internet next week, September 20.By providing access to a real quantum computer, officials at Bristol are hoping to excite the next generation of programmers who will be creating new types of code that hasn’t even been envisioned yet.last_img read more

Astronomers detect a strong outburst of an embedded young stellar object

first_img High-redshift quasar discovered by Pan-STARRS Citation: Astronomers detect a strong outburst of an embedded young stellar object (2017, January 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-01-astronomers-strong-outburst-embedded-young.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. UKIDSS-J185318.36+012454.5 is located in the vicinity of the IRAS 18507+0121 source and probably belongs to the massive star-forming region associated with GAL 034.4+00.23 HII region. The object is at least 5,000 light years away from the Earth and its neighborhood contains massive protostars with an age of about 100,000 years, as well as a low-mass stellar population approximately 1 million years old. The stellar object was classified as an intermediate mass YSO less than 100,000 years old.Recently, a team of researchers led by Elena Nikoghosyan has combed through the data and images provided by the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) in Hawaii to search for evidence of outbursts in star-forming regions. They used the archival infrared and submillimeter data from UKIRT Galactic Plane Survey (UKIDSS GPS) and found that an outburst occurred in UKIDSS-J185318.36+012454.5 in the period of 2004-2006.”UKIRT Galactic Plane Survey is a deep survey with good space resolution. Therefore, it provides very useful information for researchers who study star forming regions. In particular, for detection of UKIDSS-J185318.36+012454.5 outburst, UKIRT Galactic Plane Survey was the basic source of information,” Nikoghosyan told Phys.org.According to the paper, the amplitude of brightness of the detected outburst is at least five mag. The object remained at this level of brightness until 2014.The results of the research allowed the scientists to re-classify UKIDSS-J185318.36+012454.5 as an eruptive variable with mixed characteristics, namely a MNor-type object, and Nikoghosyan emphasized the significance of the study.”Eruptions of pre-main sequence stellar objects are rare events, thus a new outburst is always noteworthy. And I think that the discovery of a new eruptive variable UKIDSS-J185318.36+012454.5 with a so strong outburst (delta K > 5 mag) was a big success,” she said.The authors of the paper also sought the most plausible explanation for eruptive variability of young stars. They noted that several physical mechanisms, such as rotation, cool or hot spots, accretion-driven wind and outflow can explain the near-infrared variability, but these mechanisms often produce short-term variability with amplitude that is not expected to exceed one mag in the K band.”In our opinion, all of the proposed explanations of this phenomena to date (eruptive variability of young stars) do not explain it completely, most likely due to lack of information. With respect to this object, we can only assume that this outburst corresponds to the transition between two evolution stages: Class 0 (no optical and near-infrared emission) and Class I (generally optically obscured). But this is only an assumption,” Nikoghosyan concluded.The researchers now plan further observations of UKIDSS-J185318.36+012454.5. However, these studies could only be conducted in collaboration with scientists from other countries due to the fact that in Armenia, there is no opportunity to observe this object in the infrared range. The images of UKIDSS-J185318.36+012454.5 in different wavelengths: Ks band from Varricatt et al (2010) (left top), Ks band from DR6 UKIDSS GPS (right top), [3.6] μm band from GLIMPSE I survey (left bottom) and [5.8] μm band from GLIMPSE I survey (right bottom). The position of IRAS 18507+0121 source from IRAS PSC and IRAS PSC/FSC Combined Catalogue (Abrahamyan et al., 2015) marked by black and white crosses respectively. On DR6 UKIDSS GPS Ks image are marked three stellar sources (#43, 49 and 54, Shepherd et al., 2004). Credit: Nikoghosyan et al., 2016. More information: New eruptive variable in the massive star-forming region associated with IRAS 18507+0121 source, arXiv:1612.09190 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1612.09190AbstractAims. We report the discovery of a strong outburst of the embedded young stellar object (YSO), namely UKIDSS-J185318.36+012454.5, located in the star-forming region associated with IRAS 18507+0121 source and GAL 034.4+00.23 HII region. Methods. Using the archival photometric data and images we determined the amplitude and the epoch of the outburst, as well as the evolution stage and the basic parameters of the object. Results. According to the near and mid-infrared colors and spectral energy distribution, we classify the object as an intermediate-mass young stellar object (YSO) with Class 0/I evolution stage. The outburst occurred in the period of 2004-2006. The amplitude of brightness is as least Ks = 5.0 mag. The summation of the photometric and spectral data does not allow to classify UKIDSS-J185318.36+012454.5 as FUor or EXor. We can consider it as an eruptive variable with mixed characteristics or MNor type object. (Phys.org)—Astronomers from the Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory in Armenia have discovered a strong outburst of the embedded young stellar object (YSO) designated UKIDSS-J185318.36+012454.5. This newly detected event could provide important insights for the understanding of eruptive variability of young stars. The researchers presented their discovery in a paper published Dec. 30 on the arXiv preprint server. Explore further © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

The Deal with Data 5 Steps to Getting a Way More Efficient

first_imgMay 14, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read As a startup leader, when someone asks you if you’re busy, you’re apt to laugh in their face.You have to laugh, or you might start crying.With the number of things you have to juggle you have to wonder: Do people want you to have a nervous breakdown?While the daily errands, repetitive conversations and dead-end email threads that come along with managing a team are making you feel ridiculously busy, a lot of these tasks could be made more efficient or cut out completely.A study confirmed that a staggering 90 percent of managers waste time doing unproductive activities. And you’re not the only one wasting precious time. A recent survey of 500,000 employees from organizations across the globe revealed that 60 percent of respondents’ time at work is being spent on counterproductive tasks.That’s a huge blow to efficiency.But installing data practices can help. It doesn’t have to drain your time or pull you away from your passion points. In fact, it can actually create hours where you’ve never had them before, revealing patterns and outliers and illuminating problems and opportunities within your workforce. You can start saving yourself those extra hours and turn them into achievements, innovations or even just time to think.All you have to do is boil down all your intuitive, ad hoc tasks to more formulaic decision-making models. Start with these steps. Related: Why Your Startup Needs to Be Data Mature From the Beginning1. Set the numbers, but don’t freak out your employeesEstablish the goals that your employees should be striving for and the numbers you’d like for them to hit.Then, give employees a short pep talk to go over their individual targets and answer any questions. Explain that you’re not trying to be Big Brother — rather, these metrics will drive how their performance is evaluated and what tasks they’re assigned.2. Choose a tool as a team, and install itUse a tool that gives your teammates a quick visual translation of what they’re doing and how they’re working.This will act as a kind of biofeedback for your teammates, enabling them to learn quickly and adapt when their productivity is low. Using data no longer has to mean trawling through spreadsheets. Tools such as Qlik Sense allow you to organize your dashboards and turn your data into digestible, intuitive visuals.3. Monitor many variables at onceTools can make your employee-monitoring smarter, allowing you to view many variables at once to get a more holistic view of how your team is performing. Platforms such as Domo give you a range of metrics so you can evaluate employee performance, keep an eye on deals and monitor your sales funnel activity.Related: 3 Things That Successful Entrepreneurs Know About Data4. Test, evaluate and repeatNo data-driven infrastructure should be put in place and left to sit.After you’ve had this new system in place for a quarter, analyze its progress. Then, see whether it has saved you time. Are your employees improving in their roles? Do you feel better equipped and less rushed? Are any other problems emerging? Make this a regular review, and plot it into dashboards and diaries so everybody can easily see it’s coming up.5. Promote healthy balanceEntrepreneurs are notoriously bad at balancing their lives. Many startup leaders will deprive themselves of sleep, skip showers and avoid social gatherings in an endless effort to stay productive.But those sacrifices are all for naught if they fill their time with unnecessary tasks. By using data to better manage your team’s time, you can promote a better lifestyle and keep your team healthy and energized.Having a team that’s highly connected to its performance level will not only save you time, but it will also save you a lot of money in the long run. It’s all about installing the right automated performance measurement tool, stepping back and trusting it to do a lot of your work for you. It’s as simple as that.Related: 10 Data Tools Every Marketer Needs to Be Using Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

European temps climb pope gives thanks for some rain

first_img Sponsored Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 World Meteorological Organization spokeswoman Clare Nullis told reporters Friday that Europe is “much, much better prepared” to cope with the heat than in 2003, when tens of thousands died in a heat wave — mostly elderly people in France.Many European governments now have early warning systems in place. French authorities were reaching out to vulnerable people and encouraging the homeless to use public baths. In Berlin, Europe’s biggest animal shelter was letting its dogs splash about in a pool.A sudden sun shower, accompanied by a rainbow, cooled the tens of thousands waiting Friday for Pope Francis to appear at Saint Peter’s Square in Rome — where temperatures hit 33 degrees C (91 F).“First the heat, then a shower. The Lord is good,” a smiling Francis later told the faithful as many held umbrellas that kept both the sun and the raindrops away. “Even the water is welcome, since the Lord made it.”Meteorologists say the heat wave is likely to slam Rome on Sunday.Authorities in the southwestern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, meanwhile, imposed a speed limit of 80 km/h (50 mph) on all concrete highways to prevent accidents. The extreme heat causes concrete to expand and push upward. The vital role family plays in society Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Experts, meanwhile, were assessing the possible effects of climate change on the heat wave.“Man-made global warming greatly increases the number of such heat waves,” Stefan Rahmstorf of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research said in a statement, citing Europe’s heat wave and others in Pakistan, India and the western U.S.Others said it was too early to tell.“It’s is premature to say whether it (the heat wave) can be attributed to climate change or whether it is due to naturally occurring climate variability,” said Omar Baddour, who coordinates the U.N.’s world climate data and monitoring program.___Frances D’Emilio contributed from Rome.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   center_img Parents, stop beating yourself up Top Stories Julian, left, is photographed by his mother with friend Gianluca, right, under water at a public pool in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on a hot Friday, July 3, 2015. Germany faces a heat wave with temperatures up to 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) at the weekend. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) PARIS (AP) — Europeans struggled Friday to find relief from unusually high temperatures, but the U.N. weather agency said the continent is better prepared than ever to avoid major heat casualties.From Spain to Poland, temperatures have climbed as a mass of hot air from Africa has pushed northward. Some cities have seen temperatures near or beyond 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), and they’re expected to stay high through the weekend. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

Rep Webber to meet with residents in Rochester Hills

first_img14Sep Rep. Webber to meet with residents in Rochester Hills State Rep. Michael Webber will host an office hour event on Monday, Sept. 25 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 2921 S. Rochester Road in Rochester Hills.“I am committed to making state government accessible and accountable to the people,” Rep. Webber said. “Understanding the issues is one of my top priorities as a state representative.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Webber at 517-373-1773 or via email at MichaelWebber@house.mi.gov. Categories: Webber Newslast_img read more