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Develop realtime rural distress indicator with MGNREGA data

first_imgNew Delhi: There is a need to develop a real time indicator of rural distress by using data related to work demand by MGNREGA workers, the Economic Survey 2018-19 said Thursday. It said that timely wage payment under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme is expected to increase work demand, and now there is need to diversify definition of ‘works’ under the plan. “Demand for work under MGNREGS may be used to develop a real-time indicator of distress at the granular district/panchayat level,” the survey which was tabled in Parliament on Thursday pointed out. It said that distress at the level of a district or panchayat is difficult to identify in real-time using the current data-sets. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe employment related NSS surveys are carried out once in 5-6 years, while household level data are released after a gap of almost two years from the date of surveys. As per the Economic Survey, it is important to provide assistance to the household at the right time when an adverse economic shock significantly reduces their consumption expenditure. “By utilizing information on demand for work under MGNREGS and correlating it with other real-time measures of weather etc, that lead to rural distress, a dashboard can be created which flashes ‘alerts’ from areas under local distress to enable policymakers to act in a timely manner to alleviate such distress,” the survey said. The timely payment of wages directly into bank account of MGNREGS worker is expected to increase in demand for work under the programme in distressed areas, according to the survey.last_img read more

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BC Liquor Distribution Branch to hold job fair in Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A B.C. Cannabis Store is one step closer to opening in Fort St. John.On July 9, the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch will be holding a job fair in Fort St. John to recruit prospective employees for its B.C. Cannabis Store.According to LDB Senior Communications Officer, Kate Bilney, they are looking for one store manager, two assistant managers, six full-time cannabis consultants, and eight part-time/auxiliary cannabis consultants. Bilney says successful candidates will receive extensive training and will be required to undergo an Enhanced Security Screening check, in accordance with the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act.“Successful candidates will receive extensive training, concentrating on social responsibility practices related to safety and responsible adult use, comprehensive product knowledge and customer service skills. Product knowledge and an understanding of the essential elements related to cannabis products and the industry are appreciated, but not required. Retail experience is also appreciated. B.C. Cannabis Stores employees will be required to undergo an Enhanced Security Screening check, in accordance with the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act.”According to LDB, the Fort St. John store will be located at 10251 and 10215, 100 Street within the Northgate Mall complex, and is expected to open later this year.The job fair will be taking place July 9 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Chateau.While LDB recruiters will be collecting resumes at the event, all prospective candidates must submit their application via the LDB’s online portal.last_img read more

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Canadian Natural cuts output expectations in wake of Scotford Upgrader fire

The Canadian Press CALGARY — Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. is cutting production expectations as damage is repaired from a fire at the Scotford Upgrader northeast of Edmonton two weeks ago.The Calgary-based oilsands producer owns 70 per cent of the facility, which is operated by Shell Canada.Canadian Natural says it expects average production at the northern Alberta Albian oilsands mines — which supply raw bitumen feedstock for the upgrader to turn into synthetic crude oil — to be reduced to about 245,000 barrels per day in May and June.That’s down from a projected 255,000 bpd, which had already been affected by Alberta’s government-ordered oil curtailment program.Canadian Natural says the fire was contained in a process furnace at the north upgrader, which can process about 100,000 bpd, but the cause and timing of repairs are still under investigation.It says the south upgrader was unaffected and is able to continue to produce a restricted volume of about 200,000 bpd of synthetic crude this month. No one was injured in the fire which began as the upgrader was about to enter a 38-day planned maintenance program. read more

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BlackBerry up nearly 11 after report says its a likely acquisition target

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 1, 2017 10:33 am MDT Last Updated Jun 1, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A man touches the new BlackBerry KEYone before the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. BlackBerry Ltd. shares surged nearly 11 per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange after a research report identified the company as a likely target for an acquisition.THE CANADIAN PRESS/ AP/Manu Fernandez TORONTO – BlackBerry Ltd. shares surged nearly 11 per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange after a research report identified the company as a likely target for an acquisition.BlackBerry (TSX:BB) shares reached a high of $15.82 in Thursday morning trading — up 10.78 per cent.The jump came after Citron Research published a report saying the company’s shares are likely to reach US$20 on the Nasdaq within 24 months. On Thursday, the former smartphone maker’s shares on the U.S. exchange were trading at US$11.61.The report also said the company is a likely buyout target at a sizable premium, highlighting BlackBerry’s “virtually completed” transition from hardware maker to focusing on its software business.Citron Research, an online stock commentary website led by Andrew Left, wrote that BlackBerry’s QNX software, which is installed in about 60 million vehicles, makes the company an attractive acquisition target for Qualcomm, Nvidia or NXP Semiconductors.BlackBerry’s shares have been on the rise recently after positive analyst commentary.In mid-May, Macquarie Research analyst Gus Papageorgiou said in a note that the company’s shares could rise to US$45 by 2020. His 12-month Canadian-dollar target is $16.20. BlackBerry up nearly 11% after report says it’s a likely acquisition target read more

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Alarmed by Burundi media curbs UN human rights office reiterates call for

“The reported use of live ammunition by intelligence and security forces during protests is particularly alarming and we urge the authorities to ensure that international standards, including the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials, are fully respected,” said spokesman for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Rupert Colville today.Mr. Colville noted that hundreds of people have also been detained since demonstrations began on April 26 after the country’s ruling National Council for the Defence of Democracy – Forces for the Defence of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) party nominated Pierre Nkurunziza as its presidential candidate, and that according to one credible report, more than 400 individuals are being held in extremely overcrowded conditions, with detainees having to sleep standing up.“Detainees have also been beaten, particularly on their feet and buttocks, with some of those released having trouble walking due to the beating,” he told a press briefing in Geneva today. “With the electoral campaign due to officially begin in just nine days, we call on the authorities to ensure the space necessary for the conduct of free and fair elections,” he said.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) also expressed concern today about the situation in Burundi, as some 26,000 people have fled violence in the country seeking safety in neighbouring Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania.Among recent developments is a communications clampdown, under which platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Viber and WhatsApp having been blocked by authorities, and Radio Publique Africaine shut down. Humanitarian actors are concerned that a media and communications blackout could serve to fuel rumours and further fan an already high level of anxiety among the population.“Restricting independent coverage by closing radio stations, curbing live coverage of protests and curbing the use of social media will not succeed in quashing dissent,” Mr. Colville said today. “Freedom of expression and the right to information must be protected.”He also recalled that UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, had stressed during his visit to Burundi two weeks ago that “criticism is a vital element of democracy, not a threat that must be crushed. The right to freedom of expression and opinion is enshrined in international treaties ratified by Burundi, and the Government is obliged to uphold those treaties.” The numbers of persons killed stood at least six persons, and one soldier shot dead, according to the local Red Cross.UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac said the agency was coordinating with the UN human rights office about verification visits to prisons in the capital, Bujumbura, and was auditing the number of schools that had closed because of insecurity in the municipalities of Bujumbura. read more

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Half of all countries aware but lacking national plan on cybersecurity UN

“While the impact generated by cyberattacks, such as those carried out as recently as 27 June 2017, may not be eliminated completely, prevention and mitigation measures to reduce the risks posed by cyber-related threats can and should always be put in place,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.The findings show that there is “space for further improvement in cooperation” at all levels, according to the report, which advocates for encouraging governments to consider national policies that take into account cybersecurity and encourage private citizens to make smart decisions online. Releasing its second Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said about 38 per cent of countries have a published cybersecurity strategy and an additional 12 per cent of governments are in the process of developing one. The agency said more effort is needed in this critical area, particularly since it conveys that governments consider digital risks high priority. “Cybersecurity is an ecosystem where laws, organizations, skills, cooperation and technical implementation need to be in harmony to be most effective,” stated the report, adding that cybersecurity is “becoming more and more relevant in the minds of countries’ decision makers.” The top 10 most committed countries include three from Asia and the Pacific, two each from Europe and the Americas, and one from Africa, the Arab States, and the Commonwealth of Independent States.They are, in order: Singapore, United States, Malaysia, Oman, Estonia, Mauritius, Australia, Georgia, France and Canada. Russia ranked 11th.In addition to showing the overall cybersecurity commitment of ITU’s 193 member States, the Index also shows the improvement and strengthening of the five pillars of the ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda: legal, technical, organizational, capacity building and international cooperation.The threat is particularly worrying as in 2016, according to ITU, nearly one per cent of all emails sent were essentially malicious attacks, the highest rate in recent years.Last month, a cyberattack crippled tens of thousands of machines around the world. It is unclear who was behind the attack. Mr. Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General, ITU. Photo: ITU/R.Farrell read more

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Invest more in PNG asks Minister

first_imgAustralian resources companies have been asked to lift their investment in Papua New Guinea’s mining sector as the country slashes its red tape to accelerate major new exploration and mine development projects. One of the biggest changes expected to increase the Australian impetus in its nearest neighbour is PNG’s review of its mining act – which the country’s Minister for Mines, Sam Akoitai, says is nearing completion.“This will increase the exploration tenure in PNG from two years to five years and we expect that will have significant appeal to foreign mining investors, particularly as we estimate only one third of our mineral resource has been exploited,” Akoitai said. In an address delivered on his behalf to the Paydirt Asia Pacific Downunder Conference in Perth, Mr Akoitai said that while a common description of PNG was an unknown frontier described as “the mountain of gold floating on a sea of oil”, it remained one of the least explored countries in the Asia Pacific.  “The mineral resources of PNG still include vast areas of greenfields with known or inferred but unexploited resources,” he said. “While mining has played a very significant role in PNG’s early development, we are seeking to implement a raft of legislative and regulatory initiatives to ensure that the industry remains vibrant and internationally competitive. This includes the establishment of the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA). While not yet fully functional even though the bill was passed early this year,due to some constitutional issues, the establishment of the Authority is to ensure that the current responsibility of PNG’s Department of Mining is carried out effectively. Currently, the Department is not adequately funded and is ill equipped to carry out its statutory functions. The MRA will have sufficient funding (mainly from production levies) and adequate staffing levels to facilitate the administrative functions ensuring that all stakeholder interests are adequately dealt with.”On the question of tenure, Mr Akoitai said security of tenure was an important issue for PNG’s future mineral development and the current two year tenure had been said to be too short. “This has been one of the industry’s major concerns, and the extension in tenure to five years is geared at remedying that,” Akoitai said.Other fiscal changes introduced to attract more mining investment included a 30% income tax rate, 10% dividend withholding tax, an accelerated depreciation allowance, a 2% royalty rate, a 200% deduction of exploration expenditure and the abolishment of additional profit tax. “We have successfully restructured the fiscal regime to make PNG one of the world’s best places to invest in, in terms of return on investment. This is evident in the exploration pickup rate, with 25 new licence applications in the first six months of this year, compared to just 26 for the whole of the previous 12 months. We anticipate that by end of 2006, this figure is likely to double. In addition, total exploration expenditure in PNG in 2005 was pgk90 million yet the total expenditure to June this year for 2006 is pgk170 million.“Significantly, PNG is now attracting new players from across the world and we have explorers from Canada, the UK, South Africa and Asia and the Chinese state company, MCC, has taken up 85% of the Ramu nickel project. We say to Australia though – there are some Australian companies which have been around for a long time in PNG and we encourage more Australian based explorers to come – we are just next door.”last_img read more

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NOVA 2 launches on iPad iPod Touch iPhone

first_imgHaving played the original N.O.V.A. game on the iPhone and Android Galaxy Tab, I can say that I’m quite excited about the news that Gameloft has launched the sequel which you can download from the App Store for $6.99 (sadly no Android version yet).N.O.V.A. 2 is set six years after the events of the first game with humanity thrown into a bloody civil war. The sequel features a brand new single-player campaign, 13 weapons and 12 levels, plus there is a brand new multiplayer experience with multiple game modes split across five different maps.Features of the single-player mode:12 chapters taking you through hostile, yet amazing environments of various Orbitals. Over a dozen weapons including the Dual Hand Guns, Assault Rifle, Shotgun, Automatic Shotgun, Sniper Rifle, Rocket Launcher, Grenade Launcher, Alien Plasma Gun, Alien Lightning Gun, Alien Laser Gun, Turrets, Frag Grenades and Mines. 3 special powers: Freeze, Slow Time and Disc for melee combat. A wide range of enemies with improved AI, for even more intense combats.Features of the multiplayer modes:1-10 players online or locally 5 modes: Free for All, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Freeze Tag, and InstaGib Ranking & Perk systems 10 maps on which to battle it out Play against your friends or the entire world through Gameloft LIVE! Worldwide leaderboards in the game & on the official website.Exclusive rewards for veteran players of the first game:Jump into multiplayer with bonus XP, allowing you access to advanced weaponry Unlock a special achievement on Gameloft LIVE! Read more at the iTunes Preview and N.O.V.A. 2 websitelast_img read more

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Diangana hopes he can play in the FA Cup

first_imgThe 20-year-old debuted in 2016 with West Ham United, but it’s not a first-team regular, which could change if he has a great FA Cup debut with his team.For Congolese-born English midfielder Grady Diangana, the FA Cup match on Sunday for West Ham United represents a big chance for him.He debuted with the team in 2016 but is not yet a first-team regular.But he knows a good performance in the tournament could change that.“It would be amazing to play,” he told the club’s official website.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“The FA Cup is a big trophy in England and you want to win every tournament you enter so, as the manager says, we are going to try to take the competition seriously and try to do that.”“One was obviously the first goal against Macclesfield, as I had the feeling that I belonged performing in front of that many people, but the moment I felt the most strongly was against Huddersfield, funnily enough.”“It was before the game when we were warming up, I thought to myself ‘I love doing this’ and I felt I belonged in the Premier League,” he added.“I just want to keep going. I am enjoying it. I want to establish myself more so that, when people hear or read my name, they have a certain image of me. I want to become that player,” he explained.“In training, I’ll work hard to develop new good habits which will hopefully bring me a lot of success at any club.”last_img read more

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Former Air Force Official to Head Army Effort to Develop LargeScale Renewable

first_imgMichael McGhee, who had been a senior official in the Air Force’s energy and environment office for the past decade, has been named executive director of the Army Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI).OEI serves as the service’s central management office for partnering with Army installations to implement privately financed, large-scale renewable energy projects, 10 megawatts or greater. The office was formally established in October 2014 after a predecessor organization was launched in 2011.McGhee replaces Amanda Simpson, who led the office since January 2014.“It is a great privilege to be selected to lead the OEI team as they continue their tremendous efforts to collaborate with industry and bring energy security and resiliency to Army installations,” said McGhee. “The OEI, along with other government and industry partners have achieved significant success in a short amount of time. I am excited to join such a dynamic team to continue to develop innovative solutions to support soldiers and the Army’s mission,” he said.McGhee previously served as the acting deputy assistant secretary (DAS) of the Air Force for energy, environment, safety and occupational health (EESOH) for two years, and was the principal director for policy to the DAS-EESOH for the past 10 years. He provided senior policy and program oversight for installations energy, infrastructure and environmental programs worldwide.McGhee began his Air Force career as a commissioned officer; he later worked in commercial construction management in Washington, D.C., before rejoining the Air Force as a civilian. At the Air Force, McGhee held positions in environmental management and policy at the installation, major command and headquarters levels before moving to the Air Force secretariat. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Fate of Budget Deal Rests on House Vote

first_imgThe Senate passed a two-year budget deal and stopgap spending bill early Friday morning, after the government shut down at midnight due to Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s refusal to allow the chamber to move up the timetable for a procedural vote on the legislation. Confidence that the measure would survive a House vote eroded over the course of Thursday, though, as a large number of House Democrats appeared willing to oppose the package over its failure to address the looming termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, reported the Washington Post. With many conservative Republicans expected to reject the deal because it would greatly expand the nation’s debt, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will need at least some Democratic votes to clear the bill.If Ryan finds the votes, the government shutdown could be brief and end early Friday.The measure would keep the government operating through March 23, giving the appropriations committees time to rewrite all 12 fiscal 2018 spending bills to the higher spending levels allowed under the two-year deal reached Wednesday. That agreement would raise the statutory caps on defense spending by $80 billion in FY 2018 and $85 billion the following year. For non-defense accounts, the cap would rise by $63 billion in the current year and $68 billion in FY 2019. The legislative package also would suspend the debt limit through March 1, 2019, and provide $89.3 billion in disaster aid for states and territories damaged by severe hurricanes and wildfires. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Fashion Etailer Jabong Sees Fivefold Increase in Losses on Deep Discounts

first_imgFashion and lifestyle e-commerce portal Jabong recorded a five-fold increase in losses to ₹160 crore during the calendar year 2014 due to high discounts on its offerings, although its revenue growth went up by 136% to ₹811 crore, according to the annual of Rocket Internet, its major stake holder.Jabong witnessed a loss of ₹32 crore on sales of ₹344 crore in the previous year.However, a positive development in Jabong’s performance last year was the increase in gross merchandise volume (GMV), the total sales of products on its platform, by 158% to ₹1,321 crore, The Economic Times said.A recent study by UBS estimated the online retailers to turn profitable by 2020 as operating costs (as a percentage of GMV) are likely to decline by an estimated 400 basis points.Considering the earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBIDTA), the company had spent about ₹1.55 paise on every one rupee it earned through sales last year. In 2013, it was ₹1.68 paise.Berlin-based internet company Rocket Internet holds 21.4% stake in Jabong, which was launched in 2012. Jabong competes with Myntra in online apparel retailing.Fast-growing domestic online retailers have come under severe criticism from industry watchers for high discounts and skyrocketing valuations.Meteoric growth seen in India’s e-commerce sector in the last five years was largely led by huge discounts offered by the companies to attract customers to online shopping, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said in report.Nonetheless, by following an aggressive discounting strategy, the players in the online market have witnessed a manifold increase in their customer base.UBS expects the online retailing market to grow 10 times to range between $48 billion to $60 billion by 2020, based on internet penetration, per capita gross domestic product (GDP), and total retail market size in the country.According to management consultancy AT Kearney, lack of broadband and mobile internet access is constraining the growth of Indian e-commerce market.Though online sales in India increased by 27% to $3.8 billion in 2014, the market size is far below that of other emerging markets such as Brazil with a size of $13 billion, the consultancy added.Discounts will come down as growth moderates from current supernormal phase (to attract more consumers) to moderate growth phase (more users buying online for convenience, choice, etc.), UBS told to NDTV Profit.last_img read more

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Time to drop Rishabh Pant and bring Dinesh Karthik in Yes heres

first_imgDinesh Karthik can be a much better option than Rishabh PantTwitterWhen Rohit Sharma, responding to a question about Rishabh Pant being promoted to no. 4 in the batting line-up, humourously said that he wasn’t surprised because “you all (mediapersons) wanted him in the team,” he was pointing to the huge clamour in the media and among some of the experts for getting the young wicketkeeper into the World Cup squad. The way he batted against England wasn’t that convincing a proof of his abilities.The one man who seems to have been completely overlooked due to the chorus of voices wanting Pant in the playing XI is Dinesh Karthik. The veteran Tamil Nadu player is being regarded merely as a back-up keeper for MS Dhoni and even that position, he seems to have yielded to his junior from Delhi.But Karthik is a far better batsman that he is being regarded as currently. In fact, it can be argued that Karthik deserves to be in the playing XI much more than Rishabh Pant. Pant wasn’t all that impressive in his debut World Cup gameTwitter/Cricket World CupFor all the fanfare around the 21-year old Delhi Capitals player, there is yet to be a decent performance from him in the ODI format. In the home series against Australia earlier this year, he failed to make an impact. Even in his knock against England, the left-hander seemed vulnerable and failed to get going. His tendency to put his front foot across is something that can get him into trouble against bowlers able to swing the ball back in.Karthik, on the other hand, is a technically sound batsman who has even opened the innings for India in Test matches in England. He has 9 half-centuries and has played some important knocks in his ODI career, which began in 2004. The reason he would be a very valuable player for India is the fact that in the ongoing tournament, the most successful teams – Australia, New Zealand, England and Pakistan – apart from India have batsmen in their middle order who are technically sound and can play a more steady innings instead of being aggressive from ball one. Be it Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, Joe Root or Babar Azam, the importance of a solid batsmen who can absorb pressure has been for everyone to see. Karthik is the most likely to play that role. Karthik is a quality batsman with good techniqueRyan Pierse/Getty ImagesThere may even be a case for him to open the innings. KL Rahul has been rather average so far in this tournament. There is a view that Pant should replace him at the top but he may well struggle against the new ball and quality bowlers. Karthik, on the other hand, is more likely to deal with the opening burst at the start of an innings.But the 34-year old isn’t merely a plodder. He can clear the boundaries and is very skilled in playing spin. Overall, Karthik, with his class and ability and technique would add the solidity and fluency that India need and which is not being provided by either Pant or Rahul. The media also needs to stop being blind to Karthik’s ability and only focussing on the supposed talent of Rishabh. Perhaps Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri would see things more clearly.last_img read more

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Transporting spatially entangled photons through an optical fiber

first_img Copyright 2011 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. 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. Two photons can be entangled in their mode structure. This has the advantage that more information can be encoded than by using polarization. Wolfgang Löffler and colleagues from the Quantum Optics group were able to demonstrate that this so-called ‘spatial’ entanglement can survive fiber transport. Credit: Wolfgang Löffler. Citation: Transporting spatially entangled photons through an optical fiber (2011, June 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-spatially-entangled-photons-optical-fiber.html (PhysOrg.com) — “Spatially entangled photons is a hot topic in quantum information science, and optical fibers are the cornerstone of our communication society,” Wolfgang Loffler tells PhysOrg.com. “So far, though, no one that we know of has demonstrated that you can use a fiber to transport a photon entangled in its spatial degree of freedom.” Löffler is a scientist at Leiden University in The Netherlands. Löffler worked with E.R. Eliel and J.P Woerdman at Leiden, as well as T.G. Euser, M. Scharrer and P. St. J. Russell at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen, Germany, to demonstrate that a spatially entangled photon can successfully travel through an optic fiber. The team presents its findings in Physical Review Letters: “Fiber Transport of Spatially Entangled Photons.”Right now, many photons are entangled using only their polarization degree of freedom. This limits the amount of information that can be encoded, and also limits the amount of entanglement possible per photon. However, by using the spatial degree of freedom, there are many more options for information encoding. “Polarization-based entanglement is strictly two-dimensional,” Löffler explains. “When you deal with spatially quantum-entangled photons, you have entanglement in higher dimensions, and you can encode more data.” He also points out that, “The spatial structure of a single photon field has basically infinite dimensions.”Such high-dimensional entanglement could lead to better security in quantum cryptography, among other applications. “More quantum entanglement per photon can be used to enhance security or increase the resilience against noise,” says Löffler. “The prospects are great.”However, not just any optical fiber will do; in most conventional fibers, the spatial information is quickly lost, and only the spectral or temporal information is preserved. In order to take advantage of the ability to encode information in spatial degree of freedom, a special fiber is needed. “Working with Russell, who is a pioneer in photonic crystal fibers, we were able to find a suitable multimode fiber.” Löffler says that this special fiber is constructed in such a way that light can be guided, mainly through air, in a hollow core. “This has a less detrimental effect on the photons that we want to get through the fiber,” he says. Löffler and his colleagues tested the multi-mode fiber, and were able to get a positive result in a rudimentary quantum cryptography setup.Even with the positive result, Löffler cautions that there are still some issues that need to be resolved. “We need to figure out how to extend this scheme to longer distances, so we will need to study the fiber transport mechanisms closer to understand them better.” He also points out that the team was able to demonstrate transport of 3D entangled photons through the fiber, and the next step is to add more dimensions.It is also important to remember that the team has tested only a limited number of fibers. “We have excluded many different fiber types, and we have found this one that works so far,” Löffler says. “There are additional fiber structures to test before we can say which would truly work best for transport of the spatially entangled photons.”Although there is still work to do, Löffler is optimistic about the future. “We showed that you can combine spatial entanglement with optical fiber transport, and that is promising for what could be next.” Explore further More information: W. Löffler, T.G. Eliel, M. Scharrer, P. St. J. Russell, and J.P. Woerdman, “Fiber Transport of Spatially Entangled Photons,” Physical Review Letters (2011). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.240505 Entanglement can help in classical communicationlast_img read more

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TMC suspends Mukul Roys son for 6 years

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress on Friday suspended its Bijpur legislator Subhranshu Roy for a period of six years for making anti-party comments. Roy’s activities had been under the scanner of the top party leadership particularly after his father Mukul Roy shunned the TMC and joined the BJP in November 2017.”He has been constantly making such statements that we feel has affected the image of the party. The discipline of the party should be prioritised and the party felt that he had not towed the party line on more than one occasions. So we have been compelled to take this tough decision. Our party’s disciplinary body, after consultation with party supremo Mamata Banerjee, has decided to expel him,” Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee said on Friday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataEarlier in the day, Subhranshu held a press conference in his own Assembly constituency and heaved praises on the organisational skills of his turncoat father Mukul Roy. He claimed that he tried his best to give party’s Barrackpore candidate Dinesh Trivedi a lead from his Assembly constituency but failed to do so as his father proved to be a better organiser than him. “I have lost to my father. He is a real Chanakya of Bengal politics. I feel proud to be the son of Mukul Roy who had earlier played a pivotal role in TMC gaining strength in Bengal and now he has been instrumental in uprooting it. Our party has lost and people voted against us. We should accept it,” Roy said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to him, both he and his father have done the best for their respective parties. But people have chosen his father. “Many people had said that if one Mukul Roy leaves, they will make hundreds of Mukul Roys. I just want to say, Mukul Roy who was there since the inception of the party has now single-handedly destroyed it,” Roy added. Though he did not say anything about shifting allegiance to the saffron party following the footsteps of his father but after his statement speculations of him leaving the party have become stronger. Roy further alleged that a section of the party leadership had questioned his allegiance to TMC even after he continued to be loyal to the party.last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | April 08, 2013 Chalk River Isotope Reactor Plans 30-Day Shutdown April 14 Atomic Energy of Canada Limited begins third annual required outage April 8, 2013 — Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) will commence a 30-day planned shutdown for inspection and maintenance of the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor at Chalk River, Ontario, starting April 14, 2013. This planned shutdown, which AECL has advised will last until May 14, 2013, will result in an interruption in the supply of medical isotopes used in nuclear imaging procedures in the United States. Chalk River is one of the primary sources for the isotopes used in nuclear imaging radiopharmaceuticals.This planned outage is a requirement of AECL’s operating license issued by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). This marks the third annual outage for the NRU.  Inspection results to date continue to confirm that the NRU aging reactor remains fit for service.In addition to the annual vessel inspection, work is planned during the outage to enhance the reliability and safety of NRU. A dedicated work management outage team has been established to coordinate the activities of suppliers, NRU specialists and supporting departments ensuring the safe and successful execution of the outage.Facility users and the isotope community have been informed well in advance of this outage and have taken steps to adjust their activities.For more information: www.aecl.ca/About/Offices/Labs.htm FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more Related Content X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more last_img read more

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Costa Rica finishes eighth in World Junior Surfing Championship

first_imgAt the end of the week-long 2015 International Surfing Association (ISA) World Junior Surfing Championship in Oceanside, California, Costa Rica’s team had set another national record. With the top-notch surfing this country has come to expect from its talented young athletes, Costa Rica finished 8th among the 36 nations, its highest position yet in any of the junior games they have attended since Tahiti in 2004. (Courtesy Alfredo Barquero)The Costa Rica team was composed of Leonardo Calvo of Boca Barranca, Denis Picard of Jacó, Bruno Carvalho of Jacó, Joseph Méndez of Jacó, Malakai Martínez of Tamarindo, Aldo Chirinos of Playa Negra, Óscar Urbina of Puerto Viejo, Leilani McGonagle of Pavones and Emily Gussoni  of Jacó. These 9 surfers, out of the 322 athletes who attended the WJSC, were consistent, powerful and demonstrated a high level of maneuverability on the beach break of Oceanside, which enjoyed a beautiful swell that often sent waves overhead and sometimes into barrels.Emily Gussoni, who placed 13th in both the Under 18 and Under 16 Girls categories, offered a theory as to why the team did so well: “I think the Costa Rica Surf Federation chose the right surfers for these waves,” she said. “We were lucky because the ocean wasn’t that cold, so we surfed with a spring suit, which was easier for us.” Emily Gussoni (Courtesy Alfredo Barquero)On the last day, it even seemed that McGonagle would add to her hardware with another medal, as she made it all the way to the Under 16 Girls repechage finals before ending up in eighth place in this division. Other strong finishers included Chirinos, who places 15th and Martínez, who placed 25th.Meanwhile, Méndez, who did double duty in both age groups, ended in the repechage quarterfinals in the Under 16 and Under 18 categories. He earned 21st in the former, and 29th in the latter.While the individual ranking numbers might seem less than impressive, it was the points that came along with these positions that boosted the entire team to its impressive No. 8 spot among all the teams.An important dynamic contributing to the Ticos’ success in California was the fact that these younger athletes were under the guidance of coach Wade Sharp, the South African who just last June helped the older Ticos win the Gold Medal at the ISA World Surfing Games in Nicaragua. (Courtesy Alfredo Barquero)“I’m proud of the team,” boasted Sharp. “What this young team achieved speaks to the great years you can expect from Costa Rica with guys who can still make another two or three more junior world [championships] and who were featured here. California is one of the best waves, with the best education an event could give them.”Recommended: New generation of Costa Rican surfers puts sport in the spotlightAnd there’s more good news for Costa Rica. Finishing eighth means that the team will be able to participate in the Aloha Cup Tag Team event in next year’s ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Portugal. This particular format of competition is likely to be the one used in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which, after much lobbying by the ISA, will include surfing for the first time ever. With five years to hone their international levels, it’s likely that one or more of the youngsters who competed in Oceanside will be on a Costa Rica Olympic team.ISA President Fernando Aguerro concurred. When addressing all the international teams at the award ceremony followed the World Junior Championship he said: “Some of these surfers now stand a solid chance to become the first ever Olympic Surfers in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”The continental U.S. won the gold medal and 1st place for its team, with France in 2nd, Hawaii in 3rd and Australia taking 4th. Japan, Portugal and South Africa followed in that order. Costa Rica, at 8th place, was the leading Latin American country, beating Peru, Brazil and Argentina at 9, 12 and 14, respectively.Individual placements:Under 18Joseph Méndez: 29Leonardo Calvo: 33Dennis Picado: 49Bruno Carvalho: 65Under 16Aldo Chirinos: 15Joseph Méndez: 21Malakai Martínez: 25Óscar Urbina: 57Under 18 GirlsEmily Gussoni: 13Leilani McGonagle: 21Under 16 GirlsLeilani McGonagle: 8Emily Gussoni: 13 Facebook Comments Related posts:Puerto Viejo native Gilbert Brown wins Latin Pro surf competition in ALAS debut VIDEO: Fans in the last excruciating moments of Costa Rica vs. Netherlands UN secretary-general hops on a bike to promote urban cycling Costa Rica to host World Surf League comp in Esterillos Estelast_img read more

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Brisbanes Emporium Hotel wins Best Boutique Hotel

first_imgThe Emporium in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley has taken out the national trifecta – winning Best Boutique Hotel at the 2011 national HM Awards for three consecutive years. The HM Awards for Hotel & Accommodation Excellence recognises leading hotels in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. With finalists including the Establishment Hotel in Sydney, The Cullen in Melbourne, and the Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart, General Manager, Peter Savoff said the win was one amongst tough competition. “In a world of international brands, a truly unique and boutique experience is an exceptional find. The team at Emporium Hotel live and breathe individuality and constantly strive to uphold the hotel’s brand promise of exquisite stays…” said Mr Savoff.“Intuitive service, intimate environment, first-class facilities and priceless experiences are what we are about, and I have our wonderful staff to thank for a significant win against the best operators in the country. From the team who thoughtfully turn the beds down at night, to the bar tenders mixing your drink just the way you like it, to the concierge recommending a hidden gem of a restaurant, it is because of them that we win this award.” This accolade makes the hotel one of the most awarded in the country since it opened its intricately designed doors in June 2007. The Emporium also received Highly Commended titles for Best Interior Design and Best Human Resources Associate.The Hotel has dominated industry and travel awards since opening, being named one of the world’s best new hotels in the International Conde Nast Travellers Hotlist and taking titles out at the Queensland Tourism Awards, the Queensland and Australian Hotels Association Awards, and Gourmet Traveller.Opened in 2007, Emporium Hotel is Brisbane’s first true luxury boutique hotel, introducing a new standard in exquisite design, opulence, service and approach. Now a proven and award winning property in Brisbane, Emporium Hotel has established itself as a leading luxury product recognised in both a national and international context. Source = Brisbane’s Emporium Hotellast_img read more

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Builder Confidence Holds Steady in November

first_img in Data Builder confidence remained flat in the “”National Association of Home Builders'””:http://www.nahb.org/default.aspx (NAHB) November report, with a slight majority of builders saying market conditions are promising.[IMAGE]The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) came out to 54 this month, unchanged from October’s downwardly revised reading. An index value above 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor; November marks the sixth straight month in which confidence has hovered above the neutral mark.””Policy and economic uncertainty is undermining consumer confidence,”” said NAHB chief economist David Crowe. “”The fact that builder confidence remains above 50 is an encouraging sign, considering the unresolved debt and federal budget issues cause builders and consumers to remain on the sideline.””The index component measuring current sales conditions held steady in November at 58, with expected sales six months from now falling one point to an index value of 60. The component gauging buyer traffic also slipped one point, falling to 42.””Given the current interest rate and pricing environment, consumers continue to show interest in purchasing new homes, but are holding back because Congress keeps pushing critical decisions on budget, tax and government spending issues down the road,”” said NAHB chairman Rick Judson. “”Meanwhile, builders continue to face challenges related to rising construction costs and low appraisals.””Two of the four Census regions reported improvements in their respective indices: the South, where confidence rose to an index value of 55, and the Northeast, which saw a 14-point turnaround to a value of 44, matching September’s reading.Meanwhile, the Midwest and West recorded decreases. The Midwest’s index fell eight points to 54, while the West’s index dropped a single point to 58. Share November 18, 2013 438 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Confidence Homebuilders Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Service Providers Wells Fargo 2013-11-18 Tory Barringer Builder Confidence Holds Steady in Novemberlast_img read more

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Related ACI records August international passenger

first_img RelatedACI records August international passenger growthIncreasing numbers of passengers travelled on international flights in AugustEurope’s airports record passenger increasesMore passengers travelled to and from European airports in July than compared to the same month last yearRecovery in passenger numbers continuing at European airportsRecovery in passenger numbers continuing at European airports Increasing numbers of passengers travelled on flights from UK and European airports between January and March compared to the same period last year.This is according to findings from Airports Council International (ACI) Europe, which reported a 5.2 percent increase during the first quarter of 2010.Olivier Jankovec, ACI Europe’s director general, said it is “encouraging” that more than 80 percent of Europe’s airports have reported a growth in passenger numbers over the three month period.”However, the paralysis caused by the massive closure of airspace in response to volcanic ash dispersion has seen Europe’s airports losing up to 25 percent of their traffic in April,” he explained.”This is an extremely severe shock to our recovery, which is still evolving.”March was a particularly positive month for passenger growth, when a 6.9 percent rise was recorded compared to the same month in 2009.Separate ACI figures recently revealed a 5.9 percent decline in the number of passengers using North American airports in 2009 compared to 2008.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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