The Latest Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown resigns

first_imgTORONTO – The Latest on developments related to the abrupt resignation of Patrick Brown as leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives (all times local):1:50 p.m.Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls the nature of the allegations against Patrick Brown “heinous” due their employer-employee nature.Speaking in Ottawa, Singh said it is important that political leaders make clear that any sort of misconduct is not acceptable.Singh says “survivors” must be believed in order to tackle violence against women and the “sad reality” that the majority of women have faced some form of gender-based violence in their lives.“The idea of accepting violence against women as part of the culture, particularly in the political culture … we see a lot of silence, a lot of shame, people not coming forward, so we have to acknowledge the courage it takes and believe survivors,” he said.———1 p.m.Progressive Conservative MPP Vic Fedeli says he’ll let his name stand as the party caucus meets Friday to choose an interim leader.Fedeli says he saw the news report of the allegations of sexual misconduct against Patrick Brown, who resigned early Thursday, calling Brown’s alleged actions “deplorable.”Fedeli said in North Bay, Ont., that the party was “horrified, disappointed and shocked,” but said he “never saw anything that would have indicated any activity such as that” during the time he spent with Brown.Fedeli says he believes the party can recover from Brown’s resignation before the upcoming election, expected in June.———12:00 p.m.Deputy Progressive Conservative leader Sylvia Jones says the party caucus will be meeting on Friday to choose an interim leader.She says the party will be in a position to fight the provincial election expected on June 7.Jones called the allegations against Brown “a shock,” saying it will be up to caucus to decide if Brown can still run for a provincial seat in the upcoming election.“Allegations of sexual misconduct must be taken seriously — these women deserve to be heard,” she said, adding that it was “appropriate” for Brown to resign.———11:20 a.m.Ontario New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath says she was disgusted by allegations of sexual misconduct reported against Brown, and thanked the women who made the claims for coming forward.Horwath says Brown would no longer be a member of her caucus if he were a New Democrat.Asked if it would change her campaign for this year’s provincial election, she said it was not about her or her campaign, but about two women who courageously came forward with their allegations.She said women need to be vocal and not allow this culture to continue.———10:45 a.m.Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has told a news conference she won’t call an early election ahead of the province’s June vote, saying the situation isn’t about politics.Wynne called the women who stepped forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Brown “very courageous,” adding that she hoped they will find the supports that they need now.Wynne says it’s too early to know what impact Brown’s resignation will have on the province’s political landscape.She also would not comment specifically on the allegations levelled against Brown but broadly denounced sexual assault and harassment, saying it is everyone’s responsibility to “create those safe spaces.”Brown has “categorically” denied what he called “troubling allegations” about his conduct and character.———last_img read more

Statement from family of Toronto gunman

first_imgTORONTO – Statement from the family of Faisal Hussain, who died after shooting 15 people, two fatally, in Toronto on Sunday night:“We are at a terrible loss for words but we must speak out to express our deepest condolences to the families who are now suffering on account of our son’s horrific actions.“We are utterly devastated by the incomprehensible news that our son was responsible for the senseless violence and loss of life that took place on the Danforth.“Our son had severe mental health challenges, struggling with psychosis and depression his entire life. The interventions of professionals were unsuccessful. Medications and therapy were unable to treat him. While we did our best to seek help for him throughout his life of struggle and pain, we could never imagine that this would be his devastating and destructive end.“Our hearts are in pieces for the victims and for our city as we all come to grips with this terrible tragedy. We will mourn those who were lost for the rest of our lives.“Hussain Family”last_img read more

African Youth Discuss Ways to Promote Peace on the Continent

Rabat – On the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Conference (COP22) in Morocco the Pan-African Youth Union (UPJ), chaired by Secretary General Souleymane Satigui Sidibé, attended a seminar at the National School of Business and Management in Kénitra, hosted by the African Institute for Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation (AIPECT), in partnership with Ibn Tofail University. The theme was ” African Youth for Peaceful Africa”.Mohammed Ahmed Gain, a professor at Ibn Tofail University said, “This seminar comes to follow the trends depicted by the Kingdom of Morocco as part of its opening to its African family and to engage and involve Young Moroccans in the shaping of an integrated vision of pathways for our work after Morocco’s decision to regain its place in the African Union.”Gain added, “Universities must play an active role, the same way civil society does, through the creation of discussion forums and exchange platforms between young Africans with the goal of promoting horizontal partnerships to serve the causes of Africa.” To this end, Gain proposed that the African States develop a strategic vision for making young Africans the center of concern in all institutions by integrating them into decision-making processes, and planning public policies with youth in mind. Souleymane Satigui Sidibé, Secretary General of the Pan-African Youth Union, focused his talk on the roles that UPJ plays within the African Union as a specialized agency in the field of youth. He stressed that, “this seminar comes first as an initial platform and as a first step reflecting on possible cooperation between our organization and the rest of the stakeholders and actors involved with youth issues in Morocco.”Mr. Sidibé also outlined some of the major challenges facing young people in Africa. He encouraged African governments to increase the representation of young people in institutions as well as mechanisms for conflict prevention and resolution, and the fight against violent extremism.Mr Sidibé has praised Morocco’s role in Africa, “which will certainly be reinforced by its return to the African Union, something certainly welcomed by the majority of countries on the continent.”Another speaker was Mr. Cissé Seko, representative of the Malian Youth Council. Seko presented the challenges faced by young people in Africa and highlighted ways to integrate these young people into development approaches that take aim at renouncing conflicts and all forms of violent extremism. He also devoted part of his speech to discuss the role played by Morocco in Mali through the training of the young Imams and preachers, and the rooting of Islamic values in young Malians.The seminar also featured several comments from young students of different African nationalities who expressed their concerns and aspirations, and interacted with the speakers through their questions and comments.The Panafrican Youth Union is recognized by the African Union as the representative body of national youth organizations and youth-led networks of 54 member states of the Union African countries.It also maintains partnerships with like-minded regional, continental, and international organizations  promotion the rights of young people and implementing the African Youth Charter and other continental tools. read more

Morocco’s Peacekeeping Operations Highlighted in AU Headquarters

Rabat – Morocco’s contributions to peacekeeping operations and humanitarian action in Africa has been highlighted during an exhibition at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa.Organized by the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces (FAR), the exhibition showcases the kingdom’s commitment to and promotion of peace, security, and humanitarian aid in Africa, acquired over more than half a century.The exhibition focuses on the following themes: “Moroccan contingents in the service of peacekeeping and the protection of civilian populations”; “Medical and Surgical Field Hospitals (FMSH) and medical social assistance”; “humanitarian aid granted and conveyed through the Kingdom of Morocco”; and “memory and testimonies”. It took place in the presence of FAR’s General Staff and Moroccan ambassador to Ethiopia Nezha Alaoui M’Hammdi, ambassadors of other AU member countries, and senior officials of the AU Commission, who expressed appreciation through messages in the exhibition’s guestbook.In addition to humanitarian assistance to African countries for more than half a century, more than 51,000 Moroccan peacekeepers participated in five UN peacekeeping missions in Africa (Congo, Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire and the Central African Republic), while 11 medical  teams have been deployed in ten African countries and provided more than 530,000 medical services to local populations. read more

Strings appear to be stirring again as San Francisco Symphony union reach

SAN FRANCISCO – The sound of silence from the San Francisco Symphony appeared to be coming to an end as a tentative agreement was reached Sunday to end a 2 1/2-week strike.The symphony announced in a statement that its negotiators and leaders of the musicians’ union have agreed to terms on a 26-month contract, subject to the approval of the full orchestra and the symphony’s Board of Governors. No details on the terms would be released before the contract was ratified, the symphony statement said.Symphony leaders are planning for musicians to return to the stage at Davies Symphony Hall for a series of performances for schoolchildren starting Tuesday, and Thursday and Friday night concerts featuring performances of pieces by Handel and Mozart are back on the schedule, the statement said.Four local concerts were cancelled because of the strike. A four-performance East Coast tour that included stops at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. was also scrapped.The musicians’ contract expired in February, and the walkout began March 13, after a long dispute with management over the symphony’s finances. The musicians sought a greater stake in decision making and more transparency in the symphony’s accounting.Union representatives could not immediately be reached for comment Sunday.The strike’s resolution came much faster than the symphony’s last labour stoppage, which led to the cancellation of 43 concerts in 1996 and 1997. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 31, 2013 9:02 pm MDT Strings appear to be stirring again as San Francisco Symphony, union reach tentative deal read more

Security Council stresses reconciliation during debate on war and the search for

“As we have seen repeatedly, fighting that ends without reconciliation – especially fighting inside States – is fighting that can, and often does, resume,” said Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman. He told the Council that while the UN has time-tested formulas for separating armies, tending to the needy, enacting political roadmaps and rebuilding actual roads and ministries, “we have reflected less on our ability to repair trust in societies and foster genuine reconciliation.” As such, the world body and its main institutions need to consider: “How can we mend shattered social fabrics so that people look in their adversary’s eyes once again and see the human being rather than the enemy?”Mr. Feltman is among the more than 50 scheduled speakers participating in the Security Council’s thematic debate on “War, its lessons, and the search for a permanent peace.” His remarks echoed those of Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, Ambassador of Jordan, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for the month and whose delegation issued a concept paper ahead of the debate. He stressed that what the UN has achieved in maintaining international peace and security has been mainly physical: the separation of warring parties; mediation between them; the training of police personnel; and the provision of assistance in rebuilding destroyed infrastructure, among other achievements.“What the United Nations has not understood well enough is how it can help forge a deeper reconciliation among ex-combatants and their peoples based on an agreed or shared narrative, a shared memory, of a troubled past. This is especially relevant to sectarian, or ethnic, conflicts, as well as wars driven by extreme nationalism or ideologies,” he says in the paper.The concept paper goes on to say that even though the Organization has, on occasion, assisted in setting up important truth commissions, its overall emphasis still tends towards quick-impact and pilot projects, and early and rapid economic development, “in the belief that reconciliation will somehow take care of itself. It may well happen, or it may not.”In his remarks, Mr. Feltman noted that while the UN is constantly reviewing its approach to enabling permanent peace, there are four areas that deserve special attention, including specifying reconciliation principles and mechanisms in peace agreements, and carefully timing elections and constitutional review processes.He stressed that reconciliation, which can be encouraged and enabled by the international community, has to come from internal processes, and noted the importance of establishing a UN repository of comparative knowledge and experience on reconciliation.The responsibility for reconciliation rests with national actors, as well as assistance from the international community, he added.“Leaders need to set the example, not just in ceasing war-time rhetoric and ending the intentional promotion of grievances, but also by deeds of genuine cooperation and honest examinations of their own roles in conflict,” Mr. Feltman said.Turning to the role of youth, who often grow up in post-war conflicts to be more extreme than their parents, he stressed the importance of working with parents and teachers to develop early a history curriculum that share different interpretations of conflicts. “This could form the beginning of developing a shared narrative and establishing points of convergence in people’s experiences and thinking,” Mr. Feltman said. He highlighted the conflicts in the Central African Republic (CAR), South Sudan and Syria, where the urgently-needed physical end to war will not produce lasting peace and security. Among positive examples, Mr. Feltman commended the recent completion of the National Dialogue in Yemen which was part of the country’s political transition agreement. He noted that reconciliation cannot substitute for justice, but that the reverse is also true, as examples from the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda show that international tribunals cannot substitute for national reconciliation. read more

Diamonds lose their sparkle as couples prioritise weddings housing and children over

first_imgIn 2013 Chopard launched its “Green Carpet Collection”, the first high-jewellery range made with Fairmined gold and ethically sourced diamonds. More recently it has partnered with Gemfields, whose Zambian emeralds were worn by Julianne Moore at the Cannes Film Festival in May.Meanwhile the growing number of second marriages has seen a boom in secondhand and antique rings, which tend to be around half the price of new pieces. The supply of new diamonds – formed by huge geological forces beneath the surface of the earth more than a billion years ago – is expected to peak in the next few years, before it starts to decline.In September De Beers opened its Gahcho Kué mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories, where at full production it will extract more than 12,000 carats (2.4kg) of diamonds each day.But by 2030 the mine’s supply diamonds will have been exhausted and it will shut. De Beers has no plans to open other new mines.Diamonds, it seems, really aren’t forever. A replica of Russian Queen Catherine the Great’s imperial crown, which was used in the coronations of all Russian monarchs since Catherine the Great, set with 11,352 polished diamonds, with a total weight of 1,180 caratsCredit:AFP Jewellers, including the high end designer Chopard, are now promoting “traceable” emeralds through marketing campaigns aimed at eco-conscious consumers. Diamonds, in the words of one of the world’s most famous marketing slogans, are supposed to be forever.But a growing fashion for engagement rings with coloured stones, such as rubies and emeralds, is threatening to undermine their pre-eminence.When Frances Gerety, a young advertising copywriter, coined the ‘forever’ slogan in 1947, she helped established the status of diamonds as a must-have accessory.That, coupled with the De Beers diamond company’s marketing campaign which invented the ‘rule’ that a man ought to spend at least two months’ pay on his fiancee’s engagement ring, reinforced the cachet of diamonds as a gift of rare and eternal beauty.But experts say that the rise of the millennials, with their more cost-conscious and individualistic shopping habits, along with their growing demands for more ethical sourcing of products, have led to diamonds losing their sparkle.New research by insurance house, Allianz, shows that the majority of men now fork out far less than two to three months’ pay on a stone, with an average spend of £573, with middle-class couples preferring to save their money for future school fees, spiralling house prices and adventurous holidays. With cheaper emeralds and rubies growing in popularity just one in five women can expect to receive a ring, costing between £750 and £3,000, Allianz found. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Catherine Middleton with her future husband Prince William in November 2010 showing off her blue sapphire engagement ring, previously belonging to Diana, Princess of WalesCredit:Eddie Mulholland/The Telegraph Catherine Middleton with her future husband Prince William in November 2010 showing off her blue sapphire engagement ring, previously belonging to Diana, Princess of Wales,  Leonardo DiCaprio, left, and Djimon Hounsou in a scene from the Oscar nominated “Blood Diamond.” Credit: JAAP BUITENDIJK/AP a replica of Russian Queen Catherine the Great's imperial crown, which was used in the coronations of all Russian monarchs since Catherine the Great, set with 11,352 polished diamonds, with a total weight of 1,180 carats Anusha Couttigane, a senior analyst at Kantar Retail, said: “A generation of marital age people are now prioritising other things such as weddings, housing and the cost of having children, rather than splashing out on a really expensive ring.“There is still a lot of demand for solitaire diamond rings, but there has been growth in non-traditional designs which use a range of cheaper, coloured stones too.”At the same time tastes in jewellery have changed and coloured stones are seen as providing a more individualistic and distinctive alternative to the once ubiquitous white diamond. Julianne Moore wearing Zambian emeralds – rather than diamonds – at the Cannes Film Festival in MayCredit:Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images Joanna Hardy, a jewellery expert for the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, said: “The great thing about coloured stones is that you can buy something really fabulous looking and most people will have no idea how much it cost. This is a big selling point for people who perhaps don’t have as much to spend on a ring and don’t want others to know exactly what they’ve spent on it.”Young people, says Ms Hardy, are steering clear of generic style rings and instead have a tendency to choose unique or unusual rings, which they see as reflecting their individual personality.Ethical shopping has also dented the market for the traditional rock, with Leonardo Di Caprio’s film Blood Diamond alerting consumers to the human cost of extracting them from the earth and the conflicts the tread fuels. The number of marriages has been rising since 2013, partly thanks to a growth in couples in their late 50s and 60s getting hitched for a second or third time.Department store John Lewis said the trend has led demand for its range of antique jewellery to boom.A spokeswoman said: “Second-hand engagement rings are increasing in popularity, particularly with people getting married later in life, or for the second time. People who aren’t marrying for the first time are often looking for a simple design having chosen a large stone, or statement ring the first time.”Sloane Square-based jewellery designer Kiki McDonough, added: “There is a huge trend to choose coloured stones for an engagement ring, particularly for second time marriages as people are looking for something totally different.”Perhaps it’s just as well trends are shifting away from white diamonds. Julianne Moore wearing Zambian emeralds - rather than diamonds - at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Leonardo DiCaprio, left, and Djimon Hounsou in a scene from the Oscar nominated "Blood Diamond." last_img read more

Feasibility study confirms low cost long life nickel project at Araguaia Brazil

first_imgHorizonte Minerals, the nickel development company focused in Brazil, has published the results of the feasibility study for the Araguaia ferronickel project in Brazil’s Pará State. The study confirms Araguaia as a Tier 1 project with a large high-grade scalable resource, a long mine life and a low-cost source of ferronickel for the stainless-steel industry.Araguaia’s FS design allows for future construction of a second Rotary Kiln Electric Furnace (RKEF) process line, with potential to double Araguaia’s production capacity from 14,500 t/y nickel up to 29,000 t/y nickel.Compelling economic and technical results from the study are expected to support project financing, offtake agreements and future development milestones.Araguaia’s rapid timeline to production should position it to take advantage of the forecast growth in the nickel market over the short to medium-term.Initial 28-year mine life generates cash flows after taxation of US$1.6 billion with sufficient Mineral Resources to extend beyond 28 yearsEstimated post-tax NPV of $401 million and IRR of 20.1%Upon development it is expected to produce an average each year of 14,500 t of nickel contained within approximately 52,000 t ferronickel, using the proven RKEF technology currently used at over 40 mines around the worldThe base case FS economics assume a flat nickel price of $14,000/t for the entire 28-year mine life based on Wood Mackenzie’s short-term forecastC1 (Brook Hunt) cash cost of $3.72/lb of nickel ($8,193/t), making Araguaia a low-cost producerUsing the consensus mid-term nickel price of $16,800/t, the post-tax NPV increases to $740 million with an IRR of 28.1%, reflecting the significant leverage that the project returns have to any future increase in nickel pricesCapital cost estimate of $443 million (AACE class 3), including $65.3 million of contingencies equating to 17.2% of total capex budgetThe process plant has been designed to allow for a Stage 2 expansion with the addition of a second (RKEF) process line in the future after the first line is fully commissioned, providing flexibility to double the nickel output. A PEA study is underway for this Stage 2 expansion, expected to be published in late 2018Araguaia is set to deliver significant socio-economic benefits for communities in the Pará state, including over 1,000 direct jobs in the construction phase, and around 500 jobs during operation, as well as additional economic and social development programsThe outlook for the nickel market is robust, with demand growing at around 5% over the next three to five years from both the traditional stainless-steel sector as well as new demand from growth in the electric vehicle battery marketThe company has successfully obtained the Preliminary Environmental Licence and water permit for full-scale operation at Araguaia and is on track to obtain its Construction Licence in Q1 2019.Horizonte CEO, Jeremy Martin, commented that he was “delighted to deliver the study for the Araguaia ferronickel project. The study represents the most significant milestone in the company’s development to date. From initial discovery by Horizonte combined with the acquisitions from Teck and Glencore, this is the culmination of a long journey and one that not many companies successfully achieve. Horizonte owns one of the largest undeveloped ferro-nickel project’s in the world, in a mining friendly jurisdiction, with good infrastructure and a compelling set of economics as defined in today’s FS.“The FS shows that Araguaia can be a significant low-cost supplier of nickel in the form of high-grade ferronickel to the stainless-steel industry, over the initial 28-year mine life the operation generates cash flows after taxation of $1.6 billion, delivers an IRR of over 20% and sits on the lower half of the global cost curve.“The completion of the FS has taken longer to complete than originally forecast. The schedule change was to ensure that the quality of the engineering and other deliverables were to a high standard, and to include the option, within the design, to add a second line that would double the capacity to 29,000 t/y of nickel.“With the completion of the FS the priority now is to secure project funding and to advance the early works packages. The project is unleveraged and is in a strong position with no agreed offtake, royalty or nickel streams, giving maximum value and flexibility going into the financing process.“The nickel market fundamentals are positive for the short to long term, driven by robust demand from stainless steel growth and strong electric vehicle (EV) penetration rates. Physical LME metal inventories continue to be drawn down to levels not seen in the last five years. This combined with a lack of new major projects scheduled to come online in the short term, means that this is an opportune time to develop Araguaia.“I would like to thank the entire Araguaia feasibility study team, who have worked extremely hard to deliver this high-quality study. Horizonte is entering a new and exciting phase of its journey from explorer to developer, with the potential to create substantial value for all stakeholders as highlighted from the results today. I look forward to providing further updates to the market on progress, at both our flagship Araguaia ferro-nickel project and on the Vermelho nickel -cobalt project.”The wholly owned Araguaia Project is located in the southeast of the Brazilian state of Pará, some 760 km south of the state capital Belém. It comprises an open pit nickel laterite mining operation that mines 27.5 Mt Mineral Reserve of a 119 Mt Mineral Resource to produce 52,000 t of ferronickel (FeNi) (containing 14,500 t of nickel) per year, for the 28-year mine life. The metallurgical process comprises a single line RKEF to extract FeNi from the laterite ore. The RKEF plant and project infrastructure will be constructed over a 31-month period. After an initial ramp-up period, the plant will reach full capacity of approximately 900,000 t/y of dry ore feed. The FeNi product will be transported by road to the port of Vila do Conde for sale to overseas customers.last_img read more

Global shrimp crisis is hitting menus across the world

first_img The 12 biggest controversies in the NFL’s 100-year history How Google pulled the plug on a Pixel smartwatch and let Apple steal the market (GOOG, GOOGL, AAPL) Most scientists don’t care about UFO videos because they don’t indicate extraterrestrial life PRICES FOR SHRIMP or prawns, as they are often referred to, have soared to a 12-year high since a deadly illness called Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) swept through shrimp farms in Thailand causing havoc to restaurateurs across the world.In October, Jamie’s Italian, a restaurant chain owned by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, pulled shrimp linguine from its menu. In the US, Red Lobster were forced to scrap its all-you-can-eat “Endless Shrimp” special which lasted just six weeks this year instead of three months.RestaurantsThe impact of the disease on this food source shows how the globalisation of the food-supply chain has expanded to include not just commodities like coffee, sugar and beef, but virtually everything on the table.Once a local delicacy prized for freshness, shrimp is now produced at farms in Asia, South America and Mexico and sucked up by distributors wherever the price is cheapest.Fluctuation of shrimp pricesShrimp reproduce quickly, can be frozen easily and have a freezer life of 12 months. That has spawned a multibillion-dollar global shrimp farming business and made the crustacean a popular item on menus.But the shrimp trade also illustrates how volatile that global supply chain can be. A restaurant can feel the effects of changing weather patterns, natural disasters or disease on the other side of the world.These days, Santa Monica Seafood, the Southwest’s largest seafood distributor, says the Asian shortage has sent prices soaring for Mexican shrimp it buys. Even with an upscale wholesale and restaurant clientele, Santa Monica Seafood isn’t passing along that extra cost, for now.Menus“Most restaurants are cautious about menu price increases in this challenging economy,” says Don Henry, vice president of purchasing and distribution at Sizzler. “And I know retailers are just as competitive – but seem to have some more flexibility in pricing.”In their own intense price competition, shrimp growers may have disregarded health and safety issues to cut costs, according to seafood buyers like Casey Hartnett.“In Asia, the ponds are disgusting,” he says. “Of course, if you have tons of shrimp in a single pond there’s going to be disease.”A pound of jumbo white shrimp from Asia cost $8.40 a pound in October, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s weekly report on frozen seafood coming into New York. Prices have subsequently dipped a bit.DiseaseEMS first appeared in 2009, when an outbreak in China spread to Vietnam, Malaysia, and now Thailand.The bacterial infection produces toxins that slow growth, prevent reproduction, and eventually kill the shrimp. Infected farms have reported losses of up to 70 percent. Many farms have had to shut down and Thailand’s shrimp exports to the US in July declined 58 percent, from a year earlier.In May, researchers at the University of Arizona identified the cause of EMS as being bacteria whose growth is fostered by overcrowding in ponds. But because farmers are reluctant to move to lower-density farming, shrimp production isn’t likely to return to pre-epidemic levels without significant increases in farmed area.Experts estimate it will be several years before Southeast Asia can eradicate the disease.Shortages in Asia sent buyers to Latin America to fill the void. However, Mexico and Ecuador couldn’t produce enough to make up for the losses.That has created tension for businesses, such as Sizzler and Santa Monica Seafood, which have shouldered the extra costs.“We [buy] three-quarters of a million pounds of wild Mexican shrimp,” says Logan Kock, head of sourcing for Santa Monica Seafood. “EMS, which kills farmed shrimp, has caused this wild shrimp to move up more than 50 percent over the last year.”center_img Column: Feeling bloated? Here’s your guide to the best, safest way to detox…>Read: The five-star chef feeding the homeless on Christmas day> How to delete games on a PS4 in 3 different ways, to free up storage space last_img read more

Revenue makes 3564 counterfeit seizures valued at €3m in 2013

first_imgIn November, fake items such as ‘Ugg’ boots and ‘Jimmy Choo’ shoes – worth an estimated €250,000 in total – were seized by officers from Revenue’s Customs Service and An Garda Síochana.Revenue believes these goods originated in China, were shipped to Europe and housed in warehouses in Paris until they were transported to Ireland.Between January and the end of November of this year, Revenue made 15 seizures of counterfeit alcohol, with a total of 929 litres seized.The production of counterfeit alcohol is illegal and constitutes tax evasion, and consuming it can lead to health risks.The most common type of alcohol to be counterfeited is spirits, mainly vodka. In many cases the alcohol is sourced from the industrial alcohol sector and may contain high quantities of methanol, said Revenue. Human consumption of methanol is very dangerous and can have severe and fatal affects, including blindness.The bottles used by the counterfeiters are usually the ‘real thing’ , sourced from recycling centres, pubs and other places where they may be discarded.Read: Gardaí confiscate contraband DVDs and cigarettes at Balbriggan market>Read: How to tell counterfeit Smirnoff vodka from real deal> MORE THAN 150,000 counterfeit goods, valued at over €3m, were seized by Revenue in 2013.Revenue noted that fake goods “do not deliver the expected and promised results of genuine products” while at worst they can seriously injure consumers. This year, it made 3,645 seizures, involving 151,808 items valued at €3,145,049 between January and the end of November.Revenue makes regular detections of counterfeit goods at the country’s ports, airports and postal depots.It has seized many forms of counterfeit items, including:Electronic goodsCosmeticsMobile phone accessoriesDVDsHeadphonesHandbags & pursesClothingJewelleryToys and games.last_img read more

Top readers comments of the week

first_img… and this one from Chloe Coyle: Found a handbag in a shopping centre a few months ago, it was a middle aged woman’s bag with 2 grand in cash inside. There was no phone but I was able to find her address from a letter inside, went to her house and she was in tears.. Gave her the bag and she said she was going to book a flight to Australia to see her new grandchild . She tried giving me 100 euro but couldn’t take that. Wished her well and gave her a hug. Sad to think if someone else had of found the bag they prob wouldn’t have gave it back and that woman wouldn’t have met her grandchild.Awkward autocorrect moment of the week: Well, there were a lot of them on this article, but Ed Forrest – or at least, his mam – had one of the best/worst:-your great gran aunt passed away, lol-mam whys that funny?-its not funny what do you mean?-lol means laugh out loud…-oh no i thought it meant lots of love! Iv texted everyone, oh god I have to ring everyone backThe list of Ireland’s most popular baby names has had some strange additions this year – including Logan. David Murphy was pragmatic: If I heard someone had called their child Logan because of the Gilmore Girls I would slag the shit out of them. If, however, they had named their son Logan after Wolverine they would get a high five.If you’re planning on holding a barbecue this bank holiday weekend, here’s some sage cooking advice from Damien Chaney: Cooking on a BBQ is straight forward enough once you use the right timing/drinking methodBurgers and sausages take 2 beersChicken and pork 3 beersA whole chicken 5 beers and one in the chickenAnd remember people you can always add an extra beer on to your cooking time if you likeThe RTE Prime Time investigation into mistreatment of children at some creches angered a lot of commenters, particularly parents. Some criticised people who work in creches – but in this comment, childcare worker Jenni Hynes explained why her job means so much to her: Dan, as a parent and childcare worker I can state that it is certainly possible to care for other children as you would your own. No the love, to the degree of intensity that one loves one’s own children, is not there, but there is certainly tenderness, compassion and a deep sense of caring for and enjoying the company of the children we are entrusted with. It’s not simply a matter of ‘keeping calm’ (which comment implies that all parents who love their children manage to stay calm at all times). It is a job requiring empathy, energy, organisation, understanding of the individual wants, needs and abilities of each child, and the skills to provide for these individual demands. Is this not identical to what good parents do? Just as I see good and ‘challenging’ (as we say in childcare!) in my own children, so too I have seen the good and not so good in the children I have cared for over more than a decade. I have found reason to like every one of those children and yes, reason to love many of them. Every decent childcare worker in the country could say the same. Please do not pass comment without knowledge of what we do and how we feel.Finally, who knew that biscuits could be so divisive? Earlier this week we published a definitive(ish) list of the greatest Irish biscuits – and readers were outraged. Many questioned the exclusion of Chocolate Kimberleys, while George Sheils got almost 190 thumbs up for this comment detailing the flaws in the list: EVERY SATURDAY MORNING we take a look at all the best comments left on the site by you lot over the past week.This week there was a lot of talk about the RTE Prime Time investigation into mistreatment of children in creches, the property tax deadline, the unexpected sunshine, contaminated cannabis, and the definitive list of the greatest Irish biscuits.So here, in no particular order, are the standout comments from the week that was.The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week1. Column: I have always considered myself pro-choice but I can’t support the proposed abortion bill (294 comments)2= Anger as RTE Prime Time shows mistreatment of creche children (246 comments)2= Irish biscuits: A definitive ranking from worst to best (246 comments)4. Swedish riots ‘should serve as a wake-up call’ for Ireland (232 comments)5. Which TDs did not pay the property tax by the final deadline? (231 comments)Some of the best comments left on the site this week(Pete Burrows/Flickr/Creative Commons)Sound people got a lot of love in the comments this week. This article about some of the soundest people in the world got commenters talking about some of the nicest things they’d seen people do. Some of the best included this one from Derek Hynes…:I was living abroad and working in a bar and restaurant. These two lads from Liverpool came in every evening for a few pints,One day I was all over the place. They were having a good laugh at me and asked what’s up with you today? I told them my parents just rang from the airport and they were about to visit for the first time. I was all excited.Finished work, had a four course meal with my parents and when I went to pay was told that the two lads had settled the bill. Michael, I’ve got to hand it to you that you’ve had the journalistic courage to investigate this topic. I’m surprised that no one else has thought of doing a top twenty list of biscuits. So, fair dues to you.However, your study is somewhat incomplete.Quite apart from so shocking omissions (No Fig Rolls, No lemon Puffs etc), I’m really disappointed that you didn’t add a paragaph on HOW to enjoy your biscuit.For example, it takes quite a bit of creativity, dexterity and skill to remove the outer chocolate covering of a Club Milk for instance, without damaging the biscuit sandwich beneath. First one has to nibble away the four corners (quite easy) but removing the chocoate along the sides is more difficult and as for trying to remove the layer along the front and back well, that takes unreal skill !Oh, and you ignored mentioning how difficult it is to time precisely how long it takes to dunk a Ginger Nut without the biscuit becoming so soggy that it drops off into the cup. People need to know this kind of stuff.center_img The 5 most popular comments on the site this week1. First up, the most popular comment this week came from cullen11 on the article about annoying things men say to women. More than 1,210 people agreed with his/her suggestion for something to never, ever say: You’re turning in to your mother2. Sarah Walsh had the second most popular comment this week, with 1,172 people agreeing with her comment beneath an article about how the average weekly earnings for a worker in Ireland is now €697 a week:Dunno who came up with those figures I’m earning nowhere near that3. Also on that article about pay, Eileen Dover got 991 thumbs up for this point: So the boss earns 200k per year. The cleaner earns 20k per year. The average pay is 110k. Would that be about right?4. In fourth place this week, and a strong contender for good deed of the week, was Seany McDonagh, who got 942 thumbs up for describing what he did when he was asked to jailbreak a phone: Got handed a phone to jailbreak and unlock a few months back. Seen loads of pics of a girl and her newborn child, also pics of an elderly person I’m hospital. Told the person I was keeping it and sending it back , obviously rang “mam” in it to find out where to send it . Almost 500 pics on it , ya can feck off if ya think I’m gonna mess with someone’s personal photos5. Last but not least, rounding out the top 5 this week was The Descolada with 907 thumbs up for this comment beneath the article on the man who wrote a letter to AIB to explain why he was closing his account with them: Right on my man. I’m paying off the last of my loan with them this week then getting the f*** awaySpot any good comments? Let us know: Email christine@thejournal.ie with any and all suggestions for next week’s comments of the week.last_img read more

Maurice Sendak Where the Wild Things Are author immortalized by Google Doodle

first_imgAnd Maurice Sendak, king of all children’s books authors, was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all.So, Google celebrated his 85th birthday in the form Google knows best, a Doodle. The Doodle features Max, king of all wild things, going through a minimalist retelling of the classic story, smoothly transitioning to Sendak’s comparatively lesser-known work, In the Night Kitchen, moving over to the 2011 book Bumble Ardy, and finishing up with all the characters joined together to celebrate their creator’s life.Sendak died in 2012, but wrote some of society’s most memorable, classic children’s stories. Where the Wild Things Are saw a 2009 Spike Jonze adaptation — complete with wobbly, skinny font, as is customary — that you either loved or hated. In the Night Kitchen, though easily not as well-known as Where the Wild Things Are, experienced something of a significant controversy when it released back in 1970.The story featured a young boy of around three-years-old wandering through a kitchen in a dream, helping to bake a cake by morning. While that sounds as plain as can be, the story featured a segment where the boy loses some of his clothing, and full-frontal nudity is depicted. Along with that, some people viewed objects in the story as phallic, and the flowing of white, milky liquid from supposedly phallic milk bottles were seen as suggestive. Since the boy is three-years-old, you can imagine why some people were up-in-arms about it.Sendak died on May 8, 2012 due to complications from a stroke, and would otherwise surely continue writing strange, possibly suggestive stories that children grow up to love even as adults. Now, we also have a lovely tribute to add to his legacy.last_img read more

Madusa undergoes knee surgery Hulk Hogan teams with Pro Wrestling Tees

first_img WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 Twitter Google+ Videos Articles December 10, 2017 at 3:34 am Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey sustains a gruesome finger injury on the set of “9-1-1”, underwent surgery Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Ric Flair Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Madusa undergoes knee surgeryWWE Hall of Famer Madusa/Alundra Blayze revealed on Instagram that she recently underwent a full knee replacement, in what she described as “round two.”Kevin Nash also underwent knee replacement surgery this week as well.You can check out her Instagram video below. Now Playing Up Next Paige to undergo a second neck surgery, pulled from SummerSlam weekend appearances 1 COMMENT Hulk Hogancenter_img Twitterverse Responds To Hulk Hogan Hosting WWE’s ‘Crown Jewel’ Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Hulk Hogan teams with Pro Wrestling TeesHulk Hogan has opened up an official Pro Wrestling Tees store.The store features exclusive and officially licensed Hogan t-shirts.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipKevin Nash Shares Heartfelt Condolences For WWEs Mean Gene OkerlundVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:38 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 Gene Okerlund Pinterest Comments are closed. Hulk Hogan To Return To WWE At Crown Jewel Facebook Hope for a speedy recovery. Knee replacements are no joke. Chris Hemsworth To Play Hulk Hogan In New Biopic Anonymous Now Playing Up Next Kevin Nash Shares Heartfelt Condolences For WWEs Mean Gene Okerlund Hulk Hogan Will Host WWE’s ‘Crown Jewel’ Event In Saudi Arabialast_img read more

Inter defender Its important that Gonzalo Higuain doesnt score

first_imgInter defender Milan Skriniar has described Gonzalo Higuain “a great striker” but won’t give him all his attention as they play against Milan.However, he also states that it is important that the Argentine striker doesn’t score.The first Derby della Madonnina of the season will happen on Sunday night. Pipita on his own has scored consecutively in his last five games.“It’s important that he doesn’t score,” Skriniar told ESPN via Football Italia.“But it’s not just him, there’s also their other attackers. He’s a great striker – maybe one of the best in Italy – but if he doesn’t score and somebody else does, it’s still the same.Gonzalo Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusHiguain is glad of Juve return and reunited with Ronaldo George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Gonzalo Higuain is happy he returned to Juventus and has the opportunity to be reunited with Cristiano Ronaldo.The Argentine spent last season on loan…“So we’ve got to try not to concede, to score a goal or two and win this game.“I’ve not yet lost to Milan in a [Serie A] derby, the first derby was amazing. We won 3-2, with a goal in the 95th minute from Mauro [Icardi] to complete his hat trick. It was great for us and great for our fans.“The second time was 0-0 but this is the third in Serie A and I hope to win it. We need to prove that we are better, and we’ve got to give everything.“We are convinced that we are stronger than we were last year, but we’ll see on the pitch.”last_img read more

RCom to tie up with Reliance Jio to launch 4G services by

first_imgIn what could be a rare collaboration in the domestic telecom space, Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications Ltd (RCom) will partner with Reliance Jio to provide fourth generation (4G) services in the country by year-end. Reliance Jio is the telecom arm of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries.At the annual general meeting on Wednesday, RCom chairman Anil Ambani said the company would enter into a “strategic partnership” with Reliance Jio for 4G spectrum sharing-cum-trading.Following the announcement, the stock price of RCom rose sharply by 5.6% to end at Rs 67.55 on the National Stock Exchange (NSE).RCom, India’s fourth-biggest telecom operator by subscribers, is the latest one to join the 4G race. Bharti Airel and Vodafone are preparing to take on the competition from Reliance Jio, which is expected to roll out 4G services by December, Business Standard reported.Earlier this month, a media report had said that the Ambani brothers were set to sign a spectrum sharing-cum-trading agreement, which would help Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio Infocomm to obtain more “bandwidth options” to roll out 4G services covering most of the telecom circles in India.”Trading will allow RCOM to also cut back its debt while allowing Jio to beef up its airwaves as it launches in December,” a source had said.RCom’s debt stood at over Rs 38,000 crore at the end of the June quarter this year. The company is planning to trim its debt by selling its tower and overseas business units and also by monetising its DTH unit and real estate properties.The Economic Times had reported earlier that the spectrum sharing agreement would enable Reliance Jio to gain access to 10 MHz of contiguous 4G bandwidth in Mumbai, UP-East, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, Northeast, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir,On the other hand, the partnership will also be beneficial to Anil Ambani’s RCom, as it can use Jio’s 4G network in the 10 circles without incurring any “incremental capex costs”, the report said.last_img read more

Trump Media Assaults on Omar a New Low for American Politics

first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent, @StacyBrownMediaAmerican politics appears to have hit a new low.According to reports, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has beefed up security following the vicious attacks she’s received and even news reports that paint her as un-American.What’s worse, the attacks stem from tweets made against her by President Donald Trump.Representative, Ilhan Omar (D-MN) speaking at a Hillary for MN event at the U of MN, October 2018. (Photo: Lorie Shaull / Wikimedia Commons)“The criticisms of Congresswoman Omar, what Trump has been saying about her, is reprehensible,” said New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, a Democratic presidential candidate.“It is trafficking in Islamophobia, and should be condemned by everyone,” Booker said.One of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress, Omar has come under repeated attack from the president and others, including Fox News as a result of her questioning America’s relationship with Israel.“We will never forget,” Trump tweeted in all-capital letters recently, attaching a video that spliced together comments Omar made with footage of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.Some media favorable to the president have also attacked Omar and despite death threats made against her, Trump has continued his assault by calling her –without any supporting evidence and against her denials – “anti-Semitic,” and “anti-Israel.”Booker noted that Trump has also attacked other African American women leaders like California Rep. Maxine Waters.“The kind of language this president uses, especially about Black women in power, is toxic,” Booker said.That Trump claims he’s not racist isn’t satisfactory, Booker said.“It’s not enough to say, I’m not a racist. We must all be anti-racist,” he said.The rhetoric by Trump and his allies against Omar have resulted in the Senator ramping up security, particularly as she’s received death threats.Recently, a Rhode Island man allegedly threatened to “kill every Democrat in the world,” federal officials said.Matthew Haviland, 30, of North Kingstown was charged after sending approximately 28 threatening emails on March 10 to a college professor, whose name and affiliation was withheld by federal officials. Haviland is facing federal threat charges and cyberstalking.In an affidavit, FBI task force officer Richard Laft, Jr. wrote that the professor told authorities Haviland’s “views regarding abortion and politics have become more extreme” within the last year.The professor, who had been friends with Haviland for about 11 years, believed Haviland’s views changed because “of the way the news media portrays” President Donald Trump, Laft wrote.Authorities said Omar was among the Democrats whom Haviland threatened to kill.Latagia Copeland-Tyronce, a writer and journalist out of Detroit, said as a Black woman and social justice advocate, she knows “all too well what it feels like to be attacked for speaking up and out.”“And, as such, I believe that there should be a zero-tolerance policy in regards to our Black representatives in Congress,” Copeland-Tyronce said.“We, as a people, cannot allow our Black leaders to be attacked for their advocacy. I am a proponent of freedom of speech and freedom of the press, however, abuse and racism crosses the line and should be called out when and where it rears its ugly head,” she said.Dr. Omekongo Dibinga, an American University professor and director of Upstander International, said it’s imperative that all stand up to bigotry.“We need to fight fire with facts. I know that President Trump has ushered in the era of fake news and alternative facts, but I believe at the end of the day, the reality of his policies of lies and dissension will do him in, even with his followers as the effects of [Former President] Barack Obama’s positive economy begin to dwindle and they realized he never cared about them in the first place,” Dibinga said.Shiwon Oh of Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea, said Trump’s presidency exposes a racist underbelly of America that has always been there from the beginning.“He just gave validation to their opinions and beliefs that its influence is now seeping into mainstream media channels like Fox News,” Oh said.“All people can do is continue countering the lies with facts, voicing their opposition to racial oppression, and urging their communities to be on the right side of history, even if it means being ridiculed by some,” she said.last_img read more

Feynman wasnt joking Modeling quantum dynamics with ground state wavefunctions

first_img © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. This allowed the researchers to specify a direct analogy to the convergence seen in ground state systems – that is, the rate of expansion convergence is inversely proportional to two-body interaction strength. “As far as we know,” McClean says, “nobody has used configuration interaction to do a time-dependent problem in the way we did in our paper.” Researcher Jarrod R. McClean discussed with Phys.org the research that he and his colleagues, Profs. John A. Parkhill and Alán Aspuru-Guzik, conducted. “In solving quantum dynamical problems prior to our findings, the large dimension and complexity of models in quantum mechanics make it very computationally expensive to perform dynamics simulations,” McClean tells Phys.org. “This means that only very short time scales can be examined with high accuracy. Moreover,” he points out, “previous attempts to utilize modern parallel computers have been hindered by strong spatial interactions within quantum systems.””One usually thinks of quantum information as a field that leads to the development of quantum computers,” Harvard’s Aspuru-Guzik notes. “It turns out that classical computing can benefit and learn from the ideas of quantum information. This application of Feynman’s clock to the challenging problem of time evolution is an example of this.”Traditional algorithms utilize parallelization in space, in which a supercomputer comprising many processors spatially distributes and advances the problem in single temporal increments. “What is less natural,” McClean continues, “is to think about the possibility of setting up a calculation that is parallel in time.” This means that the simulation at different points in time has to be simultaneously calculated on many processors. “That’s the focal point of our study,” McClean stresses. “We exploit the clock construction, which was originally designed to think about quantum computing for use in parallel computers.”McClean notes the importance of demonstrating their proposal’s accuracy convergence by applying the configuration interaction method – a linear variational method for solving the nonrelativistic Schrödinger equation. “We wanted to show that the convergence of configuration interaction in spacetime has similar properties to its usual application in ground state chemistry,” he explains. “To do this, we had to find a system of interest where we could also control the importance of two-body and one-body interactions.” (Phys.org) —Amongst the late Richard Feynman’s many prolific and profound contributions to quantum mechanics, the eponymous Feynman clock is perhaps one of the more innovative. Conceived as a solution to the problem of quantum simulation, the Feynman clock proposes using quantum computers to simulate quantum systems – and in so doing, conjectures that if a quantum system moves stepwise forward and then backward in time in equal increments, it would necessarily return to its original state. While originally a linear concept, scientists at Harvard University and the University of Notre Dame recently generalized the proposition to construct a more flexible discrete-time variational principle that leads to a parallel-in-time algorithm. (A variational principle is a scientific principle, used within the calculus of variations, which develops general methods for finding functions which minimize or maximize the value of quantities that depend upon those functions.) The researchers then used that algorithm to describe time-based quantum system evolution as a ground state eigenvalue problem – that is, the quantum system’s lowest energy state – which led them to realize that the solution of the quantum dynamics problem could also be obtained by applying the traditional ground state variational principle. More information: Feynman’s clock, a new variational principle, and parallel-in-time quantum dynamics, PNAS Published online before print September 23, 2013, doi:10.1073/pnas.1308069110 Citation: Feynman wasn’t joking: Modeling quantum dynamics with ground state wavefunctions (2013, October 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-feynman-wasnt-quantum-dynamics-ground.html Explore further Researchers propose a new system for quantum simulation Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences To take advantage of parallel processing in time, McClean notes, the scientists also needed to demonstrate that their construction had a natural division into smaller time segments that could be handled independently by different processors on a parallel computer. “The challenge, of course, was to show that this was computationally advantageous in comparison to traditional approaches of stepping forward in time,” he adds.To address these challenges, McClean says that the key insight at the heart of their work was that tools developed in quantum computation may be exportable to classical simulations of quantum systems. “Through this,” he explains, “we recognized that by turning quantum dynamics problems into ground state problems, we could leverage tools from ground state simulation to address difficulties in both the dimension of the space and the length of simulation time required.” In addition, he points out that the key to achieving speedup in parallel-in-time algorithms is the ability to precondition, or develop an inexpensive guess for, the solution in serial mode before refining it in parallel mode. One of the paper’s key findings was that the new construction performs favorably against existing algorithms. “We demonstrated that for a representative quantum system, when the same dynamics and partitioning is performed, our algorithm would finish in less human time than the competing algorithms by making use of parallel computer architectures,” McClean says. “We ensured that all factors in our comparison were as equal as possible, converging to the same level of accuracy and averaging the speedup results over different time partitions.”McClean acknowledges the possibility of constructing similar algorithms from the other time-dependent variational principles. “However,” he points out, “one must be careful when selecting spacetime basis functions. These methods are in their infancy, and it’s a current research topic to develop them for use with the Schrodinger equation and quantum mechanics.”In a similar vein, McClean states that there are other methods that use extended spacetime to remove time-dependence from a problem. “However,” he clarifies, “these methods use the time-independent Hamiltonian in a way that is similar to traditional time-stepping, retaining many of the drawbacks. In our approach, we take a time-independent construction whose ground state directly encodes the dynamics, allowing us to use any number of previously developed techniques for determining the ground state.”In addition, the metrics inspired by their approach can be used to quantitatively understand the errors resulting from truncating the Hilbert space of many-body quantum dynamics. “In order to make quantum simulations tractable,” McClean explains, “it’s almost always necessary to hypothesize that a small part of the quantum space is relevant and simulate exclusively in that space. Our metrics allow researchers to quantitatively assess if the selected space includes all the interesting quantum dynamics – and if not, at exactly what time the violation occurs, thereby making it unnecessary to throw out their entire simulation.” For example, to simulate the dynamics of charge transfer in a protein, it would be necessary to pick a subset of quantum states and model the dynamics within them. “Our error metrics could allow someone to quickly discover if they had selected the wrong states, and reselect them before too much computational power had been wasted.”In other cases, he continues, the necessary states for simulation might be known, but the total time of simulation needed to see a rare event of interest might be too long for a single processor run in serial . “In that case, our technique could be used in conjunction with spatial parallelization to parallelize over time and reduce the human time required to see that rare event. This leads to faster results and more rapid development of continuing experiments.”Moving forward, McClean believes that there are many untapped resources in the field of quantum information which have the potential to advance classical simulation techniques. “Methods developed for adiabatic quantum computation may be directly applicable to our method to further refine its speed and accuracy. In terms of the planned next steps in their research, he adds that they are looking at applying more advanced techniques from electronic structure to the ground state formulation of dynamics. “Hopefully,” he adds, “the methods that have been successful in describing these problems can yield new insights into dynamics problems for quantum chemistry.”McClean notes that there are other areas of research that might benefit from their study. “Our method should be generally applicable across many computational domains that study the time dynamics of physical systems,” he tells Phys.org. “While many schemes currently exploit spatial parallelism to take advantage of modern supercomputers, temporal parallelism has been a relatively untapped resource to date. Our method and variations of it,” McClean concludes, “will likely be very useful in tapping this additional resource to scale physical simulations to previously unreachable timescales.” The spin triangle within the vanadium compound, used as a model system for the TEDVP. Note that coordinating sodium ions and water molecules are not depicted here. The chemical formula of this compound is given by (CN3H6)4Na2[H4V(IV)6 O8(PO|4)4 (OCH2)3 CCH2OH2] · 14H2O. Credit: Copyright © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1308069110 A schematic representation of the action of the clock Hamiltonian on the history state with three discrete times and a Hilbert space of three states. Each block is a matrix with dimension of the physical system. Credit: Copyright © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1308069110 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. 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Colours of dreams and thoughts

first_imgHis exhibition called Evening Dreams and The Mind-Bending is a combined effort of three years. It’s a set of 30 paintings done on canvases with acrylics.‘Evening Dreams is about myself. Its drawn from the early years I spent growing up. It also narrates my experiences, travels and journeys of life. The Mind-Bending on the other hand is inspired from outer space. The core of the universe, I believe, is not an external element but lies deep within,’ he adds. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’At 23, he aspires to make people think through his art. How? ‘All my paintings are abstract expressions. They aim to take people back to their childhood or when we were born. When the mind was just a plain blank entity. It’s during this time the most creative thoughts develop,’ says Arash.‘Since childhood I had an eye for colours. It’s unusual how my canvases appear by themselves when I apply the wash technique over them. Plus, whenever I start painting there are no preconcieved thoughts,’ he added.Priced between Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000, he calls his art work unique and rare, after which he is gearing up for his next series based upon vaanis from the Holy Guru Granth Sahib.DETAILAt- Arpana Art Gallery, Siri Fort Area On till- Today Timings- 3 pm onwardslast_img read more

There are things comedians want to say but dont

first_imgWith a show curated and designed by him, Singh is all set to call a spade a spade. The show Shut The Mic Up will feature Amit Tandon along with opening acts by Danny George and Madhav Mehta.Speaking to Millennium Post, Singh explained that the whole idea behind the show is to drop the guard and get candid. There will also be an interview session where Singh will be throwing questions at Tandon about his life and the funny career decision.This is to bring out the human face of the comedian says Singh. ‘People often misunderstand comedians, am going to try break that down,’ adds the funnyman.WHEN: 7 November, 8 pm onwardsWHERE: Akshara Theatre, BKS Marglast_img read more

Graphene film shown to keep mosquitos from biting

first_imgWe’ve seen quite a few proposed alternatives to the toxic DEET commonly used in mosquito repellant, and, well … not all of them work that great. Now, though, scientists are getting good results using everybody’s favorite wonder material: graphene.For those who don’t know, graphene is made up of one-atom-thick sheets of carbon atoms, linked together in a honeycomb pattern. It’s the world’s thinnest, strongest manmade material, plus it’s also very electrically and thermally conductive, and highly impermeable. Among many other things, it may help to improve transistors, computer chips, DNA sequencing, and batteries.Recently, scientists at Rhode Island’s Brown University Superfund Research Center applied a transparent film of graphene flakes to the skin of test subjects, who were then exposed to biting mosquitos.It was observed that when the film was dry, very few of the insects landed on it or bit the volunteers, suggesting that the graphene interfered with the mozzies’ ability to sense both skin and sweat. Some mosquitos did land on the film when it was wet, although when any of them tried to subsequently bite through it, they couldn’t penetrate its surface.Utilizing current graphene-production techniques, a single-use spray-on film probably wouldn’t be very cost-effective. That may change as new manufacturing methods are developed, however, plus it’s possible that graphene could also find use in mosquito-repellant clothing.”This innovation using graphene to repel mosquitos could help reduce the burden of ill health associated with a number of infectious diseases and might reduce the need for pesticides to eradicate the mosquitos that carry them,” says Dr. William Suk, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ Superfund Research Program. “New material such as this one should be assessed in the field to determine full public health implications.”A paper on the research was recently published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Source: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Clinical trials for dry mouth: Review recent research on AllMedx.com. Do anticholinergic medications cause dry mouth? Find out on Allmedx.com. What do dentists recommend to patients with dry mouth? Find out at Allmedx.com. Is there an effective treatment for dry mouth? Review the research at Allmedx.com Cancer treatment can cause dry mouth. Find solutions at AllMedx.com. AllMedX AllMedX I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more Yes No AllMedX AllMedX We recommend AllMedX Google Analytics settings Privacy policy This mouthwash relieves dry mouth symptoms. Learn how on Allmedx.com. AllMedX Powered bylast_img read more