Trudeau dogged by pipeline protesters as he meets with BC forestry workers

first_imgDUNCAN, B.C. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with workers from British Columbia’s forestry business Saturday at a local museum but was also dogged by people protesting the Trans Mountain pipeline.At an outdoor news conference at the BC Forest Discovery Centre in Duncan, Trudeau acknowledged there are people opposed to the government’s decision to buy the pipeline from Kinder Morgan, but he said it won’t stop the project or Liberal plans to fight climate change.“There are people out there who think there is still a choice to be made. I don’t,” Trudeau said. The local band playing at the market stopped its regular set and played “O Canada,” with Trudeau later singing with the crowd.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) “We know we have to put in place a strong plan to fight climate change. There are people on the other side of the political spectrum who don’t like that.”.@JustinTrudeau now answering questions from the media in Duncan while visiting the B.C. Forest Discovery Centre. #cndpoli— CHEK News (@CHEK_News) August 4, 2018The prime minister was met by protesters at the centre’s gates who carried placards critical of the pipeline, with one even calling him an “oil pimp.”Trudeau also made comments about North Korea, reacting to reports the country has made few moves to halt its nuclear weapons program.“We must see a denuclearized North Korea,” he told reporters.Earlier in the day, Trudeau made a surprise visit to the Duncan Farmers’ Market, which quickly attracted a crowd of people around him, with many posing for selfies.last_img read more

French President Emmanuel Macron Vows to Return African Heritage to Africa

Rabat – French President Emmanuel Macron said he wants to “return African heritage to Africa,” at the end of his inaugural speech at the University of Ouagadougou, building up Benin’s hopes of recovering its cultural heritage after months of negotiations with France.“African heritage […] must be highlighted in Paris, but also in Dakar, Lagos, Cotonou,” said the French president, reported Agence France Presse (AFP).The French president said that returning African art and historical artifacts currently in France to their rightful owners is one of his priorities. “Within five years, I want all the necessary conditions to be available so that African heritage is returned to Africa,” he said. The declaration follows an official request for the return of Beninese heritage to Benin by the country’s president, Patrice Talon, in July 2016.For President Talon, who has advocated against the influence of France on its former colony, the return of these works will “better inform our people the value of our cultural and historical assets” and enrich tourism, which is a major pillar of the Beninese economy .Irénée Zevounou, the ambassador of Benin’s delegation to UNESCO, estimates that “4,500 to 6,000 Beninese cultural assets are in France, some of which are held in private collections,” reported the AFP.“This is the first time a French president has addressed the issue head-on and expressed his willingness to go in the direction of restitution,” wrote Marie-Cecile Zinsou, creator of the contemporary art foundation Zinsou in Cotonou, on her Facebook page.French authorities had initially refused to return their artistic holdings to Africa based on the “the legal principles of inalienability of public collections,” explains the AFP.For Yves-Bernard Debie, a lawyer specializing in the law of art trade, Macron’s speech goes against French legal tradition established in 1566. “Such restitution would therefore require changing the French law,” he told the French press agency.“It may be a little naive on my part, but I hope that relations would improve between France and its partners in Africa,” said Ousmane Aledji, director of the Benin cultural center Artisttik Africa. read more

TNA calls for meaningful reconciliation

Of the four staff injured, one is in critical condition and three others hospitalized. Property has also been damaged. The attack took place when a vehicle carrying copies of the newspaper for distribution arrived at the Kilinochchi office.The TNA statement recalled that last Saturday, a mob of over 50 persons attacked a public meeting held at the TNA office in Kilinochchi by throwing rocks from a short distance.The attacks resulted in injuries to 13 people and extensive damage to property. These attacks were caught on video and the persons involved are easily identifiable. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) , today called for a meaningful process of reconciliation based on ensuring truth, justice and reparations for victims of violent crimes committed by all parties.A TNA statement said that recent attacks on the democratic expression of Tamils in the North and East are clearly carried out with the active support, sanction and collusion of the Sri Lankan government “We call on all right-thinking citizens of this country and members of the international community to prevail on the Sri Lankan government to immediately cease the violence directed against the Tamil People,” the TNA said. “We reiterate that to prevent a non-recurrence of the past, Sri Lanka must embark on a meaningful process of reconciliation based on ensuring truth, justice and reparations for victims of violent crimes committed by all parties,” the TNA said.The TNA also expressed its grave concern over an attack today by armed assailants of the Kilinochchi distribution office of the Uthayan newspaper. “However, not one person has been arrested in relation to this violence, despite the presence of police on the scene while the attack took place. In fact, one assailant apprehended by those present at the meeting was identified to be an officer of the Crimes Investigation Department [CID] of the Sri Lankan Police. He was handed over to the Kilinochchi police but was released shortly thereafter,” the TNA said. (Colombo Gazette) It also condemned the numerous episodes of mob violence against the Muslim community and Christian places of worship, and demanded that action be taken against the purveyors of violent hate. read more

Sri Lanka 20000 people uprooted by new Governmentseparatist fighting UN reports

“Sites are hosting people at twice their actual capacity, the district is facing a potential food shortage and many families have been separated in flight or during transport to emergency sites,” according to the head of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) field office in the town of Batticaloa, Yoko Akasaka.Most of the displaced were put up in schools when they arrived in government-controlled Batticaloa district, which lies to the south of Vaharai. But the new term has begun and the pressure to vacate public buildings is increasing. UNHCR and partner agencies are preparing nearly 30 longer-term sites for up to 5,000 families and hope to complete moving people to the new government-proposed locations by the end of the month.But this will only partially solve the problem. “Even if all the sites proposed so far are suitable, they will provide less than two thirds of the space we need,” Ms. Akasaka said. “People tell us many more will be arriving. We are concerned about the condition of some 15,000 civilians remaining in Vaharai, who have endured months of fighting and limited humanitarian access.”UNHCR continues to receive reports of people escaping from the region via jungle paths or along coastal routes. Most bring few belongings and nobody is carrying food since two months of heavy fighting has prevented vital supplies from entering Vaharai.As fighting continues to erupt across Sri Lanka’s north and east, the future is uncertain for most of Sri Lanka’s 465,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), including some 216,000 people forced from their homes by last year’s violence.“Many people first fled to Vaharai because of violence elsewhere and they are worried about whether it will be safe to go back,” Ms. Akasaka said. “They simply don’t know where they will be safe. Even here, there are reports of abductions from displacement sites.”UNHCR has offered the authorities assistance in organizing so-called “go and see” visits so that community leaders and other volunteers can visit their former homes, many further north of Vaharai in Trincomalee district, and decide whether return would be safe and sustainable. read more

Terse testimony from Macmillan CEO in ebook antitrust trial

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Macmillan CEO John Sargent, who testified this week at a trial over alleged price-fixing of e-books, was no one’s idea of a friendly witness.Of the five publishers the U.S. Justice Department sued last year, Macmillan was the last to settle and the most defiant. The government alleged that Macmillan, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group (USA) and Hachette Book Group illegally conspired to raise wholesale prices in an effort to help Apple make headway against Amazon in the e-books market. Speaking last month at BookExpo America, the publishing industry’s annual convention, Sargent labeled the government’s view of the e-market as “extraordinarily myopic.”“They carried the water for Amazon, when it had 92 per cent of the market,” he said, criticizing the justice department for caring more about price than a possible monopoly. “The senior guys, (Attorney General) Eric Holder, are just incompetent.”Apple is the only defendant left in the antitrust suit, filed in response to the 2010 launch of the iBookstore and a new “agency” pricing system. Publishers, who had worried that Amazon’s pricing of some new e-book releases at $9.99 was crippling to the industry, welcomed the arrival of Apple and an “agency” model that allowed publishers, not retailers, to set the cost of e-books. Many new releases were sold for $12.99 or $14.99, a change the government has cited as unfair to consumers.Apple has insisted that its entrance into the e-book market improved the online book industry and stabilized prices for the long term.Sargent, 56, has said he only settled because Macmillan, owned by the German-based Holtzbrinck Publishers, was “not large enough to risk a worst-case judgment,” an opinion he clearly still held on the stand. Whether under direct or cross testimony in U.S. District Court on Monday and Tuesday, the lean, greying Sargent changed neither his posture nor manner of speaking. His dark, deep-set eyes stared right at the questioning attorney, his head was erect, chin upturned, his answers crisp and often terse.“What I’m doing here is negotiating,” he said in response to questions from Justice Department lawyer Mark Ryan about exchanges he had with Apple over contract terms.Sargent is seasoned in conflict. In January 2010, soon before Apple announced its e-book store, Sargent became the point man in the publishers’ dispute with Amazon when the online retailer disabled the “buy” tabs for releases by Bill O’Reilly, Jonathan Franzen and other Macmillan authors.Sargent said that he had proposed that Amazon either accept the agency model or face a “window” of seven months before new e-books would become available — a policy that had become common among publishers in 2009 because of fears that cheap e-books of new releases were harming the hardcover market. The standoff ended after a few days with Amazon agreeing to the agency system.Sargent acknowledged that his initial discussions with Amazon did not “go well” and that having four other major publishers sign with Apple would strengthen Macmillan’s position in negotiations. But he resisted suggestions by Justice Department lawyer Mark Ryan that he had forced Amazon to adopt the agency system. When Ryan suggested that Apple pressured Sargent into making Amazon accept agency, the Macmillan CEO said that such a scenario was “completely alien” to him.Sargent also denied that he consulted with Apple on his negotiations with Amazon. He said that the practice of telling one client about his talks with a rival client was bad business and bad ethics, if only because an executive for one retailer might take a job with another retailer and reveal what Sargent had said.“There’s no trust left (if that happens),” Sargent explained.The rise of e-books is the trial’s backdrop, from Amazon’s introduction of the Kindle reading device in 2007, to the explosive growth of digital sales in 2008 and 2009. All the while, publishers’ feared that Amazon was dominating the market and selling books at unsustainable prices.Both Ryan and Apple attorney Orin Snyder noted a Macmillan strategic memo from 2009 that referred to the e-book market as “fluid” and to the likely emergence of Barnes & Noble, Google and other new competitors. Asked by Ryan whether the memo contradicted Sargent’s pre-trial testimony that Amazon was consolidating its hold, Sargent said it didn’t. He called Barnes & Noble’s entry a question mark because the superstore chain had no experience designing electronic devices. Sony, an early maker of e-readers, was “clearly failing.” And Google, he said, has never showed a knack for retail.“They’re very good at running search engines,” Sargent said.With publishers accused of collusion on prices, Sargent found himself discussing the shifting relationships among rival houses. They might fight to sign up a given author, or juggle release schedules of popular books in hopes of gaining a coveted No. 1 spot on one of the New York Times’ bestseller lists. At other times, they are business partners with common goals, whether fighting piracy or censorship.Overall, publishers do not view the market as a zero sum game in which the purchase of a Macmillan book comes at the expense of one from Simon & Schuster or Random House. They are more likely to see a sale for one publisher as helpful to others, what economists might call a “multiplier effect.” Just as reading often begets more reading, the sale of a book, hopefully, leads to the sale of more books.Referring to Amazon’s disabling of the “buy” tabs in 2010, Ryan asked Sargent whether he was worried a customer who might have bought a Macmillan book would instead buy one from a different publisher.No, Sargent responded, he worried only that the customer didn’t buy a Macmillan book. Terse testimony from Macmillan CEO in e-book antitrust trial by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Jun 11, 2013 6:22 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Brock names Charles Kissi as new mens basketball head coach

Charles KissiBrock University Athletics is pleased to announce Charles Kissi as the new head coach of the Brock men’s basketball program. He becomes the seventh head coach in the program’s history.“We look forward to Charles joining our staff,” says Brock director of Athletics Robert Hilson. “He is an excellent leader that possesses strong values that are consistent with Brock University, Brock Athletics, Brock Alumni and the Niagara Community.”Kissi, a 32-year old native of Toronto, Ont., takes over one of only four programs in Canadian Interuniversity Sport that has captured two or more National Championships over the past 20 years.“Brock University has a great athletics program with a lot of success and it is a university that strives for excellence in everything it does,” says Kissi. “I look forward to working alongside great leaders in Robert Hilson and Chris Critelli as well as all the other coaches and people at Brock.”In 2012-2013, Kissi served as an apprentice coach with the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, being mentored by Raptors Head Coach Dwayne Casey. Kissi was the subject of a six-part documentary “Raptors Coaches Open House Protégé Program” that aired on NBA TV Canada and is currently posted on the Toronto Raptors YouTube channel.Prior to working with the Toronto Raptors, Kissi served as the Head Coach of the Ryerson Ram’s women’s basketball program, highlighted by a berth into the OUA East Final Four in 2010-2011. He joined Ryerson in 2009-2010 as an assistant coach, working under St. Catharines native and former National Team assistant coach, Sandy Pothier.At the club level, Kissi was head coach of the Tri-County Thunder JUEL Team in 2012-13. From 2004-09 Kissi coached with the Scarborough Blues club program leading female squads to provincial and national tournaments.Kissi is currently a Detective Constable with Toronto Police Services and has worked as a police officer for a decade.A former player at McMaster University, he competed in two national championship tournaments with the Marauders. He was also the team’s 2003 recipient of the Liam Stevens Award, which is awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of positive attitude, hard work and determination.The Badgers open their non-conference schedule on Sept. 27 at home against the Niagara College Knights in the Peninsula Classic. Brock will also be at home against UQAM (Oct. 13) and take part in the Waterloo Invitational Oct. 18 to 20. Brock rounds out their non-conference schedule Oct. 24 to 26 when they host the RBC Classic with York, Regina and Saint Mary’s coming to St. Catharines. They begin the 2013-14 OUA regular season at home against the Ryerson Rams Nov. 1. read more

Rhosonics SDMs win plaudits at OCP Groups Beni Amir phosphate mine

first_imgRhosonics Slurry Density Meter (SDM) has proven its worth at the OCP Group’s Beni Amir phosphate mine and washing plant in Morocco, the Netherlands-based company said in its latest case study.The leading phosphate miner recently evaluated nine months’ worth of test work at Beni Amir, which came out with favourable results.OCP began operating the Beni Amir mine and washing plant in Morocco in 2015. Here, the phosphate ore at the washing plant goes through a wet treatment process to enrich the ore and increase its “Boone Phosphate of Line” content, according to Rhosonics.Four pieces of the Rhosonics SDM, a non-nuclear density meter using sustainable ultrasonic technology, were installed at the Beni Amir plant in April 2018.Rhosonics said: “The phosphate industry traditionally uses nuclear devices. Non-nuclear devices are still quite new to this industry and success stories are limited.”By measuring the acoustic impedance of a slurry, the SDM calculates the density of the slurry in-line during the process, according to Rhosconics. The sensor is made of stainless steel and ceramic material. “Because of the new sensor material, the sensor has lots of better properties. By making use of ceramic material, the ultrasonic signal is more bright and powerful than before.”Mohammed el Moudden, Chief Instrumentation of OCP Beni Amir, said: “We confirm a successful test of the SDM from April 2018 until now. A single calibration is sufficient for operation over three months. The team at the Beni Amir washing plant are satisfied with this technology.”The Rhosonics SDMs were installed in the output of a cyclone, a mixing tank and two thickeners to improve the efficiency and fully use the production capacity of these separation processes, Rhosonics said.Now, following this trial, the OCP Group has bought 13 additional non-nuclear Rhosonics SDMs to install at several locations at the washing plant, the company said.last_img read more

TMobile giving away all handsets free this Friday and Saturday

first_imgT-Mobile seems to be freaking out about the imminent arrival of the Verizon iPhone: in order to prevent prospective customers from having their eye caught by Verizon’s multi-million dollar advertising campaigns and sexy new handset, the third-place wireless carrier is going to give their phones away for free this weekend.Starting on Friday, T-Mobile will be offering its handsets for free, ostensibly as a special Valentine’s Day promotion, but awkwardly scheduled for February 11th and 12th… the two days after the iPhone hits Verizon Wireless shelves. There’s no restrictions on what handsets you can walk away with free: as long as you’re willing to sign a two-year contract, even the highest end devices will be sold without an initial fee.AdChoices广告Because of the way carrier subsidies work, this effectively means that T-Mobile is writing new customers a check for a couple hundred or more with every phone sold. That’s a pretty good deal, especially since you can get a prestige Android phone running on T-Mobile’s quasi-4G network for the price.T-Mobile has tried this before. Last year, T-Mobile celebrated Father’s Day by offering a similar promotion, which resulted in the best sales day ever in T-Mobile USA history. It’s pretty clear that this time, though, T-Mobile hopes to use their free phone giveaways to take just a bit of the luster off of Verizon’s opening iPhone sales weekends.Read more at Techflashlast_img read more

If Zias rule illegal AL illegal too Fakhrul

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said the Bangladesh Awami League (AL), too, would be illegal if Ziaur Rahman’s rule is considered illegitimate, reports UNB.Fakhrul made the remarks apparently in reaction to AL general secretary Obaidul Quader’s comment on BNP’s silence over Supreme Court’s observation about its founder’s rule.”There’s no question about the legitimacy of Ziaur Rahman’s rule. Introducing multiparty democracy and restoring people’s right to expression and press freedom can’t be illegal. Not only that, Awai League registered as a political party following due rules during his rule,” he said.The BNP leader also said AL contested parliamentary elections and it is still carrying out its political activities with the registration it got during Ziaur Rahman’s rule. “So, AL stands illegal if his [Zia] rule is illegal.”Fakhrul came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave along with leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal, marking its 37th founding anniversary.Referring to the observation made in the 16th amendment verdict that dubbed Ziaur Rahman’s power grabbing illegal, Quader on Friday thanked Fakhrul for remaining silent in this regard.Responding to it, Fakhrul said it is AL leaders’ old habit to mislead people by making unguarded and unnecessary remarks.He said it is also Awami League’s strategy to divert people’s attention to a different direction from the observations of the 16th amendment verdict by talking against Ziaur Rahman’s rule.Fakhrul said the country’s people have got deeply worried as the government is putting pressure on the chief justice to change the 16th amendment verdict. “They want to obliterate the independence of the judiciary and destroy the basic structures of the state. In fact, their main target is to cement their one-party rule by destroying democracy.”Opposing the chief election commissioner’s comment that it is not their responsibility to forge unity among the political parties, he said it is also not the duty of the commission to act only on government orders.According to the constitution, the BNP leader said it is the responsibility of the commission to ensure a proper environment so that all the political parties can join the election and all the voters can exercise their right to franchise.”It’s the duty of the election commission to bring the political parties to the election.”He said their party has long been demanding that the next election be held under a non-party election-time supportive government as a fair and credible election is in no way possible under the partisan government now in the current context of Bangladesh.Turning to the flood issue, Fakhrul said the government has utterly failed to tackle the flood situation and ensure adequate relief materials for the victims to ease their sufferings.He said their party leaders and activists have been there beside the flood-hit people with relief materials since the disaster has seriously affected the country. “BNP first began distributing relief among the victims. We’ve already formed a central relief committee. We’re providing the victims with relief as per our ability.”last_img read more

Fan makes amazing Witcher 3 Gwent set and Fallout 4 replicas

first_imgI think it’s safe to say that Waffleguru is most definitely wife material, as this is an amazing gift. Her boyfriend is a lucky man indeed. It’s always fun when fans take things from video games and bring them to life in the real world. One such fan has created impressive real-world replicas of items found in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Fallout 4 for her boyfriend for Christmas.Imgur user Waffleguru went all out with her creations. The first item on deck is a complete Gwent card set from The Witcher 3. Gwent is a card game found within the main game; like Final Fantasy VIII’s Triple Triad, players can forgo the main game and side quests and just roam the world looking for Gwent players to challenge. This prop contains a storing chest, a play mat, and a custom rule book. There are five card packs, each for the game’s five factions. The cards and boxes are all laminated and even come with duplicates.center_img She put a lot of detail into these cards, including all of the different attributes of each card. This looks good enough to be mass-produced and sold in stores as far as I’m concerned.To make her boyfriend’s Christmas even better, she went and made an ammo box from Fallout 4. The box contains replicas from the game, including a Vault Dweller’s Survival Guide, and autographed Silver Shroud postcard (from the best quest in the game), a Stimpack, and a bottle of Buffot. The whole thing is secured by a lock, though it’s unclear how high one’s lockpicking skills need to be to open this.last_img read more

Physicists demonstrate quantum interference between two photons of different frequencies

first_img 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. “In our case, the mixing element is active (requiring pump power) that can induce interference between photons with very different frequencies or ‘colors,’ also of very different energy (the additional pump energy makes up for this difference),” Nguyen said. “We believe this is the first time such a quantum two-photon interference based on a parametric effect (an active process) has been demonstrated.”He added that this effect could be used in optical systems, where it could provide another way to help process quantum information.“Being able to induce an interaction between photons of different frequencies adds a new tool for processing quantum information with photons,” he said. “This has been proposed in optical systems, in order to use not only the spatial or path information of a photon but also its energy. This paves the way for more fundamental investigations of quantum optics and information using superconducting artificial atoms and resonant circuits. Superconducting circuits enable us to prepare single-photon and complex photon states easily, the parametric interaction allows us to entangle those states amongst multiple resonant modes or simple entangle artificial atomic states, crucial to the development of a new quantum information-based technology.”In the future, the physicists plan to extend the experiments beyond microwave-frequency photons.“We have done this between microwave modes or photons in a single resonator,” Nguyen said. “It is possible to perform the same experiments between two independent resonators or other types of resonators such as mechanical systems, or propagating photons (microwave or optical). At the heart of our system is a highly nonlinear element, the tunable SQUID inductance. There are other nonlinear processes that can be accessed and we plan to investigate other interesting effects and entangling mechanisms. Now that our group has shown the utility of parametric processes with microwave photons, we anticipate more developments to come from other researchers in the growing community of quantum information specialists.” Prototype ‘optics table on a chip’ places microwave photon in two colors at once Copyright 2012 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Citation: Physicists demonstrate quantum interference between two photons of different frequencies (2012, June 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The physicists, François Nguyen, Eva Zakka-Bajjani, Raymond Simmonds, and José Aumentado, of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado, have published their study on the quantum interference between two single photons of different microwave frequencies in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.As the researchers explained, the experiment builds on research from 25 years ago showing quantum interference for two photons having the same frequency.“In the original experiment by Hong, Ou and Mandel in 1987, they used a semitransparent mirror as a mixing element or ‘beam splitter’ for interfering two optical paths or ‘spatial,” Nguyen told “In our experiment, we have used parametric frequency conversion as a mixing element or beam splitter for stationary photons or excitation modes defined by their frequency (‘quantized electrical modes’). In both cases, the experiment is a demonstration of a two-photon quantum interference, but in our case, a new degree of freedom for photon-photon interaction is explored.”In previous experiments, the two photons’ identical frequencies are confirmed by the way the photons are generated in the first place. Through a technique called parametric down-conversion, an input (or “pump”) photon travels through a non-linear crystal and is split into two indistinguishable outgoing photons with the same frequency. These photons are then fed into two input ports of a beam splitter where they interfere and exit together from either one port or the other with a 50-50 chance. Scientists can also perform experiments to test if photons generated from different sources have the same frequency. However, two photons with slightly different frequencies have been shown to exhibit quantum interference if the beam splitter is a passive mixing element, meaning that it doesn’t require pump power, like a semi-transparent mirror. But in the new study, as the scientists explained, the beam splitter is an active element.center_img ( — When two photons simultaneously enter two input ports of a beam splitter, their paths interfere destructively, which causes the photons to simultaneously exit the beam splitter through the same output port. Because this quantum interference effect changes the input into a different output, it could have applications in quantum information processing. But whereas the two photons are usually identical in experiments demonstrating this effect, a new study has demonstrated that quantum interference can also occur between two photons with different frequencies, giving researchers an additional degree of control. Journal information: Physical Review Letters More information: François Nguyen, et al. “Quantum Interference between Two Single Photons of Different Microwave Frequencies.” PRL 108, 163602 (2012). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.163602 Explore furtherlast_img read more

Worldwide Virtual Currency Market Analysis Market Share Application Analysis Regional

first_imgThe objective of the study is to define market sizes ofdifferent segments & countries in recent years and to forecast the valuesto the coming eight years. The report is designed to incorporate bothqualitative and quantitative aspects of the industry within each of the regionsand countries involved in the study. Furthermore, the report also caters thedetailed information about the crucial aspects such as driving factors &challenges which will define the future growth of the market. Additionally, thereport shall also incorporate available opportunities in micro markets forstakeholders to invest along with the detailed analysis of competitivelandscape and product offerings of key players. The detailed segments andsub-segment of the market are explained below: By Regions: The major market player included in this report are: Direct: +1-971-202-1575 Mr. Abhishek Paliwal Global Virtual Currency Market valued approximately USD XXbillion in 2018 is anticipated to grow with a healthy growth rate of more thanXX% over the forecast period 2019-2026. The Virtual Currency Market iscontinuously growing in the global scenario at significant pace. Virtualcurrency is an unregulated digital money that is issued and controlled by thedevelopers and used by specific virtual communities. These currencies are usedto purchase real-world services and goods, but do not have a valid tender. Inaddition, these offer a convenient way to perform transitions without theinvolvement of banks and provide worldwide financial integration. Increase information of malicious software and recognition of virtual currencies by the developedcountries and growth in use of social media and gamification are thesubstantial driving factors of the market during the forecast period. Moreover,increasing adoption of cryptocurrencies and booming e-commerce industry is themajor factors that likely to create numerous opportunity in the near future. Inaddition, virtual currency is cheaper along with makes transaction faster aswell as availability of immediate settlements are another factors that aidingthe growth in the market of virtual currency across the globe. However, lack offinancial measure and issues associated with the security are the factors thatlimiting the growth of the market during the forecast period. By Application: CoinbaseEllipticRippleBitpaySafelloXapoMilli pay systemsCoinJarGoCoinUnicoin Get a discount on this research report @ About Us: Big Market Research North AmericaU.S.CanadaEuropeUKGermanyAsia PacificChinaIndiaJapanLatin AmericaBrazilMexicoRest of the World 5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland, By Type: OR 97220 United States E-mail BFSITelecom and ITMedia and EntertainmentHealthcareRetailTravel and HospitalityTransportation and LogisticsEnergy and UtilitiesOthers Contact Us: Get Sample Copy of this Report @ Key Consulting Companies & AdvisorsLarge, medium-sized, and small enterprisesVenture capitalistsValue-Added Resellers (VARs)Third-party knowledge providersInvestment bankersInvestors Target Audience of the Global Virtual Currency Market inMarket Study: ‘Global Virtual Currency, 2019 Market Research Report’ is the latest market intelligence on growth drivers, industry and regional trends, competitive landscape scenario as well as upstream and downstream sectors. Big Market Research has a range of research reports fromvarious publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various marketcategories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may belooking for. Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452 BitcoinLitecoinDashPeercoinDogecoinPrimecoinlast_img read more

PET Scans Show Biomarkers Could Spare Some Breast Cancer Patients from Chemotherapy

first_imgNews | PET Imaging | March 18, 2019 PET Scans Show Biomarkers Could Spare Some Breast Cancer Patients from Chemotherapy De-escalation of treatment strategies aims to minimize toxicity while maintaining efficacy Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Related Content Reference1. Connolly R.M., Leal J.P., Solnes L., et al. TBCRC026: Phase II Trial Correlating Standardized Uptake Value With Pathologic Complete Response to Pertuzumab and Trastuzumab in Breast Cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology, Feb. 5, 2019. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more March 18, 2019 — A new study of positron emission tomography (PET) scans has identified a biomarker that may accurately predict which patients with one type of HER2-positive breast cancer might best benefit from standalone HER2-targeted agents, without the need for standard chemotherapy. The study was conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in an effort to further individualize therapy and avoid over-treating patients.An estimated 1 in 5 women with breast cancer have a mutation in their tumor cells that produces excess amounts of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), a protein that promotes cancer growth.“Although further studies are needed before the PET scan biomarker can be reliably used on a wide scale, the results of this study have the potential to advance the options for precision medicine in women with breast cancer,” said Vered Stearns, M.D., professor of oncology, co-director of the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Program at Johns Hopkins and senior author of the manuscript published in the February 2019 issue of Journal of Clinical Oncology.1 “This study, coupled with other complete and ongoing investigations at the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Program at Johns Hopkins, is at the forefront of providing true precision medicine to patients with breast cancer.”For the study, investigators fully evaluated 83 of 88 women with stage II or stage III estrogen receptor (ER)-negative, HER2-positive breast cancer recruited from nine Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium (TBCRC) medical facilities across the United States, including The Johns Hopkins Hospital.PET scans that use radioactive tracers to detect sugar uptake in cancer cells were conducted prior to and 15 days after patients were given the first of four cycles of pertuzumab and trastuzumab (without chemotherapy) over a 12-week period. Those two drugs are monoclonal antibodies that precisely target particular proteins on HER2-positive cancer cells and are widely used to treat HER2-positive breast cancers, usually in combination with chemotherapy drugs that poison such cells and carry more toxic side effects.The researchers sought to evaluate whether early changes on a PET scan — images taken during the first stages of targeted therapy — can help determine whose tumor will disappear completely following HER2-targeted treatment.After two weeks of treatment, researchers found they could predict whether a patient would respond to HER2-targeted treatment without chemotherapy. In approximately 56 percent of cases (44 patients), a predictive biomarker was identified that could have the potential to be a useful early response assessment tool.Lead author Roisin Connolly, M.B.B.Ch., M.D., associate professor of oncology at the Kimmel Cancer Center, said the change in sugar uptake on PET scans from baseline to two weeks after starting treatment, and the value at the two-week time point itself, had the best ability to predict response to HER2-directed therapy with high sensitivity and very high negative predictive value. High sugar levels two weeks after treatment, said Connolly, indicate the tumor likely will not fully respond to antibodies alone and will need chemotherapy.She said there is great interest at this time in “de-escalation” of treatment strategies in breast cancer, which aim to minimize toxicity while maintaining the efficacy.“Based on our findings, if the sugar uptake shown on the scans is below a certain level at two weeks, antibody therapy may be enough to induce a complete response, and those patients may be spared the toxic effects of chemotherapy.”ER-negative, HER2-positive breast cancer accounts for about 8 percent of all breast cancers. Standard treatment calls for a combination approach of surgery to remove the bulk of the tumor, and a combination of antibody therapy to cut off the ability of the HER2 gene to support the growth of breast cancer cells and chemotherapy to directly kill the cancer cells.“So in the future, we may be able to offer this as a chemo-free approach. Further research is still required to investigate this before it can become standard practice in the clinic to make treatment decisions, but it is extremely promising,” Connolly said.The 88 women enrolled in the study were treated between January 2014 and August 2017, and 83 were evaluated for the primary study. All four cycles of targeted therapy drugs were completed in 85 percent of cases (75/88), and all 83 patients who completed follow-up had surgery after the therapy.For more information: News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more last_img read more

Five Eyes call for backdoor access to endtoend encryption to tackle emerging

first_imgYesterday the Guardian reported that the “Five Eyes” nations (UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) met in London on Tuesday. The representatives discussed plans to give spy agencies and police a backdoor access to encrypted social media messages on platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp in order to combat online child abuse and terrorism. As per the Home Office, it is a two day meeting hosted by the the new UK Home Secretary, Priti Patel. The agenda for the meeting was to focus on the ‘Emerging threats’ and how best to address the opportunities and risks posed by the new technologies. Ministers attending the event included: Australian Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton MP Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale MP Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen MP Canadian Associate Deputy Minister of Justice Francois Daigle New Zealand’s Minister of Justice Andrew Little MP New Zealand’s Attorney General David Parker MP US Attorney General William Barr US Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security David Pekokse Ministers discussed challenges with end to end encryption Ms Patel demanded that Facebook, along with Twitter and Google, allow access to hidden messages by intelligence agencies. She said to the Daily Telegraph that, “The use of end-to-end encryption in this way has the potential to have serious consequences for the vital work which companies already undertake to identify and remove child abuse and terrorist content.” “It will also hamper our own law enforcement agencies, and those of our allies, in their ability to identify and stop criminals abusing children, trafficking drugs, weapons and people, or terrorists plotting attacks.” US Attorney General William Barr said in the meeting, “Encryption presents a unique challenge. We must ensure that we do not stand by as advances in technology create spaces where criminal activity of the most heinous kind can go undetected and unpunished.” The security ministers of the five nations said in a statement that online child abuse material had increased twenty-fold in the past four years, to 18 million images found last year, according to the Guardian. Controversial ‘Ghost Protocol’ proposed by UK intelligence agency It was noted that, GCHQ, the UK agency which monitors and breaks into communications, has suggested that Silicon Valley companies could develop technology that would silently add a police officer or intelligence agent to conversations or group chats. This seems to be a controversial so called “ghost protocol” which is opposed by companies, civil society organizations and by security experts too. In May, tech companies signed an open letter to the GCHQ, opposing the concept of a ghost protocol. The protocol involved plans for tech companies to allow law enforcement access to encrypted messages by including the government as a third-party that would secretly receive a copy of the messages without the other parties’ knowledge. Dangers of ghost protocols The reality of this will be that user’s privacy will be under assault on a variety of fronts. Companies crave access to personal information because it helps them target users with advertisements. Bad actors want access to private information for nefarious and criminal purposes. And governments want the ability to know who you communicate with and what you say, presumably in order to better protect you. But it begs the question, of how much intrusion we are willing to accept in the name of national security. Because the dangers are innumerable. For example China’s social credit system, if you are officially designated as a “discredited individual,” or laolai in Mandarin, you are banned from spending on “luxuries,” whose definition includes air travel and fast trains. This class of people, most of whom have defaulted on their debts, sit on a public database maintained by China’s Supreme Court. For them, daily life is a series of inflicted indignities some big, some small from not being able to rent a home in their own name, to being shunned by relatives and business associates, highlights the Inkstone report. You can’t have a secure system that fully protects user privacy while also having a backdoor that lets the government in whenever it sees fit. Community criticizes move saying backdoors to encryption renders it worthless There was an immediate backlash to this news, Forbes reported. A backdoor is a vulnerability. And introducing weakness into end-to-end encryption renders that encryption worthless. On Reddit as well, users from Australia criticized this development, “It is not the purview of government to know what its’ citizens are talking about at all times.” While on Hacker News, users discuss the challenges of spying the platforms in bulk, “In bulk, as opposed to targeted spying – you can send an agent to hide behind the bushes, or plant a microphone, or infiltrate a group. Which was possible for a long time before computers or electronics, but it’s not possible to do it at scale – you can spy on a few hundred people this way, but not on a few million.” Read Next Apple advanced talks with Intel to buy its smartphone modem chip business for $1 billion, reports WSJ Facebook signs on more than a dozen backers for its GlobalCoin cryptocurrency including Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and Uber Microsoft quietly deleted 10 million faces from MS Celeb, the world’s largest facial recognition databaselast_img read more

PHOTOS Iron Maiden blows Costa Rica away with Book of Souls tour

first_imgThe English metal band Iron Maiden never ceases to amaze its fans with its unique performances. On March 8, Iron Maiden offered a memorable show at the Ricardo Saprissa stadium in Tibás as part of their “The Book of Souls” world tour. This is the band’s third performance in Costa Rica. The band arrived to Costa Rica on Monday on their own airplane: the Ed Force One, a 747-400 Boeing, flown by the band’s vocalist, Bruce Dickinson. Bruce Dickinson makes an amazing entrance with his cauldron. Javier Lang/The Tico TimesThe evening began with the presentation of The Raven Age, a metal band from London. The stadium continued to fill during their set; an unforgettable night for Costa Rican metal fans was just beginning. Next came the U.S. thrash metal band Anthrax, with sick guitar solos from Scott Ian to heat up the audience. Vocalist Joey Belladonna continually thanked the audience in both Spanish and English. Their performance ended with Belladonna saying, “Thank you so much! We love you! Pura Vida!”. Bruce Dickinson’s mystical silhouette. Javier Lang/The Tico TimesNow the fully-packed stadium waited ecstatically for the main event. While the stage being prepared for Iron Maiden, The Tico Times spoke to some of the band’s fans.“I love Iron Maiden. I’ve listened to all of their albums and have gone to four of their concerts. I’ve seen them in England and here,” said Joanna Argüello, 37. “I like their lyrics because they speak about history, the military, war, and all the vicissitudes of battlefields.”“I’ve been following the band since I was 7 years old. I like their sound; their lyrics are very elaborate, and tell interesting stories. They’re heavy, but not to a degree in which it becomes annoying,” said Carlos Madrigal, 18. Cell phone lights all over the crowded stadium. Javier Lang/The Tico Times Bruce Dickinson. Javier Lang/The Tico TimesAt 8:05 pm, lead singer Bruce Dickinson made his appearance o stage in front of a ferocious audience shouting for the band. The night began with “If Eternity Should Fail” from their latest album, “The Book of Souls.” While playing, Dickinson performed some sort of ritual involving a cauldron.Dickinson shouted, “Hello, Costa Rica!” and the audience responded with an enthusiastic “Oe, oe, oe! Maiden! Maiden!” Rapturous fans. Javier Lang/The Tico TimesWhile Dickinson moved around the stage, guitarists Dave Murray, Janick Gers, and Adrian Smith each rocked the stadium with their distinct, amazing solos. Bassist Steve Harris and drummer Nicko McBrain kept the beat going. When the band played “The Trooper,” the audience went nuts. Dickinson strode from one side of the stage to the otherwith the Union Jack. Janick Gers. Javier Lang/The Tico Times Steve Harris in the house. Javier Lang/The Tico TimesAs the night progressed, so did the band’s and audience’s euphoria. A lucha libre-masked Dickinson appeared onstage screaming: “SCREAM FOR ME COSTA RICA!” and the audience obeyed. Throughout the concert, McBrain had a special character on his drum set: a teddy bear dressed for the occasion. The teddy bear was rocking along with Iron Maiden throughout the night. Nicko McBrain, the teddy bear, and Bruce Dickinson perform. Javier Lang/The Tico TimesOne of the most awaited acts of the night finally arrived: Eddie the Head appeared on stage. This zombie-like creature, which is the band’s most important symbol, delivered a performance of its own as the musicians played with him onstage. Dickinson pulled Eddie’s heart out, placed it on the cauldron, and squeezed its blood out.As the band played “Hallowed by Thy Name,” the guitarists and bassist lined up in front, while Dickinson hit the cymbals with a rope and McBrain kept a steady rhythm. Adrian Smith rocking Saprissa Stadium with one of his solos. Javier Lang/The Tico Times From left to right, Adrian Smith, Steve Harris, and Dave Murray. Javier Lang/The Tico TimesAgain, Dickinson screamed: “SCREAM FOR ME COSTA RICA!” and the audience complied as the band began playing “Fear of the Dark.” Gers swung his guitar into the air, caught it, placed it on the stage and played with his feet. McBrain threw his drumstick towards the audience.However, that was not the last song of the night. “The Number of the Beast” drove the audience crazy once again, followed by “Blood Brothers.” The night ended with the song “Wasted Years.”Undoubtedly, Iron Maiden gave their fans an unforgettable night. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican band 424 caps off year with new single, video and concert Nrmal Festival readies for takeoff PHOTOS: Sights and sounds of Costa Rica’s first Nrmal Festival Radio Hit announces new plans for 2016last_img read more

Freedom of Entry parade in Murchison Street

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A ‘Freedom of Entry’ parade took place this morning (Saturday) in Murchison Street.The Arms of Service in attendance comprised the South African Army, South African Navy, South African Military Health Service and South African Police Service.The units marched up and down Murchison Street.Mayor Vincent Madlala, honoured guests and VIPs were also present.Young and old gathered to watch as the units marched with military precision.After the parade, the guests gathered at the side of the Town Hall to have a taste of some traditional cuisine.last_img read more

Why These Three Symbols Fascinated Salvador Dalí

first_imgMelting clocks, grasshoppers, lobsters, and chests of drawers—Salvador Dalí had an extensive lexicon of favored symbols. This summer, Robin Rile Fine Art is presenting a range works by the outlandish Spanish artist, each a window into Dalí’s unique world of symbols.Below, we take a close look at these works to explore three of the motifs that obsessed the self-proclaimed “madman.” AdChoicesADVERTISINGinRead invented by Teads1.  AngelsSalvador Dalí, Surrealist Angel (1983). Courtesy of Robin Rile Fine Art.Angels were particularly meaningful to Dalí. The Surrealist often pictured his wife and muse Gala as a winged being, and in his writings, he mused frequently on angels. In a diary entry from May 1953, the artist wrote, “I have drawn from sunrise until the evening six faces of mathematical angels, explosive, and of such great beauty that I remained exhausted and stiff.”In sculpture, Dalí created both Cubist and Surrealist versions of his angels, but always.with smooth, androgynous bodies that were in keeping with the artist’s theories on mathematical symmetry and the supposed asexuality of angels (the artist himself often claimed to be asexual). In the sculpture shown above, Dalí has created a variation on the base of the 3rd century classical Greek sculpture Winged Victory or the Nike of Samothrace, now in the collection of the Louvre.This Surrealist Angel provides a glimpse into what he felt his own “Nike” was meant to symbolize. The hole in the angel’s chest is Freudian metaphor, intended as a window of light meant to inspire viewers to see beyond what is first visible. Here, this incision resembles an inverted guitar. Dali believed music to be the most direct way of communicating with God… which brings us to the next symbol.2. PianosSalvador Dalí, Untitled (Known as the Piano of Mozart) (1965). Courtesy of Robin Rile Fine Art.Musical instruments can be found throughout Dalí’s oeuvre. In a particularly outlandish scene in Un Chien Andalou, the 1929 Surrealist film made by Dali and filmmaker Luis Buñuel featured, a male figure drags two priests alongside a dead horse flung atop a piano in a bizarre image that joins music, mortality, and the Divine.In the book Dalí, Dawn Ades wrote that pianos symbolized “the whole weight of a decaying society changing the free expression of the man’s desire” (D. Ades, Dalí, London, 1995, p. 53). In the Piano of Mozart, shown above, Dali has melded together two of these favorite images, painting a heraldic angel unto the lid of the Steinway piano.3. CrownsSalvador Dalí, The Marriage of Romeo & Juliet by Death (circa 1967). Courtesy of Robin Rile Fine Art.Later on in his career, Dalí adopted the crown as a shorthand signature—but his crown was not just any old crown. Fascinated by both illusion and science, the artist was captivated by a famous 1946 stroboscopic photo of a drop of milk by American engineer Harold Edgerton, in which the splash appears to take the shape of a coronet. He based his image on that famous close-up. Both a Catholic and a supporter of monarchy, Dalí saw a variety of literary, religious, and theatrical connotations in the shape.The painting above depicts the key moment in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet when the two young lovers are united in death, their souls facing each other, with the skull of death, presiding over the moment. Dalí’s crown hovers above it all, presenting the artist as a kind of omniscient guide.Follow artnet News on Facebook: Want to stay ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the breaking news, eye-opening interviews, and incisive critical takes that drive the conversation forward.last_img read more

Ebola threatens world chocolate supply

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Imagine a world where there’s no more chocolate.No Cadbury, no Nestle or Beacon. No Lindt or Snickers bars. Well that could soon be a reality and it’s all because of the outbreak of the Ebola virus.While the virus may not be able to target the chocolate itself, it has affected the workforce.See full story published by our sister newspaper the Northern Natal Courier last_img

By the numbers college football has never been bigger

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Credit: AP Photo/Michael ShroyerThe 2016 college football season is just around the corner, and this fall will see a more crowded landscape than at any point in the game’s 147-year history. According to a report published by the National Football Foundation Tuesday, an all-time high 774 colleges and universities will take the field this season.The number has grown by five from 2015 to ’16 as Cincinnati Christian University, Davenport University (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Morthland College (West Frankfort, Ill.), UT-Permian Basin (Odessa, Texas) and the University of West Florida (Pensacola, Fla.) will take the field for the first time. Six more schools will join them over the next two years.The majority of new football schools join either Division II, Division III or NAIA, but each division has seen a rise to its ranks over the past decade. READ: FootballScoop’s dispatch from new football school Texas Wesleyan’s open tryout.“With more than one million high school students playing football and more than 70,000 spots on college teams, there is plenty of room for expansion,” NFF Chairman Archie Manning said in a statement. “Many of these colleges clearly recognize that football can play an important role in encouraging students to continue their educations by enticing them to enroll.”As numbers in youth football fall from their peak, today’s report shows that those who remain on the field through high school will enjoy more opportunity than ever.Read the full report here.last_img read more