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Mahi Binebine’s “Le Fou du Roi” Makes Prix Renaudot Finals, Leila…Mahi Binebine’s “Le Fou du Roi” Makes Prix Renaudot Finals, Leila…

Rabat – Novelist Mahi Binebine’s “Le Fou du Roi” has made it to the finals of the Prix Renaudot, France’s esteemed literary award.Binebine is now the only Moroccan writer competing for the prize, after Leila Slimani’s essay “Sexe et Mensonges” was eliminated in the second round.The second round of the Renaudot Prize ended with nine novels and four essays competing for the final list, announced the jury of the prize, Jean Giono on October 3 . The remaining novels are “Nos richesses” by Kaouther Adimi, “Le Fou du roi” by Mahi Binebine, “La Disparition” by Josef Mengele d’Olivier Guez, “La Serpe” by Philippe Jaenada, “Fief” by David Lopez, “Le Songe du photographe” by Patricia Reznikov, “Mécaniques du chaos” by Daniel Rondeau, “Nos années rouges” by Anne Sophie Stefanini and “Les Vacances” by Julie Wolkenstein.The selected essays for the final round are “l’Ardeur” by Justine Augier, “Dieu, Allah, moi et les autres” by Salim Bachi, “Mes pas vont ailleurs” by Jean-Luc Coatalem, abd “La Nostalgie de l’honneur” by Jean René Van der Plaetsen.Binebine’s “Fou du Roi” is inspired by his father’s life as a talented storyteller who entertained the late Moroccan King Hassan II until his death in 1999.The novel recounts how Binebine’s father was loyal to the king and had rejected his son, Aziz, a soldier who participated in the 1971 coup attempt and was imprisoned in Morocco’s most brutal prison, Tazmamart.The third and final selection will be unveiled on October 31. The ceremony will take place on November 6, in parallel with the Prix Goncourt. read more

Georgia UN envoy reports progress during latest round of international talksGeorgia UN envoy reports progress during latest round of international talks

Johan Verbeke, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Georgia, and representatives of the European Union (EU) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), took part in today’s round of the Geneva International Discussions. The UN and the two other organizations are co-chairs of the discussions.Later Mr. Verbeke told reporters that today’s discussions had achieved a concrete result, with the Abkhaz side – which has previously committed to a mechanism designed to prevent and resolve incidents as they arise – indicating that it would now move towards the implementation stage.As a result a first consultative meeting is scheduled to take place in Gali under UN auspices on 14 July.The participants in the discussions also agreed to meet again on 17 September in Geneva. 1 July 2009The United Nations envoy to Georgia and his European co-chairs led talks today as part of the continuing international discussions aimed at preventing an outbreak of renewed violence following last year’s deadly conflict in Georgia. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSXMost actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,202.10, up 58.23 points):Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up one cent, or 0.19 per cent, to $5.15 on 7.1 million shares.Katanga Mining Ltd. (TSX:KAT). Miner. Up 15 cents, or 28.30 per cent, to 68 cents on 5.7 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up two cents, or 0.80 per cent, to $2.53 on 5.3 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up 13 cents, or 3.71 per cent, to $3.63 on 4.8 million shares.Air Canada (TSX:AC). Airline. Up $1.91, or 9.63 per cent, to $21.74 on 4.7 million shares. Air Canada says it earned a record second-quarter profit of $300 million ($1.08 per diluted share), up from $186 million (66 cents per diluted share) a year ago. Revenue totalled $3.91 billion, up from nearly $3.46 billion a year ago, as it increased capacity and saw traffic grow by 13.6 per cent.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down four cents, or 1.28 per cent, to $3.09 on 3.5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE). Media. Up 46 cents, or 0.79 per cent, to $58.98 on 1.2 million shares. Six months before the next Super Bowl, subsidiary Bell Media is relaunching its fight against the CRTC’s decision to ban the substitution of big-budget U.S. commercials with Canadian ones during the big game.Bell has filed an application with the CRTC asking it to reverse a 2015 order that gave Canadians the option to watch American Super Bowl ads airing on U.S. channels.Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU). Grocer. Up 17 cents, or 0.40 per cent, to $42.40 on 469,237 shares. Metro has signed a deal to acquire a majority interest in ready-to-cook meal delivery service MissFresh Inc. Financial terms of the agreement were not immediately available.WestJet Airlines Ltd. (TSX:WJA). Airline. Up 75 cents, or 3.02 per cent, to $25.60 on 1.6 million shares. The Calgary-based airline says the launch of its new no-frills, low-cost airline will be delayed until mid-2018. WestJet also reported second-quarter earnings of $48.4 million or 41 cents per diluted share. That compared with a profit of $36.7 million or 30 cents per diluted share in the same quarter last year. Revenue totalled nearly $1.06 billion, up from $949.3 million a year ago. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 1, 2017 2:38 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 1, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Girls school head signs off with attack on parents for allowing their childrens badGirls school head signs off with attack on parents for allowing their childrens bad

first_imgWalderslade Girls’ School’s Louise McGowan 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. Walderslade Girls’ School’s Louise McGowanCredit: KMG / SWNS.com The teacher, who is leaving because of health problems following kidney surgery, said parents had made her efforts to improve behaviour in the school more difficult.  A departing girls’ school head launched an attack on parents for refusing to allow teachers to tell their children off. Louise McGowan, who is due to leave Walderslade Girls’ School in Kent this summer, has written a letter to parents criticising them for their children’s bad behaviour. In the letter Ms McGowan said:”The fact five students this year have lost their places is unprecedented but I will not tolerate and never will tolerate extremes of poor behaviour that risk spoiling the school and the valuable education it provides for the majority of really wonderful students that attend here.”More students now are ignoring the school’s rules on use of mobile phones, choosing to openly use them in front of staff without fear of consequence, refusing to comply with instructions to put them away and often refusing confiscations.”We had several incidents where parents actively fought on behalf of the child against the school, even when it has been found through investigation evidence their child was in breach of the behaviour policy.”Some parents were said to have refused to back the school’s efforts to implement sanctions and punishments for their children’s poor behaviour.The crackdown came after a “host of unpleasant and quite frankly inexcusable attitudes from children, often starting at younger ages and worsening as children grow through teenage years”.The lack of support made teachers’ jobs extremely difficult and served to “empower” children’s poor attitudes and behaviour rather than to correct them, the headteacher claimed. The Academy school, which has around 900 pupils, was rated “Good” at its most recent inspection in 2014.  The letter added:”It is simply not acceptable for a parent to argue when their child has clearly been in the wrong, has broken rules and found to have misbehaved or been rude.”Arguing and making excuses for their child only serves to fuel the undesirable behaviour.”She said that most parents had been supportive to staff and chair of the governors Nigel Scott said parents had been positive about the letter.He said: “The school had noticed a slight drop in discipline.”It is fair to say that the head is requesting that the parents back the school when there is a disciplinary matter at hand.”It used to be that if you were in trouble at school then you are in trouble at home, but that does seem to be the case.”But we are talking about the few, not the many. The school is a family school and has a great reputation.”Ms McGowan will leave in the summer after five years in the job.She said: “I love my job, but it does require immense stamina.”I am not on my knees but I have been in poor health. It has left me having to evaluate what I can do.”After coming back after kidney surgery, I decided I wanted to sort out behavioural problems. I had a bee in my bonnet about it.”I want to ensure I leave the house in good order.”Last year the head banned aerosols after the school’s fire alarms were activated three times in three days. last_img read more

Pony charity backed by Duchess of Cornwall dumps auction over crueltyPony charity backed by Duchess of Cornwall dumps auction over cruelty

Speaking to Horse and Hound, Ms Jones added she did not blame the auction house for the alleged mistreatment.She told the magazine: “The auctioneers are in the ring working hard to get the best prices for the ponies and they can’t often be outside to see what goes on. There is a distinct lack of supervision as well as a contingent of people who cannot be controlled”.However, another council member, who also wished to remain anonymous, defended travellers and insisted they were not to completely at fault. He said: “Travellers are experts at looking after horses.  “It is a part of their culture with a long history and they provide excellent care but one small incident occurred and I would not want to tarnish everyone with the same brush.”Thimbleby & Shorland director Chris Boreham said he had not witnessed the incident but said the auction house “will take measures to ensure they don’t happen in the future.”The Shetland Pony Stud Book Society was founded in 1890 to promote the breeding of Shetland ponies and publish the first ever studbook, or register, for a native breed of pony in Britain.Valued for its ability to pull twice its own body weight, Shetlands were used to carry peat and seaweed as well as transport owners across the Scottish islands.More modern uses for the ponies included farming, postal deliveries and pulling carts but animal welfare charities warned earlier this year more Shetlands were being kept as household pets, which had led to an increase in abandoned horses.Rescue centres warned buyers not to treat small horse breeds such as Falabella and miniature Shetlands like a “cute designer accessory” amid a rise in popularity. A charity supported by the Duchess of Cornwall which aims to promote Shetland ponies has withdrawn its association with one of Britain’s largest pony auctions after an animal was allegedly kicked by travellers.The Shetland Pony Stud Book Society said “unprecedented” welfare concerns expressed by its members had led to a decision to end its 50-year affiliation with Reading-based Thimbleby & Shorland auction house.The severance was unanimously agreed by the charity’s 14-member council in the wake of an alleged incident in which a foal was abused by travellers at a sale on October 30.One female council member told the Sunday Telegraph she was left “in tears” after a pony was attacked shortly after a child was thrust on its back, causing it to collapse and subsequently kick out.The witness, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “A ten-year-old boy was chucked on the back of a foal by his father, and it went right-back on its legs.”The pony – which is only about 10 inches tall – just splattered and it kicked out, so they kicked it and I just stood there, next to our President, in tears. Nobody has the right to do that to them.”I’ve never seen anything like it. Usually people put very small children on them, but this man just threw his son on.”Thames Valley Police said it was not called to the auction house. The society’s president Jill Jones said complaints from members about travellers had reached an “unprecedented” level.She said: “It has been happening over a four-year cycle and we have had an unprecedented number of complaints from members.”We have to make a decision whether to ignore it and we can’t, we are a charity.” Duchess of Cornwall with Chas Hodges and Dave Peacock 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. Duchess of Cornwall with Chas Hodges and Dave Peacock Credit:PA read more

Mother of threeyearold is first in Britain to be convicted of femaleMother of threeyearold is first in Britain to be convicted of female

One of the handwritten spells found inside a lime, aimed at silencing police, social workers and lawyers Carrying out FGM carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years.Mrs Justice Whipple warned of a “lengthy” jail term as she remanded the woman into custody to be sentenced on March 8.She told her: “You have been found guilty of a serious offence against your daughter.”The law was introduced in 1985 and has since been amended to include assisting and taking children abroad to be cut. While the parents were on bail, police searched the unemployed mother’s home and found evidence of witchcraft.Prosecutor Caroline Carberry QC had said “Two cow tongues, they were bound in wire with nails and a small blunt knife also embedded in them, 40 limes were found and other fruit which when opened contained pieces of paper with names on them.”The names embedded included both police officers involved in the investigation of the case, the social worker, her own son and the then director of public prosecutions.”These people were to ‘shut up’ and ‘freeze their mouths’. There was a jar with a picture of a social worker in pepper found hidden behind the toilet in the bathroom. Another spell was hidden under the bed.”Giving evidence, the mother maintained her account of an accidental injury and told jurors: “It’s a big accusation. Someone who would cut a child’s private parts, they’re not human. I’m not like that.”She told jurors that she resorted to spells because “cutting your child, that’s not something for any person. So, as a mother, I knew I did not do it.”The father denied having an interest in “voodoo” or “witchcraft” and claimed he was outside when his daughter was hurt. 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. There have been just three other trials involving FGM – two in London and one in Bristol – which all ended in acquittals while some 298 prevention orders have been put in place to safeguard children at risk.The two defendants were jointly accused of subjecting their girl to FGM by “deliberate cutting with a sharp instrument” at her mother’s dirty home in the presence of her father, who lived close by.The Old Bailey trial heard how medics raised the alarm when the girl was taken to Whipps Cross Hospital with severe bleeding.A surgeon concluded the child had been cut with a scalpel on finding three separate sites of injury but no bruising or swelling of her genitals or thighs.The defendants told authorities that their daughter had been reaching for a biscuit when she fell and cut herself on the edge of a kitchen cupboard.But the victim later confided in specially trained officers that she had been cut by a “witch” following a series of videoed interviews played to court.Her older brother told police he saw his sister crying and “blood dripping on the floor”.Medical experts also confirmed the cause of her injuries was consistent with cutting rather than an accidental fall. The mother of a three-year-old girl has become the first to be convicted of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the UK, after a failed bid to “shut up” her accusers with witchcraft.The Ugandan woman, 37, and her Ghanaian partner, 43, both from Walthamstow, east London, were accused of cutting their daughter over the 2017 summer bank holiday.Police found bizarre spells inside 40 frozen limes and two ox tongues with screws embedded in them aimed at silencing police, social workers, officers and lawyers in the case.The defendants, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, denied FGM and an alternative charge of failing to protect a girl from risk of genital mutilation.The mother wept in the dock as she was found guilty of FGM and her partner was cleared of all charges after the Old Bailey jury deliberated for less than a day. “This is an issue around honour and shame and we are dealing with communities that be quite closed. It’s a real challenge for people to stand up and talk about what’s happening in communities when it might mean they face ostracisation.””It is the physical damage and emotional damage as well. It can be very, very damaging. The person who should be protecting them in the first place has usually arranged and facilitated it. How can you rebuild that link to the person that should be protecting you?”Type II female genital mutilation, of the type inflicted on the toddler, involves the mutilation of the clitoris and removal of the labia minora, the court heard.Immediate effects include bleeding, severe pain, shock and susceptibility to infection, with long-term impacts including gynaecological problems, reduced sexual enjoyment, higher risk pregnancies and mental health problems. One of the handwritten spells found inside a lime, aimed at silencing police, social workers and lawyersCredit:Met Police However, the court heard FGM would need more than one person to do it, although police have not identified anyone else in the case.The father told jurors he accepted his partner’s explanation at first but now accepted she had been cut.Detective Chief Inspector Ian Baker, of the Met’s child abuse and sexual offences command, said: “We cannot lose sight this is a case about a very young girl who was subjected to horrific abuse at the hands of two defendants, her parents.”I would like to acknowledge her bravery since her ordeal and I’m pleased to say she has made a very good recovery and been placed with another family.”Mr Baker refused to rule out the involvement of a third party in the Walthamstow case but said investigators found no evidence to present at court.He said none of his officers had suffered any ill effects that could be explained by spells.The Met’s FGM lead, Inspector Allen Davis, said the case should serve as a deterrent but maintained his focus on prevention.On why so few cases have come to court, he said: “Many individual of ‘honour’ based abuse just want to feel safe. This is a massive barrier to people giving evidence against their mum. People do not necessarily want to see their mums go to prison. read more

GAWU to Govt Cut down on unnecessary spending and give publicGAWU to Govt Cut down on unnecessary spending and give public

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNo fiscal space for public servants to get bonus- JordanNovember 18, 2017In “latest news”No disrespect intended – Trotman responds to unions concerns over bonus consultationsDecember 16, 2015In “Politics”GAWU pleads to President for sugar workers to receive bonusesDecember 15, 2016In “latest news” The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) is calling on Government to “carefully re-consider and fully re-examine the possibility of a year-end bonus payment” to public servants for 2017.This request comes on the heels of the Finance Minister, Winston Jordan announcing on Friday last that there will be no bonus pay-out to state workers due to limited fiscal space.“I can tell you that it will not happen this year,” the Minister had said when asked about bonus for public servants. “The challenges are many and the resources are few.”In a press statement, the Union on Wednesday sought to poke holes in the “limited fiscal space” argument put forward by Government while noting that monies were spent unnecessarily.“The Government is arguing that there is no fiscal space to meet the payments. For the workers, this is indeed saddening and speaks to the priority they are accorded. While monies cannot be found to ease the burdens the workers face or to assist them to make the Christmas Season more joyful for their children, we, at the same time, see monies being found to meet other expenses which need not be incurred. In recent times, for instance, we have seen a massive publicity blitz, involving fanciful billboards and radio advertisements, to promote the 2018 National Budget,” the statement said.The billboards erected in various strategic spots carry an approximate cost of $300,000Minister Jordan, in his revelation to the media, explained that countrywide infrastructure projects are on-going, while arguing that because of these projects, money is being circulated back into the economy.In the absence of a bonus, Jordan explained that public servants still had much to be proud of as he pointed to the ongoing projects such as on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) road and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion projects.GAWU in its statement however, noted that “the Government has pointed to sums being utilized to fund infrastructural projects such as the East Coast Demerara road or the expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. As far as we are aware, those projects are foreign-funded and, therefore, cannot be used as a pretext to deny the hardworking workers a deserved bonus payment. Furthermore, the expenditures that flow from the conduct of those projects serve to spur income and consumption which enhances our fiscal space.”As such, the GAWU is maintaining its call for public servants to be granted their year-end bonuses.“Given the added pressures and heavier burdens that the workers have faced and are facing, it is a sum that will certainly give them some breathing room and make their Christmas Season a bit brighter” GAWU added.Last year, public servants had waited to hear if Government would announce a month tax-free bonus but were instead treated to a reduced amount.Jordan had told reporters at the time that Government simply did not have the monies available to make the one-month tax-free payment to members of the public service.Meanwhile, GAWU is also calling on Government and the Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc (GuySuCo) to address the sugar workers pay rise concerns in addition to their bonus payments.“Our Union also calls for the productive sugar workers who were denied pay rises in 2015 and 2016 as well as Annual Production Incentive (API) last year to be treated equally with their counterparts in the Government and to address their pay rise concerns and for them to be awarded a like bonus payment.“At this time, we take the opportunity to call on the Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc (GuySuCo) to address the Union’s wage/salary claim for this year which is before GuySuCo since September 05, 2017,” their statement said. (Ramona Luthi) read more

DHB Cup F4 in Hamburg RNL VS Flensburg – Berlin against MelsungenDHB Cup F4 in Hamburg RNL VS Flensburg – Berlin against Melsungen

Everything is ready for the one of the biggest event in handball – German DHB Cup Final 4 in O2 Arena in Hamburg. Four teams will fight for the trophy in two days.Rhein Neckar Lowen – SG Flensburg 15hrsMT Melsungen – Fuchse Berlin 17.45hrsFinal – Sunday – 15 hrs: dhb cup handballHamburg ← Previous Story RK Vardar players praise Spanish coaching staff: They are real tactical masters Next Story → DHB CUP: SG Flensburg and Fuchse Berlin for the trophy!

Average Kiel for fans headache before trip to FlensburgAverage Kiel for fans headache before trip to Flensburg

Alfred Gislason and his “Zebras” put the home fans under pressure through 60 minutes of their first home match in Sparkassen Arena. TSV Hannover Burgdorf have been four goals ahead 23:19 only 15 minutes before the final buzzer, but German champions managed somehow to raise their performance and celebrate at the end only few days before the away derby match in Flensburg! It was 33:29 (13:14) at the end for the home team.Rhein Neckar Lowen easily beat Eisenach 39:25 in front of 5.146 fans in SAP ARENA.THW Kiel – Landin (1.-0., 48.-60., 5 saves), Katsigiannis (20.-48., 7 saves; Duvnjak (7), Ferreira (n.e.), Toft Hansen (1), Mamelund (n.e.), Sprenger (n.e.), Weinhold (1), Dissinger (4), Wiencek (2), Ekberg (8/1), Canellas (2/2), Dahmke (3), Vujin (5/1); Trainer: Gislason 8.Fuchse Berlín210153:502 TABELA: TSV Hannover-Burgdorf – Ziemer (1.-60., 13/2 saves), Semisch (n.e.); Patrail (6), Hykkerud, Lehnhoff (5/1), Häfner (4), Szücs (1), Gudmundsson, Karason (1), Schmidt (1), Olsen (10), Pollex, Christophersen, Kastening (1); Trainer: Bürkle 4.Kiel220063:554 6.Goppingen210154:472 7.Hamburg210164:592 5.SC Magdeburg220057:534 12.Leipzig210152:592 14.TVB Stuttgart100127:280 2.Flensburg-H.220061:444 9.Gummersbach210157:572 10.Hannover-Burgdorf210155:562 Rhein Neckar LowenTHW Kiel 15.N-Lübbecke200258:600 13.Eisenach310277:1002 11.HSG Wetzlar210155:602 17.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten200249:630 16.Bergischer200247:570 18.Lemgo200254:690 3.MT Melsungen220055:414 1.Rhein-Neckar220071:514 ← Previous Story Besiktas MOGAZ win Turkish Super Cup Next Story → POLAND: Szczecin sensation against Kielce read more

GREEN GREEN No chance for Kiel in MagdeburgGREEN GREEN No chance for Kiel in Magdeburg

6.TSV Hannover-Burgdorf576:4 12.GWD Minden5-24:6 15.VfL Gummersbach4-202:6 2.SC Magdeburg52810:0 18.SG BBM Bietigheim (N)4-340:8 11.TVB 1898 Stuttgart4-64:4 14.SC DHfK Leipzig4-102:6 4.Frisch Auf Göppingen4-66:2 3.Rhein-Neckar Löwen (P)4368:0 9.TBV Lemgo Lippe444:4 SC MagdeburgTHW Kiel 10.Füchse Berlin4-54:4 17.Eulen Ludwigshafen4-240:8 13.HC Erlangen4-92:6 5.MT Melsungen5126:4 8.THW Kiel454:4 7.Bergischer HC (N)454:4 1.SG Flensburg-H. (M)53210:0 SC Magdeburg smashed THW Kiel 35:30 in derby match of DKB Bundesliga on Thursday night. GETEC Arena witnessed a spectacular game of players in green jersey led by Green between the posts.Magdeburg’s captain Musche extended series of fantastic matches with nine goals in total, while Marko Bezjak netted eight.SC Magdeburg: Green (1.-21., 31.-60., 10 saves), Quenstedt (21.-30., 1 save); Musa (2), Chrapkowski (4), Musche (9/2), Kluge, Pettersson (3), de la Pena, Plaza, Molina, Christiansen (1), Lagergren (4), O’Sullivan (2), Bezjak (8), Weber, Damgaard (2); Trainer: WiegertTHW Kiel: N. Landin (19.-28), Wolff (1.-18., 28.-60., 9 saves); Duvnjak (2), Reinkind, M. Landin (3), Weinhold (4), Dissinger (n.e.), Wiencek (1), Ekberg (6/3), Rahmel, Dahmke, Zarabec (1), Vujin (n.e.), Bilyk (5), Pekeler (5), Nilsson (3); Trainer: GislasonFuchse Berlin beat TSV Hannover Burgdorf 29:28 in tight match.STANDINGS: PHOTO:  SC Magdeburg 16.HSG Wetzlar5-132:8 ← Previous Story VIDEO: Grbovic’s buzzer-beater for Steaua win over Vojvodina Next Story → Pan America win “war” against IHF and Moustafa read more

NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa set for surgery that will put him outNXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa set for surgery that will put him out

first_img Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Calcio: Premier League pi ricca, divario crescente con la serie A Now Playing Up Next Google+ NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in actioncenter_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions In a follow up to a story reported last week, NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa will be undergoing surgery on his neck tomorrow (Thursday).The story notes that Ciampa will undergo anterior cervical fusion surgery on his neck. According to Google, the recovery time for a surgery like that is three to six months.This means major changes will be in store in the coming weeks regarding both the NXT Championship and Ciampa’s previous role on the main roster.Ciampa had just start getting featured on the main roster in recent weeks, along with Johnny Gargano, Aleister Black and Ricochet in what was a sudden shift in presentation by WWE creative. Ciampa has held the NXT Championship since last July.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCalcio: Premier League pi ricca, divario crescente con la serie AVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:15/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 78.58%0:04Remaining Time -1:11 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 Facebook 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remissionlast_img read more

Exclusive Rickey Minor Talks Whitney Houston American Idol Positivity MoreExclusive Rickey Minor Talks Whitney Houston American Idol Positivity More

first_imgAsking for help and reciprocating it is something Minor has mastered. He’s guided many of the greatest into the highest operating level of their careers while aiding in their defining moments. For Minor, those moments are made through dedication and hard work, which in turn forms a sustaining legacy. “We have limited time. You can make more money but you can’t get anymore time. For me, I would hope that the music part of my legacy is that hard work and focus will help push you forward in whatever career you pick.”Rickey Minor is a member of the Recording Academy and can be seen in the Academy’s We Are Music campaign.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” Rickey Minor Talks Whitney Houston & More exclusive-rickey-minor-talks-whitney-houston-american-idol-positivity-more Facebook Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Dec 2, 2014 – 10:58 pm Rickey Minor – Musical Director Of The Tonight Show From Gladys Knight to Beyoncé and beyond: How the music master continues to grow his legacy with passion, positivity and a whole lot of hard workMalikka McDuffieGRAMMYs Aug 24, 2018 – 9:41 am When entering your career with your legacy in mind, you put forth effort to building it with grace and determination, and you come to understand there will be challenges and victories for others to learn from. Few professionals in any industry have done this as well as music director, composer, and producer Rickey Minor, who excels at not only enriching his own live but the lives of others.The Emmy Award-winning stalwart has worked with a multitude of renowned artists such as Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, Beyoncé, Elton John, Usher, and Aretha Franklin – and the list continues to grow. He’s acquired a wide range of television credits including the GRAMMY Awards Telecast, “The Tonight Show,” “The Emmys,” and “American Idol.” While building his legacy and continuously developing his craft, Minor has never lost sight of the impact he’s wanted to make on the lives of the people his work has touched.”I think what your real legacy is, is how you make a difference and how it impacts the lives of the future,” he says. “Music is what I do, it’s not who I am. Who I am is going to be really passionate about the future.”Before writing his self-help book on hard work and positivity, There’s No Traffic On The Extra Mile, Minor taught himself what it meant to go the distance in order to live a fulfilling life. After picking up his first instrument at 14-years-old and attending UCLA on a full scholarship, Minor discovered his purpose early in his career when he landed the gig of a lifetime at the young age of 19.”A real defining moment for me was getting the gig with Gladys Knight because then I felt like I could do anything,” he reminisces with excitement. “The fact that I left school to play music and in a year’s time I got my very first gig… It was at that point that I thought it’s possible for me to make a living. Then all of the other things lined up as they do when you just stay focused and work hard.”His work with Knight led him to working with the late Whitney Houston years later. In 1986, Rickey Minor joined Houston’s band and a short time later became the band’s music director. While in that role, he viewed each member as his peers and as people he could learn from.”We weren’t looking to break any records. We didn’t know anything. We were kids,” he says. Twitter center_img News Read more NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Dec 2, 2014 – 10:58 pm Rickey Minor – Advice For Artists Minor appears in the new documentary, Whitney, where he discusses his experience working with the superstar. He’s still astounded by the Houston’s groundbreaking performance of the “Star Spangled Banner” at the 1991 Super Bowl, which Minor arranged and produced, and he knew that his purpose wasn’t to be achieved alone.”No one knew how it would impact the world and that we’d talk about it years later,” he says. “That was a game changer. To contribute to that is just incredible because it takes a team. It’s not a one-shot I did or you did; it’s we did.”Understanding that everything had to line up to make the evening perfect was first on his list. “This was the Gulf War, so there was a lot at stake there,” he explained. “The country was feeling like it needed to ban together and [Houston] did that with that vocal. No one understands what it takes to do that, in a stadium like that.”After being on the road, to joining other musicians in studios and conducting symphonies Minor has picked up various valuable lessons along the way, from being on the road to hunkering down in the studio to conducting symphonies. Today, he’s a generous teacher to those willing and ready to learn.”My job in theory is very easy,” Minor says. “My job is to add value. It’s not to change somebody’s mind. It’s to make whatever you are better. To make sure people know that you’re there working.”Minor also explained that, while working with an artist, he’s not there to try to make them someone else, he’s there to assist them in finding their center and propelling them to be the best version of themselves.”I’m going to give them options and let them pick the best one for them,” he says.Minor’s leadership has helped many aspiring artists find their voice. As a returning music director to one of America’s most sought out talent shows, “American Idol,” he has demonstrated the opportunity shows like “…Idol” and “The Four” can create for developing a long-lasting career. This type of extra preparation has helped certain artists set themselves apart from mere viral sensations plucked from the social clouds and placed into high pressured situations.”I think it’s a great thing that this outlet happened,” he says. “‘…Idol’ is a great platform because people get a chance to be seen where they never would’ve been seen before.””That’s the incredible thing,” he continued. “That’s where the Carrie [Underwood]s and Jennifer[Hudson]s have really made it big but in a lot of cases. The problem becomes that [viral sensations] don’t have enough experience so they aren’t able to rise to the point where they can sing a duet with Adele or Beyoncé. It’s because a lot of those folks had a natural ability and they were going to be strong no matter what, and to top it off, they’ve had more experience. They’ve had a chance to get more experience.”Aside from emphasizing the importance of gained experience, Minor shares what he does in his beloved “Rickey Time,” where he returns to his center, spends time with family and friends, while unplugged from the remaining parts of the world to reflect and practice gratitude.This reflective time helps manifest his contagious philosophy on positivity, which he shares with anyone who may cross his path. Being a Louisiana native, later raised in the Watts, to beating all odds and stereotypes placed in front of him for being a Black man, Rickey Minor has transformed his positive way of thinking into a lifestyle.”Where it starts is in acceptance of yourself. Accepting who you are, where you are, where you’re from and being okay with it,” he says. “Whatever I am, I am. If you don’t foresee the thing that you wanted anymore, know that it is okay to change your mind. Don’t feel like you need to prove anything to anyone. It is your life. Ask for help. People will help you.” Exclusive: Rickey Minor Talks Whitney Houston, “American Idol,” Positivity & More last_img read more

Support WHS Class Of 2019 At Fuddruckers On December 18Support WHS Class Of 2019 At Fuddruckers On December 18

first_imgREADING, MA — On Tuesday, December 18, 2018, from 5pm to 8pm, Fuddruckers — inside Jordan’s Furniture in Reading — will donate 20% of your bill to the Wilmington High School Class of 2019.  So, take a break from cooking, skip the dishes, and eat out to support the WHS Senior Class!Make sure to print out the voucher below and present it to the cashier upon payment.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Football Team To Hold Fundraiser At Woburn’s Jake ‘n Joes On September 12In “Community”Support WHS Swim Team At Fuddruckers On January 31In “Community”Support Wilmington Pop Warner At Fuddruckers On June 20In “Community”last_img read more

Star Trek First Contact Day How to party like its 2063Star Trek First Contact Day How to party like its 2063

first_img TV and Movies Tags Set the soundtrackZefram Cochrane liked to get down to his favorite tunes played on a jukebox. Your party mix should include Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf and Ooby Dooby by Roy Orbison. Here’s a brief snippet of the scintillating lyrics from Ooby Dooby: “Ooby dooby, ooby dooby/Ooby dooby dooby dooby/Dooby dooby do wah do wah do wah.” This was the first Earth song Vulcans ever heard after first contact, but that didn’t dissuade them from getting to know us.firstcontactpeirogiesCheese pierogies and whiskey … the perfect combination for First Contact Day. Amanda Kooser/CNET Eat cheese pierogiesThis may seem like a strange food choice in a Star Trek culinary universe full of Romulan ale and crawling Klingon fare, but cheese pierogies are Cochrane’s favorite food. The Doctor dismisses them as having “absolutely no nutritional value” in the Voyager episode Homestead. But ignore him. They are still the party food of choice for the Voyager crew celebrating First Contact Day, and they should be for you, too.cochrane6Zefram Cochrane and Counselor Troi clink glasses in First Contact while Commander Riker looks on. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET Drink some whiskeyYou probably won’t want to take this part of the party to the extreme Cochrane does in First Contact, but it’s well-established he loves to tipple. He even pours some drinks for the visiting crew of the Enterprise in Metamorphosis. His drinking habits are highlighted in First Contact when he declares he has a “four-alarm hangover” just prior to making history with his warp drive. There’s really no wrong way to celebrate First Contact Day. So go ahead and wear your favorite uniform, greet everyone with the Vulcan salute or just binge your way through your favorite Trek.And remember … we have only 44 years left to wait before the Vulcans show up. Originally published April 5, 2018.  3 Comments Share your voice In First Contact, Zefram Cochrane achieves warp speed for the first time on April 5, 2063. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET April 5, 2063 marks a pivotal moment in the history of humankind. It’s the day scientist Zefram Cochrane first achieves warp drive in his Phoenix spacecraft. It’s also the day Vulcans first arrive on Earth and say “hello,” making it First Contact Day. And we’re going to celebrate in Star Trek style.Sure, 2063 is far off into the future, but we Trekkies have faith in the vision. We also have documentation of the fateful day in the form of the 1996 movie Star Trek VIII: First Contact featuring the Next Generation crew of Captain Picard and the gang.Here’s how to get your star party on for one of the sci-finest of holidays:firstcontactVulcans, meet humans. Humans, meet Vulcans. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET Watch First ContactThe Star Trek movie franchise has an up-and-down reputation (I’m looking at you, Star Trek V), but First Contact is one of the good ones. So break out your favorite streaming-video service or dust off your DVD and give the movie a fresh watch. First Contact has the relentless alien presence of the Borg, time travel, a visit to Earth, a key moment of Trek lore (successful warp drive), Vulcans and some engagingly goofy moments of banter. It’s a heady Trek cocktail that plays out like a truly great episode of Next Generation.cochrane5In the original Trek episode Metamorphosis, the Enterprise crew meets a strangely young-looking Zefram Cochrane. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET Then, watch theseActor James Cromwell played Cochrane in First Contact, but you can see Glenn Corbett in the role for the 1967 original-series episode Metamorphosis, which offers an intriguing conclusion to the warp drive inventor’s life story. Can’t get enough of Cromwell? He also made a brief cameo appearance in the first episode of the TV series Enterprise, Broken Bow.To get an idea of how important First Contact Day is to the larger Star Trek universe, watch the Voyager episode Homestead, which kicks off with a groovy-looking party marking the 315th anniversary of the occasion. Captain Janeway even mentions how she used to get a day off from school, putting it on the same level as any major holiday.last_img read more

Boney Kapoor begs Thala Ajith to do one of 3 Hindi filmsBoney Kapoor begs Thala Ajith to do one of 3 Hindi films

first_imgBoney Kapoor, Ajith KumarVarinder Chawla/TwitterBoney Kapoor is mighty impressed with Ajith Kumar’s performance while shooting for his upcoming film Nerkonda Paarvai, a remake of hit Hindi movie Pink.Taking it to Twitter, the producer also expressed his desire to work with Ajith in a Hindi movie and said that he has 3 action scripts ready for him already.”Saw the rushes of #NerkondaPaaravai. Happy… What a performance by Ajith…. I hope he agrees to do Hindi films soon. Have 3 action scripts, hope he says yes to atleast one of them. #NerkondaPaaravai #Ajithkumar,” Boney Kapoor tweeted. Boney KapoorTwitterFor the uninitiated, Kapoor is returning to South film industry after a gap of 25 years with Ajith Kumar’s Tamil film Nerkonda Paarvai to fulfill Sridevi’s dream of venturing into Tamil cinema. Thala Ajith has agreed to star in not just one but two Tamil films produced by Boney Kapoor. While Kapoor has openly wished to cast Ajith in a Hindi film, Thala is yet to respond to Kapoor’s Hindi film offers.Earlier, Boney Kapoor had announced that Nerkonda Paarvai will be released ahead of the Independence Day celebration on August 10. Nerkonda Paarvai was originally planned for release on Ajith’s birthday celebration on May 1. The film also stars Vidya Balan, Shraddha Srinath, Adhik Ravichandran, Ashwin Rao, Arjun Chidambaram, Rangaraj Pandey, Sujith Shankar and others in the prominent roles. It is being directed by H Vinoth along with Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music, Nirav Shah’s cinematography, K Kathir’s art, Dhilip Subbarayan’s stunts, Gokul Chandran’s editing and Poornima Ramasamy’s costume design.last_img read more

PaturiaDaulatdia ferry services resumePaturiaDaulatdia ferry services resume

first_img.Ferry services on Paturia-Daulatdia route resumed Thursday morning after six hours of disruption caused by dense fog, reports UNB.Salah Uddin, manager of BIWTC’ at Aricha station, said they kept suspended ferry services on the route from 3:00 am to 9:00 am due to blurred visibility caused by dense fog.Earlier, the ferry services on the route were suspended around 3:00 am as thick fog enveloped the area.Five ferries stranded at Paturia and six at Daulatdia ghats due to poor visibility caused by the fog.About seven hundred vehicles, including buses, trucks and cars, remained stranded along with several hundred passengers in the mid-river and on both ends of this important route, Salah Uddin said.Besides, ferry services on the Shimulia-Kathalbari route in the Padma River remained disrupted for three and an half hours since 5:00 am due to the thick fog.Khandaker Khaled, assistant general manager (AGM) of BIWTC at Shimulia, said for ferry service disruption, some 150 vehicles remained waiting at Kathalbari ghat and 250 more vehicles at Shimulia side of the river for crossing.Meanwhile, ferry services on the Ibrahim-Harinaghat route in the Padma River remained disrupted for five hours since 3:00 am due to thick fog.Some 200 vehicles remained waiting at ghat area to cross the river, said Abdus Sattar, manager of BIWTC at Ibrahimpur ghat.last_img read more

AMCBacked Dreamscape to Open VR Center in DallasAMCBacked Dreamscape to Open VR Center in Dallas

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “We’re thrilled to introduce our next-generation immersive experiences to NorthPark Center this summer,” added Dreamscape CEO Bruce Vaughn. “We’ve always believed that by combining the emotional power of cinema and the thrill of theme park rides with state-of-the-art VR technology, we are able to deliver our customers the ultimate in wish fulfillment – becoming the hero of their own adventure.”The new Dreamscape VR center will host 3 experiences at launch: “The Curse of the Lost Pearl: A Magic Projector Adventure,” “The Blu: Deep Rescue,” which has been co-produced by WEVR, and “Alien Zoo.”Dreamscape has raised more than $40 million from AMC, 21st Century Fox, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, MGM and others. In addition, the company secured a $10 million commitment from AMC to produce content for its VR centers. AMC-backed virtual reality (VR) startup Dreamscape is opening a new outpost in the NorthPark Center mall in Dallas, Tx. The location-based VR center is scheduled to open on August 15, with tickets going on sale Tuesday afternoon.The Dallas location will be Dreamscape’s second VR center, and it will be opened in partnership with AMC. The two companies said last year that they would open a total of 4 VR centers together. On Tuesday, the companies announced that they would open additional locations in Columbus, Ohio and the New York/New Jersey metro area in the coming months.“AMC Theatres is thrilled to partner with Dreamscape, which has proven that their immersive experiences unlock new possibilities for interactive storytelling that captivate audiences of all ages,” said AMC Entertainment president and CEO Adam Aron in a statement. “The new Dreamscape at AMC NorthPark Center location in Dallas will provide visitors with a next-generation entertainment option that is unlike anything experienced before.”center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Training Schrodingers cat Controlling the quantum properties of lightTraining Schrodingers cat Controlling the quantum properties of light

first_img More information: Quantum dynamics of an electromagnetic mode that cannot contain N photons, Science (2015) 348:6236 776-779, doi:10.1126/science.1259345Related:1Phase space tweezers for tailoring cavity fields by quantum Zeno dynamics, Physical Review Letters (2010) 105:213601, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.2136012Dynamically protected cat-qubits: a new paradigm for universal quantum computation, New Journal of Physics (2014) 16:045014, doi:10.1088/1367-2630/16/4/045014 Journal information: Science , New Journal of Physics © 2015 Phys.org Squeezed quantum cats Huard addresses the implications of the finding stated in the paper that under a resonant drive, or cavity, the level occupation was found to oscillate in time, similarly to an N-level system. “By preventing any access to one energy level of the light mode, it indeed acts exactly as an N-level system – but here, since N can be chosen and modified in time, it’s as if we had engineered an atom with a spin (N-1)/2 that can change at will in time by simply turning on or off microwave signals. It would be interesting to observe the dynamics of such a spin whose number is changing in time.”Huard next discusses how fine control of the field in its phase space may enable applications in quantum information and metrology. “Our method is a new technique that can produce exotic quantum states of light similar to Schrödinger cat states or vacuum squeezed states that are well-suited for quantum information or metrology purposes by increasing the precision of field or position measurements.” (A vacuum squeezed state is a nonclassical state of light in which quantum noise is no longer independent of the phase of the light wave, and is below the standard quantum limit.) “Our method can also be used to generate and protect entanglement, which is a fundamental resource of quantum information, as well as to perform quantum error correction on qubits encoded using Schrödinger cat-like states.”In fact, the paper states that the new method allows the possibility of manipulating Schrödinger cat states in a unique way. “Our method is the essential brick that enables the creation of phase space light tweezers, as proposed by Jean-Michel Raimond and coworkers1,” Huard says. “These tweezers can displace parts of the Wigner function in its phase space one at a time.” (The Wigner function is a so-called quasiprobability distribution that links the Schrödinger wavefunction to a probability distribution in phase space, and counterintuitively can have regions of negative probability density.) “It therefore becomes possible to enlarge or rotate a Schrödinger cat state directly in its phase space.”This leads to the ability to effect quantum error correction of cat-qubits (quantum information encoded in logical bases composed of Schrödinger cat states) as a quantum computing paradigm. “In fact,” Huard points out, “a way to encode quantum information with superpositions of cat-like states was recently proposed in the context of circuit-QED by Mazyar Mirrahimi and coworkers2,” adding that finding ways to perform quantum error correction on these states is essential for their potential use in a quantum computing architecture. “We believe that our technique could be used to perform this quantum error correction in a unique way. Indeed, decoherence leads to an exponential relaxation of the cat size, which needs to be overcome – and by displacing the cat ‘legs’ one by one using QZD, this relaxation can be canceled without losing any quantum information.”Looking ahead, Huard tells Phys.org that the researchers are “pursuing the investigation of the fascinating effect of measurement on quantum systems. For instance,” he illustrates, “we now have an experiment where we intercept the signal that leaks towards the environment of a qubit and usually leads to decoherence. However, using this signal we can now infer what the environment knows about the qubit state and preserve the purity of the quantum state – and we’ve recently managed to use that signal for preserving any state by feedback.” In addition, he adds, they are interested in applying their technique to systems with longer coherence times and to Schrödinger cat preservations.Regarding other areas of research that might benefit from their study, Huard concludes that “it’s hard to tell right now – but in the long run, if our technique helps build quantum simulators or computers, it could have an impact in many areas requiring intense computation, such as machine learning or chemistry.” Explore further (Phys.org)—Constructing quantum computers and other quantum devices requires the ability to leverage quantum properties such as superposition and entanglement – but these effects are fragile and therefore hard to maintain. Recently, scientists at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris demonstrated a novel method for controlling the quantum properties of light by probing a superconducting circuit in a cavity with microwave photons to control the energy levels that photon quanta can occupy. Specifically, the scientists prevented access to a single energy level corresponding to a number of photons N, and thereby confined the dynamics of the field to levels 0 to N -1. In so doing, the intracavity field changed from a classical wave to a Schrödinger cat of light – a superposition between two waves of opposite phases instead of a single one. As a result, this new technique could apply to the development of quantum computers by protecting qubits from decoherence as well as enhancing quantum error correction and quantum systems measurement. Prof. Benjamin Huard discussed the paper that he and his colleagues published in Science. “The primary difficulty in developing our method for manipulating electromagnetic modes by effectively controlling their phase space was to find a proper way of preventing any access to one or few energy levels,” Huard tells Phys.org. “We did that using another quantum system – a superconducting qubit – which allowed us to change the energy of any level we chose by simply turning a microwave signal on or off. In this context, the main challenge was designing a cavity and a qubit with the right properties to realize and observe this new method of control.”The scientists also had an issue in finding that level occupation oscillated in time when using the same light mode and qubit for several operations. “The basic experiment consists in driving the light mode while the qubit controls its phase space,” Huard explains. “However, in order to measure the level occupation in time, we had to use the same qubit as a photocounter, and the same light mode to measure the qubit state.” (Photocounters tally photon distributions by counting photoelectric electrons, or photoelectrons – that is, electrons emitted by various metals when illuminated by photons.)A third obstacle was using circuit quantum electrodynamics, or circuit-QED, architecture – the implementation of quantum electrodynamics (a quantum field theory of electromagnetic force) for circuits – to apply quantum Zeno dynamics (QZD) to light. QZD is based on the quantum Zeno effect (QZE) – named after the Zeno arrow paradox – in which if observed continuously an unstable particle will never decay, meaning that an unstable quantum system measured with sufficient frequency will not evolve. However, in certain circumstances, quantum Zeno dynamics – in which the quantum system changes over time – can occur. 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. , Physical Review Letters Citation: Training Schrodinger’s cat: Controlling the quantum properties of light (2015, July 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-schrodinger-cat-quantum-properties.html Classical vs. Schrödinger cats. The top figure represents the classical field inside of a cavity which is illuminated by a microwave-generated tone. The phase is well-defined (green corresponds to fields with the original phase, to which a living cat corresponds) and the amplitude increases linearly. The bottom figure represents the experimental results, in which three photons are forbidden in the cavity. In that case, at some time the field amplitude saturates and it enters in a quantum superposition of two possible phases (the original in green and its opposite in red). After this intermediate interval, the amplitude decreases, thereby keeping the opposite phase until it returns to zero amplitude. By analogy, one can say that the intermediate regime corresponds to a superposition of two classical states with opposite phases, very much like a superposition of a dead and living cat. Credit: Benjamin Huard. Zeno cat. A Zeno cat refers to non-classical states of light created by shining a cavity on resonance while it is forbidden to access a given energy level. The name originates from the Zeno effect, which can similarly prevent an energy level from being occupied by the sole fact of measuring its occupation frequently. The cat comes from the similarity of such a state with a Schrödinger cat state of light: a superposition between two classical states of light. The Zeno cat figure corresponds to the study’s experimental design. Credit: Benjamin Huard. “With its large number of energy levels and ease of control,” Huard points out, “a single electromagnetic mode offers a wider and more controllable phase space than atoms and two-level systems. Nevertheless, in order to make it work, we had to identify the several constraints on the parameters we had access to. Using superconducting circuits helped since it is fairly easy to tune their parameters and establish coupling to microwave light. Using the same systems twice for various operations required many careful calibrations, and we had to find the optimal temporal sequences to realize the experiment.”last_img read more

How a 3D Printer Called Mink Could Completely Make Over the 55How a 3D Printer Called Mink Could Completely Make Over the 55

first_imgMay 7, 2014 Serial inventor and Harvard Business student Grace Choi is looking to disrupt the $55 billion global makeup industry, which she says “makes a whole lot of money on a whole lot of bull shit.”“They do this by charging a huge premium on one thing that technology provides for free,” Choi explained at TechCrunch’s Disrupt NY event yesterday, “and that one thing is color.”Accordingly, Choi constructed Mink — a proprietary 3-D printer that allows users to select any color on the internet and print it into an eye shadow pod.She says that Mink will eventually be able to print other cosmetic products as well, including lipstick, foundation, powder and blush.Related: With $6.4 Million in New Funding, This 3-D Printed Insole Maker Is Looking HotThe device aims to fundamentally change how the world buys makeup, said Choi, who calls young women 13 to 21 with unformed shopping habits her target customers.She is looking to disrupt both the mass and prestige makeup categories. While a wide selection of shade offerings at high-end outlets like Sephora come at a steep cost, Choi explained, mass retailers stock cheaper items but in fewer shades.“I’m beating the selection of prestige because I’m giving you the selection of the internet,” Choi said. “And I’m beating the convenience of mass, because I’m giving you the convenience of your own freakin’ house.”  Related: Staples Rolls Out 3-D Printing ProgramMink will retail for roughly $300 and works just like an inkjet printer, Choi said. Users simply find a color they like anywhere on the internet, copy the hex code — a six-digit pigment reference figure — into a program like Photoshop or Paint, and print as normal.In addition to the printer itself, consumers will have to buy ink and substrates (the base material upon which something is printed) — both of which will be FDA compliant and commodity-priced, Choi said.Beyond addressing an antiquated business model, Choi says the invention has a greater philosophical message. More than anything, Mink seeks to prove that “the definition of beauty is something that [girls] should be able to control, not our corporations.”Related: Beyond Novelty: Architects in Amsterdam Are 3-D Printing an Entire House This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img 2 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Your Answer to Lackluster Customer and Employee Engagement Add FunYour Answer to Lackluster Customer and Employee Engagement Add Fun

first_imgJuly 23, 2014 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Gamification — a hot buzzword these days — is the business equivalent of mixing broccoli into mac and cheese. It’s a way of making predictable, boring workplace tasks more engaging for employees and customers.And it seems to be working. By taking business processes such as compliance training and turning them into a participatory, competitive games, employees tend to be more receptive to tasks that you need them to do anyways. Start recognizing the winners and doling out prizes and all of a sudden your staff is actually smiling at work.Related: Great at World of Warcraft? Put It on Your Resume.And if you make a game for your customers to play, the more time they are willing to spend on your website or app, the more they are going to read the content on your website and the more money they will spend with your brand, according to the infographic generated by Column Five Media on behalf of business-expense software provider Concur.By the end of this year, approximately 7 in 10 of the biggest 200 organizations in the world will have at least on gamification app, according to this infographic.Check it out — and get your game on.Click to Enlarge+ Related: Gamification Tapped by Some Employers to Recruit Candidatescenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more