Uncertainty on Kosovos future status could lead to instability warns Ban Kimoon

3 January 2008The loss of momentum in making progress towards resolving Kosovo’s future status could result in instability in the Serbian province and the greater region, even potentially endangering United Nations staff, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned in a new report made public today. The loss of momentum in making progress towards resolving Kosovo’s future status could result in instability in the Serbian province and the greater region, even potentially endangering United Nations staff, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned in a new report made public today. “The parties are urged to reaffirm and act upon their declared commitments to refrain from any actions or statements that could endanger peace, incite violence or jeopardize security in Kosovo and the region,” Mr. Ban wrote in his latest report on the UN peacekeeping mission in the province, known as UNMIK. Last month, the troika – comprising the European Union, Russia and the United States – told the Security Council in a report that despite four months of intense and high-level negotiations, Belgrade and Pristina have been unable to reach agreement on Kosovo’s final status. The province’s Albanian leadership supports independence but Serbia is opposed. “Neither party was willing to cede its position on the fundamental question of sovereignty,” said the troika, which was established after a stalemate emerged over a proposal by Mr. Ban’s Special Envoy, Martti Ahtisaari, for a phased process of independence for Kosovo. In his report, Mr. Ban said that expectations in the province, where ethnic Albanians outnumber Serbs and other minorities by nine to one, are still high that a solution will be reached quickly. “As such the status quo is not likely to be sustainable,” he noted. “Should the impasse continue, events on the ground could take on a momentum of their own, putting at serious risk the achievements and legacy of the United Nations in Kosovo.” The Secretary-General called attention to the readiness of the EU to play a larger role in Kosovo to bolster the province’s stability. “The European’s Union’s growing institutional commitment to Kosovo is important, as is its continuing provision of a European perspective to Kosovo,” he said. Although encouraged by the “free and fair manner” in which November 2007 elections were held in the province, the Secretary-General expressed concern over the low participation of Kosovo Serbs at the polls. “The elections highlighted, once again, that many members of the Kosovo Serb community, particularly those living in northern Kosovo, do not feel represented by Kosovo’s Provisional Institutions,” he pointed out. Mr. Ban appealed to both the Kosovo Serb community’s political representatives and Belgrade authorities to encourage Serbs in the province to take an active and constructive role in Kosovo’s institutions. At the same time, he encouraged Kosovo’s leaders to continue outreach efforts to Kosovo Serb and other m read more

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Cannabis Quebec groups worried about impact in the workplace

MONTREAL — Quebec’s largest labour federation and a major business group say the provincial government needs to pay particular attention to the workplace consequences of cannabis use.The Quebec Federation of Labour and the federation that represents Quebec’s chambers of commerce made the comments Thursday as public consultations continued on the repercussions of legalizing cannabis.The head of the business group said in an interview that studies in jurisdictions where cannabis is legal have shown a drop in employee productivity, increased absenteeism as well as mental health problems.Stephane Forget also fears a spike in the number of work-related accidents against the backdrop of imperfect screening tests.Forget said certain tests will allow employers to determine that someone has used cannabis within a certain time frame but will not enable them to pinpoint the level of impairment.The Quebec Federation of Labour, meanwhile, fears employers will adopt zero-tolerance policies which will encroach on workers’ private lives. read more

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JVP suspects violence in Kandy part of an organised plan

He said that while the violence was reported to have erupted as a result of a clash between two groups in which one person was killed, the incident took place several days ago and yet the violence erupted on Sunday. The JVP leader also said that existing laws can be used to curb communal violence in the country and a state of emergency is not required. (Colombo Gazette) The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says it suspects the violence in Kandy was part of an organised plan and not a spontaneous act.JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake told Parliament that the sequence of events which took place in Kandy raise suspicions. Dissanayake said that there was a suspicion that some of the recent communal violence occurred with the knowledge of the Government.

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Molson Coors Brewing CEO Swinburn to retire at years end Hunter named

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2014 7:27 am MDT Molson Coors Brewing CEO Swinburn to retire at year’s end; Hunter named as successor DENVER – Molson Coors Brewing President and CEO Peter S. Swinburn will retire at the end of the year.The brewing company said Friday that Swinburn will be succeeded in the posts by Mark R. Hunter, who currently serves as CEO and president of Molson Coors Europe.The 61-year-old Swinburn has served as CEO since 2008. Hunter, 51, has served as CEO and president of the company’s European business since January 2013.Swinburn will continue to lead the company until he retires and will help with the transition process.Swinburn’s retirement from his posts, as well as from his role as a board member, is effective Dec. 31. Hunter will become a director.Molson Coors Brewing Co., which is based in Denver and Montreal, has brands including Coors Light, Molson Canadian, Carling and Blue Moon. Its Class B shares shed $1.01, or 1.4 per cent, to $72 in morning trading Friday. read more

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Sanctions are effective method to build global stability Security Council told

“UN sanctions have proved to be an effective complement to other Security Council instruments and actions,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, said in a briefing to the Council on the evolution of UN sanctions. “We know it is not perfect, but there is also no doubt that it works.”The usage of sanctions has had a long and storied history within the UN body since its first application in 1966 on Southern Rhodesia. Since then, 25 sanctions regimes have been implemented for a wide range of purposes – from being used to support conflict resolution efforts to the prevention of the proliferation of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, and counter terrorism. Currently, noted the Under-Secretary-General, 15 sanctions regimes are in place – the highest number in the history of the Organization – at a “comparatively modest” cost of under $30 million a year to manage. Despite the long-standing use of sanctions, Mr. Feltman recalled that the Council had also shown its capacity to “continuously innovate and adjust its sanctions regime” with the “most significant transformation” being the 1994 shift from comprehensive to targeted sanctions, comprising travel bans, asset freezes, arms embargoes, bans on the trade of commodities (diamonds, coal, wildlife products, charcoal), restrictions on items, material, equipment, goods and technology related to nuclear ballistic missiles and other weapons of mass destruction programmes, as well as bans on the export of certain luxury goods. In addition, the 1999 introduction of sanctions monitoring groups formed the basis of another “important innovation” leading to the 11 monitoring groups, teams and panels currently working world-wide in support of the Security Council and its sanctions committees. Nevertheless, he explained that much work was to be done to raise the awareness of Member States that UN sanctions are meant to be “supportive not punitive.” “They are not meant to cripple states but to help them overcome instability, address massive human rights violations, curb illegal smuggling, and counter terrorism,” he told the Council members. “Some Member States already do understand this and have requested the Security Council to adopt, fine-tune or strengthen targeted measures, to support their fragile political transitions and national reconciliation efforts. Many others request the Council to strengthen targeted measures to help protect against terrorism and other illicit activities.” At the same time, Jürgen Stock, INTERPOL’s Secretary-General, briefed the Council on his organization’s role in enhancing sanctions implementation through its global law enforcement network.“INTERPOL supports the implementation of UN sanctions by enhancing the quality of information available to the sanctions Committees,” Mr. Stock told delegates. “In addition to this support, INTERPOL also assists in the effective implementation of specific UN sanctions, related to individuals – such as the travel ban and asset freezing – and goods – like the arms embargo and illegal natural resource exploitation,” he explained. Mr. Stock outlined how his agency remained keen on hearing new ideas on how to improve sanctions implementation and emphasized the importance of strengthening INTERPOL’s alliance with the UN.To that point, in his briefing, Mr. Feltman delineated a series of proposals for the Council’s consideration on how to better coordinate the sanctions process, including the increased use of assessment missions to take stock of the impact of sanctions; the expansion of the relevant designation criteria to address specific human rights violations; the creation of a “clear and standardized listing/delisting framework;” and the strengthening of due process when considering the designation of individuals and entities. “More work is also needed to provide assistance to Member States implementing UN sanctions. This will clearly take effort and resources,” he continued. “And some more work is needed to take into greater account the rights of individuals, entities and Member States designated for targeted measures.” He acknowledged, however, that despite the improvements and updates required, the UN’s sanctions regime still functioned accordingly. “UN sanctions, in short, work,” he said. read more

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New members – May 2015

Find out who has joined the premier automotive trade association and what they get from membership. New members – May 2015Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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12 people including 3yearold shot in Chicago park

first_imgThey hit the light pole next to me, but I ducked down and ran into the house. They’ve been coming round here looking for people to shoot every night, just gang-banging stuff. It’s what they do.Police spokesman Ron Gaines says victims are being interviewed to determine the circumstances of the shooting, adding no one had been taken into custody.Francis John, 70, said she was in her apartment when the shooting occurred. She said she went down to see what was going on and “a lot of youngsters were running scared.”She said she was surprised by what had happened, saying she has lived in the neighbourhood for 30 years.Read: America’s history of racial killings and failed convictions> TWELVE PEOPLE, INCLUDING a 3-year-old, were injured late last night when someone opened fire on people in Cornell Square Park on Chicago’s southwest side.Chicago Fire Department officials said the child was in critical condition. Two other victims were also in critical condition. The others were reported in serious to fair condition.The shooting comes nearly three weeks after Chicago saw an outburst of violence over the Labor Day weekend that ended with eight dead and 20 others injured.The city’s Police Department has responded to shootings that have grabbed national headlines by stepping up its crime-fighting efforts, paying overtime to add patrols to some hard-hit neighborhoods, including the Back of the Yards, where the shooting took place.ShootingOfficer Amina Greer said the latest shooting occurred shortly after 10pm last night. According to Greer, at least 10 ambulances responded to the scene, transporting victims to several area hospitals. One victim transported himself to a hospital, police said.A witness, Julian Harris, told the Chicago Sun-Times that dreadlocked men fired at him from a gray sedan before turning toward Cornell Square Park and firing at people in the area. He said his 3-year-old nephew was wounded in the cheek.last_img read more

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This Kickstarterbacked oscilloscope watch is the nerdiest thing you can put on

first_imgIf you have ever looked down at your watch and wished it could do a little more, perhaps you want a smartwatch. If, however, you’ve ever wished there was a giant electrical test instrument strapped to your wrist, well you want an entirely different kind of watch like the oscilloscope watch that has just launched on Kickstarter. It’s already closing in on the $60,000 funding goal after just a few days.The oscilloscope watch will feature a 1.28-inch monochrome LCD screen with a resolution of 128 x 128 (an OLED or e-paper display is also possible). It will, of course, function as a regular watch with an alarm function, but the watch can also be used as a standard oscilloscope, a waveform generator, a logic analyzer, a protocol sniffer, and a frequency counter. This will all be controlled through eight tactile buttons on the watch and powered by a 400mAh li-ion battery that should last about 30 days on a charge.You may look at this device and think it’s a foolish sort of thing to attach to your wrist, but there is clearly a dedicated subset of electronics enthusiasts who are clamoring for a compact testing unit like this. All the limited early bird funding levels have been claimed, and a few hundred people have already pledged at the regular $125 level or higher to get an oscilloscope watch.There are still a few unknowns as the oscilloscope watch closes in on the goal. Integrating probes to actually measure a source is a challenge. These may come in the form of a keychain attachment or be build into the watch strap, but this will be decided later. The size is also up in the air. The prototype is a bit bulky, but it’s in a rough 3D printed case. The final product may be a little more slim, but don’t assume anything yet. This isn’t really being designed as a fashion statement anyway — you won’t impress very many people with your oscilloscope watch.last_img read more

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Ben Affleck Promises Changes for Justice Leagues Batman

first_img It’s no secret that the DCEU has had some problems. The incredibly bleak tone that plagued Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman had many fans wondering what happened to their favorite superheroes. In the comics, and the best movie/TV adaptations, Batman and Superman aren’t serious and brooding all the time. Superman is a funny, charismatic, eternally optimistic country boy, and even Batman has been known to crack a joke once in a while. But that complex, layered and heroic version of Batman has been largely absent from the DCEU movies. Now, Ben Affleck says that’s about to change.In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Affleck said that fans should expect a more familiar-looking Batman than what we’ve seen from the DCEU so far. He explained that in BvS, Bruce Wayne was in an especially dark place after losing coworkers during Superman’s battle with Zod in Man of Steel.“He was holding on to a lot of anger, in a little bit of an irrational way. Whereas this is a much more traditional Batman. He’s heroic. He does things in his own way, but he wants to save people, help people,” Affleck told EW.Alright. I can buy that. But since the first time we meet Batman in the DCEU is when he’s holding onto irrational anger, how were we supposed to know it wasn’t just a radical misinterpretation of the character? In any case, the success of Wonder Woman appears to have clued Warner Bros. into how to make these heroes work. In short, give us the versions of the characters we love. The ones we obsess over in comics and animated shows.“This is more in keeping with the canon of how Batman’s usually been portrayed, and how he’s portrayed vis a vis the Justice League in the comics,” Affleck said. “This is more the Batman you would find if you opened up your average Batman comic book. Not that it’s average. I think it’s a really cool story. Actually, it’s sort of a story about multilateralism. It’s not a bad theme to have!”That actually sounds really promising. At the very least somebody has been paying attention to what works in the comics and is trying to bring that over to the movies. And given the extensive reshoots under Joss Whedon the movie has been undergoing, it sounds like somebody at Warner Bros. recognizes what elements needed to be fixed. (We’re only guessing, of course. We won’t know for sure if they pull it off until the movie actually comes out.) Though it is kind of funny that Affleck felt the need to clarify the “average Batman comic” statement. It’s much more of a compliment than he gives it credit for. Lately, the average Batman comic book has been pretty spectacular.While we might see some personality changes for big screen Batman, Ben Affleck’s brother Casey might have given away a bigger change. Throwing Ben’s future in the DCEU into question yet again, Casey has doubts about Ben’s participation in Matt Reeves‘ solo Bat-flick. Appearing on Boston’s WEEI Sports radio, Casey had some things to say about Ben’s portrayal of Batman.The relevant question starts at about the 6-minute mark, when the host asks about the rumor that Ben Affleck is giving up the role of Batman. Casey said, “I thought he was an OK Batman. No, I thought he was great. He was great. He’s a hero, so he had something to channel and work with there. But he’s not going to do that movie, I don’t think. Sorry to say.”When the host points out that that might be breaking news, Casey says he was just making it up, but it doesn’t sound very convincing. Why would he make up something like that? Being Ben Affleck’s brother, it’s reasonable to assume he has more information than the rest of us do, right? Of course, he then goes on to disparage Swamp Thing, so maybe he really doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Swamp thing is great, and I will not hear a word against him.In all seriousness, this just adds more confusion to an already convoluted rumor. It’s certainly plausible that Warner Bros. might want to go a different way with future DCEU movies, given they’ve only had one unqualified hit so far. That different way might include someone else playing Batman. It’s also true that Ben Affleck’s statements on the subject haven’t outright denied the rumors. He talks about how much he loves playing the character, yet stops short of saying he’s not leaving. (Though at Comic Con, Affleck did mention his enthusiasm for working with Matt Reeves, implying that he would at least stick around for The Batman.)One thing Casey Affleck is right about: Ben is a great Batman. The movies themselves haven’t been the best, but he was not the problem. You could genetically engineer an actor to have the best elements of Christian Bale, Kevin Conroy, Michael Keaton and Adam West and even that… thing would struggle with the material in BvS and Suicide Squad. Ben Affleck is a fine actor, certainly better than most people give him credit for. Cutting him this early in the DCEU, would be a mistake. Hopefully, rumors of his imminent departure are just that. But Casey’s remarks don’t instill a whole lot of confidence.We’ll see Ben Affleck’s new take on Batman when Justice League hits theaters on November 17. Here’s hoping it won’t be his last.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Christian Bale Shares Cheeky Batsuit Advice for Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson Describes Trying on the Batsuit for First Time Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Cosplayer Creates Awesome Star Wars ATAT Costume for Horse

first_img Did this horse just win Halloween?We know dogs in costumes are cute, but horses can get in on the cosplay action, too. A creative cosplayer recently unveiled an incredibly detailed Star Wars AT-AT Walker costume for his 2,000-pound horse. Corrie is hoping to set a Guinness World Record for “World’s Largest Star Wars Costume,” and is raising funds for the entry fee via a GoFundMe campaign.We’ll give all the treats to this exquisite equine.More on Geek.com:Photos: Good Doggos in Costumes at Halloween Dog Parade in NYCCan You Beat These Incredible Gaming World Records?Best Cosplay from New York Comic Con 2018 Mike Corrie of Mike’s Tiny Things in Martinsville, Indiana built the costume for his “tolerant” horse, Moana. He spent nine months to ensure the costume was comfortable, making and remaking it until it was just right. Stay on target Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

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621 WWE Results Kalamazoo Michigan CenaKane

first_img Now Playing Up Next CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie 6/21 WWE Results: Kalamazoo, Michigan1. WWE United States Champion John Cena def. Kane2. Macho Mandow & Axel Mania def. The Miz & Heath Slater3. Neville def. Bo Dallas4. Cesaro def. Kofi Kingston5. Emma & Alicia Fox def. Cameron & Summer Rae with Layla as Guest Referee.6. WWE Tag Team Champions The Prime-Time Players def. The New Day7. Dolph Ziggler def. King Barrett in a Steel Cage Match when R-Truth interfered.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 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 Pinterest Xavier Woods Facebook Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles The Miz Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel center_img Google+ Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next WWEs Miz and Maryse Expecting Second Child Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Triple H Two more WWE Superstars reportedly scheduled to appear at RAW Reunion show Videos Articles Videos Articles WWE stars join “Brawlhalla” as Epic Crossovers in SummerSlam game event Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApplast_img read more

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State budget agreement looks at a mix of resources

first_imgOLYMPIA — A bipartisan budget agreement that has taken months to reach and addresses a court mandate on education funding looks at a mix of resources: An increase to the statewide property tax earmarked for education, a new requirement for all online retailers to collect sales tax and the closure of a few tax exemptions.The details on the long-awaited plan were released in bits and pieces Thursday, a day after legislative leaders announced they had reached a deal between the Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-led Senate. The education plan, which lawmakers say spends $7.3 billion over four years, also keeps in place local property tax levies but caps them beginning in 2019 at a lower level and requires they be used for programs that supplement basic education. Two current tax exemptions — one on sales tax on bottled water and another on fuel extraction that benefits oil companies — are also eliminated.Legislative leaders say the budget complies with a 2012 state Supreme Court ruling that they must meet the state’s constitutional requirement to fully fund the state’s basic education system. Lawmakers have already put more than $2 billion toward the issue since the ruling, but the biggest piece remaining of the court order is figuring out how much the state must provide for teacher salaries. School districts currently pay a big chunk of those salaries with local property-tax levies.The court has said that the state has until Sept. 1, 2018, to do that, but that the details — including funding — must be in place before the Legislature adjourns this year.Lawmakers — who started their regular 105-day legislative session in January — have had to go into three overtime sessions, and only recently reached agreement after overnight negotiations that ended Wednesday morning.last_img read more

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Eric Dier praises Spurs Teammate for World Cup performances

first_imgEngland midfielder Eric Dier has lauded his national and club teammate Keiran Trippier for his displays in Russia so far.Dier has spoken after Trippier earned comparisons with former England captain David Beckham, having created 13 clear cut chances for the team in 5 appearances at this year’s World Cup.The 24-year-old works with Trippier daily for Tottenham Hotspur and he believes that all the current acclaim for his club-mate is completely justified.“He’s had a fantastic tournament. I’m so, so happy for him I think it [recognition] is fully deserved.” Dier said to reporters, according to Sky Sports.“I think this season and last season but especially this season at Tottenham he has come on so much. Maybe that has been noticed as much as it should have been.”“It is not so much of a surprise but I think the level he has shown throughout this tournament has been incredible. His consistency – everyone is trying to compare him to Beckham, which is obviously fantastic for him.”Only Neymar, De Bruyne and Modric have created more openings for their respective nations in Russia as Tripper has proved to be an instrumental part of Southgate’s starting XI.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Dier continued: “His delivery, aggression both offensively and defensively, I think he has been fantastic, his consistency has been incredible and I think he fully deserves it.”The Spurs midfielder, who also fired the decisive penalty in Englands last 16 shootout victory over Columbia, also stated that he and his teammates are far from satisfied just yet, ahead of Wednesday’s semi-final clash with Croatia.“We’re hungry for more and we want more. Hopefully, we’ll continue to show that on Wednesday. Since the game finished against Sweden we have switched our attention to Wednesday and we are still as focused as ever on that game.” he added.“There has been no complacency, no talk of anything else other than Wednesday. We are so focused on that. We have just kept things the same throughout the whole tournament.”last_img read more

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Robertson pays tribute to Van Dijk

first_imgLiverpool defender Andy Robertson has heaped praises on teammate Virgil Van Dijk following his performance against Wolverhampton Wanderers.Van Dijk, who joined the club in January this year for club a record fee of £75million from Southampton, scored the team’s second goal, as they defeated Wolves 2-0 on Friday night.The Netherlands captain has been fantastic at the heart of the Reds defense, helping the club reach the UEFA Champions League final last season and leading them to the summit of the Premier League this season.Robertson said, according to Mirror Football: “I’m getting bored talking about how good he is… I’m only joking.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“We knew what we saw Adama Traore playing up front that he’s got great pace. His pace and directness are a big threat – and big Virgil did so well with him.”“I’m sure he will be disappointed he has not scored more goals but it was a clean sheet and his first Premier League goal. It was pretty much a perfect day for him.”“His impact on the club has been good. He’s been brilliant. I’ve worked alongside him for the majority of time on the left-hand side of defence.”“He’s just a great lad to have alongside you.”last_img read more

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Sen Mark Pryor Assumes Ag Approps Chairmanship

first_imgSen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) assumed the chair of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, which writes budgets for USDA and the Food and Drug Administration.The new position for Sen. Pryor, who is up for reelection next year, restores a bit of the clout on agricultural programs that his home state of Arkansas lost when then-Senate Agricultural Committee Chair Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) lost her bid for reelection in 2010. Sen. Pryor fills the seat vacated by the retired Herb Kohl (D-Wis.).last_img

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Cellphone tracking helps police make arrest in SUV theft

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Technology helped police arrest a suspected car thief in Davie.Davie Police said they caught 31-year-old Steven Robert Sistruck stealing a vehicle at a Marathon gas station, Monday.According to police, Sistruck stole the SUV when the driver was not looking. The victim left a cellphone in the vehicle, which helped police locate it.Sistruck also faces charges out of Hendry County for an alleged sexual assault.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Statewide Impact of San Antonio Bases Approaches 29B

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR San Antonio’s military installations add $28.8 billion to the state’s economy each year and support about 283,000 residents in some capacity, Comptroller Glenn Hegar said during a stop in the city that was part of a statewide tour to raise awareness about the impact of the military.About 1 in 8 Bexar County residents are tied to Joint Base San Antonio, which is made up of Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base and Randolph AFB, Hegar said, reported the San Antonio Express-News.Hegar said that San Antonio’s robust military presence creates the potential for encroachment, one of the issues his Good for Texas Tour: Military Edition was intended to highlight.“How do we deal with that sometimes conflict between what’s inside the gate and what’s outside the gate?” he asked. “If nothing else, me going around and talking about the economic impact also highlights that [for] some of these very difficult issues, we need to continue to chip away at the iceberg that deals with those issues.”Statewide, Texas’ 15 military installations contribute $81.3 billion to the gross domestic product annually, supporting about 804,000 jobs in the state and $48 billion in personal income.last_img read more

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Nvidia Adds Five New GPUs to Their Mobile Line

first_imgNvidia adds five new GPU’s to their mobile GeForce lineup. These new chips have up to twice the performance and half the power consumption of previous chips. Citation: Nvidia Adds Five New GPU’s to Their Mobile Line (2009, June 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-06-nvidia-gpu-mobile-line.html nVidia’s Newest Mobile GPU Gems Explore furthercenter_img The G210M, GT 230M, GT 240M, GTS 250M and the GTS 260M will supplement the existing GTX280M, GTX260M, and GTS160M, which will provide a range of Windows 7 ready graphics options for notebooks and PC’s; all of which are DirectX 10.1 compatible.Nvidia stated that the chipsets contain between 512MB (G210M) to 1GB (all other chipsets) of on-board GDDR3 memory and are based on a new 40-nm manufacturing process. The GRS260M and GTS250M will provide 50 percent more power than the previous line of GPUs and will be most appealing to the serious gamer. Besides all being Windows 7 and DirectX 10.1 compatible, all cards, with the exception of the G210M supports hardware accelerated physics via Nvidia’s PhysX. Nvidia’s technology allows for processing physics calculations for games and other applications on the GPU. HybridPower is also supported which allowing the chips to go into a low-power mode when not required.All five chips also support Nvidia’s CUDA instruction set which runs computing applications on top of the graphics platform. CUDA is already being used in many multimedia applications ranging from DVD upscaling to H.264 video encoding. Nvidia’s new chipsets also support Nvidia’s PureVideo HD engine which hands off H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-2 processing onto the GPU. This frees up CPU processing which allows for smoother HD playback. 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.last_img read more

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Physicists measure complementary properties using quantum clones

first_img“In quantum mechanics, measurements disturb the state of the system being measured,” Thekkadath told Phys.org. “This is a hurdle physicists face when trying to characterize quantum systems such as single photons. In the past, physicists successfully used very gentle measurements (known as weak measurements) to circumvent this disturbance. “As such, our work is not the first to determine complementary properties of a quantum system. However, we’ve shown that a different strategy can be used. It is based on a rather naïve idea. Suppose we want to measure the position and momentum of a particle. Knowing that these measurements will disturb the particle’s state, can we first copy the particle, and measure position on one copy and momentum on the other? This was our initial motivation. But it turns out that copying alone is not enough. The measured copies must also be entangled for this strategy to work. “This is what we showed experimentally. Instead of determining the position and momentum of a particle, we determined complementary polarization properties of single photons. You would intuitively expect this strategy to fail due to the no-cloning theorem. However, we showed that is not the case, and this is the greatest significance of our result: measuring complementary properties of the twins directly reveals the quantum state of the copied system.”As the physicists explain, one of the most important aspects of the demonstration is working around the limitations of the no-cloning theorem.”In our daily lives, information is often copied, such as when we photocopy a document, or when DNA is replicated in our bodies,” Thekkadath explained. “However, at a quantum level, information cannot be copied without introducing some noise or imperfections. We know this because of a mathematical result known as the no-cloning theorem. This has not stopped physicists from trying. They developed strategies, known as optimal cloning, that minimize the amount of noise introduced by the copying process. In our work, we go one step further. We showed that it is possible to eliminate this noise from our measurements on the copies using a clever trick that was theoretically proposed by Holger Hofmann in 2012. Our results do not violate the no-cloning theorem since we never physically produce perfect copies: we only replicate the measurement results one would get with perfect copies.”In their experiments, the physicists demonstrated the new method using photonic twins, but they expect that the ability to make precise, simultaneous measurements of complementary properties on twins can also be implemented with quantum computers. This could lead to many practical applications, such as providing an efficient method to directly measure high-dimensional quantum states, which are used in quantum computing and quantum cryptography.”Determining the state of a system is an important task in physics,” Thekkadath said. “Once a state is determined, everything about that system is known. This knowledge can then be used to, for example, predict measurement outcomes and verify that an experiment is working as intended. This verification is especially important when complicated states are produced, such as the ones needed in quantum computers or quantum cryptography.”Typically, quantum states are determined tomographically, much like how the brain is imaged in a CAT scan. This approach has the limitation that the state is always globally reconstructed. In contrast, our method determines the value of quantum states at any desired point, providing a more efficient and direct method than conventional methods for state determination.”We experimentally demonstrated our method using single photons. But, our strategy is also applicable in a variety of other systems. For instance, it can be implemented in a quantum computer by using only a single quantum logic gate. We anticipate that our method could be used to efficiently characterize complicated quantum states inside a quantum computer.” The ability to determine the complementary properties of quantum states in this way not only has implications for understanding fundamental quantum physics, but also has potential applications for quantum computing, quantum cryptography, and other technologies.The physicists, Guillame S. Thekkadath and coauthors at the University of Ottawa, Ontario, have published a paper on determining complementary properties of quantum clones in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.As the physicists explain, in the classical world it’s possible to simultaneously measure a system’s complementary states with exact precision, and doing so reveals the system’s state. But as Heisenberg theoretically proposed in 1927 when he was beginning to develop his famous uncertainty principle, any measurement made on a quantum system induces a disturbance on that system. This disturbance is largest when measuring complementary properties. For instance, measuring the position of a particle will disturb its momentum, changing its quantum state. These joint measurements have intrigued physicists ever since the time of Heisenberg.As a way around the difficulty of performing joint measurements, physicists have recently investigated the possibility of making a copy of a quantum system, and then independently measuring one property on each copy of the system. Since the measurements are performed separately, they would not be expected to disturb each other, yet they would still reveal information about the original quantum system because the copies share the same properties as the original.This strategy immediately encounters another quantum restriction: due to the no-cloning theorem, it’s impossible to make a perfect copy of a quantum state. So instead, the physicists in the new study investigated the closest quantum analog to copying, which is optimal cloning. The parts of the clones’ states that share the exact same properties as those of the input state are called “twins.” Whereas theoretical perfect copies of a quantum state are uncorrelated, the twins are entangled. The physicists showed that, as a consequence of this entanglement, independently measuring the complementary properties on each twin is equivalent to simultaneously measuring the complementary properties of the input state. This leads to the main result of the new study: that simultaneously measuring the complementary properties of twins gives the state (technically, the wave function) of the original quantum system. Citation: Physicists measure complementary properties using quantum clones (2017, August 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-08-physicists-complementary-properties-quantum-clones.html Explore further Blind quantum computing for everyone Schematic of the experimental setup, in which complementary properties x and y are jointly measured. Credit: Thekkadath et al. ©2017 American Physical Society More information: G. S. Thekkadath, R. Y. Saaltink, L. Giner, and J. S. Lundeen. “Determining Complementary Properties with Quantum Clones.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.050405, Also at arXiv:1701.04095 [quant-ph] 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. Journal information: Physical Review Letters (Phys.org)—In quantum mechanics, it’s impossible to precisely and simultaneously measure the complementary properties (such as the position and momentum) of a quantum state. Now in a new study, physicists have cloned quantum states and demonstrated that, because the clones are entangled, it’s possible to precisely and simultaneously measure the complementary properties of the clones. 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