Price may cut back video games pitches Saturday at Toronto

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – David Price considers himself a gamer — both on and off the field. Now he has to cut down on screen time.A longtime video game enthusiast, the Boston Red Sox ace was diagnosed this week with carpal tunnel syndrome. He has not pitched since May 3 but is scheduled to return Saturday at Toronto.He insists that while video games may have contributed to the condition, they’re not the origin of the swelling in his left thumb, index finger and middle finger.“This is just something that happened over time. This didn’t stem from any one thing,” the 32-year-old left-hander said Thursday. “I’m born in 1985, so that’s the video games generation. Being a Red Sox is the least amount of video games I’ve ever played being in Major League Baseball.”Winner of the 2012 AL Cy Young Award with Tampa Bay, Price is 2-4 with a 5.11 ERA in seven starts during his third season with the Red Sox after agreeing to a $215 million, seven-year contract. The five-time All-Star experienced numbness in his pitching hand during a bullpen session Sunday. He had tests Tuesday and was examined by Dr. Matthew I. Leibman in Newton, Massachusetts.Price and teammates have been spent many hours competing in the popular Fortnite, trying to fend off monsters and save the world.“I saw the Brewers were playing Fortnite on their jumbotron. This is very common. I know a lot of teams, a lot of guys, are really into it,” he said. “I’ve always played video games. I’ve always played it with my teammates, during the off-season, at the field, at the hotel. That’s kind of my generation. That’s what we do. If I need to shut down video games and pick up a new hobby, then so be it. But I do not think that’s the cause.”He added: “If that was the cause of the problem, it started back in 1997 when I got my first PlayStation when I was 12 years old.”Price threw about 40 pitches in a bullpen session Thursday and pronounced him ready to return this week. His condition will be treated with dry needles, similar to acupuncture.“Obviously it’s going to be outing by outing,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said after watching Price throw at Yankee Stadium. “The communication has to be there. He has to be honest with us, and we will take care of him.”Price believes the injury can be controlled. He will wear a brace and will switch to his right hand for activities such as brushing his teeth.“I don’t think it’s going to go away in its entirety,” he said.Surgery would be the final option.Price was 6-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 16 games (11 starts) last year, when he was limited by an elbow injury. He said tests showed his elbow, forearm and shoulder were “pristine.”He left an April 11 start against the Yankees at Fenway Park after one inning because of a tingling sensation in his left hand, but said that was a different issue caused by a frosty night. No circulation irregularities were detected, according to the pitcher.“I still have very cold hands and very cold feet,” he said. “The lady asked if me if I could pitch with a heating glove on. And I said, ‘No, ma’am.”NOTES: If there are no postponements, RHP Steven Wright will be available Monday after serving a 15-game suspension under baseball’s domestic violence policy. Wright will be a reliever. “He’s going to be different, obviously, with the knuckleball, but we’ve got catchers that it seems like they don’t have a problem with that,” Cora said. … RHP Tyler Thornburg, coming back from surgery last June 16 to correct thoracic outlet syndrome, made his fifth minor league rehab appearance on Thursday. He gave up two runs and two hits while getting two outs for Double-A Portland. He will join the Red Sox in Toronto on Friday for a bullpen session, then return to the minors. … OF Jackie Bradley Jr. was not in the starting lineup for the second straight day but faced Cora in batting practice. Bradley is hitting .173 and said Bradley’s hands were too static and he was slowly finding a “better rhythm.” Cora isn’t sure whether Bradley will play Friday.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball__More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseballlast_img read more

Proposed cap to limit number of payday loan outlets in Hamilton clears

A Hamilton councillor’s bid to cap the number of payday loan outlets in the city cleared another hurdle Tuesday when it was unanimously approved by the city’s planning committee.Coun. Matthew Green proposed the legislation, which will allow only one lender to operate in each of the city’s 15 wards, in an effort to limit “predatory” behaviour by payday loan companies. He says the businesses target low-income communities, whose members often turn to the businesses in desperation, but fall further into debt because of the high-interest rates and fees that come with the loans.Green said it will become a law if it’s ratified at a meeting in two weeks, giving council time to mull over an exemption to the proposed cap requested Tuesday by a councillor with the Flamboro Downs casino in her ward.Payday loans a growing part of Ontario’s personal insolvencies, study findsOntario has a great idea to help people trapped by expensive payday loansCanadians’ use of high-interest payday loans doubles, raising more red flags about debtDespite the exemption request, Green said he thinks the cap “will pass unanimously, if not overwhelmingly unanimously.”Hamilton is one of the few cities in Ontario to consider such legislation, adding to its ongoing crusade against payday loan companies. It previously required them to be licensed, to educate the public on how their rates compare with traditional lenders and to share information on credit counselling with customers.Green’s attack on the lenders came after he discovered that loans of $300 were costing up to $1,600 because of fees and annualized interest rates he found to be about 546 per cent.“This is no way for people living in poverty to try to get by,” he said. “The targeting of our inner city neighbourhoods was a bit pernicious…we had more payday loans in some kilometres than Tim Hortons.”He believes payday loans companies should be abolished, but settled for fighting for the per-ward cap because the provincial and federal governments have allowed the process to continue and he lacks the power to overturn them.The Ontario government decreased the cost of a payday loan from $21 to $18 per $100 in 2017 and dropped it down again to $15 this year.The Canadian Consumer Finance Association, formerly the Canadian Payday Loan Association, argued that it provides a bridge for borrowers who are rejected by banks and would otherwise have to turn to illegal lenders.Tony Irwin, CEO of the Canadian Consumer Finance Association, was puzzled as to why Hamilton has considered such legislation when he’s been noticing the payday loan industry shrinking for years.“It is a very difficult industry to operate in and there is lots of competition,” Irwin said. “As locations find it more difficult to operate, some will face a difficult decision to close.”The policy that councillors will vote on won’t immediately decrease the city’s number of payday loan businesses to 15 to match its number of wards because it will grandfather in existing companies, but will prevent new ones from opening, said Tom Cooper, the director of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction.He’s noticed a “community crisis” has spawned from the 40 payday loan outlets he’s counted in Hamilton, which are mostly “clustered together” in the city’s downtown core.Cooper said the proximity creates a “predatory” scenario because “we often see people who owe money go to one payday loan outlet and then go to a second to pay the first and then a few doors down again (to another) to pay the second one.” read more

Report Iran calls for OPEC emergency meeting in response to oil selling

Report: Iran calls for OPEC emergency meeting in response to oil selling below $100 by News Staff Posted Jun 30, 2012 5:31 pm MDT TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s oil minister on Saturday called for an emergency OPEC meeting, saying the current market value of oil has become “illogical.”The semiofficial Mehr news agency quoted the minister, Rostam Ghasemi, as saying that at a recent meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries member states agreed to hold an emergency meeting if oil prices fell below $100 per barrel. Brent crude was trading at $95.51 per barrel in London on Friday.Ghasemi said that if OPEC members do not observe their quota and the organization’s production ceiling of 30 million barrel per day, the market falls into disorder.Iran is the second largest producer of OPEC and earns some 80 per cent of its foreign revenue from exporting crude, and has been hit hard by sanctions levied by the U.S. and other Western states over Iran’s disputed nuclear program.Mehr also quoted Iran’s central bank governor, Mahmoud Bahmani, as saying that Iran is “easily” able to sell its oil despite the U.S. sanctions. He said the Islamic Republic is having no trouble doing so because of the countries who have received waivers from the U.S. to import some Iranian oil despite the punitive measures.The State Department has announced that China, India, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Taiwan have been given waivers from the U.S. in exchange for “significantly reducing” oil imports.Bahmani’s comments come a day before an EU embargo on imports of Iranian oil goes into effect.The U.S. and EU measures are intended to pressure Iran over fears that it is developing nuclear weapons. Iran denies the charges. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Boeing aims for big sales of revamped 737 at international air show

by News Staff Posted Jul 7, 2012 7:14 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Boeing aims for big sales of revamped 737 at international air show, despite Europe’s woes MINNEAPOLIS – A big air show is all about bragging rights. It’s where airplane makers announce large jet orders, dazzle customers with aerial displays and show off their latest technology.But a debt crisis in Europe could make the industry more subdued when it gathers at the Farnborough International Airshow near London next week. It’s a huge event in the aerospace world, attracting 1,400 exhibitors and aerospace heavyweights such as Boeing, Airbus, Embraer, Bombardier and ATR.Air travel tracks economic growth, and there isn’t much of that right now in Europe, one of the world’s largest aircraft markets. Europe’s crisis could crimp aircraft sales for Airbus and Boeing, the world’s two largest airplane manufacturers. Longer term, there is still plenty of demand from growing airlines in China, India and the rest of the developing world.Barclays analyst Joseph Campbell expects total orders to fall this year, but not because of the economy. He thinks they’ll fall because Boeing and Airbus have a combined backlog of 8,312 planes, and they make roughly 1,000 a year.Their backlogs are so big, “and the first available slots so far away, that there’s not much left to sell” other than Boeing’s 737 Max, he says.For Chicago-based Boeing, this year’s show offers a chance for its revamped 737, called the 737 Max, to close a gap with a rival jet. The Max has a more fuel-efficient engine than its predecessor and will compete with Airbus’ A320neo, another top-selling plane in the same size range that is getting a new engine. Higher fuel prices mean airlines are willing to pay for more fuel efficiency.Airbus got a jump on Boeing, offering the neo much earlier. It’s already got 1,325 orders from 25 customers. Boeing has orders for 451 Maxes and commitments for more of the planes, which have a list price between $78 million and $102 million.“This is a year that they need to play catch-up,” says Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace analyst for the Teal Group.Airbus aims to begin delivering the A320neo in 2015. Boeing’s 737 MAX will go into production in 2015 and start hauling passengers in 2017.Boeing heads to the event with a new chief of commercial aircraft, Ray Conner. Until late June, Conner ran Boeing’s sales efforts, so he’ll be right at home in Farnborough pitching the Max to potential customers.Toulouse, France-based Airbus, meanwhile, announced last week that it would build its first airplane factory in the United States. The plant will produce the A320 in Mobile, Alabama, starting in 2015, aiming to better compete against Boeing. read more

Podcast The Incredible Ronda Rousey The MLB Trade Deadline And A Doping

If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Aug. 4, 2015), we discuss whether mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey is unbeatable. We also talk about the winners and losers coming off the MLB trade deadline, as well as leaked data suggesting that one-third of medals at endurance events in the Olympics and at World Championships between 2001 and 2012 might have gone to athletes with suspicious blood-test results. Plus, our Significant Digit of the week: What if you broke a world record by accident?Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on the show:Andrew Flowers on Ronda Rousey fighting like an outlier.Rousey’s controversial stance on trans fighters in her sport.Neil Paine and Nate Silver break down the MLB trade deadline using the brand-new “Doyle Number” metric.58 prospects at the trade deadline.Large-scale allegations of doping among endurance athletes.The International Association of Athletics Federations president calls the allegations a joke.Significant Digit: 2 — the number of times swimmer Katie Ledecky has broken her own world record, this week. Hot Takedown read more

Father who stabbed his daughter eight to death took revenge in most

“The first responders were an absolute credit to their respective services.”Commenting on the murder, Mr Colclough said: “It’s the most selfish act you can think of. It is the greatest breach of trust that you can imagine as a father.”Mylee was an eight-year-old girl. She had every reason to believe that Billingham was the most trusted person in the world. To carry out an act and actually take Mylee’s life … it’s terrible.” The trial judge then heard evidence from the psychiatrist who had assessed Billingham to establish whether the trial should continue or be delayed.The psychiatrist told the court that Billingham not giving evidence would be in his best interests and that the killer being called into the witness box may lead to a further attempt at self-harm or even “completed” suicide. The last picture of Mylee Billingham, posted by William Billingham on Facebook hours before police were called to his home  Asked for his view on the possible motivation for the killing, the senior detective added: “Tracey had embarked on a new relationship. This is a relationship she was open and honest about.”It’s our view that actually Billingham was not as happy with that situation as he’d made out. Whether that be through jealousy … he decided on that evening to take actions into his own hands.”The trial was told that Miss Taundry was outside Billingham’s address for a number of minutes, not knowing what was taking place inside.Mr Colclough said: “The 999 call is a terrible thing to listen to. Tracey was beside herself with concern.”Officers were in the address for tens of minutes working on Mylee and at that time Tracey was unaware as to how serious the events were that had unfolded inside that address.” Tracey Taundry holding a doll as she arrived at her daughter Mylee Billingham’s funeralCredit:Aaron Chown/PA Billingham was eventually brought back to court on Tuesday Sept 25 – arriving in a taxi with a police escort, as his wounds meant he could not be handcuffed or placed in a prison van.After being assessed by a psychiatrist as being fit to instruct his legal team, Billingham opted not to give evidence.Before the trial resumed last week, Mr Mason told the court in the absence of the jury: “He is in some pain and he is under the influence of painkillers. He is capable of listening to questions and providing coherent answers.”From speaking to him, he found the events at court – particularly watching evidence by way of CCTV footage of his daughter – highly distressing.”It appears to be a serious act of self-harm. He has cut both his wrists with razor blades that were in his cell.” Miss Taundry had taken great comfort from support from her local community in Brownhills, West Mids, but she and other family members were absolutely devastated by Mylee’s death, the officer said.He added: “She will never heal from this situation. Mylee will always be missing. She will always be missing a daughter and Mylee’s sisters will always be missing a sister.” CCTV showing William Billingham and his daughter Mylee at Costcutter store around two hours before he stabbed her to death A trial at Birmingham Crown Court heard how Miss Taundry dialled 999 from outside Billingham’s house in Brownhills, near Walsall, telling operators to hurry as Mylee was screaming “stop it daddy”.Jurors deliberated for around 80 minutes before unanimously convicting Billingham of murder and a separate charge of making a threat to kill 34-year-old Miss Taundry. He will be sentenced on Tuesday.The unemployed factory worker opted not to give evidence, claiming he had no memory of stabbing Mylee through the chest, and was guilty of the lesser offence of manslaughter due to depression.But prosecutors argued that Billingham “turned his anger” on Mylee to spite Miss Taundry after she began a same-sex relationship.Opening the case at the start of the trial, prosecutor Karim Khalil QC said of the killing: “It was swift, deliberate, clinical, brutal. It was not some manic unfocused assault. “This was no accident and it was not a slight injury – it was a deep, violent thrust of a lethal weapon into the most vulnerable part of his young daughter’s body.”Murderer slashed his wrists in prison during trialThe jurors who convicted William Billingham were not told he had cut his wrists in his cell – using razor blades – part-way through his trial.Billingham underwent surgery after the apparent attempt to end his own life in the early hours of September 21 – a day after his trial was shown CCTV footage of his daughter Mylee in a shop on the night he killed her.The former leather industry worker looked at the floor and covered his eyes with his hands as the two-minute video was shown to jurors on the third day of his trial.The father-of-six then failed to appear in court until the following week – when jurors were told to disregard the bandages on his lower arms, and given no details of how he came by his injuries.In legal argument which could not be reported until the end of the trial, defence barrister David Mason QC said seeing CCTV of Mylee had badly affected Billingham, who spent four days in hospital. CCTV showing William Billingham and his daughter Mylee at Costcutter store around two hours before he stabbed her to death A father’s “deliberate” decision to stab his eight-year-old daughter to death to seemingly take revenge on her mother has been described by a senior detective as “the most selfish act imaginable”.Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, of the West Midlands Police homicide unit, believes William Billingham was unhappy with Tracey Taundry’s new relationship, despite claiming he had no problems with it.Speaking after the former factory worker was convicted of murder, Mr Colclough said the 55-year-old had shown no remorse when interviewed – and only sought to help himself as Mylee lay dying.The killer’s trial was told that officers kicked a knife away from near Billingham’s hands, moving it underneath a rug, as they tried to treat him and his daughter.During their efforts, Billingham kicked out at one officer, ignored repeated requests for information about what had happened to Mylee, and only related information about his own breathing problems.Mr Colclough said: “The initial attending police officers demonstrated real bravery in going into the premises, where the information was that there was a man armed with a kitchen knife.”They were confronted by extremely upsetting scenes (with Mylee lying injured under her father) and everybody worked together tirelessly to try and save her. On the morning Billingham was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital from HMP Birmingham, Mr Mason told the court his client had experienced “some sort of breakdown” overnight, during which he was injured. Tracey Taundry holding a doll as she arrived at her daughter Mylee Billingham's funeral The last picture of Mylee Billingham, posted by William Billingham on Facebook hours before police were called to his home  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. read more

Angoon residents supporters protest Juneaus annexation petition

first_img“The attitude here is, like, why do we have to keep fighting to protect this monument?” Bowen said. The draft petition proposes expanding Juneau’s current boundaries by 1,400 square miles. It includes land surrounding Tracy Arm to the south and portions of the northern end of Admiralty Island. The Local Boundary Commission will do an informal review of CBJ’s petition before the final version is submitted. Once the commission completes its technical review, the petition will go to the Alaska Legislature for approval. A fight over land is reigniting after the City and Borough of Juneau submitted a proposal to annex portions of Admiralty Island to the state’s Local Boundary Commission. “That’s why the Local Boundary Commission exists,” Cosgrove said. “It’s to assist neighboring areas to work out any differences of opinion about where those lines should be.” The Juneau Assembly approved those boundaries by a narrow vote in January 2018. Deputy City Manager Mila Cosgrove said it took the city a year and a half to get all of the application materials together. Angoon Mayor Joshua Bowen said he doesn’t understand why CBJ is moving forward with annexation when the land already has some federal protections from development. Tlingit Elders from Angoon traveled to Washington, D.C., in 1978 to lobby for those protections. That resulted in the creation of Admiralty Island National Monument. The city of Angoon has protested annexation from the beginning, saying it threatens Indigenous subsistence practices and their role as the original stewards of Admiralty Island. Current and former Angoon residents and supporters protest Juneau’s application to annex portions of Admiralty Island on Friday, June 14, 2019. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)center_img Demonstrators gathered across from the state Capitol and later City Hall on Friday to protest CBJ’s petition to annex portions of Admiralty Island. She said city officials are aware of Angoon’s concerns, but they have confidence in the process. The Angoon City Council passed a resolution Monday, once again stating its opposition. Sitka Democratic Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins joined Friday’s protest. His district includes Angoon, and he said he’s working with the city to send a letter of opposition to the Local Boundary Commission. “The Legislature can certainly disprove whatever the LBC puts forward, and I’ll certainly be exercising that prerogative if it feels warranted,” Kreiss-Tomkins said. Kreiss-Tomkins said aspects of CBJ’s application — like the decision to exclude Funter Bay, where many Juneau residents own private cabins — likely won’t be viewed sympathetically by the commission. The City and Borough of Juneau’s website has a “Q&A” page describing the annexation process and the city’s rationale for the proposal.last_img read more

A Reflection on Veterans Day from a Beloved AFRO Veteran

first_imgBy Edgar Brookins, AFRO General Manager, D.C.With over two decades of service to the country and to the AFRO, Army veteran, Edgar Brookins reflects on Veterans Day and why its celebrated in the United States.Sunday is Veterans Day and throughout the commemorative weekend there will be speeches, parades, specials and ceremonial services all across the United States and beyond. As a twenty-one year Army Vietnam Era veteran, I reflect back on when this special day got etched in the history of our Nation.Edgar Brookins as a young private when he first enlisted in the Army in 1969.A phrase that has become the definition of how Americans express their humble thanks to the members of the Armed Forces is, “thank you for your service.” Those words will be uttered numerous times.So with nearly 20 million veterans on the rolls, why a single holiday to honor our veterans?Historically, in November 1919, one year after the Armistice that ended World War I went into effect, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 as the commemoration of Armistice Day.In 1938, Congress approved a bill that made Nov. 11 an annual legal holiday known as “Armistice Day” that honored the cause of world peace however it was used primarily to pay gratitude and honor World War I Veterans. In 1954, after World War II, the law was amended; the word Armistice was changed to Veterans and Nov. 11 became a day to honor Veterans of all American wars.Veterans Day continues to be observed in all Federal Agencies and local communities and is overwhelmingly supported by all major veterans’ service organizations like the VFW, the American Legion and the National Association of Black Veterans.So Veterans Day serves as a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the our beloved nation.Veterans Day 2018-we honor all those who served…the defenders of freedom-HOOAH!last_img read more

Russo Brothers Netflix Original Feature Dhaka Wraps in India

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 excited to make a film that hopefully speaks to a wide range of audiences – a gritty, character-driven action movie with a lot of heart,” Hargrave said. Hargrave has worked on several films as a second unit director, including “Deadpool 2” and “The Accountant.”“India has provided incredibly beautiful backdrops that have added to the intricacies of our production,” said Anthony and Joe Russo. Production will finish in late February 2019. Feature debutant, Sam Hargrave has wrapped the India schedule of Netflix Original action adventure film “Dhaka.” The film shot at Ahmedabad and Mumbai locations and will now move on to Bangkok and Phuket, Thailand.Stars include Chris Hemsworth (“Avengers: Infinity War”,) David Harbour (“Stranger Things”,) Golshifteh Farahani (“Girls Of The Sun”,) Manoj Bajpayee (“Bhonsle”,) Randeep Hooda (“Highway”,) Priyanshu Painyuli (“Once Again”) and debutant Rudhraksh Jaiswal.Based on a script by Joe Russo (“Captain America: Civil War”), the film follows a young boy caught in a war between drug lords and a mercenary who comes to his rescue.Anthony and Joe Russo and Mike Larocca are producing for their AGBO Films outfit, with Ari Costa as executive producer. Hemsworth is producing, and Ben Grayson (“Lair Of The Sawfish”) co-producing for Thematic Entertainment, with Eric Gitter (“Atomic Blonde”), Patrick Newall (“Anon”) also serving as producers.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Step lightly Alloptical transistor triggered by single photon promises advances in quantum

first_img © 2014 Phys.org (Phys.org) —Optical transistors and switches are fundamental in both classical and quantum optical information processing. A key objective in optics research is determining and developing the structural and performance limits of such all-optical devices, in which a single gate photon modifies the transmission or phase accumulation of multiple source photons – a feature necessitating strong interaction between individual photons. While significant progress has been made – especially in cavity QED experiments, which use resonators to enhance interaction between photons, confined in a reflective enclosure, and natural or artificial atoms – the goal is to achieve high optical gain and high efficiency using a free-space – that is, cavity-free – approach. Recently, scientists at Universität Stuttgart, Germany demonstrated a free-space single-photon transistor based on two-color Rydberg interaction, which they say could lead to a high optical gain, high efficiency optical transistor through further improvements. (In a Rydberg atom a single electron is excited to a state with a large principal quantum number, meaning that it has high potential energy.) Moreover, the researchers state that the finding may lead to advances in quantum information processing, condensed matter physics, single step multi-photon entanglement, and other important areas. In addition, the paper notes that their novel approach could enable a high optical gain, high efficiency optical transistor, which so far has been realized only in a cavity QED setup, in which attenuation of hundreds of source photons has been demonstrated. “Cavity QED experiments employ an optical resonator to increase light-matter interaction,” Gorniaczyk says. “However, resonators come with technological challenges and fundamental limitations, such as limited bandwidth, which free-space experiments do not suffer.””Optical transistors open a wide range of potential optics applications, one of which is the single-shot detection of single photons,” Hofferberth tells Phys.org. “In addition, investigating different state combinations can lead to an increase in optical gain. In particular, the use of so-called Förster resonances1, as well as working with states that are directly coupled, can significantly boost performance. Modification of trap geometry for the cold atomic cloud would also improve our system by leading to a greater optical depth for source photons in the presence of gate photons – and thus to a higher attenuation. Finally, the retrieval of gate photons after the transistor experiment would open up the door to quantum computation.”Furthermore, the paper points out that the combination of two independently controlled Rydberg-EIT (electromagnetically induced transparency) schemes offers high flexibility. With two excitation schemes, the gate photon can efficiently be stored using a detuning to the intermediate state, whereas the source photons can propagate through the medium with reduced group velocity. Additionally, the two-color scheme enables novel fields of study, such as Förster resonances or directly dipole-dipole coupled Rydberg states. “Förster resonances occur when a pair state involving two Rydberg states resonantly couples to another pair state,” Tresp explains. “Using a suitable resonance allows to increase the interaction between gate and source photons, while the interaction among source photons can be kept low. This can lead to an increase in gain.” Theoretically, the researchers say, their optical transistor can be extended such that an imaging system with source photons can determine the position of gate excitations in a single shot. If the interaction between gate and source photons is very high, the exact position of gate excitations cannot be tracked back, so the resolution decreases with increasing interaction, especially if more gate excitations are present. “Moreover, our optical transistor can be seen as a device that entangles the gate photon with many source photons,” Gorniaczyk says. “The presence of source photons, for instance, implies the absence of the gate photon in the first place. Systems with strong many-body correlations are of high interest in quantum information technology, and many ideas could be realized including quantum gate arrays.” Quantum gate arrays are basic quantum circuits that process small numbers of qubits and are combined to construct quantum circuits.Another possible quantum computation application is the experimental embodiment of a two-photon phase gate based on Rydberg-polariton collisions(Polaritons are part matter, part light quasiparticles).) “We currently show that a gate photon efficiently attenuates source photons –or in other words, the gate photon causes absorption of source photons,” Hofferberth tells Phys.org. “It’s also possible, though, to modify the scheme such that the gate photon causes dispersion of the source photons, causing a phase shift of the source photons. The only modification required for this is to send the source photons with a different detuning into the medium. Currently they are tuned exactly onto resonance with an optical transition to cause strong absorption, but by detuning them the effect can be turned into a conditional phase shift.” A two-qubit phase-gate is a universal quantum gate, meaning that if a reliable phase gate is available along with single qubit gates), any quantum computation can be realized. “Our system would be the first purely photonic deterministic two qubit gate,” Hofferberth adds.In addition to the research plans discussed above, Gorniaczyk says since their work demonstrates controlled interaction between individual photons , the scientists can now turn towards realizing long-standing goals such as all-optical quantum computation. “Our explicit next goal is to demonstrate that the transistor can be operated with gain greater than 1, and the gate photon retrieved afterwards with all of its quantum properties intact. This will enable multi-photon entanglement in a single step and entangled states of multiple particles – in this case, the latter being photons – which are a key quantum information resource.”Another of their ideas is similar to the non-destructive detection of single atoms: If the gate photon can survive the transistor process, it will enable non-destructive quantum state detection of single photons. “Currently, all photon detection methods are destructive and limited in efficiency – in practice, usually to below 0.3,” Tresp explains. “A non-destructive detector with high fidelity would be an innovation with many applications in optical science.”Addressing other areas of research that might benefit from their study, Hofferberth notes that while their current work focuses on making the Rydberg-mediated interaction between photons useful for quantum applications, more generally it realizes a novel system of strongly interacting particles. “If the number of photons interacting with each other simultaneously can be further increased, such a system could be a novel approach to study many-body physics problems, as encountered in condensed matter physics. In addition,” he concludes, “the enormous flexibility of our system could be the foundation of a photon-based quantum simulator used to investigate systems that cannot easily be studied directly.” A transistor-like amplifier for single photons (a) Level scheme, (b) simplified schematic, and (c) pulse sequence of our all-optical transistor. (d) The absorption spectrum for the source field (dots) over the full intermediate state absorption valley shows the EIT window on resonance; the gate field spectrum (circles) is taken around the two-photon resonance at δg = 40 MHz. The solid lines are fits to the EIT spectra. The linewidth of the source EIT window Δν = 2 MHz and the optical depth OD ¼ 25 of our system are extracted from the brown curve. Credit: H. Gorniaczyk et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 28 July 2014. Journal information: Physical Review Letters Doctoral students Hannes Gorniaczyk and Christoph Tresp, along with Dr. Sebastian Hofferberth, discussed the paper that they and their co-authors published in Physical Review Letters. They first addressed the challenge of devising a novel approach to implement a free-space single-photon all-optical transistor with an optical gain exceeding a factor of 10. “Photons do not inherently interact,” Gorniaczyk tells Phys.org. “Therefore, one has to think about ways of introducing interaction – and it’s been shown that the interaction of Rydberg atoms in a cold atomic cloud can be mapped onto the photons to create an effective interaction.””Due to the large micrometer size of these atoms,” Tresp points out, “the interaction between them is very strong – and we use this property to create strong interaction between single photons. The new aspect of our transistor scheme is that we use two different Rydberg states at the same time, allowing us to independently address the gate and source photons.” This approach enables the scientists to show that an optical gain G > 10 can be reached with, on average, less than one gate photon.Another challenge was mapping gate and source photons into Rydberg excitations with different principal quantum numbers in an ultra-cold atomic ensemble. “To map the gate and source photons of the optical transistor into Rydberg excitations requires experimental effort.” Gorniaczyk explains. “First, it’s necessary to create a cold and dense cloud of atoms in a favorable geometry; then, four excitation laser beams have to be overlapped and aligned on the atomic cloud; and finally, while the strong interaction between Rydberg atoms is the key to our scheme, they are also very susceptible to any external perturbation, requiring great care in shielding the experiment from external electric fields.”A key result was using the optical transistor to demonstrate the nondestructive detection of a single Rydberg atom. The conventional method is to ionize Rydberg atom and detect the resulting ion on an ion detector, with typical detection efficiencies below 0.5. However, by using their optical transistor the researchers mapped the existence of one Rydberg atom onto a probe light pulse by over 10 photons – which would be impossible if source photons destroyed gate excitations. This makes the new approach well-suited to independent control of gate and source photons. “While this is very similar to how electronic transistors are used to amplify signals,” Tresp notes, “our new approach is a clear improvement: Even with all imperfections taken into account, we achieve fidelity of 0.72 for the single shot detection of a Rydberg atom without destroying it during the process.” Moreover, optical transistors based on the interaction of Rydberg excitations are robust, and photon Interaction can be mediated by interaction between Rydberg states with different principal quantum numbers. Citation: Step lightly: All-optical transistor triggered by single photon promises advances in quantum applications (2014, August 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-08-lightly-all-optical-transistor-triggered-photon.html More information: Single-Photon Transistor Mediated by Interstate Rydberg Interactions, Physical Review Letters 113, 053601 (28 July 2014), doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.053601Related:1Single-Photon Transistor Using a Förster Resonance, Physical Review Letters 113, 053602 (28 July 2014), doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.053602 Explore further 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

Increased floodlighting reducing bat populations in Swedens churches

first_img Bats in Sweden are generally welcomed because they eat destructive insects and tend to hide at night. But bats have a unique history in the country, as well, because Sweden does not have many caves—instead, most of the bats live in the warm towers and belfries of rural churches. But, the researchers suggest, a recent lighting trend has put the bats at risk, and their numbers are falling.Rydell has been interested in bats for many years—back in the 1980s, he conducted surveys of specimens living in 61 churches in southwest Sweden, making population charts. In this new effort, he and his colleagues revisited those churches along with 50 others, counting the number of brown long-eared bats.The researchers concluded that bat populations had remained stable in churches that lacked floodlighting. But in churches with such lighting, populations dwindled depending on how much lighting had been installed. In churches where floodlights were installed on all four sides of a building, there were no bats left at all.Installing floodlights, the researchers note, became popular over the past few decades as church staff sought to show off the unique architecture at night. The contrast of the usually stark white buildings lit against a deep black sky offers an inspiring visage, but, it also makes resident bats much more vulnerable to predation by owls, hawks and cats.The researchers note that bats are protected in Sweden—it is against the law to harm them, or even to disturb them. They suggest it is likely that most of the people involved in installing church lighting do not know that their efforts have caused problems for the bats. They suggest a partial solution—instead of installing lighting all the way around a church, leaving at least one side dark, preferably the side closest to trees. The bats will adjust and only roost on that side. 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. (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers, two from Sweden and one from Spain has found that installing floodlighting around rural churches drives away roosting bats. In their paper published in Royal Society Open Science, Jens Rydell, with Lund University, Johan Eklöf, with Graptolit Ord och Natur and Sonia Sánchez-Navarro with Estación Biológica de Doñana-CSIC describe their comparison of church bat populations over the course of several decades. Winging it: How do bats out-maneuver their prey? Explore further Journal information: Royal Society Open Sciencecenter_img Citation: Increased floodlighting reducing bat populations in Sweden’s churches (2017, August 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-08-floodlighting-populations-sweden-churches.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain More information: Jens Rydell et al. Age of enlightenment: long-term effects of outdoor aesthetic lights on bats in churches, Royal Society Open Science (2017). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.161077AbstractWe surveyed 110 country churches in south-western Sweden for presence of brown long-eared bats Plecotus auritus in summer 2016 by visual inspection and/or evening emergence counts. Each church was also classified according to the presence and amount of aesthetic directional lights (flood-lights) aimed on its walls and tower from the outside. Sixty-one of the churches had previously been surveyed by one of us (J.R.) between 1980 and 1990, before lights were installed on Swedish churches, using the same methods. Churches with bat colonies had decreased significantly in frequency from 61% in 1980s to 38% by 2016. All abandoned churches had been fitted with flood-lights in the period between the two surveys. The loss of bat colonies from lit churches was highly significant and most obvious when lights were applied from all directions, leaving no dark corridor for the bats to leave and return to the roost. In contrast, in churches that were not lit, all of 13 bat colonies remained after 25+ years between the surveys. Lighting of churches and other historical buildings is a serious threat to the long-term survival and reproduction of light-averse bats such as Plecotus spp. and other slow-flying species. Bat roosts are strictly protected according to the EU Habitats Directive and the EUROBATS agreement. Lighting of buildings for aesthetic purposes is becoming a serious environmental issue, because important bat roosts are destroyed in large numbers, and the problem should be handled accordingly. As a start, installation of flood-lights on historical buildings should at least require an environmental impact assessment (EIA). © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

Swap Out Your Cell Service

first_imgMarch 1, 2007 Wishing you could swap cellular carriers without paying the usual $150 to $250 early termination fee? You’re so not alone. Analysts say more than a quarter of users change carriers annually, an expensive proposition for a family or growing business.Several websites have sprung up to play matchmaker between folks looking to wiggle out of their cellular contracts early and bargain hunters willing to assume those obligations. It may be hard to imagine anyone wanting the phone company you’re trying to shake, but like they say: One man’s trash is another’s treasure.Cell swap sites are nothing more than marketplaces like Craigslist or your garden-variety swap meet. You post an ad with your deal’s particulars on a site like Cellswapper.com, Celltradeusa.com or Resellular.com. Then, for a $15 to $20 one-time fee, the sites forward you the contact information of interested parties. Prospective sublessees get to browse the listings and opt in for free.The websites provide introductions only; the involved parties have to cut a deal and reassign the contract through the carrier. Contract reassignment is perfectly legal and tolerated by carriers, says Celltradeusa.com co-founder Eric Wurtenberg. But they’ll want to run a credit check on the assignee and might balk if there’s something hinky about the deal.About a third of advertisers get a taker within a week, and about half get one within two weeks, says the 29-year-old entrepreneur. But if you have 23 months left on your contract or a so-so phone, you may have to wait longer.”The principal buyer motivation is to get equipment on the cheap,” explains Wurtenberg, whose company is on track to make $1 million this year. “There are a lot of BlackBerry hunters and people trying to get other hot phones with maybe a seven-month contract and without the usual $35 activation fee.”Besides all-too-common gaps in service, people often want out of contracts because they’ve moved, experienced changing economic circumstances, or they just crave a fancy phone or deal dangled by another carrier.Early termination fees are the last impediment to complete cellular mobility. By law, you can already take your phone numbers to a new carrier. This story appears in the March 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min readlast_img read more

Microsoft opensources Project Zipline its data compression algorithm and hardware for the

first_imgMicrosoft announced that it is open-sourcing its new cutting-edge compression technology, called Project Zipline, yesterday. As a part of this open-source release, Project Zipline compression algorithms, hardware design specifications, and Verilog source code for register transfer language (RTL) has been made available. Apart from the announcement of Project Zipline, the Open Compute Project (OCP) Global Summit 2019 also started yesterday in San Jose. In the summit, the latest innovations that can make hardware more efficient, flexible, and scalable are shared. Microsoft states that its journey with OCP began in 2014 when it joined the foundation and contributed the server and data center designs that power its global Azure Cloud. Moreover, Microsoft contributes innovations to OCP every year at the summit. Microsoft has again decided to contribute Project Zipline this year. “This contribution will provide collateral for integration into a variety of silicon components across the industry for this new high-performance compression standard. Contributing RTL at this level of detail as open source to OCP is industry leading”, states Microsoft team. Project Zipline is aimed to optimize the hardware implementation for different types of data on cloud storage workloads. Microsoft has been able to achieve higher compression ratios, higher throughput, and lower latency than the other algorithms currently available. This allows for compression without compromise as well as data processing for different industry usage models (from cloud to edge). Microsoft’s Project Zipline compression algorithm produces great results with up to 2X high compression ratios as compared to the commonly used Zlib-L4 64KB model. These enhancements, in turn, produce direct customer benefits for cost savings and allow access to petabytes or exabytes of capacity in a cost-effective way for the customers. Project Zipline has also been optimized for a large variety of datasets, and Microsoft’s release of RTL allows hardware vendors to use the reference design that offers the highest compression, lowest cost, and lowest power in an algorithm. Project Zipline is available to the OCP ecosystem, so vendors can contribute further to benefit Azure and other customers. Microsoft team states that this contribution towards open source will set a “new precedent for driving frictionless collaboration in the OCP ecosystem for new technologies and opening the doors for hardware innovation at the silicon level”. In the future, Microsoft expects Project Zipline compression technology to enter different market segments and usage models such as network data processing, smart SSDs, archival systems, cloud appliances, general purpose microprocessor, IoT, and edge devices. For more information, check out the official Microsoft announcement. Read Next Microsoft open sources the Windows Calculator code on GitHub Microsoft open sources ‘Accessibility Insights for Web’, a chrome extension to help web developers fix their accessibility issue Microsoft researchers introduce a new climate forecasting model and a public dataset to train these modelslast_img read more

Proflight Zambia premieres latest Fly5 music video

first_imgProflight Zambia premiered the latest music video by its super group of brand ambassadors Fly5.Deputy Minister of Tourism and Arts Esther Banda was guest of honour at the glittering red carpet launch of the video Kwahae, which stars Chef 187, Cleo Ice Queen, Kanji, Kiki and James Sakala and promotes the airline’s hit single Zambian Skies.“Government is ever ready to support initiatives such as this one, which promotes art and culture. I therefore comment Proflight for investing in the arts and tourism and I uphold these musicians for using their talents to support their message of unity and culture,” said Banda, who urged Zambians to visit the sites featured in the video.The music track Zambian Skies, for which Kwahae was made, was released earlier this year, and went on to become number five in the music charts. It centres on the rich culture, arts and diverse traditional ceremonies that can be found throughout the country.Proflight Marketing Manager, Hellen N Mwamba said, “Proflight links people of all ages and backgrounds across the country, and music connects them all too. The Fly5 aims to reach out to existing and future passengers, bringing them together to share the excitement, affordability and convenience of flying with us to some of the most amazing destinations in the country.”last_img read more

Weeklong stormy weather expected to clear by midday Saturday

first_imgCyprus saw more thunderstorms, winds, and rain on Friday night but the Met office expects the phenomena to subside by midday Saturday.Before midday, storms in the west and in southern regions were expected, possibly affecting the central plain.Temperatures are expected to reach 19C to 20C inland and in coastal areas, and 10C in the mountains, which is normal for the time of year.The stormy weather is attributed to a low-pressure system dubbed ‘Penelope’.Penelope did not affect all countries in the Eastern Mediterranean the same, Mouskos added. For example, Greece has low temperatures but unlike Cyprus, it hasn’t rained.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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the Ark of the Covenant of Democracy?as proudly proclaimed by our Supreme Courtis not in good shape A document published by The Free Speech Huban initiative of the Media Foundationrecords how journalists in Kashmir have been beaten and shot at by the security forces Journalist Amulya Pani was assaulted when he went to cover the police firing on villagers in Kalinganagar in Orissaand journalists Moirangthem Romeo and Atom Lukhoi were arrested by the Imphal East commandos in Jirabam in Manipurfor no apparent reason Attacks on freedom of the press and journalists are not the monopoly of the security forces Attacks on and vandalising M F Husains paintingsthreats against writer Arundhati Roy for her article about Maoists and the onslaught on Bollywood film My Name is Khan emanated from intolerant social and political groups The root cause is the inability to stomach anything which is unconventional or opposed to ones idea of truth and morality In shortit is intolerance We have not learnt to accord freedom to the thought we hate or to a movie of which we disapprove Regrettablylaw enforcement authorities look the other way when powerful political personalities and organisations are involved It is thanks to firm judicial intervention that freedom of expression is protectedfor example in the case of the painter Husain and the actress Khushboo Howeverreal protection lies in a temperamentculture of tolerance in civil society Education has to play a key role in this behalf Practice of tolerance should be prescribed as a fundamental duty of every citizen The beard hazard The treatment that was meted out to Maulana Noor-ul-Hudaa respected Islamic scholaris shocking An NRI woman co-passenger misunderstood his conversation to his son on his mobile and concluded that he was about to blow up the aircraft (udaane waala hoon) whereas all he had stated was jahaaz udne waala hai (the plane is about to take off). 2016 8:52 pm Harry Kane was an unused substitute in Friday’s 3-0 win against Scotland.I had threatened to write on the security issue, 2009, Garba organisers in the city have come up with various plans to continue the festivities till late in the night during Navratri.

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(Source: PTI) Top News Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday held a meeting with a delegation of Under-17 FIFA World Cup to be held in 2017 in India with Guwahati being one of the venues. Earlier this morning, the obvious question is will Sunil join the cast on the shoot, who are doing contemporary work," When asked what led to unprecedented voter turnout this time. read more