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first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV “I think today was probably the best I have played overall. Each match I feel like I played better,” said Murray, who lost in last year’s final. “I have hit the ball cleaner and started to hit the right shots at the right moments. (I have) come a long way the last ten days or so.”Murray had never before played the unseeded Russian. The 53rd-ranked Khachanov made 38 unforced errors, compared to only 14 for Murray.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMurray will next play eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori, who recovered to beat Fernando Verdasco 0-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0.“Kei is dangerous off both wings,” Murray said. “Moves well.” Earlier, third-seeded Simona Halep and fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina advanced and will face each other in the quarterfinals.In four previous matches on clay, Halep had never been able to beat Carla Suarez Navarro. But the Romanian took care of that problem on Monday, routing Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-1 on Court Philippe Chatrier.“I was expecting a very tough game,” said Halep, the 2014 French Open runner-up. “I managed to push her back.”Svitolina rallied to beat Croatian qualifier Petra Martic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Court Suzanne Lenglen.The 290th-ranked Martic was leading 5-2 and 30-0 on Svitolina’s serve in the deciding set. The Ukrainian managed to hold serve, however, which allowed Martic to serve for the match at 5-3.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Svitolina, who needed treatment on her back at the start of the third set, broke and soon won on her second match point, when Martic hit a backhand into the net.“It was amazing tennis from Petra today and she was really striking the ball well,” Svitolina said. “I was really happy to come back in the second set. Thanks to the crowd for cheering me on. They gave me the energy to fight.”Former champion Stan Wawrinka was to play later Monday. The third-seeded Swiss, the French Open champion in 2015, will face 15th-seeded Gael Monfils.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BaliPure, Pocari try to set championship showdown Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates winning his fourth round match against Russia Karen Khachanov in three sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. Monday, June 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)PARIS  — Getting better and better, Andy Murray worked his way into the quarterfinals of the French Open for the fourth straight year by beating Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on Monday.The top-ranked Murray became the 15th man to reach 650 tour-level match wins.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgHyderabad resident Krishna Kumar just set a world record for giving away most hugs – 79 – in a minute. Now that’s what we call jaadu ki jhappis.Guinness World Records recorded the event and posted the video on social media, which may just make you hug yourself and roll on the floor laughing.Dressed in formals and sports shoes, the Munnabhai Machine looks set for a sprint as he begins. But as soon as the whistle goes, he turns into a super-fast human-hugging assembly line.At times the pace catches him a tad off balance And he tries to hug them all, but there are a few hiccups But in the end sweet victory is his! Kumar queued up 88 students to achieve the feat, but managed to cover 83. The records management team, however, disqualified a few as they were “more headlocks than hugs.””The rules for this record title state that to count as a genuine hug, both arms have to be wrapped around the other person in a close embrace,” Guinness explains on its site.Kumar beat an earlier record by Australian resident Carrie Bickmore, who hugged 77 people at a ‘Hugs for Healing’ event at Sydney Children’s Hospital in 2014.last_img read more

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first_imgYoung Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen on Thursday clinched the Bulgaria Open International Series title after notching up a hard-fought win over Croatia’s Zvonimir Durkinjak in the men’s singles final in Sofia, Bulgaria.The Uttarakhand shuttler, who celebrated his 16th birthday on Wednesday, defeated second seed Zvonimir 18-21, 21-12, 21-17 in a 57-minute match. He had beaten Sri Lanka’s Dinuka Karunaratna 21-19, 21-14 in the semi-finals on Wednesday.Former world Junior No. 1 was recently sent to train under former All England champion Peter Gade, who is currently the head coach of French national team.Lakshya had earlier reached the finals of Senior National championship in February.”It is a creditable achievement for Lakshya. He is still a junior but he has been able to win tournaments and that is a good sign. We had sent five players on a 10-day training trip with the French national team. He trained under the great Peter Gade and it has benefitted him,” coach Vimal Kumar told PTI.”He had a good tournament. He beat the top seed Sam Parsons in the first round. He won the junior National and also was finalist at Senior Nationals this year and it gave him a lot of confidence to beat top players like HS Prannoy. So I feel if groomed properly, he does have a great future,” Kumar said.Asked what are the upcoming tourneys that Lakshya would be playing, Vimal said: “He is concentrating on his strength. We have former national champion Sayali Gokhale attached to him and she travels with him.advertisement”In two months time, he will be playing Vietnam Grand Prix and then it would be junior World championship,” he added.Last year, the Indian had won the India International Series and clinched a bronze at the CPB Badminton and Sports Science Training Center in Thailand.last_img read more

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first_imgPremier League Every Premier League football mascot: From Gunnersaurus to Fred the Red & beyond Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:42 2/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gunnersaurus Getty Premier League Swansea City Everton Leicester City Manchester United AFC Bournemouth Stoke City Southampton Burnley Newcastle United West Bromwich Albion Huddersfield Town Liverpool West Ham United Brighton & Hove Albion Watford Tottenham Hotspur Crystal Palace Chelsea Goal looks at the list of pre-match performers tasked with getting young fans in the mood for the big occasion Football matches can be tough for kids, especially before their heroes take to the pitch.A lot of waiting around in freezing or wet weather could turn off a young fan for life, but clubs have a solution: dress someone up in a costume and have them dance around to keep the youngsters amused.AdChoices广告But just who are those tasked with such a hefty responsibility in England’s top tier? Goal has the answers: Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Manchester City’s mascotMoonbeam, MoonchesterMoonchester and his partner Moonbeam are from the planet ‘Blue Moon’, a reference to one of Man City’s more iconic fan anthems. A fluffy pair sporting giant smiles and bunny-like ears, the duo would not look out of place on children’s television – and isn’t that who mascots are aimed at?Manchester United’s mascotFred The RedApparently voted the most popular club mascot in Match magazine back in 2011, Fred the Red’s name is pulled from Manchester United’s nickname: The Red Devils. Wearing shirt number 55, Fred dances for fans ahead of matches to get folks in the mood for action.According to The Sun, Steve Smith, the man who dons the suit, was concerned about his job security when Jose Mourinho took over at the club, but was quickly put at ease after the manager told him he enjoys how he interacts with United’s fanbase.Liverpool’s mascotMighty RedThe liver bird, normally represented by a cormorant, is a symbol for all of the city of Liverpool. As such, the decision to have one as Liverpool FC’s mascot is something of a no-brainer. Mighty Red is Anfield’s good-luck charm and is sometimes depicted holding laver seaweed in its mouth – a pun on “Liverpool”. Reds fans can buy a 36-page children’s book on their club website that provides kids with the perfect introduction to the emblematic bird.Chelsea’s mascotStamford the Lion, Bridget the LionChelsea fans are a proud bunch, so what better way to show that by having a lion as their mascot?Stamford the Lion has the honour of meeting and greeting young fans and has been joined by his partner Bridget (get it?) since 2013 – you can see Bridget joining the squad in the comical video below:Simple and effective. Nice work, Chelsea.Tottenham’s mascotChirpy the CockerelPulled straight from the club’s crest much like Liverpool’s mascot, Chirpy the Cockerel gets the kids amped before matches at Wembley and is joined by Spurs Lily who is, presumably, a female chicken.Cock a doodle doo!Arsenal’s mascotGunnersaurusPotentially the most famous mascot in the Premier League, the Gunnersaurus is a giant green dinosaur that has been turning out for Arsenal since 1994.The Gunners had run a competition for kids to see who or what would be the next hype monster for the London club and 11-year-old Peter Lovell won the prize:“I was always into art as a kid and at the time I was drawing a kind of comic book series of dinosaurs because I was obsessed with Jurassic Park. It was just one of those eureka moments where the name suddenly came to me – Gunnersaurus Rex,” Lovell said in an interview years later.Burnley’s mascotBertie BeeBurnley’s mascot is Bertie Bee and has seen his fair share of controversy whilst representing the Lancashire side.Throughout his career Bertie has rugby tackled a streaker and was sent off and ‘jailed’ in 2013 after offering the assistant referee his glasses in a top-of-the-table clash with QPR.Now that’s what you call passion!Leicester City’s mascotFilbert FoxFilbert Fox has appeared at every single matchday at Filbert Street for over 25 years – that’s over 1,000 matches – with Leicester City rather proudly stating on their official website that he has outlasted 17 first-team managers and hundreds of players.With Leicester’s nickname being ‘The Foxes’, it would be rather strange to have anything else as a mascot, right?Everton’s mascotChangy the ElephantChangy the Elephant was the Everton’s mascot until this season, when the club ended their shirt sponsor ties with the Thai beer company.The Toffees currently have a partnership with popular mobile game Angry Birds and there have been sightings of a fluffy bird doing the rounds at Goodison, however it seems the Merseyside club are currently in mascot limbo as the lead character if the Angry Birds franchise is known as ‘Red’… not a great fit for a club who historically wear blue!Bournemouth’s mascotCherry BearThere’s no clever wordplay to be had for Bournemouth, with the Cherries opting to go for a simple solution in.Cherry took part in a community whodunnit aimed at kids in 2016, where young fans could go and learn about forensic science as they endeavoured to find out who kidnapped the club mascot! Watford’s mascotHarry the HornetSimilar to the unruly Bertie Bee, Watford mascot Harry the Hornet found himself in trouble in 2016 after mocking Wilfried Zaha by doing a comic dive in front of the Crystal Palace winger following a heated draw at Vicarage Road.Then Palace boss Sam Allardyce told the FA to sort it out” at the time, but Harry escaped punishment for taking the mickey out of the Ivory Coast international.Buzz off, Sam, it’s just a bit of fun!West Ham United’s mascotHammerheadUnveiled in 2011, West Ham mascot Hammerhead is a semi-robotic character said to have come into being when a bolt of lightning struck the Thames Iron Works where West Ham original formed over 100 years ago.The Irons’ website claims Hammerhead is ‘strong as iron’, ‘fast as Billy Bonds’ and scores goals like club icon Vic Watson. One wonders why we haven’t seen him playing up front for David Moyes yet this season.Newcastle United’s mascotMonty Magpie, MaggieDonning the number 9 shirt at St James’ Park, Monty Magpie and his partner Maggie are charged with rousing the passion of young fans before Newcastle’s home matches.A reference to the club’s nickname ‘The Magpies’, anything else would have just been weird.Brighton & Hove Albion Gully the SeagullAn idea pulled straight from the club’s crest, Gully and Sally the seagulls patrol the touchline during Brighton’s home games to get the fans rallying behind the team.The feathered pair take part in all kinds of charity and community work, though may find themselves in a flap if the newly promoted club lose the battle against relegation.Crystal Palace Kayla, Crystal PalaceOne of the few real-life animal mascots in world football, Kayla the American bald eagle was born in Canada and flies around Selhurt Park before Crystal Palace’s home matches.Her popularity has seen her credited with saving the Kent bird sanctuary where she lives – and she’s even on the cover of Kings of Leon’s ‘Only by the Night’ album!Swansea City’s mascotCyril the SwanGroundskeeper Eddie Donne would do anything for the love of the Swansea badge, including donning the nine-foot tall costume of Cyril the Swan.Donne didn’t quite fancy it at first, but a few beers helped sway his decision when he first pulled on the suit in 2015. Having worked for Swansea since he was 17, the man in the swan rose to instant fame when he clattered into Bryan Hamilton, Norwich City’s assistant manager at the time, as he flapped up and down the touchline.Donne was roundly hounded by Norwich fans after they scored, but he would have the last laugh as the Welsh side found an equaliser. The rest is history.Huddersfield Town’s mascotTerry the TerrierTerry the Terrier was treated to his very own girlfriend when Tilly the Terrier was unveiled in 2016. Young supporters are treated to seeing the canine pair before matches and during half-time, adding to the excitement of gracing the Premier League with their club’s presence.Southampton’s mascotTwo mad mutts by the name of Sammy Saint and Super Saint make up Southampton’s mascot contingent – it’s a simple premise but check out those awesome dance moves!Stoke City’s mascotPottermus HippoStoke’s nickname ‘The Potters’ is the inspiration for their mascots Pottermus Hippo and Pottermiss Hippo – one has to wonder whether the the likes of the Gunnersaurus will ever be treated to a partner like so many of the other Premier League hype monsters.West Brom’s mascotBaggie BirdAnother two pulled from the club’s crest, throstles Baggie Bird and Albi represent West Bromwich Albion on the mascot front. 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first_img Next India Today Web Desk GuwahatiFebruary 11, 2019UPDATED: February 11, 2019 23:41 IST Lakshya Sen-led Airports Authority of India won the Inter State-Inter Zonal Championships for the 7th time. (BAI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLakshya Sen beat Shubhankar Dey in men’s singles final in 55 minutesAakarshi Kashyap notched up a 21-12, 21-14 win over Anura PrabhudesaiShriyanshi Pardeshi-Shlok Ramchandran got AAI the final victory in the finalAsian Junior Champion Lakshya Sen along with the mixed doubles pair of Shlok Ramchandran and Shriyanshi Pardeshi put up a brilliant show to guide the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to a narrow 3-2 victory over the Railways in a thrilling final of the 74th Inter State-Inter Zonal Badminton Championships at Guwahati on Monday. This is the seventh time that the AAI has conquered the title.The 17-year-old Sen battled for 55 minutes before he could subdue Subhankar Dey 21-17, 21-17 in the men’s singles clash to start off AAI’s challenge with a bang. In a face-off between two rising women’s singles stars of the country, Aakarshi Kashyap notched up a sublime 21-12, 21-14 win over the Railways’s Anura Prabhudesai to send the AAI 2-0 up.Just when it looked like AAI were cruising away to victory, Railways put up an incredible fightback. The men’s doubles pair of Kabir Kanzarkar and Hemanagendra Babu held their nerves to eke out a tight 21-18, 17-21, 21-18 win over Shlok Ramchandran and Chirag Sen.In women’s doubles, Riya Mookerjee and Anura Prabhudesai rose to the occasion with a commanding 21-8, 21-8 triumph over Pardeshi and Sneha Santhilal.Pardeshi soon managed to brush aside that setback and joined forces with Ramchandran to get a 21-9, 17-21, 21-8 win over Kanika Kanwal and Akshay Raut and fetch the vital deciding point for the AAI..@AAI_Official crowned champions for the 7 timeS.Pardeshi/S.Ramchandran of @AAI_Official wins the decisive match in a nail biting encounter 21-9;17-21;21-8 to eclipse K.Kanwal/A.Raut of @RailMinIndia and lift the 74th Yonex-Sunrise Inter State Zonals title #IndiaontheRise pic.twitter.com/F68UmGb43MadvertisementBAI Media (@BAI_Media) February 11, 2019The winners were awarded prize money of INR 3.5 lakhs and the runners-up INR 2.5 lakhs. The third and the fourth-placed teams get INR 2 lakh each for their performance at the Inter-Zonals..@lakshya_sen with yet another flawless performance as he gives @AAI_Official the early lead in the summit clash after outclassing @RailMinIndia’s @dey588subhankar 21-17,21-17Check the highlights and some of the key moments from the match. #IndiaontheRise #SeniorNationals2019 pic.twitter.com/GktIuLuotdBAI Media (@BAI_Media) February 11, 2019SEEDS ANNOUNCED FOR THE SENIOR NATIONALSWith the Inter-Zonal competition having reached its conclusion, the Yonex Sunrise 83rd Senior Nationals will get underway on February 12, the opening ceremony of which was held on Monday and was attended by the top shuttlers representing every state.The Yonex-Sunrise 83rd Senior National Badminton Championships 2018-19 will witness the country’s biggest domestic badminton event making its return to the North-East after a gap of nine years. The top eight singles players will be placed directly in the pre-quarter-finals while the top four teams in the doubles will similarly start their campaign from the quarter-finals.The BWF World Rankings as on January 18 is the major criterion for the seedings. All the top 50 shuttlers have got direct entries and BAI Rankings have been considered for players who have filled up the empty slots.PSPB will be led by the top three seeds in men’s singles — 2015 champion Sameer Verma, 2014 winner Sai Praneeth and 2012 winner Parupalli Kashyap. Subhankar Dey of the Railways is the fourth seed, UP’s Ansal Yadav is the fifth seed, AAI’s Chirag Sen is the sixth seed. Uttarakhand’s Bodhit Joshi and Haryana’s Kartik Jindal round off the men’s singles seedings.Andhra Pradesh’s PV Sindhu, champion in 2011 and 2013 as well as the runner-up in the last edition, is the top seed in women’s singles. Defending champion Saina Nehwal will be the only seed representing PSPB as she eyes a fourth Nationals title.AAI’s Shriyanshi Pardeshi is the third seed, followed by Ashmita Chaliha of Assam, Kanika Kanwal and Anura Prabhudesai, both of the Railways. Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka belonging to Andhra is the seventh seed while AAI’s Aakarshi Kashyap is the eighth.Arjun MR and Shlok Ramchandran have received the top billing in men’s doubles and are followed by the pairs of Anjan Buragohain-Ranjan Buragohain, Krishna Prasad Garaga-Dhruv Kapila and Prakash Raj-Vaibhaav.Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram are the women’s doubles top seeds while Ashna Roy and Karishma Wadkar are the second seeds. The pairs of Aparna Balan-Sruthi KP and Agna Anto-Sneha Santhilal are the third and the fourth seeds respectively.The mixed doubles draw is headed by the World No. 46 combine of Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg. Saurabh Sharma-Anoushka Parikh, Dhruv Kapila-Meghana Jakkampudi and Vighnesh Devlekar-Harika V are the next three seeds.Results:Airport Authority of India (AAI) bt Railways-3:2MS: Lakshya Sen (AAI) def Subhankar Dey (Railways) 21-17, 21-17advertisementWS: Aakarshi Kashyap (AAI) def Anura Prabhudesai (Railways) 21-12, 21-14MD: Kabir Kanzarkar/Hemanagendra Babu (Railways) def Shlok Ramchandran/Chirag Sen (AAI) 21-18, 17-21, 21-18WD: Riya Mookerjee/Anura Prabhudesai (Railways) def Shriyanshi Pardeshi/Sneha Santhilal (AAI) 21-8, 21-8XD: Shriyanshi Pardeshi/Shlok Ramchandran (AAI) def Kanika Kanwal/Akshay Raut (Railways) 21-9, 17-21, 21-8For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Lakshya SenFollow Aakarshi KashyapFollow Shriyanshi PardeshiFollow Shlok RamchandranFollow Inter State-Inter Zonal Badminton ChampionshipsFollow PV SindhuFollow Saina NehwalFollow Parupalli KashyapFollow Sai PraneethFollow Sameer VermaFollow national championships Lakshya Sen, Ramchandran-Pardeshi guide AAI to Inter State-Inter Zonal Championships titleLakshya Sen won the men’s singles, Aakarshi Kashyap won women’s singles while Shriyanshi Pardeshi and Shlok Ramchandran won mixed doubles as Airports Authority of India won the Inter State-Inter Zonal Championships.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img “The nation’s understanding and awareness of the importance of productivity improvements and its contribution to economic growth is not fully appreciated, hence the Ministry will be stepping up its game to enhance awareness over time,” she added. Story Highlights The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is stepping up measures to improve workplace productivity.“Increase in productivity is necessary for sustainable economic development, competitiveness, job creation and prosperity,” said portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, in her contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 26.“The nation’s understanding and awareness of the importance of productivity improvements and its contribution to economic growth is not fully appreciated, hence the Ministry will be stepping up its game to enhance awareness over time,” she added.As such, she said, the Ministry will be ramping up its public-awareness campaign through the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC).She informed that the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has provided the JPC with an expert on quality and productivity who will “allow the centre to add quality to its productivity portfolio”.She noted that the Gleaner Company and Lasco Jamaica have joined forces with the JPC to promote productivity in schools along with the formation of productivity clubs in high schools.“This is a very important development, as it recognises that if we inculcate a strong productivity culture in our students, it will grow with them through life,” Minister Robinson pointed out.On May 17, the JPC staged the first of four productivity fora planned for this fiscal year in Kingston as part of Workers’ Week activities, under the theme ‘Ramping up Productivity through Innovation’.Boosting productivity is a key area of focus under the Ministry’s Strategic Business Plan for 2018/19 through to 2020/21.Other priorities are increasing employment within the context of the decent work agenda, enabling a more efficient labour market, maintaining a harmonious industrial relations climate, providing a safe and healthy work environment and protecting the most vulnerable groups. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is stepping up measures to improve workplace productivity. “Increase in productivity is necessary for sustainable economic development, competitiveness, job creation and prosperity,” said portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, in her contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 26.last_img read more

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first_imgzoom The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) is lobbying the Labor Party, the Greens and all micro-parties in the Senate to ensure jobs in Australia’s offshore oil and gas industry remain Australian. “The benefits of large scale resources projects, like Chevron’s Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG projects, must flow to current and future generations, this can only be done by ensure locals are not pushed out of their own job market,” the MUA said.The Australian Senate is about to vote on whether to pass the Migration Amendment (Offshore Resources Activity) Repeal Bill 2014 and enable issuing of Maritime Crew (subclass 988) visas to foreign workers.The move stems from the Australian Government’s intention to make it easier for vessels operating in the offshore oil and gas industry to use foreign crews, which would be at the expense of Australian maritime workers, according to the MUA.The MUA has launched a petition to support this cause which can be viewed here.Press Release, July 10th, 2014, Image: AMSAlast_img read more

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first_img Innovacorp, $250,000 Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation $95,000 Coastal Community Business Development Corporation $87,500 National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program $37,958 Other $29,542 Innovacorp, Nova Scotia’s technology commercialization agency, manages a venture capital fund that invests in early stage, high growth companies. Target industries include clean technology, information technology, and life sciences. Seed and venture capital investment is a critical part of Innovacorp’s High Performance Incubation (HPi) business model, which has earned international recognition as a best practice approach to technology commercialization. A Sydney-based company that develops software products for the entertainment industry has received a boost to accelerate growth in new markets and increase its sales team. Marcato Digital Solutions has secured $500,000 in financing from Innovacorp, Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation, Coastal Community Business Development Corporation, and the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program. “Marcato is the sort of story we like to tell,” said Clifford Gross, president and CEO of Innovacorp. “Here’s a capable young entrepreneur, who identified a problem for his customers, developed a first-rate solution, and now is successfully launching it into the marketplace from his home in Cape Breton.” The company offers two products: Marcato Musician and Marcato Festival. Marcato Musician is web-based artist management software that lets musicians manage communications, schedule bookings, stay on top of tasks and deadlines, keep track of contacts and venues, store files in a centralized file manager, promote upcoming gigs on social networking sites, and generate printable tour itineraries and media kits. Marcato Festival offers similar features to festival organizers, helping them manage artists, events, volunteers, logistics and communications. “The enthusiasm and financial support from our current round of investors has been tremendous,” said Darren Gallop, president and CEO of Marcato. “We’re really looking forward to the next stage of growth for our team and business.” Marcato already counts as customers renowned artists, companies and events such as Gordie Sampson, Joel Plaskett, Mary Jane Lamond, Groundswell Music, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Celtic Colours International Festival, and East Coast Music Association. The financing breaks down as follows: last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: In a clear reference to the Balakot air strike in Pakistan, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday that the offensive action against terrorists in the neighbourhood spoke volumes about the “reach and lethality” of the Indian armed forces.”We are all aware that the Indian (Air) Force is a technologically advanced and extremely potent force. The recent offensive strikes against terrorist outfits in our neighbourhood speak volumes about the reach and lethality of the formidable arm of the Indian armed forces,” Singh said in his address at a seminar at the IAF Auditorium here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The IAF had conducted air strikes in Pakistan’s Balakot in February, days after the Pulwama terror attack on a CRPF convoy in which 40 personnel were killed. In his address at the seminar on ‘Modernisation and Indigenisation plans of the Indian Air Force’, Singh announced that the Centre has approved a proposal for use of government test facilities by the private industry to meet the standards required for defence manufacturing. He said the decision was taken after incorporating the comments of the stakeholders particularly, indigenous defence manufacturers. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”I sincerely hope the synergy between government’s efforts and industry participation will help fulfil the long-cherished dream of making India a frontrunner in defence production,” Singh said. The defence minister emphasised the need to progressively reduce dependence on foreign manufacturers and indigenously develop comprehensive capabilities in the defence sector. He urged the private industry to take advantage of the government’s policy initiatives and engage with defence services, Defence Public Sector Undertakings and Ordnance Factory Board to meet indigenisation demands. He reaffirmed the government’s commitment to resolving any outstanding issue in the way of growth and development of indigenous defence industries. He asked the industry to not expect any short-term returns but invest for long-term gains. “The Indian Air Force, besides the Army and the Navy, needs to keep pace with the advancements in technology for enhancing operational capabilities,” he said. Recalling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to modernise the armed forces, Singh said efforts are being made to increase the participation of the private sector in ‘Make in India’ in defence sector. Singh also said the process of defence offset implementation has been streamlined and one of the major demands of the industry to reinstate the provision of services for discharge of offsets has now been provided. The Union minister said the defence products list for issuing industrial licenses under Industry Development and Regulation (IDR) Act has been revised, adding, it has reduced the entry barriers for the industry especially the small and medium segment.last_img read more

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first_imgGhaziabad: A 16-year-old state level female kabaddi player was allegedly molested by her coach at an academy in Kavi Nagar area of Ghaziabad on Monday. Police have arrested the accused and he has been sent to jail on Tuesday.According to police, the arrested accused has been identified as Vijay Chaudhary (35), a native of Govindpuram area in Ghaziabad. Vijay is a coach at a kabaddi training academy in Sadarpur area in Ghaziabad. The victim had participated in several district as well as state level kabaddi championships. She was also selected for national school championship. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAs per reports, the incident occurred on Monday afternoon when the girl, a student of class 11 at a private school, had gone for her coaching at the academy. “During training, the accused touched the girl inappropriately at her private parts and tried to force himself over her. He kissed her on her cheeks and hugged her tightly a couple of times. Somehow, the victim managed to flee from there and narrated the ordeal to her parents,” the victim said in her complaint. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe complaint further read that the accused also took girl’s mobile number from academy’s records and started sending lewd messages to her. He also invited her to a restaurant and offered her money in return. However, the girl reported the matter to police on Monday evening and the accused was arrested. “Based on the complaint received, we have registered a case under section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 7/8 of Protection of Child Against Sexual Offences (POCSO) act against the accused Vijay Chaudhary. He has been arrested by police and has been sent to jail on Tuesday,” said Anil Kumar Shahi, Station House Officer of Kavi Nagar police station. Earlier in June, a dance teacher was arrested by police for allegedly molesting his 10-years-old student during dance coaching in Loni border area of Ghaziabad. However, when the girl started screaming, other students in the dance academy reached and the accused was later arrested by police.last_img read more

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first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsA law that gives First Nations full control over their education system is beginning to make a difference in the lives of students on the Nipissing First Nation.The Anishinabek Nation signed an agreement with Canada and the Province of Ontario in 2017.It means that they will control the education of almost 15,000 students.afrancis@aptn.ca@aptnafrancislast_img

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first_imgAustralia will only secure sustainable benefits from the current resources boom if the Rudd Government’s first Budget implements a range of policy recommendations it proposes, says the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM). It has urged the Treasurer to implement measures that will capture the long term benefits of the mining boom, and that will continue to add value to Australia’s economy, environment and society. The CEO of The AusIMM, Michael Catchpole, said these measures would increase exploration and research activity, change the basis of higher education funding, provide incentives for women to remain in the workforce, develop nationally consistent safety regulation across the country and introduce an effective emissions trading scheme.“As the professionals in the minerals sector, our members are committed to using their technical knowledge for the benefit of the community,” Catchpole said. “In proposing policy settings across a range of ministerial portfolios, our submission takes the broader view on issues of future competitiveness and economic, social and environmental sustainability.”The AusIMM Pre-Budget Submission for 2008-09 puts forward policy recommendations in five key areas that are critical to the minerals sector. They are: exploration, minerals R&D, human capital, emissions reductions and health and safety.Increasing exploration levels in Australia is a clear priority for The AusIMM. “New exploration is the lifeblood of the industry. Australia’s share of global exploration has been declining in recent years, and only 36% of exploration undertaken last year was searching for new deposits. The AusIMM welcomes indications from the government that it will introduce a flowthrough shares scheme for explorers to stimulate exploration activity.”Catchpole said maintaining Australia’s excellence in research and development has also been identified as a priority. “The Australian mining industry has built up a competitive advantage by applying leading edge technologies which have increased productivity, reduced costs and also reduced impacts on the environment. Australia has an excellent record of government-research institute-industry collaboration that has resulted in stunning value-added results for our economy. This collaboration is not something we can take for granted. It requires a strong public commitment to funding for research infrastructure – centres of excellence and PhD studies. In a consolidated industry we need to ensure that global players continue to choose Australia as their preferred location for mining research.”The escalating professional skills shortage is another major impediment for the future development of the industry. It is a bizarre anomaly that in the midst of the nation’s biggest ever resources boom, university departments dedicated to minerals-related courses are closing. Catchpole said this was due to the inadequacy of the current formula that allocated funds on the basis of enrolment numbers. This had disadvantaged small, capital-intensive courses such as Mining Engineering and Geoscience.“A new funding formula must recognise the diversity in location of these courses and the staffing numbers and costs of infrastructure required to teach them to the highest standard. Disciplines of national importance must be encouraged to expand to meet growing and sustained demand.”In a bid to attract and retain professionals in the mining industry, The AusIMM has also urged the government to implement policy measures that would increase women’s participation in mining. It recommends that the government provide adequate assistance for a broad range of child care options, in particular In-Home care, or nannies. “Far from being a luxury, nannies are the only child care option compatible with mining rosters for many women working in the industry,” Catchpole said. “Members of The AusIMM Women in Mining network have reported paying in excess of $35,000 for child care – more than half their after-tax salary. Government assistance that recognises the real child care needs of shift workers in all sectors is essential if women are to participate fully in our economy – and if our economy and society is to maximise the benefit of that participation. One option is to make costs of child care tax deductible.”A nationally consistent approach to safety and health regulation is also a priority for The AusIMM. Companies that work in several states are required to comply with multiple regimes driven by a variety of compliance philosophies. Resolving the details and differences detracts from the real task of putting in place the most effective safety system possible. “Federal and state governments have taken steps towards nationally consistent safety principles through the National Mines Safety Framework, but the rate of progress has been slow,” Catchpole said. “We urge the government to make a strong commitment to the implementation of the Framework so that consistent, continuous improvement in safety and health can be achieved.”Finally, global warming is a major challenge of our times. The mining industry is well placed to contribute to a technology-based solution to global emissions reduction. In a metals-hungry world, the significance of energy efficiency improvements in the production of commodities such as iron ore cannot be underestimated.The AusIMM has urged the Government to implement a comprehensive technology policy that will complement its emissions reduction scheme. “In scale-intensive industries such as mining and minerals processing, the cost of developing new low-emissions technologies can run into billions, but these are the very developments the world needs if we are to maintain our standard of living whilst bringing down emissions,” Catchpole said. “Strong fiscal incentives are needed to encourage companies to take the ‘next big step’ in low emissions R&D.”last_img read more

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first_imgBulk materials handling specialist Transmin has switched from using Rammer, to using Atlas Copco for the supply of all industrial hammers used in their rockbreaker range. Transmin sources all of its hammers via sister company Breakers & Attachments Equipment Group (BA Equipment). In addition, Transmin has announced the signing of a new Australian distributor agreement with Yoshikawa Corporation, a world leader in ‘circle feeder’ technology used in bulk-materials handling operations across a vast range of industrial sectors, including mining.On the hammer development, BA Equipment Managing Director Campbell Nunn explains; “The switch to Atlas Copco from Rammer reflects the technical advantages of the new Atlas range over its rivals, as well as the incredible scope of supply and support delivered by Atlas Copco. At BA Equipment we can be confident we’re supplying our clients with the best breaker solution available on the market, for the best price, and with the best support.”Atlas Copco is one of the world’s largest suppliers of industrial breakers and attachments. The current MB (medium) and HB (heavy) range of hydraulic breakers were introduced in early 2013 and boast a number of key improvements, most notably a significant improvement in power to weight ratio, marketed as ‘less weight, more power.’ The reduced weight therefore requires less input power, resulting in lower operating costs over the lifetime of the equipment.Transmin is a leading manufacturer of rockbreakers and hydraulic boom systems used in mining operations globally to break down oversize rocks as they pass through the materials handling process. The company manufactured the largest rockbreaker/hydraulic boom system in the southern hemisphere for Rio Tinto’s Mount Tom Price mine in northern Western Australia. Nicknamed ‘Big Bertha’, the machine has a 10 m boom and 7 m jib.The scope of the Yoshikawa circle feeder agreement covers all states and territories within Australia, and includes Yoshikawa’s full range of circle feeders and associated parts and servicing. Transmin Capital Sales Manager Phil Gilbert stated: “Circle feeders are a highly innovative and effective alternative to traditional belt and screw feeders. Thanks to their circular motion, they guarantee consistent draw-down of materials – ensuring ‘first-in, first-out’, whilst removing the risk of material ‘bridging’ and ‘sludging’. They also allow the potential for multiple material inlet/outlet points.The result for many clients is a more efficient, more flexible handling operation that experiences reduced material wastage and spoiling, a more reliable flow, and improved space-saving efficiencies. All of which can have a positive impact on the bottom-line.”Yoshikawa manufactures circle feeders for virtually any commodity or material – including coal and other bulk mined products. Each feeder is engineered to the specific attributes of the material being handled, with feeder diameters ranging from 30 cm through to 4 m. Rob Rhodes, Transmin General Manager comments: “The Yoshikawa range is in perfect alignment with Transmin’s own longstanding specialisation in bulk materials handling equipment manufacturing. For almost 30 years Transmin has developed a world class reputation for engineering and manufacturing innovation. Yoshikawa Corporation is a prime example of precision Japanese manufacturing with innovation at the heart of their business. No other company in the world delivers a comparable feeder alternative. The Yoshikawa range therefore adds an extra level of integration for us as a business; providing our clients with access to top-of-the-range feeder technology. We’re delighted to announce the signing of this agreement, and we look forward to growing the Yoshikawa line here in Australia, alongside Transmin’s traditional feeder lines.”last_img read more

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first_imgEarlier this week we reported on the issue of trying to sit through a 2D film that was way too dark due to a 3D lens being left on a Sony digital projector. Ty Burr of the Boston Globe has investigated and tracked the problem down to a 3D lens that was too complicated to remove and risked the projector shutting down. He found movie theaters were deciding to leave the 3D lens on those projectors which is what is causing all these dark 2D movies.Understandably, Sony aren’t too pleased about the information circulating about this issue, and the fact its projectors are being blamed. Sony Digital Cinema got in touch with us to try and clarify the “inaccurate statements that are currently circulating on the web.”AdChoices广告The claims made against the Sony digital projector with 3D lens attached are as follows:Sony 3D projectors are the only ones to use two stacked beams of lightThe removal of the 3D lens is a complicated and time consuming process that is easy to get wrongSony 3D projectors are the cause of dark 2D movie playback if the 3D lens is left onFirstly, Sony states that they aren’t the only ones to use two stacked beams of light for 3D projection. Any projector using the RealD XL cinema system will have those same two beams, so you cannot rely on that fact to know it’s a Sony projector.Secondly, the complicated lens removal process is questioned with Sony stating a “trained technician” can change the lens in under 20 minutes. What we don’t know is whether the term !trained technician! extends to projectionists. We assume that it does, as it would make little sense requiring a technician to visit every time a lens needs changing. They also point out that lens changes don’t require accessing the projection system, only the front of the projector. It is also confirmed that a projector operator has to login to operate the digital projector and that it is standard practice for all digital projection systems.On the final, and most important point of a 3D lens making the movie darker, Sony confirms that the RealD filters do reduce lighting levels by 20%, but when running in 2D mode the filters are not in use so it shouldn’t be reducing the light output.So what we can take away from this is that changing the lens isn’t as complicated as first thought, and with the proper training a projector operator should be able to perform such a change between screenings. As to the issue of dark films, it seems that if setup correctly a 3D lens should be able to play a 2D movie without making them darker. But that relies on the RealD filters being turned off.The fact remains that people are visiting movie theaters and seeing dark 2D screenings. Something is causing this to happen, but as far as Sony is concerned their projector is not at fault. What we want to know is whether it’s easy to leave the RealD filters on when playing a 2D movie. If they can be left on, then that could be the cause of the dark movies. We are open to other suggestions as to the cause, though.You can view Sony Digital System’s 4K projection fact page and check out the details for yourself.last_img read more

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first_imgThe military is known for engaging in top-secret, expensive, high-tech projects. These range from new vehicles and planes to weapons and armor. You may be surprised then to hear of the US Army’s latest project. Taking to task the horrible taste of Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), the Army has finally cracked the code of the sandwich.Gone will be the days of bland peanut butter, flavorless crackers, and freeze-dried meatloaf. This sandwich has meat, cheese, and lettuce inside delicious bread. If you’ve ever seen a Hot Pocket, this is similar. It may not be from a five-star restaurant, but soldiers like it.Shelf life is the cornerstone of any MRE, and this sandwich fits the bill: it stays fresh for two years. For food to rot, you usually need oxygen and water. MREs that eliminate water have great shelf-life, but horrible taste. The two-year sandwich doesn’t shy away from moist ingredients, but it uses preservation techniques to keep the H2O in check.When jams — which have high water content — are stored, they stay fresh because a) sugar locks in the moisture and b) the container is air-tight. These are the exact ingredients in the two-year sandwich. It has sugar, and a packet of iron fillings shares the vacuum-sealed wrapping. The iron draws in excess moisture, converts it into rust, and traps it.A sandwich preserved with this method won’t last forever, but two years will suffice for the Army. Considering the bile that soldiers are used to eating, a year less of shelf life will be a welcome tradeoff.via BBC and Popscilast_img read more

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first_imgWILTON MANORS, FLA. (WSVN) – – Police have arrested a man who allegedly broke into a Wilton Manors thrift store and made off with the store’s register.Surveillance video showed the man breaking into a thrift store along Northwest Ninth Avenue and 23rd Street, April 14.Police said the man was identified as Devante Allen and arrested him, Wednesday.The video showed Allen smashing the store’s front glass door and going for the register before taking off.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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first_img Led by Michael R. Vanner in Prof. Markus Aspelmeyer’s Aspelmeyer Group for Quantum Foundation and Quantum Information at the Nano- and Microscale, the team – which also included I. Pikovski, G. D. Cole, M. S. Kim, Č. Brukner, K. Hammerer, and G. J. Milburn – faced a number of challenges in devising their optomechanical scheme to fully reconstruct quantum states of mechanical motion. One of the most fundamental is the attempt to observe quantum mechanical behavior of a macroscopic mechanical object, since any potential quantum features would exhibit themselves only on truly miniscule scales. “For the mechanical structures that we consider,” Vanner explains, “one needs to resolve position displacements of about a femtometer,” or one-trillionth of a millimeter. “This is a mind‐bogglingly small distance that is, in fact, smaller than even the diameter of a hydrogen nucleus.”This then leads to additional challenges: In the attempt to measure an object’s position, the object moves and causes positional smearing by injecting uncertainty into the resulting position information, which is referred to as the Standard Quantum Limit (SQL). “The first challenge that we had to overcome was to find a method which circumvents the SQL,” Vanner continues. “The second was that making measurements of the position alone is insufficient to reconstruct a quantum state. This is because the quantum state contains all that is, at least in principle, knowable about the object. And so, one needs to also measure all the complementary properties of the state, such as its momentum, and to do so also in an equally precise manner.”Since no existing microscopy technology is capable of resolving quantum-scale features, the team addressed these challenges with optical interferometry. “Perhaps where we benefited most,” Vanner reflects, “was from the work of V. B. Braginsky, who made several seminal contributions to the field of quantum measurement1. In particular he introduced a scheme using short pulses of light that can overcome the SQL.” A short pulsed interaction can achieve this because the mechanical object has very little time to move during the interaction, and thus smearing can be dramatically reduced. “Braginsky developed this technique to make sensitive force detectors with the goal of detecting gravitational waves,” notes Vanner. “We’ve utilized this technique to allow for very sensitive position measurements. What we introduce in our proposal is a protocol using these pulsed measurements to perform quantum state reconstruction, which was our primary interest, and also a protocol to prepare low entropy squeezed states.” Proposed design and fabrication procedure for high-finesse optomechanical microcavities: Using microcavities provides optomechanical coupling rates many orders of magnitude larger than current millimeter or centimeter length scale implementations of optomechanical Fabry-Pérot cavities and can provide sufficient radiation-pressure interaction to resolve the small scale quantum properties of the mechanical resonator. Cross-sectional view with a quarter of the device removed. Uppermost (colored green) is the mechanical resonator supported by auxiliary beams. The optical field is injected into the device from below through a transparent handle (colored blue) and the curved rigid input mirror (colored pink) and then resonates in the vacuum-gap between this and the mechanical device before being retroreflected. Image: Copyright © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1105098108 Quantum behavior with a flash The state reconstruction scheme works in much the same way as many modern medical imaging techniques – that is, by taking images from many angles, as in X‐ray computed tomography, it is possible to determine the three-dimensional internal structure within the body. “Applying this analogy to our case,” Vanner continues, “the internal structure is the quantum state and the angles are its various properties: position, momentum, and their combinations. Our state reconstruction protocol uses appropriately timed pulses of light to access all these properties, thus providing a means to determine all the information in the quantum state.” An important point is that the team has analyzed the experimental feasibility and demonstrated that the scheme is realizable with current state‐of‐the‐art technology.Vanner is optimistic about the development of additional innovations and extensions in pulse sequences and measurements based on their pulsed design. “As an example,” Vanner notes, “we’re currently trying to compliment our work reported in PNAS by developing pulsed approaches to quantum state preparation. Combining such results with our state reconstruction results provides a complete experimental framework.”In terms of how their findings might enhance the future exploration of quantum mechanical phenomena on a macroscopic scale, Vanner points out that one important quantum mechanical phenomenon that is little explored in the laboratory is decoherence – the term given to the processes by which the environment surrounding a quantum object gains information about its state, often leading to the undesirable consequence of loss of quantum coherence between superposition components. “Decoherence is often regarded as one of the primary hindrances in efforts to construct a quantum computer. The quantum state tomography scheme that we have introduced can be used to observe and characterize decoherence, thus providing vital experimental data for the development of quantum mechanics based technology.” Moreover, adds Vanner, “It is a fascinating prospect that quantum information can be encoded into the motion of a mechanical object. This may lead to a number of interesting possibilities, such as transduction between flying qubits – i.e., photons – and qubits in a solid state device or superconductor. A pulsed approach may indeed be a feasible route to achieving this goal.”In addition to decoherence as discussed above, adds Vanner, “An attractive feature of the quantum state reconstruction scheme is that it can reconstruct and analyze any quantum state of motion. Thus, a large number of state‐dependent quantum effects can be studied. For example, one could utilize the fragility of a quantum superposition state as an extremely sensitive detector.”For Vanner, one of the key prospects is to see their design actually realized. “We’re currently building an experiment to implement our quantum state reconstruction protocol,” he concludes. “I’m finding it very exciting to be able to physically implement our ideas and begin to experimentally see behavior that is predicted in our theoretical model.” Citation: The quantum world writ large: Using short optical pulses to study macroscopic quantum behavior (2011, September 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-quantum-world-writ-large-short.html 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.center_img Explore further More information: Pulsed quantum optomechanics, PNAS, Published online before print September 7, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.11050981081Related: Quantum nondemolition measurements: the route from toys to tools, V. B. Braginsky and F. Ya. Khalili, Reviews of Modern Physics 68, 1–11 (1996), doi: 10.1103/RevModPhys.68.1 Copyright 2011 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (PhysOrg.com) — Einstein infamously dismissed quantum entanglement as spooky action at a distance and quantum uncertainty with his quip that God does not play dice with the universe. Aside from revealing his conceptual prejudices, Einstein’s rejection of these now-established hallmarks of quantum mechanics point to the field’s elusive nature: Coherent quantum mechanical phenomena, such as entanglement and superposition, are not apparent at macroscopic levels of scale. In fact, a common view is that on these scales quantum behavior is masked by decoherence, or even that quantum mechanics itself needs revision. Encouragingly, however, researchers at the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology (VCQ), University of Vienna, have recently proposed an experimental design that would use a macroscopic mechanical resonator, short optical pulses and optical microcavities to realize quantum state tomography, squeezing, and state purification that could shed light on this elusive boundary between the quantum and classical worlds.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would be visiting China in June end to attract more investments in different sectors of Bengal. Centre for Promotion of India-China Cooperation had invited the Chief Minister to grace a programme in China where there will also be discussions on trade and commerce. Banerjee will also address it. There are possibilities that the Chief Minister would be visiting Beijing, Yunnan Province and Jiangsu Province during her visit to China. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThere would be discussions to attract investment for Bengal in food processing, automobile, healthcare, tourism and IT sectors. The development that Bengal has witnessed in the past six-and-a-half-years will be highlighted in the programmes and it will also come up during discussions with industrialists from different provinces of China. The state’s number one position in Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) in the country will also be highlighted. It is learnt that state Finance Minister Amit Mitra along with senior officials of the state government will be accompanying the Chief Minister during her China visit. A team of top industrialists from the city will also be a part of the Chief Minister’s delegation. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedDignitaries from China had invited the Chief Minister to their country during their visit to the state. Banerjee had earlier visited Singapore, Dacca, London, Scotland, Italy and Germany. Now, she would be visiting China. It may also be recalled that during her visit to Singapore in 2014, Governor of Yunnan Province Li Jiheng had met her and invited her to visit China. Again in 2015, Chinese Vice-President Li Yuan Chao had visited Kolkata and invited her to visit China. It may be recalled that around 30 industrialists from China had visited the Bengal Global Business Summit this year, including 10 industrialists who had visited India for the first time.The visit of the top industrialists from China in the BGBS had helped establish a connection with them and the business from the state. The Chief Minister’s visit to China in such a situation will ensure more investment for Bengal.last_img read more

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