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Pakistan picked fast bowler Wahab Riaz for the two Twenty20s against Sri Lanka this month in hope he recovers from a hand injury in time. Fast bowler Ziaul Haq will replace Riaz in the 15-man squad if the left-arm fast bowler isn’t available for the T20s in Colombo on July 30 and August 1.Riaz injured his hand during the test series against Sri Lanka last month, and was ruled out of the ongoing five-match one-day international series. Riaz will start bowling from Friday under the supervision of National Cricket Academy coaches in Lahore, chief selector Haroon Rashid said in a statement on Wednesday.The squad also includes another experienced left-arm fast bowler, Sohail Tanvir, who impressed in the Caribbean T20 league. The selectors also kept faith in legspinner Yasir Shah, who played a key role in Pakistan’s victory in the test series against Sri Lanka.”Yasir has emerged as a strike bowler who takes wickets, and in T20I cricket a bowler having this ability is a big plus,” Rashid said.Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Nauman Anwar, Mohammad Hafeez, Mukhtar Ahmed, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah, Sohail Tanvir, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz or Ziaul Haq.
Force India could take weeks to decide who partners Mexican Sergio Perez next season, deputy principal Bob Fernley said on Friday.The British-based Formula One team have one of the most desirable seats remaining on the grid after Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg decided to leave for Renault.There is no shortage of candidates but Fernley told reporters at the Mexican Grand Prix that there was no deadline either.”It’s (co-owner and principal) Vijay (Mallya)’s decision and we’ll start those discussions probably when we get back next week,” he said.”I think we’ll take our time, have a look at what offers are on the table, Vijay will make his decision and then well announce it.”Pressed further, he said it could be “next week or the week after or even the week after that.”Force India are currently fourth in the constructors’ standings with three races remaining, including Mexico, and on course for their best ever performance.Renault drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer have both been linked to Force India if they are not kept on as Hulkenberg’s future team mate.Manor’s Esteban Ocon and Pascal Wehrlein are both contracted to Mercedes, who provide Force India’s engines, and there has been paddock speculation that either could be promoted up the grid.Sauber’s Brazilian Felipe Nasr and Sweden’s Marcus Ericsson, who have yet to score a point for the Swiss team this season, have also hinted at an interest with the former considered a more likely prospect.Fernley said 2017, when the technical rules undergo sweeping changes, promised to offer Force India the chance of a “reasonably level playing field” for the first time.advertisement”I’m very optimistic that the team will be very competitive in 2017,” he said.
Want to add new donors and more donations to your fundraising results this year?One of the best ways to expand your reach and attract new supporters is by tapping into the networks of your existing supporters with a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign. Here’s why: people are more likely to give when asked by a friend or family member, and thanks to the multiplier effect, these supporter-fundraisers will increase their lifetime value to your organization by giving and bringing new donations to your cause.So, how do you do it? How do you inspire donors to create personalized fundraising campaigns and raise money on your behalf? Here are 11 tips for turning donors into fundraisers.Make it easy.First and foremost, you must make setting up a peer fundraising page and asking friends to donate dead simple to do. The same rules apply for getting donors to give as they do for getting supporters to ask their networks to give to your cause. The easier it is to do, the more likely they will be to do it. Focus on removing any roadblocks for your supporters-turned-fundraisers.Offer portable outreach. Arm your supporters with pre-written emails and social media posts. Provide grab-and-go templates so your advocates can focus on reaching out to their friends.Be clear. Make sure you are clear on what you’re asking your supporters to do when you recruit them to be fundraisers. Make your instructions short and simple. If there are too many steps or complex requests, they’ll get confused and give up. Simplify their part of the process as much as possible, and if you can do some of the steps for them, even better.Be realistic. You want your goals to be exciting and motivating, but requests don’t feel do-able will just turn potential fundraisers off. Make your ask feel possible so your supporters can see they can succeed and make an impact for your work. If possible, share other fundraisers’ good results to illustrate that a successful campaign is achievable.Have the right tools. Having the right software in place makes these types of social fundraising campaigns a lot easier for you, and your fundraisers. Focus on tools that empower supporters, offer built-in sharing options, and make your fundraisers look good. Schedule a personalized tour of Network for Good’s peer-to-peer fundraising software and learn how you can easily create campaigns that will extend your reach and attract new donors.Make it relevant.Giving back is often very personal, for both donors and fundraisers alike. Reinforce this important tie to your work by making the idea of fundraising for your organization tailored to your supporters.Think about their connection with your cause. Some donors have an affinity for certain projects or programs, or they have a story that shares a unique perspective. When asking supporters to join as fundraisers, make sure you connect these preferences to the campaign you’d like them to help spread. If a donor has always supported your senior meal delivery program, tap them to start a fundraiser to help fund a new van to distribute even more meals.Personalize your request. Use the details you have in your donor database to personalize your invitation to participate. Yes, start with getting their name correct on the emails, but also include relevant details about their history with your organization and how this makes them the perfect fit for your fundraising team. A request that seems generic or worse, disconnected, won’t inspire donors to get involved.Make it about the impact.Everyone wants to know they’re making a difference, and your fundraisers are no exception. Get your advocates on board by illustrating the impact that their efforts will have.Show the big picture. Give prospective fundraisers a clear view of how their efforts will add to your bigger goal. What is the vision that your campaign will make a reality? Paint a picture of how your supporter-fundraisers will make a difference and include this in your recruitment communications.But also get specific. Now that you’ve set the vision, break down what each campaign, donor, and donation can do. This will help fundraisers and donors alike understand how they can achieve the goals you’ve set, one step at a time. Will $20 help feed a family for a day? Does a $2,000 fundraiser goal equal a new refrigerator for your food pantry? Let supporters know exactly how their gifts will be used so they can visualize their specific impact.Make it fun.Social fundraising campaigns can create a deeper connection with your supporters … and they’re fun! Don’t forget to use this fact when you recruit and motivate fundraisers for your projects.Leave room for personalization and creativity. Give your fundraisers ownership over their campaigns and allow them to customize their communications and fundraising pages with their photos, stories, and video. Not only does this make their efforts feel more personal, these individual touches will make donors more likely to give as it evokes their recognition and relationship with the fundraiser.Offer motivation. Keep your supporters going with updates on how the campaign is going and how their contributions are adding up. Check in with encouraging words and tips for making their outreach more effective. Don’t forget: a little competition among your fundraisers is healthy and can drive extra participation. Consider offering an incentive for the best campaigns or when fundraisers meet certain milestones.Create goals and deadlines. While you want your goals to be realistic (see above), you do want to set some targets and track milestones to help motivate your fundraisers and drive a sense of urgency. This helps your supporters stay engaged and can spur them on to encourage more donations.Network for Good’s peer fundraising software will help you do all of these things and more. You can create beautiful campaigns that inspire donors to fundraise on your behalf and motivate their networks to give to your organization.
An all-round performance from Karachi Kings helped them record their first-ever victory over the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League.Colin Ingram starred with the bat for them while Imad Wasim and Tymal Mills’ tight bowling helped the Kings beat the Gladiators by 19 runs in the second match of the PSL 2018 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.Electing to bat first, the Kings were handed a good start by Khurram Manzoor and Joe Denly before tha latter fell in the fifth over for a run-a-ball 14. Manzoor, who was striking it well was joined by Babar Azam but Azam didn’t last long and fell for a 12-ball to reduce the Kings to 57/2 from 9.1 overs..@KarachiKingsARY ended the draught against @TeamQuetta with this win by 19 runs#HBLPSL #DilSeJaanLagaDe #QGvKK pic.twitter.com/jq2g8RyUtAPakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) February 23, 2018With only 57 runs on board, they needed a push and that’s exactly what Colin Ingram provided. He counter-attacked the bowlers and played a quickfire knock of 41 from 21 balls before falling in the 17th over to Jofra Archer. After Ingram departed, the batsmen could hardly get on with it and only managed to score 18 runs from 19 balls to finish on 149/9 and set a modest target of 150 to the Gladiators.Shane Watson starred with the ball for the Quetta franchise, picking up 3/22 from his four overs. Anwar Ali and Archer also bagged two wickets each.Chasing 150, the Gladiators lost Watson early for 1 and his opening partner Asad Shafiq followed in the first ball of the third over. Reduced to 4/2, Kevin Pietersen and Umar Amin had to re-build the innings but Mills didn’t let that happen. He removed his fellow countryman Pietersen and put the Gladiators in further state of bother — 15/3 from 4.1 overs. Rilee Rossouw did provide some support to Amin but the Kings captain Imad Wasim removed him just in time. After that, it was a flurry of wickets and the Gladiators lost their way completely. Mohammad Nawaz did try to rescue them but his 20-ball 30 was just not enough and the Gladiators could only manage 130/9 from their 20 overs — thus, losing the match by 19 runs.advertisementWasim (2/19), Mills (2/27) and Mohammad Irfan (2/36) all picked up two wickets while Shahid Afridi (1/23) and Mohammad Amir (1/20) bagged one each from their four overs.Ingram’s 41 earned him the man-of-the match.For his scintillating 21 ball 41 Colin Ingram is the Man of the Match#HBLPSL #DilSeJaanLagaDe #QGvKK pic.twitter.com/rjtVWBL789PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) February 23, 2018
zoom Oslo-based shipowning company Ocean Yield ASA has agreed to acquire four newbuilding 115,000 dwt LR2 product tankers for a total consideration of USD 198.1 million, in combination with 13 years “hell and high water” bareboat charters to Navig8 Product Tankers Inc.The four vessels are being built at Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd, Korea, and are scheduled for delivery in January, March, May and July 2016 respectively.The vessels are being acquired for USD 49.5 million each, which is equal to the original yard cost and is about 20% below current market value.“The transaction will be funded by a committed bank facility of USD 148 million, or USD 37 million per vessel, a seller’s credit of USD 10 million, or USD 2.5 million per vessel and the remaining amount with existing cash,” the company said.Navig8 Product Tankers will have certain options to acquire the vessels during the charter period, with the first option exercisable after seven years.Furthermore, Ocean Yield will provide Navig8 Product Tankers with an interest bearing pre-delivery loan matching the remaining yard instalments, which will be secured by assignment of the shipbuilding contracts and the refund guarantees.Navig8 Product Tankers, established in 2013 by the Navig8 Group together with several investment funds as shareholders, has a newbuilding program that comprises 27 vessels, of which 15 LR2s and 12 LR1s, with deliveries expected from September 2015 through 2016. Commercial management is done by the Navig8 Group, which manages 15 shipping pools in three shipping segments and has 332 committed vessels under management.Ocean Yield ASA’s Chief Executive Officer Lars Solbakken said: “We are pleased to announce the investment in 4 newbuilding product tankers as it allows us to continue to diversify our portfolio and the transaction fits very well with our strategy to invest in modern vessels with long term charters. Due to our strong balance sheet the transaction is done without raising any new equity and the new investment will therefore have a very positive effect on both earnings and dividend capacity per share.”
APTN National NewsThe Native Friendship Centre of Montreal could close in as little as three months.Last year, Le Regoupement des centres d’aimite autochtones du Quebec (RCAAQ), the provincial organization of friendship centres, revoked the membership of the Montreal centre for reasons that are still not known.The centre has been running on its savings since then, but time is short and the savings will run out.Clients and workers involved with the Montreal friendship centre attended an emergency meeting this week to try and save it. APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin was there.
SOFIA, Bulgaria — Police in Bulgaria says they have busted a suspected terrorism financing ring and detained 43 people in raids across the country.Deputy Chief Prosecutor Ivan Geshev told reporters on Friday that one of the suspects was a Syrian citizen permanently residing in Bulgaria who allegedly transferred money to people abroad linked to international extremist groups.Geshev said “the main suspect has been in touch and has financed people who provide logistics to international terrorist groups.”He didn’t name the groups or the countries where they allegedly operate, but explained that the money has been sent through a “hawala,” where individual fund transfers are used instead of regular bank operations.Geshev said that the ring bust follows a year-long investigation in several European Union member states.The Associated Press
Rabat – Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita has explained Morocco’s approach to migration, terrorism, South-South cooperation in Africa, and returning ISIS jihadists.In an interview with BBC journalist Said Shehata following the migration conference in Marrakech on December 10, Bourita clarified misconceptions about African migrants and migration in general.The minister said that “migration is a natural, universal phenomena” and treating migrants as criminals is “wrong” because they are victims of circumstances or human trafficking networks. Bourita considered that one of the forms of misinformation or “exaggerations” about African migrants is the belief that “migration is a raid from the south toward the north, or that Africa is the primary source of irregular migrants.”There are an estimated 256 million migrants globally, both documented and undocumented.From the 256 million migrants, 13 percent, or 36 million, are Africans. “From those 36 million, 80 percent or 30 million people immigrate within Africa,” Bourita said.Bourita added that from the remaining 6 million migrants, many immigrate to different parts of the world, but 80 percent of them are documented.Only the remaining 0.1 percent are irregular African migrants who leave Africa. “African irregular migrants represent only 0.1 percent of world migrants in the US, Arab countries, and Europe.”Why does Morocco accept migrants?During the discussion about Morocco’s campaign to improve the situation of African migrants in the country, Bourita reported that “in 2016-2017, Morocco approved 50,000 (90 percent) of 60,000 requests from migrants wishing to improve their situations, especially in the case of women, children, and people with special needs.”Today Morocco is “no longer just a transit country,” for migrants seeking European countries. “Morocco is also a migrant destination.”Morocco wants to improve the lives of African migrants and give vulnerable, irregular migrants the opportunity to live in the country legally. Regularized migrants are now able to go to schools and access health care and the job market.Read Also: Terrorism: Morocco Safer Than Algeria, US, FranceWhy does Morocco do all that?Bourita asserted that there are five million Moroccans who live abroad, and Morocco wants African migrants in the country to enjoy rights and good quality of life as much as it wishes for Moroccans abroad to do so.“Morocco is an African country with African roots and history,” stated Bourita. He added that Morocco’s relationship with the continent is that of solidarity and a sense of belonging rather than one built on “benefits.”Why is Morocco interested in investing in Africa?Morocco wants to invest in Africa “because Morocco believes in Africa’s future and in South-South cooperation” said Bourita, quoting King Mohammed VI’s saying that “Africa must first believe in Africa.”“South-South cooperation is an important part of any development strategy in Africa, and it is not about small projects.” Bourita added: “Morocco and Africa now cooperate on military training and security to counter crime and terrorism.”While many reckon that “Africa is a hopeless continent with nothing but problems,” King Mohammed VI has emphasized Morocco’s relationship with African countries in terms of economic, political, and security cooperation ever since he ascended to the throne.Bourita noted that “King Mohammed VI is perhaps the only leader who made 50 visits to Africa, to more than 30 countries.”“Morocco also shares a spiritual relationship with eastern Africa, in terms of spreading a moderate Islam.” When it comes to cooperation on education, Bourita said that every year, 10,000 African students arrive in Morocco to study on scholarships.Bourita said Morocco wants the world to know that Africa today is “an opportunity and not a problem as it is now on the brink of evolution.”“Africa shoulders its responsibility and does not want to become a burden to the world. Africa is a chance for the world. Morocco’s approach to Africa is like no other because it is built on trust and a sense of belonging. It is complete in all sides including political, spiritual, economic and humanitarian ones,” Bourita told BBC.Read Also: EU Pledges €148 Million to Support Morocco’s Migration PolicyHow does Morocco deal with the competition?Morocco invested MAD 3 billion in Africa in 2015. Compared to other countries investing in the continent how does Morocco compete?“We are not in a competition with anyone,” Bourita said.The official explained that Morocco “belongs” in the continent and does not “compete” with it. “Other countries investing in Africa are from outside the continent, while Morocco’s relationship with Africa has a direct influence on the country.”Yet, Morocco’s strategic relations are diversified and do not stop at the continent. It is proved through visits and partnerships with other Arab countries, China, Russia, South America, and the UK.Morocco is also no longer only reliant on exports because it is developing in the domain of communication. Bourita gave the example of Morocco’s growing telecommunication company, Maroc Telecom, and the national airline company, Royal Air Maroc, which makes 30 trips to Africa.Bourita added that “Moroccan banks also became open to other countries in the continent.”How does Morocco excel in countering terrorism?According to Bourita, the efforts of the Moroccan security forces, and Morocco’s spreading of a moderate Islam have played a role in curbing terrorism in the country.“Fighting poverty has also played a big role in making Morocco a leader in fighting terrorism since 5 years ago.”He also spoke about Moroccan “control” of social media.“There are countries that are stronger than us technologically, but curbing terrorism is not about control only. We use social media to spread moderate Islam against ISIS,” Bourita explained.The 2018 Global Terrorism Index listed Morocco among the countries least impacted by terrorism. Morocco now ranks 132nd out of 163 in the 2018 terrorism index, gaining nine places compared to the 2017 report when it ranked 123rd.How does Morocco deal with returning ISIS jihadists?Around 1,200 Moroccan jihadists came back or want to come back to Morocco from Iraq and Syria, according to Bourita.Morocco monitors how they get travel documents, where they depart from, who receives them, and where they get training. Morocco also believes in reintegrating women fighters, the wives of jihadists, and their children.
“The security is fundamental to peace and development; the CAR requires a functional and effective army and security forces, government has to be present in all parts of the CAR,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in CAR (BINUCA), Margaret Vogt, told a meeting of the world body’s Security Council.“We are hopeful that the agreements that were signed today in Libreville will contain the immediate flare-up and will calm the situation in the CAR,” Ms. Vogt said. “However, failure to go further to discuss the reasons for the lack of implementation of previous agreements and to correct these may lead to another melt down, a few years down the line again, as a result of lost expectations and frustration.”The CAR has a history of political instability and recurring armed conflict. State authority is weak in many parts of the country. Ethnic tensions in the north, rebel activity and the presence of members of the armed Ugandan group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have added to insecurity and instability in CAR, which has caused significant internal displacement. Most recently, the country has been dealing with the impact of armed rebel groups which had threatened to march on the capital.Following attacks on several towns in the country’s north-east, an alliance of rebel groups – made up of the Convention Patriotique pour le Salut du Kodro, the Convention des Patriotes pour la Justice et la Paix Centrafrique, the Union des Forces Démocratiques pour le Rassemblement and the Front Démocratique du Peuple Centrafricain and known, collectively, as ‘Séléka’ – had been advancing on the capital, Bangui, in late December before agreeing to start peace talks this past week in the Gabonese capital of Libreville, under the auspices of the regional group known as the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).Ms. Vogt was briefing the Council via video-teleconference from Libreville, where she has been in close dialogue with the key parties and provided support to the negotiations.“The Séléka coalition took control of a number of towns without much resistance from the national army. The failure of the national army to repel this aggression is indicative of the depth of decay within the armed forces,” Ms. Vogt said. “The army had lost cohesion and the will to fight; many of the soldiers simply dropped their weapons and melted into the bush. Within a few weeks almost half of the prefectures in the territory had come under rebel control.”Meeting in the Chadian capital of N’Djamena in mid-December, regional leaders agreed to deploy troops to help bolster the CAR military and provide protection. However, with the rebels only hours away from Bangui, the United Nations and other international bodies temporarily re-located staff members due to security concerns.Both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council had condemned the rebels’ attacks and called on them to halt hostilities. They also called on both the Government and the rebels to resolve the current crisis through dialogue, and to abide by the 2008 Libreville Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which was signed by the Government and the three main rebel groups and which helped bring an end to existing conflicts inside the CAR.Amidst the developments in December, Ms. Vogt embarked on an intensive diplomatic effort, together with the African Union, to engage with the parties, the Government, the rebel groups and political parties and civil society members. “I also travelled to Brazzaville on two occasions, to consult with President Sassou Nguessou on how he wanted to structure the peace talks in Libreville. I offered to the President the full technical support of the UN as well as our political advice,” the UN envoy told the Council members, noting that she also worked with staff from the UN Standby Mediation Team, which helped to structure mediation efforts, advised on the process, as well as helped draft a declaration of principles, a draft ceasefire agreement and other analytical documents.The peace talks led to three agreements being signed: one was a declaration of principles to resolve the political and security crisis, another was a ceasefire agreement, and the last was an agreement on the political-security situation, with the latter defining the power-sharing arrangements and the period of political transition in the CAR.In her remarks to the Council, Ms. Vogt summarized the agreements’ key points as: President Bozizé remains in power; a Prime Minister from the opposition, with full executive power, is to be appointed; a Government of National Unity with representatives of all stakeholders that took part in the talks is to be established; a bill on the new Electoral Code and the National Authority for Elections will be adopted before the National Assembly is dissolved; legislative elections will be organized within 12 months; a new follow-up mechanism is to be established to ensure full implementation of the provisions of the agreement reached. Considering the reasons behind the rebellion, the UN envoy made note of reports of dissension within the armed forces and of deep division among the political leadership, partly engendered by rumours that the President planned to change the constitution to remain in power beyond the end of his constitutional mandate, in 2016. “The rise of active rebellion may not be unconnected to the frustration of some who had nursed succession ambitions,” she said, while also noting that attempts at disarming the armed groups in such a vast, sparsely populated area can “only be successful through a regional approach, involving the neighbours of the CAR.” As part of the UN’s effort to support the national and regional efforts involving CAR, the Special Representative said that it was clear that BINUCA and the overall UN presence in the CAR would have to re-evaluate their priorities and capacities to enable them be more effective partners in the implementation of these agreements and development plans. “We intend to recommend that BINUCA leads a strategic assessment to review our priorities and to redefine our needs,” Ms. Vogt said. “BINUCA should be able to support these efforts and civilian capacities should be deployed. All these will require international accompaniment and generous funding.”In a press statement issued later Friday, the members of the Security Council welcomed the negotiations held in Libreville between 8-11 January, as well as the signature of the three agreements on the resolution of the recent crisis.“The members of the Security Council emphasized the necessity of an expeditious implementation of these agreements and called on all parties to implement them in good faith. They underlined the role of the bodies in charge of following up their implementation. They stressed that all the parties should be committed to building lasting peace in CAR,” the statement added. The Council members commended the efforts of ECCAS, the African Union and countries in the region to solve the crisis, and expressed their support for Ms. Vogt’s efforts. They also urged all parties to allow safe and unhindered access to people in need of humanitarian assistance as quickly as possible, and called for the immediate release of all civilians being held by armed groups. In addition, the Council members emphasized that human rights violations – such as the targeting of ethnic minorities, the recruitment and use of children, and sexual and gender-based violence – must cease immediately and that those responsible for such violations should be held accountable.Separately on Friday, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) stated that it is seeking immediate and unconditional access to tens of thousands of refugees and CAR civilians displaced by the recent fighting“We believe that these civilians face deteriorating living conditions and that they need urgent and potentially life-saving help,” a UNHCR spokesperson, Adrian Edwards, said in a news briefing in Geneva.“It is impossible to give precise figures for the number of newly displaced because of the fluid security situation and lack of access to rebel-held areas, but we have received reports of thousands of people being displaced in the north and east since the start of the Séléka advance about a month ago,” he continued. “About 800,000 people were believed to be living in the affected areas when the current crisis erupted.”The spokesperson said the UN refugee agency is “extremely concerned” about the general welfare of displaced civilians, many of whom live under harsh conditions and in remote settlements, as well as of refugees from countries including South Sudan, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. CAR hosts some 17,000 refugees and some 2,500 asylum-seekers. “We call on all sides to respect the human rights of all civilians and to allow humanitarian access to them,” Mr. Edwards added.
Researchers at Yale University made a 20-year-old quantum computing dream a reality.Using a theoretical protocol developed in the late 1990s, physicists at the Yale Quantum Institute demonstrated the “teleportation” of a quantum gate between two qubits—on demand.For those unacquainted with the general field of physics (myself included), a quantum computer performs quantum computing, which uses quantum bits (qubits).In layman’s terms: A classical computer has memory made of bits, each represented by a zero or one. A quantum computer maintains a sequence of qubits, which can represent a zero, a one, or any quantum superposition of those two qubit states. (I’m a little lost, too.)The development of actual quantum computers is still in its infancy; many governments and military agencies are funding research in hopes of developing quantum computers for civilian, business, trade, environmental, and national security purposes (think cryptanalysis).The Army Research Office and Office for Naval Research, for example, supported Yale’s recent work.A network overview of the modular quantum architecture demonstrated in the new study (via Yale)Led by principal investigator Robert Schoelkopf and former Yale graduate student Kevin Chou, the team is investigating a modular approach to quantum computing.The same platform used in everything from the organization of a biological cell to the network of engines in a SpaceX rocket, modularity is a powerful strategy for building complex systems, according to the researchers.In the case of quantum computing, modules are naturally isolated, reducing unwanted interactions and making operations between modules a “distinct challenge.” Teleported gates are a way to encourage inter-module activity.“Our work is the first time that this protocol has been demonstrated where the classical communication occurs in real-time,” Chou explained, “allowing us to implement a ‘deterministic’ operation that performs the desired operation every time.”That’s some real The Fly shit right there.Yale researchers are well on their way to developing the first fully useful quantum machines, which could one day far outpace modern supercomputers.Their latest study was published in the journal Nature.As far as quantum physics is concerned, the chicken and the egg can each come first. And the laws of physics don’t seem to apply to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in his latest film, Skyscraper. Check out a list of scientific breakthroughs that turned out to be totally bogus and more here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Scientists Pull a ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Reverse Time’ With Quantum ComputerHow to Cook Perfectly Fried Rice, According to Scientists
Leeds United have just signed Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker on a season-long loan.The 23-year-old midfielder will now link up with Marcelo Bielsa’s squad at Thorp Arch as he joins the Whites on a season-long loan from Chelsea. ✍ | #LUFC are delighted to announce the season-long loan signing of @lew_baker from Premier League side Chelsea— Leeds United (@LUFC) June 30, 2018Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Baker has spent the 2017/18 campaign at Middlesbrough and this loan move to Leeds will be the fifth temporary move of his career so far and in fact new Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa’s first signing of the summer.The Luton-born midfielder is was part of Chelsea’s academy at the age of 9 and has spent time out on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons, Vitesse Arnhem before his stint on Teeside.Baker also assisted MK Dons to promotion from League One in 2015 and also ended his two-year stay in the Netherlands by winning the Dutch cup in 2017.In 2016, Baker took home the Toulon Tournament golden boot award as he helped the Three Lions to the title. Leeds are also interested in Chelsea goalkeeper Jamal Blackman,
A Ketchikan day care administrator was recognized last week with a statewide award for his work with young children.Pat Stack reads a story to kids at the PeaceHealth Ketchikan child care center, run out of Holy Name School. Stack recently was named the top child care administrator in Alaska. (Photo by Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan)Pat Stack plays with kids all day, and he’s great at it. So great, he was named this year’s top child care administrator in the state by the Association for the Education of Young Children.Stack manages the PeaceHealth Ketchikan Child Development Center – a day care that the local hospital operates out of Holy Name School. After a rousing game of Hungry Cookie Monster in the school gym, Stack and the kids settle down for a story.“This is no surprise to us because we know you,” Tonjes told Stack. “We know you are a wonderful man, strong faith. We’re fortunate to have you as part of PeaceHealth and we’re certainly fortunate to have you watching our kids in our community.”Among those listening to the story was PeaceHealth Ketchikan’s CEO Ken Tonjes. He visited the day care center to congratulate Stack, and to present his AEYC certificate. Following storytime, a cluster of giggling kids clung to Tonjes’ legs while he handed over the award.Ken Tonjes sits with some PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center day care kids before presenting Pat Stack with his award. (Photo by Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan)Stack said the award was a complete surprise. He learned about it when a friend stopped him on the street.“She stops by and says, ‘Congratulations! Administrator of the year!’ and I’m like, ‘Uhhhh. I think you have some wrong information. I don’t know anything about what you’re talking about,’” he said, laughing.He later learned his friend was right. Stack made sure to credit the entire team, though. He said the child care center is a success because everyone who works there is dedicated.I asked Stack how he got started in the field, and he said he figured it out a long time ago.“I took the child psychology class in high school. I was a senior and we would venture into different child care centers in town. At one point, I came to the PeaceHealth center and Jill Lindgren saw me working with the kids and later that year, contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in a job,” he said. “I’ve kind of been there ever since.”Stack said working with kids helps to keep him young, and it’s a fun job that allows him to share his talents and interests, like music.The snack song encourages the kids to wait their turn to wash their hands before a mid-morning snack. And it works! They sit as quietly as they can as he sings each kid’s name.“We’ll write songs, we’ll use them for transitions,” he said. “You probably noticed: Just going into snack, we have a song for that.”Stack, who plays in a local band, also uses music to teach concepts, such as counting. Learning is part of what they do at the child care center. But, Stack says, the focus is always on play.“At this age, you’re doing a lot of socio-emotional work: Getting kids ready to be in school,” he said. “But at the same time, I very strongly believe kids should be kids. So definitely, we’re heavily focused on play, which I think you should be when we’re 3 and 4 years old.”And the kids appear to agree.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsTied Fairbanks legislative race headed for coin tossAndrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO – JuneauRepublican Bart LeBon and Democrat Kathryn Dodge are tied in the race for a Fairbanks House seat after the latest count. A coin toss could now determine the winner.Walker questions Dunleavy transition’s approach to resignationsAndrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO – JuneauThe Trump administration has moved to open up even more federal land in the Arctic to oil development, kicking off what could be Alaska’s next big environmental controversy.Dunleavy names construction advocate to lead Department of TransportationAndrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO – JuneauJohn MacKinnon was the department’s deputy commissioner of highways and public facilities from 2003 to 2008. He also served on the Juneau Assembly and the Juneau Planning Commission.An unexpected agency weighs in on offshore Arctic oil drilling: NASAElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageNASA says a proposed oil lease sale in the Beaufort Sea could impact rocket launches over the area.Ash from Alaska volcano prompts aviation warningAssociated PressAlaska Volcano Observatory scientists said Wednesday that overnight ash emissions from Mount Veniaminof generated an ash plume that drifted more than 150 miles to the southeast.Seismic work in ANWR this winter? Time will tell.Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – WashingtonSAExploration has applied to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for permission to bring track-mounted vibrating trucks to the coastal plain, or 1002 Area, of the refuge to conduct a 3D seismic survey. But the work can only be done in winter, and the company’s permit application is still pending. Master carver creates healing totem for abuse survivorsCasey GroveWayne Price, a master carver and professor at the University of Alaska Southeast, plans to put the finished totem at Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies, a Juneau shelter. Fast ferry returns to Lynn Canal for the holidaysJacob Resneck, CoastAlaskaThe Fairweather will service the Lynn Canal route four times a week and make two trips to Angoon. The Malaspina will make three trips to Hoonah and Gustavus.Dunleavy’s win leaves a lot of uncertainty for rural educationChristine Trudeau, KYUK – BethelA former rural educator is about to become Alaska’s next governor: How the Dunleavy administration addresses public education policy is a big question looming over rural schools across the state.
id Software has today announced a new release in the long-running Doom series. However, before you get too excited this isn’t Doom 4, but it’s still going to get fans a little bit excited.id has decided to update and re-release all the Doom games as a collection under the name Doom 3 BFG Edition.Included in the pack will be Doom, Doom 2, Doom 3, and Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil. On top of that, there’s a new Lost Mission pack adding a few hours of new gameplay to Doom 3. For all games work is underway to give them a visual re-mastering, meaning we can expect crisp HD graphics. All the older games will also have a new sheen to them.John Carmack has been busy updating the engine used for Doom 3 (including adding support for 3D), but a number of gameplay enhancements have also been added. You will now be able to use your gun and flashlight at the same time, there’s more ammo strewn around the levels, and checkpoint saves have been added.The Lost Mission pack is also a clever addition. It places you in control of someone from Bravo Team who you go to save in the original game. It fills in some story holes, and most importantly introduces a load of new gameplay to make re-buying the game seem all the more worthwhile.The Bethesda Blog post only mentions a release on Xbox 360 and PS3, but rest assured a PC release is happening too. At the end of the video three boxes are shown: PS3, Xbox 360, and PC DVD.As for a launch date, it’s definitely going to be 2012 if you believe the video, we just don’t know when exactly.Read more at the Bethesda Blog and The Verge
It might seem unthinkable that the newest video game console could have less storage space than the average smartphone, but that is exactly the case with the $299 version of Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U console.The low-end “Basic” edition of the system has an advertised 8GB capacity. After the requisite formatting, that gets dwindled down to 7.2GB, along with the actual Wii U operating system and account information taking up 4.2GB. These details were revealed by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata in a bizarre Japanese video.That leaves the end-user with just 3GB of space for game downloads, save files, apps, and other content. By comparison, the cheapest PS3 model currently in production has a 160GB hard drive, and it’s $100 cheaper than the Wii U.However, Microsoft has a different approach and does actually offer an Xbox 360 with only 4GB of space, with the assumption that if you want more capacity you can buy a proprietary Xbox hard drive. That is the approach for the Wii U Basic system as well. Users can add a USB hard drive of up to 2TB to increase their overall storage space. Even so, giving users just 3GB of usable capacity on any electronic device in 2012 seems a bit crazy.Of course, the only reason the Basic model exists is that people would have gone crazy if the only Wii U option that was available was the $350 model. Nintendo wanted to be able to craft the story that the Wii U was “under $300.” Anyone who really wants to take advantage of the system will go for the premium edition, which is evidenced by the fact that the Premium bundle sold out first at major retailers.The Premium model has the same storage requirements as the Basic one, so even though it advertises 32GB, users really only have access to around 25GB. Both of these are still significant upgrades over the Wii, which only has 512MB of internal memory. Nintendo is not as focused on digital distribution as its competitors, so users will still be going out to the store to buy their games, making the need for hard drives with larger storage space less critical. Nevertheless, digital content is where the industry is headed, so it will be interesting to see how far Nintendo’s strategy can take it.via Nintendo World Report
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Buried underneath issues at the quarterback position and on the offensive line, there are even more questions concerning the Arizona Cardinals offense moving forward under new head coach Bruce Arians.Those questions have to do with the running back position. Beanie Wells had an entirely forgettable 2012 season, running for only 234 yards on 88 carries while battling injuries throughout the campaign. Second-year running back Ryan Williams suffered a shoulder injury early in the season and was limited to just 58 carries. 0 Comments Share Top Stories Mendenhall has spent his entire five-year NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers after being a first round draft pick out of Illinois in 2008.But he too has been plagued by injuries during his career. His rookie season was cut short by a shoulder injury suffered in a Week 4 game against the Baltimore Ravens. Mendenhall also suffered a torn right ACL in the season finale against the Cleveland Browns in 2011 — an injury that spilled over to 2012 and held him to just 182 yards rushing on 51 carries.The 5-foot-10, 225-pound back also was suspended by the Steelers for not showing up to a game against the San Diego Chargers December 9.Mendenhall is a free agent and isn’t expected to re-sign with the Steelers. He’s played under Arians, who was Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator for the first four years of his career. In other words, the Cardinals, who finished last in the league in rushing in 2012, need help at the position.Evan Silva, an NFL editor for Rotoworld and writer for NBC Sports, tweeted out a possible solution earlier this week.New #Cardinals HC Bruce Arians once compared Rashard Mendenhall to Edgerrin James. Arizona would be sensible landing spot for Mendenhall.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) January 28, 2013 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletter >Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has carried out 3 weeks of improvements on board Hanseatic. The ship’s two stabilisers were completely overhauled and converted to environmentally friendly technology, now running on biopetroleum. Additionally, the ship’s two main engines have undergone a complete overhaul.Around 240 large nature and animal photographs by the Hamburg-based star photographer Michael Poliza will lend more of an air of expedition to the ship. The famous photographer took the photos on his travels, and his works include motifs from the Arctic, Antarctic and Africa. Guests on board can also marvel at a selection of spectacular aerial shots, such as of Kamchatka.A range of minor work was also carried out during the docking period, including replacing carpets, renovating the consultation area of the cruise sales department and modernizing the presentation walls of the on-board photographer with modern screens.On 21 October the Hanseatic will set off on a two-week cruise from Bremerhaven to Tenerife. On the way it will call at ports including Portsmouth, La Coruna, Leixoes, Lisbon, Portimao, Cadiz, Casablanca, Arrecife/Lanzarote, Santa Cruz/La Palma and San Sebastian/La Gomera.Go back to the e-newsletter >