Hajipur (Bihar): Rail traffic has been suspended on Darbhanga-Samastipur section in Bihar on account of floods, resulting in cancellation, short termination and diversion of more than a dozen trains on Sunday, the East Central Railway headquarters here said. “At bridge no. 16 near Hayaghat section in Samastipur-Darbhanga section, water level has crossed the danger mark. Hence, train movement is being suspended on this section,” ECR Chief Public Relations Officer Rajesh Kumar said in a statement. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ He said, this has led to cancellation of four passenger trains, in addition to the Jaynagar-Patna Intercity Express. Besides, trains like Darbhanga-New Delhi Sampark Kranti Express, Raxaul-Hyderabad Express, Ahmedabad-Darbhanga Jansadharan Express, Jaynagar-Amritsar Express and Kolkata- Sitamarhi Express are being plied through alternative routes, the CPRO said. Eight mail/express trains and three passenger trains are also being short terminated, he added. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Hayaghat falls under Darbhanga district, which had till Saturday reported 12 casualties on account of floods and where, as per the state disaster management department, 13.85 lakh people have been hit by the calamity. This is the second instance of rail traffic being disrupted in Bihar on account of the flash floods which have been ravaging the state in the aftermath of torrential rainfall in catchment areas of Nepal earlier this month. Earlier, movement of trains on the Sitamarhi-Raxaul section had been similarly suspended on July 13 and restored on July 16.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wasn’t about to shy away from supporting his favourite Canadian hockey team on trade deadline day.Speaking to TSN’s “TradeCentre” in a video interview from Ottawa on Monday hours before the NHL trade deadline, Trudeau let it be known several times that he’s a Montreal Canadiens fan first and foremost.The six other NHL teams from Canada received only a passing mention during the three-minute interview.“This was supposed to be a bit of a rebuilding year but over the past little bit (Canadiens goaltender) Carey (Price) has been hot and they’ve been doing really, really well,” said Trudeau, who spent a good chunk of his younger days in Montreal. “Whatever he’s doing, keep it up. We’ve got four great teams headed to the playoffs, at least, from Canada.“I think there’s a lot of positivity. Of course, I’m going to stay focused on how my beloved Habs are doing and keep my fingers crossed that they get to the finals.”Trudeau even took a playful shot at the Habs’ arch-rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs, who rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat visiting Montreal on Saturday.“I’m still a little bitter about Saturday night, but we know the Leafs are on a good roll for people who care about them,” Trudeau said. “But I’m going to make sure we keep staying strong in Montreal.”TSN host James Duthie then asked Trudeau if there is anything the Canadian government could do to help end the country’s Stanley Cup drought. Montreal was the last team to win the NHL title in 1993.“I am very much focused on making sure the drought ends with the same team that started it all,” Trudeau said. “The last team to win were the Habs and I remember being a white water river guide in the spring of ’93 when we were celebrating that victory. I’d love to be able to celebrate another Stanley Cup victory by the Habs today as prime minister.”The Canadian Press
The Sri Lankans will not be hospitalized despite falling sick, the Indonesian media reported. A total of six Sri Lankan immigrants are on hunger strike at an Indonesian immigration detention center over poor living conditions, the Indonesian media reported today.The media reports said that the six Sri Lankans were from a group of 89 detained at the center. They were demanding their transfer from the center. Indonesian media reports said that the six Sri Lankans had fallen very ill after going without food for 3 days. The Directorate General of Immigration of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights has indicated that the demands of the 89 Sri Lankan immigrants will not be met. R Pohan, an officer at the Indonesian detention center said that the detention center is supplying meals three times a day to the Sri Lankans including those on hunger strike.“This morning, we delivered the food to them, despite their hunger strike. But we could not force them to eat, ” Pohan said.
“We need to a focus on resilience, inclusive sustainable development, and climate change adaptation,” said José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), at a high-level meeting at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. He called for changing the traditional response strategy from mounting a humanitarian response to each emergency, to tackling the structural causes of poverty and food insecurity.The focus of the meeting is Central America’s Dry Corridor, where El Niño has led to one of the worst droughts in decades with 3.5 million people food insecure. Of that figure, 1.6 million is moderately or severely food insecure. The situation is also putting at risk the livelihoods of millions of small-scale family farmers in the Dry Corridor, many of whom are heavily dependent on subsistence agriculture. Organized by FAO, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP), the The Dry Corridor: Impacts and Priorities for Long Term Action to Build Resilience for Food Security and Nutrition event emphasized building resilience for food security and nutrition for the most vulnerable populations in the affected countries, and included a round-table session with ministers from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico. In his remarks, Mr. Graziano da Silva noted that the strategic alliance between the three Rome-based UN organizations as well as South-South cooperation efforts will be fundamental to eradicating hunger and poverty in the Dry Corridor, adding that the scale of the challenge requires the support of the entire international community. Also speaking at the event was IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze, who highlighted the importance of responding to the immediate needs of people suffering as a result of El Niño. Small-scale family farmers and rural communities are highly vulnerable to extreme weather events. Photo: WFP/Francisco Fion “Climate change will continue to exacerbate these extreme weather events. The only way to ensure future food security in the region is to invest in long-term development to help people be more resilient to shocks so that they can continue to feed their families,” he emphasized. El Niño is the term used to describe the warming of the central to eastern tropical Pacific that occurs, on average, every three to seven years. It raises sea surface temperatures and impacts weather systems around the globe so that some places receive more rain while others receive none at all, often in a reversal of their usual weather pattern. WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin highlighted that coordinated action between agencies and partners to build resilience among the vulnerable people of the Dry Corridor will save lives while working to eliminate food insecurity. “Data and experience clearly demonstrate that the costs of emergency response and rehabilitation after a disaster occurs substantially exceed the price tag for risk reduction and mitigation action taken before disaster strikes,” she said stressed the need to pre-emptively address the social, economic and environmental susceptibility of vulnerable groups. Some 10.5 million people, about 60 per cent of whom are in poverty, live in the Dry Corridor, a region characterized by extensive deforestation, soil degradation and water scarcity. The meeting concluded with a communiqué that stresses common challenges within the Dry Corridor, including adaptation of the production systems of small-scale family farmers to climate change; and expanding efforts to reduce poverty, inequality and the socio-economic and environmental vulnerability of the region.
This is a victory for the millions around the world who say our reef is not a dump.- © AFP, 2014Read: US jets drop bombs on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef > Read: Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its coral since 1985 > Source: Shutterstock“Our strong plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef is already producing positive results, creating a brighter future that Queenslanders and tourists from around the world can enjoy. This decision is also a win for logic and science rather than rhetoric and scaremongering.The reef is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, but is under pressure not only from climate change and the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish, but agricultural runoff and development linked to mining. Source: ShutterstockUNESCO raised particular concerns about the approval in December of a massive coal port expansion in the region and allowing the dumping of millions of tonnes of dredge waste within the marine park waters.Strong said the concerns were being dealt with.“We have significantly scaled back the development at Abbot Point and imposed more than 140 conditions on the project,” he said. AUSTRALIA HAS CALLED a decision by UNESCO to defer listing the Great Barrier Reef as in danger “a win for logic”, but environmentalists said it was a final warning.The UN cultural agency on Wednesday said the reef could be put on a list of endangered World Heritage Sites if more was not done to protect it.It voiced alarm at a “serious decline in the condition” of the reef, and said “a business as usual approach to managing the property is not an option”.Australia was given until February 1 next year to submit a report on what it was doing to protect the natural wonder. The Queensland state government saw the deferral as “a tick of approval”.“I welcome this decision by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, which gives Queensland a big tick and it gives the work we are doing a big tick,” state Environment Minister Andrew Powell said. Source: Shutterstock“We have delivered our Ports Strategy, limiting development to existing port areas for a decade, and we have outlined our plans to enshrine that commitment in legislation.”Green groups said the government was on its final warning, and had “clearly not lived up to the standards expected by the international community”.“The World Heritage Committee has resisted intense pressure from the Australian and Queensland governments to water down its decision on the reef,” said WWF-Australia reef campaigner Richard Leck, who is in Doha for the committee’s annual meeting.Instead, the committee has put Australia firmly on notice to take stronger action to protect the Great Barrier Reef.
Police believe house fire that killed three people was started deliberately A 27-year-old man has been arrested in Fermanagh. Feb 27th 2018, 10:24 AM By Órla Ryan Emergency services at the house in Derrylin, Fermanagh Emergency services at the house in Derrylin, Fermanagh Image: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images Image: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images Short URL Share38 Tweet Email1 Tuesday 27 Feb 2018, 1:10 PM 3 Comments 28,717 Views Updated 1.10pm A 27-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a fatal house fire in Fermanagh. The PSNI said at least three people died in the fire, which they believe was started deliberately. Police were called to an address in the Molly Road area of Derrylin at around 7.20am today.The suspect was detained at the scene and transferred to hospital for treatment prior to his arrest.Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said: “At this time we believe the fire, which has claimed at least three lives, was started deliberately. We are continuing to thoroughly examine the scene along with our colleagues in the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.“I would renew my appeal to anyone who was in the Molly Road/Doon Road area this morning to contact police. We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who was in, or travelling through, Derrylin prior to the time the fire broke out at approximately 7.10am.”Read: Pharmacists urge people to ensure they have ‘supply of essential medicines’ before storm hitsRead: Renewed appeal for 16-year-old who’s been missing since November http://jrnl.ie/3874283 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
AUSTRALIA HAS BEGUN constructing a huge cat-free zone in the desert so it can reintroduce native animals that have been pushed to the brink of extinction by the feral predator.Conservationists said work was underway on a fence in the country’s harsh centre northwest of Alice Springs that will eventually enclose an area of 69,000 hectares (170,500 acres), with hundreds of feral cats trapped and culled.The project, run by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC), will reintroduce from islands and protected pockets of Australia at least 10 threatened species. In some cases it will double populations that have dwindled to the hundreds.“Basically, anything that is a small-to-medium-sized mammal, particularly in inland and central Australia, has crashed dramatically,” AWC chief executive Atticus Fleming told AFP.“The early explorers, what they saw if they moved through the landscape was the Australian bush alive with small animals.“What feral cats and foxes, in particular, have done is robbed the country of our native wildlife so that much of inland central Australia is now a marsupial ghost town.”Mammal extinctionFeral cats, considered the main culprit behind Australia’s high rate of mammal extinction, number in their millions across the country. Some kill up to seven animals every night.They have wiped out populations since being introduced by Europeans who settled Australia two centuries ago.Up to 400 will be killed “humanely” after the first phase of fencing is completed early next year, with the first lot of endangered animals, including the numbat — a banded anteater — and the black-footed rock-wallaby, reintegrated in 2019.Other animals to be given a new home include the western quoll (a carnivorous marsupial), the brush-tailed bettong (sometimes known as rat-kangaroos) and the bilby (rabbit-bandicoots).“It is a choice between cats or bilbies and we are for the bilbies,” Fleming added.“What this all adds up to is, in three or four years you will be able to go out to this place and visiting this area will be like stepping back in time.“You will see the Australian bush as it was a couple of hundred years ago. It will be alive with these native mammals that were there until the cats removed them.”ACW hope that a network of cat-free enclosures will be built in the future while science continues its quest to find the “achilles heel” of the feral cat. Efforts to cull or sterilise them have so far failed to slow the pest.“If we don’t build these large cat-free areas now, more animals will go extinct, it is as simple as that,” Fleming said.© – AFP, 2017Read: Heroin-like venom from tropical fish could lead to new pain relief Image: DPA/PA Images 28,209 Views Jun 18th 2017, 5:00 PM By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3447493 23 Comments Image: DPA/PA Images Share26 Tweet Email7 Sunday 18 Jun 2017, 5:00 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Australia is building a massive cat-proof fence in the desert “The early explorers, what they saw if they moved through the landscape was the Australian bush alive with small animals.”
Paris Plage : le développement durable à l’honneur pour l’édition 2010Paris, France – Depuis le 20 juillet et jusqu’au 20 août, les voies sur berges, l’hôtel de ville, le bassin de la Villette ainsi que la pelouse de Reuilly accueillent la neuvième édition de Paris Plage. Une édition placée sous le signe du développement durable.Pendant un mois, un air de station balnéaire règnera sur les berges de Seine entre l’hôtel de ville et le bassin de la Villette dans le XIXe arrondissement de Paris. Comme pour l’édition précédente, le développement durable est cette année à l’honneur : sable recyclé, installations pérennisées, bâches transformables, consommation d’eau contrôlée automatiquement… Il s’agira également de sensibiliser le public aux gestes quotidiens en faveur de la protection de l’environnement. Les visiteurs seront ainsi incités à procéder au tri sélectif et à utiliser des gobelets consignés, mais aussi à emprunter les transports verts pour se rendre à Paris Plage.Du mardi au dimanche, pendant toute la journée sur la voie Georges-Pompidou et à La Villette, des animations autour du tri et du recyclage seront organisées. Les intéressés seront invités à participer à un jeu géant sur les consignes de tri, ou à un atelier de fabrication de papier recyclé.Alors que la mairie de Paris se félicite d’avoir réalisé une économie de 300.000 euros pour cette neuvième édition, les nombreuses activités proposées à Paris Plage cette année sont toujours aussi nombreuses et variées : pétanque, basket, escrime, fitness, danse, pédalo, jeux d’eau, spectacles, kayak ou encore les sphères volantes qui avaient rencontré un immense succès en 2009.La plage urbaine recouverte de quelque 2.000 tonnes de sable est installée jusqu’au 20 août, et est accessible tous les jours entre 8 heures et minuit. Le 24 juillet 2010 à 12:16 • Emmanuel Perrin
Debra Lepak was still wearing her work clothes when she attended a Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program clinic in April.A percentage of her wages were being garnished from every paycheck to pay more than $3,000 in medical bills. She lives month-to-month, so the small cuts to her income were proving to be a big challenge.Vancouver attorney Eli Marchbanks guided Lepak through the court process, jotting notes on a yellow legal pad as she asked questions about how to recover the money. She had filed a motion arguing she was improperly served by a collections company, which prompted a review of the case. Marchbanks told her that making the company work was the best move; time is money, and the court’s default judgment was not legitimate, he said.“I’m glad I came in and I’m glad you’re here to help,” Lepak said. “When I got the answer from those guys, it was great.”Marchbanks is among 98 attorneys volunteering their time to help clients who can’t afford to hire a lawyer for debt-related court matters. He spends three hours each month helping people at the clinic in the program’s offices, located in the basement of an old building on Main Street in downtown Vancouver.“People generally understand the gist of their legal defense. What’s impossible for them, and understandably, are the court procedures. I think that’s the chief problem,” Marchbanks said.
DANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Two dozen Cuban migrants arrived in Elliot Key, just north of Key Largo, Saturday.The group of migrants were taken to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Dania Beach.Officials are still processing the group. Under the “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” policy, the migrants are allowed to stay in the country.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
KEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – Dogs, cats, birds and even a hedgehog put on their best costumes at the Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade in Key West.The Florida Keys News Bureau shared adorable video of the pets dressed up for the event, Wednesday night.The theme of this year’s wacky costume challenge: “Oh … The Games We Play!”Proceeds from the masquerade will benefit the Lower Keys Friends of Animals shelter.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
ALM Media announced today that it has re-launched its “Law.com” domain to include the all of the organization’s 18 legal brands in one interconnected platform.According to a company statement, the unified CMS uses an audience-first approach, allowing users to reach their desired brand, while being exposed to the B2B legal, finance, and insurance industry publisher’s other titles.“This is a significant milestone in our transformation journey – the evolution of the platform upon which our ALM network of legal publications resides,” said Jay Kirsch, ALM’s president of media, in a company statement. “Having a single, unified CMS and platform will allow ALM to substantially reduce its technical debt – ultimately that will translate into improved time-to-market with new features and innovations.”Under the re-launch, Law.com will be organized by topics, areas of law and industries from across ALM’s legal brands, such as American Lawyer, Legal Week, and National Law Journal. The redesign will highlight “big stories of the moment,” as well as recent coverage across brands. Users will also receive custom news alerts, as well as previews of suggested or relevant content and information about ALM’s other sister publications. In addition to enhancing audience experience, the newly-designed platform also seeks to simplify the process for ALM’s advertisers in reaching their targeted audiences.“We have a new way for advertisers to reach the legal communities we’ve built, while achieving tighter alignment of their brands and messaging with our trusted content,” said Richard Caruso, vice president & general manager of legal media in a statement. “On this new platform, advertisers can continue to buy based on a specific legal publication and its audience, and now will have the option to reach target audiences across all of our legal brands through an exclusive topic-ownership model, in a way that no other media company can deliver.”The content on the platform will remain as it was formerly, simply reorganized for online and mobile user experience. Additionally, ALM has enhanced its search engine within the site, pulling from keywords related to a user’s search query.By early 2018, Law.com will include ALM’s legal international brands, Legal Week and China Law & Practice, as well as the company’s other titles in the benefits, consulting, financial services, property and casualty insurance, and real estate industries.
Crowley Marine Services will be turning over its contract to provide oil tanker escorts and spill response and prevention in Prince William Sound next year to Louisiana-based Edison Chouest. (Photo: Eric Keto/APRN)Next year, a whole new fleet of tugboats and barges will arrive in Prince William Sound with a big responsibility: to prevent another oil spill like the Exxon Valdez in 1989.Listen nowBut vessels aren’t the only new element arriving next year. At a meeting held last week, the official citizens’ oil spill watchdog group for Prince William Sound raised concerns about how new crews manning the vessels will be trained.Louisiana-based Edison Chouest Offshore will soon replace Crowley Marine Services as the contractor providing the tugboats, equipment and people ensuring oil tankers move through Prince William Sound safely.Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, which operates the trans-Alaska pipeline and opted to make the switch to Edison Chouest last year, has already faced pointed questions. Those questions came from state regulators and the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council, a watchdog group created by Congress in the wake of the Exxon Valdez spill. Earlier this year, the council commissioned a report that raised concerns about the vessels’ design.At the Whittier meeting, council members who visited Louisiana to see the new tugs being built said they were impressed.“I’m not putting on my Edison Chouest hat now, but I do believe these are going to be some good boats,” Jim Herbert said. Herbert sits on the council’s Oil Spill Prevention and Response Committee.But Brooke Taylor, a spokeswoman for the council, said they’re still waiting on more testing and modeling to see if all their concerns can be put to rest.Beyond how the tugboats are built, Taylor said a big focus going forward will be making sure new crews are properly trained.“That questionable factor is always going to be people,” Taylor said. “If they’re not properly trained, if they are not accustomed to a new environment, then you’re going to have a weak link in the system and that’s where most accidents are going to be triggered from.”But what does proper training look like? Last week, the board discussed a report it commissioned concluding that new crews and equipment should be put to the test in “90th percentile conditions.” In Prince William Sound, the report said that means 22-knot winds and/or 12-foot seas.The council hasn’t officially decided to back the report’s conclusions. But in 2003, it took the position that if it’s unsafe to train in weather conditions past a certain extreme, Alyeska shouldn’t operate in those conditions. During last week’s meeting, council member Amanda Bauer said she stands by that position.“I don’t feel personally it’s too much to ask if you’re going to make your money in it, then you need to prove that you can prevent it,” Bauer said.But Mike Day with Alyeska, who is managing the transition, said training in the more extreme conditions outlined in the report isn’t a good idea because it could put crews at risk.“We believe that it’s not critical or necessary to train in storms in order to be prepared to operate in storms,” Day said. “We believe we’ve proven that we can do training in — certainly not calm conditions but somewhere in the middle…where folks are comfortable and not put at undue risk, where they develop the skills and the procedures and the techniques and the process to perform these tasks in much worse conditions.”New tugboats are expected to arrive in Prince William Sound in early 2018. Training for new crew members is expected to begin as early as next month.
The money received from the Red Cross Society of China and British Red Cross will gradually be disbursed among the affected people. Vast areas of the country have been witnessing series of floods since March resulting in crop destruction and food shortage. “We believe that with joint efforts of Bangladesh government and Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, the disaster-affected people will be able to overcome the difficulty and get back to normal life,” the Embassy said in a press statement. Mozaharul Huq said the BDRCS always stands beside the affected people for their welfare and cash disbursement activities for the most affected people have started. The Chinese side said they are willing to provide assistance for relief work according to Bangladesh’s needs and demands. The Chinese government expressed sincere condolence and sympathy to all affected families. According to BDRCS Disaster Response Department, cash support distribution among the affected people in Sunamganj has started with the support received from the Swiss Red Cross. .The Red Cross Society of China has donated $100000 to Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) to support the flood-affected people, reports news agency UNB.Charge d’affaires at the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka Chen Wei formally handed over the cheque to BDRCS secretary general BMM Mozaharul Huq at a function at the embassy on Tuesday morning.The Chinese embassy said it is a friendly tradition of the government and people of China and Bangladesh to help each other when they face disaster.
nonameChina will limit exports of refined petroleum products to North Korea starting 1 October, its commerce ministry said, confirming Beijing’s participation in new UN sanctions intended to rein in its rogue neighbour.The United Nations Security Council, including permanent member Beijing, approved tough sanctions against Pyongyang last week in response to its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.Washington had initially sought a full oil embargo, but softened its stance to secure backing from Russia and China-the North’s sole ally and main trading partner, responsible for around 90 per cent of its commerce.In a statement posted to its website late Friday night, the ministry reiterated the terms of the latest resolution, writing that UN member states would not export more than 500,000 barrels of refined petroleum products to the North in the final three months of 2017, and 2 million annually starting next year.“Chinese government authorities will issue a notice based on the export situation when approaching the upper limit, and from that date implement a prohibition on exports of refined oil products to North Korea for the year,” it said.It added that China has issued a “comprehensive ban on imported textiles” from North Korea, reiterating another clause of the new sanctions that prohibits trade in both fabric and clothing.Experts say this move could cut off a major source of foreign currency for Pyongyang, as textiles are one of country’s major exports, estimated by IHS Markit analysts to value $750 million.China supplies materials to the North, where they are made into clothing in factories using cheap labour, and often re-exported to China.The announcement follows days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un’s regime, which has raised international alarm.The US has accused Beijing of not doing enough to pressure Pyongyang into abandoning its nuclear programme.China halted iron, iron ore and seafood imports after the previous round of sanctions against North Korea in August.But Beijing fears pressuring Kim’s regime into collapse, triggering a flood of refugees across its border and eliminating a strategic buffer separating China from the US military in South Korea.Beijing has condemned the North’s missile tests, but hopes to resolve the nuclear crisis through diplomatic means, pleading for a resumption of long-dormant six-nation talks.It has pushed a tit-for-tat proposal in which North Korea suspends its arms programmes in return for a halt to US military drills in the region-which has been ignored.The majority of North Korea’s oil likely comes from China, but the exact tally of oil exports remains unknown, as Beijing has not published such data since 2014.According to UN customs data, China sent 6,000 barrels a day of oil products to North Korea in 2016.
More information: Stabilizing Rabi oscillations in a superconducting qubit using quantum feedback, Nature, 490, 77–80 (04 October 2012) doi:10.1038/nature11505AbstractThe act of measurement bridges the quantum and classical worlds by projecting a superposition of possible states into a single (probabilistic) outcome. The timescale of this ‘instantaneous’ process can be stretched using weak measurements, such that it takes the form of a gradual random walk towards a final state. Remarkably, the interim measurement record is sufficient to continuously track and steer the quantum state using feedback. Here we implement quantum feedback control in a solid-state system, namely a superconducting quantum bit (qubit) coupled to a microwave cavity. A weak measurement of the qubit is implemented by probing the cavity with microwave photons, maintaining its average occupation at less than one photon. These photons are then directed to a high-bandwidth, quantum-noise-limited amplifier, which allows real-time monitoring of the state of the cavity (and, hence, that of the qubit) with high fidelity. We demonstrate quantum feedback control by inhibiting the decay of Rabi oscillations, allowing them to persist indefinitely. Such an ability permits the active suppression of decoherence and enables a method of quantum error correction based on weak continuous measurements. Other applications include quantum state stabilization, entanglement generation using measurement, state purification and adaptive measurements. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Nature Physicists seek to quantify macroscopic quantum states Rabi oscillations and feedback. Credit: Nature, 490, 77–80 (04 October 2012) doi:10.1038/nature11505 (Phys.org)—As understood in the field of quantum mechanics, objects are able to exist in more than one state at a time, a property known as superposition. Measuring such states is a challenge however, as doing so causes the superposition property to be destroyed, at least according to classical theory. Now, physicists working at the University of California have found a way to cheat the system, so to speak. They have, as they describe in their paper published in the journal Nature, found a way to take a quick peek at the oscillation of a qubit, without destroying its superposition property. Citation: Researchers devise a means to ‘gently’ measure qubit without destroying superposition (2012, October 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-gently-cubit-superposition.html © 2012 Phys.org The whole idea behind superposition was famously explained by Erwin Schrödinger, who suggested it could be thought of as a cat in a box that also contained a radioactive atom . The decay of the atom could not be known without opening the box and checking—an act that would change its state. From a perspective outside the box, the cat was apparently both dead and alive at the same time. In this new work, the researchers suggest that only partially opening the box gives them some insight into the box’s inner conditions without disturbing its contents. To make that happen, the team employed a feedback control mechanism whereby a superconducting qubit was coupled to a microwave cavity. It was then pushed into a superposition state by cycling its state back and forth between 0 and 1, repeatedly hitting all possible mixtures. Once there, they measured its oscillation frequency. This measurement was too weak to destroy the oscillation but strong enough to cause slight change. Using the measurement taken, the team very quickly calculated, and then created, an exact opposite charge which they injected back into the system, causing the oscillation to return to its former frequency: they had managed to measure a tiny part of the system without destroying the superposition state, a feat never before achieved in the lab. In order to carry out this experiment, the team had to first develop an amplifier that would allow them to inject the charge back into the system without making other changes—no small thing. This development led to the first instance of a qubit being measured, if only partially, without changing its state. The researchers suggest their technique might be used as a means of error control in a quantum system, i.e. computer, by allowing qubits to exist in a superposition state for longer periods of time.
January 21, 2015 516 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Homebuilders Housing Permits Housing Starts National Association of Home Builders 2015-01-21 Tory Barringer Homebuilders picked up the pace on new projects in December, lending weight to projections of further growth in 2015.Builders broke ground on new residences at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million in December, an increase of 4.4 percent month-over-month and 5.3 percent year-over-year, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday.Housing starts came in at an annualized rate of 1 million or higher in six of 2014’s 12 months. For the entire year, the government estimates homebuilders started on 1.01 million new units, making 2014 the first year since 2007 that starts topped the 1 million mark.The yearly results line up with the latest builder confidence readings from the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), which reported Tuesday that its sentiment gauge slipped one point in January to a still-positive reading of 57. A confidence reading above 50 indicates builders think the market is in good shape as a whole.NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe said the group expects the momentum of the last few months to carry into 2015.”A growing labor market and strengthening economy will spur steady growth in single-family housing production in the year ahead,” Crowe said.Crowe isn’t the only one projecting gains in the year ahead. In a recent survey of economists, the Wall Street Journal found that the average forecast for housing starts this year is 1.17 million, a 16 percent increase.All of December’s increase in homebuilding came on the single-family side, which saw a 7.2 percent month-over-month increase to a rate of 728,000 units. Builders began work on multifamily buildings at a rate of 361,000, down slightly from November.Permits for new housing construction fell from month to month, dropping 1.9 percent to an adjusted annual rate of 1.03 million, the Commerce Department said. Compared to a year ago, December permit numbers were up 1.0 percent. Homebuilders Finish Best Year for Housing Starts Since 2007 Share
RelatedTop 15 attractions and things to do in LanzaroteLooking for fun things to do in the sun in Lanzarote? Ok so the beaches are beautiful, but this Canary Island is a natural beauty full of volcanic vineyards, lava tunnels and other surprises. Here’s the top 15 things to see and do in Lanzarote that should definitely make it…8 late season sun destinations for lessBeat the post-summer blues by jetting off to find some late season sun. Here are the top 8 destinations for some autumn sunshine.Top 10 restaurants in LanzaroteLanzarote is known for the quality of its produce: home to the Canary Island’s best wineries, delicious vegetables grown in volcanic soil, tasty goat’s cheese and a predictable bounty of fresh seafood, landed at its numerous small fishing harbours, it’s easy to see why. All of this is served up… For more in depth Lanzarote tourist information visit lanzaroteguidebook.com to download a free copy of the spring edition of Lanzarote Guidebook, the comprehensive, 96 page holiday guide to the Island of Fire. Pictures by James Mitchell.Find cheap flights to LanzaroteReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Volcanic parks, black sand beaches and mad artists. Lanzarote expert, Nick Ball, takes us on a tour to the less-well trodden corners of the Island of Fire.The small Canary Island of Lanzarote is best known as a sunshine holiday destination, thanks to its privileged position just seventy miles off the coast of West Africa. This location creates a clement year-round climate that is often likened to an eternal spring, and temperatures rarely fall below 20 Celsius even in the depths of winter.As a result, the island has long been a hot favourite with tourists from across Europe. attracting around 1.5 million visitors every year. But Lanzarote has much more to offer than just great weather alone; the island boasts breathtaking volcanic terrain, a host of natural beauty spots and a raft of unique man made attractions. Lanzarote’s Unsettled PastDuring the 1730s, Lanzarote was rocked by a series of cataclysmic volcanic eruptions devastating the most fertile agricultural land on the island, destroying thirteen villages and forcing many Lanzaroteños to flee for a new life abroad.These eruptions totally altered the geography of the island, increasing the land mass of Lanzarote by around one quarter whilst carpeting large swathes of the island in lava and creating more than three hundred new volcanic peaks in their wake.Today this volcanic terrain is Lanzarote´s most popular attraction. One million tourists a year visit the Timanfaya Volcano Park, which lies at the epicentre of these eruptions. Here visitors can view the raw and eerie scenery and mile after mile of twisted lava shapes up close. It’s terrain that really is out of this world and is often likened to the surface of the moon.The Fight Against OverdevelopmentFast forward to the 1960s and Lanzarote faced another type of threat. Package tourism was just starting to take off in Spain under the aegis of General Franco – and property developers eyed the island hungrily. High-rise hotels were already swallowing up large tracts of land in southern Spain and on other Canary Islands such as Tenerife and Gran Canaria.César Manrique, an island born artist and architect, was aware of the threat that untrammelled development posed for his beloved Lanzarote. So he abandoned his work in New York where he had been exhibiting and rubbing shoulders with contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and returned to Lanzarote to fight for a more sustainable approach to tourism.The Manrique family had friends in high places – in the form of the island governor Pepin Ramirez. Together they successfully secured an outright ban on all high rise buildings; advertising hoardings were outlawed and Lanzaroteños were encouraged to preserve the island’s traditional architectural styles.As a result, Lanzarote today appears much as nature intended. With the three main resorts of Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise all well contained.Lanzarote’s Environmental AttractionsManrique also sought to create environmentally friendly tourist attractions as an alternative to the golf courses and water parks that were being constructed in most other Spanish sunspots, by fusing Lanzarote´s unique volcanic terrain with his own artistic aesthetic. This first expression of this philosophy was the creation of the Jameos del Agua in the north of the island. Where Manrique transformed a collapsed volcanic lava tube into an underground auditorium. Replete with bars, beautifully landscaped gardens and a stunning swimming pool reserved for the sole use of the King of Spain.His work immediately garnered architectural plaudits and international attention, placing Lanzarote on the map as a unique new tourist destination and attracting VIPs and famous actors such as Peter Sellers, Omar Sharif and Rita Heyworth.Manrique went on to create a further six tourist sites around the island – all of which encapsulated his desire to fuse artwith nature. His work has paid off; in 1994, two years after his death, Lanzarote was declared a UNESCO biosphere, the first island in the world to enjoy this status.Lanzarote’s Top 5 AttractionsTimanfaya Volcano ParkVisiting Lanzarote without taking in the volcano park would be like holidaying in Egypt and giving the pyramids a miss. Top of any itinerary.Valley of 1000 PalmsHead for the verdant Valley of 1000 Palms in the north of the island for a lush contrast to the arid volcanic scenery of the south. Tradition has it that locals plant one palm tree for every new born girl and two for every boy.TeguiseStep back in time and visit the island’s historic former capital of Teguise. Home to the finest selection of colonial architecture on Lanzarote and the oldest building in the Canaries – the Palacio Marques, it dates back to 1455.Mirador del RioEnjoy a natural high at the Mirador del Rio, a former gun battery transformed into a stunning lookout point by César Manrique. Perched some 500 metres high on the Famara massif mountain range, with incredible views down to the neighbouring island of La Graciosa.César Manrique FoundationThe former home of the island’s favourite son never fails to blow visitors away. Built into five underground volcanic bubbles, it houses many of the artist’s major works, alongside originals from luminaries such as Picasso.
Left to right: Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, who represents rural areas of Midland County, Pastor Jim Payne of Midland Baptist Church, and Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, a member of Midland Baptist Church.Pastor Jim Payne of Midland, who has served as senior pastor of Midland Baptist Church on Jefferson Avenue for 23 years, Feb. 26 offered the opening prayer for the state House of Representatives in Lansing. Pastor Payne was invited to pray by state Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, who is a member of Midland Baptist. Rep. Glenn reported that afterwards, the chief Sergeant at Arms told Pastor Payne — with tears in his eyes — that the prayer was the best he’d ever heard in the state Capitol. “It was an honor to hear my pastor present the full gospel of Jesus Christ, the timeless values of America’s founding, and seek blessings on our state and nation and elected officials, all in one powerful prayer,” Rep. Glenn said. Categories: Glenn News,Glenn Photos Pastor Jim Payne of Midland Baptist Church, at the Speaker’s Rostrum, prays for members of the state House of Representatives. At left is Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, and at right is Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, a member of Midland Baptist Church. 26Feb Rep. Glenn invites local pastor for House invocation
Categories: Featured news,News State Rep. Ray Franz of Onekama, invites Leelanau County residents to attend a meeting at the Leelanau County Government Center to share information regarding the state’s upcoming road funding proposal.While the lawmaker looks forward to addressing any concerns or ideas residents may have with state government at the meeting, he will focus much of his presentation on details regarding the proposal.“This is one of the many meetings I’m hosting on the road package, and based on previous meetings elsewhere in the district, as well as the phone calls I’ve received, people have a lot of questions and concerns about it,” said Franz, R-Onekama. “I welcome everyone to come to this meeting so we can get the conversation moving, or to bring up other topics that are on their minds. People are always welcome to call my office, plus I’ll have additional local meetings to keep people informed as we go along.”The meeting will start at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 20 at the Government Center, 8525 E. Government Center Drive in Suttons Bay. To contact Franz and his office staff about any issues regarding state government call toll free 1-855-DIST-101 (1-855-347-8101), or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters can be sent to the representative at P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, Michigan 48933, and his online office website address is www.RepRayFranz.com.### 19Mar Rep. Franz road funding meeting in Leelanau County Tags: #SB