13 days agoBerbatov believes Spurs inquest being held

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Berbatov believes Spurs inquest being heldby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham hero Dimitar Berbatov believes an inquest will be being held during international week.He thinks that there will be some deep and difficult questions being asked behind the scenes by the ­Tottenham hierarchy.Berbatov, speaking in his role as a Betfair ambassador, told the Mirror: “I am sure that Harry Kane is asking questions and challenging himself privately – with his coach, with his agent and with his team-mates.“They will all be talking with each other to try and get out of the situation that they are in at Spurs.“In the end, it’s up to him to decide what to do about his future.” last_img read more

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Kristin Chenoweth To Headline New England Benefit Concert For Military Families

first_imgOn Thursday, October 5, Emmy and Tony award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth will perform under the stars at the 5th Annual Mission: Gratitude benefit gala and rally support for Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program.Guests will enjoy an intimate piano performance by the star, best known for her roles in Hollywood, including “You Again;” on TV shows, like “Pushing Daisies” and “Glee;” and on Broadway, in “Wicked.” The gala celebration will feature a cocktail reception on the USS Constitution and dinner under the stars in a glass tent, on the historic Charlestown Navy Yard.For Kristin, the evening represents a great responsibility and duty, “It is an honor for me to be able to share my talents to support the greater good of our military community. There are many reasons to support our Armed Forces and the hope Home Base provides to these men and women when they come home. I look forward to coming back to Boston and performing at Mission: Gratitude, an evening with such significant purpose.”Presented by BAE Systems, the evening honors military families – past and present – for their service and sacrifice, and recognizes Home Base’s most passionate supporters for their service and dedication to the non-profit’s mission. All proceeds from the event will directly support the vital health and wellness programs of Home Base, which works to heal the invisible wounds for Veterans, Service Members and their Families affected by the invisible wounds – invisible wounds that include post-traumatic stress (PTS), traumatic brain injury (TBI), anxiety, depression, co-occurring substance use disorder, and family relationship challenges.“Our service members and their families took quick action to save the lives of others, whether on the battlefield or in a civilian neighborhood,’ said Home Base’s Executive Director, Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Hammond. “Although we cannot say ‘thank you’ enough to these heroes, each year at Mission: Gratitude we try to move well beyond a simple thank you and honor their service by demonstrating out concern for their future and raising the funds necessary to guarantee the care provided at Home Base.”Also sharing the stage will be Sal Gonzalez – an Iraq Veteran whose love of music has helped him persevere through some of the greatest hardships in life, including his emotional response to the events of 9/11. “That tragedy inspired me to join the military,” says Gonzalez. “The fact that I come from a family of immigrants propelled me to want to join. I wanted to give back for all this country has given us.”Gonzalez joined the United States Marine Corps on October 21, 2003, and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines as a machine gunner. A year later, he found himself in Ramadi, Iraq, where he gave back much more for his country than he anticipated. Gonzalez we hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) and was in a coma for about a week. Months later, his left leg was amputated below the knee. “Playing and writing music has always been my passion, and luckily, my injury has not affected that at all. I’m always striving to improve and earn that next standing ovation – which I’ve been lucky to have had many in my career.”Sal’s talent with music has garnered him an appearance on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and the television show “Nashville.” He also recently performed with country music star Keith Urban, but nothing means more to him than sharing his story and encouraging his fellow Veterans to connect to programs that will empower them to love the best life – long after their mission is complete. “You can never forget that life has inspiration all around us. Just look at all the wounded service members in our country who are such good role models. Those are the men and women I admire most.”Thanks to generous contributions from partners, collaborators, friends, volunteers and staff, Mission: Gratitude raised more than $1 million for Home Base in 2016. Proceeds from this year’s event will strengthen Home Base’s ability to serve Veterans and Military Families throughout the nation, by supporting operational costs and directly funding the clinical and services offered by Home Base that is provided at no cost to the Veteran, Service Member or Family Member.Since its inception, Home Base has provided healing and hope to more than 11,000 Veterans and Family Members and trained more than 45,000 clinicians, educators, and community members nationwide. The corporate partners, community allies, and advocates who support Home Base at the 2017 Mission: Gratitude benefit gala will help ensure the bright future of Home Base by making it possible to continue and expand upon those successes.Table reservations for Home Base’s Mission: Gratitude benefit gala are available starting from the $10,000 level. A limited number of single tickets are on sale at the $1,000 level, subject to availability. For more information visit www.missiongratitude.org, or contact Home Base’s Director of Development and Mission: Gratitude event organizer, Steve Monaco by calling (617) 643-0457 or emailing missiongratitude@partners.org.last_img read more

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Canadian Natural says oil curtailments work despite rivals complaints

first_img“The first quarter of 2019 is a completely different story … With curtailments imposed by the Alberta government, market order has been established.”The remarks stand in stark contrast to recent comments by CEOs from Husky Energy Inc., Suncor Energy Inc. and Imperial Oil Ltd., who said their refining assets and pipeline contracts had allowed them to profit from steep price discounts on Canadian crude and their removal had made crude-by-rail unprofitable.The CEO of Cenovus Energy Inc., however, said he supports the cuts and his company would increase its rail shipments this year as economics would likely improve.The province imposed production quotas as of Jan. 1 on larger producers designed to keep 325,000 barrels per day of crude off the market and eliminate a glut of trapped oil. The target was cut to 250,000 bpd in February and March and set at 225,000 bpd for April.Canadian Natural, one of the largest oil producers in Alberta, has been required to cut 95,000 bpd this month, said president Tim McKay in an interview.The company is advancing a planned maintenance turnaround at its Horizon oilsands mine into March from April to reduce the impact of the cuts and has been drilling fewer wells than planned, he added. CALGARY, A.B. – Alberta’s crude curtailment plan is working so well to support western Canadian oil prices that it won’t likely be needed for too much longer, say executives at Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.Furthermore, the profitability of crude-by-rail shipments to the U.S. Gulf Coast is intact and will encourage more export capacity growth, they added on Thursday.“The Canadian oil market was very rocky in the fourth quarter with dysfunctional marketplace dynamics driving historically high differentials for both heavy and light oil in Canada,” said executive vice-chairman Steve Laut on a conference call to discuss financial results. It also is considering delaying startup of the40,000-barrel-per-day steam-driven Kirby North oilsands project thatis nearing completion, as well as new wells expected to add 26,000bpd of production at its Primrose thermal oil project in northernAlberta.Canadian Natural blamed low oil prices for a net loss of $776 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared with a profit of $396 million a year earlier, but announced a 12 per cent increase in its quarterly dividend to 37.5 cents per share.Its shares climbed by about three per cent to $36.90 by mid-afternoon on the Toronto Stock Exchange as analysts reported its operating results were largely in line with expectations, though adjusted profit fell short.McKay said Canadian Natural is currently shipping about 14,000 bpd of crude by rail and that may rise.center_img He pointed out that heavy oil at the U.S. Gulf Coast is now trading at a US$2 per barrel premium to New York benchmark West Texas Intermediate, which improves the return from shipping oil there by rail.Last week, Enbridge Inc. announced permitting delays in Minnesota meant its Line 3 replacement pipeline, expected to add 370,000 bpd of export capacity of Canadian crude, won’t open until the second half of 2020, a year later than expected.The project was being counted on to help move Alberta oil but McKay said other factors remain in place, including natural declines in conventional oil output due to lower spending and the Alberta government’s $3.7-billion commitment to lease rail cars to transport up to 120,000 bpd of oil.He said the $9.7-billion Sturgeon Refinery near Edmonton co-owned by Canadian Natural is expected to soon be able to start accepting diluted bitumen for processing, which will eventually divert 80,000 bpd from the export stream.Canadian Natural production in the quarter averaged 1.08 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, up from 1.02 million boe/d in the fourth quarter of 2017.last_img read more

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Gayle looking forward to time away from cricket

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTime right to consider ‘life after cricket’ claims GayleOctober 8, 2018In “Sports”Gayle says ‘definitely’ playing ODIs and ‘maybe’ Test post World CupJune 26, 2019In “latest news”SANGAKKARA HOPES LIGHTNING CAN STRIKE TWICE FOR THE TALLAWAHS IN CPLJune 20, 2016In “Internet” This file photo taken on October 23, 2017 shows West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle leaving the New South Wales Supreme Court in Sydney. (Photo: AFP)(CMC) — Despite claiming that he still had “a lot in the tank,” Jamaica opening batsman Chris Gayle has said he is looking forward to relaxing and spending time with his family as his cricketing career winds down.The 39-year-old ended his List A career for Jamaica last week in spectacular fashion, as he blazed a century on his way to captaining the Scorpions to a 33-run victory over the Barbados Pride in the Regional Super50 competition.But after playing cricket for over a quarter of a century, Gayle said the time had come for him to enjoy life.“It’s a great feeling. There’s a lot in the tank, to be honest with you, but there’s life after cricket, so I have to live some life as well. It’s been over 25 years playing cricket. It’s something fantastic. It’s a great achievement as well from a personal point of view.“I have a family now, I have to look towards that as well and gel with them as much as possible, watch your kid grow; and you never know, I can get a few more and take it from there,” Gayle said.The powerful, left-handed opening batsman said he was always open to sharing his wealth of knowledge with any young, aspiring cricketer.“I will always share my experience with the young guys or whosoever. Once the time presents itself after such a long career, you’re going to want to reflect a bit, stay away a bit because you’ve been travelling and living out of suitcases, so you want to reflect and get back to normal life. But I will always have something to offer and give back to the game,” Gayle said.“I’ve been living the life. There’s no doubt about it and I have opened a lot of doors for cricketers by showing them they can live life while playing cricket as well. I think I’ve set that example for cricketers around.”And as he reflected on his final innings, Gayle said he had not entirely ruled out the possibility of returning to play a four-day game for Jamaica.He said the fact that he was allowed to captain the side and the century was a match-winning one made the occasion more special.“It was very pleasing to get a century in my last 50-over game for Jamaica. It was something fantastic and something I will always cherish and I will actually remember as well. More so, to actually get a win and lead the team to a victory, that’s fantastic. I just want to thank the guys for all their effort and their support over the last couple of years. It’s been fantastic,” Gayle admitted.“Overall, having said that, I’m very thankful and grateful that I’m still able to stand here at age 39 and still get a century in my last game.“It’s possible to play a four-day game at Sabina Park if it presents itself. I will look into it and play a four-day game for Jamaica as well. I don’t know when the four-day will start, but when it starts I’ll look into the schedule and make myself available,” Gayle added. read more

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SEHA GAZPROM SSL Veszprem too strong for Vojvodina

Hungarian TOP team MVM MKB Veszprem proved the role of the favorite in their first match at SEHA GAZPROM South Stream League. The fourth team of the VELUX EHF Champions League last season, beat the best Serbian team RK Vojvodina 32:19 (13:9) on their debut in regional competition and did some warm-up before the Hungarian Super Cup clash with PICK Szeged next weekend. The best Serbian squad showed the fighting spirit from the very beginning of the match and was in the game after first 10 minutes (4:4).The first sign of Hungarian quality came during the middle part of the first half, when Vojvodina’s coach Djordje Cirkovic had to take time-out after 3:0 series of the rival.That wasn’t too helpful due fantastic defense which help Hungarian goalie Roland Mikler to save own net. Veszprem had +5 in 21st minute (10:5) of the match, but Vojvodina made the balance in the last minutes of the first half with the goals of Orbovic and Nikolic (9:13).Veszprem finally broke the resistance of home team at the start of the second half, when Laszlo Nagy scored two goals in a row for +7 – 9:16 (34.) Everything became the question of routine until the final whistle. Fans in „Slana Bara“ hall had a chance to see series of Momir Ilic goals from the 7 meter line (he was TOP scorer of the match with 11 goals, 9 from 7 meters).Veszprem reached +10 in 43th minute (12:22), Vojvodina fought back with 3:0 series, but their resistance collapsed at the end. Hungarians have finished match with 4:0 seriesStatements after the match:Momir Ilic (Veszprem):– We took the role of the favorite on this match and played the best we can in this moment. Vojvodina have quality squad and they need time to catch the form. I am sure that we will see better performance of this team in the future.Veszprem’s coach Antonio Carlos Ortega:. This was tough game, but we were lucky to got all the informations about Serbian squad on time and prepare well. We had a lot of problems with defense in the first half, but we solved that in second part…Vuk Lazovic, Vojvodina’s line player:– Veszprem came into the game as a favorite and they showed why. I am glad that we play with this level of the team at the start of the season, to see, how much we have to work to get better.Djordje Cirkovic, Vojvodina’s coach:– We have 10 new players and this was new experience for us. Veszprem is one of the best European teams. It need time for the miracle. My boys fight from the start until the end. I cant say anything against their performance. ← Previous Story Kadetten Schaffhausen with new playmaker – Damir Doborac! Next Story → Danish media: Lauge on loan to KIF Kolding? veszprem read more

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Un ballon de la NASA établit un record de vol audessus de

first_imgUn ballon de la NASA établit un record de vol au-dessus de l’AntarctiqueLe ballon scientifique Super-TIGER de la NASA a passé 55 jours, une heure et 34 minutes à plus de 38.000 mètres d’altitude au-dessus de l’Antarctique. C’est un record qui aura permis à l’agence spatiale américaine d’analyser un grand nombre de rayons cosmiques.La NASA peut être fière de son ballon scientifique Super-TIGER (Super Trans-Iron Galactic Element Recorder). L’engin lancé le 8 décembre à 15H45 depuis la station McMurdo en Antarctique vient de battre le record de durée de vol au-dessus de ces contrées gelées pour un engin de son type. Vendredi, le ballon s’est en effet posé après avoir passé 55 jours, une heure et 34 minutes, le tout à 38.710 mètres d’altitude, soit quatre fois plus haut que la plupart des engins commerciaux qui survolent l’Antarctique.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Le précédent record datait de 2009 et avait été établi par le Super Pressure Balloon de la NASA resté 54 jours, une heure et 29 minutes en vol. Le Super-TIGER a ainsi battu le record de vol d’un peu plus d’un jour. Il faut dire aussi que le ballon a été bien aidé par les vents du pôle Sud, qui circulent d’est en ouest, à des milliers de mètres au-dessus de la surface de la Terre. “Les ballons scientifiques donnent aux scientifiques la capacité de collecter des données scientifiques critiques sur une longue durée et à un très faible coût”, a commenté Vernon Jones, impliqué dans le programme de la NASA. “Ce vol a très bien réussi en raison de sa durée, qui nous a permis d’identifier un grand nombre de rayons cosmiques”, a déclaré Bob Binns, le principal chercheur du programme cité dans un communiqué de l’agence. Le ballon devait recueillir des données sur les rayons cosmiques à haute énergie en provenance de la Voie lactée et qui bombardent la Terre. Des phénomènes que les scientifiques cherchent à mieux comprendre. Pour cela, Super-TIGER embarquait un nouvel outil qui mesure, dans ces rayons, les éléments rares plus lourds que le fer.Les informations obtenues doivent ainsi permettre de mieux comprendre où ces noyaux atomiques énergétiques sont produits et comment ils acquièrent leur haute énergie. Néanmoins, il faudra encore attendre avant d’en savoir plus. Selon la NASA, le ballon a collecté tellement de données qu’il faudra jusqu’à deux ans pour toutes les analyser.Le 6 février 2013 à 13:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Zaccheroni believes he can turn things around for the UAE

first_imgThe United Arab Emirates national team manager is not happy after his team drew 1-1 in the opening match of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.The United Arab Emirates (UAE) tied 1-1 with Bahrain in the opening match of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.And for coach Alberto Zaccheroni, this doesn’t make him happy but it’s the same result he got with Japan in 2011, before winning the title.“When I was in charge of Japan, we ended with a draw in the first game of the 2011 Asian Cup against Jordan, then we won the tournament,” said Zaccheroni according to Inside World Football.ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 01: Abdelkarim Hassan of Qatar celebrates with a teammate following their sides victory during the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar at Zayed Sports City Stadium on February 1, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)Qatar will plan soon how to aim higher Manuel R. Medina – February 3, 2019 The Qatari national team won the AFC Asian Cup for the first time ever, but the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts don’t want it to end there.“The same scenario played out today, as we went behind.”“What is very important for me, is not only performances,” explained Zaccheroni.“The performance in the first half was aggressive and I thank them for fighting in the game. I told them what matters is to evolve gradually, from one game to the next.”“We will correct all the mistakes and look at the mistakes we made and learn lessons from them in the next game against India,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Insurance rate jumps 35 percent for those switching from Moda to Premera

first_imgThe open enrollment period for the federal health insurance marketplace opens Nov. 1, 2016. (Photo by Josh Edge/APRN)Open enrollment in the federal health insurance marketplace begins Tuesday, and two-thirds of enrolled Alaskans will see about a 35 percent rate increase as they transfer from Moda Health to the lone provider left in Alaska’s market.Listen Now Lori Wing-Heier, director of the state’s Division of Insurance, said about 14,000 individuals will swap over to Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield.“Their plans will automatically go from Moda to Premera,” Wing-Heier said. “But if they want to see what else is out there they’re going to have to to into the marketplace and make the decision themselves, because it may not be the plan that they want due to the cost.”“So we are encouraging them to get out and take a look at what the new plan is and if it’s the correct plan for them at the correct premium.”Moda announced their departure from the Alaska market earlier this year, citing financial troubles.Customers already enrolled with Premera will see an average rate increase of 7.3 percent.Wing-Heier said the state is encouraging Alaskans to start shopping early.“To see what’s available for them and to see what they qualify for, if they qualify for, an offset of a premium tax credit or a subsidy,” she said.About three-quarters of enrolled Alaskans qualify for a subsidy.Wing-Heier said assistance is available for those who are re-enrolling and for Alaskans enrolling for the first time.“We also are encouraging people to reach out to a broker, a navigator or an assister, depending on what is in their area, to help them, to walk them through the marketplace and what their options are,” she said.The enrollment period begins Tuesday and is open through the end of January, but in order to have insurance coverage in effect by the first of the year the enrollment deadline is Dec. 15.As of September, just over 21,000 Alaskans were enrolled in the individual marketplace.last_img read more

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SC rejects PIL to declare PoK Gilgit as Lok Sabha seats

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Monday dismissed a plea seeking direction to the Centre to declare Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Gilgit as two Lok Sabha seats and imposed Rs 50,000 fine on a former intelligence officer for filing it. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi termed the PIL filed by Ram Kumar Yadav, the former official of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), as “not tenable” and dismissed it with a fine. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “Is this a PIL. You are living in Delhi. What is your interest in PoK,” the bench, which also comprised justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose, said, adding, “we are not inclined to entertain this (PIL).” “These are official parts of India,” the counsel for Yadav said. The plea referred to the fact that India has the ownership over the areas called PoK and Gilgit and there are as many as 24 assembly seats earmarked for these territories. The counsel said that on the similar line, the Centre and other authorities be directed to declare PoK and Gilgit as parliamentary seats respectively.last_img read more

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ExNew York Mayor to Return as Head of Bloomberg LP

first_imgFormer New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, 72, has said he is returning to lead Bloomberg LP, the financial data and news company he co-founded in 1982.Bloomberg will replace CEO Daniel Doctoroff, 56, who has decided to step aside, the company announced on Wednesday.The former Mayor has a net estimated worth of $33.2 billion according to Forbes. He will assume charge of the company by the end of 2014.”I really wanted Dan (Daniel Doctoroff) to stay and continue in his leadership role. But I understand his decision. I never intended to come back to Bloomberg LP after twelve years as Mayor. However, the more time I spent reacquainting myself with the company, the more exciting and interesting I found it – in large part, due to Dan’s efforts,” Bloomberg said in a statement.Daniel Doctoroff joined Bloomberg LP as its president in 2008 and became the CEO in July 2011. During that period, the company’s revenues rose from $5.4 billion to more than $9 billion. Additionally, the company’s market share increased from 26% to 32%. Bloomberg also added over 500 reporters and editors besides acquiring Bloomberg Business week.”Our position in every market we compete in, is stronger than ever before. Financially, we have set records every year during Dan’s tenure,” Bloomberg added.Doctoroff, however, would continue to play an advisory role for the company. Bloomberg has also offered to make him a member of the Board of Bloomberg Philanthropies.”I love the company and have deep respect and affection for Mike (Michael Bloomberg), so leaving is not an easy decision, but it is the right one for the company, for Mike and for me at this stage of my life. It is and has always been Mike’s company and given his renewed interest and energy, it only makes sense for him to retake the helm. I take pride in our achievements over the past seven years and I know the company will only grow stronger,” Doctoroff added.Doctoroff has previously been a Managing Partner at Oak Hill Capital Partners and an investment banker at Lehman Brothers.last_img read more

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MPs peons among 924 to perform hajj at govt expense

first_imgSome 942 people are going to Saudi Arabia to perform hajj and to take care of pilgrims at government expense this year.Ministers, members of parliament, members of parliamentary standing committees, top bureaucrats, ruling party activists, peons, drivers and cleaners are on the recommended list.Some 158 persons are going to perform hajj from the locality of religion affairs minister Matiur Rahman.Following recommendations from the offices of the president and prime minister and ruling party leaders, the authorities allegedly select additional people, violating the hajj policy.Many people are going to perform hajj at government expense despite having financial ability, which has raised the questions about spending public money.Speaking to Prothom Alo, religious affairs minister Matiur Rahman said those recommended by different ministries and departments, are going for hajj.“I have to accept requests as members of parliament and politicians have called over phone and made requests. I have allowed those who applied from my locality,” he added.“Is there any wrong with at?” the minister asked.Some 127,198 people from Bangladesh, under government and private arrangements, will perform hajj this year.The religious affairs ministry has formed 6 teams who will perform as well as take care of the pilgrims.14 persons are in the hajj representative team, 15 persons in hajj technical team, 54 persons in hajj administrative team, 266 persons in hajj medical team, 182 persons for aiding doctors and 93 persons in hajj guide team.Some 318 persons are going to hajj through the ‘state expenditure category’.   And 118 persons are from religious affairs ministry, 71 from prime minister’s office and 33 from the president’s office are going to hajj.According to the ministry, members of the teams will perform hajj as well look after hajj management. Besides, they will deliver administrative, technical and medical services.But many of the selected people are not fit to do the job, according to the list. According to the ministry, a total of Tk 205 million will be spent from the government exchequer. Those, who go under the team named ‘state expenditure category’ will get all facilities including air fare and food and accommodation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The representatives of other teams will get conveyance and daily allowance, amounting to Tk 8,00,000 to Tk 1 million.According to the national hajj and umrah policy, the president, the prime minister and the religious affairs ministry can send a specific number of devoted Muslims to Saudi Arabia to perform hajj in low hajj package under the government arrangement.Former cabinet secretary Ali Imam Majumdar said those who can bear the expenses should not take the opportunity from the government.What is the necessity of such a large group? he asked. “It is unethical and illogical.”According to religious affairs ministry, a team of 14 persons led by minister Matiur Rahman is going to Saudi Arabia to give directives for overall hajj management.They are scheduled to leave Dhaka in a flight of Biman on 25 August. Their wives and children will accompany them. But they will perform hajj on their own expenses.Speaking to Prothom Alo, secretary of the cabinet division NM Ziaur Rahman said, “There is no matter of ability and inability here. I am going as a representative of Bangladesh government. It is my job. The religious affairs ministry has selected me.”The team named ‘state expenditure category’ includes members of parliament, high officials, politicians and employees of different ministries.Among others, they are MP of Dhaka constituency-15 Kamal Ahmed Majumdar, MP of reserved seat Shireen Nayeem, MP of reserved seat of Kurigram-Lalmonirhat Safura Begum and MP of reserved seat of Mymensingh Fatema-Tuzzhura.Of them, Fatema-Tuzzhura perfomed hajj under the expenses of the government in 2015.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Fatema-Tuzzhura said, “I do not know who selected my name. I am thinking of not going.” MP Shirin Nayeem, elected to reserved seats for women in parliament, would perform hajj this year with the government bearing her expenses.Asked about this, she claimed that she is financially insolvent.“I have no means of performing hajj at my own cost as I have to take care of many party activists,” she told Prothom Alo.Apart from some low-grade government staffers, several high-level officials, including director general of secondary and higher education directorate, Sheikh Md Wahiduzzaman, National Housing Corporation member  ABM Fazlur Rahman, joint secretary of the LGRD ministry Masud Ahmed, and assistant director of Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad Halim Munshi, among others, have been nominated for the hajj trip.Yusuf Khan Pathan, chairman of Mymensingh zila parishad, is also on the list.Ruling AL leaders including Jannatul Chowdhury Anonna, women affairs secretary of Uttorkhan union AL in Dhaka, has been nominated for the hajj trip.Out of 318 persons, 81 were selected fromMymensingh from where the religious affairs minister Matiur Rahman got elected in 2009.The list may increase, said ministry officials.As per the National Hajj and Umrah Policy, a 45-member administrative team was supposed to be formed. Violating the rule, as many as 54 persons have been included in the team.The list accommodates a total of 17 high-ups of the religious affairs ministry, additional, joint, deputy, senior, and assistant secretaries of several ministries, as well as hajj office staff.According to the hajj policy, a total of 127 physicians were supposed to go with the hajj pilgrims this year. But, 266 physicians have been selected for this year’s hajj and the number is almost double.According to religious affairs ministry, a total of 124 people were sent to perform hajj at public costs in 2014. The number went to 263 in 2015, and 283 in 2016.Religious affairs secretary Abdul Jalil told Prothom Alo that they had adhered to the rules and regulations.Criticising this policy, Transparency International Bangladesh executive director Iftekharuzzaman said, this is just a matter of appeasing their own people. It is absolutely unethical. Public money should not be spent in this manner. Those responsible should be accountable for this misuse of power.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam and Imam Hossain.last_img read more

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Too much entanglement can render quantum computers useless

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — “For certain tasks, quantum computers are more powerful than their classical counterparts. The task to be performed is the same for quantum or classical systems. However, the former ones can do it in a more efficient way,” David Gross tells PhysOrg.com. “But we can’t pinpoint the exact reason why a quantum computer is more powerful. Until now, it has been accepted that the reason is entanglement. But entanglement is the easy answer, and we have discovered that it is not so simple.” 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. Quantum computing: Entanglement may not be necessary Citation: Too much entanglement can render quantum computers useless (2009, May 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-05-entanglement-quantum-useless.htmlcenter_img Explore further Gross, at the Institute for Mathematical Physics in Braunschweig, Germany, has been working with S.T. Flammia at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and with Jens Eisert at the University of Potsdam in Germany, studying entanglement and trying to understand the role it plays in quantum computing. One of the more interesting findings from the group is that there is such a thing as too much entanglement. The exploration of the concept of too much entanglement is presented in Physical Review Letters: “Most Quantum States Are Too Entangled To Be Useful As Computational Resources.”“The conventional wisdom on entanglement is that the more you have, the more powerful your quantum computing will be,” says Eisert. “We’ve found that when it comes to quantum computing, there can be too much entanglement, rendering the quantum information processing attempt useless. It doesn’t matter how smart you are, or how you run your computer model; once you reach a certain threshold of entanglement, you are done.”Entanglement, explains both Eisert and Gross, represents correlations in behavior. One system is related to another on a global scale, each affecting the other. In quantum computing, the way systems are entangled – correlated – can help scientists perform powerful computational tasks. However, entanglement is about more than just correlations. “Entanglement introduces a certain randomness into the system,” Gross says. “This randomness appears in the measurement outcomes. However, as the entanglement goes up, so does the randomness. When entanglement increases to a certain point, there is so much randomness that the system ends up being about as useful as coins tossed into the air. You don’t get any useful information.”Gross and Eisert agree that the discovery that entanglement can be too strong could represent a change in currently accepted attitudes about quantum information processing. “Everyone knows that there needs to be a minimum amount of entanglement for quantum computing to work,” Gross points out, “but almost no one seems to be asking the converse question: Can too much entanglement hurt your efforts?”“This puts the use of entanglement into proportion,” Eisert insists. “We know that we have to have some entanglement or quantum computing won’t work. But now we know that if we have too much, it won’t work either.” Implications for quantum computing, then, change. While entanglement is obviously important to processing information in this way, it is not the only thing that makes quantum computing work. There are other forces at play. “Clearly, there is more to what makes quantum computing powerful than just entanglement,” Gross says. “The next step is to figure out what else contributes to the why of quantum computing. We plan to study more aspects of entanglement and quantum computing to try and find an answer to what else is involved.”“In the end,” says Eisert, “we hope that our work inspires a second look at the role entanglement plays in quantum communication. Hopefully, by looking for and finding the edges, scientists can direct their research in the right regions – the regions where quantum computing actually works.”More information: Gross, Flammia, Eisert, “Most Quantum States Are Too Entangled To Be Useful As Computational Resources.” Physical Review Letters (2009). Available online: http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.190501 . Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.last_img read more

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STF nabs two with FICN worth Rs 2L

first_imgKolkata: The anti-fake Indian currency note (FICN) team of Special Task Force (STF) has arrested two persons on Thursday night from near Lindsay Street and recovered FICN worth Rs 2 lakh.According to sources, sleuths had recently arrested a FICN racketeer identified as Ashim Akram alias Wasim earlier this month, with a large amount of FICN. After Akram was taken into custody, sleuths interrogated him for information about the racket. During interrogation, Akram stated that two more FICN racketeers will soon arrive at the city to make a deal. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBased on the information, sleuths had activated their sources. On Thursday evening, police came to know from sources that the FICN racketeers have been seen in and around the New Market area. Immediately, a team raided a place near Lindsay Street late on Thursday night and nabbed two persons identified as Md. Saleem and Shahbaz Ahamad Siddiqui of Nagpur. During search, sleuths found 100 notes of Rs 2,000 denomination from their luggage. They have been booked under sections 489B (using as genuine, forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes), 489C (possession of forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes) and 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. Earlier on June 17, based on a statement of another FICN racketeer identified as Salwar Hossain who was arrested on June 8, the STF had nabbed two Malda based FICN racketeers at around 6:15 am from Strand Road near Eastern Railway Cooperative Bank. During search, sleuths had found 250 FICN of Rs 2,000 denomination from their bags. Police are trying to locate the masterminds behind the rackets. It is suspected that the two persons who were arrested on Thursday were FICN dealers in Maharashtra.last_img read more

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Google to Open Campus for Entrepreneurs in Madrid

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals October 6, 2014 Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img Google is growing its entrepreneurial knowledge empire outside of America again. This time the company is opening a campus for startups in Spain.The $400 billion Internet mammoth’s new Spain location won’t be another massive corporate campus, like its sprawling Mountain View, Calif., Googleplex. Far from it. Think smaller but equally smart. In a short blog post today, Google announced the new space as Campus Madrid. The “new home for innovation in Spain” follows two similar campuses that Google opened two years ago in London and Tel Aviv as part of its burgeoning global startup co-working space initiative.    Related: Google Has Plans for New and Revamped Streaming-Music ServicesGoogle says its startup incubator campuses, which it also eventually plans to roll out in Warsaw, Poland, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Seoul, South Korea, are spaces “for entrepreneurs to learn, connect, and build companies that will change the world.” Campus participants get exclusive access to mentorship and training led by teams from Google and from area entrepreneurs and local startup community leaders.Related: This Is Google’s Achilles’ Heel — And Startups are Targeting It“Google began as a startup in garage, and supporting startups remains a very important part of our DNA,” the company said in the Campus Madrid announcement. “We continually see that when people are empowered to dream big and are empowered to take action, that entrepreneurs turn those ideas into growing companies, creating a powerful startup community, solving big problems, and supporting a thriving economy.”Google, which obviously hasn’t forgotten its humble beginnings, now boasts a far-reaching international presence, with some 70-plus offices in more than 40 countries across the world.Related: Google to Break Ground on Life-Prolonging Research Facility 2 min readlast_img read more

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