Trail BC sees third sulphuric acid spill on area roads this year

first_imgTRAIL, B.C. – The movement of sulphuric acid by truck through a southeastern British Columbia city has been halted while officials try to determine why there has been a third leak of the corrosive liquid in less than six months.International Raw Materials says in a news release that it purchased the load of sulphuric acid from the Teck Resources Ltd. lead and zinc smelter in Trail and was moving the acid to a nearby reload facility on Sept. 22.A spill that the company describes as “less than one cup,” was found at the reload site and three “dime-sized drips” were spotted on a road, but the company statement says no acid was found on highways through Trail.International Raw Materials says trucking contractor Trimac will launch a full investigation and take corrective action but all acid shipments by road have been suspended while the probe is underway.The Insurance Corporation of B.C., is still trying to determine how many vehicles were damaged by sulphuric acid leaks on routes through Trail on April 10 and May 23.Claims related to the spills had topped 3,000 by early September and some of the vehicles damaged or written off include a new fire truck worth an estimated $800,000 and several school buses.Teck said in a release posted earlier this month that just under 300 litres of sulphuric acid leaked onto the busy route through Trail in the first two spills.Vehicles were damaged when they drove through puddles of the acid before the spills were identified.Sulphuric acid has the potential to corrode vehicle undercarriages, aluminum parts and especially brake lines and brake systems, an ICBC adviser said.Teck produces the acid at its Trail smelter but the product had been purchased by International Raw Materials and was being moved by that company’s contrators when the spills occurred.No one was hurt, the acid was neutralized and is not believed to have seeped into area waterways.last_img read more

UN agency convenes special meeting to examine turmoil in wheat markets

3 September 2010The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will hold a special meeting later this month to examine the recent spike in wheat prices and help avoid any repeat of the recent global food crisis. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will hold a special meeting later this month to examine the recent spike in wheat prices and help avoid any repeat of the recent global food crisis.The meeting, slated for 24 September at FAO headquarters in Rome, will bring together experts and government representatives to consider how to ease the current turmoil in grain markets and what role should the UN agency in handling the situation.Wheat prices experienced their biggest monthly rise in almost a year in August, according to the FAO’s Food Price Index, climbing by 5 per cent following persistent drought in Russia – a major producer – and that country’s subsequent restriction on sales.Higher sugar and oilseed prices also contributed to the price spike, which has flowed into overall international food prices as well.Rising food prices reportedly led to deadly protests this week in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, and led to concerns about a potential repeat of the food crisis in 2007-08. Russia has also extended a ban on wheat exports into 2011 following the drought in its grain-producing regions.David Dawe, a senior economist at FAO, said today that while the recent turmoil is cause for concern, the so-called fundamentals of the wheat market are far more solid than they were before the food crisis.“The reaction in the wheat markets is a bit overdone – maybe even substantially overdone,” he told the UN News Centre.Wheat stockpiles are higher than before, he noted, while overall crop production levels are historically high, even if they have slipped from recent peaks.“There is uncertainty out there; agriculture markets are always uncertain because of the weather… But it would be premature to think that the situation would get worse.” read more

Womens gymnastics Ohio State looks to keep season alive at NCAA Regionals

The Ohio State gymnastics team huddles before an event during its meet against Iowa on Jan. 21, 2017. Credit: Megan Russell | Lantern reporterAfter already having competed at the Big Ten Five-Team meet three weekends ago at the University of Illinois, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team travels to Champaign, Illinois, yet again for an NCAA Regional beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday.The Buckeyes will be competing against No. 5 UCLA, No. 8 Oregon State, No. 17 Iowa, No. 19 Illinois and Eastern Michigan. The top two teams from the regional competition will advance to the semifinals. Although OSU has high hopes of placing competitive scores, the Buckeyes are more concerned with working towards the goal of posting a season-high team final score during their time at regionals.“We’ve already been in the arena once, because we were there for Big Five, so it’s a familiar atmosphere,” freshman Amanda Huang said. “But there’s no pressure on us to make nationals. We can just go out there and try our best and have fun.”Based on a team’s regional qualifying score, the top 18 teams were seeded nationally and placed into the bracket that divides into six regional competitions. The remaining teams — those ranked 19 to 36 — were assigned geographically to one of the six regional locations.The top-two scoring teams from the Champaign, Seattle and Fayetteville, Arkansas, regionals will compete in one of the semifinals, while the top two teams from the Morgantown, West Virginia, Gainesville, Florida, and Lincoln, Nebraska, regionals will compete in another semifinal.UCLA is seen as the favorite to win, with Oregon State projected as a close second, but the Buckeyes will also be competing alongside conference competitors, Illinois and Iowa. OSU competed against these two teams in the Big Ten championship and was outscored by both during that final meet. Nonetheless, the Buckeyes see themselves performing on a level playing field with the Illini and Hawkeyes.“I think we’ll just use it (losing to Iowa and Illinois) as motivation,” Huang said. “They are our Big Ten opponents, but we know we have the skill level, and we’re capable of beating them.”OSU came in as the sixth seed, and although they are looking to pull a 196-range score and perform on-par with their conference competitors, the Buckeyes are not expecting to hit one of the top two spots to advance to the semifinals.“Let the cards fall where they may, but to be realistic, to be the top two, I think you’re going to have to be a high 196 to 197,” OSU coach Carey Fagan said. “We’re capable of that, but in my mind a 196 is going to be a success. Below that, I’ll feel like we under-performed.”The Buckeyes have struggled all season with making strong hits from every athlete in each rotation, which has prevented them from obtaining that 196 mark. Only in the meet at Minnesota earlier in the season did OSU break that ceiling to post a 196.450 final score.“I think our weakness is just not hitting 24 (for) 24 consistently,” Fagan said. “Even if you have one fall and you don’t have to count it — if it’s one of your best kids that you’re counting on that score — it can be a huge hit (that the team is not receiving).”The balance beam — the final rotation for the Buckeyes — has also presented a challenge for OSU.Although Fagan is not thrilled with the rotation given to OSU, she sees a learning opportunity for the team that might even minimize nerves with the less-than-desirable event order.“Beam, again, will be an area of focus,” Fagan said. “That is going to be our last event, so ending on beam, that’s going to be a good experience, win, lose or draw, for this team to be able to hit under pressure, or maybe going into it with the attitude of nothing to lose.”OSU will follow a similar rotation pattern to what they saw in the Big Ten Five-Meet, with floor exercise as the first event, vault as the second event, followed by a bye and uneven bars before balance beam. The Buckeyes will have a bye in the final rotation.OSU has had two weeks of preparation, which sophomore Jamie Stone sees as a great opportunity that will reflect positively for the team’s performances at regionals.“I always tell myself to compete like I do in practice,” Stone said. “I’m going to go out there and not let my nerves get to me, which I tend to do, have fun and trust my training. We’ve put in a lot of work this past few weeks.”Huang agrees that with all the practice the team has done this season, the Buckeyes have the potential to pull a strong final score at regionals on Saturday.“My thing is, I tell myself, to believe in yourself,” Huang said. “You’ve done hundreds of numbers in the gym to this point, so trust your training. It’s your time to shine.” read more

La version 23 de Facebook disponible sur Windows Phone

first_imgLa version 2.3 de Facebook disponible sur Windows Phone La mise à jour du réseau social est désormais téléchargeable sur les plateformes Windows Phone, améliorant sensiblement les fonctionnalités de l’application.Même si Facebook tournait déjà bien sur les smartphones utilisant le système d’exploitation de Microsoft, voilà une mise à jour qui ne devrait pas déplaire aux utilisateurs. En effet, l’application du réseau social sur Windows Phone vient tout juste de recevoir une nouvelle version. Et cette version 2.3 (lien non disponible) apporte son lot de modifications. La navigation se retrouve améliorée, les pages et groupes présentent un design retravaillé et une nouvelle vue panoramique fait son apparition. Ajouté à cela, le fil d’actualité est désormais plus performant et la présentation des “j’aime” est aussi revue. Enfin, il faut aussi noter la disparition de quelques bugs.Si cette version vous intéresse, elle est d’ores et déjà disponible à cet endroit (lien non disponible), sur le site de Windowsphone. Le 19 février 2012 à 10:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

McAvennie praises Ryan Christie

first_imgThe former Celtic footballer says the 23-year-old was lucky after taking his chance to impress at the Scottish teamScottish midfielder Ryan Christie has been with Celtic since 2015.He was loaned to Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Aberdeen.But his better performances came after two teammates got injured and the 23-year-old got his chance.“It just shows you the part luck plays in football. If Ntcham and Brown hadn’t got injured Christie might also have been on his way,” said former Celtic player Frank McAvennie to The Herald of Scotland.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“But he’s in. It’s all about taking that chance and he’s done it.”“I’ll be honest with you about Christie and admit I thought he would move on because he wasn’t good enough. Every time someone touched him he went down,” he explained.“Brendan Rodgers has built him up. He’s a wonderful player now. Now he can take someone putting the head on him.”“That’s what living in Glasgow for a while does to you. After a difficult summer Celtic have re-established their grip on the domestic game and have moved back on top of the Premier League table,” he commented.“The first trophy of the season is up for grabs on Sunday as Celtic do battle with Aberdeen at Hampden for the Betfred League Cup and Celtic can only beat themselves.”last_img read more

Chula Vista Police City Hold its 8th Annual Night Out Against Crime

first_img Updated: 11:31 PM Posted: August 7, 2018 Dave Scott, KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) – Earlier tonight, Chula Vista held its 8th annual “Night Out Against Crime.”Residents were invited to the police department to get to know the local officers and city leaders.Visitors toured police headquarters and received crime prevention tips.KUSI’s Dave Scott spoke to Chula Vista Police Chief Roxana Kennedy, earlierChief Kennedy then introduced us to a woman whose family member was murdered, and the body was found inside of a barrel in the harbor last October.The goal for National Night is to make the community safe and a more caring place to live. center_img Chula Vista Police, City Hold its 8th Annual Night Out Against Crime Dave Scott, KUSI Newsroom August 7, 2018last_img read more

CHAMBER CORNER Learn About Wilmingtons Beck Safety  Education

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce profiles a different member in the local media each week.  In this week’s “Chamber Corner,” the Chamber is spotlighting Beck Safety and Education. Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCHAMBER CORNER: Meet Assunta Perez Of DaMore LawIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Michaela Klofac From AFLACIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”last_img read more

Twitter rolls out easier way to switch between latest and top tweets

first_img Internet Services Tech Industry Tags Post a comment Twitter 0 Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco.  James Martin/CNET The power to easily change your Twitter timeline is now in your hands. On Tuesday, Twitter said it was rolling out a simpler way for users to switch between a display of tweets chosen by an algorithm or the most recent tweets from accounts they follow. Twitter users will see a new sparkle icon that allows them to switch between the latest or top tweets.  Twitter Twitter users who browse the social media site on an iPhone will be able to do so by clicking on a sparkle icon at the top of their timeline. The change is expected to roll out on Android and desktop after the holidays. Twitter released an algorithmic timeline in 2016, but users have to go to the site’s settings to switch it off. The company uses various signals to determine which tweets could be more relevant to users. That includes who you interact with on Twitter, the length of a tweet, when it was posted, the device you’re using and other factors. In September, the company said it was working on a way to give users more control over their timeline and started testing the new tool. Wally Gurzynski, a product manager at Twitter, said the company found there were different situations in which users preferred seeing top tweets instead of the most recent ones. When Twitter users wake up in the morning, they might want to see the algorithmic timeline to catch up on tweets they missed while they were asleep. But during live events such as a basketball game, Twitter users might prefer seeing the latest tweets first. “It wasn’t exactly black and white,” Gurzynski said. “There were different circumstances where people preferred different tweets.”The algorithm that Twitter is using remains the same, he said.Twitter users who tested the new tool also reported they were more satisfied with the experience and are participating more actively in conversations on the platform, according to the tech firm.Twitter, which has struggled to attract new users, has been rolling out changes aimed at helping their users stay informed and participate on the site. It’s made it easier for users to follow live events and expanded the length of tweets to 280 characters. But the use of algorithms has also raised concerns that social media companies might be reinforcing certain political viewpoints or biases by surfacing posts they think its users want to see, creating a “filter bubble.””There are a lot of algorithms in the products that we all use and people have these questions about them,” said Keith Coleman, vice president of product at Twitter. “They wonder is this algorithm helping me? Is it good for me? And often it’s hard to really know.”While the company thinks the algorithmic timeline improves the experience, Coleman noted that making it simple for users to switch between the type of timeline increases transparency. As the company heads into the new year, it’s also been looking at other ways to fuel more positive conversations on Twitter while making it easier to use the site and follow live events. When asked if Twitter will release a way to edit tweets next year, Coleman said “there are some secrets we just have to keep.”CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Share your voicelast_img read more

Uttar Pradesh How Tsunamo wave failed SPBSP alliance

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) maintains a lead in 59 Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, successfully demolishing the poll arithmetic myth of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) which managed to secure 20 seats.The state that BJP had captured in 2014, is on the way to bust caste code of the Mahagathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh. This is the first time when the SP and the BSP — relying on Yadav, Muslim, and Jatav votes — are ending on losing side even after fighting together.At the time of filing the report, the BJP candidates were leading in at least 30 seats perceived to be MGB strongholds. The only constituencies where the MGB is seen to be wresting seats from the BJP are mainly Muslim-dominated pockets like Nagina, Amroha, Ghazipur, Rampur and Moradabad.Among other MGB stronghold seats, BJP is trailing in Ballia, Sambhal, Kairana (the SP is leading on all three), Jaunpur, Ambedkar Nagar, Machlishahar, and Bhadohi (the BSP is leading on all).The BJP had won 71 out of 80 seats in the state in 2014. Defying all the arithmetic, the party is leading on 59 seats as per the trends at 4.50 pm.last_img read more

Cantor regains his lost voice by composing Jewish music

first_imgMenachem Wecker Menachem Wecker,1 Comment Click here to post a comment TagsAdas Israel Congregation Arnold Saltzman Judah Halevi National Presbyterian Church,You may also like News Share This! News • Photos of the Week March 14, 2019 at 8:21 am Share This! Muslim groups condemn Fox News host for questioning Rep. Omar’s loyalty to US Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,WASHINGTON (RNS) — For two decades, Arnold Saltzman loved chanting Saturday and festival services at a prominent synagogue in the nation’s capital, using the commanding voice that high school friends once compared to famed tenor Enrico Caruso.Then, when his voice failed, he had to learn how to listen.It was a stressful experience, he said, stressful enough to raise a cantor’s blood pressure.“You’re yearning to interpret the liturgy, and all you can interpret is the silent prayer. That’s very humbling,” said Arnold Saltzman, his voice reduced to a whisper. “Cantors have egos. Even if I wasn’t the biggest ego, I certainly had a lesson in sitting, listening to others.”Some 15 years ago, Saltzman had no choice but to reinvent himself. He pursued rabbinical ordination and found ways, as a music composer, to find his voice again. In a 2012 Yom Kippur sermon titled “Valley of the Broken Piano Hammers,” which he delivered at one of the three congregations where he was a part-time rabbi, Saltzman spoke about a piano graveyard in New York as a metaphor for a troubling culture where everything is disposable.“It was unimaginable to me that people could do something like that (destroy pianos),” he told RNS last month in his office at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, where he is cantor emeritus. “Maybe that’s a metaphor for myself — that with my voice in shambles, I felt I had something to give.”Arnold Saltzman poses in his office in Washington. RNS photo by Menachem WeckerSaltzman, 70, also talked in a whisper to RNS from the pews at National Presbyterian Church during a dress rehearsal for his latest composition. At the church, some 200 performers, including American University’s orchestra, chorus and chamber singers, the Strathmore Children’s chorus, and soloists Janice Meyerson (mezzo-soprano) and Rob McGinness (baritone), performed a choral symphony that Saltzman composed.The music was inspired by writings of 12th-century Spanish rabbi, philosopher and poet Judah Halevi, about whom Saltzman learned as an Orthodox yeshiva student growing up in New York in the 1950s and 1960s.As a child, Saltzman was known as a singer but had little interest in religious instruction. At school, he was prone to fall asleep in religious classes.Music was a different matter.Saltzman sang in the Metropolitan Opera children’s chorus for six years and in the Campbell’s soup commercial soundtrack, and he performed with renowned cantors David and Moshe Koussevitzky, Shalom Katz and Moshe Ganchoff, including before 20,000 people at Madison Square Garden. Weddings and bar mitzvahs netted him $50 (the equivalent of $435 today) at the Waldorf, and Sabbath and festival services at Catskills resorts Grossinger’s and Kutsher’s could bring in double that.Saltzman taught music in New York and then served as cantor at the Conservative congregation Adas Israel for 24 years. In 2002, he contracted a virus that caused dysphonia, a disorder in which muscle spasms affect one’s voice.“I was able to speak but not sing,” he said.A year of therapy suggested surgery could restore his singing voice, but the surgery exacerbated matters and had to be reversed. For 10 years, Saltzman was able to speak well and sing a little, but a 2013 car accident worsened his condition to spasmodic dysphonia, which he said has few medical remedies.“With some medication, I’m good for 30 minutes,” he said in the whisper, which he broke only when he hummed, perfectly, several Hebrew songs.The Adas Israel Congregation in Washington. RNS photo by Menachem WeckerWith his duties as rabbi and cantor necessarily cut back — he is now the rabbi emeritus at three small synagogues along with being an emeritus cantor at Adas Israel, Saltzman turned his attention to completing his fourth symphony, about Halevi. He had learned about the rabbi and poet as a child, and one story, which he now considers a myth, stood out (although scholars long dismissed this story about Halevi as legendary, new discoveries at the Cairo Genizah suggest that it’s at least possible that the story is true, according to Hillel Halkin, writer, translator and author of a 2010 book on Halevi).The Spanish rabbi of the story, he was taught, so pined for the Holy Land that he set out at the end of his life to move there. After stopping en route in Egypt, Halevi was murdered within sight of Jerusalem’s walls.“It was this romantic myth about this poet who had to get to Jerusalem,” Saltzman said. “It was portrayed that you could not be fully Jewish in Spain. You had to go to Jerusalem.”The line “My heart is in the East, and I am at the edge of the West” is among Halevi’s most famous quotes, and his life was seized upon by lovers of Zion, including Saltzman’s teachers.“He is really the greatest Jewish poet since David or Solomon,” Saltzman said, evoking the biblical Jewish kings. “This is the best of the best in Hebrew.”As he studied Halevi, Saltzman came to view him as an early Romantic yet religious poet. Halevi was also a “brilliant improviser,” according to Saltzman.Despite Halevi’s era being a golden age of poetry, all was not well for Jews at that time.“People mistake it and think that everything is OK in the golden age. It’s not,” Saltzman said. “In 1066, the entire Jewish community of Granada was wiped out: 4,000 people. That’s nine years before Halevi was born.”Saltzman inserted part of that trauma into the music, which is all the more poignant for being performed in a church.“There’s an unease,” he said. “I wanted to create some unease in my music, even if it was beautiful.” He added that music like his can help people of different faiths find common ground and overcome their unease.Ann Brener, a Hebraic area specialist at the Library of Congress and author of the book “Judah Halevi and His Circle of Hebrew Poets in Granada,” agreed that Halevi was perhaps the greatest Hebrew poet since the Bible.To understand Halevi’s poems and those of his contemporaries, one needs to set aside contemporary ideas about poetry, according to Brener.“Today, poetry is just about anything splashed on the side of a bus with enough white space around it and is seen as being intensely subjective and biographical,” she said. “Not so with medieval Arabic poetry, nor with the medieval Hebrew poetry composed in its wake.”Saltzman wanted the piece to be enjoyable but also “to put people on the edge of their seats.”“It’s a really dramatic work, which won’t remind them of something else they’ve heard. It’s a knock-your-socks-off piece.” Zora says: Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Share This! News Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 By: Menachem Wecker Share This! The internet jobs are becoming a trend in all over world nowadays. A newly released survey suggests higher than 73% of people are working for internet job opportunities from a home office without having problems. Every person really want to spend some time daily with his/her friends by going to any specific wonderful place in the world. So internet income allows you to accomplish the work at any time you want and enjoy your life. Though determining the right way moreover setting the proper aim is our end goal in the direction of achieving success. Already lots of people are generating such a nice earnings of $34000 every week through the use of highly recommended and powerful methods of generating income on line. 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Changes to Texas Rating System Add to Challenges for Struggling Schools

first_imgLaura IsenseePrincipals and school leaders from schools in the Kashmere Gardens neighborhood share updates about their schools at a monthly community meeting.Even before Harvey hit Houston, several schools there faced a do-or-die year: Improve and get off the state’s list of chronically failing schools, or be closed down.Turns out, it’s not that easy to know what makes a passing grade. That’s because the state of Texas is changing how it grades schools, and the system isn’t final yet.Those state report cards were a big topic at a recent community meeting in Kashmere Gardens. There, principals from schools in the area meet every month to talk about how they’re working to improve their schools. At their first meeting since Harvey, they got up, one by one, and gave updates on their latest ratings from the state.“We have been a school that’s been at risk for not meeting standard for quite a while, and we did not go into that category, which is great,” said Iliana Perez, principal of Paige Elementary.Joseph Williams, who leads Key Middle School, reported: “Certainly we want to maintain meeting state accountability and we want to take it up to another notch.”And another principal, Kashmere High’s Nancy Blackwell, got straight to what’s worrying her about this year. She has no idea exactly how the state will evaluate her school. It’s complicated. “You were talking about index 1, 2, 3 and 4 is about to change to domains 1, 2 and 3 and ruling things here and there and the standards aren’t set. That’s one reason parents do get a little confused because it’s changing again for 2018,” Blackwell told dozens of educators and community members at the Kashmere Gardens Multi-Service center.It’s not just parents — it’s school administrators across the state. Unlike when the state often phases in a new rating system, Texas’s formula for this school year isn’t final, even as class is already in session.  “When you don’t know what you’re shooting for, it’s hard to hit a target,” said Carla Stevens, an assistant superintendent with the Houston Independent School District. She studies the complex methods behind Texas’ school grades.“We don’t know how things are going to be weighted. We don’t know what targets are going to be set. So at this point in time, there is no way that I can predict whether or not a campus is going to come off of improvement required or go on to improvement required,” she explained.She said that Texas schools won’t know all the details until after state testing starts in the spring. Which makes it even tougher for schools on the state’s “must improve” list. Share Listen 00:00 /04:01 center_img X “We’re at the point where there’s no syllabus, there is no grading rubric, there’s nothing. We just know that we have to keep doing better.  And we hope that at the end of the year we will meet that standard,” Stevens said.Laura IsenseeNancy Blackwell recently started her third year as principal of Kahsmere High. She has made sure that all teachers are certified and opened new labs for students to research college opportunities.For schools like Kashmere High, that moving target is frustrating. It has fallen below state standards for eight years, the longest of any Texas school. This past year, they would have passed if just two students scored higher. Principal Nancy Blackwell said that they plan to appeal their rating.“Coming close hurts, but coming close doesn’t count,” she said.Blackwell isn’t dwelling on that. She’s made sure all Kashmere High teachers are certified and even sent some to summer boot-camps. Their campus just finished a renovation, and they’ve added new labs where students can research and apply to colleges.“What we look at is to overachieve, or go beyond the state average. When I know we’ve gone beyond the state average with our kids, they’ll be ready for anything that comes their way,” Blackwell said.But what nobody was ready for — Harvey. It flooded much of Northeast Houston, including Kashmere Gardens. Community leaders like Huey German-Wilson said that they want state education officials to take the storm into account when they grade schools this year.“So we’re going to be petitioning the state for those things — to ask that they give us some grace because the children have been devastated in several locations,” she said. “At this point, they are devastated at home. Their community is devastated.”But she said that she hasn’t “heard a thing” about the state relaxing its accountability standards. “But typically, what I know is when we had Ike, that they could seriously consider those things when they talk about accountability,” German-Wilson said.So far, the Texas Education Agency said that it has not decided if it will give struggling schools a break this year. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Researchers violate Bells inequality with remotely connected superconducting qubits

first_imgThe efficient generation of entanglement between remote quantum nodes is a crucial step in securing quantum communications. In past research, entanglement has often been achieved using a number of different probabilistic schemes. Recently, some studies have also offered demonstrations of deterministic remote entanglement using approaches based on superconducting qubits. Nonetheless, the deterministic violation of Bell’s inequality (a strong measure of quantum correlation) in a superconducting quantum communication architecture has so far never been demonstrated. A team of researchers based at the University of Chicago has recently demonstrated a violation of Bell’s inequality using remotely connected superconducting qubits. Their paper, published in Nature Physics, introduces a simple and yet robust architecture for achieving this benchmark result in a superconducting system. “There is a lot of interest and activity in developing experimental systems where quantum mechanics can be used for information processing (e.g. communication, computation, etc.) and sensing,” Andrew Cleland, one of the researchers who carried out the study, told “The heart of a quantum information system is a qubit, and uniqueness comes from the quantum states you can store in it, as well as the more complex quantum states you can store using multiple qubits. We were interested in exploring the transmission of quantum information and quantum states—the fundamentals for quantum communication.”Quantum states, as well as the information that is stored within them, are incredibly delicate, far more than classical states and classically stored information. Although theoretically, there are ways to correct errors in a quantum state, one can typically fix only small errors; hence, the communication of a quantum state needs to be done with very high precision. The high fidelity transmission of a quantum state has so far been achieved using a limited number of methods. “We wanted to see if we could use some of the best qubits that are available, superconducting qubits, and the best tools for coupling superconducting qubits to communication (transmission) lines, to show we could transmit quantum states with very high precision (i.e. fidelity),” Cleland said. © 2019 Science X Network Citation: Researchers violate Bell’s inequality with remotely connected superconducting qubits (2019, May 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from In quantum physics, the ‘gold standard’ for testing a certain class of quantum states is Bell’s inequality. Essentially, a specific set of measurements of a property of a quantum state (usually written as “S”) can exceed a classically limited value of two only if the quantum state is prepared, communicated and measured with high levels of precision. “Errors made in preparing, transmitting or measuring the quantum state will tend to make the state more classical, and make it harder to exceed the classical limit of two,” Cleland explained. “Exceeding this limit is called a violation of a Bell inequality, and is a proof of ‘quantum-ness’. This was the measure we set out to achieve, by measuring S for a quantum state using a very precise generation, transmission, and capture of quantum information between two qubits. Happily, we were able to do this.”In their experiment, Cleland and his colleagues used two superconducting qubits connected to one another via an approximately 1-meter-long transmission line. The quantum information was transmitted along this line using microwaves (similar to radio signals), with a frequency similar to that cell phones use to communicate. “Very importantly, we also had electrically controlled ‘couplers’ between each qubit and the line,” Cleland said. “These couplers are very important, because they allow us to control the coupling of the qubits to the line very rapidly, using classical electrical signals.”These electrically controlled couplers are a key component of the researchers’ experiment, as they allowed them to ‘shape’ the coupling in time very precisely. These couplers ensured that the microwaves carrying the quantum information were transmitted between the two qubits in precisely the right way. This ultimately made sure that the quantum information was sent and received with minimal errors.”Our experiment shows that very precise quantum information can be sent along a communication path that is quite long, in our case nearly one meter in length,” Cleland explained. “The method we used would work with any length line. This demonstrates that the theoretical methods that had been worked out for this nearly error-free transmission are correct, and holds great promise for future quantum communication systems.”The study carried out by Cleland and his colleagues introduced a simple but effective method to achieve a violation in Bell’s inequality using remote superconducting qubits. However, as the qubits used in their experiment communicate with microwaves, their method only works at very low temperatures. To communicate quantum information through air, the researchers would need to develop new techniques that can attain similar results using infrared or visible light.”We are now planning on doing more complex versions of this experiment, using more qubits and more transmission lines, to test out more advanced theories for quantum communication and quantum error correction,” Cleland said. “We are also developing methods to try to do the same thing with infrared light, so the signals can be sent through an optical fiber, or through space.” Explore further Scientists connect quantum bits with sound over record distances Credit: Youpeng Zhong (2019). Journal information: Nature Physics More information: Y. P. Zhong et al. Violating Bell’s inequality with remotely connected superconducting qubits, Nature Physics (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41567-019-0507-7 This document is subject to copyright. 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Want to Close the Pay Gap Pay Transparency Will Help

first_imgFor example, in 2017, the Department of Labor filed a lawsuit and investigation against Google. Their regional director Janette Wipper told the Guardian, “discrimination against women in Google is quite extreme, even in this industry.” The suit claimed that Google refused to disclose data on employee salary history, as required by equal opportunity laws. “From a worker’s perspective, without accurate information about peer compensation, they may not know when they’re being underpaid,” said Emiliano Huet-Vaughn, an economist at U.C.L.A. who ran a study in 2013 that found workers are more productive when salary is transparent. Without knowing what other workers’ salaries look like, “it naturally becomes harder to make the case that one is suffering a form of pay discrimination,” Dr. Huet-Vaughn said. Transparency isn’t just about business bottom line, however. Researchers say transparency is important because keeping salaries secret reinforces discrimination. Here’s what we know about salary transparency: Workers are more motivated when salaries are transparent. They work harder, they’re more productive, and they’re better at collaborating with colleagues. Across the board, pay transparency seems to be a good thing. Which brings us to the wage gap. Rather than a deliberate, methodical attempt to sabotage women’s earnings, often the wage gap takes on more subtle, but no less detrimental forms. For example, women are viewed as less likable when they negotiate. They’re also less likely than men to get what they want when they ask for a raise, according to Harvard Business Review. Read the whole story: The New York Timeslast_img read more

University Hospitals Opens Ohios First Proton Therapy Center

first_imgNews | Proton Therapy | June 02, 2016 University Hospitals Opens Ohio’s First Proton Therapy Center Eleven thousand-square-foot facility to begin accepting patients in July News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more June 2, 2016 — University Hospitals in Cleveland recently held a ceremony to mark the completion of its new $30 million proton therapy center, the first in the state of Ohio. The 11,000-square-foot center is scheduled to begin accepting patients in July.The project has been in development since 2011, when University Hospitals agreed to purchase a proton therapy system from Mevion Medical Systems. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the system is more compact and less costly than prior versions, which were valued between $250 million and $300 million. The Plain Dealer reported the UH facility is classified as one of the world’s only compact proton treatment centers.The proton therapy center will reportedly be able to treat 20-25 patients a day. UH is also expected to enroll the center in several national clinical trials and simultaneously develop its own trials to expand the use of proton therapy.Proton therapy is a more precise form of radiation therapy, delivering the full radiation dose to the tumor area while limiting the damage to surrounding tissue and organs.  For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Related Content The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

US general Some recruiting station soldiers should be armed

first_img Top Stories Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Mesa family survives lightning strike to home WASHINGTON (AP) — The general tapped to be the next Army chief of staff said Tuesday that if legal issues could be resolved he thinks it would be appropriate, in some cases, to arm soldiers manning recruiting stations.At his nomination hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Mark Milley responded to questions about the deaths of four Marines and a sailor who were killed Thursday in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Authorities said Kuwait-born Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, 24, of Hixson, Tennessee, unleashed a barrage of fire at a recruiting center in Chattanooga, then drove several miles away to a Navy and Marine reserve center, where he shot and killed the Marines, and wounded the sailor, who later died. Abdulazeez was shot to death by police.“I think under certain conditions on both military installations and … recruiting stations … we should seriously consider it,” Milley said. “In some cases, I think, it’s appropriate.”Tucked in strip malls in rural and suburban communities and in high-traffic city spots like New York’s Times Square, military recruiting and reserve stations are designed to be open and welcoming to the public. The troops inside aren’t allowed to carry weapons.The ban is largely due to legal issues, such as the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which prohibits the federal government from using the military for domestic law enforcement. U.S. forces don’t routinely carry guns when they are not in combat or on military bases. And Pentagon officials are sensitive to any appearance of armed troops within the United States. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Check your body, save your life The U.S. military has outlined security upgrades for recruiting stations, reserve centers and other facilities.Military officials said security at recruiting and reserve centers will be reviewed, but Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army’s current chief of staff, has said it’s too early to say whether the facilities should have security guards or other increased protection. He said there are concerns about accidental discharges and other security issues related to carrying loaded weapons.Just outside Atlanta, a recruiter accidently shot himself in the leg with his personal .45-caliber pistol while discussing the Tennessee shootings with one of his recruits. Officials said he showed the sailor the unloaded gun, then reloaded it and inadvertently discharged it as he was putting it back in his holster.Milley currently is head of U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Prior to taking the Forces Command job in August 2014, Milley was the commander at Fort Hood, Texas. He was in charge when a soldier being treated for mental illness gunned down three people and wounded 16 others before shooting himself.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

Man arrested illegally entering Republic by jumping off wall

first_imgA Kurdish man was arrested after attempting to enter the state-controlled areas from the occupied areas in Nicosia on Saturday, police said.The man was arrested after he jumped over the Venetian Walls in the old town by Paphos gate at approximately 2:30pm, police said. A park in the north sits directly on  top of the walls in the centre of Nicosia, overlooking the Republic.Police also told CNA that the man is being questioned.He was arrested on the charge of illegal entry.You May LikeKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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