PRODUCERS GUILD AWARDS NOMINEES INCLUDE BLACK PANTHER CRAZY RICH ASIANS

first_img Twitter Advertisement This image shows Michelle Yeoh, from left, Henry Golding and Constance Wu in a scene from the film, Crazy Rich Asians. (Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) Advertisement The winner of the PGA award has often gone on to win the best picture prize at the Oscars as happened last year with The Shape of Water. It diverged, however, in the two previous years.Animated nominees included Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Incredibles 2.Winners will be unveiled at a ceremony in Beverly Hills on Jan. 19. Advertisementcenter_img The producers behind hits Black Panther, Crazy Rich Asians, A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody are among the 10 nominees for the top prize at the Producers Guild Awards.The Producers Guild of America announced its selections Friday for its 30th installment, which also included BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, Green Book, A Quiet Place, Roma and Vice.Notably absent from the nominees were First Man and If Beale Street Could Talk. Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Bypoll in Darjeeling assembly seat on May 19

first_imgKolkata: The by-poll to Darjeeling assembly constituency will be held on May 19 and its votes will be counted along with those of the Lok Sabha seat, the Election Commission said. The assembly seat fell vacant after the sitting MLA Amar Singh Rai of the Trinamool Congress resigned following his nomination by the party to contest from the Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency. Polling for the Darjeeling parliamentary constituency was held on April 18 in the second phase. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The Election Commission on Friday night said the notification for the by-poll will be issued on April 22. The last day for filing nomination will be April 29 and the last date of withdrawal of candidatures will be April May 2. The by-poll to the assembly seat in north Bengal will be held on May 19 when the last phase of Lok Sabha elections will be conducted in the southern part of the state. “After taking into consideration various factors like, festival, electoral rolls, etc., the Commission has decided to hold the by-election to fill this vacancy,” the EC said in a statement. EVMs and VVPATs will be used in the by-poll in Darjeeling.last_img read more

Number of cell phone subscribers to hit 4 billion this year UN

25 September 2008The number of mobile cellular subscribers worldwide will reach the 4 billion mark by the end of 2008, the head of the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) announced today. The number of subscribers has surged nearly 25 per cent annually for the past eight years. Mobile penetration stood at only 12 per cent in 2000, growing to reach over 60 per cent by the end of 2008.“The fact that 4 billion subscribers have been registered worldwide indicates that it is technically feasible to connect the world to the benefits of ICT [information and communication technology] and that it is a visible business opportunity,” ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré said in New York at a high-level event on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets agreed upon by world leaders in 2000.“Clearly, ICTs have the potential to act as catalysts to achieve the 2015 targets of the MDGs,” he added.The ITU emphasized the need to carefully interpret data. A 61 per cent penetration rate does not mean in reality that every other person in the world is using a mobile phone; rather, the statistics reflect the number of subscriptions, not people. Double counting could occur if people have multiple cellular subscriptions, while some could be sharing their phone with others.The agency also cautioned that penetration rates vary by region and even within countries.Rapidly developing economies such as Brazil, Russia, India and China are driving the growth in the number of cellular subscribers, with these nations alone accounting for over 1.3 billion of them by the end of 2008. read more

Security Council members welcome meeting on interCongolese dialogue

In a letter to the Dialogue’s Facilitator, Ketumile Masire, Council members also stressed the need to ensure adequate representation of Congolese women in the preparatory process and voiced their backing for Mr. Masire’s efforts to achieve that goal. “[The members of the Council] support your appeal and urge the Congolese parties, signatories of the Lusaka Agreement, to increase representation of women at the meeting, as well as in the Dialogue,” said the 17 August letter, which was signed by the Council President for the month of August, Ambassador Alfonso Valdivieso of Colombia. The Council members stressed the importance of the role and contribution of women in the Inter-Congolese Dialogue and of ensuring that gender issues are addressed during the Dialogue, consistent with a Council resolution 1325 (2000) that urges Member States to increase the representation of women at all levels of decision-making when negotiating and implementing peace agreements. In another development, the new head of the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC), Amos Namanga Ngongi of Cameroon, began today a series of meetings at UN Headquarters in New York to familiarize himself with his duties, a UN spokesman told the press on Monday. Mr. Ngongi was scheduled to meet today with the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Louise Fréchette, and with the Group of Friends of the DRC tomorrow. He is expected to arrive in Kinshasa in early September. read more

In a new influx 4000 Liberian refugees arrive in Guinea UN agency

In a new influx, 4,000 Liberian refugees arrive in Guinea – UN agencyFighting between government and rebel forces in Liberia continues to drive people across borders and into neighbouring countries, with some 4,000 refugees arriving this week in Guinea, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.A spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that the new arrivals, from Liberia’s strife-torn Gbarnga region, would be transferred to a new transit centre at Nonah from Yomou Prefecture, where they had been registered and given emergency food rations of high protein biscuits and hot meals.Although obviously exhausted and traumatized by their ordeal, the new arrivals – many of whom arrived with no belongings – were generally in satisfactory health condition, spokesman Ron Redmond told a press briefing in Geneva.While the UN agency has reached an agreement to set up a new site for up to 13,500 refugees at Lainé, it will still be at least a month before the first transit shelters are ready and two months before the establishment of the camp, Mr. Redmond said.In the meantime, UNHCR’s partner, GTZ, has started erecting additional tents at the Nonah transit centre, where the refugees from Gbarnga will stay until the new site at Lainé is ready. Water and sanitation systems are also being extended.Mr. Redmond said newly arrived refugees estimated there could be another 6,000 to 10,000 Liberians heading to the border from the Gbarnga area, which has been the scene of new clashes in recent weeks. read more

Take common sense precautions to protect your credit cards from fraud

Take common sense precautions to protect your credit cards from fraud OTTAWA – As Canadians head out for their holidays this summer, they’re going to be reaching for their credit card to pay their way and experts want them to take some simple steps to protect against fraud.While entirely eliminating the risk that your card number will be stolen isn’t possible, reducing the chances you will be hit requires mostly common sense.Don’t lend your card, protect your personal identification number, don’t share your PIN number and check your transactions regularly.“You should protect your card like you would cash,” says Maura Drew-Lytle, spokeswoman for the Canadian Bankers Association.Drew-Lytle says banks are constantly monitoring credit card transactions looking for fraud, so you may want to let your bank know if you’re travelling so they don’t suspect your purchase of a souvenir while on holiday in Europe is someone that has stolen your card.“If you’re someone that doesn’t travel a lot and all of a sudden they see transactions from Spain on your credit card, they may block it thinking it is fraudulent,” she said.The big credit card companies have zero liability policies that can protect you from unauthorized purchases, but if your card is compromised and needs to be replaced it can be a major inconvenience, especially if you are travelling.The introduction of chip cards in Canada has helped fight credit card counterfeiting. According to the Canadian Bankers Association, they reduced card counterfeiting by 23 per cent between 2012 and 2013.However, the U.S., a major destination for vacationing Canadians, has been slow to adopt the technology with many stores and restaurants still swiping your card and requiring you to sign the bill.Drew-Lytle says you should take the same precautions while travelling in the U.S. you did before chip cards were introduced in Canada.“If anything looks unusual about the terminal that they are using, you might want to pay cash or go somewhere else,” she said.When shopping online, Mike Haley, a regional vice-president for the Royal Bank, says beware of links sent to you with offers that seem like they might be too good to be true because they could be phishing attempts to steal your card information.“If it is coming to you, you have to be a bit skeptical,” he said, adding that you should use a secure connection with making a purchase online and never send your card number by email, which is not secure.Haley also recommends receiving electronic statements instead of paper bills because that eliminates another way your card number could be stolen.If you spot purchases that aren’t yours on your statement or think you might have given out your number when you shouldn’t have, you should contact your card issuer right away.Banks will contact you in some circumstances if they think a charge doesn’t look right.If you’re concerned that a call from someone saying they are from your bank may be a fraudster, Haley says there’s nothing wrong with hanging up and calling back.But, he adds, don’t call a number given to you by the person on the phone. Instead, call the number on the back of your card or look it up somewhere you can trust.“Just connect with your card company,” Haley says. “They’ll take over the situation immediately, they’ll make sure they can issue you a new card and protect you from any additional risks out there.”Your card company or bank will never call or email you to ask for personal information like your card number, expiry date or PIN. by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 25, 2015 8:12 am MDT Last Updated Jun 25, 2015 at 9:03 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

OrangeUrHood campaign kicks off UNled effort to end violence against women

UN Officials and celebrities at the kickoff of the Orange YOUR Neighbourhood anti-violence campaign for the International Day to End Violence against Women. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ‹ › The campaign to end violence against women calls on everyone around the world to display the colour orange to symbolize their commitment and hope for a safe future for all women. People will tie orange ribbons on landmarks. Marchers dressed in orange will raise awareness and discuss community-wide solutions. “We need this eye-catching colour everywhere so that the message is loud and clear: we all need to work together to stop violence against women and girls right now,” said Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka in an earlier press release. In New York’s Times Square, one of the world’s most fabled crossroads, the NASDAQ and Reuters Tower screens will flash the colour along with anti-violence messages in hopes of reaching a wide audience. The United Nations Secretariat was lit up orange this evening after 7pm. “That includes men and boys standing up for what’s right and working with us and the women’s movement to tackle gender inequality. We have to end this universal violation of human rights,” Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka added. Several events have been organized around the world in solidarity. In Latin American, a marathon in Mexico City; in Africa, a film forum hosted in Uganda screening stories focusing on the experiences of women’s lives; in Asia-Pacific, public spaces in India will turn orange to promote awareness among local communities. Meanwhile, in the Middle East, activities are planned, many with a focus on violence against women in Gaza. High-profile events in Eastern Europe and Central Asia include a series of awareness-raising forums on the violence that young girls face in high schools. Media outlets and their journalists are also getting involved by either wearing orange or using it in their studios and urging audiences to do their part to end violence against women and girls. The private sector has played a catalytic role this year. For example, United Colors of Benetton is launching a campaign which will contribute to increasing awareness. “We know what works; now we are insisting on the commitment of political action and commensurate resources to that agenda,” Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said. The good news is that momentum is growing as the world gears up in 2015 to mark the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, as well as the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the framing of a bold new global development agenda. “Together we must make 2015 the year that marks the beginning of the end of gender inequality,” Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka added. “Now is the time for action.” Several events planned at Headquarters tomorrow to mark the official Day will be attended by the First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray and actress Teri Hatcher. “Together, we must end this global disgrace,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at a special pre-lighting ceremony at the Empire State Building this morning where he “flipped the switch” ahead of the Building’s illumination tonight. “It is up to everyone to play their part; women’s rights are not only women’s business. Men and boys are finally taking their place as partners in this battle,” Mr. Ban explained in midtown New York where he was joined by American actress Teri Hatcher, Mrs. Yoo Soon-taek, and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). Orange YOUR Neighbourhood is part of Mr. Ban’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women. The theme will carry through related events during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which run between 25 November and 10 December (Human Rights Day). The hashtags #Orangeurhood and #16days are being used to raise awareness on social media. Despite recent progress, violence continues to plague one billion women worldwide. That means that one in three women experiences physical or sexual violence at some point in her life – mostly by an intimate partner. According to UN-Women, among all women killed in 2012, nearly half died at the hands of a partner or family member. And far too often, crimes go unpunished and perpetrators walk free. This year alone, more than 200 girls have been kidnapped in Nigeria, and we have seen graphic testimony from Iraqi women of rape and sexual slavery during the conflict there, Mr. Ban said. And here in the United States, there have been high-profile cases of sexual violence involving sports teams and on university campuses. But we know that many other cases go unreported and unpunished, he added. “This is outrageous, and it must stop,” the Secretary-General declared, calling for an end to the “mindsets and traditions that encourage, ignore or tolerate violence.” read more

Britains first plasticfree nursery swaps artificial toys with wooden ones and bans

Mother-of-two Emily Padgett, who is behind the transformation, said a natural environment helps children improve their critical thinking skills  Mother-of-two Emily Padgett, who is behind the transformation, said a natural environment helps children improve their critical thinking skills Credit:Mercury Press & Media/Mercury Press & Media She told The Telegraph: “Toys made from natural materials are very open-ended and can stimulate children’s imagination, as opposed to just pushing a button on a plastic car and it making a noise.”Metal, for example, is shiny and makes a jingly noise, and any toys built with it have been hugely popular for us.”Eco-friendly toys last much longer than plastic ones too. They are calming for children and it makes them more engrossed in what they are doing. It’s not all about noise and flashing lights!” Elspeth Fawcett, 35, who runs an eco-friendly toys company called Yummikeys, agreed that traditional plastic toys and those which require batteries are less stimulating for youngsters. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Britain’s first plastic-free nursery has been unveiled, as artificial toys are swapped with wooden alternatives and food with unrecyclable packaging is banned.New World Nursery in Washington, Tyne and Wear, has spent two years and £400 making its rooms eco-friendly to help stimulate children’s imagination.Among the new features are a suitcase filled with sand, wooden African toys, wicker baskets, hessian bunting and glass fairy lights. Real food has even been put into play kitchens.Meanwhile kitchen staff have stopped cooking food which is packaged in plastic, and the nursery’s cleaners now use refillable bottles.Hundreds of pieces of colourful plastic equipment have been donated to charity and dished out to parents at raffles, and items with neutral colours have instead been introduced.It is believed to be the first time a British nursery has gone completely plastic free.Mother-of-two Emily Padgett, who is behind the transformation, said a natural environment helps children improve their critical thinking skills and become better learners because they have to use their imagination more.She added: “Since we started introducing the changes, we’ve actually noticed the children’s behaviour has changed – they are more engrossed and have higher levels of curiosity and wonder.” read more

African Cup 2014 Tunisia and Algeria for the gold

← Previous Story CROATIA FOR FOURTH BRONZE IN A ROW, ALILOVIC: “It will be a close match” Next Story → 10 YEARS OF DOMINATION IN EUROPE: France or Denmark? Tunisia and Algeria will meet at the African Cup Final. In the semi-final clashes Tunisian squad beat Egypt 22:20 (10:12) after great battle until the last minute. In the second semi-final Algeria beat Angola 27:23. Both finalists are qualified for the World Championship 2015 in Qatar, writes handnews.fr.At women’s tournament, Tunisia made a huge surprise by beating Angola 31:30, while DR Congo found the way to the golden battle by win over Algeria 28:23. africaafrican cup handballAfrican handballhandball africa

Watch Injured Baby Raccoon Receives CustomMade Wheelchair

first_imgStay on target Watch: ‘Drunk’ Raccoons Stumble Around Canadian NeighborhoodWatch: Trapped Raccoons Use Ladders to Escape From Warehouse Blaze A baby raccoon with limited mobility recently received the most heartwarming gift from her caretakers: a custom-made wheelchair built for her tiny frame.The raccoon, which is named Vittles, needed support after a traumatic brain injury left her unable to live in the wild on her own, WJW reported. Vittles had mobility issues and wasn’t able to balance on all fours, however, Susan Curtis, a wildlife rehab specialist who specializes in the rehabilitation of raccoons in Arkansas, teamed up with Walkin’ Pets by HandicappedPets.com to get the cute animal her own mini wheelchair.Vittles might not make a full recovery, however, the wheelchair is helping her get back on her feet. With the wheelchair, Vittles will begin to develop muscles needed to stabilize her body and work to build up her core support, according to a Walkin’ Pets blog post.Curtis is taking care of Vittles and her “sibling” Beetlejuice, a 10-year-old raccoon with cerebral palsy. Curtis aims to have Vittles join her long term non-release program and Arkansas’ state educational program.“She is such a happy little spirit with so much go,” Curtis said in the blog post. “This baby wants to live and thrive.”More on Geek.com: Watch: Trapped Raccoons Use Ladders to Escape From Warehouse BlazeRaccoon Rescued After Getting Head Stuck in GrateBrown Snake ‘Photobombs’ Alabama Girl’s Back-to-School Picturelast_img read more

Northern Monk Brewery Companys resident pet named top office dog

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Employee-of-the-month incentives may commonly be restricted to two-legged staff members, however, brewing organisation Northern Monk Brewery Company is celebrating the achievements of its resident dog Morag (pictured), after she won a national competition to find the top office dog.The photo competition, run by flexible work space organisation Workthere, sought to showcase the successes of a very different working demographic: office dogs. With £100 of pet goodies from Aniforte up for grabs, as well as the accolade of being named the UK’s top office dog, employers from across the country submitted snapshots of their resident furry, four-legged colleagues in a bid to win the acclaimed title.Winner Morag, from Leeds, works at the Northern Monk Brewery Company alongside the organisation’s director Russell Bisset. Her day-to-day duties include giving brewery tours with her human colleagues.Other pups who featured in the top 10 list work in offices based in London and Kent, across sectors such as public relations and communications.Russell Bisset, director at the Northern Monk Brewery Company, said: “We are very pleased that Morag has won Workthere’s top dog competition and I’m sure she’ll be over the moon to receive her prize. We’ll make sure we save the treats for when she’s on her best behaviour.”Here at Employee Benefits, we love that all employees are able to gain recognition for their hard work, regardless of whether they are human or not. An editorial team pup is increasingly looking like a good idea…last_img read more

Thousands flock to Miami Fort Lauderdale events to ring in 2017

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Thousands of revelers partied like it’s 2017 at events in Downtown Miami and Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Saturday night, as they counted down the minutes until the stroke of midnight to ring in a new year.Large crowds showed up at Bayfront Park, in Downtown Miami, to attend Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution, a concert headlined by Miami-born rapper Pitbull, Saturday night. “It’s called Revolution because we want to ‘unmute’ New Years and make it the new New Year’s,” said Pitbull, “take it from the Big Apple to the pineapple and make Miami the mecca.”7News cameras captured the jubilant crowds making their way to Bayfront Park. “Great atmosphere, good weather, good place to be,” said vendor Donnell Brown. “I follow him on Instagram. He’s really nice,” said Stephanie Nalepa.Backstage, 7News chatted with a few other fan favorites, like musician Austin Mahone, who showed other artists some love. “It gets even better every time. We’ve got Snoop here, Biz Markie,” he saidMarkie said he sees this performance as an opportunity to show a new generation some classic hip-hop. “Making people shake, you know,” he said.Markie even gave 7News a taste of his song “Just a Friend,” a mix of old school and new sounds.Meanwhile, out in the crows, attendee Terry Unchali felt the excitement level rise. “Usually I’m in New York City,” he said. “I’ve watched this event before on TV. Now I get to experience it live. I’m really excited.”And it’s this euphoria that, Pitbull said, makes the festivities even more special. “All this music is what allows me to understand the true meaning of party,” said Pitbull, “and party is get loose, have fun, escape, enjoy.”Pitbull also hosted a special VIP food and wine party, with award winning chef Michelle Michelle Bernstein. The event was presented by the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Revelers of all ages also descended on Downtown Fort Lauderdale to take part in the annual Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown.Traci Bogey arrived early to the festivities. “The weather is fabulous. It’s a little cool for South Florida, but it’s beautiful,” she said.As the temperatures rose, so did the crowds. Some turned out to ring in 2017 with a big balloon drop a few hours early. “We love coming here every single year. We bring the kids, and we have a great time,” said Isadelle Mercedes. “We love that the anchor gets lit up for them.”Reveler Paul Vayshelboym marveled at the ideal weather. “I feel bad for anyone that doesn’t live here,” he said. “It’s beautiful. You can’t ask for much better than this in January.”Dudley, originally from Michigan, said there’s no place he’d rather be with his daughter. “Oh, it’s like 23 to 30 degrees up there right now, so I’m not missing that one bit,” he said.As day turned into night, the streets filled with thousands of people and bands played along Southwest Second Street.Adults found everything they needed, from chicken kabobs to cold beer and champagne or cocktail.Celebrants lit up the night with glitz and glam to bid farewell to 2016. “As the night goes on, you have beautiful girls and great-looking guys with their high heels and their fine attire, and we get to see the new year together,” said Judy Karpis.At midnight, the larger-than-life illuminated anchor that’s hoisted high above the crowd will make its 100-foot drop to ring in a new year filled with plenty of promises, wishes and resolutions. Lighting it up for the Kids Countdown! @JackSeiler @FLPD411 @FtLaudFire @leefeldman @clagerbloom pic.twitter.com/e1DVMA4VvE— CityofFortLauderdale (@FTLCityNews) January 1, 2017The free, family-friendly festival features a larger-than-life illuminated anchor that descends from 100 feet in the air, once at 7 o’clock for the younger party animals and again at midnight.With bounce houses and games lining Southwest Second Street, there is plenty for the family to do. “It’s wild. It’s great,” said reveler Damani Dudley. “You’ve got two sides for the adults and this one for the kids. I love it.” “I hope next year is as good as this year,” said Chris Schweer.City of Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo advised revelers to use public transportation to head to Downtown Miami. “Take advantage of our mass transit. Metrorail, Metromover, they’re going to be operating until the wee hours of the night,” he said. “Come down, leave your keys at home, your cars at home, and have a great time with the family.”Crews have since begun to disassemble the stage in Bayfront Park.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. This crowd looks ready to PARTY! #PitbullNYE pic.twitter.com/ngDZvtCvBy— New Years Revolution (@PitbullNYE) January 1, 2017Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg, Salt-N-Pepa and other renowned hip-hop artists are scheduled to take the stage at the free event, beginning at 11 p.m., one hour before before the Big Orange rises up the side of the InterContinental Hotel. “You’re gonna see people bringing in 2017 with a bang,” said Snoop Dogg.The hip-hop legend’s loyal following made the trip to Miami to see him perform live. “Snoop Dogg is really, really great,” said fan Michael Nalepa. last_img read more

Bryan Monroe Sounds Off on Imus Return

first_imgAt the 2007 FOLIO: show, I met Bryan Monroe, the editorial director of Ebony and Jet magazines. His name, though, I already knew as the National Association of Black Journalists president, or, more to the point, the guy who held Viacom and NBC’s feet to the fire over the Imus/Rutgers’ women/”nappy-headed ‘hos” debacle. Since Imus’ recent return to the airwaves, I thought posting the video interview above now seemed prescient.last_img

Willowarea homes cabins threatened by flooding

first_imgAs of Tuesday night, six Matanuska-Susitna Borough roads were closed due to flooding.According to a Borough press release, up to 10 homes or cabins in the Willow area are either flooded or surrounded by water.In the Houston area, as of 9 p.m. yesterday, one home was at risk of flooding, and two more are near the rising water.Forecasters expect the rivers and creeks in the area to crest by 6 p.m. Wednesday.The Mat-Su Borough activated an Emergency Operations Center on Tuesday afternoon.last_img

Keep antiliberation elements away from power for ever PM

first_imgAL president and PM Sheikh Hasina speaks at a discussion meeting in the capital`s Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh on Tuesday. Photo: PIDBangladesh Awami League (AL) president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday urged all to remain alert so that what she said the anti-liberation elements can never come to power, reports UNB.”This independence was earned at the cost of the blood of tens of thousands of people. Those who want to foil our independence should never come to power,” she said while addressing a discussion in the capital’s Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh auditorium.”The country shouldn’t be of militancy, anti-liberation forces and war criminals… it should be built based on the ideology of freedom fighters,” added the prime minister.Ruling Bangladesh Awami League arranged the discussion marking the 48th Independence and National Day.The prime minister said it is internationally recognised that her family members are not involved in any corruption though Awami League is now in power.”Coming to power, BNP [Bangladesh Nationalist Party] hired a special agency to level corruption charges against me, my sister [Sheikh Rehana], and my son and daughter. But it found nothing,” she said, adding that BNP made Bangladesh the world champion in corruption for five times.In an oblique reference to Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, she said he had also made an attempt in the US to find if there was any corruption against her family members.Without mentioning his name, Hasina said he stopped the World Bank’s fund for the Padma bridge project.”They tried to put corruption blame on us. I also threw a challenge and told them to prove it. But they couldn’t prove it… the Canadian Federal Court dismissed all the allegations as false,” she claimed.Hasina criticised Khaleda Zia’s family, claiming that they indulged in corruption and money-laundering after assuming power.The prime minister said the court meted out punishment to the BNP chief and the government has nothing to do in this regard. “Had we had any intention to arrest her [Khaleda], we could have done so when the fire terrorism was unleashed.”She said her government’s only goal is to reach benefits of the independence to every doorstep across the country.Hasina said they want to work not for their personal gain but for making the country’s people wealthy and improving their lifestyle.last_img

Fast tunable coupler could lead to better quantum computing models

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — One of the subjects of immense interest to scientists (and non-scientists as well) is the development of quantum computers. However, there are many challenges associated with quantum computing. One of the difficulties to achieving practical quantum computing is related to the way the quantum bits (qubits) that make up a quantum computer are connected together. “The easiest way to couple superconducting qubits is via fixed coupling, where the coupling strength does not change,” Bialczak says. “Many experiments done with superconducting qubits so far have been with fixed coupling, but there are lots of problems with fixed coupling architectures because they are difficult to scale up to many qubits.”Bialczak worked with a team at UC Santa Barbara to look for a way around the problems caused by fixed coupling. They developed a novel tunable coupler design that has the potential to be scalable, possibly improving current quantum computer designs. The team’s work can be found in the Physical Review Letters article “Fast Tunable Coupler for Superconducting Qubits.”With fixed coupling, Bialczak explains, it is easy to couple the qubits so that they can exchange information, but keeping the qubits from interacting with each other is difficult and causes errors in single-qubit operations and measurement. On top of that, problems with fixed coupling multiply as you add more qubits. “As you increase the number of qubits,” Bialczak says, “it gets increasingly difficult to isolate an individual qubit from the others. It’s like having a room full of people and wanting to isolate each person from the conversation of the other people. You won’t be able to do so because there are so many people…each personal will hear one or more of the other persons’ [conversations].”In order to overcome these issues, the team at UC Santa Barbara developed a method of fast tunable coupling. “With tunable coupling, you can directly turn off the interaction between qubits,” Bialczak says, “The coupler can also arbitrarily tune the coupling strength on nanosecond timescales allowing for fast qubit interaction times while minimizing errors in single-qubit operations and measurement.” For realistic quantum operations, a practical tunable coupler is needed. Such a coupler would need to be tuned quickly, on the order of nanoseconds. Additionally, large on/off ratios are required, as well as scalability so that many qubits can be coupled. “Previous demonstrations of tunable coupling were able to show one or more of the above in a given device, but were unable to combine all the criteria in one device, making them of limited use in realistic quantum computing experiments,” Bialczak points out. The UCSB team hopes that their new tunable coupler will satisfy all these criteria.In order to create the tunable coupler circuit, two superconducting qubits are coupled using a fixed negative mutual inductance. This mutual inductance is shunted with a current-biased Josephson junction. The junction acts as a tunable positive inductance and can therefore cancel out the fixed coupling due to the mutual inductance.“Our coupler also has the added feature of being modular and being able to couple elements over large spatial distances. We can also couple them to other devices and possibly even to qubits from other architectures,” Bialczak says.Right now, the coupler is being used to develop a new measurement scheme that doesn’t destroy prepared quantum states. “This is commonly called a quantum non-demolition measurement scheme,” Bialczak says.Bialczak has great hopes for the applications of this coupler. “We feel this is a general modular superconducting circuit element that can have many applications, even outside of quantum computation.” Copyright 2010 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. Citation: Fast tunable coupler could lead to better quantum computing models (2011, March 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-fast-tunable-coupler-quantum.html More information: R. Bialczak, et. al., “Fast Tunable Coupler for Superconducting Qubits,” Physical Review Letters (2011). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.060501center_img Making quantum computing scalable 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.last_img read more

Two Big iPhone 11 Leaks Reveal ColorChanging Design and Max Storage

first_imgApple’s iPhone 11 lineup will be unveiled next month, and the leaks continue to roll in to paint a picture of what to expect from the new handsets. EverythingApplePro is citing a well-known Apple leaker Max Weinbach who said that Apple’s iPhone 11 lineup will come with storage capacities of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. That’s somewhat different from what another leaker on Reddit said this week. That person, who isn’t a well-known leaker, said Apple will go with 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options.Both leakers also had some news to share on the color choices Apple might make in the iPhones. Weinbach didn’t discuss every option but said that Apple is planning a “rainbow” version that would show subtle color changes when you move it around in your hand. The other leaker said that Apple will go with black, white, and gold in this year’s iPhones, as well as a dark green version. That would be a first. Weinbach said that the cameras will come with Portrait mode options and one of them will feature a 120-degree field-of-view. Another will deliver 4K video recording at 30fps.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch. TCL 8-Series Lighting TestMore VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpTCL 5-Series Hands-On00:56OffAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0001:1001:10 The Reddit leaker said we should be on the lookout for a new 12-megapixel sensor on the rear.Aside from that, the leakers said we should anticipate large batteries in the new iPhones, the end of the “iPhone” inscription on the back of the device, and a faster Face ID.Of course, Apple isn’t commenting on its plans, so it’s possible to say whether the rumors are accurate or fake. And it’s important to keep in mind that at least in the case of the Reddit poster, they don’t have much of a track record, so it’s impossible to say how accurate they might be. So, as always, we should take these rumors with the proverbial grain of salt.Ultimately, we’ll find out for sure what Apple has planned when it takes the stage next month. Until then, look for many more rumors to surface.New iPhone 11: Specs, Release Date and PriceMost Anticipated Phones of 2019Best iPhone to Buy Nowlast_img read more

Apple introduces its own credit card the Apple Card

first_imgToday, Apple announced… a credit card. The Apple Card is designed for the iPhone and will work with the Wallet app. You sign up from your iPhone and you can use it with Apple Pay in just a few minutes.Before introducing the card, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared a few numbers about Apple Pay. This year, Apple Pay will reach 10 billion transactions. By the end of this year, Apple Pay will be available in more than 40 countries.Retail acceptance of Apple Pay is always growing. In the U.S., 70 percent of businesses accept Apple Pay. But it’s higher in some countries — Australia is at 99 percent acceptance, for instance.But let’s talk about the Apple Card. After signing up, you control the Apple Card from the Wallet app. When you tap on the card, you can see your last transactions, how much you owe and how much money you spent on each category.You can tap on a transaction and see the location in a tiny Apple Maps view. Every time you make an Apple Pay transaction, you get 2 percent in cash back. You don’t have to wait until the end of the month, as your cash is credited every day. For Apple purchases, you get 3 percent back.As previously rumored, Apple has partnered with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard to issue the card. Apple doesn’t know what you bought, where you bought it and how much you paid for it. And Goldman Sachs promises that it won’t sell your data for advertising or marketing.When it comes to the fine print, there are no late fees, no annual fees, no international fees and no over-limit fees. If you can’t pay back your credit card balance, you can start a multi-month plan — Apple tries to clearly define the terms of the plan. You can contact customer support through text messages in the Messages app.The Apple Card isn’t limited to a virtual card. You get a physical titanium card with a laser-etched name. There’s no card number, no CVV code, no expiration date and no signature on the card. You have to use the Wallet app to get that information. Physical transactions are eligible to 1 percent in daily cash.When it comes to security, you’ll get a different credit card number for each of your devices. It is stored securely and you can access the PIN code using Face ID or your fingerprint. Find more details on security in our separate post.The card will be available this summer for customers in the U.S.[embedded content]last_img read more

Cyber Monday 2018 Ring Video Doorbell 2 is a Killer Deal at

first_img Share Tweet Submit Ring Video Doorbell fans can pick up the second generation product for a low price of $139 instead of $200. But that’s not all, there are some cool bundles here too which you should not miss.Ring Video Doorbell 2 for $139, Doorbell + Free Echo Dot for $139, Lots More this Cyber MondayLooking to boost your home’s smart features? Then it’s a no-brainer to get yourself a Ring Video Doorbell. But not just the regular one, but the Ring Video Doorbell 2 which offers 1080p video with two-way talking with guests at the door even if you’re not at home. This happens thanks to the magic of the internet.Today, you can get the marvelous product for a price of just $139 which otherwise sells for $200 on a regular day. But if you think the fun ends there, it does not. You can get a free Echo Dot for the same price. Wait, there’s more. You can get the Ring Video Doorbell 2 + Spotlight Cam for just $248 which would have otherwise set you back $400, so that’s a huge saving spot on. Let’s have a look at everything that is discounted today.Buy Ring Video Doorbell 2 – Was $200, Now just $139Buy Ring Video Doorbell 2 + Free Echo Dot – Was $250, Now just $139Ring Video Doorbell 2 + Spotlight Cam (Black) – Was $400, Now just $248Ring Video Doorbell 2 + Spotlight Cam (White) – Was $400, Now just $248While you’re at it, make sure you check out the following deals as well:Cyber Monday 2018 Kicks Off with a Massive Sale on All microSD Cards – Here are the Best Optionslast_img read more

Get The Build Your Own GPS Tracking System With Raspberry Pi Course

first_img Share Tweet Submit Raspberry Pi isn’t an easy technology to master but with what we have to offer, you will be learning a lot. Wccftech is offering an amazing discount offer on the Build Your Own GPS Tracking System With Raspberry Pi. With this amazing course you will get familiarized with the features necessary to build a tracking system in just a few hours. The offer if going to expire in a few hours, so avail the deal right away. An offer like this doesn’t by very often.Build Your Own GPS Tracking System With Raspberry Pi featuresWith the Build Your Own GPS Tracking System With Raspberry Pi course you will be able to go from beginner to advanced really soon. Everything from set to configuration and location tracking is taught in this course. Here are highlights of what the deal has in store for you: Access 45 lectures & 2 hours of content 24/7 Install the latest Raspbian OS without any external monitor Learn how to test whether the GPS module is functioning or not Discuss the Linux commands needed to access GPS functionality on the terminal Get to know about GPS data extraction & programming using Python Design a dashboard & analyze GPS data in real-time from anywhere Note: Raspberry Pi kit not included.Important Details Length of time users can access this course: lifetime Access options: web streaming, mobile streaming Certification of completion not included Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase Experience level required: all levelsRequirements Internet requiredThe course has been designed by David Comfiny. He has been committed to creating the best e-learning experience for anyone who is passionate about learning. He strives to create high quality courses that will help students become experts in a more effective manner. With years of relevant experience, Comfiny is perfect for teaching this course.Original Price Build Your Own GPS Tracking System With Raspberry Pi: $59Wccftech Discount Price Build Your Own GPS Tracking System With Raspberry Pi: $10last_img read more