Jamaica Moving in Right Direction – JAMPRO President

first_img President of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Diane Edwards, says the country is moving in the right direction and is on a trajectory to achieve its Vision 2030 target of “being a place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.” Ms. Edwards was speaking at the Jamaica Employers Federation’s (JEF) annual conference at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios on Friday (May 10). She said that the Government continues to make the necessary reforms in order to improve the country’s competitiveness and attractiveness as an investment destination, and has set an ambitious target of achieving top 10 ranking in the World Bank Doing Business Report (DBR) within a few years. Story Highlights President of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Diane Edwards, says the country is moving in the right direction and is on a trajectory to achieve its Vision 2030 target of “being a place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.”Ms. Edwards was speaking at the Jamaica Employers Federation’s (JEF) annual conference at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios on Friday (May 10).She said that the Government continues to make the necessary reforms in order to improve the country’s competitiveness and attractiveness as an investment destination, and has set an ambitious target of achieving top 10 ranking in the World Bank Doing Business Report (DBR) within a few years.The annual report ranks economies based on how easy it is to do business there, taking into account trading regulations, property rights, contract enforcement, investment laws, the availability of credit and a number of other factors.In the 2019 DBR, Jamaica is ranked 75 out of 190 countries, and while this is a five-point slide from 2018, it shows the progress made from 2013, when the island was ranked 91 out of 185 countries.Currently, Jamaica is the top-performing country within the Caribbean and is in the top six within the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region.“When you look at starting a business, Jamaica is number six in the world…yes this little island.” Ms. Edwards said.“We are now starting a business in three days. Five years ago we were starting a business in 31 days. That is a huge achievement for a small country. That is the type of thing that puts us on the investment map. This is something we should be proud of,” she noted.Ms. Edwards further pointed to the improvement in the country’s distance to frontier (DTF) score from 64.89 in 2013 to 67.47 in 2019.The DTF measures an economy’s own progress in reforming business regulations and practices over time and the scoring ranges from 0 to 100 points.last_img read more

Premier Sends Condolences to Liberal Leader

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald is expressing sympathy today, March 9, to Nova Scotia Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil. Mr. McNeil’s mother, an Order of Nova Scotia recipient in 2005, passed away this morning after a short battle with cancer. “Theresa McNeil was an outstanding Nova Scotian”, said Premier MacDonald. “She was highly respected by all who knew her and she will be missed. I pass along my sympathy not just to Stephen, but the entire family”. Theresa McNeil became High Sheriff of Annapolis County in 1977 — the first woman in Canada to be named to that position. She raised 17 children at her home in Granville Ferry. She was a committed volunteer at Soldier’s Memorial Hospital, was deeply devoted to her church and to the Ladies Auxiliary and was involved in numerous other community organizations. “People of Theresa McNeil’s calibre are rare”, said Premier MacDonald. “Not only is her passing a tremendous loss for her family, but also her province.” Theresa McNeil was 81.last_img read more

Playing Udham Singh and Sam Manekshaw huge responsibility Vicky Kaushal

first_imgMumbai: Vicky Kaushal will be seen in two biopics, one on freedom fighter Sardar Udham Singh and the other on 1971 war hero Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, and the actor says playing these characters is a “huge” responsibility. Titled “Sardar Udham Singh”, the film is directed by Shoojit Sircar and written by Ritesh Shah and Shubendu Bhattacharya. It follows Singh, the revolutionary who assassinated Michael O’Dwyer, the former Lieutenant Governor of Punjab in British India in 1940, to avenge the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “It was my dream to work with Shoojit Sircar. I am glad I got the opportunity to work with him in a film on Shaheed Udham Singh. “It is a great honour but a big responsibility at the same time. The shoot will resume from October and I am excited to start that process,” Vicky told reporters on the sidelines of NBT Utsav Awards. He will also be seen playing Manekshaw in “Sam” to be directed by Meghna Gulzar and written by Bhavani Iyer. Manekshaw was the chief of the Indian Army in 1971 when India fought the Bangladesh Liberation War with Pakistan. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “I had heard stories of him from my parents because they are from Punjab. During 1971, they saw the war closely… When I read the script and got to know more, I was blown away. He was truly a legend this country had. It’s an honour of the highest order to get an opportunity to play this part,” he added. While both the films chronicle the journey of personalities of national importance, when asked if he has become the face of patriotism, Vicky said, “As an actor when you are choosing stories, you are not looking for similar roles, or if patriotism is there or not. If you are moved by a good story, you are inclined to do the film.”last_img read more

Zionist Official Says Saudi Arabia UAE More ProIsrael Than Jews

Rabat – Well-known zionist Mike Evans shared his support for the improving relationships between Israel and some Gulf nations at the Jerusalem Post Annual Conference Sunday.Evans said that after visiting multiple Gulf states, “the leaders are more pro-Israel than a lot of Jews,” specifically praising Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed.  He later also recognized Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi as a supporter of his cause.Evans said he believes there will be peace between Israel and at least five or six Gulf nations before Trump leaves office.  An ally of the president, Evans gave Trump the “Friend of Zion” award in December 2017 after he moved the US Embassy from Tel Avivto Jerusalem. Read Also: Muslims Slam Mohammed bin Salman for Walking over Roof of Mecca’s KaabaTies between Israel and some Gulf nations have been warming over mutual dislike for Iran and positive relations with Trump.  The Trump administration – which also seeks to contain Iran – strongly supports closer ties between US allies in the Gulf and Israel.The new friendship between Israel and Saudi Arabia remained strong in the wake of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, taking many by surprise.Evans founded the Friends of Zion (FOZ) Museum to recognize non-Jews who helped the Jewish people return to their historic homeland, specifically Christian Zionists, in 2015.  The FOZ also serves as a platform to denounce the policy of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and antisemitism.With over 60 million members, FOZ is one of the largest pro-Israel sites in the world. read more

Good ties vital to development says Sri Lankan diplomat

Addressing students at Auxilium College, he said, “To foster this understanding and friendship, everyone should have the opportunity to get to know the culture, language and style of the neighbouring country. This visit would have enriched the delegation to gain some understanding about India.” Neighbouring countries are bound to have issues, but these can be overcome by fostering friendship and understanding, V Krishnamoorthy, the Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka for Southern India, has said.A delegation of Sri Lankan students is in Vellore as part of the India Sri Lanka Youth Exchange 2016.This is the consecutive year, the students from Sri Lanka visiting Tamil Nadu. He said the aim of this youth exchange programme was to establish a friendly relationship between the two countries, The Times of India reported. He added that a few of the students were little scared to come to Tamil Nadu due to some rumours.However, the government had provided adequate security for the team, sources in the government said.The team had reached the State on July 22 and has visited tourism spots and educational institutions in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Krishnagiri and Vellore. An Indian delegation will visit Sri Lanka in September, according to Dinesh Gajendran of Audacious Dreams Foundation.The team visited CMC, Vellore and Academy of Prisons and Correctional Administration in Vellore. On Friday, the Sri Lankan students will visit VIT university and participate in an interaction programme. read more

Pope religious leaders condemn Easter attacks

Cardinal Ranjith said, “I condemn – to the utmost of my capacity – this act that has caused so much death and suffering to the people.”He also called on Sri Lanka’s government to hold “a very impartial, strong inquiry and find out who is responsible behind these acts”. Pope Francis spoke those words of solidarity at the conclusion of his Easter Urbi et Orbi address to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square. Pope Francis and world leaders today condemned the multiple Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka.“I wish to express my heartfelt closeness to the Christian community [of Sri Lanka], wounded as it was gathered in prayer, and to all the victims of such cruel violence.” The explosions struck within a short period of time, all targeting the faithful as Easter services were beginning. The Holy Father said the multiple attacks on churches and hotels around Sri Lanka “have wrought grief and sorrow”. At around the same time on Sunday morning, blasts struck four hotels in Colombo, including the Shangri-La, Kingsbury and Cinnamon Grand.Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo, said it is “a very, very sad day for all of us.”“I wish, therefore, to express my deepest sorrow and sympathy to all those innocent families that have lost someone, and also to those who have been injured and rendered destitute,” he continued. “I entrust to the Lord all those who have tragically perished,” he said, “and I pray for the injured and all those who suffer as a result of this tragic event.”Unknown attackers set off at least seven explosives on Easter Sunday morning at three churches and four hotels. Two of the churches targeted were Catholic and one was an evangelical church.The first blast hit St. Anthony’s Catholic Shrine in Kochchikade causing heavy casualties.Dozens of people died at St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church in Negombo. The targeted evangelical church was in Batticaloa, where more than two dozen people were killed. read more

Haiti UN supporting government to provide emergency food assistance to 750000 people

“We are using trucks and helicopters to transport that food as quickly as possible to save lives,” stated Carlos Veloso, the WFP Representative in Haiti, in a news release, adding that the agency is working with the Government on identifying the most affected locations and providing essential aid. WFP, which had nearly 3,450 metric tonnes of food supplies prepared even before the hurricane struck the island on 3 October, reported today that some 30,000 people, mostly living in shelters, have received the aid, including rations of rice, vegetable oil and salt. In partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural and Rural Development, the National Coordination for Food Security and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), WFP has also assessed five departments to evaluate the damage to the food and nutrition security of Haitians in the wake of the deadly storm.According to Mr. Veloso, many people in Haiti are surviving by eating fruit from fallen trees. “What we are bringing to their families is nutritious food to help them rebuild their lives,” he said. So far, WFP estimates that nearly 100 per cent of the crops have been destroyed in Haiti’s Grand’Anse department, while other departments have lost about 50 per cent of crops and fishing equipment, which was washed away in the storms torrential rains and heavy floods. According to WFP, Haiti’s Civil Protection Department is reporting that Hurricane Matthew killed over 470 people, and also caused extensive floods, damage to road infrastructure, and electricity and water shortages. To support the Government, the UN and the wider humanitarian community in Haiti on Monday launched a $120 million appeal for food and life-saving support for the storm victims. WFP is also setting up a logistics group to facilitate storage space in Les Cayes and Jérémie to assist the emergency response of the entire humanitarian community. Meanwhile, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and World Health Organization (WHO) are assessing the health situation in Haiti, reporting that health facilities sustained severe damage, and vaccines and medications have been lost, and must be quickly replaced. The partner agencies estimate that $9 million in funding will be needed to carry out essential activities to tackle the damage. Canada has already confirmed a contribution of 400,000 Canadian dollars towards emergency response, in addition to an earlier donation for cholera response, PAHO/WHO stated. PAHO and WHO have also cooperated with the Ministry of Health of Haiti on establishing a Cell for Information and Coordination of Emergency Medical Teams to improve coordination of the national and international Emergency Medical Teams.“Haiti is the second country in the Americas to establish this highly effective coordination mechanism that proved to be effective after the recent earthquake in Ecuador,” stated Dr. Ciro Ugarte, the Director of PAHO’s Health Emergencies Department.He added that PAHO’s response has been substantial, with 35 team members supporting the Ministry of Health, field offices established in Les Cayes and Jérémie, and supplies and medicine sent to the field. The World Food Programme (WFP) with their local partner Fondation Pour le Development de la Famille Haitien, distribute food to residents of Torbek, a community on the outskirts of Les Cayes, Haiti, that was heavily damaged by Hurricane Matthew. Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi read more

WETA Workshop builds Valve a working Team Fortress 2 sentry gun

first_imgValve Software’s frenetic, quirky, almost Pixar-like team-based mutliplayer shooter Team Fortress 2 has a lot of fans, but one in-game Engineer showed his love for Valve and their game with the ultimate gesture: by giving Valve their own working, life-sized Team Fortress 2 Sentry Gun. Of course, a project of this magnitude wasn’t created by just any fan. In fact, it was lovingly assembled by the guys over at New Zealand’s WETA workshop, which is the special effects and CGI house responsible for the cutting-edge effects in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Avatar and District 9, amongst others. The gun itself is a level 1 Sentry Gun from Team Fortress 2, and it does everything short of rip enemy spies and heavies into gelatinous ribbons: not only can it detect movement and track targets, but it also lights up and makes authentic Team Fortress 2 sentry gun sounds. Absolutely incredible. The only way it could get any better is if you could upgrade it by banging on it with a wrench. Maybe you can, but somehow i doubt any of the Valve guys want to give that a try.Read more at Technaboblast_img read more

Sugarcane Biofuel Fields Actually Cool Air

first_imgWhile biofuel is one of the many potential options to replace gasoline, it’s not without it’s problems. Namely the sheer amount of land and water resources that are required to grow enough crops to create the fuel. But one of those crops actually has an environmental benefit.Recent research shows that sugarcane grown in Brazil actually cooled the landscape. By looking at satellite data scientists were able to determine that while other types of crops actually warmed up the air by 1.6 °C, sugarcane caused things to cool down by 0.9 °C.AdChoices广告But according to Scott Loarie from the Carnegie Institution for geek-cetera, while the cooling effect is good, growing sugarcane to use as a biofuel still takes up land that would otherwise be used to grow food. This in turn would likely mean that more land would need to be converted for farming, which would negate the cooling benefits of the sugarcane.Via New Scientistlast_img read more

Handson with the CAT B10 rugged Android phone

first_imgSmartphones are entirely impractical on a construction site. After all, what hope does your smartphone on a job site when it can barely survive day-to-day life without a case? For those of us who want a smartphone, but also need it to survive life outdoors, it has to be ruggedized and nearly indestructible. While several companies have tried in the past, there hasn’t been that one really amazing phone that I would recommend. Caterpillar, who is the name in heavy duty construction equipment, has entered the smartphone arena with the B10 rugged smartphone.Built with the job site in mindWhen you put the B10 in your hands, you are holding a nearly 1-inch thick rubbery brick. Squeeze it, try to bend it, the phone will offer you nothing in return. Even the 3.2-inch Asahi screen is no slouch, as a competitor to Corning and their Gorilla Glass they are up to the challenge. The face of the phone offers you an answer and hang up button, as well as a bright yellow home button. Each of these buttons are large enough that you can press them with gloves on, and require you to put some pressure in to press the button.On the top of the phone you have the power button and the headphone jack, with a rubber stopper to help make it water resistant. Additional waterproofing measures include a rubber stopper for the microUSB port, which was recessed so far in that most microUSB cables you find at the store won’t actually reach the port. Along the opposite side of the phone from this port is a dedicated camera button and a dedicated flashlight button. The flashlight button activates the camera flash on the back of the phone any time the phone is powered on.The 5MP camera on the front and VGA front camera on this phone are nothing to write home to, but they get the job done. Both lenses are protected on either side with rugged impact rubber, making it far less likely that the cameras will break.The B10 comes with a massive 2000mAh battery, which will power that tiny screen and 800MHz Snapdragon SoC inside for quite awhile. The battery itself is protected by a thick metal door that is screwed into place by two screws. If you’ve got a decent fingernail or a quarter you can get the backplate off in about a minute.Just above the camera is a notch in the rubber and plastic for a lanyard style hold, which is for the heavy duty wrist cable the phone comes with.Stock Android with some CAT onboardThe CAT B10 runs stock Android 3.2 right now, but there are some talk about CAT implementing a few software tweaks for the device before it is launched. In lieu of that change, the phone has five different CAT apps installed. Some of them are things like a parts catalog or a helpdesk for CAT equipment. These apps really just re-direct to a mobile website or take you to a very basic list app.While those apps are still being polished, there’s also a CAT Toolbox app. The Toolbox is filled with apps like rangefinders, levels, and a calculator. It is expected that all of these apps will be on the device when it launches, but right now they are all fairly unpolished.The CAT B10 also has a range of use-case specific sensors on-board to make the phone even more useful on a job site. The first of which being an NFC chip, which among other things would allow the user to check in to a job site by tapping the phone to an NFC panel at the entryway to the site. The representative from CAT said that NFC is becoming increasingly more useful in this arena, and so put the chip in the phone for this use specifically. There weren’t any apps on board to control the NFC chip, but it is expected that something will be included at launch. On top of this, the phone is equipped with several pressure sensors for safety on the job site. If an unfortunate accident occurs, and a worker is crushed, the phone will respond to the massive increase in pressure and send out an emergency notification to the responsible parties on the job site.Final ThoughtsIn my opinion, none of the rugged smartphones I have seen so far hold a candle to the CAT B10. The phone is amazingly sturdy and highly functional. Aside from placing it right under a jackhammer, I can’t see how someone would break this phone even on a dangerous job site. There’s no official date or price for the CAT B10 aside from “soon, we hope”, but this phone is absolutely work keeping an eye out for if you are in an industry that would benefit from this kind of protection.CAT B10 CameraCAT B10 CameraCAT B10 RearCAT B10 AppsCAT B10 FlashlightCAT B10 FrontCAT B10 BottomCAT B10 SideCAT B10 TopCAT B10 Open BackCAT B10 Open RearCAT B10 Boot Screenlast_img read more

Les ichtyosaures ont survécu plus longtemps que ce que lon pensait

first_imgLes ichtyosaures ont survécu plus longtemps que ce que l’on pensaitSelon une étude publiée cette semaine, une équipe internationale a réexaminé et daté plusieurs fossiles d’ichtyosaures détenus par divers musées. Elle suggère de cette analyse que ce groupe s’est éteint 50 millions d’années plus tard que ne le supposaient les précédentes estimations.  Des scientifiques belges, britanniques et allemands, dirigés par Valentin Fischer, de l’Université de Liège, ont étudié et daté des fossiles d’ichtyosaures issus des collections de plusieurs musées, notamment ceux de l’espèce Acamptonectes densus, récemment découverte. À lire aussiPourquoi les dragons de Komodo n’ont jamais conquis le mondeLes ichtyosaures, sont des reptiles marins du secondaire distincts des dinosaures qui occupaient un rôle essentiel dans la chaîne alimentaire océanique de l’époque. “Leur taille pouvait varier entre moins d’un mètre et plus de 20m. Certains étaient de nageurs rapides pouvant plonger à de grandes profondeurs dotés de globes oculaires énormes et d’une physiologie à sang chaud”, précise Valentin Fischer de l’Université de Liège cité par Sciences et avenir. Or, jusqu’à récemment, les scientifiques pensaient que le groupe avait totalement disparu lors de la grande extinction du tournant Jurassique-Crétacé, il y a 145 millions d’années. Ce qui est loin d’être vrai si l’on en croit l’étude des chercheurs publiée dans la revue PLoS One. En effet, celle-ci montre bien au contraire que le groupe est resté très diversifié jusqu’à l’extinction définitive des dernières espèces d’ichtyosaures, il y a quelque 94 millions d’années ‘seulement’.Le 5 janvier 2012 à 15:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sihanoukville authorities threaten legal action against 10 building owners over demolition orders

first_imgAuthorities in Sihanoukville have threatened legal action against the owners of 10 recently constructed buildings, a number of which house casinos, unless they follow recent orders to demolish them.According to the Phnom Penh Post, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Governor Kuoch Chamroeun issued demolition orders to 14 building owners in Sihanoukville last month after they were deemed unsafe, but only four have complied so far. Another 70 buildings are still undergoing technical examinations, with a total of 500 having been inspected following the collapse of a building in June that killed 18 people. RelatedPosts 10,000 Chinese citizens flee Sihanoukville in days after Cambodian online gaming directive: report Load More “The remaining 10 [buildings] have not been removed, so we called the owners in on Monday to have them remove them immediately,” said spokesman Kheang Phearum.“We have also warned them that we will take action if they do not tear them down. We will take legal action, and enforce the court’s verdict. The owners will face further penalties.“The provincial administration is resolute in its stance that no one should obstruct [the legal process]. These buildings – which are in violation of technical standards – must be removed.The local government has reportedly offered to work with the building owners on designing and developing new buildings that meet technical standards.As reported by Inside Asian Gaming last week, Sihanoukville is also experiencing a mass exodus of Chinese nationals following news that online gaming licenses would not be renewed, with around 10,000 said to have returned to China in just a few days last week. 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage Constance Hsu appointed Group COO of Sihanoukville’s Jin Bei Grouplast_img read more

PHOTOS WilmingtonTewksbury Chamber Of Commerce Holds Successful Golf Tournament

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — On Monday, April 30th, the Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce held it’s first Chamber Golf Classic at the beautiful Tewksbury Country Club.For most, it was their first golf outing of the year and they certainly did not let the dampened weather affect their excitement.Golfers enjoyed a fun day of on-course contests, raffles, gift bags, continental breakfast and a BBQ lunch in the TCC ballroom.Nancy Vallee, Chamber Executive Director, says she was thrilled with the success of the day and, based on the positive feedback from participants, the Chamber will definitely be hosting the tournament again next year.Marc Ginsberg and his team at Tewksbury Country Club were thanked for going above and beyond for the Chamber and business community.The event’s generous sponsors included: Align Credit Union, Lowell Sun Charities, Lowell Five Bank, Commonwealth Financial Network, Perfecto’s Caffe, Tewksbury, Abundant Life Christian School & Learning Center, Wamesit Lanes, Escapology Tewksbury, Fantastic Sams, Reading Cooperative, JCW Title, Colonial Fireplace LLC, Local Property Shop, CMS Plumbing & Heating, National Painting Service LLC., Winbrook, Enterprise Bank, Pampered Chef, Wilder Construction, Marshall’s Autobody, Salem Five Bank, and Mark Kratman.Below are photos from the event, courtesy of Photos by Bella and the Chamber of Commerce: Mike Champoux checking the Wilmington Apple on his phone. 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related15th Annual Wilmington Half Marathon Set For September 29In “Community”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”Wilmington Golfers Invited To Tewksbury Lions Club Golf Tournament On August 12In “Community”last_img read more

Cops advised on ways to tackle cybercrimes

first_imgBasheerbagh: Cyber security expert and consultant Rakshit Tandon gave a Powerpoint presentation to the city police officials on the various precautionary measures to be taken to prevent online climes, at the Police Commissionerate here on Wednesday. All Inspectors and ACPs of City police participated in the program. Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar along with additional Commissioner’s of Police felicitated Rakshit Tandon for his valuable presentation.last_img

Man Tries to Hold Up a Convenience Store with a Game Controller

first_imgWhat do you do when you’re a criminal and you need cash? You head down to your local convenience store and try to shake it down for some cash, apparently. One man in St. Petersburg, Florida decided to do just that, but he didn’t have money for a gun, so he decided on the next best thing he had: a Sony PlayStation3 controller. Authorities say that 20 year old Cameron Pittman put the controller in his pocket, and when he got to the store, he pretended that the controller was a gun, and tried to rob the store. Police saw him walk into the store, and since he was a suspect wanted in an earlier robbery elsewhere in town, the officer in question walked into the convenience store to question him. Little did the officer know, he was walking right into Pittman’s robbery attempt. When the officer confronted Pittman with a real gun and demanded he surrender, he dropped the controller and complied with police. [via Bay News 9]last_img read more

Parrondos paradox with a threesided coin

first_img Quantum strategy offers game-winning advantages, even without entanglement Physicists have demonstrated that Parrondo’s paradox—an apparent paradox in which two losing strategies combine to make a winning strategy—can emerge as a coin game with a single coin in the quantum realm, but only when the coin has three states (heads, tails, and a side) rather than the conventional two. © 2018 Phys.org Explore further Journal information: Europhysics Letters (EPL) In a quantum version of a Parrondo’s game played with a three-state coin (a qutrit), the two losing strategies (a) and (b) are combined into a winning strategy (c). Credit: Rajendran et al. ©2018 EPL More information: Jishnu Rajendran and Colin Benjamin. “Playing a true Parrondo’s game with a three-state coin on a quantum walk.” EPL. DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/122/40004Also at arXiv:1710.04033 [quant-ph] 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. Using some of the standard methods in particle physics to define the concepts of a coin toss and game rules with a superposition of states, the physicists demonstrated several examples of games that result in losing when played individually, but when combined in an alternating sequence result in a winning outcome. They also demonstrated examples of the reverse. For example, two games that result in a win and a draw when played individually can result in a losing outcome when combined.The physicists also showed that, although it’s not possible to implement a Parrondo’s game using a single two-sided coin (qubit), it is possible to implement a Parrondo’s game using two two-sided coins (two qubits). The additional states essentially provide additional flexibility with which to combine strategies that can overcome the conditions of losing.Given the broad applications of classical Parrondo’s games, the physicists expect that quantum version may lead to new insight into designing quantum algorithms.”Parrondo’s game is a recipe for proving one need not always search for a winning strategy (or algorithm) in a game,” Benjamin said. “Classically, there are many applications of Parrondo’s games, ranging from explaining physiological processes in the cell to increasing our understanding of Brownian motors and even in diversified portfolio investing. Classically, Parrondo’s paradox has been shown to work using classical random walks. “Implementing a Parrondo’s game in a quantum walk would have implications for devising better or faster quantum algorithms. An algorithm which uses quantum principles like superposition and/or entanglement is a quantum algorithm. An algorithm, if it can be implemented on a quantum walk, would be more lucrative than one which can only be implemented on a classical random walk. As quantum walks spread quadratically faster than classical random walks, an algorithm implemented on a quantum walk will take much shorter time to complete than one on a classical random walk. Further, the successful implementation of Parrondo’s game on a quantum walk provides an algorithmic explanation for quantum ratchets [systems that have motion in one direction only].” In general, Parrondo’s paradox, also called a Parrondo’s game, only works when the two losing strategies are somehow dependent on each other and are combined in such a way as to change the conditions that lead to them losing. Ever since it was discovered by physicist Juan Parrondo in 1996, Parrondo’s paradox has found applications in engineering, finance, and evolutionary biology, among other areas. One of the simplest ways to implement a Parrondo’s game is described in this Wikipedia entry. Suppose you have $100, and you can choose to play any combination of two games. In the first game, you lose $1 every time you play. In the second game, you win $3 if you have an even number of dollars left, and you lose $5 if you have an odd number of dollars left. If you only play the first game or only play the second game, you will eventually lose all your money, so playing each game by itself is a losing strategy. However, if you alternate between the two games, starting with the second game, then you will win $2 for every two games you play, so the two losing strategies can combine into a winning strategy.In the new study, physicists Jishnu Rajendran and Colin Benjamin at the National Institute of Science Education and Research, HBNI, in India, have demonstrated a Parrondo’s game using a three-state coin, which they represent with a qutrit, a quantum system with three states. “Parrondo’s games have been seen in a classical context,” Benjamin told Phys.org. “Our aim in this work was to show how to implement it in a quantum context, in particular in a quantum walk. Unfortunately, the quantum version of this game when implemented with a single coin (qubit) in a quantum walk failed in the asymptotic limits. What we show in this work is that a qutrit can implement this Parrondo’s game in a quantum walk.”In the quantum walk, a player starts at the origin and moves either right (positive direction) or left (negative direction) according to the result of a coin toss. If heads, the player moves right; if tails, left; and if the result is “side,” then the player interprets that as a “wait state” and stays in the same place. As the qutrit is a quantum system, it can also be in a superposition of these states, in which case the player moves to a corresponding position, somewhere in between a full step left or right. At the end of the game, if the probability that the player is found to the right of the origin is greater than the probability of being found to the left of the origin, the player wins. Otherwise, they lose. 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Tauck waives single supplement on European riverboat cabins

first_imgTauck waives single supplement on European riverboat cabins Tags: Tauck Posted by Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img WILTON, CT — Tauck is appealing to solo travellers this year with special savings and the elimination of the single supplement on its Category 1 European riverboat cabins.The waived supplement applies to every Category 1 cabin on every Tauck riverboat, on every departure of every river cruise itinerary. In all, the single supplement is being waived on over 230 river cruise departures for the coming year.In addition, the company is reducing the single supplement by up to US$1,000 on 187 departures of 64 itineraries to five continents.According to Tauck CEO Dan Mahar, the savings, while considerable, are just one of several reasons why solo travellers consistently choose Tauck. “For independent travellers, there’s a lot of work involved in planning and executing an interesting, enriching and authentic vacation, and for a solo traveller, 100% of that work falls on a single person,” said Mahar. “However, on a Tauck tour or cruise, we handle all of the advance planning prior to the trip’s start, and all of the details once the trip is underway, so there’s no burden on the traveller.”More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemMahar added that solo travellers appreciate the assurance and camaraderie that comes with group travel. “Choosing Tauck is already a great decision for solo travellers, and with the savings we’re offering it’s an even smarter choice.”Besides waiving the single supplement on its Category 1 riverboat cabins, Tauck is also taking $1,000 off the price for solo travellers booking Category 4 and 5 cabins on 47 departures of 16 different river cruises.Elsewhere in Europe, the company has also reduced the single supplement by up to $400 on 66 departures of 21 different land tours. Tauck has been equally thorough in North America, taking up to $300 off the single supplement on 50 departures of 19 itineraries. And within its ‘Exotics’ portfolio, it has trimmed the single supplement by $300 to $600 on 24 departures of 8 trips in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Monday, May 15, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_imgInterest in producing and exporting kiwifruit has been growing recently as new varieties have become available, although due to the warm climate the sector is not likely to ever match the size of the industries in Chile and New Zealand.Mpumalanga is a sub-tropical region, but the orchards have been planted at high enough elevation that they receive sufficient chilling hours.Two other major benefits of the location are that the vine disease Psa is unlikely to occur there due to the warm spring, and also the abundance of sunlight hours which allows the fruit to be harvested at higher Brix levels than much of the Southern Hemisphere competition, Turner said.He said that Soreli plantings in the Western Cape would come on later than in Mpumalanga, and there would be around a two-month ripening window across the country. For Hayward, MKO has only recently finished harvesting from its Mpumalanga orchard.Soreli has proved the most successful yellow cultivar so far, but the sector has other varieties to trial in the pipeline, such as Jintao, another Italian-origin variety.”That material has emerged out of quarantine and we’re busy multiplying and top working. We’ve got the first fruit of the Jintao looking very promising and very exciting, so I think that will also give a wider range of varieties that will be successful in the area over time,” he said.Red kiwifruit varieties originating from China will also soon be trialed, he added.As well as exports, there are also good opportunities to sell kiwifruit in the domestic South African market, which is currently a net importer, mainly from Europe and New Zealand.Correction: When this article was originally published on July 5, Peter Turner’s company was incorrectly written as Biogold Intellectual Property, but in 2017 the company changed its name to Variety Innovations B.V. This has been changed in the article.Photos courtesy of Peter TurnerRelated story: South African yellow kiwifruit successfully exported to Europewww.freshfruitportal.com July 05 , 2018 Chilean kiwifruit industry works to boost presence … You might also be interested in Sweeki Green kiwifruit season starts in Chile, hol … center_img South Africa successfully carried out commercial yellow kiwifruit exports this year, which arrived in the European market at a time when there was very little competition. Variety Innovations B.V. managing director Peter Turner said the exports began in mid-February and corresponded mainly to the Soreli variety. He told Fresh Fruit Portal total export volumes this year were a little under 100 metric tons (MT).Development in South Africa’s kiwifruit industry has been picking up pace over recent years. Turner estimates there are now 500 hectares planted, including 200 of yellow varieties. While volumes until this year had limited the export potential, the 2018 season saw a larger commercial crop from Soreli vines planted by growers around three or four years ago.”The biggest development over the last year has been the elevation of success for exports,” Turner said.”The fruit arrived in good condition overseas and achieved good return prices to growers. So it’s been the first tangible step for South African growers that they can produce good quality yellow kiwi, and they produce it at a time when they can go into a market in Europe ahead of any other Southern Hemisphere player.”He said the returns growers achieved by getting into the “virtually empty” European market before Chile and New Zealand had boosted the industry’s confidence and were a confirmation of the longer-term opportunities that lay ahead.Export volumes are expected to double annually over the coming years, with yellow kiwifruit likely to be shipped to Asian and Middle Eastern markets next season. Most of the fruit that was exported this year came from an eight-hectare farm in Mpumalanga province, located close production unit called Mpumalanga Kiwi Orchards (MKO), in which Turner is involved. Additional supplies came from other growers.”These are the forerunners of the industry – the guys who a couple of years ago were the first to get into kiwi. Now these short, smaller successes are giving a greater degree of momentum to other growers to expand their plantings and also to new growers who want to come into the game,” he said.Around a couple of decades ago there was an established Hayward kiwifruit industry in South Africa, which had supplied the domestic market and other African countries, Turner said, but he explained the industry declined and there was a long period in which no exports took place. Zespri: “It’s certainly been a busy year for us” … Kiwifruit in Charts: With stocks at five-year high … last_img read more

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