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Quantum computer simulates largest molecule yet, sparking hope of future drug discoveries

first_img Quantum computer simulates largest molecule yet, sparking hope of future drug discoveries A quantum computer has simulated beryllium hydride, lithium hydride, and hydrogen molecules (shown left to right), setting a world record. As molecules go, beryllium hydride is puny—just two hydrogen atoms tacked onto a single beryllium atom. But, for the moment, it’s a heavyweight champ: It’s now the largest molecule ever modeled on a quantum computer, an emerging technology that might someday solve problems that stymie ordinary computers. The advance, though still in the realm of what ordinary computers can do, could provide a stepping stone toward a powerful new way to discover new drugs and materials.“I think it’s very, very promising,” says Marco De Vivo, a theoretical chemist at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa, who studies how pharmaceuticals interact with proteins. “They’re pushing the boundaries of what computation today means.”Physicists and chemists routinely use computers to simulate how atoms and molecules behave. Such simulations require massive amounts of computing power, because interactions between three or more interacting particles quickly become devilishly complex. On top of that, the electrons inside molecules obey the strange laws of quantum mechanics—the theory of the very small—meaning, for example, that it’s impossible to simultaneously pin down an electron’s position and speed. This makes it even harder to calculate the distribution of these electrons within a molecule. 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As far back as 1981, the Nobel Prize–winning physicist Richard Feynman predicted that computers based on quantum mechanics could simulate large molecules exactly. Whereas an ordinary computer uses bits that can be set to 0 or 1, a quantum computer employs “qubits” that can be set to 0, 1, or 0 and 1 at the same time. These qubits can then be linked together to create a powerful quantum processor, which, in theory, should be able to simulate a molecule far more efficiently than a conventional computer. Many scientists think that revealing new drugs and materials will be the first killer application of future quantum computers, which are being feverishly developed at universities and companies around the world.Today’s quantum computers, however, are severely limited by the sensitivity of their qubits, whose delicate 0-and-1 quantum states can be disrupted by temperature fluctuations or stray electric or magnetic fields. The more qubits are linked together, the more easily they’re upset. Last year, researchers at Google’s quantum computing lab in Venice, California, used three qubits to calculate the lowest energy electron arrangement of the simplest possible molecule, molecular hydrogen.IBM’s quantum computing researchers have now raised the bar. The scientists used up to six qubits made of specialized metals called superconductors, which can carry different levels of electric current simultaneously, to analyze hydrogen, lithium hydride, and beryllium hydride (BeH2) molecules. First, they encoded each molecule’s electron arrangement onto the quantum computer. They then used a specialized algorithm to nudge the simulated molecule into lower-energy states, which they measured and encoded onto a conventional computer. They repeated the process until the quantum computer found the molecule’s lowest energy state—an important step in many chemistry applications.Using this iterative algorithm, IBM’s quantum computer successfully calculated the ground state energy of all three molecules, setting a world record for quantum simulation, the team reports today in Nature.Because of errors that inevitably creep into quantum calculations, the results are not perfectly accurate, the researchers note. But the demonstration could help chemists better understand known molecules and discover new ones, says Jerry Chow, a physicist in Yorktown Heights, New York, who leads IBM’s quantum computing effort. “We want to make quantum computing something which can extend outside the realm of just simply physics.”The accomplishment “represents solid progress towards an incredibly important goal” of predicting new molecules’ properties, writes Ryan Babbush, the researcher who led Google’s hydrogen simulation, in an email.For practical purposes, however, BeH2 is still a tiny molecule. New pharmaceutical compounds, for example, typically contain 50 to 80 atoms. And the cellular proteins with which such drugs interact—and that scientists must also simulate to understand how a potential drug will work—can contain thousands of atoms, De Vivo says. “From what they are [doing] to what can have a real impact on what I’m doing, there is a long way to go,” he says. “It’s like the first day we see a plane flying, and we want to go to the moon.” By Gabriel PopkinSep. 13, 2017 , 1:00 PM IBM Research last_img read more

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Book review: Dina Mehta’s Mila in Love

first_imgMila in Love By Dina Mehta Penguin Price: RS 295, Pages: 267Move over messrs Aniruddha Bahal and Ardashir Vakil-the true claimant for this year’s Bad Sex Award in Indian Writing in English has arrived. It is Dina Mehta with her new novel Mila in Love, where she describes the sexual,Mila in Love By Dina Mehta Penguin Price: RS 295, Pages: 267Move over messrs Aniruddha Bahal and Ardashir Vakil-the true claimant for this year’s Bad Sex Award in Indian Writing in English has arrived. It is Dina Mehta with her new novel Mila in Love, where she describes the sexual congress of Mila’s father and his concubine-cum-secretary (the author’s phrase, dear reader, not mine) in a Juhu shack.The novel, with Mila telling us about her nutty mother and all, is scarily redolent of last year’s Shahnaz by Hiro Boga. Mehta’s new book is, yawn, yet another enterprise that claims to be a Mumbai novel-but for all the sights, sounds and smells of the city that we get, the story could just as well have been set in Bathinda or Bagalkot and would not have lost any authenticity. Here is the tale of young Sharmila a.k.a Mila growing up in a dysfunctional milieu that includes the regular cast of an unfaithful businessman father, a beautiful but crazy mother and a bed-wetting elder brother. Added to this delightless foursome are sundry grandmothers, aunts and uncles, completing a family with whom one can live unhappily ever after. And so Mila squelches around in the slough of her utterly unhappy adolescence. The nadir comes when her mentally unstable mother careens to a suitably abrupt death. And then there is Mila’s discovery of her father’s liaison with his secretary, the luscious Gita. The only oasis in this arid zone of Mila’s growing years is her infatuation with the hunky Rayhaan – but he, in J.K. Rowling lingo, seems to apparate and disapparate from her life with regularity.Even as Mila craves for Rayhaan, she suddenly gets airlifted to Los Angeles as a reward for discovering Daddy’s passion-ration. Surely, the quickest route to a one-way international ticket. There is little of Mumbai in the story and less of Los Angeles; there is only the unending, high-pitched plaint of Mila.And in a desperately unattractive style. Here are some of the clunkiest prose I have read in recent years: “Poverty sported on the beach in the garb of beggars and fortune tellers”, “A battling self-respect made her want to show her granny that she was not to be yoked into vassalage”, and then,”Did youth always gallop off impetuously like a riderless horse, leaving you slow, your face fallen, your hands that had failed to rein him wired with thick blue veins?” Not to forget the continuous mention of terms like the”distaff side”. Reading this almost unreadable novel is like smooching a dementor from Azkaban-it removes all happiness from the reader. And oh, the cover. The Prabuddha Das Gupta photograph of a svelte nymphet silhouetted against the sea is very attractive:”Mila in Lust” anyone? At the end, Miss Mila’s Sense of Love may be charming for some, but it definitely ain’t me. And yes, in case you were worried, after returning from the City of Angels, Mila does claim her lost baggage of yesteryears. But frankly, dear reader, by that time, I didn’t give a damn.advertisementlast_img read more

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Report: M’Gladbach 2 Bayern 1

first_imgBorussia Monchengladbach 2 Bayern Munich 1: Hazard & Ginter halt Heynckes’ winning run Patric Ridge Last updated 1 year ago 03:34 11/26/17 Hazard - cropped Getty Images Jupp Heynckes’ five-match winning run in the Bundesliga came to an end as Bayern Munich fell to a 2-1 loss at Borussia Monchengladbach. Bayern Munich’s winning start in the Bundesliga in Jupp Heynckes’ fourth stint in charge came to an end as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat at in-form Borussia Monchengladbach.Prior to Saturday’s encounter with his former club Heynckes – Gladbach’s record Bundesliga goalscorer – had won all five of his top-flight fixtures since taking over from Carlo Ancelotti.However, Bayern never really got going in a low-key first half, with quick-fire goals from Thorgan Hazard – who converted from the spot after 39 minutes – and Matthias Ginter putting Gladbach in control at the interval. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Robert Lewandowski had struck the post before Ginter’s goal and the Poland striker would have pulled one back for Bayern after the break if not for a series of crucial interventions from the excellent Jannik Vestergaard.The upright again came to Gladbach’s rescue when Kingsley Coman tried his luck from the edge of the area, before Artuto Vidal finally punctured the hosts’ stubborn defence to set up a grandstand finish.Bayern failed to build on that goal, with Gladbach holding out to seal the victory and consolidate their place in the top four, while the visitors’ lead at the summit over RB Leipzig – who beat Werder Bremen – is now just three points.Not our day. #BMGFCB pic.twitter.com/R4aM9bN7Xx— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) November 25, 2017Gladbach were handed a blow early on when Christoph Kramer collided heavily with Vestergaard, forcing Dieter Hecking into a change.Despite their bad luck, Gladbach should have been ahead when Raffael stole in behind Bayern’s defence, only to fluff his lines when one-on-one with Sven Ulreich.Shorn of the injured Arjen Robben, Bayern lacked pace down the flanks, although strong play from James Rodriguez just prior to the half-hour mark resulted in Bayern’s first meaningful effort – Sebastian Rudy forcing Yann Sommer into action.That was all Bayern could muster, though, and their poor performance was soon punished when Hazard drew a handball from Niklas Sule in the visitors’ area – Gladbach’s number 10 duly stepping up to place his strike into the bottom-left corner despite Ulreich’s best efforts.7 – @HazardThorgan8 had a hand in 7 goals (5 goals, 2 assist) in the #Bundesliga 2017-18 – no @borussia_en player scored more goals or was involved in more goals this season. Success. #BMGFCB— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) November 25, 2017A moment of inspiration from Lewandowski looked set to restore parity inside five minutes, but the striker’s superb back-heel deflected agonisingly away off the woodwork.Bayern were swiftly made to pay for that miss, Lars Stindl forcing his way through their defence before teeing up Ginter, who was presented with a simple finish.Lewandowski would have been in on goal again after the restart, if not for a vital interception from Vestergaard, who reacted sharply to cut out Joshua Kimmich’s cross.Vestergaard was at his best again just before the hour, getting across to block Lewandowski’s snapshot.Gladbach’s Danish defender could well have scored an own goal moments later when he forced Kimmich’s cross just wide of the upright, Sommer on hand to deny Mats Hummels from the resulting corner.Bayern continued their barrage on Gladbach’s goal – Sommer getting some help from the frame of his goal as he tipped Coman’s low strike onto the woodwork, managing to recover before the ball spun over the line.Sommer had no such luck in the 74th minute, however, with the goalkeeper only able to help Vidal’s powerful low strike into the right-hand corner.Josip Drmic squandered a brilliant opportunity to make it 3-1 in stoppage time at the culmination of a rapid counter-attack, before Bayern’s Kwasi Okyere Wriedt saw an effort blocked on the line as Gladbach held firm to secure the points. Key Opta facts:- Matthias Ginter and Oscar Wendt each made their 150th appearance in Bundesliga.- For the first time since his transfer to Bayern Munich in 2012, Javi Martinez was captain at the start of a competitive game.- Ginter has scored three Bundesliga goals this season – equalling his personal record with Borussia Dortmund 2015-16.- Since the start of the 2011-12 season, Borussia Monchengladbach have beaten Bayern five times in Bundesliga – more often than any other team. read morelast_img read more

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Australian teams announced for 2015 World Cup

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce the Australian Open teams that will compete in the 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup. Australia will be hoping to claim its eighth consecutive World Cup title in the Open’s divisions at the World Cup, which will be held at the C.Ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales from Wednesday, 29 April until Sunday, 3 May. TFA wishes to congratulate the following players who have been named in the Australian teams for the 2015 World Cup.    Australian Men’s Open Team  Stuart Brierty (NSW)Sam Brisby (NSW)Scott Buckley (NSW)Drumayne Dayberg-Muir (QLD)Terry Deegan (NSW)Nicholas Good (NSW)Dylan Hennessey (NSW)Michael Law (QLD)Ben Moylan (NSW)Rob Nakhla (NSW)Peter Norman (QLD)Jonathon Palau (NSW)Matt Prowse (NSW)Steve Roberts (NSW)Matt Tope (NSW)Dan Withers (QLD)Coach – Tony TradAssistant – Paul SfeirAssistant – Dave NolanManager – Gary RoseAustralian Women’s Open Team Kristin Boss (NSW) Danielle Davis (NSW)Hannah Dyball (NSW)Emily Hennessey (QLD)Samantha Hopkin (QLD)Jessica McCall (NSW)Laura Peattie (NSW)Leah Percy (VIC)Samantha Rodgers (NSW)Peta Rogerson (QLD)Sarah Spacie (QLD)Kimberley Sue See (QLD)Marikki Watego (QLD)Louise Winchester (NSW)TBATBACoach – Peter Bell Assistant – Swain RovelliAssistant – Phil GyemoreManager – Sharon Martin Australian Mixed Open Team Daniel Barton (NSW) Jayden Benbow (QLD)Scott Bundy (NSW)Kylie Hilder (NSW)Yasmin Meakes (NSW)Patricia Michaelopoulos (NSW)Justin Mitchell (QLD)Elin Mortimer (NSW)Cameron Nicholls (NSW)Leah Opie (NSW)Sarah Peattie (NSW)Sebe Rey (QLD)Michael Singh (NSW)Dean Springfield (NSW)Dylan Thompson (NSW)Trent Touma (NSW)Coach – Micheal LovettAssistant – Michael MoussaAssistant – Justin CreightonManager – Mat Gilbertson Related Files2015_world_cup_team_announcement-pdfRelated LinksWorld Cup Teamslast_img read more

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ESPN Analyst Releases Score Prediction For Georgia-Texas

first_imgKirby Smart reacting to a play in a Georgia football game.COLUMBIA, MO – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs instructs his team against the Missouri Tigers in the first quarter at Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)Between betting sites and analysts, a large swath of experts seem to believe that the Georgia-Texas matchup in the upcoming Sugar Bowl will be fairly one-sided – and not in the Longhorns’ favor.According to ESPN senior writer Mark Schlabach in a new prediction piece, the Bulldogs look set to win the game by double-digits.Prediction: Georgia 38, Texas 28Texas is already a huge underdog in this game with sites listing them as an underdog by anywhere from 11-12 points.The Longhorns gave up 30 points or more six times this season, including in the Big 12 Championship against Oklahoma in a 39-27 loss.Georgia, on the other hand, has boasted one of college football’s best offenses and defenses all season.The Bulldogs have won every game in which the offense has scored at least 30 points. Defensively, the team has allowed over 20 points only four times. But the two times they allowed over 30 points (against LSU and Alabama), they lost.Georgia and Texas are set to play on New Year’s Day. Kickoff is set for 8:45 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.last_img read more

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Liverpool’s Joe Gomez may need surgery on broken leg: Jurgen Klopp

first_img Reuters LondonFebruary 2, 2019UPDATED: February 2, 2019 16:36 IST Liverpool’s Joe Gomez fractured his left leg against Burnley on December 5 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJoe Gomez fractured his left leg during a Premier League game against Burnley on December 5″Joe Gomez needs more time. We cannot say more,” Klopp said. Liverpool, who face West Ham United on Monday, will also be without Dejan LovrenLiverpool centre back Joe Gomez may need surgery on his broken leg and the club are not sure when he will return, manager Juergen Klopp has said.The 21-year-old, who began the season as Klopp’s first choice to partner Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the Liverpool defence, fractured his left leg against Burnley on December 5 and was initially expected to be out for six weeks.Liverpool, who face West Ham United in the Premier League on Monday, will also be without centre back Dejan Lovren, who has a hamstring injury.Asked at his weekly news conference if Gomez would need surgery, Klopp said: “It is possible, probably.”It is not exactly going how we want – that’s how it is. He needs more time. We cannot say more.”In the absence of Lovren and Gomez, Joel Matip will partner Van Dijk against West Ham, with midfielder James Milner expected to slot in at right back.Milner served a one-match suspension against Leicester City in midweek, with captain Jordan Henderson playing at right back in the 1-1 draw at Anfield.With regular right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold out injured, Klopp was questioned about his decision to allow Nathaniel Clyne to join Bournemouth on loan at the start of the January transfer window but the German said he had no regrets.”You make the decision in the moment you have to and then people judge it later,” he said. “Hendo’ did well there. We all know how good Clyney is, but would he have had more offensive influence in the game?advertisement”I don’t know. Defensively, I did not see a mistake from Hendo.”Liverpool have a five-point lead over second-placed Manchester City ahead of the trip to 12th-placed West Ham.Also Read | My fault that players weren’t able to express themselves: Japan coach after Asian Cup lossAlso Read | FC Goa end Mumbai City FC’s unbeaten streak in Indian Super LeagueAlso Read | Chelsea will not tweak style despite poor run, says Maurizio SarriÀlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow LiverpoolFollow Premier League injury newsFollow Joe GomezFollow football news Next Liverpool’s Joe Gomez may need surgery on broken leg: Jurgen KloppJoe Gomez, who had started the season as Jurgen Klopp’s first choice to partner Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the Liverpool defence, was initially expected to be out for six weeks. advertisementlast_img read more

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Labour Ministry Strengthening Capacity to Assist Jobseekers

first_img A total of 1,092 persons have been placed in jobs through the Unit since April 2017. Story Highlights This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, during her contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 26. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security will be strengthening its capacity to assist jobseekers, employers and the general public to secure employment and access related services through the Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE) Unit. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security will be strengthening its capacity to assist jobseekers, employers and the general public to secure employment and access related services through the Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE) Unit.A total of 1,092 persons have been placed in jobs through the Unit since April 2017.This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, during her contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 26.Mrs. Robinson noted work now under way to improve the employability of Jamaica’s youth.“The feedback obtained through the 2017 Labour Market Survey conducted by the Ministry indicated a lack of soft skills among youth entering the labour market. This has encouraged us to conduct employability skill sessions for young persons to prepare them for the world of work,” she said.A total of 66 such sessions were conducted during the 2017/18 financial year, and the Ministry has committed to staging at least 75 before the current fiscal year ends.Mrs. Robinson noted that the United States Overseas Employment Programme, which marks its 75th anniversary this year, continues to grow, pointing out that 15,914 Jamaicans were placed in jobs in the United States and Canada during the 2017/18 fiscal year.Of these persons, 9,366 were deployed to Canada, and 6,548 to the United States, where they were engaged in the agriculture and hospitality sectors.Notably, 69 women were recruited for the United States agricultural programme and 150 cane cutters were placed in jobs in Florida.“This relationship represents one of the finest examples of US-Jamaica cooperation. The programme has, over the years, been beneficial to both employers and Jamaicans alike. Through this programme, the social and economic conditions of our Jamaican workers and their families have been significantly enhanced. The country has also benefited significantly from the remittances and through the transfer of knowledge and work ethics,” she said.Discussions between the Ministry and Dalhousie University in Canada are under way for the training of farmworkers to ensure they are better equipped to work on Canadian farms.Meanwhile, work continues to improve facilities for farmworkers. In the last financial year, approximately $15 million was spent renovating the dorms and processing facilities at East Street.This year, the Government has committed to improving the medical and other office areas at the location.last_img read more

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NYK Orion Undergoing Repairs

first_imgzoom Repairs of Panama-flagged containership M/V NYK Orion that suffered engine problems are underway, ocean carrier APL said in a customer advisory on Tuesday.The vessel was headed for Singapore from its last known port Jeddah Anch, according to the latest data from Marine Traffic.As informed, the voyage was suspended due to engine glitches.However, the company did not disclose further details on the type of the engine malfunction.“We have been informed by our G6 Alliance partner Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) that after careful inspection by the engine makers, repairs on the NYK Orion have started,” APL said.According to APL, the repairs will take 4-6 days, after which the NYK Orion will undergo a Class inspection before she is allowed to resume her voyage.The 2007-built cargo ship, owned and operated by Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) which is part of the G6 Alliance together with Hapag-Lloyd, OOCL, APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine and MOL.The vessel operates on Asia-Europe Loop 6 liner service filling in for MOL Comfort.World Maritime News Staff; Image: Port of Hamburg/D. Hasenpuschlast_img read more

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Tender Called for Rumble Strip Installation

first_imgHopefully motorists on the Trans Canada Highway won’t have to put Nova Scotia’s newest road safety upgrade to the test, but it will be there to help protect them if they need it. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has advertised a tender for the installation of rumble strips on the shoulders of Highway 104, from Exit 3 near Amherst, for 99 kilometres to Exit 12, near Debert. Rumble strips are grooves cut into the pavement surface designed to produce sound and vibration when vehicles travel across them. They can alert drivers whose minds are wandering because of fatigue or distraction. “Highway 104 is a good place to run this pilot program because it’s a divided road through rural terrain with wide, paved shoulders,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “The Highway 104 Western Alignment Corporation will pay for the portion that runs through its right-of-way.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

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Punjab for preventive arrest of repeat drug dealers

first_imgChandigarh: Intensifying the fight against drugs, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, here on Wednesday, mooted preventive detention of repeat offenders in drugs smuggling cases, amid reports that the police have identified around 200 such criminals. “The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act provides for preventive detention of such criminals,” the Chief Minister said while suggesting fast-track courts for speedy trial of offenders. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana “I would take up the matter of operationalising such fast-track courts at the earliest with the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court,” he said during a video conference with the Deputy Commissioners and the senior police officers organised to review progress of drug eradication drive and discuss the strategy. The video conference was preceded by a meeting of ‘Consultative Group on Drugs: Comprehensive Action Plan against Drugs Abuse’, headed by the Chief Minister. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah He extended his government’s full support to the eight Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) teams assigned to map the border areas of Punjab and coordinate the fight against drugs in the region. NCB Deputy Director General S.K. Jha said around 25 officers, including himself, had been deputed to Punjab to strengthen coordination with other states, like Jammu & Kashmir and Gujarat, which had emerged as major sources of drugs flow into the state. Jha underlined the need to check money trails to curb drug trafficking and appreciated the state government’s preventive and rehabilitation steps to eradicate the menace. State Director General of Police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta said the Chief Minister’s letter to the Prime Minister seeking a national drugs policy had evoked a positive response from the Centre. Home Minister Amit Shah had directed officers to ensure better coordination, he added. It was also announced that Punjab would host the next meeting of the Chief Ministers of the neighbouring states for better coordination in drug enforcement efforts. At the meeting, the Chief Minister reiterated his government’s zero-tolerance policy against colluding government officials, including policemen. Taking cognizance of complaints of collusion of police officers with drug smugglers, traders and peddlers, he asked the DGP to break the nexus. “A rewards scheme is being finalised to incentivise people to join the fight against drugs,” the Chief Minister said.last_img read more

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Meet Bruno Mars Backstage At Madison Square Garden

first_imgHere’s your chance to meet Bruno Mars backstage at his concert at Madison Square Garden in NYC on July 14.The star has donated the opportunity for you and three friends to meet him during a backstage tour. Bruno Mars is a incredibly talented singer, songwriter, producer, and musician. The 14-time Grammy Award nominee has now sold over 100 million singles worldwide, over 9 million albums worldwide, and not to mention over 1.5 billion views on YouTube.His debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans has been certified 48x Platinum worldwide. Mars’ sophomore album, Unorthodox Jukebox, released in December 2012, has already been certified double Platinum in the US. The album features two consecutive No. 1 hit singles, “Locked Out of Heaven” and “When I Was Your Man,” in addition to his newly-released single “Treasure,” which is currently climbing the charts. Bruno Mars is currently traveling the world on a sold-out arena tour, “The Moonshine Jungle” Tour.Proceeds from this auction will benefit the Stephen Gaynor School. an independent, non-profit Lower and Middle School for bright students with learning differences. The school comprises nearly 330 students ages three to 14 with a range of learning challenges, from Attention Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to speech, language, and motor delays. In a comfortable, nurturing environment and with an unparalleled level of personal attention from experienced staff, Gaynor School students break down barriers to learning, build self-esteem, and bridge the gap between their intellect and performance. Find out more here.The auction runs until April 29, and can be accessed via CharityBuzz.last_img read more

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Scarlett Johansson Sings SHOPATHONRED Jingle

first_imgBono’s (SHOPATHON)RED, which launched December 1, World AIDS Day, has a fun new jingle attached to it performed by Scarlett Johansson as Barry Manilow’s muse.Video: Scarlett Johansson, Barry Manilow & Jimmy Kimmel star in the (RED) SHOPATHON Holiday JingleThe shopathon concept allows people can go to Omaze.com/RED to bid on chances to win an experience with celebrities (rather than the prize going to the highest bidder), and (RED) donates the proceeds to fighting AIDS. Things to bid on range widely, and include going for a bicycle ride with Bono in NYC’s Central Park, being Cyndi Lauper’s VIP guest in New York, getting your portrait painted by James Franco, meeting George Clooney and receiving compliments from him for 45 seconds, and keeping Matt Damon company in the green room at Jimmy Kimmel Live.In an interview with Kimmel, Bono complimented the US on its contribution to fighting AIDS. “This is the greatest good news story that nobody knows,” said Bono. “Particularly for the United States of America, nobody knows that of the 15 million lives that have been saved over the last 10 years, the majority of those lives have been saved by American taxpayers.”While fighting AIDS these days is a matter of access to medication, ten years ago, says Bono, being diagnosed with AIDS was a death sentence. “I remember [seeing] the light going out of people’s eyes,” he says. “I’ve just been back to Rwanda and I’ve seen beds where there [used to be] three to a bed, [today] looking like every hospital you have here, and you should be very proud America of what you have done. It’s really serious stuff. Thank you.”Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Newfoundland and Labrador judge approves class action residential school settlement

first_imgThe Canadian PressST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court judge has approved a $50-million class-action settlement for former residential school students in the province.The plaintiffs’ lawyer, Steven Cooper, says the settlement was approved by Justice Robert Stack today, ending a nearly 10-year legal battle.Cooper says the roughly 800 to 1,000 class-action members are pleased with the outcome, but they still want an apology from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Former prime minister Stephen Harper excluded the province’s former residential schools from a national apology and related compensation package in 2008.But Cooper says he has no doubt Trudeau will make an apology and he commended the Liberal government, saying the legal process became much swifter after the change in government last year.About 120 class members died waiting for a resolution.last_img read more

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35 Million Tourists Visited Morocco During First Five Months of 2015

Rabat – The tourism sector in Morocco recorded a slight decline in the number of tourists who visited the Kingdom during the first five months of 2015.According to the Middle East Monitor, citing a report released on Thursday by the Ministry of Tourism, nearly 3.5 million foreigners visited Morocco in the first five months of 2015, marking a fall of 1.1 percent compared to the same period last year.The report said that the majority of tourists who visited the Kingdom in that period were mainly from France, Spain, Germany and Britain. “Italians ranked fifth, followed by Belgians, Dutch and Americans,” the report stated.Despite the slight drop in the number of foreign tourists, the number of domestic tourists reached 199,000, with an increase of 6.8 percent compared to the same period last year.The government is continuing to encourage domestic tourism, which is important revenue for the sector.Last July, the city of Agadir received 83,308 tourists from different nationalities while “the domestic tourists topped the list of arrivals, with a total of 32,057 tourists,” according to a report of the Regional Tourism Council of Souss-Massa-Draa, released on Thursday.In its efforts to boost tourism, the government is trying to attract more visitors from different countries namely Russia, China and Japan.As the second largest sector of Morocco’s economy, tourism accounts for around eight percent of GDP, employing some 500,000 people. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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Global Payments buying Total System Services in 215B deal

NEW YORK — Global Payments is buying Total System Services in an all-stock deal valued at $21.5 billion, the third major acquisition in the payment processing sector this year.TSYS shareholders will receive 0.8101 Global Payments shares for each share of TSYS common stock, about a 20% premium to TSYS’s common share price at the close of business on May 23, 2019.Upon expected closing in the final quarter of 2019, Global Payments shareholders will own 52% of the combined company, and TSYS shareholders will own 48%.The combined companies will provide payment and software technology to about 3.5 million small-to-mid-sized business and more than 1,300 financial institutions.In March, Fidelity National Information Services announced it was acquiring Worldpay and Fiserv bought First Data in January.The Associated Press read more

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After promising start 2016 has been worst for civilians in Syria –

“If we compare the year 2016 that happily is ending in a few days, I think that it was the worst in terms of attacks against the civilian population; that is, you have an escalation in terms of the military involvement by all sides against the civilian population,” said the Chair of the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro. “It was a tragic year for the civilian population.” Mr. Pinheiro pointed to the first three months of the year as offering “plenty of hope,” which was subsequently followed by “plenty of frustration.” He credited Staffan de Mistura for “moments of hope,” as the UN Special Envoy for Syria built possibilities for “a real negotiation” between all of the conflict parties. Mr. Pinheiro expressed optimism in the election and appointment of António Guterres as Secretary-General, calling it “a new element” in helping to end the Syrian conflict. “I think that with his large experience, we’ll be able to see new initiatives concerning the very difficult path towards negotiation and peace,” he added. Established by the UN Human Rights Council in August 2011, the Commission has been investigating and recording all violations of international law in Syria since March that year. It has conducted interviews with more than 1,400 witnesses and victims, exposing human rights violations committed throughout the country. read more

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UK weather Winter temperature record tumbles again as 208C in Wales makes

Fawley refinery in Hampshire Credit:Chris Gorman/Bigladder A stunning dawn breaks over Richmond Park in London on another high temperature forecast day for FebruaryCredit:David Sims/WENN Sunrise over Parliament Square, LondonCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA A surfer makes their way into the sea during sunrise at Boscombe beach in Dorset Credit:Andrew Matthews/PA The sun rises behind the Forth Bridge at North Queensferry in FifeCredit:Jane Barlow/PA The East London skyline as the sun comes upCredit:WHAA/ZDS/WENN A stunning dawn breaks over Richmond Park in London on another high temperature forecast day for February Asked if the mercury is likely to rise during the afternoon, forecaster Alex Burkill said: “I think it could do – temperatures are still climbing.”If it does reach 21C, the temperature will match that of Cairo, Buenos Aires and Delhi. The warmth follows last February’s Beast from the East, which plunged temperatures below freezing and brought heavy snowfall across the country. The UK has experienced its warmest winter day since records began for the second day running.Records were broken in England and Wales, as temperatures edged towards 21C (69.8F) and Britons continued to enjoy a spell of unseasonably mild weather.Temperatures hit 20.8C (69.4F) in Porthmadog, Gwynedd, North Wales, at 1.22pm, the Met Office said.And 20.7C (69.2F) was recorded around half an hour later in Teddington, south-west London.On Monday, the thermometer reached 20.6C (68.5F) at Trawsgoed in Ceredigion, West Wales, the highest recorded in February and beating the previous record of 19.7C (67.4F) in Greenwich, south-east London, in 1998.Parts of Britain on Tuesday were hotter than a series of popular holiday destinations, beating Malibu, Athens and Barcelona.The Met Office has predicted maximum temperatures of 21C (69.8F) on Tuesday in areas across the South and South East of England. Sunrise over Parliament Square, London Temperatures from around the worldAthens, Greece: 14CBogota, Colombia: 18CBuenos Aires, Argentina: 21CCairo, Egypt: 21CCardiff, UK: 17CDelhi, India: 21CLondon, UK: 18CLos Angeles, US: 19CRome, Italy: 16CWellington, New Zealand: 18C A surfer makes their way into the sea during sunrise at Boscombe beach in Dorset  The sun rises as Newmarket thoroughbred racehorses are put through their paces on the GallopsCredit:Gregg Brown The East London skyline as the sun comes up The sun rises as Newmarket thoroughbred racehorses are put through their paces on the Gallops For the second day running we’ve broken the UK record for the warmest winter day with 20.8 °C at Porthmadog, Gwynedd pic.twitter.com/E4VOg6CQAR— Met Office (@metoffice) February 26, 2019 Fawley refinery in Hampshire  The sun rises behind the Forth Bridge at North Queensferry in Fife Cooler temperatures expected from Wednesday onwards will be “still above average” for February, Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall said.Heavy showers are possible on Thursday as temperatures struggle to get above 11C (51.8F) or 12C (53.6F).Friday, March 1, will mark the first day of meteorological spring and is expected to be mostly dry before a wet weekend. Mr Miall added: “The weekend doesn’t look great, it’s looking wet and windy across the country.”There’s lots of uncertainty over the details because it’s still a long way off but wet and windy seems to be the theme through many areas.”Monday’s record highs were likened to a “climate breakdown” by Green MP Caroline Lucas.Mr Miall said: “This kind of event is what climate change would expect but we can’t directly relate it to climate change.”The sun rises across Britain 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. read more

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Metso gets new mineral processing orders from Chinas TISCO

first_imgMetso has announced that it is again to supply minerals processing equipment to long time customer, Taigang Group Lanxian Mining (TISCO), the largest stainless steel manufacturer in China. The order includes seven units of vertical plate pressure filters, wear and spare parts, as well as services related to installation, start-up, commissioning and technical supervision. The delivery is for concentrate filtering for TISCO’s Yuanjiacun iron ore processing plant in Lan County, Shanxi province.The plant is expected to start operation in May 2012 with a daily processing capacity of 22,000 – 23,000 t of iron ore concentrate. The Yuanjiacun plant is designed to process 22 Mt / y of raw iron ore. When completed, Yuanjiacun will be the largest iron ore processing plant in China. TISCO is among the world’s largest producers of stainless steel. The pressure filter model VPA2050 is a medium pressure type operating in the pressure range of 6 – 10 bars. These filters are mainly based on the “air through-blow” dewatering concept, whereby water is displaced by air as it passes through a filter cake. Typically, they are being used to filtration of metallic minerals, industrial minerals, coal and tailings. Since 2009, Metso has provided the TISCO Yuanjiacun iron ore processing plant with key equipment including a gyratory crusher, three SAG grinding mills and four vibrating screens.last_img read more

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12yearold boy hurt in Cork hitandrun

first_imgGARDAÍ IN CORK are appealing for witnesses after a 12-year-old boy was hit by a car in Cork.The hit-and-run happened on Thomas Davis Street in the Blackpool area of Cork city at around 9.50pm last night.The boy was seriously injured and taken by ambulance to the Mercy University Hospital. The vehicle involved in the incident failed to remain at the scene.A technical examination of the scene was carried out and the road has since reopened to traffic.Anyone with information is asked to contact Mayfield Garda Station on 021 4558510 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.last_img read more

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