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Parents students winners in Alberta budget Taxpayers face more debt

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta’s NDP government tabled its 2018-19 budget Thursday. Here is a look at some of the winner and losers:WINNERS:Parents — Spending on K-12 education to rise to $8.4 billion from $7.8 billion and some of that boost to be used to reduce school fees. The government plans to spend $22 million more on affordable child-care spaces and $6 million more on school lunch programs.Students — Tuition to remain frozen for post-secondary students. Advanced education spending to jump to $6.1 billion from $5.5 billion.The environmentally conscious — The government plans to spend $5.3 billion over the next three years on climate initiatives that include everything from transit projects to home efficiency programs.The disabled — The Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped program is to get a boost of $62 million to $1.1 billion.LOSERS:Non-unionized civil servants — A salary freeze for all non-unionized government workers is being extended to 2019. Overall compensation for all public-sector workers is budgeted at $26.6 billion, about half of all government spending.Future taxpayers — Debt is pegged $54.2 billion this year. The budget projects an $8.8-billion spending deficit in the year ahead. The budget is not expected to be balanced for another five years.last_img read more

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Marcelo Leaving Real Madrid was never an option

first_imgMarcelo has put an end to the rumours linking him with a Real Madrid exit by insisting it never entered his thoughtsThe Brazilian full-back had been strongly linked with a move to Juventus to join former team-mate and good friend Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin.But Marcelo has now announced that leaving Real was something he had never considered.“It’s never entered my mind to leave and look for another option,” Marcelo told Club del Deportista.“I have always done everything possible to stay at Real Madrid and I’ve never thought about playing time.“If I had 15 minutes in every game, I’d give everything in those 15 minutes to play more and win more.”The 30-year-old had a difficult upbringing in his native Brazil and nearly quit playing football at Fluminense before being convinced by his grandfather to continue.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Then in January 2007, Marcelo secured a transfer to Real – something which he admits he found hard to believe at first.“The move all happened very quickly. At first, I thought it was a joke,” Marcelo said.“I always saw Madrid as a huge club. Then all of a sudden I was part of a team with players I had only seen on television or in video games.“It was pretty amazing.”Marcelo has since managed 36 goals and 85 assists in 465 appearances for Real across all competitions.The Brazilian has won four Champions League and La Liga titles along with three Supercopa de España and many other trophies.last_img read more

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Ion trap quantum computing

first_img Explore further NIST Demonstrates Better Memory with Quantum Computer Bits 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. “Instead of moving ions around,” Stock continues, “you apply a two-ion operation between all neighboring ions at the same time. The created multipartite ‘entangled’ array of ions is a resource for quantum computing.” Actual computing is then based on measurement of ions in the array in a prescribed order and using a slightly different measurement basis for each ion. “In this scheme, it is the time required to read out information from the ions that critically determines the operational time scale of the quantum computer,” Stock says.Stock describes the measurement component as vital to this model of quantum computing. Instead of exciting the ions and getting them to emit a photon and measuring the photon, Stock and his colleague instead devised a different way in which they were able to measure the quantum bit encoded in a calcium ion. “You can use an ionization process to speed up measurement, since the electron can be extracted faster from the atom than you can get a photon out of an atom. The extracted electron is then guided onto a detector by the ion trap itself.” All of this takes place on a nanosecond time scale. “By speeding up the measurement,” Stock insists, “we can speed up the operation capability of the quantum computer.”Stock points out that this quantum computing scheme would be impractical as far as taking over common use from classical computers. “The lattice would have thousands of ions, which would need to be controlled, and carefully stored and protected. It means that the computer would be relatively large and impractical.”Uses for such a quantum computer are not limited to breaking data encryption. “This process would allow us to take problems of great complexity and still solve them on a humanly possible timescale. This could provide the key to modeling complex systems – especially perhaps in biology – that we can’t solve now. This would be a tremendous advantage over classical computing.”More information: Stock, René and James, Daniel. “Scalable, High-Speed Measurement-Based Quantum Computer Using Trapped Ions.” Physical Review Letters (2009). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.170501 . Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Ion trap quantum computing (2009, May 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-05-ion-quantum.html Stock, a post-doc at the University of Toronto, points out that ion trap quantum computing has made a lot of progress in the last 10 years. “Ions in traps have been one of most successful physical implementation of quantum computing in physical systems.” Stock believes that it is possible to use ion-trap quantum computing to create measurement-based quantum computers that could compete with classical computers for very large and complex problems – and even on smaller scale problems. His work on the subject, done with Daniel James, appears in Physical Review Letters: “Scalable, High-Speed Measurement-Based Quantum Computer Using Trapped Ions.”“One of the most important considerations in quantum computing is the fact that quantum computing scales polynomially, rather than exponentially, as classical computing does.” This polynomial scaling is what makes quantum computing so useful for breaking data encryption. In order to make data encryption more secure, one usually increases the number of bits used. “Because of the exponential scaling, breaking data encryptions quickly becomes impossible using standard classical computers or even networks of computers,” Stock explains. “The improved scaling with quantum computers could be one a biggest threads to data encryption and security.” While this sounds promising, Stock points this out that there are still problems with quantum information processing: “While scaling would be better with quantum computing, current operation of quantum information processing is too slow to even compete with classical computers on large factoring problems that take 5 months to solve.”The way ion-trap quantum computing works now – or at least is envisioned to work – requires that ions be shuttled back and forth around the trap architecture. Stock explains that this takes time. “As the complexity of problems and the size of the quantum computing to be implemented increases, the time issue becomes even more important. We wanted to figure out how we could change the time scale,” Stock explains. “We found that we could speed up the processing by using an array of trapped ions and by parallelizing entangling operations.” (PhysOrg.com) — “Right now, classical computers are faster than quantum computers,” René Stock tells PhysOrg.com. “The goal of quantum computing is to eventually speed up the time scale of solving certain important problems, such as factoring and data search, so that quantum computing can not only compete with, but far outperform, classical computing on large scale problems. One of the most promising ways to possibly do this is with ion traps.”last_img read more

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New faces likely to emerge in AAPs National Executive

first_imgAccording to the party’s Constitution, the National Executive has to be reconstituted every three years. The tenure of the present National Executive ends this month. The AAP came into being on November 26, 2012.The founding members – Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav, Ajit Jha and Anand Kumar – who were expelled from the party in April this year are to be replaced by new members.Christina Fami, AAP’s National Executive member from Tamil Nadu; Mayanak Gandhi and Subhash Ware  also tendered their resignations from the body. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportThe National Council is the body of founding members of the party. The Council ratifies all decisions taken by the party.Founding member and dissident AAP leader Shanti Bhushan, father of expelled rebel leader Prashant Bhushan, alleged that more than 40 National Council members have been served with show-cause notices and around 90 have not been informed about Monday’s meeting.He added that he would take all resources, political or legal, to stop “disgusting” treatment towards party workers and might also approach the Election Commission in this regard. Also Read – Disqualified AAP MLA Kapil Mishra, women’s wing chief join BJPBhushan criticised Kejriwal for hugging Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad at the sweaing-in ceremony of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar a few days ago. He also accused Kejriwal of running the party “like a dictator” and turning it into a khap panchayat. Bhushan accused the Delhi Chief Minister of “mala fide intention”. A day before AAP’s National Council (NC) meeting, he said the party had sent him a notice, informing about venue change from Constitution Club to a motel at Karnal Road at the last moment, which indicates mala fide intention.  “When I asked for a list of the invitees, they did not respond,” he said.“The meeting being held tomorrow is patently illegal and full of mala fide intentions. We are members of the National Council of AAP and also the founding members of the party. We have been observing a fall in morals and values of the party for a long time and have proofs of the wrong-doing and illegal activities being executed by the party,” the senior Bhushan said.Bhushan also called the party’s 4th National Council meeting in the national Capital as illegal and unconstitutional, alleging that the party had suspended 40 members to curb dissent without a valid reason just before the meeting. Sources said AAP had served suspension emails to its founding members. Bhushan said he would challenge the party’s move before the Election Commission and also in court to declare the NC meet null and void.last_img read more

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The life and times of women who influenced Tagore

first_imgBased on the life of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and his extended family and friends, this semi-fictional book tries to capture several vignettes of Bengali society and its culture of that era. By doing so, it also gives us an insight into the larger canvas that was India.Jorasanko, a neighbourhood north of Kolkata, has been linked to Tagore’s name forever. The book tells, with great aplomb, the story of Digambari, Prince Dwarkanath’s wife, who banished her illustrious husband from her household because he went against the dharma of his Vaishnav ancestors by hosting receptions where meat and liquor were served. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis uncompromising act of Rabindranath’s grandmother showed the existence of women of substance in a household that can be termed as Bengal’s first family. One is tempted to raise at least half a toast to this act of early rebellion, even though it was against the freewheeling lifestyle of a man who also hobnobbed extensively with Europeans. As painted by the author Aruna Chakravarti, the novel is largely set between the years 1859 and 1902 when a feudal mindset was slowly, reluctantly giving way to a liberal, westernised one. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAt the hub of the transition was Jnanadanandini, the dynamo wife of Maharshi Debendranath’s second son Satyendranath Tagore. Jnanadanandini has been dignified with the title of the “first modern woman” of Bengal when modernism was still in its infancy. She was perhaps one of the strongest influences on Rabindranath, who would eventually go on to change the face of Bengali literature forever.Providing a deeper insight into Tagore’s life, the author shows how Rabindranath flourished under the influence of Jnanadanandini, though it was his other sister-in-law, Kadambari, who discovered his potential as a poet and helped him to free the muses trapped within. Chakravarti, an academic, creative writer and translator, took the milieu in which the poet-philosopher lived, anchoring her vivid imagination to what would have been, rather than what really was.The book explores Rabindranath Tagore’s engagement with the freedom movement and his vision for holistic education, bringing alive his latter-day inspirations, Ranu Adhikari and Victoria Ocampo, mapping the histories of Tagore’s women, even as it goes on to describe the twilight years of one of the greatest luminaries of modern times.Rabindranath’s wife Mrinalini was unfortunate in the way she has been viewed by his contemporaries and succeeding generations of his readers as an “unworthy spouse” of one of the greatest men of the land.But in the author’s eyes she was not an unworthy spouse if one takes into consideration the restrictions under which women of the time were placed. Which should mean that the women who rose above their calling in the household did it despite those extreme odds. The book also delves deeply into the disquiet in the poet’s heart, his sadness and melancholy. How unhappy he was when he found that his ailing daughter was not getting adequate care from her in-laws.Amidst the many unhappiness, the bard was also busy building his dream project at Santiniketan – Visva-Bharati – which would become one of the finest universities of the land. The book is a sequel to the author’s ‘Jorasanko’, published in 2013. Both are part-fictional accounts of life and times of Tagore and the many women who influenced him in the ancestral mansion.The background themes of this rich palette include the Bengal Renaissance, the socio-political scene of India, the British colonial rule and the proposal by Lord Curzon to divide the poet’s beloved land into two.The fiction merges so well with the colours of history that you cannot help but let your senses ride along, in a journey which is both rich and satisfying. Read the book in one sitting if you can – the age comes alive and grabs you for a lasting impact.last_img read more