On Sunday, October 18, 2015, Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) will be participating in the Love Ride grand finale, a single-day motorcycle fundraising event, and the longest running event of its kind in the world.Since 1981, Love Ride and its supporters have raised over $24 million for a variety of local and national causes. This year’s Love Ride is concluding decades of charitable work, in conjunction with Southern California Harley-Davidson (HD) Dealers Association, will support WWP. Love Ride is a proud advocate of WWP’s purpose to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.Grand Marshall Jay Leno and the award-winning Foo Fighters will join to-be-announced special guests in their final Southern California performance of the year. In its three-decade history, the Love Ride has featured a host of celebrity participants such as Malcolm Forbes, Peter Fonda, Larry Hagman, Steven Tyler, David Crosby, Billy Idol, Bruce Springsteen, and many more.When participants sign up for the Love Ride, they can support WWP by building a custom fundraising page through the Kintera site. After registering, donors can refer family and friends to their personal pages for contributions. For added fun, Love Ride is offering incentive prizes for different levels of fundraising. All donations will go through the Love Ride Foundation and at the close of the event, 100% of the proceeds will benefit WWP.Donors can register for Love Ride 32, the Grand Finale by clicking here and selecting the “Love Ride Registration” button at the left. The cost of the event is $45 in advance and $60 on the day of the event. All participants who pre-register will receive a “Love Ride 32” patch, and the first 5,000 Love Ride registrants will receive a “Love Ride 32” pin. Love Ride 32 will also include a spectacular opportunity prize raffle. Prizes will include: a Harley-Davidson 2015 Street Glide, a fully paid trip to the HD Manufacturing Factory and Museum with airfare/hotel paid and more.Participants who wish to attend the Love Ride Foo Fighter concert only can purchase tickets here. Love Ride 32 will continue its tradition of kicking off the event with a morning concert with The Long Run – Experience the Eagles, a celebrity-filled press conference followed by a 5-mile motorcycle trek led by Grand Marshal Jay Leno, from Harley-Davidson of Glendale, CA to Castaic Lake State Recreation Area.
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Casablanca – A Sierra Leonean national was arrested, on Saturday, by policemen in Mohammed V airport for the possession of 4.9kg of cocaine.According to police chief Abdelhadi Siba, chief of the security zone at the airport, investigations conducted under the supervision of the public prosecutor at Casablanca’s first instance court, showed that the illegal substance is a very concentrated cocaine. The Sierra Leonean national is remanded in custody to complete the probe, he said. The drug was carefully hidden in plastic bags in boxes for dried fruits, said chief of anti-drug cell at the airport Yassine Chouay.
NEW YORK — Kohl’s wants you to skip the post office and bring your Amazon returns to its stores.The department store chain says it will accept Amazon returns at all its 1,150 stores starting in July. Kohl’s has been testing Amazon returns at 100 stores for nearly two years and sees the service as a way to get people in its doors and potentially buy something while they’re there.Shares of Kohl’s Corp. soared 8% after the announcement.Those with Amazon returns don’t need to pack them up. Kohl’s says it will box items and ship them out for customers.Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press
26 November 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the decree signed yesterday by Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir appointing the National Electoral Commission, calling it a major step towards implementing the accords that ended a two-decade-long civil war in the south of Africa’s largest country. Organizing free and fair elections next year is a key element of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement concluding the north-south civil war, which killed at least 2 million people and displaced 4.5 million others.The UN stands ready to support the electoral process. Mr. Ban’s spokesperson Michele Montas told a news briefing in New York today. On Sudan’s second war front, in the western region of Darfur, Mr. Ban voiced disappointment that military activity by the Government continues, particularly in light of its announcement of an immediate ceasefire on 12 November. “The Secretary-General reiterates his call for all parties to use restraint and renew their commitment to an immediate and unconditional ceasefire,” his spokesperson said in a statement.The statement said the African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) investigated reports of aerial attacks by the Government from 21 to 22 November in South Darfur and confirmed visible effects of air strikes, including four craters created by bombing and the presence of unexploded ordnance on the ground. Meanwhile in Darfur, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes today visited Hamadiya camp, home for up to 40,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) uprooted by the five-year war there between Government forces and rebels. Overall, the conflict has killed an estimated 300,000 people and driven another 2.7 million from their homes. Mr. Holmes, on the second day of a visit to the strife-torn region, also visited the town Zalingei in West Darfur, meeting with Government and civic leaders and calling attention to the devastating effect that the conflict is having on the environment. In Taiba, the only Arab IDP camp in Darfur, he met with families and the elderly who told him about the daily challenges they face, including the need for food and secondary school education for their children.Yesterday he visited the Kalma camp in Nyala, one of the largest sites for IDPs in South Darfur, where he saw first-hand the work of aid organizations, met with schoolchildren and saw a women’s handicraft project.Tomorrow Mr. Holmes – who is also the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator – is set to leave Darfur for a two-day visit to southern Sudan.
“As a co-sponsor of the resolution, Sri Lanka promised to establish mechanisms to deliver justice, truth, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, in line with the recommendations of the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL). There has been progress, but much more must be done,” AI said. AI says public consultations, the bedrock on which Sri Lanka’s transitional justice process must be built, are underway. Amnesty International, in a written statement to the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council which begins this week, says slow progress in delivering on many aspects of the ambitious agenda of the government coupled with lack of transparency has led some victims and human rights defenders to express frustration.The human rights group says most crimes under international law allegedly committed before, during, and after Sri Lanka’s protracted armed conflict between government forces and the LTTE, which ended in 2009, remain uninvestigated and unpunished. “Many fear their right to truth might be compromised because Sri Lanka’s newly enacted Right to Information Act would not apply to confidential information received by the Office. The OMP must not agree to confidentiality regarding any information that would deny families the truth about the whereabouts or fate of their loved ones or obstruct their access to justice,” AI said.AI also says the shortcomings of the OMP law drafting process provide important lessons for the government as it develops other mechanisms. (Colombo Gazette) However, AI noted that implementation has been undermined by lack of government resources, including to publicise the process nationally to all affected communities and provide effective protection mechanisms so that victims and their families can participate in safety and confidence.AI also notes, to be effective, the office on Missing Persons must provide families with the truth about what happened to their loved ones.
“Our ships are being dispatched with relief material,” Modi said.Reports said the flooding is believed to be the worst since May 2003 when a similar flooding killed 250 people, and destroyed 10,000 homes. Rescue agencies said thousands of people had been forced to leave their homes in wake of the deluge, prompting authorities to launch massive rescue operations. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday condoled on the loss of lives and property in neighbouring Sri Lanka due to floods and landslides, officials said, according to the Xinhua news agency.“India condoles the loss of lives and property in Sri Lanka due to flooding and landslides. We stand with our Sri Lankan brothers and sisters in their hour of need,” an official statement quoting Modi as having said. Flooding and mudslides triggered by monsoon rains in Sri Lanka killed at least 100 people, besides leaving 99 others missing.
HELSINKI – Nokia Corp. signalled Thursday its smartphone partnership with Microsoft was starting to reap rewards as it revealed that fourth-quarter mobile phone sales exceeded expectations and that its handset business would return to profitability.The Finnish company’s share price surged 11 per cent to close at €3.32 on Helsinki Stock Exchange.Nokia said it sold 86 million devices in the last three months of 2012, including some 4.5 million Lumia smartphones, while revenues amounted to some €3.9 billion. A year earlier, it posted a fourth-quarter net loss of €1 billion with a 19-per cent plunge in revenue.The cellphone maker said it sold 15.9 million smartphones in the quarter, up from 6.3 million in the previous quarter.Nokia has been struggling in the fierce top-end race against Apple Inc. and Samsung and is now also losing ground to Asian makers in lower-end devices. Samsung overtook it as the world’s No. 1 cellphone maker early last year after Nokia led the field for 14 years. In 2011, Nokia announced that it would join forces with Microsoft to produce a smartphone that would run on Windows software. The latest Windows handset, the Lumia was launched last year.CEO Stephen Elop said he was pleased with the company’s “solid” fourth-quarter performance.“We are pleased that Q4 2012 was a solid quarter where we exceeded expectations and delivered underlying profitability,” he said. “We focused on our priorities and as a result we sold a total of 14 million Asha smartphones and Lumia smartphones while managing our costs efficiently, and Nokia Siemens Networks delivered yet another very good quarter.”The company said operating expenses in the last quarter of 2012 had been lower than expected and that its devices and services sector saw operating margins of “between break even and positive 2 per cent.” Elsewhere, its networks joint venture with Germany’s Siemens AG — Nokia Siemens Networks — had “record underlying profits and a third consecutive quarter of underlying profitability,” with operating margins expected to be 13-15 per cent.However, the company warned that seasonality and competition would have a negative impact on the handset division’s first-quarter profitability in comparison to the last three months of 2012. Nokia is due to report fourth-quarter earnings on Jan. 24. by Matti Huuhtanen, The Associated Press Posted Jan 10, 2013 1:51 pm MDT Nokia says Q4 mobile phone sales exceed expectations, sparking sharp share rise AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by Mike Blanchard Posted Aug 17, 2017 3:05 pm MDT Canada’s cattle producers caution against American protectionism during NAFTA talks AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The agency representing Canada’s beef producers is urging trade negotiators to resist U.S. protectionism during NAFTA talks.According to John Masswohl, Director of Government and International Relations with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, the existing NAFTA deal has worked well for the cattle industry in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. He said producers in all three countries are generally in agreement when it comes to cross border trade.However, Masswohl wants to see negotiators chip away at ‘Buy America’ provisions that restrict access for Canadian producers in some cases.“Anything that has federal funding, like school lunch programs, women-infant children nutrition programs has to all be ‘Buy America,’ ” Masswohl said. “That’s a huge market in the U.S. that we don’t have any access to right now.”In addition to resisting protectionist measures, improving cross-border movement is also an issue.“We can make the border work a little more efficiently so we don’t lose money just by having inefficient borders,” Masswohl said. “When you’re talking about a perishable product in the back of a truck, like a live animal or beef, then you’ve got to have an efficient border so it doesn’t siphon value off.”The U.S. remains Canada’s biggest trading partner when it comes to cattle. In 2016, Canada exported about $3-billion worth of beef south of the border, according to Masswohl. (Pixabay) Canada|cattle|NAFTA
Get the name engraver ready — 11 former Buckeyes have been selected to join the Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame. Four football players head the 2011 Hall of Fame class, two who starred on teams in the last 20 years and two more whose playing days were decades earlier. Offensive lineman Orlando Pace and defensive back Mike Doss played in the modern era, and will join Leo Raskowski and Bobby Watkins, who donned scarlet and gray from 1926–28 and 1952–54, respectively. Raskowski, a tackle for OSU, was a two-time All-American and a two-time All Big Ten selection. Watkins, a running back and four-year letterman for the Buckeyes, was one of the first African-American running backs in program history. Watkins led the Buckeyes in scoring during both the 1953 and 1954 campaigns, and helped lead the Buckeyes to the 1954 national championship. Pace, who played at OSU from 1994–96, started every game during the seasons between 1994–96 and was a two-time first-team American. Pace helped OSU to a 20–17 win over Arizona State in the 1997 Rose Bowl. Doss attended OSU from 1999–2002 and earned three first team All-American selections. Doss was also named Defensive MVP of the 2002 Fiesta Bowl where the Buckeyes claimed the consensus national championship. The class of 2011 also includes female rower Diana “Didi” Albrecht, men’s gymnast Raj Bhavsar, wrestler Mitch Clark, track and field athlete Katy Craig, pistol competitor Jessica Marshall, women’s golfer Kristen White and softball’s Stacy Roth. “The 11 members of this year’s class are another great addition to the athletics hall of fame,” senior associate athletic director and senior women’s administrator Miechelle Willis said. “We are proud of all they have accomplished in their respective sports as they join an impressive group of outstanding individuals who have set the bar high for Ohio State student-athletes.” The induction ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 9. Inductees will also be introduced on Sept. 10 at halftime of the OSU football game against Toledo at Ohio Stadium.
THE IRISH HOTELS Federation has denied that its members raise prices to prey on those wishing to attend events.A survey by the price comparison site Trivago said that hotel prices in Cork and Donegal had risen by 15% and 25%, respectively, as the counties hosted weekend sporting events.In Cork, the Irish Open in Fota and the Donegal Rally were attributed to the rises. In Cork, it meant that the average price of a hotel was €138 a night.A Trivago spokesperson added that prices in Dublin were up 16% on last year. This despite average prices dropping across Europe.That, however was rejected by the IHF.“The survey is based solely on the prices for rooms found on Trivago and does not reflect the broad range of rates actually available across the total market. There is excellent value on offer by hotels and guesthouses in Dublin and indeed across the entire country. We recommend that people should shop around and not rely on just one source when comparing accommodation prices.”The IHF says that with over 60,000 rooms in hotels and guesthouses throughout the country and 15,000 in Dublin alone, “there is tremendous value on offer”.“For big events, particularly in the peak tourism season, people should book early to get the best rates available as hotels, like businesses the world over, are affected by additional demand.”Read: Think you’re in debt? Try being an Irish hotel, they collectively owe €5.3bn
IN NOVEMBER 2012, Israel launched a military operation in the Gaza Strip called “Amud Anan”. The literal English translation is “Pillar of Clouds”, although the official name in English was “Pillar of Defence”.A few days ago we launched another operation named “Mighty Cliff”, which is officially called “Protective Edge”.Both chosen titles are highly defensive in their essence. When I hear the names given to military operations in Gaza – especially the versions chosen for an international audience – I am reminded of my military service as a combatant in the Israeli army, whose full name (both in Hebrew and English) is the “Israel Defence Forces” (IDF).These days, I am reminded of the gap I discovered during my military service between the ethos represented by the name of the IDF and the actual military operations that we carried out.Officially, the task before us was defensive. We performed “preventative” operations. But my friends and I learned that “prevention” was nothing but a code name for a bunch of actions, many of which were offensive operations.Bogui Ya’alon, then Chief of Staff and today the Defense Minister, called on us to “burn the Palestinian consciousness”. In the spirit of this call, we were sent to intimidate and punish an entire civilian community systematically. This was grounded in the assumption that its members would refrain from revolting if they were hurt, oppressed and scared enough.Collective punishmentMy friends and I learned to look at every Palestinian as an enemy and, as such, a legitimate target for attack. Our objective was to frighten the civilian population in order to make them understand that they are always under our control. We achieved this objective through patrols on city streets and through entering homes randomly, at all hours of the day and night. No actual intelligence information guided us during these operations.We “prevented” terror through the collective punishment of innocent Palestinians. When a little Israeli girl from the Adora settlement was murdered, we laid siege to the nearby Palestinian village of Tufach. For an entire day we entered, one after the other, every single house in the village. We raided the houses and sent all the men in the village for questioning at the local school, which became our interrogation facility. We did not find anything, but looking back, that was not the objective.Through mass arrests and invasion of the houses, we sowed fear and “punished” the community of Adora. The logic that guided us was that if we punish everyone now, they will be afraid to do something in the future.This cannot be justified The rocket fire from Gaza on Israeli civilians should not be justified. It threatens the lives of men, women and children.But the shooting of rockets does not turn all of the residents of Gaza into legitimate targets for mass destruction, just as the murder of the child should not have turned all of the residents of Tufach into legitimate targets for arrest and indiscriminate searches.Over 570 Palestinians have been killed thus far as a result of the Israeli attacks, most of them civilians. On the first day of the operation, the attack on the Kwara family’s home (one of whose sons is a Hamas activist) killed eight family members who were in the house – six of whom were children.In the name of defence, we are even attacking a civilian population who are already under Israeli control. Even after the disengagement in 2005, we still control the airspace and territorial waters of Gaza, buffer zones inside the Gaza strip, and the movement of people and goods to and from Gaza – almost completely. Gaza’s population registry is controlled by Israel, and in order to obtain an ID card at the age of 16, Israel’s approval is required.This is just the tip of the iceberg, of course. One of the characteristics of such control is seen in periodic military operations, causing terrible damage not only to the paramilitary infrastructure, but also to civilians, men, women and children that live in Gaza.The constant exercise of forceThis reality was not forced upon us. It is the product of choices made by our leadership every day, to maintain control over the Palestinian territories and the population that resides there. I know the consequences of this choice well because as a soldier and commander I took part in its implementation. I learned that the preservation of such control requires the constant exercise of force. I learned that is impossible to ethically enforce a foreign government’s rule on a population of millions of people for decades.Designating the repeated attacks on Gaza with defensive names will not change the nature of the operations. Significant change will come only on the day the occupation ends.If nothing changes, we are all condemned to undergo another bloody operation, similar to the current one, in a year or two. Semantics will not change this reality, in which Israel is not only defending itself but also attacking – not only during these difficult days, but every day. Instead of trying to explain and justify it, we must act to change it.These are the days when we have to say: it’s time to end the occupation.Yehuda Shaul served as an infantry combat soldier and commander in the IDF, and is a founding member of Breaking the Silence, a partner organisation of Trocaire.#Read: World pushes for Israel-Palestine ceasefire as seven more killed in GazaRead: Ireland is providing €500k in humanitarian aid to Gaza
While it might not technically be a leak if Microsoft itself posts it, the company has decided to show off Windows 8.1 ahead of a preview release this summer. And yes, as confirmed yesterday, the Start Button is making a comeback.Microsoft’s post was careful not to call it the “Start Button”, choosing instead to say that the Modern Windows logo will be ever-present on the taskbar when you’re working on the Desktop. It’ll also appear when you hover over the left corner in either interface — replacing the busier-looking thumbnail of the Start Screen that currently appears in Windows 8.What else is changing? There’s the unified background image, which Microsoft also notes can be animated like Android live wallpaper. Other personalization options have been added, too. Two new tile sizes have been added — one larger, one smaller — so that you can shrink apps to just an icon or give them even more room to display Live Tile info. Windows 8.1 will also let you select, move, and resize multiple tiles at once — a helpful tweak for power users who have dozens of apps to organize.The lock screen is getting some upgrades, too. You’ll also be able to set your lock screen so that your Windows 8.1 device displays a slideshow of your photos when it’s locked.What else is changing in Windows 8.1? Microsoft is doubling down on SkyDrive integration, underscoring the convenience of saving to the cloud and roaming Windows 8.1 profiles powered by a Microsoft account.Internet Explorer 11 will be included from day one, and it’s going to be faster and offer an improved touch experience. “Several other new features” you’re going to love are being added, though the company’s Antoine Leblond didn’t offer any specifics. One good possibility is WebGL support.One other common gripe is also getting addressed in Windows 8.1. Leblond promised “better keyboard and mouse options,” which, if actually delivered, will help quiet Windows 8 critics who decried the touch-first design.Microsoft’s post answered a lot of questions, but there’s bound to be plenty more to see when the preview release of Windows 8.1 hits its download servers — possibly as soon as next month.
A crew from Arborscape Ltd. Inc. of Vancouver removed two maple trees Monday from Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver. Charles Ray, the city’s urban forester, said one tree had decay at the base and storm damage, while a second had reached the end of its typical lifespan and was in poor health. The city will plant at least five trees this winter to maintain the park’s character, Ray said. The 5.4-acre park, the state’s oldest public square, was established in 1853 after its namesake bequeathed the land to the city.
A 33-year-old Ketchikan man died Monday after he was stabbed early Monday morning at a home on Park Avenue.According to the Ketchikan Police Department, dispatch received a call about the stabbing at about 8:40 a.m. Officers arrived soon after, and found Wayne Nathan, still alive at that point, with a single stab wound to his upper abdomen.Deputy Chief Josh Dossett says Nathan was taken to the hospital, where he later died.“At that point, officers seized the house, began applying for search warrants (and) people in the residence – witnesses – were brought to the station for interviews.”That includes the man who allegedly stabbed Nathan during an argument.“There were two males that were both staying the night at that residence. There was a verbal disagreement between them that escalated, and resulted in one of them being stabbed.”The investigation is ongoing, and Dossett says no arrests have been made. The man who allegedly stabbed Nathan is not in custody; he was questioned and released pending the results of the investigation.“We’re working with the District Attorney’s. The DA has to make the ultimate decisions on what charges. I can’t say we’re going to charge somebody, because there are varying degrees of what it could be, if he decides on charges in this situation. You have such a wide range, from first-degree murder to involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide. It’s really up to the DA’s office to look at exactly what the facts of the case are and what they fit.”Nathan’s body will be sent to the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Anchorage for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. Dossett says a decision on possible criminal charges is not likely until the autopsy results are complete, which could take several days.
Adiba Islam, daughter of missing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leader Parvez Hossain, bursts into tears at the programme.She has left no stone unturned to find his son from meeting the home minister to urging the law enforcement to help her.Ayesha Ali’s son Abdul Quader Bhuiyan went missing from the city’s Bashundhara area five years ago.”The happiest moment for a mother is when her child calls her ‘Ma’. I did not have the luck to hear that from my missing son during the last five years. He was my only child. I had high hopes on him. Why do I have to suffer like this? Please return me my son,” said a teary Ayesha, speaking at a programme titled ‘Calling Her Mother’ at the National Press Club.Family members of victims of enforced disappearance organised the programme on Tuesday where they shared their teals of sorrows with the audience.Every single person speaking at the programme was inconsolable, mostly mothers or sisters speaking fondly of their missing sons or brothers.In almost all the cases, they alleged involvement of the law enforcement. More than 30 families were present at the discussion.Eight people, including Sajedul Islam, went missing from the city’s Shahinbagh area on 4 December in 2013. Sajedul’s sister Marufa Islam read out a written statement at the programme.”Some of the parents have died by this time, before they could see their children one last time. Mothers have cried so much that they have almost been blind. The families do not want to cry anymore. They want this intolerable wait to end,” she said.The families of the victims demanded a probe body to look into the cases of enforced disappearance and urged the political parties to categorically mention in their election manifesto that they would bring an end to this and crossfire.Most of the children of the missing people are minors, some studying in class IX, or class IV or even class II.Adiba Islam, daughter of missing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leader Parvez Hossain, burst into tears as she said, “Please bring back my father. I want to go to the school with him.”Former ambassador Maruf Zaman went missing on his way to the airport from his Dhanmondi residence last year.”Where didn’t we go? We tried our level best, but to no avail. How can a man just go vanish?” wonders his daughter Samiha Zaman.A number of politicians, human rights activists and university teachers came to the discussion to express their solidarity with the victims’ families. Among them were Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal general secretary Khalekuzzaman, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, BNP executive committee member Tabith Awal and Gonosanghati Andolon chief coordinator Zonayed Saki.Professor Asif Nazrul of Dhaka University said, “Sympathy means nothing if we do not get justice. Since most of the victims are from the opposition parties and its wings, we have a ground to feel that it is pre-planned. If the state fails to ensure justice, we can go to the International Criminal Court.”Human rights activist Noor Khan said the government cannot duck the responsibility. They have to form a probe committee and bring an end to this.
Obviously this doesn’t say much. It’s a superhero film, so there’s bound to be a shootout or two. However, people have noticed that the car looks a lot like the one Logan is seen driving with Professor X in the trailer.This might just be a still from the aftermath of that car chase, but some people are seeing it as a symbol of something worse.Since this is the last film that Patrick Stewart will appear in as Charles Xavier, could it be that he’ll die? After all, the bulk of those bullet holes go toward the back of the car, where he was sitting.Since its inception, the wponx account been posting beautiful, black and white close-ups of scenes, characters, and clues from the film. Each one is accompanied with a one or two word caption. Some are more innocuous, such as photos from a motel, but others have been revealing. One posted a week ago shows a person with a metal arm, signifying that the Reavers–a team of cyborg assassins–will be making an appearance. This makes sense considering another image posted six weeks ago identifies one of the men in the trailer as Donald Pierce, who organizes the group. Stay on target Anti-Black Panther Group Shut Down, Stan Lee is OK & More MCU NewsThe Future of Marvel’s Stars, Possible New Arrivals & More MCU News An official Instagram account associated with the movie Logan posted images a few days ago that has been causing a particular stir. Considering the account has been posting nothing but teaser images, that’s quite a feat.We’re suckers for mysterious social media accounts. One called wponx, which surfaced soon after it was announced Logan would be the title of the third Wolverine film, has been posting purposely vague images, pointing to clues from the upcoming movie. We got one of the film’s title, and another of X-23’s casting.A new one might reveal something more depressing though, even more morose than what the marketing for the film has already been. Logan is set to hit theaters March 3, 2017.
© 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. Citation: New principle sets maximum limit on quantum information communication (2013, June 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-principle-maximum-limit-quantum.html Journal information: Physical Review Letters (Phys.org) —When two parties use a quantum system to share information, the amount of quantum information that can be communicated is fundamentally limited by quantum properties. Now in a new paper, Damián Pitalúa-García, a scientist in the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Quantum Information and Foundations in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, has proposed a principle that can determine the maximum amount of quantum information that a quantum system can communicate. According to this principle, the maximum amount of information is limited only by the quantum system’s dimension, and does not depend on any physical resources previously shared by the communicating parties. More information: Damián Pitalúa-García. “Quantum Information Causality.” PRL 110, 210402 (2013). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.210402 Schematic of the quantum information causality game, in which the amount of quantum information communicated among the parties is limited by the principle of quantum information causality. Credit: Pitalúa-García. ©2013 American Physical Society Playing quantum tricks with measurements Pitalúa-García’s paper, called “Quantum Information Causality,” is published in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.Specifically, Pitalúa-García’s principle of quantum information causality says that, after a quantum system of m qubits is transmitted from one party to another, the quantum information shared between the two parties cannot increase by more than 2m. As Pitalúa-García explains, this limit is the maximum amount of information that a quantum system can fundamentally communicate, regardless of how technologically advanced it may be and how much quantum entanglement the communicating parties share.”The principle of information causality states that m classical bits can transmit m’s worth of information,” Pitalúa-García told Phys.org. “On the other hand, quantum information causality states that m qubits can transmit 2m’s worth of information. In this sense, a qubit can communicate twice the amount of information that a classical bit can communicate. This might seem strange because, after being measured, a qubit reduces to a classical bit. However, a qubit can be entangled with another qubit, while a classical bit cannot. It is entanglement that allows a qubit to communicate more information than a classical bit.”In his paper, he showed that quantum information causality follows from three mathematical properties satisfied by quantum information. While the maximum amount of information is independent of any previously shared quantum physical resources, it does depend on the quantum system’s dimension.”The dimension of a quantum system can be understood as the number of different possible outcomes that are obtained when the system is subject to a measurement,” Pitalúa-García said. “For example, a qubit has dimension two, because it gives one of two possible measurement results. Similarly, a system of m qubits has dimension 2^m. It is thus natural to expect that a system with bigger dimension can communicate more quantum information. This is proved mathematically by quantum information causality.”In order to illustrate the limit imposed by quantum information causality and come as close as possible to reaching this limit, Pitalúa-García presented a new quantum game. He found that an optimal strategy in this game is a quantum teleportation strategy.Although this method is not the first for determining the maximum of quantum information that can be communicated by a quantum system, it is different because it does not involve any classical components.”Other methods can determine the maximum amount of information that can be transmitted by a quantum system, but in different scenarios,” Pitalúa-García said. “For example, [in some scenarios,] the communicated information is classical, as stated in a theorem by Holevo in 1973, or the transmitted system is classical, as published in 2009 in the principle of information causality. Our approach considers the scenario in which the transmitted and the communicated information are both quantum and the communicating parties share any quantum physical resources. This scenario is more general because, fundamentally, every system is quantum, and a classical system is a special class of quantum system.”Overall, the principle of quantum information causality may have implications for the broad field of quantum information, which deals with how information can be fundamentally encoded, processed, and communicated using quantum systems. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Veros Introduces UCD-compliant Solution Veros Real Estate Solutions, a Santa Ana, California-based technology provider, announced Wednesday a new solution that satisfies the GSEs’ Uniform Closing Dataset requirements, which go into effect next week.“We are pleased to announce our new VeroDATAFI for lenders to be able to comply with the new UCD requirements and address the system and process challenges that September 25th will bring,” said Charles Rumfola, SVP of Strategic Initiatives at Veros.Veros already has a strong relationship with the GSEs. In fact, Rumfola said, “Veros played an integral part in successfully implementing the Uniform Collateral Data Portal (UCDP) for the GSEs, and we are looking to build on that success for UCD.”VeroDATAFI accepts UCD XML data and delivers it directly to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The delivery can take place either through the VeroDATAFI web portal application, a secure portal that connects directly to the GSEs and offers pre-delivery checks.A second option is to deliver the files through the Application Programming Interface Automation Integration via Veros’ PATHWAY. According to Veros, this solution “seamlessly integrates into the lender’s current infrastructure and is the right technology for high volume delivery.”VeroDATAFI leverages Veros existing PATHWAY, which according to the company is ranked No. 1 for appraisal delivery volume into the UCDP and exceeds 99.9 percent up-times.“VeroDATAFI is certified by both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for the UCD XML file delivery, which enables lenders to start immediately delivering the UCD XML file to the GSEs, Rumfola said. “We are excited to continue to work with both our lender customers and the GSEs to expand upon our proven systems to continue to serve the mortgage industry’s compliance needs.”The GSEs will begin implementing their UCD requirements Monday, September 25 and will only accept UCD XML files. in Headlines, News, Technology September 20, 2017 532 Views Fannie Mae Freddie Mac GSEs UCDP Uniform Closing Data Uniform Closing Data Program Veros Real Estate Solutions 2017-09-20 Krista Franks Brock Share
Mortgage Organizations’ Relief Efforts in Effect foreclosure relief HOUSING mortgage quickenloans TD Bank 2017-11-30 Nicole Casperson Share From the homeless to homeowners facing tax foreclosure, Quicken Loans and TD Bank recently announced the different ways they intend on helping those in need of housing relief.TD Bank will assist in financing Project HOME’s, a non-profit organization, development of an affordable housing residence for young adults that have experienced homelessness or are at risk of homelessness, those who have aged out of foster care, disabled or special needs households, and LGBTQ individuals in North Philadelphia.The bank has committed $11 million in total, including a $6.7 million tax-exempt construction loan. Additionally providing a $4.3 million investment through the Community Capital Group in partnership with Raymond James Tax Credit Funds, a national sponsor of affordable housing, with more than $1.1 billion in tax credit equity closed in the fiscal year 2017.The money will be used for the construction of a four-story building with 30 one-bedroom apartments including a living area, a full-size eat-in kitchen, a bedroom, a bathroom, property management, and residential services offices—among many other amenities.The first phase of the two-affordable housing development project is set for Wednesday, December 6, 2017.In a separate announcement, Quicken Loans is working to help in their own way—by helping homeowners avoid foreclosure. With over two thousand Detroit families and households losing their homes due to tax foreclosure, Quicken Loans Community Investment Fund (QLCIF) is funding a new $500,000 campaign called the “Neighbor to Neighbor” effort, according to the Detroit Metro Times.Through this campaign, QLCIF and the United Community Housing Coalition (UCHC) will partner with about two dozen community groups and nonprofits in an effort to reach the 65,000 Detroit households behind on their taxes.The new “Neighbor to Neighbor” effort involves Quicken Loans’ community investment fund partnered with UCHC to knock on the doors of 3,300 residents of Detroit homes facing the 2017 tax foreclosure auction. According to QLCIF, that outreach effort helped residents in 2,100 homes avoid tax foreclosure.”Our goal is to start getting in front of people as soon as they get behind on their tax bill and letting them know that there are networks of support and that things like the poverty tax exemption exist,” Laura Grannemann, the VP of Community Investments at Quicken Loans told Detroit Metro Times. The focus will be on informing homeowners about an underutilized property tax-exemption that can reduce or eliminate the tax bill for low-income households. According to Grannemann, only 3,600 Detroit households are currently enrolled in the exemption—despite Census data suggesting about 40,000 households could be qualified. November 30, 2017 686 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, journal, News, Servicing
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