LacMegantic residents mark fourth anniversary of rail tragedy in Quebec town

first_imgLAC-MEGANTIC, – Residents in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic will mark the fourth anniversary today of the train derailment that killed 47 people and destroyed much of the downtown core.There is expected to be a church service, an outdoor vigil and an activity at the town’s train station.The disaster on July 6, 2013, led to hundreds of millions of dollars in clean-up and reconstruction costs as well as the bankruptcy of Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway, the company that owned and operated the tracks.As they rebuild, townspeople aren’t dropping their calls for a bypass that would steer trains away from the town’s core.The Quebec and federal governments have financed a feasibility study on the matter, and the province’s environmental review agency began public hearings on the issue in May.But while policy-makers continue to look for ways to improve rail safety, Lac-Megantic is well into the reconstruction process.Sonia Dumont, a spokeswoman for the town’s rebuilding committee, says construction on several new projects, including a new park, pedestrian walkway and multi-functional community space, will begin this fall.The town is also developing new “human infrastructure,” including a new greeters program where citizens act as guides for tourists.Meanwhile, three ex-railway employees are awaiting trial after pleading not guilty to 47 counts of criminal negligence causing death stemming from the tragedy.Their trial is to be held in Sherbrooke instead of Lac-Megantic and is set to last from Sept. 11 to Dec. 21.Conviction on a charge of criminal negligence causing death carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway was charged with the three men and has pleaded not guilty to similar charges.It will face a separate trial at a later date.last_img read more

UN issues agefriendly cities guide to both help and tap value of

“Sobering statistics show that some 80 per cent of the world’s population are not covered by social protection in old age,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said in a message marking the Day. “Finding ways to provide economic support for a growing number of older persons, through sustainable pension programmes and new social protection measures, is a daunting task, particularly in developing countries.” “Our views on what it means to be old are changing all the time. Where older persons were sometimes seen as a burden on society, they are now increasingly recognized as an asset that can and should be tapped,” he added, noting that population ageing brings significant economic and social challenges for developed and developing countries alike. The growing proportion of older people in the global population is predicted to double from 11 per cent in 2006 to 22 per cent in 2050, with the trend occurring at a much faster rate in the developing world where the number is about twice that in developed countries. By 2050, some 80 per cent of older people will be living in less developed regions. In Asia and the Pacific alone, the rapidly growing number of older persons is projected to reach 733 million in 2025 and 1.3 billion in 2050 from 410 million this year – 15 per cent of the total population in 2025 and nearly 25 per cent by 2050 from over 10 per cent now. With more than half of the global population already urban dwellers, a proportion that is expected to reach three out of every five people by 2030, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) today released “Global age-friendly cities: a guide,” based on consultations with older people in 33 cities in 22 countries on key physical, social and services needs. “Age-friendly cities benefit people of all ages, not just older people, and WHO is committed to disseminating and promoting the implementation of the guide worldwide,” WHO Assistant Director-General for Family and Community Health Daisy Mafubelu said of the consultations carried out in Istanbul, London, Melbourne, Mexico City, Moscow, Nairobi, New Delhi, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai and Tokyo among other centres. Guide recommendations include: sufficient well-situated public benches and clean public toilets accessible for people with disabilities; well-maintained, well-lit sidewalks; public buildings fully accessible to people with disabilities; and bus drivers who wait until older people are seated before starting off, and priority seating on buses. Other steps include enough reserved parking spots for people with disabilities; housing integrated in the community that accommodates changing needs and abilities as people grow older; friendly, personalized service and information instead of automated answering services; easy-to-read information in plain language; public and commercial services and stores in neighbourhoods close to where people live rather than concentrated outside the city; and a civic culture that respects and includes older persons. “Older people are concentrated in cities and will become even more so,” WHO Ageing and Life Course Programme Director Alex Kalache said. “Today around 75 per cent of all older people living in the developed world are urban dwellers – expected to increase to 80 per cent in 2015. More spectacularly, in developing countries the number of older people in cities will increase from 56 million in 2000 to over 908 million in 2050.” Meanwhile, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) announced it will bring together representatives from 25 regional countries to a high-level meeting in Macao, China, from 9 to 11 October to review progress made in response to the challenges of population ageing. “Now is the time to address the challenges and opportunities of ageing and empower older persons,” UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Thoraya Obaid said in a message marking the Day. “UNFPA urges all countries to recognize the great potential that the elderly offer and to tap into their wisdom, strength, courage and resourcefulness. “By instituting policies and programmes that support the well-being of persons of all ages, Governments, civil society and the private sector can create a society for all,” she added. 1 October 2007The United Nations today marked the International Day of Older Persons with appeals for sustainable pension programmes and the release of the first guide on age-friendly cities, recommending a range of measures from well-lit sidewalks to bus drivers’ waiting until senior citizens are seated before starting off. read more

WatchTD Bank drops 5year variable mortgage rate as competition among big lenders

TORONTO — TD Bank is joining a rival bank in offering a highly discounted variable mortgage rate as competition among Canada’s biggest lenders heats up.The Toronto-based bank said Tuesday it’s lowering its five-year variable closed rate to 2.45 per cent, or 1.15 per cent lower than its TD Mortgage Prime rate, until May 31.TD’s special rate follows last week’s move by the Bank of Montreal, which discounted its variable mortgage rate to 2.45 per cent until the end of May.Canada’s lenders often offer special spring mortgage rates as homebuying activity picks up, but Robert McLister — founder of rate comparison website — said last week that BMO’s special discounted variable rate was the biggest widely advertised discount ever by a Big Six Canadian bank.TD’s discounted rate on Tuesday brings its variable mortgage rate offer in line with BMO’s. “TD is not lying down,” McLister said Tuesday. “Mortgage growth is the lowest since 2001, you’ve got interest rates going up, and less people getting mortgages because of that… They have the ability to match this rate and still make money.”TD spokeswoman Julie Bellissimo says its special five-year variable rate applies to new and renewed mortgages, as well as the variable rate term portion of certain TD home equity lines of credit.“We are confident this is a strong offer for new and renewing customers, while ensuring we remain competitive in a changing environment,” Bellissimo said in an emailed statement.The moves come amid slowing mortgage growth. The Canadian Real Estate Association said Tuesday that national home sales volume sank to the lowest level in more than five years in April, falling by 13.9 per cent from the same month last year. The national average sale price decreased by 11.3 per cent year-over-year.Home sales have slowed due to various factors, including measures introduced by the Ontario and B.C. governments to cool the housing market, such as taxes on non-resident buyers.Other headwinds for mortgage growth include higher interest rates and a new financial stress test that makes it more difficult for would-be homebuyers to qualify with federally regulated lenders, such as the banks.As of Jan. 1, buyers who don’t need mortgage insurance must prove they can make payments at a qualifying rate of the greater of two percentage points higher than the contractual mortgage rate or the central bank’s five-year benchmark rate. An existing stress test also stipulates that homebuyers with less than a 20 per cent down payment seeking an insured mortgage must qualify at the central bank’s benchmark five-year mortgage rate.The tighter lending rules are making it harder for homebuyers to qualify for uninsured mortgages, and shrinking the pool of qualified buyers for higher-priced homes, CREA’s chief economist Gregory Klump said in April.Meanwhile, Canada’s largest lenders all raised their benchmark posted five-year fixed mortgage rates in recent weeks as government bond yields increased, signalling a rise in borrowing costs.In turn, the central bank’s five year benchmark qualifying rate — which is calculated using the posted rates at the Big Six banks — increased last week to 5.34 per cent. This qualifying rate is used in stress tests for both insured and uninsured mortgages, and an increase means that the bar is now even higher for borrowers to qualify.As well, since July, the Bank of Canada has raised interest rates three times to 1.25 per cent, putting added pressure on consumers. But a rising interest rate environment also means that the margins — or profit made on loans — on mortgages for banks will improve if interest rates rise. Rising interest rates also drive up demand for fixed-rate mortgages, and banks may discount variable mortgage rates in an effort to balance the books, according to McLister. read more

FYR of Macedonia UNHCR concerned over plight of civilians affected by fighting

Astrid van Genderen Stort, spokesperson for the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Pristina, said the agency was “very concerned that the continuing fighting will prevent further access of humanitarian organizations to the region in order to provide urgently needed aid.” Stressing that freedom of movement must be guaranteed, she said it was essential that no involuntary evacuation out of the country took place, and that people were given a free choice where to go when leaving the conflict zone.The spokesperson also reported that some 500 people had crossed the boundary into Kosovo over the last two days, but at the same time large numbers of people had been spontaneously returning to southern Serbia’s Presevo Valley. Meanwhile, Yugoslav security forces have completed their move into the last sub-sector of the five-kilometre wide Ground Safety Zone, the international security force in Kosovo (KFOR) reported today. According to KFOR, due to the potential mine threat, it will take another 24 to 48 hours to clear the zone for full freedom of movement for people going in and out of the Presevo Valley. read more

Goodyear concept tyres offer a glimpse of the future

first_imgTwo groundbreaking concept tires unveiled by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co at last week’s 85th Geneva International Motor Show could radically change the role of tyres in the future. Though the two tyres are concept products, the futuristic technologies stretch the imagination and provide a glimpse of what practical innovations may be on the horizon.The first concept – named BHO3 – offers the possibility of charging the batteries of electric cars by transforming the heat generated by the rolling tyre into electrical energy. The second concept – named Triple Tube – contains three tubes that adjust tyre inflation pressure in response to changing road conditions, delivering new levels of performance and versatility.“These concept tyres reimagine the role that tyres may play in the future,” said Joe Zekoski, Goodyear’s Senior VP and Chief Technical Officer. “We envision a future in which our products become more integrated with the vehicle and the consumer, more environmentally friendly and more versatile.”BHO3 generates electricity through the action of materials in the tyre that capture and transform the energy created by heat when it flexes as it rolls during normal driving conditions. The materials used would optimise the tyre’s electricity generation capabilities as well as its rolling resistance.As demand for electric power for vehicles grows, this technology has the potential to significantly contribute to the solution of future mobility challenges.The Triple Tube tyre features three internal tubes within the tyre. Tubes are located beneath the tread and near the inboard and outboard shoulders of the tyre as well as the centre. The tyre relies on an internal pump that moves air from the main air chamber to the three individual air chambers, or tubes. The tyre automatically adjusts – on its own – to three different positions based on road conditions.The Eco/Safety position – with maximum inflation in all three tubes – offers reduced rolling resistanceThe Sporty position – with reduced inflation within the inboard shoulder tube – gives drivers dry handling through an optimised contact patchThe Wet Traction position – with maximised inflation in the centre tube – provides high aquaplaning resistance through a raised tread in the centre of the tyre.Although these tyres are future concepts, Zekoski says they represent an essential aspect of Goodyear’s innovation strategy, instilling a forward-looking, market-back mindset in the company’s research and development teams.“It is more important than ever for us to stay firmly rooted in our market-back innovation process, which calls on us to focus on, and anticipate, the rapidly evolving needs of our customers,” he said.last_img read more

Taxi driver rescues family trapped inside a burning house at 430am

first_img The fire in Knocksedan Demense in Swords. Image: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter Short URL Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 3:24 PM Dec 6th 2016, 3:24 PM I instructed the lady ‘get into the sitting room’ – I was shouting.I’d say the passenger in the car didn’t know what was going on. So I shouted to the passenger ‘ring the emergency services’. The passenger was under serious shock as well.I told the mother ‘get to the window’, and she opened [it], and she passed the child out the window.“The little child, I’ve never seen somebody’s face… she didn’t know what to do. She was I’d say 10 or 11, her name was Lucy.And then I had to get the mother out, and it’s hard getting an adult out of a window. At this point, with the whole downstairs full of smoke, he ran to his cab with the little girl, and put on the heating for her, and managed to extricate her mother from the burning building.“And I asked the mother was anyone else in the house, and she said her husband was.I roared in the window at him ‘get out of the house, get out of the house’. They were very dazed – I was dazed.“It’s a part of the human species that you don’t see that often, I’ve never seen it, but it’s like you go on automatic pilot. It’s human life, and you just have to look at the situation.“I wouldn’t consider myself a hero, I’d just consider myself human, because I think most people would do it. Although some people said to me they wouldn’t do that, they’d freeze.”Bravery awardThe father eventually left the house unaided and Malone prevented the family from re-entering the house as the emergency services arrived on the scene.“If they hadn’t got out the window… they were screaming in the house, there was panic, and they could have been doing something else.They didn’t know what they were doing. I suppose it’s so close to Christmas, it’s a beautiful house, and they are lovely people.Tim Arnold of Hailo Ireland praised Derek Malone, and wished the family involved well.He said that Hailo plans to nominate Malone “for a national bravery award”, and awarded him a Christmas bonus of €500, and €100 credit to the passenger.Malone has said he will donate his bonus to the daughter of the family involved in the fire, but he had yet to speak to them again as of earlier today.“I didn’t sleep all day yesterday,” he added. “I was awake for 48 hours, I couldn’t sleep at all. I had an awful cough. But I’d say the family had more of a cough than me.”Read: Hailo about to become Mytaxi in Ireland after takeover by owner of MercedesRead: The new food pyramid: More fruit and veg, fewer carbohydrates (and no white bread) 30 Comments Taxi driver rescues family trapped inside a burning house at 4.30am Derek Malone managed to get a little girl and her parents to safety. A HERO TAXI man rushed to the rescue of a family trapped inside a burning house in Swords, Co Dublin in the early hours of yesterday morning.The incident happened at around 4.30am as Derek Malone was dropping a fare to the Knocksedan estate in the north Dublin town, when his passenger noticed smoke emanating from a nearby house.After initially dismissing it as mist, or steam from gas boilers, he leapt out of the car and saw that a woman and her young daughter were trying to get out the door of a burning building.“I pushed the door with my shoulder – and it was a six-point lock door that would not open,” he told Alison Curtis on Today FM. The fire in Knocksedan Demense in Swords.center_img Image: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter 29,818 Views Tune into @AlisonTodayFM now to hear the story behind this rescue by taxi driver Derek Malone #Dublin— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) December 6, 2016 Share144 Tweet Email Source: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Darragh Peter Murphylast_img read more

Les ancêtres des hommes naviguaient déjà sur les mers

first_imgLes ancêtres des hommes naviguaient déjà sur les mersDes recherches archéologiques ont montré que les ancêtres de l’homme moderne utilisaient déjà le transport maritime.C’est une petite révolution pour l’histoire de l’humanité que vient de mettre en lumière une équipe archéologique gréco-américaine. Lors de fouilles en Crète, les chercheurs ont sorti de terre des pierres taillés paléolithiques datant de 700.000 à 130.000 ans. Surtout, celles-ci se trouvaient près des vestiges de “plateformes marines remontant à au moins 130.000 ans, ce qui apporte la preuve de voyages en Méditerranée des dizaines de milliers d’années plus tôt que prévu”, explique un communiqué du ministère grec de la Culture.L’homo erectus, puisque c’est de lui dont il s’agit, aurait donc maitrisé l’art de la navigation, ce que l’on pensait jusque-là impossible. Pour les archéologues, ces découvertes, qui ont été faites près de la plage touristique de Prévéli, “modifient aussi l’estimation des capacités cognitives des premières espèces humaines”. Les ancêtres de l’homme moderne n’auraient donc pas effectué la colonisation de l’Europe par la voie terrestre mais aussi par la voie maritime. Quant à l’origine de ces hominidés, les chercheurs sont en revanche incapables de la déterminer. Le 4 janvier 2011 à 17:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Listing schedule for WWE Network for November 23 2014

first_img WWE Watch Along to stream live on social media during Clash of Champions PPV Videos Articles WWE Network live-stream schedule for 11/23/14:11:00 AM: Legends House (June 19)12:00 PM: This Week In WWE12:30 PM: WWE Countdown (Survivor Series)1:00 PM: Monday Night War (Females)2:00 PM: WWE 2K15 Roster Reveal2:30 PM: WWE 2K15 Roster Reveal3:00 PM: WWE Countdown (Tag Teams)4:00 PM: Monday Night War (DX)5:00 PM: DX: Confidential5:30 PM: First Look Randy Savage Story6:00 PM: This Week In WWE6:30 PM: WWE Countdown (Survivor Series)7:00 PM: WWE Survivor Series Kickoff8:00 PM: WWE Survivor Series 201410:45 PM: WWE Survivor Series Fallout11:00 PM: WWE Survivor Series 2014Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Twitter Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Seth Rollins Roman Reigns is in Remission Cesaro Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionscenter_img WhatsApp Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE kicks off their semiannual week and a half long European Tour today Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Impact reportedly returning to New York City for TV tapings this November Pinterest Kurt Angle Videos Articles Google+last_img read more

Cavani on life at PSG with Neymar Mbappe We cant

Cavani on life at PSG with Neymar Mbappe We cant

first_imgEdinson Cavani hopes coach Thomas Tuchel can work out an effective system to bring out the full potential of his strike partnership with Neymar and Kylian MbappeParis Saint-Germain have got off to a record-breaking start in Ligue 1 this season after winning all 13 of their opening games.Cavani, Neymar and Mbappe have formed a devasting strike partnership with 45 league goals already scored this season.But, in an interview with France great Christophe Dugarry on Radio Montecarlo, Cavani revealed that Tuchel can still extract more from his star forwards.“We have three players whose quality makes them important [to the team], and it’s normal for us all to want to score,” said Cavani, as quoted by AS.“The role of the coach is to gel his players, both in attack and in defence. [PSG boss] Thomas Tuchel speaks to us [about this] from time to time, but I think it isn’t easy.”Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…Playing three superstars in the same system has its challenges, but Cavani believes hard work will help Tuchel.“It isn’t easy for the coach,” added Cavani. “But I think that, little by little, the work we do day in, day out will bring success.“We’ll get to grips with what’s best, what can be done for the team to be successful together and win big things.“We have to bring to bear the qualities we have for the good of the team. That’s how we can achieve big things.“As soon as we understand that, we can achieve many things, because we can’t carry on like this.”PSG will host Toulouse this Saturday in a Ligue 1 fixture with both Neymar and Mbappe injury doubts for the game.last_img read more

27 of company car drivers unaware of tax changes

27 of company car drivers unaware of tax changes

first_imgMore than a quarter (27%) of employee respondents who drive a company car are not aware of the tax changes affecting company cars introduced by the government in April 2017, according to research by OSV.Its survey of 527 company car drivers also found that 46% of those respondents who are aware that changes have been made, do not know exactly what those changes are.The government limited the range of benefits that attract tax advantages when offered through a salary sacrifice arrangement in April 2017. Arrangements that fall within the scope of the changes include benefits in kind (BIK) with a cash allowance option and flexible benefits schemes with a cash option, referred to as optional remuneration arrangements. There are some exceptions to the changes, such as ultra-low emission vehicles, and company car arrangements entered into before April 2017 will also be protected until April 2021.The research also found: 47% of respondents do not know that BIK stands for benefit-in-kind.22% of respondents state they will not change their choice of company car because of the benefit-in-kind changes.54% of respondents are unaware that making financial contributions to their company car scheme can lower their BIK rate.59% of respondents think company car tax is based purely on the cost of the car.Andrew Kirkley (pictured), co-director at OSV, said: “There are currently one million company cars in Britain; that presents an awfully big opportunity for the tax man to fill his coffers when inappropriate choices are made.“In opting for a vehicle with lower emissions, […] [employees are] not just doing a good thing for the planet, but could also be boosting [their] bank balance. If [the organisation] is willing to give a say in the choice of car [employees can] drive for business, it’s well worth shopping around and weighing up all the options. A company car may be an opportunity to get behind the wheel of a vehicle [employees] couldn’t normally afford, but there’s nothing to say that the vehicle must be a gas-guzzler.”last_img read more

5 hurt as SUST students workers clash

5 hurt as SUST students workers clash

first_imgFive people were injured in a clash between a group of students of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) and transport workers over blocking road by the students in the campus area, reports UNB.Bangladesh Chhatra League SUST unit vice-president said some students of the university put up barricade on Sylhet-Sunamganj road in front of the campus protesting the rising mugging incidents around 12:00pm, halting traffic on the road.At one stage, some transport workers attacked the agitating students, triggering a clash that left five people, including assistant proctor of Shahporan Hall Asish Kumar Banik and BBA student Al Amin, wounded.Police rushed in and brought the situation under control around 1:30pm.Officer-in-charge of Jalalabad police station Shafiqul Islam said vehicular movement resumed in the area around 2:00pm.Campus source said at least 20 incidents of mugging took place in the campus area in last one week where most of the victims were students.last_img read more

BGBBSF border conference begins

BGBBSF border conference begins

first_imgBorder guard bangladeshA four-day director general-level border conference between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Border Security Force (BSF) of India began at the BGB Pilkhana headquarters in the capital on Wednesday.BGB director general major general Md Shafeenul Islam is leading a 24-member Bangladesh delegation, including officials from the home ministry, foreign affairs ministry and narcotics control department.On the other hand, a 10-member Indian delegation, led by BSF director general Rajni Kant Mishra, is attending the border conference. Officials from BSF headquarters, Indian home ministry and foreign ministry are among the delegation members.Various security issues, including drug, firearms and ammunition smuggling, killing of unarmed Bangladeshi nationals along the border, detention, illegal border crossing, setting up of permanent border pillars in Muhurir char area, joint effort to stop illegal trespassing of Myanmar’s nationals along Bangladesh-India border and boosting mutual trust between the two forces are being discussed at the conference, said Mohsin Reza, public relations officer of the BGB headquarters.The conference will end with the signing of a Joint Record of Discussion (JRD) on 15 June, he said.last_img read more

Motion Simulation offers 180degree display gaming cockpit for 18000

first_imgIf you’re serious about PC gaming or productivity, chances are you have multiple displays hooked up to your rig. It works great, but for gaming in particular the break between the end of one display and the start of the next can be a bit jarring to the overall experience.That’s why when the Ostendo curved display appeared in 2009 I got a little bit excited. I haven’t heard much about that $6,500 screen since, though. More recently we saw The Gadget Show create the ultimate Battlefield 3 simulator, and I doubt it will ever be outdone in terms of overall experience, but is totally impractical for a home setting.Now we have a new game enhancement product to present for gamers with a lot of money burning a hole in their pocket. It’s called the TL1 Simulator from Motion Simulation, and it promises to totally immerse you in your game of choice while adding a futuristic-looking cockpit to a room of your home.The video above gives you a player’s eye view of what the cockpit is like. Motion Simulation are aiming it at racing, flight simulator, and first-person shooter fans, and you can see why. That 180-degree wraparound screen promises total immersion using a projection unit and is combined with a seat that can be adjusted to variable driving positions to suit the type of car or aircraft you are flying.Unfortunately, there’s no mention of seat vibration or force-feedback, which makes the $18,000 price tag seem even more expensive. However, you can hook up a PC, PS3, or Xbox 360 to the system making it quite versatile in terms of the games you can play. The seat without the display is also meant to be available for a much lower price in the near future, but for me it’s the wraparound display that makes this a desirable bit of kit.Read more at Motion Simulationlast_img read more

QuickDraw 500DLX a Sure Fire Stand Out in Vape Tech

first_imgOften when you pick up a vape, you have to make quite a few up-front decisions. You have to decide on style, what material you’ll commit to using, etc. The QuickDraw line is hoping to make that at least somewhat easier. You can use anything — e-liquid, concentrate, or dry herbs. You just need to change out the mouthpiece, and you’re good to go. That kind of flexibility is hard to put a price on, and while it’s scant on other features, the 500-DLX is still a remarkable device that’s easy and satisfying to use anywhere.Everything about the device is designed to be simple and straightforward. There’s one button, and a charging clamp, plus the detachable mouthpiece. Everything else? Not necessary. The 500-DLX knows what it’s about and focuses solely on that.It’s so simple, that, while I lost the instructions and couldn’t find them online, I was able to figure it out with a minute or so of fiddling. Tap the power button three times to get it primed, then hold down the button for three seconds and the bottom will glow red. When the green light turns on, you’re ready. I had a hefty amount of draw resistance, which can be a bit tiring, but the long, dense pulls were well worth it.Battery life is exceptional. I never ran dry during the middle of a session, and I never had an issue getting it charged up. My one complaint on that front is that the charging port isn’t standardized. There’s no micro USB, for example, so you’ll have to use to cable provided. If you lose that one, you’ll have to order a replacement straight from the company.I had a few other, minor issues, during my review cycle. While the vapor was thick, I got the feeling that I burned through my material quite a bit faster than expected. It also had a strange taste that was tough to pin down. Neither of those complaints will be a big deal for most, and, truth be told, they’re light knocks on an otherwise stellar experience.Just about everything about the QD 500 stands out. It feels solid in the hand, reflecting an attention and care to construction that’s nice to see in such a spendy product ($150 for the base model or $200 with all three mouthpieces). That said, you won’t find too many extra features here, just a clean, solid, straightforward vaping experience.Portable vaporizers are naturally a bit bougie. They’re usually pretty expensive, and most can only handle one type of material. As such, they aren’t built to be cost-effective, and they don’t make too many concessions for the budget-conscious. The QuickDraw 500-DLX is something of a weird hybrid. It’s powerful and effective, yielding thick, dense vapor with any material you have on hand. But, you’ll burn through material faster than you may expect.The basic QD 500 is currently available for purchase here.ProsPowerful, compactCan switch between loaded materialsQuick heat-upConsTaste can be a bit offInefficiencyBottom LineA powerful, portable and flexible vaporizer that can capably handle just about anything. But you may be shocked by cost-of-use.last_img read more

Future quantum technologies may exploit identical particle entanglement

Future quantum technologies may exploit identical particle entanglement

first_imgIllustration of entanglement between two identical particles with overlapping wave functions. Credit: Lo Franco and Compagno. ©2018 American Physical Society Explore further © 2018 Citation: Future quantum technologies may exploit identical particle entanglement (2018, June 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Physical Review Letters Usually when physicists perform quantum entanglement between particles—whether it be qubits, atoms, photons, electrons, etc.—the particles are distinguishable in some way. Only recently have physicists demonstrated the feasibility of generating entanglement between particles that are completely identical. Interestingly, this entanglement exists just because of the indistinguishability of the particles, without any interaction between them.center_img More information: Rosario Lo Franco and Giuseppe Compagno. “Indistinguishability of elementary systems as resource for quantum information processing.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.240403, Also at arXiv:1712.00706 [quant-ph] Now in a new paper, physicists have gone a step further, showing that the entanglement between identical particles can be harnessed and potentially used for quantum applications.The physicists, Rosario Lo Franco and Giuseppe Compagno at the University of Palermo, Italy, have published a paper in which they show the usefulness of identical particle entanglement in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.As the physicists explain, in order for two independently prepared, identical particles to be entangled, they must share a region of space in close physical proximity—more technically, the particles’ wave functions must spatially overlap, at least partially. If there is no spatial overlap, then there is no entanglement. If there is partial spatial overlap, and measurements are made within the overlap region, then there is conditional entanglement with a certain probability. Only when the wave functions exhibit complete spatial overlap is there always entanglement, though the amount of entanglement depends on both the measurement and the shape of the wave functions.The main result of the new study is that the physicists developed a procedure to directly extract the entanglement that occurs when the wave functions completely overlap, and then use this entanglement as a resource for various applications. To do this, they extended the concept of LOCC (local operations and classical communication), which is typically used to quantify the entanglement between distinguishable particles, to indistinguishable ones. This required defining spatial LOCC, or sLOCC, operations, which makes it possible to quantify the exploitable entanglement contained in a state of independently prepared identical particles and use it—for example, for a teleportation protocol. “Our study indicates that a basic entangling mechanism can be realized by simply bringing independent identical particles to spatially overlap and accessing the entanglement by sLOCC operations,” Lo Franco told “This operational approach is what is desirable for experiments.” The physicists expect that it should be possible to experimentally carry out the new procedure using straightforward methods. “For instance, a simple implementation may be obtained by a modified Hanbury Brown and Twiss photonic setup with orthogonal polarizers placed before detection,” said Compagno.In the future, this new kind of entanglement could have applications in areas ranging from quantum networks to Bell experiments, among other uses. 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. Physicists settle controversy over identical particle entanglementlast_img read more

Thousands march to protest Nicaraguas ambitious canal project

Thousands march to protest Nicaraguas ambitious canal project

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Parts of Limassol without water due to pipe damage

Parts of Limassol without water due to pipe damage

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