first_img Both the athletic department for Florida State and Boise State are monitoring the incoming weather.Florida State released a statement, saying “We continue to be in contact with the Governor’s Office, our partners in Jacksonville, and Boise State’s athletics department. At this time there is no change in the status of the game.”FSU statement regarding potential weather issues: We continue to be in contact with the Governor’s Office, our partners in Jacksonville & Boise State’s athletics department. At this time there is no change in the status of the game. We will provide an update Thursday morning.— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 28, 2019Hurricane Dorian is projected to strike Florida this weekend, which could then cause trouble for the Seminoles. The fear would be that Jacksonville – the host site of the game – gets hit with tropical-storm-force winds.It’s still too early to tell, but this will be developing story to watch for the new few days.Stay tuned for more updates on Florida State’s season opener. A general view of Florida State's football stadium.TALLAHASSEE, FL – OCTOBER 01:General view of Doak Campbell Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Gammons/Getty Images)Florida State’s first game of the fall is currently scheduled for this Saturday. However, Hurricane Dorian could potentially impact the team’s season opener.The Seminoles are looking to put last season’s shortcomings behind this weekend. Another year under Willie Taggart’s belt should go a long way for the program.Week 1 won’t be easy for Florida State as it faces off against Boise State. Well, that is if the weather holds up for the game.As of right now, the plan is for the Seminoles and Broncos to hold their season opener on Saturday. The next update for the status of the game will be available on Thursday morning.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Finland’s technology group Wärtsilä and COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry Co (CHI) have joined forces in the development of a natural gas operating fleet concept, a design which has now received Lloyd’s Register’s (LR) Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate. The development project was carried out under the terms of a memorandum of understanding cooperation signed in June 2016 between the three companies.The aim of the concept is to offer global operators a more efficient and economical fleet design that meets current and anticipated environmental requirements according to the classification rules. The fleet comprises four vessels; a pusher tug, LNG storage barge, LNG regasification barge, and a floating liquefaction natural gas barge, according to Wärtsilä.“This is a new and innovative fleet concept that is designed to create better efficiencies for companies involved in any part of the natural gas supply chain. By combining CHI’s know-how in this field with Wärtsilä’ s vast technological competences, we have together taken yet another step forward in creating an optimal LNG supply chain,” Sanjay Verma, Director, Business Development, South East Asia, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said.The parties informed that the concept’s main advantages are its operative flexibility, and the fleet’s competitive CAPEX and OPEX costs. The project has attained the authority of China’s National Patent Office and has been conceptualised by CHI. The design and engineering development, especially in relation to the hinge joint, mooring arrangement, ship type and seakeeping analysis, has also been carried out by CHI.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers is predicting the country’s oil production will increase by 1.4 million barrels per day by 2035, despite an ongoing “competitiveness gap” that discourages investment.The group, which represents Canada’s upstream oil and gas sector, says total Canadian oil production will increase to 5.6 million barrels per day in the next 17 years mainly due to a rise in oilsands production to 4.2 million barrels per day from 2.65 million barrels per day in 2017.It says Western Canada’s non-oilsands crude production will be flat at about 1.3 million barrels per day in 2035. Output in Eastern Canada is expected to rise to 290,000 barrels per day by 2025 from major offshore projects including Hebron, Hibernia, Terra Nova, and White Rose, CAPP says, adding production will then drop to just 70,000 barrels per day by 2035 as oil is pumped out.CAPP says Canada’s oil output exceeded its transport capacity in 2017 as proposed pipelines including TransCanada’s Keystone XL project, the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline (despite being sold to the federal government) and Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement face uncertainty.It says capital spending in the U.S. rose 38 percent to $120 billion in 2017 while investment in Canada fell to $45 billion.“Canada is falling behind its competitors, losing the opportunity to supply the world with oil produced the Canadian way. The U.S. is increasing its oil exports to the same emerging markets Canada is targeting,” CAPP president Tim McMillan said.A year ago, CAPP forecast Canadian oil production would climb by 33 percent to 5.12 million barrels per day by 2030, up from the 2016 prediction of 4.93 million barrels per day.McMillan delivered the forecast at the Global Petroleum Show, a three-day oil and gas marketplace and conference which is reporting robust attendance after suffering smaller crowds in the years following the oil price collapse of 2014.last_img read more

first_imgBeijing: China will introduce more “preferential policies” for Taiwan so the self-governed island’s residents can enjoy the same treatment as mainland Chinese citizens, Premier Li Keqiang said Friday. Li said new initiatives will be implemented to invite people from Taiwan to “work hand-in-hand to realize our shared dream for the nation.” They follow 31 incentives recently introduced to bolster China’s argument that political unification should follow increasingly close economic ties. Such appeals form the carrot in China’s strategy toward Taiwan in contrast with the stick of threatened military attack. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangChina has used increasingly aggressive rhetoric toward Taiwan, which split from the mainland amid a civil war 70 years ago, but has sought to balance the two approaches to try to avoid alienating those in the island republic who are wary of Beijing. The ruling Communist Party maintains that Taiwan is part of China. It opposes Taiwan independence and formally says it seeks a “peaceful reunification.” President Xi Jinping did not rule out the use of force during a January speech on cross-strait relations, when he proposed a “one country, two systems” approach akin to China’s current arrangement with the former British colony of Hong Kong. That would enable Taiwan to keep its own economic and legal system. The suggestion has been rejected by Taiwan’s independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen, who said China must accept the continued existence of the Republic of China, the formal name of the former mainland government that fled to Taiwan in 1949. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: TrumpThe US switched recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979, but remains a key Taiwanese bulwark against China’s threats. China appears pleased with the impact of last year’s “31 Measures,” and Li held open the possibility of even greater advantages, while offering no details. “When people on both sides of the strait enjoy the same development opportunities, they will become closer and closer,” Li said at a news conference held on the closing day of the ceremonial legislature’s annual session.last_img read more

first_imgSrinagar: One militant was killed on Friday in a gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district. Police sources said the security forces began a cordon and search operation in Amshipora village of Shopian district following an information about the presence of militants there. “The hiding militants fired at the security forces triggering an encounter in which one militant was killed,” a police officer said. “The slain militant has been identified as Ishfaq Sofi alias Abdullah Bhai, belonging to Sopore area in Baramulla district,” he said, adding the exact affiliation of the slain militant is being ascertained although he had joined the militant ranks in 2015. As a precautionary measure, authorities have closed all educational institutions in Sopore on Friday.last_img read more

NEW YORK — E-commerce giant Amazon ditched plans to build a new headquarters in New York City, citing opposition from some state and local officials. Amazon has a market cap of about $800 billion and is run by Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man. The opposition partly stemmed from plans to give the company nearly $3 billion in tax incentives.Here’s what people are saying about the decision:Amazon’s Statement on its decision:“For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term. While polls show that 70 per cent of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City.”Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City:“You have to be tough to make it in New York City. We gave Amazon the opportunity to be a good neighbour and do business in the greatest city in the world. Instead of working with the community, Amazon threw away that opportunity,” the mayor said. “We have the best talent in the world and every day we are growing a stronger and fairer economy for everyone. If Amazon can’t recognize what that’s worth, its competitors will.”Deborah Axt, co-executive director of the anti-poverty group Make the Road New York.“This announcement marks a landmark victory for our communities and shows the power of the people, even when taking on the world’s richest man.”George Miranda, president of Teamsters Joint Council 16.“New Yorkers made it clear that Amazon wasn’t welcome in our city if it would not respect our workers and our communities. Apparently, the company decided that was too much to ask.”Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district“Anything is possible; today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers and their neighbours defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world.”The Associated Press read more

Not that so many people have missed the NHL, but the league and players seem to be finally making some headway in labor negotiations that have claimed the first month of the season.A secret, long-awaited bargaining session has spurred so much hope that there are plans for another meeting in coming days.NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and players’ association special counsel Steve Fehr met for long stretches Saturday in an undisclosed location, marking the first time the sides had gotten together for talks in more than two weeks.”We had a series of meetings over the course of the day and had a good, frank discussion on the most important issues separating us,” Daly told The Associated Press in an email Sunday morning. ”We plan to meet again early in the week.”Daly and Fehr hadn’t met since Oct. 18 when both sides rejected offers, but a series of phone conversations this week did enough to produce a new round of talks. It is unclear how long they were together on Saturday, but the discussions lasted well into the night.”I agree with what Bill said. Hopefully we can continue the dialogue, expand the group, and make steady progress,” Fehr said Sunday in a statement.There is a sense of urgency now because nearly two months of the season and the prized Winter Classic have already been called off. The hope of a full season being played is already gone, and if a deal isn’t reached soon, the NHL could be looking at its second lost campaign since 2004.The lockout reached its 50th day Sunday, but a glimmer of optimism emerged. There have already been 327 games canceled – including the outdoor Winter Classic that was wiped out Friday.A big point of contention between the NHL and the players’ association has been the ”make whole” provision, which will ensure that all existing player contracts will be paid out regardless of any changes made to the split of hockey-related revenues or contract language.The NHL appears ready to cover more of the costs of those deals as opposed to making them part of the players’ share of revenue in future years. In its most recent offer last month, the NHL said it would honor the current contracts in deferred payments, but those would be included in the players’ share of revenues. read more

first_imgFor those of us that still have a heap of holiday shopping to do and are fearfully watching the clock tick down on the the little time that is left, Amazon is gifting us a little holiday miracle: free (Yes, FREE) expedited shipping on selected products now through 11:59pm (PST) on December 22.The offer is good for selected jewelery, cameras, photo products, video games, computers and accessories, movies, cellphones, audio and video equipment, software, and much more, including jewelery and personal care products. To check which products qualify, go to When you add a qualifying product to your Shopping Cart, select One-Day Shipping, and the discount will be applied at checkout. The offer only applies to products shipped within the continental U.S..AdChoices广告So you can stop stressing (at least a little bit) because you can order gifts today and you can get the relief that it will be here in time with one-day shipping without breaking the bank. But you still need to figure out what to get dreadful Uncle Arnold and what food to buy (that you’ll pretend like you slaved over) to take to the holiday party. Good Luck.last_img read more

first_img 108 Comments 13,388 Views Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 5:36 PM Apr 25th 2017, 5:36 PM By Cormac Fitzgerald Updated at 8.45pmTHE CHAIRMAN OF the board of the St Vincent’s Hospital Group has said that any medical procedure that is currently legal in Ireland will be carried out at the new National Maternity Hospital.James Menton, chairman of SVHG, was responding to comments made by the former Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Dr Peter Boylan around the planned new hospital.The €300 million new hospital will be built on land owned by the SVHG, next to the current St Vincent’s University Hospital. The religious order the Sisters of Charity are the shareholders of the SVHG.Boylan questioned whether the National Maternity Hospital would still carry out procedures at odds with a Catholic ethos when it moves to its new location on the grounds of St Vincent’s Hospital in Elm Park in south Dublin.“That would make the new hospital unique in the world in that it would be the only hospital in the world owned by the Catholic Church and effectively run by a company that is owned by the Catholic Church to allow things like IVF, sterilisation, abortion, gender reassignment surgery etc, etc,” Boylan told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland last week.In a statement released today, Menton said that suggesting that procedures that are currently available at the NMH will not be available in the new hospital is “entirely false and without foundation”.“In line with current policy and procedures at SVHG, any medical procedure which is in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Ireland will be carried out at the new hospital,” he said.When asked to clarify if this meant that specific procedures like IVF treatment would be available at the new hospital, a spokesperson for Menton confirmed that it did.Menton said that the primary concern of the SVHG board and of the Chartered Trust of the National Maternity Hospital was:The delivery of a modern maternity and neonatal service that is women and infant centred and which is safe and world-class.Health Minister Simon Harris welcomed the statements that any medical procedure which is in accordance with the laws of this State will be carried out at the new hospital.A spokesperson for the minister said that the boards of both SVHG and the current NMH at Holles Street would be meeting this week and would “no doubt review progress to date”.“Clinical and operational independence”The spokesperson said Harris hoped to report to Government on hospital at the end of May.“At that stage he expects to have further details on the legal and other arrangements envisaged and to make this information available publicly,” the spokesperson said.They said that the hospital was still in early stages with a planning decision not expected until autumn.Menton repeated statements made by Harris and others over the past week that the new hospital would have “clinical and operational independence”.Harris has repeatedly insisted that the hospital will be independently run despite being under the ownership of the Sisters of Charity.Earlier today, Boylan – who sits on the board of the current National Maternity Hospital – said that he will refuse to resign despite being asked to do so.Last week, the board of SVHG announced that it had plans to review the status of the new hospital in light of the public uproar around the move.Read: ‘I’m sorry it’s come to this but I did try to warn you’ – Texts between hospital bosses as row deepensRead: Bishop says new maternity hospital should obey rules of Catholic Church St Vincent’s chairman: Any legal medical procedure will be carried out at new maternity hospital The National Maternity Hospital project has been mired in controversy in recent weeks. Share214 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more

first_imgThe Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) will conduct its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday 16 December.This year’s AGM, one of the most interesting so far, will be held at the Andrianakos Centre in Alphington Grammar School at 12 noon with a Special General Meeting (SGM) to be held at 3.30 pm.Nominations will be open until 5.00 pm on Saturday 15 December, and in order to participate in the AGM and the SGM, one must be a GCM member for a period of no less than six months.Notifications for the AGM and the SGM have already been sent to members by email or post, together with a copy of the Financial Report for the financial year 2017-2018, recording profits of about $644,000.Speaking to Neos Kosmos, GCM General Secretary Costas Markos said that one of the main issues to be discussed will be the fate of the Bulleen property.“It has unfortunately been confirmed by the State Government that the Bulleen property will be compulsorily acquired in order to facilitate the development of the North East Link Freeway Project,” said Mr Markos.“This has been something that the Greek community has been preoccupied with over the past 35 years – that’s now solely up to the state government and statutory authorities – despite the fact that we had supplied preliminary plans. The GCM, and more generally the Greek Community has agreed on a vision for the property which it appears will not be realised.”“Hopefully,” Mr Markos added, “we will be able to receive some form of answer by the state government early in 2019 … however, we have had absolutely no documentation from the state government. We will be seeking resigning, appropriate re-zoning and subsequent compensation to obtain the principle amount of money. Our aim is to pursue the best avenue for the Greek community.”Such a process could be taken up to 2020, when and if the whole project will commence, as there are statutory authorities that will need to be established in early 2019. Mr Markos made it clear that the GCM will continue its pursuit of developing the property; the outcome, which is yet to be determined, will involve experts.Meanwhile, another issue that will be put on the table at the annual meeting is female representation on the board.“There are currently four women on the board; I cannot at this stage preempt how many women will nominate simply because applications close at 5.00 pm tomorrow,” he told Neos Kosmos on Friday.“It is my understanding that the members will sit down and consider exactly its perspective involved in regards with encouraging females on to the board. We will most certainly develop some policies – we have not developed any policies in two years – as it is our goal to develop and establish the grounds for a more equal representation.”When asked about the rumours surrounding the call for the current GCM President to step down, Mr Markos said that Bill Papastergiadis is in fact being re-nominated.“He would have to be re-elected but I would assume he would be running for the president’s position.”The General Secretary did expand on the many proud moments and achievements of the Greek Community in 2018, including being active with regards to the refugee issue on Manus island and Nauru, while actively participating in policy making to promote multiculturalism.An important milestone has been increasing enrolments in all education departments with notable increases in adult courses for ‘Beginners Greek’ and ‘Conversational Greek’ as well as VCE enrolments reaching a record high with an additional three campuses for afternoon Greek classes being opened in the suburbs.“We are actively involved with Greek schools and schools where Greek is taught, and the continuation of our programs for non-Greek adults.“We are trying to preserve Greek language and we are proud to have secured classes in schools where it was in danger of being pushed out of the curriculum,” Mr Markos said.“Our focus, be it events or programs, is to promote both our culture and language – where culture think of it in its broader sense; as in Greek Australian culture and culture that pertains to artists both emerging and established with a connection to Greece whether that’s a Greek background or an interest in Greek heritage.“We have a long road ahead, but a journey to look forward to.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgSpring Cloud has introduced a new framework called Spring Cloud App Broker that aims to ease the development of Spring Boot applications that implement the Open Service Broker API, and the provisioning of those applications as managed services.The Open Service Broker API enables developers to provide “backing services” to applications running on cloud native platforms like Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry. The key component of this API is the Service Broker. A Service Broker manages the lifecycle of services, and the broker provides commands to fetch the catalog of services that it offers, provision and de-provision instances of the services, and bind and unbind applications to the service instances. Cloud native platforms can interact with the Service Broker to provision and gain access to the managed services offered by a Service Broker. For those familiar with OSGI, the Open Service Broker API is similar in spirit to the OSGI services, service references and service registry.Spring Cloud App Broker is an abstraction layer on top of Spring Cloud Open Service Broker and provides opinionated implementations of the corresponding interfaces. The Spring Cloud Open Service Broker is itself a framework used to create Service Brokers and manage services on platforms that support the Open Service Broker API.Spring Cloud App Broker can be used to quickly create Service Brokers using externalized configurations specified through YAML or Java Properties files. To get started, create a Spring Boot application and include the App Broker dependency to the project’s build file. For projects that use Gradle as the build tool, the following dependency should be added:dependencies { api ‘’}For illustration, say you want to define and advertise a service that provides Natural Language Understanding (NLU) features like intent classification and entity extraction, you would include the configuration using properties under as shown in this snippet:spring: cloud: openservicebroker: catalog: services: – name: mynlu id: abcdef-12345 description: A NLU service bindable: true tags: – nlu plans: – name: standard id: ghijk-678910 description: A standard plan free: trueInclude the Spring Cloud App Broker configuration using properties under as shown in this snippet:spring: cloud: appbroker: services: – service-name: mynlu plan-name: standard apps: – name: nlu-service path: classpath:mynlu.jar deployer: cloudfoundry: api-host: api-port: 443 default-org: test default-space: developmentUtilizing these configurations, Spring Cloud App Broker will take care of advertising the NLU service, and it will manage the provisioning and binding of the service.The project’s documentation describes the various service configuration options, customizations and deployment options. Note that as of now, Spring Cloud App Broker supports only Cloud Foundry as a deployment platform.last_img read more

first_imgGroups urge adoption “without delay” of proposals to withdraw LightSquared conditional waiver and prohibit its planned wireless networkIn a filing with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) International Bureau, the American Soybean Association (ASA) and other organizations representing farmers and agribusinesses in all 50 states today declared that “high-precision GPS technology is vitally important to American agriculture, and would be gravely harmed by LightSquared’s plans.”In the petition, the groups urged the International Bureau “to adopt without delay” the bureau’s proposals to withdraw the conditional waiver it granted LightSquared and prohibit it from building a ground-based wireless network.In addition to ASA, the petition was signed by the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Sugar Cane League, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Barley Growers Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Potato Council, National Sunflower Association, US Canola Association, USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council, and the USA Rice Federation.The groups described the benefits of high precision GPS to American agriculture as “immense and diverse,” saying that, “By enabling farmers to make precise applications for planting, irrigation, and crop protection, GPS technology has been responsible for remarkable growth in productivity, farm income, and improved environmental sustainability.” The petition cited an economic study which showed that precision GPs increased 2007-2010 crop yields by about $20 billion per year, the equivalent of nearly 12 percent of total annual production.Citing numerous government studies of the interference LightSquared’s plans would cause, the petition stated, “It should now be utterly clear that LightSquared’s network would be incompatible with U.S. agriculture use of high precision GPS,” and that, “We remain strong supporters of expanded broadband access in rural America. However, expanded broadband access cannot come at the expense of degraded access to high precision GPS for U.S. farmers.”The full text of the petition is available here.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — Government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, with about half the orders coming from authorities in the United States, the company said Tuesday.The social-networking giant is the latest technology company to release figures on how often governments seek information about its customers. Microsoft and Google have done the same.As with the other companies, it’s hard to discern much from Facebook’s data, besides the fact that, as users around the globe flocked to the world’s largest social network, police and intelligence agencies followed.Facebook and Twitter have become organizing platforms for activists and, as such, have become targets for governments. During anti-government protests in Turkey in May and June, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called social media “the worst menace to society.”At the time, Facebook denied it provided information about protest organizers to the Turkish government.Data released Tuesday show authorities in Turkey submitted 96 requests covering 173 users. Facebook said it provided some information in about 45 of those cases, but there’s no information on what was turned over and why.last_img read more

first_imgIts Benefits of early intervention report, which is based on estimations of the annual cost of long-term sickness absence to the UK economy in 2014 and draws on national statistical data sets and Unum’s proprietary group income protection claims data, also found that early intervention services to support employees with mental health conditions can reduce absence length by 18%.The research also found:Sickness absences cost an average organisation with 500 members of staff an estimated £770,000 a year.The rate of long-term sickness absence is expected to grow by 4% by 2030.Long-term absence durations for employees that suffer from musculoskeletal conditions are 12.3% shorter for staff who have access to early intervention and rehabilitation services.Joanne Abate (pictured), assistant vice president, global health management at Unum, said; “By offering the use of early intervention services like vocational rehab or pointing staff towards services offered within employee assistance programmes (EAPs), employers can help tackle health issues before they become more serious, reducing both the personal and financial impact of long-term sickness absence.“At present, many employers aren’t taking advantage of the early intervention services that might already be available to them through their benefits package.” Early intervention services can reduce the length of long-term sickness absences by 17%, according to research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr), commissioned by employee benefits provider Unum.last_img read more

first_imgLAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – The FBI released surveillance photos of a man who, they said, robbed a Lauderhill bank, Monday morning.The man walked into the Wells Fargo along West Oakland Park Boulevard, near Inverray Boulevard, and demanded money from employees, according to police. He then fled with the money.If you have any information on this crime, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgA proposal to allow state government to dip into Permanent Fund earnings is advancing in the Legislature.Download AudioSen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage (File Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The Senate Finance Committee heard details Tuesday from Anchorage Republican Senator Lesil McGuire.Similar to a plan from Governor Bill Walker, McGuire’s bill would pay for much of state government using fund earnings.“In my opinion, we have to continue strategic cuts to the budget, but we can’t cut our way out of it. And that’s why you need a fundamental restructure to the Permanent Fund.”McGuire’s bill has been revised over the past month. One amendment would change the basis for Alaskans’ annual dividend payments. They’re currently based on fund earnings. McGuire wanted to base them on oil and gas royalties. Under the amendment, dividends would be based on a combination of fund earnings, royalties, and the Constitutional Budget Reserve.And another amendment would prevent a cut to dividends this year. In future years, dividends would be as low as one thousand dollars.McGuire says Alaskans don’t want to see dividend cuts, but they’ve gone through the first two stages of grief over the budget: denial and anger.“What we’re hearing, again, is people in that stages of grief model, are in the bargaining phase. In my opinion, most Alaskans are there. They understand that both because the private sector is interrelated to the health of the public sector. They also understand that without basic government services, they wouldn’t really want to live in Alaska, so why would other young people come here and want to grow it?”A key difference with Walker’s plan is that McGuire’s would bring in less money to the state. McGuire estimates that the state would draw roughly 2 billion dollars annually from the Permanent Fund earnings.Walker would draw 3.3 billion dollars annually. Unlike McGuire’s bill, Walker would draw money from oil production taxes and the state’s Constitutional Budget Reserve into the Permanent Fund Earnings Reserve Account.Neither plan would entire close the state’s budget gap this year.The Senate Finance Committee will hear public testimony on Walker’s and McGuire’s Permanent Fund bills Wednesday and Thursday.last_img read more

first_img Journal information: arXiv ( —In a recent paper available on arXiv, a team of researchers at New Mexico’s Los Alamos National Laboratory has revealed they’ve been running a quantum network for 2 1/2 years. The network is hub-and-spoke based, the team reports, and allows for perfectly secure messaging except at the hub. Quantum communication without entanglement could perform faster than previously thought possible 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. Test configuration using the Los Alamos (LANL) QSC system to secure PMU control commands and data. The TCIPG test bed provided a real-time digital (power) simulator, PMU, and PDC software to control and display data from the PMU. Credit: arXiv:1305.0305 [quant-ph]center_img More information: Network-Centric Quantum Communications with Application to Critical Infrastructure Protection, arXiv:1305.0305 [quant-ph] quantum communications (NQC) – a new, scalable instantiation of quantum cryptography providing key management with forward security for lightweight encryption, authentication and digital signatures in optical networks – is briefly described. Results from a multi-node experimental test-bed utilizing integrated photonics quantum communications components, known as QKarDs, include: quantum identification; verifiable quantum secret sharing; multi-party authenticated key establishment, including group keying; and single-fiber quantum-secured communications that can be applied as a security retrofit/upgrade to existing optical fiber installations. A demonstration that NQC meets the challenging simultaneous latency and security requirements of electric grid control communications, which cannot be met without compromises using conventional cryptography, is described.via ArxivBlog © 2013 Citation: Los Alamos reveals it’s been running quantum network for two and a half years (2013, May 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Quantum networks are the Holy Grail for security experts—because messages cannot be read without changing them, it is impossible for them to be intercepted without being detected. But that same technology that allows for such perfect security also prevents it from being implemented in network systems. In order for messages to be routed, the address must be read, thus altering the message. The researchers at Los Alamos report they’ve worked around this problem by implementing the network as a hub-and-spoke system.In this approach, all nodes on the network are connected directly to the hub. The hub reads the message (causing it to be changed), then repackages it and sends it securely to the node whose address was found in the original message. This makes the network secure at all points except at the hub.Using a hub-and-spoke approach has two deficiencies for general purpose use. The first is the inherent weakness at the hub—if it were to be breached, the whole network would be compromised. The second is scalability—at some point, the number of nodes connected to the central hub becomes unwieldy, making further growth impossible. The researchers at Los Alamos say they’ve reduced the scalability problem by giving each node on the network a quantum transmitter, but not a photon detector. This makes adding nodes a very cheap proposition—those at Los Alamos, the researchers say, aren’t much bigger than a box of matches.Impressive as it is, the network at Los Alamos is more of a work-around than solution to the problem of building quantum networks for general purpose use. A solution requires that someone figures out a way to route quantum messages without destroying their integrity. Until that happens, this new approach appears to be a good stand-in, as it’s clearly far more secure than traditional network systems.last_img read more

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Ever since the news started circulating, fans have taken to social media to find out more. The singer is playing along.HAHAHAHAHAHH HES BEEN BRIEFED— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) June 12, 2018Grande, whose fandom is incredibly supportive, replied to a fan that Davidson has ‘been briefed’ about marrying her fans as well. The singer also tweeted to former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello, whom she often calls ‘wife’, that they ‘need to talk’.we need to talk @camila_cabello— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) June 12, 2018Grande and Davidson have been dating for a month but met back in 2016 when the singer hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live. Davidson, one of the youngest actors on SNL, joined the cast in 2014.Grande formerly dated rapper Mac Miller for two years, while Davidson was seeing comedian Larry David’s daughter Cazzie David. Both recently ended their previous relationships and started dating. The singer is beloved by the community | Photo: Flickr/lindsay neilson photos Ariana Grande’s latest post with Davidson dates back to only two days ago.Ariana’s letter to the LGBTI communityEarlier this month, Grande, who grew up with a gay brother, penned a heartfelt letter to the LGBTI community for Pride Month. She revealed she was taught how to perfect her makeup skills by ‘queens in gay bars in New York City’.She wrote: ‘My music being embraced and celebrated by the LGBTQ community is all I ever truly cared about when I thought about my career goals early on. There’s no award I could win or accolade I could receive that would fulfill me more than seeing a 6-foot queen with a 4-foot ponytail walk into my meet n greet and say ‘hey girl’ or meeting a young queer person at Starbucks and them letting me know that my music has helped them become who they are. Literally nothing.’Waiting for an official confirm by one of Ariana Grande’s representatives, better to keep an eye on her social profiles.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Ariana Grande is reportedly engaged to boyfriend Pete Davidson. The 24-year-old appears to confirm the news in replies to fans on her official Twitter account. Davidson posted an Instagram picture of him and Ariana Grande in Harry Potter-inspired costumes at a Robert Pattinson’s party at the end of May.center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- The two have posted adorable pictures on their official Instagram accounts ever since. Ariana Grande drops new song God Is A Woman and the gays go wildAriana Grande announces benefit concert in Manchester for victims of attackHere is Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj’s new song and it’s a certified bopRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

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