Toronto stocks edge lower as financials and health care fall US stocks

first_imgThe Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index fell in late-morning trading amid losses in the health-care sector, which includes the big marijuana companies, and the financial sector.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 19.13 points at 14,122.64.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 62.46 points at 22,922.06. The S&P 500 index was up 1.36 points at 2,468.78, while the Nasdaq composite was down 41.05 points at 6,487.36.The Canadian dollar traded for 73.78 cents US compared with an average of 74.10 cents on Thursday.The February crude contract was up 34 cents at US$46.22 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was up 12.9 cents at US$3.712 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was down US$5.60 at US$1,262.30 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 1.60 cents at US$2.6805 a pound.last_img read more

Indias election commission grapples with fake information

BHIMTAL, India — When India’s election commission said that its code of conduct would be applied to social media companies as well as political parties, some analysts scoffed, saying it lacked the capacity to check fake news.Just days before India’s multi-phase general election begins April 11, observers said Tuesday that the commission is indeed struggling with an onslaught of misinformation on Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube and other platforms.WhatsApp on Tuesday unveiled a helpline called Checkpoint Tipline on which people can check the authenticity of information they receive. Facebook said Monday that it was removing hundreds of pages and accounts.Monitoring the spread of misinformation is an onerous task. India has 1.14 billion cellphone connections. Around 240 million Indians use WhatsApp. India has over 300 million Facebook users, more than any other country.Amrit Dhillon, The Associated Press read more

Imperial Oil posts secondquarter beat on oilsands growth Alberta tax cuts

CALGARY — Imperial Oil Ltd. is reporting second-quarter results that beat analyst expectations on the back of strong oilsands output and an allowance for lower future Alberta corporate taxes.The Calgary-based company, which is about 70 per cent owned by Texas-based Exxon Mobil Corp., reports net income in the three months ended June 30 of $1.2 billion on revenue of $9.26 billion, up from $196 million on $9.54 billion in the same period of 2018.The results include a $662-million provision for Alberta’s staged corporate tax rate reduction from 12 to eight per cent by 2022.Analysts had estimated $555 million or 79 cents per share in net income on $9.012 billion in revenue, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.Imperial’s production averaged 400,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up from 336,000 barrels per day in the second quarter of 2018, due to strong output at its Kearl oilsands mine and from its 25 per cent interest in the Syncrude oilsands mine consortium.Crude-by-rail shipments averaged 64,000 barrels per day in the second quarter, up from 36,000 barrels per day in the first quarter.“In a quarter when the upstream completed significant (maintenance) turnaround activities, the company still achieved its highest second quarter production in over 25 years,” said CEO Rich Kruger in a statement.“The ongoing focus on improving reliability at Kearl is working, with the operation recording four of its 10 best-ever production days following completion of the turnaround in June.”The Canadian Press read more

Lineup announced for Canadian Sport Film Festival

Brock’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences has partnered with the Canadian Sport Film Festival (CSFF) to screen four films dedicated to promoting the physical and social benefits of sport.The CSFF at Brock will take place March 17 to 19 in the theatre at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines.The films in the lineup were chosen not only for their popularity at past festivals, but also for their ability to inspire healthy discussion about important social issues. Post-film discussions will take place after each screening.For more information or to buy tickets visit the Sport Film Festival website.Canadian Sport Film Festival box officeNext Goal WinsThe 2014 U.K. documentary screens Friday, March 17 at 7 p.m.Visit the following link to buy tickets.When the American Samoan national soccer team lost to Australia 31-0, the tiny islands crash-landed into last place in the FIFA world rankings. Despite having not won an official match for more than a decade, the team’s love of soccer and American Samoan pride sustained its players as they trained for the next World Cup.Post-film guest speaker via Skype: Dutch-born, America-based coach Thomas Rongen, hired by the Football Federation American Samoa to help turn their luck around.Winning GirlThe 2014 U.S. documentary screens Saturday, March 18 at 2 p.m.Visit the following link to buy tickets. Follow the four-year journey of Teshya Alo, a Hawaiian teenage female judo and wrestling phenomenon pursuing world championship ambitions in both sports.Post-film guest speakers via video conference: Teshya Alo and director Kimberlee Bassford.Fighting for Peace (screened with Outside the Ring)The 2015 documentary from the Netherlands screens Saturday, March 18 at 7 p.m.Visit the following link to buy tickets.Two of the most successful participants in Luta Pela Paz, an NGO and boxing school based in one of Rio’s most violent and poorest favelas, are on a quest to become national champions. Douglas has lost a sister to addiction, while Sugar is the sole provider for his mother and seven siblings. Boxing may be their only way out.Outside the RingThe 2013 Canadian documentary screens Saturday, March 18 following Fighting for Peace.A group of women and trans survivors of violence in Toronto are part of a unique violence recovery program that integrates boxing into their healing.Post-film guest speakers: Joanne Green, director Outside the Ring and Dr. Jamie Mandigo, Professor of Kinesiology and Vice-Provost, Enrolment Management and International, Brock University, who ran a boxing program in Guatemala.Men Who SwimThe 2010 Swedish documentary screens Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m.Visit the following link to buy tickets.A humorous and poignant look at a group of middle-aged underachievers who have found unlikely success as members of Sweden’s all male synchronized swimming team. What began as a weekly escape from the daily grind of work and family responsibilities turns serious after an unexpected invitation to the world championships.Post-film guest speaker via Skype: Director and star Dylan Williams. read more

Ohio State preparing for physical Wisconsin rush attack

Members of the OSU defense tackle Wisconsin then-redshirt-sophomore running back Melvin Gordon (25) during a game on Sept. 28, 2013, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Lantern file photoThe last time the Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes on a football field, it ruined OSU’s chances at a national championship.Four years later, the Badgers will have the same opportunity.In 2010, a season that would later be vacated because of the now infamous “Tattoo-Gate” scandal, Wisconsin took down then-No. 1 OSU in Madison, Wis., in what would be the only Buckeye loss of the year.Now, a similar Badger team will take on an OSU team looking to avenge a loss in last year’s Big Ten Championship Game that cost it a spot in the BCS national title game.In 2010, the Badgers averaged 245.7 rushing yards per game, which was good for 12th in the country as Wisconsin was led by two 1,000-yard rushers (then-freshman running back James White, then-junior running back John Clay) and nearly added a third as then-sophomore Montee Ball rushed for 996 yards and a team-leading 18 touchdowns.Fast forward four years, Wisconsin is still running away from the competition as the team currently sits third nationally in rushing offense.Leading the way for the Badgers is redshirt-junior Melvin Gordon, who sits atop the FBS landscape with 2,260 rushing yards to go along with 26 touchdowns.OSU senior cornerback Doran Grant said that in order to slow down the Badger running attack, the Buckeyes will need to play assignment football.“Gotta communicate, for one. We have to communicate. They shift a lot, they motion a lot,” Grant said. “We have to communicate and be in the right spots so we can fill our gaps in the run game. And then at corner, you just have to do your job, play, me and (redshirt-freshman cornerback) Eli (Apple).”OSU co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said Monday that he doesn’t expect anything different from the Wisconsin offense, adding that the Badgers will be playing their usual style of football.“Gordon, the offensive line, those are the things great Wisconsin teams have always had,” Fickell said. “This is as good a running back they have had, and they have had some great ones. Montee Ball, James White and heck, go all the way back to Ron Dayne. I don’t know that they’ve had one as electric as Gordon. Most importantly you can’t let him get going. We have seen, you get some of those guys going, it’s hard to get them down.”Gordon, who came to Wisconsin a year after the Badgers’ last win over the Buckeyes, said a win against OSU is something that he has always wanted to experience.“Since I have been at Wisconsin, I haven’t had a chance to beat Ohio State yet,” Gordon said Monday. “It’s a tough team to go up against and it would be good to have my first win over Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship.“I follow Ohio State … they are one of the best teams in the nation. They love to play physical; they don’t shy away from contact. The linebackers, they speak for themselves. They always have great linebackers there.”Fickell, who coaches the Buckeye linebackers, said that Gordon, combined with the Badger offensive line, can be a tough assignment for any defense.“You still got to know that the most important thing, they are going to rely on him. They are going to run the football. He can be one of those guys that beats you,” Fickell said. “They are good enough up front to be able to give him the opportunity to do those things. It poses a lot of problems.”While the Buckeyes might be the higher-ranked team, the Badgers are the ones who have won in the Big Ten title game.Wisconsin is 2-0 in the conference championship game while OSU’s only appearance came in a 34-24 loss to the Michigan State Spartans last year.That game is still on the minds of the players and coaches, Grant said.“We just … thinking about last year, coming off that field. I know we were talking about that in the corners’ room, me and coach (Kerry) Coombs,” Grant said. “He said, ‘we’ll be back,’ and we’re back. So it’s time to make it complete and finish well.”The Buckeyes will attempt to bring home its first Big Ten title since 2009 on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8:17 p.m. read more

Former Aston Villa star Ugo Ehiogu dies aged 44

first_img Friday 21 Apr 2017, 9:11 AM Follow us: the42.ie 34,855 Views Share Tweet Email2 http://the42.ie/3350846 By Steve O’Rourke Ugo Ehiogu during his time with Aston Villa. Image: EMPICS Sport Image: EMPICS Sport 23 Comments Former Aston Villa star Ugo Ehiogu dies aged 44 The Tottenham U23 coach collapsed at training yesterday. center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Tottenham Hotspur/Twitter It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu, our Under-23 coach. pic.twitter.com/sSU0yqVfyk— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 21, 2017 Apr 21st 2017, 9:11 AM Ugo Ehiogu during his time with Aston Villa. FORMER ASTON VILLA star Ugo Ehiogu has died at the age of 44.Ehiogu, who was the Spurs U23 coach, collapsed at training yesterday after suffering a cardiac arrest.He died in the early hours of this morning.In a statement on Twitter, Spurs head of coaching John McDermott said:“Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club. Ugo’s immense presence will be irreplaceable. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife Gemma and his family.” Ehiogu started his career in the old Second Division with West Brom in 1989 before moving to Aston Villa where he and Paul McGrath developed a formidable defensive partnership.He stayed with Villa for nine years, and was part of the side that lifted the League Cup in 1996 when they beat Leeds 3-0.He joined Middlesbrough in 2000 for a then-club record fee and, while injuries limited the remainder of his playing career, he only retired in 2009.Ehiogu won four England caps, scoring once and began his coaching career as part of Peter Taylor’s set-up for the U20 World Cup in 2013.He had been working as a coach for Tottenham’s underage teams since 2014.Ehiogu is survived by his wife Gemma.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Short URLlast_img read more

Bahamas deficit to be higher by 95m

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 11, 2017 – Nassau – We are hearing it again, that national debt is down from 13.6 percent to 12.9 percent but new in a media report, is information that the Finance Minister is now grappling with a deficit which will soar by almost $100m.   Deputy Prime Minister, Peter Turnquest said the government’s shortage in funds to manage the country is no longer $500m, but is now $595m.The news comes as the IMF reveals in an October report that The Bahamas will see its deficit widen due in part to a surge in Baha Mar related imports of goods and services to complete the resort.   Eventually, the IMF is predicting, things will level out to a lower deficit but even then The Bahamas will not be where it wants or should be fiscally and this will mean, many FNM plans and promises will not see the light of day during this financial year which does not end until next year July.#MagneticMediaNews#nationaldebtisdown Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #nationaldebtisdownlast_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For October 8 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Monday, October 8, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Cloudy, with a high near 59. Light northeast wind.Happy Columbus Day! Town offices, schools, library, and senior center are closed today, as are banks and the post office. Retail stores are open at the owner’s discretion.  Market Basket and Lucci’s are open.Trash & Recycling Delayed: Wilmington’s residential trash and recycling collection will be delayed this week by one day due to the holiday.On WCTV: Watch WCTV’s latest content that debuted last week HERE.Go Wildcats!: SIX WHS teams are in action today, including the Boys Varsity Soccer team hosting Lexington at 10am at the North and the Girls Varsity Soccer team traveling to Lexington at 10am at Lincoln Park. [See the full schedule HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For October 9, 2017In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For February 19, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

In West Texas Fracking Companies Face A Tough Challenger – The Dunes

first_img Share Natalie KrebsMachines harvest frac sand at the Black Mountain Sand company’s mine in Kermit, Texas.Out in the sand dunes of west Texas, a tiny lizard has been wrapped up in a big controversy for years. The four-inch long dunes sagebrush lizard calls the middle of the Permian Basin home, but conservationists have long feared the oil boom there would be detrimental to the lizard’s rare habitat. But in the past year, a new threat has emerged.The process of hydraulic fracking relies on the use of a very specific type of sand called frac sand. And the recent increase in mining for it is the new threat facing the dunes sagebrush lizard. This has left conservationists scrambling to find new ways to protect them.On a windy afternoon, the Black Mountain Sand Company, located about 10 miles west of Kermit – about 45 miles west of Odessa – is busy harvesting, cleaning and drying frac sand. It ships this sand across the Permian Basin.“Every day, trucks will pick up 13,000 tons. Each truck can carry about 23 tons,” says Hayden Gillespie, the company’s chief commercial officer.Just east of the company’s four-month-old mine is 640 acres of untouched sand dunes that are full of green vegetation. Gillespie says this is the home of the dunes sagebrush lizard.“All those dune complexes you can see, that’s what we’re avoiding,” says Gillespie.The little guys love the plant life and sandy hills, but the Permian Basin energy industry also loves that sand.Companies estimate using local frac sand can be up to 50 percent cheaper than importing it from the Midwest, and businesses are being built on this growing market. Since last year, more than a dozen mining companies have announced plans to open sand mines across the Permian Basin. That boom has conservationists sounding the alarms.“It’s a really new threat and it just sort of came in all at once and really has the potential to wipe out a lot of lizard habitat, if not controlled,” says Ya-Wei Li of the Defenders of Wildlife, a Washington D.C.-based conservation group.His group, along with The Center for Biological Diversity, filed a petition this week requesting that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service add the dunes sagebrush lizard to the endangered species list. This could allow the feds to place regulations on landowners to protect the lizard’s habitat.Li and the Defenders of Wildlife estimate frac sand mining has disturbed more than 1,000 acres of the lizard’s habitat in Texas in just the past year.“If habitat development continues at that pace,” Li says, “the threat from sandmining is going to overshadow the threats from oil and gas development.”The dunes sagebrush lizard was almost listed as endangered in 2010. But, instead, the Texas Comptroller’s Office, which is in charge of overseeing the state’s endangered species, worked with the oil and gas industry to come up with a voluntary conservation plan. Li says that didn’t satisfy conservation groups.“You have to trust someone’s word of mouth on that issue and that can be a real problem,” he says.Since Texas law doesn’t require companies to release much conservation data, the state and feds have had to rely on self-reported data. A state study last year found that more than 2,300 acres of the lizard’s habitat had been destroyed since the voluntary conservation plan went into effect. This is above the state’s initial estimates.Robert Gulley oversees endangered species conservation for the Texas Comptroller’s Office. Earlier this year, the office announced it’s completely rewriting the dunes sagebrush lizard conservation agreement.“We realized that the better thing to do rather than try to make sure all the puzzle pieces would fit at the end, is just kind of to step back and start from scratch,” he says.Gulley says the goal of the new agreement is to get so many landowners to cooperate that the feds don’t put the lizard on the endangered species list. He says landowners may be willing to cooperate because they worry an endangered species listing could devalue their land.“We’re going to try to work to bring many people into the program because the more people we bring into the program, the more protection that the lizard is afforded,” says Gulley.Gulley says so far eight of the 17 frac sand mining companies have agreed to avoid the lizard’s habitat. Black Mountain Sand is one of them. Gillespie says his company has chosen to avoid mining the lizard’s habitat entirely.“We own it. We could mine it. There are good reserves there, but that’s deemed habitat so we stay out of it,” Gillespie says.For Black Mountain Sand, that means foregoing mining on 15 percent of their land. Gillespie says not everyone is taking his company’s approach. He’s seen some conducting their own impact studies on the lizard’s habitat.“They want to prove that it’s not, and while that may be a worthwhile study for them, the easier option was to stay completely clear of it for us,” he says.For the state’s part, the comptroller’s office hired a Texas State biologist to use satellite images to update the six-year-old dunes sagebrush lizard habitat maps. The entire plan is set to be finished by the end of the summer.In the meantime, the feds will be reviewing the petition to put the lizard on the endangered species list and deciding on any future protections.last_img read more

Mother of Trayvon Martin Announces Run for Local Office

first_imgBy ELLIS RUA Associated PressMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The mother of the unarmed Black teen who was shot dead by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida in 2012 has formally announced her candidacy to run for local office.Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, spoke to supporters Monday at a small event space tucked away inside of a Miami Gardens shopping plaza. She announced her plans to challenge Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert for a Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners seat that is up for grabs in 2020 because of term limits.In this April 3, 2019 photo, Sybrina Fulton participates in a panel at the National Action Network Convention in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)With her 28-year-old son, Jahvaris Fulton, and several other family members and friends at her side, Fulton stood at the podium in front of an audience of locals and pleaded her case.Fulton, a self-described political outsider who is from the district, said she has been mulling a run for office for about a year. She said she had never intended to get involved in politics, and that the political world left “a sour taste” in her mouth.She added that if it was not for her son’s killing, she would have been “going on vacations every year” and planning to retire.But after being thrust into the national spotlight after her son’s death, she slowly began to realize that she “needed to become a part of the change.”Fulton, who worked as a county employee for 24 years, became a full-time activist, making appearances on national television, campaigning for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election and starting a South Florida-based organization that aims to end “senseless gun violence.”“When my son got shot down, I stood up,” said Fulton. “And I’m still standing,” she added, provoking several cheers of “Amen” from audience members.In addition to tackling gun violence, Fulton said she plans on combating growing crime in the district. She’s also concerned with issues pertaining to housing access, mental illness and the elderly.“I’m bringing fresh new energy to problems that we’ve seen for a long time,” she said.Martin’s death sparked national outrage and was the catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement, fueling the ongoing national conversation on systemic racism.His killer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted on the grounds of Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law.News of Zimmerman’s acquittal outraged many and led to protests across the United States.Milton Felton sat in the crowd Monday, wearing an oversized red button barring Fulton’s name pinned to his chest. He said her ties to the community and her work following her son’s death make her a worthy candidate. The 65-year-old property inspector added that he’s in favor of an outsider entering the realm of local politics.“Fresh air is always a good change of wind,” said Milton.Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, a Black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a White police officer in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, was defeated in April after running for a seat on her local city council. Brown’s death, like Trayvon Martin’s, caused large-scale civil unrest and added to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.Lucy McBath, a Democrat and an African American whose 17-year-old son was fatally shot in 2012 by a White man during an argument over loud music outside a Florida convenience store, last year won a suburban Atlanta congressional seat that was previously held by a Republican.She became a gun control activist after her son was killed, and she campaigned on that issue.last_img read more

Physicists use BoseEinstein condensates to enhance factoring algorithm

first_img ‘Connecting the dots’ for quantum networks Explore further Recently, some approaches have suggested “rediscovering” old techniques such as analog computing, which usually lie outside the usual qubit architecture, in the hope of finding new pathways to experimentally realize quantum computation. For instance, using analog techniques and the quantum properties of atomic clusters called Bose-Einstein condensates, a team of researchers from Japan has recently improved upon a classical factoring algorithm.“Any algorithm where the output is continuous rather than divided into bits (as on a digital computer) is analog,” Mark Sadgrove of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JSTA) told PhysOrg.com. “In our case, we measure quantities which are continuous in principle. By this I mean that the energy or the probability to find an atom with a given momentum are continuous variables, in theory. In practice, we use a finite number of atoms, so in some sense the final outputs are discrete, but theoretically the result of the computation is analog in nature.”Sadgrove and his colleagues Sanjay Kumar of the University of Electro Communications (UEC) in Chofushi, Chofugaoka, and Ken’ichi Nakagawa, who has affiliations with both JSTA and UEC, have demonstrated that, compared with the classical implementation, their method can distinguish more accurately between factors and non-factors of large numbers. Specifically, their quantum system could increase the accuracy of a classical algorithm called the Gauss sum algorithm, a technique pioneered by Wolfgang Shleich of Ulm University in Germany.Their quantum system consists of thousands of rubidium-87 atoms that are cooled to near absolute zero to form a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC). At such a low temperature, the atoms’ wavelengths increase and overlap, so that the cluster becomes a single quantum state and obeys quantum laws, yet has a relatively large size. The physicists zapped the BEC with a brief light pulse composed of two counter-propagating beams. They programmed one beam to have phase jumps (to displace the beam’s wavelength), while the second beam had no phase jumps. Programming the first beam served as the input method, representing an integer to be factored. (PhysOrg.com) — Theoretically, quantum computing has the potential to work more efficiently and accurately than classical computing for certain processes, such as factoring. But quantum methods are experimentally challenging, since they often require tiny, fragile systems that are difficult to handle. An absorption image of the expanding Bose-Einstein condensate, demonstrating the diffraction pattern which constitutes the factoring signal. Image credit: Mark Sadgrove, et al.center_img 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. The dynamics of the atoms subject to the pulse could then be used to perform factoring calculations. After applying the pulse, the researchers allowed the BEC to expand freely for 14 ms. They then took an absorption image of the BEC, which showed that the pulse had separated the atoms in the BEC into different momentum orders. The atoms formed a diffraction pattern, based on the relative number of atoms in each momentum order, which the physicists could interpret as the “factoring signal.” Specifically, high-momentum atoms represented factors, and low-momentum atoms represented non-factors.“You can think of the laser beam as containing the software (encoded by phase jumps) and the atoms as providing the hardware (their natural dynamics in response to the light field is what actually calculates the Gauss sum),” Sadgrove explained.In contrast to the usual Gauss sum, which is fundamentally limited in its accuracy, the quantum method significantly outperformed the classical method, in some cases doubling the atomic visibility and offering near-perfect factoring. “In our case, our current method is still slow – it doesn’t make factoring easy,” Sadgrove said. “What we showed is that quantum mechanics offers an unexpected improvement to the Gauss sum method, overcoming a fundamental accuracy limit. If the atoms behaved classically, there would be no enhancement.”The researchers noted that the higher accuracy comes at a cost of requiring more atoms, so the quantum method’s efficiency is about the same as that of the classical method. Nonetheless, as Sadgrove explained, the method offers a novel experiment in a field in which experiments are difficult to realize.“You might know that everyone doing research in quantum information is excited about [Peter] Shor’s algorithm for quantum factoring,” Sadgrove said. “Shor found a remarkable way to factor numbers using the quantum properties of interference and entanglement, which offers amazing savings in the time it takes for factoring a number. But Shor’s algorithm is hard to implement. It’s only been done successfully for up to the number 15 at the moment, and some people don’t even consider that to be a real test due to some details about the way the algorithm works. So that’s the current state of play regarding quantum factoring.”He added that researchers continue to investigate Shor’s algorithm because of its potential impact on security: “In terms of applications, there’s just one, but it’s very important. If you could do real quantum factoring, then the RSA encryption used to do secure transactions in public situations would be no good anymore. That’s because it relies on the fact that factoring large numbers is a hard problem. But quantum factoring makes it easy.”In the future, the physicists hope to use entangled systems as a factoring method, which they say the present scheme is ideally suited for. They also plan to investigate the use of multiple, correlated atomic ensembles to perform factoring of different integers simultaneously. “We would also like to extend the method beyond factoring,” Sadgrove said. “We can actually compute general ‘exponential sums’ with this method. A Gauss sum is a simple example of an exponential sum, as is a Fourier transform, which can be used to extract information about a signal. These so called ‘exponential sums’ are intricately tied to the most interesting parts of number theory, such as the distribution of prime numbers, which is still unknown. We think there may be other powerful applications of exponential sums apart from factoring.”More information: Sadgrove, Mark; Kumar, Sanjay; and Nakagawa, Ken’ichi. “Enhanced Factoring with a Bose-Einstein Condensate.” Physical Review Letters, 101, 180502 (2008).Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. 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Imaging Market in US Could Rise In Coming Years

first_img Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years AHRA 2019 speaker predicts disruption along the way Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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(Smart MRI, for example, offers lower cost scans, advertising on its website better patient experiences and better pricing.)Eventually, Clark told ITN, the marketplace will offer “plenty of low-priced, high-value imaging providers.” In the long run, Clark expects large companies – and wise consumers – to take advantage of these choices.Speaking from the perspective of the Advisory Board, he said: “We want our 25-year-old employee to get his MRI (when he hurts his back). We don’t want him to avoid it because, if he is our employee 25 years down the road, we don’t want to bear the cost of $50,000 for more advanced care.”Consumers already are showing a preference for low costs, Clark noted. They are not, however, widely exercising their preferences. Consequently, health care is not a well functioning market, he said. Achieving a balance in utilization and pricing will require providers to offer substantially lower priced services with no sacrifice in quality; consumers having the ability to compare providers; and the incentive for consumers to look for – and take advantage of — lower priced imaging services. Getting to that point will not be easy. Utilization – and Prices – Could RiseIn his AHRA talk, Clark said a 7-percent rise in the U.S. utilization of outpatient imaging services could happen over the next five years. If this happens, it will be driven largely by the growth of the Medicare population among whom chronic disease will drive utilization. He framed this possibility, however, as a “raw projection,” noting that many factors could cause the number to change. Among them could be the expected rise in prices for imaging services, which could affect the entire provider spectrum of outpatient and hospital services.Prices could rise because of decreasing competition due to provider consolidation. A rise in utilization – along with a rise in prices – would lead to increased revenue for imaging. But this combination, if it happens, will not last, he told hundreds of attendees of the early morning AHRA session. Rising prices, he said, could impact the utilization of imaging services.In one scenario, insurers could respond to rising prices with increasingly high-deductible health plans. This could lead some patients to reduce their use of imaging services rather than seek lower cost providers. Insurers may also reduce reimbursement rates, causing prices – and overall revenue — to fall. Simultaneously, utilization caps engineered by Medicare Advantage Plans might force utilization down.Alternatively, patients could respond to high-deductible plans by seeking lower priced but still high-quality imaging. Large companies, such as Walmart, might try steering employees to lower-priced options, Clark said. They also might insist on high-quality imaging from providers, because “higher quality imaging will translate into less errors downstream,” he said. If this happens, Clark said, the market will become more efficient. Video Player is loading.ITN Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance AthletesPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 11:59Loaded: 1.36%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -11:59 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Citing utilization growth in national outpatient radiology projections, Clark showed a graph during his AHRA talk in which ultrasound gains the most over the next 5 years – up 16 percent; PET volumes the second most – up 9 percent; radiography the third most at 6 percent; CT up 4; and mammography and MRI each up 3. Nuclear medicine is expected to be the lone decliner, down 1 percent.How such differences will impact revenue is impossible to model, because myriad factors could intervene. Also unknown is the degree to which artificial intelligence will be adopted – and how its use will affect the imaging market.In the short term, the effects of high-deductible plans could vary – whether they steer patients to choose lower priced imaging options or lead younger patients to skip imaging exams altogether.As these many unknowns play out, health care is going to be in for a lot of disruption, Clark said: “And a lot of it will be driven by a general anger – or angst – toward the rising cost associated with health care.” Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Greg FreiherrThe coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy.“I see it (the future of outpatient medical imaging in the U.S.) absolutely being bright. I think that there is a great opportunity here,” Stuart Clark, managing director of The Advisory Board Company, told Imaging Technology News (ITN). But there could be a lot of bumps along the way, he said.Many of these bumps are already taking shape, Clark explained July 23 during his talk at the AHRA 2019 symposium titled “Imaging Market Outlook.” And these bumps could cause major disruptions, he said.Utilization of outpatient medical imaging services could grow, but so might their prices. Rising prices could lead to efforts to control costs, steer patients to lower cost services and new government regulations. These and other forces could extend to hospital providers as well. If that happens, they will almost certainly disrupt the health care market, he said.Clark told ITN, however, that he expects the U.S. imaging market to ultimately rise because of a fundamental need for high-quality care. This need must be met, he said, otherwise patients – and employers – will face a lot of expenses down the road.“If you take care of somebody’s needs, their risk factors and manage their disease proactively, it lessens the chance that they are going to come to the hospital down the road for more expensive inpatient measures,” Clark said.Although this long-term vision of what’s best for patients will eventually win out, conflicting forces could cause havoc in the interim. Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. 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Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. center_img Editor’s note: This article is the eighth piece in a content series by Greg Freiherr covering The Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) annual meeting in Denver. The first article, How Standardizing Protocols Can Save Time and Money, can be found here. The second article, How Artificial Intelligence Might Impact Radiology, can be found here. The third article, How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite, can be found here. The fourth article, DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine, can be found here. The fifth article, Payment Models Seek Traction in Transition from Volume, can be found here. The sixth article, Liars in Radiology Beware! can be found here. The seventh article, When Bad Things Happen to Imaging Departments, can be found here. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate read more Greg Freiherr is a contributing editor to Imaging Technology News. Over the past three decades, he has served as business and technology editor for publications in medical imaging, as well as consulted for vendors, professional organizations, academia, and financial institutions. 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Tourists urged to help stop mistreatment of horses

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica named top tourism destination in new global survey Road to Monteverde closed starting next week Costa Rica Coast Guard rescues injured US tourist in Las Catalinas Life jackets not distributed before Costa Rica catamaran began sinking, killing 3, says president’s office Facebook Comments You and your friends are strolling along the sidewalk in a Costa Rican beach town when someone approaches you, suggesting a horseback tour at a price way below those offered in the tour guides. It sounds like fun, and it sure is a good deal.  But is it a good deal for the horses?Horseback riding is a popular activity for visitors to Costa Rica, and there is a wide of variety of horse tours in a range of prices and locations – from easygoing rides for those not use to the saddle, to longer ones for the experienced. However, tourists can help by attempting to ensure that the companies or guides they choose to use care for their horses well.This is a new goal for members of McKee Jacó, the organization known for low-cost spay-neuter programs on the Pacific coast. With posters and flyers showing an overworkedcartoon horse, they hope to raise awareness among tourists and Ticos alike.“There are operators of house tours that approach tourists on the beaches or along roads offering horse riding at low, low prices. Tourists, thinking of saving money, accept,” says McKee’s Katya Bader. “But the horses may be in bad condition, overworked or dehydrated, or they may have sores. These tours do not offer insurance in case of accidents, and are probably illegal,” she adds.The National Animal Health Service (SENASA), Costa Rica’s animal health agency,  is concerned about horse treatment here, including hoses used for tours and riding academies. The agency issues a certificate called a Certificado Veterinario de Operación, or CVO, to tour operators who comply with the agency’s requirements and national laws governing animal welfare. Visitors can ask to see operators’ CVO certificate to verify that the operation is on the up and up and that the horses meet health standards.Horses rank in popularity right behind dogs and cats here, for riding, petting, work, and for topes, the horse parades which can draw thousands of horses and riders. Horse events are also included at community festivals and parades, and the police department has 70 horses for their mounted police units. SENASA’s veterinarians are kept busy trying to make sure horses are kept in good condition.Other measures tourists and horse enthusiasts can take, according to Baker, are booking horse tours through hotels or reputable tour agencies,  and doing some homework on any tours offering low prices. Some hotels are helping the Jacó-based project by posting signs in their parking lots or putting up stickers in their reception areas.  Further plans are for a brochure for tourists on what to look for in a healthy horse tour.For more information on McKee Jacó or this campaign, visit the organization’s Facebook page.last_img read more

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first_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) – U.S. Africa command head Gen. Carter Ham met with Mauritania’s president and an official says the two are discussing a possible military intervention, likely West African-led, in north Mali against al-Qaida-linked group members and their allies.Tuareg rebels helped overtake Mali’s north earlier this year after a coup in Mali’s capital. Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and Islamist allies later took over the territory. The official spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. No further details were available.Mali’s interim government has asked for support to restructure its military. The European Union says it is considering requests to support West African-led military intervention.Mauritania in August said it will not intervene militarily in the north Africa region, but it has conducted several operations against AQIM bases in response to threats to the country’s interests.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories After Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts, no wide receiver is guaranteed to make the Arizona Cardinals’ 53-man roster coming out of training camp.While the battle for the No. 4 spot behind the aforementioned trio has picked up in recent weeks given the impressive play of Charles Hawkins, Jaron Brown and Kerry Taylor, the race is pretty wide open with games against the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos still left on the exhibition schedule.center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo That race just got a bit more crowded, as the Cardinals have signed veteran wideout Mike Thomas.In 2012, Thomas caught a combined 18 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions.A fourth-round pick out of Arizona in 2009, Thomas was released by the Lions Monday. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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