Centre spreading fear Congress

first_imgNew Delhi: Hitting out at the Government over its advisory issued asking tourists and Amarnath Yatra pilgrims to leave the Kashmir Valley ‘immediately’, the Congress on Saturday alleged that the Centre is spreading fear on Kashmir.”The Home Ministry order has scared citizens. Tourists and pilgrims have never been asked to leave abruptly like this… The government is trying to create an atmosphere of hate, saying that Kashmir is unsafe for outsiders. We condemn this decision by the government of India,” said senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAt a Press meet in the presence of former Sadr-e-Riyasat, J&K Karan Singh, state’s party in-charge Ambika Soni, P Chidambaram and Anand Sharma, Azad said the pilgrimage was never stopped or tourists in the Kashmir Valley were never asked to go back during the previous governments in J&K. Questioning the recent advisory of troop build-up, he asserted that the situation in the Valley is “worrying” and the deployment of the additional forces is a “matter of concern”.last_img read more

2 leaders of ruling NDA shot dead in a day in Bihar

first_imgPatna: Two leaders of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in Bihar were shot dead by unidentified men in two separate incidents, police said on Monday. Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Sant Kumar Singh was shot dead by bike-borne criminals late on Sunday in Mahthi village in Samastipur district, a police official said. In another incident, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Kalyan Dutt Pandey was shot dead by assailants in Dehura locality of Siwan district on Sunday, a police official said. The police has lodged cases in both the incidents, but no arrests have been made so far. Two political killings in a day raise questions over Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s claims of rule of law Bihar.last_img

Paraguays Deputy FM Stresses Support for Moroccos Territorial Integrity

Rabat – Paraguay’s deputy minister of foreign affairs, Hugo Caballero, has reaffirmed his country’s firm support for Morocco’s territorial integrity.The official made the remarks on Friday, October 19, during the first session of the Morocco-Paraguay consultations in Asuncion, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).“Regarding Morocco’s territorial integrity, Paraguay reiterates its unconditional support for Morocco’s position on this conflict and for all initiatives in support of the kingdom” to reach an agreed upon and mutually acceptable solution to the conflict. He added that Morocco can always count on Paraguay’s support to find a peaceful solution to the conflict that has lasted for more than 42 years.Paraguay’s foreign affairs minister Luis Alberto Castiglioni reiterated his country’s support for Morocco at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in September.“We are very pleased that relations between Paraguay and Morocco are at their best and we are working to make them even better,” said the Paraguayan minister.Recently, Morocco has received the support of several countries backing Morocco’s Autonomy Plan as a just solution to the conflict, including the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, and Guinea Bissau.The support is positive for Morocco, especially as the Security Council will meet on October 29 to adopt a new resolution on the Western Sahara conflict.The Security Council will also decide on the mandate of MINURSO, the UN mission in Western Sahara.The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, called on the Security Council to extend the mandate of the mission to one year. In April, the Security Council renewed MINURSO’s mandate for only six months. read more

Faizer says his profession is more important than politics

Mustapha had been accused of failing to ensure the Local Government elections are held without a hitch. The Minister said that he carried out his duties as the Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister, to the book with regards to the Local Government elections. Mustapha however insisted he was in Malta with the blessings of the President and Prime Minister. (Colombo Gazette) Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Faizer Mustapha says he puts his profession as a lawyer before politics.Mustapha told Parliament today that he will never sell his integrity as a lawyer and as a President’s Counsel for the sake of politics. Two no-confidence motions have also been submitted to Parliament against the Minister.There had also been allegations raised in Parliament that the President and Prime Minister were unaware that Mustapha was overseas recently when an issue arose with regards to the scheduled Local Government elections. read more

Water released for Moragahakanda electricity generation testing

Speaking at the occasion, the President said this was one of his dreams which has become reality. “I was waiting for this moment for a long time,” he said. President Maithripala Sirisena released water for research purpose for the electricity generation of Moragahakanda today.The Moragahakanda reservoir reached the required level of 178m for electricity generation due to the high rainfall. The Moragahakanda reservoir in the Knuckles mountain range will provide required water to the farmers while adding 25MW of electricity to the national grid. The research on electricity generation will be carried out for four days following which power will be added to the national grid.The Moragahakanda reservoir is situated 132m above sea level. This has the ability to generate electricity to the utmost level. It will save Rs.336mn annually from the fuel cost. read more

Traditional healer guilty of sex charges

A Six Nations traditional healer has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenaged girl and an adult woman.Ronald Dennis Henry, 55, was found guilty of six sexual offences after a jury of nine women and three men deliberated for about six hours last week.After listening to evidence from two complainants who had gone to Henry for help – a middle-aged woman and a teen who was 13 at the time of the assaults – the jury convicted Henry of two counts each of sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching.Justice Toni Skarica ordered that a pre-sentence report and Gladue report be written regarding Henry’s childhood and Indigenous background. Henry was to be remanded to the next Superior Court assignment court in order to begin the process of setting a sentencing date.Henry was well-known on Six Nations for doing readings for people, analyzing their dreams, ridding them of “negative energy” and offering traditional medicines which he mixed in a dirt-floored shack on his property.He was the only witness in his own defence and denied touching the women, who testified that he had them rub “protective medicine” on their bodies in the shack, insisting that if they didn’t completely cover their bodies they would get cancer.The two victims said Henry escalated his behaviour, insisting he needed to use his own energy to get the medicine inside them through digital, oral and vaginal sex.Henry was arrested in July 2016 and his trial began on May 7.During his testimony, Henry said the teen stopped coming to him for help because her father owed thousands of dollars for past visits for the girl and the rest of the family. He also said the woman was “all about money” but stopped coming to sessions because Henry said he wouldn’t lie to her husband about traumas she had revealed.Henry will appear next in assignment court on May 30.SGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble read more

KJ Hill can move up depth chart with more strong performances

OSU redshirt freshman K.J. Hill (14) runs into the endzone for a touchdown during the first half of the Buckeyes’ season opener against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorAfter being left off the initial two-deep depth chart, Ohio State redshirt freshman wide receiver K.J. Hill made sure everyone knew his name after last Saturday’s game against Bowling Green. Hill caught the first offensive touchdown of the season for OSU, and looks to be a primary target for redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett in the future.Hill, listed at 6-foot and 200 pounds, redshirted last season after after competing for a vital receiving role with the likes of three now-NFL receivers. The former four-star recruit from North Little Rock High School hauled in two receptions for 58 yards along with the first quarter touchdown reception.The crowded wide receiver unit, filled with upperclassmen like redshirt senior Corey Smith, junior James Clark, along with versatile H-backs like junior Curtis Samuel and senior Dontre Wilson who can make plays with their hands and their feet, could easily cause a young player like Hill to get lost in the mix. However, the redshirt freshman knows he can prevent being overshadowed by performing at a high level against Tulsa.“Every time you get a ball or a chance you gotta make the most of it,” Hill said.Initially committed to Arkansas, Hill jumped ship and made the decision to become a Buckeye after former OSU co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash left the Razorbacks to join OSU coach Urban Meyer’s squad. Hill said he was the one who made the call to see if the Buckeyes had an open spot for him.Meyer spoke highly of the ability of both Hill and his teammate — redshirt sophomore Noah Brown — on their ability to connect with Barrett and synchronize the timing of the routes they run. The relationship and ability by both men has earned high praise from the Buckeye coaching staff.Hill said the time he spent away from the field during his redshirt season motivated him to come out and work harder to become a top receiver for the Buckeyes.“It’s a tough process you go through. You know, I redshirted so I had a lot of downfalls and a lot of doubts,” Hill said. “I just kept going hard in practice, and my hard work paid off. I look back at it now and it was crazy.”Even with the top-tier production from Hill, he said the order of wide receivers has not changed, firmly placing him around the fifth or sixth receiver mark. Although this may seem buried in the depth chart, Hill can make a move up the roster if he continues to play at a high level.Hill will get his chance to make big plays against the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. read more

Željko Babić cut Vori and Čupić for Croatia Cup We see lack

A small earthquake in Croatian handball after decision of national team coach Željko Babić to “cut” two important names – Igor Vori and Ivan Čupić for the upcoming Croatia Cup in November during the EHF week. Successor of Slavko Goluža on the hot Croatian bench decided to make some changes in order to give a new impulse and doze of seriosity to his players:– Reason is simple. We aren’t satisfied with the level of our performance, so we think that all the players have to think about their roles and their place in the national team. We invited 20 players to make a bigger roster, to get more “fight” for the position in the team. Message is simple. Commitment of the players have to be bigger. We weren’t satisfied with the performance and engagement of Vori and Cupic. We want to see passion, patriotic tension, willigness to play for the national team. In some segments this didn’t exist, so we want to prevent that with this kind of decisions – explained Ex-Meshkov Brest coach his decision.CROATIAN ROSTER:Mirko Alilovic (MVM Veszprem)2. Ivan Pešić (Meškov Brest)3. Filip Ivić (PPD Zagreb)4. Manuel Štrlek (Vive Tauron Kielce)5. Antonijo Kovačević (PPD Zagreb)6. Jerko Matulić (Chambery)7. Zlatko Horvat (PPD Zagreb)8. Marino Marić (Melsungen)9. Ilija Brozović (HSV Hamburg)10. Leon Šušnja (PPD Zagreb)11. Marko Kopljar (Barcelona)12. Luka Stepančić (PPD Zagreb)13. Luka Šebetić (PPD Zagreb)14. Igor Karačić (Vardar)15. Domagoj Pavlović (PPD Zagreb)16. Luka Cindrić (Vardar)17. Domagoj Duvnjak (Kiel)18. Marko Mamić (Dunkerque)19. Ivan Slišković (Veszprem)20. Jakov Gojun (Füchse Berlin) ← Previous Story Richard Stochl to replace Stanic in RNL! Next Story → SEHA: “Angry Meshkov” trash Borac croatiaIgor VoriIvan Cupiczeljko babic read more

Nintendo 2DS handson review A link to the 2D past

first_imgNintendo confused and excited the world by taking their Game Boy, adding a screen, and folding it in a half almost ten years ago. For some reason, their decision to remove the hinge and ditch 3D in exchange for a smaller overall device has not been so widely appreciated. I decided to take a closer look at Nintendo’s 2DS and see exactly what was going on.At first glance, the 2DS’ wedge design is more than a little awkward. The buttons are up higher on the console, removing that cradled feel as the corners of the console are seated in the center of your palms. Instead what you get is an arguably more comfortable resting position between your index and middle fingers, as the thicker part of the wedge rests so you can firmly grip the console. Reaching the buttons is just as easy in this position, while the placement of the stylus makes removal and use one fluid motion.It certainly seems counter-intuitive to consider this a better design for the DS, but the 2DS really is quite comfortable to hold even if you prefer 3DS XL’s larger design. (Read: 2DS vs 3DS vs 3DS XL.)Since there’s no hinge and the 2DS can’t fold in half, this design isn’t exactly pocketable. I’d argue that the most commonly sold accessory for the DS line happens to be a protective case which makes the console just as pocket-unfriendly as the 2DS, but at least you have the option. While we’ve not seen the inside of the 2DS yet, it feels like Nintendo deployed some of their child-friendly tricks from the Wii U gamepad to make this design capable of surviving a drop or two without any problems.Outside of the physical shape, there was an actual purpose to the hinge closing for most users, which was the sleep function that quickly suspended activity during gameplay so you could go do something else. This feature still exists, but now it is a standalone sleep toggle on the bottom edge of the 2DS. Flick the switch and the system will be suspended, just as though you’d closed the system.Despite technically being just a single screen under the plastic, the 2DS still very much feels like two different displays. The touch panel on the bottom is just as responsive as the other consoles, and there’s no quality difference in brightness or color that was obvious in comparing the three models to each other. One thing worth noting that could cause an issue in the future for 2DS users is the Home button. It rests right on the lip of the display, and if you press it too hard you can see bottom of the touch display flex a little. This isn’t a dealbreaker by any means, but it is clearly a weak point in the design that should be taken into consideration during use.Everything on the software end of the console feels exactly the same, only with no 3D. This doesn’t stop you from capturing 3D images to send to friends that do have 3D variants, through the two cameras on the back of the device, but you won’t ever see the effect for yourself on the 2DS. Given how few games in the past year have truly taken advantage of 3D on the DS consoles, most notably the recent Pokemon X and Y release, there’s not a lot lost here.At $129, unless you absolutely must have the larger screens offered by the 3DS XL, this is clearly the DS to buy. It’s got a nice look to it, and it’s very comfortable to hold and play. Nintendo may not be causing massive waves with this release, but the console is clearly a well-designed product and a very positive step for parents looking to get a new DS for their kids this holiday season. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY 2DS bottom edge2DS bottom edge2DS front face2DS right side2DS left side2DS top2DS backDS Trio closedDS Trio OpenDS Trio front edgeDS Trio portsDS Trio right sideOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADS Trio stacked2DS 3DS side by side2DS 3DS open2DS 3DS XL down2DS 3DS XL front edge2DS 3DS XL cartridge slot2DS 3DS XLlast_img read more

Groups warn of spike in homophobic attacks

first_imgA spike in attacks against men and women perceived to be gay by suspected members of ultra-right organizations has prompted the reaction of rights groups. “Immigrants and refugees are the new Jews of Greece today, but they are not alone. Gays, members of the Roma community and other groups are included,” said a statement issued by the Network for Recording Incidents of Racist Violence. The network, which last month called for action to combat an increase in attacks on immigrants in Greece, is now monitoring a rising wave of homophobia. In its statement it noted that a homophobic rant by ultra-right Golden Dawn MP Ilias Panayiotaras last month during a protest against the staging of a controversial Passion play in central Athens had not led to any action. Panayiotaros had shouted “Wrap it up you little faggots” at people he apparently perceived to be gay and “Your time is coming.” The statement by the network followed an attack by suspected extreme rightists on Saturday against members of the anti-fascist committee of the central neighborhoods of Kerameikos and Metaxourgeio who rallied against the increase in homophobic attacks. In summer, gay and lesbian groups compiled a leaflet that is still in circulation offering advice to homosexuals to show caution in public, particularly when they are alone and in dark and abandoned streets. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Unalaska ambulance inherited by Chignik

first_imgOne of Unalaska’s former ambulances will soon be taking a ferry ride to the Alaskan Peninsula town of Chignik. Chignik is an incorporated city in the Lake and Peninsula Borough, home to about 60 permanent residents and hundreds of seasonal workers.Download AudioDeputy Chief Jennifer Shockley announced Wednesday that Chignik public safety officials submitted the winning bid to inherit the surplus ambulance. The city no longer needs it after the Unalaska Department of Public Safety got a brand new ambulance earlier this year.Instead of selling or scrapping the old one, Unalaska’s city council approved a give-away program.Chignik City Clerk/Treasurer Becky Boettcher said in an email Thursday it felt like winning the lottery when she learned the ambulance would be joining the Chignik Public Safety Department.She said the very day she and another staff member were lamenting the state of Chignik’s current ambulance – nicknamed the “Ghostbusters Van” – Chignik received a letter in the mail from Unalaska.Former fire chief Zac Schasteen said that when the city released the old one for donation, he sent out a letter to other Aleutian and Alaskan coastal communities.“Saying hey, we have this ambulance here,” Schasteen said, “If you need it and you meet the criteria, then we’ll give it to you if you’ll pay for the shipping off Unalaska.”The criteria included being an incorporated municipality with the state of Alaska; community need; and having sufficient storage and maintenance capability. Priority was given to a city in the Aleutians or Southwest Alaska, like Chignik.Chignik officials say the donation comes as a relief and will help the city’s currently effort to improve public health and safety services. Boettner said a new clinic recently opened its doors and construction is underway on a long-anticipated new municipal dock there.Earlier this year, Schasteen gave KUCB a test ride and tour of both the old and new ambulances.The outgoing diesel ambulance was built in 1999 by Freightliner. It lacks an air ride suspension, which made it more of a challenge for EMTs to lift and unload gurney-strapped patients.The city’s 2012 and 2015 ambulances have several improved features the 1999 did not, Schasteen said. Improvements tailored to Unalaska’s needs.“For a long time, the 1999 ambulance – again the suspension is so rough – we really use that as a back-up ambulance,” Schasteen said. “So we really got away from that as being a primary ambulance. Now that we have two functional ambulances that we can have an equal level of patient care on and configured similarly, what we’re going to go back to is a multi-station response.”The 2012 ambulance is now housed at Station 2, the Amaknak fire station, and the newest one at the DPS building in Unalaska.Shockley says that volunteers and paid DPS staff reviewed applications requesting the surplus ambulance from King Cove, Bristol Bay Borough and Chignik. The ambulance will be shipped to Chignik in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Holey Artisan attack accused remanded

first_imgThe Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) escort arrested suspected militant Mamunur Rashid (C) in Dhaka on 20 January, 2019. Photo: AFPA Dhaka court on Sunday placed Md Mammunur Rashid, an accused in Gulshan Holey Artisan Bakery cafe attack case, on a five-day remand, reports UNB.Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court judge Kanak Barua passed the order in the afternoon when investigation officer (IO) of the case and assistant superintendent of police (ASP) of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-3 Kafil Uddin sought a ten-day remand for the accused.Earlier on Saturday night, RAB men arrested Md Mammunur Rashid aka Ripon aka Rezaul Karim aka Reza, a surah member of banned militant outfit JMB and also the supplier of money and arms to the cafe attackers.Acting on a tip-off, a team of the elite force conducted a drive in Boardbazar area and arrested the JMB member along with Tk 150,000, said RAB officials.The terrorist attack that shattered the country and drew global attention, claimed lives of 22 people — nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian, one Bangladeshi-born American and two Bangladeshis along with two police officers — on 1 July, 2016.Twenty-one people were identified to be behind the attack. Among them, 13 were killed in gunfights at different times.On 23 July in 2018, police pressed charges against eight alleged militants in the Holey Artisan cafe attack case.last_img read more

Artist carves elephant landscape from a pencil

first_imgWorking on such a small scale is only possible with magnification, so Chinn used a simple magnifying lamp and a trinocular microscope for the really detailed parts (see above). She started with a photo of elephants as a reference and added grid lines to plan out the carving. That’s why there’s a grid etched on the graphite in one of the above photos. The final product includes a little magnifying glass so visitors to the Epiphany Elephant Museum can actually see the work up close. You can get your own copy of this work, handmade by the artist for about $823. Artist Cindy Chinn uses pencils. That doesn’t sound unusual for an artist (or really for anyone). However, Chinn uses pencils not as a utensil but as her medium. You might have seen a few of her near-microscopic pencil carvings in the past, but the most recent is really a whole new level of mind bending. It’s a line of elephants carved from graphite with a landscape also carved from the innards of the pencil. This piece was created by Cindy Chinn for the California-based Epiphany Elephant Museum. The line of elephants toward the end are all graphite, but the combination of wood and graphite in the pencil allows for some very cool landscape as well. The trees have graphite trunks, but some of the surrounding wood was left in place and textured to simulate leaves. It’s a really cool effect. Check out the gallery below for more angles. <>last_img read more

M6 reopens nine hours after man dies in accident everything we know

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA busy stretch of the M6 motorway in Staffordshire has reopened almost nine hours after a fatal accident this morning. Police, paramedics and firefighters were called to the southbound carriageway between junction 14 and junction 13, near Stafford, shortly after 3am. The motorway reopened shortly after 12pm and there are severe delays on a number of surrounding roads as of 12pm. Here’s everything we know so far: Read MoreSix injured after car collides with group of pedestrians near Staffordshire school   Emergency services were just after 3am to reports of an accident involving a lorry and a pedestrian. The incident took place just north of junction 13 (Stafford South) on the southbound carriageway Highways England and police had closed the southbound carriageway by 3.20am for what they called a ‘police-led incident’, with the route reopening just after 12pm. The northbound carriageway was also briefly shut but had reopened in a few minutes Long delays are reported on the motorway before the closure – with congestion back towards junction 16 and onto the A500 at one point There are also long delays on surrounding routes into Stafford including the A449 and A34 – with roadworks at Greyfriars Roundabout adding to delays on the route, which forms part of the official diversion A number of vehicles have broken down in the queues leading up to the closure, adding to delays A large number of vehicles were trapped in the closure, with some motorists still there more than six hours later. Highways England and the Central Motorway Police Group turned trapped traffic around and later released it via lane three of the motorway. Staffordshire Police confirmed a 30-year-old man, the pedestrian, had died as a result of the accident His family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers A forensic investigation by the Collision Investigation Unit took place before the route reopened. West Midlands Ambulance Service sent one ambulance and a paramedic officer to the scene The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene while the lorry driver, another man, was treated for minor injuries and discharged Anyone with information or dashcam footage is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 52 of February 14. For further updates as we get them visit our dedicated update feed here. Read MoreInquests to open today into deaths of four children killed in house fire Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive  or message us on  our Facebook page .  And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more

How to translate OpenQASM programs in IBX QX into quantum scores Tutorial

first_imgOpen Quantum Assembly Language (OpenQASM, pronounced open kazm) is a custom programming language designed specifically to minimally describe quantum circuits. In this tutorial, we will learn how to translate OpenQASM programs into quantum scores with IBM QX. We will also look at representing quantum scores in OpenQASM 2.0 programs. You will need a modern web browser and the ability to sign into IBM QX This tutorial is an excerpt taken from the book ‘Mastering Quantum Computing with IBM QX’ written by  Dr. Christine Corbett Moran. The book explores quantum computing by implementing quantum programs on IBM QX, helping you be at the forefront of the next revolution in computation. The Quantum Composer is a tool to specify quantum programs graphically, and many SDKs and APIs exist to write compute code to represent a quantum program in a modern language ( Python being a common choice). Like the Quantum Composer, OpenQASM a higher-level language for specifying quantum programs than computer code, but unlike the Quantum Composer, it is neither graphical nor user interface specific, so it can be much easier to specify longer programs that can be directly copied into the many quantum simulators or into IBM QX for use. The Quantum Composer can take as input, programs in OpenQASM, and translate them into the graphical view. Likewise, for every program specified in the Quantum Composer it is easy to access the equivalent in OpenQASM within the IBM QX user interface. OpenQASM is similar in syntax to C: Comments are one per line and begin with // White space isn’t important Case is important Every line in the program must end in a semicolon ; Additionally, the following points apply: Every program must begin with OPENQASM 2.0; (IBM QX at the time of writing uses version 2.0, but this can be updated to whichever version of OpenQASM you are using). When working with IBM QX, the include “qelib1.inc”; header must be given. Any other file can be included with the same syntax; what OpenQASM does is simply copies the content of the file at the location of include. The path to the file is a relative path from the current program. Reading and writing OpenQASM 2.0 programs for the IBM QX will involve the following operations: Include header include “qelib1.inc”; Declaring a quantum register (qregname is any name you choose for the quantum register) qreg qregname[k]; Referencing a quantum register qregname[i]; Declaring a classical register (cregname is any name you choose for the quantum register) creg cregname[k]; Referencing a classical register cregname[i]; One-qubit gate list, available with inclusion of qelib1.inc on IBM QX h, t, tdg, s, sdg, x, y, z, id One-qubit gate action syntax gate q[i]; Two-qubit CNOT gate list, available with inclusion of qelib1.inc on IBM QX cx Two-qubit CNOT gate action (control and target both qubits in a previously declared quantum register) cnot control, target; Measurement operations available measure, bloch Measurement operation action syntax measure q[i] -> c[j]; bloch q[i] -> c[j]; Barrier operation (args are a comma-separated list of qubits) barrier args; Primitive gates (OpenQASM standard but not used on IBM QX) CX, U We will now learn reading OpenQASM programs and translating them into quantum scores as well as translating quantum scores to OpenQASM programs. Note that i and j are integer counters, starting at 0, which specifies which qubit/bit in the quantum or classical register the program would like to reference; k is an integer counter greater than 0 which specifies the size of a classical or quantum register at declaration. Translating OpenQASM programs into quantum scores In this tutorial, we will translate OpenQASM programs into quantum scores by hand to practice, reading OpenQASM code. OpenQASM to negate one qubit Consider the following program: OPENQASM 2.0;include “qelib1.inc”;qreg q[1];x q[0]; The following lines are the standard headers for working with IBM QX: OPENQASM 2.0;include “qelib1.inc”; Then the following line declares a quantum register of size one named q: qreg q[1]; Quantum registers are automatically initialized to contain |”0″>. Finally, the next line operates the X gate on the first (and only) qubit in the q quantum register: x q[0]; Putting this all together, we can create the following equivalent quantum score: OpenQASM to apply gates to two qubits, and measure the first qubit Next, consider the OpenQASM program: OPENQASM 2.0;include “qelib1.inc”;qreg q[2];creg c[1];x q[0];y q[0];z q[0];s q[1];measure q[0] -> c[0]; The first two preceding lines are the standard header to declare a program and OpenQASM program and the standard import header to interface with the IBM QX. The next two lines declare a quantum register of two qubits initialized to |”00″> and a classical register of one bit initialized to 0: qreg q[2];creg c[1]; The next three lines apply gates, in order, to the first qubit in the q quantum register: x q[0];y q[0];z q[0]; The next line applies a gate to the second qubit in the q quantum register: s q[1]; And the final line measures the first qubit in the q quantum register and places the result in the first (and only) bit in the c classical register: measure q[0] -> c[0]; Putting this all together, we can create the following equivalent quantum score: Representing quantum scores in OpenQASM 2.0 programs Here is an example of writing an OpenQASM 2.0 program from a quantum score. I have broken it down into columns from top to bottom of the score for clarity and annotated these in the diagram by indicating column numbers in orange. Here’s the circuit illustrating the reversibility of quantum computations: Let’s dissect the OpenQASM that generates this circuit. The first lines are, as usual, the headers, indicating the code is OpenQASM and that we will be using the standard IBM QX header: OPENQASM 2.0;include “qelib1.inc”; The next lines declare a quantum register named q of 5 qubits  initialized to |”00000″> and a classical register name c of 5 bits initialized to 00000: // declare the quantum and classical registers we will useqreg q[5];creg c[5]; The next lines will go column by column in the circuit diagram, creating the code for each column in order. We will start with the first column: The first column we can see only contains a CNOT gate, with its control qubit being the third qubit in the q quantum register, q[2] and the target qubit being the second qubit in the q quantum register, q[1]. Looking up the OpenQASM syntax for the CNOT gate in the table in the previous section, we see that it is cnot control, target; which means that the first column will be coded as: //column 1cx q[2],q[1]; Next, we will move to the second column, which has a number of gates specified. The code for the second column is: //column2x q[1];h q[2];s q[3];y q[4]; Each successive column should now be straightforward to encode from looking at the quantum score in OpenQASM. The full program is as follows: OPENQASM 2.0;include “qelib1.inc”;// declare the quantum and classical registers we will useqreg q[5];creg c[5];//column 1cx q[2],q[1];//column2x q[1];h q[2];s q[3];y q[4];//column 3t q[2];z q[3];//column 4tdg q[2];z q[3];//column 5x q[1];h q[2];sdg q[3];y q[4];// column 6cx q[2],q[1];// column 7measure q[0] -> c[0];// column 8measure q[1] -> c[1];// column 9measure q[2] -> c[2];// column 10measure q[3] -> c[3];// column 11measure q[4] -> c[4]; The previous code exactly reproduced the quantum score as depicted, but we could make several quantum scores, which are equivalent (and thus several variations on the OpenQASM program that are equivalent), as we saw in previous sections. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind: Each column could be in any order, for example, column 3 could be: t q[2];z q[3]; Or it could be: z q[3];tdg q[2]; In addition, any gate operating on a qubit in any column where there is no gate in the previous column on the qubit can be moved to the previous column, without affecting the computation. In this article, we learned how to translate OpenQASM programs in IBX QX into quantum scores. We also looked at Representing quantum scores in OpenQASM 2.0 programs. If you want to learn other concepts and principles of Quantum Computing with IBM QX, be sure to check out the book ‘Mastering Quantum Computing with IBM QX’. Read Next Quantum computing, edge analytics, and meta-learning: key trends in data science and big data in 2019 Did quantum computing just take a quantum leap? 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first_img October 9, 2018 1,012 Views Banks BCFP loans mortgage New York Fed 2018-10-09 Radhika Ojha How CFPB Impacts Mortgage Lending Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP) was formed as part of the Dodd-Frank Act and began operations in July 2011 with the mandate to protect consumer finances and a broad authority over banks and nonbanks.How has the oversight of the bureau affected banks since it began seven years ago? A new research by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York aimed to measure the effects on banks of BCFP’s supervision and enforcement activities to answer this question.Focusing on BCFP and mortgage lenders, the research revealed that “there is no evidence that being subject to CFPB supervision and enforcement has led to lower mortgage lending for affected banks,” the New York Fed said on its Liberty Street Economics blog on Tuesday.Written by Andreas Fuster, Matthew Plosser, and James Vickery, the blog gave an overview of the research done by the bank on the impact of BCFP’s oversight on lenders. Looking at commercial and savings banks with total assets between $1 billion and $25 billion as of June 30, 2011, the research sorted them into two groups: those that became subject to the bureau’s oversight when it started operating in mid-2011 and those that did not and plotted the mortgage lending volumes for these two groups using Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data.It found that while the volume of mortgage lending for both groups fluctuated substantially over time and reflected movements in long-term interest rates and other factors, there were no obvious differential trends with lending volumes moving very closely together for the two groups.The research also estimated the lending effects of BCFP oversight by using a model that accounted for the location of mortgaged property and other loan characteristics. It found that the estimated effect of BCFP’s oversight on mortgage origination volume was economically small and “generally not statistically different from zero.””We also find that banks subject to CFPB oversight are no more likely to reject mortgage applications than other banks,” the blog said. “We find that CFPB oversight reduces affected lenders’ share of mortgage originations by at most 1.6 percentage points, a small decline relative to the overall 38 percent market share of these lenders in our sample.”However, when the research looked at the composition of mortgage lending, it found that BCFP oversight had impacted these. “Most notably, we find a 6 percent drop in the market share of CFPB-supervised banks for mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). These loans tend to be riskier since they are made to lower-income borrowers and generally involve a small down payment,” the research revealed. “There is also some evidence of a drop in lending to borrowers with higher credit risk. Offsetting these declines, CFPB-supervised banks substitute toward large loans in the “jumbo” segment of the mortgage market, where borrowers tend to have higher incomes.”Click here to read the full blog and research findings.last_img read more

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first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact And perhaps that mindset should not come as a surprise, especially given that he’s spent a lot of his career dishing out punishment rather than receiving it.“I’ve definitely developed a mentality of getting after people, and not just doing it once, like all game long, just wearing on you,” he said. “And really letting you know that I’m on the field and I’m going to be here all night.”Niklas said the Cardinals have told him the initial plan is to use him as an edge setter in the run game and then going from there in the passing game.And as he embarks on his rookie season, Niklas is facing fewer questions about his ability to handle defensive linemen than he is about his prowess for catching the football. Given his relative inexperience as a tight end, there isn’t much film of him being a dominant member of the passing game. Fair or not, people wonder if he can be a threat there.“I think there is a lot that I can improve on, but there’s a lot that’s a pretty significant natural ability,” he said when asked if receiving is something he can learn. “I’ve played basketball since I was probably like seven up until my senior year of high school, so I’ve been used to catching balls my entire life.” TEMPE, Ariz. — Back in 2006, the Arizona Cardinals attempted to turn a defensive-turned-offensive lineman into a tight end.Fred Wakefield’s career ended with him catching just two passes for 24 yards.Like Wakefield eight years ago, the Cardinals’ newest tight end, Troy Niklas, is also still learning the tight end position.However, unlike Wakefield, whose move was necessitated largely due to a need at the position and a lack of playing time elsewhere, Niklas’ transition was all about getting the most out of his abilities. Until it happens on the field, though, people may have some doubt. While all rookies, at least to some extent, have something to prove, Niklas may have a bit more considering his draft status but relative inexperience at his position. That’s fine, he said, because at this point it doesn’t matter what he’s done in high school or college; the only thing that matters is what he does in the NFL as an Arizona Cardinal.“I’m just looking to work hard and produce as much as I can for the team,” he said.And if he can do what the team believes he can, they’ll have themselves the type of player the organization has been seeking for a long, long time.“They definitely say that the well-rounded tight end is a bit of a dying breed, but hopefully we can spark a little bit of a revival in that,” he said. – / 7 Top Stories center_img 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “I just feel like it’s a better position for my skill set and better use of my size than outside linebacker,” he said Tuesday while speaking the media at the team’s Tempe training facility. Niklas spent just two seasons as a tight end in South Bend, catching 37 passes for 573 yards and six touchdowns. As a junior last season, the 21-year-old caught 32 passes for 498 yards and five touchdowns, showing a clear progression of his comfort at the position.The Cardinals, having spent a second round pick on him, are banking on his continued development. If they’re right, the 6-foot-6, 270-pounder could become a valuable weapon in the offensive attack.“In the NFL, tight ends are being used so much more than in the past,” Niklas said. “It’s a pretty vital part of the offense now. It’s just hard for linebackers to cover us because of our speed, and it’s hard for safeties to cover us because of our size. So it creates a lot of mismatches.”That’s the idea, and it’s the type of advantage the team has never really had but has been a staple of Bruce Arians’ offense in previous stops.Of course, one of the other things the Cardinals liked about Niklas — and one of the reasons they drafted him 52nd overall — was his ability to block. The rookie said that’s a part of the game he enjoys because he likes the contact and feels there’s no better feeling than getting a good block on a surprised defensive end. last_img read more

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