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Restoring and preserving Balboa Parks antique carousel

first_img May 18, 2018 Updated: 10:50 PM Sasha Foo, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsBALBOA PARK (KUSI) — For almost 100 years, it’s been one of the signature attractions at Balboa Park. Now, a local non-profit has launched a fundraising campaign to ensure that the historic carousel in the park will entertain many generations to come.When the Friends of Balboa Park arranged to buy the carousel from a private owner in San Diego last spring, it also decided to set a fundraising goal of $3 million to pay for the purchase and restoration of the 1910 Herschell — Spillman carousel.The antique carousel features more than 50 animals, including horses, a reindeer, giraffes, frogs, a dragon and pigs. There are probably fewer than a dozen of these antique menagerie carousels still operating worldwide which also allow riders to play a game called the “brass ring.”The carousel which came to California in 1912 became a permanent attraction at the park in 1922.Carousel manager Bill Brown told us the motor that powers the carousel is the original. Also original, the band organ that churns out sheet music with hit melodies from 1910.Although a schedule of regular maintenance and paint touch-ups have kept the carousel operating for almost a century, the executive director of the Friends of Balboa Park said it’s time for major restoration work.John Bolthouse said the group’s fundraising campaign will pay for improvements such as treating the building that houses the carousel for termite infestation, as well as installing new wiring and a sprinkler system.Some of the funds will also be spent on enhancing the appeal of the area around the carousel, As Bill Brown, the carousel manager told us, the only downside of the carousel occurs when the ride ends, “and the kids don’t want to go and it’s hard to get them off the carousel.”Looking ahead, the Friends of Balboa Park hopes the antique carousel with its fantastic menagerie of creatures won’t ever have to stop and can keep on riding into the future.If you would like to donate, click HERE. Posted: May 18, 2018center_img Restoring and preserving Balboa Park’s antique carousel Sasha Foo Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Rohingya children witness crimes against humanity HRW

first_imgRohingya refugee children pose for a picture in a camp at Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, on 26 September, 2017. Photo: ReutersAbdulaziz is only nine years old, but his serious look and stern demeanour makes him seem much older. There’s a reason for that: three weeks ago, he watched Burmese soldiers murder his parents and siblings, and now he has to look after his little brother, Zahid, 6, the only survivor from what was once a family of seven.When Myanmar soldiers attacked hundreds of Rohingya Muslims in the village of Tu Lar To Li on 30 August, Abdulaziz took his brother Zahid by the hand, and together they swam across an adjoining river to escape, even as soldiers fired at them, killing some of those swimming alongside, saidPeter Bouckaert, Human Rights Watch’s emergencies director and an expert in humanitarian crises in an article published on the HRW website on Friday. Peter Bouckaert added, “From across the river, the little boys watched as the soldiers first shot dead their father Mufiz, 35, and then took their mother Rabu, 30, their brothers Janatullah, 10, and Shabullah, 5, and their sister Mumtaz, 3, into a nearby house. The house was soon engulfed in flames.”He also said that nearby in the sprawling Kutupalong refugee camp on the Bangladeshi side of the border stood another little boy, 10-year-old Ali, whose parents and three siblings were killed in the same massacre by the Burmese military. According to those taking care of him, Ali has not spoken since the killings.The ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya Muslims since an attack by Rohingya militants on police posts in late August has harmed countless children, many of them shot or hacked to death by uniformed soldiers,Approximately 480,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh, and according to UNICEF the majority among them are children. These children are deeply traumatised and have had their lives ripped apart by the violence they have experienced and witnessed.Peter Bouckaert said, “Reading about half a million Rohingyas fleeing violence in Myanmar in just over one month may leave many feeling powerless. But each refugee, like Abdulaziz and his brother Zahid, have real needs that can be met – from safe shelter, food, and clean water, to psychosocial counseling to deal with the trauma they experienced, and, urgently, an education that can eventually help them realise their full potential.”Sadly, the United Nation’s emergency request for funding for education has fallen on deaf ears, even though more than 100,000 of the refugees are children who should soon be in school. Those responsible for these crimes need to be held accountable, he added.But for the children who have lost their families, experiencing some sense of normalcy, as well as justice, is essential to healing such deep wounds.last_img
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UP chairman shot dead

first_img.A Jatiya Party-backed union parishad chairman was gunned down by miscreants in Krishnanagar Bazar area of Kaliganj upazila in Satkhira district on Saturday night.The deceased is Mosharraf Hossain, 52, from Krishnanagar union parishad of the upazila, reports UNB.Witnesses said six miscreants came by three motorcycles in the market and shot the chairman when he was sitting in front of Jubo League office, leaving him critically injured.Jubo League is the youth wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL).He died on the way to a local hospital, the witnesses added.Assistant superintendent of Satkhira police Yeasin Ali said a group of miscreants fired several rounds of bullet aiming Mosharraf Hossain, leaving him dead on the spot.last_img read more

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Researchers engineer molecular magnets to act as longlived qubits

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Some physicists today are investigating the possibility of using molecular magnets as information storage units in future quantum computers. Molecular magnets are molecules whose magnetic moments prefer to lie along a particular axis with respect to the molecular structure. They have electron spin structures that can be magnetically tuned to more than one state and, at low temperatures, can retain this state even in the absence of a magnetic field, potentially allowing them to store information. More information: C.J. Wedge, et al. “Chemical Engineering of Molecular Qubits.” PRL 108, 107204 (2012). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.107204 Chemical structure of a molecular magnet. Image credit: C.J. Wedge, et al. ©2012 American Physical Society Copyright 2012 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. Citation: Researchers engineer molecular magnets to act as long-lived qubits (2012, March 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-molecular-magnets-long-lived-qubits.html 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. Breakthrough in quantum computing: Resisting ‘quantum bug’ Now a team of researchers from the UK have demonstrated that the phase of quantum mechanical superpositions between the magnetic states can last for more than 15 microseconds, allowing their spin states to be repeatedly switched before they lose their information through decoherence. This finding adds to the evidence that molecular magnets may be useful as qubits, the components of a quantum computer.The researchers, C.J. Wedge, et al., from the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester, have published their study on how to chemically engineer molecular qubits to increase their phase memory times in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. Previously, the researchers achieved a phase memory time of 3.8 microseconds, and studies of other molecular magnet systems have yielded times on the 1 microsecond time scale.  “Phase memory time and coherence time are very similar concepts,” coauthor Arzhang Ardavan of the University of Oxford told PhysOrg.com. “[Long phase memory time] means that it is possible to manipulate the qubit many times before the quantum information is lost. That is the greatest significance, but we were also pleased that it was possible to control the molecular structures precisely so as to determine the various decoherence mechanisms and to reduce them as far as we were able.”In their study, the researchers focused on Cr7Ni molecular magnets, which they had previously shown to have  coherence times that greatly exceed the 10 nanoseconds needed for single-qubit manipulations. Here, they have taken the next steps and investigated the specific sources of the molecular magnet’s decoherence (nuclear spin diffusion and spectral diffusion), as well as how to optimize the structures to delay decoherence as long as possible.To do this, the researchers compared different Cr7Ni structures by changing two key components, certain cations and ligands. They specifically investigated how well the different structures retained their spin states at low temperatures, as measured by the structures’ phase-coherence relaxation time. The researchers found that optimally engineered Cr7Ni molecular magnets can have phase memory times exceeding 15 microseconds, which is several orders of magnitude higher than the time required for single-qubit manipulations, and significantly longer than previous demonstrations.The researchers predict that the results will lead to the ability to manipulate quantum states within molecular magnet clusters. They plan to further investigate ways to manipulate molecular magnets in the future.“We will examine various possibilities,” Ardavan said. “Our collaborators who work on the chemistry of these molecules are able to synthesize structures incorporating several coupled molecular magnets. We will work on simple multi-qubit algorithms using these kinds of molecules. “Recently, it was proposed theoretically that electric fields could be used to manipulate the magnetic states of molecular magnets,” he added. “We are examining these possibilities experimentally.”last_img read more

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Education dept to crack down on saffronisation of schools

first_imgKolkata: The state Education department is all set to take strong measures to tackle alleged saffronisation of education in the state. State Education minister Partha Chatterjee will hold a meeting with Gerry Arathoon, the Chief Executive and Secretary of the ICSE council, soon after the pujas.It has been learnt that the Education minister will seek his opinion on the secular education system in the country and will follow it up with leading institutions like Ramakrishna Mission and seek their viewpoint in this regard. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the number of RSS minded schools in the state is more than 1,000 and some of these schools are affiliated to the ICSE council.”The state is of the opinion that the lessons that are imparted in these schools go against the culture and tradition of education in the state. If everything goes as per plan, the meeting with Arathoon will be held on November 2,” a senior official of the Education department said.The minister has repeatedly expressed his concern over the mushrooming of such RSS backed schools in the state and had directed his department officials to prepare a list of such schools. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe state has identified around 493 such schools, among which 125 are running without no objection certifi-cate of the state. The state wants to ensure closure of these schools.It may be mentioned that a handful of these schools have been found imparting lessons on how to fight with sticks. They also have certain religious texts that encourage religious intolerance. “We have to see whether these schools are running with proper permission of our department and also examine what is being taught,” the official added.last_img read more

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Ornaments of Kali idols stolen in Birbhum villagers protest

first_imgSuri (WB): The ornaments of two Kali idols of a temple were stolen at Chinpai village of Birbhum district triggering furore among locals who blocked road, the police said. The idols were decorated with gold and silver ornaments on the occasion of Kali puja Tuesday. Those were found missing by the priest this morning, they said. Angry over the theft, hundreds of villagers, including women, sat on the busy national highway. Initially, police tried to disperse the villagers, but failed. Once the officer-in-charge of the local police station reached the spot, he was chased by them. After about two hours, Additional Superintendent of Police Subimal Pal arrived and the blockade was lifted. Superintendent of Police Kunal Agarwal said that the situation was under control. Senior police officers were camping in the spot.last_img read more

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Visa Europe Paves the Way to Bring Apple Pay Across the Pond

first_img 2 min read February 24, 2015 Apple Pay aficionados may soon be able to tap, tap on their smartphones and pay in Europe.Visa Europe announced today that it is unveiling a new payment technology that allows credit card payments to be processed by a retailer without disclosing specific credit card data. The “tokenisation” service uses a series of numbers, not credit card numbers, to verify a payment, according to a statement released by the London-based payment processing company today.The introduction of this mobile payment technology to Europe paves the way for Apple to bring its popular, touch Apple Pay system across the Atlantic. Thus far, ApplePay has only been available in the U.S.Apple did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on its plans to expand Apple Pay.Related: Samsung Buys Mobile Payments Startup to Take on Apple PayVisa Europe said the launch of tokisation technology was indeed a catalyst for mobile payment technology becoming more mainstream in Europe. “This is an exciting time to be in the payment industry. We believe that 2015 will be the year that mobile payments will be in the hands of consumers across Europe,” said Sandra Alzetta, an executive director of products for Visa Europe, in the statement.Visa Europe is partnered with the U.S. credit card megaloth Visa, but it operates independently.Related: How Apple Pay Is Poised to Transform the Trillion-Dollar Service IndustryThe benefit of a mobile payment system like Apple Pay or one of its rivals, beyond the convenience of not having to fumble for a your wallet and credit card in your handbag or pocket, is safety. With the tokenisation technology, a consumer’s credit card information is never shared with the merchant during a payment.With Apple Pay specifically, a Device Account Number is generated for each customer and encrypted and stored on a chip in your mobile device. The credit card numbers, therefore, are not ever even stored on the Apple servers.Related: Apple Opens its App Store to 4.5 Billion Chinese Credit Cards Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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