Ministry dithers on exemption sex abuser hygienist fights for licence

first_imgTORONTO — An exemption to a law that automatically branded a dental hygienist as a sexual abuser for cleaning his wife’s teeth remains under government review more than four years after regulators proposed the change.While Alex Tanase said he was hoping for a “miracle” and was trying to raise money for legal bills, a spokesman for Ontario’s Ministry of Health offered no explanation why the process has taken so long.“The ministry is aware that the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario has submitted a proposed regulation which would allow its members to treat their spouses,” said David Jensen. “The proposal is currently under review and will be brought forward for the minister’s consideration at the earliest available opportunity.”In the interim, however, Alex Tanase, 39, of Cambridge, Ont., has lost his licence for at least five years for treating his wife.While working at a clinic in Guelph, Ont., a colleague told Tanase that hygienists were allowed to treat spouses. In fact, the college approved a spousal exemption in 2015 but the legislature has never adopted the rule — as it did for dentists in 2014. Another colleague saw a Facebook post from Tanase’s grateful wife, Sandi Mullins, and complained.“I have cleaned my wife’s teeth and I was charged with sexual abuse by the College of Dental Hygienists,” Tanase said in a public appeal for help. “After a three-year battle in courts and no more insurance coverage, my licence was revoked for five years, leaving my wife and I at the edge of failure and desperation.”Both the college’s disciplinary committee and Divisional Court expressed regret at the “harsh” punishment. Both bodies, however, said their hands were tied by the blanket ban on health professionals having sexual contact with patients that labels any such contact — even if consensual —sexual abuse.“There is no other case of any dental hygienist anywhere in Canada who has been found guilty of sexual abuse for treating his wife,” the court said in its recent ruling. “It is indeed unfortunate that the (discipline committee) elected to proceed with the complaint.”The college did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday but in an interview, Tanase said he simply couldn’t accept the punishment meted out to him.“I fall under a category based on the law, but this is slander and discrimination,” Tanase said. “I can’t accept this as a person — not as a dental hygienist.”Tanase is hoping Ontario’s top court will hear his case and side with him, but said he had run out of money to fund an appeal. He has launched a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of raising $35,000 to cover his estimated legal fees. Any excess, he said would go to a charity that fights sexual abuse.As of Thursday, the six-day campaign had collected about $4,300.One $50 donor, identified online as Dana Moraru, called the situation “outrageous.” The law, Moraru said, discriminates against spouses of hygienists in that they can’t choose who takes care of their teeth.“To declare a man a sexual predator because he cleaned his wife’s teeth is just plain stupid!” Moraru said. “Where is any common sense in those who apply that law?”The health minister, Christine Elliott, referred questions on the case to the ministry.It remains unclear what impact an exemption would have on Tanase’s situation and Jensen offered no time-table for potential passage of one.“Each regulation submission is subject to prior review by the minister of health and approval of the lieutenant governor in council,” Jensen said.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2019.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Business of Tech IT transformation and cloudbased SOCAN tracking

first_imgThe Business of Tech is a weekly, ‘byte’-sized look into some of the top business stories in the world of technology, hosted by 660’s Jonathan Muma.S1E14: This week, Jonathan speaks with Senior VP of Global Solutions Marketing at Dell EMC Guarav Chand about the pitfalls and benefits of IT transformation. He also speaks with SOCAN’s Kit Wheeler about a new cloud-based tracking tool which has made its way into clubs and events.Audio Playerhttps://www.660news.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/sites/8/2017/11/22/business-of-tech-nov-17-s1e14.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

QA How is the growth of bitcoin affecting the environment

first_imgThe growth of bitcoin is fueling speculation and debate about the environmental impact of the collective energy needed to power the virtual currency in the era of climate change. Some questions and answers about the issue:___WHAT IS BITCOIN?Bitcoin is the most popular virtual currency in the world, and it has grown in value this year. It was created in 2009 as a new way of paying for things that would not be subject to central banks that are capable of devaluing currency. The sustainability concerns about bitcoin, voiced by economists and environmentalists, stem from the process of “mining” that is central to its existence.The “miners” use computers to make complex calculations that verify transactions in bitcoins. This uses a tremendous amount of energy via computers and server farms all over the world, which has given rise to concerns about the amount of fossil fuel-dependent electricity used to power the computers. Some estimates say bitcoin’s energy impact is more than that of a small country.___WHY IS BITCOIN ATTRACTIVE?Bitcoin is a kind of digital money that isn’t tied to a bank or a government, and its value has risen swiftly in the second half of 2017. The value of one bitcoin was about $16,500, in late December, compared with about $1,000 in March. The price is also volatile, though, and tailed off somewhat after coming close to $20,000 earlier in December. A bitcoin itself is essentially a line of computer code. It’s signed digitally when it goes from one owner to another.___WHY ARE CRITICS CONCERNED ABOUT BITCOIN ENERGY USE?Bitcoin can’t exist without computers, which can’t exist without a source of electricity. And the number of computers and the energy needed to power them is rising.The growing value of bitcoin is directly tied to the amount of energy it uses. The miners unlock bitcoins by solving complex, unique puzzles. As the value of bitcoin goes up, the puzzles become increasingly more difficult, and it requires more computer power to solve them.Some estimates say more than 60 per cent of the processing power used to mine bitcoin is in China, where it relies heavily on the burning of coal. Coal and other fossil fuels are also the largest generator of electricity for the rest of the world, and coal is a significant contributor to manmade climate change. Burning it produces carbon dioxide, a gas that is a primary contributor to global warming.This reliance on fossil fuels has given rise to speculation that bitcoin’s energy consumption will continue to rise as it grows in popularity. Glen Brand, director of a Sierra Club chapter in Maine, said in an interview that the growth of virtual currencies such as bitcoin “threatens progress we are making toward moving toward a low energy, low carbon economy.”___HOW MUCH DOES BITCOIN REALLY AFFECT ENERGY CONSUMPTION?Estimates vary, and a true figure could be impossible to come by because of the intentionally anonymous nature of bitcoin use. But Dutch bitcoin analyst Alex de Vries, who operates a Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index on the website Digiconomist, has produced estimates he believes are alarming.If bitcoin miners are using the most efficient machines possible, the lowest amount of electricity they could possibly be using is 13 terawatt hours, de Vries said in an interview. That’s about as much as the entire country of Slovenia. De Vries said less conservative estimates make it entirely possible that bitcoin is using as much energy as Ireland, which consumes about twice as much as Slovenia, or about 0.7 per cent of the U.S. total.The problem is getting worse, said de Vries, who estimated the annual amount of energy consumed by bitcoin rose by a fifth in the final weeks of 2017.___WHO IS RIGHT IN THE BITCOIN DEBATE?The extent of bitcoin’s impact on the environment, and how much that should matter to people who use it, is a source of debate.While de Vries says bitcoin is consuming an “insane amount of energy,” both on its own and relative to older payment systems such as credit cards, others think the situation is now so dire.Bitcoin investor Marc Bevand, of St. Louis, has written that bitcoin likely uses close to four or five terawatt hours, less than the annual electricity consumption for Christmas lights in the U.S. He said that he believes bitcoin’s benefits, such as making payments more efficient and helping people escape inflation, outweigh the environmental toll. However, he added: “We don’t have exact data to say how much we are benefiting from bitcoin.”last_img read more

Growing rail transport expected to bolster oil prices for Canadian producers

first_imgCALGARY – Steep discounts in prices for western Canadian heavy oil are moderating and should gradually ease through 2018 to allow Canadian producers to reap bigger rewards from strengthening world oil prices, according to GMP FirstEnergy.A spike in the difference between Western Canadian Select crude prices and benchmark U.S. prices was made worse by volume constraints on the Keystone pipeline system between Alberta and the U.S. Gulf Coast following a leak in South Dakota in November, said analyst Martin King in a presentation in Calgary on Tuesday.He said the transportation blockage meant growing volumes from Alberta’s oilsands couldn’t easily get to market, driving prices lower for the bitumen blend at the same time that New York-traded West Texas Intermediate was climbing to three-year highs above US$64 per barrel.King said crude-by-rail terminals in Western Canada have been using a small part of their one million barrels per day of capacity but are now activating idle capacity to fill the gap, with the main constraints being availability of locomotives and conductors.“Over the next couple of years, I could see a lot of that capacity being used up for railing, hopefully just in time for new pipelines to come into service in 2020,” he said.“I think those differentials will (shrink) another US$5 to US$7.”He predicted the Canadian crude discount will fall from US$17.30 per barrel in the fourth quarter of 2017 to average US$16 in the current quarter and US$13 in the third quarter of this year.Rail transport is more expensive than pipeline but the shipper has the advantage of sending his crude to the market where it will fetch the best price.On Tuesday, Calgary intermediate producer Obsidian Energy Ltd. (TSX:OBE) announced that it will begin shipping some of its northwestern Alberta heavy oil by rail in the next few weeks to try to get better prices.It estimated that rail transport will cut the price discount it is receiving by about half.In a report on Monday, ATB Financial said Western Canadian Select has averaged about US$36 per barrel so far this year, about 11 per cent lower than in the last three months of 2017.It also concluded that growing use of crude-by-rail will help ease the price discount towards the end of the first quarter of 2018.In its latest report, the National Energy Board said crude-by-rail exports from Canada rose to above 136,000 barrels per day in October, about one-third higher than in the same month of 2016.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Pipeline fight continues federal decision does not reduce spill risk Horgan

first_imgVICTORIA – Premier John Horgan says he will continue the fight to protect British Columbia’s coast from the consequences of an oil spill regardless of who owns the Trans Mountain pipeline.The federal government’s decision to take over the pipeline from Kinder Morgan doesn’t change his government’s position to oppose the expansion project from Edmonton to Burnaby or its decision last month to pursue a reference case to the B.C. Court of Appeal, Horgan said Tuesday.“I believe we have an obligation to ensure that we are doing everything we can to avoid the catastrophic consequences of a diluted bitumen spill,” he said.Horgan said Ottawa’s decision to buy the pipeline does not reduce the risk to B.C.’s environment and economy, which is why the province is asking the court whether it has jurisdiction to protect itself from a spill. The fact the pipeline is about to be owned by a federal Crown corporation doesn’t affect the reference case, he added.But the federal government’s decision to take over the project puts Ottawa in charge of managing the pipeline, including its risks, Horgan said.“I do believe the federal government now is totally accountable, not just for regulation and approval of a pipeline, but they now are responsible from wellhead to tidewater and beyond,” he said. “That allows us now to have more candid discussions with the owners of the pipeline than I would have been able to when they were shareholders in a Texas-based oil company.”B.C.’s Opposition Liberals said Horgan is about to be given the cold shoulder by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government.“This is a bad day for B.C. because John Horgan has decided to kick the feds in the shins,” Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said. “This is a government that is creating investor chaos here in B.C.”Political experts said relations between B.C. and the federal government and neighbouring Alberta are strained over the ongoing pipeline dispute, but Trudeau’s Liberals have the most to lose with the pipeline purchase.The move could backfire politically in B.C., where the federal Liberals hold 14 seats, and globally on the environmental stage because the government has committed to fight climate change but has chosen to buy a pipeline, said Prof. Kathryn Harrison, an expert on federal-provincial relations at the University of British Columbia.“By repeatedly saying the pipeline will be built, prime minister Trudeau has painted himself into a corner where this was the last and only option,” she said in an interview.Prof. David Tindall, an expert on climate change politics at UBC, said Horgan has gained support in B.C. for his calm and focused approach to the pipeline debate.“He’s really emphasized the issue of trying to avoid oil spills and protecting the coast,” he said. “That’s one set of environmental issues, I think, that has broad support.”Horgan also gained support by not appearing as an environmental ideologue through his comments that endorse oil refineries over pipelines and his backing of liquefied natural gas projects, said Tindall.The federal decision to buy the pipeline could prompt further legal challenges by Indigenous Peoples, said Prof. Margot Young, a constitutional law and Indigenous legal rights expert at the University of British Columbia’s Peter A. Allard School of Law.“What is clear is that local and Indigenous opposition to the project can only be inflamed by this federal move,” she said. “And that opposition is independent of any constitutional decision reached by the courts.”(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)last_img read more

Attempt to break into Democratic Party voter data thwarted

first_imgCHICAGO – An attempt to break into the Democratic National Committee’s massive voter database has been thwarted, a party official said Wednesday, two years after Russian operatives sent the party into disarray by hacking into its computers and facilitating the release of tens of thousands of emails amid the presidential election.A web security firm using artificial intelligence uncovered the attempt. The DNC was notified Tuesday, it said. Hackers had created a fake login page to gather usernames and passwords in an effort to gain access to the Democratic Party’s voter file, a party official said. The file contains information on tens of millions of voters. The attempt was quickly thwarted by suspending the attacker’s account, and no information was compromised, the official said. The FBI was notified.The official wasn’t authorized to speak about sensitive security information and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.Government and tech officials say it’s too early to know who was behind the attempt. The FBI declined to comment to the AP.The attempt comes as Democrats gather for their summer meeting. The party’s cybersecurity has been an issue since the 2016 presidential election, when Russian hackers compromised DNC servers and publicly revealed internal communications that exploited divisions between Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns as the two candidates vied for the Democratic presidential nomination. Hackers also accessed the email accounts of Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, and systematically released the contents throughout the fall campaign.It also comes a day after Microsoft announced it had uncovered similarly fraudulent websites created by Kremlin agents that spoofed two conservative outfits that are foes of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, presumably to trick unwitting visitors into surrendering credentials.Bob Lord, the DNC’s chief security officer, said the attempt showed how serious the cyberthreat is and why it’s critical that state and federal officials work together on security.“This attempt is further proof that there are constant threats as we head into midterm elections and we must remain vigilant in order to prevent future attacks,” Lord said in a statement.He said President Donald Trump isn’t doing enough to protect American democracy. Previously, Trump mocked the DNC’s cybersecurity and cast doubt on U.S. intelligence officials’ findings that Russia was involved.At a previously scheduled election security briefing Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the quick response to the attempted DNC hack showed that the system was working “and that different entities understand who to reach out to,” she said.“Any attack on a political party or a campaign is important for us all to take seriously,” she said, emphasizing the government was doing all it could to help protect election systems ahead of the midterm elections. At stake is control of Congress, which could potentially switch from Republican to Democrat.Amid the news, a Senate committee abruptly postponed a Wednesday vote on legislation to help states prevent against election hacking, frustrating Democrats and at least one Republican on the panel.The vote was put off by the Senate Rules and Administration Committee after a bipartisan group of lawmakers spent months negotiating the legislation. The bill would aim to protect state election infrastructure by requiring that all states use backup paper ballots and conduct audits after elections, among other measures. It would also require DHS to immediately notify states if the federal government is aware that a state election system has been breached.A Senate Republican aide said the vote was postponed because secretaries of state had complained about certain provisions, including the type of audits the bill would require. The aide said additional Republican support would be necessary to move the legislation out of committee. The aide was not authorized to speak about the committee’s reasoning and spoke on condition of anonymity.Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, one of the bill’s sponsors, said after the vote’s postponement: “Congressional inaction is unacceptable.”The bill “will help states take necessary steps to further prepare our election infrastructure for the possibility of interference from not just Russia, but other possible adversaries like Iran or North Korea or a hacktivist group,” Lankford said.The DNC committee attempt wasn’t mentioned at a Senate hearing on election security Wednesday, according to senators who were present.States have been scrambling to secure their election systems since it was revealed that Russian hackers targeted election systems in at least 21 states in 2016, though the number is likely greater. There has been no indication any vote tallies were changed. Nielsen said at the briefing that states should have auditing systems in part as a safeguard so the public knows the vote tallies can be trusted.In Tuesday’s incident, a scanning tool deployed by the San Francisco security company Lookout detected a masquerading website designed to harvest the passwords of users of the login page of NGP VAN, a technology provider used by the Democrats and other liberal-leaning political organizations, said Mike Murray, the company’s vice-president of security intelligence. He said he contacted the DNC.The tool, which leverages artificial intelligence, has been in development for a year and wasn’t tasked to scan any sites in particular but instead to identify phishing sites based on typical attributes, Murray said.“This is the beauty of AI: It finds things that humans don’t know to look for,” he said.He said the tool notified Lookout before the impostor page had even been populated with content. “As soon as we realized how fast it was developing, I decided to reach out to contacts that I know at the DNC.” Murray also contacted the website hosting company, Digital Ocean.Ross Rustici, senior director for intelligence services at Cybereason in Boston, said a voter database is a juicy target for anyone trying to exacerbate political divisions in the U.S. or gain insight on political opponents.“The data housed in these types of databases would be incredibly useful both for domestic opposition research as well as for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes,” he said.___Long reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Mary Clare Jalonick in Washington, Frank Bajak in Boston and Mike Balsamo in Los Angeles contributed to this report.last_img read more

Taste of the Town kicks off LiveIt Green month in Fort St

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has announced that October is LiveIt! Green Month in the city, and the month-long initiative is kicking off this weekend with an event to promote local businesses using locally-sourced ingredients.LiveIt! Green Month is a month-long initiative that aims to promote and celebrate green projects and activities in the community and to educate citizens on some green ideas they can use in their homes.Each week focuses on a unique topic including food security, water management, waste reduction, and energy literacy. Taste of the Town, which is held from September 29th to October 6th, is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to support local businesses, producers, and restaurants while sampling fresh, locally produced food and beverage.Participating businesses include Whole Wheat & Honey, Fort St. John Farmers’ Market, Hip Peace Produce, Homesteader Health, Beard’s Brewing Co., Mighty Peace Brewing Co., NEAT, and Spicy Fusion.Residents are encouraged to use the Taste of the Town Passport by picking one up at the Fort St. John Visitor Centre or downloading it at www.fortstjohn.ca/taste-town and returning it by October 12 for a chance to win a prize.Additional events during LiveIt! Green month include a Home Game Butchering Workshop, Gardening Series with NEAT, fermentation demonstration, Yard Waste drop-off, Passive House and Water Treatment Facility tours, and various project showcases.More information about the many green activities and projects can be found at www.fortstjohn.ca/liveitgreen.last_img read more

Approval of legislation eases US government shutdown crisis

first_imgWASHINGTON- US House Representatives approves $1.1 trillion spending billThe Republican led House of Representatives have approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill. The massive spending measure eases many, but not all, of the automatic spending cuts that took effect last year.The legislation was approved with 359 votes against 67 in House which the Republican-controlled mostly. The document, 1,582 pages in length, covers everything from airports to agriculture and is expected by the Federal government to be funded until September 30. The Democratic led Senate is also expected to pass it this week. Lawmakers from both parties had little taste for an election-year standoff that might have triggered another unpopular government shutdown.last_img read more

The Backup QB Who Gets Paid A Lot To Never Play

Quarterback Chase Daniel is guaranteed to make at least $7 million over the next two years playing football for the Chicago Bears. But Daniel is unlike most of the NFL signal callers who lock in that type of money: There’s a very good chance he won’t actually be playing football.Teams usually deal with the backup quarterback position in one of two ways: Invest in young talent to push the incumbent starter to a higher level of play — and potentially usurp the starter down the road — or hire a veteran with a dad bod to effectively be another coach with a clipboard, providing mentorship and game-management advice. Daniel is certainly the latter. And yet, after a season in which a backup quarterback hoisted the Lombardi Trophy and another brought his team to the NFC Championship Game, the position is unquestionably important.It also might be the best gig in the NFL. The backup QB is the player who sees the least amount of time on the field — and has an infinitesimal chance of injury — while still cashing a hefty paycheck. In nine seasons as a professional, Daniel has started two games and attempted 78 passes. To put that in perspective, Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger attempted 66 passes in a single game last season.But what the 31-year-old Daniel lacks in experience, he makes up for in income. Perhaps no player in the history of the sport has monetized the position of backup quarterback to the degree the Missouri graduate has. This offseason, Chicago signed Daniel to back up its franchise quarterback of the future, Mitch Trubisky. If Daniel plays a significant amount this year, something has gone very wrong for the Bears. But the team still rewarded him with a two-year, $10 million deal with $7 million guaranteed. Only 18 quarterbacks currently have a higher percentage of guaranteed money, and that list is largely made up of marquee players, like Matt Ryan and Kirk Cousins, and novice quarterbacks who were taken early in the NFL draft — players whose contracts are locked in by the rookie wage scale.1Daniel trails just 35 quarterbacks in terms of total guaranteed money.Daniel has generated $24.3 million over his career. That equates to $311,594 per pass thrown or $261,337 per yard ran. Daniel is No. 72 on the all-time earnings list among quarterbacks. Should he receive all $10 million of his deal, his career earnings would stretch to $34.3 million; only 51 quarterbacks have ever netted that much over a career.2Clearly, resources have changed. The 2018 NFL salary cap reached $177.2 million, a 412 percent increase from the $34.6 million it was set at in 1994, the year the cap was introduced. Contracts signed even five years ago hardly compare with the ones signed this offseason. There’s a reason that Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly earned less total money than Joey Harrington.Consider that, among the top 100 quarterbacks all time in career earnings, the average gunslinger started 93 games, threw for 21,817 yards and amassed 134 touchdowns through the air. Daniel’s figures scarcely compare. In his first four seasons carrying a clipboard in New Orleans, Daniel attempted just nine passes. Then came two productive seasons in Kansas City in 2013 and 2014 in which he started a game each. But over the past three seasons, Daniel has heaved precisely three passes. By comparison, Johnny Hekker has attempted three times as many passes over that stretch. Johnny Hekker, by the way, is a punter.All this isn’t to say that Daniel can’t sling the ball around. When he was a Heisman Trophy finalist at the University of Missouri, Daniel threw for at least 400 yards four separate times. But since he made it to the NFL, he has as many interceptions as he does touchdowns.3One of each.We can use Approximate Value4Pro-Football-Reference.com’s method of approximating a player’s value in any given season. to evaluate a player’s on-field impact more comprehensively. Offensive standouts like Aaron Rodgers, Todd Gurley II and Antonio Brown might produce a single-season AV of 15. League-average offensive players might produce a single-season AV of around 5. Daniel has produced a career AV of 2. The last time Daniel brought measurable on-field value to his team was 2014, when he played for the Chiefs. In fact, the only quarterback since the 1970 merger who accumulated less approximate value over the first eight years in which he accumulated any statistics was Doug Pederson, now the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.5Daniel played for Pederson in 2016. In the same time frame, only 24 players across all positions accumulated less approximate value than Daniel over their first eight years in the league.To get a better understanding of suitable player compensation, we can divide a player’s career earnings by his AV to roughly distill how much the player was paid to perform. Daniel has earned $12,152,158.50 per AV point. No other active player ranked in the top 250 in career earnings has netted more than $3.4 million per AV point, with the average player on the list earning less than $900,000 per AV point.A sizeable portion of this has to do with opportunity. Daniel has barely seen the field in the past three seasons, appearing in only four total games. It’s no wonder he hasn’t been getting the reps, though. Upon entering the league, Daniel served as a backup to Drew Brees from 2009 to 2012, Alex Smith from 2013 to 2015, Carson Wentz in 2016 and Brees again last season. Playing second fiddle (or, in some cases, third) to an all-time great, an above-average talent and a recent MVP candidate is nothing to sneer at. And given that understanding, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Daniel has thrown fewer passes over his first eight NFL seasons than any quarterback in league history.The average NFL career is short — about 3.3 years. That’s what happens when you play a sport where each play feels like a car crash. Quarterbacks fare longer, with an average career span of 4.4 years. Daniel has more than doubled that. It can’t hurt that he’s only been sacked seven times in his career; no quarterback has been dropped less over his first full eight seasons. For comparison, at this point in his career, Steve Young had already been tackled behind the line of scrimmage 146 times. As Daniel told The Athletic, “I don’t have any mileage on my body.”Despite hardly playing, Daniel is a success story in many respects. Only 21 undrafted quarterbacks since the 1970 merger saw in-game action in at least nine seasons. Daniel will likely be the 22nd. And while his career has been a far cry from the Warren Moons and Tony Romos of the world, he at least has a Super Bowl ring.Right now, even Daniel’s own teammates don’t always recognize him (for real). One injury could change that and thrust Daniel into a role of utmost importance. This would be the opportunity that has eluded him his entire career — even if his bank account suggests otherwise. read more

Real Madrid drop their first points in San Mames

first_imgFirst points dropped by Real Madrid without Ronaldo, they were close to losing at San Mames against Athletic but Isco scored the equalizer for a point.This Saturday was the first day in which Real Madrid suffered the first moment in which they know they are less better without Cristiano Ronaldo, who would’ve scored in San Mames against Athletic without question today. After so much hype directed at the key players like Gareth Bale or Karim Benzema, they weren’t able to deliver a good performance in a very complicated stadium where they almost lost the match if it wasn’t for Isco’s equalizer during the second half. Although the Welsh winger did provide the assist for the Spaniard during the second half, he wasn’t able to produce more moments of brilliance as he was doing at the start of the season and he crashed hard against a very compact Athletic defense. But the biggest player of this match as it usually is in these types of scenarios was the crowd in San Mames, they proved that they are amongst the toughest in all of European football and they became a real problem for the Real Madrid players in every single ball they touched. There is no doubt that the spirit of the old Cathedral lives on in the new one, they are the ones who made the biggest difference against Real Madrid.Unai Simón, un futuro muy presente. #MovistarPartidazo pic.twitter.com/kxHqiiVlJk— La Casa del Fútbol en Movistar+ (@casadelfutbol) September 15, 2018But on the local side, the Basque team had an ace under their sleeve and we finally realized why they let Kepa go that easily. Young goalkeeper Unai Simon was Athletic’s unsung hero during the match by piling up the saves against all of Real Madrid’s forwards who got frustrated against this kid’s brilliant interventions, the match could’ve easily ended with Los Blancos’ victory by more than four goals if it hadn’t been for Unai. Past the half hour of the game, Susaeta combined with De Marcos and he sent a pass to the heart of the box where both Muniain and Williams were waiting to bury the ball in. Iñaki failed his strike at first but Iker was able to score the goal and make San Mames explode with cheers because they were already ahead in the scoreline. Real Madrid kept trying to penetrate Athletic’s defense during the rest of the match but they had a really hard time getting past Unai Simon, they were finally able to get an equalizer during the second half after Gareth Bale found Isco’s header that the young Athletic Club goalkeeper wasn’t able to reach in time. But Simon’s performance wasn’t stained by this goal, he was truly the man of the match against Real Madrid.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.⚖ Points shared at San Mamés. #RMLiga pic.twitter.com/lraMI4aSaQ— Real Madrid C.F. ???? (@realmadriden) September 15, 2018It’s hard to understand why Julen Lopetegui still hasn’t put his trust on some of the new arrivals like Mariano, the new Real Madrid number ‘7’ is the type of player who can solve complicated situations like the one they had today at San Mames. This draw marks the first points that Los Blancos drop during the season and watching the development of the full match, it’s clear by now that the squad will struggle without a player like Cristiano Ronaldo who was there exactly for days like this Saturday. The next month will be really difficult for Real Madrid as they now have to start the Champions League next week against AS Roma, and then one week later they will have another dangerous trip to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium where they will face Sevilla FC in one of the most exciting fixtures of September. Julen Lopetegui needs to start trusting his new field players a little bit more, otherwise, he will keep dropping points like he did today and that can be very harmful to a club like Real Madrid this early in the season.What did you think about the match, who was your favorite player from either squad at San Mames? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Week In Review 122126

first_imgTuesday 1/23Audio Player01-26-2018-THIS-WEEK-TUESDAY-FINAL.mp3Vm01-26-2018-THIS-WEEK-TUESDAY-FINAL.mp300:00RPd8.0 Earthquake Rattles The Kenai Peninsula, Rescued Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Calf Cannot Be Released Back To Wild, Soldotna Council To Consider Approval Of Airport Master Plan Phase III, What To Do In The Event Of A Tsunami Warning On The Peninsula Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Wednesday 1/24Audio PlayerJennifer-Wednesday-0124.mp3VmJennifer-Wednesday-0124.mp300:00RPdEarthquake Caused Small Spill At Nikiski Refinery, Three-Peat! Kassik’s Takes Home Third Consecutive Win At Beer And Barley Wine Festival, Ban On Distilleries Serving Cocktails Approved By Board Monday 1/22Audio PlayerJennifer-Monday-0122.mp3VmJennifer-Monday-0122.mp300:00RPdCity Of Kenai Looks At Permits For Dip Net Fishery Vendors, CES Fire Marshall Arrested For DV Assault, Ravn Alaska Agents Stole Roughly $500,000 In Goods, According To Feds, NOAA Donates Funds For ‘Bycatch’ Reduction Programcenter_img Thursday 1/25Audio Player01-26-2018-THIS-WEEK-THURSDAY-FINAL.mp3Vm01-26-2018-THIS-WEEK-THURSDAY-FINAL.mp300:00RPdSmoking Ban Continues To Advance In The Legislature, Project Homeless Connect Offers Basic Care And Comfort To The Kenai, Walker Appoints Lincoln To Vacant Alaska House Seat, Soldotna Parks And Recreation Creates Skating Path At Soldotna Creek Park Friday 1/26Audio PlayerJennifer-on-friday-0126.mp3VmJennifer-on-friday-0126.mp300:00RPdTwo Arrested In Connection With Burglary At Kenai Central High School, Early Morning Collision On Seward Highway Involving Two Semi Trucks, Sen. Murkowski Seeks To Scale Back Plans For Offshore Leasing In Alaska, State Institutes New Review Process For Clemency Requestslast_img read more

KPBSD Continues Push For More Counselors

first_imgCurrent budget talks are slated to continue in March during a joint session between the district and the borough. The assembly ultimately agreed and chose not to move forward with the additional funding, citing concerns about using too much of the borough’s fund balance. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Budget negotiations are continuing between the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Among those negotiations is a request for $600,000 for more school counselors. In July of 2018, the borough denied a similar request from the district for $600,000. The school district had planned to utilize those funds to hire mental health and safety counselors for elementary schools, according to the district.center_img KPB Mayor Charlie Pierce: “I supported the additional funding for schools, I just did not agree where they want to get the money. The put an extra $600,000 in the budget to pay for it, and then want to go out and tax you for it. I don’t agree with that.” The district hopes to create four new elementary counselors, and also have more than the two counselors currently offered to students at Kenai Central High School.last_img read more

One Take Deva Mahal On Robyn Willie Nelson Listening In Bed

first_img Watch One Take With Nick Cannon Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take One Take With The Mrs One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff Prev Next Email Watch: One Take With Dorothy One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto Watch One Take With Logic Watch One Take With Little Big Town Watch One Take With Little Big Town One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry One Take With Producer Greg Wells One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal One Take With Demo Taped Watch: One Take With Dorothy Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan One Take With Le Butcherettes Watch: One Take With Lights One Take With The Mrs One Take One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves One Take With Amber Rubarth Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat Watch One Take With Nick Cannon One Take With Demo Taped One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff The daughter of Taj Mahal also reveals her preference for Instagram and dogs — but is it enough to send her to the top of the One Take leaderboard?Philip MerrillGRAMMYs May 23, 2018 – 4:37 pm At SXSW 2018, Deva Mahal caught our attention with her soulful voice and lyrics. Her debut album, Run Deep, was released days later on March 23. But all of that was before she landed the top spot on the One Take leaderboard with 16 answers completed. Now we know so much more about her. Watch: One Take With Khalid Watch One Take With Afrojack Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark Watch One Take With Marian Hill One Take With Grupo Fantasma Watch One Take With Logic Watch One Take With Marian Hill Watch: One Take With Pronoun One Take With Amber Rubarth One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Watch: One Take With MØ Watch One Take With Afrojack One Take With Grupo Fantasma Among the answers Mahal revealed during our fun 60-second question-and-answer game, we learned her favorite city to visit on tour. Mahal replied, “Paris.” Guess where New Morning is, the place she is playing July 20? Earlier this month she was also Apple Music France New Artist Of The Week, so we know there’s a mutual love in France.Among the other tidbits we learned from her One Take answers was that Mahal enjoys listening to music in bed and that the last song she listened to was “Dancing On My Own” by Robyn, which happens to be Mahal’s same answer to, “Song you wish you’d written.”Taken from Robyn’s 2010 album Body Talk, that song was nominated for Best Dance Recording at the 53rd GRAMMY Awards, which seems a great point of inspiration as Mahal builds her own soulful music career.With early childhood experience gigging and writing in the music world at first opened up for her by her father Taj Mahal, Deva Mahal’s singular personality rings clearly and independently in her music. We look forward to the many directions she’ll be inspired to travel as inspirations continue to move her … and we hope she enjoys Paris. Watch One Take With Deva Mahal one-take-deva-mahal-robyn-willie-nelson-listening-bed Watch One Take With Little Big Town Watch One Take With Halestorm Watch One Take With Superfruitcenter_img Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan One Take With The Mrs Watch One Take With Marian Hill Watch: One Take With Pronoun One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat One Take With Le Butcherettes Watch: One Take With Dorothy NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 23, 2018 – 4:24 pm Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal Watch: One Take With Lights One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto Watch One Take With Superfruit One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley Watch One Take With Superfruit One Take With Producer Greg Wells One Take With Demo Taped Watch One Take With Logic Watch One Take With Halestorm One Take With Producer Greg Wells One Take With Amber Rubarth Watch: One Take With MØ Watch: One Take With MØ Facebook One Take: Deva Mahal On Robyn, Willie Nelson & Listening In Bed One Take With Le Butcherettes Watch One Take With Halestorm Watch One Take With Julia Michaels One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Watch: One Take With Pronoun Watch One Take With Julia Michaels One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto One Take With Grupo Fantasma One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley News Watch One Take With Nick Cannon Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan Watch: One Take With Khalid Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take Twitter One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Watch: One Take With Khalid Watch One Take With Afrojack Watch One Take With Julia Michaels One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves Watch: One Take With Lights Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. 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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 3 Wilmington Students Graduate From Quinnipiac

first_imgHAMDEN, CT — The following Wilmington students received degrees from Quinnipiac University during ceremonies held in May:Brittany Abbott, Master of Health Science, Advanced Medical ImagingVictoria Ferreira, Bachelor of Science, NursingNicole McIrney, Bachloer of Science, NursingAbout Quinnipiac UniversityQuinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 6,400 full-time undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students in 58 undergraduate and more than 20 graduate programs of study in its School of Business and Engineering, School of Communications, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, School of Law, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, School of Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges issue. For more information, please visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Quinnipiac.)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… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Ferreira & Knibbs Named To Dean’s List At QuinnipiacIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Ferreira & Knibbs Named To Dean’s List At Quinnipiac UniversityIn “Education”Wilmington’s Victoria Ferreira Named To Dean’s List At Quinnipiac UniversityIn “Education”last_img read more

Budget Deficit India Slashes Healthcare Budget by Almost a Fifth

first_imgIn a sign of despair over the budget deficit, the Narendra Modi government has decided to cut almost 20% of its health budget for the current fiscal. India, the world’s second most populous nation, spends no more than 1% of its GDP on healthcare and its public spending on healthcare is among the lowest in the world. ReutersThe United Nation estimates that a third of the world’s poorest — at 1.2 billion people — live in India. The move puts at risk a fragile population whose means to healthcare is likely to dry up.Officials from the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday that more than ₹6,000 crore has been slashed from the current budget allocation for the year ending 31 March 2015. The original budget allocation was around  ₹30,000 crore.The Narendra Modi government came to power riding on promises of upgradation of basic health infrastructure and making medical services affordable to the poor, but the finance ministry, headed by Arun Jaitley, has ordered the cut in spending overriding the protests of the health ministry at a recent meeting, according to Reuters.The finance ministry struggled to find the necessary means to achieve its 4.1% GDP deficit for the current fiscal and it has initiated disinvestments in state-owned organisations, and still may fall short of meeting its own target.On the other hand, private healthcare industry is expanding at a annual clip of about 15%, making the nation one of the preferred destinations for treatment, when it comes to people living abroad along with the ’emerging middleclass.’However, public spending on healthcare has rarely seen the growth needed to keep pace with other economic factors. Many in India, particularly the tribal population have to walk for a day or more to reach the nearest hospital to their settlement, only to realise that the government-funded mechanism cannot help them.India witnesses more newborn deaths than even poorer nations. Diarrhoea in children alone claims 10 lakh children a year, and the recent deaths of women who underwent sterilisation shocked the nation. Another incident saw people with cataracts being operated on for free by an NGO, only to lose their vision permanently.The cut in spending puts this very population at a higher risk.Universal Healthcare ProgrammeThe Narendra Modi government has plans to launch a universal healthcare programme, aiming to cover those who have little to no recourse to sufficient healthcare facilities. The plan would see citizens benefiting from free drugs, diagnostic treatments and insurance benefit.The programme is estimated to cost the exchequer about $25 billion over four years, but with the current cut in spending it is unclear as to how the programme would be funded.HIV/AIDS Funding Drops by 30%The finance ministry has also directed a spending cut in India’s HIV/AIDS programme by almost₹1,300 crore. ReutersUnited Nations AIDS programme estimates put India at the third spot in the number of patients affected by the disease. In the Asia-Pacific region, India tops in the number of deaths as a result of immunodeficiency.October saw India tethering on the edge of running out of free medication, required to treat the disease with fingers pointing at bureaucratic delays. The crisis was averted by the timely assistance of pharmaceutical companies and global health organisations.New Delhi based Leena Menghaney worries that government support for health is being undone and they may lose the battle against HIV in the long run.last_img read more

Ministers meet to discuss new civil aviation policy 520 rule may be

first_imgUnion Home Minister Rajnath Singh met Thursday ministers to discuss the new civil aviation policy, which may be finalised soon. According to officials who attended the meeting, abolishing the 5/20 rule was also discussed.The meeting was attended by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Power Minister Piyush Goyal and Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey, official sources told Hindu BusinessLine.Under the 5/20 rule, an airline that has had five years of domestic industry experience and a fleet of 20 aircraft can operate on international routes. Abolishing the rule would benefit new airlines such as AirAsia India and Vistara.”The 5/20 norm is likely to go and will be replaced by a rule that will ensure domestic connectivity is not compromised after airlines are allowed to go international,” an official, who requested anonymity, told the Economic Times.The Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) has reportedly opposed abolishing the policy. The FIA, along with member airlines such as GoAir, SpiceJet, Jet Airways and IndiGo, have demanded that the matter of “effective control of carriers” be solved before the government changes international operation rules.The draft civil aviation policy also proposes launch of “regional flights” at a minimum fare of Rs 2,500, ET added.The InterGlobe Aviation (which owns IndiGo) stock closed at Rs 839.50 Friday, down 1.21 percent from its previous close, while the Jet Airways scrip gained 2.82 percent and settled at Rs 557.50.SpiceJet rose 4.11 percent to close at Rs 68.40 on the BSE.last_img read more

Smart NID card distribution kicks off in 27 districts

first_imgThe Election Commission on Friday started the distribution of smart national identity (NID) cards in 27 districts of the country, reports UNB.Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda opened the distribution process through video conferencing from the Nirbachan Bhaban at Agargaon in the capital.Deputy commissioners and district election officers from eight districts – Gopalganj, Bogra, Patuakhali, Cox’s Bazar, Noakhali, Pabna, Gaibandha and Netrakona– joined the video conference.In the last month, the EC decided to complete the distribution of smart NID cards across the country by December 2018 with a view to providing all voters with the cards before the next general election.The EC earlier started the distribution of smart NID cards in the areas of the country’s 11 city corporations after launching the distribution process in October 2016. The areas where the distribution of the machine readable cards was opened on Friday are Kurigram Sadar upazila, Lalmonirhat Sadar, Panchagarh Sadar, Gaibandha Sadar, Nilphamari Sadar, Dinajpur Sadar, Thakurgaon Sadar, Bogra Sadar, Joypurhat Sadar, Pabna Sadar, Meherpur Sadar, Bagerhat Sadar, Narail Sadar, Pirojpur Sadar, Patuakhali Sadar, Jhalakathi Sadar, Barguna Sadar, Tungipara of Gopalganj, Shariatpur Sadar, Netrakona Sadar, Habiganj Sadar, Sunamganj Sadar, Noakhali Sadar, Bandarban Sadar, Khagrachhari Sadar, Cox’s Bazar Sadar, and Rangamati Sadar.last_img read more

The New Face of HPV Cases of Throat Cancer in Men Soon

first_imgWikipediaMD Anderson Cancer Center – Main BuildingThe national increase in cases of oropharyngeal cancer related to the human papilloma virus is troubling, because there is no screening test to catch it early, like the Pap test for cervical cancer.The oropharynx is the area of the throat behind the mouth, and includes the tonsils and the base of the tongue. Oropharyngeal cancer is increasing in both men and women, but for reasons that aren’t well understood, male patients are outnumbering female patients by five to one, according to Dr. Erich Sturgis, a head and neck surgeon at MD Anderson Cancer Center. “It’s usually a man, and he notices it when he’s shaving. He notices a lump there,” Sturgis said. “That lump is actually the spread of the cancer from the tonsil or the base of the tongue to a lymph node. That means it’s already stage three at least.”In the U.S., the number of oropharyngeal cancers caused by HPV are predicted to exceed the number of cervical cancers by 2020, Stugis said. “With cervical cancer, we’ve seen declining numbers well before we had vaccination, and that’s due to the Pap smear being introduced back in the late 50s,” he said. “But we don’t have a screening mechanism for pharynx cancer.”Research on an effective screening test for early-stage pharynx cancer is still underway.The reasons for the disproportionate effect on men are unknown. One theory is that people are engaging in more oral sex, but that doesn’t explain why men are more affected than women. Some suspect hormonal differences between men and women may be involved, and others hypothesize that it takes longer for women to “clear” the viral infection from their genitals, compared to men, according to Sturgis.  One of Sturgis’s patients, Bert Noojin, is an attorney in Alabama. He felt a little knot in his neck in early 2011.Carrie FeibelIt took three trips to his primary care doctor, then a visit with an otolaryngologist before he was referred for a biopsy. Noojin was diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer, but he still felt fine.“It was still hard for me to believe I was sick in any way,” he recalled. “I didn’t even have a serious sore throat.”After being diagnosed, Noojin came to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for a second opinion and to pursue treatment. It was less than three months from when he first felt the knot, but an oncologist warned him the cancer was spreading fast.“He said ‘Well, you need to start treatment right away’  and I said, ‘Well, do I have a week or 10 days to go home and get some things in order?’ and he said ‘No.’” “He said ‘If you leave here, and you’re not part of our treatment plan when you leave here, I don’t think we’ll be able to help you.’ That is how far this disease had progressed, in such a very short time.” The prognosis for HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer is good, especially compared to patients whose throat cancer is caused by heavy use of tobacco or alcohol, according to Sturgis.  Between 75 and 80 percent of patients with the HPV-related type survive more than five years.But the treatment is difficult, and can include “long-term swallowing problems, long-term problems with carotid artery narrowing, and long-term troubles with the teeth and jaw bone, and things that can cause a need for major surgeries later.”In the summer of 2011, Noojin began chemotherapy and radiation at MD Anderson. He struggled with pain, nausea, and swallowing, and had to get a temporary feeding tube.“Your throat just shuts down,” he said. “You’re burned on the inside. Just swallowing your own saliva, as an instinct, hurts.”Noojin lost 45 pounds during treatment but feels lucky to have survived. He went back to his law practice in Alabama.Noojin learned that cancers related to HPV, which is sexually transmitted, are cloaked in shame and guilt.He experienced this first-hand when his marriage fell apart during his recovery. His wife was traumatized by the difficult months of treatment, he said. In addition, she irrationally blamed herself for giving him the virus, even though he was probably exposed many years earlier. He tried to comfort her and dispel her guilt, but they eventually divorced.“I was married over two decades, but I was married previously, and she was married previously,” he said. “It just makes no sense for any of this to have a stigma.”An estimated 80 percent of America women and 90 percent of men contract HPV at some point in their lives, usually when they’re young and first become sexually active. But the cancers caused by HPV can take years to develop.“It’s a virus. It’s not anybody’s fault,” Noojin said.He echoed the public health experts in calling for an end to the silence and shame, and a shift to a focus on prevention.“All of what I went through, and all of what hundreds of thousands of men, and women, because of cervical cancer – what they have gone through is avoidable for the next many generations … if we just got serious about making sure our kids get vaccinated.”The series of three shots can be given as early as age nine, but must be completed before the age of 26 to be effective. Currently, the completion rate for young women in the U.S. is less than 50 percent. Among young men, it’s less than 30 percent. That’s why experts warn these particular cancers will still be a problem decades from now. 00:00 /04:00 X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Physics team suggests possible way to make quantum cryptography available in handheld

first_img Being able to encrypt data and the key that allows for unlocking it has become important in modern life. Companies spend millions attempting to protect sensitive information while hackers work non-stop trying to overcome such hurdles to access that information. The current system (RSA) is believed to be, at least for now, just ahead of the hackers. It relies on public key encryption of plain text and privately encrypted keys. This system has two weak points. The first is that it assumes that a hacker has not been able to gain access to a private key through nonconventional means and the second is that it’s based on mathematical algorithms that can be cracked given fast enough computers. To gain the upper hand, cryptologists have turned to quantum key distribution (QKD), where quantum bits are used to represent private keys. The main advantage here is that according to the laws of physics, it should be impossible for a hacker to use the key without their interception being detected, which would prevent the sensitive data from being sent.Up till now, the main hindrance to using QKD has been that it requires a lot of heavy duty equipment and a straight line mode of transport between the sender and receiver due to its sensitivity to noise. In their paper, the team from Bristol claim to have come up with a scheme that should allow a way to overcome such restrictions, at least on the receiver side. It’s based on what they call a reference frame independent QKD protocol for polarization of qubits in polarization maintaining fiber—which in essence means they use math (based on measurements made in random directions) to describe a way for moving photons through fiber cables without disturbing their polarizationThe team has not yet built such a device of course, that will need to be done by applied physicists, engineers and computer professionals—thus it’s not yet a certainty that such a device will work as imagined. One sticking point in particular might be whether the real-world system is actually able to overcome the inherent noise sensitivity. (Phys.org) —A team of physicists at Bristol University in the U.K. has proposed a possible way to allow for quantum cryptography between a large station and a small hand held device. They describe such a technique in a paper they have uploaded to the preprint server arXiv. © 2013 Phys.org Experimental set-up for client-server rfiQKD. The server side holds a telecom wavelength (1550 nm) laser with a 1 MHz pulse generator (PG) and fixed polariser, to send light pulses to the client through a polarisation maintaining fibre (PMF). At the client side, an integrated polarisation controller (PC) encodes qubits into the polarisation of the attenuated (Att.) light. A fibre beam splitter (FBS) and photodetector (PD) continuously monitor power for malicious attacks. Qubits received back at the server side are measured with a similar PC, fibre polarising beamsplitter (FPBS), and superconducting single photon detectors (SSPDs), all controlled by an electronic board synchronisation (Sync.), function programmable gate array (FPGA), and processor. The Bloch sphere illustrates the effects of an unstable environment on polarisation. Credit: arXiv:1308.3436 [quant-ph] Explore further More information: Reference frame independent quantum key distribution server with telecom tether for on-chip client, arXiv:1308.3436 [quant-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1308.3436AbstractWe demonstrate a client-server quantum key distribution (QKD) scheme, with large resources such as laser and detectors situated at the server-side, which is accessible via telecom-fibre, to a client requiring only an on-chip polarisation rotator, that may be integrated into a handheld device. The detrimental effects of unstable fibre birefringence are overcome by employing the reference frame independent QKD protocol for polarisation qubits in polarisation maintaining fibre, where standard QKD protocols fail, as we show for comparison. This opens the way for quantum enhanced secure communications between companies and members of the general public equipped with handheld mobile devices, via telecom-fibre tethering.via Arxiv Blogcenter_img Citation: Physics team suggests possible way to make quantum cryptography available in handheld machines (2013, August 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-physics-team-quantum-cryptography-handheld.html Journal information: arXiv 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. Engineers achieve first airplane to ground quantum key distribution exchangelast_img read more