Chief editor of weekly detained over cartoon

first_img RSF_en News Follow the news on Jordan Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today protested against the detention of journalist Mamoun Al Roussan, editor-in-chief of the weekly Al Jazeera, who has been held since 14 August for publishing an article and cartoon lampooning the Qatari authorities. His arrest came shortly after the Jordanian authorities withdrew the accreditation of the Qatar-based satellite news station Al Jazeera, forcing it to close its offices in Jordan.”This arrest has come at a moment of diplomatic crisis between Jordan and Qatar, and one cannot help thinking that the Jordanian authorities intended it as a gesture that would appease the Qatari authorities”, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to Information Minister Mohammad Adwan. “It is disgraceful that a journalist should pay the price of this dispute between the two countries”, Ménard said, calling on the authorities to release the journalist and drop all proceedings against his weekly.The Jordanian authorities withdrew the accreditation of the Qatari satellite TV station on 7 August, obliging it to close its main office in Amman and the offices of its four correspondents. The information minister accused the TV station of having intentionally undermined Jordan and its government’s policies.Al Roussan’s arrest was ordered on 14 August by the president of the state security court, Mahmoud Obeidat, who at the same time ordered the arrest of the weekly’s publisher and president of its board, Sakher Abu Anzeh. According to their lawyer, Haytham Al-Kayed, they are accused of harming relations with a foreign country, contempt toward a foreign head of state and his foreign minister, and disseminating mendacious reports.The charges arise from a photo montage (see below) published on the weeky’s back page two days earlier, on 12 August, portraying Qatari head of state Hamad ben Khalifah Al-Thani as a female singer and his foreign minister, Hamad ben Jassem Al-Thani, as a belly-dancer. The charges also stem from an article published in both this weekly and Al Chahed (another weekly belonging to the same publishing house) about the allegedly dubious ties between the Qatari foreign minister and Israel. According to their defence lawyer, Roussan told the judge their source for this story was information broadcast by Jordan’s public televison.The publisher was released on bail on 15 August by the state security court, which took the view that he was not directly responsible for the articles. Under article 150 of the penal code, the publisher and his chief editor are both held responsible for what is published, but full responsibility lies with the chief editor. News News August 17, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Chief editor of weekly detained over cartoon to go further Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives August 12, 2020 Find out morecenter_img News Jordan bans coverage of teachers’ protests Two Jordanian TV journalists arrested after broadcasting criticism of lockdown Receive email alerts April 14, 2020 Find out more JordanMiddle East – North Africa JordanMiddle East – North Africa Organisation June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Toward an unhackable quantum internet

first_imgA quantum internet could be used to send un-hackable messages, improve the accuracy of GPS, and enable cloud-based quantum computing. For more than 20 years, dreams of creating such a quantum network have remained out of reach in large part because of the difficulty to send quantum signals across large distances without loss.Now, Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have found a way to correct for signal loss with a prototype quantum node that can catch, store and entangle bits of quantum information. The research is the missing link towards a practical quantum internet and a major step forward in the development of long-distance quantum networks.“This demonstration is a conceptual breakthrough that could extend the longest possible range of quantum networks and potentially enable many new applications in a manner that is impossible with any existing technologies,” said Mikhail Lukin, the George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Physics and a co-director of Harvard Quantum Initiative. “This is the realization of a goal that has been pursued by our quantum science and engineering community for more than two decades.”The research is published in Nature.Every form of communication technology — from the first telegraph to today’s fiber optic internet — has had to address the fact that signals degrade and are lost when transmitted over distances. The first repeaters, which receive and amplify signals to correct for this loss, were developed to amplify fading wire telegraph signals in the mid-1800s.  Two hundred years later, repeaters are an integral part of our long-distance communications infrastructure.In a classical network, if Alice in New York wants to send Bob in California a message, the message travels from coast to coast in more or less a straight line. Along the way, the signal passes through repeaters, where it is read, amplified and corrected for errors. The whole process is at any point vulnerable to attacks.If Alice wants to send a quantum message, however, the process is different. Quantum networks use quantum particles of light — individual photons — to communicate quantum states of light over long distances. These networks have a trick that classical systems don’t: entanglement.Entanglement — what Einstein called “spooky action at a distance” — allows bits of information to be perfectly correlated across any distance. Because quantum systems can’t be observed without changing, Alice could use entanglement to message Bob without any fear of eavesdroppers. This notion is the foundation for applications such quantum cryptography — security that is guaranteed by the laws of quantum physics. “This is the realization of a goal that has been pursued by our quantum science and engineering community for more than two decades.” — Mikhail Lukin Harvard Quantum Initiative Co-Director Lukin on ‘quantum supremacy’ and Google’s announcement of its achievement Quantum communication over long distances, however, is also affected by conventional photon losses, which is one of the major obstacles for realizing large-scale quantum internet. But the same physical principle that makes quantum communication ultra-secure also makes it impossible to use existing, classical repeaters to fix information loss.How can you amplify and correct a signal if you can’t read it? The solution to this seemingly impossible task involves a so-called quantum repeater. Unlike classical repeaters, which amplify a signal through an existing network, quantum repeaters create a network of entangled particles through which a message can be transmitted.In essence, a quantum repeater is a small, special-purpose quantum computer. At each stage of such a network, quantum repeaters must be able to catch and process quantum bits of quantum information to correct errors and store them long enough for the rest of the network to be ready. Until now, that has been impossible for two reasons: First, single photons are very difficult to catch. Second, quantum information is notoriously fragile, making it very challenging to process and store for long periods of time.Lukin’s lab, in collaboration with Marko Loncar, the Tiantsai Lin Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Hongkun Park, Mark Hyman Jr. Professor of Chemistry at the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), and Dirk Englund, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, has been working to harness a system that can perform both of these tasks well — silicon-vacancy color centers in diamonds. “We plan to create large networks of entangled quantum memories and explore the first applications of the quantum internet.” — Ralf Riedinger A platform for stable quantum computing, a playground for exotic physics Related Recent research settles a long-standing debate These centers are tiny defects in a diamond’s atomic structure that can absorb and radiate light, giving rise to a diamond’s brilliant colors.“Over the past several years, our labs have been working to understand and control individual silicon-vacancy color centers, particularly around how to use them as quantum memory devices for single photons,” said Mihir Bhaskar, a Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) student in the Lukin group.The researchers integrated an individual color-center into a nanofabricated diamond cavity, which confines the information-bearing photons and forces them to interact with the single color-center. They then placed the device in a dilution refrigerator, which reaches temperatures close to absolute zero, and sent individual photons through fiber optic cables into the refrigerator, where they were efficiently caught and trapped by the color-center.The device can store the quantum information for milliseconds — long enough for information to be transported over thousands of kilometers. Electrodes embedded around the cavity were used to deliver control signals to process and preserve the information stored in the memory.“This device combines the three most important elements of a quantum repeater — a long memory, the ability to efficiently catch information off photons, and a way to process it locally,” said Bart Machielse, a GSAS student in the Laboratory for Nanoscale Optics.  “Each of those challenges have been addressed separately but no one device has combined all three.” “Currently, we are working to extend this research by deploying our quantum memories in real, urban fiber-optic links,” said Ralf Riedinger, a postdoctoral candidate in the Lukin group. “We plan to create large networks of entangled quantum memories and explore the first applications of the quantum internet.“This is the first system-level demonstration, combining major advances in nanofabrication, photonics and quantum control, that shows clear quantum advantage to communicating information using quantum repeater nodes. We look forward to starting to explore new, unique applications using these techniques,” said Lukin.The research was co-authored by Bhaskar, Riedinger, Machielse, David Levonian, Christian Nguyen, Erik Knall, Park, Englund, Loncar, Denis Sukachev, and Lukin.It was supported in part by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and Office of Naval Research. Riding the quantum computing ‘wave’last_img read more

Broadway Vets Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts & More Receive 2014 Oscar Nominations

first_img As expected, Disney’s blockbuster animated film Frozen received a Best Animated Feature nod, and Avenue Q and Book of Mormon composer Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, nabbed a nomination for Best Original Song for “Let It Go.” Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep received her 18th Academy Award nomination for playing ball-busting matriarch Violet Weston in the film adaption of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County. Co-star Julia Roberts received the film’s only additional nomination, as Best Supporting Actress, for playing Streep’s oldest daughter, Barbara. The Academy Awards will be presented in a ceremony to be broadcast live on March 2, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. View Comments Nine films made the cut for Best Picture: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street. Snubbed films included Inside Llewyn Davis, Saving Mr. Banks and, of course, August: Osage County. The other acting categories included two Broadway vets, Bradley Cooper (Best Supporting Actor for American Hustle) and Sally Hawkins (Best Supporting Actress for Blue Jasmine).center_img Stage and screen vet Ethan Hawke nabbed a best adapted screenplay nomination (with Richard Linklater and Julie Delpy) for Before Midnight. Woody Allen was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for Blue Jasmine. The Lopezes have high-profile competition for Best Original Song, including members of U2 for “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (nominated under their real names, Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen) and Pharrell Williams for “Happy” from Despicable Me. Rounding out the category are Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel for “Alone Yet Not Alone” from the movie of the same name and Karen O and Spike Jonze for “The Moon Song” from Jones’ Her. In a strong Best Actress field, Streep will compete with theater vets Amy Adams (American Hustle), Cate Blanchett (the favorite for her performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine) and Judi Dench (Philomena), plus Sandra Bullock (Gravity). All but Adams (Streep’s co-star in Doubt and Julie & Julia) are previous Oscar winners.last_img read more

Maistra has announced a job vacancy that includes year-round work

first_imgMaistra has announced a competition in which it offers conditions for work of the highest category and constant progress, and people with and without experience have the opportunity to work.Maistra has announced a job vacancy that includes year-round work, and people with and without experience have the opportunity to apply. It is about working in hotels of the highest category Maistra Collection brand – Monte Mulini, Lone, Eden and Adriatic, which will be joined by the new Grand Park Hotel Rovinj in the spring.Only the new hotel will open a hundred new jobs, the company announced, and with such a developed offer, their goal is to form a team with which they will develop new and different contents and a highly personalized service. “We want to provide each guest with a unique experience and that is why such an early selection of a team that will help us in this is very important. In addition to existing employees, we are looking for new, ambitious people ready to work in a dynamic environment and focused on achieving the best results. This is an opportunity for all people who want new knowledge to become experts in their business and to ensure the development of a great career. “, Explains Tina Turk Lupieri, Director of Human Resources at Maistra.The company offers conditions for work of the highest category and constant progress in professional knowledge. Although most of their employees come from Istria, Maistra organizes and pays for accommodation for all employees who need it. Equally, employees are entitled to two hot meals and transportation to work. Salary supplements are paid, ie holiday pay, Christmas bonus, jubilee award and solidarity aid. These entitlements are in addition to salary.“After the application, the candidates will go through the selection procedure of Mastra’s experts. If they become part of the team, they are given the opportunity to work throughout the year and irreplaceable experience of working in a professional, stimulating and professional environment as well as the possibility of further advancement. The best ones will also get the opportunity to work in the new Grand Park Hotel Rovinj. ” conclude from Maistra.By the way, at the company level, this year there were about 2.700 employees in Maistra. All those interested in working and professional development in Maistra can apply until October 21 via online registration at posao.maistra.com.last_img read more

New Jobless Numbers in the Millions

first_imgWeekly jobless claims numbers are out and they’re still in the millions and Florida unemployment numbers are part of the biggest increases. The Labor Department says 4.4 million Americans filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week. That’s pretty much right in line with what analysts were expecting and is down from the previous week’s more than 6.5 million new claims.The total claims for the past five weeks adds up to 26-million as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on the nation’s economy. The biggest increases in claims were in Colorado, New York, Missouri, Florida, and North Carolina.Just 40,193 Floridians who have filed for unemployment since March 15 have received their benefits, according to a new website the state launched Monday.That’s less than 3% of the more than 1.5 million claims filed since mid March when the state saw a record surge in people furloughed or fired of work because of the coronavirus.last_img read more

Secret consortium in talks with Fred Done to revive & reposition The Tote

first_img Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Eamon Wilmott,Sky News has reported that Betfred founder Fred Done is in ‘advanced talks’ to sell a significant stake of The Tote, as Betfred prepares to readjust its UK racing proposition.In 2017, Fred Done publicly stated that Betfred ‘was finished with UK racing’, and that his enterprise could ‘live without the sport’, following Jockey Club and Arena Racing Company (ARC) syndicated racetracks dropping Tote betting pool services.The dispute has seen Betfred lose its Tote trackside monopoly for pool betting within Britain’s most popular racetracks (54 venues total). A contract Fred Done won through a government-sanctioned auction in 2011, paying + £250 million for the Tote business.Sky News reports that Fred Done is prepared to sell a 25% stake in the Tote to a ‘consortium of racing industry figures’, seeking to revive the asset’s proposition within UK racing.Fred Done and Betfred advisors are reported to value The Tote at £125-£150 million, targeting an equity stake sale of circa £30 million.The consortium is said to be led by Eamon Wilmott, the chairman of Total Performance Data, a technology firm seeking to create new engagement dynamics for racing punters and viewers.Entering advanced negotiations, the consortium has pledged to invest millions of pounds creating a new pools proposition for the Tote, which would be attractive to modern sports audiences.Insiders close to the talks believe a deal will be concluded within weeks, detailing that Fred Done believes the Tote has a vibrant future despite the impending removal of its presence from the majority of British racecourses this July. Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Related Articleslast_img read more