APTN National NewsOTTAWA – It was a nine-year battle right to the end for Cindy Blackstock who became the face of the fight for First Nation children the government decided long ago deserved less than other kids.Over and over the federal government, under former prime minister Stephen Harper, tried to stop Blackstock with Department of Justice lawyers doing all they could to have her human rights complaint dismissed.Each attempt was defeated allowing the complaint to proceed.And on Tuesday, it was learned Blackstock, or more importantly First Nation children, were victorious when the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled Canada discriminates against First Nation children by underfunding the on-reserve agencies charged with ensuring their safety.“This is an overwhelming win for the children and their families,” said Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.“I am overjoyed.”The human rights tribunal demands the federal government make sweeping changes to the way it manages and funds on-reserve First Nation child welfare services.The tribunal said current funding formulas create an incentive to remove children from their families.“The Panel finds the complainants have presented sufficient evidence to establish a prima facie case of discrimination under section 5 of the CHRA. Specifically … that First Nations children and families living on reserve and in the Yukon are denied equal child and family services, and/or differentiated adversely in the provision of child and family services,” according to the ruling.The tribunal’s ruling said the very foundation of Ottawa’s on-reserve child welfare program needed an overhaul because the whole structure was about to collapse.“Canada now has an opportunity to end its long legacy of discriminating against First Nations children in child welfare and other areas like education and health care too,” said Blackstock. “Child welfare equity and reform is the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s top call to action so we call on the Prime Minister to not appeal and to implement the immediate measures that can relieve the suffering of these children.”The ruling said the federal Indigenous Affairs department causes First Nation children and families to suffer through the way it designs, funds and manages on-reserve child welfare services.Indigenous Affairs’ current funding formula for child welfare “perpetuates the incentives to remove children from their homes,” the ruling said.The tribunal also ordered the department to “immediately implement the full meaning and scope of Jordan’s Principle” which was established to ensure First Nation children get the care they need before Ottawa and the provinces settle jurisdictional battles over who should pay.The tribunal found that Indigenous Affairs officials applied the principle too narrowly at the expense of children in need.The ruling is a resounding victory for the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society and its president Cindy Blackstock who first launched the complaint, with the Assembly of First Nations, back in 2007.After 72 days of hearings which ran from February 2013 to October 2014, a related tribunal victory on a retaliation complaint against Ottawa, skirmishes before the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal and the delayed disclosure of over 100,000 internal department documents, the tribunal sided with Blackstock’s core complaint.Now the main parties to the case—Ottawa, Blackstock’s organization and the AFN—have three weeks to figure out a process with the tribunal on implementing the ordered changes.The tribunal is also giving the parties three weeks to determine the process for settling the issue of compensation.The Child and Family Caring Society requested compensation of $20,000 for each First Nation child taken into care since February 2006 and the money be put into a trust fund to support healing programs tailored to children.The AFN requested an expert panel be created to determine compensation.Justice Canada lawyers argued in futility that the tribunal had no jurisdiction to make any determinations on the issue and that Indigenous Affairs only cut cheques which did not qualify as a delivery of a service. The Tribunal dismissed the government’s non-service assertion.“Even is AANDC’s role in the child and family welfare of First Nations is limited to funding, there is nothing in the Canadian Human Rights Act that excludes funding from the purview of section 5. This is, funding can constitute a service if the facts and evidence of the case indicate that the funding is a benefit or assistance offered to the public …” said the ruling.Last June, the tribunal also ruled in favour of Blackstock in a related complaint. The tribunal found that a senior official in then-Aboriginal affairs minister Chuck Strahl’s office “retaliated” against Blackstock over her human rights complaint by blocking her from attending a December 2009 meeting between the department and chiefs.The federal Privacy Commissioner also determined in May 2013 that Justice Canada and Indigenous Affairs officials spied on Blackstock because of her child welfare complaint.See related stories here and hereAboriginal Affairs “retaliated” against First Nation child advocate over human rights complaint: Tribunal Federal Aboriginal Affairs department spying on advocate for First Nations children According to the human rights tribunal ruling, Indigenous Affairs made little effort to improve its child welfare program despite ample evidence it was not working. The tribunal said internal reports and provided the department with ways to “address the adverse impacts” of its child welfare program, but were mostly ignored.“Despite being aware of the adverse impacts resulting from the (First Nation Child and Family Services) program for many years (Indigenous Affairs) has not significantly modified the program,” said the ruling. “While efforts have been made to improve the (child welfare) program…those improvements fall short of addressing the service gaps, denials and adverse impacts…and, ultimately, fail to meet the goal of providing culturally appropriate child and family services to First Nations children and families living on-reserve.”The ruling does not cover child welfare services in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.Generally speaking, Indigenous Affairs funds and provides on-reserve child welfare services through First Nation child welfare agencies or through provincial agencies. The department also has a handful of one-off trilateral provincial and territorial child welfare agreements.Indigenous Affairs has a unique 1965 cost-sharing agreement with Ontario that governs on-reserve child welfare services in that province.While Indigenous Affairs claims to provide child welfare services that are “reasonably comparable to those provided off-reserve,” the tribunal found that the department has “difficulty defining what it means” and knows it doesn’t provide enough money to meet provincial-territorial legislation and standards.Yet “(Indigenous Affairs) insists that (First Nation child welfare agencies) somehow abide by those standards and provide reasonably comparable child and family services,” said the ruling. “Instead of assessing the needs of Frist Nations children and families and using provincial legislation and standards as a reference to design an adequate program to address those needs, (Indigenous Affairs) adopts an ad hoc approach to addressing needed changes to its programs.”The tribunal found that Indigenous Affairs has not executed any significant changes to its child welfare programs since 1990 and hasn’t updated its 1965 agreement with Ontario since 1998.“(Indigenous Affairs’) design, management and control of the (on-reserve child welfare) program, along with its corresponding funding formulas and other related provincial-territorial agreements have resulted in denials of services and created various adverse impacts for many First Nations children and families living on reserves,” said the ruling. “The (tribunal) finds (Indigenous Affairs’) position unreasonable, unconvincing and not supported by the preponderance of evidence in this case.” read more
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 26, 2017 – Providenciales – Tourism is working too. TCI Tourist Board director, Ramon Andrews today confirmed that they have hired a PR Agency to liaise with international media houses to mitigate any fallout of this negative press.#magneticmedianews Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo read more
Posted: January 30, 2019 ‘Project Homeless Connect’ event helps homeless in many ways Ed Lenderman, Ed Lenderman Updated: 7:21 PM January 30, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- More than 900 attendees received a variety of assistance today at the 13th Project Homeless Connect resource fair hosted by the San Diego Housing Commission.The housing commission oversaw the resource fair for the ninth consecutive year, with assistance from the city of San Diego, Father Joe’s Villages, the Interfaith Shelter Network and Family Health Centers of San Diego.According to the housing commission, 905 homeless residents attended the event, gaining access to roughly 100 service provider booths.Attendees had access to a warm meal, medical screenings, flu shots, pet care, legal aid and social security benefits assistance and could obtain ID cards from the state Department of Motor Vehicles.This year’s resource fair also included, for the first time, officials from the Victim Service Division of the district attorney’s office providing counseling on issues of domestic violence and sex trafficking.“It’s a safe, inviting place with one goal — helping people,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. “This represents the best of our community coming together.”San Diego City Council members Georgette Gomez, Monica Montgomery and Chris Ward also attended the event. Montgomery called it “very, very important” to have a safe place to access necessary medical and social services.“A lot of people are sitting down and eating,” Montgomery said. “That’s food for the soul. I hope to just be able to connect people even more with the services that they are in need of on a more regular basis.”According to data from the housing commission, 45.9 percent of the resource fair’s attendees were age 55 or older and 62.7 percent have been homeless for more than a year. Military veterans made up 12.8 percent of attendees as well.“I feel pretty good. Definitely wasn’t expecting all that to be available,” said Dylan, a temporary bridge shelter resident who did not give his last name, after receiving a dental cleaning. “For a brief moment there, I wasn’t homeless.” read more
WILMINGTON, MA — Jomarie O’Mahony, Daryn Marsh, and Kevin MacDonald are running for the seat on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen recently vacated by Ed Loud. The winner will fulfill the one year remaining on Loud’s unexpired term.Wilmington Apple is asking the candidates multiple questions each week leading up to the April 27 Town Election.The latest question:Do you/did you support the construction of a detox facility at 362 Middlesex Avenue? Why or why not? What do you say to residents who strongly disagree with your position?Below are the candidates’ responses, in their own words:Jomarie O’MahonyI believe the disease of addiction has reached epidemic levels in every community in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is a crisis that can’t be ignored (and one that we can’t pretend does not affect our own community here in Wilmington). As an attorney for a state agency dealing with families in crisis, as well as a friend and family member to people in various stages of battling this disease, I see the benefit of an additional detox center in the area, knowing how desperate the need is for more beds. That being said, I do not support the construction of a detox facility at 362 Middlesex Avenue as the location is not appropriate for a medical center of the size being proposed.We as a community need to be clear with our vision for this town and our representatives should govern with that vision in mind. We only have a limited amount of land and we should be thoughtful in our planning for its use. We have a portion of the town already dedicated to commercial and medical facilities with more appropriate locations for a detox center or something akin to it already available.When I first moved to Wilmington over 15 years ago, I recall discussion of developing that section of Route 62 with street front stores that could create a “town center” like the town center in the nearby town of Reading. That plan never seemed to have been pursued seriously but it should have been. Such a location would also be a great location for additional affordable housing for seniors.The sad reality is that this issue has created a huge division in our town and we need to figure out a way to bring the town and the current owner to the table to create a mutually agreeable compromise that will not have the town and the property tied up in expensive litigation for years to come. Given the current climate, I would invite our state legislative delegation to be a part of the discussions, as well, so that further allegations of impropriety can be extinguished and we can begin to solve the problem without distraction. As a member of the Board of Selectmen, I would champion for that to occur and would volunteer to spearhead it as soon as possible so that our town can move forward and begin to unify as a community instead of continuing in the current manner of division.I would tell the people who don’t agree with what I am saying above to give me their plan – not the history of the problem, not the allegations, not their interpretation of the laws and by-laws – but a plan to bring resolution to the issue. I believe it is important to understand what happened that led to the current situation, but I want to focus our attention on finding the solution and then we can make sure this never happens again.Daryn MarshMr. Marsh chose to answer this question via video:——Kevin MacDonaldNo response.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN RACE Q&A: O’Mahony & Marsh Discuss What They Hope To Accomplish During Their First TermIn “Government”SELECTMEN RACE Q&A: O’Mahony & Marsh Reveal The Next Town & School Building Projects They’d Like To SeeIn “Government”SELECTMEN DEBATE RECAP: MacDonald, Marsh & O’Mahony Debate The Issues (with VIDEO)In “Government” read more
Dave Bautista is a national treasure. #WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/ehmDzDwlTj— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) April 8, 2019 Post a comment Wrestlemania 35 is in full flow, and you should head here to read our moment-by-moment coverage, but right now Dave Bautista, who plays Drax in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is wrestling his long-time nemesis HHH.Folks, he’s having a rough one.To begin with he fell through the ropes during his entrance. 0 It’s funny because he’s Drax. #wrestlemania pic.twitter.com/yJo02ZwMtL— Cole Van Horn (@colevanhorn1) April 8, 2019 When that one pimple is so hard to burst. #WreslteMania35 #WWE #WrestleMania @WWE pic.twitter.com/arwG12gjJf— Joanna (@jmmamakwa) April 8, 2019 Tags Share your voice But halfway through the match this happened… WWE/GIF by Jackson Ryan/CNET As far as we can tell that’s Batista literally getting his nose ring ripped out by HHH, wielding a pair of pliers. It looks pretty legit. There’s blood coming out of his nose and whatnot.For some reason that’s the moment Twitter in particular has latched on to. *Record Scratch*Yep. That’s me. You may be wondering how I got into this situation.#WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/85hC8OWEOs— James Matthews (@CrazyMax46) April 8, 2019 Putting contacts in for the first time in a long time #WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/fs5XoXvTkP— Christine Thompson (@Druncan_Hines) April 8, 2019 Hey @DaveBautista I gota say….#Wrestlemania pic.twitter.com/IruxJJZ86j— HazardF5 (@HazardF5) April 8, 2019 (For the record, Batista lost the match, after Ric Flair came to the aid of his old buddy HHH and gave him a sledgehammer to finish the job. Hope Batista has a better run in Avengers: Endgame. Ah wait, I forgot. He got murked in Infinity War. Damn.) Great to finally see Batista get his #WrestleMania moment pic.twitter.com/x9SxRxWi3P— Ryan / WrestleBotch (@WrestleBotch) April 8, 2019 That’s a rough one by most accounts and of course, the internet has gone a bit stir-crazy with it. 15 Photos TV and Movies Sports How babies see the “Got Your Nose” game. #Wrestlemania pic.twitter.com/yXH2J8Qly5— Naj Ben-RAW. (@YouWannaBeNYCE) April 8, 2019 Literally me every dentist trip #Wrestlemania pic.twitter.com/S0m7noDwMC— HEEL TEM (@HEEL_TEM) April 8, 2019 Every WWE star you need to know about WWE read more
Emily RatajkowskiEmily Ratajkowski Official Instagram (emrata)Emily Ratajkowski is back at it again. After posting a topless pic and setting temperatures soaring, the model has posted yet another snap.In the pic, Emily can be seen lounging on a couch, topless and flaunting her gorgeous figure. The picture was captioned: “Take her out…or not. Our Topanga skirt.”Emily regularly posts risqué pics of herself.Emily Ratajkowski has been trying to prove to the world that she is more than just a pretty face, and she has had to face a lot of criticism as well. The topless pic follows a pic she shared a photo of herself in lingerie baring her armpit hair. Along with the post, she shared that she had written an essay for Harper’s Bazaar about being hyper femme and the ‘women’s right to choose.’ Emily RatajkowskiEmily Ratajkowski Official Instagram (emrata)Emily Ratajkowski has also been trying her hand at acting. And we have to say that she is making quite a lot of progress. The beauty started with small roles, like her part in the movie adaptation “Gone Girl” but she has gone on to sink her teeth into much meatier roles since.The gorgeous model has been using her platform to spread a message of woman empowerment. She shared a strong message on social media: ‘Give women the opportunity to be whatever they want and as multifaceted as they can be. I wrote an essay for @harpersbazaarus about the importance of women’s right to choose (how she dresses, what she posts, if she decides to shave or not) no matter what influences have shaped the way she presents herself,’ she said. And we have to say, you go girl. You can check out the pic here: read more
A young man was beaten to death allegedly by his paternal uncle over a family feud at Shiber Bazar Rayergaon in Sadar upazila of Sylhet on Thursdayn.The deceased is Dulal Ahmed, 20, son of Abul Bashar of the village, reports UNB.Jalalabad police station officer-in-charge Wakil Ahmed said Sirajul Islam swooped on Dulal around 11am and beat him mercilessly with a stick, leaving him injured.Later, he was taken to a local hospital where doctors declared him dead.
In this file photo taken on 1 November 2018 former president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed waves as he addresses the country after returning from exile to the Maldives, in Male. Photo: AFPThe former Maldives president on Sunday vowed sweeping reforms and an end to government corruption after leading his party to a record landslide victory just five months since returning from exile.Mohamed Nasheed, 51, made a dramatic return to the top of the national parliament, with his Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) securing more than two-thirds in the 87-member assembly.Nasheed promised to use his party’s mandate to usher in a new era of stability and democracy in the Indian Ocean archipelago as it emerges from years of strongman rule, political crises and corruption scandals miring the government and judiciary.”Our foremost duty is to bring peace to the government”, Nasheed told supporters in the capital Male on Sunday.Provisional results from the Elections Commission showed Nasheed’s party won 68 seats with the Jamhooree Party a distant second, securing just seven.The party of former strongman president Abudulla Yameen trailed with only four.Nasheed’s comprehensive victory was another rebuke for his arch-rival Yameen, who was dumped in a shock election defeat in September under a cloud of corruption and embezzlement allegations.Yameen did not run, but his party — the Progressive Party of Maldives — finished in third. The remaining seats were collected by minor parties and independents.Nasheed was barred from running in the presidential election but his former deputy, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, emerged triumphant over Yameen.The former leader declared the days of “Rolex watches and Kohinoor are over”, referring to high-profile scandals in the Maldives where MPs have allegedly been bought with luxury gifts, including gems.”The parliament you have elected today possesses integrity,” said Nasheed, who won a seat in the People’s Majlis, or parliament representing a constituency in the capital Male.”You desired to reform the general well-being of the nation… Hopefully we will succeed in fulfilling your wishes.”Nasheed also vowed to transform the Maldives, a popular honeymoon destination home to 340,000 Sunni Muslims, into a parliamentary democracy.An executive presidential system was adopted under political reforms in 2008, when dictator Maumoon Abdul Gayoom stood down after 30 years in power.Two of Gayoom’s children contested this poll, but only one was successful in winning a seat.As the results trickled in Saturday, and Nasheed’s victory was clearly within grasp, the dogged political veteran declared the Maldives was heading for “a golden yellow dawn”. Yellow is the colour of his party.- Challenges ahead -Election officials estimated the final turnout to be 80 percent, less than the September presidential election but a record for a parliamentary poll. The official final results are expected later.President Solih, who has promised to investigate corruption allegations against Yameen, thanked voters for delivering “a huge majority” for the MDP.”While we celebrate, we must also not forget the immense challenges that lie ahead of us,” he said in a statement.Election commissioner Ahmed Shareef told reporters there had been no complaints of irregularities in the run up to the vote, during balloting or at the count.The thumping MDP victory caps a remarkable comeback for Nasheed, who until November was a fugitive in exile.Nasheed was sentenced to 13 years prison in 2015 but left the Maldives a year later, after being granted prison leave for medical treatment in Britain.The charges were dropped by the Supreme Court after Solih toppled Yameen, with judges saying there was no basis for the charges.International rights groups had decried the terrorism conviction, imposed while Yameen was in power, as politically motivated and unjustified.The Maldives was on the verge of being slapped with Western-led sanctions before Solih won the presidential election on a pledge to end corruption in the country, best known for its luxury tourism.Nasheed has also opposed heavy borrowing from China under Yameen’s administration, accusing the former strongman of mortgaging the island paradise to Beijing for infrastructure projects. read more
00:00 /01:03 X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Al OrtizThe Westador subdivision, located in north Houston, flooded last year. Mayor Sylvester Turner says the mission of the City’s flood SWAT team is to be proactive, instead of reactive.The Houston City Council approved creating the Storm Water Action Team (SWAT).The team will work on reducing drainage problems that are not directly caused by flooding from the bayou system, which is managed by the Harris County Flood Control District.Mayor Sylvester Turner says the goal is to be proactive, instead of reactive.“From now on, we will anticipate when and where improvements are needed and then take care of them before we have problems,” Turner noted during the Council’s weekly meeting.The work of the flood SWAT team will range from replacing sewer inlets to regrading ditches, as well as performing minor erosion repairs and resizing culverts.Former Council Member and current flood Czar Steve Costello explains there is a specific timeline for the projects.“From when we go out there, we assess what improvements we have to do and, if we can build them within 90 days, that’s the goal,” Costello said during the press conference held after the Council’s meeting.Initially, the City is allocating 10 million dollars for the program and has identified a hundred projects that will be spread throughout all of Houston. Listen read more
Is this move to bread and butter issues going to hold? Party Politics co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer break down the speeches and highlight the politics of funding schools and cutting taxes.NATIONAL-Congressman Steve King is racist — And everyone is condemning him-Shutdown drama continues-Judge orders citizenship question removed from 2020 Census-William Barr confirmation to become AG-Trump unleashes fast food feast for Clemson football teamTEXAS-Texas House proposed budget increases school funding by $7 billion!-Julián Castro presidential run in 2020 is official — What are his chances?-Tarrant County GOP rejects attempts to remove vice chairman Shahid Shafi-AOC linked group ‘Justice Democrats’ goes after Henry CuellarYou can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Tweet us using #PartyPoliticsPod or email email@example.com. Party Politics is produced by Don Geraci, the audio engineer is Todd Hulslander and our digital editor is Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz. X 00:00 /29:10 Office of the Texas GovernorGovernor Greg Abbott speaks during his inauguration ceremony held in Austin on Jan. 15, 2019.Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick were sworn in to office this week and it was a far cry from the last legislative session. Gone are the divisive social issues of the past—replaced by more funding for schools and property tax reform. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share read more
On March 22, the fourth annual Cupcakes & Cocktails Diva Soiree will be hosted at the SPX Event Hall in District Heights, Md. The event, which showcases women-owned businesses and organizations, will feature numerous activities, workshops, giveaways, vendors and more. For more information: Eventbrite.com.
By Mark F. Gray, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.orgThe process of finding a new Chief Executive Officer who can rebuild the credibility the Prince George’s County Public School System starts in earnest next week with public hearings that begin May 13. According to a spokesman for County Executive Angela M. Alsobrooks, a three-person search committee and representatives from the company conducting the national search for Prince George’s County Public Schools, will be at the Monday, May 13 hearing that begins at 6:30 p.m. at Charles H. Flowers High School. The task will be to find a fulltime replacement for Kevin Maxwell, who was forced to resign following a controversial tenure while leading the second largest school system in the state with an $800,000 severance package.According to a recent audit, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) did not properly follow the procedures to comply with spending. (Courtesy Photo)Monica Goldson was appointed interim CEO after last July to replace Maxwell and could still be considered a candidate for the full time job. She assumed the role of leading a system that includes 207 schools and centers and more than 132,000 students just over a month before the 2018-2019 school year beganThere will be three steps in the process to select the school system’s next CEO. County leaders will listen to the public’s input on what they expect from the school’s next CEO during the Monday forum. Those residents will be given a chance to speak at the hearing, but must register in order to have their concerns raised publicly during the two-hour session. After evaluating the input from the residents, the search company will narrow the list down to it’s three top candidates. Those names will be given to County Executive Alsobrooks, who will make the final decision who will be hired. Whomever is hired for the job will face the task of trying to deal with the residue from Maxwell’s era, which was marred by controversy and scandal. Under his watch, the school system dealt with a series of embarrassing issues that reached from the classroom to upper levels of the school system’s administration. In 2017 a teacher’s aide plead guilty to sexually abusing students at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School. Deonte Carraway was able to sexually abuse 23 children in less than two years despite 10 school staff members expressing concerns about his behavior. A lawsuit claimed the school was an “unchecked breeding ground for sexual abuse through a lack of supervision, and a failure to intervene and report suspicions of abuse.” Carraway is now serving a 75 year prison sentence.The system’s academic integrity was brought into question in 2018 when an independent audit evaluated 1,212 student records that were randomly selected from about 5,500 high school seniors who graduated after having grades changed in 2016 or 2017. It found that nearly one out of four students may have graduated without meeting requirements. Under Maxwell’s watch two members of his cabinet were given salary increases of between $46,409 in 2013 and 2017 and a third received a $35,758 increase between 2015 and 2017. This took place while teachers were denied a cost of living increase of four percent.The county also lost a $6.5 million in federal grants for the Head Start program following documented complaints of mistreatment of children. A text photo of a child who had wet his pants then was forced to mop the floor was texted to his mother. The caption read “LOL, he worked that mop, tho!”The public doesn’t need to register ahead of time to attend the forum. Anyone who wants to comment at the meeting needs to call the school system at (301) 952-4547 to register to make their presentation. read more
Credit: CC0 Public Domain However, no one is exactly sure of just how difficult it is to decompose very large numbers into their prime factors. This question, called the factorization problem, is one of the biggest unsolved problems in computer science, despite the use of advanced mathematical and computer science strategies in attempts to solve it.Now in a new study published in Physical Review Letters, researchers Jose Luis Rosales and Vicente Martin at the Technical University of Madrid have taken a different approach to the problem. The researchers have shown that the arithmetic used in factoring numbers into their prime factors can be translated into the physics of a device—a “quantum simulator”—that physically mimics the arithmetic rather than trying to directly calculate a solution like a computer does. Although the researchers have not yet built a quantum simulator, they show that the prime factors of large numbers would correspond to the energy values of the simulator. Measuring the energy values would then give the solutions to a given factoring problem, suggesting that factoring large numbers into primes may not be as difficult as currently thought.”The work opens a new avenue to factor numbers, but we do not yet know about its power,” Rosales told Phys.org. “It is very striking to find a completely new way to factor that comes directly from quantum physics. It does not demonstrate that factoring numbers is easy, but finding new ways to factor certainly does not add to the strength of algorithms based on its assumed complexity.”For now, the researchers do not know the technical complexity of building such a device, or whether it would even be possible to factor very large numbers. “We have shown that a quantum simulator able to factor numbers exists and, in principle, it could be built,” Martin said. “Whether the simulator is feasible with current technology in a way that it can factor numbers of the same size as the ones used in cryptography remains to be seen, but the avenue is now open. The prospect of building such a device before a quantum computer is built is something to be pondered seriously.” More information: Jose Luis Rosales and Vicente Martin. “Quantum Simulation of the Factorization Problem.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.200502 , Also at arXiv:1601.04896 [quant-ph] Explore further (Phys.org)—Any number can, in theory, be written as the product of prime numbers. For small numbers, this is easy (for example, the prime factors of 12 are 2, 2, and 3), but for large numbers, prime factorization becomes extremely difficult—so difficult that many of today’s cryptography algorithms rely on the complexity of the prime factorization of numbers with hundreds of digits to keep private information secure. Toward a quantum number theoryBesides the potential for practical applications, the results are also interesting on a more fundamental level.”In our opinion, the contributions of the paper have two sides: in pure mathematics and in applied cryptography,” Rosales said.One of the most mathematically interesting aspects of the new work is that it involves redefining the factorization problem by introducing a new arithmetic function that could then be mapped onto the physics of the quantum simulator and correspond to the energy values. In a sense, the researchers are rewriting the math problem in terms of physics.”The manuscript tries to bridge number theory with quantum physics,” Rosales said, noting that researchers have been trying to do this for several decades. “Nowadays with the development of quantum information and computation and the discovery of Shor’s algorithm, the connection seems more intriguing and important than ever.”In the long-term, this type of investigation could ultimately lead to a quantum number theory—a theory of numbers that is based on physical quantum systems.”To develop a quantum number theory, what we need is a quantum system (at least a theoretical one) to able to reproduce the prime numbers,” Martin said. “In the paper, our take was to try to obtain a system able to factorize a number into its primes. The method is ‘analogue’ in the sense that it is not like Shor’s algorithm, which is programmable in a quantum computer following the gate model. Instead, it is the measurement of a carefully set quantum system that provides the answer. “To carry out this program, we need to first devise an arithmetic formulation of the factorization problem that is amenable to be quantized. We have to find an arithmetic function, eventually related to a Hamiltonian, and set up the quantum-mechanical problem such that its solution corresponds to the solution of the factorization problem. In the work we succeeded in carrying out these ideas. We found the correct arithmetic function, defined the factorization set to bind the Hamiltonian and obtained the solution of the quantum-mechanical problem. To the best of our knowledge, this has not been achieved before, although ours was not the first attempt. “As it is always done in physics, to validate the results, we have to prove its predictive capabilities, so we did predictions with them: obtained a factorization algorithm that is completely new, with no similitude to any other factorization algorithm that we know of, and thoroughly checked the statistics of the solution against the prime number theorem. “The results left us really astounded. To demonstrate this, in the paper we show how the spectrum reproduces the prime counting function and is almost identical to the Riemann’s. This is obtained as a direct consequence of the quantum mechanical theory and has no counterpart in number theory. Carrying this to the extreme, this could be even considered the physics underlying the Riemann hypothesis [one of the most important open problems in number theory] in the sense that the Hamiltonian is naturally bounded, without any further assumptions.”The researchers explain that, in this paper, they just hinted that the results have deeper mathematical implications, and they plan to further investigate these possibilities in the future. They are also looking into what it would take to build a quantum simulator.”We have ongoing research in the theory of building a simulator,” Rosales said. “The first impression is encouraging, although nothing is decided yet.” New largest number factored on a quantum device is 56,153 Journal information: Physical Review Letters © 2016 Phys.org Citation: Quantum physics offers new way to factor numbers (2016, November 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-11-quantum-physics-factor.html This document is subject to copyright. 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