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Posted: June 18, 2017 at 11:42 am
Virtual Reality (VR) has been around for a few years now. However, what made VR accessible to everyone was Googles Cardboard, a budget solution that gave everyone a taste of what VR could do. When Google announced its Pixel phone last year, it also launched the Daydream View, a premium VR headset for those who want a more immersive experience.
One of the things that make the Daydream View stand out is build quality. Google has used a breathable fabric for the outer body which is surprisingly well-cushioned: this makes the headset comfortable to wear for long durations.
Daydream View comes with a handheld remote control with a built-in accelerometer, trackpad, volume control, select and home button. The controller works seamlessly with VR apps for viewing content or playing games. Having a handheld controller improves the experience by a big margin. Once you are done using the headset, the controller can be tucked inside the headset so that you dont lose it very thoughtful.
Setting up the Daydream View takes a couple of minutes via onscreen instructions in the app.
Then the app shows a tiled interface for recommended apps: YouTube VR, Play Store, settings and your installed apps. You can install new apps without removing the headset, which makes things easier from a users perspective.
The VR experience with the Daydream View is unparalleled. We have used a number of VR headsets, but the visual quality, smooth interface, navigation and ease of control we got with this is mind-blowing. The audio from the headsets speakers is loud enough for personal use and adds to the overall immersiveness.
One issue with the headset is that it is compatible with only select Android phones; support for other phones will be added over time. Another problem is that most of the good VR apps in Play Store are paid and the app ecosystem is overall still limited. Apart from this, the Daydream View is one of the best headsets for VR save for the high-end HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. By Karan Bajaj
ET Chess Moves: Game for iOS and Android
So you want to play a game of chess? Obviously, you have got your smartphone; no need to carry the board. There are hundreds of free chess apps available, so why are we writing about this one? Three big reasons. One, its adfree.
Two: all features are free, including undo, resume game and online play. Three, it has a nice two-player mode in which two people can play simultaneously on the same phone. You have a board facing you while your opponent has a board facing the other direction.
Your board automatically scales up in size when its your turn a smart way to overcome the limitations of small screens! And the developer (Asim Pereira) is using the Stockfish 8 engine for the single-player mode one of the best open-source chess engines that scales well to mobile and desktop platforms.
There are 10 levels, different board designs/colours and you can share your game once it is over. Try it out if you need to brush up on your skills. By Hitesh Raj Bhagat
Rheo : App for iOS; Get It For: Free You can always head to YouTube when you need to be entertained.
But what if you want to learn something new or just have a laugh? How long will you keep browsing aimlessly? Plus, there are other video platforms, you know? Rheo presents a steady stream of curated videos and the cool thing is that it pre-buffers the next video so when you swipe to the next one, it instantly starts playing. If you want a change of mood, you can switch from default to laugh, inform, learn, taste, spark, move or chill. You dont need to sign up to use it but if you do, you can record your reactions to videos, and your friends can see these reactions when they watch the same video.
Favourite what you like and Rheo will pick up on your taste and show you more like that. It’s cool enough to take a place along with Hyper, another of our favourite video apps on iOS. By Hitesh Raj Bhagat
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If you’re not ready to start using quantum computing in your enterprise, you should at least be planning how to do so.
Researchers say companies may be less than five to 10 years away from turning to quantum computing to solve big business problems.
David Schatsky, managing director, Deloitte LLP
“Quantum computing has the potential to not just do things faster but to allow companies to do things entirely differently,” said David Schatsky, managing director of Deloitte LLP, a global consulting and financial advisory company. “If they have certain analytical workloads that could take them weeks to run and they could do it almost instantaneously, how would that change the way they make decisions, or the risks they’re willing to take or what products and services they can offer customers?”
That means corporate execs and IT heads should be thinking now about the strategic and operational implications of having quantum computers in their tech toolbox.
There is much buzz around quantum computers because they are expected to surpass even the most powerful classic supercomputers in certain calculations — especially handling problems that involve sifting through massive amounts of data. Quantum computers, for example, might be able to find distant habitable planets, the cure for cancer and Alzheimer’s disease or revamp complex airline flight schedules.
Quantum machines offer a different kind of computing power because instead of relying on ones and zeros – or bits – they use qubits, which can be both ones and zeros.
One of the rules of quantum mechanics is that a quantum system can be in more than one state at the same time, meaning it’s not known what a qubit is until it begins to interact with — or entangle — other qubits. Unlike classic computers that operate in a linear or orderly fashion, quantum computers gain their power from qubits working with each other, allowing them to calculate all possibilities at the same time, instead of one by one.
“It’s an incredibly promising new paradigm in computing,” said William Martin, a math professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass. “We have examples of things a quantum computer can do that we don’t know how to do with a normal computer. It’s going to be a game-changing phenomenon, if we can actually build it.”
WPI professor William Martin
In a report released late last month, Deloitte noted that quantum computing is close to realizing its promise and having an enormous impact on fields from healthcare to pharmaceuticals, space exploration and manufacturing. As researchers continue work on building powerful, fully functional quantum machines, interest is growing.
The field has attracted $147 million in venture capital in the last three years and $2.2 billion in government funding globally, according to Deloitte.
A little over a year ago, the European Commission announced a $1.13 billion project to develop quantum technologies over the next decade. And the Chinese Academy of Sciences announced last month that it is working to build a quantum computer in the next several years.
The U.S. is considered to be a major investor in quantum computing research, as well as home to quantum-focused companies like IBM, Google and Microsoft. . Google, for instance, is working on quantum processes it can make available to companies over the cloud, while Microsoft said last fall it was ready to go from “research to engineering with its quantum work.”
There also are quantum computing startups like Rigetti Computing, 1Qbit, and Cambridge Quantum Computing, that are getting a lot of attention.
They’re not all building a large quantum computer. Some are working on software, while others focus on hardware components or quantum-resistant cryptography.
One company now building what its executives say is the first quantum computer is D-Wave Systems, based in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Although many question whether it’s a true quantum computer, D-Wave’s system is still being tested by the likes of NASA, Google, the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Lockheed Martin. That level of interest in testing the D-Wave system – whether it’s a true quantum computer or not — shows how high expectations have gotten around this technology.
Rupak Biswas, director of exploration technology at NASA Ames Research Center, said he oversees 700 employees — 10 to 12 of whom are now working on quantum computing. Those efforts include testing the D-Wave system.
About $3 million of the agency’s research-and-development budget goes to quantum computing.
While NASA is not yet trying to solve real problems – like massive air traffic management issues or scheduling astronaut time on the International Space Station – scientists there are working to figure out the best way to use a quantum computer and understand the underlying physics, as well as the programming that will be needed for it.
Even if the D-Wave system is better at computational-heavy calculations, it’s not big enough to handle real problems for NASA. Something that large could be five to 10 years away, Biswas said.
In addition to testing the D-Wave system, NASA is also working with U.C. Berkeley, Google, U.C. Santa Barbara, Rigetti Computing, and Sandia National Labs – all of which are doing quantum research.
“Our focus is how do we use available technology to accelerate our main mission,” said Biswas. “Quantum computing is an enabling technology. We’re looking now at what it will let us do.”
That plan follows the advice Deloitte’s Schatsky is giving to large enterprises.
“I’d expect to see some meaningful commercial use in the next 10 years,” said Schatsky. “We’re not saying that companies will be buying quantum computers in the next ‘n’ years, but this is a real phenomenon that is progressing rapidly…. Companies should pay attention and should start to think about the strategic and operational implications of having this.
“I don’t think it’s worth a huge amount of time in the C-suite, but if [a company] is innovative and forward looking, they should be tracking this phenomenon, and if they have an R&D budget, they should allocate a slice of it to this domain,” said Schatsky, noting that some banks have invested a few million dollars in quantum R&D. “I think interest is going to grow.”
Dario Gil, vice president of Science and Solutions at IBM Research, has been working on quantum computing there for the last five years, though the company itself has been researching it since the 1970s.
A year ago, IBM announced it not only had a 5-qubit processor but was making it available to customers in the cloud.
According to Gil, IBM has had about 45,000 universities and companies running more than 300,000 experiments on the cloud-based quantum system. Those efforts are not designed to solve production problems but to learn how to work with a quantum machine.
“I absolutely agree that now is the right time to start thinking about quantum,” said Gil. “Companies already are and they are engaging very seriously on this topic. I think quantum, for any serious company that relies on computing for their business, can’t just be something that is out there on the horizon. At least one person in your organization should be thinking about what is this and what does it mean for this organization?”
He added that IBM is focused on trying to make quantum machines that can be, or routinely are, used on real-world problems in the enterprise within the next three to five years.
“We’re already in that window of quantum emerging as a technology that has commercial value,” said Gil. “If you were thinking about the web in the early 1990s or mobile in the early 2000s, this is analogous. Nobody would look back and say, ‘I wish I had slowed down in my thinking about those technolgies. You have to start understanding about what it is and what it can do.”
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Quantum mechanics is the body of scientific laws that describe the wacky behavior of photons, electrons and the other particles that make up the universe.
Quantum mechanics is the branch of physics relating to the very small.
It results in what may appear to be some very strange conclusions about the physical world. At the scale of atoms and electrons, many of the equations ofclassical mechanics, which describe how things move at everyday sizes and speeds, cease to be useful. In classical mechanics, objects exist in a specific place at a specific time. However, in quantum mechanics, objects instead exist in a haze of probability; they have a certain chance of being at point A, another chance of being at point B and so on.
Quantum mechanics (QM) developed over many decades, beginning as a set of controversial mathematical explanations of experiments that the math of classical mechanics could not explain. It began at the turn of the 20th century, around the same time that Albert Einstein published histheory of relativity, a separate mathematical revolution in physics that describes the motion of things at high speeds. Unlike relativity, however, the origins of QM cannot be attributed to any one scientist. Rather, multiple scientists contributed to a foundation of three revolutionary principles that gradually gained acceptance and experimental verification between 1900 and 1930. They are:
Quantized properties: Certain properties, such as position, speed and color, can sometimes only occur in specific, set amounts, much like a dial that “clicks” from number to number. This challenged a fundamental assumption of classical mechanics, which said that such properties should exist on a smooth, continuous spectrum. To describe the idea that some properties “clicked” like a dial with specific settings, scientists coined the word “quantized.”
Particles of light: Light can sometimes behave as a particle. This was initially met with harsh criticism, as it ran contrary to 200 years of experiments showing that light behaved as a wave; much like ripples on the surface of a calm lake. Light behaves similarly in that it bounces off walls and bends around corners, and that the crests and troughs of the wave can add up or cancel out. Added wave crests result in brighter light, while waves that cancel out produce darkness. A light source can be thought of as a ball on a stick beingrhythmically dipped in the center of a lake. The color emitted corresponds to the distance between the crests, which is determined by the speed of the ball’s rhythm.
Waves of matter: Matter can also behave as a wave. This ran counter to the roughly 30 years of experiments showing that matter (such as electrons) exists as particles.
In 1900, German physicist Max Planck sought to explain the distribution of colors emitted over the spectrum in the glow of red-hot and white-hot objects, such as light-bulb filaments. When making physical sense of the equation he had derived to describe this distribution, Planck realized it implied that combinations of only certaincolors(albeit a great number of them) were emitted, specifically those that were whole-number multiples of some base value. Somehow, colors were quantized! This was unexpected because light was understood to act as a wave, meaning that values of color should be a continuous spectrum. What could be forbiddingatomsfrom producing the colors between these whole-number multiples? This seemed so strange that Planck regarded quantization as nothing more than a mathematical trick. According to Helge Kragh in his 2000 article in Physics World magazine, “Max Planck, the Reluctant Revolutionary,” “If a revolution occurred in physics in December 1900, nobody seemed to notice it. Planck was no exception ”
Planck’s equation also contained a number that would later become very important to future development of QM; today, it’s known as “Planck’s Constant.”
Quantization helped to explain other mysteries of physics. In 1907, Einstein used Planck’s hypothesis of quantization to explain why the temperature of a solid changed by different amounts if you put the same amount of heat into the material but changed the starting temperature.
Since the early 1800s, the science ofspectroscopyhad shown that different elements emit and absorb specific colors of light called “spectral lines.” Though spectroscopy was a reliable method for determining the elements contained in objects such as distant stars, scientists were puzzled aboutwhyeach element gave off those specific lines in the first place. In 1888, Johannes Rydberg derived an equation that described the spectral lines emitted by hydrogen, though nobody could explain why the equation worked. This changed in 1913 whenNiels Bohrapplied Planck’s hypothesis of quantization to Ernest Rutherford’s 1911 “planetary” model of the atom, which postulated that electrons orbited the nucleus the same way that planets orbit the sun. According toPhysics 2000(a site from the University of Colorado), Bohr proposed that electrons were restricted to “special” orbits around an atom’s nucleus. They could “jump” between special orbits, and the energy produced by the jump caused specific colors of light, observed as spectral lines. Though quantized properties were invented as but a mere mathematical trick, they explained so much that they became the founding principle of QM.
In 1905, Einstein published a paper, “Concerning an Heuristic Point of View Toward the Emission and Transformation of Light,” in which he envisioned light traveling not as a wave, but as some manner of “energy quanta.” This packet of energy, Einstein suggested, could “be absorbed or generated only as a whole,” specifically when an atom “jumps” between quantized vibration rates. This would also apply, as would be shown a few years later, when an electron “jumps” between quantized orbits. Under this model, Einstein’s “energy quanta” contained the energy difference of the jump; when divided by Plancks constant, that energy difference determined the color of light carried by those quanta.
With this new way to envision light, Einstein offered insights into the behavior of nine different phenomena, including the specific colors that Planck described being emitted from a light-bulb filament. It also explained how certain colors of light could eject electrons off metal surfaces, a phenomenon known as the “photoelectric effect.” However, Einstein wasn’t wholly justified in taking this leap, said Stephen Klassen, an associate professor of physics at the University of Winnipeg. In a 2008 paper, “The Photoelectric Effect: Rehabilitating the Story for the Physics Classroom,” Klassen states that Einstein’s energy quanta aren’t necessary for explaining all of those nine phenomena. Certain mathematical treatments of light as a wave are still capable of describing both the specific colors that Planck described being emitted from a light-bulb filament and the photoelectric effect. Indeed, in Einstein’s controversial winning of the 1921Nobel Prize, the Nobel committee only acknowledged “his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect,” which specifically did not rely on the notion of energy quanta.
Roughly two decades after Einstein’s paper, the term “photon” was popularized for describing energy quanta, thanks to the 1923 work of Arthur Compton, who showed that light scattered by an electron beam changed in color. This showed that particles of light (photons) were indeed colliding with particles of matter (electrons), thus confirming Einstein’s hypothesis. By now, it was clear that light could behave both as a wave and a particle, placing light’s “wave-particle duality” into the foundation of QM.
Since the discovery of the electron in 1896, evidence that all matter existed in the form of particles was slowly building. Still, the demonstration of light’s wave-particle duality made scientists question whether matter was limited to actingonlyas particles. Perhaps wave-particle duality could ring true for matter as well? The first scientist to make substantial headway with this reasoning was a French physicist named Louis de Broglie. In 1924, de Broglie used the equations of Einstein’stheory of special relativityto show that particles can exhibit wave-like characteristics, and that waves can exhibit particle-like characteristics. Then in 1925, two scientists, working independently and using separate lines of mathematical thinking, applied de Broglie’s reasoning to explain how electrons whizzed around in atoms (a phenomenon that was unexplainable using the equations ofclassical mechanics). In Germany, physicist Werner Heisenberg (teaming with Max Born and Pascual Jordan) accomplished this by developing “matrix mechanics.” Austrian physicist ErwinSchrdingerdeveloped a similar theory called “wave mechanics.” Schrdinger showed in 1926 that these two approaches were equivalent (though Swiss physicist Wolfgang Pauli sent anunpublished resultto Jordan showing that matrix mechanics was more complete).
The Heisenberg-Schrdinger model of the atom, in which each electron acts as a wave (sometimes referred to as a “cloud”) around the nucleus of an atom replaced the Rutherford-Bohr model. One stipulation of the new model was that the ends of the wave that forms an electron must meet. In “Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry, 3rd Ed.” (W.A. Benjamin, 1981), Melvin Hanna writes, “The imposition of the boundary conditions has restricted the energy to discrete values.” A consequence of this stipulation is that only whole numbers of crests and troughs are allowed, which explains why some properties are quantized. In the Heisenberg-Schrdinger model of the atom, electrons obey a “wave function” and occupy “orbitals” rather than orbits. Unlike the circular orbits of the Rutherford-Bohr model, atomic orbitals have a variety of shapes ranging from spheres to dumbbells to daisies.
In 1927, Walter Heitler and Fritz London further developed wave mechanics to show how atomic orbitals could combine to form molecular orbitals, effectively showing why atoms bond to one another to formmolecules. This was yet another problem that had been unsolvable using the math of classical mechanics. These insights gave rise to the field of “quantum chemistry.”
Also in 1927, Heisenberg made another major contribution to quantum physics. He reasoned that since matter acts as waves, some properties, such as an electron’s position and speed, are “complementary,” meaning there’s a limit (related to Planck’s constant) to how well the precision of each property can be known. Under what would come to be called “Heisenberg’suncertainty principle,” it was reasoned that the more precisely an electron’s position is known, the less precisely its speed can be known, and vice versa. This uncertainty principle applies to everyday-size objects as well, but is not noticeable because the lack of precision is extraordinarily tiny. According to Dave Slaven of Morningside College (Sioux City, IA), if a baseball’s speed is known to within aprecision of 0.1 mph, the maximum precision to which it is possible to know the ball’s position is 0.000000000000000000000000000008 millimeters.
The principles of quantization, wave-particle duality and the uncertainty principle ushered in a new era for QM. In 1927, Paul Dirac applied a quantum understanding of electric and magnetic fields to give rise to the study of “quantum field theory” (QFT), which treated particles (such as photons and electrons) as excited states of an underlying physical field. Work in QFT continued for a decade until scientists hit a roadblock: Many equations in QFT stopped making physical sense because they produced results of infinity. After a decade of stagnation, Hans Bethe made a breakthrough in 1947 using a technique called “renormalization.” Here, Bethe realized that all infinite results related to two phenomena (specifically “electron self-energy” and “vacuum polarization”) such that the observed values of electron mass and electron charge could be used to make all the infinities disappear.
Since the breakthrough of renormalization, QFT has served as the foundation for developing quantum theories about the four fundamental forces of nature: 1) electromagnetism, 2) the weak nuclear force, 3) the strong nuclear force and 4) gravity. The first insight provided by QFT was a quantum description of electromagnetism through “quantum electrodynamics” (QED), which made strides in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Next was a quantum description of the weak nuclear force, which was unified with electromagnetism to build “electroweak theory” (EWT) throughout the 1960s. Finally came a quantum treatment of the strong nuclear force using “quantum chromodynamics” (QCD) in the 1960s and 1970s. The theories of QED, EWT and QCD together form the basis of theStandard Modelof particle physics. Unfortunately, QFT has yet to produce a quantum theory of gravity. That quest continues today in the studies of string theory and loop quantum gravity.
Robert Coolman is a graduate researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, finishing up his Ph.D. in chemical engineering. He writes about math, science and how they interact with history. Follow Robert@PrimeViridian. Followus@LiveScience,Facebook&Google+.
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A Chinese satellite has split pairs of “entangled photons” and transmitted them to separate ground stations 745 miles (1,200 kilometers) apart, smashing the previous distance record for such a feat and opening new possibilities in quantum communication.
In quantum physics, when particles interact with each other in certain ways they become “entangled.” This essentially means they remain connected even when separated by large distances, so that an action performed on one affects the other.
In a new study published online today (June 15) in the journal Science, researchers report the successful distribution of entangled photon pairs to two locations on Earth separated by 747.5 miles (1,203 km). [The 18 Biggest Unsolved Mysteries in Physics]
Quantum entanglement has interesting applications for testing the fundamental laws of physics, but also for creating exceptionally secure communication systems, scientists have said. That’s because quantum mechanics states that measuring a quantum system inevitably disturbs it, so any attempt to eavesdrop is impossible to hide.
But, it’s hard to distribute entangled particles normally photons over large distances. When traveling through air or over fiber-optic cables, the environment interferes with the particles, so with greater distances, the signal decays and becomes too weak to be useful.
In 2003, Pan Jianwei, a professor of quantum physics at the University of Science and Technology of China, started work on a satellite-based system designed to beam entangled photon pairs down to ground stations. The idea was that because most of the particle’s journey would be through the vacuum of space, this system would introduce considerably less environmental interference.
“Many people then thought it [was] a crazy idea, because it was very challenging already doing the sophisticated quantum-optics experiments inside a well-shielded optical table,” Pan told Live Science. “So how can you do similar experiments at thousand-kilometers distance scale and with the optical elements vibrating and moving at a speed of 8 kilometers per second [5 miles per second]?”
In the new study, researchers used China’s Micius satellite, which was launched last year, to transmit the entangled photon pairs. The satellite features an ultrabright entangled photon source and a high-precision acquiring, pointing and tracking (APT) system that uses beacon lasers on the satellite and at three ground stations to line up the transmitter and receivers.
Once the photons reached the ground stations, the scientists carried out tests and confirmed that the particles were still entangled despite having traveled between 994 miles and 1,490 miles (1,600 and 2,400 km), depending on what stage of its orbit the satellite was positioned at.
Only the lowest 6 miles (10 km) of Earth’s atmosphere are thick enough to cause significant interference with the photons, the scientists said. This means the overall efficiency of their link was vastly higher than previous methods for distributing entangled photons via fiber-optic cables, according to the scientists. [Twisted Physics: 7 Mind-Blowing Findings]
“We have already achieved a two-photon entanglement distribution efficiency a trillion times more efficient than using the best telecommunication fibers,” Pan said. “We have done something that was absolutely impossible without the satellite.”
Apart from carrying out experiments, one of the potential uses for this kind of system is for “quantum key distribution,” in which quantum communication systems are used to share an encryption key between two parties that is impossible to intercept without alerting the users. When combined with the correct encryption algorithm, this system is uncrackable even if encrypted messages are sent over normal communication channels, experts have said.
Artur Ekert, a professor of quantum physics at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, was the first to describe how entangled photons could be used to transmit an encryption key.
“The Chinese experiment is quite a remarkable technological achievement,” Ekert told Live Science. “When I proposed the entangled-based quantum key distribution back in 1991 when I was a student in Oxford, I did not expect it to be elevated to such heights!”
The current satellite is not quite ready for use in practical quantum communication systems, though, according to Pan. For one, its relatively low orbit means each ground station has coverage for only about 5 minutes each day, and the wavelength of photons used means it can only operate at night, he said.
Boosting coverage times and areas will mean launching new satellites with higher orbits, Pan said, but this will require bigger telescopes, more precise tracking and higher link efficiency. Daytime operation will require the use of photons in the telecommunications wavelengths, he added.
But while developing future quantum communication networks will require considerable work, Thomas Jennewein, an associate professor at the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing in Canada, said Pan’s group has demonstrated one of the key building blocks.
“I have worked in this line of research since 2000 and researched on similar implementations of quantum- entanglement experiments from space, and I can therefore very much attest to the boldness, dedication and skills that this Chinese group has shown,” he told Live Science.
Original article on Live Science.
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President Donald Trump, Melania Trump and Barron Trump walk to Marine One across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on June 17 en route to Camp David. | AP Photo
President Donald Trump began Sunday morning as he often does, with a series of tweets.
The Father’s Day tweets were clearly addressed at redress, an attempt to counter perceptions of his presidency by reaching out directly to the American people.
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Tweet 1: “The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt. Many new jobs, high business enthusiasm,..”
Tweet 2: “…massive regulation cuts, 36 new legislative bills signed, great new S.C.Justice, and Infrastructure, Healthcare and Tax Cuts in works!”
Tweet 3: “The new Rasmussen Poll, one of the most accurate in the 2016 Election, just out with a Trump 50% Approval Rating.That’s higher than O’s #’s!”
Presumably, the reference in the third tweet was to former President Barack Obama, though it’s not clear what the direct comparison was.
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The president was referring to the daily tracking poll by Rasmussen Reports, which surveys 500 likely voters every night and then produces a rolling average to come up with the president’s daily approval rating. The Rasmussen number is higher and, in some cases, much higher than other recent presidential poll results. Gallup’s numbers, also the result of a three-day rolling average, most recently had Trump’s support at 39 percent approval, and a Quinnipiac poll placed him at 34 percent.
The president and his family were at Camp David.
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren to Trump: ‘Donald, you ain’t seen nasty yet’ Colbert: Senate GOP health plan only info no one has leaked yet Trump probe puts spotlight on Justice’s No. 3 MORE (D-Mass.) has a warning for President Trump: Donald, you aint seen nasty yet.
Warren read aloud from her new book This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save Americas Middle Class and took questions at a town hall event in New York Friday, HuffPost reported.
Warren blasted Trump for his economic policies, saying they are hurting the middle-class Americans who voted for him.
What Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGOP rep: Let Mueller do his job Trump lawyer spars with Fox News host Gingrich book: Trump thought White House bid would cost as much as a yacht, but be a lot more fun MORE and the Republican majority in the House and the Senate want to do to us, is they want to deliver the knockout blow to the middle class, she said.
She also hit him on women’s rights, saying that “women’s rights are not up for grabs” during the reading.
The character of a nation is not the character of its president, Warren said. The character of a nation is the character of its people.
–This report was updated on June 18 at 7:13 a.m.
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Donald Trump takes a break from staying at properties he owns
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Spraying pesticides for hire requires a license.(Photo: fotokostic, Getty Images/iStockphoto)
MUNCIE, Ind. Delaware County Surveyor Tom Borchers this month started paying off a $3,000 fine related to his former pesticide application business.
Borchers, a Republican who was elected as surveyor last November, was cited in 2016 for intentionally altering his pesticide application license and for 12 counts of falsely professing to have a pesticide business license, according to a report released by the Office of Indiana State Chemist recently.
The state chemist launched an investigation of Borchers after his firm, Shideler Spray Service, Eaton, submitted bids to the Vanderburgh County Surveyor to apply pesticides along ditch banks.
Borchers’ and a Shideler employee’s pesticide applicator licenses indicated expiration dates of 12/31/2016, but the expiration dates were typed with an unusual font.
When confronted by compliance officers for the state chemist, Borchers explained that as the bidding deadline approached, he realized he had not renewed his pesticide business license or the pesticide applicator licenses for himself and the employee.
The applicator licenses had expired in 2015, about three months before Shideler Spray bid to spray 12 ditches in Vanderburgh County.
“Mr. Borchers admitted he signed and submitted the bid packet prior to becoming licensed for 2016,” compliance officer George Saxton wrote in a report. “He indicated he recently sent the (license) renewal and the fees to the OISC. Mr. Borchers later provided a typed statement indicating he ‘included a false license’ in submitting the bid packet.”
In addition, Borchers’ license indicated he also was certified to apply pesticides on agricultural crops, when in fact, that certification had expired in 2012, according to the state chemist.
As a result,, Borchers’ pesticide certification was revoked.
“To apply pesticides for hire, you must be certified and work for a licensed business,” Saxton told The Star Press. “Revocation means you cannot apply pesticides for hire. Revocation is for five years and then an individual can start the certification process again.”
Borchers, who did not return telephone and email messages from The Star Press, arranged to pay the $3,000 fine in monthly installment of $100, the first of which he made on June 12, according to Saxton.
Shideler Spray, which had been in business since the 1980s, began facing lawsuits starting in September of 2016 from Crop Production Services and Star Financial Bank for non-payment on an account and on promissory notes totalingmore than $90,000.
This past May 9, Borchers filed a petition for bankruptcy, two weeks before the Indiana attorney general brought a lawsuit against Shideler Spray for non-payment of $15,000 in unemployment insurance taxes.
Contact Seth Slabaugh at (765) 213-5834.
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