FCCs Copps Worried About Big Media Private Equity Deals

first_imgSmart Money picked up a Dow Jones story reporting that Michael Copps, a Democrat and member of the Federal Communications Commission, is voicing a growing concern over the big private equity deals—particularly in media. Seems he’s a bit skittish over the volume and size of these deals over the last year, especially in light of the subprime fallout and a grim economic outlook for the coming year. “There’s been a whole raft (of acquisitions) involving private equity in recent years and I think we need to ask questions about them,” said Copps, who also believes that ownership structures are becoming unclear, which apparently makes it tougher for the FCC to crack down on companies when something goes wrong.FCC chairman and Republican Kevin Martin so far is downplaying Copps’ concerns.Nevertheless, Copps is exposing what might be a tricky year for over-leveraged deals, and a situation that might work its way into all sorts of corners in the private equity deal landscape.last_img read more

Wilmington Real Estate Transactions Week of August 20 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the real estate transactions in Wilmington that occurred from August 20, 2019 to August 26, 2019:Address: 55 Adams StreetPrice: $742,500Buyer: Gregory & Matthew FurrierSeller: Robert Woods & Robin DonahueDate: 8/22/19Use: 1-Family ResidentialLot Size: 64,792 sfAddress: 24 Beacon StreetPrice: $405,000Buyer: William DelonaisSeller: Ivan & Susan CurtisDate: 8/22/19Use: 1-Family ResidentialLot Size: 22,500 sfAddress: 202 Federal StreetPrice: $810,000Buyer: David & Lindsey RalliSeller: Priscilla Wong & Igor UshakovDate: 8/23/19Use: 1-Family ResidentialLot Size: 46,913 sfAddress: 1 Foley Farm RoadPrice: $616,500Buyer: Michael FencerSeller: Lee Musto-Liburdi & Paul LiburdiDate: 8/23/19Use: 1-Family ResidentialLot Size: 52,331 sfAddress: 19 Green Meadow DrivePrice: $799,900Buyer: Brandon & Kelly ZatopekSeller: Elm Tree Development LLCDate: 8/21/19Use: Residential Developed LandLot Size: 21,407 sfAddress: 15 Grove AvenuePrice: $440,000Buyer: Erick UbedaSeller: Sarah HjelmstadDate: 8/23/19Use: 1-Family ResidentialLot Size: 8,200 sfAddress: 10 Kilmarnock StreetPrice: $539,000Buyer: Carlos & Pamela ScarpaSeller: Janet E. Lyons, TrusteeDate: 8/22/19Use: 1-Family ResidentialLot Size: 26,119 sfAddress: 441 Middlesex AvenuePrice: $640,000Buyer: Christina & Nicholas StatiresSeller: Cory & Rebecca VarneyDate: 8/22/19Use: 1-Family ResidentialLot Size: 25,970 sfAddress: 21 Presidential DrivePrice: $604,800Buyer: Hai & Yana ChoiSeller: Russell & Constance MorencyDate: 8/22/19Use: 1-Family ResidentialLot Size: 20,000 sfLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Real Estate Transactions (Week of August 13, 2019)In “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”last_img read more

HT Imam admits problems for fair polls

first_imgHT ImamThe prime minister’s political affairs adviser HT Imam on Wednesday claimed that premier Sheikh Hasina was trying to extend her assistance for holding a fair election in the country.He, however, admitted that still there are some barriers to a fair election.”Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is doing everything necessary for holding fair elections. There’re some problems over holding a fair election, and we’re trying to resolve those,” he told newsmen after an exchange of view with diplomats and other stakeholders.Imam expressed his views that the political parties and the media need to cooperate with the election commission (EC) in holding credible elections.Leaders of major political parties, civil society members and election observers joined the meeting with some diplomats over the next general election atmosphere, reports UNB.Canada and National Democratic Institute (NDI) jointly organised the programme at a city hotel. Diplomats from Australia, Sweden, Norway, Japan, Canada and some other countries were present.The closed-door meeting that began around 8:30am continued for around two hours.HT Imam said they discussed various issues relating to the 11th parliamentary elections.BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury said they talked about the necessary steps that should be taken for ensuring an acceptable election.He said their party and alliance joined the election though the EC could not ensure a level-playing field. “We hope the election commission will take necessary measures in the days to come to ensure a neutral election.”Awami League joint general secretary Dipu Moni said they discussed how the election can be held in a batter way.She said the government is providing the election commission with all-out cooperation so that it can arrange the election independently exercising its constitutional authorities.Civil society body Broti CEO Sharmin Murshid said it was a very important discussion as all the election stakeholders participated in it. “We hope such discussions will help reduce tension and instability, and pave the way for holding a credible election.”Former election commissioner and retired brigadier general M Sakhawat Hussain said Bangladesh has many outstanding achievements. “These achievements can fade away if the election is not held in a fair and credible manner.”The prime minister’s foreign affairs adviser Gowher Rizvi, the BNP chairperson’s adviser Reaz Rahman, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh presidium member Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury and civil society platform Shujan secretary Badiul Alam Majumder were, among others, present.last_img read more

Govt uses police BGB RAB to defeat BNP

first_imgLogo of BNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) candidates of Khulna-2 and Khulna-3 constituencies on Saturday alleged that the law enforcers and Awami League backed miscreants have established a reign of terror in the area, reports UNB.Attending a press briefing at the party office in Khulna, the BNP candidate of Khulna-2 constituency Nazrul Islam Manzu said, “They (Awami League) have made an atmosphere of fear by arresting 46 BNP men in last 24 hours and accumulating ferocious killers and terrorists in the area.”He demanded for immediate suspension of police commissioner of Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) and reshuffle in the police department for holding a fair election.”We are witnessing politics of vengeance for past ten years. Now, a fearful condition has been created by attacks, mass arrests as well as threat to BNP men. It seems no election, rather a drama is being staged aiming to reelect Sheikh Hasina,” he said.BNP candidate for Khulna-3 constituency Rokibul Islam Bakul alleged the ruling party has been using police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and local administration to resist the opposition and people of his constituency have been feeling insecure.BNP general secretary of Khulna city unit and former city mayor Mohammad Moniruzzaman, lawyers AFM Mahsin and Latifur Rahman Labu, among others, were present at the briefing.last_img read more

Harmful chemicals in cow milk curd and fodder Study

first_imgFile photoCow milk, curd and fodder of the country are contaminated with different types of harmful chemical elements, antibiotics and lead, found a government study.The chemical elements, once consumed by human, can be harmful for the health to the extent of causing cancer, experts said.National Food Safety Labratory (NFSL) conducted the research collecting samples from different parts of the country. The findings of the survey were revealed at a programme at the Public Health Institute auditorium in Dhaka on Sunday.United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) provided the fund for researching cow fodder, milk, curd and packaged milk.According to the study, almost all the samples of fodder contained excessive level of antibiotics. Some even contained pesticides, lead or chromium.The cow fodder samples were found to be contaminated with different harmful chemicals. Among 30 samples, pesticides were found in two samples, chromium in 16, tetracycline in 22, enrofloxacin in 26, ciprocin in 30 and aflatoxin in four samples. NFSL collected 96 samples of cow milk from different parts of the country.Pesticides were found in 9 per cent samples, tetracycline in 13 per cent, lead in 15 per cent and microbial factors were found in 96 per cent of the samples.Excessive amount of tetracycline was found in 30 per cent of packaged milk while microbial factors were found in 66 to 80 per cent of the samples.Among 33 samples of curd, microbial factors were found in 51 per cent of the samples. One sample was contaminated with lead.When asked, Lutful Kabir, a teacher of pharmacological study department at Dhaka University, said, “Those chemical elements will damage the body’s immune system.”He further said that finding lead and chromium in milk is alarming. Those chemical elements will ultimately cause cancer.The chemicals may enter the body of a cow through fodder or through steroid used for fattening, said public health expert Obaidur Rab. “The research has shown us that the issue of public health is being neglected in the field level,” he added.Obaidur, also country director of Population Council, recommended that sanitary inspectors should be trained in identifying those harmful chemicals.last_img read more

Coupling qubits to sound in a multimode cavity

first_imgThe device in its copper cavity. Credit: Sletten et al. In their paper, published in Physical Review X, the researchers outline how they coupled a qubit to surface acoustic waves and successfully engineered a sharp frequency dependence in the qubit-phonon interaction. The interference resulting from this process generated a high-contrast frequency structure in the qubit-phonon interaction.”Inspired by the successful use of qubits to control quantum states of light, we wanted to explore what we can achieve by coupling qubits to sound,” Lucas Sletten, one of the researchers who carried out the study, told Phys.org. “We asked ourselves: Is it possible to resolve that sound in a solid is, in fact, quantized? Can sound be used to store and process quantum information? Can these particle-like quanta of sound, termed phonons, be counted without destroying them? If so, could you play this trick with more than one mode at a time? And more generally, what is possible with sound that can’t be done with light?”Sletten and his colleagues used a device made up of a superconducting qubit that interacts strongly with phonons trapped in an acoustic cavity. The device was placed inside a microwave resonator that serves as a sensitive probe of the qubit. This allowed the researchers to measure and control the qubit, while observing its interaction with phonons. “The phonons live in an acoustic resonator that functions like a musical instrument, but at frequencies 20 octaves above the highest note on a piano,” Sletten said. “Just like an instrument, there are different notes, or modes, that can live within our resonator. The electrical analog of such a multi-mode resonator would be many meters long and a nightmare to implement on chip.”A mode within the resonator corresponds to an integer number of ripples fitting exactly into the box, or cavity, that confines the sound waves. To sense the motion of the trapped phonons, Sletten and his colleagues connected the qubit to the acoustic resonator using a transducer that transforms motion into electrical current. When sound is excited in their resonator, therefore, the qubit sees a current that alters its energy. Double-slit qubit concept and device. Credit: Sletten et al. Explore further “Another insight from our work is that the slowness of sound can be a valuable resource in engineering quantum systems,” Sletten said. “The long time it takes for a phonon to bounce back and forth between the mirrors is what allows the cavity to support multiple modes. Additionally, we leverage a long delay inserted in the middle of our transducer to precisely control how the qubit interacts with each mode, a crucial ability in counting phonons in a multi-mode cavity.” In the future, the research conducted by Sletten and his colleagues could pave the way towards the development of effective techniques to control acoustic quantum states. Meanwhile, the researchers plan to continue exploring the use of phonons in quantum science.For instance, they would like to investigate whether it is possible to entangle several different phonon modes (‘notes’) based on their shared interaction with a qubit. If confirmed experimentally, this would prove the huge potential of phonons for quantum information processing applications. “Acoustic systems are also a promising interface between different quantum platforms, such as superconducting qubits, quantum dots, and optical photons, and may also prove powerful tools for investigating the types of surface physics that may be limiting some cutting edge quantum technologies,” Sletten added. More information: L. R. Sletten et al. Resolving Phonon Fock States in a Multimode Cavity with a Double-Slit Qubit, Physical Review X (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.9.021056 Credit: Sletten et al. Phonon-mediated quantum state transfer and remote qubit entanglement Citation: Coupling qubits to sound in a multimode cavity (2019, July 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-coupling-qubits-multimode-cavity.html “We engineered a system sensitive enough that even the quietest sound allowable by quantum mechanics, a particle-like single phonon, shifts our qubit’s energy enough for us to notice,” Sletten said. “Moreover, this detection does not destroy the phonons we measure. We can count phonons not only for one mode of the cavity but for several, demonstrating we can take full advantage of our multi-mode cavity.” The findings gathered by Sletten and his colleagues show that superconducting qubits can interact with sound waves strongly enough to reveal the quantum nature of sound, without a direct exchange of energy taking place. By attaining sensitivities high enough to break a sound wave into quantized parts, the researchers have moved one step closer to achieving excellent quantum control of acoustic systems. Journal information: Physical Review X In a recent study, researchers at the University of Colorado have resolved phonon Fock states in the spectrum of a superconducting qubit coupled to a multimode acoustic cavity. Fock states (or number states) are quantum states with a clearly defined number of particles. These states play a crucial part in the second quantization formulation of quantum mechanics. © 2019 Science X Network This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more