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Bishop Brendan’s Lenten message

first_imgFacebook Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsBishop Brendan’s Lenten messageBy Bernie English – February 18, 2015 669 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter Previous article#newmusic DJ/Producer MESCNext articleJape headlines Seoda birthday Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Printcenter_img TAGSBishop LeahyLentlimerick Advertisement the farmer what diedThe Bishop of Limerick, Brendan Leahy, has urged the people of the diocese to use this Lent to address indifferences they may have to faith, to others and to themselves.In his Lenten Message, Bishop Leahy also called on the public to include ending the indifference that many now hold for charities following the controversies of late 2013 during Lent.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Bishop Leahy said that Lent should not always be about what people are not going to do but also about what they are going to do.   Taking the cue from Pope Francis in his recent Lenten Message, Bishop Leahy said that the Pope’s reference to “a globalisation of indifference” in our world today is very apt.“For many, Lent is the annual season to check out those areas of our personal or social lives which we have become indifferent to.“Take charities, for instance. There was so much controversy last year about how some charities are run that, without realising it, we might all have become a little more indifferent to charities. Why not consider giving more to charities this Lent?“The Catholic Church’s agency, Trócaire, is well worth supporting but there are many others too. The important thing is not to be indifferent to the needs expressed through those charities.“Indifference doesn’t just apply to charities. We can get so used to hearing about the problems in the Middle East that some switch off in an indifference to the issue of peace and the plight of Christians in that part of the world.  When ethical debates begin around us, there’s a temptation to become indifferent to searching for what is true and right.“Because of the failures within the Church, we can, understandably perhaps, become indifferent to the Catholic Church, its teaching and sacraments. And yet, the Church itself has so much to offer us.“Issues relating to abuse of drink and drugs have become so prevalent that we shut out the issues and ignore them. And yet we know the havoc they wreak in society. None of us can afford to say I can do nothing to help.” WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Quantum (not digital) computing

first_imgIn an important first for a promising new technology, scientists have used a quantum computer to calculate the precise energy of molecular hydrogen. This groundbreaking approach to molecular simulations could have profound implications, not just for quantum chemistry, but also for a range of fields from cryptography to materials science.“One of the most important problems for many theoretical chemists is how to execute exact simulations of chemical systems,” said author Alán Aspuru-Guzik, assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University. “This is the first time that a quantum computer has been built to provide these precise calculations.”The work, described in Nature Chemistry and released Sunday (Jan. 10), comes from a partnership between Aspuru-Guzik’s team of theoretical chemists at Harvard and a group of experimental physicists led by Andrew White at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Aspuru-Guzik’s team coordinated experimental design and performed key calculations, while his partners in Australia assembled the physical “computer” and ran the experiments.“We were the software guys,” said Aspuru-Guzik, “and they were the hardware guys.”While modern supercomputers can perform approximate simulations of simple molecular systems, increasing the size of the system results in an exponential increase in computation time. Quantum computing has been heralded for its potential to solve some problems that are impossible for conventional computers to crack.Rather than using binary bits labeled as “zero” and “one” to encode data, as in a conventional computer, quantum computing stores information in qubits, which can represent both “zero” and “one” simultaneously. When a quantum computer is put to work on a problem, it considers all possible answers by simultaneously arranging its qubits into every combination of “zeroes” and “ones.”Since one sequence of qubits can represent many numbers, a quantum computer would make far fewer computations than a conventional one in solving some problems. After the computer’s work is done, a measurement of its qubits provides the answer.“Because classical computers don’t scale efficiently, if you simulate anything larger than four or five atoms — for example, a chemical reaction, or even a moderately complex molecule — it becomes an intractable problem very quickly,” said author James Whitfield, research assistant in chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard. “Approximate computations of such systems are usually the best chemists can do.”Aspuru-Guzik and his colleagues confronted this problem with a conceptually elegant idea.“If it is computationally too complex to simulate a quantum system using a classical computer,” he said, “why not simulate quantum systems with another quantum system?”Such an approach could, in theory, result in highly precise calculations while using a fraction of the resources of conventional computing.While a number of other physical systems could serve as a computer framework, Aspuru-Guzik’s colleagues in Australia used the information encoded in two entangled photons to conduct their hydrogen molecule simulations. Each calculated energy level was the result of 20 such quantum measurements, resulting in a highly precise measurement of each geometric state of molecular hydrogen.“This approach to computation represents an entirely new way of providing exact solutions to a range of problems for which the conventional wisdom is that approximation is the only possibility,” said Aspuru-Guzik.Ultimately, the same quantum computer that could transform Internet cryptography could also calculate the lowest energy conformations of molecules as complex as cholesterol.Aspuru-Guzik and Whitfield’s Harvard co-authors on the paper are Ivan Kassal, Jacob D. Biamonte, and Masoud Mohseni. Financial support was provided by the U.S. Army Research Office and the Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and Centre of Excellence programs. Aspuru-Guzik recently received support from the DARPA Young Investigator Program, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Inc. to pursue research toward practical quantum simulators.last_img read more

Missed chances worry Laudrup

first_imgSwansea must learn lessons from their Capital One Cup upset at the hands of Birmingham, according to manager Michael Laudrup. The Dane watched his side spurn several first-half opportunities at St Andrew’s, Wilfried Bony and Alejandro Pozuelo both hitting the woodwork, before being made to pay in the second-half as their Sky Bet Championship hosts ran out 3-1 winners. Laudrup was also left to reflect on missed chances in the club’s past two matches, albeit a stunning 3-0 victory at Valencia and a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace, and he hopes his side now heed his warning ahead of Saturday’s home clash against early Barclays Premier League pace-setters Arsenal. Press Associationcenter_img “After the last two games where we played brilliantly, I said we won and had to be very pleased, but with the number of chances we created in those games we should have scored a little more. Here we paid the price for that,” Laudrup said. “I said after the Crystal Palace game, which we dominated for 90 minutes, it’s only 1-0 (at half-time) and we should have scored more because even if you’re dominating – one chance, one goal and you give your opponent belief. And that was exactly what happened against Birmingham. “So let’s hope this will be a lesson for us that we can use.” And Swansea defender Jordi Amat, one of 10 fresh faces called in by Laudrup for the third-round cup tie, has echoed his manager’s thoughts after seeing the League Cup holders fall at the first hurdle in their defence of the title. “It wasn’t good. We had some chances to get that first goal but unfortunately we couldn’t take one of them,” he told the club’s official website. “If we had then I think it would have been different. The team is still in a good place right now despite the defeat, but it isn’t always possible to win if you don’t take your chances. “We have a big game to look forward to on Saturday against Arsenal and we can learn from this defeat.” last_img read more

New Dornsife program combats homelessness in L.A.

first_imgEmily Smith | Daily TrojanThe USC Thematic Option Honors Program and Joint Educational Project announced a new interdisciplinary, service learning course for Spring 2019 that encourages students to find solutions for social issues.Juniors and seniors can apply to the Frameworks for Interdisciplinary Exchange program, which will offer courses focused on homelessness in Los Angeles.Richard Edinger, executive director of Dornsife Honors programs, has worked on creating the FIX program for several years. He said he hopes the interdisciplinary program will bring together students of all different majors to discuss and find real solutions to issues like homelessness.“There’s no one field that’s going to solve homelessness in the world or in the U.S. or in L.A.,” Edinger said. “It’s really going to be a combination of someone understanding the politics, the legal issues, someone thinking it through from a design fashion, maybe something from an architectural perspective … All these things have to come together to really understand an issue like homelessness.”Edinger said students in the FIX program next semester can choose between one of three single unit Focused Fixes courses in Social Entrepreneurship, Religious Communities or Philanthropy and Nonprofits to explore how these institutions and communities address homelessness. All students also take Collaborative Fixes, a three-unit interdisciplinary course where students will learn about and discuss possible solutions for homelessness in L.A., according to him.In the future, Edinger said this course framework could be used to examine other topics like sustainability, public education and incarceration.Adlai Wertman, professor of social entrepreneurship, will be teaching the single unit course focused on social entrepreneurship. He said he plans to teach students about how for profit and nonprofit enterprises are addressing homelessness and have students meet representatives from these organizations.“The idea is to talk about the theory, how social enterprise addresses it, talk about specific examples and then either visit or be visited by people who run those agencies so that we can ask them questions and hear from them themselves,” Wertman said.Sable Manson, assistant director for student leadership and development at JEP, said students will also complete a service project with some of JEP’s community partner organizations that address homelessness such as Midnight Mission, Chrysalis and School on Wheels. She said the FIX program will benefit students by teaching them about issues like homelessness both inside and outside of the classroom.“We are in a very diverse city, and we actually benefit our students to go beyond book learning,” Manson said. “We really value experiential learning because we think, not that it’s better than others, but it really deepens what you’ve experienced in a book or you’ve experienced in a classroom.”By the end of the semester, Edinger said students will use their coursework, discussions and volunteer experiences to create proposals on how to address homelessness, like creating programs or fundraising opportunities. He hopes that students will be able to present these proposals to stakeholders from USC, the city government and local organizations who could work with students to make their ideas a reality.“We don’t want it to be just conversations that stay within the classroom and then never actually affect change,” Edinger said. “We want to help students see how the knowledge they gain at USC connects to things outside of the University.”last_img read more