ONGC Vedanta set to win 9 oil gas blocks each OIL 12

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) and mining billionaire Anil Agarwal-led Vedanta Ltd are set to win nine oil and gas blocks each in the latest auction, while Reliance Industries and its British partner BP Plc is set to win KG basin gas block. Sources said the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) has completed the evaluation of the bids received for 32 oil and gas exploration blocks that were auctioned in the latest licensing round. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsAs per the bid evaluation, ONGC and Vedanta Ltd are top bidders in nine blocks each and state-owned Oil India Ltd (OIL) in 12 areas. Reliance-BP combine outbid ONGC in one Krishna Godavari basin block in the Bay of Bengal. The winners of the auction will be announced after the approval of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sources added. Bidding for 14 blocks on offer in the Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP) round-II and another 18 oil and gas blocks and 5 coal-bed methane (CBM) blocks on offer in OALP-III closed on May 15. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefReliance-BP had made their first bid in eight years when they sought an area that previously was held by ONGC, sources said. When the government in July 2017 allowed companies to carve out blocks of their choice with a view to bring about 2.8 million sq km of unexplored area in the country under exploration, Reliance-BP sought the KG area containing the discoveries. Under the new policy, areas sought by any company are put on auction with the initiator or the company that originally carved out the block, getting a 5 point advantage. Sources said Reliance-BP managed to get the coveted KG block in the latest auction by a small margin that possibly came from the originator marks and a commitment to do a shale core exploration. Reliance-BP had last jointly bid for a KG deep water block in the 8th bid round under previous licensing policy in 2008. They, however, gave up the block after not finding any commercially exploitable oil and gas reserves. In the following year, Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance on its own bid for six blocks in the ninth round of New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP) but did not win any block. Sources said at the close of bidding for the current round on May 15, ONGC had put in bids for 20 out of the 32 blocks on offer, while OIL made bids for 16 blocks. Vedanta, which had walked away with 41 out of the 55 blocks offered in OALP-I last year, bid for 30 areas. Indian Oil Corp (IOC), GAIL (India) and SunPetro bid for two blocks each, they said. BP had more than a decade back entered the country buying 30 per cent stake in Reliance’s 21 oil and gas exploration blocks for $7.2 billion. All but a couple of blocks have since been relinquished. NELP has since been replaced by Hydrocarbon Exploration Licensing Policy (HELP) under which OALP bids round have been held. Under the new policy, called open acreage licensing policy, companies are allowed to put in an expression of interest or EoI for prospecting of oil and gas in any area that is presently not under any production or exploration licence. The EoIs can be put in at any time of the year but they are accumulated twice annually. The blocks or areas that receive EoIs at the end of a cycle are put up for auction with the originator or the firm that originally selected the area getting a 5-mark advantage. The two windows of accumulating EoIs end on May 15 and November 15 every year. EoIs accumulated till May 15 are supposed to be put on auction by June 30 and those in the second window by December 31. But a delay in offering of blocks meant that OALP-II and OALP-III ran concurrently. While the OALP-I round saw an investment commitment of about Rs 60,000 crore, the government is expecting about 90,000 crore of investment in the latest round. In OALP-1, Vedanta walked away with 41 out of 55 blocks bid out. Oil India won nine blocks while ONGC managed to win just two. Blocks are awarded to the company which offers the highest share of oil and gas to the government as well as commits to do maximum exploration work by way of shooting 2D and 3D seismic survey and drilling exploration wells. The new policy replaced the old system of government carving out areas and bidding them out. It guarantees marketing and pricing freedom and moves away from production sharing model of previous rounds to a revenue-sharing model, where companies offering the maximum share of oil and gas to the government are awarded the block.last_img read more

Class action against Facebook can be filed in BC Supreme Court says

first_imgOTTAWA – A woman who wants to sue Facebook over its use of “sponsored stories” can pursue her case in British Columbia, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday.Deborah Douez wants to file a class-action lawsuit against the social media giant over a now-defunct advertising format, which allegedly used her name and profile photo in ads endorsing a company for which she had pressed the “Like” button.The ads were generated for companies that purchased the sponsored stories format and were sometimes displayed on her friends’ newsfeeds.Ultimately, the class-action suit intends to seek damages based on a claim that the format violated B.C.’s Privacy Act.The British Columbia Supreme Court approved her suit, but the provincial Court of Appeal stayed the case, saying it should properly be pursued in California, where Facebook has its head office.The appeal court said all potential users of Facebook must agree to its terms of use, which include a forum selection and choice-of-law clause requiring that disputes be resolved in California according to California law.In its 4-3 split decision, however, the Supreme Court found the clause unenforceable.“Ms. Douez has established strong reasons not to enforce the clause at issue here,” the ruling said.“The grossly uneven bargaining power between the parties and the importance of adjudicating quasi-constitutional privacy rights in the province are reasons of public policy that are compelling, and when considered together, are decisive in this case.”Writing on behalf of the dissenting three justices, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin and Justice Suzanne Cote said they saw no reason to depart from established international law upholding forum selection clauses.“We agree with the Court of Appeal of British Columbia that strong cause has not been shown and that the action must be tried in California, as the contract requires,” they wrote.The case now returns to British Columbia for a trial on the merits of the claim.last_img read more

Possible jewelry scammers from Alberta could be in the BC Peace Region

first_imgA caller, who wished to remain anonymous, said that on Wednesday evening, they encountered a family travelling in a dark-coloured SUV or crossover vehicle stopped at a gas station in Dawson Creek trying to sell gold jewelry for gas money.The caller said that after selling their wares to at least one person, they noticed that the family did not end up buying gas, but left the gas station headed towards Fort St. John or Chetwynd.Cpl. Kading stated in the release that while the St. Albert RCMP cannot say for sure that the jackets and gold are worthless, officers are warning the public that it is “Buyer Beware” in these kinds of transactions.“Don’t become the proud owner of ‘Fool’s Gold,’” she added. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A jewelry scam that has been reported in the Edmonton and Grande Prairie areas could also be surfacing in the B.C. Peace Region.In a press release issued Wednesday, Corporal Laurel Kading with the St. Albert RCMP said that the detachment was recently made aware of a possible scam in the Edmonton area in which people offer to sell gold rings and gold chains from their vehicle in order to get money for gas.The scammers tell would-be victims that they are travelling across Canada, and are selling a large number of gold rings or necklaces so they can continue their trip. With files from Cpl. Kading explained that there is no way of verifying the value of these rings or chains, especially when they are being sold from a vehicle in a parking lot or on the side of a highway.She added that a similar scam involving selling “designer” leather jackets from a vehicle in a parking lot seems to return to St. Albert every so often and catches some residents unaware.As reported by, the scammers also appear to have made their way to the Grande Prairie area.In a post on their Facebook page, Janina’s Jewellers in Grande Prairie said that over the past few weeks, it has seen an increasing number of people coming in to have the authenticity of jewellery checked, which after an inspection turns out to be fake.According to a news tips received by on Thursday morning, the scammers may now have been spotted in the B.C. Peace Region.last_img read more

UN envoy to begin fourday visit to Myanmar

30 January 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Myanmar will begin a four-day visit to the South-East Asian nation tomorrow at the invitation of the Government, the United Nations confirmed today. This will be Ibrahim Gambari’s fifth visit to the country over the past year and a half. He was last there in August 2008.On previous visits, Mr. Gambari met with a range of actors, including senior Government officials, as well as the detained pro-democracy leader and Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.Mr. Ban has asked his Special Adviser to visit Myanmar to continue his consultations with the Government and other relevant parties to the implement the good offices mandate entrusted to the Secretary-General by the General Assembly, according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. “He looks forward to meaningful discussions with all concerned on all the points raised during his last visit,” the statement added.Last month, Mr. Ban voiced his growing frustration that the UN’s long-standing efforts to promote national reconciliation and democratization in Myanmar have yet to achieve the desired results and urged the Government to release all political prisoners immediately and initiate “genuine dialogue” with the opposition. read more

I miss Christmas cold weather and you What girl 11 tells mother

first_imgI said to her, ‘Christmas is coming – you should be here for Christmas’. She said, ‘I really miss Christmas, I miss cold weather and I miss you’Lacey Plato Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. An 11-year-old girl who was abducted by her father four years ago and taken to live with his relatives in the Middle East phoned her mother in England and said “I really miss Christmas, I miss cold weather and I miss you”, a family court judge has been told.Former bank clerk Usama Al Barwani – who is in his 30s and comes from Portsmouth, Hampshire – had returned to the UK after taking daughter Aishah and son Faris, eight, abroad following the breakdown of his relationship with their mother Lacey Plato.He was subsequently convicted of abduction and was released last month after serving half of a four-year jail term imposed by a crown court judge.Miss Plato, also in her 30s and from Portsmouth, has launched separate family court litigation in a bid to get the youngsters – who she believes are in Oman with Al Barwani’s sister – back to England.center_img She told a judge – at the latest in a series of hearings in the Family Division of the High Court in London – how Aishah had called her without warning a few days ago.”I said to her, ‘Christmas is coming – you should be here for Christmas’,” Miss Plato told Mr Justice Hayden. “She said, ‘I really miss Christmas, I miss cold weather and I miss you’.”Miss Plato said the connection was lost shortly afterwards.Barrister Jonathan Evans, who represented Miss Plato, suggested that he might ask for Al Barwani – who was at the hearing – to be committed to prison for not arranging the return of the children in breach of family court orders.But Mr Justice Hayden said he wanted to give the children’s parents a chance to talk.He ordered Court 45 at the Royal Courts of Justice to be emptied so that Miss Lacey and Al Barwani could speak privately.The pair chatted for more than 30 minutes. Al Barwani indicated afterwards that he would contact relatives in Oman and try to make arrangements for the children’s return.Mr Justice Hayden said the pair’s discussions gave him “real hope”, and said he would reconsider the case again in the near future.Last year, another judge – overseeing an earlier stage of the litigation – had described Al Barwani as “disgraceful”.Mr Justice Moor had said it was rare that a court was faced with a father who could behave so “wickedly”.Miss Plato told Mr Justice Hayden that Aishah would be 12 on Dec 21.last_img read more

Aston Villa plan minutes applause for Irish fan who died in hitandrun

first_imgA YOUNG IRISH man who was killed in a hit-and-run will be remembered at Aston Villa’s next home game.Jody O’Reilly, a 22-year-old Kildare native who moved to the UK to study PE at the University of Wolverhampton, was planning to attend Aston Villa’s meeting with Manchester United on 15 December but died after being hit by a car early that day.Friends of Jody began a campaign in which they asked the club to honour him and Villa have promised to oblige when they host Crystal Palace on St Stephen’s Day.Although they had originally asked for a minute’s silence, the club will make it an applause instead.“The Club extends its sincerest condolences to the O’Reilly family and to Jody’s many friends following this tragic loss of life in the hours leading up to our game against Manchester United,” a statement released by the club reads. Jody had tickets for the game and in the three years since he first came over from Ireland – having selected his university course in 2010 so he could be as close as possible to Villa Park – he had become a regular attender at Villa games.“We will be holding a minute’s applause prior to kick-off against Crystal Palace on Boxing Day in respect of his passing and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”Once a Saint… Keith Fahey rejoins St Patrick’s AthleticUnited’s Fellaini faces lengthy lay off after surgery – reportlast_img read more

Paddy Power Topaz and others stung for sending spam emails and texts

first_imgPaddy Power, Topaz and others stung for sending spam emails and texts The companies have been ordered to pay prosecution costs and donate varying sums to charity. Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Take me to Fora Share3 Tweet Email2 4 Comments Monday 28 Nov 2016, 6:36 PM A DUBLIN MAN had his phone contact details captured and used for telemarketing after he logged onto a free Wi-Fi service at a Paddy Power betting shop, a court has heard.Paddy Power-Betfair, travel agents Trailfinders Ireland, Topaz fuels and Dermaface are the latest companies to be prosecuted at Dublin District Court by the office of the Data Protection Commissioner for breaking e-marketing regulations through unsolicited spam emails and text messages.Judge John Brennan held that they would be spared criminal convictions by paying prosecution costs and donating sums varying from €300 to €500 to charity.In evidence, assistant data protection commissioner Tony Delaney told the court that a customer had used the Wi-Fi at a Paddy Power shop on Baggot Street in Dublin. At the sign-in page he needed to enter his phone number to get the Wi-Fi code.He had not consented to receiving marketing messages, however, on 30 April he received a promotional message with a offer of a €3 free bet. The opt-out also had technical issues, the court heard.DonationsBrennan ordered Paddy Power-Betfair to pay costs and to give €500 to the Simon Community.Delaney told the court that there was a complaint that on 13 June that an unsolicited email message marketing message was sent by Trailfinders which was also ordered to pay costs and donate €500 to the Simon Community.Topaz fuels faced charges for sending an unsolicited text message about a Black Friday sale last year and for having an opt-out that did not work. It was ordered to pay costs and to donate €500 to charity.center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Nick Ansell/PA Wire/PA ImagesDermaface, which offers anti-wrinkling treatment, emailed a woman on 23 August with a marketing message even though she had been assured earlier that she had been removed from their marketing list. Delaney said that the woman should have been opted out.The company had been given a warning in 2011 about text messages.The judge noted that the firm had used a third party company to handle their e-marketing and had apologised. He ordered Dermaface to donate €300 to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and to pay €1,129 in prosecution costs.ConsequencesAdjourning each case until 12 December, the judge said he would strike them out if the companies complied.After the case concluded, Delaney told reporters: “Various difficulties which members of public experienced in relation to opting out of marketing communications emerged as a common theme in the cases prosecuted today.“Those engaged in electronic marketing activities need to take note of the consequences which can arise if their systems fail to give full and proper effect to the expressed opt-out of their customers or others that they target with their marketing campaign.“Also of particular note today was the case involving the capturing of marketing consent through the use of a free Wi-Fi system. This case highlighted how the acceptance of terms and conditions by the user concerned fell short of marketing consent as required by the marketing regulations,” he said.Written by Tom Tuite and posted on Nov 28th 2016, 6:36 PM By Fora Staff Short URL 14,184 Views last_img read more

‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners Are Not Coming to SDCC 2019

first_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Stay on target Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are not attending San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) this year.On Wednesday, HBO posted an updated Game of Thrones panel lineup on Twitter and there are some major speaker changes, Entertainment Weekly reported. Five previously announced panelists will not be going to SDCC 2019: Benioff and Weiss, Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik, and cast members Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), and Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont).The #GoTSDCC panel taking place Friday, 7/19 at 5:30PM in Hall H will now consist of panelists @Maisie_Williams, @RaleighRitchie, @nikolajcw, @isaac_h_wright, @johnbradleywest, @liamcunningham1 & Conleth Hill.Follow our ravens for updates.— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) July 17, 2019HBO didn’t reveal why Benioff, Weiss, Sapochnik, Emmanuel, and Glen couldn’t make it to the Game of Thrones SDCC 2019 panel, however, io9 noted that Benioff and Weiss could be skipping out on the major event due to scheduling and production conflicts. It’s likely they might be focusing on their upcoming Star Wars films that will debut in a couple of years.Even though fans won’t be able to ask Benioff and Weiss questions about Game of Thrones’ ending, the show’s SDCC 2019 panel will still feature some key stars, including Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Conleth Hill (Lord Varys), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark).DRACARYS!#GameofThrones is the most nominated series at this year’s #Emmys, with 32 nominations.— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) July 16, 2019The panel changes follow Game of Thrones receiving 32 Emmy nominations for Season 8 on July 16. Benioff and Weiss were nominated for writing “The Iron Throne,” Game of Thrones’ series finale, while Sapochnik was nominated for directing “The Long Night,” an episode about the Battle of Winterfell. Game of Thrones stars, including Emilia Clarke and Gwendoline Christie, were also nominated for their roles in the show’s final season.More on to Expect at SDCC 2019Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019‘Game of Thrones’ Stars Are Freaking Out Over Their Emmy Nominationslast_img read more

Kahn backs Zidane to manage Bayern Munich

first_imgFormer Bayern Munich captain Oliver Kahn wants Zinedine Zidane to suceed Jupp Heynckes at the club for next seasonDespite being in only his second full season as a coach at the highest level, the Frenchman has already become the first manager to have won back-to-back Champions League tittles and is currently aiming to win the competition for third consecutive time.Kahn, who played as a goalkeeper for both Bayern and Germany, would like to see Zidane take over the reins from Heynckes at the Allianz Arena.“Zinedine Zidane is undoubtedly worth considering. I think he’s sensational,” Kahn told ZDF (via ESPN).“He has won everything with Real Madrid and can win his third Champions League title. He’s a coach who fits perfectly Bayern Munich’s requirement profile.”While Bayern have stated, on several occasions, in the past that they are only interested in German-speaking coaches, Kahn believes that Zidane’s qualities will outweigh such a minor disadvantage.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“He is French and can speak Spanish, so he could learn German,” said the 48 year-old.“The question is more what can he do extremely well? He can manage a star-studded squad, he was an absolute world star himself, and while many former top players don’t go on to become great coaches, he has.”One candidate that has been touted to replace Heynckes at the club for next season is Eintracht Frankfurt manager Niko Kovac, who is not against the idea.The Croatian is believed to now be one of the front-runners for the role, after Thomas Tuchel  reportedly rejected an offer from Bayern in March. Although Frankfurt sporting executive Fredi Bobic has recently revealed that the club have had no contact from the Bundesliga leaders.“There is no reason to doubt I will still be the coach here next season,” said Kovac.“So many things happen in football. I don’t know what will happen tomorrow. As of now, I will be here until 2019.”last_img read more

Soy Growers Comment on Review of Biotech Coordinated Framework

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and other national farm organizations commented on the recent review of the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology, led by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and performed by several White House agencies.In their letter, ASA, the National Corn Growers Association, the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Sorghum Producers expressed support for the role the Coordinated Framework has played in bringing biotech products to the market, allowing producers to improve weed and insect management and conservation practices, while reducing pesticide and fertilizer use.They also applauded efforts to update the Coordinated Framework to clarify the responsibilities and improve coordination between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in reviewing and, when appropriate, deregulating new biotech products.The groups made clear, however, that any changes to current policies should be transparent and continue to use sound science as the basis for decision-making. They also stressed the importance of considering the impact of any changes in how the U.S. regulates products on foreign biotech approval systems, and on the potential for disruption in international trade.  In this regard, the groups urged that our regulatory agencies consult with other governments and with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to minimize any adverse trade impacts.last_img read more

Vancouver woman cited after I205 rollover

first_imgA Vancouver woman was sent to the hospital Sunday morning after her car rolled on Interstate 205.The crash happened around 6:12 a.m. Sunday near the southbound exit to Northeast Padden Parkway, according to a Washington State Patrol bulletin.Loreen M. Ranjel, 25, was driving a 2006 Ford Focus when she left the roadway, hit a tree and rolled the car, state patrol said.Ranjel was sent to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with head pain. She was cited for drunken driving and driving while her license was suspended.last_img read more

2020 BMW M8 promises heavyweight performance stunning tech

first_img Tags Share your voice Coupes Luxury cars Convertibles Performance Cars BMW 2020 BMW M8 Coupe and Convertible deliver big horsepower and luxury Review • 2019 BMW M850i Convertible review: A grand tourer you’ll just want to drive 84 Photos 1 2019 Dodge Durango SRT review: Three-row muscle car 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star The 2020 BMW M8 Coupe and Convertible have finally arrived, and they’re simultaneously pretty, angry and expensive — just not necessarily in that order. The new two-door, all-wheel-drive range-topping performance twins bring up to 617 horsepower to the party, hitting 60 mph in as little as 3.0 seconds en route to top speed of up to 189 mph. They also cost a heady $133,000 and $142,500 before options and a $995 delivery fee, respectively.Adding additional brawn to the already impressive BMW 8 Series, all M8 models rely on a new version of the German automaker’s S63 M TwinPower 4.4-liter V8 engine. The powerplant features upgraded turbochargers nestled down in the V of the engine block, along with unique cross-bank exhaust manifolds and ultra-high-pressure fuel injection to help realize 600 hp at 6,000 RPM and a healthy 553 pound-feet of torque from just 1,800 RPM. For those looking for a bit more, Competition models feature unique tuning to develop 617 hp, and although the max torque figure remains unchanged at 553 pound-feet, that twist is available over a slightly wider band — 160 RPM. With the M8’s increased performance over garden-variety 8 Series models, BMW has also seen fit to upgrade the car’s cooling and oil supply systems. Regardless of which M8 you choose, all models are paired to a satellite-linked eight-speed automatic transmission with paddles and selectable Drivelogic performance modes. We’re particularly interested to see how the xDrive all-wheel-drive system acquits itself. In most situations, the system behaves like a normal rear-wheel-drive setup until slip is detected.Competition models also include a switchable, richer-sounding M Sport exhaust system, as well as stiffer engine mounts for improved powertrain response. Competition-spec M8 models shave 60 mph times by a tenth of a second versus standard models, with the Competition coupe hitting 60 in 3.0 seconds and the Convertible taking 3.1 seconds.That additional power gets to the ground with the help of a stiffer electromagnetically-damped suspension setup, with model-specific bushings, strut tie bars and swivel bearings. Competition models ride firmer still, with rear toe-link balljoints in place of other model’s rubber bushings, as well as more front negative camber more urgent turn-in.Enlarge ImageThe power-operated soft top retracts in 15 seconds at up to 30 mph. BMW While recent BMW M cars have featured highly adjustable performance parameters, they’ve been a bit fiddly to access. The new M8 includes a single setup button on the center console to tailor the M8’s various characteristics, including engine and transmission parameters, as well as steering, suspension, all-wheel-drive system, and, for the first time in a modern car that we can recall, adjustable braking. The latter is a by-wire system that features two modes, Comfort and Sport, in order to vary pedal feedback and response according to the driver’s wishes.395-mm front and 380-mm iron brakes are fitted as standard with six-piston fixed calibers up front and rear single-piston floating units out back. An optional carbon ceramic setup bumps sizing up to 400 mm and 380 mm, respectively. Those brakes are shrouded by standard 20-inch wheels wearing high-performance non-run-flat (huzzah!) tires. Competition models get their own 20-inch forged alloys, which a BMW release says features “a gloss-milled 3D structure and bicolor design which generate unique light reflections to showcase the cars’ exclusivity.” Uh huh.Naturally, wheels aren’t the only unique aspect of the M8’s appearance. Front ends feature enlarged cooling ducts, gloss black trim, and so on. Hardtop models get standard carbon-fiber roof panels. There’s also an optional M Carbon appearance pack that adds the lightweight weave to components like the grille kidneys, mirror caps and so on.2020-bmw-m8-competition-40Enlarge ImageInterior differences versus other 8 Series models are limited to touches like unique sport seats with illuminated M badges and various trim bits. BMW The cabin looks to be similar to lesser 8 Series cars, which is just fine by us — these new models have excellent interiors. Changes include M Sport seats with integrated illuminated headrest badges, and Competition models get unique seatbelts and contrast stitching.As with other 8 Series models, there’s a full battery of convenience and advanced safety features available, including BMW’s much-improved iDrive infotainment system (accessed via 10.25-inch center screen and 12.3-inch gauge cluster), a large head-up display and available Extended Traffic Jam Assistant, a partially automated hands-on driving assistant designed to curb stress on limited-access highways at speeds up to 40 mph.Production for this high-performance heavyweight duo begins in July. Preview • 2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible first drive: Open-top hustler Comment 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible review: A topless thrill ride More about 2019 BMW M850i Convertible More From Roadshowlast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday Aug 27 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsListen now‘Palpable evidence of voter fraud’ in primary electionNathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageAlaska elections officials have asked criminal investigators to look into irregularities with absentee ballots requested in a neck-and-neck state House race in East Anchorage.Academic merit prioritized over financial need in state higher education programsErin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAlaska has the lowest proportion of students from low-income families attending university in the country. There is a state-run grant program designed to help more low-income Alaskans afford college. But it only receives half as much money as the state’s merit-based program.Anchorage attorney withdraws name from District Court Justice considerationLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Anchorage attorney Jonathan Katchen has withdrawn his name from consideration for a seat on the U.S. District Court bench.Weather keeps governor from pharmacy bill signing in PetersburgJoe Viechnicki, KFSK – PetersburgWalker was unable to fly to Petersburg for the signing of House bill 240. It’s a bill that creates tighter regulation on pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs.Nome officer who pleaded guilty to assault is rehired by police departmentEmily Hofstaedter, KNOM – NomeCarl Putman, the former Nome Community Service Officer who pleaded guilty in July to charges of assault while on duty, has been rehired by the Nome Police Department. Putman has been hired on as an emergency hire temporary dispatcher for NPD.Man in state custody dies at Wildwood correctional facilityAssociated PressA 33-year-old Alaska man in state custody on a felony assault charge has died.Chinese buyers hesitant to buy Alaska seafood as U.S. weighs another round of tariffsAaron Bolton, KBBI – HomerIn the first round of what seems to be an escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China, tariffs have been levied on billions of dollars worth of goods in both countries.PenAir trustee promises no flight interruptions during sale of airlineLaura Kraegel, KUCB – UnalaskaOne of Southwest Alaska’s largest airlines will soon be up for sale.last_img read more

Podem hands over Kalyana Lakshmi cheques in Bhadrachalam

first_imgBhadrachalam: Local MLA Podem Veeraiah distributed Kalyana Lakshmi cheques to 32 beneficiaries at the Tahsildar’s office in Charla on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, the MLA urged the people to utilise government schemes that were introduced and implemented for their betterment.He discussed the ongoing development works with the Tahsildar and other officials, and stated that he would request the State government for funds to develop the mandal and to keep the poll promises. Later, he visited Taliperu project and inspected the flood water levels. Among those who accompanied Podem were MPP Kodanda Ramaiah, ZPTC Irpa Santha, Tahsildar B Karunadas and other MPTC members.last_img read more

Crypto Industry to request government for relaxation in norms

first_imgRepresentation of the Ripple virtual currency is seen in this illustration picture, February 13, 2018. Picture is taken February 13.REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationThe cryptocurrency industry is now uniting against the government’s order to ban the virtual currency in the country. The ecosystem will be coming on a single platform to deliberate on the possibilities of its future in India. It is to be noted that last year, India virtually banned cryptocurrencies like bitcoin with the Reserve Bank of India(RBI) barring regulated entities from providing services to any individual or business dealing in digital currencies. Later in the same year, even the Supreme Court of India refused to grant any interim relief to cryptocurrency exchanges against the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) crackdown on them.Financial daily, the Economic Times has now planned to hold meet-ups across cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru and Hyderabad throughout the month of March. After the meeting, the industry has planned to submit a report on the inputs provided by the crypto investors and experts to the government. Ministry of finance had constituted a panel under Subhash Chandra Garg in November 2017 but the panel is yet to submit its report.A cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency that uses cryptography for security. A cryptocurrency is difficult to counterfeit because of this security feature. Many cryptocurrencies are decentralized systems based on blockchain technology which is a distributed ledger enforced by a disparate network of computers.Akshay Aggarwal, co-founder of Blockchained India, the organization which is bringing together the crypto and blockchain communities under one roof said, “In the last six months, there has been progress both in the crypto and blockchain space. Banning cryptocurrencies will only curb innovation and force the investors and the exchanges to move to countries which have favorable regulations for such currencies.” Bitcoin is more likely to drop to $100 than to hit $100,000 over the next 10 years.Creative CommonsNischal Shetty, founder of WazirX, an Indian cryptocurrency exchange has been running a Twitter campaign over the last few months with the hashtag, #IndiaWantsCrytpo. The campaign got huge support from the ecosystem. The next hearing on the issue is scheduled for next week where the apex court would deliberate on the pros and cons of all the virtual currencies. Nischal said, “So far, we have only heard of scams or the darker use of cryptos but there is much more to it, which needs to be discussed and heard by the government.” Many of the cryptocurrencies moved out of India after the SC cleared its stance. Notably, countries like Dubai, Singapore, Switzerland, USA and Canada have been encouraging the use of cryptocurrencies.last_img read more

Rickshawpuller killed in road crash

first_imgA rickshaw-puller was killed after a private car hit his three-wheeler in the Hazaribagh area of Dhaka on Friday morning.The deceased is Abul Kalam, 55, reports UNB.The accident took place around 7:00am as the private car dashed the rickshaw, leaving its puller critically injured, said Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) police outpost sub-inspector Bachchu Miah.The puller was taken to the hospital where physicians declared him dead on arrival.last_img

After Santa Fe School Shooting Texas Launches Mobile App To Help People

first_imgJohn Jordan/The Texas TribuneA new mobile app launched after Santa Fe High School shooting last month will allow Texans to report on suspicious activity happening in their own communities and schools. The iWatchTexas app, introduced this week, will help Texans report potential crimes, terrorism or threats to school safety, according to Gov. Greg Abbott, who directed the Department of Public Safety to develop the app. “Our law enforcement officers often rely on vigilant Texans to help keep communities safe, and this new tool will give everyone the ability to quickly and easily communicate with authorities and help prevent future tragedies,” Abbott said in a news release Friday announcing the app.The app can now be downloaded from the App Store for iPhone users and Google Play for Android users. Plans were already underway for the app before the shooting three weeks ago at Santa Fe High School, which left 10 people dead and 10 others injured. Afterward, Abbott introduced a school safety plan that called for expanding the app’s use “to enable and encourage parents, students and teachers to easily report potential harm or criminal activity directed at school students, school employees, and schools.”The plan also called for more school protections and mental health screenings. In addition, Abbott asked lawmakers to consider “red-flag laws,” which allows judges to temporarily seize a person’s firearms if they’re considered an imminent threat. Reporting a threat on the app can take fewer than five minutes, and reports are reviewed by law enforcement analysts after they’re submitted, according to the Department of Public Safety. Officials suggest citizens may report suspicious activity like strangers asking questions about building security features and procedures, unusual chemical smells or vehicles left in no-parking zones at important buildings.“Amid the growing threats to public safety by malicious actors, we want to remind the public that they can be law enforcement’s greatest resource to combat those intent on harming others, including innocent schoolchildren and administrators,” said Steven McCraw, the director of the Department of Public Safety. Officials noted that all reports are confidential, but the app is not meant to be used to report emergencies — those seeking immediate help should call 911.  Sharelast_img read more

Study Many Houstonians Still Lack Easy Access To Parks

first_imgDespite Houston’s acres of parks, only about 58% of Houstonians can easily get to one on foot, according to the Trust for Public Land’s annual ParkScore.The report rates cities on the percentage of residents who live within a 10-minute walk from a park.For comparison, in Minneapolis 96% of residents can walk to a park in 10 minutes.The Trust for Public Land’s Charlie McCabe says though Houston has about 40,000 acres of parks, some neighborhoods still lack public green space.“It’s mostly in southwest Houston,” said McCabe. “And then further out east and north you have also some gaps as well.”And even in a car-centered city like Houston, McCabe said people are more likely to use local parks if they don’t have to drive to get there.“We find that the barriers to visiting a park and getting moderate to vigorous exercise decrease if you don’t have to get in a car, you don’t have to get on a bus, you don’t have to catch a ride with a friend or family members,” said McCabe. “You can actually put the kids in a stroller, put them on bikes and roll over to parks.”Houston ranks low on the ParkScore index, coming in at #85. Last year the city ranked at #77, but McCabe praised Houston’s efforts to create more parks, like the extensive Bayou Greenways project. He said there’s strong private support for park projects, but it will take more public money to increase access.“I think the big thing is to continue to get everyone more engaged in advocating for the park system,” McCabe said. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:46 center_img – / 7 X Sharelast_img read more

Sonic the Hedgehog getting a hybrid live action animated feature film in

first_imgSega is set to bring their most famous mascot to the silver screen. The video game company has partnered with Sony Pictures to release a film that combines live action with computer animation, set to be released in 2018.The movie is being produced by Neal Moritz, who is also the producer of the Fast & Furious franchise. It will be written by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux of The Upright Citizens brigade. Sony will be working with Marza Animation Planet, which is a division of the Sega Sammy Group. Sega CEO Hajime Saito told The Worldfolio that this project is part of Sega’s overall plan to expand into other areas of entertainment beyond video games.Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the most iconic video game mascots out there, second only to Super Mario. Creating a feature film, one said to star all of the franchise’s memorable characters, like Dr. Eggman, seems like a smart move by Sega.At this point, the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise is about as low as it can get. Aside from the Sonic Boom TV series, which is inexplicably successful, Sonic’s best days have been (pardon the pun) left in the dust. While it’s entirely possible that this film adaptation could be good, I only say that because I’m a firm believer in math and probability. Going with that logic, however, and given all that we know about the decline of the Sonic series and the quality of video game movies in general, the chances of this being even halfway decent are slim at best.Considering that this is a live action and computer animated hybrid, let’s hope that Sonic doesn’t kiss any human girls along the way.last_img read more

Physics pair show that Ising model can be used as a universal

first_img Journal information: Science (—A pair of physicists has shown that it is possible to transform disparate spin models into different types of just one simple model. In their paper published in the journal Science, Gemma De las Cuevas, with the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics and Toby Cubitt, with University College London, offer a proof to show that any spin model can be converted to the relatively simple Ising model. Stephanie Wehner with QuTech, Delft University of Technology offers a Perspectives piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue, outlining the proof and explaining how and why a universal spin model would be useful. © 2016 The benefit of having a universal model, Wehner explains, is that it offers an alternative way for scientists to run their models, particularly on a computer. If a 3D model is extremely complex, for example, or requires an untenable number of cycles to run, there is a chance it could be configured to run as an Ising model. But she notes that it could also be used as a means for melding the work being done by physicists and computer scientists, helping to further explain the workings of nature. Explore further Citation: Physics pair show that Ising model can be used as a universal spin model (2016, March 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Spin models were first developed as a means to help explain the properties of magnetic materials—the magnetism in each atom originates from the spin of an unpaired electron within it. The first was created by Wilhelm Lenz, who handed it off to Ernest Ising, who used it to show that spins should undergo phase transitions below a certain temperature. Since that time, spin models have been developed for a wide variety of applications, perhaps most notably in particle physics. Now, in this new effort, De las Cuevas and Cutitt show that it is possible to transform any of these other newer models into the 2D Ising model, including 3D models.Their proof has two main parts, the first involved showing that any Ising model is equivalent to an instance of a satisfiability problem and showing a way to match such problems to an Ising model. The second part involved showing how any spin model could be converted to a satisfiability problem and then translated to an Ising model.center_img Scientists explain the theory behind Ising superconductivity More information: G. De las Cuevas et al. Simple universal models capture all classical spin physics, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aab3326AbstractSpin models are used in many studies of complex systems because they exhibit rich macroscopic behavior despite their microscopic simplicity. Here, we prove that all the physics of every classical spin model is reproduced in the low-energy sector of certain “universal models,” with at most polynomial overhead. This holds for classical models with discrete or continuous degrees of freedom. We prove necessary and sufficient conditions for a spin model to be universal and show that one of the simplest and most widely studied spin models, the two-dimensional Ising model with fields, is universal. Our results may facilitate physical simulations of Hamiltonians with complex interactions. Universal models contain all models, just like white light contains all colors. Credit: Christian Hackenberger Universal models contain all models, just like white light contains all colors. Credit: Christian Hackenberger 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