Supreme Court to rule on whether energy companies can abandon old wells

first_imgThe Action Surface Rights Association has intervened in the case because it believes rights of landowners have been overlooked in the case. UPDATE – The Supreme Court has ruled companies can’t abandon old wells.  Click here for the details.OTTAWA, O.N. – The Supreme Court of Canada is set to rule today on whether energy companies can walk away from unprofitable wells on agricultural land without having to clean up behind them.A 2016 ruling in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench allowed a bankrupt energy company to sever its connection with unprofitable and unreclaimed wells when their assets were sold off to creditors. The Alberta Court of Appeal upheld the ruling.Since the case came to court, an estimated 1,800 wells representing more than $100 million in liabilities have been abandoned.Alberta’s provincial energy regulator ordered the trustee for Redwater Energy Corporation to comply with end-of-life requirements to render the abandoned properties environmentally safe.The company’s trustee did not comply, and filed its own counterclaim that included a constitutional challenge to the regulator’s action.The energy regulator and the Orphan Well Association, an industry-funded group that cleans up wells that have been left unreclaimed, have appealed the ruling to the high court.A group with the support of thousands of farmers also wants to see the high court reverse the decision.last_img read more

Varsity to vie for NAAC tag post 2020 convocation

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal State University (WBSU) is all set to seek accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) soon after its 2020 convocation.”We may not be in a position to compete with the old universities in the state. But we feel that it is time for our university to take part in competition and have an idea of how far we have been able to improve in academics and certain other parameters,” said Basab Chaudhuri, vice chancellor of WBSU. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThere are seven parameters under which NAAC accredits a university. It includes teaching-learning process, modification of syllabus, services and facilities for students such as extra- curricular activities, steps towards creation of jobs and environmental friendly steps taken by the varsity. In the present process of accreditation of a university by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, the latter has to reply to a set of questions regarding its various Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayactivities in yes/ no format and upload it on the website of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. If the self study report uploaded by the institution is found to be satisfactory then NAAC would inform the former the date when it would visit that institution and check on their own whether it really possess the infrastructure that it has declared in the study report and then would accredit it. If found unsatisfactory, then they would mention the areas in which the institution has to improve. Previously, a team from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, which is an autonomous body funded by University Grants Commission, would directly come to an institution and find out on their own what are the activities and would accordingly accredit it. Under the current process, 70 percent of the accreditation depend upon the self study report and 30 percent on the findings of the visiting NAAC team. “Our teachers and students have already been sensitized about the varsity going for NAAC credit,” a senior varsity official said. The West Bengal State University since its inception in 2008 had been embroiled in administrative red-tapism and had its first convocation in 2017. The inordinate delay in the publication of results was one of the major problems in the varsity. After Basab Chaudhuri took over as the Vice-Chancellor in September 2015 he streamlined the examination process and publication of results. At present, WBSU in Barasat has 46 colleges affiliated to it with an average enrollment of 55,000 students. It caters to a large number of first-generation learners.last_img read more

The Stats Say Washington Should Have Signed Colin Kaepernick And Its Still

Career expected points added per rush for Colin Kaepernick and Mark Sanchez, 2009-18 7Russell Wilson3390.3210.513 Meanwhile, Kaepernick adds roughly equal value to his team whether he runs or passes the football, making him a legitimate dual threat. It was this ability that took the San Francisco 49ers within 5 yards of winning the 2012-13 Super Bowl. What’s more, the league has become more open to the air raid concepts Kaepernick ran at the University of Nevada, as evidenced by the ascendancy of Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, who played in an air raid system at Texas Tech. There are legitimate reasons to believe that Kaepernick could still fit in the league.Kaepernick’s path to snaps in Washington is blocked by current quarterback Johnson, who has just 193 total career pass attempts to his name and, like Sanchez, is a year older than Kaepernick. When we look at his career efficiency numbers compared with Kaepernick’s, we can see why Johnson hasn’t been allowed much opportunity to throw. Plays with Johnson under center have resulted in negative value for his teams. 27Matthew Stafford4640.1700.482 46Chase Daniel76-0.0960.47 29Kirk Cousins5250.1460.51 The contest wasn’t a contest at all. Kaepernick is superior to Sanchez over his career by a large margin and across a wide spectrum of metrics. Kaepernick’s career yards per pass attempt is higher than Sanchez’s by more than half a yard. His career EPA per play is on the order of 40 times better than Sanchez, despite their yards after catch EPA per play being relatively close.Kaepernick has been far from perfect. His career yards per attempt is no better than league average, and his career completion percentage is low at 59.8 percent. His greatest flaws as a passer show themselves at the intermediate depths, where his completion percentage is well below average. Whether this is because he struggles to make reads or because his decision making on slower developing routes is poor is an open question. What is clear is that neither Kaepernick nor Sanchez is particularly accurate across most depths of target. Kaepernick, however, has also affected game outcomes with his legs. He is not exactly young anymore, though, at 31 years old; we might expect a decline in rushing effectiveness that typically accompanies NFL QBs as they age. Still, Kaepernick’s legs are fresh, and Sanchez has never shown the ability to add value on the ground. 49Derek Anderson70-0.3250.429 Kaepernick has easily outperformed SanchezAttempts, yards per attempt, expected points added per play, success rate and yards after catch EPA per play for Kaepernick and Sanchez, 2009-18 Show more rowsSource: Elias Sports Bureau PasserAttemptsYards/ AttemptEPA/PlaySuccess RateYAC EPA/Play 1Patrick Mahomes4830.4410.561 Kaepernick has outperformed Johnson, tooAttempts, yards per attempt, expected points added per play, success rate and yards after catch EPA per play for Kaepernick and Johnson, 20tk-18 11Carson Wentz4000.2810.535 After starting quarterback Alex Smith broke his leg in Week 11, the Washington Redskins rode their journeyman backup, Colt McCoy, to two losses and a 7-3 deficit against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13 before he also broke his leg. Struck with misfortune at the most important position in professional sports, Washington trotted out Mark Sanchez, a player signed off the street to back up McCoy.This obviously didn’t work out well. Sanchez had not played an NFL game since 2015, and he went on to record the worst expected points added (EPA) per play (-0.627) of any NFL QB in 2018 with at least 20 pass attempts. This includes Nathan Peterman. Sanchez was promptly benched in a blowout 40-16 loss to the Giants in Week 14. His replacement: Josh Johnson, a 32-year-old journeyman who has played for 12 different NFL teams and who reportedly had to play Madden to learn the names of his new teammates.Hindsight is 20-20, but it’s worth asking if this skid could have been avoided — or at least somewhat mitigated — had Washington signed free agent Colin Kaepernick instead of Sanchez. It’s even worth wondering if they still should sign him. A playoff berth for the Redskins is highly unlikely, but they are still not mathematically eliminated. Could signing Kaepernick help the team win out, finish 9-7, and give them a shot at the postseason?Let’s look at this as a purely football decision and put aside any public relations baggage that would come with signing Kaepernick. Let’s also assume that Kaepernick is in decent enough shape to put on a jersey right now and play at the levels we have seen from him in the past. (For what it’s worth, he has said that he’s remained in game shape.)I looked at standard measures of quarterback performance like yards per attempt along with more advanced stats like EPA per play and success rate, which measures how often a player keeps his team “on schedule” or on track for a first down. The first question — “Should Washington have signed Sanchez or Kaepernick?” — is straightforward to answer.Using data from Ron Yurko’s EPA model, I analyzed both of the QBs over their careers to see which one has been better at creating expected value per pass. I also broke out the contribution of yards after the catch to help with the comparison. Yards after catch is probably best thought of as the product of scheme and wide receiver skill, but passes that are on time and on target from a QB surely help as well. 35Cody Kessler970.1190.491 Sanchez-0.05 So what about moving forward? Could Kaepernick help Washington win? Our best predictors of future performance at the QB position are career efficiency measures like yards per attempt and EPA per play — far more useful than looking only at Kaepernick’s most recent season.The table below shows every player who has attempted at least 20 passes this season, sorted by total expected points added per play. Total EPA includes both passing and rushing production, and gives a full picture of a player’s offensive contribution. Kaepernick’s career numbers would put him 26th among quarterbacks this season, ahead of Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins — who are being paid a combined $50.5 million. 31Joe Flacco3770.1320.454 48Josh McCown109-0.2190.383 17Dak Prescott4180.2300.492 PasserAttemptsYARDS/ ATTEMPTEPA/PLAYSUCCESS RATEYAC EPA/PLAY 42Tyrod Taylor84-0.0010.354 32Baker Mayfield3790.1240.479 41Nick Foles800.0240.398 PlayerPass AttemptsTotal EPA/PLAYSuccess Rate 38Brock Osweiler1780.1010.44 10Ben Roethlisberger5480.2830.517 51Mark Sanchez35-0.6270.361 Most starting quarterbacks with NFL experience did indeed create value per play above what we might expect from Kaepernick, but Kaepernick’s worst season is still better than 26 percent of the quarterbacks who have attempted a pass in the NFL in 2018. Kaepernick may be a fringe starting NFL talent, but he is likely better than many of the quarterbacks who have seen playing time this season, including even Alex Smith.It’s probable that Kaepernick could start for Washington and produce enough with his arm and his legs to salvage their playoff hopes. There remains the opportunity for Washington to sign him and find out for certain. Instead he continues to languish in free agency.Check out our latest NFL predictions.CORRECTION (Dec. 15, 2018, 11:45 a.m.): A previous headline on this story misspelled Colin Kaepernick’s name. Colin Kaepernick1,9417.2+0.170.45+0.67 Colin Kaepernick1,9417.2+0.170.45+0.67 20Marcus Mariota3000.2130.51 14Aaron Rodgers4940.2550.49 12Ryan Fitzpatrick2480.2750.523 2Drew Brees4160.4320.589 37Case Keenum4520.1060.449 18Jeff Driskel1010.2140.46 Kaepernick+0.21 15Mitch Trubisky3520.2480.522 6Jared Goff4600.3280.517 30Colt McCoy520.1340.492 33C.J. Beathard1710.1220.463 21Andrew Luck5330.2050.52 Mark Sanchez2,4036.6+0.000.45+0.60 3Matt Barkley250.4310.44 13Deshaun Watson3970.2620.526 28Nick Mullens1700.1570.478 8Jameis Winston2700.2910.542 19Eli Manning4610.2130.462 Data includes two-point conversions but does not include kneel downs. 5Matt Ryan5050.3290.547 23Lamar Jackson1010.1910.519 16Jimmy Garoppolo900.2310.52 Josh Johnson1936.1-0.040.46+0.60 36Alex Smith3270.1130.457 47Sam Bradford81-0.1560.329 24Derek Carr4520.1760.511 39Josh Allen2280.0790.435 40Blake Bortles3700.0400.463 EPA/Rush Data includes two-point conversions but does not include kneel downs.Source: Elias Sports Bureau 43Blaine Gabbert61-0.0150.453 Kaepernick would be in the middle of the pack this yearEvery quarterback with a minimum of 20 pass attempts this season in the NFL, compared with the career numbers of Colin Kaepernick 22Cam Newton4440.2010.521 25Andy Dalton3620.1750.508 4Philip Rivers4140.4240.541 45Josh Rosen314-0.0870.425 9Tom Brady4760.2900.526 50Nathan Peterman82-0.5890.315 26Colin Kaepernick1,9410.1710.464 34Ryan Tannehill1960.1200.479 44Sam Darnold314-0.0600.427 read more

Football No 10 Ohio State secures close 3631 win over Nebraska

Ohio State had expectations coming out of its bye week. After sitting on a 49-20 loss to Purdue on Oct. 20, the talk heading into the matchup with Nebraska revolved around the team playing angry, playing “pissed off” with players ready to prove that the Buckeyes are indeed a Big Ten championship contender, a College Football Playoff contender. And although it was not in dominant fashion like other games against Nebraska have been in the past, No. 10 Ohio State got back into the win column Saturday, defeating the Cornhuskers 36-31.“The biggest thing to get that darned bad taste out of your mouth from a couple weeks ago and go win the game,” Meyer said. “We’re going to go back to work. We’re going to enjoy that win now.” Offensively, it meant going back to its roots, the balanced offense, the offense that Meyer is comfortable with, the offense with the “two-headed monster” of redshirt junior running back Mike Weber and sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins as primary contributors. “We definitely wanted to run the ball today,” redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins said.”That was our goal for this game, for this Saturday, and I thought we did a pretty good job of that.” The pair combined for 254 rushing yards, recording the most yards on the ground the unit has had since Sept. 1, each averaging over seven yards per carry. Dobbins and Weber also became the first pair in Ohio State history to both have 2,000 career rushing yards. Dobbins showed this focus in the very first drive of the game, recording nine yards on the first two rushes, but the Ohio State offense of old returned, failing to convert on a short-yardage situation. It did not return for long. After Haskins connected with Dixon for a 42-yard score in the second offensive drive, Dobbins, at the end of the first quarter, brought the Buckeyes into the red zone with a 16-yard run, scoring his first touchdown of the day on a 10-yard rush.  But Ohio State could not take that dominating lead, the lead it needed to meet the expectation the Buckeyes had  for themselves after the 29-point loss to Purdue. In the first offensive drive of the game, Nebraska freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez led the Cornhuskers on a 12-play, 75-yard drive, ending with a 1-yard touchdown run by senior running back Devine Ozigbo. Even after breaks that fell in favor of the Buckeyes, blocking a punt that resulted in a safety in the first quarter and a whiffed onside kick attempt which Ohio State recovered at the Cornhuskers 31-yard line, they could not take advantage, losing two fumbles in the second quarter, leading to two 2-yard option scores by Martinez. Trailing 21-16 at halftime, the expectation for Ohio State was to have its offensive leader, Haskins, who had thrown for more than 400 yards in each of his last three games, use his arm to put the game out of reach for Nebraska. He led the offense on a methodical drive out of halftime, getting to the red zone, but threw his sixth interception of the season, a ball meant for Dixon in the end zone that landed in the hands of Nebraska junior cornerback Lamar Jackson. But the Ohio State defense stepped up in the third quarter to keep the Cornhuskers at bay. Nebraska averaged 3.6 yards per rush on 10 carries with Martinez completing three of seven passes for 17 yards. Overall, despite allowing 450 yards of offense and two plays of over 30 yards, Meyer said those big plays, the big plays that have plagues this defense and led to the success of opposing offenses, did not necessarily happen against Nebraska, vene though there are things to work on. “There’s defensively still some things but we didn’t give up a big hit,” Meyer said. “We had a couple of hits, but not the big hit. And we were without three starters in the back end of our defense.”Junior safety Jordan Fuller was ejected from the game in the second quarter after being called for targeting. With a secondary already struggling with depth, playing without sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor, who did not play due to an impingement to his shoulder, Fuller’s absence moved sophomore Brendon White into the safety rotation, recording 13 tackles and two tackles for loss in Saturday’s win. Meyer said, defensively, Ohio State was much improved against Nebraska, especially with the continuous lineup changes needed because of the injuries to Pryor and sophomore cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, who was suffering through a groin issue from this week’s practice, along with the loss of Fuller. He also said he expects to have everyone back in the rotation next week. Scoring two touchdowns on a 3-yard rush by Dobbins and a 9-yard shovel pass from Haskins to redshirt senior receiver Parris Campbell, Ohio State took the 30-21 lead heading into the final quarter. But Nebraska came back with a seven-play, 65 yard scoring drive, leading to an 18-yard field goal,bringing the Cornhuskers within one score. However, to extend the lead, Haskins led the Buckeyes on a 7-play, 82-yard drive, ending with a Dobbins 42-yard rushing touchdown, his third of the day. The sophomore running back finished with 163 yards on 23 carries, scoring three touchdowns in a game for the first time in his collegiate career. Nebraska sophomore wide receiver JD Spielman secured a 17-yard touchdown to bring the Cornhuskers back to within ne score with 2:57 left in the game, but, it was not enough as Haskins and the Ohio State offense did not allow another opportunity for Nebraska. Ohio State defeated a two-win Nebraska team, but Haskins viewed this as an opportunity to give future opponents an idea of what Ohio State will bring. “We are focused, motivated, angry,” Haskins said. “We just feel like we are being disrespected right now, but we are going to continue to fight and continue to show the country we are one of the top teams.” To Dobbins, this five-point win over Nebraska created a level of momentum Ohio State will use. “We have momentum right now,” Dobbins said. “We are going to take it into next week, because we have a big game next week.”  Ohio State goes back on the road to face Michigan State on Nov. 10. read more

Official Guaita signs for Crystal Palace

first_imgCrystal Palace have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Vicente Guaita on a free transfer with his contract at Getafe set to expire at the end of the monthThe 31-year-old becomes Roy Hodgson’s first signing of the summer and will officially join the Premer League side on a three-year deal on July 1.Before joining Getafe in 2014, Guaita played over 100 games for La Liga giants Valencia.“We are delighted to sign one of La Liga’s best goalkeepers and pleased that we beat off the competition for his signature,” Palace chairman Steve Parish told the club website.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“We very much look forward to Vicente joining in pre-season training and helping us push on in the Premier League.”The Spaniard kept 12 clean sheets for Getafe last season as the side finished eighth in their first season back in La Liga.Los Azulones have since announced the signing of Joel Robles from Everton on a free transfer.last_img read more

Report Galatasaray eye a move for Gary Cahill

first_imgGalatasaray are reportedly keen on the prospect of making a January bid for Chelsea captain Gary CahillThe 32-year-old defender finds himself out of favour at Stamford Bridge under new manager Maurizio Sarri.Cahill has made just three appearances for Chelsea this season with one of those coming in the Premier League.The England international’s current deal at Chelsea will expire at the end of this season and it’s understood that he’s considering his options for 2019.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.West Ham United have been touted as a potential destination for Cahill.But Turkish-Football claims that Galatasaray have made Cahill their number one January target.The Turkish giants feel that Cahill’s experience will be a great asset to them at Istanbul.Since arriving in 2011 from Bolton Wanderers, Cahill has made 285 appearances for Chelsea and he’s won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and the Champions League.last_img read more

Trade Facilitation Task Force urged to focus on boosting competitiveness

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you #MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 19, 2016 – Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, has charged members of the Trade Facilitation Task Force to explore strategies that will enable the country to become more competitive within the Caribbean region and globally.“We must collectively… concentrate immediately without delay on ways of reducing our charges at the port of entry… to remove bureaucracy from the process of both importing and exporting.   I happen to believe that an importer of raw material for the purpose of converting agricultural produce into agro-industry should be at the head of the line,” he said.Minister Samuda was addressing a meeting with members of the body held at the Ministry’s offices in New Kingston recently.  He urged them to be specific in their recommendations and set time frames for which the measures should be achieved. “By so doing, I think the task force can make the greatest contribution with all players on board,” he said.The task force, established under the National Competitiveness Council in the Ministry, is charged with improving the business environment in order to boost trade and enable the country to fully meet its obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation.Minister Samuda said the work of the body is critical to achieving economic growth.  He urged that stronger linkages be forged with the critical Ministries and Departments, in order to achieve its objectives as well as redound to the overall benefit of the country.In the meantime, Minister Samuda said agro-processing “is the modern way to go” in order to retain the value of the goods that are produced locally.   He said the role of JAMPRO is critical in maximising the benefit from agro-processing.  “So, it is JAMPRO who must introduce our manufacturers to lucrative markets, not just to get investors to come in and invest but also to search out lucrative markets,” he argued.For her part, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, urged the task force “to leave no stone unturned” in ensuring that the country’s trade-facilitation processes and systems are modernised and in keeping with 21st -century best practices.  “This is critical if we are to benefit from the renewed global investor confidence and the improved ranking from international rating agencies,” she said.Trade facilitation is an integrated approach to reducing complexities and cost of trade transactions and ensuring that all these activities take place in an efficient, transparent and predictable manner.center_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Department of Labour SubOffice Temporary Schedule Adjustments

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 15, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas Department of Labour is preparing to launch an upgrade to its local Skills Bank portal.  The software was first introduced in 2006, however an update and re-launch of this integral tool in the Department’s recruitment process is underway.  The upgrade is a component of the Ministry of National Security’s “Citizen Security and Justice” Initiative facilitated by a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).As a result, the Department of Labour’s Public Employment Services teams from all islands will be trained on the upgraded PCRecruiter system.  To facilitate this training, the Department wishes to announce the following temporary sub-office closures throughout the country.Temporary suspension of operations will take place on the following dates at the following Department of Labour sub-offices:Monday, 17 – Wednesday, 19 July, 2017 – (New Providence) Robinson Road and Carmichael Road sub-offices will have temporary suspension of services. Normal operations will resume at these locations at 9:00am on Thursday 20, July 2017.  Monday, 17 – Thursday, 20 July, 2017 – Governor’s Harbour Eleuthera and North Eleuthera Offices will also have temporary suspension of services. Normal operations will resume at these locations at 9:00am on Friday, 21 July 2017.  All services offered to the public at the Robinson and Carmichael Road Sub-Offices will be available at the Department’s Headquarters located in the City Corporate Centre, Rosetta Street, New Providence.Mrs. Patrenda D. Russell-Brice, Deputy Director of Labour stated that “it’s been a long time coming and I am pleased about the upcoming training and launch of the upgraded PCRecruiter system.  It is a necessary tool for job seekers as well as employers who seek to fill vacancies with suitable Bahamians, and we want to ensure that our Public Employment Services employees are trained and able to continue to capably serve the general public using this system.”Press Release: BISlast_img read more

MiraCosta College waives tuition for all firsttime fulltime students

first_img KUSI Newsroom MiraCosta College waives tuition for all first-time, full-time students KUSI Newsroom, OCEANSIDE (KUSI) – MiraCosta College announced Monday that tuition will be fully waived for first-time full-time students as part of the MiraCosta Promise program.The promise program is funded by private donations to the MiraCosta College Foundation and a variety of state and local entities. Along with the waiving of tuition, students who graduated from a high school within the community college’s district — MiraCosta serves coastal North San Diego County through its main campus in Oceanside, at 1 Barnard Drive, and San Elijo campus in Cardiff-by-the-Sea –can receive up to $1,000 for textbooks and other supplies if eligible.“Promise aims to remove a significant hurdle for college-bound students; tuition, mandatory fees and textbook costs for eligible full-time students,” said MiraCosta Superintendent and President Sunita Cooke. “Promise is boosting transfer and certificate attainment rates, improving academic performance and expanding higher education access to underserved populations.”MiraCosta waived tuition for nearly 500 students for the 2017-18 school year, the first year of the Promise program, according to the college. MiraCosta aims to cover two full years of tuition and fees for qualifying students in the near future. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: August 20, 2018 August 20, 2018last_img read more

California seeks to bring hightech to state government

first_img SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom is looking for a leader interested in “breaking things, and making them better,” who prioritizes “openness” and “simplicity” and can “feed and sustain team energy and enthusiasm.”“While you think long-term, your bias for action ensures you gain traction quickly,” reads the job description for the head of California’s new Office of Digital Innovation.It sounds more like a job advertisement for a Silicon Valley startup than state government — and that’s the point. Newsom wants the $26 million, 50-person office to throw away the old playbook and find ways to be more user-friendly for the state’s 40 million residents when they do such things as seek benefits, start a business or renew a driver’s license.California government has tried to infuse innovation before.The state’s technology department runs a digital innovation academy and an innovation lab, and it issued guidelines to make state websites more usable last year. The Government Operations Agency, which will oversee the new office, already has a director of innovation and accountability. The health and human services agency has its own innovation office.“Only Sacramento can take innovation and make it more bureaucratic,” said Assemblyman Vince Fong, R-Bakersfield, who noted problems persist with the state’s technology, from the Department of Motor Vehicles to a new state accounting system.Even the DMV, which has been plagued by hours-long lines and other hang ups, already has a Newsom-appointed “strike team” focused on improving its operations. The agency is closing its offices statewide for a half-day in July for employee training.Members of the Newsom administration said the new office can bring a fresh perspective to state operations, ideally helping the state run more like a business. They want people to access state services with the ease of ordering a ride, a meal or nearly anything else with the tap of a smartphone.“In your everyday life you have these great interactions with business,” said Mike Wilkening, the governor’s special adviser on innovation and digital services. “They make it as seamless as possible for you to conduct business with them — and the state does not.”While there’s broad agreement that improvement is needed, some critics and supporters alike see potential for the new office to become just another layer of bureaucracy.“It’s going to be interesting to see how they organize those 50 people, how they ensure that they are not being redundant with what the other organizations are doing and how they integrate,” said Teri Takai, a former chief information officer for California who now runs the Center for Digital Government, a 20-year-old national research and advisory organization for best practices in state and local government. She was an adviser to Newsom’s transition team and advocated for the creation of the office.She said other states are initiating similar efforts, though not all with a full department like California is doing. Alaska and New Jersey, for example, recently hired chief innovation officers.Administration officials say the office would complement, not duplicate, existing state programs. An agency could, for example, bring a problem for the office to tackle, or the Newsom administration could request the office look into something specific.“The governor would have no lack of ideas on ways we can improve services to Californians,” said Brian Ferguson, a Newsom spokesman.Once it comes up with an idea, the office would kick back some of the work of making it happen to the state agency that brought the problem or to the California Department of Technology if the solution is one that could improve service statewide, said Amy Tong, the state’s chief information officer.“It’s complementary in the sense that the Department of Technology is still going to be very much focusing on statewide technology initiatives,” Tong said. “Digital innovation would focus more on the front-end planning and discovery work.”Brian Metzker studied the proposal for the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office and said the work the new office will do appears different from other state programs. But he noted its duties will evolve once a director is hired and the office gets up and running.“It will be important for lawmakers to keep an eye on the office to make sure it’s not offering competing or duplicative services as it gets to work,” he said.Fong, the Republican lawmaker, agreed government needs an overhaul, even as he questioned Newsom’s approach.“Tech has changed for the better everything in our daily lives, whether it’s from travel, from booking services that we use in our daily lives or buying groceries,” he said. But, “state government has lagged behind because all they do is create more red tape and bureaucracy.”Beyond the director, Newsom will appoint 19 other employees who will be exempt from civil service. Thirty others will be hired through the normal government process.Of the new office’s $26 million budget, $10 million would go into a fund it could tap to complete its work. The budget in following years would be $14 million. 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Week In Review 22531

first_imgThursday 2/28Audio PlayerThursday-0228.mp3VmThursday-0228.mp300:00RPdPresident Addresses Troops At JBER During Stop In Anchorage, Bill Requiring Background Checks For Gun Purchases Passes The U.S. House, Governor Rallies For Support Of PFD Pay Back Bills Tuesday 2/26Audio PlayerTuesday-0226.mp3VmTuesday-0226.mp300:00RPd15th Annual WOW Ride Raised Over $53,000, King Salmon Limits In Effect for Lower Cook Inlet Streams, Marine Waters, Consider Adopting Your Local Neighborhood Fire Hydrant, Fishing Gear Restrictions Issued For Lower Cook Inlet Streams  Monday 2/25Audio PlayerMonday-0225.mp3VmMonday-0225.mp300:00RPdAbsentee Voting Open for Soldotna Special Election, PFD Application, Pick Click Give Deadlines Approaching, Packed Town Hall Hears Frustrations, Concerns Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week.center_img Wednesday 2/27Audio PlayerWednesday-0227.mp3VmWednesday-0227.mp300:00RPdUpdated: Fatal Collision Closes Seward Highway Overnight, Alaska Governor Removes French As Oil, Gas Commission Chair, Residents Invited To Have Coffee With A Cop, Kodiak Coast Guard Charges Members For Alleged Drug Activity Friday 3/1Audio PlayerFriday-0301.mp3VmFriday-0301.mp300:00RPdAlaska’s 47th Iditarod Sled Dog Race Kicks Off This Weekend, FERC Adds 4 Months To EIS Schedule For AKLNG Project, Borough Looks At Applying For State Assistance For Seward Flood Damagelast_img read more

South Dakota Officials Urge Air Force to Base F35 at Sioux Falls

first_imgSouth Dakota’s congressional delegation, as well as military officials, say the Air National Guard Base in Sioux Falls should be selected to host the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.Joe Foss Field has access to uncongested airspace and can provide the necessary infrastructure, including two runways, needed to accommodate the fifth-generation fighter, Col. Russ Walz, commander of the 114th Fighter Wing, told the Argus Leader.“We feel real good about it,” Walz said Wednesday. The 114th is one of 18 fighter units that could host the F-35. The Air Force is expected to announce its basing decisions for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter next year, including two Air National Guard locations.On Tuesday, the state’s congressional delegation, along with Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) and Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Timothy Reisch, wrote to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James to urge her to consider basing the service’s newest fighter in Sioux Falls.“The 114th Fighter Wing has demonstrated outstanding mission readiness and a superior record of excellence, making South Dakota an ideal location as the next beddown site of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter,” the delegation wrote.If selected, the F-35 likely wouldn’t arrive at Joe Foss Field until 2022, Walz said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Game of Thrones finale Emilia Clarke addresses Daenerys ending

first_img 2 Share your voice The 38 most gut-wrenching Game of Thrones deaths, ranked TV and Movies Warning: Game of Thrones finale spoilers ahead. Game of Thrones has ended its watch, but we’re still reeling from the aftermath of the series finale. One of the coolest shots from the episode. HBO The episode, called The Iron Throne, aired Sunday on HBO. It evoked Lord of The Rings ending vibes (George R.R. Martin is a huge fan after all), with Arya and Jon going off on further adventures, though it retained its trademark emotional bullets, specifically the killing of Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen at the hand of Jon Snow. Clarke spoke to Entertainment Weekly in detail about the lead-up to her character’s end, and why it makes total sense. The internet’s sentiment toward Dany’s progression has been split, with many acknowledging the foreshadowing of her descent into madness, but deploring how quickly it happened in the final season. Jon Snow is partly to blame In the lead-up to Dany’s annihilation of King’s Landing, she suffers her best friend’s death, the death of one of her dragons, betrayal by Varys and a general isolation from the people of the North. Most significantly, her love with Jon Snow is tarnished by both the reveal that he’s her nephew and as such has a greater claim to the Iron Throne. game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-4-jon-dany-hsJon rejects Dany’s affections. Helen Sloan/HBO Clarke detailed the changes Dany’s mindset underwent during this emotionally and mentally scarring period. “She genuinely starts with the best intentions,” she said.The Starks’ coldness toward Dany hits her hard after everything she’s been through. “There’s so much she’s taken on in her duty in life to rectify, so much she’s seen and witnessed and been through and lost and suffered and hurt,” Clarke said. “Suddenly these people are turning around and saying, ‘We don’t accept you.'” And Dany couldn’t recover from it. “She’s killed so many people already,” Clarke said. “I can’t turn this ship around.”In episode 5, Jon rejects a kiss from Dany. Without his love or the love of the people of Westeros, this leads to her new mindset to rule by fear. “There’s this boy. And she thinks, ‘He loves me, and I think that’s enough.’ But is it enough? Is it? And it’s just that hope and wishing that finally there is someone who accepts her for everything she is and … he f—king doesn’t,” Clarke said. game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-4-missandei-face-the-mountainSeconds before Dany’s best friend Missandei meets her demise. HBO Losing Missandei The death of Dany’s best friend Missandei was one of the major factors in Dany’s arc. “There’s a number of turning points you see for Daenerys in the season, but that’s the biggest break,” Clarke said.  Dany being killed by Jon Snow In the Great Hall of the Red Keep, Dany finally has her moment to touch the Iron Throne. Soon after, Jon Snow joins her, and after a tearful encounter, he makes his decision to slide a dagger through her chest. “Um, he just doesn’t like women does he?” Clarke said. “He keeps f—king killing them.” Clarke addressed Jon’s decision to follow Tyrion’s wishes and kill Dany before she could attempt to “break the wheel” and free every single person in Westeros and beyond from oppressors. Drogon destroys the throne after seeing his mother is dead. HBO “No. If I were to put myself in his shoes I’m not sure what else he could have done aside from… oh, I dunno, maybe having a discussion with me about it?” Clarke said. Still, Dany’s death gave a glimpse of the more innocent Dany from earlier seasons.”Hopefully, what you’ll see in that last moment as she’s dying is: There’s the vulnerability — there’s the little girl you met in season 1.” Dany’s actions were ‘logical’ On whether Dany’s actions make sense, Clarke is in the positive camp.”I stand by Daenerys … I stand by her. I can’t not.” Head to EW to read the entire interview. Tags Comments 38 Photos Game of Throneslast_img read more

SpiderMan Far From Home Easter eggs you may have missed

first_img Spider-Man: Far From Home director talks postcredit scene… How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Sphero Spider-Man 2:17 TV and Movies Spider-Man: Far From Home had plenty of Easter eggs to catch if you were paying attention.  Sony Pictures Spider-Man: Far From Home wouldn’t be a proper Marvel movie if it wasn’t full of Easter eggs. The subtle references run the gamut from mentions of characters from other Marvel Cinematic Universe films to specific comic book issues related to the film. Here’s a roundup of the Far From Home Easter eggs and what they mean for the MCU.There are plenty of Far From Home spoilers below, so consider this your spoiler warning.  spoilers-mcuWho’s thirsty for Hydro-Man?After the kids survive the Water Elemental’s attack on Venice, one of them mentions a Buzzfeed article reporting on a man named Morris Bench, who has water powers. That’s the same name as Hydro-Man, a Spider-Man villain who can transform his body into water. Bench is considered one of Spidey’s low-tier bad guys who typically runs with groups of other weak villains. BFPPeter’s uncle, Ben Parker, gets mentioned only minimally in the two MCU Spider-Man films, and in Far From Home he only gets a nod when the initials “BFP” appear on a suitcase. The initials reference Uncle Ben’s full name, Benjamin Franklin Parker. In the latest episode of Fat Man Beyond, co-host Mark Bernardin pointed out the suitcase is a metaphor for the “luggage” Peter is carrying over his dead uncle. The “luggage” is then gone by the end of the movie. Earth-616 and 833As referenced in my CNET colleague Roger Cheng’s roundup of our biggest Far From Home WTF questions, Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) says he came from a destroyed Earth-833 to help save Earth-616. Although that proved to be a lie, 616 is the designation for Earth in the Marvel comics. Earth-833 is an alternate universe first mentioned in the Spider-Verse event in the comics as the home of Spider-Man UK. Marvel considers the MCU to be Earth-199999.Betty Brant introduces Phase 4After the “touching” tribute to Tony Stark and Captain America, Betty Brant (Angourie Rice) briefly mentions that “we’re moving on to a new phase of our lives.” The timing is spot on as Phase 4 of the MCU will go beyond the two mainstays in the upcoming films. For those wondering about Brant herself, in the comics, she’s J. Jonah Jameson’s (J.K. Simmons) secretary and one of Peter Parker’s love interests before marrying Mary-Jane Watson. fantastic-four-2005.jpgNow with Cap’ out of the way, Chris Evans can return as Johnny Storm.  20th Century Fox More 4? There’s an advertisement with the numbers “1, 2, 3” and the words “Something big is coming” in the background of one of the shots in the first postcredits scene. This could be another reference to MCU’s Phase 4, but the numbers have circles around them. The number 4 with a circle around it is the symbol for the Fantastic Four, which is now a Disney property. Could this be referencing the superhero team coming back for a third time, but this time in the MCU? Or could that ad simply be a regular New York City ad? Dr. Selvig is a TV starDr. Eric Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) played a major role in the first two Thor films and the first Avengers film. Since then, the astrophysicist appeared on the educational TV series Nova as indicated by the film choices Peter scanned on the flight to Venice. Dr. Selvig is on the display cover for Nova: Einstein Rosen Bridges. Far From Home postcredits scenes, explained Our biggest Far From Home WTF questions Far From Home is a perfect Avengers: Endgame epilogue Preview • Sphero’s new voice-activated Spider-Man toy sure is chatty Tags 26 Photos More Spider-Man 0 “ASM 212” was written on a boat in Venice and is The Amazing Spider-Man #212, which marked the first appearance of Hydro-Man. A partial license plate near the beginning shows “ASM 463,” which would be The Amazing Spider-Man #4 released in 1963 and was the debut of Sandman. Then there’s “ASM 28965,” or The Amazing Spider-Man #28 that featured the first appearance of Molten Man in 1965. For those paying attention, these four comics featuring the first appearance low-tier bad guys also references the four elementals seen in the film: earth, water, wind and fire. There will likely be more Easter eggs when Far From Home is available to purchase for home viewing in the form of deleted scenes and other content from the film. Originally published on July 8.Update, July 15: Adds background details. Share your voice null Now playing: Watch this: Who owns The Daily Bugle?When J. Jonah Jameson reveals on TV that Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is Spider-Man, off to the side is the logo for The Daily Bugle, which contains its URL TheDailyBugle.net. The address leads to nowhere, but a quick check of the domain on WhoIs shows it’s registered to Sony Pictures. Issues with license platesScattered throughout the movie are license plates referencing the comics. One is “AMF-1562” or Amazing Fantasy #15, Spider-Man’s origin comic released in 1962. Another is “TASM-143,” which would be The Amazing Spider-Man #143. That issue introduced the Cyclone, a low-tier bad guy, but also had a cameo of Gwen Stacy who was killed off in the comics years prior. This would be one of several issues setting up the introduction of the Jackal who cloned both Gwen Stacy and Spider-Man. last_img read more

Best 4G data tariff plans for April 2017 Should you opt for

first_img[Representational Image]REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeThe telecom industry in India has taken a dramatic shift over the last few months after Reliance Industries entered the sector with its ambitious Reliance Jio in October 2016 offering free data and calls for six months. Since then, major telecom operators like Vodafone, Airtel, Idea and BSNL have introduced several tariff plans to retain their subscribers and survive the competition.Mobile phone users, irrespective of the network they are in, are benefiting from Reliance Jio effect, as they get more data and free voice calls for less money. However, they could be left confused as new tariff plans keep rolling out every now and then. So, here we give you the best 4G data tariff plans across the networks in India for the month of April 2017:Also read: This is how Reliance Jio’s rivalry with Airtel, Vodafone and Idea unfolded; best tariff plans for 2017Reliance Jio Jio users can avail Dhan Dhana Dhan Offer at Rs 309 and get 1GB of 4G data per day, and unlimited calls (both local and STD) and SMS for 84 days. However, non-prime members have to pay Rs 408 (Rs 99 for membership) for the same benefit.There is also Rs 509 plan that offers 2GB of 4G data per day, and unlimited voice calls and SMS (local and STD) for 84 days. However, non-prime members have to pay Rs 608 (Rs 99 for membership).Bharti AirtelThe Rs 399 plan offers 1GB of 4G data per day (500MB between 12 am and 6 am, 500MB between 7 am and 11 pm) for 70 days. It also comes with 300 minutes of Airtel-to-Airtel calls per day or 1,200 minutes of calls per week and 3,000 minutes of local or STD calls for 70 days.Rs 345 plan comes with 56GB of 4G data or for 28 days or 2GB per day. It also offers unlimited Airtel-to-Airtel local and STD calls for 70 days with a cap of 300 minutes per day and 3,000 minutes of local and STD calls to a different network.Rs 244 plan offers 1GB of 4G data per day and unlimited Airtel-to-Airtel calls for both local and STD for 70 days. However, 10 paise will be charged per minute after crossing the allotted daily use of 300 minutes and 1200 minutes per week. Representational imageReutersVodafone The network offers 1GB of 4G data per day for Rs 352 with a validity of 56 days. Those who opt for this plan will also get unlimited local and STD calls (300 minutes per day and 1200 minutes per week). However, there is no free SMS facility. A man casts silhouette onto an electronic screen displaying logo of Vodafone India after a news conference to announce the half year results in Mumbai, India, November 10, 2015.Reuters fileIdea Cellular The Rs 297 plan comes with 1GB of 4G data per day and is valid for 70 days. It offers unlimited Idea to Idea local and STD calls. It has a daily cap of 300 minutes of call per day and 1200 minutes per week.The Rs 447 plan offers 1GB of 4G data for 70 days. It also comes with unlimited Idea-to-Idea calls both local and STD and 3,000 minutes of calls to other networks. Idea Cellular’s Managing Director Himanshu Kapania speaks during a news conference to announce the company’s quarterly results in Mumbai October 24, 2013.Reuters fileBSNL Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited’s Rs 249 plan offers 10GB of data per day or 300GB per month at a speed of 2 Mbps for the initial 1GB before falling to 1 Mbps for the remaining 9GB. It comes with unlimited free calls between 9 pm and 7 am (unlimited free calls all day on Sunday). Facebook/BSNL Indialast_img read more

Account Aggregator to make funding seamless in India

first_imgReserve Bank of IndiaReutersFormer UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani introduced the Account Aggregator to give individuals and small businesses more control over their digital data. Sahamati, a body which will promote the Account Aggregator ecosystem, will be headed by BG Mahesh, one of the earliest internet entrepreneurs in India who also founded OneIndia.com. The account aggregator is based on a new class of non-banking financial institutions called the account aggregator (NBFC-AA) model.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is planning to make bank account operations, including mutual fund, insurance and provident fund businesses, paperless through the account aggregator (AA) app. This will give individuals greater control over how their data is being used, while also reducing the need for them to visit multiple bank branches.Sahamati will work towards accelerating the adoption of the framework by building awareness about the new technology and supporting implementation and integration through various workshops.A new era has begun. Thanks to #AccountAggregator and other digital infrastructure that we have, India will become a leader in empowering individuals and small businesses with their own data! https://t.co/lqkXDN3u44— Nandan Nilekani (@NandanNilekani) July 25, 2019The aggregator will obtain data from multiple service providers and deliver it via consent-based channels to financial information users. This will be used in the financial sector first, followed by telecom, healthcare, and other sectors.”Thanks to AA and other digital infrastructure that we built, India will become a leader in empowering individuals and small businesses with their own data,” said Nilekani.The non-profit will apply for the self-regulatory organisation (SRO) licence with the RBI, which is expected by the year-end, allowing the companies to start offering the services. The license will also give it the status of a self-governing body, allowing it to work on a code of conduct and best practices for member organisations, Mahesh told The Hindu BusinessLine.SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar believes that the use of account aggregators could lead to cost efficiency. This can be shared with the customer in terms of a lower rate of interest.The central bank in 2016 had approved a new class of Non-banking Financial Companies (NBFCs), including four major financial regulators RBI, SEBI, IRDA and PFRDA, to act as Account Aggregators. Their responsibility is to transfer a client’s data without storing it. Acting like consent brokers, the AAs can make money out of this transaction without being able to read the data.last_img read more

3 workers die after taking chemical in Rajshahi

first_imgMap of RajshahiThree factory workers, who among 10 others fell sick after ‘having poisonous chemical’ on Wednesday night at Dyeingpara village in Godagari upazila, died at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) on Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased are Dulal Hossain, 25, son of Sirajul Islam, Bakul, 36, son of Tafizul Islam and Towhid, 23, son of Yusuf, residents of Dyeingpara village. Officer-in-charge of Godagari police station Hipjur Alam Munshi said ten workers, including the three deceased, of ‘Tim Pharmaceuticals’ took some liquid chemical, used to produce medicine, to home on Wednesday night. They had the chemical mixing with beverage and subsequently fell sick several hours later. As their conditions deteriorated, the 10 workers were taken to RMCH on early Thursday when doctors declared Bakul and Towhid dead. Later, Dulal breathed his last around 2:30pm at the hospital, said OC Hipjur.last_img read more

IsraelGaza border shooting kills Palestinian teen

first_imgPalestinians, wounded in previous weeks during mass protests against Israeli forces along the border of the Palestinian enclave, dubbed `The Great March of Return`, await medical check-up at the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) clinic in Gaza City on 25 April 2018. AFPA Palestinian teenager has died of his wounds a day after being shot by Israeli forces in clashes along the Gaza border, the Hamas-controlled territory’s health ministry said Saturday.Azzam Oweida, 15, was hit in the head during protests in southern Gaza on Friday, the ministry said.His death brought to four the number of people killed or fatally wounded during a fifth consecutive Friday of protests in which thousands of Gazans have gathered near the heavily-guarded border.Most protesters were peaceful but some threw stones and burned tyres.Forty-five Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since the start of what organisers have dubbed the Great March of Return on 30 March, with more than 1,500 wounded.No Israelis have been reported hurt.The Israeli army said around 10,000 people had taken part in “riots” along the border Friday, saying troops responded with “riot dispersal means”.The army has accused Hamas, the Islamist group that runs Gaza and has fought three wars with Israel since 2008, of seeking to use the protests as cover to carry out attacks.The protesters are calling for Palestinians to be allowed back to their historic homelands seized by Israel in 1948.last_img

Reports Rick Perry Lands Spot In Trumps Cabinet As Energy Secretary

first_imgMarjorie Kamys CoteraGov. Rick Perry addresses media at a press conference following the unveiling of his official portrait at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2016President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly selected erstwhile rival and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to serve as his energy secretary.If confirmed, Perry will oversee American energy policy and its ramifications on the economy, environment and national security.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016CBS News and other outlets reported the news late Monday night, hours after Perry met with the president-elect in New York. It was the second time Perry had made the trip to Trump Tower. Yet Perry has previously supported abolishing the Department of Energy entirely. Famously, during a presidential debate in November 2011, Energy was the third federal agency that Perry couldn’t name while trying to list the three he wanted to eliminate.“It’s three agencies of government when I get there that are gone — Commerce, Education and the, um, what’s the third one there? Let’s see,” Perry said, before finally giving up with his now-infamous “oops.”The appointment marks a full repair in Perry’s relationship with Trump. Perry called Trump “a cancer on conservatism” last year while the two men were in a crowded field for the Republican presidential nomination. But Perry was one of the first members of the Republican establishment to back Trump, once it became clear in May that the real estate mogul had secured the party’s nomination.Perry’s background as governor of Texas, a state rife with natural resources, is a key qualifying credential for the post. But this Cabinet role can go well beyond oil and natural gas. The outgoing secretary of energy, Ernest Moniz, had a physics background and played a central role in President Obama’s Iranian nuclear deal.If confirmed, Perry will be the third Texan to serve as secretary of energy. Previously, Houstonian Charles Duncan served in this role under President Jimmy Carter, as did Laredo native Frederico Peña in the Clinton administration.Perry will face Senate confirmation once Trump takes office. Republicans control the Senate, making that process all the easier for the president-elect’s nominees. Read related Tribune coverage:Throughout his campaign, Trump cultivated a number of loyal allies in Texas, making for no shortage of options as his transition team looks to staff the incoming administration.Trump passed over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas for U.S. attorney general, opting instead for U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama.Patrick Svitek contributed to this report.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2016/12/12/rick-perry-lands-spot-trumps-cabinet/. Sharelast_img read more

New 3D structure shows optimal way to divide space

first_img Journal information: New Journal of Physics As the researchers explained, they intentionally removed the equal volumes constraint when developing their search method because it allowed them to design the algorithm in a new way: instead of directly minimizing the surface area of a structure, they maximized the polyhedra’s average isoperimeters (the perimeters shared by all adjacent polyhedra). While these two approaches are different, they are ultimately equivalent.The researchers used the new algorithm to explore several 3D structures made of between two and 64 polyhedra. Starting with a specific number of randomly arranged points in 3D space, the algorithm begins to move the points around. After each iteration, the algorithm calculates the new average isoperimeter, and based on the result either keeps or rejects the new configuration with a certain probability. After millions and sometimes billions of iterations, the points eventually form the vertices of multiple polyhedra that together form a 3D structure with very low surface area.As there is currently no way to prove what the most optimal space-partitioning structure is (with or without equal-volume cells), the researchers plan to continue searching a wide variety of structures of all types. Their best guess is that even more optimal structures exist, and they plan to use their algorithm to continue their exploration.The researchers also expect that the algorithm could generate other unique structures. One particularly interesting structure they discovered here is a 40-polyhedra structure that is more optimal than Kelvin’s structure but not quite as good as the Weaire-Phelan structure. This highly complex structure is also unusual in that it doesn’t belong to a category of structures called Frank-Kasper structures, which researchers have traditionally focused on for optimal space partitioning. The finding suggests that other optimal structures may also exist outside of this category. Although Kelvin’s problem wasn’t originally proposed to meet any practical need, optimal space partitioning now has a variety of applications. In the medical field, these concepts have been used to design strong, lightweight bone tissue replacements. Optimal space partitioning has also inspired architecture, with one notable example being the swimming venue built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The building, which is called the Water Cube, is based on the Weaire-Phelan structure. Citation: New 3-D structure shows optimal way to divide space (2016, November 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-11-d-optimal-space.html © 2016 Phys.org One of the new 3D structures has the lowest surface of any known space-partitioning structure: it is made of 24 polyhedra, some of which have 12 faces and some of which have 16 faces. Since the 12- and 16-faced polyhedra here have different volumes, the new structure doesn’t satisfy Kelvin’s original requirement for equal volumes. Credit: Opsomer and Vandewalle. ©2016 IOP Publishing (Phys.org)—Researchers have discovered a new 3D structure that divides space into 24 regions, and have shown that it is the best solution yet to a modified version of a geometrical space-partitioning problem that has challenged researchers for more than a century. 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. New breakthrough in bubble research More information: E Opsomer and N Vandewalle. “Novel structures for optimal space partitions.” New Journal of Physics. DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/18/10/103008 The new algorithm uncovered this 3D structure composed of 40 polyhedra of two different types. Credit: Opsomer and Vandewalle. ©2016 IOP Publishing In 1887, Lord Kelvin asked how space could be partitioned into 3D structures of equal volume in a way that minimizes the total surface area of each structure. It must be possible to tightly pack many of these structures together with no gaps in between them—in other words, they must be “space-filling” structures. Each structure can take on a variety of complex 3D shapes, or “polyhedra,” either as a single polyhedron or a combination of multiple smaller polyhedra of various types. The challenge is to figure out what particular types of polyhedra to use in order to minimize the outer surface area of the entire structure. Kelvin’s best solution to this problem was a single polyhedron called a “tetrakaidecahedron,” which has 14 faces: six squares and eight hexagons. Since this is the shape obtained when cutting the corners off a 3D diamond shape, it can also be thought of as a truncated octahedron.Although Kelvin’s solution stood for more than a century, in 1994 Denis Weaire and Robert Phelan at Trinity College Dublin used numerical simulations to discover a more optimal space partition. Weaire and Phelan’s solution is made of eight polyhedra of two different types, though both types have the same volume: six of Kelvin’s tetrakaidecahedron and two dodecahedron (which has 12 faces). Together, these eight polyhedra make up a 3D structure that has 0.3% less surface area than Kelvin’s single tetrakaidecahedron. The Weaire-Phelan structure has remained the most optimal solution to Kelvin’s problem for the past 22 years. Now in the new study, physicists Eric Opsomer and Nicolas Vandewalle at the University of Liége in Belgium have developed a new algorithm for finding space-filling composite polyhedral structures with minimal surface area. Using the new method, they discovered that a novel 3D structure made of 24 polyhedra has an even lower surface area than the Weaire-Phelan structure. The 24 polyhedra are of two different types: some have 12 faces and some have 16 faces. Unlike the Weaire-Phelan structure, in which the two different types of polyhedra have equal volumes, the 12- and 16-faced polyhedra here have significantly different volumes. For this reason, the new structure doesn’t satisfy Kelvin’s original requirement for equal volumes. “Unfortunately, it is not a ‘true solution,’ since equal volume cells are a requirement for the original Kelvin problem,” Opsomer told Phys.org. Nonetheless, the structure is still interesting for other reasons. “These results may lead to the discovery of structures with potential implications for material physics, medical research, and other areas,” Opsomer said. Explore furtherlast_img read more