Add energy to your video editing project with a whip-pan transition in Premiere Pro.If you need to quickly transition from one piece of footage to another than why not try a whip-pan? A whip-pan, or swish-pam, is a quick blurry transition that’s meant to emulate a camera quickly panning from side to side. The result is a very fluid transition that can add energy to your project – but use it in moderation! When overused it can begin to look gimmicky.There are no whip-pan transitions in Premiere but the following video tutorial created by Ann Bens Tutorials demonstrates how how to simulate the effect using built-in tools.1. Overlap your footage in the timelineOverlap your footage by the amount you want the whip pan to be. The video recommends 10 frames.2. Cut the parts that overlapSlice up the overlapping clips on only the parts that overlap.3. Nest the overlapping partsSelect the overlapping clips, right click, and select ‘nest’.4. Set Position position keyframes to simulate a wipeUsing the x position in the effect editor set your keyframes so that the entire transition features one clip moving in and one clip moving out.5. Add a directional blurAdd a directional blur from the effects browser. Set the directional blur to your desired amount along the x-axis.6. Color correct for edge blacknessThe directional blur will make your transition a little more dark than it needs to be. To fix this problem add the ‘Levels’ effect and adjust your black, white, and gamma point until it looks natural.This video was first shared on the Ann BensTutorials Vimeo page. Thanks for sharing!If you don’t want to make the whip-pan yourself there’s a free swish plugin on Toolfarm’s website.Have any tips for creating a swish pan in Premiere? Share in the comments below.
Speculations about the BJP-JD(U) alliance in Bihar suffering yet another split were put to rest on Thursday with Union Home Minister Amit Shah stating that the NDA will contest the assembly polls next year under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Leaders of the JD(U), headed by Mr. Kumar, erupted in joy as snippets of an interview given to a news channel by Mr. Shah were beamed, capping weeks of bad blood between the two parties.“The gathbandhan (coalition) is atal (unshakeable). The NDA will contest assembly polls under the leadership of Nitish Kumar in Bihar. Nationally, it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will continue to lead the coalition,” Mr. Shah was shown as having said in the interview, to be telecast later in the day.“An-ban (bickering) is a sign of a healthy coalition. But matbhed (difference of opinion) does not necessarily mean there is manbhed (mental rift),” Mr. Shah added. The statement may also came as a disappointment to the opposition Grand Alliance which had been expecting a break-up among the alliance partners in view of the fact that Mr. Kumar has served as the chief minister for three consecutive terms and the BJP — under the aggressive leadership of Mr. Modi and Mr. Shah — is planning to expand its footprints in Bihar.JD(U) national general secretary and state minister Shyam Rajak came out with a flurry of tweets thanking Mr. Shah.“I wish to thank the top leadership of BJP @AmitShah1 @narendramodi for having dispelled many doubts by speaking about fighting the next assembly polls under the leadership of @NitishKumar. It is a slap on the face of the opposition which was enjoying (the recent bickering),” he said.“Those wishing the disintegration of JD(U)-BJP alliance will disintegrate themselves since we have forged the coalition on an idea — that is to uplift 12 crore people of Bihar to which we have been devoted,” Mr. Rajak added. Disgruntled JD(U) leader Ajay Alok, who had, of late, become critical of his own party on a number of issues, also appeared sobered down as he tweeted, “Amit Shah’s statement would make the NDA rock solid and disappoint those who had other expectations. Only Nitish Kumar has the capability to further strengthen the NDA. Jai Bihar!” Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, whose LJP is a junior partner in the Bihar NDA, seemed to have heaved a sigh of relief as he remarked in Samastipur — where he is canvassing for his nephew Prince Raj before the by-election — “We always said there is no confusion over leadership in the NDA.”“Please go and ask the opposition what they have to say about this since all their hopes have hinged on the possibility of our disunity.” The NDA had made a clean sweep in Bihar in the Lok Sabha polls earlier this year, winning 39 out of 40 seats. The BJP and the LJP won 17 and six seats respectively, while the JD(U) succeeded in bagging 16 out of 17 that it had fought. Among the opposition parties, only the Congress managed to win a seat while Lalu Prasad’s RJD — which has ruled the state for over a decade and still has the highest number of MLAs — drew a blank. Shortly after the NDA’s spectacular victory in the polls, the opposition sensed an opportunity when Mr. Kumar decided against having a party representative in the Union cabinet. Add to that, JD(U)’s opposition to the Narendra Modi government’s ambitious legislations like the triple talaq bill and the one on reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir further fueled speculations of the party’s growing unease with the BJP’s ideological hard line. RJD national vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh had held out an olive branch to the JD(U) chief after the elections, urging him to return to the anti-BJP front which lacked a credible leadership.Mr. Singh has, however, been snubbed on this account by Lalu Prasad’s younger son and heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav, leaving the veteran leader sore. He said that he expects the 29-year-old to “realize the significance of what I am saying in six months”.Recently, outbursts of Union minister Giriraj Singh — known to share cold vibes with the Bihar Chief Minister over water-logging in Patna had also triggered a war of words between state-level leaders of the BJP and the JD(U).Mr. Kumar had, however, made it clear in one of his speeches “there is nothing amiss in the coalition and those trying to create mischief will be in trouble”.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “It’s our defense that stepped up in this game, and we had a tough time preparing for San Sebastian,” said San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez.“They have a good coach [in Egay Macaraya] and good players like [Michael] Calisaan.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSan Beda outrebounded San Sebastian, 45-25, and held the Stags to 37.88 percent shooting from the floor.Although the Red Lions made just 21 field goals in 47 attempts, they made up for it from the stripe going 25-of-33. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Javee Mocon led San Beda with 17 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, and two blocks while Davon Potts added 16 points.Calisaan practically carried the Stags’ offense with 23 points on 9-of-20 shooting.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda continued the second-best winning streak in the NCAA season 93 men’s basketball tournament after taking down San Sebastian 76-65 Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Red Lions won their 10th straight game and improved to 11-1, half a game behind league leader Lyceum with a 12-0 card, while the Stags dropped to 5-6.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Some Olympic leaders impatient with onslaught of scandals Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES
OnePlus announced last week via its German social media account that open beta for Android Oreo would be coming soon for OnePlus 5T. Surely enough the rollout has begun and OnePlus 5T users part of the beta program can now experience the Oreo update that brings along with it a host of new features and optimisations. This comes following Android 8.0 Oreo rollout for OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 in November and for OnePlus 5 late last month.The OxygenOS 5.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo update will bring a few new features and improvements such as Picture-in-Picture, Autofill, smart text selection, new quick setting design as well as the Android security patch for December. Additionally, the update will also bring new launcher features including optimised app shortcut style, combined icon options with app shortcuts and the ability to upload photos to Shot on OnePlus, the company says in the change-log. Users part of the Open Beta Program can read the flashing instructions here and download the full ROM here. Do remember to backup your data before downloading the roll-back build.The OnePlus 5T sports a 6-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixel) 18:9 display and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It is proced at Rs 32,999, while the 8GB + 128GB variant is available for Rs 37,999 in India. The dual-SIM smartphone runs OxygenOS 4.7 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box as of now and comes with a Face Unlock facial recognition as one of is highlight features. The flagship was launched in a Midnight Black colour and also came in a Star Wars Limited Edition model with a Sandstone White finish. The company has teased that a Sandstone Black variant could come out sometime this month.advertisementAlso Read: OnePlus may be working on a new sandstone variant of the OnePlus 5TOnePlus sadly launched the 5T with Android Nougat out-of-the-box, and the company promised that users would receive the Oreo update early in 2018. With open beta now rolling out, users can expect the final build to roll out soon enough. Notably, OnePlus 3, 3T an 5 users have already received OxygenOS 5.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo update. Additionally, the company also announced last month that OnePlus 5 users will be getting OnePlus 5T’s Face Unlock via a future update. OnePlus Co-Founder Carl Pei also suggested that OnePlus 3 and 3T users may get the facial recognition feature if they demand it enough.
14 February 2011Voicing grave concern about the recent armed clashes between Cambodia and Thailand, the Security Council today urged the South-East Asian neighbours to establish a permanent ceasefire following closed-door talks on the situation. “The members of the Security Council called on the two sides to display maximum restraint and avoid any action that may aggravate the situation,” Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti of Brazil, which holds the monthly presidency of the 15-member body for February, said in a statement read out to the press after the meeting. “The members of the Security Council further urged the parties to establish a permanent ceasefire and to implement it fully and resolve the situation peacefully and through effective dialogue,” the statement added. Tensions first escalated between the two countries in July 2008 following the build-up of military forces near the Preah Vihear temple, which dates back to the 11th century and is located on the Cambodian side of the border. The Hindu temple was inscribed on the World Heritage List of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that same month.Clashes between the two neighbours resumed earlier this month, prompting calls for calm and restraint by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as well as UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. During its session today, the Council was briefed by Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe and Marty Natalegawa, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia and Chair of the regional grouping known as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).It also heard from Hor Namhong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia, and Kasit Piromya, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand.The Council expressed support for ASEAN’s active efforts regarding the situation between Cambodia and Thailand, and encouraged the parties to continue to cooperate with the organization in this regard. The issue is expected to be discussed at the meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers on 22 February.
He said the government will meet soon and take a policy decision on the special courts.The special courts were established by the former Government to look into high profile cases of fraud and corruption. (Colombo Gazette) The Government says a policy decision will be taken on the special courts established by the former Government.Minister Susil Premajayantha told reporters today that it was too early to say what steps will be taken on the special courts.
OTTAWA — Maxime Bernier is blaming a “totalitarian leftist mob” for the decision to take down billboards promoting his controversial stance on immigration.The leader of the People’s Party of Canada is complaining of censorship after the owner of the billboards, featuring Bernier’s face and a slogan advocating against mass immigration, said he would remove the ads in response to an outpouring of criticism.Bernier says his political opponents and the “leftist mob” want to stifle discussion of immigration and keep him out of the election debates.Pattison Outdoor Advertising, which owns the billboards, originally said that if anyone had an issue with the content, they should contact the third-party group running them, True North Strong & Free Advertising Corp.But the company has changed course, saying it never meant to offend or alienate anyone and that the ads would come down.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Bernier has said the 350,000 immigrants Canada accepts every year is too high a number. His party platform says it inflates housing prices and that other political parties to use “mass immigration” as a tool to buy votes from immigrant communities.
With the Ohio State women’s basketball team on the verge of missing its first NCAA tournament berth since coach Jim Foster’s arrival in 2002, the possibility of coming up short is starting to sink in for the Buckeyes. However, it’s not the possible absence from the tourney that has shaken the team most, but rather the coming to terms with losing its star senior guard, Tayler Hill, at the conclusion of this season. Hill is averaging 21.1 points per game, which leads all scorers in the Big Ten. “I think (Hill) deserves to be one of the best players in the country despite the team’s record this year,” said Ohio State redshirt senior guard Amber Stokes. The Buckeyes (14-10, 4-7 Big Ten) have been plagued by illnesses and injuries all season long, which are partly to blame for the 4-7 record in conference play. Yet even in times of trial, Hill’s performance on the court has rarely faltered. Following a 68-45 win against Indiana on Jan. 17, Foster said “Hill didn’t have her legs,” from being ill in the days before the game. Hill, though, still managed to keep Hoosiers’ standout senior forward Aulani Sinclair to five points on 2-for-15 shooting. “She is a hard worker and will do anything it takes to help this team to be successful,” Stokes said. Hill’s hard work and dedication to the game can be traced back to her basketball days at South High School in Minneapolis, Minn. Hill ended her four-year varsity career as Minnesota’s all-time leading scorer (boy or girl) with 3,888 points. After graduating from OSU, Hill said she wants to play in the WNBA and play basketball overseas. Foster said he believes Hill is going to be a high draft choice. “She’s a very good defensive player,” Foster said. “I think her versatility really makes her a valuable attribute. She can score, she can play the point, and she can play from the perimeter … All those things are a big deal to a coach.” While Hill said she would love to play on any team in the WNBA, she would prefer to play in Minnesota. “Playing at home would be great because of family,” Hill said. Hill’s native WNBA team, the Minnesota Lynx, are regarded as one of the top teams in the league, especially with the recent addition of former Connecticut standout Maya Moore. The Buckeyes, though, will likely have big shoes to fill with the loss of Hill. But Foster is assured that the offseason will serve as an opportunity to get better. “There are a number of candidates that are going to play for that position,” Foster said. After losing to Nebraska, 58-39, Thursday night in Lincoln, Neb., the Buckeyes are set to play Minnesota Feb. 21 at the Schottenstein Center.
Ariane 5 : le tir de la fusée encore annuléKourou, Guyane – Annulé une première fois mercredi, le tir de la fusée Ariane 5 prévu dans la nuit de jeudi à vendredi a lui aussi dû être reporté.Le lanceur, qui doit mettre deux satellites sur orbite, devait décoller lors d’une fenêtre de tir comprise entre 21h41 et 22h45 GMT (18H41 à 19H45 heure locale) du centre spatial de Kourou, en Guyane française. Annulé la veille suite à la détection d’un problème de pressurisation, c’est pour la même raison qu’Ariane 5 n’a pas pu décoller hier soir.À lire aussiQuand un étrange objet lumineux traverse le ciel de Los AngelesLe compte à rebours a été arrêté deux fois, à 17 secondes du décollage d’abord, puis à 16 secondes du lancement à la toute fin de la fenêtre de tir.Mercredi soir, le compte à rebours avait été interrompu une quarantaine de minutes avant l’ouverture de la fenêtre de tir, en raison d’un problème de pressurisation concernant l’étage supérieur du lanceur. Cette fois, c’est un problème identique mais au niveau de l’étage principal qui a contraint la société Arianespace à reporter le tir.Aucune nouvelle date n’a encore été fixée pour le lancement de la fusée, qui doit mettre en orbite un satellite de télécommunications Arabsat 5A et un satellite multi-missions COMS pour le compte de l’Institut coréen de recherche aérospatiale.Le 25 juin 2010 à 18:22 • Emmanuel Perrin
L’UE veut enfouir ses déchets radioactifsCe mardi, les Etats membres de l’Union européenne ont décidé que les déchets issus des centrales nucléaires européennes devraient être stockés dans des endroits plus sûrs à l’avenir : les plus dangereux devront être enfouis profondément sous terre selon la directive qui vient d’être votée.La crise que connaît actuellement la centrale japonaise de Fukushima Daiichi aura sans doute motivé le vote de cette nouvelle directive européenne relative aux déchets nucléaires. Les Etats membres de l’UE ont ainsi décidé ce mardi que ces déchets dangereux devaient, à l’avenir, être stockés dans des endroits plus sûrs, sous terre. Chaque pays devra soumettre, avant 2015, un programme détaillé avec un calendrier précis et les modalités de construction pour ces futurs centres spéciaux. Günther Öttinger, le commissaire européen à l’Energie, sera ensuite chargé de valider ou non ces projets.”Il s’agit d’une avancée majeure pour la sûreté nucléaire dans l’Union européenne. Après des années d’inaction, l’Union prend pour la toute première fois des engagements concernant le stockage définitif des déchets nucléaires”, s’est félicité le commissaire européen après l’adoption de la directive, rapporte Reuters.Des centres en surface utilisés dans 14 pays membres A l’heure actuelle, 14 Etats membres de l’UE disposent de centrales nucléaires qui génèrent du combustible usé. Celles-ci stockent leurs déchets dans des centres en surface ou encore dans des bunkers qui se trouvent à faible profondeur. Une idée qui n’est pas très rassurante lorsque l’on se remémore les images de Fukushima juste après le tsunami en mars dernier et celles des grands incendies qui ont touché la Russie l’été dernier et menacé plusieurs centres de stockages similaires.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéAinsi, Günther Öttinger et son équipe ont expliqué qu’ils préféreraient que les futurs centres de stockage soient “des entrepôts situées à une grande profondeur, entre 100 et 700 m sous terre, dans des bunkers construits dans des blocs d’argile ou de granite”. Ce type de centres n’existe pas encore. “Cela prendra au moins 40 ans pour en développer et en construire un”, a indiqué l’équipe du commissaire européen à l’Energie. Le site du Monde précise que “plusieurs Etats de l’Union européenne pourront se regrouper en convenant d’utiliser ensemble un centre de stockage implanté sur le territoire de l’un d’eux”.La sûreté nucléaire, une priorité pour Günther ÖttingerAvec le débat sur le nucléaire qui prend de l’ampleur dans le monde depuis le mois de mars, Günther Öttinger a fait de la sûreté nucléaire la priorité de son mandat à la Commission. Outre l’adoption de cette directive relative à la gestion du combustible usé et des déchets radioactifs, son plan a été de décider, en juin, de soumettre toutes les centrales nucléaires de l’UE à une série de “tests de résistance”. 143 réacteurs sont concernés à l’échelle du continent.Le 20 juillet 2011 à 09:36 • Maxime Lambert
Twitter WWE announced today on their Twitter account, Smackdown Live Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair will face off against Sonya Deville on this Tuesday’s episode of Smackdown Live on the USA Network, which will emanate from the Canjundome in Lafayette.You can view WWE’s announcement from their Twitter post below:BREAKING NEWS: #SDLive #WomensChampion @MsCharlotteWWE will face @SonyaDevilleWWE THIS TUESDAY on #SDLive!— WWE (@WWE) September 8, 2018Wrestleview.com will have live coverage of Smackdown Tuesday beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET Google+ Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WhatsApp Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Facebook WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)
Five people were injured Saturday in a three-car crash on state Highway 500 in Vancouver, according to the Washington State Patrol.The crash occurred at 12:53 p.m. when a 2016 Dodge Challenger southbound on Northeast Stapleton Road passed through a red light and into the intersection with state Highway 500, striking a 2006 Saturn Vue that was traveling east on the highway, a WSP bulletin said.Debris from the crash struck a 2007 Ford Volt bus van that was northbound on Stapleton Road south of state Highway 500.The driver of the Dodge, Marlon X. Chacon, 23, of Vancouver was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. He was treated and released.The driver of the Saturn, Florence Magathan Bumagat, 36, of Vancouver was also transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Details about her condition were not available Saturday eveningThree passengers in Magathan Bumagat’s vehicle, Vincente M. Bumagat, 67, of Vancouver, Bob J. Magthan, 53, of Vancouver and a 3-year-old boy, were treated at the scene for their injuries, the WSP reported.The driver of the Ford, Damon E. Willingham, 43, of Vancouver, was not injured.The crash totaled both the Dodge and Saturn, according to the WSP.The WSP said Chacon would be charged with reckless driving in connection with the case.
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Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowWith one day left in special session, little public progress on budgetAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauSenate President Pete Kelly said leaders should focus on the budget.Uber, Lyft cleared to launch in AlaskaZcahariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageGovernor Bill Walker signed House Bill 132 into law this afternoon, opening up business in Alaska for Transportation Network Companies, including popular services like Uber and Lyft.Southeast tribal organization says it will support the Paris Climate AccordElizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – Juneau“We’re responsible for these lands,” Central Council President Richard Peterson said.Federal officials make formal apology for WWII internment of Unangan peopleZoe Sobel, KUCB – UnalaskaOn Wednesday, Federal officials apologized for their role in the World War II internment of the Unangan people.U.S. Senate committee advances bill to make Native tribes eligible for Amber Alert grantsTripp Crouse, KTOO – JuneauThe U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Tuesday approved a bill, S.722, that would make Native tribes eligible for Amber Alert grants.Shareholders consider shrinking Sealaska boardEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauShould Southeast’s regional Native corporation shrink its governing board? That’s a question before Sealaska’s more than 22,000 shareholders. Management opposes the change.Propeller problems postpone ferry Columbia’s returnJoe Viechnicki, KFSK – PetersburgThe largest vessel in the Alaska Marine Highway fleet will be late to return to service this summer.Team Pure and Wild Freeburd wins 2017 Race to AlaskaEmma Atkinson, KRBD – KetchikanFour days and 750 miles after departing from Victoria, British Columbia, Team Pure and Wild Freeburd sailed into Ketchikan, making them the winners of the 2017 Race to Alaska.Fiber broadband coming to Nome by year’s end, Quintillion saysDavis Hovey, KNOM – NomeIn order to stay on schedule, Kristina Woolston, Quintillion’s Vice President of External Relations, says they will have three vessels in Alaskan waters this summer to install 40 more miles of fiber, which wasn’t completed last year.Longevity crucial to teachers’ impact in classroomJosh Edge, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageWhile school is in session, students spend about 30 hours in the classroom every week. That’s more than 1,000 hours each academic year. This means teachers play a pivotal role, not only in a student’s education, but in their development as a person.After over 40 years at Prudhoe Bay, general store manager to retireElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe North Slope community of Deadhorse is an unusual place. Its No. 1 purpose is to serve the oil field its next to: Prudhoe Bay. There are no houses, there’s no downtown and no parks; just a series of industrial lots and gravel roads in the middle of the tundra. But Deadhorse does have a store. And the man who runs it is retiring this month, after 42 years.
Alaska Gasline Development Corporation President Keith Meyer, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and Bank of China Executive Vice President Yingxin Gao, talk during a visit to Beijing where Alaska and China inked a deal to explore building a liquified natural gas pipeline. (Photo courtesy Alaska Governor’s Office)Over the last several weeks, there have been several announcements from the state’s gas line corporation.Listen nowThe Alaska Gasline Development Corporation spent at least $2 million marketing Alaska’s megaproject this year. And so far, it has signed agreements to explore the project with potential partners and possible customers in China, South Korea, Japan and Vietnam.It has spent another $1 million on promotional handouts, trade shows and communications.But, back in Alaska lawmakers are still pushing for more. They’re asking questions about the money being spent and what may come back in to the state.The state’s gasline corporation has a transparency problem. It’s either being forced to give up too much information, hurting its chances of being competitive in the global liquefied natural gas market. Or, the corporation with the highest paid state employee at its helm, isn’t disclosing enough about what it’s doing with the state’s money.This isn’t a new argument. The 40-year history of the Alaska North Slope gas project has become something of a political football, never making it into the end zone. But, it’s communication issue is relatively new since the state got involved as a project partner several years ago.It came up during a Dec. 7 board of directors meeting.“You know, it’s interesting to me that you believe, I believe, the board believes, the governor believes, the president believes that this project is real,” board member Marc Luiken said. “And really, China. You know, entities in China, entities in Korea, Japan, Vietnam, believe this project is real.”Luiken said in Alaska, it seems that people don’t believe the project is real. He said that calls for a deliberate, aggressive communication strategy.“The commercial effort, the regulatory effort, the engineering effort, are all very important also,” Luiken said. “But we need to help Alaskans believe this project is real.”But transparency is a fundamental tension of a public corporation. It’s supposed to act like a business. That means some things have to be secret. But, it’s spending the state’s money. That means that some things can’t be secret.Calls for transparency and more information have gotten louder since the state took over the project from North Slope oil and gas producers a year ago. They’ve gotten so loud that last year, the legislator who helped to create the state corporation, launched an audit of its spending.Sens. Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River and John Coghill, R-North Pole, during the fifth special session of Alaska’s Legislature in the last two years on July 11, 2016 in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)Sen. Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, chairs the Senate Finance committee. She said her committee has been asking the same questions for a long time. How much will the state’s gas be worth? And, after all of that debt is paid, what will be left for Alaskans?So far?“We are not getting the information that we’ve requested,” MacKinnon said. “You certainly don’t want to show your hand in the cost scenario when you’re negotiating with someone. These are sensitive issues. But the finance committee is going to need to see those numbers.”What’s left over once the owners of the gas and the project financiers take their cut — that’s an important number for lawmakers. It helps them decide whether the pipeline and LNG export project is a good deal for the state.The state’s share of the profit happens to be one of the few things corporation can play with to cut the price of gas to Asian buyers. Cutting the state’s share lowers the cost to LNG customers and makes it more competitive in a tough market.MacKinnon said she wants to see the bottom line.Putting the state’s money on the line in a multi-billion commercial project, that’s a hard choice for a lot of lawmakers. It’s unfamiliar territory. It’s relatively easy to the see the benefit of putting state money into a highway or a school. Pumping millions, maybe billions, in to a giant risky gasline isn’t as clear cut.“I want to see that there’s a profitable project here,” MacKinnon said. “And I need some guarantee — from someone that the finance committee believes — that this project can economically benefit the people of Alaska.”That sentiment of wanting more detailed financial information from the gasline corporation, it’s not universal.Rep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage, said some of the information lawmakers are asking for, it just isn’t possible to know until the final contracts are drawn up.“At some point we do have to trust that these are professionals that know how to do the day to day management,” Tarr said. “Because really, the state legislature cannot micromanage this project, right?”That’s not to say that Tarr has no questions for the corporation. But, she’s thinking about ways she can get them answered that won’t require divulging them to the public.“I’m considering signing a confidentiality agreement so that I can see more of the paperwork,” Tarr said.Other lawmakers have done it. According to the corporation, Senate Resources chair Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, and her staff member Akis Gialopsos have signed them. So has Bruce Tangeman, a staff member for Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks. So far, none of them have requested access to any further information, according to an email from the Governor’s office.But, it’s not likely that the tension over what should be communicated — and what shouldn’t — is going to ease up anytime soon.That breakdown in communication, it came up again this week.This past Monday evening, about a dozen lawmakers legislators gathered in person and by phone at a three-hour House Resources Committee meeting in Anchorage, to hear an update from the state corporation. At about 8 p.m., two hours into the meeting, Rep. Lance Pruitt, R-East Anchorage, asked a question.Not about finances or transparency. This one was about basic project management and construction cost risk.“What happened to FEED?” Pruitt said.That’s Front End Engineering and Design. It’s basically all of the homework that has to get done before you start building a project. It’s the final blueprint and every construction detail, schedule and cost estimate. The more time you spend on it, the fewer surprises there are on the test. In this case, Alaska’s final exam grade is based on the risk of construction delays cost overruns.Before the state took over, this was supposed to be a two-year process that could cost more than $1 billion to get through. At the end of it, project partners would look at the data and make a final go or no go decision.But, when the state took over, the model changed. Corporation President Keith Meyer said now, instead of doing the engineering and design work in-house they’re planning to wrap it all into the construction bid. Basically, the state will get a final investment decision from its partners. Then it’ll ask for what it wants built, the contractor will engineer the job and put it together.That didn’t sit well with Pruitt.“This is a huge, huge change. I mean, I understand what you’re indicating,” Pruitt said. “But, the turnkey might work for an LNG plant. But, we’re talking about an 800 mile pipeline. You can’t turnkey that thing.”Meyer said there are pros and cons to both models. But, either way, Pruitt said that change should have been communicated clearly.“We are the decision-makers ultimately. We’re the ones that are going to commit the billions of dollars that are necessary. They’ve got to communicate to us,” Pruitt said in a later interview.So far, all of the state corporation’s agreements have been non-binding. None of the potential partners or customers are spending money to move the project forward. And that leaves lawmakers to decide if they want to put more money into the effort.But so far, many lawmakers have said they aren’t sure the project is far enough along to merit getting any more money.
The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) has said the prices of rice are likely to increase by next year because of the poor rainfall this monsoon and declining stock of the staple food with the government.The government estimate of the production of Kharif rice for 2015-16 has dropped to 90.61 million tonnes from 90.86 million tonnes in 2014-15 and 91.5 million tonnes in 2013-14. However, the industry body said Kharif crop production may not be more than 89 million tonnes.”This is unlikely to be achieved due to severe deficit of rain in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra and Karnataka and the best that could be achieved is 89 million tonnes,” PTI quoted Assocham as saying.Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra and Karnataka are Kharif rice producing states, where the process is highly dependant on the rain water, which was inadequate due to monsoon deficit in these regions.Assocham said total output of rice in India in 2015-16 is expected to be 103 million tonnes, which is less than the annual consumption of 108 million tonnes, reported Mid-Day.It said if the government does not take adequate measures in this regard, people will have to grapple with high prices of the staple food in the coming months.”Prices of rice may shoot up and reach a boiling point in the coming months as the stock of the key staple cereal is depleting fast owing to deficient rain and fall in output,” said Assocham.The stock of rice with the government is reported to have declined from 24.59 million tonnes in 2012 to 13.89 million tonnes this year. The government’s stock of the cereal is used at times of shortage.Although Assocham has warned of price rice in the coming days, officials at the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) have claimed otherwise. “Rice is cheap at present. We do not see any immediate impact on the prices of rice in the coming months, as the market is stable. Even if it increases, the impact would be minimal,” said Grain, Rice and Oilseeds Merchants’ Association (GROMA) secretary Kanji Gala.However, Assocham said the prices are likely to rise despite the stable market at present. Assocham public relations director Manju Negi said the hike could be 10-15%.”Apart from poor rainfall this year, decreasing stock in the past years will also be responsible for the price rise. Though the markets are stable now, in coming months, the scenario will change. The hike in rice prices cannot be predicted as of now. It depends upon the harvest. There can be a hike of 10-15% or even more than that,” she said.
Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot Toyota this week unveiled its third-generation humanoid robot, designed to help people at home, in disaster zones, and even outside Earth’s atmosphere.Developed by the company’s Partner Robot division, T-HR3 is controlled remotely using wearable controls that map hand, arm, and foot movements from human to bot.A head-mounted display also lets the operator see through an android’s eyes (er, a installed camera), allowing for more precise maneuvers.AdChoices广告“The new machine reflects Toyota’s broad research into how advanced technologies can be used to help meet people’s individual mobility needs,” according to a company blog post.Installation of Torque Servo Modules (via Toyota)It also marks progress among the automaker’s growing family of anthropomorphic robots.In 2004, Toyota showcased a trumpet-playing droid, engineered to test positioning of joints and operation of pre-programmed movements. That technology has since expanded to include more capabilities—like mirroring humans.From their seat in the Master Maneuvering System, the tricked-out puppeteer (wearing “data gloves” and a VR headset) can instantly manipulate T-HR3 via a series of motors, gears, and sensors connected to at each of the bot’s joints.The result: a synchronized pair that cooperate more seamlessly than a Rockettes kickline.“The Partner Robot team members are committed to using the technology in T-HR3 to develop friendly and helpful robots that coexist with humans and assist them in their daily lives,” general manager Akifumi Tamaoki said in a statement.The 5-foot, 165-pound robot is still just a prototype. But Toyota hopes its creation can one say “safely assist humans in a variety of settings, such as the home, medical facilities, construction sites, disaster-stricken areas, and even outer space.”“Looking ahead, the core technologies developed for this platform will help inform and advance future development of robots to provide ever-better mobility for all,” Tamaoki said.T-HR3 will be on display at Japan’s International Robot Exhibition 2017 from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2.For more, check out our roundup of 11 Hysterical Robot Fails (including ASIMO from rival Honda). Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Kolkata: The West Bengal government is exploring the option of underground mining for one of the largest coal blocks, Deocha Pachami, in the state as the conventional open cast would be a challenge, state Power Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said on Friday. “Deocha Pachami coal block, the world’s second largest, was allocated to us. There is a stone block above the coal seams. “I recently went to Poland to understand the technical know-how to excavate coal below the stone block. Poland is technically sound,” Chattopadhyay said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights Deocha Pachami Dewanganj Harisingha has reserves of 2,102 million tonnes of coal and is spread across 21 villages in Birbhum district. “Open cast mining at the block cannot be possible. We have to go for underground mining. However, the project is at the initial stage,” he said on the sidelines of the “East India Energy Forum” organised by the Merchants Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Besides West Bengal, the block was initially allocated to Karnataka, Bihar, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh along with public sector undertaking Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed “Other states are reluctant to continue and now, it is allocated to us,” the minister said. Industry sources earlier pointed out the issue of the cost factor to lift coal out of the block as the coal seams are concealed within a thick cover of stone. The minister said the Power Department is planning to complete underground cabling in 75 cities in the state by 2025 to reduce transmission losses and improve the quality power. According to Chattopadhyay, around Rs 15,000 crore would be invested in various power projects in the state in the coming years. He said the state was not able to go for large solar projects due to land constraints. However, the solar installed capacity would be up to 200 megawatts within 2019 from the present level of 70 megawatts.
Kolkata: Two persons from Asansol and Burdwan were allegedly duped by two e-commerce websites, which sent them a stone and a torn shoe instead of the ordered products.According to sources, on June 28 a person identified as Pijush Kanti Mondal had ordered a pair of expensive sports shoes on an e-commerce website. On Saturday, a youth who was the delivery boy of that e-commerce site, reached Mondal’s home and delivered the product. Before paying the amount, Mondal opened the parcel and found a torn shoe and an empty bottle of soft drink. Immediately, he demanded an explanation and refused to pay the price. The delivery boy informed his superior about the incident. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLater, the delivery boy claimed that he had been instructed to click a picture of the packaged objects and take them back. But that did not convince Mondal. He thought that it was the work of the delivery person and thus detained him. After a while, the delivery boy was able to convince him that he and the courier partner to the e-commerce site had nothing to do with the debacle. On the other hand, a few days ago a person identified as Amlan Guha, a resident of Burdwan, was also allegedly duped by another e-commerce website. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateDuring the month of June, Guha had ordered two expensive smartphones on the e-commerce site. On July 3, he received the order and had already paid for it. However, when he opened the parcel, he found one smartphone. In the second packet, there was a piece of stone. Immediately, he informed the matter to the e-commerce site authorities but found no positive response. Guha later lodged a complaint at Burdwan police station in this regard.