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first_img Tags $299 Comments $299 • Headphones Audio Dell Mentioned Above Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $299 Abt Electronics See All Sennheiser Apple $299 See It Sennheiser Momentum True Wirelesscenter_img Preview • Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless earphones to take on Apple’s AirPods Share your voice See It Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 The Audiophiliac Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Review • Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless review: The best-sounding totally wireless earphones yet Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 7 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See it reading • Sennheiser’s truly wireless earbuds dazzle the Audiophiliac Walmart The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless headphones and charging case. Sennheiser For ages wireless headphones had wires; they were “wireless” only because the headphone wires didn’t connect to the ‘phone. So I’m happy to see truly wireless earbuds finally arrive, and based on the number of Apple AirPod users I see on the NYC subway, the no-wires trend is booming! Sennheiser may be a little late to the technology, but as soon as I auditioned the Momentum True Wireless earphone, I knew it was a real contender. It sells for $300 in the US, £270 in the UK, and AU$500 in Australia.Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.See the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless on AmazonOn the shiny new Q Train on the New York City subway, the Sennheiser sounded just right, bass cut through the train’s rumble quite nicely, and treble detail was spot on. It’s not a noise-canceling headphone, but thanks to the Sennheiser’s above average eartip seal most of the noise was kept at bay. The Momentum True Wireless ear pieces are large, but I found them comfy over hours-long sessions. They also had large, easy-to-read “L” and “R” markings, so you’ll never mix up the left and right channels. The earpieces’ touch interface to control volume, answer phone calls or access your voice assistant were fairly intuitive, and the handsome gray cloth-covered charging/storage case’s design was faultless. The Sennheiser boasts Bluetooth 5.0 wireless tech, but there’s zero information about the headphone’s drivers.Sennheiser’s free Smart Control App’s equalizer makes it easy to tweak the bass/treble balance to taste. Earphone playtime is rated at 4 hours between in-case battery charges, and the case is good for a total of three earphone charges. The case charges via USB-C, but don’t worry, the cable is included. Which reminds me, since the earphones aren’t tethered to each other with a cable, I imagine some owners will lose one or both ‘buds. x1-desktop-truewireless-campagne-landingpage-desktop-v2-recoveredThe Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless ‘buds Sennheiser I’m a wired headphone kind of guy, so I wondered, how does the Momentum True Wireless sound compare with a decent wired headphone? To find out I popped on a set of 1More Quad Driver wired headphones ($199). Right away the Quad Driver was a much clearer-sounding headphone on Michael Kiwanuka’s brilliant Love & Hate album. The Quad Driver’s livelier dynamics let the music open up more, but its deep bass was no match for the Momentum True Wireless’ far more ample low end. The Sennheiser’s a warmer and richer-toned headphone, but the Quad Driver wins on overall clarity; it has a more audiophile/neutral sound. As I continued listening at home I felt the Momentum’s treble was a little coarse, so yes, it still sounds like a Bluetooth headphone after all. Outdoors and in the subway, the external noise masked most of the Sennheiser’s treble harshness. I found a lot to like about the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless, but better sound per dollar can be found on wired headphones.David Carnoy’s Momentum True Wireless review offers another take on the headphone.See the 1More Quad Driver on Amazonlast_img read more

first_imgElections run on local county officials. The DHS is focusing its efforts on county officials to secure the vote in 2020. Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images As special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation on Russian hacking and collusion with the Trump campaign ends, the Department of Homeland Security is gearing up to prevent a repeat for the 2020 US presidential election. The federal agency, which formed the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency last November, said that it’s “doubling down” on its efforts, calling election security for 2020 a top priority. It hopes to do that by focusing on local election officials, Matt Masterson, a DHS senior adviser on election security, said in an interview with CNET. The emphasis on local represents a new tact as the DHS tries to shut down foreign interference in the US elections. While the agency worked with all 50 states during the 2018 midterm elections, security experts said the outreach needs to zoom in on a county level. There are about 8,800 county election officials across the US, and they are the people responsible for your voting machines, your polling place’s security and handling vote auditing. “It may actually be the most important part of the entire infrastructure, these local county officials,” said Jake Braun, executive director of the University of Chicago’s Cyber Policy Initiative and co-founder of the Defcon Voting Machine Hacking Village. Before the election in 2016, the DHS didn’t have an established network of election officials to work with on security issues. It wasn’t until hacking threats became a national concern during the last presidential election that the DHS ramped up its efforts. A real threatUS Attorney General William Barr’s summary of Mueller’s report stated that up to 26 Russian nationals were behind hacking efforts and disinformation campaigns during the 2016 presidential election. These cyberattacks included hacks against the Democratic National Committee and access to voter registration databases.  Since then, the DHS has provided state election officials with resources like penetration testing, weekly reports on vulnerabilities and sensors that could detect hacking attempts. Most of that outreach has been for high-level election officials in each state, but the DHS is now focusing on individual counties.”We’ve done a good job reaching them, but we have a lot of area for growth there,” Masterson said. To do that, the DHS hired election security experts like Noah Praetz, the former director of elections in Cook County, Illinois. He’s seen what county officials needed during the 2018 elections and has been addressing the DHS’s gap with local election security since February. Braun said Praetz has been traveling to meet with local election officials and addressing security concerns and explaining how the DHS can help. Social disinformation awarenessThe DHS is also hoping to train local election officials to help counter disinformation from social media. That was one of the agency’s biggest concerns on Election Day in 2018, that people would spread lies on Facebook and Twitter to dissuade people from voting. Masterson said the DHS is connecting social media companies with local election officials to help them identify disinformation online and prevent it from spreading. A Twitter spokesperson pointed at its efforts for the 2018 midterm elections, and said it will continue those efforts for the 2020 election. Facebook said it worked closely with the DHS in 2018 and intends to continue working with local election officials in 2020.The social media giant said it set up a way for local election officials to contact Facebook directly if they see disinformation spreading.”It really is about empowering the trusted messengers in that community to talk with the voters,” Masterson said. “The county officials are directly engaged in the process, which is really important.” Resources lackingDespite the hyperlocal outreach, both the DHS and local election officials are still challenged by a lack of resources. Masterson said the agency hopes to have 100 percent auditable systems by 2020, but a major roadblock is funding. In 2018, Congress set aside $380 million for election security funds, which Masterson said was an “important first step” but not nearly enough to upgrade voting systems across the US. “There’s so many systems that support elections that need investments and upgrades,” Masterson said. “Money remains a challenge, resources remain a challenge.”Lawmakers have proposed legislation that would direct $1.5 billion to county election officials to buy new voting technology. The For the People Act passed in the House but hasn’t come up for a vote in the Senate. “It’s great to do an assessment and know where your vulnerabilities are, it’s another to actually fix them,” Braun said. “Congress has to pass this bill or no one is actually going to be able to implement the mitigation program.” States also aren’t required to spend money on election security — as it’s currently a voluntary standard. Last June, a group of lawmakers introduced the Protecting American Votes and Elections Act, which would require paper ballots and audits on federal elections.”The cybersecurity experts are clear: the most secure and cost-effective method of voting is hand-marked paper ballots,” said Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon and one of the lawmakers behind the bill. “Anything else creates unnecessary risk while gouging taxpayers in order to enrich politically-connected voting machine manufacturers.” But until it’s mandatory, local counties aren’t working with much funding, and the federal agency wants to make sure that every cent is wisely spent.The DHS has been working to help county election officials, advising them last June on how to spend the $380 million election security funds.”We are so focused on doing anything we can to support that,” Masterson said. “It’s not just based on a ‘wouldn’t-it-be-nice,’ it’s informed by risks we’ve seen out in the field.” Politics Security Tags 0center_img Share your voice Post a commentlast_img read more

first_img 17 Photos 1 Review • Apple Music offers smart musical suggestions with a human touch News • Apple Music is now available on Amazon Fire TV Apple Music It’s time to get orchestral. Spotify Final Fantasy has been criticized for a lot over the years — the melodramatic characters, complicated storylines, costumes with too many belts — but one thing you never hear people ragging on is the music in the franchise.That’s because the soundtracks are all awesome.And as of now you can stream the soundtracks from almost every Final Fantasy game on both Spotify and Apple Music. Note: You’ll have to type in “Final Fantasy Original Soundtrack,” as just typing in “Final Fantasy,” at least on Spotify, will direct you to fan-made playlists. The soundtrack to every main Final Fantasy game is there, though some spin-offs, like X-2, are absent. Many of the tracks are listed in Japanese characters, meaning it might take some trial and error before you find your favorite tunes.Final Fantasy soundtracks have often come with a separate piano collection, but these collections have not yet appeared on the streaming services. Hopefully they, as well as music from Kingdom Hearts, will arrive soon.If you’re longing for a more substantial Final Fantasy fix, look forward to E3. That where we’re likely to see more of the mythical Final Fantasy VII Remake. Spotifycenter_img Tags E3 2019: The most anticipated games of gaming’s most anticipated show Comment Share your voice Video Games Digital Media How To • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference?last_img read more

first_img $155 at Google Express Tags The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. 7 0 Healthy eating,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $210 at Best Buy Comments HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon Read Lenovo Smart Clock review What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $59 at eBay Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Angela Lang/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $520 at HP TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read DJI Osmo Action preview Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $999 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Turo An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See at Turo $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Beyond Meat held its initial public offering on May 2. Amanda Capritto The maker of the Beyond Burger thinks there’s plenty of demand for more plant-based burgers. Beyond Meat released its quarterly earnings on Thursday showing a 215% increase in net revenue, and the company expects to double its sales in 2019 compared with last year. The numbers come a little over a month after Beyond Meat held its initial public offering on May 2. “We are very pleased with our successful IPO during the month of May and our strong first quarter financial results that we believe demonstrate mainstream consumers’ desire for plant-based meat products in the United States and internationally,” Ethan Brown, Beyond Meat’s president and CEO, said in a press release Thursday.  The meat replacement company’s Beyond Burger is available at supermarkets across the US and Amazon. It’s also available for order at Carl’s Jr, TGI Fridays and Del Taco. Starting in June, smart-oven maker Tovala began offering Beyond Meat as part of its meal kits. Beyond Meat, however, isn’t the only such maker in town. Impossible Foods is another plant-based meat company that’s already teamed up with Burger King to make the Impossible Whopper and Little Caesars to create Impossible Sausage for pizzas.  Rylo Sprint $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Read Google Home Hub review Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Read the AirPods review Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Chris Monroe/CNET $6 at Tidal $999 Best Buy See It Read the Rylo camera preview Post a comment Share your voice $999 See It See It See it DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Tags I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Share your voice Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Boost Mobile The Cheapskate Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Amazonlast_img read more

first_img Preview • Microsoft rethinks the browser with Edge (hands-on) 7 Microsoft Edge E-books Microsoft News • Microsoft Edge browser will block intrusive ads Microsoft has given up on e-book sales. Microsoft Time is running out for you to read e-books purchased from the Microsoft Store. Customers have until sometime in early July. Microsoft will then delete the e-books and issue full refunds, according to the company. Microsoft didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on specifically when e-books will disappear. The company announced the decision in early April and ended e-book purchases from the Microsoft Store. Your in-book notes will disappear in early July too. If you made mark-ups in your books before April 2, you’ll receive an additional $25 credit to your Microsoft account. Originally published April 2.Update, July 1: Notes that e-books will no longer be available starting this month. center_img Comments Tags Internet Services Digital Media Share your voicelast_img read more

Dipnetters Try Their Luck On The Kenai River

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first_imgDipnetters crowd the water on the north shore of the Kenai River. Photo by Annie Feidt.The state’s largest personal use fishery is happening on the Kenai river. Dipnetters from across the state are crowding onto the north and south beaches at the mouth of the river hoping to fill coolers with sockeye salmon. Chad Preston is standing chest deep in frigid ocean water. He’s fighting a swift current as he holds onto his dipnet. Preston’s been in the water all day and he’s not smiling.Download Audio“Well I’m trying, so far I only caught one fish and I’m disappointed right now.”Preston at least has one thing going for him- the water is not as crowded as it usually is.Most people are waiting out the slow period on the beach. Novena Registe is sitting in the breezy sun with a group of friends. She opens up her cooler to show off the seven fish she’s caught so far.Registe started dipnetting 10 years ago to feed her family. Now she does it for another reason- because she loves it.“It’s when that fish hit that net and you pull it out, it’s a special feeling that no one can describe.”Reporter: “Try to describe it.”Registe: “It just makes you feel so good. It’s just exciting. I just love fishing.”Novena Registe (left) shows off a fish she caught.The crowds on the Kenai are not for everyone. When the fishing is hot, dipnetters are standing shoulder to shoulder in the water. Walking on the beach requires stepping over nets, sleds and other gear. But it’s not hard to find people who love the carnival-like scene, like Monica Workman:“This is truly the Alaskan experience. And we own a boat and people think we’re crazy, they’re like, why don’t you just take your boat out and we’re like no way! Because this- the whole experience of just being on the beach, the water, the people, the sun- when it’s out- it’s just a really neat experience.”Workman is dipnetting with her husband and two kids. She says they all have a job to do. Her husband catches the fish. Her son bonks them. Her daughter slices the gills and Workman guts them. This is their 5th year dipnetting. Their first year, she says, things were not as streamlined:“We didn’t even pack water. We had a little net, my husband had hip waders and I didn’t have a knife, a cooler, nothing. We’re like well, let’s just see what it’s like. And people are so nice out here, there was a lady who lent me everything, she gave me a knife told me how to gut it and everything.”Now the Workmans are the experts- passing their knowledge along to their friend Robert Carter, who is in his 70’s but dipnetting for the first time. It hasn’t been an easy initiation. Carter has patiently held his net in the water for most of day without catching a single fish. And then- finally- success.Robert Carter poses for a “fancy picture” of the first fish he caught dipnetting on the Kenai.He drags his net onto the beach to inspect his catch:“It’s a monster!”Carter holds his dipnet in one hand and his fish in the other and poses for a celebratory picture:“I want a fancy picture. That was unbelievable!”And with that, Carter heads back out in the water, going for his next fish.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday June 12 2015

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first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio: Mixed Feelings On A New Company’s Plans To Drill in Cook InletQuinton Chandler, KBBI – HomerA Texas-based company will begin drilling for oil in Cook Inlet next year using extended-reach oil wells.Maritime Group Approves Aleutian Shipping ‘Buffer Zones’Emily Schwing, KUCB – UnalaskaThe International Maritime Organization’s Marine Safety Committee is in the middle of its 95th session in London this week.  Included on the committee’s agenda is the adoption of five recommended “areas to be avoided” in the Aleutian Chain.NOAA Investigates Steller Sea Lion Deaths Near CordovaJosh Edge, APRN – AnchorageThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is investigating the deaths of several Steller sea lions southwest of Cordova.Advocacy Group Puts Setnet Restriction Measure on the BallotEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageThe Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance has handed over enough signatures to the state division of elections to get a voter initiative on the 2016 general election ballot.Cameras May Remedy Gripes With Alaska’s Fisheries Observer ProgramRobert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaSmaller boats in Alaska’s offshore fisheries may no longer have to carry human observers in the future, if a plan to deploy cameras proves feasible.Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem Visits FairbanksDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksFeminist pioneer Gloria Steinem speaks at the University of Alaska Fairbanks tonight.49 Voices: Matt Williams of AnchorageMonica Gokey, KSKA – AnchorageXxxxAK: Ice DanceLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.New York dancer and choreographer Jody Sperling had a rare opportunity last year. She was “artist in residence” aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy while it was on a research mission in the Arctic. Alone on vast ice floes, she danced while no one watched.last_img read more

first_imgExxon Valdez tanker aground. Off-loading of remaining oil in progress. Photo courtesy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.Twenty-six years of litigation over the Exxon Valdez oil spill ended on Thursday, Oct. 15, in a federal district court in downtown Anchorage.Download AudioThe state and federal governments have decided not to pursue a final $100-million from ExxonMobil over its 1989 oil spill in Prince William Sound.It was an anticlimactic end. The hearing Thursday morning lasted all of fifteen minutes, and no representative from Exxon spoke.Instead, Judge H. Russel Holland — who has overseen the Exxon Valdez case from the start — asked the state and federal governments if they had anything to add to their written filing. They said no. So the judge himself spoke.“I understand that some will be displeased with the government’s decision,” he said, “But based upon what’s in your report, I’m satisfied that it was the right decision.”“What is clear to me is that the process has been lengthy, it’s been extensive, it’s been expensive,” he said.Biologist Rick Steiner, who has followed the case since 1989 and pushed the state to seek the additional funds, was outraged by the decision.“It was extremely disappointing,” he said. “This was a very sad end to a very sad chapter in Alaska history.”Steiner called it”an unconscionable betrayal of public trust.”“Above all, it just validates the public’s distrust of the oil industry, and government promises of responsible oil development in Alaska,” he said.At issue was a provision called a “re-opener” clause. The government’s original 1991 settlement with Exxon, for $900-million, allowed for additional claims in case of unforeseen environmental impacts.In 2006, the state filed for that money, citing impacts on harlequin ducks and sea otters from oil still lingering under the surface on Alaska beaches.But now the state and the Department of Justice say those species have recovered — leaving no grounds to go after that money.Department of Justice attorney Bill Brighton negotiated the 1991 settlement — and, more recently, the proposed settlement over the 2010 BP oil spill. He said the government has made the right call.“I think we have no lack of aggressiveness toward oil companies, but we also really believe in following what the science tells us,” he said.And, he said, the science wasn’t there. The government’s claim focused mostly on two species. Other impacts that weren’t included in the 2006 claim — like those on herring or killer whales — couldn’t be considered by the court.By 2013, the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council had found that harlequin ducks and sea otters had recovered.“We’ve investigated this claim very thoroughly,” Brighton said. “And we’ve reached the point where it’s clear that further pursuit of the particular narrow claim that was under the re-opener isn’t an appropriate things to do.”The government’s litigation, over damages to the environment, is separate from the private litigation on behalf of fishermen and local residents.That ended in 2008, when the Supreme Court approved a $500-million dollar settlement — much lower than the $5-billion a jury originally awarded.Brighton said, regardless of feelings about the private litigation, the government’s settlement has been a success.“I understand the feeling of a need for even more retribution,” he said. “And I certainly don’t want to say anything positive about the way the private litigation ended up going. But on the side of the claims of the government, I think we have a very, very favorable and fair resolution.” The state and feds stressed that while this is the end for litigation, it’s not the end for restoration work in Prince William Sound. The Trustee Council still has $200-million for that work, from the original 1991 settlement.As for Judge Holland, “My colleagues have been fretting for fourteen years that some of this litigation might outlive my time on this court,” he said. “Happily that hasn’t happened.”last_img read more

first_imgAVO seismologists work to repair a seismic station on Little Sitkin Volcano in the western Aleutians Islands. (USGS photo)This summer, Alaska Volcano Observatory scientists embarked on an ambitious project to repair seismic monitoring equipment at active volcanoes around Southwest Alaska. Now 176 of the Observatory’s 216 seismic stations are in working order.Download AudioA backlog of deferred maintenance and a lack of funding, coupled with the extreme nature of the environment, have caused some of the seismic monitoring stations to quit working over the past several years.This summer, crews were able to repair stations at a handful of sites in Southwest Alaska.“We were able to visit, importantly, Aniakchak Volcano on the Alaska Peninsula, restored some ground-based monitoring at the volcano there,” Janet Schaefer, with the Alaska Volcano Observatory State Geological Survey, said. “And we also did seismic repairs at Gareloi, Tanaga and Westdahl Volcanoes – those are in the Aleutian Islands.”Shaefer says AVO was also able to fix stations at the recently-active Shishaldin Volcano.Funding came from the US Geological Survey’s Volcano Hazards ProgramFuture funding is uncertain. But Schafer says the goal is to get more of their stations up and running.“Wrangell Volcano is an example. It has been active recently,” Schaefer said. “And those stations are difficult to get to, so it would be nice to get there.”A volcanic eruption is often preceded by hours, or even months, of seismic activity, which Schaefer says provides AVO with valuable data.“So that we can detect those very small, small magnitude earthquakes that indicate fluid movement, either from an active hydrothermal system, or gas, or magma beneath the surface,” she said. “So, those are the first signs of unrest and those are what really help us to be on guard.”And as more stations are brought back on line, AVO can more reliably monitor volcanoes and issue more accurate warnings to the public as hazards to communities and passing air traffic become apparent.last_img read more

first_imgThe Alaska Oil and Gas Association has announced that the state had its first year-over-year increase in oil production in more than a decade.KTUU-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1MNhNGe) that the figures provided by the Alaska Department of Revenue show that oil production between April 2015 and March 2016 was nearly one percent higher from the previous year. The state has not seen a yearly increase in oil production since 2002.last_img

first_imgJeanne Johnson of Ocean Park, Washington, is the first U.S. buyer of a tsunami pod sold by Mukilteo, Washington-based Survival Capsule LLC. (Photo: Tom Banse/NNN)A new tsunami survival option has come to the Pacific Northwest coast. It involves climbing into a spherical aluminum pod for what is sure to be the ride of your life.Listen nowThe first U.S. buyer of this technology resides in Ocean Park, Washington. Jeanne Johnson just recently moved from the Seattle area to what she calls her “dream home” at the beach. It’s about midway up the sandy, flat Long Beach Peninsula.“When I decided to move to the ocean into a tsunami zone I felt like I should prepare,” Johnson said.Her tsunami evacuation options are not good. She could make a run for it, but this Microsoft executive doubts she could reach the distant high ground in the short time between the end of the shaking of a great earthquake and incoming tsunami waves.“People panic and I don’t want to be caught in the panic,” Johnson said.A bit of internet research led her to a new option: a survival capsule — a bright orange, high-strength floating metal ball. She has taken delivery and is now deciding whether to tether her capsule in her herb garden or keep it in the garage. In any case, Johnson wants her dog to join her if and when “the Big One” comes.“My model is big enough for two people to be buckled in like a pilot’s seat,” Johnson said.The aircraft-grade aluminum sphere is about four-and-a-half feet in diameter. The sphere looks a little bit like an astronaut capsule. It has a round marine door and two tiny portholes.The survival capsule delivered to Johnson came equipped with twin air tanks inside in case the capsule is pinned underwater for a time or is surrounded by burning debris. The aluminum shell of the capsule has a ceramic blanket interior lining to protect against the heat of fire on the outside. A welded tubular framework inside braces the exterior shell. There are drinking water bladders in the bottom of the capsule and a GPS locator beacon in the event the capsule goes adrift.Survival Capsule President Julian Sharpe gives some tips to his first domestic U.S. customer Jeanne Johnson. (Photo: Tom Banse/NNN)“I have friends who say, ‘Oh my God, wouldn’t it be claustrophobic? How can you stand it?’” Johnson said. “All I can think is, what’s my option? To drown? I would rather be in that ball for the ride of my life and maintain my life.”Johnson is the first domestic customer of a startup called Survival Capsule, based near Seattle. Company president Julian Sharpe said he got the idea for the product lying awake one night while weekending in Cannon Beach, Oregon.“I thought, ‘Well, what happens now if a tsunami comes?’” Sharpe said.The aerospace engineer had a brainstorm.“I just thought it’s going to be a disaster because I’ve got four sleeping kids,” Sharpe said. “If it comes at night, the lights are going to be out. You don’t necessarily know where you’re going. You can’t see the wave, how far it is. So I thought it would be great if I could design something to throw the family in and ride it out. That’s where it all started.”Sharpe’s company’s initial sales have been to Japanese customers — eight capsule kits so far. He anticipates local governments in Japan could become a major customer base along with private sales along the U.S. West Coast, Gulf Coast and East Coast.“The target customer is the person who lives on the ocean who cannot vertically or horizontally evacuate,” Sharpe said.That’s potentially a lot of people as long as they’re willing to pay the price. Sharpe said the two-person survival capsule starts at $13,500. A four-person model lists for $17,500. Six, eight and ten-person models are for sale as well.Sharpe said he aspires to bring the price down through economies of scale when orders increase.“We hope that people will see the value of this product,” Sharpe said. “It’s not a gizmo or a toy. It’s a life insurance policy. It’s really designed to give people who live in coastal communities peace of mind.”Sharpe and Johnson hope the government will eventually subsidize private purchases of the survival capsules as an extension of public spending on tsunami readiness projects such as the planned safe haven berm proposed for a field behind Long Beach Elementary School.While the inspiration for the product was tsunami survival, Sharpe said his company’s capsules are now drawing additional interest from coastal residents worried about hurricanes.“Rather than evacuate from hurricanes and be 200 miles away while the hurricane decides it wants to go in a different direction leaving their home vulnerable — or business vulnerable — to looting, they want to stay at home and have a tsunami capsule as a last line of defense,” Sharpe explained.Residents who swung by Long Beach City Hall earlier to look at plans for a different evacuation option had mixed reactions to the tsunami capsule idea. Jane Bena shivered at the prospect of sheltering inside while being battered by tsunami debris.“I would hate to be bounced around in that,” Bena said. “I’m too old. I’m 80 years old. I don’t know that I would care to survive a tsunami.”The City of Long Beach, Washington, is using grant money to design an armored, man-made hill that could be used as a tsunami evacuation platform for at least 850 people. Bena favored building this, but as you maybe can tell she’s fatalistic about her own chances.last_img read more

first_imgRep. Chris Birch, R-Anchorage, argues over the debut of an oil tax credit bill, during a floor session of the state House, on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Last session, the fight over oil tax credits was one of the biggest questions lawmakers sought to answer.  And while they did manage to pass a bill, it focused on Cook Inlet. Now, many lawmakers are saying it’s time to look at the North Slope.Listen nowThe message from the oil industry has been clear. Keep the tax structure stable, and help with new development — because it will pay off in the long run. But on Wednesday, lawmakers on a House Resources committee introduced a bill that makes deep cuts to the subsidies the state gives to the oil and gas industry. And, for a few minutes, the state House floor started to sound a lot like Britain’s House of Commons.The chaos erupted after members of the House resources committee released their much anticipated bill proposing another round of oil tax credit reforms. Or, at least, five members of the committee did. Four of them, members of the House minority Republican party, say they were never consulted.“You know we sit through a lot of meetings, Mr. Speaker, and at no time was this brought before us. As a matter of fact it was actually presented to the media, and if consensus was achieved it was done in a secret meeting,”  Rep. Chris Birch, R-Anchorage, said.  “Typically, In my experience as a committee member, I would be given the opportunity to review the bill before it would be shared with the press.”Rep. George Rauscher, R-Wasilla, during a floor session of the state House, on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)For at least half an hour, members of the House minority and majority caucuses argued over whose names should be on the bill, how it should be introduced, decorum in debating motions and just about everything that can be fought over besides the content of the bill. And, that debate is likely going to continue because, in its current form, the bill packs a punch.The proposed bill cuts net operating loss credits from 35% to 15% and limits the ability of companies to earn those credits if they’re producing more than 15,000 barrels of oil per day.This is a big deal for some smaller oil companies.Caelus Energy Senior Vice President Pat Foley told the House Resources committee last week that its Nuna Project on the North Slope has lost value since it was sanctioned under the state’s current oil tax regime. Lawmakers fought bitterly over changes to that regime last year.And Foley said the changes hurt Caelus’ bottom line.“For Caelus that project is now worth, to us, $0.62 on the dollar. We’re still okay. It’s still a project that can survive,” Foley said. “But we can’t stand too much more erosion at all.”The bill also eliminates the state’s credit repurchasing program in 2018. That program has gotten a lot of attention in the last two years because Gov. Bill Walker has delayed millions in payments the state already owes to companies under that program.The bill also raises the state’s minimum tax from four percent to five percent. And it hardens “the floor,” which refers to the credits that companies can take that allow them dip below the state’s four percent minimum tax rate.Rep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage, co-chair of the House Resources committee, gestures during a debate over the way her committee debut an oil tax credit bill, during a floor session of the state House, on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Anchorage Democrat Geran Tarr, who chairs the House resources committee said the bill isn’t in its final form.“We consider this just a starting point,” Tarr said during a press conference after the floor debate. “For anyone who’s followed oil and gas issues over the last few years, you know that many, many hearings is generally several dozen hearings. So, I anticipate that will be what happens this year as well — that we will have ample opportunity for industry, for concerned Alaskans, to hear from the administration.”In its current form, the House bill could be on a collision course with the Senate. And members of the House who say the industry needs stability right now, not more pressure from the state.Anchorage Republican Cathy Giessel, who chairs the Senate resources committee said recent announcements of major new finds on the North Slope are a sign that the current tax structure is working.And Giessel said she’s not interested in having another marathon fight over oil subsidies. It’s a fight she says lawmakers have been having constantly since they started adjusting the tax credits in 2014 and tweaked them again in 2016.“So, my concern with further changes is this is further instability for our state,” Giessel said.But, while she doesn’t want to rock the boat too hard, Giessel acknowledged that the state is in a recession. She said lawmakers may need to reconsider the way tax credits are paid, so the state isn’t paying cash up front for industry investment.But if the debate over how the bill was introduced is any indication, the debate over whatthe bill does, could be deafening.last_img read more

first_imgAnantapur: In a tragic incident a youth died as the auto overturned near Guntakal railway station in Anantapur district on Friday morning. The deceased has identified as Ranga (20), who belongs to Thimmapuram village in Damaracherla mandal of Nalgonda district, Telangana. Ranga has come to Guntakal on some work. As he was on his way from the railway station to the other place, accidentally the auto in which he was traveling overturned, and he died on the spot. Over the information, the police have reached the accident site, booked a case and investigating further.last_img

CPUSI calls Lingannas encounter fake

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first_imgKamareddy: The killing of CPI (ML) New Democracy leader Linganna has evoked strong condemnation from CPUSI State committee members.District secretary A Prakash and BDSF state co-convener LN Azad termed it is as a State repression against those fight for the rights of tribals. They alleged that the police killed Linganna in fake encounter. Azad demanded that the police personnel who took part in the encounter must be booked under IPC section 302 and judicial probe be ordered.last_img

first_imgJammu: A top Army commander chaired a meeting of the core group of intelligence and security agencies in Srinagar on Tuesday and assured a high level of readiness to thwart inimical designs, the Army said. General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh chaired the meeting that was attended by senior Army, police and paramilitary officers and intelligence officers, it said. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us The meeting took place a day after the Centre revoked some provisions of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and proposed that the state be bifurcated into union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. “#Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, #ArmyCdrNC chaired a meeting of the core group of intelligence & security agencies at Srinagar; assured high level of readiness to thwart inimical deigns; lauded synergized efforts of all stake holders to ensure peace & security in J&K,” read a tweet on the official account of the Northern Command. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us A picture of the meeting was also posted on the Northern Command’s official account. Curfew-like restrictions remained in force in most parts of Jammu and Kashmir for the second successive day on Tuesday as authorities are keeping a close vigil on the developing situation in the aftermath of the government’s decision. The authorities have promulgated prohibitory orders under Section 144 across the state, including Srinagar and Jammu, with heavy deployment of forces.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: There has been a rise in cyber attacks on Indian institutions after the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A and the country needs to be extra careful when it comes to the security of websites and critical infrastructure, Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky said on Monday. On Sunday, the official website of the Bihar Education Department was hacked and “RootAyyildiz Turkish Hacker” claimed responsibility for posting messages praising Pakistan and Islam like “We Love Pakistan” on the website. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us The hacked portal was later restored. “We have definitely seen an increase in the cyber attacks on India after the abrogation of Article 370 by the Indian government. According to our Cyberthreat World-time Map, India is currently the 7th most attacked country in the world,” Saurabh Sharma, Senior Security Researcher, Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) APAC, Kaspersky, told IANS. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us However, he added, it is difficult in the current situation to understand if these are state-sponsored attacks. “We cannot confirm if it originated from Pakistan or it’s a group of cyber attackers targeting India while taking advantage of the current situation and leaving messages that may suggest otherwise,” said Sharma. Last month, the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) informed the Parliament that over 24 websites of central ministries, departments and state governments were hacked till May. Advertise With Us IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha that attempts have been made from to launch cyber attacks on Indian cyber space, and these attacks were seen to be originating from a number of countries, including China and Pakistan. “India needs to be more careful when it comes to the security of their websites and critical infrastructure, especially when there are cyber attackers that are ready to exploit our vulnerabilities in the name of cyberwar between countries,” the Kaspersky executive cautioned.last_img read more

Ph D awarded to IIIT lecturer in Vijayawada

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first_imgVijayawada: Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad awarded Ph D degree to Duvvuri Nagarjuna Devi, working as lecturer in Computer Science Department at IIIT Nuzvid College. She was awarded Ph D degree in Computer Science and Engineering on the topic online and offline sales and customers opinion analysis with the topic entitled ‘Hybrid Approach for Sentiment Analysis on Multi-Domain Data’ under the guidance of Prof Dr TV Rajinikanth. In this regard the IIIT Nuzvid director Prof Dr Suryachandra Rao and faculty members congratulated Nagarjuna Devi on her achievement.last_img

20 special trains to Rameswarm

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first_imgSecunderabad: In order to clear extra rush of passengers, South Central Railway (SCR) will run 20 Special Trains between Hyderabad and Rameswaram via Guntur, Renigunta Train No. 07685 Hyderabad Rameswaram special train will depart Hyderabad at 14:30 hrs on August 30, September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18 & 25 arrive/depart Secunderabad at 15:00/15:05 hrs and arrive Rameswaram at 00:15 hrs on the second day. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us In the return direction, Train No. 07686 Rameswaram-Hyderabad special train will depart Rameswaram at 05:00 hrs on September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20 & 27 and arrive/depart Secunderabad at 10:15/10:20 hrs on the next day and arrive Hyderabad at 11:00 hrs. En route, these special trains will stop at Nalgonda, Miryalaguda, Guntur, Tenali, Ongole, Nellore, Gudur, Renigunta, Katpadi, Vellore Cantt, Tiruvannamalai, Villupuram, Tiruppadiripuliyur, Chidambaram, Mayiladuturai, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur, Tiruchirapalli, Dindigul, Kodaikanal Rd, Madurai, Manamadurai, Paramakkudi, Ramanathapuram and Mandapam stations on both the directions.last_img read more

first_imgAnand Ahuja and Sonam KapoorInstagramSonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja celebrate their first wedding anniversary on May 8. The actress and the businessman had got married on May 8, 2018, after dating each other for some time. On the occasion of their first wedding anniversary, Anand Ahuja shared two emotional posts for his pretty wife. “Today we celebrate not only 1 year of marriage but 3 years of being “boyfriend-girlfriend”,” said Anand Ahuja in one of his posts.Not only that, Sonam Kapoor’s immediate family members and some close friends congratulated the couple with intimate posts and rare pictures shared on social media. The lovely Sonam Kapoor has been resharing these on her Instagram stories, happy as a young bride.Anand Ahuja shared a lovely picture of Sonam and him walking hand-in-hand when they were dating. He said, “For a long time, this was my favourite pic of us … it was 3 months of being together and now it’s been 3 years! You were my “girlfriend” then and when we got married last year, you ALSO became my wife. Today we celebrate not only 1 year of marriage but 3 years of being “boyfriend-girlfriend”.” Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja when they were dating.Instagram / Anand AhujaIn the earlier post, Anand Ahuja shared an album of “shoefies” that is pictures of Sonam and his shoes. He explained, “Some of my favorite #shoefies w my (scroll to see our first one ever) … I love posting these not because I love shoes (and you KNOW I love shoes) but because the idea of looking down reminds me to stay present, grounded and most importantly grateful! I could tell you exactly where we were and what we were feeling at the time I took these…. Today, to reflect on 1 year of marriage and 3 years being together – nothing could be more of a blessing than to have your life partner be your best friend and also be the person that is supportive but pushes you to be better… to be the person that is unconditionally loving but will tell you when you’re wrong … and to be the person that will lead you into and through your fears – not allowing you to run away from them. Happy Anniversary to my ♥️ @sonamkapoor .. you’re my guiding star! ⭐…#everydayphenomenal !” Well, we all know how much he loves shoes!”Sonam Kapoor’s parents Anil Kapoor and Sunita Kapoor, her siblings Rhea Kapoor and Harshvardhan Kapoor, her uncle and aunt Sanjay Kapoor and Maheep Kapoor, as also Rhea’s boyfriend Karan Boolani, all shared special pictures of Sonam and Anand on their first wedding anniversary. Take a look! Anand Ahuja and Sonam Kapoor photo by Maheep Kapoor.InstagramMaheep Kapoor shared the loveliest black and white photo of Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja, with the message, “Happy anniversary my cuties ❤️❤️❤️ #CheersToYouTwo #Love&HappinessAlways xox”.Anil Kapoor shared two awesome pictures of Sonam and Anand, saying, “It’s been such a fantastic year for you both, and if it’s any indication of the life to come, you have so much love, happiness, success (and shoes) to look forward to! Happy Anniversary @anandahuja@sonamkapoor ! Love you both! Keep making #everydayphenomenal”. Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja photo by Anil Kapoor.InstagramPost marriage, Sonam Kapoor has not stopped working and appeared in Sanju and Veere Di Wedding in 2018, with Padman releasing before her wedding. The 33-year-old actress juggles her time between Mumbai, Delhi and London to spend time with her husband.Sonam Kapoor will be seen next in The Zoya Factor, a movie based on the book of the same name by Anuja Chauhan. On the occasion of her wedding anniversary, take a look at some more of the pictures shared by family members.last_img read more

PSU energy firms to set up startup fund

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first_imgPublic sector oil and gas companies in India will set up a fund to help innovative start-ups in the energy sector to bootstrap, said Union Petroleum and Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan at the Natural Gas Vision 2025 conference, the Mint reported. The start-up fund, still in its infancy to be clearly spelt out, wishes to create a corpus that would be utilised to invest in new business models and bring efficiency. Heads of the state-run oil companies will take part in the government’s start-up initiative. “Any start-up needing hand-holding can seek support from the fund. Public sector companies will independently evaluate the commercial viability of the project and take a decision on their equity participation,” Pradhan was quoted by the Mint as saying. Stressing the importance of energy to the country in the coming days, Pradhan said: “Indian intellectual capacity is contributing immensely to the global oil and gas economy. We would like the Indian energy market too to benefit from that capacity.””The PSUs are working on setting up a venture capital fund to encourage start-ups to develop new business models, marketing plans, technology and innovation in hydrocarbon arena,” the minister was quoted by the Financial Express. A PwC survey on India Gas Sector 2016 was unveiled during the day. Gas is the future of energy in India and it is the 21st century fuel, highlighted the report and added that it would soon contribute 15 percent of the country’s energy mix.”The government must play an active role by creating infrastructure first, without a great emphasis on immediate demand. It should act as a facilitator and developer of infrastructure,” according to the report. “Regulatory reforms are key to the seamless development of the gas sector.” Pradhan seemed confident of India’s import dependence on energy to be reduced by 10 percent by 2022. For that to happen, the production of gas is crucial, he added. Welcoming such an effort, former chairman of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) Ranbir Singh Butola said the minister believes the fund will cater to innovation across the entire oil and gas value chain. “There will be many takers for it, especially those who seek to cater to the consumer end of the energy industry,” he added. The move is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government’s idea of promoting entrepreneurship, innovation and self employment. The government launched a start-up initiative last year and brought out an action plan in January 2016.last_img read more