Wind farm developers in Texas would be required to notify the Defense Department of their plans before connecting to the state’s electricity grid, under a legislative proposal the operator of the state grid wants lawmakers to consider.An official with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) proposed the rule change to the Texas House Defense and Veterans Affairs Committee during a hearing last week in Wichita Falls. Sheppard Air Force Base leaders have said two wind farm projects in north central Texas could threaten the installation’s pilot training mission by interfering with the base’s radar systems and limiting the number of days pilots could train.Warren Lasher, ERCOT’s director of planning, wants to see “increased coordination and communication” between DOD and wind energy developers to resolve the dispute over the projects near Sheppard and other similar conflicts. The rule he proposed would require developers to submit an affidavit to ERCOT stating they have informed DOD of their intention to build an energy project before connecting to the state power grid, reported the Times Record News.“This will ensure that all energy developers check with DOD well before” any large-scale energy developments are put into motion, Lasher testified.Energy projects with the potential to interfere with military operations already are subject to review by the DOD Siting Clearinghouse, but an ERCOT spokeswoman said the rule change would further enhance coordination between the parties.“I understand there already are rules in place to have this review by the DOD, but this additional requirement in our planning process would establish a time frame in the process,” said Robbie Searcy.The proposed rule is supported by the office of Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and the Texas Military Preparedness Commission. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
1:40 Nyambi Nyambi plays investigator Jay DiPersia on The Good Fight. Justin Stephens/CBS How we operate on social media can tell people a lot about us — and can be great fodder for drama.Nyambi Nyambi, who plays investigator Jay DiPersia in the legal and political drama The Good Fight, said that technology plays a huge part in his character’s work.”People put so much information about themselves and the community around them online that the digital imprint left behind can be clues into who they are at different moments in a day,” he said. “It seems like we are in a time where people are openly being transparent about their lives, but even if they are not, there’s a digital profile that will tell their story.”As a follow-up to the hit show The Good Wife, The Good Fight joined CBS All Access’ lineup in 2017. Its third season premieres Thursday. (Editors’ note: CBS is CNET’s parent company.)Nyambi, who describes DiPersia as a “moral compass,” told CNET what to expect from season 3 of The Good Fight — and also shared a few of his favorite apps.”Fans can expect an explosive exploration into race, politics, gender equality, love, betrayal and more,” Nyambi said. “What I love about our show are the immense chances our writers take and how they push us actors to explore the deeper issues that plague our humanity and are incredibly relevant today.”Nyambi said he leaves online investigation to DiPersia, though. While he likes to use Google’s search engine, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and IMDb, he doesn’t dive too far into another person’s online presence unless it’s for a script.”Generally, I prefer knowing as little as possible so when it comes time for a face-to-face conversation, I’m pleasantly or unpleasantly surprised by what I learn and hopefully come away with a deeper experience,” Nyambi said. “Jay is the opposite. He will go in and know everything he can. Information is power. Jay shares what you need to know, not necessarily what you want to know.”Here’s more of our conversation:Q: What’s the one app that you use the most? Why?Nyambi: The one app I use the most is Headspace. I meditate daily to acknowledge the crazy and let it go.What’s the last app you downloaded? Why?The last app I downloaded was Filmic Pro. I just took a workshop on how to make documentaries and the class has got me excited to maximize the capabilities of my phone to tell cinematic stories.When you wake up in the morning, what are the first apps you look at? Why?The first apps I look at when I wake up in the morning depends on the alerts awaiting me overnight. It ranges from ESPN to The New York Times. When there are no alerts, emails or texts to open, the first app I’m on is Lumosity, playing brain games.If you could invent your own app, what would it do?If I could invent my own app, it would be something that not only allowed for digital readers to consume their favorite comics, but one that bridges the gap between that and their local community by incentivizing and encouraging these readers to connect with, regularly visit and support their local comic book store(s).If there was an app that could save civilization, what would it be?If there was an app that could save civilization, it would be Headspace because we simply don’t take the time to breathe deep and empathize.Are you an Android or Apple user? Why?I actually own both an Android and an Apple phone. Mobile Culture Mobile Apps Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment How does Star Trek: Discovery’s Spock compare to the… Tags 0
Note: This piece was originally published at May 19, 6:04 p.m. PT and has been updated with new info and thoughts. 0 Post a comment Westworld season 3 trailer debuts Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 24 Photos TV and Movies Comic-Con: I got to visit Westworld and I’m still reeling 1:31 Tags HBO’s Westworld will return with Aaron Paul, Tessa Thompson and Lena Waithe, and tbh who hasn’t wished for that threesome?!? (I choose to believe I manifested this and helped make it happen, because based on rumors no one was expecting a trailer this early.)In the new Westworld trailer, released Sunday just before the Game of Thrones finale aired, Paul walks along a futuristic bridge as Brain Damage by Pink Floyd plays. “Sometimes it seems like the world looks all right, like they put a coat of paint on it,” he says in a voiceover, “but inside it’s rotting to pieces.Read more: In HBO’s Westworld Awakening VR game you play a host stalked by a serial killerAt the end of season two, incase you forgot, we left Dolores (well, potentially multiple Doloreses in multiple bodies) just as she’d entered the “real world” outside of Westworld with a bag full of host “brains” and the will to build an army. HBO He sits atop a construction building/bridge with a robot — at least one we all now would recognize as a robot, not a “Westworld robot.”We see Paul in his everyday life (in which, to be clear, he seems like a not nice guy slash a criminal) as he scrolls through a bounty list of crimes such as robbery, smash and grab, grand theft auto and more, all of which have dollar signs next to them. After some light B&E, being threatened with a gun, and a glimpse of Dolores shooting two men on the ground, we see Paul encounter Evan Rachel Wood. We assume it’s Dolores, wandering in a tunnel, apparently hurt and wearing another version of her black dress, but still looking like she’s ready to kill (and remember all the times forever). HBO The trailer also gives us glimpses of a super tech-savvy world, with what appear to be self-driving cars and more. Plus we get to see season 3 cast members Scott Mescudi and Marshawn Lynch.This heli-plane-car thing is just one of the handful of technologically advanced transport vehicles we see in the season 3 trailer. HBO Season 3 of Westworld won’t return until 2020, and this trailer (even devoid of Thompson) makes me wish that was sooooo much closer. Game of Thrones HBO Westworld
.Awami League on Friday nominated AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, Badar Uddin Kamran and Serniabat Sadeq Abdullah to contest Rajshahi, Sylhet Barishal city corporation elections respectively, reports UNB.The ruling party finalised the nominations at a joint meeting of Awami League Parliamentary Board and Awami League Nomination Board for local government elections. The meeting, presided over by AL president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina, also nominated MA Matin for contesting the Kurigram by-election. The meeting, held at the Prime Ministers official residence Ganobhaban, also finalised ruling party candidates for 10 union elections, three upazila elections and five municipality elections.
Kolkata: The state government has empowered more than 50 lakh girls through Kanyashree Prakalpa.In a tweet on International Day of the Girl Child, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stated: “Today is International Day of the Girl Child. I am happy to share that our #Kanyashree Prakalpa for girl child had been feted by the @UN in 2017.”She stated further in the tweet that “More than 50 lakh girls have been empowered through this scheme, which has a budget of Rs 5,600+ crore. Best wishes to all #BiswaBangla.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that Kanyashree Prakalpa is the brainchild of the Chief Minister. She took the step to check school dropout rate and encouraged girls to continue with their higher studies as well.The scheme has been continuing successfully for the past five years. The Mamata Banerjee government has received the United Nations Public Service Award for Asia Pacific in Netherlands in 2017, for the Kanyashree Prakalpa.The project was introduced in 2013 and more than 50 lakh girl students were brought under the project. Students from Classes VIII to XII get Rs 1,000 every year under the KI part of the scheme. The K2 part of Kanyashree Prkalpa is the one-time grant of Rs 25,000 for students who continue their studies up to Class XII. Later, the K3 part was introduced for post-graduate students. Under the K3 part of the scheme, arts and commerce students get Rs 2,000 per year, while science students get Rs 2,500. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that on completion of the fifth year of Kanyashree Prakalpa, the Chief Minister had announced that girls from all strata of the society will be getting the benefit once they get promoted to Class VIII. Earlier, only girl students from families with annual income less than Rs 1.20 lakh used to get the benefit.At the same time, the state government has also taken the initiative to set up Kanyashree University. Moreover, the Chief Minister has also given direction to take steps for skill development of Kanyashree girls.The initiative taken by the state government has not only checked the school dropout rate, but has also helped the beneficiaries to be self-dependent. A large section of the beneficiaries of Kanyashree Prakalpa has utilised the one-time grant to become self-dependent.