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OnePlus phones have always offered terrific value for money. Like clockwork, these phones have served as viable alternatives to the high end Samsung Galaxys and even the Apple iPhones, year on year since their inception. Their secret sauce being the knack for high end specs and premium design, comparable to the legacy phones I just mentioned, but at a more mass market pricing.But over the years, OnePlus phones got boring. Which is probably why OnePlus started launching more phones in the first place (standard, pro, T, T Pro), and also tied up with McLaren for the kicks (interestingly, the two brands have decided to go their separate ways only recently). Another reason perhaps, was profit. OnePlus also had to start making money at some point of time.OnePlus 8 Pro is IP68 certified. (Photo credit: Saurabh Singh Financial Express)The problem with the Pro OnePlus phones was the lack of direction. While the vanilla OnePlus phone was clearly the flagship killer, the Pro variant was trying too hard to be a flagship maybe. But it was never really there. Every review, every customer feedback, talked about the same pros and cons #8212; it s fast and smooth, it s got good battery life, it has a fantastic screen, but you know what, there s no IP rating, there s no wireless charging and those cameras, well, they re holding it back.The OnePlus 8 Pro changes all that. This is the first time OnePlus has taken a big bite out of the forbidden apple it resisted for so long and given us a proper no holds barred flagship while keeping intact everything else we ve grown to love about these phones. But more importantly, the OnePlus 8 Pro is a OnePlus phone with a direction. It s a phone that should make Samsung (and even Apple) nervous.I won t go much into the design of the OnePlus 8 Pro in this hands on piece because it s largely the same as the OnePlus 7T Pro OnePlus 7 Pro. It s two pieces of glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) held together by a metal frame, though OnePlus has improved the overall fit and finish ever so slightly this year. The vertically aligned camera setup on the back (which is a hallmark OnePlus thing now) has also grown a bit in height and heft (more on that later).OnePlus 8 Pro has a punch hole display instead of a motorized pop up selfie camera. (Photo credit: Saurabh Singh Financial Express)There are new colour choices, of course, and the glacial green version with its frosted matte finish (that extends all the way to the sides as well) which I have for review, looks stunning. There s another matte option in ultramarine blue that s also quite one of a kind, and the usual suspect, aka onyx black which is glossy and reflective for those who like that kind of stuff.The OnePlus 8 Pro is a big phone but it is well balanced and is also a little boxy so it doesn t feel very bulky. It s still a big phone though, bigger than any other OnePlus phone in the past, and I wish it would have come in two sizes (like the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 ), but again that s just me.The OnePlus 8 Pro has a punch hole display instead of a motorized pop up selfie camera setup seen in the OnePlus 7T Pro and OnePlus 7 Pro. It s subjective but I prefer this setup since the lack of moving parts adds to all round durability plus it allows OnePlus to add an official IP68 rating to the OnePlus 8 Pro making it resistant to accidental splashes of water (and dust) #8212; a first for any OnePlus phone.OnePlus 8 Pro has a 120Hz display. (Photo credit: Saurabh Singh Financial Express)The punch hole is only the start, there are two other big changes. The OnePlus 8 Pro has a large 6.78 inch display and it has a high refresh rate of 120Hz. This is a step up from the OnePlus 7T Pro s 6.67 inch 90Hz display. The OnePlus 8 Pro has a Samsung sourced Super AMOLED display with a 3168 1440 pixel resolution. Unlike Samsung and its Galaxy S20 phones, OnePlus lets you crank up the refresh rate and resolution all the way to a maximum (120Hz QHD ). The OnePlus 8 Pro screen supports HDR10 playback plus there s a fast and reliable optical in screen fingerprint scanner for biometrics.The OnePlus 8 Pro also supports MEMC technology, which is seen in high end TVs for seemingly smoother video playback. Its use has been controversial on TVs, but on a smartphone form factor, it s not as bad, though your mileage may vary from app to app and video to video.Coming to the actual basics, the OnePlus 8 Pro s display is easily among the best there is on any phone in the market today. It s as good as the class leading Galaxy S20 , if not better, especially when it comes to brightness and colour accuracy, though colours may be slightly cooler by default.OnePlus 8 Pro is the first OnePlus phone to support wireless charging. (Photo credit: Saurabh Singh Financial Express)Under the hood, the OnePlus 8 Pro has Qualcomm s latest and greatest Snapdragon 865 processor paired with up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB UFS 3.0 storage (non expandable). Software inside the phone is Android 10 based OxygenOS. The combination of high end hardware and clean, minimalist software entails a phone that literally flies no matter what you throw at it (it does get hot sometimes but it is also quick to cool down). In the limited time that I have spent with it, I haven t encountered any bugs, something that has been common in recent OnePlus phones straight out of the box. So, that s nice. OnePlus phones generally tend to get quick updates and something similar will be expected from the OnePlus 8 Pro as well.Though not as feature rich and even as good looking as Samsung s One UI, OxygenOS has its own dedicated fan following that vouches for its big focus on functionality (over form) and ease of use, plus host of customizations, and that remains the case with the software inside the OnePlus 8 Pro as well. I will have more to say about the OnePlus 8 Pro s detailed performance and software quirks in my full review that s coming soon, so stay tuned for that.Moving on, the OnePlus 8 Pro packs a 4,510mAh battery with 30W fast wired charging and in a first for any OnePlus phone, there ''s support for wireless charging as well. More specifically, we re looking at 30W fast wireless charging here. OnePlus has separately also launched a dedicated Warp Charge 30 Wireless charger that s required to fully realize the potential of its new high speed wireless charging technology. The company claims its Warp Charge 30 Wireless charger can charge the OnePlus 8 Pro from 1% to 50% in only half an hour. Having said that, it is also possible to wirelessly charge the OnePlus 8 Pro using a third party Qi wireless charger, but you ll have to make do with slower charging 5W or 10W (EPP standard).OnePlus 8 Pro has four cameras on the back. (Photo credit: Saurabh Singh Financial Express)The last (but possibly the best) big update comes in the camera department. The OnePlus 8 Pro comes with a 48MP main (Sony IMX689), 48MP (IMX586) ultra wide with 120 degree field of view, 8MP telephoto for 3X optical zoom (30X hybrid zoom) camera (which is same as the one on the OnePlus 7T Pro), and another 5MP colour filter to add interesting lighting effects and filters to your photos. That last bit is mostly a gimmick. On the front, the OnePlus 8 Pro comes with a 16MP camera, which is the same as the one on the OnePlus 7T Pro and even the OnePlus 7 Pro.While I reserve my verdict for my full review, here s what I can tell you about the OnePlus 8 Pro s cameras basis of two days usage. The OnePlus 8 Pro is a big leap for OnePlus when it comes to cameras #8212;yes, finally #8212; and there s lots of potential here. The 48MP main sensor is nice and large, churning out one of the best low light night mode photos we ve seen in any OnePlus phone to date, while in good lighting, it can capture a good amount of detail with a level of contrast that s punchy without going overboard with saturation.OnePlus 8 Pro has it all including 5G support. (Photo credit: Saurabh Singh Financial Express)The real star of the show is the ultra wide angle camera. That high resolution sensor helps take one of the most detailed and good looking wide angle shots, plus some fantastic macros, we ve seen on any phone to date. The telephoto is a value addition too, but it s not as exciting as the two 48MP cameras. All in all, the OnePlus 8 Pro can finally stand toe to toe with the Samsung Galaxys and the Apple iPhones in this regard and that s something you don t see everyday from a new OnePlus phone.Clearly, the OnePlus 8 Pro has it all (including 5G support), making it the first OnePlus phone that I can recommend to any buyer looking for a no compromise flagship phone (of course, it still doesn t cost as much as a new Samsung Galaxy or Apple iPhone which remains its biggest USP) right now. At least that s what I feel after spending two days with the device. There s always the T upgrade to look forward to later in the year, but this may be the first time that potential buyers can be rest assured they won t be missing out on anything substantial (even if the OnePlus 8T Pro takes a different approach to things and offers more visible upgrades) should they make an investment in the OnePlus 8 Pro. The OnePlus 8 Pro starts at Rs 54,999 (8GB 128GB) and goes all the way to Rs 59,999 (12GB 256GB). It is available for buying in India starting from today (June 15, 2020). Watch this space for my full review of the OnePlus 8 Pro in the days to come.
It was a scandalous love story. With independence from the British just a breath away in 1947, the single, well educated and dashing maharaja of Cooch Behar Jagaddipendra Narayan fell in love with and married Hollywood actress Nancy Valentine. There was opposition not only from Narayan''s mother, Indira, but also from the government.All this and more makes The Star of India a delicious and racy read. Set in one of India s most tumultuous periods, the book is by Diana R. Chambers, who has been living with the story in her head for decades. "The government was very afraid that Valentine as a foreigner could transport a lot of valuables out of the country, " says Chambers.
Also Read: Makar Sankranti 2020 History, importance, significance and timings It is believed that donating on Makar Sankranti increases its fruit many times. As per religious text, Sun god comes to meet his son Saturn. This time is considered auspicious for starting new work. However, there are many things that are forbidden on this day:
Key point: A true turning point in the war against the Nazis. January 1945 with World War II in its sixth year found the Allied armies going on the offensive after the Battle of the Bulge, but they were still west of the Rhine and six weeks behind schedule in their advance toward Germany. Closing to the Rhine was not easy. Although U.S. and French units of Lt. Gen. Jacob L. Devers Sixth Army Group had reached the western bank around Strasbourg in late 1944, the river proved too difficult to cross. Even if an assault could have been mounted, the Allied forces would have been too far away from the heart of Germany to pose any meaningful threat. The key to eventual victory lay in the central and northern Rhineland, but three factors delayed an advance: the failure of Operation Market Garden, the British American airborne invasion of Holland, the onset of an extremely wet autumn and harsh winter, and the unexpectedly rapid recovery of the German Army in the wake of recent Allied advances. A coordinated Allied campaign proved difficult to achieve. General Omar N. Bradley s U.S. 12th Army Group was licking its wounds after the almost disastrous Ardennes counteroffensive, and it was clear to Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery, commander of the British 21st Army Group, that the Americans would not be ready to undertake a major offensive for some time. Despite its vast reserve of manpower, unlike the critically depleted British Army, the U.S. Army had become seriously deficient of infantry replacements. Monty made the first move. Meanwhile, on January 12, the Soviet Army launched a long awaited, massive offensive from Warsaw toward the River Oder and Berlin. This was just in time, thought Montgomery and General Dwight D. Ike Eisenhower, the Allied supreme commander. By the end of the month, the Russians were only 50 miles from the German capital. While the Americans were recovering, it devolved on the 21st Army Group, still supported by Lt. Gen. William H. Texas Bill Simpson s U.S. Ninth Army, to take over the battle as soon as winter loosened its grip. Monty and Ike agreed that the next stage should be to break through the Germans formidable Siegfried Line and close up to the left bank of the Rhine. The main objective was the historic city of Wesel, on the opposite side of the great river in flat country just north of the Ruhr Valley. It was here that Montgomery had originally sought to seize a bridgehead in September 1944, and common sense still favored it. Accordingly, two well knit, almost copybook offensives were planned for February 8, 1945: Operation Veritable on the left flank and Operation Grenade on the right, adjacent to the boundary with Bradley s 12th Army Group. Monty announced that the 21st Army Group s task was to destroy all enemy in the area west of the Rhine from the present forward positions south of Nijmegen (Holland) as far south as the general line Julich Dusseldorf, as a preliminary to crossing the Rhine and engaging the enemy in mobile war to the north of the Ruhr. Three armies would be involved in the offensives: the Canadian First, the British Second, and the U.S. Ninth. Commanding the Canadian force was the distinguished, 57 year old General Henry D.G. Harry Crerar, a World War I artillery veteran and a man of cool judgment and cold nerves. The ration strength of his First Army exceeded 470,000 men, and no Canadian had ever led such a large force. The British Second Army was led by the skilled, unassuming Lt. Gen. Sir Miles Bimbo Dempsey, a 48 year old World War I veteran of the Western Front and Iraq who later acquitted himself well in the Dunkirk evacuation, the Western Desert, Sicily, Italy, and Normandy. Tall, bald, Texas born General Simpson, commanding 300,000 men of the U.S. Ninth Army, had served in the Philippine Insurrection, the 1916 Mexico punitive expedition, and on the Western Front in 1918. Eisenhower said of the 56 year old officer, If Simpson ever made a mistake as an Army commander, it never came to my attention. With 11 divisions and nine independent brigades, the Canadian Army would clear the way in February 1945 up to the town of Xanten; the Ninth Army, with 10 divisions in three corps, would cross the Roer River and move northward to Dusseldorf (Operation Grenade), and the four divisions of the Second Army would attack in the center. Although he was in customary high spirits about the operation, Montgomery knew that it would be no cakewalk. I visited the Veritable area today, he warned Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke, chief of the Imperial General Staff, on February 6. The ground is very wet, and roads and tracks are breaking up, and these factors are likely to make progress somewhat slow after the operation is launched. Besides expected opposition from at least 10 well entrenched Wehrmacht divisions, the Allied troops would have to face minefields, flooded rivers and terrain, a lack of roads, appalling weather, and tough going in the gloomy, tangled Reichswald and Hochwald forests. Montgomery won final approval for the great dual assault on the Rhine on February 1, and the preparations were hastily finalized under tight security. Strict blackout regulations were enforced, and a cover story was concocted to convince the enemy that the offensive would be in a northerly direction to liberate Holland, rather than an eastern thrust into Germany. Daytime gatherings of troops were forbidden unless under cover; large concentrations of vehicles, weapons, and ammunition were camouflaged or concealed in farmyards, barns, and haystacks, and rubber dummies of tanks and artillery pieces were positioned along an imaginary battle line where they might attract the attention of enemy patrols. Logistical feats were accomplished speedily as thousands of men, vehicles, and equipment were transported to the forward assembly lines. The British and Canadian soldiers worked around the clock. Sappers built and improved 100 miles of road using 20,000 tons of stones, 20,000 logs, and 30,000 pickets, and 446 freight trains hauled 250,000 tons of equipment and supplies to the railheads. It was estimated that the ammunition alone all types, stacked side by side and five feet high would line the road for 30 miles. Engineers constructed five bridges across the River Maas, using 1,880 tons of equipment. The biggest was a 1,280 foot long British designed Bailey bridge. Outside Nijmegen, an airfield was laid in five days for British and Canadian rocket firing Hawker Typhoons, which would support the offensive. Meanwhile, a formidable array of armor and specialized vehicles was assembled. It included Churchill, Cromwell, Centaur, Comet, Valentine, and Sherman heavy and medium tanks; Bren gun carriers, jeeps, half tracks, and armored cars; amphibious Weasel, Buffalo, and DUKW cargo and personnel carriers; and 11 regiments of Hobart s Funnies, Churchills and Shermans fitted with antimine flails, flamethrowers, and bridging equipment. Invented by Maj. Gen. Sir Percy Hobart, these had proved invaluable in the Normandy invasion and the clearing of the flooded Scheldt Estuary by Crerar s army. Under the command of the Canadian First Army, the Veritable offensive was to be spearheaded by the seasoned British XXX Corps led by 49 year old Lt. Gen. Sir Brian G. Horrocks. He returned from leave in England to plunge into preparations for the largest operation he had ever undertaken. A much wounded veteran of Ypres, Siberia, El Alamein, Tunisia, Normandy, and Belgium, the tall, lithe Horrocks nicknamed Jorrocks by his mentor, Montgomery was a charismatic officer who led from the front and was regarded as one of the finest corps commanders of the war. Horrocks regarded Monty s overall plan for the offensive as simplicity itself. The XXX Corps was to attack in a southerly direction from the Nijmegen area with its right on the River Maas and its left on the Rhine. Forty eight hours later, said Horrocks, our old friends, General Simpson s U.S. Ninth Army, were to cross the River Roer and advance north to meet us. The German forces would thus be caught in a vise and be faced with the alternatives, either to fight it out west of the Rhine or to withdraw over the Rhine and then be prepared to launch counterattacks when we ourselves subsequently attempted to cross . In theory, this looked like a comparatively simple operation, but all battles have their problems, and in this case the initial assault would have to smash through a bottleneck well suited to defense and consisting in part of the famous Siegfried Line. Horrocks decided to use the maximum force possible and open Operation Veritable with five divisions, from right to left, in line: the 51st Highland, 53rd Welsh, 15th Scottish, and the 2nd and 3rd Canadian, followed by the 43rd Wessex and Maj. Gen. Sir Alan Adair s proud Guards Armored Division. On the morning of February 4, Horrocks briefed his commanders in the packed cinema in the southern Dutch town of Tilburg. Clad in brown corduroy trousers and a battlefield jacket, the unpretentious general drew a warm response as he crisply outlined the offensive, radiated confidence, and moved from group to group with a friendly and humorous word. Like Montgomery, he made a practice of keeping all ranks informed about operations. 1 2 3 4 Next View the discussion thread. copy; Copyright 2019 Center for the National Interest All Rights Reserved
TwitterEmail1 14ChevronChevronPhotograph: Mark ParascandolaA taxi drives by the welcome sign for Yangsong Town film studios in the Huairou District of Beijing. FacebookTwitterEmailSometime in the next year or two, China will likely surpass the United States as the world s biggest movie market. With a population of 1.4 billion, China already has more movie screens and sells more tickets than any other country. This year, it s projected to generate $11.05 billion in revenue compared to America s $12.11 billion. Although the pace has slowed in recent years, China s box office receipts grew by an average of 35 percent a year over the past decade. This has given the country s Communist Party leaders extraordinary clout with Hollywood studios eager to get their films into the lucrative but tightly censored Chinese market.Photo GalleryInside the Icelandic Facility Where Bitcoin Is MinedLaura MalloneePhoto GalleryDistant Galaxies? The Death Star? Nope, These Are ExplosionsMichael HardyPhotographyThe Acid Sludge Streaming Out of Germany #39;s Coal MinesLaura MalloneeBut because of strict limits on foreign film imports, domestic movies still dominate Chinese cinemas; in 2018, 398 Chinese pictures were released in theaters compared to 118 foreign films. Shooting that many films requires a lot of movie studios, so China s largely state controlled film industry has been on a building spree for the past couple decades. Hengdian World Studios, built in the 1990s on farmland in China s southeastern Zhejiang Province, claims to be the world s largest outdoor film studio and features full scale replicas of the Forbidden City and Beijing s Old Summer Palace, along with dozens of palaces, gardens, and streetscapes.
THE MOST revealing moment of the national day parade through Tiananmen Square on October 1st lasted just a few seconds. It came as China s fearsome new DF 41 nuclear missiles, capable of striking any city in America, neared Chaguan s press seat on the Avenue of Eternal Peace. Loudspeakers came to life as their camouflaged, many wheeled carriers growled towards the grand gateway of the Forbidden City where President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders waited on a rostrum. Unseen voices explained how the weapons would ensure that China always retains a deterrent capability, thus safeguarding peace. Turning lyrical, the voices compared the missiles to large dragons that can hide in massive mountains or boundless seas before delivering earth shaking blows. The hand picked crowd erupted in spontaneous cheers.Those cheers reflect two messages conveyed by the parade, which marked 70 years of Communist rule. The first is that China wields such firepower that no country may safely defy it. The second is that China is great again thanks to the Communist Party which is, and has always been, a force for good.
Gunton was evidently taking part in SIM swapping attacks, something that is considered a grave offense as it can lead to multiple account takeover via the bypassing of 2FA systems, impersonation, and multiple types of fraud. Other activities of Gunton include the stealing and selling of PII (personally identifiable information) from various sources, the hacking of an Australian Instagram account, and the breach of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order that was imposed to him in 2016. In total, the hacker made approximately pound;275,000 in Bitcoin, which was seized by the police.The court decided that the imprisonment sentence has already been served on remand, so Gunton will not get behind bars after all. However, he is forbidden from using any internet capable devices unless he is doing so in front of a police agent or through a network that the authorities can monitor at all times. Even in this case, he will not be allowed to use a VPN product, any form of encrypted communication, or the Tor network. Moreover, he will not be allowed to delete internet history, use a browser in ”incognito mode ”, and use any type of cloud storage services. All of the above will apply for the next 3.5 years. Moreover, the hacker will have to pay back pound;407,359 to the identified and confirmed victims, which is more than what he made.
;I wanted to change, because of what I was taught, and I believed that;s what I was supposed to do,; Nadav Schwartz told the Walla news site. ;Being gay is forbidden, and I needed to be like everyone else. I thought it was the right thing to do.;Schwartz said his "therapist " turned out to be a sex offender who was in the habit of having sex with the young men under his care. The therapist was later charged with sexual abuse, according to the report.
Planets orbiting in mysterious "desert" regions in space, located close to a system's sun, normally have no atmosphere, as it's scorched away by the star's irradiation, leaving only a bare, rocky core. However, it seems that one planet has miraculously managed to maintain one.Researchers from the University of Warwick in the UK have discovered a Neptune class exoplanet called NGTS 4b in a region where they never expected to find one ndash; in a scorching hot Neptunian Desert, Science Alert reported. Such regions of space in the close proximity to stars are usually filled with either much larger giant planets or dwarf and rocky ones, with their atmospheres evaporated by their star's irradiation.
Two elusive giant exoplanets discovered Eighteen Earth sized exoplanets discovered Life may be evolving on nearest exoplanets: Study This illustration provided by Dan Durda shows the exoplanet Kepler 1625b with a hypothesized moon. On Thursday, October 4, 2018, two Columbia University researchers reported their results that the potential exomoon would be the size of Neptune or Uranus. The exoplanet, about 8,000 light years away, is as big as Jupiter. (Dan Durda via AP) Astronomers say they have discovered a rogue exoplanet with its own atmosphere in the Neptunian Desert. NGTS 4b, nick named #8216;The Forbidden Planet; is smaller than Neptune but three times the size of Earth said researchers led by the University of Warwick in the UK.The exoplanet, described in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, has a mass of 20 Earth masses, a radius 20 per cent smaller than Neptune, and temperature of 1000 degrees Celsius.
A cross shaped World War I monument in Maryland is at the heart of a case that the Supreme Court will hear this week mdash; a case considered by some to be an indication of the future of the notion of the separation of church and state in the U.S.As ABC News reports, this week the Supreme Court will consider the case of a World War I monument in Bladensburg, Maryland. The 40 foot high, 16 ton monument is shaped like a Latin Cross, and as such, opponents say that its presence essentially amounts to government sponsorship of a specific religion, which is forbidden by the First Amendment.
Doyle said he's been pushing the Church to publicly support those children, who often grow up living in shame and secrecy. CBS News correspondent Roxana Saberi spoke with him and other children of priests fighting for recognition from the Catholic Church.Sarah Thomas is one of those children. She told CBS News that she's proof priests sometimes break their vows to the Church, which for nearly nine centuries has forbidden its clergymen from sex and marriage.
Maybe this wasn t clear to Danish photographer Andreas Hvid, who decided it was a good idea to climb up the Great Pyramid of Giza with a female companion, remove their clothing, and engage in an intimate adult cuddle. And then photograph it. Oh and then post it on his website.Believe it or not, Egypt is not thrilled with this course of events, and officials are currently investigating this highly forbidden act. It is illegal to climb the Pyramids of Giza beyond a certain level, and the entire site is out of bounds after 5:00 pm.
Blanchett, 49, earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of a lesbian in Carol, Todd Haynes; 2015 film about a forbidden love affair between two women in 1950s New York. The Australian actress is one of 52 straight people who have been Oscar nominated for playing LGBTQ roles.Speaking Friday at the Rome Film Festival, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Blanchett remarked that journalists had repeatedly questioned whether having lesbian experiences was essential to understanding her Carol character.
There s an endless array of feelings that can be communicated in a mere glance. Whether it s an exasperated look between friends, a comforting gaze from mother to child, or the longing stare of a lover, the very act of looking can be used as an effective shorthand to convey the way people feel about themselves and each other. Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu has taken that understanding to its logical extent with her sophomore feature film, Rafiki, by crafting a tender lesbian love story that examines the way the act of looking can be both a romantic salve and a weapon used against the queer.Set in Nairobi, Rafiki follows the budding romance between Kena Mwaura (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki Okemi (Sheila Munyiva) as their fathers face off in an upcoming local election. Drawn to each other despite the anti gay stigma that surrounds them, they carve out a special place for each other in their complicated teen lives, exploring their sexuality and desire within the confines of a protective bubble that eventually bursts as safety becomes a more pressing concern.
This story contains spoilers for the third episode of FX #39;s American Horror Story season eight, quot;Forbidden Fruit. quot; After teasing viewers for two weeks, American Horror Story conjured up the familiar Coven witches in the final moments of the third episode of Apocalypse.
KEYWORD:GHOST SHIP CASE REACHED IN GHOST SHIP CASE lt;FORMAT gt; OAKLAND (BCN) Although nothing was announced in open court, an attorney for Ghost Ship warehouse creative director Max Harris said a plea agreement was reached today for Harris and warehouse master tenant Derick Almena for their alleged roles in the fire at the warehouse that killed 36 people. Tyler Smith, one of three lawyers who represent Harris, said the details of the plea agreement for Almena, 48, and Harris, 28, for the fire during a music party at the warehouse at 1309 31st Ave. in Oakland's Fruitvale district on Dec. 2, 2016 won't be announced until the parties in the case return to court Tuesday afternoon. Smith said one reason for the delay is that prosecutors Autrey James and David Lim want time to tell the victims' family members about the plea deal. Smith said the length of the state prison terms that Almena and Harris will serve are "different" but said he's not at liberty to provide details. Almena and Harris, who both remain in custody in lieu of $750,000 bail, were scheduled to stand trial on July 16 and could have faced up to 39 years if they had been convicted of the 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter that they face. The parties in the case met privately in the chambers of Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson for more than two hours this afternoon. When they emerged at 4:15 p.m. into a brief hearing in open court, Jacobson said the trial is still scheduled to begin on July 16. He also ordered the parties to return to his court on Tuesday afternoon. Jacobson said, "I expect to conclude any further pretrial discussions at that time," seeming to indicate that if an agreement wasn't reached on Tuesday the case would go to trial. Almena's lawyer Tony Serra and Curtis Briggs, Harris' lead attorney, have spoken to reporters after all of the defendants' previous court appearances, but they both said to a group of about 25 reporters who came to court today that Jacobson has forbidden them from talking about the case until Tuesday. The closed door discussions today were the third time that Jacobson tried to get the parties in the case to reach an agreement. After the first discussions on June 14, Serra said, "The parties are so far apart that there's no prospect whatsoever of reaching an agreement short of a trial" and that the prosecution's offer of a proposed settlement "was unacceptable and not realistic." But after the second discussions on Monday, Serra said, "This time we were closer." Jacobson, Serra added, "is very desirous to resolve this case because a trial would be traumatic and dramatic for the victims' families." Serra also said Almena would consider a plea agreement if it would "eliminate the pain and suffering and anguish of the families of the deceased."