first_imgDefense officials will start to form a task force to study the business case for consolidating the military’s three exchange services and the Defense Commissary Agency, after Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan this week approved a memo laying out the next steps for a possible merger of military resale activities. Shanahan said he agrees “a single consolidated organization offers the greatest potential to achieve the economies and efficiencies” that are necessary to ensure commissary and exchange benefits survive, according to the memo.The task force is scheduled to complete its analysis by Oct. 31, at which point it would begin planning for consolidation, reports Military Times. If the DOD chief management officer approves the business case, the team would complete integration planning by Jan. 31, 2019, and the consolidation would begin under existing authorities. Lawmakers would be afforded input into the decision, however, under an amendment to the House version of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill.Photo by Michelle Bir Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgThe singer/songwriter dropped all kinds of hints about her new album, including the title, track names and moreRenée FabianGRAMMYs May 2, 2018 – 10:54 am Ariana Grande stopped by “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” on May 1, and boy did we learn a lot.Starting with her upcoming album, the singer/songwriter revealed the title is Sweetener because “it’s kind of about bringing light to a situation or to someone’s life or somebody else brings life to your life. Sweetening the situation.”Grande also tipped that the album will be coming this summer, and on the 20th of every month she will do something special ahead of its release. On April 20 we got the first single, “No Tears Left To Cry.” On May 20 Grande will perform at the Billboard Music Awards. She also dropped the hint that there’s only a few more 20th dates left, which would put the release date at July or August.The GRAMMY nominee also shared a few track names, including “R.E.M.,” “The Light Is Coming,” “God Is A Woman,” and the lowdown on a short intro track, “Raindrops,” which borrows from a ’50s Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons song called “An Angel Cried.”Grande also hinted that they hid the entire album track list in “the video” — we assume “No Tears Left To Cry” — but the list isn’t in order. She also tweeted a few lyrics to “R.E.M.” earlier in the week. Ariana Grande Reveals ‘Sweetener’ Album Title With Jimmy Fallon Twitter During her appearance on the popular late-night TV show, Grande also played a round of “Musical Genre Challenge,” which saw the superstar imitate Evanescence’s Amy Lee for a rendition of Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” and channel a ’90s diva for a version of Drake’s “God’s Plan.”Sweetener will be Grande’s fourth studio album and her latest since her 2016 GRAMMY-nominated LP, Dangerous Woman.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more News center_img Email Facebook Ariana Grande’s New Album: ‘Sweetener’ ariana-grande-reveals-sweetener-album-title-jimmy-fallonlast_img read more

first_imgNetflix seems to be trying something new. If you recently updated or downloaded the Netflix mobile app, you might have noticed an Extras icon has replaced the Coming Soon icon. When CNET tested the feature, Netflix showed us a vertical Instagram-style feed of originals, series and movies. The feed has videos and images you can scroll through. Netflix will still show a brief synopsis of the show if it’s out, or when the new season debuts. You can tap Remind Me to be notified when the new season is up as well. Netflix is nesting a news feed. Screenshot by Carrie Mihalcik/CNET Netflix didn’t immediately respond for comment but confirmed the test to Variety on Wednesday. “We are testing a feed of video extras in our mobile app to help fans connect more deeply with the titles they love and discover new ones to watch. These tests typically vary in length of time and by region, and may not become permanent,” the streaming company told Variety.  Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Is Netflix too expensive? Netflix doesn’t think so Mobile Culture Mobile Apps 0center_img Post a comment 1:36 Tags Netflixlast_img read more

first_img Volkswagen (VW) first sold a diesel vehicle in Britain equipped with software which rigged the result of emissions tests in 2008, UK managing director Paul Willis told the Commons Transport select committee on 12 October. It seems around 2008 from the information I have at the moment. I knew nothing about this subject until 19 September this year, when I first heard it on the news from the United States.During the hearing Willis answered questions from British lawmakers and vowed that Volkswagen would work to win back trust. He also said there were questions around the emissions testing process, and that the firm should discuss with British regulators the possibility of paying towards the re-testing of vehicles. Willis told Louise Ellman, the chair of the parliamentary committee, that the first recalls of the faulty models will take place in the first quarter of 2016.Were determined to get to the bottom of this, because we have to get to the bottom of this issue to regain the trust of our customers. We will call the cars back step by step and I intend in the United Kingdom to contact every single customer to try to call those cars back, said Willis. The Volkswagen managing director also defended allegations that it was a corporate decision to circumvent the emissions tests. I find it absolutely implausible that senior people of the company would have known of these issues with regard to the testing regime, he said.The biggest business crisis in VWs 78-year history has wiped about a third off its share price, forced out its long-time CEO, prompted investigations across the world and shaken both the car industry and German establishment. Closelast_img read more

first_imgThree people are dead after a small plane crashed in the parking lot of an Ace Hardware store near Hobby Airport Thursday in southeast Houston.The incident was reported at 6800 Telephone Road where Houston Fire Department units arrived to find a small single engine plane down in a parking lot. The plane had struck a parked vehicle. Drivers are urged to avoid travel in the following perimeter:Bellfort to the NorthBroadway to the EastAirport Blvd to the SouthMykawa to the West NTSB on the angle of descent. Plane missed power lines, propane tank & a building. “Yes, that’s remarkable.”#khou pic.twitter.com/bUMRDDMwiB— The Bishop (@BillBishopKHOU) June 9, 2016No other information was immediately available. Stay with News 88.7 for the latest in this breaking news story. We will update as we learn more. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore EditorThere are thousands of people in Baltimore, many of them among the most disenfranchised communities of the city, who dread this week because they will have to bid farewell to Chief Melvin Russell, a man who embodied the term “public servant” as a member of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), for 39 years.Russell, the former chief of the Community Collaboration Division and a deputy commissioner, will officially step down from his posts on April 24, the first day sweeping changes to the BPD are scheduled to begin; much of the restructuring is aimed at BPD command staff, which Russell was a part of.However, there is a massive celebration planned in honor of Russell that will take place in front of City Hall on the 25th, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Allegedly, the send off for Russell is being spearheaded by new Police Commissioner Michael Harrison. Several members of the BPD command staff will also reportedly be in attendance to honor Russell and his work, which some argue has been transcendent in many communities.Several influential members of Baltimore’s clergy allegedly pushed hard to make sure Russell, an ordained minister and an elder at New Beginnings Ministries, under Pastor Terry Love, was feted properly and publicly.“The clergy of the city has been working with Chief Russell for many years, even before the Freddie Gray incident…we’ve worked with Russell for many, many years, building relationships between the community and the police department,” said Bishop Angel Nunez, senior pastor of the Bilingual Christian Church of Baltimore. Although Nunez will not reveal specifics of the confidential meeting between Baltimore clergy members and Commissioner Harrison (who is also an ordained minister), Nunez did suggest that Russell will continue to serve the city he loves.“In my mind I think there are other avenues we need to approach to make sure that there is not a loss,” Nunez said. “We are excited for what the future is to bring. I will not elaborate at this moment, but we are in expectation of a better police department … and our beloved chief will be involved one way or another.”last_img read more

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — An ancient form may be coming to the modern world. A new project, called the Lunar Cubit, features a set of nine black pyramid-shaped solar powered structured. The structures will power thousands of homes in the Abu Dhabi desert. Each of the pyramids would be able to provide power to about 250 desert homes. This instillation may not be powerful as a standard solar power farm, but it would be visually stunning. Egypt to open inner chambers of ‘bent’ pyramid The Lunar Cubit project was designed by Robert Flottemesch, Jen DeNike, Johanna Ballhaus, and Adrian P. De Luca. It is inspired by the ancient measurements that allowed for the original pyramids to be constructed, with the proposed measurements proportional to the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Giza. Citation: The Lunar Cubit could merge art and solar power (2011, February 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-lunar-cubit-merge-art-solar.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: www.lunarcubit.com/images/LUNA … -WEBDOWNLOADV2.0.pdf The proposed structure consists of eight small pyramids that surrounding a central, larger pyramid in a semi circle. This design allows for the structures to also act as a lunar calender. The structures will use LED lights to illuminate in different combinations to indicate the waxing or waning of the moon.The project was first submitted as a proposal in the Land Art Generator Initiative. The contest asked designers to create a large-scale renewable energy project that would double as a work of art.The Lunar Cubit would feature frameless solar panels made of glass and amorphous silicon. The structures would be expected to pay back the cost of construction in about five years. All nine of the pyramids would constitute a 1.74 MW utility-scale power plant, with the central pyramid being responsible for converting the energy to AC electricity for home use. Explore furtherlast_img read more