Dan Cohen AUTHOR Unsurprisingly, many of the priorities of Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, the Army’s new assistant chief of staff for installation management (ACSIM), are focused on ways to cope with severe funding constraints.One of her priorities is carrying out the Army’s ongoing “Reduce the Footprint” initiative, an effort to cut the overall cost of maintaining infrastructure by eliminating excess facilities. The Army spends an estimated $450 million to $500 million annually maintaining underused facilities, reports the Army News Service.“Right now we are in fiscally-constrained times. So being able to garner back dollars on reducing excess infrastructure is important,” Bingham said. “If you could imagine recouping that amount of money every year, and think about how we can invest that in the readiness of our soldiers — that’s huge.”To mitigate funding cuts for morale, welfare and recreation programs, as well as family support programs, Bingham plans to identify efficiencies, and establish and strengthen partnerships to sustain support for personnel and their families.“Realistically speaking, we won’t be able to do everything at the same level that we used to do it,” she acknowledged. “But I can assure you we will spare no effort to make sure that our soldiers and their families have that quality of life that they so richly deserve.”One solution will be to pursue partnerships with military service organizations, according to the story.“Any which way that we can partner to help retain as many of those programs we’ve had in the past, we are certainly going to do that,” Bingham said. “We’ve been doing that already. That’s not a new initiative. Partnerships occur at every level on the installation.”For top leaders in the Army, though, the No. goal is readiness. For Bingham, who assumed the duties as the ACSIM on June 30 after serving as commanding general for the Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Life Cycle Management Command, that means ensuring installations can continue operating under any contingency, including a power outage.“Energy security is becoming an area of increased focus,” she said. “I see it … as a form of force protection and mission assurance. So being able to secure our energy on our own posts, camps and stations and installations is critical. That’s an area we are putting a lot of emphasis on. We have to make sure those installations are able to do their mission.”
ADC AUTHOR The Navy, the Navy’s Southwest Region Command and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) have entered into new contract to explore development of a major public transit hub to be located at Naval Base Point Loma, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Wednesday.The proposed transit station, locally nicknamed as “San Diego Central Station,” would need space allocated at the 70-acre base that overlooks Interstate 5 in Point Loma. It would serve as a future transportation hub that connects all rail types and provides access to San Diego International Airport, according to the report.“This is the beginning of what I expect to be a long partnership with the Navy,” said Steve Vaus, who chairs the SANDAG board and is the mayor of Poway. “The MOU creates the opportunity for SANDAG and the Navy to do something very special in the region, clearing a path for us to work on a major transportation hub and providing a transit link to the airport,” he added.Located close to downtown San Diego and its airport, the expansive property could feature millions of square feet of multi-purpose office space as well as multi-family housing towers and some retail.The Navy eventually plans to seek redevelopment proposals for the property in exchange for new facilities for the installation’s on-base missions, according to the report.“The Navy remains dedicated to creating a more modern, efficient workspace … while working closely with SANDAG and other entities to foster robust community engagement for this project,” said Capt. Mark Edelson, commanding officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest.Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Derek Harkins
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, March 21, 2019:#1) Wilmington Middle School Drama Club’s “Seussical The Musical”The Wilmington Middle School Drama Club presents its spring musical, “Seussicial The Musical” on Thursday, March 21, 2019 (7pm); Friday, March 22, 2019 (7pm); and Saturday, March 23, 2019 (1pm) in the Wilmington Middle School Auditorium. Come enjoy the story of Horton and some of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters. Tickets are available at the door. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for students (12 and under).#2) Wilmington Finance Committee MeetingThe Wilmington Finance Committee meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#3) Wilmington Elderly Services Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Elderly Services Commission meets at 1:30pm at the Senior Center. The agenda will be posted HERE.#4) Library Gift Basket Raffle DeadlineThe Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library has organized an “unplugged”-theme gift basket raffle at the Wilmington Memorial Library this winter. Tickets are $2 each or $3 for 5 and can be purchased at the library’s Front Desk.The “Unplugged!” gift basket includes:Gift Certificate to Yoga Loft (1-month membership)Gift Certificate to Tremezzo ($100)Gift Certificate to the Book Store Next Door ($10)Art & Creativity SetBoard Games: Story Cubes, Pass The Pigs, Ticket To RideMagnetic SandArt PaperDigital Detox by Damon ZahariadesThe raffle winner will be drawn on Thursday, March 21, 2019 during the Friends of the Library’s Annual Meeting at 7pm.#5) Tour Of Wilmington Town MuseumThe Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 27, 2019In “Community”
Spotify Premium users can get Hulu for free. Hulu Editor’s note, May 16, 2019: Spotify stopped accepting new sign ups for its Premium with Hulu deal on May 14. The company has announced a new Premium offer, where new or free-tier users who previously haven’t tried Premium can get a three-month trial for 99 cents. (Spotify Premium users that canceled their Premium account before April 15, 2019 can also sign up for a three-month trial for $9.99). The Spotify plus Hulu combination deal, detailed in the article below, is now available only to students who sign up for Spotify’s Premium for Students plan. If you have Spotify Premium, you can now get Hulu’s ad-supported service at no extra cost. New and existing subscribers to Spotify Premium and Hulu can sign up for the specially priced bundle through June 10. If you’re new to Spotify Premium, after you sign up for the offer, you’ll get the ad-free music streaming service and Hulu’s ad-supported TV service for 30 days. After the first month, you’ll pay $10 per month thereafter. Digital Media Mobile Spotify buys Gimlet and Anchor on its march to rule podcasts Now playing: Watch this: Originally posted March 12 at 10:18 am PT. Updated to add frequently asked questions, 1:48 pm PT. Updated March 27 to note new competitive offerings from Apple. Updated May 16 to note expiration of deal. 6 3:09 Apple will finally reveal its $1 billion-budget TV service Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Comments Hulu Spotify 2:28 If you already have Spotify Premium, you can activate Hulu for no additional cost by signing up here.Hulu and Spotify offered a similar deal last April and bundled their services for $13 per month. If you’re still paying last year’s bundle price, you’ll be automatically migrated to the new $10 deal.Here’s everything else you need to know about the current promotion:The basicsSpotify and Hulu teamed up on a discounted bundle deal that was first announced on March 12. Whether you’re brand-new to both, an existing subscriber of one but not the other — or both already — you’re eligible for the promotion, which includes access to Spotify’s ad-free premium service (normally $9.99 per month) and Hulu’s ad-supported service (normally $5.99) for a total of $9.99 per month. You can sign up for the specially priced bundle now through June 10. The caveats There are a few catches here, mostly for existing Spotify and Hulu subscribers. Current Spotify subscribers who have a “Students Tier” membership or the “Family Plan” — where up to four members of a household can listen to different songs concurrently — are not eligible for this promotion. Same goes for Hulu subscribers who have the “No Ads” or “Hulu + Live TV” plans. Check out all of the terms and conditions here.This deal includes Spotify’s Premium tier of service, which is ad-free, and Hulu’s “ad-supported” plan, which includes ad interruptions. The company says that the number of ads on Hulu is “generally less than half of that of traditional broadcast and cable TV” and that the platform will accommodate your ad preferences. The time frameYou can sign up for the special bundle pricing bundle until June 10.I’m brand-new to Spotify and Hulu. Am I eligible for this deal?Yes. You can sign up here.I already have Hulu but not Spotify. Am I eligible for this deal?Yes. You can sign up here. But to qualify for the special pricing, current Hulu subscribers need to switch their billing over to Spotify. Note that you you won’t get a prorated credit or refund from Hulu for the current month of service — and you’ll forfeit any credit balances on your account.I already have Spotify but not Hulu. Am I eligible for this deal?If you’re a Spotify Premium subscriber, yes. You can sign up here. Current Spotify subscribers who have a “Students Tier” membership or the “Family Plan” — where up to four members of a household can listen to different songs concurrently — are not eligible for this promotion.I already have Spotify and Hulu. Am I eligible for this deal?Yes. You can sign up here. But to qualify for the special pricing, current Hulu subscribers need to switch their billing over to Spotify. Note that you you won’t get a prorated credit or refund from Hulu for the current month of service — and you’ll forfeit any credit balances on your account.I am a Spotify Family Plan subscriber. Am I eligible for this deal?No. Current Spotify subscribers who have the “Family Plan” — where up to four members of a household can listen to different songs concurrently — are not eligible for this promotion.I am a Spotify Student Tier subscriber. Am I eligible for this deal?No. Current Spotify subscribers who have a “Students Tier” membership are not eligible for this promotion.Are there any time commitments or contractual obligations?No. Unlike a cable service or gym membership, this is a month-by-month plan. You can cancel at any time.Seems too good to be true. Why now?The announcement came one day after Apple revealed that it’s having its own event on March 25. That event will reportedly focus on several new Apple services, including a video service with Apple-exclusive content. While Apple’s exact plans and pricing aren’t known, Spotify and Hulu are no doubt hoping that this music-plus-video offering for $10 per month will be a strong counteroffer to whatever Apple has in the wings. Tags
Tata Starbucks employees are being wooed with a benefit that many employees long for: five-day week. The employees (baristas) at Tata Starbucks coffee stores already enjoy two free drinks and free food. The latest is a move by the company is a step forward in employee engagement and talent retention.From May 15, all the 1,200 employees of Tata Starbucks working at its 83 stores across India will be working five days a week. What’s more, they get to choose their weekly off. “The five day work schedule marks a first-of-a-kind initiative for a food and beverage retailer in India,” Tata Starbucks said in a statement. The company is a 50:50 joint venture between India’s Tata Group and Starbucks.No wonder, the employees are happy. “It is definitely good for the employees, we are happy,” Atul Inderyas, Assistant Store Manager of a Tata Starbucks outlet in Bengaluru told International Business Times, India Edition.”Most of the employees are between the age group of 20-27…young people. Making it a 5-day work schedule will not be a burden as we do not have any fixed day off. It’s flexible. The main aim is to increase efficiency and effectiveness. If any employee comes with a request, we are flexible to change the roaster and give them offs,” he added.In other countries where Starbucks, employees enjoy even more privileges. For instance, Starbucks China announced a monthly housing allowance subsidy to help China partners overcome the financial challenges of beginning their careers. In yet another initiative, Starbucks UK in 2015 launched the “Home Sweet Loan” programme wherein an interest-free loan is given to help partners pay rental deposits when they move into a new home.Tata Starbucks also has its share of unique benefits for its employees. “We are entitled to three drinks and one food item free of cost every day,” Indreyas said.Sumitro Ghosh, CEO, Tata Starbucks, said the company recognises the significant role of its employees in the success of the venture. “We acknowledge that our success would not be possible without the contributions our partners make on a daily basis to provide an exceptional third place experience for our customers and we are pleased to adopt a five day work schedule that also recognizes their commitments outside of their work,” Ghosh said in the statement.The move, according to Tata Starbucks, is in line with its goal of becoming an “Employer of choice in India”.Ready to join Tata Starbucks?
At least two people were killed and 30 others injured as a tour bus carrying 70 people plunged into a deep ditch near Tulshiganj bridge in Naogaon’s Sadar upazila on Thursday evening.The deceased were identified as Liton Hossain, 35, son of Guljar Ali of Bakhra village in Kalai upazila under Joypurhat district and Zahidul Islam, 45, cook of the tour bus, son of Yakub Ali of the same village.Naogaon district Police Super Iqbal Hossain said a study tour bus carrying some 70 people, including guardians, teachers and students, of Bright Future Academy of Kalai upazila of Joypurhat was returning home after visiting the town.The bus drove into the ditch while taking a U-turn near the bridge at around 6:00pm, leaving two dead on the spot and 30 others, including women and children, injured, added the SP.On information, three firefighting units rushed in and conducted a one-hour rescue operation and recovered the injured, said, assistant director of Naogaon district Fire Service and Civil Defense SM Morshed.The injured were taken to Naogaon Sadar Hospital, he added.
Trucks make their way through flood waters on a main road leading to the Arkema Inc. chemical plant that was in crisis during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Photo: AFPNew proof of the devastation wrought by monster storm Harvey emerged Wednesday as the bodies of six family members were plucked from receding waters in Texas and flooding triggered fears of a chemical explosion near Houston.While clouds parted in America’s fourth-largest city, bringing a welcome respite after the storm turned roads into rivers, rural areas of Texas were drenched as Harvey headed eastwards with the city of Port Arthur especially hard hit.Authorities in neighboring Louisiana scrambled to safeguard their state from the impact of Harvey, whose onslaught evoked painful memories of Hurricane Katrina’s deadly strike 12 years ago—but New Orleans escaped with minimal rain.Taking advantage of a lull in the rainfall in Houston, rescuers recovered the bodies of six family members from a van which was swept away by the floods over the weekend.Manuel and Belia Saldivar and four of their great-grandchildren ranging from six to 16 years in age went missing on Sunday.“Our worst fears have been realized,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told a press conference, confirming all six bodies had been found inside the van.So far, officials believe at least 33 people to have been killed in the storm, and there is little doubt the toll will rise further—although many of those unaccounted for may simply have no access to phones or power.“To those Americans who have lost loved ones, all of America is grieving with you, and our hearts are joined with yours forever,” President Donald Trump said in a speech, a day after viewing some of the damage for himself on a trip to Texas.More than 30,000 people have found refuge in shelters across the Lone Star State, from the giant Houston convention center to small churches, according to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Brock Long.In Houston, where Mayor Sylvester Turner issued an nighttime curfew to aid search efforts and thwart potential looting, the two major airports reopened on a limited basis, signalling a slow return to normality.Turner told a news conference Wednesday night that trash pickup and metro service will resume in some areas where flood waters have receded.“It’s my hope that despite how massive this storm has been, that the city of Houston will quickly move to get back to where we were and then beyond that,” Turner said.The National Hurricane Center downgraded Harvey to a tropical depression Wednesday night, but warned that life-threatening flood conditions remain in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.But at least a quarter of Harris County, which includes Houston, is still under water—and the operators of an organic peroxides plant outside the city warned they were bracing for the risk of an explosion after flooding caused them to lose all power.“Right now, we have an unprecedented six feet of water at the plant,” Rich Rowe, president and chief executive of plant operator Arkema Inc, said in a statement.“We have lost critical refrigeration of the materials on site that could now explode and cause a subsequent intense fire,” he said. “The high water and lack of power leave us with no way to prevent it.”As a precaution, officials had already ordered the evacuation of an area within 1.5 miles (three km) of the plant in Crosby, northeast of Houston, and Rowe said the facility itself had been evacuated for employees’ safety.‘City underwater’Even as Houston got a first glimpse of life-after-Harvey, the city of Port Arthur was pummeled by torrential rains—making it almost impossible to reach despite the best efforts of volunteer rescuers.“Our whole city is underwater right now,” Port Arthur’s mayor, Derrick Freeman, posted on Facebook early Wednesday—assuring stranded residents that help was on the way.Justin Coleman was part of a crew of three jeeps and three boats that drove overnight from Fort Worth trying to reach Port Arthur, but were forced to turn around on their first attempt.“We’re on the radio with them right now and every 30 seconds there’s another person rescued,” the 33-year-old told AFP during a pit stop at a gas station in the nearby town of Winnie.“There’s a lot of babies and elderly that are stuck in their homes right now. They said it’s getting up to their chests,” said Coleman, who runs a construction company.So far, parts of Texas have seen more than 50 inches (1.27 meters) of rain, while in Louisiana, the top total 18 inches so far was increasing.Dodged a bulletHarvey first slammed onshore as a Category Four hurricane on Friday night before unloading on Texas.Although now downgraded to a tropical storm, Harvey made its second landfall just west of the Louisiana town of Cameron early Wednesday, packing maximum sustained winds nearing 45 miles per hour.Forecasters are predicting another five to 10 inches of rain in the region, with the downpour finally expected to stop on Thursday.For now, southwestern Louisiana is taking the hardest hit, with a levee being breached in the town of Gueydan.While New Orleans appeared to have dodged a bullet, the arrival of Harvey nevertheless served as a somber reminder, coming just one day after the 12-year anniversary of Katrina, which ravaged the vulnerable city famous for its jazz music and cuisine.“I began to pray for the people in Texas after having gone through that same experience myself as a Katrina survivor,” said Crystal Harris, who works for a bank which was taking donations for storm victims.‘Lessons learned’In Texas, the damage wrought is staggering—Enki Research put its “best estimate” at between $48 billion and $75 billion.At least one bridge had crumbled, one levee had breached and dams were at risk, while Harvey sparked the closure of several major refineries across what is a major hub of America’s oil industry.More than 4,500 people and 1,000 pets have been rescued from the storm zone by the Coast Guard, which expected to rescue an additional 1,000 people Wednesday in the Port Arthur area alone.The Coast Guard has deployed about 50 aircraft and two dozen boats, but the overall rescue effort, involving other military branches and state police, easily tops more than 100 aircraft.“We are certainly bringing lessons learned from Katrina,” Admiral Paul Thomas, who oversees Coast Guard operations in 26 states, told reporters in New Orleans—noting that several members of his team are Louisiana natives who are veterans of the 2005 disaster.
French media regulator the CSA has initiated a joint consultation with the country’s channels on reality shows following the deaths of two people involved in the making of TF1’s Koh-Lanta, the French version of Survivor. The move follows the death of 25 year-old contestant Gérald Babin, who suffered a heart attack while completing one of the challenges on the show, and the subsequent death of the show’s doctor, Thierry Costa, who left a suicide note that referred to criticism and media pressure following Babin’s death.CSA president Olivier Schrameck has charged Françoise Laborde and Francine Mariani-Ducray, who co-chair a committee that looks at the evolution of programming, to lead the consultation over the next few weeks with a particular focus on whether such shows respect human dignity and offer sufficient protection for young people and minors.The CSA said the consultation, which will take care not to interfere with ongoing legal enquiries, could lead to a re-examination of rules and the creation of a new voluntary code of practice that producers and distributors could sign up to.
Danish telco and cable operator TDC saw its IPTV base rise by 7,000 subscribers in the second quarter, boosted by uptake to its HomeTrio bundle from mobile customers, while cable unit YouSee saw TV revenue-generating units fall.Despite YouSee’s loss of 6,000 TV customers in the quarter, revenues rose by 3.4% thanks to subscription fee increases.TDC’s TV revenue grew by DKK127 million (€17 million) thanks to price increases across both cable and its consumer arm. TDC TV posted revenues of DKK197 million for the quarter, while YouSee TV turned in sales of DKK839 million.
ATX is highlighting four product lines at IBC– end-to-end IPTV solutions, encoding with reliable video delivery over the internet, licence-free transcoding, and an IP to PAL mini headend.VidiPlay middleware is a part of ATX’s end-to-end IPTV solution. The system can include IP set-back boxes and smart TV clients to deliver IP video to TVs as well as clients for PCs, tablets and mobiles.VidiPlay also manages client authentication and access control, provides UI customisation and supports advanced features such as an interactive programme guide, VOD, nPVR, digital signage and more.DigiVu II multichannel encoders are designed for encoding locally generated content and studio feeds as well as for transporting video feeds between locations.Video inputs include HD/SD-SDI, CVBS, HDMI, and Component. Outputs include MPEG-2/H.264, SD/HD, and multiple output profile encoding. They feature optional integrated Zixi Feeder or VideoFlow DVP technologies for reliable video delivery over the internet.ATX’s VersAtivePro licence-free transcoding platform is designed to be a budget-friendly solution in the professional quality transcoder market, according to the company.The UCrypt IP to PAL (IP2PAL) mini-headend is designed for conversion of IP video streams to PAL in a space-efficient and cost-effective manner. This device can ingest up to 60 MPEG-2/H.264, HD/SD video streams and convert them to PAL.ATX will exhibit at IBC on stand 14.G16
Over a quarter of US broadband households engage in content piracy or account sharing, a new study has revealed.The report from Parks Associates entitled 360 Deep Dive: Account Sharing and Digital Piracy also found that pay-TV and OTT piracy along with account sharing will lead to US$9.1 billion (€8.1 billion) in lost revenue this year, leading to US$12.5 billion (€11.1 billion) by 2024. This increase represents a growth rate of 38%, with 27% of US broadband households currently engaging in some form of piracy or account sharing. Just under a quarter (20%) of US broadband households using a piracy app, website or jailbroken device.The most likely groups of people engage in piracy activity are male consumers under the age 35, and households with low annual incomes. These are also the demographics that most often subscribe to OTT services, representing a realistic marketing opportunity.Brett Sappington, senior research director and principal analyst at Parks Associates said: “Piracy is a complex issue that cannot be addressed with a single solution or by targeting a single use case. “Most pirates also subscribe to at least one OTT service. They are not simply thieves looking to steal content but are video enthusiasts who engage with many different services. OTT services could better reach these consumers through ad-based content, which also aligns with these users’ general belief that ‘movies/music should be given away for free.’”The report also found that consumers viewing OTT video services for free without ads are 22% more likely than average broadband households to subscribe to OTT services, three times as likely to use ad-supported services, and twice as likely to use transactional online video services. “Growing subscriber numbers and an increased number of services signal a very healthy OTT market, but more services and aggressively promoted content could incite more piracy over time,” Sappington said. “Consumers will hit an upper limit to spending eventually. When that happens, they will resort to pirate tactics to get the content that they want, particularly for sports and other content where trials are not available.”