USS Truman Wont be Scrapped Pence Says CNO Nominee Defends Carrier Retirement

USS Truman Wont be Scrapped Pence Says CNO Nominee Defends Carrier Retirement

first_imgVice President Mike Pence told crew members assembled Tuesday aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman that the White House has dropped plans for its early retirement, The Hill reported.Pence made the announcement while the carrier is in port in Virginia.“I know that the future of this aircraft carrier is subject of some budget discussions in Washington, D.C.,” Pence said. “As we continue to fight Congress to make sure that our military has the resources you need to accomplish your mission, President Donald Trump asked me to deliver a message to each and every one of you on the deck of the USS Truman. We are keeping the best carrier in the world in the fight. We are not retiring the Truman.”During a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing Tuesday Chief of Naval Operations Nominee Adm. Bill Moran spoke in support of retiring the carrier, as planned in DOD’s fiscal 2020 budget request. He said he backs the decision to scrap the carrier halfway through its lifespan to fund new technology, including unmanned ships.The nuclear-powered USS Truman is scheduled for a mid-life refueling process in 2024, but the Pentagon had announced plans to cut its fleet from 11 carriers to 10, retiring it early as a cost-saving measure. The Truman was commissioned in 1998.Navy photo by Seaman Maria Llanos ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Behind The Board HitBoy On Working With Beyoncé How He Was Born

Behind The Board HitBoy On Working With Beyoncé How He Was Born

first_imgThe prolific producer is nominated at the 61st GRAMMY Awards for his work on Travis Scott’s ubiquitous 2018 hit, “SICKO MODE”Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Feb 8, 2019 – 8:00 pm Making music is in GRAMMY-winning producer Hit-Boy’s blood. He’s been around music since he can remember; his uncle was a part of the California R&B group Troop. “I saw studio sessions and I saw video shoots, just the whole lifestyle and I was intrigued by it, so I just kinda was born into it in a way,” he says in the studio. News Behind The Board: Hit-Boy On Working With Beyoncé & How He Was Born Into Music Behind The Board: Hit-Boy behind-board-hit-boy-working-beyonce-how-he-was-born-music NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 8, 2019 – 7:59 pm Behind The Board: Hit-Boy  Hit-Boy has worked with heavy hitters like Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z, whose song “N****s In Paris” won him a GRAMMY at the 55th GRAMMY Awards. He is the latest producer featured in the Recording Academy’s Behind The Board series and shares how he knew music was going to be his line of work. “I knew making music was gonna be a part of my life way before I even started making music,” he says. “I just knew I wanted to be a part of it from [when I was] a super little kid, so when I turned 13 and I started just really getting to the point where I wanted to make it myself and I had the access to do it at that time, I locked in and just never looked back.”In the video, the prolific producer opens up about how unexpected the industry can be and not always knowing when a beat will get picked up by an artist. He also shared a bit of advice for anyone looking to produce: “Don’t give up on your ideas, and just know if it emotionally connects with you, save it.”This year, Hit-Boy, who has also worked with the likes of Ariana Grande and Bebe Rexha, is nominated at the 61st GRAMMY Awards for his work in Travis Scott’s ubiquitous single featuring Drake, “SICKO MODE.”Watch Hit-Boy talk about his road to success, his musical influences, and how he creates beats, and watch the 61st GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10 on CBS.2019 GRAMMYs Viewer’s Guide: Where To Watch Music’s Biggest Night Twitter Email Facebook last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT North Intermediate Announces September Students Of The Month

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT North Intermediate Announces September Students Of The Month

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The North Intermediate School recently announced its latest Students of the Month.  The students below were recognized for their classroom performances during the month of September. Congratulations to all!Grade 4:Madison Baril nominated by Ms. TenerAdam Saied nominated by Ms. DruryHenry Santini nominated by Ms. FayTyler Jankowsk nominated by Mrs. HoxholliMia Barresi nominated by Mrs. ReynoldsGrade 5:Maya Merza nominated by Mrs. BurkeEric Banda nominated by Mrs. WoodJake Cronin nominated by Mrs. DePanfilisMacKenzie Scanlon nominated by Mrs. DiVacriCharlotte Forcina nominated by Mrs. PasternakAlexandra Erler nominated by Mrs. LundAva Noble nominated by Mrs. Iascone and Mr. TavaneseSpecialists:Allison Hall nominated by Ms. McNamaraEvan Cummings nominated by Ms. DiLulloLike 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: North Intermediate Announces May Students Of The MonthIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: North Intermediate Announces April Students Of The MonthIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: North Intermediate Announces March Students Of The MonthIn “Education”last_img read more

Honda Activa 125 Price Revealed Launch on 28 April

first_imgHonda ‘s much awaited scooter Activa 125 is all set to hit Indian roads on 28 April.Activa 125, the latest offering of Honda in the Activa line up has been the talk of the town since its first appearance at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014.The two wheeler enthusiasts in the country have waited enough to hear about the launch of the Activa 125 in the domestic market and now the latest report suggests that the scooter will finally reach showrooms on 28 April.A report by Motoroids claims that the Honda has started sending invite for the Activa 125 launch and the event will also mark the inauguration of the sales of the scooter. Earlier in this week, Honda revealed the prices of its upcoming Activa 125.Activa 125 will be made available in two variants – Standard (with drum brakes) and Deluxe (Disc brakes & alloys). While the Standard version is priced at 52,447, the Deluxe comes at a price point of 58,156 (ex-showroom, Delhi).The latest Activa pack a 125cc, single cylinder, four-stroke engine under the hood ,which  can churn out a power of 8.6bhp at 6500 rpm and a peak torque of 10.12 Nm at 5500 rpm .The scooter, a strong rival of Piaggio’s Vespa, Suzuki’s Access and Swish and Mahindra’s Duro and Rodeo in India comes mated to a V-Matic CVT transmission and comes with telescopic fork suspension at the front and hydraulic type at the rear.It measures 1,814 mm in length, 704 mm in width, 1,151 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 1,260 mm. Promising a fuel efficiency of 60-65 kmpl, the Activa 125 is the first Honda scooter in the 125cc segment to come with Honda Efficiency Technology (HET). The scooter will be offered in four colour variants in the sub-continent market- midnight blue, black, pearl white and sword silver – and comes with features like optional disc brake, tubeless tires, digital meter and metal body.Technical Specifications of Honda Activa 125Engine Type: 4 Stroke, Air Cooled, SI EngineDisplacement: 124.9ccMax Power: 6.38 Kw (8.6 Bhp)@6500 rpmMax Torque: 10.12 Nm@5500 rpmDimension: 1814mmX704mmX1151mmWheel Base: 1260mmSeat Height: 765mm[ED:VS]last_img read more

New Graduate Program Shows The Intersection Of Engineering And Medicine

New Graduate Program Shows The Intersection Of Engineering And Medicine

first_img Share Kenneth Livingston, Lamees El Nihum, and Cannon Woodbury are medical students with Texas A&M. The three are piloting classes for the new EnHealth Program.The Texas Medical Center will soon be home not only to doctors, but engineers as well with an partnership between Texas A&M and Houston Methodist. The graduate program, dubbed “EnHealth,” will train graduate students not only in medicine, but also engineering. The goal of the program is to move away from a sole focus on biology as a means to address health issues. Using an engineering design process and technology, researchers hope to bring forward solutions that biological solutions like drugs are unable to offer. “I think when applied to medicine [engineering] provides startlingly quick and really important breakthroughs,” said Texas A&M President Michael Young.Davis LandDirector of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at the National Institutes of Health Roderic Pettigrew addresses attendees of EnHealth’s launch. Pettigrew will lead the program as CEO and Dean.Young said the idea of a combined approach has been around for a while, but so far hasn’t been applied in higher education. The new program will find a home inside an 18-story building newly acquired by the university in the medical center. Students are piloting classes in the program right now. The inaugural class is expected to start in twenty-nineteen.last_img read more

Gang Members Discuss Role in Baltimores Uprising

Gang Members Discuss Role in Baltimores Uprising

first_imgFrom left: Goldie (a member of the Crips street gang), Bonez (member of the Bloods and a self-published author), and Mugga (pronounced ‘moo-ga’, a member of the Crips).While being accused of plotting to kill law enforcement officers by the Baltimore Police Department, members of the Bloods, Crips, and Black Guerrilla Family, all notorious street gangs, organized to protect businesses, journalists, and residents during a period of unrest and rioting in Baltimore City.“It was a total lie, misconception,” said a young member of the Bloods who gave the name Bonez about the allegation by police. “That was never the case. We never actually said, or had a meeting about, ‘we are joining to actually hurt the police,’ or different things.”“We were just trying to help the community,” said a man who gave the name Mugga (pronounced like ‘moogah’) and is a member of the Crips. “For them to sit there and put it on us, and say we were [targeting police officers], it wasn’t fair. But that’s the outlook they always have on us for years. So all we’re trying to do is help, but for all the help that we do we just keep on getting blamed over and over. But that won’t stop us from helping, we’re just going to keep on going.”In conversations that have taken place in media and around the city, much has been made of a supposedly new unity emerging among Baltimore street gangs in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray, the Sandtown Winchester man who died on April 19, one week after sustaining fatal injuries while in the custody of Baltimore police. But the three gang members who spoke to the AFRO before a major demonstration at the War Memorial Plaza on May 2, said there was nothing new about this unity in the first place.“We’re setting the differences aside, even though, there really were no differences,” said Goldie, a member of the Crips. “I’ve known Bonez for a while now . . . I’ve known Bonez since we were working together, as far as employment. He’s a good brother. Very educated. You don’t meet too many representatives of the Crips or the Bloods that are doing anything in reference to try to help the community, or writing books, or trying to help the kids out.”Bonez concurred, saying, “There’s already been a unity.”“The unity didn’t come together just for one situation, or just because Freddie Gray died – rest in peace Freddie Gray – but this unity has already been built. And it’s been built over the years. It wasn’t anything that just came out,” continued Bonez.Mugga expressed frustration at the inability of media accounts to capture the complexity of the life of inner city gang members, young men whose options were often limited to choosing between bad and worse. “When everybody looks at, ‘Oh, he’s a Blood,’ or, ‘He’s a Crip, he’s doing this, he’s doing that,’ all this is not around just gang banging, or hustling, and all that. There’s more to it, [but] people just don’t see that. Like out here, all these days that we’ve been helping, they don’t put that out, they don’t show us [helping], they just throw it all down and play what they want to show,” said Mugga.“Me, I actually wrote a book,” said Bonez, who will soon release a self-published book titled, ‘Gangster Statistics: The Untold Story.’“We have a lot of others that have been doing projects. I’ve been doing projects that have been helping the community, been uplifting the community, been strengthening the community. [And] not just one nationality, [all] nationalit[ies] as a whole. Now we are the ones to actually stop the problems, so we can be judged correctly, and properly,” added Bonez.Mugga lamented the fact that the Baltimore police have not sought to play a more productive role in poor Black communities, adopting an adversarial posture instead. The problem, the three young men concurred, is that many police officers have never known what it is to grow up in the streets, driving an attitude towards the behavior of those who have to had to navigate those challenges that is not informed by understanding.That limitation, which undermines the authority of police in difficult neighborhoods, extends to much of the City’s power structure, said Bonez, explaining why street gangs were able to have more success at policing their own communities during the April 27 riots than the police themselves.“They have to put people in leadership that are actually in those communities. [Take] the mayor. The mayor, she doesn’t come out in these communities. She doesn’t build relationships with these actual people. So how do you expect somebody to actually respect another individual who says they’re supposed to be in leadership, who is actually not for us,” said Bonez.ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

State to develop electronic hardware parks for IT boost

State to develop electronic hardware parks for IT boost

first_imgKolkata: The State Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E) department recently held a meeting to chalk out plans of expanding the Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector in Bengal through establishment of electronic and hardware parks at various locations.The meeting, chaired by state additional Chief Secretary of IT & E department Debashis Sen, saw representatives from electronic manufacturing industry and industry bodies/ associations. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseOrganisations such as KOTRA, ELMA, Compass and Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services attended the meet and expressed their views on the prospect of ESDM sector in Bengal. In August last year, the state IT department had come up with an IT policy intending to transform Bengal into a knowledge-driven technologically enabled welfare society with extensive use of IT for increasing employment opportunities and promoting the state as a preferred investment destination. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe state IT department has established two electronic parks — one at Naihati and another at Falta with an aim to promote electronic manufacturing industry in the state. Lands of both these parks are owned by state government. “We have also come up with a hardware park at Sonarpur on 10.72 acres. We will soon start construction of another hardware park at Kalyani,” a senior official of the IT& E department said. Senior officials in the IT department mentioned about the huge opportunity in solar electronics and mobile manufacturing industry and by creating physical IT infrastructure with a nominal lease premium rate. “We are trying to build up a conductive environment for electronic manufacturing sector. The industry representatives present in the meeting expressed their interest in this initiative and in developing a holistic ESDM eco-system together with the state government,” the official added. The rates of land lease premium for various electronic and hardware parks were revealed in the meeting that was held at Webel Bhavan in Sector V. The state IT department has already prepared brochures for highlighting the high quality infrastructure of the electronic parks and the procedure to get space in the park which was released during the Bengal Global Business Summit held this month.last_img read more

We couldnt do it without you ACV rolls out the red carpet

We couldnt do it without you ACV rolls out the red carpet

first_img“We couldn’t do it without you”: ACV rolls out the red carpet for agents at Sun launch WOODBRIDGE — It was a packed house for the launch of Air Canada Vacations’ 2017-2018 Sun Collection last night, with close to 1,000 agents coming out to hear about ACV’s new stand-alone Luxury brochure, the return of a popular Park ‘N Fly promotion, a booking bonus to drive sales post-Irma and ACV’s commitment to the retail trade, not to mention a live performance by JUNO winner Shawn Desman.The Toronto launch, taking place at the stylish Paramount EventSpace in Woodbridge, was the last of ACV’s cross-Canada event schedule which kicked off in Vancouver last week and made its way to Calgary, Halifax and Montreal before arriving in the GTA last night.Just before they cleared the stage for a concert by Vaughan’s own Shawn Desman, ACV’s George Platanitis, VP Sales & Partnerships, and Monique Lalonde, General Manager, Sales and National Accounts – Ontario, told agents just how much they mean to ACV. “We really value your partnership. We couldn’t do it without you,” said Lalonde to cheers from the audience. “You are resilient, you are resourceful and we value your support,” added Platanitis.Shawn Desman at the ACV Sun Collection launchMore cheers were heard for several of ACV’s promotions for fall and winter 2017-2018, including the return of the Park ‘N Fly incentive offering clients 8 free nights of Park ‘N Fly parking, for vacation bookings made by Oct. 31, for travel Nov. 1 through April 30.There are also EBBs plus promotional prices for ACV’s CareFree and StormGuard Coverage.Plus, ACV is offering 15% commission on bookings for Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts made by Oct. 1.“We’ve brought a lot of ancillary products to the table for travel agents, to help drive the sale. And they’re commissionable,” said Nino Montegnese, ACV’s Managing Director.Not only that, but consumer protection programs like CareFree and StormGuard “doesn’t hinder agents from selling insurance. We don’t want to get in the way of those insurance commissions,” he adds.ACV’s winter lineup, its biggest ever, has more than 700 resorts including 60+ new resorts, 19 ACV exclusives, 30 semi-exclusives and 26 with exclusive room categories, sections and/or meal plans.The tour operator is adding capacity out of cities across Canada, including an extra 18% capacity out of Toronto and a whopping 250% out of Calgary. New destinations from Toronto include Cartagena, Belize and St. Vincent. “We’re going to offer your customers more choice, more options and more convenience,” said Platanitis.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Meanwhile ACV’s new Luxury lineup will be ready later this fall, on its own for the first time as a stand-alone brochure. The Luxury brochure will not be a mass-market piece for every client, or for every agent, says Montegnese, who introduced the Luxury line by asking agents in the crowd how many had clients who spend $5,000 per person on a vacation. “It won’t be for everyone, but it will be for some of you,” he said, adding that commissions for ACV’s Luxury product will be higher.Also at the launch, ACV showcased its Top Picks brochure, available since May (“really a great sales tool when you’re looking for something unique with ACV”), and the new Travel Agent Handbook, outlining how to book what with the tour operator. “It tells you where you’ll find our product and what system to book it in,” says Platanitis. “Things are a little convoluted right now. This handbook will help.”ACV’s Europe brochure will be out in early December, he added.Platanitis heads up the tour operator’s Travel Advisory Board and ACV’s collaboration with its travel agent board members has been a huge success, he says. “You let us know what we’re doing well and what we’re doing not so well. We’re very much committed to you and the Travel Advisory Board will continue.”Not surprisingly ACV has received a very high volume of inquiries from agents asking about clients impacted by Hurricane Irma. “They can re-book,” says Montegnese.Montegnese said ACV is deploying more than 20 team members to destinations impacted by the hurricane, and even some that were barely touched by the storm, “just to see everything with our own eyes. We’ll be sending them to Cuba, the D.R., Antigua, Turks & Caicos and more. We couldn’t send anyone until flights resumed.”Montegnese said agents will see a staggered approach to flights and programs coming back into the affected destinations. He said ACV plans to add extra capacity to other popular destinations to make up for the shortfall, “but we’re going to put it where we need it. We’re not just going to throw capacity on everywhere. That would create a whole new problem.”Karen Puebla with the Cuba Tourist Board said Irma first hit Camaguey, then headed west along Cuba’s northern coast. Most tour operators and airlines have suspended their flights into Cayo Coco and other resort destinations in the area until late October. Puebla says the causeway to Cayo Santa Maria is already cleared and damaged resorts will be rebuilt with building supplies already on the island, originally intended for new hotels.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesHere are more product and brochure highlights from the ACV Sun Collection launches:The Sun Collection brochure has its Family Collection (with the Play product); the 18+ Adult Collection (including Costa Rica, Cuba, Antigua and other destinations); the Luxe Collection (five-star properties, gourmet dining, and 24 hour room service); the Spotlight Collection (popular resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean); wedding groups (no deposit for 90 days, storage space for wedding dress on board plane and $500 travel credit for next vacation); incentive groups (new feature is a $500 hotel or excursion credit to use at the destination) and cruises (new feature is no deposit on flights when client books air and cruise up to 30 days before departure and all flights are 100 per cent refundable up to 30 days prior to travel and one name change is permitted prior to travel).Air Canada gift cards can be used to purchase ACV vacation packages as of Oct. 15.Group bookings have been made easier. ACV needs 8 people to make a group and now children can be added to the count. There is also the chance to earn a 2% bonus commission. The group plan features extras such as room upgrades and the ability to have block seating on flights. ACV is also using AC Jetz for larger groups who want a private charter flight.U.S. destinations include California, Florida and Hawaii. Of the 25 largest properties in Las Vegas, 15 are listed in the Sun brochure.‘Go Canada’ will see double the amount of ‘one-stop’ ski packages with popular slopes such as Banff, Jasper and Whistler offering three, five, and seven day packages. All cost from flights through to lift tickets are included in prices.The Travel Agent Handbook sets out the ACV&Me Rewards offered: 600 points per room for all air-inclusive packages of seven nights or more, 400 points for all air-inclusive packages of three to six nights, 600 points per stateroom for every Air & Cruise package of seven nights or more and 300 points per passenger in groups. Thursday, September 14, 2017 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Brochures, Sun Destinations Posted by Share With files from Jean Sorensenlast_img read more