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

Jaguar Land Rover wants to pay you cryptocurrency for reporting road problems

first_img 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake: Capability and hustle combine Preview • 2020 Jaguar XE first drive: Even more reasons to consider the underdog Land Rover Jaguar Cryptocurrency Auto Tech Future Cars Tags Jaguar Land Rover Post a comment More From Roadshowcenter_img 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 review: The lovable lunatic 0 Share your voice More about 2020 Jaguar XE S RWD Enlarge ImageIt might not be the most visually impressive tech, but who’s about to turn down free money? Jaguar Land Rover If you want somebody’s help, it doesn’t hurt to pay them. In an effort to create an ecosystem that can better prevent congestion and collisions, Jaguar Land Rover is willing to pay owners a little bit of cryptocurrency to grease the wheels.Jaguar Land Rover on Monday unveiled its Smart Wallet connected-car technology. While it’s still only in testing, the premise is pretty straightforward: Give JLR some important road information, and the automaker will repay you by depositing cryptocurrency into your car’s built-in “wallet,” which you can then use for a variety of purposes.Don’t worry — you’re not giving JLR access to your social security number. It’s not that kind of information the automaker is after. Rather, it wants you to report on road conditions, including traffic, potholes and bad weather. The idea is that, the more cars there are delivering this kind of information, the better JLR’s system can be at choosing routes that avoid all that nastiness. It’s part of the OEM’s desire to reach zero accidents and congestion — an admittedly high bar, but multiple manufacturers have expressed desire to see within our lifetimes.In exchange for that data, Jaguar Land Rover will give contributors a small chunk of crypto — Iota, specifically, which operates with a unique type of distributed ledger that’s different from the typical blockchain you might be familiar with. Those coins will live in the Smart Wallet until they’re used to pay tolls, juice up an EV or cover parking fees. The Smart Wallet can also be filled up using more conventional methods, too, although JLR didn’t dive too deep into the details.There’s plenty of time to hash out the specifics, because the system is just in the test phase for now. JLR is currently running cars with its Smart Wallet system at its software engineering center in Ireland. While it’s not a shoo-in for production, it’s a smart way to incentivize opting into vehicle-to-x communication, which does have the potential to save us all from daily commute frustrations.Originally published April 29, 7:37 a.m. PT.Update, 1:41 p.m.: Updated story to specify which cryptocurrency will be rewarded. 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR first drive: A magnificent beast, indeedlast_img read more

Avengers Endgame movie review and rating India Heres what critics say about

first_imgAvengers: Endgame movie reviewTwitter”We’re in the end game, now” as Dr. Stephen Strange tells Tony Stark in the Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, the 22nd film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is ready to take the Indian box office by storm with its Friday (April 26) release in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. In a bid to grab tickets, the online ticket booking site BookMyShow has sold over 2.5 million tickets in just over a day in the advance sales which opened last Sunday.Positive reviews have been pouring in after the highly anticipated superhero film was screened for critics a day prior to its release in India. And undoubtedly, the movie seems to have left a long lasting impression on the critics driving them through a rollercoaster ride of emotions, breathtaking action sequences and needless to say, a visual delight.Avengers: Endgame, which picks up from its previous instalment Avengers: Infinity War, stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Brie Larson, amongst others.While the craze for the film has been overwhelming, let’s take a look what Indian film critics have to say about Avengers: Endgame.The Times Of India: “‘Avengers: Endgame’ is a befitting tribute to the Cinematic Universe that has spawned larger-than-life superheroes and super fans. At three hours plus, ‘Endgame’ delivers on a lot of its hallmark promises, leaving its fans with a range of emotions and fond memories.”Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.Taran Adarsh: “#OneWordReview… #AvengersEndgame: MARVEL-OUS. The hugely-anticipated film exceeds the humongous expectations… Emotional, humorous, lots and lots of surprises in store… Get ready for a Tsunami at the Boxoffice.”Rating: 5 stars out of 5.Keep watching this space for more critics reviews of Avengers: Endgame.First Post: “The Russos try to acknowledge a certain other film from a different era whose heroes used the same tactic to defeat the villains, but acknowledgement to a throwback only scores short term brownie points, and not true classic cinematic status. It works of course, because of how well-oiled the Marvel machine is, but one wishes the filmmakers went the extra mile in crafting a Thanos-defeating solution you wouldn’t see coming from a mile away.So drop everything and book your tickets for Avengers: Endgame, because this is a spectacle is tailor made for the biggest possible movie screens in your city.”Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.Hindustan Times: “Regardless of what they say, Endgame is very much Infinity War – Part 2, in that it directly addresses the fallout of the Snap. Certain scenes feel like they’ve been there since the earliest drafts of the script, while others genuinely feel like they were added post the release of Infinity War – the Russos have always had a finger on the audiences’ pulse, so it would make sense for them to have done that.”Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.Scroll.in: “Among the actors who benefits from the slower pace, frequent use of intimate close-ups, and focus on emotions is Robert Downey Jr. Stark snark is swapped for greater vulnerability, and Downey Jr delivers the movie’s standout performance. Jeremy Renner gets more screen space than in previous films, and Paul Rudd makes his mark as Ant-Man.The movie reserves its firepower for a climactic display of pyrotechnics, and the visual effects showcase is a relief from the puffy eyes and forlorn speeches. Thanos may be inevitable, but what’s an Avengers movie without showboating?”Rating: Not Knownlast_img read more

Dutch expel Turkish minister as police break up protests

Dutch expel Turkish minister as police break up protests

first_imgPolice break up protests that erupted after Dutch authorities barred Turkish ministers from visiting in Rotterdam. Photo: AFPDutch police used water cannon and horses early Sunday to break up protests outside the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam as the city expelled a Turkish minister, amid an escalating diplomatic row with Ankara.After several hours of calm demonstrations, police moved in to disperse over 1,000 people gathered close to the consulate, charging the crowd on horseback and using dogs to regain control.Protestors hit back, throwing rocks at riot police, while hundreds of cars jammed the streets blaring their horns and revving their engines.Tensions finally tipped over into violence after a day of fast-moving events, triggered when Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he planned to attend a pro-Turkish government rally in Rotterdam.The Netherlands, which holds general elections on Wednesday, had repeatedly said Cavusoglu was not welcome to campaign for Turkey’s April referendum in the country and refused his plane permission to land.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted angrily accusing the Dutch—who were once under Nazi occupation—of being “the vestiges of Nazis.”The Dutch decision to ban Cavusoglu from visiting came after Germany and other European nations also blocked similar campaign events.“They are the vestiges of the Nazis, they are fascists,” Erdogan told an Istanbul rally on Saturday, days after he angrily compared moves to block rallies in Germany to “Nazi practices”.“Ban our foreign minister from flying however much you like, but from now on let’s see how your flights will land in Turkey,” Erdogan said.Minister expelledBut later, Turkey’s Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya appeared at the scene after reportedly travelling by car overland from Germany.She was stopped just outside the consulate by Dutch police, and after several hours of negotiations escorted back to the German border.Kaya was “on the way from Rotterdam to Germany,” mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb told reporters, adding: “She has been expelled back to the country she came from.”After several hours of negotiations, it had proven “impossible to find a solution,” he said, adding Ankara had been repeatedly told she was “not welcome. But nevertheless she decided to travel”.Kaya complained of her treatment, and could be seen in images on Dutch NOS television appearing to argue with Dutch police about the situation.“We’ve been here for about four hours. We were not even offered water,” she told the NTV television channel.“I was told to leave the country and return to Germany as soon as possible,” she added.Cavusoglu meanwhile flew to France where he is expected to address a rally Sunday in the eastern city of Metz. A French official said the visit had been cleared by the foreign ministry in Paris.As the row raged, Turkish foreign ministry sources said the Dutch embassy in Ankara and consulate in Istanbul had both been sealed off for “security reasons”.Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Erdogan’s criticism was “crazy.”“I understand that they are angry but this is way out of line,” he said. “I really think we made the right decision here.”‘Don’t return’Cavusoglu, speaking in Istanbul, said the ban was “unacceptable”.“Why are you taking sides in the referendum?” he said, adding: “Is the foreign minister of Turkey a terrorist?”The Turkish foreign ministry said the Dutch charge d’affaires in Ankara was summoned and told Turkey did not want the Dutch ambassador—currently on holiday—to return “for a while”.The Netherlands is home to some 400,000 people of Turkish origin, and Ankara is keen to harness votes of the diaspora in Europe ahead of the April 16 referendum on creating an executive presidency.The Turkish government argues the changes would ensure stability and create more efficient governance, but opponents say it would lead to one-man rule and further inflame tensions in its diverse society.The latest row came after NATO allies Turkey and Germany sparred over the cancellation of a series of referendum campaign events there.Germany is home to 1.4 million people eligible to vote in Turkey—the fourth-largest electoral base after Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir.Although Berlin insisted the cancellations by local authorities were for logistical reasons, Turkish officials repeatedly hit back.last_img read more

Miguel to lead strong pack

Miguel to lead strong pack

first_imgSpanish pro Miguel Ángel Jiménez, one of the most charismatic players in world golf, will headline a strong field comprising players from Europe and Asia as the Hero Indian Open gets underway here next month.The 51st edition of India’s national open will be held from February 19 to 22 at the historic Delhi Golf Club in the national capital. The Hero India Open, which carries an enhanced prize purse of US $ 1.5 million, will also be making its debut on the European Tour from this year. The announcement was made at a press conference held in the Capital on 21 January. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Continuing its association with Golf in general and the Hero Indian Open in particular, for the tenth year in succession, Pawan Munjal, Vice Chairman, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Hero MotoCorp Ltd said, “Golf is fast emerging as a popular sport among the youth in India, and we are glad to have played a catalyst role in this movement. Hero MotoCorp has been associated with golf for close to two decades now, thereby nurturing the game since its nascent stage. The Hero Indian Open being co-sanctioned by the European Tour from this year is an acknowledgement of the rising stature of Indian golf in the world arena. We look forward to seeing some top-class golf at the Hero Indian Open 2015.” Even as entries continue to come in, some of the top stars, including Sidikkur who won the event in 2013, are expected to feature in the coming edition. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSSP Chowrasia and Anirban Lahiri, who were both tied second and Rashid Khan and Chiragh Kumar, who were tied fourth, on that occasion, are also expected to tee up at the event. The field is also expected to include the likes of Jeev Milkha Singh, Arjun Atwal and Jyoti Randhawa, the only three-time Indian winner of the Hero Indian Open. Over the next few weeks, as the entries come in, more top names from European and Asian Tours will be confirmed. Nimbus Sport, which has promoted the Hero Indian Open since 2011, has acquired the rights to manage the tournament for the next three editions from 2015 to 2017. The Hero Indian Open has been synonymous with the rise of golf in India, and has been at the forefront of unearthing some of the best golfing talents that the country has seen, including the likes of Arjun Atwal, Jeev Milkha Singh, Jyoti Randhawa, Shiv Kapur and Gaganjeet Bhullar.last_img read more

Stunning or stupid Travelling couples Instagram photo causes outrage

Stunning or stupid Travelling couples Instagram photo causes outrage

first_img Travelweek Group TORONTO — You gotta do what you gotta do to get those likes on Instagram, but even if it means risking certain death?A popular Instagram couple, U.S. bloggers Kelly and Kody who go by the name @positravelty, has landed in hot water for posting a photo of them posing over the edge of an infinity pool in Ubud, Bali.Kelly, who is being held by the arms by Kody, is seen hanging on the outside of the pool, which is perched high above the ground.The photo was accompanied by the caption: “Our greatest strength in life, our most important principle, is discernment. Only you can know your body, feel the space around you and understand your capabilities. We would all do well to remember this, knowing that not every action, style or path we witness through others is or should be, replicated. At the end of the day we are to hold ourselves accountable for the decisions that we make.”More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedIt has been liked over 37,000 times by the couple’s 119,000 followers.While many people complimented the photo, including @cruslann who said, “This is honestly a very powerful picture,” and @cluttermarissa who added, “True love, a powerful trust,” many others criticized the couple for putting themselves in danger.”@karan.covai wrote: “Silly stunt. Real couple won’t ever do this stunt. Those who have greatest care for their loved ones won’t ever do this silly stunt.”Another commenter, @pava.patricia, said: “If he sneezed, she could have fallen to her death! Yes, they’re physically beautiful, but risk like this wasn’t smart.”@rhuber65 didn’t mince words, saying: “Vanity and narcissism appears to be your greatest principle. You have done admirably upholding that principle.” And @fidgty07 added: “Your ‘greatest sense of life’ is obviously not common sense.”Kelly and Kody responded to their critics, assuring them that there was another pool below should Kelly had accidentally fallen. How far below the other pool was remains to be seen, however.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulySo what do you think? Is the photo stunning or just plain stupid? Stunning or stupid? Travelling couple’s Instagram photo causes outrage Posted by Sharecenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, April 18, 2019 Tags: Instagramlast_img read more