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Spencer Wants to Privatize Navy Marine Corps Lodging
Spencer Wants to Privatize Navy Marine Corps Lodging

first_img ADC AUTHOR Navy Secretary Richard Spencer is pushing a plan to fully or partially privatize the lodging facilities used for official travel and by some service members during permanent change of station, Military Times reported, quoting from an internal memo.One DOD source raised questions about timing – with the services scrambling to fix problems with privatized housing.“Why would we use that model to privatize lodging?” the source said, according to the article.Still, Spencer cites the “successes” of privatized housing for proposing the model.“I am committed to realize similar successes by privatizing our lodging portfolio, both appropriated and non-appropriated, using competitive processes to create sustainable financial operations and improve the quality of these facilities,” he wrote.Private management could start by the end of next year under Spencer’s approach.Navy photo from Naval Station Newport, R.I., by MC2 Rawad Madanat last_img read more

Flowery treats in the new year
Flowery treats in the new year

first_imgThe capital is ready to host the fifth International Horti Expo 2013 and the eighth International Flora Expo come new year. The exhibition will have theme pavilions on fresh fruits and vegetables, farm machineries, potato products and technologies, cold chain, logistics, organic, medicinal herbal products and floriculture.This expo has the Union Ministry of Agriculture as its principal sponsor along with a host of other departments including the National Medicinal Plant Board and Indian Flowers and Ornamental Plants Welfare Association. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”Flowers are unique and are for every occasion, even death. A person can refuse chocolate or pastry, but not flowers,’ said S Jafar Naqvi, President, Indian Flowers and Ornamental Plants Welfare Association (iFlora). ‘Due to rising income, craving of the new generation, globalisation and internet, people in India are willing to spend profusely on floral decoration. So, this news would be a relief for anyone wanting a chunk of the bourgeoning Indian floral decoration markets through flowers and floral accessories,’ he said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixLatest varieties of flowers like anthurium, gerbera and roses from Holland, Thailand, Germany, France and New Zealand will be exhibited in this Flora Expo, where Thailand is considered to be the main country in focus for blooms. There will also be a presentation with the theme of ‘Building Bridges through flowers between nations’. ‘IFlora and Flora Expo aim to increase per capita flower consumption even further to give more impetus to floriculture industry. We can’t have better time, and sky is the limit,’ said Jafar. India has a unique culture of flower consumption in many forms like garlands, flower-carpets, floral rains and floral jewelry etc in all celebrations. The Flora Expo will bring not only conventional flower and gardening industry professionals but also huge amount of buyers from new types of large industry retailers such as home centers, supermarkets, departmental stores and interior shops. And this exhibition is perhaps the only opportunity in India for international suppliers to meet and trade with all of them on one single platform.So flower lovers and  nature enthusiasts can mark their calendars out and enjoy a nice winter evening checking out the blooms  on display.DETAILAt: NSIC Exhibition Complex, Okhla When: 11 to 13 Januarylast_img read more

Kangana to don Khadi on silver screen in Manikarnika
Kangana to don Khadi on silver screen in Manikarnika

first_imgAfter dressing up officials in several government offices, Khadi is now making its way to silver screen. Kangana Ranaut, who is playing the lead role in Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, would showcase the Queen’s love for country’s heritage fabric Khadi in this upcoming Indian epic biographical film. And for the promotion of this signature fabric, the attire of the lead casts of this movie is being sponsored by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfExpressing pride and pleasure for being a part in the renewal of India’s spirit of Independence, KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that Rani Laxmibai is one of the fascinating women in terms of what she had done in her life. “Khadi is connected to India’s voice of Independence since time immemorial. But very few people know that some seven decades before Gandhiji’s tryst with Charkha, a girl born in Varanasi as Manikarnika, not only mastered reading the Vedas and Puranas, but also learned weaving before being the Queen of Jhansi,” he said. Speaking further he mentioned, “It is a morale booster in terms of aggressive marketing and promotion strategy for KVIC that she (Kangana Ranaut as Rani Laxmibai) would be spinning the wheel in this movie. It would once again prove that prior to British rule in India, Khadi was flourishing in our country and later it was Charkha that drove the Britishers away from India.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt may be noted here that sponsored by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), the costume line for the film shall be designed by ace designer Neeta Lulla. Lulla has already picked up fabric costing around Rs 26 lakh from KVIC. According to Chairman VK Saxena, the fabric being used for the film includes a mixed bag of silk, cotton, muslin and some wool too. Impressed by the fabric, Lulla is already making plans to use the desi fabric in her personal line too. “I feel Khadi exemplifies a lot of character. I am already in conversation with KVIC to launch a capsule collection worldwide which will be retailed across various outlets to ensure the eco-friendly fabric resonates with the millennial generation,” she said.On the other hand, Kamal Jain, the producer of the movie, said that the entire unit was proud to associate with KVIC and applauded their contribution in providing the best range of Khadi that had added immensely to the range of costumes in the film. “The shooting of the film is underway and these unique costumes play a vital role in revitalizing the glorious history of India,” he said.last_img read more

Why BudgetWatching Business Owners Should Give the Latest Quicken a Look

first_imgWhat’s new: The budgeting tool — which generates a suggested monthly spend based on your financial data — renders spending visually using colored bar graphs. Things like interest rates are adjusted by a number of colored sliders and can be viewed over a number of periods, including a 12-month outlook. The debt reduction tool, which helps users design a repayment plan for credit cards and other debt, has been simplified. Users now can input their credit card information, download interest rates and minimum payment information and then Quicken formulates a payment plan. The tool allows you to see how you can prioritize debts, such as paying off smaller debts first. Quicken 2012 starts at a one-time fee of $30 for the starter edition, which is aimed at consumers, $60 for the deluxe edition, which includes debt reduction tools, and $90 for the premier edition which includes more investment management options.What you might like: The look and feel has been improved over previous versions, including the overall experience of the budget and debt tools. For example, the colored debt reduction line graph makes it easy to see how much interest you will pay over time. Quicken also says the new software is faster and can handle larger data files than last year’s version, which is probably true.What you might not like: We encountered the same problem we always do with Quicken software: You have to double check your entries. As powerful an automated tool as Quicken is, it makes assumptions on how it categorizes spending and expenses it imports from credit cards and checking accounts, grouping expenses into categories such as food and dining, automotive or entertainment.These labels are correct a lot of the time but, to be IRS-ready, you’ll need to sit down each month and confirm that Quicken is modeling your finances properly.Bottom line: While these improvements are nice, they aren’t dramatic. If last year’s model — or really any model of Quicken — is doing the job for you, then you may consider sticking with it. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now October 20, 2011 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.center_img If you’ve been searching for an easier way to keep track of your budget and managing expenses, then you might consider buying or upgrading to the recently-released 2012 version of Quicken. While it isn’t a major overhaul compared to last year’s unveiling of its amped-up Web-friendly capabilities, the latest version of this popular finance management software includes a significant face-lift to the tools that help users plan spending and reduce debt.Quicken 2012 pulls in financial data from the Web, primarily from online bank accounts and credit cards, and then analyzes it to render a “real-time” picture of a user’s finances. Then it helps make budgeting decisions, pay bills and save money. These aren’t new features, but Quicken has updated the look and feel of some of its budgeting tools to make them more intuitive.Considering Quicken is a favorite of small business owners trying to stay on top of their finances, we arranged for a prelaunch demo. Here’s a look at what makes it a worthwhile investment for your business, and also why it may not be. min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Uber manager warned the leadership team of the inadequacy of safety procedures
Uber manager warned the leadership team of the inadequacy of safety procedures

first_imgIn a fatal accident on March 19, Uber’s prototype self-driving car struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona. This incident raised alarms about safety problems in self-driving tech and Uber was criticized. In a shocking revelation made yesterday, The Information reported, that days before the fatal accident, an Uber manager tried to warn the company’s top executives about the danger. Robbie Miller, a manager in the testing-operations group, sent an email to Eric Meyhofer, the head of Uber’s autonomous vehicle unit, Jon Thomason, VP of software, and five other executives and lawyers on March 13. He warned them about the dangers of the software powering the company’s prototype robo-taxis. He also warned that the human backup drivers in the vehicles weren’t properly trained to do their jobs, the Information reports. What did Miller’s email say In his email, Miller pointed to an incident in November 2017, when an Uber car had nearly caused a crash. He prepared a report and urged the Uber team to investigate but was ignored. He was told that “incidents like that happen all of the time.” Per Miller, “A car was damaged nearly every other day in February,” Miller said. “We shouldn’t be hitting things every 15,000 miles.” Miller was part of Uber’s self-driving truck project, which he described as having relatively good safety procedures. The other projects focused on cars, and Miller argued that its safety procedures were extremely inadequate. In his report, Miller mentioned several ways to improve safety. He suggested Uber put two people in every vehicle. The driver should focus on the road while the other passenger can monitor the driving software and log misbehavior. Miller also argued that Uber should drastically scale back its testing program. “I suspect an 85% reduction in fleet size wouldn’t slow development,” he wrote. Moreover, he wanted Uber to take strict actions against the fleet in case of a car crash. Everyone involved in the self-driving car project from developers to safety drivers should be given the authority to ground the fleet if they see a safety problem. He also wanted more personnel to have access to Uber’s incident reporting database. People on the internet expressed their disdain over Uber’s safety neglect and sided with Miller. Responding to the Information’s report, Uber said that “the entire team is focused on safely and responsibly returning to the road in self-driving mode,” The company intends to eventually resume on-the-road self-driving testing, but it will do so “only when these improvements have been implemented and we have received authorization from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.” This story first appeared on The Information. Read Next Introducing AWS DeepRacer, a self-driving race car, and Amazon’s autonomous racing league to help developers learn reinforcement learning in a fun way. Uber fined by British ICO and Dutch DPA for nearly $1.2m over a data breach from 2016. Uber’s new family of AI algorithms sets records on Pitfall and solves the entire game of Montezuma’s Revengelast_img read more

TICO suspends registration of Torontos Millennium Leisure Travels
TICO suspends registration of Torontos Millennium Leisure Travels

first_img Posted by Thursday, September 20, 2018 Share Travelweek Group TORONTO — Consumers have been advised not to purchase travel services from Toronto-based Millennium Leisure Travels Inc., whose registration has been temporarily suspended by TICO.As per a notice posted on its website, TICO made the move after having grounds to believe that the company contravenes the Travel Industry Act, 2002, or the terms of its registration. Clients are advised not to purchase services from Millennium Leisure Travels while its registration with TICO is suspended.As soon as the status of the suspension is either lifted or the registration is revoked, TICO will advise the public with an update on its website.According to TICO, Millennium Leisure Travels has the right of appeal to the Licence Appeal Tribunal, which will then determine whether the registration should be revoked or the suspension lifted, or continued to a hearing date.The suspension does not necessarily mean that Millennium’s registration with TICO will be revoked; it simply means that it has been ordered to stop its operations for a determined period of time.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyDuring its suspension, Millennium will be allowed to finalize bookings paid in full prior to the suspension, but is prohibited from accepting new bookings.last_img read more