Amendment Would Offer Congress a Role in Commissary Exchange Consolidation Plan

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR In an attempt to slow a Pentagon plan to consolidate the military’s three exchange services and the Defense Commissary Agency, lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee last week added an amendment to the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill requiring the department to assess the feasibility of creating a single military resale organization. The provision calls for DOD to prepare by Jan. 1, 2019, a financial assessment, a business case analysis, and “organizational, operational, and business model integration plans” for consolidating the commissary and exchange systems, reported Military Times. It also would bar the department from using congressional funding to carry out a merger. DOD already had been planning to launch a task force in July to look at the business case for merging the systems; officials also have prepared a legislative proposal needed to go ahead with a consolidation. But lawmakers want to have input on the process. “The fear is that DOD has already worked out the answer to the equation,” a congressional aide said. “We believe there needs to be more of a participative process. … There’s a lot to consider here.”Photo by Michael Strasserlast_img read more

YouTube comments hidden by default in companys new test

first_imgWill YouTube say no comments? Sergei Konkov/Getty Images YouTube’s comments section can be a mix between no man’s land in a war zone and the Wild West. Translation: The place can be dangerous. So instead of making you read what the New Statesman called “the worst of the internet,” YouTube is working on a new feature that would hide comments by default.YouTube didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment but it confirmed the test in a statement to TechCrunch on Friday. “This is one of many small experiments we run all the time on YouTube, and we’ll consider rolling features out more broadly based on feedback on these experiments,” the Google-owned site told the publication. XDA developers had spotted the test in India on Wednesday. You have to scroll past engagement buttons and recommended videos to find the comments section on Android and iOS now, but the new test reportedly hides the comments section entirely. Comments would instead be accessible by clicking a new icon, beneath the video and to the right of the thumbs-down icon. Comments could also be found by scrolling past the recommended videos, like before, but you’d have to tap to see them. It remains to be seen whether a user’s engagement with a video would drop if comments were hidden.  Comment YouTube banning supremacist and hoax videos, Amazon unveils… CNET Apps Today Share your voice Tags Now playing: Watch this: 1:12 1 Mobile Software Mobile Apps YouTubelast_img read more

After Air Pegasus Air Costa halts operations over payment issues

first_imgFinancial crunch is making it tough for regional airlines providing connectivity to smaller towns to conduct their operations. On Thursday, Air Costa became the second regional airline to halt its operations.The Vijayawada-based carrier had received a licence to operate flights across the country last year. However, owing to non-payment of dues, its flights were cancelled for a day. “There are some payment issues with our lessor GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), which are being sorted out. Tomorrow i.e. on August 5, we will start our operations as scheduled,” an Air Costa spokesperson said on Thursday.The airline covers six Indian states — Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan and Gujarat. It flies 24 flights daily to nine destinations and is reportedly planning to start operations from Varanasi and Delhi in the near future.Air Costa is the second regional airline to cancel its operations after Bangalore-based Air Pegasus, which had cancelled its flights last month. Air Pegasus, which has a fleet of three aircraft, had suspended its operations for an indefinite period after its lessor took back the aircraft due to financial reasons.The civil aviation ministry said on Thursday that it would examine the feasibility of any assistance if there is a request from the regional airlines.”If they (Air Costa and Air Pegasus) approach us, we will examine…what is feasible and what is not. But as of now they have not approached us,” RN Choubey, the Civil Aviation Secretary, was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India. The government’s initiative to provide regional connectivity to every Indian was unveiled in the new civil aviation policy, which was released on June 15. Under the new guidelines, regional airfares will now be capped at Rs. 2,500 and Rs. 1,200 for one-hour and a 30-minute flights, respectively.last_img read more

Get some France in your system Delhi

first_imgAfter a successful stint in 2009, Bonjour India is back with its second edition in India.This three-month event from January to April will take place across the country over 16 cities. Organised by the Embassy of France in India and the Institut Français en Inde, in association with the Alliance Française India and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), this event is something they have been planning for two years. Speaking at the unveiling of the Bonjour India website, H.E. François Richier, Ambassador of France said: ‘Bonjour India is an invitation to discover and re-discover France through its whole artistic dimension. As a real cultural dialogue between French and Indian artists, Bonjour India shows the friendship that links France and India.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Max Claudet, director, Institut Français en Inde, cultural counsellor French Embassy in India  highlighted the programmes scheduled and also gave an insight into the main purpose behind  the festival.He said: ‘The event will be inaugurated by Luminocity, by light sculptor Patrick Rimoux and Nandita Palchoudhuri in Delhi and Mumbai, also Ballet Preljocaj on the stage designed by Subodh Gupta as part of an exchange between India and France in the field of art, literature, cinema, education, sports, architecture, fashion, photography and performing arts.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe programme will kickoff with contemporary ballet, and then, One thousand years of peace by Bolshoi Theatre, and a grand show by Subodh Gupta, an aerial acrobatic show, Flying Angels, and a multidisciplinary show, Luminocity. In the dance section, there will be urban ballet Ganga, a choreographic piece uniting poetry, music and dance. In the music section, there will be a concert of sarod and symphony orchestra with electronic music. Composer Pierre Thilloy and Avignon Symphony Orchestra will  be in  performance with sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. Pain and Pleasure at the Court of Versailles is a Baroque music presentation by Amarillis ensemble. Christohe Chassol Indiamore and Scratch Bandits crew will also be performing.Gates to India Song will be a love story performed by Marguerite Duras with Indian artist Nandita Das. For visual arts, there are installations and interactive choreographic navigations called Bangalore Fictions, France Heritage bringing in the historical landmarks of France, Quintessence will showcase paintings by  Dominique Paulin and  photographs by Michel Kirch. There will also be exhibitions on urban development and sustainable architecture, photography and painting exhibitions by Anay Mann and Gigi Scaria, respectively revisiting French heritage in India,.Another aspect of this event will be the strong presence of French literary circle at the Jaipur Literature Festival. The celebrated Albert Camus’ birth centenary will also be celebrated across India through the event. Gear up Delhi.DETAILAt: 16 cities across IndiaWhen: January to April 2013last_img read more

Sri Lanka navy arrests 24 TN fishermen

first_imgThe Sri Lankan navy on Tuesday arrested 24 fishermen from here and also chased away at gun point several others for allegedly fishing in Lankan waters near Katchatheevu in the Palk Straits.More then 3,000 fishermen in 600 boats had put out to sea from here last night. The Lankan navy personnel came in 10 patrol boats and sea bikes, threatened the fishermen and arrested 24 of them besides chasing away others at gun point, fishermen organisation leaders S Emerite and Sagayaraj said. The fishermen were fishing near Katchatheevu in Palk Straits, they said claiming the fishermen were fishing in traditional waters. On October 10, the navy personnel had arrested 19 fishermen from Nagapattinam district on charges of violating the International Maritime Boundary Line prompting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to take up the continued arrests of state’s fishermen at a high political level with Sri Lanka.  In another instance on October 2, seven fishermen from Rameswaram had been arrested by Lankan naval personnel off Katchatheevu islet for allegedly crossing the IMBL and fishing in their waters.last_img read more