Navy Would Lose Carrier Air Wing under FY17 Request

first_imgThe Navy would cut an aircraft carrier air wing based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., along with its five associated squadrons, under its $165 billion budget request for fiscal 2017 released earlier this week.The proposal would reduce the number of aircraft carrier air wings in the Navy from 10 to nine.“This proposal will allow the Navy to match the number of air wings to the number of deployable aircraft carriers,” Rear Adm. William Lescher told reporters during a budget briefing Tuesday. “It reflects the practice of having one carrier in refueling and complex overhaul, and one carrier in an extended maintenance availability at any time,” said Lescher, the service’s deputy assistant secretary for budget.The aircraft would be allocated among the remaining squadrons and would boost readiness among the squadrons by reducing the dwell time between deployments, he said. Deployments can last for up to four years for wings attached to carriers undergoing refueling and a complex overhaul, reported Navy Times.The plan already has been attacked by the chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services committees.Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas.) told reporters the Navy’s proposal was “a little disturbing,” but said would study it more closely before offering an official position. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the request likely was a non-starter.Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Seapower Subcommittee, pointed to the plan as simply the latest attempt by the Obama administration to shrink the Navy, reported Politico. “So far, we’ve been pretty successful in putting all that back,” he said. “When you look right now and we have gaps with our carriers currently, and they’re going to take out an air wing? I mean, it really doesn’t make good military sense,” Forbes said.The budget request also calls for the Navy to eliminate 6,300 sailor slots, shrinking the service from 329,200 billets to 322,900 billets. The proposal includes the cruiser modernization program, which the service first broached two years ago. It would dock up to half of the fleet’s 22 cruisers to reduce staffing needs and extend the ships’ service lives.“This is an approach that leverages the saving of over $3 billion over [the next five years] in operating costs and maintains the best overall force balance,” Lescher said. “It retains the air-defense commander capable platforms in the force into the 2040s and allows us to reallocate personnel elsewhere in the fleet.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

MTV Confirms Performers For Spring Break Reboot Zara Larsson City Girls Tyga

first_imgNews MTV Spring Break 2019: Zara Larsson, Tyga & More mtv-confirms-performers-spring-break-reboot-zara-larsson-city-girls-tyga-more MTV Confirms Performers For Spring Break Reboot: Zara Larsson, City Girls, Tyga & More Facebook Twitter Rae Sremmurd and Lil Baby have also been announced to perform at the network’s first Spring Break party in five yearsAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Mar 13, 2019 – 4:30 pm Last November, MTV announced they would be reviving their Spring Break TV special come March 2019. Now, things are finally starting to heat up; on March 11 the network revealed details about the forthcoming week-long party.MTV Spring Break 2019 will bring the party to Cancún, Mex. one more time, with Swedish pop star Zara Larsson, GRAMMY-nominated rapper Tyga, brother rap team Rae Sremmurd, trap duo City Girls and their Quality Control label-mate, Atlanta rapper Lil Baby, all slated to perform. Email The party will take place at the beachside Grand Oasis hotel from March 23–28, airing live on MTV and MTV.com. The event will be hosted by two of MTV’s boisterous personalities: “Wild N’ Out” co-host and MC Justina Valentine and Vinny Guadagnino of “Jersey Shore” fame.Guadagnino’s former “Jersey Shore” cast-mate is also slated to join the festivities, joining the lineup of musical guests as DJ Pauly D.There will also be special programming airing in conjunction with the week’s festivities, which involve the stars of two of the network’s current reality shows, “Siesta Key” and “The Challenge,” joining in on the Cancún festivities. The former cast of “Ex on the Beach” will reunite to “hit the sand to talk to spring breakers about love and romance.” The first-ever MTV Spring Break took place in 1986 in Daytona Beach, Fla., featuring lots of neon and GRAMMY winners the Beastie Boys as musical guests. The network continued the program for years as its popularity grew, featuring guests over the years that included GRAMMY winners Usher, Lil Wayne and *NSYNC.  The program aired live on the main channel until 2005, after which it moved to the MTVU until 2014, the last time the event took place. The reboot is part of MTV’s expansion in the music-centered live events space, along with their purchase of the annual Tahoe-based SnowGlobe Music Festival in 2018.Spring Break 2019 will be airing live on MTV and MTV.com from March 23 to 28. Or if you have your sights set on challenging Pauly D in an arm wrestling match, visit StudentCity’s site, MTV’s longtime Spring Break partner, for more info.Ace of Base’s “The Sign” Turns 25: How America Fell Back In Love With Swedish PopRead morelast_img read more

New Vizio 2019 sound bars start at 70 include Bluetooth

first_img Vizio Share your voice The 5.1-channel SB3651n and 2.1-channel SB3621n “pump out up to 100 dB” and also feature a slim subwoofer which can reach a claimed 50Hz. They feature integrated DTS Virtual:X for simulated surround effects. 01-vizio-soundbars-2019The SB2020n is designed for smaller rooms. Sarah Tew/CNET The $70 20-inch SB2020n is now the baby of Vizio’s range. The company suggests using the subwoofer-less speaker in smaller living areas.Update, May 21: Adds pricing, photos and additional information. 3:12 0 Now playing: Watch this: CES 2019center_img Three Vizio soundbars surround a Sony the company used for a comparison. Sarah Tew/CNET Vizio’s 2019 sound bars, which include two new Dolby Atmos models, are available from today with prices ranging between $70 and $700.The new crop follows the company’s first Atmos sound bars from late 2018 and is designed to fill in gaps between existing models which are mostly 46-inch bars.The full range includes five sound bars — four 36-inch models and a 20-incher — with the top two speakers including Dolby Atmos. SB36514 — 36-inch 5.1.4 Atmos sound bar: $700 SB36312 — 36-inch 3.1.2 Atmos (no surrounds): $470 SB3651n — 36-inch 5.1-channel sound bar: $250 (coming later in 2019) SB3621n — 36-inch 2.1-channel sound bar: $150 SB2020n — 20-inch 2.0-channel sound bar: $70 The 36-inch SB36514 fits neatly between the company’s $1k flagship and its excellent $500 SB36512. The new SB36514 features rear height surrounds and comes with a six-inch subwoofer. Meanwhile the new step-down SB36312 model includes a slim subwoofer that can be slid underneath furniture. Both speakers feature up-firing drivers for overhead effects in Dolby Atmos-encoded content. vizio-sb36512The $700 Vizio SB36512 offers Atmos compatibility and a 6-inch subwoofer. Sarah Tew/CNET All of the speakers offer Bluetooth support while the Atmos models SB36514 and SB36312 include “voice-control support for Google Assistant, allowing users to control their sound bars using only their voice.” In addition the models include Chromecast built-in for multiroom streaming support. Tags Post a comment Speakers Vizio debuts TVs with local dimming, quantum dots, AirPlay…last_img read more

Death toll in Brazil nursery arson attack rises to 9

first_imgA girl who was burned in an arson attack at a nursery school in Brazil succumbed to her wounds on Saturday, bringing the overall death toll to nine people.The four-year-old girl had been transferred to a hospital in Belo Horizonte , the state capital of Minas Gerais, some 370 miles (600 kilometers) north of the small town of Janauba where the attack occurred, according to Folha de Sao Paulo, a local newspaper.A security guard at the nursery sprayed his young victims with alcohol before setting fire to the building. He himself died from burns a few hours later.According to local authorities, he had suffered from mental health issues since 2014.In total, eight four-year-old children were killed, along with a teacher aged 43. Another 40 people were treated at three hospitals in the region.Dozens gathered for the first funerals of victims at a cemetery in Janauba on Friday afternoon, according to an AFP photographer.Small white coffins were opened for a few minutes as devastated family members wept.”What has happened is inexplicable. I have no words. When I heard about the fire on the radio, I immediately thought of my grandchildren. I was sure something had happened to them,” said Antonio Pereira da Silva, who buried his granddaughter.The mayor of Janauba declared seven days of mourning, while Brazil’s President Michel Temer expressed his solidarity with the victims of the “tragedy.”last_img read more

Two Teens Shot on Southeast DC Basketball Court

first_imgPolice are still searching for suspects in a Dec. 10 shooting of two teenagers on a basketball court in Southeast D.C., said a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department on Dec.13.Lt. Sean Conboy said the offense took place in the 4400 block of F Street, SE. The shooting happened in the evening outside of the Benning Terrace housing complex. According to the spokesperson, a group of young people were playing basketball when they heard gunshots, and fled the court.The victims struck by gunfire are believed to be 14 or 15 years old, according to the Washington Post. Both victims were breathing and conscious when police arrived and were transported the hospital.Police are currently looking for two Black male suspects last seen in a burgundy car with unknown paper tags.Despite the 58 percent increase in homicide cases, and the 3 percent rise in robberies, “there is not a rise in crime in the District as a whole,” Conboy told the AFRO, in an email, on Dec.9. He said that violent crime, which sat at 5,526 as of Nov. 17, has only increased by 1 percent, and is still lower than 2014’s total of 6,194.However, the total violent crimes reported between Alabama Avenue SE and 46th Street SE, within 1,000 feet of this shooting, doubled since last year, according to a D.C. police crime map. Last year, this area had 22 violent crimes as compared 44.Deji Ayoku, 22, said youth live in fear of being harmed, even in locations that should be safe play areas. “If people are getting shot at least three times out of seven days then, yeah, I would be scared,” Ayoku said. He played soccer growing up in Prince Georges County, Maryland and his parents sent him to school in Buffalo, New York so he could get away from “bad areas” and trouble.Ayoku still visits his aunt and cousins who live and work in the District. He said he hopes something will be done about the crime so his family will be safe.last_img read more

Snap Fills Out Senior Ranks With CFO HR Chief Appointments

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Snap CEO and co-founder Evan Spiegel has turned in house to fill the company’s CFO and head of human resources positions, completing an overhaul of the Snapchat parent’s executive ranks after a series of high-level departures.The company announced the appointment of Derek Andersen, currently Snap’s VP of finance, as chief financial officer. Andersen will take over the CFO duties of Lara Sweet, interim finance chief and chief accounting officer, who has been appointed chief people officer. Both execs report to Spiegel.“I am thrilled to announce the promotions of Derek and Lara, which reflect their strengths as leaders,” Spiegel said in a statement. “We’re confident that Derek brings important stability to this vital role, given his strong financial expertise and impressive accomplishments working together with our team.” Regarding Sweet, Spiegel commented, “Lara has provided seamless continuity throughout the transitions in our finance team. I’ve long admired Lara’s approach to building culture and managing talent, so when she asked me for the opportunity to focus on people I was thrilled for her to step into this role.” Related Snapchat Parent Company Raises $1.265 Billion in Debt Financing, Citing Potential Acquisitions It’s the latest shuffle by Spiegel of his lieutenants, as he tries to get Snap pointed on a growth trajectory in 2019. Departures from Snap’s senior management ranks in the past year include to CFO Tim Stone, VP of marketing Steve LaBella, chief strategy officer Imran Khan, chief content officer Nick Bell, and head of ad sales Jeff Lucas (now at Verizon Media).The new appointments for Andersen and Sweet come after other key hires. Last month, Snap announced the hiring of its first chief marketing officer, Kenny Mitchell, a consumer-marketing veteran who has worked at McDonald’s, Gatorade, NBC Sports Group and NASCAR. That came after it recruited three other senior execs: Jeremi Gorman, chief business officer, former head of ad sales at Amazon; Jared Grusd, chief strategy officer, ex-CEO of Huffington Post; and Julie Henderson, chief communications officer, formerly with 21st Century Fox.Andersen, 41, joined Snap in July 2018 after a seven-year stint at Amazon, where he most recently was VP of finance supporting Amazon’s digital video business. He also previously served in roles at Fox Interactive Media, including as VP of finance and SVP, finance and business operations for IGN.In the CFO position, Andersen will have an annual salary of $500,000 and received a new restricted stock award for 750,000 shares of Snap stock (vesting over four years), according to a regulatory filing Monday.Sweet, 44, was controller and chief accounting officer at AOL before joining Snap in June 2016. At Snap, she has served multiple roles in the company’s finance organization, including interim CFO, chief accounting officer, and VP, controller. During her tenure as interim CFO, Sweet managed day-to-day operations of the company’s finance, accounting, and people teams. Earlier in her career, she worked in finance positions at Freddie Mac and Marriott International. Snap Intros $380 Two-Camera Spectacles — A Fashion Accessory for Snapchat AR Contentlast_img read more

Seeing through paint

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — When light passes through materials that we consider opaque, such as paint, biological tissue, fabric and paper, it is scattered in such a complex way that an image does not come through. “It is possible to see the light, but not the information,” Sylvain Gigan tells PhysOrg.com. “We wanted to create a way to see the information through opaque media.” Citation: ‘Seeing’ through paint (2010, March 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-seeing-through-paint.html More information: Popff, et. al., “Measuring the Transmission Matrix in Optics: An Approach to the Study and Control of Light Propagation in Disordered Media,” Physical Review Letters (2010). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.104.100601 Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Schematic of the apparatus. The laser is expanded and reflected off a SLM. The phase-modulated beam is focused on the multiple-scattering sample and the output intensity speckle pattern is imaged by a CCD camera: lens (L), polarizer (P), diaphragm (D). Image (c) 2010 American Physical Society, DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.104.100601 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further How to see through opaque materials Gigan is a scientist at the City of Paris Industrial Physics and Chemistry Higher Educational Institute (ESPCI). Gigan worked in a group with Popoff, Lerosey, Carminati, Fink and Boccara to create an experiment that demonstrates that it is possible to construct a transmission matrix that allows them to “see” through some opaque materials. The results of their experiment are described in Physical Review Letters: “Measuring the Transmission Matrix in Optics: An Approach to the Study and Control of Light Propagation in Disordered Media.”“When people try to look into an opaque medium, especially biological material, they use the ballistic light, the light that has not been mixed up by the medium due to scattering. But as you go into the medium, the ballistic light becomes less intense, limited by the scattering process.”Instead of being limited by scattering, though, the group at ESPCI instead looked for ways to use scattering to their advantage. Gigan and his colleagues passed light through zinc oxide, which is common in paint. They observed the way the light of a laser scattered as it passed through, and then created a numerical model to describe the result. “This transmission matrix is a map through the medium,” Gigan explains. “Once we have the transmission matrix, it is possible to analyze whatever pattern goes through.”The process provides the means to put together an image of something on the other side, allowing the researchers to “see” through the zinc oxide layer, even though it is opaque. Reversal is also possible, offering a way to tailor a beam that could pass through opaque material, and then focus. “Such a method could allow for applications in imaging of biological material, among other applications,” Gigan says. “This provides a way to transmit information or focus light in a medium that wouldn’t by any classical means allow that.”There are limitations, however. “This should not be construed to mean that we can see through walls with this technique,” Gigan points out. “Some degree of light has to be able to pass through, and a wall stops light from coming out the other side. You could use white fabric, paint, or paper, though. Even biological tissue, like a chicken breast, could work.”Gigan also admits that so far the process is rather slow. “Getting the matrix is a slow process, taking minutes. We used paint because it is so stable. If you wanted to actually go through biological media, or through liquid, it wouldn’t work with our current set-up, since the light transmission changes as the medium moves.”For now, the group at ESPCI is working on tackling the problems presented by technology. “The main limitation for using this technique in biological microscopy is technical. There are some hints of how to get the transmission matrix faster, but at the moment we’re not really ready.”Despite the limitations, Gigan sees some current applications. “There are implications for nanotechnology, and the propagation of light in this system is interesting. It offers a basis for the idea of manipulating the light wave, and we believe this could be a promising approach to imaging. Perhaps in five years we will have the technology to take this even further.”last_img read more