Fayetteville Explores Potential of Expanding Shared Services with Ft Bragg

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The city of Fayetteville, N.C., is talking with officials at Fort Bragg about the possibility of providing the post a range of municipal services. The initiative — which would take advantage of the authority enacted in the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill allowing installations and their host communities to enter into intergovernmental support agreements (IGSAs) for base support services — comes as the Army has directed installations to trim their contracting budgets by 5 percent  each year for the next six years, reports the Fayetteville Observer.“There are millions of dollars involved here folks,” City Councilman Bill Crisp said during a council work session Monday. “And we might want to cash in on some of it. I’m serious. Our transit system could run the bus service on Fort Bragg. There are any number of things we can do, not simply cutting grass. Maintenance on housing and all that stuff,” Crisp said.City staff have been cleaning the Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville under an IGSA reached several years ago. The post is considering a variety of categories of contracted work they could obtain from the city, including environmental programs, recreational programs, safety and security, and public works services, said Deputy City Manager Kristoff Bauer.The public-public partnerships have the potential to benefit both parties, he said.“Everything we do to make Fort Bragg efficient and effective protects us when someone talks about taking base operations and moving them somewhere else,” Bauer said. “Secondly, if we can take a current operation and enlarge it, we can perhaps have additional specialization, additional economies of scale and spread some of our fixed costs over a larger base, so we can reduce our costs to our other customers.”Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwoodlast_img read more

Sheryl Sandberg Breaking up Facebook wont fix social media

first_img 6 On Friday, EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager said breaking up Facebook would be “a remedy of the very last resort.” This may come as a surprise given that the European Union has typically been more heavy-handed than the US when it comes to regulating Silicon Valley tech companies. Vestager in particular has a reputation for coming down hard on US tech giants, thanks to record-breaking fines she’s handed out to Amazon and Google. Originally published May 17, 9:19 a.m. PT.Update, 11:49 a.m.: Adds comment from EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager. Comments Facebook co-founder: Time to break up the social network Facebook isn’t secretly listening in on your phone conversations. Really Facebook’s ad targeting has created a creepy image problem it can’t shake EU competition commissioner: Facebook breakup would be ‘last resort’ Sandberg also responded to a recent op-ed from Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, who said Zuckerberg had too much power and that the company should be broken up.”You could break us up, you could break other tech companies up, but you actually don’t address the underlying issues people are concerned about,” Sandberg told CNBC.Facebook, along with other social media companies like Twitter and YouTube, has been called out for not doing enough to combat election meddling, misinformation and hate speech. Critics have also argued that Facebook’s enormous power needs to be kept in check.Sandberg acknowledged that users are concerned about privacy, but added that every one of Facebook’s engineering and product teams now have systems in place focused on protecting people’s privacy, according to CNBC.When it comes to elections, Sandberg said Facebook is ready for 2020.”We never foresaw Russian interference in the 2016 election … and that’s on us,” she told CBS This Morning. “Going into the 2020 election, we have war rooms in place. We have a working relationship with the FBI and Homeland Security … and we’re all working together.” 5:10 More on Facebookcenter_img Facebook knows it has hard work to do, says COO Sheryl Sandberg. Angela Lang/CNET Facebook is doing the hard work necessary to protect elections and your privacy. That’s the message from Sheryl Sandberg in interviews with CBS This Morning and CNBC on Friday.Sandberg, the social network’s chief operating officer, told CBS This Morning that earning back people’s trust will be hard, but that she and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will do “whatever it takes” to keep people safe on Facebook. (Editor’s note: CNET is owned by CBS.) Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Tags Tech Industry Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Sheryl Sandberglast_img read more

Journos can use bike on election day EC

first_imgThe government on 23 December slapped a ban on all motor vehicles from 29 December midnight to 30 December midnight. Journalists covering the 30 December national election will be able to use motorcycles, the election commission announced on Thursday, reports UNB. Asadul Haq, EC’s deputy director (public relations), said journalists would have to display the commission’s approval stickers on their bikes. EC withdrew the ban on motorcycles a week after imposing it, facing harsh criticism from the journalist community. Motorcycles are the preferred mode of transport of newsmen who often have to run on tight schedules. “Journalists have already been given stickers and cards for covering the election. They have to display the [EC] stickers on their motorcycle,” he said.last_img read more

Garden with 70 species of aquatic plants

first_imgRaqibul Hasan tends to his aquatic plants in Narayanganj recently. Photo: Prothom AloGardening is a common hobby and rooftop gardens are gaining popularity in Bangladesh. But a garden with aquatic plants is not a common scene.Such a special garden with 70 species of aquatic plants has been traced in Narayanganj’s Fatulla. Raqibul Hasan, 33, has created his garden in the yard and rooftop of his Panchabati residence, collecting floating plants from home and abroad.Asked how it all started, Raqibul said, “It was 2015 and we, my wife and I, were visiting Cox’s Bazar. As my wife loves blue water lilies, I collected one from there. Soon collecting aquatic plants and growing them in containers became a passion for me.”Water bodies are shrinking every day in the concrete jungle of urban life. And so are the aquatic plants. Raqibul built the garden to archive the rare aquatic plants which are facing the danger of extinction.Speaking about his collection, Raqibul said he has a total of 44 species of water lilies including Victoria Amazon Lily and Hardy Water Lily.”Usually, you’ll find three kinds of water lilies in Bangladesh. But in my collection, I have seven local species including Pink Water Lily which is very rare,” he added.Besides the local ones, Raqibul collected the remaining 37 species of water lilies from Thailand, Mexico, Europe, USA and other countries.Raqibul has a collection of six lotus species, too. Local but rare Swarnakumud and Jhanji are also there in his garden.Raqibul Hasan shows his aquatic plants to visitors in Narayanganj recently. Photo: Prothom AloHe started the garden from a kind of passion. But, it is now a source of income for him. He has been selling saplings of aquatic plants for the past few years.Taslim Abed, an official of a pharmaceutical factory in Gazipur, collects aquatic plants from Raqibul.”By gardening and keeping aquatic plants on the rooftop of our factory, we can bring down the temperature from 52 degree Celsius to 38,” Taslim said.Deputy director of Narayanganj agriculture extension department, Kazi Habibur Rahman, also praised Raqibul saying, “It’s a great endeavour. If others follow him, we can leave a better world for our next generation.”After collecting 70 species of floating plants, Raqibul does not want to stop. He has plans to keep 100 species of water lilies and 50 species of lotus by this year.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain.last_img read more

Galveston Bay Area Has An App to Report Pollution

first_img 00:00 /01:05 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen Galveston Bay FoundationBoat SewageThe Galveston Bay Action Network app is a hassle-free way to report pollution.Nate Johnson helped create the app.“We wanted to make a tool that would make pollution reporting a lot easier,” Johnson says. “Hopefully encourage more people to report it. And have the enforcement agencies clean it up once they receive the reports.”The app is not just for residents in Galveston, but also the other counties surrounding the bay, like Chambers, Brazoria and Harris county.Sarah Gossett is with the Galveston Bay Foundation.She says that’s why the condition of pollution in Houston is equally important to manage.“We very much work within the city of Houston to make sure everybody there is doing what they can to keep the bay and all of the waterways in that area healthy and clean,” says Gossett.If you’re not sure what’s considered pollution, Johnson says the app has you covered.They’re hoping to get reports on things like trash, oil slicks, and other hazards affecting the bay.“There is a tool in the app to help people get a little familiar with how they can identify different types of pollution they may see,” Johnson says.He also says filing a report takes about a minute and the proper authorities will be alerted immediately. last_img read more

UPDATE Houston Firefighters Union To Meet With Mayor Turner To Parley Over

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen View Fullscreen X 00:00 /00:00center_img Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaPhoto, taken across the street from Houston City Hall, August 8, 2018Mayor Sylvester Turner has scheduled a public meeting tomorrow, Wednesday January 16, with the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association (HPFFA). The mayor wants to discuss the union’s ideas on how to implement voter mandated pay raises without busting the budget and the union has accepted his proposal to meet.Mayor Turner sent an open letter to firefighters’ union president Patrick M. “Marty” Lancton last week, inviting him to discuss the union’s ideas for implementing Proposition B. That’s the ballot measure that requires firefighters get the same pay as police of similar ranks.On Tuesday afternoon, Lancton said he wrote back a series of questions, but had yet to receive any answers. “And what we asked was, ‘Will you bring your own solutions, not simply demand that us or the people in the community not only negotiate against each other or we with ourselves?’” Lancton says. “That’s not constructive.”Lancton also asked whether the mayor would cease threatening to lay off workers. Both Mayor Turner and City Controller Chris Brown say the only way the city can afford the firefighters’ raises is by laying off hundreds of city workers – including firefighters.Later on Tuesday afternoon, the firefighters union said in a statement that Lancton and union attorney Troy Blakeney will meet with Mayor Turner Wednesday “to discuss implementation of Prop B and settlement of the City’s pending lawsuit against firefighters.”In the statement, the union also announced it is seeking a court order “compelling the city to begin paying firefighters equally with police officers on a rank-by-rank basis.”In a letter sent to Ron Lewis, the City of Houston’s Attorney, Blakeney wrote: “It is not our intent to have another public debate between Mayor Turner and HPFFA President Lancton” and added the union looks forward to “gaining a better understanding of the City of Houston’s proposals and options for implementing Prop B and discussing a possible resolution of the legal actions concerning this matter.”Note: The meeting will take place at the Houston City Hall Annex at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. It is open to the public, but seating is limited. Sharelast_img read more

Sonos Beats Earnings Expectations Teases OutofHome Product for 2019

first_imgThe investor letter also previewed a number of initiatives that could add further growth. This includes the company’s partnership with Ikea, which will “potentially introduce millions of new households to the Sonos app and experience,” according to the letter.What’s more, executives also used the letter to preview another significant opportunity for the company: sound outside of the home. From the letter:“While approximately 50% of listening happens in the home, the other 50% happens outside the home. So, to be the leading sound experience company, we need to continue to offer differentiated listening experiences in the home while extending our platform and products to all the places and spaces our customers listen to the fantastic breadth of audio content available on demand today. In FY2019, we plan to push our boundaries by investing resources to make the experience of Sonos outside the home a reality.”Sonos CEO Patrick Spence expanded on that opportunity during Thursday’s earnings call, saying that the company had “several products that take us outside the home” on its 3-year roadmap.A first such product is expected to ship within the next 12 months, Spence said. He didn’t elaborate on the nature of these products, but it’s possible that the company could make a portable speaker, or partner with car makers to bring Sonos sound to the automotive space. The smart speaker maker saw a sales boost from its newly-introduced Sonos Beam soundbar, with executives writing in their investor letter Thursday that the Beam became the number 1 soundbar in the U.S. during that quarter measured in shares of dollar spent. That’s despite the fact that the soundbar only launched halfway into the quarter. “Beam exceeded our forecast,” the company said in its letter to investors.Sonos also revealed its full-year totals Thursday, detailing that it sold products worth $1.14 billion during its fiscal 2018. This marks the first time the company surpassed $1 billion worth in revenue. The company’s net loss for the year was $15.6 million.Over the 12 months ending September 30, Sonos sold more than 5 million products to consumers, adding 1.5 million homes to its customer base. What’s more, both revenue and household additions are accelerating significantly year-over-year, as the company illustrated in a chart: Sonos share prices rose sharply Thursday after the close of markets on better-than-expected earnings news: Investors sent the company’s stock up nearly 20 percent in after-hours trading after Sonos revealed that it nearly broke even in its fiscal fourth quarter, which ended on September 30, and surpassed $1 billion in revenue for its fiscal full year of 2018.“2018 was a great year for us,” said Sonos CEO Patrick Spence during Thursday’s earnings call.Sonos generated some $273 million in revenue during the last quarter, compared to $214.1 million during the same quarter a year ago. The company’s net loss for the quarter was $1.7 million, down from $14.9 million a year ago. This equals a loss of $0.02 per share. Analysts had expected revenue of $248.7 million, and losses of $0.10 per share. CREDIT: Courtesy of Sonoscenter_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 last_img read more

AIDA 20 brings a full panel plus some location display to drivers

first_img More information: senseable.mit.edu/aida/ In the AIDA 2.0 system all of the information that the driver needs will be placed onto the dashboard and surrounding areas. While this will make the information easily accessible, it may also lead to potential distractions on the road. The new virtual display now consists of the entirety of the dashboard, the console, the instrument panel, and the wing mirrors. Working in conjunction, they create one virtual display that is able to update itself as you move. 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. (PhysOrg.com) — If you remember the AIDA (Affective, Intelligent Driving Agent) system, which came out roughly a year and a half ago, then you remember that it was a joint project, made by MIT and Volkswagen, that put a robot head in your dashboard. The head gave driving directions to end users. The newest version, AIDA 2.0, has gotten rid of the talking head, and turned the entire view of the car into one large navigation display. Explore further While this idea does seem really cool, like something out of a Tron movie, it does stretch the drivers view, and could potentially distract from the stretch of road in front of the driver, and the other cars on the road. On the bright side, the system is both adaptive and considerate. The system will, over time, learn facts about you such as the types of places where you like to eat and the activities that you are interested in. Then, it will search through information about the area and tell you about things that you may be interested in that are close by. As with any adaptive system, the more you use it, the better it will become. No word has been given yet about when consumers will see the AIDA 2.0 system in cars. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: AIDA 2.0 brings a full panel, plus some, location display to drivers (w/ video) (2011, May 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-aida-full-panel-drivers-video.html AIDA Robot Aims To Change The Way We Interact With Our Car (w/ Video)last_img read more