Dan Cohen AUTHOR Defense Department facilities continue to deteriorate as the Budget Control Act spending caps have forced officials to limit funding for installation support in recent years in favor of higher priority needs.The department’s latest assessment indicates that 18.9 percent of its facility inventory is in failing condition, with an additional 13.2 percent in poor condition. Last year, only 7 percent of its inventory was in failing condition.Unless the statutory spending caps are lifted in the out-years, “the department will continue to take risk in funding to sustain and recapitalize existing facilities,” according to the written testimony Pete Potochney, acting assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, submitted to the House Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee last week.“This will ultimately result in DOD facing larger bills in the out-years to restore or replace facilities that deteriorate prematurely,” Potochney wrote.The department’s fiscal 2017 budget request of $7.5 billion for facilities sustainment would meet only 74 percent of model requirements, according to his testimony.“We have over 52,000 buildings in poor or failing condition right now,” Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, told the panel. “The majority of our facilities budget is focused on combatant commander requirements and new missions, which for us means cyber and unmanned aircraft. What it doesn’t get after is the significant number of buildings out there that are already failing,” Hammack said.The military services prioritized new construction over existing facility sustainment in the FY 2017 budget proposal, but the DOD-wide military construction line item represents a 14 percent cut compared to the previous year’s request, reported Federal News Radio. Much of the requested construction funding would support ongoing military operations overseas. And in the United States, facilities needed to support new aircraft such as the F-35 take precedence over replacing crumbling buildings, according to the story.“The milcon backlog is very significant,” said Miranda Ballentine, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy. “We’re only able to afford about 30 of the 500 top priority projects that our major commands asked us for this year. We really are in a position where it’s not a matter of whether infrastructure is going to fail, it’s a matter of where and when,” Ballentine said.Written testimony and a webcast of the hearing on the installations, environment and energy budget request for fiscal 2017 submitted by DOD and the military services are available on the committee website.
Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 Read Google Home Hub review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sprint $299 at Amazon I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See at Amazon Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Tags DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Sarah Tew/CNET $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly said Democrats in Congress will try to restore net neutrality rules. Win McNamee / Getty Images Democrats in the US Congress will introduce a bill Wednesday to bring back net neutrality rules that were repealed in 2017, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly said Monday.House Democrats will work with the Senate to pass the “Save the Internet Act,” Pelosi said in a letter to lawmakers, according to Reuters. The text of the reported bill hasn’t been released. Net neutrality, which lasted from 2015 to 2018, banned broadband providers from slowing or blocking internet access or charging companies more for faster access. In December 2017, the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules.Democrats in Congress have said the repeal allows for large broadband and wireless companies to “control people’s online activities.” Tech companies such as Amazon and Facebook, as well as tech pioneers such as Tim Berners-Lee, have spoken out against net neutrality’s repeal. In August, attorneys general from 22 states, as well as activist groups and companies including Mozilla, filed suit, alleging the FCC arbitrarily rolled back net neutrality rules and overstepped its authority to ban states from passing their own regulations.And in October, California reached an agreement with the US Department of Justice not to enforce its own net neutrality law, saying it’d hold off until questions about the FCC’s authority to pre-empt states from adopting their own net neutrality laws were answered in federal appeals court. The FCC declined to comment. A representative for Pelosi didn’t respond to a request for comment. First published March 4.Update, March 5, 2:41 p.m. PT: Adds background on net neutrality. Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. The Cheapskate Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It $59 at eBay $155 at Google Express $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 12 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See at Turo Apple iPhone XS Read the AirPods review Internet Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tags Angela Lang/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 Chris Monroe/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $999 $6 at Tidal Share your voice Read the Rylo camera preview $60 at Best Buy $210 at Best Buy Turo The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sarah Tew/CNET See It Comments See it See It Net neutrality,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Share your voice Boost Mobile $520 at HP 7 Comments $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Amazon
Now playing: Watch this: Big points for the name alone: Vava Voom! Vava Need a speaker you can take with you to the beach? The pool? The quarry? (I don’t know, do people still go swimming at quarries? If Breaking Away taught me anything…) Make sure it has an IPX5 rating or better so it can withstand the inevitable splashes.Like this one: For a limited time, and while supplies last, ZDNet Academy + Deals has the Vava Voom 20 Bluetooth Speaker for $22.50 when you apply promo code VAVA25 at checkout. Price at Amazon: $65.See it at ZDNetJust to be clear, the Voom 20 isn’t 100% waterproof — it’s splashproof. So it probably won’t survive getting dunked, but if it gets sprayed by the hose, no problem.Beyond that, the speaker is notable for offering dual passive subwoofers (translation: lots of bass), the option to pair two different Bluetooth sources (two phones, for example, or a phone and a tablet), support for NFC pairing (great if your phone supports it as well) and a rechargeable battery that promises up to 8 hours of play time (at 80 percent volume).The Voom 20 also has a Type-A USB port you can use to recharge your phone or another mobile device, though because it’s a 1-amp port, it won’t recharge particularly quickly.CNET hasn’t reviewed this model, but some 365 Amazon customers collectively rated it 4.1 stars.The key thing to know here, aside from this being a crazy-good deal, is that if you order today, delivery is about two weeks out. That means this won’t arrive in time for Father’s Day. But if you need a gift for a midsummer graduation party, this could work.And, hey, if you just need something to accompany you on your next quarry visit, done and done. Bonus deal: Get 10 feet of cord-covering raceway for $10Nothing destroys decor like unsightly cords, especially when they’re running down walls or along baseboards. Solution: Raceway track, which isn’t as good as running the cords inside the wall, but is definitely an improvement.Here’s a dirt-cheap kit to get you started: The Yecaye CMC-01 Raceway Kit for $10.19 when you click the on-page 10%-off coupon and then apply promo code YECAYE01 at checkout. Regular price: $17.See it at AmazonThe kit includes 125 inches’ worth of paintable cord channels, including 90-degree and T elbows for making turns. You can screw the channels to the wall or use the included adhesive tape.At this price, this is without question one of the cheapest ways I’ve seen to hide ugly cables.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Comments 6 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Amazon Bluetooth The Cheapskate Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers Tags The battle for the best smart display: Google Home Hub… Share your voice 4:05
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Uniworld joins Sabre Cruises for direct bookings Share << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Uniworld is now accessible through Sabre Cruises, allowing travel agents to directly book Uniworld cruises through the Sabre space for the first time.“We are excited to announce our new partnership with Sabre Cruises,” said Ellen Bettridge, president of Uniworld. “This relationship represents Uniworld’s first direct booking engine for agents and we hope that the third party elimination will ease the booking process.”Sabre agents can now book Uniworld cruises without having to go to a third party website. Agents can also compare different products, or go directly to Uniworld to see offerings and compare pricing and availability within the brand. Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Posted by Tags: Sabre, Uniworld Travelweek Group
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 Tags: Karisma Hotels & Resorts, People, The Travel Agent Next Door CANCUN — Four agents from The Travel Agent Next Door took home a total of six awards at Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ 10th annual Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultant (GIVC) awards and Sales & Marketing Forum.The event took place earlier this month at the El Dorado Royale in Cancun.Flemming Friisdahl, Founder of The Travel Agent Next Door said: “We are very proud of our agents who received this recognition at the GIVC Awards. This is an amazing accomplishment by these agents and all of us at The Travel Agent Next Door congratulate them.”This event honors Karisma hotel group’s best producing travel agents for the past year. During this year’s gala, three agents of The Travel Agent Next Door were awarded five awards between them as follows:Cindy Almond, Romance & Foodie TravelDiamond Level 4Top Nickelodeon Wedding ProducerLiana Rowan ,TripCo TravelDiamond Level 3Steph Switzer, Exclusive To You Travel ServicesDiamond Level 3Top 10 Nickelodeon SalesJacenta Hawco, Compass VacationsDiamond Level 3 [People] The Travel Agent Next Door agents win in six categories at Karisma awards Posted by Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>