Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Air Force has decided to set aside its plans to retire the A-10 close air support aircraft, in the wake of the attack plane’s critical role in the U.S. bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State, according to DOD sources.Air Force officials say they still will need to retire the A-10 to pay for newer generation aircraft, but for now the service will shelve its plan in response to commanders’ request for the Warthog, reported Defense One.The Air Force will release a revised retirement plan next month when the administration submits its fiscal 2017 budget request to Congress.The service had proposed retiring the fleet in each of its last two budget requests in response to fiscal constraints, but each time lawmakers blocked the plan, arguing the A-10 is the most effective aircraft in the Air Force inventory at protecting ground troops.Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he welcomed the report that the Air Force plans to keep the Warthog through FY 2017. “With growing global chaos and turmoil on the rise, we simply cannot afford to prematurely retire the best close air support weapon in our arsenal without fielding a proper replacement,” McCain said.The report represents good news for Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., which is home to the nation’s largest contingent of A-10s, with more than 80 of the planes in three squadrons, reported the Arizona Daily Star.“It appears the administration is finally coming to its senses and recognizing the importance of A-10s to our troops’ lives and national security,” Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), a former A-10 pilot who flew combat missions in the 1990s, said in a statement. McSally’s district includes Tucson, where Davis-Monthan is located.
Dhriti is currently in coma following severe trauma and head injuries.A 13-year-old Indian-American hate crime victim was struck down intentionally by a motorist who thought she was a Muslim. The victim, identified as 23-year-old Dhriti, is still in a coma. The incident happened 0n April 23 last month, when Dhriti and other members of her family were crossing a road in Sunnyvale, California. All of a sudden a motorist struck them down intentionally.Over $600,000 has been raised for the treatment of Dhriti. As of Monday (May 6) evening, the GoFundMe page, created to help the seventh-grader Dhriti Narayan’s family cover the medical costs, had raised more than $600,000. The target was $500,000, reports the American Bazaar online news portal.The family was targeted because the motorist, Isaiah Peoples, thought they were Muslim.Seven others, including Dhriti’s father Rajesh Narayan and her nine-year-old brother Prakhar, were injured in the incident.Dhriti is currently in a coma following severe trauma and head injuries.Since the fundraising appeal went live on GoFundMe seven days ago, more than 12,360 people donated money.The fundraiser on the site reads: “While our hearts and prayer go to Dhriti for her speedy recovery but a huge medical bill and potential rehab costs are expected for her recovery.”We, friends of Dhriti’s family, who were touched by her and her family’s caring and helpful nature, are actively working with family members and other friends along with appropriate organisations and organising this fund-raising campaign to support the family at this difficult time.”Peoples was arraigned in Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose on May 3. He was charged on eight counts of attempted murder. His next hearing will be on May 16.(With inputs from IANS)
Indians waste as much food as is sufficient to meet an year’s requirement of a country like Egypt. In a survey, it was stated that in India appx. 67 lakh ton of food is getting wasted every year which is worth Rs 92000 crore. The wastage of food in India is as much as what United Kingdom consumes.Food wastage is an alarming issue in India. The wastage at weddings, social and family functions, hotels, households’ are sufficient evidence to prove it. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBefore wasting the food just think about the following facts:How much water was used to produce the food; How much oil/ electricity was used to produce food;Acres of land are deforested to grow food;Food waste thrown to landfills, resulting in emission of greenhouse gases which causes pollution and change in climate having devastating impact on the environment;Wastage of food will result in shortage of food and dent the economy in the form of inflation; Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt is obvious that we are not wasting the food but national resources.Food waste from production in plants to plate can be classified as preconsumer (uneaten food) and post-consumer (thrown away food). The wastage of food resulting from the stage of production to retailing can be termed as pre-consumer food wastage. The post –consumer food waste reflects the food thrown away by consumer from plate after procuring from the retailer.For reducing food wastage in pre- consumer category infrastructure improvement (transportation, storage and distribution) for handling the food will help. In case of avoiding food wastage in post-consumer category the change is required in our cultural habits and social behavior. In this category, here are some easy ways to do your bit:In case of invitation to attend wedding/ formal/ social party, confirm your presence/absence as it will help the host to avoid over ordering. This small change in habit will help in reduction of food wastage immensely;For dinning out on buffet, take small quantity/portions first; Procure the food smartly based on weekly consumption to the extent possible. If you buy more than what you consume then the difference will naturally result in wastage;Make sure you cook the food keeping in mind a realistic requirement. You can always complete your meal with few fruits than keeping extra food in refrigerator. It is a better and healthier practice;Use FIFO (First in First Out) as a rule especially for green vegetables and fruits. Consume what you bought first;Reuse the left over if possible, for instance, stale rice makes good fried rice;Educate your children of the importance of food;In a nutshell, food should reach not garbage bins and landfills but find place in human stomach. It will bring smiles on hungry faces.
28Mar Rep. LaFave’s CPL photo legislation approved by House Bill allows Secretary of State to share photographs with Michigan State PoliceThe Michigan House of Representatives has approved legislation introduced by Rep. Beau LaFave to streamline the process of obtaining a concealed weapons permit.LaFave’s bill authorizes the Secretary of State to share photographs taken for official state personal identifications cards with the Michigan State Police for use on concealed weapons licenses.“We shouldn’t be wasting people’s time and making them get new photos for their concealed weapons licenses when the state already has perfectly good photos on file,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain. “This is a common sense move that will allow state government to operate more efficiently when processing CPL applications.”House Bill 4203 moves to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: LaFave News
Ninety-six per cent of all US TV programmes are now Shazam-enabled and users are increasingly engaging with Shazam-enabled ads, according to Sam Woods, sales director, Shazam.The company started out as an app to let people discover details about music they were listening to and has developed into a service that lets users interact with TV shows. According to Woods, speaking at the Future TV Advertising Forum in London this morning, the evolution was a natural progression because 85% of Shazam users were already using it to find out what music they were listening to in a TV show or TV ad.Woods told attendees that the company was building a second-screen bridge between mobile devices and the TV. “Nothing has the combined power of TV and mobile. Mobile is an incredible medium – it has lots of scale, proximity, it is non-disruptive, highly personalised and most importantly, it’s portable,” Woods said.Woods said that Shazam had become so popular that the service now had the scale to deliver key data about how users are interacting with content, including adverts. In a recent study, Shazam found that 100% of people who ‘Shazamed’ a particular advert could recall seeing the ad and its key message, while 79% took immediate action to engage with the brand and 55% spoke to other people about the ad. “Using Shazam, people are three times more likely to engage with your brand,” Woods said.Shazam now has over 250 million users and is atrracting new users at a rate of two million per week.
A+E Networks UK has today launched entertainment channel, Blaze, on Virgin TV in the UK and Ireland on EPG number 216.Free-to-air factual channel Blaze launched in September 2016 and is available via the Freeview and Freesat platforms in the UK and Ireland and through operators like Sky.“We are very pleased to have secured distribution with Virgin Media to further cement the strong collaboration between our companies,” said Heather Jones, UK general manager, A+E Networks.David Bouchier, chief digital entertainment officer at Virgin TV said: “We continue to bring our customers closer to the TV they love and we are delighted to bring the Blaze channel to our platform.”
Russian pay TV provider NTV+ has launched an app for the Apple TV platform that allows users to watch over 180 channels on TV via the device.Owners of Apple TV boxes will be able to sign up for NTV+’s Supersport, Supersport Premium, football, kids, movies and factual packages via the app.Subscribers will also be able to access catch-up functionality, with most content available for 24 hours after it was initially aired, as well as pause live TV.NTV+ said that its launch on Apple TV would enable it to provide an offering for a high-earning segment of the market that was steadily growing. The company estimates that the offering will enable it to grow its online subscriber base by 10-15%.Subsequent updates to the app will include further access to sports on-demand including highlights from a free archive and on-demand access to the Amediateka: Home of HBO service. The operator said that satellite subscribers would be able to use the Apple TV box to deliver multiscreen services.NTV+ CEO Mikhail Demin said that the operator planned to follow up the Apple TV launch with further launches on Android devices and smart TV platforms.Separately, NTV+ has launched a pay TV service in Georgia. Viewers in the country will be offered tow packages of channels. One will include 50 Russian and international channels and the other will offer an expanded package of 90 channels.Twenty of the channels on the service are owned by NTV+ parent company Gazprom Media, including 22 entertainment channels, 14 factual channels, 12 news and information services, five sports channels, five kids channels, five music services and 27 movie offerings. NTV+ Georgia offers two UHD TV channels and five HD services. Subscribers will also be able to access domestic Georgian TV channels.Georgian Media Group, Gazprom Media’s existing local partner for channel distribution, is providing equipment, technical support and marketing for the satellite service.Demin said that NTV+ had not ruled out further launches across CIS countries.NTV+ estimates that pay TV penetration among Georgia’s population of 3.7 million stands at around 50%, with most Georgians viewing TV via satellite.
UK media services outfit Arqiva has launched a new hybrid TV service on the country’s digital-terrestrial TV platform for two of specialist interest media company Immediate Media’s craft shopping channels.Arqiva said it had extended the delivery of Sewing Quarter and Jewellery Maker to the DTT audience via two new IP portals, giving viewers 24-hour access to its content and allowing them to switch seamlessly between the channels through the internet or DTT platform. Both channels were previously broadcast on a part-time only basis.Arqiva has moved the Jewellery Maker channel to its COM7 multiplex. Viewers with connected devices will be able to view the channel 24 hours a day via the red button. Sewing Quarter will continue to be broadcast five hours a day on the COM6 multiplex, but will also be available 24 hours a day for viewers with internet connected DTT devices via the red button.Laurie Patten, director of strategy and ventures at Arqiva, said: “Our work with Immediate Media is another example of the strength of the DTT platform, and the ability to bring together the benefits of DTT and IP-delivered services to offer the most seamless and efficient viewing experience. With the continued growth of Freeview Play and other connected DTT devices, broadcasters are becoming more aware of the opportunities that the hybrid DTT platform offers to increase both viewership and viewer engagement. We want to work closely with customers like Immediate Media to help them maximise those opportunities.”Andrew Gabriel, group managing director at Immediate Media, said: “As our specialist craft channels Sewing Quarter and Jewellery Maker continue to grow in popularity, we wanted to tap into new audiences and reward our viewers with fast, consistent access to the content they want to watch, whenever they want to watch it. Arqiva is a trusted long-term partner, and we knew we could rely on them to help us develop a service that is reliable, user friendly, and most importantly gives easy access to our content 24-hours a day, seven-days a week.”
Vineet Malhotra (Center) – SVP, Kale Logistics Solutions & Manoj Shanker (2nd from left) – Group CEO, Techno Brain Ltd accompanied by Techno Brain Regional Directors after Signing Partnership Agreement Advertisement Kale Logistics Solutions this week announced that Techno Brain, an ISO 9001: 2008 certified & CMMI Level 3 Company, and Africa’s leading Custom Software application provider and Systems Integrator, is now Kale Logistics’ Partner in the African region. Vineet Malhotra (Center) – SVP, Kale Logistics Solutions & Manoj Shanker (2nd from left) – Group CEO, Techno Brain Ltd accompanied by Techno Brain Regional Directors after Signing Partnership AgreementUnder this agreement Techno Brain and Kale Logistics will synergize and leverage their combined strengths in the areas of sales, implementation & support of Kale’s IT solutions & services.With this partnership with Techno Brain, Kale Logistics will now have a wider reach to African territories of- Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Southern Africa. – Advertisement – The agreement will see Kale leveraging Techno Brain’s strong sales, implementation & technical support capabilities for its entire range of IT solutions. Kale’s IT solutions cater to the entire Logistics & Cargo Supply chain covering- Forwarders, Custom Agents, Airports, Container Freight Stations, Warehouses, Fleet operators & Transporters.Mr. Vineet Malhotra – SVP, Kale Logistics Solutions Pvt. Ltd said “The partnership with Techno Brain will help us better serve our existing and new customers. Since our solutions are niche industry specific solutions, we were looking for a regional partner with a strong vertical focus, IT capability and widespread physical presence in the targeted territories. Techno Brain group has an impressive IT capability matrix and our business objectives perfectly complement each other. We are confident that our partnership will help us leverage regional business opportunities and replicate a successful partner model in African region.”Speaking on the partnership, Mr. Manoj Shanker, Group CEO of Techno Brain Ltd said, “Techno Brain group caters to diverse industry verticals. We wanted to supplement our expanding portfolio of solutions/services with Logistics IT Solutions and we found Kale’s range of solutions covering- Enterprise Solutions & Community Platforms answering the needs of current & future Supply chain businesses. In Africa, we are known to be amongst the best IT partners and in Cargo & Logistics business Kale’s IT solutions have an impressive client profile. With this, we believe our combined strengths can bring innovative solutions and faster deliveries to the regional Logistics Industry.”