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first_imgAs far as I’m concerned, the most you do with a bagel is toast it and smother it in butter and Marmite or, very occasionally, peanut butter.That was until a couple of weeks ago, when I was treated to a ‘bagel bonanza’, courtesy of Warburtons. Intent on celebrating the launch of its new bagels, which are advertised by Robert De Niro, the brand held an immersive four-part experience with bagel-themed courses and cocktails to match. It’s a hard life being a bakery journalist.With experiential events such as these, it’s hard to know what to expect. Done well, guests leave with full smiles and even fuller bellies. Done not so well, it all feels a bit naff.Warburtons (in partnership with Gingerline’s Flavourology) hit the nail on the head, and here are some of the lessons I took away from the event.Attention to detail is everything: The saying all publicity is good publicity doesn’t ring true when it comes to experiential marketing and events. The nationals are filled with horror stories of people forking out for events, only to be left with a soggy sandwich and a crying child. The attention to detail at the Warburtons bagel bonanza shone through.The food must be delicious: It’s rule number one for anything food-related, but make sure the grub is up to scratch. Everyone always remembers bad food at a wedding…Interaction leads to engagement: Sure, it can be a bit cringey being asked to high-five strangers, cheer when told and generally look enthused but, hopefully, the sort of people signing up for this type of event will be well aware of what to expect in terms of interaction.Make it Insta-worthy: People are living for the ’gram these days, so make sure there are plenty of photo opportunities throughout the experience – whether that’s stunning food, interesting settings or the chance for an envy-inducing selfie.From the faux-Bolton accents (at least I’m assuming they weren’t all real) to the over-the-top actors, immersive settings and delicious grub, Warburtons’ event was well worth the 90 minutes spent.  Guests were treated to a sweet bagel ‘eggy bread’ (right) – a pan-fried cinnamon & raisin bagel in vanilla custard with poached plums, stem ginger syrup, honey granola and cinnamon cream – in what can only be described as a ragingly 1960s living room, complete with orange and brown décor.For ‘lunch’ we headed to the Warburtons canteen, where bagels with crispy cod, parsley & lemon mayo, pea shoots and homemade pickles were on the menu and ’80s classics were on the radio. Post-lunch, we indulged in a spot of bagel tossing, although my skills left a lot to be desired.Next up was play time – by far my favourite part of the experience.Our host was full of energy, reminiscent to that of a children’s TV presenter. There was a small ball pit to play in, blow-up bagels on the walls and, most importantly, arts and crafts. Everyone was given the opportunity to decorate a picture of a bagel. Naturally, I created the finest drag bagel the world has even seen.All this excitement was hunger-inducing and we were presented with Lemon Meringue Iced Gems – bagel bites topped with lemon ice cream, lemon curd and torched lilac meringue. Delicious!As home time drew near, it was only appropriate the experience ended in a more grown-up setting of a Bolton pub. Last orders consisted of half a pint of Toast Ale, made with surplus Warburtons bread, served alongside mustard seed bagel crisps with a chicken Balti topped off with a swift game of darts. Lovely.Who knew you could do so much with bagels? Not me, that’s for sure.While the bagel bonanza was only open to a privileged few (it was available to the public for one day), it highlighted how an engaging experience can change the perception of a brand or product.last_img read more

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first_imgThe big number18.0. Leonard had an outstanding comeback season in Toronto (26.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 49.6 percent shooting), but did not fare well when facing Orlando, averaging only 18.0 points per game and struggling against versatile Magic forward Aaron Gordon.According to NBA.com stats, Gordon guarded Leonard on 43 possessions in three games this season and allowed him only 40.0 percent shooting. The Raptors need more production out of their offensive anchor.The predictionThis won’t be a cakewalk for the Raptors. The Magic closed the season strong. They defend well, and they can create matchup problems for Toronto. But they lack the experience or depth to pull off the upset.Raptors over Magic, 4-2(3) Sixers vs. (6) NetsThe backstoryAs ever with the Sixers, the story is the health of center Joel Embiid. He came out of the All-Star break with a mysterious knee injury that caused him to miss eight games down the stretch, and now it appears he might not play in the opener against Brooklyn. That would be a tough blow to a team that is still working out its chemistry after making two in-season blockbuster trades, first for Jimmy Butler then for Tobias Harris.The group of Embiid, Harris, Butler, JJ Redick and Ben Simmons has been together in the starting five only 10 times this season. It won’t help that the Sixers start the postseason with the ever-hustling Nets, whose backcourt depth — All-Star D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie as the starters with Caris LeVert and NBA 3-point leader Joe Harris off the bench — presents a major problem for Sixers coach Brett Brown.The key playerIt’s Embiid, all the way. In his last appearance against Brooklyn, Embiid had 39 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.He torches the combination of Jarrett Allen and Ed Davis in the middle for the Nets, so whatever advantage Brooklyn might establish on the perimeter can be wiped out by Embiid playing the wrecking ball on the interior. But he’s got to be healthy. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/4d/ae/butler-embiid-getty-032219-ftrjpg_wjipc1qbflhc1ezkyjkalf1zn.jpg?t=-1497932855&w=500&quality=80 But all of that is down the road. Let’s just break down each Eastern Conference first-round series to start and come up with some playoff picks.NBA PLAYOFFS 2019: Full schedule | West predictionsNBA playoffs bracket 2019 The big number42.2. No team was stingier when it came to yielding points in the paint this season then the Bucks, who thrived by sticking center Brook Lopez near the rim and allowing his presence to deter drives.Milwaukee will allow opponents to shoot 3s — it led the league with 36.3 attempts against per game — and teams shoot 36.1 percent against the Bucks. But they’re not going to allow you to get to the rim on them. The Bucks allowed only 23.9 percent of opponents’ shots to be at the rim, lowest in the NBA.The predictionThe Pistons rallied nicely late in the year, but the Bucks are a terrible matchup for them. They could make a series of it if they’re hot from the 3-point line, but they can’t win four out of seven.Bucks over Pistons, 4-1(2) Raptors vs. (7) MagicThe backstoryThe Raptors enter the playoffs under as much pressure as any team, certainly in the East.Not only are they looking at a history of postseason flops, including the sweep at the hands of the Cavaliers in last year’s conference semifinals (which pushed the team to make Nick Nurse coach and let Dwane Casey go), there was, too, the blockbuster deal for Kawhi Leonard, who will be a free agent this summer. His interest in staying with the Raptors could be influenced by how far the team goes in the playoffs.They’re going against the worst kind of foe — a Magic team that has nothing to lose, that was not supposed to be a playoff team entering the season and was left for dead at 20-31 before rallying to finish 22-9.The key playerFew players gave Toronto fits quite like Orlando All-Star Nikola Vucevic, who averaged 20.0 points, 15.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists (55.0 percent shooting and 45.5 percent from the 3-point line) in the four regular-season games that the teams split this year. He plays a perimeter game as a shooter and passer, which spells trouble for the Raptors’ elder big men, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka, and will likely force Nurse to use Pascal Siakam, who is a bit undersized for the matchup, on him. In true NBA fashion, the standings weren’t settled until the final day of the 2018-19 regular season. But late Wednesday night, the league’s 16 playoff participants locked into their positions ahead of what should be an entertaining postseason run.The Eastern Conference is looking top-heavy to start with the Bucks, Raptors, Sixers and Celtics all expected to advance to the second round. The East bracket could have a far-reaching impact on these teams beyond the playoffs with a pivotal offseason on the horizon. Get bounced early, and it could prove costly in free agency. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c7/7b/bojan-bogdanovic-ftr-042018jpg_1gbnlgdy0bg4k1hv138la1hz6j.jpg?t=-432981302&w=500&quality=80 The big number102.64. That was the Sixers’ pace factor this season, eighth in the NBA. They prefer to play fast.But maybe not against the Nets, who have a pace factor of 101.78, 11th in the league. They, too, can play fast and considering their depth in the backcourt — as well as the advantage Embiid gives them in the half-court game — it might be wise for the Sixers to slow things down.Neither team is particularly efficient in transition, but slowing things down would play more to Philadelphia’s advantages.The predictionThe Nets have what it takes to put a scare into the Sixers, but not enough frontline talent to move to the second round. It’s been a brilliant season in Brooklyn, and being able to push Philly in this series should be taken as a positive.76ers over Nets, 4-3(4) Celtics vs. (5) PacersThe backstoryThese two teams come into the postseason after very different regular seasons, both tinged with disappointment.Boston was expected to be a championship contender this season, but an utter failure of chemistry left the team short all year. The young players who excelled in the postseason last year — Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum — had their roles reduced with the return to health of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, and none seemed to take it very well. The Celtics finished with 49 wins, worse than their finish in the last two seasons.The Pacers were 32-15 on Jan. 23, third in the East, when star guard Victor Oladipo broke his leg and ended his season. The team managed showed some toughness in withstanding the injury for a while, but a difficult schedule led to a 7-12 finish to the season.The key playerAfter Oladipo went out with the leg injury, the Pacers’ offense was carried by forward Bojan Bogdanovic, who has averaged 20.7 points on 50.3 percent shooting and 41.7 percent 3-point shooting.Bogdanovic has mostly struggled against Boston this year, averaging 13.5 points on 43.9 percent shooting. During the season, Bogdanovic was mostly guarded by Brown, Tatum and Marcus Smart, and he can expect to a see a combination of Brown and Tatum with Smart out for two rounds (torn oblique).The Pacers were 14th in offensive efficiency before Oladipo’s injury, but have ranked 23rd (108.8 points per 100 possessions) since the injury. Bogdanovic is their best hope for putting up enough points to keep up with Boston, and the Pacers were 11-5 when he scored 23 or more points. NBA playoffs 2019: Eastern Conference first-round predictions(1) Bucks vs. (8) PistonsThe backstoryThe Bucks enter the playoffs as the only 60-win team in the NBA, a mark they hit for the first time since 1981. They started the year 7-0 and finished with the highest-rated defense in the league (104.9) and the third-rated offense (113.5), for a league-best net rating of 8.6.Of the Bucks’ starters, only Eric Bledsoe and Tony Snell have every been out of the postseason’s first round (each made one appearance in a conference semifinal), and on the bench, George Hill is the only player with extensive playoff experience, at least until Pau Gasol gets healthy. As a franchise, the Bucks have not won a series since 2001, so there’s some pressure on this bunch to back up what they did in the regular season.On the sidelines, this matchup features last year’s Coach of the Year, Dwane Casey, against this year’s likely recipient of the award, Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer. Safe bet that Budenholzer will enjoy a better fate than Casey, who was fired after last season despite his award-winning performance in Toronto. This year, he did an admirable job leading a team that had been 17-23 to a .500 record and a playoff spot.The key playerMilwaukee swept four games from Detroit in the regular season, and while Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton are the All-Stars for the Bucks, point guard Eric Beldsoe led the charge against Detroit, averaging 20.5 points and 6.5 assists while shooting 51.6 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from the 3-point line in the four games.Bledose will also be the primary defender against Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson, who improved as the season went on and was a big part of Detroit’s second-half turnaround.   Indiana can slow down games and turn them into a slog, which is likely to mean some unsightly stretches of basketball as coach Nate McMillan attempts to keep things close. But this is a good matchup for Boston, a team that simply has too much talent for the shorthanded Pacers.Should Indy succeed in keeping things close, the Celtics will lean on Irving, who averaged 6.4 points in the fourth quarter this year, 15th in the NBA.Celtics over Pacers, 4-1 The big number10.1. That’s the percentage of overall possessions the Pacers use to feed the roll man on the pick-and-roll, the most in the league as they try to hammer the ball to Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis inside. That should be good news for Celtics center Aron Baynes, the team’s best defender on those plays.Baynes has been in and out of the starting five, and he closed the year with eight straight starts. 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first_img12 June 2013Banyana Banyana midfielder Amanda Dlamini says she wants to leave a legacy by inspiring young South Africans from rural areas through the national team platform. “I want to use this opportunity to inspire the youth to realise their dreams. That is how I want to be remembered,” she said this week.A former Banyana Banyana captain, the roving midfielder is involved in the development of girls through her budding community building institute, the Amanda Dlamini Girls’ Foundation.The foundation focuses on empowering young women in rural areas by providing them with life skills and information to help them as they grow. It also hosts coaching clinics.‘Helping girls’“I set up the Amanda Dlamini Girls’ Foundation with the aim of helping girls in the rural areas with basic necessities,” Dlamini said.“The aim was to also provide them with enough information to shape their careers and reach their dreams in life.“We conducted coaching clinics at one of the disadvantaged schools in the rural areas of my hometown in KwaZulu-Natal and that experience was quite fulfilling.‘Dreams’“I want to inspire some of these youngsters to follow their dreams through sports and provide information about sports bursaries and the like,” the dreadlocked midfielder said, adding that the enjoyed interacting with the young girls during the coaching clinics.Dlamini has been involved in several community building projects, including the Sports Heroes Walk against Aids together with team-mate Noko Matlou and former Banyana Banyana captain Desiree Ellis.Back to her bestOn Sunday, she was back to her best, delivering a player of the match winning performance in Banyana Banyana’s 5-0 romp over Mozambique in a one-sided friendly match played at the KaNyamazane Stadium in Nelspruit.Modestly, Dlamini said the trick to Sunday’s run-away victory was the fact that the team played according to instructions.“We just stuck to the plan and it worked out well because we have been playing together for quite some time now.” The coach’s instruction was to help the new players feel at home, Dlamini said.Morale booster“That we did very well and the fact that their introduction was capped with a massive victory should have worked as a morale booster for them,” she reckoned.Dlamini, who led the Sasol-sponsored women’s national squad during their first- ever Olympic campaign last year, relinquished her Banyana Banyana captaincy in order to focus on her studies and concentrate on improving her game without the pressures that comes with being the team leader.“I felt my performance on the field on Sunday was okay, but there is still room for improvement. The coach asked me to express myself without any pressure and I am happy things worked out more than I expected.”Banyana captaincyShe said while giving up the captaincy was not an easy decision, the move has allowed her to rekindle her old form.“As captain, you have to be at the top of your game all the time and lead from the front. That pressure is now gone and am again enjoying my freedom and football,” she concluded.SAinfo reporter and South African Football Associationlast_img read more

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first_imgBack in March I reported that I would be taking leave from this blog as I embarked on an eight-month sabbatical. With support from the Hanley Award I received last year, I was able to take an unpaid leave from BuildingGreen for some rejuvenation, reflection, research, and writing.I did all that, and my colleague, Tristan Roberts, kindly (and ably) took over this blog while I was out of commission. Now I’m back, invigorated by the time off and inspired by my work during the sabbatical. An old bicycle, panniers, and a handlebar bagStarting in late March, I bicycled through the major desert biomes of the American Southwest. I flew with my 12-year-old Cannondale bike, four panniers, and an assortment of gear (including a new ultra-lightweight MacBook Air computer) to San Diego, California. With the help of a friend, I reassembled my bike the night I arrived in my hotel room and the next morning packed up all my gear into the front and rear panniers and handlebar bag, and began an adventure that would take me 1,925 miles over six weeks.I won’t say that the trip was easy. I have been a commuter bicyclist for decades, but I don’t think I had ridden more than 25 miles in a day for 25 years before I started out. Some 30 years earlier I had participated in a 600-mile trip to raise money for the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, of which I was executive director, but that was long ago, I was with a group, and we had a support vehicle. On this trip, I was alone, a lot older, wiser (well, maybe not), and self-contained. Time to thinkIn the academic world (with which I’m only peripherally involved), sabbaticals are intended to be times of recharging, but also opportunities to delve deeply into one’s area of focus. A microbiologist might conduct research into the role of enzymes in regulating cell metabolism. A classics scholar might write a book synthesizing new perspectives on Greek society.For me — someone who has been involved in energy conservation and green building for 35-plus years — this was an opportunity to think about where we’re heading with green building and how to bring about the dramatic reductions in energy consumption that are needed if we are to head off the worst impacts of climate change.I did a lot of that — and will discuss my emerging perspectives over the next several weeks. But first let me discuss the rejuvenation part of my sabbatical. Only one flat tireAmong the challenges I faced:â— Getting drenched by cold rain on my second day as I rode out of Alpine, California. (I would later come to long for some of that precipitation in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, where I saw scarcely a drop of rain.)â— Riding through a tunnel on Highway 60 going uphill after I left Superior, Arizona. There was no shoulder, and the Adventure Cycling map I had with me warned of the dangers. In the middle of the tunnel, a dozen Harleys passed me with throttles wide open and mufflers modified to be extra loud. I learned later that it was Motorcycle Week in Arizona.â— Keeping warm camping at 6,000 feet after crossing a pass near Three Way, Arizona, as I threaded my way through a section of the western Rockies. I had a very lightweight down sleeping bag and even with virtually all my clothes on in my bag and in my solo tent, I was really cold. I didn’t have a thermometer, but a water bottle I had in the tent with me froze pretty solid that night!â— Getting blown into the road in Hatch, New Mexico where winds coming out of the southeast were a steady 30-40 mph, with gusts as high as 60! The dust blowing across the road blocked visibility to such an extent that the New Mexico Highway Department actually closed the highway between Deming and Hatch!â— Competing with traffic and exhaust on the seemingly endless strip of fast-food restaurants and gas stations in El Paso, Texas as I skirted the Mexican border.â— Fixing a flat — my only one! — near Sierra Blanca, Texas, in the middle of nowhere.â— Breathing the smoke of West Texas fires and getting stuck at the McDonald Observatory for a second night due to wildfires in the area. (Staying two nights at the observatory was a great thing, but the fires were a bit disconcerting!)â— Surviving unseasonably hot weather in West Texas; it was 104° when I biked into Langtry, which is a dirt-poor, dust-dry town of just a few tens of residents that was made famous by Judge Roy Bean, who famously took things into his own hands with his “law west of the Pecos.”â— Nursing my sore knees on the endless miles of Texas, where the only food would be at gas station convenience stores (and their packaged white-bread sandwiches) that might be 50 miles apart. I pedaled over 1,000 miles in the state!â— Making my way down to Houston, Texas, where I ended my trip, on a six-lane frontage road to an eight-lane highway. 1,800 miles without a drop of rainBut, those hardships were really pretty minor. Overall, I had an amazing time, exploring from the ground level a part of our country that few of us ever get to know. I had no falls or run-ins with vehicles. The big-sky vistas and rolling highways were spectacular. I met wonderful people, especially members of the Warm Showers network who graciously open up their homes to bicyclists.I visited nature preserves with verdant springs hidden deep in the desert. I dipped my toe into the back-road towns and forgotten highways of the rural Southwest. And I got a taste of political attitudes that are quite different from what we have in Vermont — let’s just say I wouldn’t have wanted to be riding through Texas wearing an Obama tee-shirt!And while I got less of the reflective time than I thought I would on the bike trip — instead of wiling away the miles lost in thoughts about the future and solutions to our energy problems I was mostly thinking about my knees and my butt and how good a Gatorade would taste about now as I labored up yet another hill, and whether I would really make it to the next town, still thirty miles away — I did come away from the experience with new, fresh perspectives on the challenges facing us.Biking through the Southwest, where for about 1,800 miles of my trip scarcely a drop of rain had fallen since the previous fall, I thought a lot about our most precious of resources: water. I saw first-hand how great our dependence is on the rivers and aqueducts carrying this precious commodity from mountains many hundreds of miles away — and how vulnerable we are to droughts and shortages.That experience informed much of my work during the remainder of my sabbatical, when I was focused on “resilient design.” I’ll be addressing that over the coming weeks.Alex Wilson is the founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. in Brattleboro. To access archives of his daily blog on this bike trip, visit Alex’s personal website. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can follow him on Twitter.last_img read more

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first_imgHeeding a demand of saints for land titles, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath said here on Tuesday that if the government could give land titles to industrialists and businessmen, why not give them to saints and hermits as well.“Our country is not known for its economy or military power,” he said, “It is known for its spiritual power . The entire world looks at us in wonder. There is no country like ours with such diversity. Yet, spiritual power unites us, and the country stands under one flag.”He was addressing a congregation of saints and hermits from across the country at the ‘Sant Samagam Sammelan’, organised by the State Department of Spirituality.Exhorting saints to direct the youth, especially those living in cities, to spirituality, he said, it was their duty to make sure youngsters didn’t lose track and remained connected to spiritual power.“Almost 35 years ago, I had said in the Lok Sabha that we had created so many departments, yet most importantly, there was a need for Adhyatmik Vibhag [Spirituality Department],” said Mr. Nath. Former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh said, “Wearing orange robes, people are selling churan [power]. Wearing orange robes, rapes are happening. Rapes are happening in temples. Is this our religion? Those who’ve disrespected our Sanatana religion, even God won’t forgive them.”Veiled jibe In a veiled jibe at the BJP, Mr. Nath said, “When I entered here, I thought it was a happy day. But then someone must be feeling pain in their stomach, you know who, right? They are those who publicise they’ve taken the contract of religion.”“When we enter temples, hold such functions or even talk of religion, they feel pain,” added Mr. Nath. Representing the saints, ‘Computer’ Baba, said they stood by the Congress.last_img read more

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first_imgJapan displayed an offense so potent five of its players put up double digits in the scoring department.Risa Shinnabe and Rika Nomoto had 13 points apiece while captain Nana Iwasaka had a dozen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMami Uchiseto and Mai Okumura then added 11 and 10 points apiece.Jin Ye led world no.1 China with 15 points, though this Chinese team isn’t the country’s main squad. LATEST STORIES Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Korean superstar Kim Yeon-koung had 21 points but labored for her numbers going 18-of-48 on her spike attempts. MOST READ In the second game, Thailand put a stranglehold on Korea 25-20, 25-20, 25-21 in a matchup of two top 15 teams in the FIVB rankings.Thailand, the reigning Southeast Asian Games gold medalists, are ranked no. 14 in the FIVB while Korea is at no. 10 but the Thais had the Koreans cowering under their relentless offense.The Thais converted on 50-of-119 spikes while neutralizing the Koreans who scored on 35 of their 120 kill attempts.Ajcharaporn Kongyot had 17 points to lead Thailand while 17-year-old phenom added 16 points.ADVERTISEMENT Coordination and cohesion: Getting to know chinlone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Japan and Thailand are set to duke it out for the crown in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship after both powerhouses locked up spots in the finals Wednesday at Alonte Sports Arena.World no. 6 Japan was the first to advance to the finals after thrashing defending champions China in straight sets, 25-17, 25-18, 25-18, in the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Negotiations between the House and Senate Armed Services committees to reconcile competing versions of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill likely will last into the fall despite leaders’ hopes to reach a deal on a conference agreement before Congress leaves for a lengthy recess in July. The Senate approved its annual defense policy bill last week, months earlier than in recent years, but a number of substantive differences between the two versions can be expected to prevent conference discussions from wrapping up quickly, reported CQ Roll Call.One of the biggest differences is the House bill’s reliance on the overseas contingency operations (OCO) account to make up for shortfalls in readiness and modernization. That version uses the uncapped OCO account to pay for $18 billion of base budget needs not funded in the Obama administration’s request, including more weapons systems and higher force levels. The maneuver means the next administration would need to request supplementary war funds before the end of April.The Senate version did not adopt the House funding framework, although Senate Armed Services Chair John McCain (R-Ariz.) unsuccessfully attempted to add $18 billion to the OCO account when the bill was debated on the chamber floor. After the Senate passed its measure, McCain said he would still search for ways to boost defense spending, according to the story.A provision in the Senate version allowing the Defense Department to plan and design a detention facility to replace the prison at Guantánamo Bay almost certainly will be opposed by House Republicans.While both bills call for organizational changes at the Pentagon, the Senate includes more far-reaching measures, including language eliminating the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. The two also differ on provisions limiting the size of the National Security Council staff.last_img read more

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first_imgWhile recent news coverage has focused on privatized family housing, many service members and military families live off base.ADC wants to learn more about how communities, regions and states are planning, developing and maintaining quality, affordable housing outside the gate. We are looking for examples of plans, initiatives, organizations or people advancing these issues locally and specific outcomes that have been achieved.Has your community, region or state implemented successful strategies to tackle the issues of affordability or quality? Do you know thought leaders on this topic who might be valuable for ADC to learn from? Please send your ideas or comments to [email protected] Army Depot photo by Thomas Robbins ADC AUTHORlast_img