first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A new 747-residence neighborhood at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is starting to welcome its first residents ahead of its grand opening scheduled for May 3.The new homes, a mix of duplexes and single-family units, feature a British West Indies architectural style that reflects a Florida Gulf sensibility, reports Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) Public Affairs. The neighborhood has homes for airmen and their families of all ranks, from junior enlisted to general grade officers, and includes a 12,000-square-foot community center.“We expect 32 new move-ins in April,” said Kim Cariker, community management director for Corvias Military Living, the Air Force’s privatized housing partner.Many of the neighborhood’s newest residents lived in base housing built in the 1950s that is scheduled for demolition to make room for new construction.Since Corvias took over the base’s family housing, occupancy has jumped from about 70 percent to between 95 to 97 percent, a testament to the improvement in building maintenance and customer service privatization has spurred, Cariker said.The neighborhood’s completion coincides with the AFCEC Installations Directorate’s celebration of the 20th anniversary of privatized housing. The housing project at Eglin is emblematic of the program’s success across the Air Force, said Robert Moriarty, installations director at AFCEC.“Resident satisfaction is the number one indicator of program success; over the past two decades we’ve seen satisfaction climb and maintain parity with industry standards,” Moriarty said.last_img read more

first_imgEnlarge ImageSee more stories from CNET Magazine. Michael Muller Order a drink at an upscale bar lately and you’re likely to see a cold, new trend in your glass — luxury ice. These massive cubes or spheres (and sometimes hand-crafted shapes) aren’t for mere visual impact. Ice crafted with proper care melts slower, chills more efficiently, and helps beverages taste their best for longer.With a few advanced appliances, you too can create premium ice effortlessly right at home. But you’ll have to pay a hefty wad of cash up front. Fortunately, if you’re truly dedicated to ice that’s nice, you can produce opulent results on the cheap by using some everyday tools and a little elbow grease. Also read: LG’s new killer fridge feature: Clear ice for cocktailsice-magazine-shoot-black-and-white-alternates-08.jpgEnlarge ImageClear ice is making a comeback. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Why you want this iceBefore we made our ice in trays or took it from our refrigerator dispensers, it came in the form of natural ice blocks. Harvested from lakes and streams in frozen climates and hand cut into blocks, ice was delivered like the milkman left your milk.While this clear, rock-solid ice was brilliantly pure, it was not without its drawbacks. The blocks were heavy and unwieldy, and in an age before electricity, there was no way to keep them frozen forever. ice-magazine-shoot-black-and-white-alternates-23.jpgEnlarge ImageThis orb of hand-chiseled clear ice has a very stable molecular structure which fridge ice can’t match. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Modern freezers and ice machines fixed those problems, but convenience quickly trumped quality. Our appliances freeze water from the outside in. This traps any air inside the water and locks it as final ice cubes are formed. The result is cloudy, white ice. Unfortunately, white ice is ruining your drinks.Hope Clarke is an experienced bartender and the former head of beverage ice production at The Aviary restaurant in Chicago which garnered a nationwide James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program in 2013. She has since become obsessed with ice perfection and professionally advises posh bars, restaurants and food companies yearning to upgrade their chilled beverage ImageBartender and clear ice expert Hope Clark knows nice ice when see sees it. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Clarke bemoans the pervasive use of white ice, calling the 30 years between 1970 and 2000 the dark ages for ice. (Frigidaire debuted the first in-door fridge ice maker in 1965.) And she doesn’t pull any punches when describing why she finds these common cubes so unappetizing. “White ice is very oxygenated, filled with lots of air bubbles,” she says. “As a result, it has an unstable structure which melts quickly and unevenly. If I was spending good money on spirits, I’d want to taste it instead of a drink that melts out into a diluted slosh in just five minutes.”But even when you’re not ponying up for premium bourbon, she feels white ice is no friend of soft drinks ImageHere’s a globe of ice that’ll take a long time to melt. Tyler Lizenby/CNET “Since its surfaces are rough and porous, they tend to pull too many CO2 bubbles out of fizzy liquids, making them taste flat,” she says. “Clear ice, on the other hand, not only looks pretty, it’s rock solid, takes a while to melt and is free of flavor-changing impurities.”Slick ice from shiny machinesYou don’t have to frequent swanky bars and restaurants to get fancy ice in your glass. If your home bar budget is generous, you can use a number of premium appliances to create gourmet ice in large party-size quantities right from the comfort of your kitchen. For example, the Scotsman Brilliance Gourmet Cuber (model SCC50) is designed to make crystal-clear ice pellets in batches of up to 65 pounds a day.A similar product, the Clear Ice Machine, built by True Manufacturing, touts a daily production capacity of 70 pounds. It also has a color-changing LED light system to illuminate its interior storage bay which holds a maximum of 28 pounds of clear ice pellets. true-clear-ice-combo.jpgEnlarge ImageThe True Clear Ice machine on display at KBIS 2017. Brian Bennett/CNET The downside to both the Scotsman and True appliances is that they’re a hefty 15 inches wide, so they’re meant to sit under kitchen or bar counters, and both should be installed by a qualified dealer. What’s more, while neither company discloses exact pricing, it’s not unreasonable to expect to shell out upward of $2,000 for one of these gizmos. Great ice by handAs that will be out of range for most of us, there’s a more economical option which involves a bit more work. You don’t have to cut ice from a frozen lake up north; instead, you create this freezing lake effect inside your fridge in a process known as directional freezing. All that’s required, besides water and a freezer, is an insulated container of some kind. (A small plastic cooler, ice bucket or steel beer koozie will do.) Start by filling the container with water, and place it in your freezer without its cover. diy-clear-ice-combo.jpgEnlarge ImageMaking clear ice at home is easier than you think.After about 12 hours or so, water in the top portion of the vessel will freeze first since it’s exposed to cold air. And as those top ice crystals form, they push air bubbles and impurities downwards, producing the dreaded white ice. Here’s where you’ll need some muscle.After the top portion freezes (or the entire contents of the vessel solidify), remove the ice mass, place it on a towel-covered counter and chisel away the unwanted sections. I found a serrated bread knife and rubber-handled screwdriver (serving as a rubber mallet) got the job ImageUse a screwdriver and bread knife to carve your homemade clear ice. Tyler Lizenby/CNET I also used the power of directional freezing to make close to a dozen crystal-clear ice balls. Filling two silicone sphere ice molds ($8) with water then inverting them over a full ice bucket (suspended by a pair of flat kitchen faucet gaskets) did the trick. My test ice spheres still had a few bubbles trapped inside their centers, but they were far from white. clear-ice-sphere-homecombo.jpgEnlarge ImageWith a little patience and household gear you can make clear ice spheres too. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Nicer ice is for everyoneStartup company Wintersmiths sells clear ice kits that function in a similar way (inside your freezer) and promise better results. I admit I am tempted, but with an asking price range of $85 to $120, my low-budget tinkering makes more financial sense. But no matter which method you personally choose to obtain a more luxurious ice experience at home, I promise that your drinks will taste better. Because compared with pristine dense ice, weak fridge cubes can’t hold water.clear-sphere-drink-combo.jpgEnlarge ImageHomemade clear spheres and blocks add plenty of elegance to any beverage. Tyler Lizenby/CNET This story appears in the fall 2016 edition of CNET Magazine. For other magazine stories, click here See All Aug 12 • Sterling K. Brown: ‘Acting is about reconnecting with a sense of play’ • 18 Jun 14 • The secret screen life of Being Frank star Jim Gaffigan Comments Appliances Smart Homecenter_img reading • In pursuit of perfect ice Aug 12 • Sterling K. Brown on voicing a not-always-perfect pig Share your voice CNET Magazine CNET Magazine Tagslast_img read more

first_imgBanks with an exposure of ₹40,000 crore in Bhushan Steel are said to be in talks to appoint a management agency to monitor the company’s operations.The step taken by the group of banks is followed by the arrest of Neeraj Singhal, vice chairman and managing director of the company. Singhal has been taken into custody in connection with an alleged ₹50 lakh bribery case involving Syndicate Bank chairman S K Jain.”SBI has an exposure of Rs 6,000 crore in the company. We are in talks with other banks, including Punjab National Bank which is the consortium leader for term loans, to appoint a management agency to handle day-to-day affairs. Banks may approach the board of the company with the proposal,” Financial Express quoted SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya.”Even in this case I don’t think the borrower would have any objections.”Bhattacharya added that the bank has no plans to change its loan sanction process in the wake of Syndicate Bank bribery charges.”There’s no policy change. We accept proposals and adopt strict due diligence while processing the loan applications. It (Syndicate Bank chairman’s arrest) seems to be an aberration. It should be treated as an incident at an individual level,” she added.Bhushan Steel’s borrowings were at ₹21.6 thousand crore, while sort term debt was ₹5.2 thousand crore as on 31 March.Incorporated in 1989, Bhushan Steel reported net loss of ₹19.57 crore in Q4 March 2014, against its net profit of ₹280 crore in Q4 March 2013. Net sales plunged by 10.9 percent to ₹2,399.73 crore in Q4 March 2014 over Q4 March 2013.During the year 2013-14, the company took a loan of ₹1, 042 crore from Axis Bank. Bhushan Steel facility is located in Sahibabad (Uttar Pradesh), Khopoli (Maharashtra) and Meramandali in Orissa state.On Friday, stock price of the company slipped as much as 10 percent or ₹24.40 to end up ₹219.60 per share.last_img read more

first_img 00:00 /01:01 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.At Greenspoint Mall, the space Macy’s use to occupy is now home to close to 500 displaced Harvey victims.One of those people is Nathaniel Rollins, he says his experience hasn’t been positive.“It’s trash food and everything on the floor,” he says “They have trash bags but people are so depressed and stuff they don’t even worry about that. It’s better than sleeping out on the streets, but it could be better.” – / 3Douglas Jackson is also a resident but has a different view.“Actually things in the shelter here are very good,” he says.He was able to get assistance.“The first thing you see is a tables for information, and they find out what you’re in need of and try to help you with it,” he says.Todd James is with Red Cross.He says he understands some people may have frustrations.“It unfortunately doesn’t have the comforts of home,” he says. “What we try to provide is a safe, clean, secure place for people to stay until we can help them get to some long term sort of solution” James says they have contracted with a cleaning company for the facility, and there is currently no closing date for the shelter. X Sharelast_img read more

first_imgTV ad placements for LD Entertainment’s “Dog Days” (EMV: $3.89 million), Columbia Pictures’ “Alpha” ($3.7 million) and STX Entertainment’s “Mile 22” ($3.01 million) round out the chart. Notably, “Mile 22” has the best iSpot Attention Index (110) in the ranking, getting 10% fewer interruptions than the average movie ad (interruptions include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV). ×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 Impressions: 468,254,034Attention Score: 93.24Attention Index: 107National Airings: 1,074Networks: 34Most Spend On: NBC, NickCreative Versions: 60Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $22.22MStudio: Walt Disney PicturesStarted Airing: 03/12/18 $3.7M – Alpha Impressions: 192,402,391Attention Score: 93.48Attention Index: 110National Airings: 495Networks: 30Most Spend On: ESPN, NBCCreative Versions: 14Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $8.93MStudio: STX EntertainmentStarted Airing: 05/28/18 Impressions: 318,357,942Attention Score: 90.48Attention Index: 76National Airings: 1,013Networks: 39Most Spend On: NBC, UnivisionCreative Versions: 12Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $9.91MStudio: LD EntertainmentStarted Airing: 07/15/18 1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 07/30/2018 and 08/05/2018.* TV Impressions – Total TV ad impressions delivered for the brand or spot.* Attention Score – Measures the propensity of consumers to interrupt an ad play on TV. The higher the score, the more complete views. Actions that interrupt an ad play include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV.* Attention Index – Represents the Attention of a specific creative or program placement vs the average. The average is represented by a score of 100, and the total index range is from 0 through 200. For example, an attention index of 125 means that there are 25% fewer interrupted ad plays compared to the average.Variety has partnered with, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention analytics from more than eight million smart TVs, to bring you this weekly look at what studios are spending to market their movies on TV. Learn more about the platform and methodology. Impressions: 294,563,184Attention Score: 92.28Attention Index: 94National Airings: 710Networks: 24Most Spend On: NBC, ABCCreative Versions: 30Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $15.19MStudio: LionsgateStarted Airing: 07/08/18 Impressions: 314,688,869Attention Score: 93.15Attention Index: 106National Airings: 847Networks: 38Most Spend On: Discovery Channel, ABCCreative Versions: 18Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $8.47MStudio: Columbia PicturesStarted Airing: 12/12/17center_img $4.28M – Christopher Robin $3.95M – The Spy Who Dumped Me Popular on Variety Top Movie Commercials by Weekly TV SpendData provided by $3.89M – Dog Days $3.01M – Mile 22 In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company, Walt Disney Pictures claims the top spot in spending with “Christopher Robin.”Ads placed for the fantasy film had an estimated media value of $4.28 million through Sunday for 1,074 national ad airings on 34 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from July 30 through Aug. 5. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Walt Disney prioritized spend across networks such as NBC, Nick and HGTV, and during shows including The Loud House, SpongeBob SquarePants and America’s Got Talent. Just behind “Christopher Robin” in second place: Lionsgate’s “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” which saw 710 national ad airings across 24 networks, with an estimated media value of $3.95 million. last_img read more

first_imgEarly last week, the Bihar Assembly passed the stringent Bihar Excise and Prohibition Bill, 2016, to enforce its total prohibition policy. Back on April 1, the state government imposed a ban on country-made liquor. Within days, the ban was expanded to cover Indian-Made Foreign Liquor. But in a bid to answer its critics, who had claimed that such penal laws and administrative measures did not prevent alcohol consumption, the Bihar government has doubled down on its prohibition policy. The Nitish Kumar government has pushed through a Bill so stringent that some have called it draconian.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfReports indicate that this piece of legislation will supersede all previous Acts on the subject. The new Bill takes the discourse on prohibition to a whole another level. Some of the provisions of the current Bill are indeed excessive. One provision that stands out is that legal action can be taken against all adult members of a family, if liquor is found on their premises or one of them is suspected to have consumed it. Suffice it to say, such a provision amounts to collective punishment. It presumes that all the family members must be aware of the offence until proven otherwise. Standard norms of criminal jurisprudence state that a person is innocent, until proven guilty.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSimilarly, the owner of any piece of property on which liquor is stored or consumed is liable for prosecution. In other words, anyone could land up in jail because one family member, tenant or a visitor decided to have a drink on the premises. Authorities have been given the power to seal or confiscate the property for repeated transgressions. However, there is a notable exception to the new law–toddy. The consumption and sale of this drink is permitted 100 to 200 metres away from the markets and public places. Reports indicate that the move was brokered by Kumar’s alliance partner, the RJD, to protect the livelihood of Scheduled Caste communities, particularly the Passis.  Despite the criticism meted out to the Nitish Kumar government, Bihar is not the first state to embrace the idea of prohibition. Many political parties have sought to move their respective states towards liquor bans. The ban on liquor in the apparent interest of protecting public health may seem like a politically prudent move. In Bihar, for example, prohibition was a key promise Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had made to women voters, who were seen to have played an important role in his reelection last year. The massive sale of liquor, especially country-made, and the consequent rise in alcoholism is a major social ill in the state. It is hard to argue against Kumar’s claims that alcoholism particularly affects poor families and women, who often bear the brunt of alcohol-abusing husbands. Reports indicate that many women, especially in the rural areas, are pleased with the prospect of total prohibition. But such a policy is fraught with ill-fated consequences. Experts contend that there is a significant drop in crucial revenue, the formation of mafias with illegal sales and a spike in outright corruption. The only possible consolation of Bihar’s new liquor ban is that officials who misuse it will be punished. But it still does not prevent the possibility of gross misuse. As this column has argued before, prohibition has never succeeded anywhere in the world and at any point in time. Gujarat is the only other “prohibition” state in the country. News reports, however, have claimed that the prohibition lobby in Gujarat is financed by the bootlegger lobby. The ban has clearly not worked with liquor freely available all over Gujarat. Going beyond India, the experience in America, where prohibition was imposed in 1920, and lasted till 1933, was that it gave rise to organised crime. It is hard to see how the Bihar Chief Minister’s decision to double down on his prohibition policy will ever work.There are other ways of preventing drinking such as higher taxes, limiting the construction of outlets and drinking places, and banning the sale of arrack or hooch in plastic pouches. The last state to introduce prohibition was Andhra Pradesh and it was a miserable failure. In fact, what we witnessed, as a result, was the rise of wealthy politicians, who stood to benefit. The road to disaster is paved by the need to implement policies with good intentions.  Moreover, with no intervention by the state, there will be no official quality control on the sale of alcohol, making it a free for all. A bottle of whisky, for example, might include a little rum, which is not harmful. But a packet of arrack or hooch sometimes contains poison that can kill people. For example, Gujarat has witnessed repeated hooch-related tragedies.last_img read more

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now February 11, 2016 They say you can’t buy love, but every February millions of Americans try. Valentine’s Day is this Sunday and still you have to find just the right present for the Wi-Fi lover in your life. That’s always easier said than done.Gartner estimates that in 2016, 6.5 billion connected things will be in use worldwide and 5.5 million new things will get connected everyday, so it’s no surprise there are gift options available for every hobby. Here is a roundup of the best Valentine’s Day gifts for the tech geek in your life – from a smart suitcase for the jetsetter to a Wi-Fi slow cooker for the chef. With the surge of connected devices and the Internet of Things (IoT), this yes is the time to ditch the roses and chocolate. Check out the wave of innovative Wi-Fi gadgets available online and in stores.For the Wi-Fi lover who travels.The Bluesmart Smart Carry-on Luggage is the ultimate luggage for the tech-savvy traveler. Did an airline accidentally “re-route” your bag? Now you can track it remotely through Bluesmart’s global coverage. Plus, the carry-on’s built-in charger lets you power up your phone at every stop you make, so you no longer have to track down an open outlet while trying to make sure you board the plane in time.Related: Out of the Loop on the Internet of Things? Here’s a Brief Guide.For the Wi-Fi lover who cooks.The Crock-Pot Smart Wi-Fi-Enabled WeMo 6-Quart Slow Cooker has brought the venerable crock-tot into the wireless age, a monumental shift from its infancies as a staple in home kitchens back in the ‘70s. You can mix in your ingredients before work or school, and then adjust cooking time and temperature throughout the day via a Wi-Fi connection. By the time you return home, your meal is ready to eat no matter how hectic your schedule was.For the Wi-Fi lover who jams out.When you need music to get you through your day, you need to find ways to keep the tunes going no matter where you are. Kohler has released the KOHLER K-9245-CP 2.5 GPM Moxie Showerhead and Wireless Speaker, a wireless showerhead speaker that syncs to any smart device. Hop in the shower without feeling a silent void, and keep streaming the perfect soundtrack to your day.Related: How a Ruined Valentine’s Day Dinner Inspired a BusinessFor the Wi-Fi Lover who is dog-friendly.Access your Petcube from anywhere and watch, talk and play with your furry best friends anytime. Your dog will never get lonely, and neither will you. This camera is iOS and Android compatible, connects to home Wi-Fi and weighs only 1.3 pounds.For the romantic Wi-Fi lover.You can use the Philips’ Hue System as “regular” light bulbs, but you’d be missing the point. These customizable, app-controlled LED lights screw in just like normal light bulbs, but plug the included wireless bridge into your router, and you’ll have access to some amazing features. By connecting to the bridge via a mobile app, you can create lighting schedules and select mood-lighting presets to set the mood this Valentine’s Day.As Wi-Fi enabled devices become even more integrated in every part of our lives, future holidays are sure to bring even more handy gadgets that let us live out our passions more easily and intelligently than ever.Related: In the Few Minutes You Weren’t Watching, the Connected Future Arrived Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

first_imgGerman service provider Ewe Tel has chosen Agama’s DTV Monitoring Solution to deliver quality assurance for its hybrid IPTV and cable service.Ewe Tel provides an IPTV service across northern Germany to TVs PCs, tablets and smartphones. Agama will provide analysers and a central enterprise server to deliver real-time monitoring of the company’s IPTV headend and edge QAM sites.“As a high-performing service provider, we need to provide our customers with the best viewing experience possible,” says Jörn Seemann, manager, operations of multimedia apps and server at Ewe Tel. “It is important to us to have access to the right information at the right time, so that we can both work proactively to prevent problems affecting the service from occurring and act quickly in case of a detected problem. We found a perfect match in Agama’s solution and know-how, and they have proven to be the obvious partner for our quality assurance activities.”last_img read more

first_imgYouTube is to allow users to view content offline for short periods of time via its mobile apps in November.The move is designed to enable users to view videos when an internet connection is unavailable.YouTube did not give further details of the new feature. Mobile devices now account for over one billion daily views on the video sharing site.last_img

first_imgThe number of students that have failed their SEC exams has increased this year. The most failed subjects were Maltese, English, English literature and Physics. The increase in the percentage of absent candidates was also mostly prominent in the same subjects with a total rate of absenteeism of 8.6%, and considerable increase from the 5.3% of the past year.5,478 candidates have registered to sit for their SEC examinations this year. 3,672 of the registered students were born in 2003 and 1,742 of them managed to gain the entry requirements to move on to the Sixth Form in the coming academic year. A higher percentage of female students managed to gain the necessary requirements to continue their formal studies at 47.9%.Furthermore, female candidates are more likely to opt for the three science subjects and to sit for one, two or three foreign language examinations. Male candidates were more likely to register for vocational subjects.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more