Dan Cohen AUTHOR While the Defense Department continues to push for a new BRAC round as the most effective way to deal with excess infrastructure, the Army has begun consolidating personnel into its newest facilities and shuttering unused buildings to manage its surplus capacity.The Army has ordered garrison and senior mission commanders to develop installation reduction plans, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, told the House Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee last week.“The strategy for right-sizing within the installation means that we consolidate personnel into the best-quality buildings and we are able to shut down those buildings, which means you modify the temperature controls, you don’t have lights that you have to manage, and you put them pretty much in cold storage,” Hammack said.Officials believe the consolidation initiative will save the Army $140 million annually by mothballing about 40 million square feet of space. The service previously has said it spends an estimated $500 million to maintain excess or underutilized facilities.“It’s going to take us a while to consolidate into the best buildings,” Hammack said. The Army estimates that 21 percent of its infrastructure will be excess to it needs by fiscal 2018 when its active-duty end strength drops to 450,000.The Air Force, however, can’t take advantage of a similar consolidation effort since much of its excess space stems from a sharp drop in its aircraft inventory, Miranda Ballentine, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy, told Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. (D-Ga.), the panel’s ranking member.“A lot of our excess infrastructure has to do with iron, with actual aircraft, so we have extra parking spaces, excess hangar space, excess maintenance space,” Ballentine said. “And really, the only way that we can get at that excess is to consolidate by closing bases entirely. And that’s really where the big dollar savings come,” she 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.
Culture Consoles Comments Enlarge ImageMicrosoft is rumored to have plans to refine its Xbox over the next couple of months. Josh Miller/CNET If you’re a gamer, Microsoft may have a new subscription service to offer you.The tech giant is planning a new subscription service that would combine two of its online gaming services into one larger subscription, according to Microsoft leaker WalkingCat and Thurrott.com. If true, Microsoft would combine its $60 per year Xbox Live, which is a gaming social network where you can play and chat with friends, with its its $9.99 per month Xbox Game Pass, which gives players access to a back catalog of more than 100 games, such as the world building game Minecraft and the epic action series Gears of War.The new combined service, which rumors call Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, would cost $14.99 a month.An Xbox representative declined to comment.The new subscription is just the latest change Microsoft has planned for its Xbox. The company has said it’s building a new Xbox console, which is said to be planned for release next year. The company is also building a game streaming service, which would let people play games over the internet in a way similar to how they watch movies on Netflix. And it’s rumored to be preparing to announce a lower-priced “all digital” Xbox this month that doesn’t have a disc drive and would play only games downloaded or streamed over the internet. Microsoft Share your voice Tags 2
Kolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a Trinamool Congress activist from Burdwan, whose body was found in Hooghly’s Serampore on Wednesday morning.The victim, identified as Purnendu Chatterjee, had been missing since Tuesday after some local residents stormed into his house and heckled his family members. They had alleged that the victim had misappropriated some government funds. The villagers demanded the money back from his family members on Tuesday morning, when Chatterjee was away from home. The agitators had alleged that the victim had received around Rs 30,000 as cut money from a fund, which was generated for a government scheme. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe victim did not return home on Tuesday night. His body was recovered by the police in Hooghly on Wednesday morning. There were some injury marks on his body, which was later identified by his family members. Police have started a murder case on the basis of the complaint lodged by his family members. The body has been sent for postmortem examination. The family members of the victim alleged that BJP-backed goons might have been behind the incident. The district Trinamool Congress leaders have also put the blame on the saffron party. The district BJP leaders, however, have denied the allegations brought against them by the ruling party. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIn the course of investigation, police came to know that the family members couldn’t contact him since Tuesday afternoon. Police are trying to ascertain where the victim had stayed on Tuesday night. The investigating officers are yet to ascertain the exact cause of his death. However, preliminary investigation suggests that he might have been murdered. Police are waiting for the postmortem report which might throw some light on the reason why he was killed. A detailed probe has been initiated in this connection.
On 3rd December, Stripe announced the open-sourcing of Skycfg which is a configuration builder for Kubernetes. Skycfg was developed by Stripe as an extension library for the Starlark language. It adds support for constructing Protocol Buffer messages. The team states that as the implementation of Skycfg stabilizes, the public API surface will be expanded so that Skycfg can be combined with other Starlark extensions. Benefits of Skycfg Skycfg ensures Type safety. It uses ‘Protobuf’ which has a statically-typed data model, and the type of every field is known to Skycfg when it’s building a configuration. Users are free from the risk of accidentally assigning a string to a number, a struct to a different struct, or forgetting to quote a YAML value. Users can reduce duplicated typing and share logic by defining helper functions. Starlark supports importing modules from other files. This can be used to share common code between configurations. These modules can protect service owners from complex Kubernetes logic. Skycfg supports limited dynamic behavior through the use of context variables, which let the Go caller pass arbitrary key:value pairs in the ctx parameter. Skycfg simplifies the configuration of Kubernetes services, Envoy routes, Terraform resources, and other complex configuration data. Here is what users are saying about Skycfg over at HackerNews: Head over to GitHub for all the code and supporting files. Read Next Google Kubernetes Engine was down last Friday, users left clueless of outage status and RCAIntroducing Alpha Support for Volume Snapshotting in Kubernetes 1.12‘AWS Service Operator’ for Kubernetes now available allowing the creation of AWS resources using kubectl
Share AMResorts promotes its newest Cancun resort with special pricing Tags: AMResorts TORONTO — AMResorts’ new-build Sunscape Star Cancun, getting ready for its grand opening Dec. 1, has released introductory rates available for a limited time.Reservations are now available at lead-in pricing at the all-inclusive, family-friendly, beachfront resort, for travel Dec. 1 – 22, 2018 and April 13 – Aug. 16, 2019. Bookings at the special rates, starting at US$134 per person, per night, must be made by May 31.AMResorts announced it had signed a resort management deal for Sunscape Star Cancun back in February 2018.The family-friendly resort offers a new category of brand excellence with the Sunscape Star concept, says the company.“As the most visited tourist destination in Mexico, Cancun and the Riviera Maya will continue to be an integral part of ALG’s growth strategy given our strong brand recognition in the market and powerful distribution channels there,” said Alex Zozaya, CEO of Apple Leisure Group. “The new, elevated Sunscape Resorts & Spas brand concept allows us to offer travelers more resort options that cater to their specific needs, while giving us more opportunities to grow ALG in Mexico and beyond.”More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterSunscape Star Cancun is west of the hotel zone in Cancun, between Puerto Cancun and Playa Mujeres, close to the ruins of the Mayan Riviera and next to the Puerto Cancun Golf Club, says Zozaya.The resort offers an array of amenities including a mini-bar in all rooms restocked daily, twice as much live entertainment and free WiFi. Reservation-free dining is available at four on-site à la carte specialty restaurants.The newly built Sunscape Star Cancun will also showcase the brand’s family-friendly features with water games, two surf pools and new food and beverage offerings.The property will also offer Sunscape brand’s Explorer’s Club for Kids, Core Zone Teens Club, an adults-only Sun Club rooftop pool and the Sunscape Spa by Pevonia. << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, May 9, 2018 Posted by Travelweek Group