Mass Effect 3 demo arrives February 14

first_imgEA announced in a press release yesterday that the demo for Bioware’s Mass Effect 3 will drop on February 14. That’s right, you can either spend Valentine’s Day with a loved one, or you can get back into virtual alien husbandry.The demo packs two modes, single- and multi-player. The single-player demo previews the beginning of the game, including what Bioware calls the “mind-blowing opening attack on Earth.” Translation: you get to play the finished version of what leaked back in November. Basically, it sets up the all-out war against the Reapers on multiple fronts.Mass Effect 3 also brings a new cooperative multiplayer mode to the series for the first time, and the demo will offer a taste of that as well. Further details on what’s playable in the co-op demo weren’t given.As we learned last fall, the overwhelming change in ME3‘s gameplay is a set of difficulty sliders that can turn all the way up (or all the way down) either the story or combat components of the game. Players will presumably be able to see the differences for themselves once they play the demo. On the 360, Kinect functionality will also make its dramatic appearance in the demo.For fans, this is also a last call for pre-orders. The Collector’s Edition, at $79, offers a 70-page hardcover art book, a soundtrack, a Dark Horse Comics ME comic, and several digital goodies like extra weapons and Xbox Live Avatars.The ME3 demo drops simultaneously for all three platforms (PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) and will be followed up with the full retail release on March 6.last_img read more

Dead Space 3 coop added for scared gamers

first_imgThe first two games in the Dead Space series got equally high review scores and a fan base eager to play the next title if and when EA decided to make it. Not one to shy away from multiple sequels, EA obliged and Dead Space 3 was officially announced at E3 last month with the announce trailer above.But some fans may be wondering why the game now has a full-playthrough co-op mode for you and a friend to enjoy, and EA’s marketing boss Laura Miele has today explained the reasoning behind it.Dead Space games are pretty scary, and apparently for some people they are just too scary. EA carried out some product research and found that some gamers want to play the game, just not on their own. The solution to that is a co-op mode and EA’s hope it will attract more people to (buy) the game.Existing fans who enjoyed solo playing the first two games should not worry. EA hasn’t dampened down the gameplay or made it any less scary, they’ve just catered for the more nervous gamers among us with a co-op option. That’s commendable as too often we see gameplay tweaked for the sake of accessibility. It looks like EA realized changing the core game to get more sales probably wouldn’t go down very well with its customers.There’s still a while to wait until Dead Space 3 hits the shelves for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC next February. Maybe that time can be filled getting some of your more nervous friends used to the horror on offer in the first two games.Read more at MCVlast_img read more

CO2 laviation sengage à plafonner ses émissions

first_imgCO2 : l’aviation s’engage à plafonner ses émissionsLes 190 pays membres de l’Organisation de l’aviation civile internationale (OACI) ont adopté le 8 octobre, lors de l’assemblée générale de l’organisation à Montréal, une résolution par laquelle ils s’engagent à tenter de plafonner les émissions de CO2 dues à l’aviation à partir de 2020.”Sans aucune attribution d’obligations particulières aux États, l’OACI et ses États membres, ainsi que les organisations compétentes, travailleront de concert pour s’efforcer de réaliser à moyen terme un objectif ambitieux collectif consistant à maintenir les émissions nettes mondiales de carbone provenant de l’aviation internationale au même niveau à partir de 2020″, lit-on dans le texte adopté vendredi à Montréal.S’il ne constitue pas un engagement ferme et définitif, il est considéré comme un “accord historique” faisant de l’OACI “la première institution des Nations unies à amener un secteur à mettre en place un accord harmonisé à l’échelle mondiale en vue de réduire ses émissions de CO2”.L’organisation vise également avec cette résolution l’objectif mondial d’une amélioration annuelle de 2% du rendement du carburant jusqu’en 2050 et la mise en place d’un cadre mondial pour le développement et la généralisation de carburants de remplacement durables, fixant l’échéance à 2013 pour la mise en place d’une norme sur les émissions des moteurs d’aviation.À lire aussiComment le climat pourrait être perturbé par le minuscule plancton arctiqueLe document souligne toutefois qu’il appartient aux États de se fixer des objectifs plus ambitieux, qui pourraient permettre de compenser la croissance du transport aérien des pays en développement. C’est notamment le cas des membres de l’Union européenne, qui se sont engagés à réduire le niveau de leurs émissions de 10% par rapport à celui atteint en 2005, et ce à l’horizon 2020.Par ailleurs, l’OACI reconnaît le système communautaire d’échange de quotas d’émission (ETS), une taxe visant les émissions des vols partant et à destination de l’Europe, qui doit entrer en vigueur en 2012. Une reconnaissance de grande importance au vu des actions en justice lancées contre ce système par des compagnies aériennes américaines.Le 15 octobre 2010 à 18:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Clark Asks What is the future of Water Works Park in Vancouver

first_imgColumbian reader Sara Morse wants to know what’s up at Water Works Park, a recreational site in central Vancouver that doubles as one of the city’s oldest and most critical pieces of infrastructure in Water Station 1.“I’m curious what the future holds for Waterworks Park? Will the amphitheater ever be utilized again?” Morse asked. She wasn’t alone in her curiosity — of everyone who voted in Clark Asks, a Columbian feature where readers can enlist reporters to do their bidding, Morse’s question earned 63 percent of votes.A few months ago, I’d written a story about a large contract awarded to a local builder for their work at Water Station 1, so I’m packed to the gills with information about the work underway at the park: a three-phase, $40 million overhaul expected to increase water storage capacity by about 3 million gallons.In 2016, the site saw the construction of a new tower booster pump station, a new treatment building and upgrades to lighting and pathways. Phase II, currently underway, will replace two reservoirs and swap the existing water tower with a 1 million-gallon standpipe. Phase III, expected to wrap near the end of 2022, will replace the three wells on the 24.5-acre property.All this to say, I know what the future holds at Water Works Park from a utilitarian standpoint but that doesn’t really answer Morse’s question. So I reached out to Loretta Callahan, spokeswoman for the Vancouver Public Works Department, for some answers.last_img read more

Officials 34 presumed dead after fire on scuba diving boat

first_imgSANTA BARBARA, Calif. — No one likely escaped the flames that tore through a boat packed with scuba divers, with all 34 people sleeping below deck presumed dead during a Labor Day weekend expedition off the Southern California coast, authorities said Tuesday as they called off the search for survivors.Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said no one has been found alive after the fire engulfed the dive boat early Monday. Flames blocked an escape hatch and a stairwell leading to the sleeping area crowded with passengers on a recreational scuba diving trip.Santa Barbara County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig told reporters that the victims’ relatives “will rely on us to do everything in our power to find out happened aboard that vessel in the last moments of these family members’ lives. That’s our commitment.”Only five crew members sleeping on the top deck were able to escape by jumping off and taking a small boat to safety.The fire that engulfed the Conception killed all 33 passengers and one crew member who was below deck, the sheriff said. Investigators have not yet determined how the fire erupted.The bodies of 20 victims have been recovered, and divers have seen between four and six others in the sunken wreckage, the sheriff said. Authorities are trying to stabilize the boat that sank in about 60 feet (18 meters) of water so divers can recover those remains.last_img read more

Gattuso confesses AC Milan was embarrassing tonight

first_imgThe Rossoneri coach says Lazio deserved to qualify to the Coppa Italia Final after his side was simply embarrassing.In the first leg of the Coppa Italia Semifinal played in Rome, the game between Lazio and AC Milan ended in 0-0.But tonight, a goal on aggregate time by Joaquin Correa, ended up giving the visitors a 1-0 win to put Lazio in the Final.And after the match, Rossoneri manager Gennaro Gattuso spoke to the press, saying he feels embarrassed by what happened tonight.“We held out well in the first half, but after the break Lazio had three chances, we didn’t move enough off the ball,” he was quoted by Football Italia.“It’s a difficult moment, we’re struggling and have to turn over the page, as on Sunday there is another knockout round type game against Torino.”“We’ve got to try to understand why we are in this negative spell. Lazio deserved to quality and the fans deserved more tonight,” he continued.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Sometimes you change just to do something different, to improve the performance, lift the team. Something isn’t working and we’ve been struggling for the last month. I don’t think it’s just physical, but also mental and tactical, as we are performing below our capabilities.He added: “I don’t think it’s an issue of systems or individuals, but the entire team has taken steps backward. We’re playing with the handbrake on and paying a price for that. We had tried to play a life or death game today, but it didn’t work. There’s no point denying it, we were embarrassed tonight and have to look forward.“Lazio were coming off a difficult moment too, but we made it easier for them. We’ve got a month left in the season and it is our duty to give our all, to get back on our feet.”Rossoneri bow out of the #TIMCup in the semi-final. Full focus on the league now / I rossoneri vengono eliminati in Semifinale. Testa al campionato#MilanLazio 0-1 pic.twitter.com/QFzyj2O4eU— AC Milan (@acmilan) April 24, 2019last_img read more

Report Twitter to meet United after Pogba abuse

first_imgTwitter has agreed to meet Manchester United over the Paul Pogba racially abusive tweets.After teammate Harry Maguire, call for better checks to be put in place, as to owners of social media accounts.Former United player and England Lionesses coach Phil Neville calls for a social media boycott, until companies like Twitter, take action.Then add into the mix that Manchester United who is one of the top 100 twitter accounts in the world, with 20 million followers.United in their statement made a call for more action to be taken against the culprits and that they would exhaust all avenues in an attempt to make this happen.Now Twitter wants to get involved and take action.According to Sky Sports, Twitter have responded to a call for action and issued the following statement in regard to recent incidents.They said:“Over the next few weeks, Twitter representatives will meet with Manchester United, Kick It Out and any other civil society stakeholders.”“Interested in hearing about the proactive work Twitter is doing to address online racist abuse towards certain footballers in the UK.”“We have always maintained an open and healthy dialogue with our partners in this space.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We know we need to do more to protect our users. Racist behaviour has no place on our platform and we strongly condemn it.“To this end, we look forward to working more closely with our partners to develop shared solutions together.”“In the meantime, for Twitter’s part, we will continue to proactively monitor the conversation, and take aggressive enforcement action when content violates our Rules.”Cybersecurity expert Eerke Boiten added to Sky’s report that the information needed to track accounts is available to Twitter and such companies.He said:“Twitter and the other social media companies do have information about the email addresses of those abusers, and the IP addresses of their computers where the abuse came from.”There has been a recent spate of racially motivated attacks against football players. As we brought you on, Ronaldo.com, last week saw Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham received similar messages to Pogba.Twitter will meet Man Utd within the next few weeks to discuss the racist abuse aimed at Paul Pogba following Monday night’s game with Wolves.— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 21, 2019last_img read more

Ive been very lucky Iker Casillas

first_imgThe Porto Spanish goalkeeper has been discharged from the hospital, five days after suffering a heart attack.On Wednesday, Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas fell ill during a training session and had to be rushed to the hospital where he suffered a heart attack.The former Spain national team footballer was discharged from the hospital today and gave his first words to the press.“A few days ago I went through a difficult situation, something that can happen to everyone at some point in their lives,” Casillas was quoted by ESPN.“Fortunately, I’m well. I’m grateful because I feel I’ve been very lucky. I want to thank everyone who worried about me, I’ve felt very much loved. I can only come out of this situation with a smile.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“I want to thank those that helped me and that allowed for the heart attack not to be as severe, as the FC Porto medical team responded immediately,” he added.“I want to thank those that sent messages of support and love. I was also treated very well at the hospital. I feel much better and now it’s a case of resting several weeks and a few months. I still don’t know. But the most important thing is to be here.”“I don’t know what the future will hold but the most important thing is to be here, to be able to talk and transmit to everyone how I feel. Thanks to everyone and see you soon,” he concluded.last_img read more

Marko Arnautovic lashes out at European media

first_imgMarko Arnautovic was not in a very giving mood during his presentation at Shanghai SIPG and chose to criticize media for putting him in a negative light.While he left West Ham United in a very acrimonious fashion, Marko Arnautovic believes that he has been wrongly portrayed by the European media.The Austrian international sensationally tried to engineer a move away from the club for the second time in five months and eventually got his wish. It was strange that the striker would do something like that given the fact that he had only signed a new contract with the Hammers a few months before that.Indeed his transfer request had baffled the club’s hierarchy and thrown Manuel Pellegrini’s plans in disarray. A lucrative offer from the Chinese Super League side really got into his head and Marko Arnautovic decided to force through a move.The way he left the club attracted a lot of criticism from media and pundits alike with everyone of the opinion that Marko Arnautovic could have done things differently. Many former players wanted the forward gone.What we learned from day 2 of the Premier League? Taimoor Khan – August 20, 2019 The new Premier League season is only two weeks old but it has already taught us a few things that could define the campaign….However, the former West Ham striker says that people in the media do not know anything about him or how he was at his previous teams. Indeed, Marko Arnautovic had always had an attitude problem in his early days as a young prospect at Inter Milan. But the Austrian maintains that he always gave his best in training.“They do not train with me, they do not play with me, but they just write something,” he said according to the Standard.“Maybe that’s the characteristic of European media, the truth is that I always give everything to my team, I never spare myself.“I’m here to work hard, I want to do my part so the club can achieve all of its goals.”last_img read more

Breaking United drop interest in Mandzukic

first_imgAnother Juventus deal is off, United decide against signing Super Mario.He originally was coming as a part of the Lukaku Dybala swap deal. Then on his own merits. Now it appears not at all.According to The Mail, United have decided Mandzukic will simply cost too much.Just moments after the Dybala deal to leave Juventus was scrapped, so was the Mario Mandzukic deal.The apparent reason is that Manchester United was not willing to meet either Juventus’s valuation or the player’s wage demands.Apparently United valued the 33-year-old player at around 15 million pounds. While a figure has not been confirmed, it is understood Juventus had a very different number in mind.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Even though the clubs were still some way apart, United continued to talk to the player. In the hope of a deal being reached and not running out of time.However, when United discussed personal terms with the Croatian international, they decided that no deal was possible. The best thing to do was walk away.His demands made the deal simply too expensive for a player of his age who was being brought in as a squad player.The Lukaku deal should be confirmed soon. He is in Milan having a medical. Terms and a fee are all in place.It remains to be seen if United will sign a replacement. Or if they will put their faith in academy players.If they don’t, while United’s window has not been outstanding, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s commitment to his philosophy has. If you are coming to United for money, then don’t bother.TURIN, ITALY – MARCH 08: Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic of Juventus looks on during the warm-up before the Serie A match between Juventus and Udinese at Allianz Stadium on March 08, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)last_img read more

Prosecutors to appeal decision to release Quarles to conditional program

first_img KUSI Newsroom, August 30, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 30, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Prosecutors Friday said they will appeal a San Diego judge’s decision to release a sexually violent predator known as the “Bolder- Than-Most” rapist from a state hospital and into the community, while the search for a viable housing option for him remains ongoing.Last month, San Diego County Superior Court Judge David M. Gill ruled that Alvin Ray Quarles, 57, will be released to a home somewhere in San Diego County, where he would undergo treatment through a conditional release program.Quarles was dubbed the “Bolder-Than-Most” rapist because of the way he attacked his victims, at knifepoint, sometimes forcing the women’s husbands or boyfriends to watch.He pleaded guilty in 1989 to committing more than a dozen sexual assaults in the mid-to-late 1980s and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.In September 2016, Quarles petitioned the court to be granted release through the Conditional Release Program for sex offenders. Gill ordered last fall that Quarles could be released to a home in Jacumba Hot Springs, a decision that prosecutors, along with county Supervisor Dianne Jacob, requested that Gill reconsider.Since that time, the agreement to rent the residence has fallen through, and Gill allowed for further argument toward a possible reconsideration of his decision to release Quarles.Following a closed-door evidentiary hearing regarding Quarles’ case earlier this summer, Gill ruled that Quarles be released.Deputy District Attorney Jessica Coto said her office will file an appeal of Gill’s decision, with hopes of either reversing his ruling or granting prosecutors another trial weighing Quarles’ suitability for release.Coto said that the evidence presented in the evidentiary hearing “showed that the release of Mr. Quarles was premature and he still poses a danger to the community.”Meanwhile, the Department of State Hospitals has so far been unsuccessful in locating an appropriate housing option for Quarles. Coto argued to halt the housing search until the appeals court rules on whether to reverse Gill’s decision, but the judge denied that motion on Friday.Until a housing option is found or the appeals court stays Gill’s ruling, Quarles will remain at Coalinga State Hospital, where he’s been undergoing sex offender treatment since 2014.Quarles is due back in court on Dec. 6. Prosecutors to appeal decision to release Quarles to conditional programlast_img read more

North Park streets flooded by water main break

first_img KUSI Newsroom September 1, 2019 North Park streets flooded by water main break KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: September 1, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – City crews were working today to clean up mud left behind by flooding caused by a water main break in North Park, officials said.Police rescued a man whose red Pontiac became trapped in knee-high flooding on Pershing Drive.The water main break happened about 4 a.m. near Polk Avenue and Utah Street, city spokesman Arian Collins said. A 30-inch diameter cast-iron water pipe broke, causing flooding in the area. Water was shut off by 6:30 a.m.The city was working to replace 70 miles of older cast-iron water pipes and this particular pipe was scheduled to be replaced in October, Collins said.Police said city crews should be finished cleaning up the mud by about 11:30 a.m. to allow traffic to resume. last_img read more

San Diego firefighters injured in fire engine crash

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: September 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Four Cal Fire personnel from San Diego were injured Wednesday when a fire engine crashed and overturned on a rural road in Central California.The firefighters were heading back to the San Diego area following an assignment helping with a wildfire in Tulare County when the accident occurred about 8:30 a.m. on Avenue 56 in Ducor, just south of Porterville, said Thomas Shoots, a fire captain with the state agency.The injured firefighters were taken to a hospital in stable condition. As of mid-afternoon, Shoots said, three of them had been released from medical care, while the fourth was expected to remain hospitalized overnight with injuries of unspecified severity.The cause of the crash was unclear, Shoots said.The crew had headed north on Sunday to help staff fire stations for Cal Fire personnel battling the Creek Fire, which burned over 756 open acres after erupting on a hillside about four miles east of Woodlake, Shoots said. San Diego firefighters injured in fire engine crash September 4, 2019last_img read more

San Diego Unified addresses concerns on changes to the federal public charge

first_imgSan Diego Unified addresses concerns on changes to the federal public charge policy September 4, 2019 Updated: 1:59 PM Posted: September 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Unified School District Superintendent, Cindy Marten and Food and Nutrition Services Director, Gary Petill, stopped by Good Morning San Diego to discuss free and reduced school lunch and their concerns to the recent changes to the federal public charge policy (SNAP benefits) by the Trump administration.For more information click here. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Supervisor Fletcher proposes first responder behavioral health program

first_img Posted: September 9, 2019 Supervisor Fletcher proposes first responder behavioral health program KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher Monday proposed a free program to offer behavioral health support to first responders.The Fire Captain Ryan J. Mitchell First Responder Behavioral Health Support Program would offer confidential mental and behavioral health support by connecting first responders with a clinical professional via a dedicated phone line, website or smartphone app. The program would be open to first responders in any jurisdiction of branch of public safety.Fletcher proposed the program after speaking with firefighters and law enforcement officials around the county during a listening tour earlier this year. According to Fletcher’s office, he named the program after Cal Fire Capt. Ryan Mitchell, who took his own life in 2017.Fletcher announced the program during a news conference with officials from Cal Fire Local 2881, the San Diego County Deputy Sheriff’s Association and local first responders.“Improving the public’s health is one of our core priorities,” he said. “Preventing suicide by increasing awareness, combating stigma and improving access to the mental health system are all vital steps to improve wellness of the community, and specifically first responders, with this new program.”The county Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on Fletcher’s proposal during its regular meeting on Tuesday. Updated: 10:50 PMcenter_img September 9, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

In Our Communities

first_img ADC AUTHOR Fort Polk, La., is in the final phase of a $34 million geothermal installation and energy upgrade effort, a significant milestone backed by Corvias, according to a press release. The energy efficiency upgrade, part of the Military Privatization Initiative (MHPI), includes installing geothermal heat pumps and ENERGY STAR electric and water saving devices that will modernize the installation, save Army funding and benefit military families…The former Pease Air Force Base, N.H., began operation of a $12.6 million groundwater treatment system last week to remove contamination caused by toxic PFAS chemicals, the Associated Press reported. John Henderson, Air Force assistant secretary for Installations, Environment and Energy participated in a ceremony marking what he calls an “important milestone” in protecting drinking water at the former installation and current business and industrial park…The Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance (HRMFFA) seeks qualified firms to provide comprehensive federal legislative consulting and lobbying services. The alliance’s mission is to attract, retain and grow the federal presence in Hampton Roads and represents the 13 cities and counties in Southeastern Virginia that comprise the region. Interested parties wishing to bid must submit a complete response to HRMFFA by 5:00 p.m. EST on August 19, 2019.  View the complete RFP at https://hrmffa.org/.Photo by Chuck CannonEditors Note: If you have defense community news you would like to share as an “In Our Communities” item, or other feature news for ADC’s readership, email stories to: gtraweek@defensecommunities.orglast_img read more

US Space Command to Launch Within Weeks

first_imgThe new U.S. Space Command (SPACECOM) is expected to launch within weeks according to a top-ranking Pentagon official, Air Force Times reported Wednesday.Vice Adm. David Kriete, deputy commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), spoke with reporters saying the formal launch of the new command is only weeks away.“I think it’d probably be about weeks—we should see the actual establishment of US Space Command,” Kriete said according to the report. “I think we’re on a good track in terms of our planning.”Kriete said the launch timeline for SPACECOM, which will assume space combat operations from STRATCOM, will be decided by new Defense Secretary Mark Esper, according to the report.The Pentagon has not announced the site of the new SPACECOM headquarters, but its two major missions will be located at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., and Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.Officials are still determining which missions, resources, and authorities SPACECOM will assume and when while not diminishing the Pentagon’s current space defense activities, according to the report.The new SPACECOM headquarters will run daily space operations using people and assets from the proposed new Space Force and other military space missions, the report said.It is expected to initially employ more than 600, though DOD continues to determine the size, structure, and resource needs, according to the report.The department’s fiscal 2020 budget request includes about $84 million to stand up the command.Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe Thacker ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

New ADC Report Highlights Challenges Installations Face From Degraded Stormwater Systems

first_img ADC AUTHOR A new ADC report has been released on the challenge military installations are facing with stormwater systems that are under increasing duress and provides possible long-term solutions for solving the issue.The report, “Flooded Out: How Stormwater Threatens the Resilience of Our Installations…and What Can Be Done About it,” notes that of 79 installations identified earlier this year in DOD’s Report on Effects of a Changing Climate, more than two-thirds face recurrent flooding as their most serious weather-related challenge.Featuring several case studies and photos revealing the severity and extent of stormwater system failure on many installations, the report provides an informative overview of the impacts on installations and the consequences of allowing systems to degrade while under increasing pressure. It also discusses the disruption to installation resilience and readiness as vulnerable systems can become more inundated from extreme weather events.The report focuses on how the existing utility privatization (UP) authority offers a potentially effective tool for improving the management of installation stormwater systems.“Utility privatization of stormwater infrastructure is a forward-looking response to this growing threat to installation resiliency,” the report proposes. “Private partners have the expertise to address increasing threats and provide the resiliency that installations expect.”The report also proposes that DOD currently has the authority to implement UP as a forward-looking solution toward effectively modernizing and maintaining installations’ stressed stormwater systems.“The Defense Department and the services should leverage existing legislative authorities, the value of competition and the expertise of private sector partners to modernize stormwater infrastructure in a proactive approach,” it adds.Ultimately, the report is intended to prompt effective management of installation stormwater systems. Without a proactive solution to address future extreme weather events, systems will continue to fail and leave installations subject to greater disruption and degradation.“Installation readiness and resiliency demands forward-looking solutions and expertise that will deliver real stability and reliable performance,” the report emphasizes.last_img read more

21 Savage Announces I Am I Was Tour

first_imgNews 21 Savage Announces I Am > I Was Tour 21-savage-announces-i-am-i-was-tour Savage will perform in a handful of major U.S. cities, at several large and historic venues, including in Los Angeles on July 19 at The Shrine and in San Francisco the following day at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. North Carolina rapper DaBaby, who released his debut studio album Baby on Baby in March, will offer support for most dates.The tour will also stop in Detroit on Aug. 4, Washington D.C on Aug. 6 and New York on Aug. 8. Before they wrap up in Savage’s hometown of Atlanta at the Coca Cola Roxy, the pair will perform in DaBaby’s hometown of Charlotte, N.C. on Aug. 15.The 15 dates include two musical festival stops; as the Atlanta rapper will perform at Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug. 2 and Moonrise Festival in Baltimore on Aug. 11.GRAMMY.com Exclusive: 21 Savage On ‘Issa Album,’ Jay-Z, & BusinessHe’ll also be performing at several other festivals during the year, at Roots Picnic in Philadelphia on June 1 and Austin City Limits for both weekends of the music city’s big October fest.Savage followed his impressive 2017 debut studio album, Issa Album, with the powerful I Am > I Was on Dec. 21, 2018. In 2017 he also surprise-dropped a collab project, Without Warning, with two other ATL heavyweights, Migos’ Offset and prolific hip-hop producer Metro Boomin.Following his release several weeks after being detained by ICE in early February, the community-minded rapper has stayed busy with advocacy projects like his Bank Account campaign, which is focused on teaching Atlanta youth financial literacy.Tickets for all non-festival shows go on sale this Friday, May 10, with pre-sales beginning Thursday; more info here.21 Savage Pledges Money To Financially Responsible Kids, Continues Literacy CampaignRead more 21 Savage Announces I Am > I Was Tour Email center_img Twitter Facebook The GRAMMY-nominated rapper and community activist will be touring across the U.S. for 15 shows in July and AugustAna YglesiasGRAMMYs May 8, 2019 – 1:41 pm Today, GRAMMY-nominated hip-hop champ and community activist 21 Savage announced the I Am > I Was Tour, in support of his 2018 sophomore album of the same name. He will kick off the 15-date U.S. trek in Oklahoma City on July 10 and wrap things up on Aug. 16 in his hometown of Atlanta.last_img read more

Alec Benjamin On Working With Alessia Cara Meeting His Idol John Mayer

first_imgNews NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 13, 2019 – 4:11 pm Alec Benjamin Talks Pursuing Music Dreams That’s awesome, it is totally huge. Speaking of touring and live shows, you also wrapped part of your headline tour recently. What was your favorite city that surprised you on the tour?There’s one city that I hadn’t spent a lot of time in before I started touring. Not even just for the show, the show was great, but I really like Seattle as a place. I thought it was beautiful and we got there on a really sunny day and we got to go down by the water and really try the food and hang out. People were really friendly.And then I had a great time in Detroit. I thought Detroit was really, really cool. The crowd there was crazy. But I think overall every city was pretty awesome. I think that was probably the most surprising thing is that how great the crowds were everywhere that we went. Sometimes you don’t get to spend as much time in the city exploring as you like. So that was a bit of a bummer, but ultimately I think all the shows were great. That was probably the most surprising thing. Not that I’m surprised the shows were good, but I didn’t expect it, you don’t expect every crowd to be so amazing and they were.What do you think was one of the biggest challenges that you maybe didn’t expect while touring?Maybe the biggest challenge is getting adjusted to life on a tour bus. I was in a tour bus accident three years ago. That was a really short tour. This is the longest period I’ve lived on a tour bus, for almost seven weeks. I didn’t realize how much that affected me. That was the first real near-death experience that I had. So getting back on a tour bus and have dreams about it and stuff, that was the hardest part. Just getting adjusted to living life on the road. That was difficult.You often refer to yourself as a “narrator,” and your album is called Narrated For You. Can you speak to how this idea guides the stories behind your music? I wanted to define myself in that way just because, well, it made it easier in my music videos because then I didn’t have to act in them. I could just tell the story. I’m really not great in front of the camera. I also think that sometimes it’s nice to take words that you don’t necessarily hear in the context of music and repurpose them. I mean, I’m a singer/songwriter, essentially, but that was the thought process behind it.You released a new version of “Let Me Down Slowly,” bringing on GRAMMY winner Alessia Cara, resulting in a great pop duet. How did that collaboration come about?That came about because one of her fans sent me a message and was like, “She’s doing promo right now and she was talking about your song!” So I tweeted her. I’m a huge fan of hers. I was like, “Yo, I love your music. We should work together.” And she was down, like, “Oh, that would be great.” Which was really exciting for me and I was surprised. We couldn’t organize a time to write a new song together because we were both on tour. I was like, “Would you wanna do a verse on this song?” So she sent me a voice note of her verse. I was like, “That is amazing.”She has the best voice I’ve ever heard, ever. On a voice note with no editing. It’s crazy. She sent it to me and I was like we should just put this on the song. It’s super easy to work with her. She’s just a good person.That’s so cool. Have you guys met in person yet?Yeah. The first time we met was when we made the music video together. It was her and her friend that she travels with, and then I bought them both dinner. I was like, “This is the least I can do.” The crazy thing is that we went to Downtown L.A. to get food. And we walked past the GRAMMY Museum, where they have all the people that have won GRAMMYs and one of them is for Best New Artist, which she had won [at the 60th GRAMMY Awards]. We took a picture next to her thing on the sidewalk, which was really cool.Are there any other artists that you have your eye on working with?I like it when it’s a surprise who you collaborate with. When I thought about it after the collaboration had taken place [with Cara] I was like, oh, that makes sense. But I haven’t really been thinking about it that much. I just want to improve my own music and then if the right collaboration comes along that would be great.You’ve talked about how John Mayer is one of your biggest inspirations. Do you have any other musical inspirations who made you want to pursue music?I really love Eminem. I love his storytelling. I’m a big fan of Paul Simon. I love Leonard Cohen. I like Citizen Cope a lot. I listen to a lot of different types of music, I also really like System of a Down. I listen to a lot of rock music and stuff. [Pauses.] Oh, I love Coldplay too.Can you tell us a little bit about the backstory behind your song “Death of a Hero” and getting to perform it with John Mayer?Yeah. It was really cool. I was just sitting in my van at that time, we were on tour. One of my friends was like, “Yo, wake up, man. You gotta check Instagram. John Mayer is posting about your music.” It came out of nowhere. It was crazy. I had sent him a message in 2017 or 2016 just being like, “I love you. You don’t understand. Thank you for everything.” And then he saw it and responded to it. That was so cool. So he invited me over to his house to do “Current Mood,” the show that he does on his Instagram. We just kept in touch since then and hung out. He came out at my show at the El Rey and performed with me; it was awesome.You grew up in Phoenix and live in L.A. now. What was the moment that made you want to move out here? And what was the biggest shift you felt once you then were in L.A.?I moved from Phoenix to L.A. because there’s such a great creative community out here in California for songwriting, and there’s a lot of labels and studios and things. When I decided to move my parents were like, “Well, if you want to go to California you have to go to college.” So I went to school for a year and then I dropped out because I got a record deal. I was signed for two years and then I got dropped. So I moved back home, but luckily my parents had actually moved to California. Not because of me, it just worked out that way. My parents moved to California for work. So I moved back home and I started playing parking lot shows on the street in front of other artist’s concerts to get fans. The last six months of 2016 I played 170 different shows. So I printed out tens of thousands of cards at Staples and handed them out anywhere I went.It took a long time before I really felt a shift, like oh, this is the right decision. I think sometimes I often even now that I’ve been on tour and I’m not playing in parking lots anymore. Even though I still would. I’d do whatever I had to do. But even now sometimes I have doubts. I’m like, was this the right choice? But I think when I got to meet John Mayer, the person I looked up to and who he’s the guy who inspired me to make music. So when he was like, “You done good,” I was like okay, cool. That’s dope. Because I was like, “I want to be you.” And then he said, when I was doing his “Current Mood” Instagram show, “You’re kind of like a version of me.” I was like, “Dope.” That’s what I’m trying for. That moment I was like, okay cool. This was not a terrible decision.I feel like that’s part of being a human, no matter what we do.Especially in this industry. It can be very fickle. You never know. I don’t necessarily always feel like I’m on firm footing. This could all go away tomorrow. But that’s the same with anything, you never know what’s going to happen in life.”People can’t enjoy your art if you don’t show it to them.”What’s the biggest piece of advice you would give to someone at the start of their career?One thing that I can say that was very hard for me to do, which I wish I would have understood sooner, is when you’re writing songs and it kind of feels weird to show off your music. You don’t want to be like, “Oh, check me out.” You don’t want to be that person, but at the same time, people can’t enjoy your art if you don’t show it to them. They’re not just going to find it magically. It took me four years to get that. Even if it feels uncomfortable at first, show people your music. Post it, even if it’s not perfect. Because it’s never going to be perfect. Even the music I put out now, even my favorite songs that I put out I’m like, “They’re not ready. Wait.” I’m happy that I have people behind me being like “No, it’s time.”Even if it takes you finding someone in your life to motivate you to just get your music out, just get it out there because even after it’s out and it’s solidified even if people like it or whatever, you’re still going to be like, “Oh, but I could have… if I was only.” It’s never going to be perfect so you just have to go and show people and sing for people. If people at a party hand you a guitar, sing. You never know who’s going to hear your stuff. Even if it’s hard. Just do it. Facebook Alec Benjamin On Working With Alessia Cara, Meeting His Idol John Mayer & Chasing Dreams GRiZ Talks Pride, Snoop Dogg Collab, Detroit’s Music Scene, Giving Back & MoreRead more “People can’t enjoy your art if you don’t show it to them,” Benjamin, who played more than 150 parking lot shows in 2016, told the Recording Academy in an exclusive interviewAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Jun 13, 2019 – 4:22 pm Phoenix-born, L.A.-based pop singer/songwriter Alec Benjamin calls himself the “narrator,” going so far as to name his 2018 debut mixtape Narrated For You.Over the last year, he’s been actively growing his fan base and living his dreams. He’s gone from playing more than 150 shows in parking lots outside of other pop artists’ concerts in L.A. in 2016 to bringing out his idol, John Mayer, as a surprise guest during his headline show at the El Rey Theater this past May.We caught up with the rising star to learn more about how he manifested Mayer into his life and how relocating from Arizona to California has shifted his musical career. We also found out what it was like working with recent collaborator (and GRAMMY winner) Alessia Cara, with whom he collaborated. So you just performed at Bottle Rock in Napa. How was it?It was awesome. It’s the first time in a long I’ve performed at a festival and the first festival I’ve done in the U.S. When I first started making music I had the opportunity to do a couple of festivals abroad. But those are actually tented, so it felt like I was inside. This is the first festival I’ve played that was open air. I had a great time. I’ve never been to Napa before, it was beautiful.I learned a lot from that experience because there’s so many new things happening. The crowd was great and overall it was fun, but I was really nervous. It’s just going to take some getting used to. I have a few more festivals that I’m going to be playing this summer. I’m happy that that was the first one that I did because the crowd was really welcoming and super friendly and also forgiving because I was really, really nervous.Do you have any lessons from that experience going into Lollapalooza, and other summer festivals, that you’re excited to showcase?Yeah. I think I have a couple of changes that I want to make to the set. I’m excited about Lollapalooza. I’m excited about all of the festivals. And I’m excited about Lollapalooza because of the history that it has and there’s so many people playing there. There’s going to be a lot of artists that I’m going to get to see that I have never seen before, so that will be great. I’m just trying to go into with an open mind. Email Twitter Alec Benjamin On Collabing With Alessia Cara alec-benjamin-working-alessia-cara-meeting-his-idol-john-mayer-chasing-dreamslast_img read more