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Fayetteville Leaders Tout Strong Community Bonds at Army Commission Hearing

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The National Commission on the Future of the Army’s public hearing in Fayetteville, N.C., Wednesday, was not intended to scrutinize Fort Bragg’s missions or its military value, but local officials who testified focused on the high degree of support the surrounding communities provide the post.“We here in Fayetteville get the Army,” Fayetteville City Manager Ted Vorhees told the commissioners.The commission’s task is to assess “the right mix between the active army, the National Guard and the Army Reserve to meet the nation’s requirements,” said retired Army Gen. Carter Ham, chairman of the eight-member panel.Cumberland County Commissioner Jimmy Keefe noted the close connections between Fort Bragg and its civilian neighbors, reported the Fayetteville Observer. About 70 percent of the installation’s troops live off post, for example. Keefe also pointed out that the county has one of the state’s few veterans courts.“Those are the kind of unique initiatives we take as a county,” Keefe said. “Our county leadership hopes to build on the leadership with Fort Bragg in their decision-making,” he added.Only one speaker addressed the Army’s plan to shift AH-64 Apache attack helicopters from the National Guard to the regular Army, one of the primary issues the commission will be taking up.Removing the Apaches from the National Guard would be a “huge risk,” Chief Warrant Officer 5 Rick Comer told the panel. When there was a heavy demand to train Apache pilots over the last 13 years, Fort Rucker, Ala., turned to the National Guard to supply instructor pilots.  “The Guard at any given time had eight to 12 instructor pilots at Fort Rucker supporting flight school. We take the Apaches out of the Guard, what do we do next time? We won’t have that capability,” said Comer, who served with the North Carolina National Guard for 30 years.last_img read more

Kanye West Releases New Album Ye

first_imgThe GRAMMY-winning rapper’s eighth studio album arrives with guest appearances by Nicki Minaj, Ty Dolla $ign and moreNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jun 1, 2018 – 7:40 am At last, the new Kanye West album is here. Ye became available on all major streaming services on June 1 after months of anticipation.The seven-song, 23-minute album opens with the stark and jarring “I Thought About Killing You,” and delivers on the raw, candid edge West has received attention for in the media recently. He is joined on “Wouldn’t Leave” by Jeremih, PARTYNEXTDOOR and Ty Dolla $ign. The album’s final song “Violent Crimes” features DJ Loaf and a spoken outro by Nicki Minaj providing inspiration for a line West raps earlier in the song about being a father.One the eve of the album’s release, West hosted a listening party in Jackson Hole, Wyo., flying out hundreds of members of the media, including radio programmers, according to Rolling Stone. Several of West’s superstar friends and collaborators were also on hand, including Nas, Ty Dolla $ign, Teyana Taylor, Kid Cudi, and 2 Chainz.His new album arrives amid a string of new West-produced projects, including Pusha T’s Daytona, which dropped May 25, and upcoming collabs with Nas, Taylor, and Cudi. Kanye West Drops New Album ‘Ye’ kanye-west-releases-new-album-ye News Email Kanye West Releases New Album ‘Ye’ Facebook Ye is the follow up to 2016’s Life Of Pablo, which was the catalyst for West earning an impressive eight GRAMMY nominations for the 59th GRAMMY Awards, including Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song For “Ultralight Beam” and “Famous.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 8, 2017 – 6:00 am Watch Kanye West’s GRAMMY highlights Twitter last_img read more

OBITUARY Linda M Baillargeon Grover 66

first_imgHAVERHILL MA — Linda M. (Baillargeon) Grover, 66, of Haverhill, passed away peacefully Friday, June 14, 2019 at Nevins Nursing & Rehab Center in Methuen, MA. She was the devoted and loving wife of the late Robert E. Grover.Linda was born in Lawrence, MA, August 27, 1952 the daughter of the late Jean and Esther (Robichaud) Baillargeon. She was raised in Methuen and attended Methuen schools. Linda later moved to Haverhill where she made her home for several years. She was employed for 25 years as an accountant for AGFA Corporation in Wilmington, MA. Linda was a longtime member of The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. She enjoyed listening to books on tape and cherishing her time with her children and grandchildren.Linda is survived by two children, Jamie J. Spates and Samantha A. Cole. She also leaves behind two grandchildren, Riley and Alicia, two brothers, Raymond Baillargeon and Ronald Baillargeon and three sisters, Jean Bohondoney, Carol O’Brien and Ann Nault. She will also be dearly remembered by several nieces, nephews and many dear friends. In addition to her husband, she was pre-deceased by her son Frank Spates and brother, Richard Baillargeon.Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours, Tuesday, June 25, 2019 from 4-6 PM at The Grondin-Carnevale Funeral Home, 129 Kenoza Ave. Haverhill, MA 01830. A private graveside service will be held at Walnut Cemetery in Haverhill. In lieu of flowers the family kindly requests donations in Linda’s memory be made to The Wounded Warriors Project by visiting http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org. For directions or online condolences, please visit www.Grondin-Carnevale.com.Linda M. (Baillargeon) Grover(NOTE: The above obituary is from the Grondin-Carnevale Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of June 16, 2019)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Verda J. Murray, 90In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Elizabeth J. “Betty” (Kilpatrick) Valente, 75In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Las Vegas Massacre Prompts Musician To Call For Gun Control Enough Is

first_imgKeeter is a guitarist for the Josh Abbott Band; hours before Jason Aldean’s show was shattered by gunfire and bullets rained on a crowd of some 22,000 people, Keeter had played on the same stage. He and his bandmates and crew members were trapped by the violence, and Keeter says he wasn’t sure if he would survive.Some of the band’s crew members suffered shrapnel wounds, Keeter said, because of the power of the weapons being used. They had been standing close to someone who was shot. And despite having their own weapons, they were unable to defend themselves.“We actually have members of our crew with CHL [concealed handgun license] licenses, and legal firearms on the bus,” Keeter said. “They were useless. We couldn’t touch them for fear the police might think that we were part of the massacre and shoot us.”He described writing to his loved ones and creating a living will, as performers, fans, and staff tried to find safety during the prolonged assault.Sunday night’s attack left 527 people injured and 59 people dead. Police say Stephen Paddock brought a small arsenal to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino so he could carry out an attack on thousands of people.“We have recovered 23 firearms at Mandalay Bay, and 19 firearms at his home in Mesquite,” Las Vegas Assistant Sheriff Todd Fasulo said.Paddock is known to have bought some of his firearms at the Guns and Guitars store near where he lived in Mesquite, Nevada. The store has said via a statement, “All necessary background checks and procedures were followed” in Paddock’s purchases. It’s one of several gun shops or firing ranges that have acknowledged having contact with investigators about Paddock, NBC News reports.Keeter’s message found a large audience. It was liked more than 100,000 times and retweeted more than 50,000 times.The message sparked a number of replies, from people asking why other tragedies — such as the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in 2012 — hadn’t changed Keeter’s views. Some responses accused him of lacking empathy and changing his stance only because he was personally affected. Others chastised those reactions, and for criticizing someone who now agrees with them.“It’s frustrating that some don’t call the fire dept until the blaze is at their own front door,” a Twitter user named Heather Maravola wrote. “But we need more ppl on our side. Welcome.”In response, Keeter wrote, “You are all absolutely correct. I saw this happening for years and did nothing. But I’d like to do what I can now.”In speaking out, Keeter also raised the hopes of a Twitter user who said they hope the issue can move from a left vs. right dynamic “to actually enacting common sense gun laws.”Opinion polls have shown large majorities of Americans agree on making several changes to gun control laws, from restricting people with mental illnesses from buying guns to requiring background checks for private gun sales and at gun shows.“Congress has not made a concerted effort to pass gun legislation since 2013,” NPR’s Susan Davis reports, “when the Senate tried and failed to overcome GOP opposition to expand background checks for gun purchases.”Susan adds that so far in 2017, Republicans’ action on guns “has focused on expanding gun rights” — including making it easier to buy silencers and to nationalize concealed-carry laws.And then there are the financial angles. After Sunday’s shooting, the stock prices of large gun makers rose sharply. As Marketplace reported, on Monday morning the “value of Sturm Ruger shares went up by as much as 7.7 percent and shares of American Outdoor Brands Corp, manufacturer of Smith & Wesson firearms, went up by as much as 6 percent.”Those price hikes are part of a cycle that’s fueled by mass shootings, Rob Cox, global editor at Reuters Breakingviews, told Marketplace:“Largely in response to concerns there may be new tightening of regulations on buying the guns, or on gun ownership. And that has actually driven a lot of the buying that actually has given these guys a lift over the past eight years.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. pic.twitter.com/0NFjHf3PW2— Caleb Keeter (@Calebkeeter) October 2, 2017 Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images via NPRAfter a gunman used a window in the Mandalay Hotel to fire at the Route 91 music festival in Las Vegas, guitarist Caleb Keeter, who was on stage Sunday, is calling for gun control — “RIGHT. NOWThe most deadly mass shooting in recent U.S. history has renewed conversations about America’s gun laws, after one man strafed a country music festival from a high-rise hotel in Las Vegas Sunday. The attack prompted a musician who played at the festival to say he’s changed his mind — and that the U.S. needs new gun control.“I’ve been a proponent of the 2nd Amendment my whole life,” guitarist Caleb Keeter said in a tweeted statement on Monday. “Until the events of last night. I cannot express how wrong I was.”Keeter said that one man — who police identified as Stephen Paddock — “laid waste to a city with dedicated, fearless police officers desperately trying to help, because of access to an insane amount of fire power.”He added, “Enough is enough” before adding later, “We need gun control RIGHT. NOW.”center_img Sharelast_img read more

10 Ways Texas Is Changing And Why Lawmakers Should Pay Attention

first_imgMeanwhile, there are large gaps in income along racial and ethnic lines in Texas: Texans tend to believe more money should be spent on primary and secondary education, including 54% of Hispanics and 52% of African Americans: Meanwhile, whites are making up less and less of the state’s population. This shift is especially pronounced in major cities like Houston: The Texas House of Representatives Committee on County Affairs invited experts to share insights on shifting demographics, voting habits and voter opinions in Texas. Below are ten takeaways from presentations by Rice University Sociologist Dr. Steve Murdock and University of Texas professor Dr. James Henson, who directs the Texas Politics Project.Texas has always been a rapidly growing state, and that’s as true now as ever:  Even modest demographic predictions show the Hispanic population will be the majority of the statewide population by at least 2050: When you consider these socioeconomic gaps and changing demographics, Texas could see a decrease in mean consumer expenditures over the next several decades: A plurality from a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll disapprove of how education has been handled:center_img Share As these demographics shift, Texas lawmakers say they want to make important changes to school finance. So, what do their constituents think?  Most of that growth is from Hispanics. As you can see, that population has increased in almost every county across Texas:  However, a plurality of Texans say they care more about immigration and border security than any other issue:  Those gaps in income are also reflected in educational achievement:last_img read more

Scattered rainfall in city humidity soars

first_imgScattered showers were witnessed in parts of the national Capital on Monday which failed to bring any respite from the humid weather conditions that Delhiites have been facing since the past few days.The maximum temperature on Monday was recorded at 34.7 degrees Celsius which was a notch above the season’s average while the minimum temperature had settled at 24.6 degree Celsius, two notches below the normal.“Areas under Palam, Lodhi Road and Ayanagar received 0.8 mm, 1.2 mm and 1.3 mm rainfall between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 crore“Safdarjung observatory, reading of which is considered the official figure for the city and areas under Ridge did not record any rainfall in the same period,” a MeT department official said.Humidity level oscillated between 61 and 87 per cent.The MeT department has predicted generally cloudy sky with a possibility of light rains and thunder storm in many parts of the city on Tuesday.last_img read more

3 Ways Intelligent Automation Can Help Grow Your Business

first_img Register Now » February 15, 2018 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You can stop trying to imagine the future of A.I. because, believe it or not, the future is here. While robots aren’t yet walking our dogs or doing our grocery shopping, A.I. certainly is a growing presence in the business world. The growth in this industry is astounding.In fact, most of the top 100 artificial intelligence startups are based in the US. This means that the trends for intelligent automation are becoming increasingly visible. But what is intelligent automation?It is specially designed software that detects products or objects in images, pulls data from documents or manipulates information. These software robots have been trained to complete tasks that have a “human” quality. They can adapt and learn the more they work.Now that you know what it is, let’s talk about three ways intelligent automation can help your business:1. Increase productivityImagine a 25-percent increase in staff productivity. That’s what a restaurant in labor-short Singapore expected when they implemented their new “flying waiters.” These drones are designed to deliver plates to diners while the employees perform other tasks.This is just one example of the opportunities to increase your employees’ productivity using RPA, or robotic process automation. Using these software robots, your basic business computing can be done efficiently, freeing up your employees for the non-repetitive and more creative tasks.While you are imagining the many ways you can increase your business’s productivity, don’t forget about the common human errors you can avoid.Related: AI Is Taking the Art Out of Sales2. Reduce common human errorsAs more businesses turn to automation in an effort to relieve their human workers of repetitive tasks, they are also avoiding many common human errors, making these businesses much more efficient.Software robots can learn and adapt far more efficiently than most human workers. In chatbot programs, for example, this feature is especially helpful for standard customer service needs.The chatbots continuously gather information as they are used, and they use that information to help your customers.With the increasing availability of intelligent automation, what return can you expect to see on your investment?Related: Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg Are Arguing About AI — But They’re Both Missing the Point3. Improve your ROINow that you have implemented software robots for tasks that you no longer need employees to do, imagine the possibilities for the return on your investment.You hire fewer employees and pay less in salaries, wages, training, and benefits.You invest in the automated software and equipment and outsource your maintenance.With increased productivity and reduced human errors, your average costs for the same work will be much less, which can exponentially increase your return. What business owner wouldn’t want that?Related: Elon Musk Says Mark Zuckerberg’s Understanding of AI Is ‘Limited’ After the Facebook CEO Called His Warnings ‘Irresponsible’Now that you’ve learned how these trends can help grow your business, what’s next? To move forward, discover ways to adapt intelligent automation into your business. Do your research, invest in the technology and watch your business grow. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more