OEA Offering Assistance to Communities Coping with Significant Cutbacks in Personnel

first_imgCommunities responding to announced reductions in force structure and personnel can apply for planning assistance from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) to organize and better understand how the reductions may affect local housing, schools and businesses, according to a March 18 Federal Register notice.States, counties or municipalities can apply for OEA’s community adjustment planning assistance if they expect to experience personnel reductions resulting in the loss of at least:2,000 military, civilian, and contractor personnel in an urban area; or1,000 military, civilian, or contractor personnel in the case of a non-urban area.The OEA director must also determine whether the losses “constitute a direct and significant adverse consequence” on a community and its residents, according to the notice. In cases affecting multiple jurisdictions, affected jurisdictions would be required to apply jointly for a single assistance program.Applicants would be required to provide at least 10 percent of the project cost.Examples of activities that could be funded under this program include:operating and maintaining a community-based organization to represent an affected area and its workers, businesses and communities;preparing strategies and plans for sustainable economic recovery;carrying out a community adjustment and economic diversification program; andplanning and carrying out local economic adjustment programs.Planning assistance can be used for feasibility studies; organizational staffing, operating, and administrative expenses; redevelopment and economic development capacity building; public outreach; and other activities necessary for a community to respond to the adverse impact of defense spending reductions on local schools, housing markets and central business districts.OEA will consider proposals on a continuing basis — subject to available appropriations — as an end date for this program has not yet been determined. For more information, contact James Holland, program director, at james.p.holland8.civ@mail.mil. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

The singer who hid a beautiful new song in her YouTube videos

first_imgIt also brings to mind the epic five year wait for the Twitter account based on Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Frank N Furter to complete the word “anticipation”, and, for me that one time that I tweeted the lyrics to Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” for its tenth anniversary. The “hidden message in online social media” viral trend isn’t all that new, but it is always impressive. On August 24, 2018, Twitter user @CostcoRiceBag revealed they had been secretly tweeting the lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody using the first word of their tweets over a matter of months. Because Mart had tweeted the words in reverse, users could “sing” Bohemian Rhapsody by scrolling through her feed. These are our favorite YouTube channels (not called CNET) YouTube/doddleoddle YouTuber and musician, Dorothy “Dodie” Clark, just pulled off an almighty, super wholesome YouTube heist that will blow your mind.Dodie, who goes by the moniker “doddleoddle” on YouTube is an English singer and songwriter. Over the last nine months, she uploaded a number of videos that seemed like the standard YouTube fair: vlogs, songs, chatting to her subscribers, fairy lights and general fun shenanigans. But underneath it all, Dodie had hatched a plan.”I’ve uploaded some videos but in each one are several hidden lyrics of a song I’ve written”, she explains at the beginning of her latest video, posted on Jan. 22Dodie explains that in her previous uploaded videos she had been slipping lyrics — sung in the right key, no less — into her vlogs in a clandestine operation to “build a song scrapbook-style”. At the end of her secret nine month stunt, Dodie says she “made a baby of sorts”. The song that she had hidden within was her new single “Arms Unfolding”, which she says was inspired by friends learning to love again, which resonated with how she was feeling about YouTube at the time. It’s all very wholesome and sweet.You can watch — and listen to — Dodie’s video below: 12 Photos Online Tags Share your voice 0 CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Everything about Fortnite: What you need to know about the hit game. IS IT JUST ME, OR DID I JUST PULL OFF THE GREATEST TWITTER SCHEME OF ALL TIME?????Read the first word of my tweets to find out….— Hadie Mart (@CostcoRiceBag) August 23, 2018 Post a comment YouTubelast_img read more

No bar to gazette publication on 9th wage board for journos

first_imgSupreme Court. File PhotoThe Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed for eight weeks a High Court order on the ninth wage board for journalists, clearing the way for publication of gazette notification to this end.A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by Chief Justice Mohammad Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order after hearing a government petition.It also asked the state to file a regular leave-to-appeal by this time.On 14 August the Chamber Judge fixed 19 August for hearing an appeal by the state seeking a stay on the High Court order to main the status quo on publication of the gazette notification on the ninth wage board.After the hearing on Monday, the Appellate Division set Tuesday for passing an order in this regard.Attorney general Mahbubey Alam represented the government while advocate AF Hasan Arif stood for Newspaper Owners’ Association of Bangladesh (NOAB).The HC bench of justice Obaidul Hassan and justice Mohammad Ali on 6 August issued the status quo after hearing a petition filed on 5 August.Last month, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said a gazette would be published soon after the Cabinet approves recommendations for implementing the 9th wage board.last_img read more

4 Industries That Are Undergoing Revolutions

first_img 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. September 7, 2016 Technology is always moving forward; the various industries that utilize those tools typically aren’t very far behind. And while just about every industry is shifting in some form or fashion, a few are poised to undergo significant change.Related: How Technology Along With Innovation is Helping Entrepreneurs Build Successful Startups4 Industries in flux — the biggest kind No industry ever rests in place, but some clearly move faster than others. If you’ve spent any time studying technology trends and predictions, you may be aware that the following four industries are moving forward at lightning pace. But, do you know why?1. Home Automation One of the fastest-moving segments in the marketplace is the home automation — or “smart” home — industry. By 2022, the home automation system market is expected to be worth roughly $78.27 billion. That’s a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.46 percent, from this year through 2022.Much of the growth in this industry is rooted in safety, security, and environmentally friendly solutions that reduce energy dependence and keep more money in the pockets of homeowners. We’re watching companies invest billions of dollars into such items as smart locks, wireless video surveillance devices, energy-efficient appliances, customizable lighting and more.The interesting thing about the home automation industry is that the technological infrastructure already exists. So do a flurry of companies, getting into this area. “But the biggest hurdle facing smart home companies today isn’t other companies — it’s a lack of consumer understanding and education,” Greg Roberts, vice president of marketing at Icontrol Networks, said in his guest blog on CTA Tech.“To overcome that hurdle, companies need to band together and technologies must operate together seamlessly so consumers can pick and choose the devices that best fit their needs,” Roberts said. In other words, it’s marketplace adoption that is currently holding the industry back from the massive explosion that’s bound to happen sooner rather than later.Just how long it will take for consumers to jump on board is yet to be seen.Related: Shiny New Gadgets to Smart Homes and Beyond: A CES 2015 Preview2. The sleep industryCompared to home automation, the sleep industry may seem boring and archaic, but I can assure you that it is not. There’s a lot of technology and innovation that goes into developing sleep solutions which allow people to fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up refreshed.“I think that within the next five-to-ten years we are going to see technology play a bigger role in sleep optimization,” Michael Hughes, founder and CEO of PlushBeds said in an interview with Mattress Clarity. “More and more today, we see new technology implemented into everyday household items which improve our quality of life.”By 2019, experts have suggested, the global market for sleep aids will reach a whopping $76.7 billion. That’s a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6 percent. The sleep apnea segment of the market alone is expected to grow at an 11.3 percent CAGR.Entrepreneur Moe Kittaneh has been tracking the industry for some time and says he expects tools and tactics such as mobile phone apps, wearable activity trackers, customizable mattresses and even innovative medical therapies to continue to improve in the coming years.3. Retail The retail industry has also undergone a significant amount of change in the past decade. The introduction of ecommerce as a serious threat to brick-and-mortar shopping has caused massive ripples; and large and small companies alike are being forced to pivot and shift in new directions.In 2016, the novelty of online shopping has worn off and the retail industry is finally able to breathe again. Ecommerce is now a staple in the industry, and we’re beginning to see new technologies and innovation respond.For multi-channel retailers, “click-and-collect” shopping is another trend that has become quite popular. Merchants like Kohl’s, Walmart and Home Depot let customers shop online, place an order and then pick it up in store. But we’re seeing some companies take this to an entirely new level.“Nordstrom is also looking into using mobile to streamline the in-store pickup experience,” notes VendHQ.com. “In May 2015,” the site pointed out, “the retailer started testing a service that lets customers text or call their Nordstrom associate as they near the store. The store employee will then head down and meet the customer outside, so they won’t even have to get out of their car.”On the ecommerce side of things, retailers are becoming increasingly reliant on analytics and finding strategic ways to utilize the information they now have. As a result, they’re able to customize shopping experiences and deliver more meaningful information and offers to individual customers.4. Travel We can’t overlook the travel industry. There’s a lot happening there and consumers are the direct beneficiaries of an evolving system that prioritizes convenience, speed and specialization.One of the major trends here is a move toward mobile-first. From finding and reserving airline flights on your phone, to actually using that same device as your boarding pass, this space has a lot happening.In Australia, we’re even seeing the possibility of biometric cloud passports that would totally eliminate the need to carry around the traditional booklet. The technology — which lets travelers simply swipe their finger across a scanner — already exists. Right now, it’s a matter of getting the right approval and creating a global system that will allow for paperless passports.It’s also impossible to deny the steady growth associated with alternative travel accommodations. No longer are commercialized hotels the only option.Thanks to sites like Airbnb and Home Away, travelers have the ability to find cost-effective and personalized solutions in just about any city. This personalization makes traveling more comfortable and affordable for millions of people around the world.Finally, better wifi and more in-flight technology are changing the convenience of flying. Instead of being wasted time, flying — especially for business travelers — is now barely any different from sitting in the office.Keeping an eye on the future What does the future hold for these industries? If we knew the answer, we’d all be pretty wealthy investors. What we can be fairly certain about, though, is that home automation, sleep, retail and travel are all being revolutionized from the inside out.Related: From Innovative Trains To Bar-Coded Tickets, 15 Things That Will Make Your Rail Travel EasyThe industries you see today will look much different three, five and ten years down the road. From both a consumer and entrepreneurial perspective, this is more than exciting to watch. Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more