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Army to Close Community Theaters in Europe

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR In the latest move prompted by the strict cap on defense spending, the Army is planning to eliminate its community theater program in Europe starting in fiscal 2017.About nine theaters, including those in Stuttgart, Kaiserslautern and Baumholder in Germany; Vicenza in Italy; and Mons in Belgium are expected to close. The theater program cost $1.96 million last year.In response to budget cuts in FY 2017, Installation Management Command (IMCOM), like the rest of the Army, had “to make some tough — and potentially unpopular — decisions as we work to separate wants from needs,” agency spokesman Scott Malcom told Stars and Stripes.“Our intent is to use our limited funds to provide critical base operating services and sustain the infrastructure that makes the Army ready,” Malcom said. “Is quality of life a child development center or a community theater? Are we in the humanities business or are we in the warfighting business?” he said.One or two theaters could survive since individual garrisons can choose to fund the program in different ways, Dane Winters, IMCOM-Europe’s entertainment director, wrote on the Baumholder Hilltop Theater’s Facebook page.Supporters of the theater program say the performing arts are a vital part of military quality of life as they reduce isolation and stress, and foster close host-nation relations, according to the story.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Berube Mills Named To Deans List At Clark University

first_imgWORCESTER, MA — Rachel Elizabeth Mills, of Wilmington, has been named to first honors on the Clark University Dean’s List while Sarah J. Berube, of Wilmington, has been named to second honors on the Clark University Dean’s List. These selections mark outstanding academic achievements during the spring 2018 semester.To be eligible for first honors, students must have a grade point average of 3.8 or higher, of a maximum of 4.3 (All A+s).To be eligible for second honors, students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, of a maximum of 4.3 (All A+s).About Clark UniversityFounded in 1887 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university addressing natural, social and human imperatives from local to global scales. Nationally renowned as a college that change lives, Clark is a transformative force in higher education today. LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) is Clark’s pioneering model of education that combines a robust liberal arts curriculum with life-changing world and workplace experiences.Clark’s faculty and students work across boundaries to develop solutions to complex challenges in the natural sciences, psychology, geography, management, urban education, Holocaust and genocide studies, environmental studies, and international development and social change.The Clark educational experience embodies the University’s motto: Challenge Convention. Change Our World.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Clark University.)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… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Sarah Berube Named To Dean’s List At Clark UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Mills & Berube Named To Dean’s List At Clark UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 1:38 2020 Kia Sportage grows up for the Chicago Auto Show Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split Chicago Auto Show 2019 Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors Comments Enlarge ImageThe quirkily styled Kia Sportage is even more so for 2020. Andrew Krok/Roadshow Kia’s Sportage SUV is about due for a midcycle refresh, and nowhere do midcycle refreshes shine quite like the Chicago Auto Show.The Sportage has always been one of the more weirdly styled crossovers in the compact set, with its distinctively European nose. (If you told us this was a new Citroën, we might believe you.) For the 2020 model year, the Sportage gets new headlights, redesigned foglights, an updated front grille and tweaked taillights. LED headlights and foglights are available as options.Inside, the Sportage largely stays the course, with a nicely organized and well-appointed cabin. Kia says it’ll now offer Sofino leatherette seating surfaces, for whatever that’s worth, and all models benefit from an 8-inch touchscreen as standard equipment, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto built in. 2020 Kia SportageAn 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard on all Sportage trims. Kia Perhaps the biggest update for the 2020 Sportage comes on the tech front, where a number of driver assistance technologies are now available. The optional goodies include a driver attention warning system, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go ability, forward collision assist with pedestrian detection and high-beam headlight assist. Inside, owners can opt for a wireless smartphone charging tray.Otherwise, it’s business as usual over in Sportageland, though a new S trim is added to the existing LX, EX and SX variants. Base models come with a 2.4-liter, naturally aspirated I4 engine with 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, while high-end Sportages are available with a 2.0-liter turbo engine, with a much healthier 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Every Sportage comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, and both front- and all-wheel drive are available.Following its debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show this week, the 2020 Sportage will hit Kia showrooms in “the first half of 2019,” according to the automaker’s statement. Pricing will be available closer to its on-sale date, and we don’t expect that to change too much, either. • 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value SUVs Crossovers 2 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Feb 8 • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and more Share your voice See All Chicago Auto Show 2019 Kia Kia More From Roadshow reading • 2020 Kia Sportage debuts with updated styling and a lot more tech Tagslast_img read more

first_imgChinese smartphone maker OnePlus has partnered with Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer, to manufacture smartphones in India, joining a handful of foreign companies who have announced plans to make electronic goods in the country.Foxconn will manufacture handsets for OnePlus at its facility in Sri City, located in southern part of Andhra Pradesh.However, the company did not disclose any details about the devices to be manufactured in India.”Producing smartphones in India is one of the most important decisions that we have made so far at OnePlus, and we are thankful to the Government of Andhra Pradesh and Foxconn for helping us make this happen,” The Economic Times quoted Pete Lau, founder & CEO of OnePlus, as saying.”India being one of our biggest markets worldwide, we are committed to a long term sustainable growth path,” he added.The Shenzen-based company is now among a group of companies who have announced plans to produce smartphones locally within a year of their launch in India.In April, Chinese handset maker Xiaomi had also announced to set up manufacturing units in India as it saw robust demand for its phones in the world’s third largest smartphone market. Xiaomi tied up with Foxconn in June to make about 10,000 phones per day.”Local production will not only make our operations more efficient in terms of cost and working capital requirements but also help us in making our products available for sale much faster than ever before,” Vikas Agarwal, India general manager, OnePlus said.The company’s recent launch, OnePlus 2, has received over five million registrations globally. OnePlus said that it is facing “production and supply side constraints to meet demand.””Local production will help to address this issue and better cater to the fast growing demands for OnePlus products in India,” Agarwal added.last_img read more

MoghbazarMouchak flyover opened to public

first_imgProthom Alo File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday opened the final portions of the much-awaited Moghbazar-Mouchak Flyover, reports UNB.She inaugurated the Kakrail-Malibagh, Rajarbagh-Mouchak, Rampura-Mouchak and Mouchak-Eskaton portions through a videoconference at noon.With the inauguration of the rest 5.5-km overpass of the entire 8.7-km one, vehicles can now go over eight road intersections and three level-crossings at Karwan Bazar, Moghbazar and Malibagh, substantially improving the city trips.A total of Tk 1,218 crore has been spent on the construction of the country’s longest flyover.Aiming to ease traffic in one of the city’s busiest areas, the construction work on the integrated Moghbazar-Mouchak Flyover Project began in January 2013 with a deadline to complete it by June 2015.On 19 January 2016, the project timeframe has been extended by another 18 months till June 2017 as its length has been extended through redesigning of its structure to make it more usable for easing traffic jam in the capital. But, the construction farm also missed the deadline, annoying the commuters further.On 30 March last year, Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the first part, stretching over two kilometres from Holy Family Hospital to Saatrasta intersection.Local government minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain inaugurated the one-km portion, Eskaton to Moghbazar Wireless Gate, on 15 September 2016 and the 450-meter long part, Hatirjheel to Sonargaon intersection, on 17 May this year.last_img read more