Michigan Looks to Economic Study to Help Grow Defense Presence

first_imgA study sponsored by the Michigan Defense Center is expected to shape state efforts to preserve its Army and Air National Guard facilities following a future BRAC round as well as to attract new missions.DOD accounts for an estimated $8 billion in annual spending in Michigan, an impact the center would like to grow. About 67 of Michigan’s 83 counties are a place of business under at least one defense contract, said Sean Carlson, the agency’s executive director.The $400,000 study — being prepared by Matrix Design Group — should provide officials an understanding of what military activities would best fit the state’s industries and workforce, reported Crain’s Detroit Business. The study should be completed within several weeks.The military has a significant amount of excess infrastructure and needs to find ways to cut spending on its infrastructure.“It stands to reason that you can’t afford to keep everything you have open, so there is a lot of pressure to make base operations dollars stretch further,” said Sal Nodjomian, executive vice president at Matrix and program manager for the study. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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OBITUARY Richard C Gray Sr 87

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Richard C. Gray, Sr., fondly known as “Dick” or “Papa” to his family and friends, age 87, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on July 14, 2018.Dick was the beloved husband of the late Martha A. (Rooney) Gray, devoted father of Diane M. Kozak & husband Michael of Center Ossipee, NH, Deborah J. Gray of Burlington, Linda A. Hayes & partner Art Janerico of North Andover, Kenneth P. Gray & wife Rhonda of Dracut, Richard C. Gray, Jr. of Derry, NH, Michael W. Gray of Dracut and the late Robert C. Gray. Loving “Papa” of Robbie, Brett, Brian, Brad, Paul, Ryan, Conor, Celia, Steven, Michael, Shawn, the late Krystal, Nicholas, Holly, Scott, Zachary, Colin, Kevin and great-grandchildren Ella, Andrew, Jack, Camella, Gianna, Tommy, Charlie, Lyla, Patrick, Neiva, Mylee, Lorelei, Matthew, Jaiden, Sloan and Keenan. Cherished son of the late Marcella Morrison and Clarence Gray, dear brother of the late Edith Bimbo. Dick is also survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews and friends.Dick proudly served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean War and worked for Raytheon in Andover for nearly 40 years.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, July 18th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 17th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Dick’s memory may be made to the Merrimac Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimac St., Lawrence, MA 01843.Richard C. Gray, Sr.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols 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… RelatedOBITUARY: Maureen F. (McKenna) McHugh, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Janet E. Manuel, 79In “Obituary”OBITUARY: Morris “Moe” Anderson, 68In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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Pixel 3 phones arent selling and its probably Verizons fault

first_img Comments 99+ Google says it’s sold fewer Pixel phones year over year due to fierce smartphone competition on the high end, but that probably isn’t the entire story. There’s a good chance that the company’s agreement to make Verizon the Pixel’s exclusive US carrier plays a role. On Monday, Ruth Porat, CFO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, explained declining Pixel sales as due in part to “heavy promotional activity industry-wide” and “recent pressures in the premium smartphone market.” Even with deep discounts, people just aren’t buying Pixel phones, despite best-in-class camera performance and glowing recommendations from CNET and other outlets. The Pixel 3 was CNET’s top Android phone of 2018. So why haven’t buyers been snapping it up like hotcakes?  Review • Our Google Pixel review: Pure Android at its absolute best Now playing: Watch this: CNET may get a commission from retail offers. There might be a few reasons for this. First, times are tough across the board. The smartphone market has been slowing down. Apple just announced that it sold fewer iPhones than it did a year ago. People are keeping their phones longer between upgrades, and prices are skyrocketing year over year. New phones are entering the market, like T-Mobile’s “premium affordable” OnePlus 6T, and buyers may be holding their collective breath to see how foldable phones and 5G networks pan out in 2019. (Hint: not too great so far.)But for the Pixel phones in particular, Verizon’s exclusive backing might be almost as much of a hindrance in getting the word out as it is a benefit. Verizon is the US’ largest carrier, which gives the Pixel the advantage of being discovered when buyers walk into a shop or peruse the carrier’s website.  Share your voice 33 Photos Originally published May 1 at 4 a.m. PT. How To • How to transfer your data from an iPhone to Android phone Mentioned Above Google Pixel (32GB, Quite Black) News • Google Pixel 3A: Where is AT&T? 15 Pixel 3 features you should use right nowcenter_img 17 Photos See it Pixel 3 camera test: Google’s phone delivers again Google Pixel $219 Pixel 3: 6 months in But the Pixel is also plagued by a strong misperception that Verizon is the exclusive seller, period. In fact, you can buy the Pixel 3 phones through Google’s online store for use with any US carrier, as well as Google’s own hybrid Fi network. Limiting carrier exposure surely doesn’t help get the word out, and you would think that Google would have as much clout as Apple and Samsung in getting its phones on any wireless provider it chooses.Google’s mostly-direct-to-consumer-except-for-Verizon sales model clearly isn’t working, and I’m not surprised. The vast majority of people — we’re talking about well into 90% — buy their handset from a carrier, not from a phone-maker, even one with as much pull as Google. If your carrier doesn’t have a particular phone, why not just get another pretty good alternative instead?The Pixel 3’s camera is so, so good. Angela Lang/CNET The rumored Google Pixel 3A is said to come to T-Mobile as well as Verizon, which, if true, will put the Pixel in front of more buyers. (T-Mobile is also trying to mute Verizon’s thunder with its #GetOutofTheRed campaign.) Exiting an exclusivity contract with AT&T on the very first iPhone helped Apple create the boom that made its smartphone one of the most iconic, sought-after phones in the world. Google can only hope that expanding into T-Mobile would do the same.For Google’s sake, I hope the Pixel’s rumored carrier parade won’t stop there.Verizon said, “We don’t comment on future contracts nor would we comment on sales.” Google did not comment. 5:52 Preview • Pixel and Pixel XL unveiled: Google’s post-Nexus phones come out swinging (hands-on) Tags Phones Android Pie Android 10 (Android Q) Google T-Mobile Verizonlast_img read more

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No one is giving me any work says Abhay Deol as he

first_imgAbhay DeolVarinder ChawlaAbhay Deol, who is known for taking up unconventional movies, recently said that he does not appear on the big screen frequently because he does not get many offers.In a recent interview with Mid-Day, Abhay said that he does not get many offers and also he has a different taste in films. However, he is now open to do varied movies,”No one is giving me any work. The kind of content I want to be part of, is hardly made. At the same time, I have not closed myself to anything. As long as it excites me, I am game for it,” the actor told the publication.He further said that he hardly gets to work with popular directors, which again delays the release of his films.”It is a choice I have made. The kind of stories I like often comes from debutant directors. So, to ensure that the film sees the light of day is a long process in itself,” he added.Abhay was last seen in the film Zero, playing a special appearance. While the actor has completed 14 years in the industry, he feels that he has not achieved anything worth to celebrate.”I haven’t bagged awards or made any landmark project, so there won’t be much to celebrate. If you go against the mainstream narrative, you do not get the desired visibility,” Abhay told the publication.Some of his noted films include Socha Na Tha, Ahista-Ahista, Dev D, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Raanjhanaa and Happy Bhaag Jayegi.last_img read more

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Laura Bush Says Immigration Policy Cruel

first_imgTwitter via @YahooNewsFormer first lady Laura Bush says the policy of separating immigrant parents and children along the nation’s southern border is “cruel,” ”immoral” and “it breaks my heart.”Bush was writing a guest column for The Washington Post Sunday and compared the policy to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.“I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel,” she wrote.She said “the U.S. government “should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso.”She said it was “eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II,” which she said are “now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history.” Sharelast_img read more

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