Progress Unlikely in Senate on Defense Milcon Spending Bills

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Two defense-related bills that have stalled in the Senate in recent weeks are unlikely to advance before lawmakers begin a seven-week recess at the end of the week, leaving any further action on individual spending bills for defense and military construction-veterans affairs until Congress returns to Washington in September.On June 28, Senate Democrats blocked the conference agreement for the fiscal 2017 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill from advancing due to their opposition to the $1.1 billion funding package addressing the Zika virus included in the measure. Democrats have criticized the anti-Zika component over the spending offsets Republicans relied on and language related to contraception services.Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has rebuffed demands to reopen negotiations over the conference agreement, reminding Democrats that such legislation cannot be amended.“The time for debate about the content of it is over. If we did what the Senate Democrats said they want to do, we’d get no outcome at all,” he said, reported CQ.Nevertheless, McConnell plans to hold another vote to limit debate on the conference report that would allow it to go to the floor. Similarly, McConnell also plans to hold a second vote to advance the chamber’s FY 2017 defense spending bill, after Democrats last week blocked it from advancing.Senate Democrats say they won’t allow the defense spending bill to go ahead because they don’t trust Republicans to complete the rest of the appropriations process.“What we don’t want is defense-only appropriations and everything else in a CR [continuing resolution],” said Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Committee.Senate Democrats seem to be focusing their efforts on a year-end omnibus spending measure, according to the story.“What we need is an agreement — how to end this appropriations debate this year,” said Minority Whip Richard Durbin (D-Ill.).last_img read more

PlayStation Vue review Live TV thats not just for gamers

first_img No $ Yes $ No Yes Yes Yes Fox Business No $ Destination America Base price Yes $ Yes No $ YouTube TV ($50) No No Yes No No Yes TBS Yes, in many markets Yes $ Yes Yes Yes TVs Media Streamers Yes Yes 47 No Yes Yes Yes Yes NBA TV Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Channel $ No Yes $ No DirecTV Now ($50) Yes Total number of Top 100 channels Yes Total channels: Yes Yes Yes 39 National Geographic 45 No 63 $ Yes $ 24 No No No Yes Yes Hulu with Live TV ($45) Yes No $ $ Yes No Yes 63 No DIY No No Comedy Central $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes No No No No No No Yes Cooking Channel Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Motor Trend No No Yes No Yes CW Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes (keep for 9 months) No Nicktoons No No No No Yes No $ Yes Yes Yes No Yes Simultaneous streams per account Yes Yes Yes Yes Investigation Discovery CBS Yes (20GB, keep for 30 days) $ Yes No No Yes No OWN Yes $ Yes Yes Yes No Yes Showtime TV Land Yes Yes Record shows for later (cloud DVR) No No No Yes Yes Yes No CNN No No No Yes History NBC Sports Network Yes Yes Yes $ Viceland $ $ Yes BET No Yes No Yes No Yes $ No Yes Big Ten Network Yes 45 Yes No Yes No No No ABC No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes BBC World News No $ No Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes Bravo Yes Yes Yes Yes $ No No No A&E No Yes No No No No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No No $ No $ Yes $ Yes Yes No Yes 58 No Yes $ Yes No Yes Yes Yes No $ Yes No No No No Yes No No See All $ $ No Yes WE tv $ No Yes Yes No Tennis Channel $ PlayStation Vue Yes Yes No $ Share your voice Yes, in many markets No Yes Yes Yes Cinemax No Yes $ $ Yes $ Disney Channel $ Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Philo ($20) Yes $ Tags No MTV No Yes Yes No Food Network Yes Yes No Yes Yes $ Yes No $ No No No Yes No $70/month No Yes No Yes 2 ($6 option for 3) 2:44 No Newsy No No No No Yes $45/month for 60+ channels $ Yes Yes Yes Starz No No Yes (no ABC) FX Movie Channel No Yes $ No Yes Yes No $ Science Yes 2 ($15 option for unlimited) No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Comments No $ $ No No No VH1 No No Animal Planet No No Yes Yes Yes Cheddar Yes Live TV streaming services for cord cutters: How to choose… Yes Yes Yes $50/month for 70+ channels $ $ CBS Sports Network No Yes E! No $ No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Sony’s PlayStation Vue has a name problem. It’s a live TV streaming service that doesn’t include “TV” in the name at all. Worse, the name could imply that it only works on Sony’s PlayStation game consoles. So let’s get this out of the way up front: You don’t need a PlayStation to use the PlayStation Vue. It works on numerous smart TVs, media streamers and phones, just like competitors YouTube TV, DirecTV Now and Hulu with Live TV.When PlayStation Vue debuted in 2016 it was the first premium live TV streaming service, with more channels than Sling TV — the only other such service at the time. Sony’s offering still has a lot going for it today, with a powerful, easy-to-use interface and one of the best cloud DVRs available,Unfortunately Vue’s latest price increase to $50 pits it directly against two very talented competitors at the same price: YouTube TV and DirecTV Now. DirecTV Now has the advantage of including HBO, and nearly matching Vue’s channel count, while YouTube TV is my favorite overall at this price, with a superior channel mix and a better DVR than any of them.Ultimately it’s all about channels for the money, and as nice as Vue is to use, it can’t bring enough channels to compete at $50. No No Yes No CNBC Yes $ Yes No $ No No No $ Yes No Yes No No No Yes No Fubo TV ($55) PS Vue ($50) Yes Yes 62 $ Yes $ No No No No No AMC Yes Yes No Yes No PBS $ No Yes Yes No Yes Yes 62 Yes $ $ Yes No Univision No Yes No Yes Yes No No No Yes Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $ Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes 38 Yes $ $50/month for 45+ channels No Freeform No No Yes Yes No 3 Paramount Network No No No $50/month, $60/month or $80/month NFL Red Zone No Yes No No No Yes No No No $ $ No No Yes $ No Yescenter_img Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes What it isPlayStation Vue is a streaming service designed to replace a cable or other live TV subscription. It has over 50 live channels to watch or record on a wide selection of connected devices. It’s available on the following platforms:PlayStation 4 and PlayStation  3 Roku Players and TVs Amazon Fire TV Apple TV (4th gen)Android TVWeb browsersiOS and Android Amazon Fire HD6 tablets and aboveGoogle Chromecast  No No Fox Sports 2 Yes $ $ No Yes No No Yes Yes $ No No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes $ No Yes No Yes $ $ Yes Yes No No Hallmark Yes Yes No $ Yes $ $ Yes HLN Yes No Yes No Yes No No No No Yes $ $ No Yes Yes Fox Yes No (Yes with $15 DVR option) $ Yes Yes $ Yes $ Yes Yes Yes No $ Yes Yes Yes No No Yes $ NBC Yes Yes $ Yes Yes $ No No Yes Yes $ Yes No No No Golf Channel Yes No Yes Yes Yes YouTube TV reading • PlayStation Vue review: Live TV that’s not just for gamers Yes Cartoon Network No Yes No $ Yes Yes No Yes Yes No $ $ No DirecTV Now Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Sling Blue ($25) Yes No Yes No $ Yes 36 No No No $ Fox News 5 Yes Disney Junior No No No ESPN 2 Yes Yes Travel Channel Yes Yes Yes Streaming service channel lineup Yes Yes No Yes Yes Step-up packages with more channels Yes Yes No $55/month for 100+ channels No $ $ No $ Boomerang $ Yes FuboTV No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes $ MTV2 No Smithsonian No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No No No Premium services $ Hulu with Live TV No No $ No No Yes (30GB, 500GB for $10 a month $ Yes Yes No Yes Discovery Channel Oxygen Yes Yes Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • Yes No Yes No No No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes $ ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC channels No No Yes, in many markets No No No No Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes Yes (keep for 28 days) No TNT $ No No ESPNEWS No $ Yes No Yes MLB Network Yes NHL Network No ESPNU CMT Yes No Yes Yes Bloomberg TV Yes Yes Yes Now playing: Watch this: Yes No Yes $ Lifetime Movie Network No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes $ No No No Yes BBC America No Sling Orange ($25) Yes $ No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No $ No FX Yes No No Yes No No No MyNetworkTV Yes $ No Apple Sundance TV No Yes $ $ Yes Yes No No $ FXX Tastemade $ No HBO $ IFC Yes Syfy No No Yes Yes Yes No C-SPAN No No 58 No Yes No Premium live TV services compared Disney XD No No Yes No Yes No HGTV $ Yes No No No Yes Yes Telemundo Yes No No Yes Yes No Fast-forward through or skip commercials with cloud DVR Yes Yes Yes $ Yes $ No Yes No No Yes Yes TLC No Yes Fox Sports 1 Yes Yes No $ Yes Yes $ Yes No No Yes No No NFL Network Yes Yes No No Yes $ No 47 Nat Geo Wild $ No Yes TruTV No Weather Channel $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Lifetime No Yes No $50/month for 55+ channels $ Yes MSNBC No Yes $ EPIX No No No No No SEC Network ESPN No No Yes Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors No No $ Yes Yes AT&T Watch TV ($15) USA Network No 2 ($5 option for 3) Yes No Nick Jr. Yes Yes $ Yes Nickelodeon No Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No Yes No No $ Yes PlayStation Vue offers all the features you’d expect from the price, including a TV guide, multiple simultaneous streams, a cloud DVR and on-demand options. Its major weakness is that it doesn’t offer as many of the top 100 channels as any of its competitors except DirecTV Now (which has HBO). Vue and YouTube TV omit many of the same channels, including Animal Planet, Comedy Central, History and Nickelodeon, but Vue also lacks The CW, NBA TV and Sundance TV (all included on YouTube TV) in its base tier. If you want more channels you can get them on Vue, but it will cost you. The basic Access package is $50, the Core package adds sports for $55, while the Elite package at $65 and Ultra package at $85 add even more channels. The price rise of $5 across the board followed similar price rises from competitors including DirecTV Now which added HBO and went up by $10. Meanwhile, Fubo TV went up $10 but added a spate of channels, and YouTube TV also increased by $10. Ty Pendlebury/CNET One of the most intriguing new features for both the PlayStation and Apple TV is Multi View which allows users to watch up to three channels at once (four on Apple TV). You choose one main focused channel with audio and then add auxiliaries, and the interface allows you to switch between them.  What’s it like to use?Perhaps thanks to its gaming origins, the Vue interface is one of the most visually stimulating, with bright menus and large thumbnails. The service is more lively and likable than its biggest competitor YouTube, in my opinion.img-9520 Ty Pendlebury/CNET The channel guide is slightly different depending on which platform you use. It’s arranged vertically with channels across the top on the PlayStation’s interface, but in a more traditional horizontal fashion on Roku. I really liked how the guide condenses into days once you finish the current 24 hours. This allows you to skip to a specific day without having to wade through hours of programs. Smart.img-3155 Ty Pendlebury/CNET The Home screen is essentially composed of One row and one column — the first column is divided up into timeline, recently watched, and currently watching. The next column along is Trending Live TV, then My DVR, then Favorite channels, Sports and finally Featured. The interface can have its quirks, which you’ll need to learn, and this is especially true on the Apple TV. For example, you need to press play to exit a menu and watch a show rather than the usual menu button. Pressing menu continually instead just dumps you out of the program without even a warning prompt.Picture quality was generally good, though, of course it was dependent on the channel. I did notice that Discovery was very soft-looking on Fast ‘N Loud, and the Food Network was a little softer than YouTube TV. Your mileage may vary.Should you get it?PlayStation Vue may not be the most popular service, and it does lack some channels that others offer, but in day-to-day use I like it better than most. The interface is fun and the DVR works very well.Is it worth $50? Maybe. The sins it commits are the sins of omission — it lacks the channel count of its biggest competitor and its DVR isn’t as comprehensive as YouTube TV. Meanwhile, the cheaper services such as Sling Blue and AT&T Watch TV offer the best bargain. No Yes Yes Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Yes No Yes 18 Turner Classic Movies Yes Yes PlayStation Vue Amazon AT&T Google Hulu Sony YouTube Applelast_img read more

Special Central Police Observer to reach city today

first_imgKolkata: The state’s Special Central Police Observer Vivek Dubey will be reaching the city on Sunday. He will remain in the state till the conclusion of the Lok Sabha elections and will be looking after the deployment of security forces.The Election Commission has decided to deploy 10 companies of the Central Forces for the first two phases of elections. Polls will be held in Alipurduar and Cooch Behar in the first phase on April 11 while the second phase will see elections in Darjeeling, Raiganj and Jalpaiguri on April 18. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”He (Vivek Dubey) will reach Kolkata at around 4.25 pm on Sunday and will remain in the state till completion of the elections. He will have his chamber at the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) office,” said Sanjay Basu, additional CEO, Bengal. The 10 companies of the Central Forces that are deployed in North and South 24-Parganas, Murshidabad, Malda, North Dinajpur, East Midnapore, Birbhum, West Burdwan and Kolkata since March 16 would be used for the first two phases of elections on April 11 and 18 respectively in Alipurduar and Cooch Behar and Darjeeling, Raigunj and Jalpaiguri. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to sources in the Commission, one company each would be deployed in Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar. Presently, the Central Forces that are deployed in Kolkata, Birbhum and South 24-Parganas would be sent to these three districts of North Bengal for the first two phases. Along with this, one company of the Central Forces would be deployed in Barrackpore and Diamond Harbour each. One company that is presently deployed in North 24-Parganas would be sent to Barrackpore and among the two companies that are deployed in South 24-Parganas, one would be sent to North Bengal and the remaining one to Diamond Harbour. For the first phase of polls, seven nominations have been filed in Alipurduar (ST) seat and 11 in Cooch Behar. In the second phase, 12 nominations have been filed in Jalpaiguri (SC), 16 in Darjeeling and 14 in Raigunj.last_img read more

Costa Cruises celebrates first steelcutting of LNGpowered Toscana

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> MIAMI — The first steel cut has been made on the Costa Toscana, Costa Cruises’ second ship to be powered in port and at sea by liquefied natural gas (LNG).The steel-cutting ceremony, which took place at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, is “another step forward” in the cruise line’s sustainable development plan,” said Neil Palomba, president of Costa Cruises. “LNG propulsion for cruise ships is a major innovation, pioneering a new era in the use of low-carbon fuels that will significantly reduce exhaust emissions to help protect the environment without compromising on safety, in line with our top priorities.”Meyer Turku Managing Partner Dr. Jan Meyer, left, and Costa Cruises President Neil PalombaCosta Toscana follows on the heels of Costa Smeralda, the company’s first ship to be powered by LNG. Smeralds is nearing completion at the same shipyard and will enter service in October. Costa Toscana is expected to be delivered in 2021.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemBoth ships are part of the Costa Group’s fleet expansion plan that includes a total of seven new ships scheduled to enter service by 2023. As the Italian brand of Carnival Corporation & plc, Costa Group is comprised of Costa Cruises, Costa Asia and AIDA Cruises.“Once again, Costa Cruises is paving the way for the industry as a whole: in accordance with our global vision aimed at sustainable development, we were the first to invest in this technology, which is now really starting to take hold,” added Palomba. “However, a lot remains to be done in terms of the ready availability of gas bunkering infrastructure to ensure the seamless transition to LNG. Costa Toscana and her sister ship Costa Smeralda may be highly innovative products, but they will retain that inimitable Italian hospitality that has been Costa Cruises’ hallmark since the brand’s inception.”Each ship was named after iconic Italian destinations – Tuscany and the Smeralda coast. On Costa Smeralda, guests will find 11 restaurants, including one specifically for casual family dining, 19 bars, a spa area with 16 treatment rooms, an onboard waterpark with waterslides, four pools and a dedicated kids facility. It will also boast its own museum – the CoDe-Costa Design Museum – that will showcase the excellence of Italian design.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaCosta Smeralda is set to debut on Oct. 20 with a 15-day preview cruise from Hamburg to Savona. Its official naming ceremony will take place on Nov. 3 in Savona before being deployed in the Western Mediterranean through April 2021.Costa Toscana’s cruise program will be announced in the next few months. Costa Cruises celebrates first steel-cutting of LNG-powered Toscana Posted bycenter_img Travelweek Group Tags: Costa Cruises, steel-cutting Tuesday, July 30, 2019 last_img read more