New toshaos elected in Region 2

first_imgFollowing the conclusion of Village Council elections throughout Region Two (Supenaam-Pomeroon), two toshaos have retained their positions while seven new village leaders have been sworn in to represent the residents in their communities.Toshao Sherman Lyte (long sleeve brown shirt) and his council in KabakaburiToshao Sherman Lyte (long sleeve brown shirt) and his council in KabakaburiRalph Hendricks has been elected the new Toshao of Capoey, replacing Melrose Henry; while Philbert Gudge has replaced Harold Marslowe as Toshao of Bethany.In Wakapao, Howard Cornelius has replaced Errol Williams as Toshao. The new Toshao of St. Monica/Karawab is Thomas Charles, who has replaced James Miguel; while Michael Samuels has been elected his deputy.After the votes had been counted in Kabakaburi, it was determined that Sherman Lyte has been elected to replace former Toshao Cleveland Simon. Aubrey Fredricks took the title of Toshao of St. Deny’s in Tapakuma, thus replacing former Toshao James Schadde.David Wilson retained by a landslide his position as Toshao of Akawini. Wilson has pledged to continue efforts to develop his community; while Mashabo Toshao Sylvin Raphael has also retained his position.The Region Two Administration has said it expects the elected toshaos and their councils to provide efficient and effective management that will ensure the development of their respective communities.last_img read more

Biomimetics Matching Game

first_imgTry your hand at matching the organism with the new technology being developed from its design.A.  Human                            1.  Materials processesB.  Dog                                 2.  Flexible mineralsC.  Cricket                            3.  Propulsion systemsD.  Sponge                           4.  Flow imaging cameraE.  Frog                                 5.  Power GridAnswers:A: Live ScienceB. PhysOrgC.  Science DailyD.  Science DailyE.  PhysOrg (Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Jet set duet wows crowds

first_imgOver 100 different planes took part in the airshow. (Image:Musa Mkalipi) South African Mzansi Ballet dancers perform while a Mango Boeing 737-800 flies over. (Image:Mango) MEDIA CONTACTS • Hein Keiser  Mango Corporate Affairs  +27 82 520 0555 RELATED ARTICLES • Air show gives wings to young dreams • Ninety years on golden wings • SA air school, Boeing in unique deal • South African art • SAAF: working in war and peaceMusa Mkalipi An unprecedented collaboration between low-cost airline Mango and Johannesburg-based South African Mzansi Ballet took place at the annual South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum air show, held at Air Force Base Swartkops on May 11.The performance saw a gigantic Mango Boeing 737-800, flown by Captain Scully Levin and Chief Pilot Quentin Mouton, synchronising its movements in the air with those of graceful ballet dancers on the ground. The dancers were dressed in the bright orange of the Mango livery. The audience of 35 000 was the largest yet for a ballet performance in Africa.The performance was precisely choreographed and although it was just seven minutes long, it was one of the most important for the company, said Mzansi Ballet CEO Dirk Badenhorst.“It is very important in terms of funding to find creative and innovative ways to place ourselves in a space where different people can experience us, and break the stigma that ballet is only for theatres,” he said, adding that by partnering with Mango, the company had been able to create the performance of a lifetime.Preparation for the show took about three weeks. Hein Kaiser from Mango Corporate Affairs said that Captain Levin worked out a routine, from which the choreography was created. “We wanted to make it really special and we wanted people to work with us on a deeper level.”Award-winning dancer Kitty Phetla had been looking forward to the showcase. “This will also give us a chance to show people what we as a dance company can do,” she said.The relationship between Mango and South African Mzansi Ballet started three years ago, and now the airline flies the company’s dancers all over South Africa.Mango also hosted a career expo for some 3 000 pupils, with 30 exhibitors within the sector teaching the children about aviation.  It was the airline’s fourth such event – Mango launched its career and job shadow programme in Athlone, Western Cape earlier this year.South African Air Force Museum The South African Air Force Museum celebrated 40 years in 2013, and this was the theme for the event. This year’s edition was the first to be held under the recently established joint command that includes Air Force Base Swartkops, the SAAF Mobile Deployment Wing and  the former Air Force Gymnasium, which is now home to the Siyandiza youth aviation awareness initiative and the air force’s cookery school.About 100 planes, both military and civilian, flew on the day. The show featured a line-up of modern as well as vintage aircraft such as a Cheetah, an Impala, two Vampires, and Tiger Moths, among others.The Silver Falcons were the only military planes participating. They are the SAAF’s official aerobatic team, but will not be seen again this year because of budget cuts.The SAAF Museum air show won the award for best South African air show in 2011 and 2012. This accolade is handed out by the Aero Club of South Africa, a composite body representing all sectors of sport, recreational and private aviation.Lt Col Clive Shepherd of the South African Air Force Museum said the institution considers itself lucky to have people from Mango associated closely with it; these include pilots who have kept up a good relationship between the airline and the museum. Some Mango pilots are associated with the Harvard Club of South Africa, which flies and maintains vintage Harvards.  Shepherd said that the show received sponsorship  from Time Aviation, the exclusive representative for Bombardier Business Aircraft in Africa, which made a contribution of R75 000 (US$8 000), as well as defence and aerospace firm Paramount Group, which donated R175 000 ($19 000) towards fuel for the aircraft.“We have been fortunate now to have an air show for the last five years,” he said. “We have had air shows before but they were stopped for several years. We are hoping for a bigger and better one in the future.” Blurb: Dance and engineering came together at the 2013 South African Air Force Museum’s annual air show, which saw an unusual collaboration between low-cost airline Mango and South African Mzansi Ballet.Musa Mkalipi16 May 2013An unprecedented collaboration between low-cost airline Mango and Johannesburg-based South African Mzansi Ballet took place at the annual South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum air show, held at Air Force Base Swartkops on May 11.The performance saw a gigantic Mango Boeing 737-800, flown by Captain Scully Levin, synchronising its movements in the air with those of graceful ballet dancers on the ground. The dancers were dressed in the bright orange of the Mango livery. The audience of 35 000 was the largest yet for a ballet performance in Africa.The performance was precisely choreographed and although it was just seven minutes long, it was one of the most important for the company, said Mzansi Ballet CEO Dirk Badenhorst.“It is very important in terms of funding to find creative and innovative ways to place ourselves in a space where different people can experience us, and break the stigma that ballet is only for theatres,” he said, adding that by partnering with Mango, the company had been able to create the performance of a lifetime.Preparation for the show took about three weeks. Hein Kaiser from Mango Corporate Affairs said that Captain Levin worked out a routine, from which the choreography was created. “We wanted to make it really special and we wanted people to work with us on a deeper level.”Award-winning dancer Kitty Phetla had been looking forward to the showcase. “This will also give us a chance to show people what we as a dance company can do,” she said.The relationship between Mango and South African Mzansi Ballet started three years ago, and now the airline flies the company’s dancers all over South Africa.Mango also hosted a career expo for some 3 000 pupils, with 30 exhibitors within the sector teaching the children about aviation.  It was the airline’s fourth such event – Mango launched its career and job shadow programme in Athlone, Western Cape earlier this year.South African Air Force Museum The South African Air Force Museum celebrated 40 years in 2013, and this was the theme for the event. This year’s edition was the first to be held under the recently established joint command that includes Air Force Base Swartkops, the SAAF Mobile Deployment Wing and  the former Air Force Gymnasium, which is now home to the Siyandiza youth aviation awareness initiative and the air force’s cookery school.About 100 planes, both military and civilian, flew on the day. The show featured a line-up of modern as well as vintage aircraft such as a Cheetah, an Impala, two Vampires, and Tiger Moths, among others.The Silver Falcons were the only military planes participating. They are the SAAF’s official aerobatic team, but will not be seen again this year because of budget cuts.The SAAF Museum air show won the award for best South African air show in 2011 and 2012. This accolade is handed out by the Aero Club of South Africa, a composite body representing all sectors of sport, recreational and private aviation.Lt Col Clive Shepherd of the South African Air Force Museum  said the institution considers itself lucky to have people from Mango associated closely with it; these include pilots who have kept up a good relationship between the airline and the museum. Some Mango pilots are associated with the Harvard Club of South Africa, which flies and maintains vintage Harvards.  Shepherd said that the show received sponsorship  from Time Aviation, the exclusive representative for Bombardier Business Aircraft in Africa, which made a contribution of R75 000 (US$8 000), as well as defence and aerospace firm Paramount Group, which donated R175 000 ($19 000) towards fuel for the aircraft.“We have been fortunate now to have an air show for the last five years,” he said. “We have had air shows before but they were stopped for several years. We are hoping for a bigger and better one in the future.”last_img read more

San Beda sweeps NCAA beach volleyball elims

first_imgGoogle honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LATEST STORIES Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ San Beda completed an elimination sweep in the sands after trouncing San Sebastian 21-14, 21-16, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s beach volleyball tournament at Boardwalk, Subic Bay Friday.Twins Ella and Nieza Viray overpowered Alyssa Eroa and Daurene Santos for 9-0 sweep, which comes with a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four against College of St. Benilde’s Jan Daguil and Melanie Torres.ADVERTISEMENT View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img Daguil and Torres used the tiebreak to beat San Sebastian and Jose Rizal University’s duo of Dolly Verzosa and Shola Alvarez to advance to the Final Four.All three teams had 5-4 records but the fourth seeded Lady Blazers had 1.227 quotient points to the Lady Stags’ 0.990 and the Lady Heavy Bombers’ 0.817.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEmilio Aguinaldo College’s Jaylene Lumbo and Glyka Mariz head to the semifinals as the no.2 team after finishing the eliminations with an 8-1 card and will have a twice-to-beat edge over no.3 University of Perpetual Help’s Marijo Medalla and Bianca Tripoli who finished the preliminaries with a 6-3 record.Medalla and Tripoli dropped Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s Miracle Mendoza and Marie Simborio, 21-15, 21-8, in their final game of the eliminations. The NCAA has done away with giving a perfect team an automatic bye to the one-game finals in beach volleyball. Ateneo rules UAAP Jrs basketball, beats NU in thriller AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Better chemistry propels Ginebra to next level, says Brownlee

first_imgBREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “Last (Governors’ Cup), we got a lot of time and it was great. There’s a lot of chemistry in the team and this conference, we definitely built and took it to another level,” he said. “It’s no different from the last time I was here. We just want to play the same way, use the fundamentals that coach Tim (Cone) is teaching us, and we just go out there and play hard and hopefully, get a championship.“Though only in his second tour of duty for the Gin Kings, Brownlee has already etched his name among the list of great Ginebra reinforcements.READ: Brownlee stars as Ginebra snares top seedAfter all, his booming three in Game 6 of the 2016 Governors’ Cup ended years of heartbreak for the franchise as it finally lifted a title that has been eluding them for eight long years.Brownlee is looking to follow it up this conference with another championship, and hopefully, more in the conferences to come.ADVERTISEMENT Brownlee had a lot to do with the Gin Kings’ ascent to the top of the rankings, averaging 28.3 points, 11.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 2.2 blocks, and 1.9 steals so far.READ: With Ginebra on top, Cone aware of how tough it is to be no. 1FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe capped off his superb showing this in the elimination round with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists in Ginebra’s 94-80 win on Friday to help his team finish its schedule with a 9-2 record.The 6-foot-7 forward, though, believes that chemistry has a lot to do with the great run Ginebra has trotted out this season. “I love to be here. I love Ginebra. I think I’m pretty sure they love me too. I hope to continue this relationship for a while, for a long time,” he said, as the Gin Kings now gear up for the playoffs against either Alaska or Phoenix.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR With Ginebra on top, Cone aware of how tough it is to be no. 1 BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor Justin Brownlee, Ginebra finishing number one in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup is just the first step.“It feels great, but were not satisfied. It’s a great accomplishment to finish the eliminations as the top seed, especially with a twice-to-beat advantage, so we just want to come in there, play strong. But we still have a lot of work to do,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIVlast_img read more

2G scam: CBI raids rattle Karuna family

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday rattled DMK patriarch M. Karunanidhi and his family with simultaneous 2G-related raids at 34 locations, including at an NGO linked to his daughter Kanimozhi.CBI officers swoop on corporate lobbyist Nira Radia’s farmhouse in Chattarpur on the outskirts of the national Capital.The CBI also raided the offices of the Nira Radia-owned Vaishnavi Communications in New Delhi and Noida, her farmhouse in Chhattarpur, and 12 companies alleged to be fronting for former telecom minister A. Raja.A prominent pro-DMK journalist and associate editor of the Tamil news magazine Nakkheeran, A. Kamaraj, was also raided, along with Raja’s brother, A. Kalaiperumal.Kamaraj is known in Chennai to be close to Karunanidhi, and his wife reportedly was employed by Radia’s PR firm Vaishnavi Communications’ Chennai office.But the biggest, most prominent raid in Chennai could very well be that of Father Jegath Gasper Raj, a Catholic priest and the head of the NGO Tamil Mayyam, on whose board both he and Kanimozhi officiate. A source said the CBI questioned Gasper Raj on the source of the NGO’s funding and its income.The NGO is known for its lavish annual Chennai Sangamam festival. “The raids were unfair,” said Kanimozhi while speaking to a television news channel. But DMK, the current ruling party in Tamil Nadu, refused to comment officially on the development.The former Telecom Regulatory Authority of India chairman Pradip Baijal’s Noida house was also raided. Baijal, one of the key officials of India’s telecom sector, was later employed by Radia’s firm as a consultant. In Delhi, two alleged hawala operators, who are believed to have helped Raja transfer funds to foreign safe havens, were also the CBI radar. The agency raided Mahesh Jain and Alok Jain at their office in Chawri Bazaar and their residence in New Friends Colony. According to CBI sources, their names featured in some of the diaries seized from Raja’s house in last week’s raids.advertisementMahesh Jain has a company, J.G. Exports, which has an office in Chennai too. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has joined the probe against these hawala agents to probe moneylaundering charges.The raids began at seven in the morning in Delhi, Chennai, Perambalur (Raja’s home town), Trichy, Kanchipuram, Coimbatore, Vellore (where Raja’s brother lives) and Kumanuthpur. A CBI official confirmed that Radia was quizzed for almost five hours. A source added that the raids were conducted across so many locations to establish the money trail in the 2G scam.”We suspect the 12 companies we raided are fronts for Raja to siphon off funds,” he said. The CBI suspects that at least one of the raided companies, Genex Exim Ventures in Chennai, has close links with Raja and allegedly acted as a front for him for his interest in Swan Telecom, one of the companies which were awarded the a 2G spectrum license.The CBI chargesheet into the 2G scam is expected in the next two months and sources said it could name as many as 30 persons on charges of corruption, criminal conspiracy and abuse of official position.CBI sources said the 12 companies raided on Wednesday could throw up the money trail in the 2G scam, something that the agency has been desperately hunting for. Searches were carried out in the premises of Green House Promoters, Equaas Estates, Kadir Kamam Estates, Shivakaman Estates, Kowai Shelters Promoters, AGM Investments and Finances, Wellcone Telecom, Sally Road Systems, Genex Exim Ventures, J.G. Group, Ayyapa and Sally Thermoplastics.A seemingly intriguing figure in the list of those raided was Dr A. Ramachandran, director of climate change and adaption at Anna University in Chennai. But CBI sources revealed that he is one of Raja’s close aides. Another of his aides from Perambalur, Dr Chinnapan Krishnamoorthy, was also raided.On the raid at Baijal’s residence and others, CBI spokesperson Bineeta Thakur said, “The CBI today conducted searches at the residential and official premises of several companies, their directors and the former TRAI chairman as part of the follow up of searches conducted on December 8 in connection with the ongoing investigation into the allocation of unified access service licences. Searches conducted so far at around 34 places have led to recovery of incriminating documents. Searches are still going on.”CBI sources said the agency is building a “watertight” case before summoning Raja for formal questioning. “The CBI has committed that the probe would be complete by the end of February,” a source said. “Today’s raids were conducted on such a large scale because the CBI felt that evidence could be unearthed this way after the initial raids on December 8 on Raja.”advertisementThe massive CBI operation has left the DMK dumbstruck, but it is confident that they would not affect its alliance with the Congress for the forthcoming assembly elections. So far, the party’s official position remains that mere raids by the CBI could not be taken as an indictment by a court of law.But sources said the party is nervous at the CBI raiding the pro-LTTE priest Gasper Raj, who dons several caps and had risen to prominence by joining hands with Kanimozhi to organise several cultural and sporting events, including the Chennai Marathon.Following a long stint with Radio Veritas in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, Gasper Raj returned to Chennai and took up the LTTE cause.When he launched ‘Tamil Mayyam,’ Kanimozhi was one of its directors. After travelling to the Vanni jungles to meet the top LTTE leader Prabhakaran, he cultivated contacts with the Tamil diaspora. According to intelligence sources, he is alleged to have used those contacts to siphon off money abroad.Meanwhile, Kamaraj had become popular following his expose of the Sankararaman murder case leading to the arrest of the Kanchi Sankaracharyas, Jayendra Saraswati and Vijayendra Saraswati. Despite their humble beginning, both had stunned everyone with their meteoric rise. Their fall on Wednesday was equally spectacular.Companies raided- Green House Promoters Pvt Ltd.,Chennai- Equaas Estates Pvt Ltd., Chennai- Kadir Kamam Trading Pvt Ltd.,Perambalur, Tamil Nadu- Shiva Kamam Trading Pvt Ltd.,Perambalur, Tamil Nadu- Kovai Shelters Promoters Pvt Ltd.,Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu- AGM Investments & Finances PvtLtd., ChennaiWellcom Communications India PvtLtd., Chennai- Sally Road Systems Pvt Ltd., ChennaiGenix Exim Ventures, Chennai- Sally Thermoplasts, Kanchipuram,Tamil Nadu- Aryappa Enterprises, Kumanuthpur,Tamil Nadu- JG Exports, Chennai & Delhilast_img read more

ZIKA BREAKING NEWS

first_imgProvidenciales515 Premises Inspection20 Island-wide and community clean up initiatives182 Swamp Inspection and treatment134 fogging frequency Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGovernment finally explains where the approved half a million in spending for Zika Virus control is going to be used, and half is set aside for the desperate problem of street cleaning.   We also learn that there are three new cases of Zika in the territory. Residents have been vocal about the quietness and about the apparent inactivity of the country’s Ministry of Health in the aftermath of the announcement since July; that Zika is here in TCI.Today that silence is broken and there is an update on the action plan which includes a breakdown in how that $500 thousand dollars shifted from other capital works projects will be used to fight the bite. Salt Cay74 Premises Inspection4 Island-wide and community clean up initiatives53 Swamp Inspection and treatment64 fogging frequency Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp North and Middle Caicos557 Premises Inspection10 Island-wide and community clean up initiatives179 Swamp Inspection and treatment52 fogging frequencycenter_img Grand Turk778 Premises Inspection7 Island-wide and community clean up initiatives113 Swamp Inspection and treatment162 fogging frequency56 Mosquito Repellent distributed to resident South Caicos223 Premises Inspection7 Island-wide and community clean up initiatives67 Swamp Inspection and treatment57 fogging frequency The Ministry of Health says, about $80k will be used for the promotion and awareness initiative by Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit while approximately $250k will be used for street cleaning by Public Works Department.That leaves, $170k to the Environmental Health Department for staff support and other resource needs.While that resource needs and augmentation of staff at EHD are not detailed in the media statement issued around 2:30pm today, there is a report – by island – on what has been achieved or done between February and August 2016. Related Items:governments breaks down where approved funds for zika management will be spent, half a million approved by TCIG to fight against zikalast_img read more

Team TCI off to Commonwealth Games

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI July 17, 2017 — The team of athletes representing TCI at the Commonwealth Youth Games left for Nassau, Bahamas yesterday where the games will be held from July 19 – 23. This is the sixth edition of the international sporting event hosted by the Commonwealth Games Federation every four years and open to athletes aged 14 to 18. This year’s edition of the Games marks quite a few firsts. Beach volleyball and soccer as well as Judo will be added to the competition which now has a total of 10 categories. Meanwhile, the 2017 Games also marks the first time that the African nation of  Rwanda will be sending a contingent. Joining the Turks & Caicos team will be Colby Jennings who recently won the island’s second medal at the IAAF World Youth Games in Nairobi, Kenya.#MagneticMediaNews#CommonwealthYouthGames Related Items:last_img read more

Johnson Publishing President Resigns

first_imgChicago-based Ebony and Jet publisher Johnson Publishing Company says Anne Sempowski Ward has resigned as president and COO. In a statement announcing the move, Ward indicated that she will be spending more time with her family and will join her husband in a business consulting venture.“During Anne’s tenure, we underwent significant restructuring and reorganization of the company,” chairman and CEO Linda Johnson Rice says in the statement. “Her contributions have helped to position the company for the future.”When asked if a replacement for Ward will be named, a Johnson spokesperson said: “We are continuing to assess our current internal staffing needs to enhance our senior-level management positions; and as such, we will determine our next steps following our evaluation.” The spokesperson went on to dispel reports that the company might be eying consultant Desiree Rogers for the job. “Ms. Desiree Rogers is not replacing Anne Sempowski Ward. As we’ve stated from the onset of her June 1 role, she serves as a strategic consultant for the company. She is not being considered for president and COO.”Ward [pictured] was named predient and COO in October 2008 after serving as president and COO of Johnson’s Fashion Fair, starting in October 2007. Before that, she served as assistant vice president of African-American marketing for the Coca-Coca Company, and spent more than a decade at Procter & Gamble, where she led several brands and categories.last_img read more

Excess Capacity Expected to Reach 21 Percent Army Says

first_imgForce reductions shrinking the Army’s active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers by the end of fiscal 2018 will increase the portion of the service’s infrastructure considered excess to 21 percent, according to a rough estimate.“And it’s only going to get worse as the Army declines in force structure,” Paul Cramer, deputy assistant secretary for installations, housing, and partnerships, told Federal News Radio.Officials previously had said the Army’s excess capacity ranged between 12 and 28 percent in the United States, depending on facility category, with an overall average of 18 percent. That analysis was based on an active force of 490,000, a target the Army planned to reach at the beginning of the month.With Congress refusing to allow DOD to shed some of its unneeded installations through a BRAC round, the Army faces a severe shortfall in funding to operate and sustain its facilities. To stretch its dollars further, Lt. Gen. David Halverson — assistant chief of staff for installation management and commander of Installation Management Command — recently signed an execution order directing commanders to consolidate personnel and activities into the newest buildings and attempt to vacate older facilities that are not being fully used.Some unused buildings will be placed in a long-term mothball status, with others designated for eventual demolition, according to the story.“People have a tendency just to expand into whatever buildings they have, but we’ve already lost 80,000 soldiers,” Halverson said. “We need to get them into facilities that optimize the space we have and not have to invest as much in the lower-quality. That’s a new initiative that we’ll be pushing pretty hard this year,” he said.The problem for the Army is that a drop in an installation’s population will not result in a proportional reduction in the cost to operate the base due to the fixed costs required to keep things running.“We’ve already reduced our force structure by 20 percent, and the cost of running our bases has not declined anywhere near that,” Andy Napoli, assistant for BRAC in the office of the assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, told Federal News Radio.The service would need to shutter some installations completely to generate significant savings.“The only way you can truly get after that is you have to close a few bases and realign the missions to the bases with higher military value. That gives you permanent savings, and the magnitude of savings you’d get with just a few bases would dwarf any amount of demolition we could do at all of our bases,” Napoli said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more