Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Army’s end strength is scheduled to drop by 30,000 soldiers by Oct. 1, 2016, including 15,000 active-duty troops, under the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill awaiting President Obama’s signature.The annual policy bill calls for the Army’s active component to shrink to a level of 475,000 soldiers. The service ended FY 2015 with 491,365 soldiers, nearly 17,000 fewer troopers than it had one year earlier on Oct. 1, 2014, reported Army Times.In recent years Congress has allowed the services to miss their end strength targets by 0.5 percent to account for short-term fluctuations in recruitment and attrition. The overage of 1,365 soldiers at the end of FY 2015 fell within the variance allowed under statute. This year’s authorization bill includes language increasing the permitted wiggle room at the end of the fiscal year to 2 percent as insurance against sharp declines in recruiting, or an unexpected slowdown in separations and retirements, reported the Times.The Army’s active-duty end strength is slated to drop to 450,000 by the end of FY 2018.The Army National Guard is scheduled to shrink by 8,200 soldiers to an end strength of 342,000 by Oct. 1, 2016, while the Army Reserve is scheduled to drop by 4,000 soldiers to a size of 198,000 by the end of FY 2016.Over the next two years, the Army plans to eliminate 2,400 civilian positions, with further cuts possible afterward, an Army spokesman said last week.
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Today in the Gemma Chan majestic train chronicles… AND IT HAS POCKETS #Oscar2019 pic.twitter.com/xtIdHJKoot— jen yamato (@jenyamato) February 25, 2019 At least Gemma Chan got pockets on her dress, makes it slightly less hideous.— Hayley MJ (@haymaymj) February 24, 2019 Get a room.— Anthony Atamanuik (@TonyAtamanuik) February 25, 2019 Chris Evans escorting Oscar-winner Regina King onto the stage so she doesn’t trip. Love. pic.twitter.com/z7CYZM5ZjZ— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) February 25, 2019 Can they just retroactively give all of Bohemian Rhapsody’s awards tonight to the first Wayne’s World film?— Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall) February 25, 2019 “To all of you wondering whether the Oscars stage really does resemble Trump’s hair, you’re not alone. i can’t unsee this!” tweeted Elena Nicolaou. lady gaga and bradley cooper singing the shallows somehow got me pregnant— ziwe (@ziwe) February 25, 2019 Queen, crowned Aquaman star Jason Momoa also turned heads as he appeared with wife Lisa Bonet and, for some reason, a hair scrunchie as a bracelet. Something major just happened. After “Shallow” perf, @ladygaga & Bradley Cooper exited stage for commercial break. During break, they came back to their seats from stage then audience gave them another standing o. I’ve never seen that happen for any performers. Cue embrace#Oscars pic.twitter.com/k9wNh66tn1— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) February 25, 2019 Did the Academy Awards stage look a little familiar? Maybe a bit presidential? The swooping gold elements outlining the stage reminded some social media users of President Donald Trump’s hairstyle. I’m sorry, but Emma Stone’s dress looks like an order of waffles with butter and syrup. #oscars @IHOP pic.twitter.com/NAugJU9KoG— Brian Centrone (@BrianCentrone) February 25, 2019 Turns out the pair got more than one standing ovation. Wowwwwww, wait a second, are they in love? They’re so totally in love, OMG— Rebecca Makkai (@rebeccamakkai) February 25, 2019 Adam Lambert and Queen kick off the #Oscars, ensuring the Glenn Close is sufficiently rocked pic.twitter.com/6cPiChEayU— Asha Kodithuwakku (@AshaKodi) February 25, 2019 “Keenan just Trump’d his Umbrella,” joked Harry Knowles. The president also nudged back into Oscar memes when Keegan-Michael Key flew down from the ceiling like Mary Poppins, then tossed his prop umbrella aside because it couldn’t be closed. The scene reminded some of the president leaving an open umbrella outside Air Force One last fall. Women often complain about how their dresses don’t offer pockets, but Crazy Rich Asians star Gemma Chan even had pockets in her amazing fuchsia gown, and fashion fans had opinions. Some loved it, but one Twitter user noted, “At least Gemma Chan got pockets on her dress, makes it slightly less hideous.” Trump, and his hair Wayne’s World! Wayne’s World! Party time! Excellent! The Academy featured a flashback to 1992 when Mike Myers and Dana Carvey took the stage and delivered some classic catchphrases from that comedy hit. The tie-in, of course, was the Wayne’s World scene where they headbang to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody while riding around in a car. Billy Porter dressed for the 3019 Oscars. Idk what 2019 folk gonna do.😆🖤✨— 🆃🆁🆄🅳🆈 (@thetrudz) February 24, 2019 Porter wore a Christian Siriano black velvet outfit styled like a tuxedo on the top half and a wide-skirted gown on the bottom half. “Billy Porter dressed for the 3019 Oscars,” cracked one Twitter user. I can’t be the only one that thinks the Oscars stage looks like @realDonaldTrump hair? @TheAcademy #Oscars2019 pic.twitter.com/Xcj6S7FZzo— Evan Golden (@Golden_TV) February 25, 2019 Billy Porter’s look for the #Oscars2019 just gets more iconic the more you look at it. Stab me in the eyes because honestly I never need to see a single red carpet look again after this. Complete and total perfection. pic.twitter.com/n6YKgb1Agw— Harry Clayton-Wright (@HClaytonWright) February 24, 2019 Looks like a nun from Gone With the Wind— JenniferAnn (@Jennife52397195) February 24, 2019 “I want to find someone that looks at me the way Lady Gaga looks at Bradley Cooper,” wrote one Twitter user. Tuxedos and gowns are common attire at the Academy Awards, but actor and singer Billy Porter managed to combine both. The look definitely had a Gone with the Wind vibe, with hints of both Scarlett O’Hara and her love Rhett Butler. Courteous Captain Mirror mirror on J Lo, who’s the fairest of them all? #Oscars https://t.co/2kif3EWSTF— Camach-a-fella (@Camachafella) February 25, 2019 Chris Evans can’t resist acting like ever-courteous Captain America, even at the Academy Awards. Regina King won the Oscar for best supporting actress for If Beale Street Could Talk on Sunday night, and also won the arm of Cap helping her safely onto the stage. Some fans swooned. Life seemed to imitate film at Sunday’s Academy Awards when Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, who played a romantic duo in A Star is Born, steamed up the stage while singing Shallow, the song from that film that won the best-song Oscar. Keegan descending with that umbrella…#Oscars pic.twitter.com/E4gEFPMUs1— Annelisa J. Purdie 🐏 📜 🌾 (@RosyShepherdess) February 25, 2019 Chris Evans escorting the queen, Regina King, up the stairs was exactly what we needed to start the #Oscars ! pic.twitter.com/pYbR7ekunY— Lorraine Cink 🌈 (@lorrainecink) February 25, 2019 I want to find somone that looks at me the way Lady Gaga looks at Bradley Cooper pic.twitter.com/O8BOiO5NXB— Doña Mónica🇲🇽🌹 (@MoniCurlsCastro) February 25, 2019 I can’t be the only one saying this, but the red Oscars in the background look like Melania’s Christmas trees and the stage looks like Trump’s hair. #Oscar pic.twitter.com/EmuoICsNFv— Tom Piechura (@tompiechura) February 25, 2019 Fashion police, on duty Return of Wayne and Garth “Wayne’s World” is ten times the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” is.— Brian Schmid (@SchmanthonyP) February 25, 2019 It’s 27 years overdue but Wayne’s World should’ve been nominated for an oscar— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) February 25, 2019 Post a comment to all of you wondering whether the oscar’s stage really does resemble trump’s hair, you’re not alone. i can’t unsee this! https://t.co/Jh5bXo6Sd7— Elena Nicolaou (@elenawonders) February 25, 2019 Share your voice Billy Porter: Rhett, where will I go? What shall I do?Also Billy Porter *switching sides*: Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn. https://t.co/QMNSkJZQDZ— Lukas (@Ginger4TheDucks) February 24, 2019 A coordinated pink velvet scrunchie.— KirstennotKristen (@LettersK) February 25, 2019 Seeing Wayne and Garth back together delighted nostalgic fans — many of whom aren’t fans of the Oscar-nominated Queen biopic. Wrote critic Alan Sepinwall, “Can they just retroactively give all of Bohemian Rhapsody’s awards tonight to the first Wayne’s World film?” While Emma Stone’s gown reminded some of waffles and butter, and some of a meatier meal. And Jennifer Lopez’s gown did it with mirrors. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper perform during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre Sunday. Getty Images 0 Keenan just Trump’d his Umbrella pic.twitter.com/tvvdzryNYc— Harry Knowles (@headgeek666) February 25, 2019 Me going to my prom, my wedding and my funeral at the same time. #Oscars #BillyPorter #Oscar2019 pic.twitter.com/XtIW7H7gmk— cosita (@GheraldTaylor) February 24, 2019 Regina King wins an Oscar AND gets helped to the stage by a velvet-jacketed Chris Evans?! WHAT A NIGHT! – J #oscars— Heather & Jessica (@fuggirls) February 25, 2019 After all the controversy about the show not having a host, turns out they maybe don’t need one. Instead the awards show started off with Queen and Adam Lambert, and fans rocked out. Adam Lambert and Queen just did one of the best openers for the #Oscars I’ve seen in a long time. pic.twitter.com/JAncGGhiZq— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) February 25, 2019 Who wore it better? #Oscars #EmmaStone pic.twitter.com/nR5S4n5kz4— Madison (@mgilmore8) February 25, 2019 me with my Duane Reade umbrella that won’t close when i get on the subway #Oscars pic.twitter.com/6RPluGh3K1— Meg Lewis (@_meglew) February 25, 2019 The best part is Momoa is totally wearing a scrunchie on his wrist. #oscars pic.twitter.com/F2xFF07X4g— Ani Bundel (@anibundel) February 25, 2019 wait they cut away just as they were about to make out #oscars— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) February 25, 2019 Tags TV and Movies
China’s manufacturing index slipped in November reflecting the growing weakness in the world’s second largest economy.Two separate surveys published on Monday triggered a new set of concerns from experts who think the People’s Bank of China should introduce more regulations to steer away from a hard market crash.The SlideChina’s official Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to 50.3, an eight-month low and was 0.05 points down from October’s 50.8 reading.The final HSBC/Markit China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) was unchanged at the six-month low of 50.0 but the figure is estimated to be the breakeven point – which separates expansion and contraction – for China’s economy.While the official survey focuses on the performance of large, government-owned factories, the HSBC survey analyzes growth among the smaller and private manufacturers. Both surveys showed a slide.Weak demand from overseas clients has put a damper on the manufacturing industry. Domestic demand exceeded foreign demand and new export orders also decreased.”The PMI data suggests that fundamentals are still very weak. Investment in property and manufacturing remains weak, so the government is the only one spending. And when government spending wanes in the winter months, the economy falls off,” Larry Hu, an economist at Macquarie Group told MarketWatch, referring to the fact that construction projects usually take a hit during the winters.Failed Attempt?The People’s Bank of China recently lowered its lending rate by 40 base points. The cut came as a surprise to many because the government was reluctant to admit that the economy was shrinking. But that didn’t seem to work for the country.”The PBOC’s rate cut appears to have failed to improve sentiment, and we see little improvement in activity indicators in November,” ANZ wrote in a research note, according to Reuters.What to ExpectGoing forward, experts believe that the Chinese government will introduce more stimuli to help revive the economy.”In order to maintain growth for the whole year at around 7.5 percent (the official target), we believe that Chinese authorities will intensify easing efforts in December to accelerate growth momentum,” ANZ’s research note read.Barclays predicts two more benchmark cuts in interest rates in the first half of 2015 and three cuts in the reserve ratio deposits, the first one of which is expected this month.”Given China’s structural challenges, we continue to believe more rate cuts are necessary. We believe that lowering rates will mainly help to reduce the debt burden, lower financial risks, support business sentiment, and sustain private demand,” Jian Chang of Barclays wrote in a note to CNBC.Some experts suggest the government must cut taxes to boost the economy.