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Photo: N.C. State’s Abdul-Malik Abu Kept His Promise To Chapel Hill Shooting Victim

first_imgAbdul-Malik Abu at a friend's wedding.N.C. State freshman forward Abdul-Malik Abu was very close with Deah Shaddy Barakat, one of the victims of the Chapel Hill shooting earlier this month. In the wake of the tragedy, Abu posted a touching tribute to Barakat, his wife and her sister on Instagram. At Barakat’s wedding in December, Abu vowed he would beat UNC and Duke for his friend, a die-hard N.C. State fan. Barakat posted this photo to remind Abu after the Wolfpack upset Duke last month. “I’m gonna beat Duke and UNC for you as my wedding gift” @malikabuA photo posted by @arabprodigy0 on Jan 11, 2015 at 12:47pm PST On Tuesday, N.C. State stunned rival North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Abu made sure to let his friend know that he had fulfilled his promise, even if he was no longer alive to see him do it. Thanks Deah for being a special person to all of us. This one was for you your family and and the wonderful people of #WPN !!!!! Love you man #RIP #WeDidIt  #iPromisedYouManA photo posted by Abdul-Malik Abu (@malikabu) on Feb 24, 2015 at 7:07pm PSTWhat an awesome way for Abu to keep his friend’s memory alive.[ SBNation ]last_img read more

AMI launches fully accessible apps for the blind and partially sighted community

first_img“Accessibility is at the forefront of everything we do here at AMI,” explains Peter Burke, AMI’s Vice-President of Marketing and Communications. “We knew that accessibility had to be considered from inception and the team at TWG was committed to ensuring that the apps underwent vigorous testing with our target audience.” TORONTO – Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today the launch of two accessible applications created especially for people living with sight loss.The AMI apps are available for iOS and tvOS and were designed by local Toronto developer, The Working Group (TWG). The project took approximately six months and included weeks of research and testing with members of AMI’s target audience to ensure the apps passed all accessibility requirements. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment From an accessibility standpoint, the apps feature closed captioning with all content, accessibility enhancements such as bolded text, a high contrast layout, handy tutorials explaining all the apps’ features and, most important to AMI’s core audience, integrated described video built into every program. End users can watch AMI original content on the go (iOS) or from the comfort of their home (tvOS) as well as download their favourite AMI programs offline for later viewing.The AMI apps are available in English (AMI-tv) and French (AMI-télé) and can be downloaded for free through the Apple App store.For further information on AMI and its programs and initiatives, please visit www.AMI.ca or www.AMItele.ca.Follow Accessible Media on Twitter: @AccessibleMediaAbout Accessible Media Inc.AMI is a not-for-profit media company that entertains, informs and empowers Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. Operating three broadcast services, AMI-tv and AMI-audio in English and AMI-télé in French, AMI’s vision is to establish and support a voice for Canadians with disabilities, representing their interests, concerns and values through accessible media, reflection and portrayal. To learn more visit AMI.ca and AMItele.ca. Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Shopify Inc to add up to 500 new jobs in Waterloo over

first_imgWATERLOO, Ont. – Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP) plans to add up to 500 jobs in Waterloo, Ont. which would triple its workforce there over the next couple of years.The Ottawa-based technology company says it plans to add between 300 to 500 full-time positions to focus on growing its Shopify Plus platform, which supports the largest and most complex retailers.Shopify says it is also set to open another building in Waterloo by the first quarter of next year to accommodate the workforce growth.The rapidly growing online platform builder for small businesses was founded in 2004 and has since grown to more than 1,900 employees, according to its 2016 annual report.Its shares plunged earlier this month after it was targeted by U.S. short seller Andrew Left of Citron Research, who alleged that the company is running an overvalued get-rich-quick-scheme.Shopify’s chief executive Tobias Lutke says he will push back against the short seller’s allegations during the release of their next financial results.last_img read more

Solar industry blames tariffs for cancelled delayed projects

first_imgNEW YORK — The solar industry is blaming tariffs for delays and cancellations of major solar energy projects.An estimated $8 billion worth of utility-scale projects were cancelled or put on hold for the five-year period that ends in 2022, according to a new report from the Solar Energy Industry Association and Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. The report says 9,000 jobs — mainly in construction and engineering — were either lost or not added because of the tariffs.In January, President Donald Trump imposed tariffs of up to 30 per cent on most imported solar cells used in solar panels, aiming to boost domestic manufacturing. The tariff rate will decline before phasing out after four years.Projects were cancelled during the lead-up to the announcement, when installers, banks and power purchasers did not know how high the tariff would be, according to Dan Whitten, spokesman for the Solar Energy Industry Association, the solar industry’s main trade group.“People kind of deferred planning,” Whitten said. “They decided not to go forward with projects, because of that uncertainty.”But analysts at Wood Mackenzie are expecting many of the delayed projects to come online by the end of the year.About 10 per cent of solar panels installed in the U.S. are made domestically, Whitten said.Tariffs also were imposed on materials such as steel, aluminum and electrical components, adding to the cost of building a solar farm.“The only way that we are able to deliver projects is if we are the lowest cost alternative to what a utility is proposing to build themselves,” said Bret Sowers, vice-president of development and strategy at Southern Current, which builds solar farms mainly in the Southeast. “When you add up all of the tariffs, in addition to the tariffs on solar panels, the solar industry got hit really hard based on the components we use to build our projects.”Southern Current cancelled or delayed about $130 million worth of projects that were planned for 2018 and a similar amount in 2019, Sowers said. The type of panels Southern Current uses are not currently made in the U.S., he said.Cypress Creek Renewables cancelled or delayed $1.5 billion worth of solar projects that were planned for 2018 through 2020 because the higher cost of solar panels made it difficult to compete with other electricity sources, the company said.Despite the tariffs, solar installations held up reasonably well, said Jeff Berman, a director at S&P Global Platts Analytics, in an email. Berman expects the impact to diminish as the tariffs weaken over the next few years. He said a bigger driver of installations will be the federal solar investment tax credit. That tax credit of 30 per cent of the cost of residential or commercial solar systems will drop to 10 per cent for utility and commercial installations and zero out for residential installations after 2021.Representatives from the White House and the U.S. Trade Representative’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Witten notes that even if the tariffs jumpstart manufacturing in the U.S. as the Trump administration intends them to, solar manufacturing is highly automated, so “not many jobs would be created.”Cathy Bussewitz, The Associated Presslast_img read more

200k spent in August petroleum land rights sale

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After the provincial government only netted $27,000 during last month’s petroleum and natural gas land rights sale, August’s wasn’t much better.In Wednesday’s auction, the provincial government netted just $201,872.37 from the sale of a single drilling license, which was one of only three parcels of land on the auction block. The 777-hectare parcel is located near Montney, just north of Fort St. John. Stomp Energy Ltd. purchased the parcel for $259.81 per hectare.So far this year, petroleum land rights auctions have brought in just $59,670,245.38. That number, while still more than the roughly $33.6 million paid for land rights in 2015 and 2016 combined, is still well below the $173 million the Province earned last year. The next petroleum land rights sale is taking place on September 12th, when four drilling licenses and two leases will be put up for auction.last_img read more

Extortion racket operating from Mandoli Jail busted

first_imgNEW DELHI: Special Cell of Delhi police on Tuesday busted an extortion racket being operated from the Mandoli jail premises and have arrested two henchmen of a Ghaziabad-based gang before they could execute a plan of several murders to establish supremacy in Ghaziabad. They were working at behest of one dreaded gangster Chanderbhan alias Aman Yadav who is currently lodged in Mandoli Jail. The arrested gangsters have been identified as Bal Krishna and Mohd Ateek, both are residents of Khora Colony, Ghaziabad. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDCP Special cell, Pramod Singh Kushwaha said that a team of Special cell was monitoring the activities of illegal arms and ammunition supplies for few days. “Through sources, we got to know that some of the gang leaders lodged in the jail, have been procuring sophisticated weapons to eliminate their rivals and establish supremacy in their area for running extortion network,” said DCP Kushwaha. “Chanderbhan from Mandoli Jail, had tasked his associates to eliminate two persons to establish his authority in Ghaziabad’s Khoda Colony for running a smooth extortion racket. He was passing instructions to his henchmen to execute the killings of two persons whenever they sight them in the area. The henchmen arrested are hardcore criminals and were previously involved in many heinous crimes,” DCP said. Police recovered a stolen sports bike and arms-ammunition intended to be used in the commission of the crime. Following the arrest, a subsequent search of Jail 11 of Mandoli Jail was conducted and a diary containing the details of Ateek was recovered from the gang leader. The 27-year-old gang leader, Chandrabhan, is a school dropout. He was first arrested in 2009 for a murder case.last_img read more

Holding up the mirror

first_imgI write today to discuss Down To Earth’s 28th anniversary — our dream dare that we can use our pen, our research and information, to make a difference in our world. Down To Earth is not a magazine to make money — then or now. It was, and is, not a produce of commerce; or a product of the market. It was and will remain our means to bring you information about the world around us, about everyday life and of life itself, so that we have the knowledge, which gives us power to make change. Our mission is not hidden in reams of corporate gloss. It is open. It is our dare. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe question, I want to discuss with you is my understanding of our relevance in today’s India; in today’s world. It is a cynic’s world today, where we are seeing as never before the race to the bottom. Countries are showing us their worst sides; leaders are turning into venomous creatures out to polarise people. Real issues are getting lost in the dust and fifth of this virulent discourse, where everybody — all of us — seem “free” only to the extent that we can spill out our vile guts in the now not-so-open social media. There is no societal decorum that puts lines around what can be said in public and what not. Also Read – Insider threat managementSo, have we failed? Should we continue hoping against hope that we can make a difference to public opinion? Can we really keep the focus on the real issues that matter? I believe we must. I also believe that whatever we are seeing in our world today, it is our duty, our job — if you want to call it that — to keep pushing the envelope so that this whimper of real news becomes a scream.I say this particularly as India is in the middle of the Lok Sabha elections. In this 28th anniversary year of Down To Earth, we will get a new government, or we will get the old government as new. Whatever the future, the fact is that we must be there to report on issues that concern our today and tomorrow. In this election, we have seen that the real issues that matter to people — climate change that is driving weird weather to destroy crops; insurance companies that do not provide relief to farmers to cope with this distress; produce that is not getting value to pay for labour of farmers; pollution that is destroying livelihoods and health; and worse, the drought that is crippling large parts of the country — are all out of the frame. Nothing real seems to get our attention anymore. These are not eyeball issues. Social media misses these trends. Politicians today want us to believe that they can afford to forget local issues — issues that matter to their constituents — and still win elections. Elections then are about poisoned words and polarised politics. But I believe — and I hope you will as well — that these issues that I have enumerated will not go away. They cannot be swallowed up or spit out. They are real. They matter. It is our job to bring this news out and to keep working till this news that has been shuttered to the margins, becomes the main. It must. Because it matters to you and to me. It matters to our future. No government likes to be shown a mirror to its failures; no government wants to hear the inconvenient news that its spin doctors want us to believe. But it will remain our job to hold that mirror. And we will do this with all our ability to tell it from the ground; tell it as it happens; tell it truthfully. We do not need courage to do this. We need to make sure that we do not slip and lose your trust. Our mission is to make a difference; our shield is our independence. We will not let you down. I promise. We promise. (The author is Director General of Centre for Science and Environment and the Editor of Down To Earth magazine. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

John Isner Is All Alone at Wimbledon

At a major international tournament, American men had a very bad day.Yes, the U.S. men’s soccer team did just fine Thursday, losing 0-1 to Germany but advancing to the knockout stage of the World Cup. But at Wimbledon, all but one of the four remaining American men exited the singles draw without winning a set. That leaves just John Isner to play in the third round. Isner is by far the highest-ranked American, but he’s often vulnerable to upsets at events outside the U.S.“I guess it’s better than last year. We didn’t have anybody past the second round,” Isner said of the American men’s success at Wimbledon, at a press conference Thursday. “At least there’s one guy past the second round.”Here’s a sign of how bad things have gotten for American men’s singles tennis: Even with all the early exits, Isner has to win just one more match for this tournament to count as a good Grand Slam by recent low standards. He’d be the lone American man in the fourth round for a second consecutive major, after five consecutive Grand Slams without any American man to make it to the Round of 16. The U.S. hasn’t had a male quarterfinalist at a Grand Slam since Isner and Andy Roddick reached that stage at the 2011 U.S. Open, nor a semifinalist in the five years since Roddick lost in the final at Wimbledon. No American man has won a major since Roddick did at the U.S. Open in 2003, and after every disappointing Grand Slam, the prospect of an American major champ seems farther away than it did at the one before.The situation is very different for the American women. They’re led by world No. 1 and five-time Wimbledon champ Serena Williams, who will be joined in the third round this year by her sister, Venus Williams, who also has won Wimbledon five times. Even more American women are outperforming their male counterparts. Three others have made the third round at Wimbledon, with one more, Victoria Duval — the 18-year-old who got into the tournament the hard way, by qualifying — still to play her second-round match.Isner isn’t an ideal American No. 1. He has a booming serve and one of the worst return games in the top 50. But without him, things would be truly bleak. For the third consecutive major, Isner is the only American man ranked high enough to get one of the 32 seeds. No other American man even ranks in the top 50.Sixteen countries have a No. 2 player ranked higher than the second-best American, No. 67 Sam Querrey, one of the players who lost on Thursday. Among the countries with a higher-ranked No. 2 player are Switzerland, Croatia and Austria, which have a combined population under 21 million — roughly the population of Texas. Three other countries with a population under 20 million have a No. 2 player ranked higher than Querrey. (It’s worth noting that tennis has become more popular globally since the 1980s, hence more countries are competing and leaving fewer spots for the traditional powers.) The strength of the No. 2 player matters, as a proxy for depth of talent and for the Davis Cup, the international team competitions with two singles slots.To Denis Kudla, a 21-year-old American who lost his second-round match here Thursday, international comparisons aren’t fair because of tennis’s relatively slight stature among U.S. sports. “Tennis is our fifth or sixth sport,” he said in an interview last week. “People just have to be patient.”American women fare better in the equivalent international comparison, perhaps partly because female athletes have fewer professional options and tennis is one of the most lucrative. Just two countries have higher-ranked No. 2 players than Sloane Stephens of the U.S.: Serbia and Italy.Strong prior American male generations — John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors; Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras — cast a long shadow over Roddick and his peers, former top-10 members James Blake and Mardy Fish. But the Roddick generation was far stronger than the current one, as demonstrated by the decline in the number of American players in the majors’ draws, of seeded American players and of American players who reach the third round. “I think what happened is, maybe we missed a generation,” Kudla said. “The generation behind Roddick maybe didn’t pan out like it was supposed to.”“Every country goes through a slump,” Benjamin Becker, a German player who played for Baylor University, said in an interview this week. “It’s not easy to always have these prodigies like Agassi, Sampras, McEnroe, [Jim] Courier and Connors. A lot of times, countries take generations off.” He added, “I’m very confident that an American player will be soon at the top level.”Two young Americans who hope to fulfill Becker’s prediction had modest success last week, qualifying for Wimbledon by winning matches on adjacent courts at the Bank of England Sports Centre while monitoring each other’s progress. Ryan Harrison, who was watching Kudla’s match during changeovers of his own contest, said in an interview that in an individual sport, national rankings don’t matter much. “The U.S. is always concerned about how many top players they have,” Harrison said. “The only thing I’m concerned about is my own development, my own career.”He added: “The U.S. has to really understand that we’re working. We’re doing what we can here.” read more

Ohio State baseball set for midweek home contests against Akron and Xavier

Junior pitcher Ryan Riga (44) throws the ball during a game against Siena March 14 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 8-5.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerAfter sweeping a winless Siena team over the weekend, the Ohio State baseball team is looking to continue defending its home turf.The Buckeyes (11-6, 0-0) are preparing for their last two non-conference games — against in-state opponents Akron Tuesday and Xavier Wednesday — before kicking off their Big Ten schedule with a weekend series against Michigan State.Senior outfielder Tim Wetzel, who is hitting .417 (10-24) with runners on base, said the team is concentrated on taking things one game at a time.“One thing that is big with this year’s team is we’re just treating every game the same, whether it’s the Big Ten or a midweek game like we’ve got coming up this week. Every game is just as important as the next,” Wetzel said. “We’re not going to jump ahead to the Big Ten this weekend. We’ve got to take care of these two games first.”Coach Greg Beals said he expects his players to bring a lot of energy into both of their games this week.“I just want to see us keep the winning streak going, I want to see the quality of at-bats continue to grow, I’d like to see us hit some extra base hits. If we get some extra base hits, we usually score runs in those innings,” Beals said.Sophomore pitcher Jake Post is slated to start the game against the Zips (7-8, 0-0). After two starts and also coming out of the bullpen as a relief pitcher twice, Post is currently 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA and said he is confident heading into the game against Akron.“They look like a beatable team. If I execute my pitches and our hitters come through and we play good defense, we’ll come out with a win,” Post said. “I just want to go as deep as I can, have a good game, throw good pitches and execute to put the team in a good situation to win.”Numerous freshmen have emerged as key players for the Buckeyes in the early season. The Big Ten announced Monday that freshman pitcher Travis Lakins earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors. Lakins recorded a perfect 1.2 innings pitched in the latter game of a doubleheader with Siena Saturday after striking out a career-high five hitters and only allowing a pair of hits in 3.2 scoreless innings at No. 7 Oregon State Tuesday.Other freshmen producing for OSU include outfielder Ronnie Dawson, who is currently third in the Big Ten with a .393 batting average and leads the team with 22 hits. Freshman pitcher Adam Niemeyer struck out a career-best eight while allowing just one hit over 4.1 scoreless innings of relief against No. 9 Oregon March 7.“They’re huge, we knew that we were going to need them coming into the season big time,” Wetzel said. “The (freshmen) pitching staff has really been stepping up, (Troy) Montgomery and Dawson in the lineup have been huge, we knew that was going to be the case. We’re just excited they’re producing.”Beals said a key to succeeding in the conference is getting the younger players as much playing time as possible.“I think we’ve been able to get production from the younger guys but most importantly, we’ve got them experience and they’ve gotten a good number of at bats, so they’re going to be ready to go now that we start conference play,” Beals said.Beals added that OSU is healthy and ready to make an impact in the Big Ten when the conference portion of its schedule begins this weekend.“Physically, we’re in really good shape so as you transfer from preseason into the conference season, that’s something that’s always a concern and we’re healthy right now,” Beals said.First pitch against Akron is set for 5:05 p.m. Tuesday at Bill Davis Stadium. read more

Opinion If Ohio State wants to win Haskins has to start in

Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorLast season, redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins secured the backup quarterback position when redshirt junior quarterback Joe Burrow was temporarily sidelined with a hand injury. In that backup role, Haskins threw for 565 yards, four touchdowns and one interception, completing 70.2 percent of his passes across eight gamesWhile the numbers in his limited play aren’t gaudy by any means, Haskins made his best case for the 2018 starting job on a single drive against his team’s arch-rival. Once J.T. Barrett was forced to exit the game and Ohio State trailed 20-14, Haskins orchestrated a scoring drive that proved to be the game-winner in its 31-20 victory. Given the collectiveness he showed in the most tense moment of his football career, Haskins made a strong case for why on Sept. 1, when the when the Ohio State football team opens its season against the Oregon State Beavers, he should start at quarterback. “It’s crazy to go win the biggest rivalry in sports. I never thought it would be a reality,” Haskins said after the win. “I got my number called and it worked out for me. I’m thankful.”Worked out for him it did, most importantly in the eyes of head coach Urban Meyer.“I can’t say it’s comfort yet,” Meyer said after the game. “But to see him perform in that environment, and more importantly against that defense. That’s an elite defense.”If there’s one thing about quarterbacks that matters to Meyer, it’s big-game experience. That was evident when he began the 2015 campaign with Cardale Jones — who led his team to a national championship the year prior —, to be the Week One starter over Barrett, — who became statistically the greatest quarterback in school history.From a scheme standpoint, Meyer has almost always had a quarterback weith the ability to make plays on the ground. Haskins has the skills to extend a play at times, but in no way are his legs a threat for opposing defenses to worry about.The lack of mobility, however, might not be a detriment to his chances of becoming the starter since Ohio State will be returning two previous 1,000-yard rushers. Last season, Barrett out-carried Mike Weber or J.K. Dobbins in seven games and out-carried both combined on two occasions.With that duo behind him, the Buckeyes’ offense can become more simplified. The running backs run and the quarterback throws. And Haskins will throw well because what he lacks on the ground, he makes up for with incredible arm talent.“It would mean the world to me [to be the starter],” Haskins said following Ohio State’s Cotton Bowl victory. “I’ve been working for this since I was a little kid and it’s right there so I’m going to go take it.” read more

Texas Monthly Exec Editor Splits for National Mags People on the Move

first_img Clifton Leaf has been named editor-in-chief of Fortune. Formerly deputy editor, Leaf replaces Alan Murray, who will take on the title of president, while continuing in his role as chief content officer for the entirety of Time Inc. Adam Lashinsky has also been promoted to executive editor. Keith R. Hernandez has joined Bleacher Report as SVP of brand strategy. Hernandez was president of Slate Media until November. It also solidifies speculation that tomorrow’s Texas Monthly will look remarkably different than the Texas Monthly of yore. Colloff’s departure follows the resignation of EIC Brian Sweany, who voluntarily left following the magazine’s sale to Paul Hobby. The New Yorker poetry editor Paul Muldoon will step down in the fall. He will be replaced by Kevin Young on November 1. Colloff’s role marks a major shift — not just for her career, but for all three entities affected by her employment. It’s a first-of-its-kind arrangement for The New York Times Magazine and ProPublica, which will share Colloff’s reporting between the two media entities. Christina Amoroso has been named executive features editor of Cosmopolitan.com. She joins from the New York Post, where she worked as deputy features editor.center_img Pamela Colloff has left her post as executive editor of Texas Monthly, after twenty years and an entire career spent at the magazine. She joins The New York Times Magazine and ProPublica as a writer-at-large and senior reporter, respectively. New York Magazine has promoted Rebecca Ramsey to fashion director, from her role as style director of the magazine’s fashion vertical, the Cut. Ramsey replaces Amy Larocca, who assumes the title of editor-at-large. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… Bustle has hired Erica Tremblay as video director from her role as director of video development at Hearst Digital Media.last_img read more

Kaushal Manda tells his fans that his wife is recovering from surgery

first_imgKaushal Manda with his wife Neelima in the press meetScreenshot of YouTube videoKaushal Manda who grew as one of the most-trailed celebrities after his appearance in Bigg Boss Telugu 2 had made an announcement that his wife Neelima Kaushal is diagnosed with cancer, had updated that his wife underwent surgery and is recovering quite well.”Because of all your love and God’s blessings Neelima’s surgery went successfully. The tumour has been removed and the treatment will start soon. Thank you all for the love and support”, Kaushal wrote sharing a picture of Neelima on the hospital bed post surgery.Earlier, Kaushal shared an update regarding his wife’s condition and made an announcement regarding her surgery. Kaushal Manda also wrote an emotional note which says, “My wife, my mother half- Neelima has been there in my life since the past eight years. She’s there with me through everything I’ve been through- the good and the bad. She’s my every breathe and has been there through every step and decision”, Kaushal wrote about Neelima.Neelima Kaushal came into public scenario after Kaushal appeared on the controversial show Bigg Boss Telugu 2. Neelima played a great role in Kaushal’s win during the Bigg Boss season. During a recent controversy, Kaushal made an announcement in front of the media that his wife is diagnosed with cancer. Kaushal’s announcements regarding his wife Neelima’s health has drawn mixed responses. After the recent controversies, Kaushal has been called a sympathy-gainer and other names. Neelima’s name was dragged in the middle of the controversies too.Whatever it is, we are happy that Neelima Kaushal is recovering. We appreciate her fighting spirit.last_img read more

Aero India 2015 Russia Hopes to Sign FifthGen Fighter Aircraft Deal with

first_imgRussia expressed confidence that the long delayed concluding agreement with India on the joint production of the fifth generation fighter aircraft can be signed this year.The two countries signed an initial contract in 2010 to build the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) programme, however, they have not been able to agree to the final terms of the contract.”We are in the final stage of negotiations for the FGFA contract,” United Aircraft Corporation’s (UAC) Yuri Slyusar told the press at the ongoing Aero India airshow in Bengaluru, according to a Reuters report.The Indian RequirementsThe quibble relates to how the Indian version of the Russian-designed Sukhoi T-50 will differ from the Russian model, and over the amount of technology the Russians are willing to transfer. A Russian T-50 fighter lands at an airfield of the Sukhoi aircraft manufacturing plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. A new fighter aircraft seen as Russia’s response to U.S. advances in military aviation made a successful first test flight, plane maker Sukhoi said.ReutersPrime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that India was no longer satisfied with weapon deliveries or assembling, and added that transfer of technology to local companies and production within India would be a clause attached to the lucrative deals.India is expected to spend as much as $250 billion over the next decade in modernising the defence forces and the equipment.Aero India 2015″We think there is a possibility to sign the agreement within 2015. At least the Russian side think it will be done in 2015,” Slyusar said.Meanwhile, the ageing fleet of Russian-made MiGs and French Mirage fighter jets are now being replaced with India-made Sukhoi Su-30s and its upgradations.The French are eager to see the ink dry up on the contract to supply 126 Dassault Rafale, which has been stuck over Dassault unwilling to offer the necessary guarantees for localised production of the fourth generation fighter jet.Fifth Generation Fighter AircraftThe FGFA aircraft possess more advanced design and build, which equips the aircraft with significant stealth capabilities and would provide operators with deep penetration hits in enemy territory.”FGFA planes are important in terms of future capability,” Air Force Chief Arup Raha said on Thursday, at the Bangalore air show. Russian Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA jet fighter lands after a demonstration flight at the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky outside Moscow.ReutersRuha noted that a firm timeline for the closing of agreement was difficult to forecast.There are a total of five fifth-generation fighter jets in existence – the US-based Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II (the world’s most expensive defence programme ever), both combat-proven, though the F-35 has been plagued with issues.China has developed the J-11 and the J-20 FGFA, which could end up in the Pakistani fleet, who would be unable to persuade the Americans to sell them.The Russian Sukhoi T-50 forms the final name in the short list. The initial design has been agreed between the two nations in 2013, and they continue to work on the detailed design.In December, during his visit to the country, Russian President Vladmir Putin said that Russia would continue to remain India’s top defence partner.last_img read more

Nirmala Sitharaman as defence minister is good news for Make in India

first_imgDefence industries in India will likely gain momentum under the rule of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, only the second woman to hold the title in the country after Indira Gandhi, and the first to hold it full-time.Indian companies like Larsen and Toubro, Tata Power, Tata Motors, Cochin Shipyard, Bharat Electronics, Reliance Defence, Ashok Leyland and Bharat Forge have been waiting for years for India’s sizeable defence capital expenditure, Economic Times reported.But despite having many home-based defence companies, India is still one of the largest importers of defence products.Global arms sales over the last five years reached their highest level since 1990, with India being the world’s largest defence importer, according to an International Peace Research Institute report. India accounted for 13 percent of global arms imports between 2012 and 2016.India’s defence technological advancement has been clearly very slow, and if there is any war, India may not be prepared for it.However, the government is now pushing for faster and better improvement in the defence sector, propelled by surging geopolitical threats — mainly from China and Pakistan. Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman returns a microphone after speaking with media at the 3rd Intersessional Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Ministerial Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam May 22, 2017.Reuters fileMany significant defence projects, such as making submarines, frigates, battlefield management systems, artillery guns and tactical communication systems, are still on hold and need to be executed sooner than later.Make in India under Nirmala Sitharaman With Nirmala Sitharaman now appointed defence minister, expectations of local defence manufacturing companies are high that activities will likely gather steam in the defence sector and boost the Make in India initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The Make in India programme was launched in 2015 to encourage national and multinational companies to manufacture their products in India.If the overall activities are fast-tracked, analysts say India’s defence outlay could reach $250 billion over the next 10 years.That means the 30 percent local sources rule that applies on defence orders alone would offer a minimum opportunity of $75 billion for domestic players.However, defence companies in India have not shown any growth and neither received any order so far despite the government’s Make in India initiative. Now, with a full-time minister appointed, the sector is expected to grow.”With the support of the Prime Minister, so many things have happened in the ministry like Start-up India, Make in India, etc. There is some misconception about Make in India, but it will be answered,” said Nirmala Sitharaman after her appointment. Close 5 little-known facts about India’s new Defence Ministercenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Lightning kills 2 farmers in Chuadanga

first_imgTwo farmers were killed and another was injured in a lightning strike at Boleshpur village in Alamdanga upazila in Chuadanga on Monday evening.The deceased were identified as Zahid, 30, son of Nazrul Mandol, and Tariq, 32, son of Kalu Sheikh of the village.Akram Hossain, officer-in-charge of Alamdanga Police Station, said a thunderbolt struck a group of three farmers in the evening while they guarding a fish enclosure.They were taken to Sadar Hospital where doctors declared Zahid and Tariq dead.last_img read more

Louisville Postgame Notes vs North Carolina

first_img Louisville is 6-14 in the all-time series with North Carolina, which dates back to 1929. The Cardinals are 4-2 at home against the Tar Heels, including a 2-2 record at the KFC Yum! Center. Louisville is 3-5 against North Carolina since joining the ACC. The teams split their regular season series with the road team winning both games.TEAM NOTES Louisville is 143-23 all-time at the KFC Yum! Center, which is in its ninth season as the home for the Cardinals. Through its first 22 games this season, Louisville has produced 43 runs of 8-0 or better, including runs of 9-0 and 8-0 in the second half of Saturday’s game with the Tar Heels. The Cardinals were 7-for-9 from the free throw line setting season lows in both categories. Louisville dropped to 2-3 this season when being outrebounded by its opponent after UNC finished with a 49-32 advantage on the glass. The Cardinals connected on 10-of-29 attempts from three-point range marking the eighth time this season they have made 10 or more trifectas. Louisville has attempted 25 or more three-pointers 11 times this season. UofL had three blocked shots on Saturday extending its streak to 291 consecutive games with a blocked shot.PLAYER NOTES Sutton achieved Louisville-career highs in field goals made (7) and attempted (12) as well as three-pointers attempted (8). Sutton also matched a career high by connecting on four three-pointers. In Louisville’s nine ACC games, Sutton has averaged 12.8 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 59.7 percent (43-for-72) from the field. Saturday marked just the third time this season Sutton has led Louisville in scoring. Sutton has reached double figures in scoring 14 times his two seasons with the Cardinals, including 13 this season. With his eight rebounds against UNC, Sutton has totaled eight or more rebounds in nine games this season, including seven of nine ACC contests. Story Links Dwayne Sutton led the Cardinals with 19 points on Saturday, his highest scoring performance in his two seasons playing for Louisville. Cunningham has reached double figures in scoring 10 times this season. The nine assists marked his second highest total of the season behind only the 11 dimes at Georgia Tech on Jan. 19. Cunningham equaled a season high with his 14 field goal attempts. SERIES NOTES Jordan Nwora registered his 29th career double-figure scoring performance, including the 20th this season after totaling 11 points on Saturday. With his eight points against the Tar Heels, Darius Perry delivered his highest scoring performance in ACC action this season and the most points overall since scoring nine against Robert Morris on Dec. 21, 2018.Print Friendly Version Christen Cunningham finished one assist shy of achieving his first double-double after scoring 15 points and dishing out nine assists against the Tar Heels.last_img read more

How to Create Security Awareness at Your Company

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Imagine this fantasy: At your company, sensitive customer data is impenetrable. Hardware is secure. And every single IT specialist in your employ has the resources and funds to make all of this happen.Related: Expert Advice: How to Up Your Cyber SecurityBut, no, it’s time to pinch yourself and wake up. The reality is that no matter how secure the nonhuman end of things is, the mere existence of people using a system will always mean the potential for data breaches.Should we throw in the towel? Of course not. If we did, cyber criminals would practically rule the world.Instead, we should focus on increasing security awareness in the workplace, from the ground up and from the top down: We should teach workers how to handle data to minimize the potential of its falling into the wrong hands. A couple of strategies:Tell employees that a data breach could mean the loss of their job. This will give them incentive to become more security aware.Impress on employees the warning signs of a cyber attack so that they can more easily spot suspicious activities.Every employee, old and new, should be thoroughly instructed on security at the level of the individual computer. And new employees, before they officially begin work, should complete this training before accessing the company’s network.Install technology that will detect when employees are doing something they shouldn’t. The software will alert them in time to take corrective action as well as enhance their learning experience.Set up mock “phishing” emails to see who takes the bait. “Internal phishing” will teach employees how to be smarter and less gullible.So, what are some ways to maximize security awareness? Here are eight.1. Establish a baseline. Before you can get awareness efforts going, you must first collect all the metrics to establish a solid reference point. An example might be the results of the staged phishing. Metrics are important, as they will enable you to gauge the success of effort.2. Be realistic. Don’t think in terms of banning a certain activity, like involvement with social media, but rather of teaching employees to be judicious about it. 3. Use lots of tools. A program for security awareness should involve multiple venues such as video games, newsletters, mock phishing and whatever else comes to mind.Related: What Startups Need to Do to Be Cyber Secure in 20154. Be creative. Even if funds are scarce, you can still make the learning process more fun than drudgery. For example, give boxes of candy canes out for the holidays, but tucked inside each box enclose the company’s security policy. Employees will more likely read the policy if it comes with candy canes than if it’s simply mailed, or handed to them in the office by the boss.5. Seek high-ranking executive support. Once the “bigwigs” get involved, employees lower on the chain will more likely follow suit. How can we get “C-level” decision makers on board in the first place? Tell them that return on investment is contingent upon security. That will get them hopping. Another way to grab their attention is to send out newsletters specifically for them, which will add to their feeling privileged. In the newsletters, include information on security awareness.6. Recruit other departments. No department is too unimportant to be involved in security awareness. Get every department involved, even your housekeeping and cafeteria staffs. But especially go after your marketing, legal and human resources departments, because they’re in a position to make security awareness a requirement.7. Re-evaluate. Re-evaluate your new program every 90 days, without fail. This approach has been shown to be quite effective. To avoid information overload, emphasize maybe three topics at a time over the three-month period. Then, 90 days later, see what needs to be revised, based on those three topics.8. Hit close to home. Get employees to focus on themselves; don’t harp just on security awareness that affects the company. Make workers understand that security is about them, too, not only the elusive bigwigs. Talk to them about the most common scams and tricks cyber criminals use, and how to protect themselves at home, with tools such as firewalls and wireless VPNs.Related: U.S. to Establish New Cybersecurity Agency May 5, 2015 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

The lines between pay TV and OTT are becoming incr

first_imgThe lines between pay TV and OTT are becoming increasingly blurred. While pay TV operators and OTT content and app providers still in many cases see each other as competitors, cable and IPTV providers are increasingly looking to open up their platforms to OTT providers via partnerships in order to help sell broadband access. Examples include the numerous cable and telecom service providers in Europe that have done deals with Netflix.Others – notably satellite pay TV broadcasters ­– still see OTT as a threat rather than an opportunity. However, to make the picture more complex, these broadcasters are increasingly branching out by launching their own complementary OTT services, targeting a different audience in order to head off the threat presented by pure OTT players and expand their subscriber bases.Finally, content owners and channel providers are themselves getting involved in the distribution business by launching OTT packages, either as an alternative to pay TV distribution in markets where opportunities for the latter are lacking, or to complement pay TV services.DTVE recently surveyed over 140 senior industry participants from 48 countries, including OTT service providers, triple and quad-play operators, pay TV channel providers, IPTV service providers, free-to-air broadcasters, cable operators and DTH operators, to find out how they viewed emerging models for pay TV, OTT and content providers.The resulting report, which is now available to download free of charge, provides a fascinating insight into how pay TV and OTT providers view the challenge and opportunities of competing or collaborating to attract subscribers.last_img read more