Chris Gayle to KL Rahul: Wish you good luck for the World Cup but not against West Indies

first_imgChris Gayle heaped praise on his Kings XI Punjab star KL Rahul, saying the India batsman has been one of his best opening partners.Chris Gayle reiterated that KL Rahul has the potential to become the next big superstar of Indian cricket while maintaining that he loved the experience of batting with Rahul in IPL 2019.Speaking after their dominant win over defending champions Chennai Super Kings, Gayle wished Rahul well for the 2019 World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.Gayle and Rahul came up with a hundred-run stand on Sunday in Mohali as KXIP gunned down a 171-run target in just 18 overs. Rahul smashed 71 from 36 balls and took veteran off-spinner to the cleaners, collecting 24 runs from his second over.Rahul finished the season as the second-highest run getter, collecting 593 runs, including a hundred, in 14 matches. He has finished on top of the batting charts for KXIP for the 2nd successive year.However, Gayle hoped Rahul doesn’t exhibit his power-hitting skills against the West Indies in the World Cup. India and West Indies meet on June 27 at the Old Trafford in Manchester.”The lion today [Sunday] was KL Rahul and it wasn’t Chris Gayle. You’re one of the best opening partners I have had. We have had some outstanding partnerships. I always wish you well and I always said you are someone who can be the next Indian superstar and that doesn’t change. Our communication between the wickets has been fantastic,” Gayle said during a candid with Rahul for IPLT20.comadvertisement”[This season has] definitely been good for you, second consecutive year, you have been the top-scorer for Kings XI Punjab. I want to wish you good luck for the World Cup. Not against the West Indies. We are going to meet again in the World Cup,” Gayle added.Talking up Gayle’s contribution to his game over the years, Rahul said: “I saw him as a 21-year-old in the RCB dressing room. I have learnt so much from his as an opening batsman. From then to now, he has been talking to me about holding the shape which is very important for an opening batsman.Rahul also revealed that Gayle had already told him he would be returning to India to play the IPL in 2020. Notably, the West Indies great announced he would be retiring from international cricket after the 2019 World Cup.Also Read | Ashwin’s Mankading to Dhoni’s rage: Controversies that headlined IPL 2019Also Read | Kings XI Punjab weren’t outplayed in many matches in IPL 2019: R AshwinAlso See:last_img read more

Liverpool need to target Maddison – Carragher

first_imgLeicester’s midfield marvel James Maddison is the man to take Liverpool to the next level, Jamie Carragher believes.The talented playmaker continues to catch the eye for the Foxes and created 100 chances last season, more than any other player in the Premier League.Maddison has started where he left off this term, whipping in the corner for Wilfred Ndidi to head home in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Reds legend Carragher insists Maddison is the player Liverpool should look at to bolster their midfield ranks.“I think he is the one player outside of the top six who Liverpool should be looking at,” he said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.“People have been talking about Coutinho coming back, but obviously that hasn’t happened as he’s gone to Bayern Munich, but if you’re looking in the Premier League, yes he will cost a lot of money, but he should be the one Liverpool are looking at if you’re going to that next step up.”Fellow pundit Gary Neville is another big fan of the attacking midfielder and even went as far as comparing him to two Premier League greats.“I think he’s outstanding,” he added. “No 10s aren’t as fashionable nowadays, it’s more about wide strikers who score the goals.“It used to be about the [Gianfranco] Zolas and [Eric] Cantonas, and he is a genuine creative player who will go on to play for England and be involved in the European Championship. I think he is fantastic.”The 22-year-old started his career at hometown club Coventry City before moving to Norwich in 2016.Maddison spent two seasons at Carrow Road, netting 16 goals in 53 matches in the Championship while also spending a spell on loan at Aberdeen.Having lit up the second tier, Maddison sealed a switch to Leicester and took to the Premier League with ease. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Obamacare is now onethird replaced Heres why Democrats greeted it with a

first_imgWASHINGTON, United States of America – More than 50 years after Canada moved toward universal health coverage, and 70 years after it happened in England and France, the U.S. Congress took a baby step in the other direction Thursday, advancing a bill that would eliminate health care for millions.It won’t likely make it through the Senate in its current form.But the passage of that bill through the House of Representatives was greeted as a momentous event by both parties: By Republicans as proof their majority could get something done, by President Donald Trump as a legislative win, and by Democrats as an electoral gift.Democrats in fact erupted in mock celebration the instant the bill squeezed through the chamber with a 217-213 vote — teasing their Republican rivals, waving, singing, ”Na na na na, hey hey, goodbye.”That’s because they’re counting on Republicans being turfed in next year’s midterm elections over what they say the bill does: help the wealthy, the biggest winners in hundreds of billions in tax cuts; hurt the poor, millions of whom would lose coverage; increase premiums for people with pre-existing conditions like cancer; and anger the nation’s main seniors’ lobby group.“You have walked the plank,” predicted Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the chamber.“You have every provision of this bill tattooed on your forehead. You will glow in the dark on this one.”The bill’s effects are hard to gauge.It was rushed to a vote before the congressional budget watchdog had a chance to assess it. An earlier evaluation of the bill in a previous form concluded it would have removed insurance from 24 million people.Another reason it’s hard to predict the impact is because key coverage decisions would belong to the states. One such decision involves whether to restrict access to the U.S. Medicaid program, which provides coverage for the very poorest Americans.Republicans savoured the moment.Trump invited the victorious party over to the White House for a celebratory press conference. Desperate for a legislative win, he wanted something passed by the chamber, so he could move onto more politically popular issues — like tax cuts and infrastructure.Earlier efforts crashed.Previous versions of the bill kept stumbling into opposition from the party’s right wing, or its left wing — ultimately satisfying neither, clogging up valuable congressional time, and undermining Trump’s personal brand as a deal-maker.The Republican House leader cast it as a simple matter: keeping promises. Republicans pledged repeatedly to undo Barack Obama’s unpopular bill. In fact, they rode the tsunami of popular anger to congressional gains in 2010, 2014 and 2016.“A lot of us have been waiting seven years to cast this vote. Many of us are here because we pledged to cast this very vote,” said Paul Ryan, the House Speaker.“Are we going to be men and women of our word? Are we going to keep the promises we made?”The other Republican rationale for this bill was that the current Obamacare system is falling apart and unsustainable. Republicans pointed to the skyrocketing number of counties without insurance competition, with just one provider or none.Trump referred to those problems in a ceremonious get-together in the White House Rose Garden: ”Wherever I went (in the campaign), people were suffering so badly, because of the ravages of Obamacare… It’s dead.”That only tells part of the Obamacare story.The rate of Americans without health insurance has declined, from 18 per cent to 10 per cent, under Obama’s 2010 health reform. Democrats say it would be even better, had the project not been sabotaged by Republicans — who, for instance, removed federal protection for struggling insurance plans.The bill has now completed one-third of its journey with Thursday’s vote.It still must pass the Senate, and can do so with a simple majority vote under the rules for financial measures. But it’s expected several Republicans will demand changes. Then the bill would go to a reconciliation conference, where both chambers negotiate a final version.Senate Republicans aren’t thrilled with the current bill.Ohio’s Rob Portman said he agrees with the general objective of replacing Obamacare with a more sustainable alternative. But he said he doesn’t support the current version, as he fears the watering-down of Medicare will worsen the opioid crisis.”These changes must be made in a way that does not leave people behind,” he said in a statement.last_img read more

Toyota Canada plants to get 14B upgrade Ottawa and Ontario to pitch

first_imgCAMBRIDGE, Ont. – The federal and Ontario governments will pitch in a combined $220 million toward a $1.4-billion upgrade at two Toyota Canada manufacturing plants.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement Friday at Toyota’s plant in Cambridge, Ont., which, along with a facility in Woodstock, Ont., will see the upgrades.“The government of Canada will be contributing $110 million in partnership with the government of Ontario, which will match our investment,” Trudeau said.Upon completion of the upgrades, the Cambridge and Woodstock factories will become Toyota’s North American manufacturing hub for the RAV4, including hybrid versions.The investment is expected to result in the creation of 450 new jobs and 1,000 new co-op jobs, and spending of $200 million by Toyota in research and development in Canada over the next 10 years.The two plants currently employ about 8,000 people and produce more than half a million vehicles each year.“These measures support Canada’s competitiveness and build our capacity to do the kind of advanced automotive research and production that companies like Toyota want to do more of,” Trudeau saidThe announcement comes against the backdrop of a potential final push for a new NAFTA deal this year where the auto industry has been a crucial part of talks so far.Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said she pushed Toyota on a trip to Japan, touting the province’s automotive sector.“It’s a vote of confidence in our talented workforce and in our entire province,” she said.The announcement also comes just days before the election campaign officially begins in Ontario.Wynne, whose party has been lagging behind the Progressive Conservatives in recent polls, said her Liberals know the importance of supporting manufacturers with such investments.She denied the announcement was an attempt to buy votes.“This is an investment that has been in the works for some time,” Wynne said.“This has much more to do with Ontario’s ongoing successful economy than it does with an election. But it is part of our record as we go into this election that we have invested in the auto sector, that we have partnered with the auto sector — and we believe that is the way we should go forward.”last_img read more

STF security in the East

Clashes had been reported in the eastern province over the last couple of weeks mostly involving the Sri Lankan Muslim Congress (SLMC) and the UPFA. The police Special Task Force (STF) will be deployed to the eastern province today in order to tighten security in the area ahead of the provincial council elections.According to the police media unit security in the eastern province is to be increased from today following a rise in election related violence in the area. The elections for three provincial councils including the eastern province will take place on Saturday 8 September. The Elections Secretariat has already received over 300 complaints relating to the violation of election laws while the police has recorded just over 90 incidents related to the polls. read more

Britains top science university to send students to cookery school in order

In 1928 Alexander Fleming was tidying his lab at St Mary’s Hospital, London when he noticed a strange mould forming around colonies of bacteria he had left in a Petri dish weeks earlier. From next Autumn… Ninety years later, authorities at Imperial College, the successor institution to St Mary’s, are concerned that today’s young scientists – book-smart but lacking laboratory experience – would make the wrong decision.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– He might easily have tossed the irregular samples away and started the experiment afresh. Instead, Fleming placed the dish under a microscope and discovered Penicillin. So in a drive to foster observational skills, creativity and hands-on competence, they plan to teach them to cook. read more

Oxford Instruments new handheld XRF analyser XMET7500 for light element analysis

first_imgOxford Instruments says the new member of its handheld XRF analyser X-MET7000 series, the X-MET7500 delivers fast and accurate analysis of the widest variety of materials, including trace elements and light elements (from magnesium) analysis, without the need for helium purge or vacuum pump. This new look and feel now is packed with top-of-the-range features, a new user-friendly software, powerful reporting tools and the longest battery life on the market, the company says.It is the ideal screening tool:Metal industries: Positive Material IdentificationMetal recycling; Scrap sortingGold and Precious Metals verification, including tramp elements in jewelleryMining processes: Ore exploration, on-site excavation controlEnvironmental screening: Heavy metals in soilsLead and other hazardous substances in paint, toys and other consumer goodsRoHS / WEEE / ELV compliance screeningTreated wood recyclingDrywall analysis: low sulphur analysisThe X-MET7500 comes with the same benefits as the X-MET7000 and with additional analytical capability. To ensure total flexibility, the X-MET7500 includes Oxford Instruments’ X-ray tube and Silicon-drift detector (SDD).The X-MET7000 series offers an improved, intuitive and easy-to-read graphical user interface. Large functional icons make learning how to use the instrument simple and quick. The bright and high contrast 4.3″ Blanview® transmissive LCD touch screen ensures optimal outdoor viewing, even in direct sunlight. Its ease of use guarantees maximum productivity. Both handheld XRF analysers come with a new enhanced data download reporting flexibility. The result screen and reports can be easily customised, e.g. to show only pass/fail messages. The rugged, yet light and compact design of the X-METs withstands the harshest environments and weather conditions.last_img read more

Siemens links geared motors and motion control

Siemens says it has improved its offering to customers by more closely integrating some of its specialist UK divisions. Head of Siemens Drives and Motion Control, Andy Hodgson, said it made operational sense in a highly competitive environment to link Geared Motors with Motion Control, as this enabled Siemens to offer complete design solutions to customers‘ – totally integrated automation (TIA) and integrated drive systems (IDS).Geared motors are some of the most competitively priced units within the industrial drive train – which comprises motors, gearboxes, couplings and controls. Siemens says that its competitors often buy Siemens control systems to use with their own geared motors as they do not manufacture all components themselves, unlike Siemens.As Hodgson commented: “At Siemens we are able to provide the complete drive system including PLCs, drives and motors, and take away the customer’s concerns about sourcing different components through different manufacturers and then hoping these components will function well together. We’re removing the gamble from the equation and providing the secure assurance of a properly designed system, with all its associated benefits of higher and more reliable performance over a longer timespan.“In a recent project, Siemens is not only providing the integrated drive systems (IDS), but is also providing condition monitoring in an environment where reliability is crucial for guaranteed production. In looking for a supplier that could provide 99.9% uptime, the customer tested three machines fitted with condition monitoring over a three-month period. They were tested for vibration, heat, bearing wear, and all achieved full productivity during this time. One machine was identified as having a bearing issue, which was subsequently repaired over a weekend, proving the value that condition monitoring brings to predictive maintenance. The customer is now in the process of rolling out condition monitoring throughout its operation, which will enable it to buy fewer machines because the existing machines now deliver more uptime. read more

Sandvik Mining to fully automate Resolutes Syama underground gold mine in Mali

first_imgSandvik Mining and Rock Technology has signed a strategic framework agreement with Resolute Mining Limited to fully automate the company’s large scale Syama gold mine in Mali, Africa. Under the agreement Sandvik will develop Resolute’s underground gold mining operation in Mali around a fully automated Sandvik production system. The Syama gold mine, commissioned by Resolute in 2009, is a robust, long-life asset and the move to underground mining has extended the mine life to beyond 2028.“Sandvik and Resolute have worked very closely in designing the underground mine. Not only have the partners collaborated about equipment selection but also the actual design of the underground infrastructure and the ability to match that with Resolute’s ambitions to operate equipment that will increase profitability, reduce costs and improve safety. Sandvik is providing a unique opportunity for interrelationship between technologies, linking Sandvik equipment and the software Resolute uses with their entire value chain and operations.”To fully automate the Syama mine, Sandvik is delivering the proven AutoMine® and OptiMine® systems for analysis, process optimisation and automation, including a full fleet of Sandvik TH663 trucks and Sandvik LH514E electrical loaders. Together with a range of development, production and bolting rigs and rock tools, this will become a mine of the future. The system is scheduled for commissioning in late 2018.“It is very exciting to work with a progressive mining company such as Resolute and collaborate in bringing full end-to-end automation and process optimization into an underground mine,” says Lars Engström, President, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. “I believe that the Syama project gives us both a unique opportunity to bring together cutting edge technologies into a large scale project and create the mine of the future in Africa.”“Sandvik is one of the world’s mining industry leaders and innovators and the only equipment provider than can offer the full suite of proven autonomous equipment and digital solutions that we require. Together we have forged a partnership that will help us achieve our ambitions for Syama” says John Welborn, Managing Director and CEO of Resolute Mining. “A key focus of our business is to ensure we maximise the potential of this outstanding deposit for our stakeholders by delivering a world class underground mine characterised by a highly trained and skilled local workforce, a safe working environment and industry leading productivity.”last_img read more

MPs vote to force UK government to disclose nodeal planning and prorogation

first_img Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images MPs vote to force UK government to disclose no-deal planning and prorogation communications In a vote this evening, the motion was passed 311 votes to 302. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: 20 Comments Share4 Tweet Email1 Sep 9th 2019, 7:57 PM BRITISH MPS HAVE backed a motion requiring the release of no-deal planning documents and documents relating to the suspension of parliament. In a vote this evening, the motion was passed 311 votes to 302 – a majority of nine.The motion, put forward by Dominic Grieve who lost the Conservative Party whip last week, requires the release of all internal communications, including with Boris Johnson’s controversial adviser Dominic Cummings. Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove said in the Commons prior to the vote that he has already said that the government intends to plan a version of its Operation Yellowhammer report on no-deal planning.But it is neither an impact assessment or a worst-case scenario, Gove added. The report, prepared by the UK cabinet, was leaked late last month.Johnson is expected to try again to force a 15 October general election later this evening– but the move, once again, is likely to be blocked by the opposition.The bill aimed at averting a no-deal Brexit on 31 October, meanwhile, is due to receive royal assent – become law.Parliament will be prorogued – suspended – either this evening or tomorrow, the UK government has confirmed.center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images Monday 9 Sep 2019, 7:57 PM By Cónal Thomas Short URL 18,946 Views last_img read more

Volunteers sought for planning commission

first_imgThe Clark County council is accepting applications to fill three vacancies on the volunteer planning commission.The Clark County Planning Commission is a seven-member board that advises the council on land-use, planning, zoning and development in unincorporated areas. The commission is often asked to weigh in on issues related to growth management, roads, public facilities and regulations before the county council has a final say.Two positions are for seven-year terms; the third position is for a four-year term, according to a county news release. All three terms begin in January.To apply, submit a letter of interest and résumé to Jennifer Clark, Board of County Councilors, PO Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666. Applications also can be emailed to or faxed to 360-397-6058.last_img read more

San Diego County has a new web site to view tax bills

first_imgSan Diego County has a new web site to view tax bills September 27, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: September 27, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office Thursday unveiled a newly redesigned website where taxpayers can find and pay their 2018-2019 property tax bills.Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister said the website — — is based on analytics that helped his office understand what taxpayers were searching for most online.“Based on those findings, we reorganized and redesigned,” McAllister said. “We hope we’ve made it even easier to do business with our department online.”This week, the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office began mailing 998,298 printed bills, McAllister said. He recommended that county residents go online to pay their property taxes with a free e-check.About 60 percent of taxpayers now pay their bills electronically, according to McAllister, who said he would like to see that number increase.The first property tax installment is due on Nov. 1 and becomes delinquent after Dec. 10. The second installment is due Feb. 1 and becomes delinquent after April 10.The total amount owed by property taxpayers is $6.49 billion — almost half a billion dollars more than last year. McAllister said rising home prices are contributing to the increase.He also noted that the “number of parcels in San Diego County grew by 0.45 percent. Of the 4,477 new parcels, 25 percent of the increase was in new condos and 65 percent was single-family homes,” he said.Property owners who have not received their tax bill by Nov. 1 can access their bill online or call the TTC at (877) 829-4732.“For the fourth year in a row, we’ve had a collection rate over 99 percent,” he said. “We’re proud of the fact that most San Diego taxpayers do the responsible thing and pay their property taxes on time, and we don’t expect this year to be any different.” Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Man airlifted after dog bites him in Miami Gardens

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A man had to be airlifted to the hospital after he was attacked by a dog in Miami Gardens.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene at Northwest 37th Place and 161st Street, just after 4 p.m., Wednesday.The victim was identified by a resident as Luis Capote.According to the resident, Capote was working on a fence for his neighbor across the street and going back and forth between homes when the 35 to 45 pound American Bulldog terrier-mix got loose.“This afternoon, at around 3:44 p.m., we received a call of an animal bite,” said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Felipe Lay. “Arriving on scene, our units assessed that the patient suffered significant injuries from a dog and was treated on scene.”7Skyforce hovered over the scene as the victim was placed on a stretcher, taken to a chopper, and transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital.“The units transported the patient to St. Thomas University – right here, nearby the home – solicited the services of our air rescue and transported the patient to the main trauma center here in Miami,” said Lay. “The patient is in serious condition, and we always advise the public, if you ever come close to a dog that is a stranger to you, make sure that the animal has its distance, and don’t come close unless you know the dog.” Authorities said the victim was alert and speaking with paramedics as he was transported.The dog is back home. Miami-Dade Animal Services arrived to the scene and met with the owner, but left without the dog. The dog was not taken because it was with its owner in a controlled environment, according to Animal Services.“She’s hurt. She has some gashes in her head,” said the dog’s owner, with blood still on his shirt.The brother of the dog’s owner said the victim used a tool to defend himself and injured the dog. Pictures of the dog’s injuries showed blood on the animal.The investigation remains open, and Animal Services said they may interview the victim once he is released from the hospital.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Que ProReader Shipment Delayed

first_imgCustomers who’ve ordered a Que ProReader from Plastic Logic are getting a disappointing e-mail from CEO Richard Archuleta. Shipments are being delayed until “this summer.” At CES in January, Plastic Logic originally pegged a ship date of mid-April.This, of course, is not an uncommon experience in the device world, but the e-reader and tablet market has ramped up to hyper-competitive levels. PaidContent had news of the delay on its site earlier today, the same day Apple is taking pre-orders for its iPad.The customer e-mail that was forwarded to FOLIO: was dated yesterday, which is when customers were first notified, a Plastic Logic spokesperson said. The spokesperson declined to provide any more detail beyond what was said in the the e-mail—that the delay is necessary to “fine-tune the features and enhance the overall product experience.”Specifics beyond a summer ship date were unavailable as well. Plastic Logic will contact customers again “within the next month,” said the spokesperson.While Plastic Logic is positioning its reader for the business user, the field is nevertheless getting crowded—fast. In addition to being available via its own Web site, the Que will also be sold in Barnes & Noble, alongside the mega-bookseller’s nook e-reader, which itself is a direct shot at Amazon’s Kindle (the Que is also benefitting from a Barnes & Noble content partnership). Sony has its e-Reader, the iPad is scheduled to ship in April, and Dell, HP and Microsoft are said to be releasing tablets as well.And let’s not forget Hearst’s Skiff reader will be available this year, and Next Issue Media, a consortium of five publishers is getting ready to announce its consumer-facing identity while developing its own content platform, storefront and “related technology.”Here’s Archuleta’s e-mail in full:From: Richard ArchuletaSubject: QUE proReader Shipping UpdateDate: March 11, 2010Dear [REDACTED],Thank you for being one of the first customers to order a QUE proReader from Plastic Logic. We appreciate your business.Today, I wanted to personally inform you that we are postponing the first QUE proReader shipments until this Summer in order to fine-tune the features and enhance the overall product experience.Within the next month we will send you an email with more details about your order. If you also ordered accessories for your QUE proReader, we plan to ship them at the same time as your QUE proReader.I can imagine that you want to get your QUE proReader as soon as possible. We are sorry for the delay. For your inconvenience, the shipping charges will be on us.Please note that we will not charge your credit card until your order is ready to ship.If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at QUEhelp@PlasticLogic.comOnce again, thank you for being one of our first QUE proReader customers.Best regards,Richard ArchuletaCEOPlastic Logiclast_img read more

India to Modernise its Aging Naval Fleet as China Increases Presence in

first_imgIndia is moving ahead with a large scale navy modernisation programme amid concerns over Chinese submarine activity in the Indian Ocean.After a stand-off along the disputed borders during the India visit of Chinese premier Xi Jinping, a recent “port of call” by a Chinese submarine in Sri Lanka has forced India to take a tough stand, and to improve its naval resources, which is bogged down with a 30-year-old fleet, reported Reuters .China has been helping the island nation in building ports and container terminals. It also operates a port in the Pakistan city of Gwadar, which caused serious concern for the Indians.India under Modi Government has accelerated plans for tendering process for six conventional diesel-electric submarines, at an estimated cost of ₹50,000 crore ($8.1bn,) in addition to six others being assembled at Mumbai by the French firm, DCNS.The Indian Ocean is traditionally seen as India’s own “strategic backyard,” with the world’s largest democracy wielding significant influence on its smaller neighbours. The Chinese patrolling raises the stakes for India, who are jittery over any perceived shift in the balance of power equation in the naval context.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has placed deep emphasis on the “Made in India” campaign, and seeks to develop a well-entrenched local manufacturing of defence equipment. The Indian conglomerate Larsen & Toubro, which built the hull for the first domestic nuclear submarine, has been asked to manufacture two more, according to sources. Elsewhere, Japan looks to grow its diesel-electric submarine strength from 16 to 22 over the next decade. Australia, at the other end of the Indian Ocean, plans to buy up to 12 stealth submarines from Japan, while Vietnam plans for as many as 4 Kilo-class submarines from Russia, to supplement its current fleet of two. Taiwan too has been pursuing dialogue with the United States that would allow it to build its own submarine fleet.The Indian Navy presently has 13 diesel-electric submarines, of which only half are operational at any given time, due to refits. Last year saw a string of accidents, with a submarine sinking after an explosion and fire, while docked at Mumbai.India is building an aircraft carrier in Kochi, home to its Southern Naval Command; Modi government had allocated ₹19,000 crore in July, expected to be inducted into the Navy in 2018. A year ago, India had also inducted the Russian-built aircraft carrier, Admiral Gorshkov, refitted and renamed as INS Vikramaditya.Meanwhile, China has pursued a rigorous defence modernisation plan and is estimated to possess a fleet of about 60 conventional submarines, with an additional 10 nuclear-powered ones, including three armed with nuclear weapons.Beijing’s top concern in the Indian Ocean is to safeguard the passage of its commodities, especially oil, insisted Ma Jiali, an expert with the China Reform Forum’s Centre for Strategic Studies, which is affiliated with the Central Party School.China fields an 800-strong fleet compared to India’s 150-strong fleet, in which run-in are expected, warn naval sources and experts.David Brewster, a strategic affairs visiting fellow at the Australian National University, viewed that India may seek naval corporation with Japan and Australia and could expand its military base in the Andamans. Indian submarine INS Sindhurakshak hit by blast in Mumbai dockyard – ReutersBrewster expects the Indians to act sooner if China continues with its current level of presence in the Indian Ocean. Indian Navy Warships (Representational Image)Indian Navy Librarylast_img read more

Taking No Chances NYSE Holds Mock Twitter IPOs

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. The New York Stock Exchange is taking no chances with Twitter’s initial public offering. Seeking to avoid a fiasco like the one that occurred during Facebook’s launch on the Nasdaq last year, the NYSE ran three trial IPOs this past weekend to see how its systems would react to the huge trading volume Twitter’s debut may inspire.Twitter’s IPO is expected November 7, and the company is planning to sell 70 million shares at between $17 and $20 each. The NYSE ran hundreds of thousands of pretend orders on Saturday to determine whether its systems were up to the task, according to an exclusive report published by Reuters.Representatives of Barclays, KCG Holdings and Goldman Sachs took turns running the trial IPOs. Unlike Nasdaq, whose systems are fully automated, the NYSE uses human agents to facilitate IPOs.Those tests preceded a road show this week in which Twitter will pitch its stock to institutional investors in eight cities around the United States.”We are being very methodical in our planning for Twitter’s IPO, and are working together with the industry to ensure a world-class experience for Twitter, retail investors and all market participants,” an NYSE spokesman told Reuters.Related: Twitter Rolls Out New Features for BrandsIt is thought by many observers that Nasdaq’s bungled handling of Facebook’s IPO helped convince Twitter’s executives to take their business to the NYSE, a rival exchange. Although Nasdaq did test its systems prior to Facebook’s IPO, it allowed no more than 40,000 dummy orders in total, Reuters says.But on the day Facebook went public, nearly half a million orders were placed before the IPO even opened. Glitches in Nasdaq’s system prevented many traders from knowing the result of their orders for hours or even days.That foul-up proved costly: The Securities and Exchange Commission slapped Nasdaq with a $10 million fine, and the exchange said it would reimburse firms up to $62 million for their ostensible losses.As Twitter prepares to become the biggest tech IPO since Facebook, a report released Monday reveals that Twitter is rapidly becoming a lucrative platform for advertisers. The report by Adobe measures revenue per visitor, which means the average amount spent by someone who visits a third-party retailer’s website through a Twitter referral. Twitter’s revenue per visitor is up 300 percent over 2012, from 11 cents to 44 cents per visit.But Twitter still has some ground to make up against its biggest rivals. By comparison, Pinterest’s RPV increased from 22 cents to 55 cents over the same period, while Facebook’s grew from 67 cents to 93 cents.Related: 5 Things Twitter Needs to Answer on Its IPO Roadshow Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. October 28, 2013 Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 3 min readlast_img read more

China donates €10000 to CMP

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