Ambala gets ready to host Rafale jets

first_imgThe Indian Air Force has initiated a major infrastructure upgrade at its frontline base here for the deployment of the first squadron of Rafale jets, which will start arriving in September 2019.The government has sanctioned ₹220 crore to set up 14 shelters, hangars and maintenance facilities at the 78-year-old base for the fighter jets, a senior IAF official said.The Rafales will give India greater “potency” to fight Pakistan as they can carry nuclear and other missiles. The strategically located Ambala base is just 220 km from the border. “We are creating facilities keeping in mind the infrastructure requirement for the Rafale jets for the next 40 to 50 years,” the official said on condition of anonymity.Currently, the base has two fighter squadrons of Jaguar and and one of the MiG-21 Bison.Several teams from Dassault Aviation, the French manufacturer of Rafale, have visited the base and finalised the requirement for the first squadron.The IAF is carrying out an infrastructure upgrade at its Hasimara base in West Bengal, which will house the second squadron, the official said.In September last year, India signed a €7.87-billion (approx ₹59,000- crore) deal with the French government for buying 36 Rafale jets in flyaway condition. Half of them will go to Ambala and the rest to Hasimara.“We are planning to put in place all required infrastructure for Rafale squadron by the end of next year,” the IAF official said.Training under wayThe two bases will have simulator-based training facilities for the air crew. The IAF has selected a batch of pilots to fly the jets and they are being trained by Dassault Aviation in France.The Rafale squadron to be deployed in Ambala will be known as Golden Arrows, which was originally based in Bhatinda and disbanded two years ago.last_img read more

Scaling the Sharing Economy: New York to Topeka & Beyond

first_imgShortly after Leah Busque and her husband turned their distaste for having to fetch dog food for their 100-pound yellow Labrador into what would become TaskRabbit, an online marketplace for locally outsourcing small jobs and errands, the Great Recession of 2008 went into in full swing.It was an interesting time to launch a technology company, recalled Jamie Viggiano, TaskRabbit’s head of marketing. The site’s founders had expected its earliest errand providers to be students. Instead, in what became a critical influence on the company’s direction, they found that many participants were out-of-work lawyers and bankers.“We were having highly skilled professionals using the service because they were simply unemployed or underemployed,” Viggiano said. “And that actually continues to today. The economy is back on the uptick, unemployment is [lower], but people are finding this to be a really interesting way to make a living, a really interesting way to build a career in the context of your life. We’re seeing our TaskRabbits really embracing the lifestyle of freelancing, just picking up jobs when they want to. So, from an employment perspective, I certainly think that people are seeing these new models of work as here to stay.”The shared economy, perhaps best known for crowd-powered marketplaces such as travel accommodation site Airbnb and transportation-focused Lyft, blossomed as the recession set in. At the same time, social platforms were establishing broad footholds. Collaborative consumption, made more feasible by evolving technology, offered consumers ways to personalize their experiences without having to own their own cars, vacation homes and items that may be out of reach financially. It also presented fresh streams of income for people with something to spare or share.The public’s broad openness to shared-economy models, Michael Taormina, chief financial officer and co-founder of CommonBond, which connects student borrowers and alumni investors to crowd-sourced loans said, is due less to a technological transformation than to a mental and regulatory transformation — “a mental willingness on the part of consumers to participate in something like this, whereas, in the past, maybe they wouldn’t [have tried it]. Maybe they wouldn’t have let a stranger into their house. But they’ve heard this is something that is acceptable. There is also an increased tolerance, I think, on the part of regulators to allow for activity like this to take place.”The success of companies like Airbnb, J.R. Reagan, chief innovation leader for the federal practice at Deloitte Services, noted, seems to hinge on trust. “We could have been sharing our houses and cars a long time ago,” he pointed out. “Why now? What is the difference now, especially with the trust — how does that scale? Are we going to be able to trust everyone as we get up the ladder?”Why Now?Viggiano noted that TaskRabbit’s founding coincided with a growth spurt among social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. “People were sharing updates, sharing personal information — and it was a little uncomfortable,” she said. “What we then tried to do was say, ‘We’re going to connect you guys online, then you’re going to take it offline. You’re actually going to have an interpersonal experience.’ And that was an additional barrier that we had to get over.“Trust and safety was always our No. 1 priority,” Viggiano added. “[All users are] background-checked; everybody is fully vetted. I think as people become more comfortable transacting online, the evolution is toward taking things offline.” The sustained success of companies that facilitate face-to-face meetings, Viggiano said, depends on such an infrastructure.Steve Webb, director of communications at RelayRides, a peer-to-peer car-sharing market, noted, has to be especially attuned to such concerns. “If you’re convincing someone to rent out their second-most-valuable asset [i.e., a vehicle], obviously trust and safety is a huge thing. When the company was founded in 2008, it took us two years before we [officially] launched. The reason why is because we had to create an insurance product.”Taormina and his colleagues at CommonBond, meanwhile, witnessed in the wake of the financial crisis the trend of banks exiting the college financial aid space en masse. “Securitization markets were drying up,” he noted. “There was a reluctance to lend warehouse lines, which are the lifeblood of the traditional student-loan model. The lack of trust cut both ways — a lack of trust in the banks to provide what we believe is a fair lending rate to student borrowers, and then banks not treating borrowers like anything more than a loan.”The goal of CommonBond, he added, was to “create a [lending] platform [for] people who price risk accordingly and are willing to lend at fair rates that reflect the underlying credit fundamentals … and that’s what has proven out so far.”Models of ScalePeer-to-peer sharing, Reagan pointed out, implies individuals doing business with other individuals. “So where do the large corporations fit into this?” he asked. “Do they have to go down this road? Is there a place for them? Or are we having two separate worlds here that are sort of colliding?”Among the investors in RelayRides are General Motors and Avis. That might seem counterintuitive, Webb said, given the shared economy’s tendency to disrupt industries, “but I think that big companies — in our space, at least — have seen the potential for this peer-to-peer model.”He added that, in many respects, the company isn’t competing directly with such firms. “We’re not competing with GM directly because GM’s average car owner is 50 years old, and they see RelayRides as an opportunity to expose more young people to GM cars,” he pointed out. “For Avis, while it’s easy to compare RelayRides and Avis, we’re a marketplace and they are fleet managers. The way that they make the majority of their revenue, I believe, is through after-market sales. Big companies are getting involved to see how they can make this work for them, but I don’t think that they feel it’s going to erode the business.”From the beginning, Viggiano and her colleagues noticed that people were leveraging TaskRabbit to build businesses. Small start-ups, she said, were tapping into the site’s population when they otherwise might have consulted a temp agency, because they could do so “without the bureaucratic clutter” that often comes with using the latter.The effects of the shared economy on the financial services industry, Taormina noted, are a more difficult read. CommonBond’s three co-founders each had come from a large financial institution — Taormina had been a vice president at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Such firms are “not set up to nimbly apply what we were learning in collaborative consumption to [build] a model like ours,” he said.Viggiano sees the shared-economy model as adding value to the marketplace: “We’re making the pie bigger,” she noted. “We’re creating more efficiency, which means we’re allowing people to focus on the things that they’re best at.”RelayRides initially was meant to emulate Zipcar, Webb said, referring to the popular membership-based car-sharing club. Webb’s company found, however, that both owners and renters preferred long-term rentals. Many renters own vehicles, he noted, and they turn to RelayRides for unique purposes, such as when traveling.People in San Francisco, for instance, might own a relatively compact Prius for navigating the city’s narrow streets. When they drive to Lake Tahoe, however, they might prefer an SUV that can hold more luggage and supplies. The sharing economy creates new opportunities, he noted, and “forces these existing players to be more efficient.“Our supply [of vehicles] now, especially in major metropolitan areas, is big … and the key for us has been constantly evolving our product to make sure that people are seeing the different types of vehicles and the different uses,” Webb noted. “And I pretty shamelessly admit that we like to emulate Airbnb in this sense. They create an experience around a destination, and the house [users rent] is part of that, and that’s what we’d like to do with our product, as well.”Supply and DemandCollaborative consumption, of course, depends on access to the supply. A successful company, broadly speaking, will find ways to tap more far-flung locations, beyond population centers like New York City or a San Francisco.“We’re very cognizant of our launch strategies,” Viggiano said. “We start in those urban areas where there is a concentration of people. But what you naturally see are the concentric circles outside the major metropolitan area, and people adopting the service [there]…. The suburbs are not necessarily the early adopters, so you may have to wait a couple of years, but gradually, we will be there.”Webb noted that RelayRides, though a small company, has grown tenfold during the past two years. Its marketplace includes vehicles in 1,900 American cities. “There are cars in the Aleutian Islands that are closer to mainland Russia than to RelayRides’ headquarters in San Francisco,” he said. “This peer-to-peer model creates something that traditional, fleet-based car-sharing doesn’t.”There is no capital-intensive investment, for instance, in a fleet of vehicles requiring certain utilization rates. The owners of cars participating in RelayRides, Webb said, aren’t necessarily trying to reap profits or meet such rates. “That’s what’s enabled us to be in Topeka or the Aleutian Islands.”Reagan pondered which industries might not be suitable for the shared economy. Viggiano imagined conditions in which the unemployment rate was near zero: “That’s an experiment we haven’t run, when everything is just so rosy,” she said. “But, frankly, we haven’t seen anything not work yet.” Related Itemslast_img read more

SPORT-IPL-SRH-BOARD

first_imgNew Delhi, May 27 (PTI) Scoreboard of the second New Delhi, May 27 (PTI) Scoreboard of the second qualifiers of the ninth Indian Premier League between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Lions at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium here today. Gujarat Lions innings: ER Dwivedi c Boult b Kumar 5 BB McCullumc Kumar b Bipul Sharma32 SK Raina* lbw b Boult 1 KD Karthik? run out (Boult) 26 AJ Finch b Cutting 50 DR Smith c Dhawan b Cutting 1 RA Jadeja not out 19 DJ Bravob Kumar 20DS Kulkarni not out 3 Extras (W-5) 5Total (7 wickets in 20 overs) 162 Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-19, 3-63, 4-81, 5-83, 6-134, 7-158.Bowling:B Kumar 4-0-27-2, TA Boult 4-0-39-1, BB Sran 3-0-28-0, Bipul Sharma 3-0-21-1, BCJ Cutting 3-0-20-2, MC Henriques 3-0-27-0. MORE PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more

MP CM for natl institute for skill development in tourism

first_imgBhopal, Oct 15 (PTI) With an aim to boost tourism, a national-level institute will be set up in Madhya Pradesh for imparting training and skill development in the sector, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said.”Tourism sector has immense employment opportunities and to give a fillip to the sector, a national level training and skill development institute will be set up in the state soon,” Chouhan announced after formally inaugurating the third edition of Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart.The three-day event, organised by State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC), was opened with an objective to market and promote Madhya Pradesh as a destination throughout the year. Its focus is to increase domestic and inbound traffic into the state.”Madhya Pradesh is the only state in country to have Tourism Cabinet, and a new investor-friendly policy in the sector has been formulated for promoting private participation in area,” the CM said, adding that investors will get 15-20 per cent subsidy with a maximum cap of Rs 10 crore for investing in the state.The Tourism Cabinet or Special Cabinet, comprising ten ministers, was formed earlier this year with an aim to promote the sector.He said a festival was organised at Hunmantia in Khandwa district to give a boost to water sports and next such event will be held from December 15 to January 15, 2017.Chouhan said growth rate of Madhya Pradesh was over 10 per cent since 8 years while the agriculture growth rate has been more than 20 per cent for last four years. PTI MAS LAL NSK RCJ PTPadvertisementlast_img read more

England unveil new £95 kit that may be worn in only one Test

first_img Robert Kitson Recalled Jack Clifford hopes to shine for England at No8 under Eddie Jones Read more Share on Twitter Topics Twitter Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Upon unveiling the dark grey kit, an RFU release read: “In line with head coach Eddie Jones’s vision to be more disruptive and uncompromising on the field, the dark grey colour was chosen as a point of difference to the usual colour palette used by England. Inspired by distraction principles, the red fade feature is designed to make it harder to distinguish aspects of the body during the tackle.”Meanwhile, Jones has recruited Marc dal Maso as scrum consultant on a 12-month contract. Dal Maso was part of Jones’ coaching team with Japan at the 2015 World Cup, operating alongside Steve Borthwick, and is currently working as Toulon’s forwards coach. The 50-year-old former France hooker, who has Parkinson’s disease, will spend a total of three days with England during the 12 months but will also provide video analysis from overseas during the year.Jones has brought in several coaches on a short-term basis in the past, among them Jonny Wilkinson, George Smith and Glen Ella. Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Read more The shirt costs £95 and is “accentuated with a fiery red fade – designed to mask player movement”. It is also billed as the lightest kit ever to be made by Canterbury. England will wear it when they begin their autumn campaign against Argentina on 11 November, while the women’s team will also wear the kit against Canada in the second of their three-match autumn series.It is understood that both sides will wear white in their other two autumn games, with the men’s team hosting Australia (18 November) and Samoa (25 November) at Twickenham. Considering England traditionally wear white for all their Six Nations matches, if Jones’s side are to wear the grey kit in another Test this season they would have to do so in South Africa in June. England wore white in all three Tests in Australia last year and in each of their three matches against the Springboks the last time they were in South Africa in 2012.An RFU spokesperson told the Guardian: “At this point in time, these are the only matches that have been confirmed that the teams will wear the alternate kit.”The RFU was criticised for launching a new kit at the start of last season, having released two special strips for sale ahead of the 2015 World Cup. That came just months after the RFU had unveiled two new jerseys for the 2014-15 season, featuring controversial Victoria Cross motifs. Facebook Share on Pinterest England have unveiled a dark grey alternate kit – the 10th replica shirt released by the Rugby Football Union in a little over three years – which is likely to be worn in just one Test by Eddie Jones’s side.The new kit, which follows the release of a new home jersey in August, replaces the blue strip worn by England in both summer Tests against Argentina as well as last autumn against Fiji and the Pumas. Rugby union England rugby union team … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Share on LinkedIn England women will wear the new kit, ‘inspired by distraction principles’, against Canada this autumn. Photograph: RFU Naming rights are part of modern sport but Twickenham should resist The England captain Dylan Hartley will make his return from a hand injury for the league leaders, Northampton, against Gloucester on Saturday. He is joined in the Saints XV by Piers Francis, who makes his debut for the club at inside-centre having recovered from a jaw injury, while Gloucester will hand a first start to their summer signing Owen Williams.Freddie Burns, who like Williams left Leicester during the close season, makes his first start for Bath as the Premiership’s bottom club, Worcester, arrive at the Rec still seeking a first league win. Charlie Ewels captains Bath from the second row.Exeter welcome high-flying Newcastle to Sandy Park with Sam Simmonds and Jack Nowell restored to the starting lineup after missing the defeat to Leicester. Toby Flood is in line to make his first appearance since returning to Newcastle. Elsewhere on Saturday, Dan Tuohy will make his first appearance for Leicester following his move from Ulster as George Ford captains the Tigers for the first time at London Irish.On Sunday, Wasps travel to Saracens without Jimmy Gopperth, who picked up an injury in the defeat to Bath and joins Danny Cipriani on the sidelines. Dai Young can call on Willie le Roux, who comes in at full-back with Rob Miller moving to fly-half. For Saracens, Maro Itoje starts at blindside flanker again while Brad Barritt makes his 200th appearance for the club. Owen Farrell will remain on the bench with Alex Lozowski continuing at fly-half. Rugby Football Union Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content newslast_img read more

Working on variations to keep up with wrist spinners: Nathan Lyon

first_img Press Trust of India RanchiMarch 7, 2019UPDATED: March 7, 2019 19:07 IST Nathan Lyon is still trying to become a permanent fixture in Australia’s ODI set-up (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNathan Lyon is looking to add a few more variations up his sleeve in order to remain relevant in limited-overs cricketLyon believes that there should be a proper balance of finger and wrist spinners in any set up”Wrist spinners are a valuable part to any side but I am working on a couple of variations to make sure I am keeping up with the game,” Lyon saidAustralia’s premier off-spinner Nathan Lyon is looking to add a few more variations up his sleeve in order to remain relevant in limited-overs cricket at a time when wrist spinners are ruling the roost.Whether its Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav for India, Yasir Shah for Pakistan, Adil Rashid for England or Adam Zampa for Australia, they have all posed challenges for the finger spinners but Lyon is up for it.”Wrist spinners are a valuable part to any side but I am working on a couple of variations to make sure I am keeping up with the game. The game is moving so fast. This is a great opportunity for everyone to learn,” Lyon said on the eve of the third ODI.However, Lyon believes that there should be a proper balance of finger and wrist spinners in any set up.”I think it is a pretty important balance to have, a couple of really good spinners to have in your side. Look at India, they have a couple of really good ones. Kuldeep, his skills are unbelievable but their reliance on Jadeja has been quite impressive as well,” Lyon said.”I think it is very important for any international side to have a couple of decent spinners going into the World Cup.”Possibly the best off-spinner in current Test arena, Lyon is still trying to become a permanent fixture in the ODI set-up but said he is not putting any additional pressure on himself.”No, it hasn’t put any extra pressure. Really enjoy playing the shorter formats and being in coloured clothing for Australia,” he said.advertisement”For me, it is just about enjoying the challenge and trying to get better in shorter formats. Yes, there is added pressure I guess but none I am putting on myself.”One of Lyon’s main weapon is bounce but the pitches on offer has been low and slow in nature.He feels one needs to bowl differently on these tracks.”I still believe bounce is a massive weapon. It is about me having the ability to change the pace, variation and the mindset depending on who I am bowling to,” the 31-year-old said.”It is really about me trying to read the game, what’s going to happen before it actually happens and try and control the moment.”Australia may have lost two close games but Lyon feels that terms like “choker” is too harsh.”We are playing against one of the best sides in the world. Choke is a pretty strong word, we are a young cricket side, we are trying to get better and we are learning about the game on the training field,” he said.”It has been a close contest if you actually break down the games — I have just come from a team meeting — into all the little numbers we look at, it is quite close.”I think a lot of people will be surprised as to how close it is. So there is a great feeling inside the Australian change room at the moment, a lot of belief,” the senior player came to his team’s defence.Lyon has a lovely sense of humour and it showed when his take was sought on the newly unveiled “MS Dhoni Pavilion” and whether he would like something like that in any of the Australian grounds.”I don’t think it will be grand anywhere in the world that will have my name on it. But obviously, MS Dhoni and Nathan Lyon are two different characters. He is an absolute legend and I am not comparing myself to him.Also Read | Bhabhiji ruining our fitness levels: Rishabh Pant after dinner at MS Dhoni’s houseAlso Read | After dinner at MS Dhoni’s house, Team India begin preparations for Australia ODIAlso Read | MS Dhoni hosts Team India for dinner at Ranchi home: Thank you bhai, says ChahalAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan could have played Ranji Trophy: Aakash Chopra on Shikhar Dhawan’s formAlso Read | Pat Cummins says Australia looking at positives despite loss in 2nd ODI vs IndiaAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Nathan Lyon Working on variations to keep up with wrist spinners: Nathan LyonIndia vs Australia: Wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, Yasir Shah, Adil Rashid and Adam Zampa have all posed challenges for the finger spinners but Nathan Lyon is up for it.advertisementlast_img read more

How to Handle Your Road Rage and Interacting with Commuters that Drive You Crazy

first_imgIt’s estimated that 80 percent of drivers get road rage. Couple that with the fact that we spend 300 hours driving each year and it’s no surprise this no-man’s-land of brake tapping, blinker-avoiding, and cut-offs has created a lump of stress in our everyday lives.To better understand how to deal with road rage and overcome the frustrations of driving, we asked Dr. Robert Nemerovski, a psychologist and leading authority on anger and road rage to share some tips.What Is Road Rage?Road rage is an escalation between two or more drivers. Nemerovski says drivers enter a dysfunctional communication without any means to talk about it, so they act out their frustrations with moving vehicles. The escalation occurs because we are primed to be on the lookout for bad drivers. In essence, we’re looking for people to be mad at, or someone to delay or offend us.RgStudio/Getty ImagesWe’re All ‘Bad’ Drivers“Remember, we’re all in it together,” Nemerovski says.According to Nemerovski, our perception of what road rage looks like has been largely shaped by the media to encompass bat-wielding hillbillies and trigger-happy macho men. Obviously, that isn’t us, right? To a lesser extreme, we still look at road rage expressions like tailgating, flashing lights, flipping off, shouting obscenities, or brake-tapping as an exchange between a perpetrator and victim. When we experience these, we become the victim.The truth is, we all contribute to each others’ experience on the road. In Nemerovsk’s doctoral research, he asked subjects to identify the signs or behaviors of road rage and then say which they had done. “It was mind-blowing because the subjects always felt they were right, law-abiding, good drivers, but admitted to doing these things,” he tells The Manual.Andras VasAll it takes is one person to cut in traffic and we feel they are the perpetrator and we are the victim. That makes us angry. “People drive around with a lot of anger. The media has drawn a line between normal driving anger vs road ragers, but the reality is that everyone’s annoyance, frustration, and anger impacts other drivers,” says Nemerovski.How to Deal with Road RageSet the MoodBe mindful of the emotions you’re bringing into your car. Tough day at work? Fight with your S.O? Too much whiskey the night before? You are responsible for setting the mood in your car so that you can participate on the road with the least frustration. Save your ’80s death metal for the gym. Play music that puts you in a good headspace, try a quick meditation, set the temperature, take a drink of water, then hit the pedal to the metal.Stop Making Personality AssessmentsYou’re driving and someone on the road does something wrong. Notice if your mind goes directly to analyzing their personality or jumping to conclusions about where they live, their job, or political affiliation. “It’s a phenomenon called dehumanization,” Nemerovski says. “You can allow yourself to be more aggressive toward someone when seeing them less as a human.” (Ever heard of the Stanford prison experiment?)Mick TinbergenYou actually know nothing about that person and have no right to feel superior or to act in a dangerous way that values their life and welfare as less than your own. If someone cuts you off, tap into your humor reserve and think, “They’re probably late to class or about to pee their pants.” We’ve all been there.Experiment With KindnessPurposefully allow others to merge and pass. Yeah, be intentionally nice. It could cause a chain reaction of kindness that circles back to you when you need it most, or at the very least you’ll see how easy it is and that being nice doesn’t delay your trip too much.Take the High RoadChange lanes, let the pedal-pusher pass, and forfeit the juvenile battle of acting out on the road. If you’re measuring your worth as a man by beating a grandma to the next red light, you might want to consider talking with an expert like Nemerovski. There’s no shame in wanting to understand your anger.Alexander PopovWhen you take the high road, don’t view this as a loss but as a sign of intelligence to disengage, back off, move lanes, or pull over if someone is very aggressive.Assume People Are CrazyWe’re primed to look for bad drivers but we don’t always assume they’re crazy. Nemerovski suggests assuming other drivers can potentially be easily triggered or unhinged, or are looking to take their internal or unrelated aggression out on you. It may be a little morbid, but this preconception should make it easier to say, “You know what? Not worth my time or safety.” Before “teaching them a lesson” by tapping your breaks (which is very dangerous, Nemerovski says), remember you’re responsible for either contributing to or calming down an escalation.Play Grand Theft AutoOK, Nemerovski didn’t suggest this, but our personal recommendation for dealing with road rage or discharging any leftover hard feelings after your commute home is booting up the PlayStation and getting your Grand Theft Auto on. The road isn’t a game, but this is. A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking Editors’ Recommendations Dirtbag Style Guide: 5 Lessons That Apply to Everyone The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters The Quietest and Loneliest Roads in Americalast_img read more

Delhi HC seeks Chief Secys response over contempt plea

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi high court on Wednesday sought a response from Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Dev and the Directorate of Education (DoE) in a contempt petition for not obeying its order to start the recruitment process for filling up vacant posts of Special Educators in DoE in the national Capital. A single judge bench presided by Justice V Kameswar Rao issued notice to the respondents over the contempt petition filed by Syed Mehedi through advocate Ashok Aggarwal and slated the matter for hearing on March 16 next year. The court directed the respondents to file their response within two weeks. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe petitioner through his plea sought initiation of contempt proceedings for non compliance of the High Court order passed by a division bench comprising Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Pali. Aggarwal argued that even after the order, the Delhi government had failed to initiate a recruitment process for filling up around 1,000 vacancies. On July 2, a division bench of the high court ordered the Delhi government to grant age relaxation to the petitioner for appointment of special Educator Teacher. The court directed the government to comply with its order in four weeks.last_img read more

Development should not be at cost of citizens Aaditya

first_imgThane: Asserting that development should not be at the cost of citizens and environment, Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray has said his party opposed the Nanar refinery project in Maharashtra as “sons of the soil” were against it. The proposed Rs 3 lakh crore refinery at Nanar in the state’s Ratnagiri district was scrapped earlier this year after the Sena put up a stiff resistance. Justifying his party’s opposition to the project, Thackeray said its proposed location would have adversely affect the environment. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Wherever else it is suitable and does not affect the environment and locals welcome it, the Sena will never oppose it. The Sena is not against development, but not at the cost of citizens. We are against the Nanar project as ‘sons of the soil’ are opposed to it,” he said. Incidentally, Thackeray has been quite vocal against the proposed felling of over 2,600 trees to make way for a Metro car shed in Aarey Colony of Mumbai. Environmentalists and activists are also opposing the Metro car shed project and have been demanding its relocation. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The Yuva Sena chief, who is the son of Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, was talking to reporters here on Tuesday night on the sidelines of his ‘Jan Ashirward Yatra’, a public outreach programme, ahead of the upcoming state polls. Asked about rumours that former state chief minister and Maharashtra Swabhiman Party leader Narayan Rane may join the ruling BJP, the Yuva Sena leader said, “We don’t discuss such small issues. We have a big dream of creating a new Maharashtra.” “I want to build a new Maharashtra, which is the dream of every citizen, and bring ‘Mantralaya’ (secretariat) at the doorsteps of citizens,” said the young Sena leader, whose party is an ally of the BJP at the Centre and in the state. He said the relevant issues for them are the recent abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, and their party’s demand for construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. Asked about the numerous potholes in Thane, he said such road conditions were seen in many parts of the state, including the Mumbai-Goa highway. “There is a dire need to have a relook into the tendering system where contract is given to the lower bidder. This affects the quality of construction,” he said. He said time has come when the Centre, the state government and local bodies should think over it and bring about a change in the process to improve the quality of roads. This year there has been heavy rainfall and also due to the ongoing Metro work, roads have become bad, he noted. Incidentally, Sena supremo late Bal Thackeray had once during an election rally in Thane prostrated before the audience and sought their blessings. Replicating his grandfather’s action, the Yuva Sena chief also prostrated before the gathering during his rally here on Tuesday and sought their blessings for his party in the upcoming state polls. He said the Sena has a special love and affection for Thane as it gave his party a political fillip in 1960s. “The same love I want throughout the state. Whatever development work has happened (in Thane), I want to replicate it in the entire state. Hence, I have come to this city to seek your blessings,” he told the gathering.last_img read more

Canada Goose reports secondquarter profit up raises outlook for full year

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:GOOS) TORONTO — Canada Goose Holdings Inc. beat expectations as it reported a second-quarter profit of $49.9 million and raised its outlook for growth for the year.The luxury parka maker says the profit amounted to 45 cents per diluted share for quarter ended Sept. 30 compared with a profit of $37.1 million or 33 cents per diluted share a year ago.Revenue in what was the company’s second quarter totalled $230.3 million, up from $172.3 million in the same quarter last year.On an adjusted basis, Canada Goose says it earned 46 cents per diluted share in the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of 29 cents per diluted share a year ago. Analysts had expected a profit of 26 cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.In its outlook, Canada Goose says it now expects annual revenue growth of at least 30 per cent compared with its earlier forecast for at least 20 per cent.The company also expects annual growth in its adjusted net income per diluted share to be at least 40 per cent compared with its earlier guidance of at least 25 per cent. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Verizon 2Q Earnings Snapshot

NEW YORK (AP) _ Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $3.94 billion.On a per-share basis, the New York-based company said it had net income of 95 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were $1.23 per share.The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 19 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.20 per share.The largest U.S. cellphone carrier posted revenue of $32.07 billion in the period, missing Street forecasts. Eighteen analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $32.4 billion.Verizon shares have declined almost 2% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has climbed 19%. The stock has risen almost 7% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on VZ at https://www.zacks.com/ap/VZae???The Associated Press read more

Badgers face No 1 Ravens in semifinal showdown

The two highest scoring basketball teams in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) clash Wednesday night in Ottawa as the Brock Badgers face off against the No. 1-ranked Carleton Ravens in the OUA semifinals.The Ravens (91.3 points per game), host the Badgers (87.3 ppg) at 8 p.m. in a game being stream lived on OUA.tvABOUT THE BADGERS (16-8):The Badgers placed second in the OUA West and won back-to-back playoff games over Lakehead (87-83) and Western (89-88) and have come a long way since losing 86-46 at Carleton on Nov. 23.“Carleton is a very disciplined team defensively, and they capitalize on their opponents’ mistakes,” said Badgers guard Tyler Brown, who scored the game-winner against Western Saturday afternoon. “What we have to do is stick to our game plan. We have to play at our pace, not let them speed us up and we have to execute on both ends of the floor.”Brock is led by a strong core of senior players consisting of shooting guard Johneil Simpson (20.5 ppg, fourth in OUA), forward Cassidy Ryan (18.3 ppg, 5.8 rebounds per game) and Brown (third in OUA with 5.2 assists per game). Third-year centre Daniel Cayer is fifth in the league with 8.8 rebounds per game.ABOUT THE RAVENS (22-1):The Carleton Ravens are currently ranked No. 1 in the country and have dropped only one game this season, a 78-74 home loss to Ryerson, on Jan. 26. Carleton averages 95.3 points per game, however the Ravens are not taking the Badgers for granted.“We have to prepare for their intensity that they’re going to come out with,” Ravens guard Isiah Osborne told goravens.ca. “They have a lot of fifth years, and this could be their last game if they lose, so we have to be ready for that.”Carleton’s top scorer, third-year forward Eddie Ekiyor, led the OUA in shooting (63.8 per cent). The Ravens defeated the Queen’s Golden Gaels 80-63 in the quarter-finals on Feb. 23. read more

NFL draft Noah Brown selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh

OSU sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown (80) makes a leaping grab during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Northwestern on Oct. 29. The Buckeyes won 24-20. Credit: Alexa MavrogianisThe Dallas Cowboys selected former Ohio State wide receiver Noah Brown in the seventh round with the 239th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.Brown is the seventh former OSU player selected in this year’s draft. He is the third former Buckeye on the offensive side of the ball to be selected. The big-bodied 6-foot-2, 222-pound wideout was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection his final season for the Buckeyes.In 2016, his redshirt sophomore season and final year as a Buckeye, Brown caught 30 passes, the second-most on the team, for 402 yards, a 12.6-yard average. He caught seven touchdowns.Brown excited OSU fans and impressed NFL teams when he caught five passes for 72 yards, scoring four times against Oklahoma in the third game of the 2016 season. But Brown caught just two touchdowns in the remaining 10 games.Before the 2016 season, Brown played in 13 games, all during his freshman season, but caught just a single pass. In fall camp, prior to his second season in Columbus, Brown suffering a broken left leg that would keep him out the entire season, allowing OSU to use a redshirt.Brown’s 19 reps on the bench press at the NFL combine tied him for the second-most among wide receivers in this draft class.This marks the third year in a row a Buckeyes receiver was drafted. In 2015, Devin Smith and Evan Spencer were taken by the New York Jets and Washington Redskins, respectively. Michael Thomas and Braxton Miller were drafted by the New Orleans Saints and Houston Texans, respectively, in 2016.Brown joins former Buckeyes running backs Ezekiel Elliot and Rod Smith in Dallas.Brown will begin his NFL career in Dallas on September 10 when the Cowboys take on the New York Giants. read more

Geek deals save 40 on 120GB Intel 320 series SSD

first_imgThe SSD market has moved pretty fast over the last couple years. One of the catalysts for this acceleration was the entrance of a silicon giant into the industry: Intel. With a huge manufacturing capacity, Intel’s step into the SSD market really kicked off the competitive race to cheaper, better SSDs. They are no longer as dominant as they were with the first generation of SSDs, like the X-25M, but but they are still very much a force to be reckoned with and they have a few fine offerings available.While Intel’s SSDs are indeed some of the more popular and desired drives, this is not necessarily because they are the 100% best performing drives on the market. Rather, Intel’s goal with their consumer-level SSDs has been to improve the cost-per-GB of storage and they’ve been aggressively chipping away at that goal.Now on their third generation of mainstream SSDs, Intel’s 320 Series brings even smaller transistors, more bytes for your buck, and of course better performance to boot. This deal on the 120GB 320 Series model SSDSA2CW120G3K5 includes a $25 mail-in rebate and $15 instant savings to produce a $169 price tag that is more than $40 cheaper than other reputable retailers. It’s not quite at the $1-per-GB threshold that everyone so desperately wants to see, but it’s getting there, and $1.40-per-GB really isn’t too bad considering the performance you are getting and the fact that this drive has been out under a year.Being a retail box kit, this unit includes a mounting kit for those wanting to pop this into a desktop. It also includes a stellar five year warranty, should anything happen to your pricey SSD. The mail-in rebate expires TOMORROW, so be sure jump on this deal if you’ve been itching for a new Intel SSD.Visit Logic Buy for Intel’s 320 series SSD.last_img read more

Learn the Key to Saving a Field from Unnecessary Insect Damage in

first_imgWhat’s the key to saving a field from unnecessary insect damage? Find out from the experts in the latest ASA Educational Podcast, sponsored by Syngenta.Brown marmorated stink bugs have the capacity to significantly harm soybeans by feeding on a plant’s reproductive tissues. The insect is becoming more widespread throughout the U.S. (Image from David R. Lance, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org)”Depending on environmental conditions, insect pressure in soybean fields varies each year,” said Syngenta Agronomic Service Representative Troy Griess. “Since heavy insect presence can put both soybean health and yield in jeopardy, it’s important for growers to actively prepare and scout for pests to minimize damage and preserve yield potential. When insect populations reach economic thresholds, insecticide applications may be necessary.”Listen to the podcast now.last_img read more

Hundreds of gallons of gas spill behind Miami business

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Crews are working to clean up a major gasoline spill in Miami.According to City of Miami Fire Rescue, hundreds of gallons of gas spilled from a tanker truck that was parked behind Jet Ski of Miami, located along Northwest 39th Street and 29th Avenue.Hazmat crews were called to the scene just after 10:30 p.m., Thursday.There were no injuries reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Penton Buys UKBased Highline

first_imgPenton announced today that it has acquired Highline LP, a company based outside of London that provides data and sales information for the business and commercial aviation markets. The two companies have been partners for about sixteen years, with Highline providing its data for Penton’s AC-U-KWIK brand, a directory of airports, fixed-base operators (FBOs) and the various suppliers that support the aviation market—fuel suppliers, maintenance, catering and so on. Highline, which employs about five people, also runs airportdata.aero, an information and data product that more specifically serves the commercial and cargo markets, and the deal will tie this product more closely to Penton’s two commercial/cargo brands Air Transport World and SpeedNews. This aspect was also a key driver to make the acquisition. The data that’s developed by airportdata.aero can be packaged and sold to the Aviation group’s advertisers and readers. Plus, with all of the support operations serving airports, there’s likely other verticals within Penton that may be able to leverage that data in other, more tangential markets.   The terms of the deal were not released, but observers estimate the sale price below $5 million.last_img read more

Breakfast offered in Sitka School District for all students

first_imgIt’s often called the most important meal of the day but sometimes kids don’t get the chance to eat breakfast before heading to class. Sitka School District wanted to change that this year and started offering breakfast for all students.Students and staff walk through the hallway at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School in Sitka. (Photo by Ed Ronco/KCAW) It’s parfait day at Sitka High School and dozens of students have showed up early to grab a bite to eat before the first bell.One is junior Niki Jeter.“It’s really good—yogurt berries, granola, yeah,” Jeter says.She says it’s nice to be able to have the option to get breakfast at school, and to have a quick meal in case she’s in a rush and doesn’t get to eat at home.“Instead of going to my class hungry and like waiting for lunch to come, and just thinking about when is lunch coming up, it’s nice.”And that’s the idea. This is the first year the high school has offered breakfast and that Sitka School District has offered it to students at all five of its schools.Cassee Olin is the district’s business manager. She says in the past few years the district office received requests from principals to provide breakfasts for kids.“There’s actually a saying in the Alaska School Nutrition Association,” Olin says. “It’s not nutrition unless they eat it and they need to have brain food at the beginning in order to do what they need to do. We try to make sure they’re fed in the mornings and at lunch and  get a good balanced meal so they can perform to what they need to be good successful students.”With the precarious state of Alaska’s budget, food service is one line item Olin is not worried about. Both breakfast and lunch are funded by federal programs, which cover and subsidize food for low-income students. Olin says the district breaks even on the meals, which cost about half-a-million dollars.The programs at Baranof and Keet Gooshi Heen elementary schools are also funded by small grants from the White Elephant Thrift Shop, which pays for both the students who receive reduced-cost breakfasts, and also covers some expenses for all other other students.Over at Baranof, a gaggle of little girls and guys eat yogurt, cereal, and fruit cups in the school’s “breakfast club” classroom.“Okay, everybody here? One last bite. Good one. Chew that really good and you are ready for learning.”At Baranof, breakfast has been a long-running program, originally started by counselor Jeanine Brooks and teacher Jessica Christensen, then an AmeriCorps volunteer.“It was obvious because our school starts so early and some families don’t have the ability to pull off a whole breakfast and catch the bus that we needed to figure out something,” says Brooks.She says her breakfast club students are less cranky and more ready for school.Although it’s hectic fitting a meal in between bus drop off and the start of school, Brooks says, “Anecdotally there’s such a clear correlation between having breakfast and having a better day behaviorally, and social-emotionally and academically the kids who come to breakfast do so much better because they get nurturing and community and wake up time and then they have food in their stomachs. It’s the best thing that we do here because it has these nice direct results.”Back at Sitka High, Chef Jo Michalski is cleaning up from breakfast, which also included egg, cheese, and bacon breakfast burritos, cereal, muffins and fruit – all for $1.50 each. The new addition has been a hit, she says, with 30 to 50 kids eating before school each day. Parfait day is the most popular, though. The high school now allows students to bring their breakfasts to first-period classes.“They love it, grab a spoon and go.” says Michalski. “Everything’s there for you–you’ve got your grain, you’ve got your fruit, you’ve got your dairy all in a cup.”And with her parfait in hand and a chocolate muffin for later, Nicki Jeter heads to her American government class.“I like to have food with me while I’m learning,” says Jeter.About 100 students eat breakfast at the schools each day. The meal is open to everyone.last_img read more

When A High School Football Player Meets A Brain Injury Researcher

first_imgMeredith Nierman/WGBHDr. Lee Goldstein, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,As Alex Rivero biked around town raising money for the Newton North High School football team last fall, the 17-year-old started getting pretty good at guessing which houses were worth the door knock. He’d look for lights on and listen for kids’ voices.When he found a house that looked promising, he would stop.At one place, Dr. Lee Goldstein opened the door. Goldstein cares a great deal about high school football. It’s what he was thinking about when the doorbell rang.“I was writing about these postmortem pathology specimens — brains — from teenagers who had played football,” says Goldstein.Clearly visible in the boys’ brains were tell-tale brown areas, the early signs of the same disease found in the brains of more than 100 former pro football players: CTE, or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.“This is the beginning of a dementing process that will destroy a brain,” says Goldstein, who leads the molecular research team at Boston University’s CTE Center. “To see this, a neurodegenerative disease, in a teenage brain, that’s tough. That’s really tough.”Thinking back on that chance encounter, Rivero says, “It could have been any random dad who just came down the stairs and said, ‘Oh football, I used to play football.’ ““No, it was the one dude who probably knows the most about CTE probably out of 99.9 percent of the world.”The research Goldstein was working on would, a few months later, be published in the journal Brain and generate widespread media coverage. It involved evidence not only from teenage football players’ brains but also animal models that offered ground-breaking information: CTE can develop even without a concussion.“We sat down on the porch,” Rivero recalls, “and he starts telling me it’s not just concussions that are the problem.”“It’s about getting hit in the head,” says Goldstein. “And the more hits he gets, the greater the risk for this disease, even if he never has a concussion. Ever.”“I didn’t realize how little you needed, how little damage you needed to suffer from CTE,” says Rivero.Goldstein hoped the conversation would do more than inform Rivero. He wanted to convince him to stop playing football.“That was my hope,” says Goldstein. “He seems like such a lovely kid and I’m thinking ‘Why? Why do this?’ “Rivero says he plays football for many of the same reasons that, during the offseason, he engages in his other favorite sport: boxing. It’s the only sport with a higher risk of CTE than football.“There’s something about it, when you’re boxing, when you’re playing football,” explained Rivero. “It just brings something out of you that you really only know if you play those sports.”That chance meeting made Rivero think long and hard about the risks those sports carry. And when his English teacher assigned a research project, Rivero decided to write his own paper on CTE. His research included a visit to Goldstein’s lab at Boston University.“He told me it was the most important thing he was doing that day and he said, ‘I know I might not stop you, but I feel like education’s the most important thing here.’ “Rivero is still a regular at the boxing gym but says he rarely goes into the ring. He doesn’t want to get hit in the head. So, what about football?“It’s kind of hard to think about but I’m still going to play,” says Rivero. “This is something I love. I dedicate myself to [this]. This makes me healthier physically, mentally. I’m doing what I love, making friends, there’s a lot of great experiences that I’m having from this.”It’s hard to compare that tangible experience with the abstract idea of, decades from now, possibly being addled by brain disease. Although, Rivero says he gets it — playing football puts him at risk for developing CTE.“It’s a thought, it’s definitely a thought. I know it’s entirely possible,” says Rivero, “but right now I’m just trying to enjoy life.”“He loves the game and I get that. I really do,” says Goldstein, “And then I ask the question, not about his wishes, but about the greater society. Why are we not protecting our kids?”Dr. Goldstein says the research on CTE is a lot like the early days of lung cancer research. The link to cigarette smoking was not immediately understood — or accepted. And it’s taken generations to change behaviors and policies around smoking. He thinks it might be the same thing with football.Copyright 2018 WGBH. To see more, visit WGBH. Sharelast_img read more

Into the Breach and the Few Good Roguelikes

first_img In the year and half since I wrote this feature outlining just why I dislike the roguelike genre, I’ve played a lot more roguelikes. That’s because randomly generated, mechanics-heavy, permadeath games are a particularly great fit for indie games that have made a home on Nintendo Switch. This increasing familiarity with the gameplay style hasn’t made me any less annoyed by it. I lamented awesome ideas in games like Tumbleseed, Gonner, Enter the Gungeon, Ironcast, Galak-Z, and Crypt of the Necrodancer undone by roguelike execution.However, I can also admit when I’ve had my mind changed. And recently I’ve now played enough roguelikes I not only tolerate but actually love that they bear mentioning. Basically, the key to making a roguelike I enjoy is having mechanics intrinsically fun enough on their own to make the repetition worth it as well as including systems for real, tangible, permanent progress at a steady clip. Or you can make a brilliant, philosophical commentary about endless reboots like Edge of Tomorrow, or The Good Place.I’ve already written a whole piece on Flinthook but it enthusiastically checks all of these boxes for me. Swinging around levels with your grappling hook blasting enemies is a great time even in mindless levels generated by an algorithm. The bounty system gives you something reasonable to complete in your first few runs as well as permanent rewards for future runs. And a radical retro visual and audio aesthetic makes the world easy to stay immersed in.The same positives applies to the recently released Bad North, a smaller Switch game to play before Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. I wish there was a way to maintain some benefits even if your Fire Emblem-esque lords die. But you can make a lot of good progress even early on. And the tight real-time tactics gameplay of defending each island is a stimulating intellectual exercise in and of itself every time. Finding the right mix of ranged and close-quarter units, and sending them to defend the right spots on the island at the right time, works regardless of larger fleeting context.Despite it’s annoying titular hero, Immortal Redneck also makes the formula work. Upgrades persist and come frequently since you have to spend all your currency before a run. The first-person gunplay is snappy and dynamic in a perfectly edgy early 90s PC shooter kind of way. And the Egyptian-themed 3D pyramid corridors are just a different type of environment to see procedurally generated than what we’re used to. Bespoke design doesn’t matter quite as much, so you don’t feel the difference between these and hand-crafted levels.But the best recent example of roguelike done right by my standards is Into the Breach, the second game from the creators of FTL. This game already intrigued me when we streamed it on PC earlier this year. However it’s an absolute bite-sized masterpiece now on the go with Nintendo Switch. It’s a turn-based strategy game similar to something like Advance Wars or Chess. But the tactical focus is more on survival and protection against impossible endless odds rather than creating a perfect attack plan.This shift is a brilliant way to mitigate procedural generation’s lack of authored design. And it encourages such incredible improvisation with your three different mechs and their abilities you augment during each run, abilities you become intimately familiar with and can then send back in time to keep a sense of continuity. Clearing single islands or even the whole game is actually plausible early on, at least on easy mode, so I’m choosing to restart, not being forced to. It barely even feels like a roguelike, just a fantastic strategy game.So if every other developer working on a roguelike could just learn the lessons these games have maybe I won’t be so annoyed when every other indie pitch touts itself as “the love child of Spelunky and Binding of Isaac.”For more on games you’ll either love or hate check out our thoughts on Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate in a post Monster Hunter World world as well as how Shenmue paved the way for modern gaming.Buy it now!Super Smash Bros. UltimateNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Stay on targetlast_img read more