15 Dec

A new era of airline Darwinism, with AI accelerating natural selection

first_imgAI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them Stephen Pratt Tags:#AI#airlines#Artifical intelligence#Internet of Things#IoT Related Posts center_img China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Noodle.ai, a San Francisco based AI software applications company, recently developed the Noodle AI Index for Airlines.  The index shows evidence that airlines that learn best, broaden their view externally, and use algorithms to better predict the future, outperform those that focus their gaze internally and look only to the past. How the index worksThe Noodle AI Index examines AI adoption (X-axis) vs. the growth in value of the airline (Y-axis).  AI adoption is quantified through analysis of skills, focus, and public commitment to the three pillars of AI: learning algorithms, supercomputing technology, and data engineering.  Stock performance is calculated as the five-year change of stock price vs. the airline industry average.What does this tell us about Airline Darwinism?Airlines are operationally-intensive data-rich environments that traditionally have been managed looking largely at internal historical data analyzed by static algorithms. This approach limits the capacity to manage critical forecast-intensive operations like revenue management, fleet maintenance, inventory management, route planning, and customer loyalty offers. Enterprise AI is an opportunity to scale human expertise and find patterns beyond human capability. See also: How to use emotion AI for all the right reasons Learning algorithms flourish when combining large amounts of internal, external, structured and unstructured data. The effects of AI on airlines steadily will increase.  Channeling Darwin, AI entering airline operations is more likely to be a natural selection process for the industry rather than a sudden Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event.  Nonetheless, the battle to be the most adaptable is amping up. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

3 Dec

I have not done anything wrong: Kamat

first_imgPanaji: Former Chief Minister and Congress MLA Digambar Kamat on Saturday said he was innocent and it was up to people to judge whether he was being politically harassed.In reply to a question about the Enforcement Directorate seizing his properties in connection with the Louis Berger bribery case, Mr. Kamat said, “I have not done anything wrong. I was given an intimation by the ED that my properties were attached only after the news appeared in the media.”Earlier this week, the ED had attached properties of Mr. Kamat and former Chief Minister and Nationalist Congress Party MLA Churchill Alemao, amounting to ₹1.95 crore. The properties were purchased in 2010, around the time of the scam.Mr. Kamat also said that he was unaware about the 14 shell companies that were allegedly used as intermediaries to channelise bribe money to him and others, as revealed by the ED probe.Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader and Leader of Opposition Babu Kavlekar said the party is supporting Mr. Kamat on the issue.Mr. Kamat said people from Margao had elected him again in the Assembly polls and wherever he had gone during the election period people had extended their support to him. Mr. Kamat, Mr. Alemao and other government officials have been accused of allegedly accepting a $976,630 bribe in 2010 from officials of U.S.-based Louis Berger consultancy firm to secure implementation rights of a ₹1,031 crore water and sewerage project in Goa, funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).Mr. Alemao, top officials linked to the project, and senior Louis Berger employees were arrested by the State Crime Branch, but were later released on bail.Mr. Kamat has been charge sheeted as the prime conspirator. He has been charged under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) and Section 201 (tampering with evidence) of the Indian Penal Code and other relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.last_img read more

2 Dec

NRIs Turbo Charge Indian Businesses

first_imgAt home and abroad, what value do non-resident Indians bring to multinational corporations?In 1980, Vivek Paul left India to obtain his MBA in the U.S. and, after graduating, had the good fortune to be recruited by Jack Welch at GE. In 1999, he left his position as the global head of GE Medical Systems to join Wipro, the Bangalore-based IT services firm, which at the time had about $150 million in revenues. By the time Paul stepped down in 2005 as Wipro’s CEO and vice chairman, the company had become a leader in global outsourcing, with revenues reaching $1.4 billion. Paul, who is now a partner with the U.S. private equity firm Texas Pacific Group, is a high-profile example of what some believe is a growing catalyst for the development of Indian business: non-resident Indians (NRIs) educated in the West, often in the United States, who participate in the overseas expansion of Indian companies or who help international firms expand their business in South Asia with a high degree of Indian “DNA.”According to Jitendra Singh, a professor of management at Wharton and Ravi Ramamurti, professor of international business at Boston’s Northeastern University, émigrés can help their countries of origin in a variety of ways, providing economic capital that may be in short supply domestically, providing “hard” skills, like engineering training, and “soft” skills, such as a more intimate knowledge of global business culture.In India, the contributions made by émigrés are not readily apparent in economic terms. “Overseas [expatriate] Chinese accounted for 80% or more of the inward FDI [foreign direct investment] into China in the 1980s and early 1990s, when that country opened up,” Ramamurti says. By contrast, “Non-resident Indians (NRIs) accounted for 10% or less of inward FDI after India opened up. Most of the capital sent to India by NRIs was personal transfers to family and friends, not FDI.”Instead, NRIs bring a mixture of hard and soft skills, some of the latter quite subtle but still important. “The subtlest aspect can be a different set of aspirations and the confidence that they can be achieved, which can transform a firm’s culture, if leveraged well,” Singh notes.“But in some industries, like pharma or biotech, or some other high tech industries,” he adds, “there can be hard factors as well like research or production processes, or the use of technologies like recombinant DNA or cell fusion in biotech.”Two Generations of MNCs“There are two types of Indian MNCs today,” Ramamurti says, “first-generation MNCs that were created when India was a closed economy, in the 1980s and beforem and second-generation MNCs that were born after India embraced globalization in the 1990s.”At different political and economic stages, different skills were needed. “In theory, NRIs offered three potential advantages: cutting-edge expertise, a rich professional network in the West, and, in the case of high-net-worth individuals, capital,” Ramamurti notes. “But these advantages were of limited use in dealing with the central challenge facing first-generation MNCs, namely, organizational transformation of their domestic operations.”“The most important contribution of NRIs to first-generation MNCs was probably indirect,” he adds. “Through their outstanding professional contributions in the U.S. and Europe, NRIs established the credibility of Indian talent and added luster to the India brand. This cleared the way for Indian companies to sell their products and services in the West. And through their annual remittances of $20 billion or more, NRIs helped strengthen the Indian rupee, making overseas acquisitions more affordable.”In addition to capital, connections, and both hard and soft skills, non-resident Indians sometimes fill the role of “fulcrum,” or ambassadors between foreign MNCs and their Indian subsidiaries – and between Indian MNCs and their foreign subsidiaries or markets – shortcutting much of the need for cultural education. “Multinational corporations that are increasingly interested in India are hiring such non-resident Indians or sending senior NRIs already on their staffs back to India,” Singh says.What Qualifies as ‘Indian’?Recent mergers and acquisitions in the steel sector, such as Netherlands-based Arcelor Mittal, have put Indians and Indian companies at the forefront in that industry. But can such companies still be considered ‘Indian’?“By a very loose definition,” Singh says, “Arcelor Mittal can be thought of as an Indian MNC, but I tend to think of it as an MNC led by Indians. It is quite different from India-based companies that have most of their revenues or profits coming from India, like Reliance or Bharti Airtel, or, for that matter, Infosys or TCS, which have most of their revenues and profits come from outside India but are based in India. Arcelor Mittal has relatively modest India exposure, but it is a truly global firm.”“The nationality of MNCs has become a less meaningful concept as globalization has accelerated,” Ramamurti says. “At one time, firms were headquartered in their country of origin and raised most of their capital at home before slowly expanding abroad. Today, in a world where people and capital are highly mobile, entrepreneurs can optimize where they incorporate their firms, in the same way that they might optimize the global supply chain. Just as products today are made with inputs from many countries, the modern firm is created with inputs from several nations, and therefore it is less and less meaningful to speak of the ‘nationality’ of MNCs.”Ramamurti points to a variety of different kinds of cross-pollination between NRIs and firms, both Indian and foreign. “NRIs in the U.S. venture capital or private equity businesses have helped fund start-ups in India. Other NRIs became entrepreneurs themselves, often creating ‘born-global’ firms that, from day one, had a front-end sales or design team in the U.S. and a back-end operations team in India, such as MindTree Consulting. Other firms did exactly the same thing but were headquartered in the U.S. and were therefore technically U.S. MNCs, not Indian MNCs, like 24/7 Customer, Cognizant and OfficeTiger.”Singh cautions that it is important not to overstate the importance of NRIs to the current boom. “Most of the India-based firms, like Reliance, the Tata group, the Aditya Birla group, the IT companies and many others, were in large part not led by NRIs or expats, although they may have contributed to such firms. So if a case can be made [for the importance of NRIs], it has to be a rather circumscribed one.”Indians vs. IndiansThe outsourcing boom has highlighted growing competition between Indian workers, both in service industries like call centers and in higher-value areas like engineering, and workers in more advanced economies, like the U.S. This competition has deep political and cultural resonances and often has a sharp edge to it. The business success of NRIs often engenders some ambivalence, depending on where it takes place. The successes of Indians or Indian businesses abroad is most often cause for celebration and national pride; the success of NRIs, particularly those who either re-immigrate to India or split their time between several locations, is sometimes viewed as a bit of a mixed blessing. “One problem I have seen on several occasions,” Singh notes, “is the animosity that can sometimes develop between the NRIs and the local executive talent.” He cites the hypothetical example of two graduates from one of the IIMs or IITs, who were classmates 25 years back, who meet again in an Indian firm which is starting to go global.“One of them has spent the last 20 years in the U.S. or Europe and developed world-class capabilities, say, in the biotech world. The other has made steady progress up the ranks while remaining in India. The only way the Indian firm can hire the NRI is to pay him compensation comparable to his global market value, or else they will not get him. Clearly, they cannot pay the other guy the same. While he is capable, his market value is much lower. Needless to say, if he finds out that his former classmate is doing two or three times better than him in overall compensation, he is not going to be happy about it. He sees the other guy as a little bit different than him, but that does not give full credit to his colleague’s quite different human capital, which is recognized by the global marketplace. This will be a rather serious issue for Indian firms for the next few years.”Ultimately, Singh believes, this is a management issue which Indian firms will have to work through. “I think the leadership of firms that bring in such people are responsible for helping them integrate better,” he says. Related Itemslast_img read more

28 Nov

Slaughter shrugs off matchup with Fajardo: ‘It’s team-on-team’

first_imgView comments “That’s our calling card, never say die. We play all the way to the last buzzer, and just didn’t have enough time to make that comeback tonight. But I know we’ll probably see them again maybe in the playoffs so it’s just some game we have to learn from,” he said.One factor that has been constantly brought up for the Gin Kings’ lackluster start was fatigue, as they were coming off a 98-81 win over Blackwater last Friday.But rather than dwell on the defeat, Slaughter shared that the loss to San Miguel should be an eye-opener for Ginebra as it sets its sights on the playoffs.“We can’t make any excuse because when it comes time for the playoffs, we’re going to have a schedule just like that, when we play Friday and then we play Sunday. So for us, no excuses,” he said.“We just have to recharge, refresh ourselves, and get ready for these playoffs which are coming up,” said Slaughter.ADVERTISEMENT Ross, San Miguel put clamps on Ginebra import Brownlee Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ “San Miguel’s a pretty complete team and coming into this game, I was saying it’s not about the individual match-ups. It’s team-on-team.”The latest showdown between the Slaughter and Fajardo was the complete opposite of their previous encounter last year where the Gin Kings handily beat the Beermen, 110-86, in what was SMB’s worst defeat of their entire 2016 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThis time, it was the Gin Kings who stared at a 26-point deficit in the third quarter before making a run that fell short in the end.Despite the result, Slaughter can take solace knowing that Ginebra never ceased fighting despite staring at a huge lead. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side PBA IMAGESFacing off against June Mar Fajardo was the least of Greg Slaughter’s concerns on Sunday.“I wouldn’t really think about individual match-ups because we got down pretty big,” Slaughter said, shunning talks about his much-awaited duel with his fellow Cebuano behemoth.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

19 Nov

‘Aubameyang’s bad behaviour forced Arsenal move’

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed team meetings and refused to run during training as he sought to force through his £56 million ($73.5m) move from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal, according to the Bundesliga side’s former coach.Peter Stoger took over at Dortmund in December 2017 following the sacking of Peter Bosz, by which time Aubameyang was being heavily linked with a move away from the club during the January transfer window.The Gabon international has made a promising start to life in north London, recording 19 goals in 26 appearances as the club had made its transition to life under Unai Emery, but Stoger says he was always fighting a losing battle to keep Aubameyang in Germany. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “He left me no other choice,” the Austrian told Sport Bild .”He trained well four days of the week. But to underline his wish for a transfer, he skipped team meetings before games or refused to run during the final training.“We did our best to keep him for at least another half a year, but Auba wasn’t ready for that.”Aubameyang had been linked with a move away from the Bundesliga before joining the Gunners.In 2015 he was heavily tipped to be on the verge of moving to Real Madrid but the switch never materialised, and the former AC Milan forward went onto have his most prolific season the following year, netting 40 goals in all competitions during 2016-17.Aubameyang’s goals helped Emery’s side to 11 consecutive wins in the early weeks of the season, with Sunday’s strike in their 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace – his seventh in the league this season – moving him level with Eden Hazard at the front of the race for the Premier League Golden Boot“Honestly, I got along well with him although he kept me pretty busy for four weeks” said Stoger, who stepped down at Dortmund in the summer after guiding the side to fourth in the Bundesliga.”But Auba personally apologised to me before joining Arsenal.“He told me that his behaviour had nothing to do with my person and that he had felt my support.”Arsenal will be hopeful they will not need to call Aubameyang into action when they host Blackpool in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, instead giving him some rest ahead of Saturday’s crunch clash with Liverpool.last_img read more

17 Nov

Virat Kohli’s fierce thoughtfulness could become tyrannical: Mike Brearley

first_imgFormer England captain Mike Brearley was critical of Virat Kohli’s captaincy in the last Test at The Oval against England. He said he was disappointed with the way Kohli took his foot off the peddle when England started dominating the game.”I was slightly disappointed with his captaincy at The Oval, when England started to get on top. He let things drift a bit, whereas when the match was evenly fought, or they were in with a chance, or had the new ball against Root, he was keen-eyed, hawk-eyed, articulate, non-stop, Brearley said in an interview with Daily Mail.India lost the Oval Test by 114 runs and went on to lose the five-match series 1-4 after. India’s sole victory in the series came at Trent Bridge in the third Test.Brearley, who captained England in 31 Tests, winning 18 of them, losing four and drawing nine, also shared his opinion on what he thinks about Kohli as a captain.Also read – Ravindra Jadeja takes an eternity to run out Hetmyer. Virat Kohli not amusedThe 76-year-old said that Kohli is a fantastic cricketer and admired him for the way he thinks on the field. But he added that his attitude and fierce thoughtfulness could make him autocratic as a leader.”I admire him probably as much as any cricketer I’ve seen. But there is a risk: everyone’s strengths can become faults and in his case his articulacy, his charisma, his presence, his skill, his fierce thoughtfulness could become tyrannical, a bit autocratic,” Brearley observed.advertisement Mike Brearley said that Kohli needs to be surrounded with people, who can challenge his opinions (Reuters Photo)So how does the team management handle the situation? According to the English legend, Kohli should be surrounded by people who can tackle him and challenge his opinions.Also read – At times lack of experience shows: Sunil Gavaskar on Virat Kohli’s captaincy”He needs people around him who will tackle him, take him on, challenge him, otherwise he’ll get opinionated and dogmatic, and then powerful — sometimes for good, sometimes not. I can imagine he might be difficult to play for. He’d be very impatient of carelessness or laziness or lack of intensity. And some people aren’t of that mentality,” Brearley opined.This is not the first time his captaincy has come under the scanner. Former cricketers have pulled him up for being defensive and going into a shell when things are not going his way.Also read – Virat Kohli batted like a champion but captaincy raises questionsThe most recent example was in the first Test at Edgbaston, when he allowed some leeway to young Sam Curran after England were reduced to 87/7 in the second innings of the Test match. The Surrey youngster came in and played a counter-attacking innings and Kohli pushed the field back, which allowed the younger Curran brother to score a match-winning 63 and take England’s score to 180.India in their chase of 193, were all-out for 162 and lost the match by 31 runs to go down 1-0. In the following Test match as well, he decided to go with Kuldeep Yadav in overcast conditions at Lord’s and the wily chinaman bowler was completely ineffective and went wicketless. India went on to lose the match by an inning and 159 runs.Fast forward to now, Kohli managed to lead the side to a resounding innings and 272-run win versus the West Indies in the first Test and he will next take the field on October 12, when he will lead the side out for the second Test. However, it is not expected that he will have much of a problem against a Windies side, that has been lacklustre in the first Test in Rajkot.His next test will again come a month later, when India tour Down Under, where they will play three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs from November 21 and January 18.last_img read more

27 Oct

GIF: St. John’s Stars D’Angelo Harrison And Phil Greene IV Combine For An Awesome Bounce Pass Alley-Oop

first_imga shot of an ncaa basketball before a game(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)No, this was not from a live game, and the basket does look a bit short in the shot, but St. John’s basketball stars D’Angelo Harrison and Phil Greene IV combined for an awesome alley-oop for a Big East Tournament video shoot. Harrison throws a perfect bounce pass which Greene collects during a mid-air spin for a big two-handed dunk. The slow-motion camera work definitely adds something here as well.Harrison to Greene at the #BIGEASTtourney video shoot #SJUBB pic.twitter.com/BOkNd6Vgw5— St. John’s BBall (@StJohnsBBall) March 9, 2015St. John’s is a five seed in this week’s Big East Tournament. The Red Storm kick off the post-season against four-seed Providence at 2:30 on Thursday, March 12.last_img read more

27 Oct

North Texas Trolls Tennessee On Twitter Regarding Field Conditions

first_imgA North Texas fan paints the ground with green paint.north texas trolls tennessee on twitterNorth Texas is in town to take on Tennessee this Saturday, and it appears that the Mean Green aren’t impressed with what they’re seeing at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee’s field doesn’t appear to be in great condition, and people have noticed. North Texas appears to be annoyed enough to make a joke about it on social media too.Check this out:Pretty sure this is what took place at Neyland Stadium on Friday. #GMG pic.twitter.com/IVtS2o1T4o— MeanGreenFootball (@MeanGreenFB) November 14, 2015Here’s more reaction – even Tennessee fans seem upset.You would think an SEC program could take better care of the grass on the field #Tennessee— John Chelf (@JohnChelf) November 14, 2015You would think there’s enough money at Tennessee to fix the field. This is awful.— Please win out (@Rick__Baird) November 14, 2015Time for the Tennessee donors to put a new field in it seems— Austin Comperry (@AustinComperry) November 14, 2015Tennessee currently leads 17-0 in the second quarter.last_img read more

25 Oct

Zimbabwe readmitted as ICC Member after close to 3 months of wilderness

first_img Next Zimbabwe readmitted as ICC Member after close to 3 months of wildernessZimbabwe Cricket have been reinstated in their rightful position in the International Cricket Council (ICC) after being suspended on July 18, 2019 owing to government interference.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiOctober 14, 2019UPDATED: October 14, 2019 21:03 IST ICC had suspended Zimbabwe Cricket for violation of its constitution. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSZimbabwe and Nepal have been readmitted as ICC Members following the conclusion of the ICC Board meetingsZimbabwe will now be able to take up their place in the ICC Men’s U19 Cricket World Cup in JanuaryNepal has also been reinstated on a conditional basis following their 2016 suspensionZimbabwe and Nepal have been readmitted as ICC Members following the conclusion of the ICC Board meetings in Dubai on Monday. Zimbabwe Cricket was readmitted by the ICC Board following a meeting with the ICC Chairman and Chief Executive, Zimbabwe Cricket Chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani and Zimbabwe Sports Minister Kirsty Coventry and Gerald Mlotshwa, the Chairman of the Sports and Recreation Commission. They had been suspended in July 2019 following government interference in the running of the Board.ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said: “I would like to thank the Zimbabwe Sports Minister for her commitment to the reinstatement of Zimbabwe Cricket. Her desire to work in support of Zimbabwe Cricket was clear and she has unconditionally complied with the conditions set down by the ICC Board. Funding to Zimbabwe Cricket will continue to be on a controlled basis as part of a collective effort behind getting the game in Zimbabwe back on an even keel.”Following the conclusion of the ICC Board meetings today, Zimbabwe and Nepal have been readmitted as ICC Members. pic.twitter.com/t9KIlEhQE7— ICC (@ICC) October 14, 2019Zimbabwe will now be able to take up their place in the ICC Men’s U19 Cricket World Cup in January and the ICC Super League later in 2020.Nepal has also been reinstated on a conditional basis following their 2016 suspension for breach of the ICC regulations which prohibit government interference and require free and fair elections. Election of a 17-member Central Working Committee for the Cricket Association (CAN) of Nepal were completed earlier this month and paved the way for the re-admittance of the CAN.advertisementMr Manohar added: “Given the progress made in Nepal, a transition plan will now be developed for the Cricket Association of Nepal to support full compliance with Associate Membership criteria, which will also involve controlled funding.”Also See: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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow ZimbabweFollow International Cricket Council (ICC)Follow Nepallast_img read more

25 Oct

Wish you were president while yoyo test was in demand: Yuvraj Singh wishes new BCCI Chief Sourav Ganguly

first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiOctober 18, 2019UPDATED: October 18, 2019 23:36 IST Yuvraj Singh formed an important cog of the Indian ODI team under Sourav Ganguly (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSSourav Ganguly is all set to be elected the President of BCCI on October 23Ganguly’s former teammates including Yuvraj Singh congratulated him on the new roleYuvraj had recently made public his anger at the ‘yo-yo’ fitness test which hampered his India chancesWith the stage clear for former India captain Sourav Ganguly to become the next BCCI President after the elections due on October 23, the congratulatory messages for Indian cricket’s new boss haven’t stopped pouring in. The latest being that from Ganguly’s former teammate and twin World Cup winner Yuvraj Singh.The former India all-rounder took to Twitter on Friday posting a heartfelt message to his yesteryear captain along with a cheeky reference to the now infamous ‘yo-yo’ fitness test, after failing which Yuvraj’s entry to the Indian team had been blocked in 2017.”Greater the man greatest the journey! Frm IndianCaptain to @BCCI president.Think it will b a gr8 insight 4 a cricketer to be an administrator & make others understand admin frm a players point of view Wish u were d president while d yoyo was in demand good luck dadi @SGanguly99″ was Yuvraj’s message for Ganguly.Greater the man greatest the journey! Frm IndianCaptain to @BCCI president.Think it will b a gr8 insight 4 a cricketer to be an administrator & make others understand admin frm a players point of view Wish u were d president while d yoyo was in demandgood luck dadi@SGanguly99yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) October 18, 2019Ganguly didn’t waste much time in replying either: “Thank u the best .. u have won India world cups .. time to do good things for the game now .. u r my super star .. god bless always”.Thank u the best .. u have won India world cups .. time to do good things for the game now .. u r my super star .. god bless alwaysadvertisementSourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) October 18, 2019Recently, Yuvraj had opened up to India Today regarding the circumstances that led to his retirement from the sport and also the failed yo-yo test which had played an important role in that decision. Here are excerpts from that interview.”Never thought that I would be dropped after being the man of the match in 2 games out of the 8-9 I played after the CT 2017. I got injured and I was told to prepare for the SL series. then suddenly, the yo-yo test came into the picture. It was a u-turn in my selection. Suddenly I had to go back and prepare for the yo-yo test at the age of 36. Even after I cleared the yo-yo test, I was told to play domestic cricket. They actually thought that I wouldn’t be able to clear the test due to my age. And that it would be easy to decline me afterward…yeah you can say it was an exercise in making excuses.””I think it was unfortunate for a guy who has played 15-17 years of international cricket to not being made to sit down and being talked to. No one told me and no one told Virender Sehwag or Zaheer Khan either. Whichever player it is, the person who is in-charge should sit down and talk with the player that we are looking at the youngsters and we’ve taken this step. This way, you do feel bad at the beginning but at least you give them the credit of being true to your face – sth which doesn’t happen in Indian cricket. It has been like that forever almost. I have seen it happen to big names. Took it personally then but not now as there is a time for everything to move on and I made my peace with it,” said Yuvraj.Also Read | Sourav Ganguly will continue to serve the nation with same passion: Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | What has he done now? Sourav Ganguly’s cheeky response to question on Ravi Shastri in presserFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Yuvraj SinghFollow Sourav GangulyFollow BCCI elections Wish you were president while yoyo test was in demand: Yuvraj Singh wishes new BCCI Chief Sourav GangulyFormer India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh who made his international debut under the captaincy of new BCCI President Sourav Ganguly congratulated the latter on his new role as the board chief.advertisementlast_img read more

24 Oct

Qatar: NDSQ Receives Quality Certification from Lloyd’s …

first_imgDamen, October 11, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location zoom Qatari shipbuilder Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) has received certification from Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) for aligning its quality, environmental and safety management systems with internationally recognized standards.A certificate of approval for the ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 management standards was presented by LRQA to NDSQ during a ceremony at Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in Ras Laffan on Thursday 3rd October.The ISO environmental and OHSAS safety management system approvals were awarded to NDSQ for the first time this year, along with reconfirmation of the ISO quality management system approval, which was originally awarded to NDSQ in 2011.On the occasion of the certification ceremony, NDSQ Managing Director Jan-Wim Dekker commented: “We are proud to be building boats in Qatar using management systems that match these highly regarded international standards. By adhering to these globally-recognized best practices, we are positioning Qatar as a center of excellence for shipbuilding in the Middle East and contributing to the sustainable growth of the Qatari economy.”NDSQ is a joint venture between Nakilat and Dutch shipbuilder Damen and is based at Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in Ras Laffan, Qatar. NDSQ began operations in 2010 and builds ships in steel, aluminum and fiber reinforced plastic (FRP), up to 170m in length. Print  Closelast_img read more

22 Oct

Changes Help More Apprentices Begin Complete Training

first_imgChanges to the apprenticeship system will make it easier for Nova Scotians to access and complete training. Premier Stephen McNeil announced regulation changes today, May 23, to allow a single journeyperson to train a sheet metal apprentice, one-to-one. Presently, three certified journeypeople are required to train one apprentice. “Government is committed to modernizing the apprenticeship system so businesses get skilled people and Nova Scotians get good jobs here at home,” said Premier McNeil. “We’re listening to industry’s recommendations and making the changes needed to allow employers to train for future expansion, and open more opportunities for apprentices. “Now, three times as many apprentices will be able to access the training they need to become certified sheet metal workers.” Training is also being made compulsory, ensuring those working in the field are trained to an industry standard used across the country. “Making certification compulsory will make sure that all tradespeople working in the industry are properly trained and mentored,” said Heather Cruickshanks, L.E. Cruickshanks Sheet Metal Ltd., in Halifax Regional Municipality. “Changing ratios will also increase opportunities for not only current apprentices, but those who are considering a career in the trade. It’s a win-win for workers and owners having trained and certified tradespeople doing sheet metal projects.” These changes are a result of consultation with industry and tradespeople. “Changes being made to the trade will ensure the right checks and balances are in place and that proper installation practices are followed,” said Peter Caines, business manager, Sheet Metal Workers Union. “These changes will also allow more young people to get training in the trade so that we can continue to have access to highly skilled workers.” The regulation changes will also redefine the term of sheet metal apprenticeship in hours instead of years, which more clearly reflects training requirements. Trade regulations for sprinkler system installers, metal fabricators, auto glass technicians, landscape horticulturalists, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics, and alarm and security technicians are among others that have been recently updated. These changes are another step toward ensuring the apprenticeship system is working for apprentices and employers. As part of this work, government is creating an industry-led agency that will give employers a bigger role in Nova Scotia’s apprenticeship system. Recent changes to modernize apprenticeship also include a $2.6 million investment to expand apprenticeship training and program development.last_img read more

17 Oct

Mikmaq chiefs activists voice concerns over BP drilling fluids spill off NS

first_imgHALIFAX – First Nations and environmental activists say they’re “extremely concerned” after drilling fluids were spilled off the coast of Nova Scotia during a BP Canada oil exploration project.The incident came just two months after the province’s offshore petroleum regulator granted the energy giant permission to drill the Aspy D-11 exploration well approximately 330 kilometres off the coast of Halifax.In a release issued Saturday, the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs said the incident raises questions about the protection of the lands and waters, as well as any potential species affected by the spill.“We want answers from BP Canada,” said Chief Terrance Paul, Fisheries Lead for the assembly.“We want to know how this could happen, what affect it could potentially have on our fisheries and what they are going to do to address that. Incidents like this are unacceptable in Mi’kma’ki.”The assembly said that spills and environmental damage have been a source of constant concern for them, saying that they consistently advocate for protections to be put in place with any project of this nature happening in Nova Scotia.The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board said in an incident report Friday that there was an “unauthorized discharge” of about 136 cubic metres of synthetic drilling mud — a heavy, dense fluid used to lubricate the drill pipe and regulate reservoir pressure — from the West Aquarius drilling unit before it was stopped.They said an early investigation indicates the spill occurred in piping about 30 metres below sea level.Anita Perry, regional manager of BP Canada, said Friday that her company “takes this incident very seriously and will continue with the investigation to understand the cause.”In the meantime, CSNOPB said the exploration well is secure and drilling has been suspended while the cause of the leak is being investigated.The Council of Canadians, which has long opposed the project, held a rally Saturday afternoon outside the Prime Minister’s Office to create a mock oil spill on its steps and demand a permanent end to BP Canada’s offshore drilling in Nova Scotia.Robin Tress, an organizer with the group, said the risk assessments ahead of the project were not thorough enough, and the fact that the incident occurred so soon after the project began — and before any oil was found — demonstrates the riskiness of offshore drilling.“BP has proven itself to be a company that we cannot trust with our oceans,” she said. “Deeper than that, this proves that our government is untrustworthy at stewarding our oceans and protecting us from the risk of offshore drilling.”In April, shortly after the drilling project was approved, federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna defended BP Canada’s plans to commence drilling, saying: “The BP project went through an environmental assessment and has strict conditions. … We’re going to be monitoring it closely.”At the time, Perry had also told The Canadian Press that the company was put through a lengthy and rigorous application process, and they were “confident we addressed all issues and risks for a safe drilling program.”The spill also caught the attention of federal Green party Leader Elizabeth May, who tweeted that CNSOPB was minimizing the toxicity of drilling mud.“It is not ‘mud.’ It is an industrial mix with a lot of metals and toxics,” she wrote. “But CNSOPB has a mandate to promote oil and gas.”The Aspy D-11 exploration well is the first in BP Canada’s Scotian Basin Exploration Project, which could see up to seven exploration wells drilled off the southeast coast of Nova Scotia over a three-year period.last_img read more

17 Oct

No winning ticket for Saturday nights 5 million Lotto 649 jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $5 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Oct. 31 will be approximately $7 million.last_img

12 Oct

Morocco Condemns Algerias Blatant Contradiction On SelfDetermination

first_imgGeneva –  Morocco denounced on Thursday before the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, the contradiction of Algeria on self-determination, since it claims to support this principle and at the same time allows its army to kill the people who choose self-determination and decide to leave the Tindouf camps.Reacting to a statement made the previous day before the HRC by Algerian Foreign Minister on the situation of human rights in the Moroccan Sahara, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Morocco to the UN in Geneva, Omar Hilale described the way Algiers addresses the issue of self-determination as “an attempt to mislead the Council of human Rights.”The diplomat who spoke under the right of reply, noted that Morocco’s Sahara autonomy provides for consultation with the people of the Moroccan Sahara.” Hilale recalled that the Algerian army killed on January 5, two Sahrawis and wounded several others as they reached the Mauritanian border, calling on the HRC, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the High Commissioner for Refugees to shed light on this serious incident.last_img read more

12 Oct

Morocco Tags Sheep and Goats in Preparation for Eid alAdha

Rabat – The National Office of Food Safety (ONSSA) has begun tagging sheep and goats destined to be slaughtered during Eid al-Adha.Eid al-Adha, the “sacrifice festival,” is one of the most important celebrations in the Islamic calendar. Expected to take place this year between August 11 and August 13, it is celebrated by slaughtering sheep, goats, or cows.“Tagging will be done for free to benefit all livestock farmers across the country,” ONSSA said in a press release. ONSSA is inserting a yellow ring into the ears of the animals, which lists a unique serial number as well as the words Eid al-Adha.“The number of sheep and goats identified for the Aid Al Adha has reached 7 million,” ONSSA added.The operation is designed to facilitate the traceability of the animals. In particular, the tagging ensures their origins can be traced in the event of a food scandal, stated ONSSA.Over the last three years, consumers have complained about meat slaughtered for Eid al-Adha turning green and decaying almost immediately.During the festival last year, ONSSA received over 3,300 phone calls from people expressing concern about the quality of the meat, reported Huffington Post Maghreb.Similar complaints about green meat were made in 2017. ONSSA stated at the time that the contamination of meat was likely due to non-compliance with hygiene measures during slaughter and butchering, the outlet reported. read more

24 Sep

Cluff moves into syngas from coal in the UK

first_imgThe Coal Authority, sponsored by the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change, has awarded Cluff Natural Resources (CNR), an investing company founded by natural reources entrepeneur Algy Cluff which focuses on investing in global oil and gas and mining assets, two Conditional Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) Licences, Option for Lease and non-exclusive Exploration Licences for two UCG prospects in the UK.  These acquisitions are part of CNR’s strategy to build a portfolio of assets in the natural resources sector.Algy Cluff, Chairman and Chief Executive of CNR: “I am delighted to be able to announce the award of these licences which represent a low cost entry into underground coal gasification which is becoming a burgeoning industry. It is well known that coal seams extend into the offshore waters around the UK and with proven technology now available to utilise this energy source, we intend to embark on the process by extracting gas from these coal seams. Formal offer has been received from The Coal Authority for the award of 100% of two low cost UCG Licences totalling 111 ha in the UK. These are the Loughor Estuary project, located in Carmarthenshire, Wales, covering 42 ha, (shown here) and the Dee Estuary project, located on the borders of Merseyside and Northern Wales, covering 69 ha.CNR will apply for relevant planning and environmental permits in order to develop the projects. It is not anticipated that the permitting process will result in a a significant draw on the cash reserves of the company for the short to medium term. CNR intends to use Controlled Retracting Injection Point (CRIP) method to extract the energy content of the coal and will focus on supplying the resulting syngas to customers for a variety of uses and providing a carbon capture solution for carbon dioxide.Cluff: “It is our intention to seek the necessary planning and environmental permits to advance the two projects to production.  UCG has the potential to do much to address the UK’s future energy needs, avoids the use of fracking and enables the gas generated to be easily controlled by the supply of oxygen. “These are the first of a series of projects we are looking to acquire.  In line with our strategy we remain in discussions regarding a number of suitable natural resource projects, as we look to build a portfolio of highly prospective assets that we will look to develop and, in the process, generate considerable value for shareholders.”Once planning and environmental permits are in order the licences will be developed to production by a team led by Keith Leighfield, an experienced coal practitioner. He has 50 years’ experience in mining at coal and metalliferous mines and has held various positions before becoming the Chief Surveyor and Minerals Manager for British Coal and the first Director of Licensing at the Coal Authority.UCG is a commercially proven industrial process which enables coal, in situ, to be converted into syngas, which is brought to the surface via a production well. Syngas has a number of commercial applications; feed for power generation plants, iron and steel manufacturing, gas-to-liquids processes and fertiliser/methanol production.In addition, the carbon dioxide produced as a result of the UCG process can be sold to mature oil fields as part of Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR).  EOR is a technique used to increase the amount of crude oil that can be extracted from an oil field through injecting gas into the oil bearing stratum at high pressure.While UCG has been researched and practiced for the past century, recent developments in directional drilling have been critical in enhancing the commercial viability of the extraction process.  UCG technology has a commercial track record, with one facility in Uzbekistan supplying syngas to a power station for over 40 years.  In addition, a number of projects in South Africa and Australia are moving into commercial production. The drilling techniques underpinning the development of UCG are not dissimilar to those currently used in the production of coal seam methane.UCG works best when exploiting coal at depths in excess of 400 m. CNR will focus on supplying syngas to customers for a variety of uses and providing a carbon capture solution for CO2, where appropriate.  Although the process produces CO2 at a rate similar to the traditional use of coal, CNR will seek a carbon solution in each of its projects. EOR is attractive as it achieves more efficient oil recovery from existing fields in combination with deep storage of CO2.The conversion of the coal to syngas is achieved through a controlled underground gasification process initiated by the injection and ignition of oxidants into the coal seam. The coal seam is ignited and gasified, generating a syngas consisting of methane, hydrogen, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide.The rate of gasification is controlled by the injection rate of air or oxygen, but this is typically 0.5 t of oxygen for each tonne of coal gasified.There are two primary methods deployed to achieve gasification currently. Cluff Natural Resources plans to use the CRIP method. The CRIP process allows for a borehole to be drilled from the surface and turned so that it can drill parallel with the dip of the coal seam, continuing for approximately 500 m within the seam. Oxygen and steam can then be injected at the point where gasification will occur. This creates a gasification chamber that typically may be in the order of 20 m wide. As the process continues, the chamber will fill with collapsed material from the overlying strata reducing the efficiency of the process. At a certain point, when the chamber is exhausted the process is temporarily shut down and the injection point retracted back along the coal seam, the gasification is then re-started.All UCG processes are similar in that they require a minimum of two boreholes that have to be connected, or linked, together to form a complete circuit for the gases to flow through. One is to inject the gasifying agents and start ignition, known as the injection well; and the other to recover the syngas produced, known as the production well.Historical UCG technology varied from driving underground roadways, or drilling in seam boreholes from underground roadways to vertical boreholes. Thanks to the advancements made with drilling technology in the oil industry it is now possible to perform directional drilling from the surface and the application of this technology is vital to the future development of UCG.last_img read more

22 Sep

Video Hows 2013 been so far Heres what Fine Gael thinks

first_imgYouTube: Fine GaelHat tip: SuzybieWhat do you think? Column: The Meath East by-election is small-scale but still has lessons for politiciansMerkel ally: Taoiseach told Irish people truth about ‘hardship’ they’d face WITH ANOTHER AUSTERITY budget last December it is unlikely to have been an easy start to 2013 for many ordinary citizens across the country.Politically it has been eventful enough with the EU presidency and the Meath East by-election but there have been some considerable troubles for the coalition, not least negotiations with the public sector unions over further cuts and the ongoing mortgage arrears crisis.But the senior coalition party, Fine Gael, has put a pretty positive spin on things in this video released today:last_img read more

21 Sep

Man charged with grave vandalism told to stay away from Glasnevin and

first_img Thursday 26 Jan 2017, 12:57 PM Short URL No Comments http://jrnl.ie/3206315 13,194 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Sean Murray Share Tweet Email center_img The grave of Eamon de Valera, next to the round tower at Glasnevin Cemetery. Man charged with grave vandalism told to ‘stay away from Glasnevin and de Valera family’ John Moore told Gardaí “I had a hammer” after his arrest at Glasnevin Cemetery. Jan 26th 2017, 12:57 PM A MAN IN his 50s appeared in court in Dublin today, charged with vandalising and damaging the headstone of Eamon de Valera at Glasnevin Cemetery yesterday.John Moore, of Cherrymount Crescent, Clontarf, Dublin 3, was arrested at 3.15pm yesterday afternoon in relation to the vandalism, and taken to Mountjoy Garda Station.Gardaí told Court no.1 at the Criminal Courts of Justice this morning that Moore told them “I had a hammer”, when he was charged with the crime under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.No objections were made to the granting of bail, but conditions were recommended and imposed by the judge.These included “staying away from Glasnevin Cemetery”, “having no contact with the de Valera family”, and not possessing “any assets belonging to the family”.Moore, who had no legal representation, agreed to these terms and also pledged to sign on three times a week at Clontarf Garda Station.He is scheduled to appear in court again on 30 March 2017.Read: Man arrested after Eamon de Valera’s grave vandalised in Glasnevin Cemetery The grave of Eamon de Valera, next to the round tower at Glasnevin Cemetery. Image: Julien Behal PA Archive/PA Images Image: Julien Behal PA Archive/PA Imageslast_img read more

19 Sep

WWE recaps the 1/11 episode of “Total Divas” on E!

first_img Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Google+ Twitter WhatsApp WWE.com has a recap of the 1/11 episode of WWE Total Divas that you can view by clicking here.You can also view highlights of the show by clicking here.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Velvet Sky Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need Itcenter_img NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Roman Reigns is in Remission Videos Articles Pinterest Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Facebook Now Playing Up Next Smackdown Highlights: Undertaker appears, Shane fires Owens, Kingston takes out Ortonlast_img read more