Indian Navy Gets Green Light to Purchase 9 Reconnaissance Aircrafts

first_imgIndian Government permitted national navy to buy nine mid-range reconnaissance airplanes to overall amount of $1 bln. According to The Times of India, new airplanes will maintain India’s security over the Indian Ocean along with earlier ordered P-8I Poseidon long-range reconnaissance airplanes produced by Boeing.The tender for mid-range recon aircraft will be attended by American Boeing and Lockheed Martin, Swedish Saab, French Dassault Aviation, Brazilian Embraer, and European concern EADS, reports The Times of India. Possible date of the contract signing was not mentioned.According to India’s specification, new airplanes must be armed with various types of missiles and torpedoes capable to destroy surface ships and submarines. Flight range of the airplanes must be about 650 km. To compare, flight range of P-8I exceeds 2,000 km.Procurement contract for eight P-8I Poseidon airplanes to overall amount of $2.1 bln was tied between India and Boeing in 2009. Expectedly, another contract for 4 P-8I would be signed in March 2012. It was reported in Dec 2011 about India’s intentions to bring overall number of patrol aircraft Poseidon up to 24.According to sources of The Times of India, in the next few years India will spend about INR 850 bln ($17 bln) for procurement of naval aviation. This sum includes contract with Russia for 45 deck-based fighters MiG-29K to be stationed on aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya (former Russian Admiral Gorshkov).[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 29, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: Light View post tag: Indian Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Indian Navy Gets Green Light to Purchase 9 Reconnaissance Aircrafts Indian Navy Gets Green Light to Purchase 9 Reconnaissance Aircrafts View post tag: 9 View post tag: Reconnaissance View post tag: green View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: gets View post tag: Navy February 29, 2012 View post tag: purchase View post tag: Aircrafts Share this articlelast_img read more

Henderson achieves milestone at Nation Station

first_imgIn an exclusive interview with Dominica Vibes News; Mr. Henderson said over the years the grace of God has kept him and that the most important thing to him is touching people lives.Click here to listen to part 1 of the interview:  Mr. Henderson says “Being on radio you have to cater for everybody” and although he has spoken mainly Creole for the older people he has also connected with the children when he created “ Nini Pout” for the Program “Espeweyans Kweyol” and the English programs which are human interest features that he has produced like “48 Hours in Prison”, “Under the Stars and Sky” and so on…., he believes he has shared a connection with everyone who can identify with these programs.Click here to listen to part 2 of the interview:  He further stated that his sense of humor which God has blessed him with is what catches people’s attention in his commercials without losing the focus of what he is advertising.Click here to listen to part 3 of the interview:  Mr. Henderson also pointed out that the problem with most of our journalists in Dominica is that we tend to focus on the people who did not make the news instead of the people who did make the news.Click here to listen to part 4 of the interview:  We congratulate Mr. Henderson on achieving this milestone as well as his service to Dominica, and wishes him every success in his future endeavors.News Reporter: Ms. Grace HendersonDominica Vibes News 247 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Henderson achieves milestone at Nation Station by: – May 16, 2011 Tweet Share Mr. Felix Henderson. Photo credit: FacebookMr. Felix Henderson,  host of the Espeweyans Kweyol Program aired Dominica Broadcasting Corporation (DBS Radio) daily as well as popular commercial producer celebrated 34 years working at DBS Radio last Thursday 12th May 2011. Sharelast_img read more

Warning over latest phone scam in Donegal

first_imgA Donegal woman has shared a warning to others after experiencing a month of scam calls relating to her phone service.The woman, who is a customer of Eir, said she was receiving phone calls multiple times a day for four weeks from scammers claiming there was a problem with her broadband or landline.The caller then asked for credit card details but when she did not provide them the call was transferred to a premium rate international number. After four weeks of persistent calls, the local woman has finally had the problem fixed by Eir.She advised other people who are targeted to contact their provider.She said: “It started maybe one call a day from a foreign number however in the last week this has rocketed to multiple calls all day and even at 01.05am this morning.“The number is different each time but yesterday the number began with 0074915 so I automatically read it as a local number. “The scam is, if the call is answered, they tell you there is something wrong with your broadband or line and ask for card details. If the person answering doesn’t give these they then ask the person to press 1 to be directed to another team.However when the person does this they transfer the call to a premium rate international number and the landline owner receives a bill for an outrageous amount.”The Donegal woman said she had a positive experience when she contacted Eir, who changed her phone number and added extra security measures.This issue is just one such scam affecting phone customers recently. People on social media have contacted Eir about their issues, and in some cases the fraudsters are threatening to cut off a person’s broadband if they do not provide details.The Eir support site advises customers to take care with spoof callers. Customers are advised to contact their banks if they hand over credit card details to the callers. “Eir will never require access to your computer or your credit/debit card details in relation to a fault/repair,” the company said.Warning over latest phone scam in Donegal was last modified: May 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:eirscam callslast_img read more

Q and A with few of South Africa’s influential women

first_img18 August 2016What do Nomzamo Mbatha, Bonang Matheba, Kass Naidoo, and Farah Fortune have in common? Besides being in the limelight, they are successful women who learnt important life lessons from influential women in their lives.With the 9th of August having been National Women’s Day, we celebrate the contribution of women through the month. Journalist Melissa Javan conducted question and answer sessions with a few of South Africa’s prominent women.Nomzamo Mbatha is a South African actress and the face of the skincare range Neutrogena South Africa and the Puma’s local brand ambassador. (Image: Nomzamo Mbatha, Facebook)Who are the women in your life who have inspired you, and why?Roxy Burger, TV presenter: My mother. Cliché, I know but she is the epitome of an amazing career woman. She will also do anything for her family. I also admire broadcasters such as Leanne Manas, Anele Mdoda and others internationally.Farah Fortune, entrepreneur: My mum is my biggest female inspiration. She’s a strong woman who raised six children and always has the best advice. I would have loved to meet Maya Angelou, because she was a huge inspiration to me too.Bonang Matheba, media personality: I come from a family of strong women. My mother is my biggest inspiration. From her I learned what it means to be resilient, not shaken, to love and nurture. Her sisters have also been my other role models in being a woman. They pursued education, held down households whilst being captains of their industries.Nomzamo Mbatha, actress: My grandmother has an incredible amount of influence on the woman I am becoming and have become. She taught me everything – having strength, resilience, humility and charm. One of the things she’d say is: “People are like fingers on your hand. They may not be the same in terms of social standing, but are treated the same. Treat people equally, no matter who or what they are, because you need them.” I also admire Basetsana Kumalo, Khanyi Dhlomo, Viola Davis and mam’ Winnie Mandela.Kass Naidoo, sports presenter: There are many women who I admire. One of my earliest inspirations was West Indian Donna Simmonds. She was cricket’s first woman commentator. These days, I’m proud of South Africa’s 800m Olympic heroine, Caster Semenya. She consistently displays courage, strength and champion temperament without apology.Roxy Burger is television presenter for the lifestyle series Top Billing and Strictly Come Dancing. She is also a celebrity blogger. (Image: Roxy Burger)What does Women’s Month mean to you?Roxy Burger: It is of course special and women deserve to be celebrated. I do wish that the respect and celebration women receive during this month continues and we achieve equality in all aspects of our lives.Farah Fortune: It means we get to highlight issues in South Africa that affect us. I’m not overly fond about Women’s Month though. I feel a little disappointed that our issues are only highlighted during this month. I wish we had more platforms throughout the year for the issues and rights that affect us.Farah Fortune is the founder and chief executive officer of the public relations company African Star Communications. (Image: African Star Communications)Bonang Matheba: Every year, I use 9 August as a time to reflect on what 20 000, fearless women risked in order for me to have a voice and a position in society. This year it’s been more about what the Bonang Legacy will look or read like in 60 years’ time. I am ensuring that I do my part through the camp for girls I am hosting in December.Nomzamo Mbatha: It’s an exciting time! Many women say: “It shouldn’t just be during this month that we are celebrated, it should be every month.” Of which I fully agree. However, come August, there’s a breeze in the air, women walk taller, owning who they are, unafraid of their voices, sharing their stories, being bold, demanding their voices to be heard, reminding men how powerful we are. Women’s Month for me means that we are claiming a place in this world that belongs to us in the most fiercest and fearless way.Kass Naidoo: Women’s Month gives us the opportunity to amplify our message to raise profile of South African women in sport, and comes on the back of a daily commitment to support our athletes and women in sport.Kass Naidoo was South Africa’s first female cricket commentator. She is also founder of G Sport for Girls, an online platform that promotes girls and women in sports. (Image: Judd van Rensburg/ Jet Club, Kass Naidoo)Can South African women move the country forward?Roxy Burger: Of course. This goes without saying. I believe that the emotional strength women have is something that is not respected enough. Sometimes this is even seen as a weakness but I believe a high EQ is a leadership quality we as women should embrace.Farah Fortune: Yes! We are a strong willed nation of women leaders. We need to create our own platforms to have our voices heard. When we look at what women have done for South Africa since 1956 alone, the evidence is there that we as women in South Africa are capable of anything.Bonang Matheba: Most definitely. Women are the cornerstone of society. When anything goes wrong with a child in the home or community, it is always the woman who is looked upon to give answers and speak solutions to that.Nomzamo Mbatha: Absolutely! South African women have one of the deepest and strongest narratives. Our forefathers fought and had resilience which was imparted on us when they left this earth. As women of this country we have woken up and realised that we are worldly, and can become absolutely anything in this world, and guess what, we want it! There is a strength that we have and a sense of leadership that we are fighting for now. We are becoming anything and everything that we have always wanted to be.Kass Naidoo: South African women are moving the country forward, because of our tenacity, ability to endure, and our hunger for success.Bonang Matheba’s resume´ includes radio disk jockey, television presenter for lifestyle shows like the Afternoon Express, and being a global ambassador for Revlon cosmetics. (Image: Bonang Matheba)Any advice to women?Roxy Burger: Run your own race. Try not to compare yourself to others. And let’s stop pulling each other down. Sometimes we are our own worst enemies. Let’s support one another and uplift one another and that is how we can create change.Farah Fortune: Always do what’s best for you. Your gender is not a disability.Bonang Matheba: Be each other’s champions. We are so much more than the bickering.Nomzamo Mbatha: Have resilience. The resilience to fight for your voice, your place and your dreams. We can and will be any and everything that we want to be. Society is afraid of the strength we have, now is the time to be the change. Now is the time! Let us love each other, support each other and know that if one of us wins, it’s a win for all!Kass Naidoo: My advice for women is to find your passion, work hard and reach for the stars!Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See Using materiallast_img read more

Help stop dog fighting

first_imgSouth Africa’s NSPCA has been protecting animals for more than six decades and now calls on the public to help it rid our neighbourhoods of dog fighting. Support its crowd funding initiative and give its Special Investigations Unit the strength it needs to make a telling difference.Support the NSPCA’s crowd funding initiative and give its Special Investigations Unit the strength it needs to effectively address the issue of dog fighting. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Mathiba MolefeSouth Africa’s SPCA, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, has been working to protect animals for more than 60 years.Its ongoing efforts to safeguard the welfare of animals have largely relied on the support the organisation gets from the public.The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) has now directed a large portion of its resources to the battle against dog fighting in South Africa. The organisation will be expanding its Special Investigations Unit to bolster efforts to stop dog fighting.The unit conducts undercover work countrywide to find dogs that are being used for illegal dog fighting, conducting raids and rescues where necessary.“Dog fighting is a subject that people should be outraged about,” said Wendy Willson, a senior inspector and manager of the unit.“In addition to the horrific suffering of the animals involved, the crime has a devastating effect on the people, children and societies where it is happening and the communities who tolerate its existence.”Help end dog fightingTo help the unit continue rescuing dogs that have been caught in the cruelty of dog fighting, the NSPCA appeals to business and the public to help it raise the funds it needs.If you or anyone you know would like to help the NSPCA and its Special Investigations Unit end dog fighting you can donate to its crowd-funding initiative created with help from Different.Org, a crowd-funding platform for NGOs and initiatives aimed at benefitting society.You can also help the organisation by reporting any suspicious activity in your area to the NSPCA via these contact details:Email: [email protected]: 011 907 3590Website: identity is protected and you can remain anonymous.Play Your PartEveryone can make a positive difference in their own way. How are you working to support the development of those less fortunate?Are you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you through your everyday actions? Do you know of anyone who deserves recognition for improving South Africa and its people?If you do, then don’t hesitate to submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.If we don’t get actively involved in creating a better future for South Africa, then who will? Step up and play your part in our country’s journey to greatness.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Comparing input price changes during multiple year crop price declines

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Crop input prices are a topic of considerable discussion. Here is another perspective by comparing changes in input prices during the three multiple year price decline periods that have occurred since 1970. The current period has notably larger declines in fuel and fertilizer prices; similar changes in seed, chemical, and machinery prices; and a notably larger increase in rent. The latter underscores the need to renegotiate rents. It also raises a question, “If farmers, by not aggressively negotiating lower rents, are indicating financial stress is less than it appears?”Three multiple year declines in crop revenue and price have occurred since 1970. The index of prices received by U.S. farms for all crops peaked in calendar years 1981, 1996, and 2012 before declining for multiple years. The index bottomed in 1986 and 2000. Calendar year 2016 may or may not be the bottom of the current decline. The crop price index is used because no similar index exists for revenue. Also used in this study is the index of prices paid by U.S. farms for six input categories — ag services and rents, chemicals, fertilizer, fuels, machinery, and seed. Percent change in these indices is calculated relative to the average value for the three years ending in the peak year. A three-year average smooths the influence of individual years and reflects that changes in input prices generally lag changes in output prices. The price data are from QuickStats (US Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service). Crop pricesThe index of all crop prices received declined by 13% from 1981 to 1986 to 17% from 1996 through 2000. The current decline is at 13%. Thus, the current decline is not abnormally large or small relative to prior multiple year declines, although this observation could change as more time passes.Input pricesPrice behavior of the six individual input categories differs across the decline periods (see Figure 2). Price of fuels varies the most. It increased 38% from 1994-1996 to 2000 but has dropped 41% in the current period. This variation reflects that the crop sector is a relatively small component of the demand for fuels. Price of fertilizer decreased in each period, but its decline is notably larger in the current period. In contrast, chemical, seed, and machinery prices increased in each period, with the percent increases similar for the two most recent periods. The ag services and rent price index is up 20% in the current period compared with a 5% increase from 1979-81 to 1986 and a 1% decline from 1994-96 to 2000. A price index for rent alone is available since 1990. It declined by 6% from 1994-96 to 2000, but has increased 24% since 2010-12. Because price change varies by input category, behavior of a composite index of crop sector inputs was also examined. Such an index is also first available for 1990. Despite the variation among the individual inputs, the composite index has increased by a similar 8% and 9% for 1994-96 to 2000 and 2010-12 to 2016, respectively.Comparison with a stable crop price periodIn assessing Figure 2, a question arises of how input prices have changed during a stable period of crop prices. This period was identified by starting with the 2005 calendar year, which predates the price increases that began during the 2006 crop year. The earliest year with the same all crop price received index is 1984. Compared with the 1984-2005 period, the only input whose price is increasing faster during the current period is ag services and rent (see Figure 3). This observation implies that, as a group, input prices are increasing less rapidly during the current period of crop price decline than during a stable period of crop prices. However, it is also consistent with the previous discussion of larger increases in rent during the current decline period.Summary observationsThe current multiple-year decline period is characterized by a notably larger decline in fuel and fertilizer prices than during the multiple year declines of the early 1980s and late 1990s.Fertilizer is the input that most consistently adjusts downward with declines in crop prices. This feature works to the advantage of corn since it is the most fertilizer intensive U.S. field crop.Chemical, seed, and machinery prices are behaving similar to earlier multiple-year decline periods.Rental rates have increased notably more during the current period than during the earlier periods.This finding lifts up the need to understand why rental rates have behaved differently in the current period of crop revenue and price declines. For example, have farmers used the relatively large savings from lower fuel and fertilizer prices to maintain land rental rates?This finding underscores the need to understand how financial stress varies by share of farmland rented?This finding nevertheless underscores the need to focus on rental rates in future cost adjustments.Since farmers negotiate rent, rental rates raise a question of whether financial stress among farmers is less than it appears to be?Critics would rephrase the last question more pointedly as, “Since farmers negotiate rent, rental rates raise a question of how much financial stress are farmland renters inflicting on themselves?”A managerial lesson from the current period of crop price declines is the need to create and adopt crop leases that are more responsive to market conditions and thus share farm gains and losses more appropriately between farmers and farmland owners.The answers to these questions are important for policy deliberations. In particular, should society intervene with additional assistance beyond that already being provided, if, as is the common storyline, that the purpose of farm programs is to largely benefit farmers not owners of land?last_img read more

Becoming Uncomfortable with Your Comfortable Illusions

first_imgThere is some part of you that is dissatisfied and knows that you can be more than you are now. Almost no one believes they are the very best version of themselves, and as far as I can tell, no one has ever reached their full potential, not DaVinci, not Einstein, and certainly not you or me.When you look at the results you generated at the end of each week, something gnaws at you. You know you were capable of doing more, but another week has passed, each one looking very much like the one that preceded it. Are you working smart enough and hard enough to bring your goals to life (the very meaning of the word “hustle)? Are you as productive as you should be?If your life doesn’t resemble the ideal you hold in your mind’s eye, and if you don’t have what you want, you are no different from most of the human population on Earth. You are very literally surrounded by proof that what you want is possible, and people who started behind the starting line you stand on now have found a way to have what you want.My philosophy is that one of the ways you will judge your success, in the end, will be the contribution you make to others and the causes you care about. It’s difficult to contribute unless you take care of what is written in three paragraphs above. Solve for those, and you have solved for contribution.Your IllusionsIf you are not yet who you want to be, it is because you are comfortable with the illusion that high school and college was the end of your growth, your development, and your education, none of which quite prepared you to be the best version of yourself.If you are not exerting the effort necessary to bring your goals to life, they will not come into being. It is doubtful that you cannot do what is required, and it more likely that you are trying hard enough. You are comfortable with the illusion that you are doing what you need to do.If you are like most people, you have settled for what you have. Maybe what you have is enough. Or perhaps you are just comfortable with the illusion that you have all you need—or all you deserve.The first step to improvement is to refuse to be comfortable with the illusion. From this illusion, you can see the next. From that one, you will see the one that follows. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Ind vs WI first Test: India 69/4 at lunch on Day 1

first_imgIndia were 69 for four in their first innings at lunch on the opening day of the first cricket Test against the West Indies at Sabina Park in Kingston on Monday. Earlier, Indian skipper Mahendra Sigh Dhoni had won the toss and elected to bat on a hard and bouncy Sabina Park pitch in the first Test against the West Indies.India are fielding three Test debutants in middle order batsman Virat Kohli, new-ball bowler Praveen Kumar and left-handed opening batsman Abhinav Mukund.India have decided to go into the game with two spinners in Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra.West Indies left out Kemar Roach from the playing eleven and thus would have three-man pace battery to make use of the helpful pitch.The TeamsIndia: Mahendra Sigh Dhoni (c), Murali Vijay, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, VVS Laxman, Abhinav Mukund, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar and Amit Mishra.West Indies: Darren Sammy (c), Adrian Barath, Lendl Simmons, Darren Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Brendan Nash, Carlton Baugh, Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul and Devendra Bishoo.Umpires: Daryl Harper (Australia), Ian Gould (England).last_img read more

Guardiola coy over Mendy’s metatarsal injury

first_imgManchester City coach Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Benjamin Mendy is suffering with a metatarsal injury.Guardiola, however, was unable – or unwilling – to put a timeframe on the left-back’s recovery period.Mendy has missed City’s last two games and Guardiola was initially coy when asked about the Frenchman, replying simply that he is “injured”. 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! When asked specifically what the issue is, he said: “I don’t know, he has a little bit of a problem in his bone.”He then said the problem is with Mendy’s ankle, having initially claimed after the Fulham game last weekend that it was a knee complaint.”Yes,” he said when asked about the ankle, before adding, “the fifth”, which sources have confirmed to Goal actually relates to the fifth metatarsal in Mendy’s left foot.City sources have told Goal that the injury is “minor”, meaning a bruise rather than a fracture, although there are no further details available.City travel to Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon and Guardiola is expecting a physical encounter, although he says that is not specific to the Welsh side.”The Premier League is physical,” he said. “Not just Cardiff. I realised that when I arrived. Cardiff has a way to play and we have to adapt.last_img read more

Video: Jim Kelly Gets Incredible Standing Ovation At The NFL Draft

first_imgJim Kelly gets applause from Roger Goddess and fans at the draft.Jim Kelly NFL DraftJim Kelly, former Miami Hurricane and Buffalo Bill great, has just stolen the show at the NFL Draft – and for good reason. Friday night, Kelly, who has battled squamous cell carcinoma (a form of jaw cancer) the past few years, made his way to stage to announce the 50th overall pick in place of commissioner Roger Goodell. Before he announced Buffalo’s selection of Ronald Darby, he received a standing ovation and was serenaded with chants of his last name. It was incredibly heartwarming.If the above clip doesn’t work, click here to view it on YouTube.It’s great to see Kelly back on his feet, cancer-free. Let’s hope it stays that way.last_img