INS Tarkash Joins Western Fleet at Mumbai, India

first_imgThe Indian Navy got a major fillip to its firepower with the arrival of its latest acquisition INS Tarkash at Mumbai on 27 Dec 12.Built by the Yantar Shipyard, Kaliningrad, Russia. INS Tarkash was commissioned on 09 Nov 12 by Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Comand. INS Tarkash is second of three project 1135.6 (follow-on Talwar class) ships ordered by Indian Navy, the first being INS Teg, which joined the Fleet in June this year. Trikhand, the third stealth frigate, is likely to be delivered by mid 2013.Commanded by Captain Antony George, an Anti-Submarine Warfare Specialist, and manned by a crew of 23 Officers and 228 Sailors, INS Tarkash is armed with an advanced combat suite,  comprising an optimal blend of Russian and Indian cutting edge technologies. Her arsenal includes the ‘BRAHMOS’ Supersonic Cruise Missiles, Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) System, Medium Range Gun, Close-In Weapon System (CIWS), Torpedoes and Anti-Submarine Rockets.On arrival at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai, the ship and her crew were accorded a warm reception.  The welcome ceremony was presided over by Rear Admiral A R Karve, the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet and witnessed by senior Officers of the Western Naval Command, together with the family members of the ship’s crew who turned out in large numbers.During her maiden return passage, as part of the Navy’s Maritime Diplomatic Initiative, the ship made port calls at several ports to strengthen bridges of friendship and international co-operation with the host countries.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 2, 2013; Image: Indian Navy View post tag: Tarkash Industry news View post tag: fleet View post tag: Defense View post tag: INS Share this article View post tag: Defence January 2, 2013 INS Tarkash Joins Western Fleet at Mumbai, Indiacenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today INS Tarkash Joins Western Fleet at Mumbai, India View post tag: India View post tag: Naval View post tag: Mumbai View post tag: Western View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: joinslast_img read more

“READERS FORUM” SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: If the Republican primary election for the Mayor of Evansville was held today who would you vote for?If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy.  Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.last_img read more

“READERS FORUM” MAY 12, 2017

first_imgWhats on your mind today?Todays “READERS POLL” question is” Do you feel that our elected officials should immediately release information concerning who is paying the utilities bills at the Ford Center?We urge you to take time and click the section we have reserved for the daily recaps of the activities of our local Law Enforcement professionals. This section is located on the upper right side of our publication.If you would like to advertise or submit and article in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

British egg industry calls for government support

first_imgThe British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) is calling for an effective intra-EU ban on the trade of egg and egg products produced by conventionally caged (‘battery’) hens from entering the UK market from the beginning of next year.At a reception hosted by The Earl of Shrewsbury and Waterford, at the House of Lords this week, Mark Williams, chief executive of the BEIC said it was there to try and avoid the potential disaster that was heading towards the egg industry.He said producers had spent £400m in preparation for the new law, coming in on 1 January 2012, which prohibits the use of conventional cages for laying eggs, but he said that not all producers in the EU would comply with the ban and that current enforcement measures were totally ineffective.According to the BEIC the latest data has indicated that 23% of EU egg production is forecast to be ’illegal’ on 1 January 2012, but Williams said the real problem was that it would cost 8-10% less to produce an egg from a conventional cage, than the cheapest legal alternative from this date, putting UK producers’ livelihoods at risk. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Lord Henley said that it was important the UK egg industry was allowed to operate on a level playing field. He said the UK government would play a full part in EU discussions, and would work with the European Commission on what was possible.last_img read more

Speech: At the crossroads: Britain and global trade

first_imgGood morning everyone and thanks to the Federation of Small Businesses for the opportunity to hold this gathering this morning.In my first speech as Secretary of State for International Trade I set out the case for an open and liberal trading environment.In that speech, in Manchester, with its iconic associations to free trade, I referenced Adam Smith, one of my political heroes – and not just because he was also Scottish and went to Glasgow university.It was just over 240 years ago, on 9 March 1776 that he published the Wealth of Nations.It set out the principles for the emerging world of global commerce at the end of the eighteenth century with a vision of what trade could produce in terms of prosperity and opportunity.He countered the dominant mercantilist viewpoint – revolutionary in its time – and the case he set out is just as relevant today.Indeed, he reminds us still, that the essential element of a successful trading system is mutual benefit.David Ricardo took these principles of free trade forward when, in 1817, he published the theory of comparative advantage.Building on Smith a generation before, Ricardo described the economic reality of the gains from trade and demonstrated how free and open trade is profitable to all.When countries trade with each other, both sides benefit – even if one side is better at everything. It’s counterintuitive but it is true nonetheless.Ricardo talked of wine from Portugal and wool from England. Now Americans can buy iPhones built in China but designed in America – or the British can invest our pensions in a fund that trades stocks in London but has a back office in India. Everyone benefits.Yet, although the principles of free trade are the same today as set out by Smith and Ricardo, the way we trade has changed beyond recognition.Today, we stand on the verge of an unprecedented ability to liberate global trade to the benefit of all our citizens, with technological advances and burgeoning innovation dissolving away the barriers.And Smith, nearly a quarter of a millennium later, is repeatedly vindicated. Time and again we find a strong positive correlation between economic openness and growth.During the 1990s, per capita income grew 3 times faster in the developing countries that lowered trade barriers than in those that did not.That effect is not confined to the developing world, either. The OECD Growth Project found that a 10 percentage-point increase in trade exposure was associated with a 4% rise in income per capita. So free trade works.Trade, specialisation and innovation, largely as a result of globalisation, has been of huge and sustainable benefit to the world economy. This in turn has spawned a productivity revolution through increased competition, economies of scale and global value chains.When this is combined with the effect of liberal values of meritocracy, democracy and the rule of law, it can create a tidal wave of innovation and creativity.It is no coincidence that the United Kingdom and the United States are among the most innovative economies, while those with more authoritarian regimes are only now beginning to catch up as centralised planning gives way to individual creativity.In the twentieth century, one of the products of the influence of the UK, US and others was the creation of the WTO.From the founding in the aftermath of the Secord World War of the General Agreements on Tariffs and Trade, the WTO emerged as the home of the rules-based international trading system, and the repository of those free trading values that have underpinned global growth and facilitated more formal trade agreements.And as we have heard when such agreements are reached, the positive effect on businesses, industries and economies can be remarkable.Let me give you just one example.The EU-Korea free trade agreement came into effect in July 2011. In the year before the deal was agreed, the UK beer and cider industry – commodities close to my heart in the West Country – sold almost nothing to Korea. Exports were under £2 million.By 2016, however, sales to South Korea have exploded to over £65 million, and companies from large multinationals to SMEs we are able to embrace the opportunities that it bestowed. That is the scale of what can happen and that can happen multiplied many times over.Making the moral and political case for free tradeGlobally, as free trade has blossomed, poverty levels have fallen to their lowest in history: bringing industry, jobs and wealth where once there was only deprivation.Trade liberalisation gives consumers greater choice, and the competition it unleashes brings higher quality and standards at lower prices for everything from food and drink to toys and cars. Free trade provides developing countries at the same time the opportunity to embrace the international trading system, to integrate into global value chains, and ultimately to grow their economies.But, as Smith found, it would be a major mistake to assume that the case for free trade is so self-evident that it does not require steadfast champions.We have seen the way in which trade agreements such as TTIP produced significant anti-trade protest across Europe, including in pro- free trade countries such as Germany.Protestors successfully exploited public anxiety, based largely on lack of information and perceived, not actual, risks.So, we must be willing to confront the myths and distortions that are often perpetuated by those opposed to the principles of free trade.At the same time, we must ensure the right mitigations are in place – in reskilling and training – for those displaced by unavoidable technological change.To make the case for free trade relevant, we need a narrative that transcends the whole political spectrum.We can begin by pointing out that global free trade has enabled us to take 1 billion of our fellow human beings out of poverty in just one generation. It is one of the greatest achievements in the whole of human history.And it is hard to imagine an international aid programme that would or could ever have been so effective.History of protectionismYet, the benefits of free trade have not always been well understood.And – perhaps more damaging – the perils of adopting a protectionist course have not always been apparent.We saw this in the trade wars of the late nineteenth century. The ‘Long Depression’ of the 1870s onwards saw country after country trying, and failing, to protect themselves from global competition through tariff barriers and closing off their markets.And we saw the same story again during the Great Depression.Whether in Germany through draconian exchange controls, in America with Smoot-Hawley tariffs or in Britain and the Commonwealth with the Ottawa Agreements, we saw history repeat itself.Again, countries reacted to domestic economic problems by attempting to cut their markets off from international competition.So let’s be clear. Protectionism saps trade, disrupts supply chains and raises import costs. It creates uncertainty for businesses and consumers, and sows the seeds of hostility and mistrust between nations. It is not a history we need to repeat.Bank of England statisticsOn the other hand, it is a testament to our ability to learn from our history – and the robustness of our international cooperation – that we did not repeat these mistakes during the most recent economic crisis.Even at the height of the global problems in November 2008, the G20 reaffirmed its commitment to ‘a shared belief that market principles, open trade and investment regimes, and effectively regulated financial markets foster the dynamism, innovation and entrepreneurship that are essential for economic growth, employment and poverty reduction.’Unlike the Great Depression – where trade in global goods remained 20% less than its peak for most of the following decade – global output recovered in just two years.Now we all know there are a number of long-standing jokes about the indecisiveness of economists.There’s no such thing as a one-handed economist: it’s always on the one hand this, on the other hand that. Or if you laid all the economists in the world end to end, they still wouldn’t reach a conclusion.But the effect of protectionism is as close to settled science as anything in economics will ever be: it means reduced productivity gains and lost economic growth. Long run historical trends suggest that a 20% reduction in trade holds back productivity by around 5%.Yet now, despite all our collective experience, it seems we may be moving in the wrong direction. As the Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney said in a speech earlier this month, trade tariffs recently announced between the US, its NAFTA partners, China and the EU have the potential to double bilateral tariff rates – and may already be having a dampening effect on global export orders and manufacturing output. A prolonged trade war would cause lost growth and higher inflation.As I have said repeatedly in a trade war there are no winners there are only causalities for now. The social, political and security implications are impossible to predict.How the world of trade is changingGlobal trade – a snapshotWe are at an important juncture in the history of free and open trade, and of the established international order.In many ways, the picture is a positive one. After several years of relative stagnation, the growth in global trade is once again outpacing the rise in global GDP.This growth has been driven by those economies that will shape the future of trade, and continues to mirror the rebalancing of global commercial activity: Asia made the biggest contribution to trade growth of any region in 2017, accounting for 51% of the increase in merchandise exports, and 60% of the increase in merchandise imports.Now this growth is partly cyclical, as the global economy continues its rebound from the dark days of the financial crash and ensuing recession experienced by many large economies.Yet it is also a reflection of how globalisation and new technology continue to facilitate trade, and the irrepressible growth of the digital and knowledge economies – sectors which hardly existed even two decades ago.But even as we gather under London’s blue skies, there are trade clouds gathering on the horizon.The 19th Report on G20 Trade Measures, prepared jointly by the WTO, OECD and UNCTAD, warned explicitly of ‘a worrying trend of an increase in trade-restrictive measures’.Its research showed that the pace at which trade restrictive measures were being implemented across G20 countries in the seven months to May this year had doubled in comparison to the six months before that, with 39 new measures being recorded.These measures now cover one and half times the value of trade in comparison to restrictions enacted over a similar period in 2016/17.It would be easy to for us to say that this is just a blip, brought about by the recent US and Chinese measures.But when we also see that the average number of trade remedy investigations instigated per month is at levels only last recorded in 2013, the trend becomes clear.One conclusion is that, since 2008, the world’s largest and most advanced economies, constituting the G20, have been falling prey quietly to the siren call of protectionism.Morally, as well as economically, we cannot allow that to happen.Those nations that have benefitted the most from free and open international trade – not only in terms of economic growth, but in the living standards of their citizens – should not pull up the drawbridge behind them and deny those same rewards to more recently developing nations.Why this mattersAnd why do we think this matters? Why should a UK consumer, small business, or even an exporter, concern themselves with the rise in protectionism and trade restrictive measures in other parts of the world?Part of the reason is that no company, however small, can rely solely upon the products of one nation.Global value chains have been the secret behind the consumer revolution of recent decades – they are the reason that we can today buy a flat-screen television for a fraction of the cost of a decade ago, or that we can get fresh fruit and vegetables in our supermarkets of all types year-round.They have also meant that production costs at every stage, from coordination and logistics to assembly and packaging, have fallen, making it easier and cheaper to divide up the entire process.On the whole, firms no longer specialise even in a single product. Instead they often specialise in tasks – from assembly, shipping or retail, for example.At its heart, this is the natural conclusion of Ricardo’s comparative advantage.Most trade, at some estimates as high as 70%, is now in ‘intermediates’ – services, components and materials that make up final products for consumption.To complicate the picture still further, the UK is the centre of robust intra-industry trade. This means that we import and export the same products, to account for varying tastes in consumer preferences between different countries.Think BMWs and Citroens being bought here, while similar cars from the Sunderland plants are exported across Europe.Put simply, this country’s exports and our ability to satisfy consumer demands are reliant upon free and open access to imported goods.Evidence of this can be found if we examine the UK’s Trade in Value Added – a relatively new trade statistic jointly developed by the OECD and the WTO that attempts to measure these cross-border trade flows more accurately than traditional measurements have.The analysis is experimental, yet it has clearly shown that more than a fifth of the content of UK exports are themselves imports, in one form or another.And this suggests that, as a nation, we are well integrated into global supply chains. Moreover, it shows that the UK’s broader economic health, from our domestic markets to our world-class exports, is largely predicated upon free and open access to the global economy.In such an environment, where the components of a single consumer item may come from several countries, and cross and re-cross international borders before they are assembled, it is easy to see how small tariffs can quickly add up.This brings us back to our original problem.Globalisation affects the lives of every single person in Britain today, and the commercial viability of every business. If a trade war really does break out, the subsequent hike in tariffs, even between just a few large economies, could have catastrophic consequences for global trade.And the impact of this, let’s be clear, would be felt by every single British citizen, and billions of others across the world.Changing patterns of global tradeIn the future, these consumers will be most prevalent in those hugely growing markets that are radically redefining the patterns of global trade.I often repeat the fact that the IMF estimates that, in the next 10 to 15 years, 90% of global economic growth will originate from outside the European Union.The thriving economies of South and East Asia and, increasingly, Africa, are, and will become, ever more important as their newfound prosperity drives demand for the more goods and services.The sheer scale of the change that is underway is often difficult to grasp from here in Europe, a region which has long enjoyed economic and political dominance.So twice this year I have been in the Chinese city of Shenzhen. When Britain handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997, not exactly a lifetime ago, Shenzhen had a population of 5.2 million. Today it has a population of over 12.5 million.By 2030 China is expected to have 220 cities with more than 1 million inhabitants, 220. The whole of Europe will have 35.And on top of the vast Asia-Pacific growth it is predicted that there will be 1.1 billion middle class African consumers by 2060. The world is seeing a stunning and profound change.Such a shift, not just in global demographics, but in the rise of the collective wealth of developing countries, will determine where the golden economic opportunities of the future will be – and where we must be too, if we are to provide jobs and prosperity of the future.If we are to navigate the changes that the next decade will bring, we will have to fully accommodate these changes and recognise the emerging pattern of our own trade too.56% of Britain’s exports now go outside the EU, compared with only 46% in 2006. What is more, while our EU exports are still dominated by goods, our non-EU exports are evenly split between goods and services. Yet it’s services that present the greatest opportunity to expand Britain’s trade.We, as a nation, must re-orientate ourselves to where we can prosper in a rapidly changing global environment.Engagement modelOur decision to leave the European Union is a decision to embrace this new world – not retreat from it. To be more open to free trade – not less. To fight protectionism – not to put up new barriers that would stifle our prosperity.It was agreed at the European Council meeting in March that the UK could formally begin negotiating new trade agreements from April 2019.For the first time in over 40 years we will be able to determine who we trade with, and on what terms.To ensure we make the most of this unique opportunity, it makes sense to start thinking about our negotiating priorities for the future, and thinking about them now.In the House of Commons on Monday, I set out how Parliament, the Devolved Administrations, the public, businesses and civil society will be able to engage in a trade policy that benefits the whole of the UK and ensure that we meet our commitments to an inclusive and transparent trade policy.We committed to working closely with the Devolved Administrations on an ongoing basis to deliver an approach that works for the whole of out United Kingdom.Because everyone, from every part of the UK, must have the opportunity to engage and consult.Scrutiny of our future trade arrangements is vitally important as we take powers back from the EU into UK law, and begin negotiating our own new free trade agreements.With other nationsThat is why today I am announcing four public consultations on our post-Brexit trade negotiations.Our intention is to seek free trade agreements with the United States, Australia and New Zealand. These are crucial strategic and economic relationships that must continue on a sound footing after Brexit.UK exports to Australia and New Zealand are growing at 14.8% and 16.8% respectively, a faster pace than our global average, and far outstripping export growth to the EU.The United States is the UK’s single largest trading partner and foreign investor, accounting for over £100 billion worth of UK annual exports. As we saw during President Trump’s visit, the UK is very keen to further our already excellent trade and investment relationship, and I look forward to continuing these discussions during my visit to Washington next week.While there are many other markets the UK will look to for new agreements in the future, our shared values and strength of trade with the US, Australia and New Zealand make them the right places to focus our initial attention.However, we must go further. The government is determined not only to seek deals with key bilateral partners, but to break new ground: putting the UK at the heart of the world’s fastest growing regions.That is why I am also announcing a fourth consultation on potentially seeking accession to CPTPP – the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.This covers markets across the world – from Canada to Chile, Mexico to Vietnam. It reduces 95% of tariffs, along with other barriers to trade.The eleven members of CPTPP accounted for £82.5 billion of UK trade in 2016, more than the Netherlands, France or China. It covers a diverse range of economies, many of which have been – and are projected to continue to be – a major source of global economic growth.These consultations are about how we position ourselves as Global Britain. To build the export markets, investment opportunities and trading relationships of the future.Trade affects us all – whether it is through the prices and availability of product on our supermarket shelves, to the resources available for our public services, to the jobs and investment on which we all rely. So, I believe it is vital that everyone has their say to ensure these deals work for the whole of the UK – and I strongly urge anyone and all organisations with an interest to take part in these consultations.Opportunities for the UKBecause our trading future, as our United Kingdom, is bright.We require an economic outlook that allows us to take advantage of the substantial opportunities that Europe will continue to bring, but without limiting our ability to adapt to a changing and growing world beyond the European continent – as the Prime Minister has repeatedly made clear.And when we leave the European Union, we will be able to do just that. We will be able to enter into meaningful trade agreements with partners across the world, leading the charge towards greater liberalisation where we can play to our strengths – in financial services, digital and investment.We will have the freedom to negotiate in areas such as services, tariffs, quotas, and conformity assessments.We will take up our independent seat at the WTO and continue to champion the rules-based international trading system.We have a once in a generation opportunity to set our own course.It is where the world is growing fastest that demand for British services and goods will offer the most potential growth for our exporters and investors.Since the Department for International Trade was created, my ministers and I have undertaken 188 visits overseas. No matter where we have travelled, we have found the same phenomenon.For UK export goods – from top end fashion, to high-quality cars, to our luxury food and drink produce, to high-end manufacturing – the demand is growing.For professional services too, from accountancy to law or education or life sciences or financial services, the growing demand in places like Asia and Latin America will need more of the skills where we are already world class.In the knowledge economy, we already have what others want and need.The demand is out there for what Britain is able to sell. And we must play our comparative advantage.We must set our sights on this brighter future.We are at a historic crossroads. Britain has decided to leave a European orbit to embrace a global one, retaining our close links with our European partners while understanding our global potential.It is an exciting time that we should approach with confidence and optimism, secure in the knowledge that our own belief in free trade and the benefits it has brought are not our history but our road map to the future.last_img read more

Pixies Announce Behind-The-Scenes Podcast Ahead Of Forthcoming Studio LP [Watch]

first_imgAlternative rock outfit Pixies will release their forthcoming studio LP in September. On Wednesday, the band announced they have documented the album’s lengthy recording process with a new, behind-the-scenes podcast to be titled, “Past Is Prologue, Pixies.” The band recorded the as-yet-untitled seventh studio album with producer Tom Dalgety, who was also behind 2016’s Head Carrier.Pixies recorded their forthcoming record at Dreamland Recordings near Woodstock, New York, after devoting the entirety of 2018 to writing new material. In conjunction with Signal Co. No1, the forthcoming “Past Is Prologue, Pixies” podcast will be available each week beginning on June 27th, and should help the band build up to the album’s September release.As Rolling Stone reports, “music journalist Tony Fletcher, the author of popular biographies of R.E.M. and The Who’s Keith Moon, will host and narrate the weekly, 12-episode podcast. The writer guides listeners through time spent in the studio control room, main room and a special ‘video booth’ where band members shared their observations throughout the recording; Fletcher also interviewed the Pixies and Dalgety individually.”Watch a preview of Pixies’ upcoming podcast below:“Past Is Prologue, Pixies” Podcast Preview[Video: Signal Co No1]After touring with Weezer last summer, Pixies announced that the two bands are joining forces again this spring. The new spring tour will start out with a pair of southern shows on March 8th and 10th, before moving through Montreal; Albany, NY; Mashantucket, CT; and Baltimore, MD from March 13th–17th. The bands will then head west, making stops in Columbus, OH; Grand Rapids, MI; Memphis, TN; St. Louis, MO; Kansas City, MO; Tulsa, OK; Des Moines, IA; St. Paul, MN; and Madison, WI from March 19th–31st. The tour ends with a run through the Pacific Coast, with stops in Nampa, ID; Portland, OR; Vancouver, BC; Sacramento, CA; Oakland, CA; and Las Vegas, NV from April 5th–12th.Head to Pixies’ website for ticketing and more information.Upcoming Pixies/Weezer Tour Dates:March 8th – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! CenterMarch 10th – Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life ArenaMarch 13th – Montreal, QC @ Bell CentreMarch 14th – Albany, NY @ Times Union CenterMarch 16th – Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand TheaterMarch 17th – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms ArenaMarch 19th – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein CenterMarch 20th – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel ArenaMarch 22nd – Memphis, TN @ FedEx ForumMarch 24th – St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise CenterMarch 26th – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint CenterMarch 27th – Tulsa, OK @ BOK CenterMarch 28th – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo ArenaMarch 30th – Saint Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy CenterMarch 31st – Madison, WI @ Alliant Energy Center – Veterans Memorial ColiseumApril 5th – Nampa, ID @ Ford Idaho Center ArenaApril 6th – Portland, OR @ Moda CenterApril 7th – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers ArenaApril 9th – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 CenterApril 10th – Oakland, CA @ Oracle ArenaApril 12th – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events CenterView All Tour Dates[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

It’s 1946, all over again

first_imgThe members of the Harvard men’s basketball team held their heads high as they exited the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball Championship on March 15, and with good reason. In their first trip to the tournament since 1946, the Crimson gave heralded Vanderbilt a scare, cutting an 18-point deficit to 5 before falling to the Commodores, 79-70. Despite the loss, Harvard showed that it deserved a place at the “Big Dance.”“I think we battled very hard,” said forward Kyle Casey ’13 after the game. “We didn’t just give in when we could have given in. We feel like we belong here.”Although the loss was disappointing, the Crimson and their fans can look back on a remarkable season. The team won the Ivy League championship outright for the first time in program history, beating out longtime rivals Penn and Princeton. Harvard’s 26 wins broke the record the men’s team set last year. Along the way the Crimson won the Battle 4 Atlantis (B4A) tournament, beat nationally ranked Florida State University, ran their home winning streak to 28 games, and rose as high as No. 21 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll and No. 22 in the Associated Press ranking.“We won our conference,” said coach Tommy Amaker at the tournament’s Media Day. “We’re very excited about how we were able to do that and certainly be in this position to be 12-2 in the Ivy League and 26-4. We had a sensational year.”Amaker said that the Crimson’s season can only help him and his staff to build a stronger program. While co-captains Oliver McNally and Keith Wright graduate this year, starters Casey and Brandyn Curry will return next season. The loss of the team’s seniors also will open up playing time, including for highly touted freshmen Wesley Saunders and Kenyatta Smith. The Crimson’s recent success brings the team closer to its aim of joining Stanford and Vanderbilt as one of the top basketball programs in the country.“That’s kind of a goal of ours, to see if we can get involved in those circles,” Amaker said. “We’ve been able to do it. Our staff has worked incredibly hard to identify those prospects and try to build relationships with those kids and the various individuals around them. Certainly, having some success here with our program, I think, has allowed us to gain some traction and a foothold to make our way and to identify the kids who fit the profile for Harvard. That’s a neat thing for us, to be in those circles with Vandy and Northwestern and Stanford and those schools with the kids that we’re trying to compete for.”last_img read more

DNV GL charts three technology disruptions that will speed global decarbonization efforts

first_imgDNV GL charts three technology disruptions that will speed global decarbonization efforts FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Economic Times:DNV GL, a global quality assurance and risk management company has predicted that technologies like new battery storage chemistries, high-temperature heat pumps and green hydrogen will significantly accelerate decarbonization of energy, transport and heating sectors in the next 10 years.In batteries, solid-state varieties are predicted to take the lead, driven by demand to decarbonize the transport sector. Next generation heat pumps are predicted to reach temperatures of 200°C degrees, which can support industrial heat demand. Green hydrogen can compete against blue hydrogen by 2030, creating new applications for decarbonizing the heat and transport sectors.“The driver for this phase of energy transition is the global need to limit carbon emissions, leading to more than doubling the share of electricity powered by wind and solar energy in the final energy demand mix, compared to today’s level,” DNV GL said in a recent statement.“In its first phase, the energy transition was focused on decarbonizing the power sector, which was effectively done by creating market incentives to promote uptake of solar and wind energy. Twenty years later, these forms of green power generation are not only safe and reliable but also have become cost-competitive,” said Lucy Craig, vice president of technology and Innovation at DNV GL-Energy.“The second phase of the energy transition is shifting towards CO2-intensive industries which are much harder to decarbonize, such as the transport and heating sectors. Therefore, we require equally decisive and binding policy actions to get emerging technologies, such as green hydrogen, high-temperature heat pumps and new types of battery storage chemistries, off the ground and build momentum for a similar success to that of core decarbonization technologies,” Craig said.DNV GL anticipates that green hydrogen can compete against blue hydrogen by 2030. With growing demand to scale up the production of green hydrogen, DNV GL expects that capital costs for electrolysers will reduce significantly and they will operate mainly when electricity prices are low. In this scenario, electrolysers operate intermittently, in step with fluctuating power prices, and hydrogen storage or complementary blue hydrogen production is available to ensure hydrogen supply. DNV GL predicts that electrolysis will become a common part of hydrogen supply somewhere between 2030 and 2035.[Debjoy Sengupta]More: Solid-state batteries, High-temperature heat pumps and green hydrogen to lead in the next 10 years: DNV GLlast_img read more

Fall’s The Time To Get Your Home Ready For Winter With Alure Home Improvements

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By Alure Home ImprovementsAll homeowners should know the drill by now: You end up waiting until the first autumn chill is in the air before you start making sure your house is ready for winter.Sure, you might have put off these easy maintenance projects all summer, but now that Labor Day has come and gone, it’s time to prepare your place to be in peak condition—long before the cold weather arrives. Think of it as saving on your fuel bill and putting the money in the bank—or in your holiday fun fund.It’s understandable why you might want to procrastinate when it’s hot outdoors. That’s natural. Or you might believe the tasks are just too demanding and complicated for the weekend warrior to tackle. That’s a mistake you don’t need to make. It’s much simpler than you think to follow these easy tips from Alure Home Improvements. If your house could speak, it’d probably thank you when you’re done.First, check the outside of your house for cracks in the exposed foundation, especially where pipes or wires enter the house. Look around the windows and door frames for gaps that could prove costly when the winter energy bills are added up as your warm air inside starts flowing out. All you need to do is caulk and seal the openings with water-resistant material.If you see any paint peeling off or blistering on the outside of your house, that’s a sign that the siding is losing protection. Left untreated, it will eventually deteriorate, and that will definitely be an expensive repair job. See if you can add another coat of a tough exterior paint to prevent that from happening.Make sure your gutters and downspouts can do what they’re meant to do—before the heavy rains and winter snows come and it’s too late. Now is the time to remove all the leaves and debris. Flush the gutters with water from your garden hose to ensure that the downspouts aren’t clogged. A free-flowing downspout helps prevent ice dams from forming on your roof and damaging it. Replace your old and leaky gutters with new models that come with built-in leaf guards. Just be sure no yellow jackets or wasps have chosen to build their nests in there before you start repairing your gutters!Now, take a good look at your roof. If shingles are loose or missing, bad weather could do some serious damage to your home. If the situation looks bad, you should have a licensed professional inspect the roof closer. Of course, Allure Home Improvements is always ready to help you.Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsHere’s another tip. Make sure the gap where your garage door meets the ground isn’t large enough to allow in a small animal, or, worse, winter snow and ice. Add weather-stripping to the door and make the seal tight. Your job isn’t done until you’ve organized your garage and thrown out everything you no longer need. Then put your winter shovels and snow blowers where you can access them easily. If it’s been a while since you ran your blower, now’s the time to test it out.Inspect your outdoor railings and your front and back outdoor steps. If the handrails remain loose, they won’t support someone coming up your stoop who is suddenly slipping on the ice and needs them for support. Also check your porches, patios and decks to make sure they’re in good shape. Store your outdoor furniture and cover your barbecue grill securely. Better yet: Move it into the garage.Now, this is really important: Drain all your garden hoses and store them inside your garage so they won’t be exposed to the elements all winter. Shut off all your outdoor water valves before the first frost comes and drain any leftover water from them. If you don’t do that, the faucets could freeze and break the pipes.As for your lawn, don’t think that because it’s autumn, you don’t have anything to do but rake the leaves. You should add fertilizer with a high phosphorous mix to make sure your grass is healthy once winter is over. Also, take the time to reseed those dry patches and plant flower bulbs that will bloom in the spring. You’ll be glad you did!And that’s what it’s all about: keeping up with the seasons, rather than letting them beat you!last_img read more