Powell reflects on Blitzbokke’s season

first_img13 May 2014 After steering the Springbok Sevens team to a credible second place finish in the HSBC Sevens World Series in his first season in charge, Blitzbokke coach Neil Powell admitted on Monday that he needs to improve the depth of his squad to make them more competitive next season. When he took over the reigns as head coach at the start of the 2013/14 season in October last year, Powell’s immediate aim was to install a good level of consistency, and to reach the semi-finals of each of the nine World Series tournaments. The Blitzbokke were on course to achieve their two main goals mid-way through the season, with the team playing in no less than five consecutive Cup Finals and winning tournaments in Port Elizabeth and Las Vegas.A heavy toll Prior to the Tokyo Sevens, the Blitzbokke had pushed New Zealand all the way at the top of the leaderboard and even moved to the top of the standings. However, the trip to the Far East eventually took a heavy toll on the team, after several regulars, such as Kyle Brown and Cecil Afrika, were ruled out of action because of injury. Stephan Dippenaar also joined the casualty list in Glasgow, with the result that Powell had to call on rookie Shaun Adendorff and the relatively inexperienced WJ Strydom to plug the gaps. Mark Richards was also thrown into the fray, having last played for the Springbok Sevens at the Gold Coast tournament last October. Losses in the quarterfinals of the last three tournaments allowed New Zealand to finally pull away from the South Africans to land a fourth consecutive World Series title.Influential figures missed Powell, reflecting on the past season and his first in charge, said the team missed especially the influential figures of regular captain Brown and experienced playmaker Afrika. “Look we definitely missed Kyle and Cecil in Glasgow, while we had Stephan (Dippenaar) injured in Glasgow and unavailable for London. On top of that, we also lost Werner Kok with an ankle injury on Sunday in London,” Powell explained in a statement. “However, I am making no excuses for our below par performances in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Scotland. In London, we always knew it was going to be tough to play a full strength New Zealand team [in the quarterfinals] and they deserved their win. “However, I think the guys did extremely well and displayed huge courage to come from behind to beat Samoa and also to overcome Kenya in the Plate Final.” Increasing depth The Springbok Sevens coach said his next aim is to increase the depth of his squad: “The injuries to our regulars was unfortunate and part of the game. On the plus side, it did gave us chance to give players such as Shaun Adendorff, WJ Strydom and Mark Richards more playing time. I am sure they benefitted a lot from playing in Glasgow and London. “However, we will have to increase the strength and depth of our squad because next season will be an important one as we look to qualify for 2016 Olympics,” Powell said.Senatla’s impact He also praised the impact of speedster Seabelo Senatla, after the dangerous wing was crowned top scorer in Las Vegas and London, following a long injury lay-off. Senatla was close to his best at Twickenham and was the top points’ and try scorer after dotting 13 tries. “Seabelo made a huge impact after his return to action and he was really hungry to play after missing the first part of the season because of a back injury. Justin Geduld also deserves credit for his consistency throughout the season,” Powell remarked.Dream Team selection Geduld was included in the World Series Dream Team after a string of impressive performances for the Springbok Sevens at London and in several other events. While the HSBC Sevens World Series has come to a conclusion, the Blitzbokke still have a huge assignment ahead of them at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on 26 and 27 July. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Visually challenged chess player’s feat goes unnoticed

first_imgThe sporting feat of a budding visually challenged chess sensation has gone completely unnoticed and unrewarded at a time when stellar performances of Odia athletes in the just-concluded Asian Games in Indonesia were widely acclaimed both by the State government and the private sector. Twenty-year-old Soundarya Kumar Pradhan won a silver medal at the 10th IBCA World Individual Junior Chess Championship for the Blind and Visually Impaired held in Poland in the third week of August. His feat assumes even greater significance considering the financial and infrastructure obstacles he faced in his journey from Boden in Odisha’s Nuapada district – one of the poorest and most backward regions of the country. “For a visually challenged, it was never easy to travel to Poland and compete with the best in the game. It hurts when nobody comes forward and pats your back when you bring laurels for the country against all odds,” rued Mr. Soundarya. He was a born with Leber congenital amaurosis, a disease genetically passed through families. It, however, did not deter him from dreaming. Initiated into chess at the age of four, Mr. Soundarya has been performing consistently in the game. He emerged as the champion at the national level on a couple of occasions and also won the bronze at the Asia Pacific Chess Championship for the Blind and Visually Impaired held in Karnataka in 2017 before clinching the silver last month.When Mr. Soundarya was finally felicitated by Lex Publicio, a Bhubaneswar-based law firm, here on Monday, he said it would be difficult to move ahead without support. Recently, Odia sprinter Dutee Chand was awarded ₹ 3 crore for her double silver in the Asian Games, while four members of the Indian women hockey team were given ₹1 crore each for coming second.last_img read more

Haruna, Gaco carry Go for Gold past pesky Batangas-EAC

first_imgPolice teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico The Scratchers built a seven-point cushion with 4:04 to play in the payoff period as Haruna gave them a 94-87 lead.Cedric Ablaza and Earvin Mendoza tried to will the Generals back, cutting the lead to three, 94-91, before Alejandro and Gutang delivered the finishing blows.Ablaza paced Batangas-EAC (1-6) with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists, while Cedric de Joya got 18 in the loss.The Scores:GO FOR GOLD 106 — Haruna 23, Gaco 21, Gutang 15, Alejandro 13, Leutcheu 8, Casiño 7, Dixon 7, Naboa 6, Salem 3, Domingo 2, Pasturan 1, Ocampo 0, Young 0.ADVERTISEMENT BATANGAS-EAC 95 — Ablaza 21, De Joya 18, Maguliano 11, Altamirano 10, E. Mendoza 8, Garcia 7, Dela Peña 6, Diego 6, Bautista 4, Tampoc 4, J. Mendoza 0.Quarters: 22-22, 48-46, 75-75, 106-95. Justin Gutang also poured nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, while hauling down 10 rebounds, while J-Jay Alejandro got 13 markers and five assists.Despite the victory, coach Charles Tiu was displeased with how he felt Go for Gold presented itself against the lowly Batangas-EAC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We have a tendency to think that we’re better than we really are,” he lamented. “Sometimes, we play so well, but we lost to JRU, and we’re the only team that lost to them. I do’t know why our guys are thinking that way.”“We have never proven anything in the NCAA or D-League. it’s disappointing in that sense, but we’re happy with the win. We battled back despite Batangas controlling the game for the most part.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next ‘Ms. Volleyball’ grateful that liberos are put on spotlight with PSA citation Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESGo for Gold needed a huge fourth quarter to defeat Batangas-EAC, 106-95, Thursday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Yankie Haruna exploded for 23 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals, while Jerwin Gaco chipped in a double-double of 21 markers and 10 boards for the Scratchers’ second straight win to tie Zark’s Burger-Lyceum at 4-3.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Jamaica to Cement Place as Global Conference Destination

first_img Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica should cement its place as a global conference destination when Montego Bay hosts the ‘Global Conference on Sustainable Tourism’ from November 27 to 29. He also said the Ministry has made efforts to ensure the conference offers a “more interactive approach”, and, as a result, the first plenary session will include Ministers of Tourism and Chief Executive Officers of tourism enterprises engaging in dialogue about the make-up of successful, replicable collaboration models. Story Highlights Citing the importance of the involvement of the key multilateral financial institutions, including the World Bank and the IDB, Mr. Bartlett said this is aimed at “putting into strong focus the economic importance of tourism in global arrangements”. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica should cement its place as a global conference destination when Montego Bay hosts the ‘Global Conference on Sustainable Tourism’ from November 27 to 29.The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) conference is being held in collaboration with the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James.Speaking at a media briefing at the office of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce on October 31, Mr. Bartlett said one of the key outcomes of the conference will be the Declaration of Montego Bay document, which will form the blueprint for sustainable tourism development globally.Mr. Bartlett said the level of collaboration for the conference underpins its value, quality and uniqueness, as this will be the first that “everyone involved in tourism in a global perspective will be here in Jamaica and involved in discussing, deliberating and finalising a UN Declaration”.“The legacy from this conference will make Jamaica immortal, because we will become the centre for a whole range of discussions and applications in the future as we build out tourism down the road,” he argued.The Minister said the conference is going to redefine destination Jamaica as the centre where the world can come on an annual basis to cerebrate on matters relating to the development of tourism.Citing the importance of the involvement of the key multilateral financial institutions, including the World Bank and the IDB, Mr. Bartlett said this is aimed at “putting into strong focus the economic importance of tourism in global arrangements”.These deliberations, he pointed out, will focus on bringing ideas and capital together to create products and to build out a strategy for stimulating economic growth and job creation during the event, which is to be held under the theme ‘Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism’.“It is the first time in the history of tourism activities that these elements are coming together to discuss the future of tourism,” the Minister explained.Mr. Bartlett encouraged Jamaicans to register to attend the conference via the UNWTO website.He also said the Ministry has made efforts to ensure the conference offers a “more interactive approach”, and, as a result, the first plenary session will include Ministers of Tourism and Chief Executive Officers of tourism enterprises engaging in dialogue about the make-up of successful, replicable collaboration models.The Minister said the second plenary session will examine the direct contributions of tourism enterprises to the development of destinations, so that new and emerging small and medium tourism enterprises and large companies can “focus on their bottom line”.The third session, he noted, will see the multilateral development banks and their clients pairing up to explore instruments, approaches and requirements for financing large- and small-scale tourism developments, while the fourth will examine donor-funded programmes that demonstrate balanced growth with environmental sustainability and social inclusion.This will be followed by the presentation of the Draft Declaration of Montego Bay, which will be completed by the Scientific Committee during the conference.Among the confirmed speakers at the conference are Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness; President of the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Danilo Medina; and UNWTO Secretary-General, His Excellency Taleb Rifai.Conference collaborators include the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO); the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA); private international development company, Chemonics International; and the George Washington University of the United States.The conference is also sponsored by some major international entities, including Airbnb, CNN, American Airlines, and Ethiopian Airlines, as well as Jamaican companies such as the Sandals Group, Chukka Caribbean, MBJ Airports, CariMed, Red Stripe, and the Jamaica National Group.Hotel partners include Iberostar Hotels, Hyatt Ziva, Hilton Rose Hall, Jewel Grand, Holiday Inn, Zoetry and the Half Moon Hotel.last_img read more

Thunder Bay deaths that could be reopened if police follow OIPRD recommendations

first_imgMany of the deaths of Indigenous people in Thunder Bay occurred in or along the McIntyre River (pictured above). File photo.APTN NewsOn Wednesday the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) released its long-anticipated report on the relationship between the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) and Indigenous people.The two-year investigation, led by Independent Police Review Director Gerry McNeilly, found “significant deficiencies” due in part to racism in the police force.Among the report’s recommendations is that police reinvestigate nine sudden death cases involving Indigenous people.Those individuals are not formally named in the OIRPD report, but APTN News matched the dates of the cases in the report with known names in Thunder Bay.Jethro AndersonJethro Anderson, a 15-year-old from Kasabonika Lake First Nation, disappeared in Thunder Bay on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000. His body was found in the Kaministiquia River two weeks later, on Nov. 11. Police determined the death was not suspicious.The 2016 inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students found the cause of Anderson’s death to be “undetermined”.“It’s still a mystery,” Anderson’s aunt Dora Morris told APTN News of her nephew’s death. “We don’t know what happened to him. I guess he just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.”Curran StrangCurran Strang, an 18-year-old student from Pikangikum First Nation, went missing in 2005. His body was found in Thunder Bay’s McIntyre River on Sept. 26 of that year.The inquest determined Strang drowned “with ethanol intoxication”. His death was determined an accident.Strang was pulled from the river with his pants undone and lowered, the sweatshirt he was last seen wearing was also missing.Kyle MorrisseauThe body of 17-year-old Kyle Morrisseau of Keewaywin First Nation was found in the McIntyre River on Nov. 10, 2009. He had been missing for two weeks.“It wasn’t like him to not call home. He called almost every day,” Christie Kakegumic, Morrisseau’s sister, told APTN.A coroner determined Morrisseau too had drowned “with acute ethanol intoxication.”The cause of Morriseau’s drowning was deemed an “accident” by the inquest.Jordan Wabasse was found dead in May 2011. File photo.Jordan WabasseJordan Wabasse, a 15-year-old from Webequie First Nation, was pulled from the Kaministiquia River on May 10, 2011.Two days after police ruled Wabasse’s death not suspicious they received a tip that the youth may have been murdered. The inquest determined Wabasse had drowned but found the cause of his drowning to be “undetermined”.Christina GliddyChristina Gliddy, a 28-year-old mother from Wunnumin Lake First Nation, was found unconscious near a bridge over the McIntyre River.She died later that morning, on March 29, 2016. The coroner and police said Gliddy died of exposure.Gliddy’s mother and sister both told APTN last year they doesn’t believe Christina’s case was properly investigated by police.Marie SpenceThunder Bay police were called to a wooded area, near a bike path just off the Trans Canada on April 30, 2016.The officer who took charge of the scene noted that Spence was on her back with her legs bent to the left. He also noted the following:The officer who took charge of the scene reported that death was obvious, and that the deceased was lying on her back with her legs bent to the left.He also observed that: Her elbows were bent with her hands palm up next to her head, her left hand was clutching a clump of grass, Her right hand was holding a small branch, Her pants were pulled down below her buttocks, but her underwear was in place. Two hospital bands were located on her right wrist (these were from the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre) and there were cigarette burns on both palms.The coroner concluded:“The autopsy report listed significant findings as ethanol intoxication – post-mortem toxicology detected a non-fatal level of ethanol in the post-mortem blood. It can increase the risk of hypothermia. Ketoacidosis – this may occur in diabetics and individuals who are dependent on ethanol consumption.”The Thunder Bay police then released this news release.“A post mortem was conducted in Toronto yesterday on the deceased female whose body was discovered on April 30, 2016 in a wooded area behind Brant Street. Based on the evidence examined to date, her death does not appear to be criminal in nature. The woman had been deceased for a few days prior to the discovery of her.”According to Gerry McNeilly, police didn’t do the work properly.“Ms. E.F.’s (Spence) death may or may not have been related to intoxication (blood alcohol level of 244 mg/100 mL) leading to hypothermia. Ms. E.F.’s recent injuries may or may not have been attributable, in whole or in part, to stumbling or crawling. However, the investigation fell significantly short of what was required to enable those conclusions to be drawn.”Arron LoonThe body of 20-year-old Arron Loon was found in the snow near a pathway in Thunder Bay on March 25, 2015. Thunder Bay Fire Rescue arrived first on the scene and told a police officer who later arrived that it appeared Loon may have been in a fight. There were abrasions and blood on parts of his body, though this was not mentioned in any police report.Loon’s cause of death was listed as hypothermia in the autopsy report, and Loon was said to have had an “elevated blood ethanol concentration.”“This is but one of a number of cases in which an Indigenous person was presumed by TBPS to have died suddenly as a result of hypothermia or drowning,” the OIPRD report reads. “In a number of these cases, police failed to recognize that findings of hypothermia or drowning did not relieve them of their obligation to determine the circumstances under which these individuals froze to death or drowned, including the role, if any, played by others in contributing to their deaths.”The report found the investigation into Loon’s death was “deficient in important areas,” which “prevents a proper determination as to whether it was or was not attributable to accident and unrelated to foul play.“A reinvestigation is required.”Stacy DeBungee died in October 2015. File photo.Stacy DeBungeeThe death of 41-year-old Rainy River First Nation man Stacy DeBungee in 2015 prompted the OIPRD investigation.On Oct. 19 DeBungee’s body was pulled from the McIntyre River. Thunder Bay police immediately ruled his death accidental and caused by alcohol before the completion of a post mortem.An independent investigation into DeBungee’s death determined that police failed to properly investigate and follow leads, including one that claimed DeBungee’s debit card was used after his death.  “What the DeBungee family has been put through by the TBPS is unforgiveable,” said Chief Robin McGinnis, Rainy River First Nations where DeBungee was from. “The findings by the Director that there is overwhelming evidence of racism at the Thunder Bay Police Service vindicates this long battle.”McNeilly is also calling for the Thunder Bay police service to put in place what he’s calling a multi-disciplinary team together to decide whether other cases should be reopened.last_img read more

JAMAICA MOU signed to further boost Child Protection Services

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 21, 2017 – Kingston – The Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to further improve the quality of services offered to vulnerable children and families.The two-year MOU entails the establishment of a referral system that facilitates social interventions for persons who are assessed and determined to be vulnerable.   They include current and former wards of the State; children remanded in government places of safety, pending court decisions; youngsters deemed at risk to be or who have been neglected, abused or maltreated by their families; and those on the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH).The MOU was signed during a ceremony at CPFSA’s head office on Duke Street, Kingston, on November 17.   Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Collette Roberts-Risden, said the MOU will support the CPFSA’s delivery of much-needed assistance to the target beneficiaries.“What we hope to achieve… is that any child in need of support, we will refer them to the CPFSA, and, similarly, any child in need of the programmes in our Ministry, the CPFSA will refer them to us,” she said.Meanwhile, CPFSA Chief Executive Officer, Rosalee Gage-Grey, said the partnership will assist in strengthening the family structure.“We can’t treat with children without treating with their families; and we believe that if we give greater support to our families, then the children will be OK.   As we seek to build the family structure in our country, we want to ensure that the most vulnerable who, we both serve, are protected and provided with services in a timely manner.   We see this partnership as very valuable,” she said.The CPFSA, formerly the Child Development Agency (CDA), is the entity under the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information that is responsible for enabling a stable and nurturing living environment for children who are in need of care and protection.The Agency was renamed following its merger with the Office of the Children’s Registry earlier this year.This was done as part of the Ministry’s plans to create a more efficient child-protection sector with emphasis on the pooling of resources, timely service delivery, and increasing field services staff.Release: JIS Related Items:last_img read more

USS Truman Wont be Scrapped Pence Says CNO Nominee Defends Carrier Retirement

first_imgVice President Mike Pence told crew members assembled Tuesday aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman that the White House has dropped plans for its early retirement, The Hill reported.Pence made the announcement while the carrier is in port in Virginia.“I know that the future of this aircraft carrier is subject of some budget discussions in Washington, D.C.,” Pence said. “As we continue to fight Congress to make sure that our military has the resources you need to accomplish your mission, President Donald Trump asked me to deliver a message to each and every one of you on the deck of the USS Truman. We are keeping the best carrier in the world in the fight. We are not retiring the Truman.”During a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing Tuesday Chief of Naval Operations Nominee Adm. Bill Moran spoke in support of retiring the carrier, as planned in DOD’s fiscal 2020 budget request. He said he backs the decision to scrap the carrier halfway through its lifespan to fund new technology, including unmanned ships.The nuclear-powered USS Truman is scheduled for a mid-life refueling process in 2024, but the Pentagon had announced plans to cut its fleet from 11 carriers to 10, retiring it early as a cost-saving measure. The Truman was commissioned in 1998.Navy photo by Seaman Maria Llanos ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT North Intermediate Announces September Students Of The Month

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The North Intermediate School recently announced its latest Students of the Month.  The students below were recognized for their classroom performances during the month of September. Congratulations to all!Grade 4:Madison Baril nominated by Ms. TenerAdam Saied nominated by Ms. DruryHenry Santini nominated by Ms. FayTyler Jankowsk nominated by Mrs. HoxholliMia Barresi nominated by Mrs. ReynoldsGrade 5:Maya Merza nominated by Mrs. BurkeEric Banda nominated by Mrs. WoodJake Cronin nominated by Mrs. DePanfilisMacKenzie Scanlon nominated by Mrs. DiVacriCharlotte Forcina nominated by Mrs. PasternakAlexandra Erler nominated by Mrs. LundAva Noble nominated by Mrs. Iascone and Mr. TavaneseSpecialists:Allison Hall nominated by Ms. McNamaraEvan Cummings nominated by Ms. DiLulloLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: North Intermediate Announces May Students Of The MonthIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: North Intermediate Announces April Students Of The MonthIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: North Intermediate Announces March Students Of The MonthIn “Education”last_img read more

Russia will Add 200 New Aircraft to Defense Arsenal to Maintain Higher

first_imgAs the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation becomes well entrenched in Eastern Europe, Russia has decided to boost its air capabilities, with almost 200 new airplanes and helicopters to be inducted into its air force and naval branches.Most countries do not have a fleet of 200 aircraft in their arsenal, to give a reference point.The Russians have also reintroduced long-range military air patrol to test the strength and weaknesses of air defences of NATO-aligned nations, an act reminiscent of the Cold War-era distrust between the West and the Russians.The Russian dominance in aircraft and space technology is well catalogued. The latest induction would see 126 new aircraft and 88 helicopters.According to a Sputnik news report from December 2014, the aircraft delivery would include Sukhoi Su-34 (NATO reporting name: Fullback) bombers, multipurpose Su-30SM (NATO reporting name: Flanker-C) and Su-35S (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) fighter jets, Yakovlev Yak-130 (NATO reporting name: Mitten) advanced trainers/light fighters and transport Ilyushin Il-76MD-90 (NATO reporting name: Candid-B) planes. The Russian Air Force is also expected to receive cutting-edge radar stations, such as Nebo-M and Sopka. A Sukhoi SU-35 fighter aircraft participates in a flying display during the 50th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near ParisReutersThe helicopter deliveries will include Kamov Ka-52 (NATO reporting name: Hokum-B) and Mil Mi-28N (NATO reporting name: Havoc) attack helicopters, Mi-8AMTSh (NATO reporting name: Hip) assault-transport helicopters, Mi-35 (NATO reporting name: Hind-E) combat helicopters and Ka-226 (NATO reporting name: Hoodlum) utility choppers.”The serviceability status (will increase) up to 67%,” defense minister Sergei Shoigu said during a conference call. This would see two out of three aircraft at operational readiness at any given time. However, the US Air Force rate stands at 78% in 2013.Su-35 CapabilitiesThe entry of the Su-35s Flanker multirole fighter aircraft is expected to advance Russian air superiority significantly. The twin-engine, single-seat fighter is currently undergoing tests and is expected to be inducted in 2015.The Su-35 Flanker carries a $85 million export price, a comparatively lower price for a 4++ generation fighter. Currently, US is the only nation to field an operational fifth generation aircraft in the F-22 Raptor.The fifth-generation aircraft carry better stealth capabilities, with advanced radar evading technology allowing them to penetrate deep into enemy air defence and launch strikes. New Russian-made combat helicopter KA-52 nicknamed Alligator is shown for the first time for mass media in the Kamov company outside Moscow, November 19. The $12-14 million two-seat helicopter is equipped by a French-made night-vision device to allow it make reconnaissance and coordinate air and ground forces actions during the combat.ReutersThe US Air Force, Marines and the Navy are expected to induct the Lockhead Martin F-35, the most expensive weapons development programme ever, by December 2015. The F-35 is a fifth-generation fighter.Estimates suggest a single Air Force F-35A to cost $148 million. A Marine Corps specification fitted F-35B will cost $251 million. A lone Navy F-35C will cost $337 million. Average the three models together, and a “generic” F-35 costs $178 million.The Russians are developing the Sukhoi T-50 as their fifth generational multirole aircraft. While, the Chinese are developing the Chengdu J-20 and Shenyang J-31.Defence BudgetsIn 2015, the Russian defence budget is expected to total $84 billion, which would also see soldier strength increase to 3,50,000 from 2,95,000 a year ago, read Huffington Post.For 2015, the US President Barack Obama is seeking a base defence budget of $495.6 billion.Russia is also reopening up its Soviet era Arctic air bases and has formed a separate Arctic command to oversee its troops stationed there. The move is strategically important given the melting of the Arctic ice cap not only opens up new trade routes between Asia and Europe, but also gives access to oil and gas reserves estimated to be available in the region, read Business Insider.The Russians have also decided to replace the Soviet era missile weaponry with more advanced missiles, while not only capable of delivering a nuclear payload, but can also penetrate the most advanced of missile defence shields.A single Topol M ICBM missile carries four MIRVed (Multiple Independently Targetable Reentry Vehicle), nuclear warheads with 100-300 kiloton warheads, with a range exceeding 10,000 kilometer.last_img read more

Body of girl found hanging from ceiling fan note book recovered

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a girl whose body was found hanging from the ceiling fan inside her house at Debpur village of Memari in East Burdwan.The victim has been identified as Kaveri Laha. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the victim might have committed suicide after being jilted in a love affair. Police have recovered a note book from the room of the victim where she has expressed her love for a youth. They also suspect that on the two pages of note book the victim might have written with her blood. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe note book contains a letter written by the victim addressing her boyfriend with whom the victim had a relationship for the past few years. Cops suspect that the girl might have committed suicide after her boyfriend married another girl. The family members knocked on the door of the victim repeatedly but the victim did not open the door. The victim’s parents informed the locals who in turn called up the local police station. Police later broke open the door of the victim and found her hanging from the ceiling fan. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead. The body was sent for an autopsy which might throw some light on her death. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAfter interrogating the parents of the girl, police came to know that she had been in a relationship for nearly four years. She was under tremendous mental depression for the past few days but the family members could never expect that she would take such a drastic step. Police also came to know from local sources that the victim had met her boyfriend in a nearby area a few days ago. The victim had also cut her hand on repeated occasions. Cops are also investigating if there was any foul play behind her death. Police have started a detailed probe in this regard.last_img read more