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Def Min condoles death of Armys canine soldier Dutch

first_imgNew Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday condoled the death of Army’s “canine soldier” Dutch, credited with successfully sniffing out explosives during several military operations. The Raksha Mantri has expressed his condolences at the death of ‘Dutch’ a ‘Canine Soldier’ who recently died after serving the Army and the nation for years,” tweeted the Office of Defence Minister. “Dutch was a decorated dog of #EasternCommand who was instrumental in identifying IEDs in various CI/CT Ops (sic), it added. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Nine-year-old Dutch, a labrador, died due to natural causes on September 11 and the memorial service was held at the Tezpur-based 19 Army Dog Unit in Assam. #ArmyCdrEC condoles the death of ‘Dutch’ a 9 yr old ED dog who died on 11 Sept. He was a decorated dog of #EasternCommand who was instrumental in identifying IEDs in various CI/CT Ops. A real hero in service to nation. #Salute @adgpi @SpokespersonMOD, (sic) the Eastern Command of the Army had tweeted on Saturday.last_img read more

WestJet updates training in response to plane issues linked to Lion Air

first_imgWestJet Airlines Ltd. says it has updated its training in response to revelations of a design issue in the Boeing 737 Max, the aircraft at the centre of a deadly crash off the coast of Indonesia last month.A Lion Air Max 8 passenger jet plunged into the Java Sea on Oct. 29 just minutes after taking off from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board. Moments earlier, the pilot had requested permission to return to the airport because of a problem controlling the plane.WestJet, which has 10 737 Max aircraft in its fleet, says it worked with Transport Canada and other airlines over the past two weeks to revise its flight manual and increase training on a part of the anti-stall system, a feature that pilots at WestJet and other airlines were unaware existed. On Thursday, the Air Line Pilots Association, which represents 61,000 pilots at American and Canadian airlines including WestJet, voiced their concern in a letter to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board.Union president Tim Canoll said pilots were “concerned” about news reports that stated flight crews and technicians were not told about the anti-stall system that investigators have linked to the Lion Air crash, and which was absent from previous versions of the 737 Max.Canoll cited a “significant potential security deficiency” in the new system, and called for more system information from the FAA and the safety board as an investigation by Boeing and the FAA looks into whether software or design changes are required.Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

2019 LS poll a contest between Chor and Chowkidar: Tiwari

first_imgNew Delhi: With the campaign for 2019 Lok Sabha elections heating up, Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari at a meeting organised by the Residents Welfare Association in Wazirabad on Monday said that the upcoming elections will be a contest between “Chor and Chowkidar”. “The people and citizens of Delhi will decide who is the Chor and who is the Chowkidar,” he said.Addressing people at the meeting, Tiwari said that voters in Delhi will teach a lesson to “people who level baseless charges” by casting their votes when the time comes. Tiwari claimed that under Narendra Modi’s leadership, the BJP government at the Centre along with all seven MPs in Delhi has constructed various roads in Delhi, completed Metro rail projects, and cleared the way for Delhi Metro’s Phase IV, resulting in better connectivity for travellers in the Capital city. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe MP from Nort-East Delhi also said that the BJP government has provided job-opportunities to several youths in the nation and even helped them with self-employment through the Mudra Loan Scheme. In addition, he claimed that schemes like the Ayushman Bharat Yojana, Ujjwala Yojana, and Jandhan Yojana have helped ordinary citizens to a large extent. Taking aim at the opposition in Delhi, Tiwari added that the AAP-led government in Delhi has failed to fulfill what was promised to the citizenry by their chief Arvind Kejriwal. He said that promises of building schools, installing CCTV cameras for women’s safety, and fighting corruption have not been taken seriously by the Delhi government. Tiwari further said that instead of fulfilling their promises, prominent members of the Delhi government have come under the scanner for sexual harassment, corruption, and other serious crimes. He also blamed the Kejriwal government for being oblivious to operational issues in the Delhi Jal Board. “Now, the people of Delhi will decide on May 12 and teach a lesson to those who mislead them by calling crores of Chowkidars thieves,” he said.last_img read more

Ban Ki-moon ‘No Longer Legitimate Broker’, Says US Congressman

Washington  –  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon “is no longer a legitimate broker” following the reprehensible statements he made during his last tour in the region, US congressman Carlos Curbelo said Wednesday.“We stand by HM King Mohammed VI and by the people of Morocco and we will continue vigorously defending them”, Curbelo underlined in an interview with MAP.“We are very disappointed at the Secretary General’s decisions”, the congressman said, adding that the UN SG “should be an honest broker, someone who is looking for a resolution to the conflict”. Ban Ki-moon “is no longer qualified to be someone who is working towards resolving this issue”, he noted, calling on the United State, the Executive to be “very clear in defending our allies like Morocco”.They also should “condemn the partiality of the United Nations and the SG should commit to opposing any resolution or any effort to intervene in this conflict, especially if that intervention is going to be against our ally Morocco”.In this respect, Curbelo recalled that in the Congress, there is a bipartisan majority that recognizes Morocco as a “great ally of the United States that is committed to support Morocco in all its efforts, not just for what it is related to the Sahara but in all its efforts”.The congressman stressed that “Morocco has been a strategic partner in fighting radicalism, in dealing with the migrants’ crisis in Europe”.“I am very confident that as we begin a new appropriations process here in Congress, Republicans and Democrats are going to remain united in support of Morocco”, he added.With MAP read more

American Right Wing Group Planned Terrorist Attacks on Muslims

London – A Right Wing Militia Group has been arrested for planning to carry out attacks on Muslims in the United States. FBI officers arrested the group called “The Crusaders”, consisting of three men from Kansas on Friday after plotting to attack Muslims living in the state.The men in question, Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen, all in their late-40’s, were part of a group that held anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-government, extremist views. Their main target was an apartment complex in Garden City, Kansas, an area inhabited by Muslims. The men planned for the attack to take place one day after the presidential election, November 9th.  According to the Department of Justice, their plan was to load vehicles with firearms, ammunition and explosive materials and situate them around the complex, in order to cause a big explosion.The FBI had monitored the three men since February; signalling that their rhetoric was filled with violence, malice and hatred.“The only good Muslim is a dead Muslim” the FBI reported Stein saying, it was also reported that he would “enjoy” shooting Muslims’ heads. According to the FBI, Stein added: “When we go on operations, there’s no leaving anyone behind, even if it’s a one-year-old, I’m serious. I guarantee, if I go on a mission, those little fuckers are going bye-bye.”Stein also discussed the targeting of a church that had supported refugees. Furthermore, in July 2016, the three men met and plotted to attack city and county commission meetings and even landlords who rented properties to Muslim refugees.The FBI installed an undercover agent to work with a confidential source to monitor the group.During one conference call, Stein allegedly said: ““The only fucking way this country’s ever going to get turned around is it will be a bloodbath and it will be a nasty, messy motherfucker. Unless a lot more people in this country wake up and smell the fucking coffee and decide they want this country back … we might be too late, if they do wake up … I think we can get it done. But it ain’t going to be nothing nice about it.”It was also reported that Stein referred to their targets, Somali immigrants, as “cockroaches”, further discussing to dip their bullets in pigs blood before using them. His hatred extended to Somali women also, calling those wearing traditional clothing “fucking raghead bitches.”From observing the three men’s Facebook pages, it is evident that the views they held were inherently anti-Muslim in nature. They would often share posts from conspiracy websites, with Stein sharing an article from a website, “Militia News” about the “Muslim Conquest of America”, in May earlier this year.The arrest of the three men comes amidst a wave of anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment in the US.This incident is just one in a string of many in the States, with various mosques being vandalized and destroyed, over 78 times in 2015 alone, a 400 percent increase from 2014, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations.A report, published from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, documented as many as 260 hate crimes targeting Muslims in 2015, an 80 percent increase from the previous year. This figure was the highest recorded number of annual hate crimes since 2001.The online news website, The Huffington Post, also found nearly 290 acts of anti-Muslim violence, discrimination and political speech in the US. read more

TransAlta vows to defend against ‘frivolous’ lawsuit as meeting date looms

Companies in this story: (TSX:TA, TSX:BEP)The Canadian Press CALGARY — The chairman of TransAlta Corp. says a lawsuit launched by an American activist investor on Tuesday is a “frivolous tactic” and the power utility intends to defend itself vigorously.Gordon Giffin says the move by New York-based Mangrove Partners to prevent the Calgary-based company from concluding a $750-million partnership deal with Brookfield Renewable Partners won’t succeed.Mangrove is trying to derail the deal because it says it was rushed, failed to properly consider other options and puts the interests of the board ahead of the interests of the shareholders.Last week, the investor withdrew an application to the Alberta Securities Commission for a hearing to demand a delay in the meeting at which the company plans to ask shareholders to elect Brookfield nominees to its board of directors, a condition of closing the agreement. It also wanted TransAlta to be forced to hold a vote on the deal.Giffin says the majority of TransAlta’s shareholders have already voted “overwhelmingly” in favour of its nominated board.TransAlta CEO Dawn Farrell has defended the Brookfield deal as very good for shareholders previously and insisted the company thoroughly investigated other options before signing.Mangrove and an entity controlled by Bluescape Energy Partners had agreed to join forces to use their combined 10.1 per cent ownership of TransAlta to force the examination of other financial options but they said in a regulatory filing last Friday that they had ended their partnership. Mangrove says it owns 7.1 per cent of TransAlta.TransAlta has said it plans to spend $350 million of the Brookfield investment to speed its coal-to-gas power generation transition strategy in Alberta and will use up to $250 million to buy back shares over three years. read more

Israel must prevent settler attacks against Palestinian villages says UN

The United Nations human rights office called on Israel today to stop attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank, citing a spike in violence in recent weeks resulting in serious physical injury, property loss and damage.“More needs to be done to effectively prevent attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and, when they do occur, they should be properly investigated by the Israeli authorities,” The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) spokesperson Rupert Colville told a news conference in Geneva, urging the Israeli Government to fulfil its obligation under international human rights and humanitarian law.“Victims should also be appropriately compensated for their losses. With the olive harvest season beginning in a few days time, we urge the Israeli authorities to take effective measures to stop attacks by settlers in the occupied West Bank.”Mr. Colville voiced particular concern over the village of Qusra, in the northern West Bank, which has been targeted by settlers at least six times in the past six weeks, with attacks taking various forms that are emblematic settler violence throughout the West Bank, including the torching of a mosque and the felling of hundreds of olive trees.Two of the most recent examples included the shooting dead of a Palestinian civilian by an Israeli army soldier on 23 September, he noted. On the same day, two Palestinian minors were detained for two hours during which they were allegedly beaten up and humiliated by soldiers before being released.In the early morning of 6 October, villagers discovered that at least 200 trees belonging to four different families had been cut down, depriving them of their main source of income. Qusra villagers have already lost access to hundreds of acres of land due to settlement expansion and erection of outposts.A report by the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon entitled “Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan,” is due to be released in the next few days, detailing continued Israeli settlement construction and its impact on the human rights of residents including settler violence and the lack of accountability.The report was prepared by the UN human rights office in the occupied Palestinian territory in cooperation with various other UN entities.Last month, a group of UN rights experts urged Israeli authorities to prevent settler attacks and called for an immediate end to the demolitions of Palestinian-owned houses and other structures in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. 11 October 2011The United Nations human rights office called on Israel today to stop attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank, citing a spike in violence in recent weeks resulting in serious physical injury, property loss and damage. read more

10yearold Anya Martinez passes away after battle with leukemia

A young Hamilton girl that touched the lives of many has lost her battle with cancer.The family of 10-year-old Anya Martinez confirmed that she passed away early this morning.Anya was diagnosed with leukemia when she was just two years old and spent most of her life in and out of the hospital.Anya used her love of music and message of positivity to bring joy to others. She released two songs on iTunes, with proceeds from the sales going towards McMaster Children’s Hospital.Anya’s health recently took a turn of the worst. Her family used social media to organize a gathering in the courtyard of the hospital this afternoon to lift the girl’s spirits.The event still went ahead as scheduled with up to 350 people showing their support.Kelly Botelho has more. read more

SARS poses huge challenges but global response offers hope UN experts say

The outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) poses enormous public health challenges, but the international response offers hope for tackling them, experts said following a two-day United Nations meeting of epidemiologists in Geneva.Speaking to the press on Saturday, the event’s chairman, Professor Angus Nicoll of the United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency, drew attention to successes in Hong Kong and Canada in combating the spread of SARS. “I’d particularly like to emphasize the work that’s been done, in a number of individual countries, of getting colleagues in hospitals, epidemiologists and laboratories, to work together in the current goal to try and get this infection – the first emerging infection of significance in the 21st century – back in its box where it belongs,” he said.At the same time, Professor Nicoll cautioned that “huge challenges” remain in stopping the spread of SARS, an atypical form of pneumonia.”We still have a difficult situation to face in China,” said Michael J. Ryan, the Coordinator of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) Global Alert and Response Programme. “We need to assist our Chinese colleagues in implementing the same measures in a very aggressive manner in China, as the Chinese authorities are doing,” he added in response to press questions.He also drew attention to a number of positive developments. “In country after country we have managed to break the cycle of transmission through the simple implementation of case finding, contact tracing, and isolation practices in hospitals,” he said. “So I think the message coming out of this meeting is certainly one of great hope, it’s one of celebration that the measures are working but also a call to action because we’ve got a lot more to do yet before we end this problem.” read more

At conference closing UN official says innovation key for future of global

“My ambition is for us to deliver together by 2020 a postal world in which our sector’s unique ability to include populations, economic actors and territories is fully recognized and exploited by governments, development partners and international organizations,” UPU Director-General Bishar Hussein declared in his closing remarks to the UN agency’s World Strategy Conference. “Innovation and the integration of networks, products and services are key to building a seamless postal network in line with the changing global environment.”Traditional mail has declined in importance for postal services in recent years, while logistics and financial services have grown in importance. E-commerce has boomed and parcel volumes have increased, too, fuelled by changing consumer behaviours, brought about by new technological applications.Letter-post volumes have traditionally accounted for the bulk of postal revenues but in 2013 they dipped below 50 per cent of total revenues for the biggest 20 Posts in the world. In addition, UPU data shows that Posts are increasingly handling more merchandises than documents, an indication of the impact of e-commerce on the postal business. The Director-General has previously underlined the importance of seeing the new reality as an exciting opportunity, rather than as a constraint.Addressing the conference delegates, Mr. Hussein warned that the current postal paradigm required a “profound transformation” at all levels with governmental, regulatory and operational actors embracing innovation full-on by 2020. This, he added, would help facilitate quicker and more efficient decision-making processes throughout postal organizations worldwide, including the UPU itself. “The UPU and Posts must change,” he continued. “The UPU and Posts will change. Together we will move the world.”The UPU Director-General added that his agency and its members were hearing the message “loud and clear” and promised that the organization would build on its existing e-commerce programme to increase the reliability of postal networks, the predictability of service delivery and the transparency of products and services for international customers, according to a press release. In addition, the conference highlighted the importance of the global postal network in extending social, financial and economic inclusion for citizens around the world.Among the 135 UPU member countries are represented at the Strategy Conference are 20 ministers as well as many regulators, postal executives, leaders of labour, trade and migration organizations and representatives of United Nations and other international organizations.Established in 1874, the Universal Postal Union has its headquarters in Berne, Switzerland’s capital. It is the world’s second oldest intergovernmental organization and has been a United Nations specialized agency since 1948. read more

Ohio State hires former Michigan soccer assistant coach Ian Gordona

Men’s soccer assistant coach Ian Gordona.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State men’s soccer team has hired a former rival coach to try and kick start the program.The Buckeyes announced the hiring of former Michigan assistant Ian Gordona Monday, appointing him to the same position in Columbus. According to an OSU press release, he will also assume the role of recruiting director.Gordona, who spent the last two seasons at Michigan, helped guide the Wolverines to back-to-back winning seasons after a dismal 2011 season when the Wolverines finished 5-14-1 overall.Regardless of his recent affiliation with a heated rival, Gordona earned his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State in June of 2003 in history. Since then, he has coached 113 All-Americans, 66 Youth National Team players, 51 professionals and six National Players of the Year on top of four national championship teams.Gordona’s recent success has  coach John Bluem excited for his return to Columbus.“We are delighted to have Ian join the staff,” Bluem said in the press release. “He is an excellent young coach, tremendous motivator and fantastic recruiter. He is a remarkable evaluator of young talent and will lead the way in our future recruiting efforts. He has incredible work ethic and will provide a strong role model for our student athletes.”Gordona is set to replace Taly Goode, who spent four seasons with the Buckeyes. Goode “left the program to move on to other opportunities,” OSU spokesman Alex Morando said in an email.According to Morando, Gordona’s salary is $47,000, while Goode’s was $40,609. Outside of football and men’s basketball, Morando said OSU does not have contracts for assistant coaches.Gordona, who was not immediately made available for comment, released the following statement in the press release.“It’s an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to be a part of The Ohio State University and the athletic department,” Gordona said. “I feel fortunate and humbled to have the opportunity to work with the men’s soccer program under the direction of coach Bluem and coach (Frank) Speth, as well as learn from the minds of the other great coaches this university has within its athletic department. My desire is to help build this program back to national prominence.”The Buckeyes finished the 2013 season with a 5-8-4 record – and won just one Big Ten game.OSU is scheduled to kick off its 2014 fall season Aug. 17 against West Virginia in an exhibition game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Former government minister Ted Nealon has died

first_imgTHE FORMER MINISTER of State for Arts Ted Nealon has died.Nealon worked as a presenter and journalist for RTÉ before running for the Dáil in the Sligo-Leitrim constituency in 1981.As a Fine Gael candidate, he was returned to the Dáil up until his retirement in 1997.In government, he served as Minister of State for Agriculture, Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach, with responsibility for Arts and Culture, and Minister of State at the Department of Posts and Telegraphs.After leaving politics, he founded Nealon’s Guide to the Dáil and Seanad.Read: How’s your memory? Do you recall how much a round of drinks was in 1983?last_img read more

iPhone 5S and 5C to be official names Apple to drop home

first_imgAs we’re reportedly a month away from the next-gen iPhone unveiling, rumors persist that Apple will indeed release two pillars of iPhone — the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Along with the supposed fingerprint scanner the new model will receive, it will also lose its iconic Home button symbol, perhaps signifying that the button’s primary role will change.Japanese blog Macotakara reports that the unofficial names the world has been using to refer to the rumored two new models of iPhone — the 5S and 5C — will indeed be the official names once Apple unveils the phones. The 5S would follow the normal naming convention Apple hardware refreshes (rather than makeovers) follow, while the “C” in the 5C likely stands for “color,” or perhaps even “cheap,” as the phone is thought to be a budget model.Macotakara also reports that the iPhone 5S will remove the iconic symbol on the Home button. Those of you that pay attention will have noticed that the square symbol is the same shape as the app icons in iOS. The button was always meant to symbolize control over those icons, so perhaps now that the Home button is rumored to gain a primary function — the fingerprint scanner — the app icons no longer completely symbolize the button’s uses. It would also make the phone even more sleek, enhancing the already flat aesthetic.The Japanese blog also reports that though the iPhone 5S camera will remain at 8 megapixels, it will receive enhanced quality through a brighter F-stop. Macotakara continues to unleash the iPhone floodgates and reiterates that the new phone will receive a gold color, which if true, likely means the the bronze and silver colors will come to be as well.If reports that Apple will unveil the (sort of) next-gen phones on September 10 end up true, then we don’t have very long to wait until we know all the colorful, iconless details.last_img read more

Over 100 people die in avalanches in Afghanistan

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3224124 Sunday 5 Feb 2017, 5:52 PM File photo. 6 Comments Short URL MORE THAN A hundred people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by days of heavy snowfall around Afghanistan, including 50 in one village, officials have said, warning the death toll could rise still further.The avalanches struck after three days of heavy snow, which has destroyed scores of homes and blocked roads mainly in central and northeastern provinces, making it difficult for rescue workers to reach the stricken villages.The bulk of the deaths however occurred in remote Nuristan province, where at least 50 people were killed in a single village, Mohammad Omar Mohammadi a spokesman for the ministry of natural disaster told AFP.“Avalanches have buried two entire villages in Bargmatal district, 50 bodies were recovered from one village while rescuers are trying to reach the other village,” said the spokesman.Elsewhere 54 people were killed in northern and central Afghan provinces, where officials said massive avalanches destroyed 168 houses and killed hundreds of cattle.Bad weather and deep snow had hampered efforts of rescue workers to reach the isolated villages, raising fears the toll could rise sharply, according to officials.In Badakhshan province also in the northeast of the country, at least 18 people, including three women and two children, were killed when avalanches struck their houses overnight, said provincial spokesman Naweed Frotan.“Several dozens are still trapped, we are trying to rescue them,” he said, adding that many roads were still blocked.Five people were killed by avalanches in the Balkhab district of Sari Pul province in northern Afghanistan and at least 70 people trapped under the snow were being rescued, said provincial spokesman Zabiullah Amani.“The roads to Balkhab are still blocked and we are trying to open them,” he said.Freezing weather killed at least two people and over 100 animals in the western province of Badghis.In Parwan province just north of Kabul, the spokesman for governor Wahid Sediqqi said 16 people died.The government declared Sunday, a normal working day in Afghanistan, to be a public holiday to deter non-essential travel and ensure schools were closed.Read: Turkish police detain 400 suspected members of Islamic StateRead: Cambodian PM sues main rival for defamation, threatens to seize and sell opposition HQ if he wins By AFP Feb 5th 2017, 5:52 PM center_img Image: Shutterstock/Ovchinnikova Irina 8,093 Views Over 100 people die in avalanches in Afghanistan At least 50 people were killed in a single village. Share8 Tweet Email1 File photo. Image: Shutterstock/Ovchinnikova Irina Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Air Force Looks for Best Path to Bring Down Facility Investment Backlog

first_imgFaced with an overwhelming $33 billion backlog in facilities maintenance, the Air Force is searching for a way to ensure its annual investments in facilities sustainment, restoration and modernization address the service’s highest-priority needs. One step the service is taking is directing its major commands to craft infrastructure master plans. We “are going to try to attack this infrastructure investment shortfall on multiple fronts. On one hand we are going to continue to push for sufficient resourcing, but what we are going to try to do is build out our construction task order over a five-year period,” Richard Hartley, principal deputy assistant secretary for installations, environment and energy, said at last month’s Defense Communities National Summit.Hartley also said the Air Force’s infrastructure strategy will be closely linked to the Pentagon’s push to reform business operations, including real property management, reported Federal News Radio. That effort will “focus on things like standardization, consolidation and efficiency, initiatives like contract and facility footprint, optimization, increasing utilization of our facilities, eliminating leases, demolishing buildings where we can, looking at our contracts and … getting into strategic sourcing,” Hartley said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Who was Lee Iacocca Management icon and the father of Ford Mustang

first_imgLee Iacocca (1924-2019) was often credited as the management wizard who launched hugely successful Ford Mustang and brought back Chrysler from dead. ReutersManagement wizard, celebrated author and auto industry icon Lee Iacocca, credited with rescuing Chrysler from near-bankruptcy in the 1980s, passed away on Tuesday. He was 94.Iacocca was widely reckoned as instrumental in the creation of Ford Mustang GT (Grand Tourisimo) and the Chrysler minivan. Both models went on to rule the roads of the US and elsewhere for many years. Iacocca’s youngest daughter confirmed he passed away of natural causes on Tuesday. He is survived by two daughters and eight grandchildren, according to the report.Born Lido Anthony Iacocca in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on October 15, 1924, to Italian immigrant parents, he would go on to lead two major American car companies and author several iconic management books.Iacocca started working at Ford Motor Company in 1946 and was credited with being the father of Ford Mustang. He was named the president of Ford in 1970 but was fired by Henry Ford Jr in 1978, according to a report in the CNN International website. “I began my life as the son of immigrants, and I worked my way up to the presidency of the Ford Motor Company,” Iacocca wrote in his 1984 autobiography. “When I finally got there, I was on top of the world. But then fate said to me: ‘Wait. We’re not finished with you. Now you’re going to find out what it feels like to get kicked off Mt Everest!'” Ford Mustang cars, which are widely recognized as the brainchild of management guru Lee Iacocca, who died in New York on Tuesday.@FordMustang/twitterIacocca was then hired by Ford’s rival Chrysler Corp in 1978 and became the company’s CEO in 1979. He is widely credited with saving the company from bankruptcy. The bailout model that Iacocca proposed for Chrysler is considered path-breaking. The company that was hit was two back-to-back recessions in the 1980s got a Treasury Department to guarantee for $1.5 billion in bank loans. Chrysler repaid the loans early and the Treasury made money on the stock it received as part of bailout packages.With the help of more fuel efficient and competitive products such as the so-called K-cars — which included the Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant – Chrysler became strong and profitable again, CNN writes. Iacocca led Chrysler during an era in which Asian and European imports first started to make inroads into US automakers’ market share. The American consumer may remember him best from a series of Chrysler TV commercials, in which he said, “if you can find a better car, buy it”.Iacocca, who retired from Chrysler in 1992, was locked in a legal battle with the company in 1995 over exercising stock options. Chrysler and Iacocca settled their lawsuits in 1996. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said in a statement that it was saddened by the news of Iacocca’s passing. “He played a historic role in steering Chrysler through the crisis and making it a truly competitive force,” FCA said in a statement. Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, said Iacocca was “truly bigger than life and he left an indelible mark on Ford.”last_img read more

11 Ways the Avengers Could Defeat Thanos in Endgame

first_imgStay on target What to Stream on Amazon Prime This Weekend’Avengers: Endgame’ Director Explains Thanos’ Faceoff With Captain America The final installment in the Third Wave of the Marvel Cinematic Universe draws near, as a ragtag group of heroes (including all of the original Avengers) has to muster their forces and strike back against Thanos, the Mad Titan, after he effortlessly kicked their asses and exterminated half of the sentient life in the universe. The good guys got their asses royally handed to them the last time around, but they’ve had a year or so to brainstorm new tactics. We have no idea how it’s going to play out, but here are 11 strategies we think the Avengers could use to win the Endgame.Time TravelOne of those fancy Infinity Stones is the Time Stone — introduced in Doctor Strange as the Eye of Agamotto — and it has the power to manipulate the flow of the timestream, causing it to speed up, stop, and even reverse. If the Avengers want to stop Thanos, they’re going to need to think outside the box, and going back in time to rectify their screw-ups in battling the big purple jerk and his henchmen might be the way to do it. How exactly they get their hands on the green gem is still up in the air, but there’s a popular fan theory that Strange cursed the stone before he handed it over in exchange for Thanos sparing Tony Stark. We’ll see if that turns out to be true.Shrink AttackOne hero notably missing from the big battle with Thanos and his quartet of helpers was Scott Lang. As we saw in Ant-Man and the Wasp, he was busy dealing with other issues involving quantum displacement, but we already know he’ll figure into Endgame. Thor and the Hulk, the two big boys of the team, didn’t do all that well against Thanos, so why not go the other way and get small? It’s possible that Scott can get little enough to elude the Titan’s notice and either do some fiddling in the quantum realm or just ride an ant into his ear and punch him in the brain a lot.Transcending Physical ExistenceIn the first Infinity Gauntlet series, Thanos is unsatisfied with conquering all of reality and sets his sights even higher. He picks a fight with Eternity, the physical manifestation of the totality of all reality. He’s one of Marvel’s most abstract cosmic concepts, and Thanos whips his ass with ease. Doing so brings him to a new level of existence, combining his self with every molecule and subatomic particle that exists. That results in his body being left an empty husk, and pissed-off daughter Nebula (who remains alive after the snap in the MCU) picks up the Gauntlet and reverses all of his moves.Cosmic ConsciousnessIn the comics, Thanos is often his own worst enemy. In his endless quest to impress Death, he has to face up to the fact that despite all of his power, he’s still just an insect compared to the primal forces of the universe. If the Avengers can goad him into recognizing that fact and using the immense powers of the Mind Stone to open up his consciousness to all of the remaining life in the universe, it’s possible that he’ll realize the error of his ways and snap his fingers again to set reality back to where we found it. It’ll take some serious persuasion, though, and we’re not sure who is up to the task.Pocket DimensionThe Soul Gem was the first of the Infinity Stones to be introduced in the comics, resting on the forehead of golden-skinned Adam Warlock (who was teased at the end of the second Guardians of the Galaxy movie but hasn’t shown up yet). It’s also the one with the least well-defined powers, but on more than one occasion it’s been used to put an end to Thanos’s schemes. Warlock demonstrated the ability to use it to extract someone’s essence from their material body and place it in a bucolic “pocket dimension” within the stone itself. That pocket dimension looks a lot like the peaceful farm a post-snap Thanos is chilling out at. Could they have already won and just not know it?Make a New StoneThe Infinity Stones are remnants of singularities that existed before the Big Bang, with the sheer force of creation compressing them into shiny manifestations of the essential forces of the universe. There are only six of them known to exist, but why does that have to be a permanent thing? Seven is a much luckier number, after all, and with the combination of Asgardian magic, Earth super-science and a little bit of luck maybe our heroes can create one of their own. Sure, it’s a long shot but aren’t the hardest victories also the most satisfying?Dampen His BrainwavesIn a recent battle with the Ultimates, the team came up with a pretty sweet method to keep the Mad Titan down for the count. While his physical and energy-manipulating powers were too potent for the Ultimates to deal with — and that’s saying a lot considering that among the good guys were Photon, America Chavez, and Captain Marvel — the Black Panther realized that the key to beating him has always been mental, not physical. So while the heavy hitters distracted him, the science squad constructed a headband that dampened the electrical impulses in his brain to nothing — something that would kill an ordinary being but simply left Thanos comatose until some idiot decided to remove it. Don’t be that idiot.Carol’s Space Stone PowersIn Captain Marvel, we learn that an explosion of the Tesseract imbued her with the energy that gives her her powers. That energy is the same stuff that powers the Space Stone, one of the six shinies in Thanos’s gauntlet. While the other stones are off limits to the Avengers, Carol retains her ability to tap into the Tesseract and shunt objects through space because it’s bonded with her human nervous system. We’re sure they wouldn’t introduce her if she didn’t have a big role to play in the finale, so it’s fair to bet that Captain Marvel’s connection to the blue gem will come up in Endgame.Stan Lee Rewrites the ScriptWhat better way to pay tribute to the fallen father of Marvel Comics than to have him use his trademark cameo spot to finally deploy his magic pen to rewrite continuity? Some might call it a cop-out, but when the co-architect of the House of Ideas got written into a corner he always figured a way out of any cliffhanger. If Stan Lee (or a CGI recreation of him in his prime) just gave reality a little tweak or two to give the Avengers the upper hand I don’t think anybody would get too mad. This is comics, after all, where even the most absurd and insane thing is possible. That’s why we love them.Get Another ThanosIn a recent storyline from Thanos’s solo series, the Mad Titan of the present day was confronted with his long-haired future self, who had wiped out nearly every living thing in the universe with the exception of the Hulk, Ghost Rider and an extremely pissed-off Silver Surfer who had taken to carrying around Thor’s hammer. Now Death wanted old and young Thanos to battle to the death for her amusement. While we’re not 100% sold on the tactical genius of counteracting a big purple bad guy with another big purple bad guy, maybe they’d engage in a little mutually assured destruction and leave the rest of us alone.Call Squirrel GirlDoreen Green, the computer science student with the proportional strength and speed of a squirrel (we think), has consistently punched way above her weight class in the comics. She’s faced off against foes like Dr. Doom and even Galactus and come out on top. In the pages of the GLX-Mas Special, Squirrel Girl and the Great Lakes Avengers stumbled upon Thanos himself trying to employ an object of power called the Pyramatrix to subdue the universe. The action moved elsewhere, but when we returned it was revealed that Squirrel Girl somehow stopped the Mad Titan single-handedly. Maybe Nick Fury used the wrong beeper?More on Geek.com:MovieBob’s 11 Best ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Theories‘Avengers: Endgame’ Clip Teases Superheroes Mission ‘To the End’‘Avengers: Endgame’ Clip: Surviving Superheroes Split Up to Beat Thanoslast_img read more

Colins NFL Week 8 Blazin 5

first_imgIt’s NFL Week 8 and time for Colin’s Blazin’ 5 NFL picks. He was on the wrong side of last week’s games (2-3), but he’s still 21-14 on the year (60%) and absolutely loves this week’s slate. Minor setbacks mean major comebacks.Here are Colin’s Week 8 NFL plays: Falcons (-4) at Jets – Colin is rolling with Atlanta as 4-point road favorites in a bounce back game against the surprisingly competent Jets in MetLife. The Falcons offense, which ranks 2nd in yards per play (6.17) will face a Jets D ranked 21st in yards per play allowed (5.41). The Jets are the only team other than the Browns that has a giveaway in all 7 games.Take Atlanta, lay the points. 28-20, Falcons. Chargers (+7.5) at Patriots – Colin loves the Chargers getting 7.5 against the Pats in Foxboro, and it has a lot to do with their ability to get to Tom Brady. L.A. is 1 of 2 teams with 3 players with 5+ Sacks (Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, and Chris McCain), meanwhile Brady has been sacked multiple times in 9 of his last 10 games. Also, L.A.’s last 17 road games have been decided by an average of 5.2 ppg.Phillip Rivers should have all day to throw because New England is allowing opposing quarterbacks to throw 10 touchdowns, only 3 INT’s, and post an average passer rating of 118.0 at home. Patriots win, but the Chargers cover. 26-23, New England. Panthers (+2) at Bucs – Colin is taking Carolina getting 2 on the road in Tampa, despite some recent poor performances. The Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 on the road, and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 against the Bucs. Cam Newton should have all day to throw against a Tamopa D that has the fewest sacks in the NFL (7), and is allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete 69.5% of their passes for 8.54 Yards Per Pass with 10 TD’s, just 2 Interceptions and a Passer Rating of 109.7 in their last 5. Tampa has also lost 3 straight and has 5 giveaways in their last 2 games.Take Carolina, the points, and the outright win. 33-26, Panthers. Advertisementcenter_img Texans (+5.5) at Seahawks – Colin likes the Texans getting 5.5 on the road in Seattle. Houston is 3rd in the NFL in rushing yards per game (137.7), and Deshaun Watson has a Passer Rating of 118.3 with 12 TD and 2 interceptions since wideout Will Fuller returned to the lineup in Week 4. They’ve also scored touchdowns on 7 of their last 8 red zone drives.Russell Wilson has been better on the road the road than at home. He only has 3 touchdowns against 2 interceptions at Qwest Field, compared to 8 touchdowns and only 1 pick away from home.Take Houston, the points, and the upset. 26-23, Texans. Cowboys (-2.5) at Redskins – Colin loves the Cowboys laying 2.5 going on the road to D.C. Dallas is 12-5 in their last 17 overall against the Redskins, including winning their last 4 games in the nation’s capital. Kirk Cousins is 0-3 at home against Dallas, and just 3-6 in his career, at home against NFC East opponents.The Cowboy offense ranks 2nd in rushing (147.5 ypg), 5th in 3rd Down Conversion Percentage (45.3%), and is averaging a league high 449.7 Total Yards Per Game since Week 4. Take Dallas and lay the points. 28-23, Cowboys.? Blazin’ 5 is 21-14 through Week 7 ?@ColinCowherd makes his Week 8 picks? and they’re ? pic.twitter.com/msxS4SkH9T— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 27, 2017last_img read more

Making Apps for Political Junkies

first_imgAugust 24, 2012 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global The 2012 Presidential election is the first one where people are tethered to their smartphones, and this fact hasn’t gone unnoticed by scores of app makers.A quick search of Google Play for the word “politics” brings up at least 1,000 apps — most related to political news, election commentary and state-specific politics. The candidates themselves even have their own: Romney for President and Obama for America. Both apps, presumably, were developed by in-house engineers, though neither campaign returned requests for comments. (Romney also used an app to announce Paul Ryan as his running mate, though the rollout didn’t go quite as promised.)Some entrepreneurs are developing “disposable” apps that are germane for the 2012 election season but may have little relevance later on. Others have more broad-based political apps, not tied exclusively to the presidential race, and hope the upcoming season will boost sales, recognition or user counts.To be sure, political-app-building is still somewhat of a new market, and business models vary. Some entrepreneurs are creating free apps, hoping to make money from ad revenue down the road. Others are charging fees to download their app or levying ongoing subscription fees to some users. And still other small businesses are profiting by helping politically minded, but less tech-savvy individuals build and publish their own apps for cheaper than they could on their own. (The expense of doing it solo can be prohibitive, with costs ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 or more.)Here’s a sampling of some political apps on the market, all made by independent shops. Some are so new they have few ratings on either iTunes or Google Play.Politix — One of the newer apps, it was created as a forum for political chatter. It allows users to take a stand on issues and candidates central to the 2012 election, and then share those thoughts with their social networks, virtual and physical communities, and fellow voters. The free app was launched in early May for iPhones and certain iPads and iPods. Chris Tolles, chief executive of Topix, the Palo Alto, Calif., company that developed the app, hopes to eventually make money through advertising. He says the app was developed to meet user demand for a political forum. “There seemed to be a huge hole in the market,” he says.Filibustr — This free app, available on Apple devices since May, allows users to find congressional lawmakers across the U.S. and view information about their voting records and positions on important issues. Users can also debate issues and throw a virtual tomato, tip their hat, wag a finger or give a bouquet of flowers in response to candidates’ actions. Reneldy Senat, who volunteered for the 2008 Obama presidential campaign, came up with the idea after an interaction with then-candidate Obama. He declined to disclose the number of current users or plans for making money, but said the app attracted thousands of users in its first few weeks.Related: 3 Companies That Are Making Politics Cool AgainPresidential Election Race 2012 — Developed by London-based Grand Parade Ltd., the app has been available on iPhones for $1.99 since late March and tells users what’s going on in the presidential election race: who is leading nationally according to opinion polls, betting odds and Twitter sentiment; which way every state is leaning, historical data, daily news stories, and a map and scoreboard of how the election would play out if held this minute. Grand Parade says it created the app partly as an opportunity to “test the appetite of the market for such apps as the race heats up” and is hoping the app will showcase its mobile development capabilities.Parity Politics — This app, available for Android devices since July 2011, displays real-time election polls and graphs related to the race for president and Congress, as well as approval ratings for certain officeholders. It’s also got data, news, editorials, and articles from across the political spectrum, including original content. It costs 99 cents and has a 3.3 star rating on Google Play. “I wanted [poll] information daily and no app could do that, so I built it for myself,” says developer Erhan Kartaltepe. There’s also a free, watered-down version of the app. But that one only has a rating of 2.1 on Google Play.Related: From BBQ Pits to Badge Makers, Businesses Prep for ConventionsVoterMap –This free app for Android devices has been around for about two years. It was an offshoot of an app called SpillMap, a forum related to the BP oil spill in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. The developers of SpillMap decided to create a separate app for political discussions since so much of the dialogue on their other app was political. Nowadays, the real-time communications forum is almost all about the upcoming presidential election. It’s rated 4.1 stars on Google Play. “We’d love to find a way to make money with the app, but we haven’t yet,” says Brian Cohee of Seattle, the app’s co-developer.AngelPolitics — Another app due out in September for iPhone users is called AngelPolitics. The app will allow political donors to pledge support to candidates and connect with other donors, free of charge. Candidates who want the app to connect with donors will pay a fee ranging from $29 to $499 a month. It is too soon to tell how successful the app will be, but potential abounds, says Jesse Sandoval, co-founder and head of products at AngelPolitics in New York. “The market that we’re addressing is a $13 billion market. That’s how much money goes into political contributions on an annual basis.” 5 min readlast_img read more