first_imgABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Vice President Dick Cheney told U.S. troops in Iraq on Thursday that he knows they’re suffering hardships from extended deployments but the longer stays are “vital to the mission.” His words were greeted with restrained applause at a rally on a U.S. military base near Saddam Hussein’s former hometown of Tikrit. On his second day in Iraq, Cheney also held classified meetings with U.S. military leaders and emerged repeating the words of the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, that “we can expect more violence” ahead. From Iraq, Cheney flew to this Persian Gulf nation, the second stop on a trip that also will include visits to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan. The purpose of his trip is to persuade Arab allies in the region to do more to help stabilize Iraq and promote ethnic reconciliation there. Today, Cheney is to visit the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, steaming in the Persian Gulf not far from here. A couple of thousand soldiers, clad in camouflage uniforms and with rifles slung on their shoulders, greeted the vice president at a mess hall at Camp Speicher, the desert post near Tikrit. Specialist Eric Emo, 23, of Sedalia, Mo., whose Army unit is based in Fort Riley, Kan., said most of his fellow soldiers are unhappy about the deployment extensions, from the current 12 months to 15 months, but understand the need for it. In terms of hostile activity, he said, “conditions around here have gotten a lot worse.” He said there has been a particularly sharp increase in the number of roadside bombs. One of the last warm-up acts before Cheney’s appearance was a top10 list of reasons to love Iraq. The No.1 reason was: “Where else can you get a 15-month vacation and call it the luxury extension plan?” Officials said the three-month extension would affect nearly everyone on the base, where 10,000 to 12,000 U.S. troops are stationed. Cheney took on the issue in his speech moments later. “Many of you have had your deployments extended, and that puts an unexpected hardship on you and your families,” he said. “I want you to know the extension is vital to the mission. The Army and the country appreciate the extra burden that you carry.” Despite rising opposition in Washington to President George W. Bush’s military buildup, Cheney said terrorists have made Iraq the place they want to fight and “we will stay on the offensive. We will not sit back and wait to be hit again.” Maj. Gen. Benjamin R. (Randy) Mixon, commander of coalition forces in northern Iraq, said morale generally remains good “in terms of staying focused on the mission.” “They understand perfectly the reason the mission’s been extended,” Mixon told reporters. He said the blanket three-month extensions helped take the guess work out of the policy. “They want to know the exact day they’re going back. That gives them something to focus on,” he said. Cheney is expected to press Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan to try to use their influence with Arab Sunnis in Iraq to help reduce sectarian tensions. At the same time, he has criticized Iran’s growing influence among Shiites in Iraq and its possible role in providing sophisticated weapons to Iraqi insurgents to use against U.S. troops. The vice president denied that the conflict in Iraq was fast developing into a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. “That’s not the way I perceive it,” he said in an interview with Fox News.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_img1 August 2014Centre Benele Makwezela will make her test debut for the Springbok Women in the team’s opening Women’s Rugby World Cup clash against Australia at the French Rugby Federation in Marcoussis on Friday afternoon.Makwezela participated in the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow last year and made her first appearance for the Springbok Women on the team’s Rugby World Cup warm-up tour to London and France in June and July where she featured in the matches against the Nomads.ExperienceNine players in Sephaka’s match 22 played in the 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup in London, while five of them – captain and number eight Mandisa Williams, flank Lamla Momoti, prop Cebisa Kula, replacement scrumhalf Fundiswa Plaatjie and replacement flyhalf Zandile Nojoko – also participated in the 2006 World Cup in Canada.Five of the players in the squad, meanwhile, made their test debuts against France in July on the warm-up tour, including fullback Cindy Cant and lock Celeste Adonis.‘Horses for courses’“Our approach for this World Cup is horses for courses, and we believe that this team is best suited to the way we would like to play against Australia,” coach Lawrence Sephaka said in a statement.“This match 22 has a good mix of youth and experience, which is ideal. The World Cup experience is particularly important because this is a big occasion for the team and for the individuals, so it is important to have players who can guide the youngsters when necessary.”DelightedSephaka said he was delighted for Makwezela and he hoped the fact that she would play her first test in a Rugby World Cup would make the occasion more memorable.“Benele played very well against the Nomads in London and she was unlucky not to be selected to face France in July,” he added, “but she has put in a lot of extra work since that tour to show us what she is capable of and it paid off.“It is a special moment for any player to make their debut and to achieve this in a World Cup is particularly special, so I wish her the best of luck.”Tough onslaughtZoning in on the match, Sephaka said he expected a tough onslaught from Australia and said his charges had to be strong in all areas of the game to start the World Cup on a high note.The last time the teams met was in the final pool match of the 2010 World Cup and the result was a 0-62 defeat for South Africa. But Sephaka said his team had more to offer this time around.‘A quality team’“Australia are a quality team with skillful backs and powerful forwards, so we will be tested in all facets of our game,” he reckoned. “We are particularly wary of their game-breakers in the backline, and we know that they will punish us if we make mistakes. So it is important for us to deliver solid set pieces and use our possession well.“We also need to remain focused for the full 80 minutes to achieve our goal of starting the World Cup on a strong note. We have worked hard in the last few months to improve our standard of play and if we play to our potential I believe we can do well.”Television broadcastThe match will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1 at 15:45, and can also be livestreamed from www.rwcwomens.com.SPRINGBOK TEAM15 Cindy Cant, 14 Veroeshka Grain, 13 Benele Makwezela, 12 Lorinda Brown, 11 Phumeza Gadu, 10 Zenay Jordaan (vice-captain), 9 Tayla Kinsey, 8 Mandisa Williams (captain), 7 Vuyolwethu Vazi, 6 Lamla Momoti, 5 Cindy Booi, 4 Celeste Adonis, 3 Cebisa Kula, 2 Denita Wentzel, 1 Asithandile NtoyantoSubstitutes16 Thantaswa Macingwana, 17 Nwabisa Ngxatu, 18 Andrea Mentoor, 19 Shona-Leah Weston, 20 Fundiswa Plaatjie, 21 Zandile Nojoko, 22 Siviwe BasweniSAinfo reporterlast_img read more


first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… In the game of Internet connectivity, it appears that size does indeed matter: size of the Internet pipe, that is. And in this game, the phone companies keep losing.A new report from the Leichtman Research Group reveals cable operators acquired 330,000 new subscribers in the second quarter of 2012, while the telephone companies posted a net loss of about 70,500 subscribers.The source of the bleeding was right smack dab within the phone carrier’s DSL service: the once-mighty broadband Internet channel that has seen a lot of subscribers flee in favor of faster fiber- and cable-based services.AT&T and Verizon, the top two phone companies providing Internet service, did add 669,000 fiber subscribers via their respective U-verse and FiOS services, but that wasn’t enough to compensate for their combined loss of 763,000 DSL subscribers.No one should be terribly surprised by such small numbers – the second quarter is seldome stellar for Internet providers. College students, for instance, typically drop their subscriptions when they go home for the summer or graduate.For telephone companies, though, this was only the second time they had a net quarterly loss against the cable Internet providers like Comcast, Time Warner and Cox. In the second quarter of 2010, they dropped back by a mere 1,600 subscribers.The Rise of Cable InternetCable companies increasingly seem to have the upper hand over their phone competitors. “Over the past year, the top broadband providers have added nearly three million subscribers, with cable providers accounting for 83% of the net additions,” reported Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group.Explaining this trend comes down to three major factors:1. Size 2. Price 3. ContentSize refers to broadband speed, which is almost always much faster on cable services than DSL. Even when ADSL can match cable Internet for download speeds, cable technology enables higher upload speeds, something that more Net-savvy customers are looking for if they are using more cloud-based services for storage and application use.Pricing can work in the cable providers’ favor, too. Thanks to bundling of services and regional pricing differences, it’s hard to estimate which option is cheaper in a given region, but anecdotally in northern Indiana, the non-discounted price for a local telephone company’s fiber-based Internet service is $63/month for 24Mbps download service, while a local cable provider charges $58.95/month for a comparable 30Mbps service. (Not counting modem rental and other fees.)Assuming these providers actually deliver these advertised speeds, this breaks down to $2.63 per Mbps for the phone company and $1.97 per Mbps for the cable company. Worse for the phone company, this is the highest download speed it offers. The cable provider has two more tiers of service, up to a 105Mbps download pipe for $199.95/moth that comes in at $0.53 per Mbps.Cable companies typically have the leverage on content, too. Having already made their deals with the television and movie studios, it’s easy for the cable providers to make a few more arrangements to provide content like the Olympics online for their TV subscribers. Services like FiOS and U-Verse can make similar deals, too, but any phone company that relies on DSL as their broadband option will be at a disadvantage.Don’t Forget Wireless BroadbandOne area where the phone companies might recoup some losses against the cable providers for Internet subscribers may be rural customers. As faster 4G wireless service covers more square miles, there could be a new crop of rural customers taking advantage of broadband via that channel, especially in areas where physically stringing cable or DSL wires is impractical. If wireless broadband is factored into the phone companies’ overall Internet subscription numbers, things might not look as dire. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting brian proffittcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#networking#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


first_imgThe WBJEE results have been declared.The results of WBJEE 2011 (West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination) have been declared on Tuesday by the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination Board (WBJEEB).The WBJEE 2011 results were declared at 2PM on Tuesday. The results are available on the websites http://results.banglarmukh.gov.in and www.wbjeeb.in.The WBJEE is held for admission to engineering courses in colleges across the state.The examination was conducted on April 17, 2011.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more


first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Euronav Belgian tanker shipping company Euronav ended the first quarter of 2019 with a net gain of USD 19.5 million, compared to a net loss of USD 39.1 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier.EBITDA for Q1 2019 was USD 124 million, compared to USD 25.7 million recorded in Q1 2018.“There are positive signals from the tanker market at present. Firstly, Euronav delivered VLCC rates of USD 35,000 per day (same as Q4) despite 1.2m bpd OPEC cuts and 28 new VLCC equivalents entering the global fleet during Q1,” Hugo De Stoop, current CFO and future CEO of Euronav, commented.“Secondly, US crude exports are running around 30% higher year on year. Thirdly, asset prices which historically have been a key valuation indicator for investors, continue to rise in both new build and secondhand values,” he added.During the quarter, Euronav delivered the Suezmax vessel Felicity to a supplier and operator of offshore floating platforms. The ship will be converted into an FPSO.In addition, the company entered in Q1 2019 into a sale agreement regarding the LR1 Genmar Compatriot. Sold for USD 6.75 million, the vessel will be delivered to its new owners in the course of May 2019.As part of its capital allocation strategy, Euronav has the option of buying its own shares back. The company started buying back shares on Euronext Brussels opportunistically in December 2018. As of the end of March 2019, Euronav retained around USD 785 million of liquidity.In February 2019, Euronav’s CEO Paddy Rodgers announced his decision to step down from his role this year. The CFO Hugo De Stoop was selected to succeed Rodgers, effective from May 9, 2019. The company has now started a search for a new CFO.With regards to the outlook for the remainder of the year, Euronav said that the resilience of freight rates during Q1 is “an encouraging signal”. However, some seasonal freight rate weakness during the spring/summer period is expected.“Refinery maintenance programs are more detailed and more prolonged this year than previous years and are likely to bring seasonal freight rate pressure forward to the second quarter,” Stoop explained.“However, with increased cargo supply expected in the second half along with reduced tanker capacity from IMO induced retrofitting and potentially more Iranian vessels leaving the trading fleet, the outlook for the second half is encouraging,” he concluded.Based in Antwerp, Euronav currently owns and operates a fleet of 2 ULCCs, 43 VLCCs, 25 Suezmaxes and 2 FSO vessels — both owned in 50%-50% joint venture.last_img read more