New Greenock Morton boss McKinnon eyes Premiership push

first_imgHe said: “My vision is to try and take this team to the Premiership.“It’s going to be step-by-step, it’s not going to be overnight, the first port of call is to build a competitive squad.”He added: “We’ve only got four players signed at the club so the challenge is to rebuild as quickly as possible.“It’s going to be a challenge but if you look at the flip side of that it’s a blank canvas for me. Ray McKinnon has said he feels re-energised after bringing a six-month hiatus from the game to an end by taking charge of a Greenock Morton side eyeing promotion to the Premiership within three years.McKinnon was unveiled as Jim Duffy’s replacement at Cappielow on Wednesday after penning a one-year rolling contract with The Ton.The 47-year-old had been out of work since parting company with Morton’s Championship rivals Dundee United in October.McKinnon said he shares Morton’s vision of bringing top-flight football to Inverclyde within three seasons, but insisted his initial job was to rebuild a squad which currently has just four first-team players on it’s books. “It gives me that flexibility as to how we want to play and how we recruit.“But we are well aware that we’ve only four players signed so we need to it quickly.”McKinnon departed Tannadice after United endured a sluggish start to their ultimately unsuccessful promotion bid.The former Tangerines midfielder insisted he has no point to prove upon his return to management, though.He continued: “Absolutely not, I’ve no regrets and thought we did an excellent job there.“I’m very pleased with what we achieved and hopefully I can use that experience to become a better manager.“I’m not here to prove anybody wrong, I just feel really energised to be back in football.”Crawford Rae took over duties as Morton chairman in April after his father Douglas stepped down from the role after 20 years in the post.The new club chairman said his intention now was to carry out his dad’s mission of bringing Premiership football to Greenock.He said: “One of the regrets my father, who was chairman for 20 years, had was that he never managed to bring top-flight football to the people of Inverclyde.“My father isn’t keeping well at the minute, his health is poor, and that is now one of my ambitions.“We’ve a three-year target and will try our very best to bring top-flight football to Inverclyde.“When we interviewed Ray he was an absolute stand-out, he was exciting and shared our vision.“Once we met we were blown away with his passion for the game.”last_img read more

MH370 unlikely to be north or south of existing search area, says CSIRO scientist

first_imgCSIRO scientist David Griffin does not believe his team’s drift modeling research supports extending the hunt for MH370 north or south of  (opens in a new window)areas already swept by searchers.Acknowledging that the mystery surrounding MH370 is now deeper than ever, Dr. Griffin says five options remain after the failure of the second search as far north as 25°S.These are that the wreckage is north of 25°S; it is south of 39.6°S; it is between those latitudes but further from the 7th arc than has been searched; it is within the search area but overlooked; or somewhere “we can’t imagine”.However, he says respective experts in various fields find all of the scenarios unlikely.He noted that the first two options were inconsistent with the drift modeling as well as satellite communications data and flight path simulations“We cannot completely rule out the possibility the aircraft is located either north or south, but the available information suggests to us that the intermediate latitudes are much more likely,’’ he said in his first online update since the search for the missing Boeing 777 ended.“We leave it to relevant domain experts to assess whether the search should extend either farther from the 7th arc, possibly at just a selection of latitudes, or focus on the so-called ‘holidays” (gaps in the sonar coverage where the terrain is difficult).’’CSIRO modeling raised hopes that the wreckage would be found during the second search by Ocean Infinity by identifying several hot spots.The failure to find the wreckage in a 120,000 sq. km area swept by Ocean Infinity’s high-tech fleet of sophisticated underwater autonomous vehicles left experts grappling with where to look next.There have been several suggestions as experts rake over the data but little likely to be enough to convince the Malaysians to back another search.Most recently, independent group member Victor Ianello said flight simulations indicated it could be worth widening the search on either side of the 7th arc north of 25°S, the northern end of the most recent search conducted earlier this year by Ocean Infinity.But he acknowledged that until new insights become available, it would be difficult to establish a new search area.READ: New analysis possibly identifies new MH370 location.Respected University of Western Australia oceanographer Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi believes MH370 is lying just outside the area already searched.Prof Pattiaratchi said in June UWA drift modeling indicated that the priority region to target would be between 33°S and 28°S along the 7th arc.Pilots and a Canadian air safety investigator who argue the aircraft was deliberately ditched at the end of its flight believe it is further afield. Critical of findings the aircraft was uncontrolled when it hit the sea, they believe it would have glided well beyond the defined search areas.Central to the CSIRO argument is the timing of the arrival of debris, particularly a moveable wing panel called a flaperon found at Reunion Island.The flaperon, which is still held by French authorities, is at the center of the controversy over whether the aircraft was uncontrolled when it plunged into the sea.The CSIRO used a genuine Boeing 777 flaperon and model that looked at satellite data and the trajectories of buoys drifting freely on the surface of the ocean to conclude that crash sites from the southern limit of the search to about  30.5°S were  consistent with the observed arrival date of the flaperon of July 29, 2015.It found latitudes from 30.5°S to 26°S were “less consistent but not inconsistent”.Although crash sites to the north of the searched area and up to  23°S  had a high probability of the flaperon reaching Reunion, it would arrive many months earlier than observed.  And those further north than this point resulted in trajectories that missed the island completely.Dr Griffin noted that other “low-windage’ debris, such as those pieces found on African shores, had a high probability of arriving, as they were observed to do,  from December 2015 onwards if the crash site was between 37°S and 33°S.He said crash sites north of 33°S were only consistent with the debris evidence if it was assumed that wreckage arrived before December 2015, which was possible but increasingly unlikely.“Assuming our simulation is correct, the question of whether Ocean Infinity has exhausted the range of northern latitudes that are worth searching, therefore, hinges on the question of whether 50 percent of the debris from MH370 could have washed up on African shores, unnoticed, throughout much of 2015,’’ he said.“We are not prepared to assume this is true. Consequently, we think the available evidence from African shores is consistent with the flaperon evidence, and that MH370 is much more likely to have crashed south of 25°S.”For the sites south of 39.6°S, the CSIRO pointed to its earlier arguments that the debris would not have arrived as early as observed and there would have been debris on Australian shores, something targeted searches had failed to find.“Hard evidence (that was known to us in 2016 but not included in our report) that debris floating in the SE Indian Ocean finds its way to Australian shores despite the frequently-adverse winds is provided by the trajectories of (undrogued) drifting buoys,’’ Dr Griffin said. “This also had a bearing on how we identified 35°S as the most likely region of the crash.”The CSIRO scientist admitted the tools used to model the drift of debris on the surface — data assimilating hydrodynamic models and trajectories of satellite-tracked drifting buoys  –  were not ideal because they were designed to simulate and observe the movement for a surface layer 10 metres thick.He said it was necessary to use the buoy information carefully and combine it with data from many other sources in order to simulate the drift of aircraft debris, particularly items with complex drift characteristics such as the flaperon.“We did this in 2016 to the best of our ability at that time,’’ he said. “As modeling techniques improve, retrospective drift analyses will undoubtedly become more accurate, possibly leading to different conclusions to ours and shedding more light on the location of MH370.“In particular, models with finer spatial resolution will undoubtedly result in a wider range of simulated travel times across the ocean.”Dr Griffin said the CSIRO hoped to revisit its conclusions at some time in the future and expressed the team’s sincere regrets that “the committed efforts of many dedicated people have not yet solved this enduring mystery”.last_img read more

10 Interesting Details About Twitter’s Mysterious CTO

first_imgRelated Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos marshall kirkpatrick Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification “Being surrounded by approximately 1,400 butterflies, and perspiring.” – Twitter CTO Greg PassWho will be the next Chief Technology Officer of a company that makes it so easy to share and see details about the lives of its users, even if they are relatively quiet people? No replacement has been announced, but I hope it will be someone who can do as good a job as Greg Pass has done. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The first Chief Technology Officer of one of the most important communication technology companies of our time has left his job today – and for a guy who made public disclosure easier than ever, we hardly knew the man. Greg Pass joined Twitter three years ago when his search company Summize was acquired. He went on to become Twitter CTO and today it was reported and confirmed that he is leaving the company.People close to the company say he’s a quiet, humble and very smart man. His Twitter profile, @gregpass, makes no mention of his work at the company and he never Tweets about it. He’s Tweeted thousands of words over the past three years though and I just looked at every one of them. (Well, almost every one; the archive only goes back so far. Greg, could you…oh, nevermind.) Here are ten interesting things you probably didn’t know about Twitter’s mysterious outgoing CTO.Pass appears to have never participated in any of the Google Groups email lists the company uses to communicate with the outside world. The only reference to him in those conversations was a passing note that some mystery could perhaps be attributed to “Greg Pass magic going on…behind the scenes.”Pass created his Twitter account just 3 months before his company Summize was acquired and he became VP of Engineering at Twitter. He must be a fast learner.When the company was acquired in a very high-profile deal, something outsiders consider one of the most important moves the company has made, Pass made no mention of it on his Twitter account. He merely wrote that week that he was “packing for a twip.” Almost all of Pass’s Tweets are cryptic or mystical. “Coincidentally: Mongolian yurt.” “Being surrounded by approximately 1,400 butterflies, and perspiring.” His blog is full of posts about art and science.Pass has slowed down on Twitter lately. He tweeted more than 1200 times over the past 2 years prior, but only 21 times so far this year.Pass has never used the name of competitor Facebook in a Tweet. He has, though, mentioned the band Devo at least 14 times, more than any other single topic of conversation.His second-favorite topic to Tweet about is eyes, eg. “Contemplating the differences between winged-eyes and eyed-wings.” Those who would call Twitter users big of mouth and small of brain would be well served to appreciate the disposition of the man who’s led the building of the technology over the past three years.Pass is not very into one of the company’s most (to me) exciting features: Twitter Lists. He’s only created one – an automated list called Conversationalists.Pass’s first handful of people he followed on Twitter look like the staff list of Summize, but it turns out he’s been following one of Twitter’s newest hires, data visualization pro William Couch, since before he started following @jack and @biz. @Couch just joined the Twitter team a few weeks ago after working for years as a designer at USA Today. Speaking of people Pass seems to admire: Though widely described as the quiet type, Pass seems to be a fan of the superhero He-Man. He’s talked about it a number of times over the years. Tags:#twitter#web last_img read more

Sharad Pawar defeats RS Mahendra to become BCCI chief, signals end of Jagmohan Dalmiya era

first_imgVICTOR: Sharad PawarThe genteel ladies of Kolkata, clad in their best winter silks, probably thought they had hit upon the mother of all bargains. They had come looking for a diamond jewellery show and run into crowds, lights, cameras and noise. Each bewildered woman was escorted away to a hall,VICTOR: Sharad PawarThe genteel ladies of Kolkata, clad in their best winter silks, probably thought they had hit upon the mother of all bargains. They had come looking for a diamond jewellery show and run into crowds, lights, cameras and noise. Each bewildered woman was escorted away to a hall next door where the minor exhibits were on display. What they had accidentaly stumbled into was the entrance to a circus like no other. The assembled throng was waiting for the arrival of a new ring master. The BCCI’s much delayed and cantankerous 2005 annual election was coming to a close.When Sharad Pawar was voted BCCI president he did more than ascend the highest office in Indian cricket. The Union minister for agriculture literally prised power out of the iron fist of Jagmohan Dalmiya, who had controlled Indian sport’s richest body for well over a decade. Pawar’s takeover was headline news not only because the man himself is a national figure. The BCCI is worth approximately Rs 200 crore today and as a business, Indian cricket is estimated to be worth Rs 1,000 crore a year. Whoever heads the BCCI has total control of one of India’s two major entertainment industries, cinema being the other.It had taken a Union cabinet minister, the combined political force of the country’s national ruling party, a Supreme Court decision, a former election commissioner, 10 lawyers and 16 court cases to force change in one of the most loosely-formed but tightly-guarded of sporting fortresses.Pawar’s coup, begun at the 2004 Board election, is now complete. After holding every major office in the BCCI which ruled him out of the election process, Dalmiya could not contemplate the idea of giving it all away. This desire to play remote control was his undoing. In 2004, Dalmiya voted four times to enable his man, Ranbir Singh Mahendra, to become president by the margin of a single vote against Pawar.A year later, when the numbers appeared stacked against him, Dalmiya chose adjournments and legal loopholes to put off the election and delay the inevitable for two more months. Finally, when it could be delayed no longer, his rivals, led by the formidable Pawar, came to his town with allies, aides and lawyers.One worker from the Pawar camp said, “We had been working from the day we lost the 2004 election but had stepped it up in the last two months.” The numbers were already in place. “Eventually, Saheb is a politician,” said one official of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) where Pawar has been president for four years, “they know where to put pressure from, whom to talk to.” advertisementVANQUISHED: Jagmohan DalmiyaOn the morning of the election, even before the votes were cast, Dalmiya and his allies knew their result. The final scoreline 20-11 was a wash-out and Dalmiya left the meeting, according to some, “definitely disturbed”. Once the kingpin, Dalmiya now belongs to an insignificant minority in Indian cricket. Raj Singh Dungarpur, all drama always, declared, “The evil empire has ended.”The talk now is of transformation and transparency. According to Mehmood Abdi, lawyer for the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) the BCCI is witnessing a “generational change”. Pawar, 65, may well raise a skeptical eyebrow though some BCCI bastions have already fallen.Industrialist Lalit Modi, a major player on Pawar’s team, has taken the RCA away from the Rungta clan through legal acumen and political support. Modi said, “Within a year I see the BCCI having a professional set-up run by a CEO and a team of executives. We won’t be a one-man show.” Modi is projected as the young, ambitious face of the BCCI who’s already knocked heads with the old guard like Dungarpur. He found his way onto the BCCI’s most influential decision-making body, the working committee, by using an old ploy: getting nominated as a vice-president from another zone.So the complete “Modification” of the BCCI is not yet upon us. Pawar’s own promises are to Indian cricket administration what a tearaway fast bowler is to the national team-half-necessity, half-fantasy. Better infrastructure, a centralised HQ, a CEO and perhaps even something on the lines of the Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) Pawar set up as MCA chief, which has cricketers taking decisions on the game. The patriarch is very much a hands-off boss who according to Ratnakar Shetty, MCA treasurer, spends “quality time” on cricket.The only questions that the MCA managing committee can ask the CIC pertain to finances required for cricketing activities. This clear demarcation of power took some getting used to but things run now smoothly. In the new regime, Shetty, who was acting executive secretary in BCCI’s Mumbai office, is tipped to be the Board’s first CEO.In an interview to INDIA TODAY , Pawar said that he would use the truncated first term to formalise the BCCI’s electoral rules. The rules do exist but are so ambiguous that whenever a competitor came close, Dalmiya could throw up smokescreens. It took a series of court orders obtained by the young Turk lawyers in Pawar’s camp to cleared up the fog. On election day, procedures were virtually water-tight. Former chief election commissioner T.S. Krishnamurthy, the Supreme Court-appointed observer, told the voters in the plainest possible language. “Please don’t give me election lessons,” he said, “I’ve conducted far bigger elections than this.” It was a long way off from when complete strangers would walk into elections waving papers authorising them to vote instead of cricket officials sitting in the meetings.Pawar’s victory brings an end not just to the Dalmiya era but also an unsettled 14 months for Indian cricket. It began when Dalmiya stepped down as president in 2004, but continued to run the Board by proxy. Mahendra could do no business in the first four months as the election results were challenged in court.advertisementSomeone forgot to book hotel rooms for the Indian team. Others made sure that the visiting Australians were given a wicket that suited them more than the Indians, a compliment that was repaid in full when the Indian players returned to Kolkata without the city’s own Sourav Ganguly for a recent one-day match.The result in Pawar’s favour has ended this cycle of action and reaction, suit and counter-suit. The day after the election Pawar dropped by Dalmiya’s home for a tete-a-tete. Murmurs suggest that the meeting went well. When two old foxes get together, chickens in even the most distance coops have good reason to start sweating.last_img read more

World Ice and Snow Sailing Championship to be held in the United States

first_imgThe World Ice and Snow Sailing Championship, an international sailing competition is being held in eastern Wisconsin on the frozen Lake Winnebago on February 14.Enthusiastic ice and snow sailors from 11 countries will participate in the championship to compete in three disciplines: kites, wings and sails.Group President Will Tuthill states that this event is the longest running international racing event in the history of windsurfing, hand-held sails and kites. This is the third time the event is being organised in the United States of America in past 35 years.Countries competing in the championship include Russia, Latvia, Sweden and Finland.Winners will be presented with the championship trophy.last_img read more

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua with 2GB RAM to launch in India on May 26

first_imgAiling smartphone company Sony will launch its mid-range Xperia M4 Aqua smartphone in India on May 26. This will mark the global launch of the M4 Aqua which was until now a Japan-exclusive handset. The information comes via Mumbai seller, Mahesh Telecom who has shared the same on his Twitter handle. Coming soon.This monsoon. #Sony #XperiaM4 Aqua with superior low light Photography,2GB RAM ,16 Gb inbuilt #WaterProof Manish Khatri (@MAHESHTELECOM) May 21, 2015Meanwhile, Sony is in the process of sending out media invites for a launch event to take place in New Delhi. The media invite leaves little to the imagination with its water-based theme and tagline that states “Give your phone a splash this summer” suggesting that the Xperia M4 Aqua will be the device to be launched.More importantly, rumors suggest that the company may launch a second handset at the same event. The event is said to mark the global launch of the Xperia Z4 flagship handset as well, but that’s just speculation for now.The Xperia M4 Aqua, as the name suggests is dust and water proof up to 1.5 meter and 30 minutes and comes with IP68 certification.The device comes with a 5-inch HD IPS display with a 720 x 1280 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 SoC coupled with 2GB RAM. It comes with 8GB of internal memory expandable up to 32GB via micro-SD.The device runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box. It sports a 13MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash. There’s also a 5MP front-facing camera.advertisementThe 4G LTE capable handset is backed by a 2,400 mAh battery.last_img read more

Inevitable slowdown

first_imgRBI’s transfer of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the government of India is not likely to clear the financial mess of the country that has been created by the Modi-led NDA since 2014. The extent of the economic and financial crisis is far worse than the gift of the RBI which is 1.25 per cent of the GDP in 2018-19. Even if we consider that the government will somehow be able to achieve 7 per cent of GDP, as predicted by Economic Survey, the shortfall in the budgeted 12 per cent GDP would be 5 per cent which would be equivalent to Rs 7.04 lakh crore. This huge shortfall in the budget calculations would substantially bring down total earning of the government. Since Rs 90,000 crore from RBI is already accounted in the budget; the extra money available to the government will be only Rs 86,000 crore in addition to the budgeted amount. Also Read – A special kind of bondIt’s a pittance even in comparison to the country’s direct and indirect tax collections for FY18-19 which fell short by Rs 1.7 trillion, which was 7.5 per cent below the revised estimate for the period. The direct tax collected till mid-August is 4.69 per cent, against the annual target of 17.3 per cent. It should be noted that the GDP growth rate for the year was 6.8 per cent which is likely to fall to 6.2 per cent in the current financial year. In the last quarter, the GDP growth rate fell to 5.7 per cent. Across the board, the economic slowdown will affect tax collection, which is already projected to be unreasonably high in the budget. Also Read – Insider threat managementAll these are indicative of the limitation of the government which is not in a position to save the people of the country from the financial mess it has created in the last five years during which growth rate has come down to a six-year low, private investment 14 year-low, unemployment 45 year-high. Dubbed as the worst financial crisis in the last 70 years, industrial production growth slipped to as low as 2 per cent, GVA growth rate in Agriculture and allied activities fell to 2.92 per cent, and so on. The list is long and most of the items present a distressing picture. Even the lenient review of the grim situation indicates that the Indian economy can recover only a little from the present level of 5.7 per cent. If the GDP projections are not further revised downward, the Indian economy may recover somewhere between 0.3 per cent and 0.5 per cent, making our growth rate somewhere between 6 and 6.2 per cent, much less than the Economic Survey’s forecast of 7 per cent. An international organisation has forecast a little improvement of only 0.3 per cent that too by March 2020. Only a few days ago, government think tank NITI Aayog had described the current stress in the financial sector as “unprecedented in the last 70 years”, saying nobody is trusting anyone else in the sector. It made a case for extraordinary steps to deal with the crisis that has resulted in an economic slowdown. It may be mentioned that the sharp economic slowdown started with demonetisation of November 2016, which virtually crippled the economy. It was one of the many quixotic moves of the Modi government. The money supply was restricted. MSME’s were the worst sufferers. Crores of jobs were lost. Next came the implementation of GST without a proper technological and administrative system in place. Even after two years of its implementation, it remains imperfect. Entrepreneurs’ money was held up with the government resulting shortage of money with the exporter and domestic companies. The new hurdles created by the new system of GST are yet to be solved. It’s a strange behaviour of the government to decide anything they want and then trying to implement them. They tend to forget that everything has repercussions beyond their control. Even in the budget for 2019-20, the government came out with several wild provisions which boomeranged. It compelled the government to roll back several of the tax measures in less than two months. It is also likely to lower the revenue collection targets for the current financial year. The finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman evaded questions related to consumption in her recent press briefing in which she announced rollback and modifications in several measures taken in the budget. She seemed to be over-relying on private investment, which may push the country towards more troublesome days ahead. It is worth mentioning here that our industries have cut their production levels due to lack of demand. Our workforce is losing their jobs because there is no work for them in the companies they have been working. People don’t have money to buy. In this scenario, people need work, people need money. We have been hearing from the government about ‘Make in India’ which have miserably failed. There are demands for many things in this country, but the government does not seem to be interested in more than sloganeering. For example, in 2014, India used to import goods worth Rs 3,000 per person, which has increased to Rs 6,000 per person. Had our government really interested in diverting this demand towards the domestic market, our MSMEs could have been thriving by now. India is the second biggest consumer market in the world only after China because of the size of its population. There are very high demand and consumption level for many goods and services but we are yet to give its full benefits to our own businesses and industries making them sick, while non-Indian companies are deriving benefits from Indian demand and consumption. The outcome of the present economic and financial crisis is just unpredictable, just as it was in the last year. For example, IMF’s earlier country report for India had pegged growth for FY18-19 at 7.3 per cent, which turned out to be much lower at 6.8 per cent. The situation is definitely worse than the last year. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

RCMP investigate discovery of three bodies in vast northern BC area

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. — RCMP are asking the public to take safety precautions and “remain vigilant” as the force investigates two apparently unconnected cases in northern British Columbia involving a deceased male and a couple believed to be the victims of a double homicide.Mounties say in a release they acknowledge growing concerns after a body was found Friday near the community of Dease Lake and the discovery four days earlier of the bodies of a man and woman on the side of the Alaska Highway, about 470 kilometres away.Police have asked anyone who may have seen 23-year-old Australian Lucas Fowler and his 24-year-old girlfriend Chynna Deese of Charlotte, N.C., to contact them.RCMP have not yet released the identity of the male who was found dead days later after officers responded to a vehicle fire south of the Stikine River Bridge on Highway 37.The force is asking for the public’s help in locating two men connected with the burned-out red and grey Dodge pickup truck with a sleeping camper found about two kilometres from the man’s body.Police say 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky, from the Vancouver Island community of Port Alberni, were driving the vehicle found on fire and that the body discovered wasn’t that of either missing teen.  “At this time, investigators are sharing information and police would like to ensure awareness around both investigations,” RCMP said in the news release.“We also remind travellers to share your plans with family and friends, establish check-in times and notify someone if your plans change.” The Canadian Presslast_img read more