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IAF grappling with free fall in fighters2015-Mar-10

IAF grappling with free fall in fighters


The grim situation can be gauged from the fact that IAF will continue to fly its 110 upgraded MiG 21 "Bisons" of the total 260 MiG 21s still in its combat fleet till 2025.


So, even as plans are underway to upgrade airbases and advanced landing grounds for both the western and eastern fronts, there is a crippling shortage of modern fighters that can be deployed there.


With MiG 21 and MiG 27 squadrons slated for progressive phasing out over the 12th and 13th Plan periods (2012 22), IAF is desperate to ensure its long standing new fighter induction plans are not derailed any further.


The topmost priority is the almost $20 billion MMRCA (medium multi role combat aircraft) project to acquire 126 fighter jets, even as it will progressively induct the remaining 100 Sukhoi 30MKIs of the 272 such fighters contracted from Russia for around $12 billion.


The long drawn MMRCA wholesale nfl jerseys technical and commercial evaluation process began in August 2007, with the French Rafale fighter finally emerging the winner in January, 2012. But the contract under which the first 18 jets are to be imported and the rest manufactured under licence by HAL over six years is nowhere near being inked.


"The MMRCA and the first two squadrons of cheap nfl jerseys Tejas light combat aircraft (the indigenous fighter project sanctioned in 1983 wholesale jerseys but still to fully fructify) are very critical for us to maintain our deterrence capability. Otherwise, our force levels will go down rapidly," said ACM Browne.


With the country headed for general elections, it's highly unlikely the MMRCA contract will be concluded in the ongoing fiscal. But the IAF chief said, "There is no back up plan. The MMRCA is the cheap nfl jerseys only option, and it is highly doable. If we sign it by next year, the first MMRCA should come to us by 2017. We cannot delay it any further."


Even the long term plan for co developing the cheap jerseys fifth generation fighter aircraft with Russia is in the doldrums. It will take at least another year to ink the $11 billion "full design R contract" for the futuristic fighter, admitted ACM Browne.


As per the earlier timeline, IAF was looking to induct over 200 of these swing role stealth fighters from 2022 onwards. But that may not be possible now. India will eventually spend around $35 billion on this project over the next 15 20 years, with each jet to be subsequently produced costing over $100 million.

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Packers draft class has four major contributors2015-Mar-10

Packers draft class has four major contributors


Eli Manning struggling with old habit RB Eddie Lacy The Packers Partners Fan Club question of the month is from Curt from Elk Grove, CA


Since the new breed of player is faster, stronger and more intense, have the equipment manufacturers stepped up their game in protecting players with new technology equipment?


The difference in equipment from what players wore when they were slower, weaker and less intense why do we have such disregard for football history? is the difference between the computer I'm using to answer this question and the Royal Patrick Kane Authentic Jersey portable I used to write my stories when I began covering football. Frankly, I think that's a big part of the problem. Pad the hand, hurt the head.


Herman from Tosa, WI


Not too long http://www.blackhawksteamproshop.com/Duncan_Keith_Jersey ago you said that if you had to start a team with existing NFL players, your first choice on defense would be Jason Pierre Paul. Last night (and most of this year) he was invisible and his team is 0 6. Just a couple of years ago he was dominating this league. What happened and who replaces him as your No. 1 defensive pick?


Pierre Paul has a back problem. When I was asked the same question the previous year, I think my answer was Darrelle Revis. He since has had knee reconstruction. Do you see where I'm going with this? If I had to start a team with existing players, I would prefer to trade them for picks, not players. It's a young man's game and age has nothing to do with youth in pro football.


Rob from Brookeville, MD


Looked to me like James Jones simply didn't know the rule about two feet in for his would be TD catch. On another Sunday that could have cost the Packers the game. What kind of feedback do you think players get with those types of mental lapses?


He knows the rule. What I don't think we're understanding is that Jones thought he already had two feet down as he stepped out of the end zone. You don't have to get two feet down in the end zone. The first foot we thought was down was actually up, which meant the foot that stepped into the end zone was actually the first foot down. I wish Mike Pereira and TV would've done a better job of explaining this because the Marian Hossa Authentic Jersey disconnect has caused a flood to my inbox from people who are trying to reinvent the two feet down rule as it pertains to crossing the goal line.


Giants QB Eli Manning Andrew from Jacksonville, FL


Vic, those first couple of interceptions www.blackhawksteamproshop.com/Jonathan_Toews_Jersey were on Eli Manning and they were awful. Have you ever seen a QB of his caliber tank like this?


He has a chuck and duck habit. He's always had to fight it. I remember covering a Monday night game between the Giants and Jaguars; Manning was really struggling with that habit in that game and it caused me to believe it would get the better of him and the Giants would have to find a new franchise quarterback. A year later, he caught fire late in the season and he became a different quarterback. Now, he's back to the guy I saw in 2006. When you throw off your back foot, the ball sails and floats. That's what's happening. He's a little skittish in the pocket right now.


Troy from Stevens Point, WI


I know it's been four games, but what do you think of the 2013 draft class so far for the Packers?


Eddie Lacy, David Bakhtiari, Johnathan Franklin and Micah Hyde are major contributors. They appear to be keepers. The rest of the class is in a be patient mode. In my opinion, it's a good class.


Chris from Eau Claire, WI


Vic, I've heard that if a defense allows an average of 17 points per game or less, they are doing their job. Do I need to raise that bar a bit for the new era of football?


Twenty is the new 17.


Cody from Hartford, SD


Vic, do you think the league will consider eliminating intentional grounding penalties in the near future?


Yes, I do. I proposed that idea in this column several years ago, as the league began its player safety movement. I proposed that quarterbacks be allowed to spike the ball to avoid a sack. That protection device, in my opinion, would make all other protections go away, which would help reduce the thickness of the rulebook and clearly define the difference between the quarterback as a passer and the quarterback as a runner.


Jeff from La Crosse, WI


Vic, I don't think I was being mean spirited at all. I think the running QB is a fad just like the wildcat was. Only the ones that have the arm to play in this league will stick around. We all know Kaepernick has the arm. Why isn't he as effective this year? I genuinely want to know.


Jeff, I genuinely offered my opinion on this recently. He's a young quarterback who has to learn the nuances of the game. In particular, he has to learn to look off the safeties. All quarterbacks need to do that, but Colin Kaepernick especially needs to do it because he has a long, pitcher like delivery that'll take defenders to the ball if Kaepernick stares down his receivers, which he has a tendency to do. Andrew Luck is a master at looking off safeties. He came to pro football groomed and ready to go; Kaepernick did not. Few do. He's got the tools; now he has to do the little things.


Wes from San Antonio, TX


The casual fan is ruining the game of football. You say the NFL is making all these rule changes to attract the casual fan. Simply put, the casual fan is an idiot.


Why is he an idiot? Because he was able to go to bed and quickly fall to sleep after the Seattle game? Because he can take a nap during the boring parts of a game and then wake up and enjoy a big finish? The casual fan represents the majority of football fans in America and the casual fan is important to our enjoyment of the game, because the casual fan helps drive the revenue that makes the game what it is. He and she are able to do that with the sheer numbers they represent.


Bart from Williams, OR


Are you concerned about the mass popularity of the NFL? It seems mass popularity sometimes harkens the beginning of the end. The "Frontline" show on head trauma was disturbing. So, will it be only the lower socioeconomic class that deems the risk worth taking?

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Rex Ryan's Jets and Peyton Manning's Colts 2015-Mar-10

Rex Ryan's Jets and Peyton Manning's Colts are a study in contrasts


Somehow the New York Jets have turned their unpredictable, comedic mess of a season into a winning one, but you never know what might happen next with them. What you do know is that Peyton Manning will be the same serious minded player game in and game out, and year in and year out. Whether the garrulous Gang Green can beat Mister Reliable will be one of the more interesting duels on this NFL wild card playoff weekend, and a study in contrasts.


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Jets Coach Rex Ryan's bombast reached a new pitch this week when he declared that beating Manning and the Indianapolis Colts is "personal." Manning's response was buttoned up and correct, as usual. "I really don't have any reaction to it," he said, tonelessly. They are the two dominant personalities of their teams: One guy is a loudmouth braggart, the other is tight lipped. So far close mouthed has beaten big mouthed almost every time. Manning's record against Ryan is 5 1, including last year's AFC championship game.


"Indy is always true to who they are and we're Jonathan Toews Jersey going to be true to who we are," Ryan says. "We'll see if it's a different outcome."


Ryan's double chinned personality has given the once derelict Jets all kinds of confidence and Super Bowl ambitions, but at a certain point he needs to back up his bluster with a victory over a disciplined outfit like Indy, at peril of being judged a bit of a blowhard. Ryan and the Jets are charmingly unreserved and expansive, but they're also turbulent. There was that obnoxious appearance on HBO's "Hard Knocks," their whistling at Ines Sainz, Braylon Edwards's DUI, Ryan's embarrassment over his wife's apparent foot fetish videos, and strength coach Sal Alosi's spiteful tripping incident against Miami. Some players have said they are sick of the constant distractions.


For two seasons Ryan has brayed that he has the best team in football, but there's been something a little huckstering about him. Listen closely and there's a contrived tone. Even he concedes he's "selling."


"I think we have the best team," Ryan says, "People may argue that, but that's fine. I like the old Ray Robinson quote: 'To be a champion, you have to think you can win when no one else thinks you can.' That's what I believe in. That's something that has stuck with me my whole life."


It's money where your mouth is time. If the Jets are really going to reach a Super Bowl, they'll have to show serious substance: They face three playoff games on the road, starting with Indy and Manning, followed www.blackhawksteamproshop.com/Patrick_Kane_Jersey by potential meetings with New England's Tom Brady and Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger, players with a combined five Super Bowl wins.


No one exposed the Jets' lack of Super Bowl substance last season more than Manning in the AFC championship game, when he destroyed them in the second half for a 30 17 victory, with 377 yards and three touchdowns. When Ryan viewed the tape, he got "kind of sick." He felt so overwhelmed by Manning that in the offseason he shored up his secondary with three new players in Antonio Cromartie, Brodney Pool and Kyle Wilson, and added more pass rush by signing Jason Taylor.


But Manning's record over Ryan isn't just about personnel issues. Manning has consistently laid Ryan bare by preying on his bluster, punishing him for his habit of trying www.blackhawksteamproshop.com/Marian_Hossa_Jersey to buffalo quarterbacks with blitzes. As NBC analyst Rodney Harrison pointed out, "It took Peyton probably right around a quarter to really figure out exactly how they were trying to attack him and what defenses they were in." In six games against Ryan's schemes Manning has thrown for 1,513 yards, and 12 touchdowns to just two interceptions. He's simply not fooled by Ryan. There's no tricking Manning, no faking him out, no stampeding him. "It's probably impossible to do with this guy," Ryan admits.


Manning studies too exhaustively; he crosses every T and aces every test. He's so thorough that he even went back and studied tape of the defenses Ryan's father Buddy ran with the Chicago Bears. He identifies every tic and tendency, and when the blitz comes, he finds the single coverage and preys on it.


"He looks at everything and that's the one thing about Peyton you have to respect," Harrison says. "He looks at your feet. He can tell if you're a young defensive back, if you're playing man to man, if you're playing zone, if you're standing high, if your hips are high, he can look at those different types of things and know if you're playing man or zone and he will exploit you."


Manning brought the same sharp perception to handling Ryan's attempt to bait him with this week the "personal" remark. Obviously, Ryan hoped for some sort of response from Manning that might excite his defenders. But Manning was too disciplined, too Duncan Keith Jersey focused. "They're as good as advertised," Manning said. He went on to praise Ryan's schemes for their complexity.


In fact, when the Jets aren't dealing with tangential commotions, they just might be as good as advertised they might even be almost as good as Ryan says. They've averaged 31.3 points in the last three games as 24 year old quarterback Mark Sanchez has made the leap to brilliance despite a sore shoulder, and their 304 points allowed is sixth lowest in the league. And for once, they may catch Manning vulnerable, given how injury depleted the Colts are, with 17 players out, including his biggest middle of the field targets, Dallas Clark and Austin Collie.

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Tavon Austin Scores Touchdown On Fake Reverse2015-Mar-10

Tavon Austin Scores Touchdown On Fake Reverse


Clay MatthewsGreen Bay Packers' Clay Matthews is introduced before the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)


Maurice Jones DrewJacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones Drew (32) bows after making a touch run during the first quarter an NFL football game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)


Derek Wolfe, Von Miller, Tom BradyNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) loses the ball while being sacked by Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, rear, as Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe (95) closes in in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)


Bruce Arians, Chuck PaganoIndianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, right, smiles as he and Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians hug prior to an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. Arians was an assistant coach under Pagano last season, and was the interim head coach when Pagano was out battling leukemia last season. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


Danny WoodheadSan Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead (39) heads over to give a fan the ball after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) celebrates the play. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)


A soldier salutes during pregame events of an NFL football game between the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


Tavon Austin, Zack BowmanSt. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin, left, runs past Chicago Bears cornerback Zack Bowman on his way to a 65 yard touchdown run during the first quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


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Peyton Manning, Rob Ninkovich,Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) passes over chi flat iron official website New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich (50) in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. Watt (99) leads a team huddle before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


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Peyton ManningDenver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) stands on the sideline in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)


Fozzy Whittaker, Troy PolamaluCleveland Browns running back Fozzy Whittaker (35) runs against Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (43) in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


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Cecil Shorts, Brandon Harris, Johnathan JosephJacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts (84) gets tackled by Houston Texans defensive back Brandon Harris (26) and cornerback Johnathan Joseph (24) during the first quarter an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)


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even want to buy our garbage anymore2015-Mar-10

even want to buy our garbage anymore


Since 2007, one of America's top exports to China has been. trash. Yes, trash. That includes everything from scrap metal and paper to cardboard and crumpled soda cans. The United States sold $10.8 billion worth of metal and paper scrap to China in 2011.


Come on, someone take this pleeeeease. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)


It sounds weird, but the trade made a lot of sense. Cheap NFL Jerseys China had been sending so many consumer goods to the United States that all those shipping containers were coming back empty. companies began stuffing the return trip containers with recycled cardboard boxes, waste paper and other scrap. Cheap Jerseys china China could, in turn, harvest the raw materials. Everyone won. recycling programs. Those trash exports to China became indispensable for municipal recycling. In 2011, the United States recycled some 52.8 million tons of paper and paperboard and about 15.8 million of those tons were sent to China. Likewise,China imports nearly half of America's recycled plastics, including bottles and containers of all sorts,around .


But now that cozy arrangement is in danger. Over at Quartz, Gwynn Guilford reports that China has recently launched"Operation Green Fence" a policy to prohibit the import of unwashed post consumer plastics and other "contaminated" waste shipments. trash imports:


Of course, youcan't always tell how seriousa Chinese government ban will be, and it's not even clear why China would come down so aggressively. Despite its "trash mountain" woes,it actually needs the plastic resin for manufacturing. "If China customs found a syringe, even if it's just one, in a bale of plastic, it's considered wholesale nfl jerseys china medical waste and the whole shipment would get rejected," Peter Wang, CEO of recycling exporter America Chung Nam,at a conference recently. recycling industry appears to be genuinely worried. "Export buying activity has slowed for low end grades of post consumer plastics due to recent regulations and China's green fence," one reprocessor told Recycling Today. We'll see. Still, it's not clear that anyone can replace China, whose demand for America's trash has been enormous. Guilford passes alongthis great chart noting that North America hasn't built a new recycling plant since 2003 that's how reliant we've become on China:


Could that change? Perhaps. Luke Vernon of Eco Products, a food service company in Boulder, has some ideas along those lines: "What's needed is an end market for recycled materials. Essentially, more manufacturers need to demand recycled plastics to use in their products. That means that the economics need to be in favor of choosing a recycled plastic vs. She argues that the United States produces so much contaminated waste because of our reliance on "single stream recycling," in which all types of recycling are jumbled together in one collection truck.


"If the materials we are exporting are so contaminated that they are being rejected by those we sell to," she notes, "maybe it's time to take another look at dual stream recycling." This would require everyone to keep paper waste separate from glass, plastic and metal. (Do note that Vangel has a vested interest in dual stream recycling, but Cheap Jerseys it's an idea worth mentioning.)


There are also all sorts of technologies that allow even single stream recycling programs to sort their waste more carefully, reducing contamination. That includes improved screening and optical sorting. But these options could make recycling more expensive.


However this shakes out, it's reminder that America's recycling habits, like so much else, are highly dependent on trade and markets particularly in China.


All credit to Gwynn Guilford for unearthing this fascinating story. Her write ups are worth reading, including her link to a story about how plastic is piling up in Oregon because China has stopped taking shipments.

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Joe Flacco gives Ravens edge in playoff race2015-Mar-10

Joe Flacco gives Ravens edge in playoff race


Joe Flacco gives Ravens edge in playoff race, running game a mirage, and more from Sunday's winRUNNING IT BACK


November 25, 2013By Matt Vensel The Baltimore Sun


Sunday was another cold day with gusting winds, something that will be the norm the rest of the way, but with big hands, long levers and a strong right arm, Joe Flacco was built to play in that weather. Flacco throws cut through the crisp November air as he led the Ravens to a critical 19 3 win over the New York Jets.


In a game the Ravens absolutely needed to win to keep their postseason hopes alive, Flacco delivered his best performance in weeks, completing 17 of his 26 pass attempts for 273 yards and one touchdown. His quarterback rating was 97.1 and he averaged 10.5 yards per attempt, his highest mark of the season.


Sure, Flacco threw one interception when he and wide receiver Marlon Brown got mixed up in the red zone and he fluttered one deep ball in the first quarter that should have been picked off. But if you think the Ravens would be better off with another quarterback even his backup consider the alternatives.


Look at the logjam in the race for the AFC final wild card spot and you will see a bunch of bad quarterbacks, a mix of guys who are inexperienced, overmatched or erratic or a combination of all three. Of the six teams in the conference with five wins and the three teams with four, only three signal callers have won a playoff game.


The Jets are starting a rookie quarterback in Geno Smith, who threw for just 127 yards and was intercepted twice at M Bank Stadium on Sunday. The Tennessee Titans, currently in position to be the sixth seed, are rolling with interception prone veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. Manuel, respectively.


Only three of the teams have a competent quarterback, and an argument can be made that the Ravens have the best of the bunch in Flacco, the reigning Super Bowl MVP.


Of course, the Pittsburgh Steelers can also make the same argument about their big lug under center, Ben Roethlisberger, who has guided them to two Super Bowl titles.


Every week we see the difference quarterback play makes in the outcome of games. Sunday game at the Bank was a good example of that, with Flacco outclassing Smith. That is why the Ravens, Steelers and the San Diego Chargers, who have Philip Rivers, should be considered the favorites to sneak into the playoffs as the sixth seed.


Despite spending five snaps near the sideline as a $120.6 million decoy Sunday, Flacco was calm under pressure Brandon Saad Authentic Jersey and made plays outside of the pocket, whether he was running to his left or his right. And after a bunch of missed connections in recent weeks, Flacco completed a pair of beautiful deep balls to his wide receivers, wind gusts be damned.


His 60 yard completion to Torrey Smith in the second quarter helped them take a 6 3 lead. And with the breeze at his back and the Ravens leading by nine points late in the third quarter, Flacco launched a ball into orbit and over the blackhawksteamproshop.com/Brent_Seabrook_Jersey Jets secondary to Jacoby Jones, who went 66 yards and danced in the end zone for the first time www.blackhawksteamproshop.com/Patrick_Sharp_Jersey in a month.


Flacco will likely need to out duel Roethlisberger on Thanksgiving night for the Ravens to beat the Steelers, who are also 5 6, in another game that is a virtual must win. The Ravens paid him all that money because of his ability to win games like this cold weather, a nasty opponent and everything on the line.


One thing that I learned


The Ravens' success running the ball against the Chicago Bears was a mirage. In that overtime loss, running back Ray Rice rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown and had a 47 yard run that was by far his longest gain of the season. Against the Jets and their top ranked rushing defense, though, the running lanes disappeared and Rice had just 30 yards on 16 carries as the Ravens as a team averaged 2.2 yards per pop. While the numbers don exactly show it, they did run the ball better than they were a few weeks ago. Still, it pretty obvious that their big game on the ground against the Bears was more a product of a favorable matchup than it was a breakthrough in performance.


Handing out game balls


Wide receiver Jacoby Jones gets the offensive game ball after catching four passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. Cornerback Corey Graham Jiri Hudler Pink Jersey gets the defensive game ball for picking off two passes. And punter Sam Koch had a heck of a game, too, dropping a few punts inside the 20 yard line, including a couple beauties inside the 5 yard line.

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