U.S. reports record 153,400 new Covid cases as Dr. Fauci urges Americans to be careful: ‘It is not futile’

first_imgWhile some, including President Donald Trump, have said increased testing is driving the rise in cases, the data doesn’t bear that out. The seven-day average of new tests on Thursday was over 1.4 million, up by about 8.3% compared with a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of COVID Tracking Project data. The rise in cases far outpaces that with a week-over-week rise of more than 32%, on an average weekly basis.And the so-called positivity rate has been increasing, too. Epidemiologists say the percent of positive tests can be a helpful figure to determine whether an outbreak is expanding and whether an area is conducting enough testing. In the U.S., the seven-day average positivity rate rose to 9.1% from 7.2% a week ago, according to Hopkins data.The surge of the virus is beginning to overwhelm hospitals in some areas. Dr. Alan Kaplan, CEO of UW Health at the University of Wisconsin, said Thursday his system’s hospitals are overwhelmed in both rural and urban communities.“We are short of staff all times, either because they have Covid or they have some other illness and we need to rule out Covid before we bring them back to work,” he said on “Squawk on the Street.” “There is no surplus now.” Fauci added that “we need to pull more testing into the community” in order to identify people who don’t have symptoms but are infected and spreading the virus. Testing has increased substantially across the country, but as infection becomes more prevalent, as well, epidemiologists say even more testing is needed. – Advertisement – The United States reported another record one-day spike in Covid-19 cases on Thursday as the outbreak grows more severe and overwhelms some hospitals.The country reported more than 153,400 new cases on Thursday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. That’s the third-straight record one-day spike in cases in the U.S and has pushed the seven-day average of new cases over 131,400, up more than 32% compared with a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of Hopkins data.It’s not just cases. There are currently more than 67,000 people hospitalized with Covid-19 across the country, more than at any other point during the pandemic, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project, which is run by journalists at The Atlantic. The number of people dying every day from the disease is ticking upward as well. – Advertisement –center_img Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Friday that “a number of factors” are driving the outbreak, including people growing tired of following public health measures. He said that’s a particular issue as the country approaches Thanksgiving in about two weeks, when many Americans are expected to travel across the country to see family and friends, potentially bringing the virus with them.Fauci urged Americans to wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash hands frequently and to follow other public health measures.“If we do the things that are simple public health measures, that soaring will level and start to come down,” he said on CBS’ “This Morning.” “You add that to the help of a vaccine, we can turn this around. It is not futile.”- Advertisement – Spc. Demetrie Barnett of the Nevada National Guard administers a COVID-19 test during a preview of a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in the parking garage of the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel on November 12, 2020 in North Las Vegas, Nevada.Ethan Miller | Getty Images – Advertisement –last_img read more

COPA AMERICA: Messi Matches Batistuta’s Argentina Record

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Lionel Messi became his country’s equal all-time leading goalscorer as Argentina romped to a 4-1 win over Venezuela in a Copa America quarter-final in Foxborough, Massachusetts on Saturday.A Messi goal in the 60th minute took his career tally for Argentina to 54 goals, matching the record held by Gabriel Batistuta.Messi’s strike complemented two early goals by Gonzalo Higuain, while substitute Erik Lamela completed the rout.Argentina, who are seeking their first Copa triumph since 1993, were the better side throughout but Venezuela made their life easier with some slack defending and a horrific penalty miss by Luis Manuel Seijas.The result means the 14-time champion will face host nation the United States in next Tuesday’s semi-final in Houston.“It was an important game and it feels good,” Higuain said afterwards. “Until Tuesday is not a lot of time but we will turn our head to that. Let’s see if we can win.”Argentina have lost just once to Venezuela in 20 matches and they got off to the perfect start after just seven minutes when Higuain dived to turn a delicate cross from Messi past goalkeeper Dani Hernandez.The in-form Napoli striker made it two 20 minutes later when he latched on to a slack back pass from Arquimedes Figuera to round the goalkeeper and slot the ball into the empty net.The goals roused the underdogs into action and Salomon Rondon twice came close, once bringing an excellent save out of Sergio Romero and then seeing his header crash off the post.Venezuela should have pulled a goal back two minutes from half time after Romero brought down Josef Martinez in the box. However, the Manchester United goalkeeper redeemed himself when he stood firm and Seijas’ carelessly dinked penalty sailed right into his arms.Messi, who started for the first time in the tournament after three substitute appearances, put Argentina 3-0 ahead when he worked a lovely one-two with Nicolas Gaitan and then poked the ball under Hernandez with his left foot.Venezuela were not out of it, though, and Rondon got the lightest of touches on a cross to head home and make it 3-1 after 70 minutes.However, their hope was short lived as Argentina cancelled it out just seconds later when Lamela, who had been on the field only four minutes, shot home from 12 yards to make it 4-1.The result firmly establishes Argentina as the favourites to lift their 15th Copa America and equal the number held by Uruguay.The other semi-final will be between Colombia, who beat Peru on Friday night, and either the winner of Saturday night’s Mexico-Chile tie.last_img read more

A Visit With Oasis tlc in Middletown

first_imgPhotos by Tina ColellaMIDDLETOWN – OASIS tlc is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote inclusion and acceptance of autistic individuals into their local communities by establish- ing environmentally exemplary farm centers that provide meaningful work, peaceful and healthy residences and community interaction.Students of the Transitional Residential/Adult Independent Learning (T.R.A.I.L.) Center help with raising chickens for eggs, growing food in a geodesic dome (soon to also be raising fish too), weave tote bags and color coded collars for the goats, create artwork and make bread. The farm features baby chicks and baby goats that are raised for their milk to make cheese and soap.Mai Cleary, president of OASIS tlc, holds a new baby chick while residents bake bread in the residence’s kitchen.last_img read more

Leafs busy assembling squad, open exhibition season with 3-3 tie in Grand Forks

first_img Leafs sign Goalie Josh Williams (97) from the Fort Mac Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League where he played last season as well as (99) Goalie Quinn Yeagher from the Calgary Buffaloes AJHL. Leafs acquire Defenseman 98 born defenseman Jordan Popoff from North Okanagan Knights for a PDF Leafs reacquire Forward/ Defenseman Brent Headon (98) from Fernie for Colum McGauly. (Headon was the player to be named later in the Alex Meeker deal with 100 Miles House Wranglers. His rights were then moved to Fernie Ghostriders) Nelson travels to Castlegar to face the Rebels Tuesday before meeting the defending KIJHL champs from Beaver Valley in Fruitvale Thursday.The Leafs conclude the exhibition campaign with homes games Friday, Saturday and Sunday against Beaver Valley, Castlegar and Grand Forks, respectively, at the NDCC Arena.Friday and Saturday games begin at 7 p.m. with Sunday’s puck drop set for 2 p.m.Nelson opens the regular season Friday, September 8 against the Nitehawks.Nelson General Manager Lance Morey has been busy of late assembling the 2017-18 edition of the Leafs.In the past few weeks, Morey has made several moves to bolster the lineup for the Green and White. Leafs acquire Nelson Minor Hockey grad and forward Justin Podrenko (98) from Castlegar for a PDF Leafs move Forward Cooper Schroder (98) to Spokane Braves for a PDF Leafs sign (99) born Forward David Sanchez from the Grand Prairie Midget AAA StormMorey said Nelson still has flyers out on a few players currently in Junior A camps. Leafs acquire 6’ 6” Jake Hryhoriw (97 born) Defenseman from the Hearst Lumberjacks Northern Ontario Junior A Hockey League for a PDF Leafs sign (99) Defenseman Michael Bladon from the Calgary Midget AAA Northstars Sawyer Hunt scored twice as the Nelson Leafs opened the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition season with a 3-3 tie against Grand Forks Border Bruins Sunday afternoon in the Boundary City.Jack Karran also scored for the Leafs with Josh Williams and Quinn Yeagher splitting the netminding duties.The game was the first of a six-game preseason schedule for the Green and White.last_img read more

Speculation over Ivanovic’s future and Chelsea are tipped to try again for Stones

first_imgA round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving Chelsea…With Everton having refused to sell John Stones before the recent transfer window closed, there is already speculation that Chelsea will try again to sign the England defender when it re-opens in January.The Sun on Sunday say Chelsea are planning to offer Bertrand Traore to Everton as part of an exchange deal.The Sunday Mirror, meanwhile, predict that Chelsea will make what would be their fifth attempt to take Stones, 21, to Stamford Bridge.The Blues will need to bid close to £40m in order to get their man, it is suggested.The Sunday Mirror also say Branislav Ivanovic could move to the United States at the end of the season.Ivanovic has made a poor start to the seasonIvanovic, who turns 32 in February, is in the final year of his contract at Chelsea and it is claimed that New York City – where his former Blues team-mate Frank Lampard plays – and LA Galaxy would want him.Again it is claimed, this time by the Sunday Times, that Chelsea tried sign Anthony Martial prior to the French teenager’s pre-deadline move to Manchester United from Monaco.And the Sun on Sunday suggest Martial had been on the radars of Chelsea and Manchester City since the age of 11.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Andrew Mason ‘Fired’ As Groupon CEO

first_imgAndrew Mason finally found out that running the controversial deals site Groupon was no bargain. Mason, who founded the company, was unceremoniously ousted as CEO earlier on Thursday, following a rotten earnings report on Wednesday that capped more than a year of problematic performance and clashes with the SEC at the once-hot startup.Mason bluntly told Groupon employees in a statement he apparently made public: “I was fired today. If you’re wondering why… you haven’t been paying attention.” (The text of that statement — notable for its honesty, self-effacing humor and a faint echo of Conan O’Brien’s announcement following his defenestration from the Tonight Show  — follows below.)Mason’s departure has been the subject of speculation and outright investor hostility for some time. Groupon shares, which had fallen almost 80% since the company’s $20-a-share IPO in 2011, jumped roughly 8% in after-hours trading on the news of his ousting. A couple of hours later, the stock’s bounce had evened out to roughly a 4% increase, up 16 cents to $4.68.The Groupon board named the company’s executive chairman Eric Lefkofsky and vice chairman Ted Leonsis as interim co-CEOs, and said it has already started looking for a new permanent CEO. For the moment, though, that leaves Groupon in the hands of a former carpet salesman turned billionaire entrepreneur and the former vice chairman of AOL. Hard to see what could go wrong there.How The Deal Went SourFounded in 2008, Groupon went public with a bang three years later in the company of other hot tech startups such as LinkedIn and Skype. Fevered trading on its first day as a public company pushed Groupon’s market valuation to $16.7 billion — seemingly justifying the company’s decision a year earlier to spurn a $6 billion acquisition offer from Google.(See also: Groupon Stock Goes On Fire Sale, But What Went So Wrong?)Groupon’s underlying issues, however, predated its IPO. In a tactic reminiscent of the dot-com bubble, the company downplayed its actual reported income and instead emphasized a made-up figure called ACSOI, or “adjusted consolidated segment operating income” that excluded a few costs — inconsequential things, really. Like marketing expenses. But some stick-in-the-muds insisted on pointing out that since Groupon’s deals machine actually leaned rather heavily on, y’know, marketing — those inescapable daily-deal emails didn’t write themselves — the company’s insistence on ACSOI was just a tad problematic. Eventually, the SEC agreed, and its pointed questions eventually forced Groupon to drop the whole thing.There were other issues, of course. Like the way Groupon decided to spend almost 85% of all the venture capital it had raised — the princely sum of $941.7 million, in other words — not to build up its business, but to cash out founders and other early backers. Or the way it so many people kept concluding that its business model strongly resembled a Ponzischeme.Groupon Adapts — Or MaladaptsOver the past year, Groupon has struggled to adjust to its diminished expectations. In a tacit acknowledgement that the daily-deals space was looking a bit overfished, the company de-emphasized deals on services such as yoga sessions and spa treatments and instead expanded into offering deeply discounted offers on actual products — an even lower-margin business that contributed to the company’s earnings misses in both the third and fourth quarters.Likewise, Groupon aimed to take on the likes of Square by offering its participating merchants a new electronic payment system, another initiative that would have taken more time than Mason had to produce a real return of any kind.Which leaves Messrs. Lefkofsky and Leonsis with a couple of awkward questions. Can they find anyone to run this ongoing mess of a company? And why would anyone want to?Here’s Mason’s statement:(This is for Groupon employees, but I’m posting it publicly since it will leak anyway)People of Groupon,After four and a half intense and wonderful years as CEO of Groupon, I’ve decided that I’d like to spend more time with my family. Just kidding – I was fired today. If you’re wondering why… you haven’t been paying attention. From controversial metrics in our S1 to our material weakness to two quarters of missing our own expectations and a stock price that’s hovering around one quarter of our listing price, the events of the last year and a half speak for themselves. As CEO, I am accountable.You are doing amazing things at Groupon, and you deserve the outside world to give you a second chance. I’m getting in the way of that. A fresh CEO earns you that chance. The board is aligned behind the strategy we’ve shared over the last few months, and I’ve never seen you working together more effectively as a global company – it’s time to give Groupon a relief valve from the public noise.For those who are concerned about me, please don’t be – I love Groupon, and I’m terribly proud of what we’ve created. I’m OK with having failed at this part of the journey. If Groupon was Battletoads, it would be like I made it all the way to the Terra Tubes without dying on my first ever play through. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to take the company this far with all of you. I’ll now take some time to decompress (FYI I’m looking for a good fat camp to lose my Groupon 40, if anyone has a suggestion), and then maybe I’ll figure out how to channel this experience into something productive.If there’s one piece of wisdom that this simple pilgrim would like to impart upon you: have the courage to start with the customer. My biggest regrets are the moments that I let a lack of data override my intuition on what’s best for our customers. This leadership change gives you some breathing room to break bad habits and deliver sustainable customer happiness – don’t waste the opportunity!I will miss you terribly.Love, AndrewLead image via Flickr user TechCrunch, CC 2.0 Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification david hamilton A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Tags:#Groupon Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

These Portable Technologies Are Going to Change the Video Production Industry

first_imgA new wave of advanced cameras puts state-of-the-art technology in the palm of your hand.There are few industries that move as fast as the film and video industry. It seems like there are game-changing camera releases every few days. Here’s a quick look at the new cameras that are shaking up the status quo this week.The Light L16 CameraAnnounced just a week ago, the Light L16 camera is looking like it might radically change the way we take pictures and shoot video. Instead of taking a picture or shooting video with a single camera, the Light camera is essentially 16 different cameras mixed into one. When you push the shutter button, the Light camera will take 16 pictures — and then stitch them together.Even more impressive is the ability to change the depth of field in post-production. Want to isolate your subject? Just dial up the bokeh slider and watch your background become out of focus. Light released a short lifestyle video showing the Light L16 in action. Check it out:The L16 is scheduled to be available in Spring of 2016 for the price of $1,700. However, there’s no information yet about details like dynamic range or sensitivity. You’ll want to keep an eye on this camera.DJI OsmoDJI is branching out of the drone world with their latest gear announcement, the DJI Osmo. In a nutshell, the Osmo is a motorized 3-axis gimbal stabilizer with a 4K and 120fps HD capabilities.The stabilizer is designed to be small, lightweight, and compact, making it perfect for travel and run-and-gun situations. Using your smartphone, you can monitor the video coming from the Osmo camera via bluetooth.DJI Released a quick video with sample footage shot on the Osmo. The footage isn’t breathtakingly cinematic, but it’s very impressive, given how small the device and camera is.The DJI Osmo will begin shipping October 15th for $650, which is not a bad price for such a powerful tool.The iPhone 6sHalf of this image was shot on an iPhone 6s. The other half was shot on an a7RII. Can you guess which is which?I know what you’re thinking: the iPhone 6s. How could this possibly change the industry? I shared your concerns until I saw this side-by-side comparison video between the new iPhone 6s and the Sony a7RII. Check it out:Note: In the image above, the left side is the iPhone 6s. The right is the a7RII. The iPhone 6s has also been used to shoot a fantastic short film called The Painter of Jalouzi, in which you’ll notice how well the device holds up when capturing the sky. While there’s certainly a way to go, it’s not impossible to think that a film designed for online distribution could be shot on an iPhone, as long as the lighting is good.What do you think of the technologies mentioned in this article? Will they change the industry? Share you thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

Top hierarchy of Soviet military, led by Marshal Dmitry Ustinov, visits India

first_imgSoviet delegation arrhino,: Brass blitzIf ever the US contemplated launching a sneak attack on the Soviet Union, they could hardly have been presented with a more opportune moment than last fortnight.In fact, it looked very much like the Soviet Union was invading India when a matched pair of behemoth AN-62,Soviet delegation arrhino,: Brass blitzIf ever the US contemplated launching a sneak attack on the Soviet Union, they could hardly have been presented with a more opportune moment than last fortnight.In fact, it looked very much like the Soviet Union was invading India when a matched pair of behemoth AN-62 aircraft trundled over the tarmac at Palam Airport and sighed to a stop in the heavily-guarded VIP area. Out from the cavernous depths emerged what, at first sight, resembled the joint Services brass band but turned out to be a veritable Who’s Who of the top hierarchy of the Soviet military machine.Leading the invasion force was Marshal Dmitry Fedorovich Ustinov, 74, the craggy-faced Soviet defence minister resplendent in a mustard green uniform encrusted with medals like barnacles on a neglected ship. Ustinov’s entourage included General Shavanov, the deputy defence minister, Admiral Sergei Gorshkov, the Soviet naval chief and one of the most highly-decorated men in the Soviet defence forces; Marshal Koutakhov, the air force chief and an impressive assortment of 30 lieutenants-general and majors-general.In fact, the only missing link was the Soviet army chief Marshal Ogarkov and the omission was only because Ustinov and Ogarkov, who is head of the Soviet armed forces, never leave the country at the same time. The fact that there was more brass on display than at Moradabad was not the only surprise on the day of the generals. It was the first time that Ustinov had made an appearance in a country outside the socialist bloc. It was also the first time that Moscow-had dispatched such a high-powered delegation to any country and left itself so militarily vulnerable.advertisementDespite that, however, the Ustinov visit was shrouded in utmost secrecy. In mid-February, India’s ambassador in Moscow, V.K. Ahuja, flew into Delhi for hasty consultations with the prime minister to finalise dates for the visit. Both the Foreign Ministry and the Defence Ministry were kept in the dark. The only clue they had was when they were asked to arrange a junket for all the foreign military attaches based in Delhi.Accordingly, two IAF aircraft with the attaches aboard took off from Delhi barely hours before Ustinov and his entourage arrived. The only attache missing was the US military attache who dropped out at the last minute. The junket, labelled a “sight-seeing trip” of Cochin and Trivandrum. returned to the capital a few hours after the Soviet delegation took off for Moscow.Short Notice: It was also, in some ways, very much a sneak attack. Ustinov’s unexpected arrival at surprisingly short notice was in reponse to an invitation extended to him five years ago by the then defence minister Jagjivan Ram during his Moscow visit in 1978. In fact, it was obvious the Indian Government was caught napping by the timing of the visit since the air force chief, Air Chief Marshal Dilbagh Singh was away in London and was forced to cut short his trip while the army chief, General K.V. Krishna Rao, was scheduled to leave on a well-publicised tour to Paris right in the middle of the Soviet visit.The reasons for Ustinov’s terribly belated acceptance of the Indian invitation were obvious. For one, the Soviets had no desire to send a man of Ustinov’s stature-he currently ranks number four in the Soviet hierarchy-during the Janata rule since it would have irritated Mrs Gandhi, a leader they are infinitely closer to and comfortable with. Additionally, India only acquired a full-fledged defence minister in the form of the affable R. Venkataraman last January and, with Mrs Gandhi scheduled to leave for Britain and Saudi Arabia, the Soviet leadership obviously felt that this was the best time. The unspoken fact that India has lately displayed signs of curing its obsession with Soviet defence equipment must have also figured in Moscow’s calculations.In that context, Ustinov’s bland statement that he was only here to “renew personal contacts” only formed part of the larger picture. The visit was, in the words of a Defence Ministry source, a “massive PR exercise”, probably the biggest the Soviets have attempted in recent times and, from all accounts, a highly successful one.Star Soldier: The star of the show was undoubtedly Ustinov himself. A bluff, hearty individual sporting rimless spectacles. Ustinov was described admiringly by a top army officer as a “soldier’s soldier” and by a Defence Ministry official as a “consummate politician”. In fact, he was very much a cocktail of the two as was evident right through his week-long tour of defence installations.advertisementIn Jodhpur, at the sprawling MiG-21 and MiG-23 base, Ustinov was visibly appreciative of the IAF’s skills shown at a demonstration and insisted on chatting to the pilots and inquiring from them through his interpreter how they liked the MiG’s performance. He was equally at home chatting to mechanics, technicians and an air force dispatch rider, particularly the last-named since Ustinov is a motorcycle freak and owns a 30 horsepower BMW. He spent considerable time comparing the merits of Soviet motorcycles and the dispatch rider’s Royal Enfield.On a side trip to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, he broke away from the group, to the consternation of the security people, and joined a group of schoolchildren having a picnic on the lawns. While the rest of the entourage waited, Ustinov entertained the children between bites of their sandwiches and then, in a spontaneous display of gallantry. presented the delighted schoolteacher with a necklace.Boundless Energy: His most masterful performance, however, was reserved for Babina, which houses the armoured corps and the largest number of Soviet T-72 tanks. “He is a soldier and he knows that for a soldier the most important thing is faith in his fighting equipment,” says an Indian army officer who accompanied the entourage. Displaying energy that belied his considerable age, Ustinov mixed freely with officers and jawans, asking them if they had any problems with the tanks or with spares and complimenting them on their maintenance. He revelled in making unscheduled visits, first to the house of an officer to see how the Indian Army lives, and then a surprise visit to the jawan’s langar to see how they eat.In the langar, he had the jawans guffawing at his antics, particularly when he examined a bench at the dining table and asked how many people it accommodated during meals. On being told it held four jawans, he shook his head as if in sympathy and then called three of his stoutest generals and ordered them to join him on the bench. Naturally, it proved a tight squeeze for just three and wagging his finger at the cook, said, “only three” and then pantomimed to the watching jawans that his officers ate too much. As a finale, he ordered the cook to serve him langar food which he then proceeded to consume with obvious relish.Later, at a luncheon in his honour, he charmed the officers’ wives by making a little speech prepared specially for them. “You have a great deal to do with keeping up the morale of the Indian Army,” he said gravely and then, with a mischievous twinkle added, “you can nag him as much as you like when he gets home but make sure you give him a good dinner.”Exchanging Compliments: Ustinov’s back-slapping bonhomie and quick-wittedness was soon being shared by his more proper colleagues. On a visit to Bombay, the Soviet naval chief, Admiral Sergei Gorshkov applauded the loudest when the western naval chief, Admiral Awasti, delivered his welcoming speech in fluent Russian. At the end of the speech, when Awasti told Gorshkov that he must come again to India, the latter replied: “Only when I can deliver a speech in Hindusthani.”advertisementDespite the hectic schedule, Ustinov and his beribboned party made a point of flying back to the capital almost every day of their visit. Wherever they went, they made a point of eating Indian food and drinking Indian liquor, particularly gin which probably came closest to their standard vodka fare. Ustinov also used his own aircraft for most of the trip except on occasions where the airfield was too small to accommodate it. On a visit to Khajuraho to view the erotic art of ancient India. Ustinov used the IAF’s VIP Boeing while his visit to Babina was accomplished via IAF Soviet-made helicopters.But right through his tour, he made three major points in his discussions with defence officers. One was that the Soviets do not merely say things unless they are prepared to back them up with actions. Secondly, that Indo-Soviet friendship and defence cooperation was not directed against any other country and lastly, that the Soviets knew how the Indian mind, particularly that of the soldier, worked. He did also make one more important point confidentially; that he realised it was indirectly because of the Soviet presence in Afghanistan that there was an infusion of arms into the subcontinent and the formation of a Washington-Beijing-Islamabad axis was of potential danger to India. In that context, confided Ustinov, the Soviets would like to see India strong enough to defend itself and would cooperate towards that as much as possible.Though no defence deals were signed during Ustinov’s visit it is evident that the elaborate foundations of future deals involving more advanced MiGs, tanks and battleships, were laid and unofficial commitments on both sides given. Considering the heavy Soviet involvement in India’s defence infrastructure and the steady deterioration of relations between India and the West, particularly the US, Ustinov’s visit was a masterful diplomatic and image-building exercise and in conjunction with its timing, is probably creating considerable ripples across the globe in Langley, Virginia.last_img read more