Global firms prefer Indian techies despite US visa issues

first_imgDespite rising visa barriers, global firms prefer to hire Indian techies in the US due to a shortage of skills in North America, said IT industry apex body Nasscom President R Chandrashekhar on Wednesday.Global firms continue to find India suitable for talent and skilled workers in the US where there is an acute shortage of skills and despite stringent rules in granting H-1B visas for foreign employees,” Chandrashekhar told BTVi in an interview.With the visa process to the US becoming stricter, it had become difficult for companies to send workers from India and the recent tax changes had also made it more expensive to offshore the work from US, he added. Read it at Business Standard Related Itemslast_img read more

60 govt school teachers in U.P. suspended for getting job using fake qualifications

first_imgAs many as 60 government school teachers have been suspended for allegedly using fake B.Ed. degrees to get the jobs, a Uttar Pradesh Education department official said on Wednesday. District Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA) Chandra Shekhar said the teachers, all of who were earlier transferred from Mathura to other districts, will also face legal action. The official said over 4,500 government school teachers across the state who got jobs on the basis of fake B.Ed. degrees or other certificates have been identified so far. Efforts are on to take speedy action against them, Mr. Shekhar said. The BSAs of different districts are identifying location of such teachers by sharing information, Mr. Shekhar said, adding that the number may swell further as probe is on.last_img read more

Sushil Kumar not part of Wrestling Federation of India’s Rio preparatory camp

first_imgIn yet another setback for Sushil Kumar, the double Olympic-medallist has been omitted from the Wrestling Federation of India’s Rio Preparatory camp, which is scheduled to begin in Sonepat from Wednesday, as only the quota place earning wrestlers have been included in the list.Narsingh included As per rules, Narsingh Pancham Yadav has been included in the men’s 74kg freestyle division for the camp as he had acquired the berth at the World Championship last year, while Sushil’s name does not figure. (Also read: Sushil vs Narsingh debate to be settled soon) “The Rio preparatory camp is starting on Wednesday and all those wrestlers who have earned Olympic quota places are being included in the camp,” a WFI official told PTI. “But if Sushil wants to be a part of the camp, he is most welcome,” he added.The camp was earlier supposed to begin from tomorrow but has now been postponed to Wednesday. Although in every weight category there would be more than one wrestler at the camp, including 74kg, to give the Rio-bound athletes a good practice, WFI said all the qualified grapplers chose their sparring partners and the Federation had no say in that. (Also read: Sushil adamant on trial against Narsingh to determine Olympic berth)Personal animosity Explaining Sushil’s exclusion, the official said: “It is important to allow the wrestlers to opt for their own sparring partners because that would protect them from any unwarranted injury or harm during the camp. There might be problems if there is some personal animosity between the two grapplers. That’s why WFI did not choose any partner.”advertisementSushil-Narsingh trial? Meanwhile, WFI denied getting any instruction from the government regarding the conduct of trials in 74kg between Sushil and Narsingh.”So far, no directions have come from the government. There may be something in the coming days. But as of now, there is nothing.”PM to come to the rescue? With WFI not showing much interest in conducting a trial in 74kg, fearing demands from other wrestlers in remaining seven weight categories India has earned for Rio, Sushil has already taken the matter to the doorsteps of Prime Minister’s Office.The 32-year-old has also appealed to the Sports Ministry, IOA, WFI and fans to give him a chance to undergo a trial for the Rio Games, as according to the rules, quota belongs to the country and not to a particular wrestler.last_img read more

France launch attack alert app ahead of Euro 2016

first_imgFrance launched an app to alert users to attacks on Wednesday, two days before the Euro 2016 soccer championship gets underway under a state of emergency imposed after militant Islamists struck Paris in November.The Interior Ministry app, called SAIP, flashes a warning on a user’s mobile phone screen if there is an attack close to their location or suspicion of an imminent strike. Users can also request alerts for up to eight geographic areas, including individual districts in the capital.First impressions on social media were mixed.”‘Things are getting better?’ The creation of #SAIP leaves you thinking that, at least in terms of security, it’s not really the case,” said one Twitter user, referring to President Francois Hollande’s mantra that life for the French is improving.”Not very reassuring, but it is useful,” said another Twitter user.Britain this week cautioned fans travelling to France for the tournament that stadiums, fan zones and transport hubs were “potential targets for terrorist attacks”, echoing warnings from French intelligence agencies and the United States.last_img read more

Leo Messi Unveils Official 2018 World Cup Ball

US Women Rule Speedskating

first_imgBERLIN — Brittany Bowe led a 1-2 finish for the United States in the women’s 1,000-meter race at a speedskating World Cup meet on Dec. 6.Bowe covered the distance in 1 minute, 14.81 seconds to beat teammate Heather Richardson by .33 seconds. Li Qishi of China defended her overall World Cup lead in the event by finishing third, 1.13 seconds off the pace.Germany had a 1-2 finish in the men’s 1,000, with Nico Ihle edging Samuel Schwarz by .04 seconds. The winner’s time was 1:09.49. Hein Otterspeer of the Netherlands was third.Jorrit Bergsma of the Netherlands won the men’s 5,000 in 6:17.59. Sverre Lunde Pedersen of Norway was 3.38 seconds behind in second and Douwe de Vries of the Netherlands was 5.91 adrift in third.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Life Ban for Greek Coach

first_imgLONDON – Britain’s anti-doping agency has banned former athletics coach George Skafidas for life from sports for nine rule violations.The Greek’s ban relates to his conduct coaching British sprinter Bernice Wilson.Wilson was banned from athletics for four years after testing positive in 2011 from an in-competition test for testosterone and clenbuterol, which U.K. Anti-Doping says Skafidas administered.Before Wilson returned to athletics, Skafidas administered further prohibited substances and she tested positive for clomiphene in February 2015.UKAD says Skafidas subverted the doping control process by removing and concealing the charge notice sent to Wilson, while providing a false account.UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead says “this case is not only incredibly disturbing but sad,” adding that Skafidas abused a position of trust and “categorically destroyed” Wilson’s career.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

I am critical of my own work: Reema Kagti

first_imgMumbai, Aug 24 (PTI) Reema Kagti, fresh from the success of her latest “Gold”, says both good reviews and commercial success matter to her.”Logic dictates that a commercial success is better for the director than a flop. Whether it is an actor, a director or a technician, appreciation for your work makes you feel good.”The balance has to be right… You do not want the other thing happening, where your film has earned lot of money but got zero appreciation,” Reema told PTI.Reema made her directorial debut with romcom “Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd” in 2007 to psychological horror “Talaash” (2012).Sports drama “Gold” is the director’s latest offering, which has earned decent reviews and money at the ticket window.She says she is her own critic, which she believes is an advantage.”I am critical of my own work, when I see my films, you only see mistakes, you don’t see what is good. It is good and it keeps you on your toes.”Reema says she always wanted to do a sports film and never understood what kept her away from the genre.”I love this space. It is a tried-and-tested formula but it works really well. I feel uplifted and positive at the end of a sports film. I had wanted to do it for a while,” she adds.The director says she knew working on the story of “Gold” would be challenging but she was up for the task.”It feels daunting but I have had big help for the research. We had a hockey historian from Delhi, my co-writer was there. I had a superb crew and cast. It was challenging but it was not that hard.” PTI KKP JUR RDS BKBKadvertisementlast_img read more

Feeling good: Rohit Sharma after match-winning knock vs New Zealand in 2nd ODI

first_imgBrief scores – India 324/4 (Rohit 87, Dhawan 66) beat New Zealand 234 (Bracewell 57; Kuldeep 4 for 45) by 90 runs to take 2-0 lead in 5-match series. ScorecardRohit Sharma missed out on his first ODI hundred in New Zealand but he still wasn’t disappointed as India ended up on the winning side yet again in Mount Maunganui on Saturday.India rode on Rohit Sharma’s 87, his highest ODI score in New Zealand, to post a challenging 324 for 4 after electing to bat first on a flat surface at the Bay Oval. Shikhar Dhawan (66), MS Dhoni (48 not out) and Virat Kohli (43) also made useful contributions with the bat.”Good feeling (on his performance) but more importantly, we won the match. We didn’t know how the pitch will behave. The last time when SL and NZ played here, it was a high scoring game.”When we got 324, we thought it was a par score and not a big score. Credit to our bowlers for doing a good job,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.New Zealand 103/4 after 18 overs in the game.#NZvIND #TeamIndia https://t.co/Wqno8X4OHs pic.twitter.com/rvtlNfpnWLBCCI (@BCCI) January 26, 2019It was Rohit and Dhawan’s 154-run opening partnership which set up the win for India before Kuldeep Yadav chipped in with 4 wickets to derail New Zealand’s run chase.Rohit and Dhawan, who are one-day cricket’s fourth-most prolific opening pair, surpassed the Indian duo of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag with their 14th century stand in one-day internationals which is the third highest by an Indian pair after Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly (26) and Rohit-Virat Kohli (15).advertisementRohit and Dhawan are also fourth on the list of most hundred-run partnerships by openers after Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly (India) (21), Adam Gilchrist-Matthew Hayden (Australia) (16) and Gordon Greenidge-Desmond Haynes (West Indies) (15).”Important for the team to get a good start and I have always enjoyed batting with Shikhar, I am sure it’s the same for him too. Lovely ground here and it was nice to see such a big crowd on an open ground,” Rohit added.FIFTY!@ImRo45 looking solid out there in the middle, brings up his 38th ODI half-centuryLive – https://t.co/Wqno8X4OHs #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/z3UzpdZ4XZBCCI (@BCCI) January 26, 2019The bowlers were equally lethal as the batsmen for India in this game with Kuldeep Yadav once again leading the way with 4 wickets for 45 runs. Yuzvendra Chahal and Bhuvneshwar Kumar also chipped in with two wickets each while Mohammed Shami got the big fish – Kane Williamson.The all-round show by India on its 70th Independence Day today, impressed captain Virat Kohli as well.”Quite clinical. We were really balanced with the bat. 325 was par. Not something you feel comfortable considering NZ’s batting. But it was good to put up a balanced performance,” Virat Kohli said at the presentation.The third ODI between India and New Zealand will be played at the same venue on January 28 (Monday).last_img read more

Shiva assured 4th straight Asian medal, Sarita enters first semis in 8 yrs

first_imgShiva Thapa (60kg) secured himself a medal for the fourth successive time, while veteran L Sarita Devi (60kg) made the semifinals for the first time in nearly a decade to continue India’s stupendous run at the Asian Boxing Championships here on Tuesday.The 25-year-old Thapa defeated Thailand’s Rujakran Juntrong in a one-sided lightweight (60kg) contest. He prevailed 5-0 and has a tough semifinal lined up against Kazakhstan’s Zakir Safiullin, a silver-medallist from the 2015 edition.Thapa had won a gold in 2013, a bronze in 2015 and a silver in the 2017 edition of the marquee continental event.In the women’s draw, former world champion Sarita, who last reached the Asian semis back in 2010 and ended with a a gold, defeated Kazakhstan’s Rimma Volossenko in a split decision to make the medal rounds.Last edition’s silver-medallist Manisha too secured herself at least a bronze by defeating Filipino Petecio Zzaa Nice.Joining Thapa in the men’s last four stage was Ashish Kumar (75kg), who got the better of Kyrgyzstan’s Omerbek Uulu Behzhigit, also a unanimous verdict.Thapa, who is also a former world championship bronze-medallist and a two-time national champion, opened the proceedings for India and got busy immediately.The Indian had a spring in his step as he went about dismantling his clueless opponent.The technically superior Thapa also seemed to have added some more power to his punches and an aggressive streak which his rival found tough to deal with.Ashish, on the other hand, was locked in a messy contest with Bekzhigit but was clearly the more accurate of the two boxers, finding favour with all the five judges.advertisementSarita also endured a draining contest against Volossenko but the veteran from Manipur raised the bar when it mattered to move ahead.The performance in the championship is a turnaround of sorts for the 37-year-old, who ended without a medal at the world championships in Delhi last year.However, Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Naman Tanwar (91kg) bowed out after losing his quarterfinal bout to Jordan’s Hussein Eishaish Iashaish 0-5.Also Read | No cricketer has served India like MS Dhoni: Kapil DevAlso Read | Ashton Turner becomes first batsman to register five straight ducks in T20 cricketAlso Seelast_img read more

Public Lecture Focuses on Nutrition and Cancer

first_imgNova Scotians will receive vital cancer information from the latest in a series of public lectures, designed by Cancer Care Nova Scotia. The third Cancer Answers lecture, with an evening information session, takes place today, Nov. 14, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Patricia Campbell, professional dietitian, Cape Breton Cancer Centre and Laurie Barker Jackman, professional dietitian, Sobey’s, will speak at the session, titled Nutrition and Cancer: Reducing Your Cancer Risk and Managing Your Nutritional Needs During Cancer Treatments. “Our Cancer Answers public lecture series is designed to reach out to Nova Scotians and share expert information on a variety of cancer-related topics,” said Theresa Marie Underhill, chief operating officer, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “The public response has been phenomenal, with more than 11 communities from across the province participating this evening via video conferencing.” The lecture will be held in the Royal Bank Lecture Theatre of the Halifax Infirmary, 1796 Summer St., Halifax. It will also be available by video conference at: St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish; Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Middleton; Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro; Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow; Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Amherst; Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital, Tatamagouche; South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater; Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney; Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital in Inverness and Yarmouth Regional Hospital, Yarmouth. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health, created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, families and the health care system through prevention, screening, education and research.last_img read more

Brief court appearance for 16yearold charged in shooting of German tourist

first_imgCOCHRANE, Alta. – The case of a 16-year-old charged in a southern Alberta highway shooting that left a German tourist with serious injuries has been delayed for a week.The teen appeared in Cochrane provincial court via a video link and was granted a week’s delay while he tries to secure a lawyer.The youth, who is from the nearby Stoney Nakoda First Nation west of Calgary, can’t be named because of his age.He is facing 14 charges, including attempted murder and possession of a prohibited firearm.The 60-year-old tourist was driving in a black Dodge Durango with his family near Morley, Alta., on Aug. 2, when the shooting happened.Police have said the suspect vehicle was passing the Durango when a shot was fired from the passenger window and into the tourist’s SUV.The Durango crashed into the ditch after the shooting near the Goodstoney Rodeo Centre on Stoney Nakoda land.Three family members who were passengers weren’t seriously injured.The driver survived but was flown back to Germany where surgeons removed the bullet which will be sent to RCMP for forensic analysis. He can’t talk or move his right side as a result of the injury.Police say although there were others in the car with the accused, no other charges are pending and investigators aren’t searching for any other suspects.last_img read more

Quebec politicians exploring violence against Indigenous women

first_imgAPTN National NewsA dozen members of Quebec’s National Assembly are learning about the sexual and physical abuse experienced by Indigenous women in the province.The special commission was created before allegations of abuse surfaced against Quebec provincial police in the community of Val d’Or.APTN’s Danielle Rochette found that the commission is hearing about things that goes far beyond any one particular incident.last_img

Cogeco reports solid 2014 financial results

Cogeco reports ‘solid’ 2014 financial results MONTREAL – Cogeco Cable Inc (TSX:CCA) is reporting an increase in profits for its 2014 fiscal year.The Montreal based company says it turned in earnings of $209.4 million for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31 compared to $184.9 million for fiscal 2013.The profit figures are after interest, taxes depreciation and amortization were factored in.Cogeco says its revenue for its fourth quarter was up by 4.2 per cent or $19.8 million and 15.1 per cent or $255.1 million for the overall fiscal year.Cogeco President and CEO Louis Audit says describes the financial performance as solid and attributes it to effective cost control and organic growth in its Canadian and American cable businesses and its data services.Cogeco Cable is the 11th largest cable operator in North America offering services in Quebec and Ontario as well as Western Pennsylvania, South Florida, Maryland/Delaware and South Carolina. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 1, 2014 3:22 pm MDT read more

Womens gymnastics No 19 Ohio State brings home a win against Rutgers

Harrison posted a 9.750 on her first time on floor after being out all season for the event due to a preseason hip injury. Junior Alexis Mattern takes her turn on the uneven bars at St. John Arena on Feb. 4. Credit: Megan Russell | Lantern reporter The meet result in victory for the OSU women, but coach Carey Fagan said that she didn’t take the win for granted. The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team brought home a big win in their co-ed meet against Rutgers after a two-meet losing streak. For their third win of the season, the Buckeyes posted a final score of 195.775-194.300 over the Scarlet Knights. “At first I felt bad because Janelle got hurt, so I never want to see my teammates hurt,” said Harrison. “But my coach asked me ‘So how do you feel about it?’ and I said ‘Oh, I’m so excited. I’m ready.’” The Buckeyes claimed a shutout for the meet, placing first in every event. Junior Alexis Matter earned a career-best for yet another meet in a row of 39.400 to take first for the all-around. At the half point of the meet, the Buckeyes still held the lead over the Scarlet Knights with an overall score of 97.800. In the fourth and final event, Mattern tied her career-high of 9.925 to earn first for floor. A last minute lineup change was made right before the start of the rotation where Harrison stepped in place of sophomore Janelle McClelland. The OSU women started strong on vault, tallying a 49.025. Mattern posted a 9.825 to place first overall for the event. “I was happy with how the team responded,” Fagan said. “We had a couple of bad landings on vault and that can sometimes shake a team and their confidence, and we needed to make a couple of lineup changes towards the end, but they seemed to really handle it. Sometimes you have a mistake and everybody kind of folds, but this team was pretty mentally tough, so I’m happy overall.” The OSU women’s gymnastics team will travel to University Park next next Saturday, Feb 11 for a dual meet against Penn State. In the second rotation on uneven bars, freshman Olivia Aepli and Mattern led the tea, both scoring 9.825 to tie for first overall. Sophomore Kaitlyn Hoflland missed the stick, falling on the dismount to tally the team low-score of 8.875 for the night. “Today I had my teammates in front of me, I had my teammates behind me when I was going,” Mattern said. “So that really just gave me the strength and the positive energy to just go out and do the best that I could do.” The team gained momentum in the third rotation on balance beam earning a 48.900 for the event. Junior Taylor Harrison posted a 9.878 to take first for the event. read more

Police hunt suspected serial sex attacker after 13 attacks on London streets

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The suspect was described by police as as a “light-skinned black man”, aged between 18 and 30, of slim build, around 5ft with afro-style hair. Police are hunting a suspected serial sex attacker after a string of assaults on women as young as 19 on the streets of London.CCTV has been released of a man officers want to talk to after 13 assaults were reported in Ladywell, Lewisham between December 2017 and April 2018.The attacker approached lone women, aged from 19 to 40, and sexually touched them in the street, police said.Scotland Yard have released footage of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incidents and have appealed to the public to help identify him.Detective Constable Tristan Hunter said: “These incidents were very traumatic for the victims and we are appealing to the public to help us identify who this man is so that he can be apprehended as soon as possible.”There is a possibility that these incidents are part of a linked series of attacks, as a number of victims have provided very similar descriptions of the attacker.”While efforts to trace the person or people behind these attacks progresses, police patrols in the area have been increased and officers are working with the community to offer reassurance and to help identify the offender.” During a number of attacks he wore a dark jacket with a hood, dark trousers or jeans, trainers and sometimes gloves. read more

1st ODI at Providence sees Windies tasting defeat at the hands

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWI v Bangladesh: Series leveled following Hetmyer’s tonJuly 26, 2018In “Sports”Providence ODI’s: Windies looking to maintain form against Bangladesh’s limited overs forceJuly 21, 2018In “Sports”Tamim, Shakib back in squad for WI ODIsDecember 3, 2018In “Sports” On Sunday’s opening match at the Providence National Stadium, Guyana, Bangladesh defeated Windies by 48 runs after opener Tamim Iqbal launched his 10th One-Day International (ODI) century while Shakib Al Hasan narrowly missed out on his own.After losing the Test series 2-0, the Tigers resumed their winning ways in a format which is more tailored to their style of cricket, as they outplayed the Caribbean side in the first of three ODIs in the series.It was a mixture of grit and aggression as Iqbal ended on 130 off 160 balls with 10 fours and three sixes. He shared a resurgent and revitalising second-wicket stand of 207 with Shakib Al Hasan, who hit six fours in his 97 to take the Tigers to 279-4 in 50 overs.It was hard work for the Windies bowlers as the misfielded and dropped catches added to the bowlers’ turmoil.Spinner Devendra Bishoo ended with 2-52 in a brave effort. The Caribbean side who looked spot on in the Tests, were unable to channel the same fire the Tigers did in their innings and were kept to 231-9 in 50 overs.Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza was the pick of the bowlers, returning to the team in a match-winning way.Guyanese Shimron Hetmyer resisted with a top-score of 52, followed by Chris Gayle with 40, and 29 apiece from the unbeaten tail-end stars Bishoo and Alzarri Joseph as their 50-partnership ended prematurely. Bangladesh’s star pacer Mustafizur Rahman returned to action with 2-27.Windies’ chase got underway with some feisty shots from Evin Lewis (17), who looked dangerous but played a soft shot and was easily caught by Mahmudullah to give the Bangladesh skipper his first wicket.A circumspect-looking Gayle was then joined by Shai Hope, who also appeared a bit watchful, but the “Universe Boss” would soon get into the action when he thumped off-spinner Mehedy Hasan Miraz for his first six. Mosaddek Hossain would then manage another breakthrough when he trapped Hope LBW for just six runs.Homeboy Hetmyer joined Gayle with the score at 41-2 and the left-hander quickly secured his first boundary thanks to a classy pull through mid-wicket off Hossain which also took Windies well past 50 in the 15th over. Gayle’s and Hetmyer’s partnership ended with a mix-up as the former was run out thanks to some clinical work between Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain.Jason Mohammed had a brief stay at the crease, departing stumped for 10 by Mushfiqur Rahim off the bowling of Mehedy. Unfazed by the previous dismissals, the Berbician Hetmyer pleased his Guyanese crowd when he raised his bat to acknowledge a solid fifty under pressure.His demise came at the hands of Sabbir Rahman, who was operating with such precision that he went on a hat-trick after he followed up his first wicket with that of Rovman Powell, who edged a moving delivery into the gloves of wicket-keeper Rahman.The wheels began to fall off the Caribbean wagon as Holder who smashed a six off his opposite number Mortaza, was then removed the following ball by the Bangladeshi skipper for 17. After hitting a six and four and looking ominous, Andre Russell (13) became Mortaza’s third victim.The Windies innings eventually came to a screeching halt when Mortaza removed Nurse for seven, but Bishoo and Joseph counterpunched with a last-wicket partnership of 59 not out, the best for their team, but in vain.The second of two ODIs will bowl off at Providence on Wednesday, July 25 from 14:30h. (Clifton Ross) read more

SEHA Round 3 Tatran Presov win in Zagreb

After the defeat in Belarus in the group stage Champions League qualification against Meshkov Brest, Tatran Presov bounced back from that one, and have surprisingly won in Zagreb against RK Zagreb Prvo Plinarsko Drustvo. The Slovakians had the lead throughout the whole game, and in the end celebrated 25:21 (11:9) victory. Dainis Kristopans and Radoslav Antl led Tatran with 6 goals each, while Josip Valcic was Zagreb’s best with 6 goals too. Dainis Kristopansjosip valcicSEHATatran Presovzagreb ← Previous Story ASOBAL (Round 2): Benidorm and Granollers with the first wins! Next Story → SEHA DERBY: Vardar to open “Veszprem Arena” read more

NOAA defection is another big loss for RIM

first_imgRIM‘s going to have to trumpet its holiday success in England more loudly than ever if it hopes to drown out the sound of feet marching away from the BlackBerry encampment. Earlier this week, oilfield services titan Halliburton pulled the plug and moved thousands of smartphone users to the iPhones. Now, U.S. Federal Agency the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that they’re done with BlackBerry, too.NOAA CIO Joe Klimavicz oversees an information technology budget of around $600 million dollars, and he’s been asked to cut back wherever possible. His agency has a lot more equipment to spend money on than just smartphones and servers, what with all the atmospheric and oceanic monitoring and reporting it does.Right now, there are about 3,000 BlackBerry devices in use at NOAA. Klimavicz didn’t specify a timetable for a complete transition to iOS (and interestingly he’s leaving the door open for Android devices in the future), saying only that they’ll be purchasing several to complement the iPads that are already in use. In June, NOAA will be cutting the cord on RIM’s server services.The move to iOS is actually the second step in NOAA’s IT transformation. According to Klimavicz, the move away from BlackBerry was made possible when the agency completed its transition to Google Apps.When reached for comment, RIM made sure to mention that it’s still working very closely with “more than one million government customers” in the United States. But just as other companies will look at the Halliburton move with raised eyebrows, so too will other American agencies and offices, and wonder if NOAA’s cost-cutting move could help improve their own situations.More at The Globe and Maillast_img read more