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Ask.com Powers Breast Cancer Cause-Search Campaign

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… According to the American Cancer Society, there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States and women have a 1 in 8 chance of developing invasive breast cancer. While there are a number of breast cancer-related corporate partnerships, only a few are fully embraced by health advocates. In recent years, environmental health organizations have formed the Think Before You Pink campaign as a backlash movement against companies that work on pink ribbon campaigns but manufacture products linked to the disease. Because Ask specializes in delivering information to its consumers, a public information campaign on breast cancer seems like a great fit. Says Graham, “When you engage a community of users, the service becomes more robust. It makes a positve difference in the online and offline world.” To change your skins and support Komen for the Cure visit the Ask Skins gallery. Tags:#Non-Profits#search#web dana oshiro Related Posts According to Ask.com spokesperson Nicholas Graham, while companies are expected to help community organizations, it’s not unheard of for these cause-related partnerships to also benefit the companies. After donating $25,000 to Autism Speaks through a targeted awareness campaign, 80,000 visitors changed their Ask home pages to Autism Speaks-related skins and 63% of campaign visitors became permanent users. Despite the fact that the promotion lasted only a few days, Ask saw a 10% increase over other holiday and non-cause related skinning promotions. In anticipation of October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Ask is building upon its community successes and teaming up with Susan G. Komen for the Cure in “Search for the Cure”. The search company is donating up to 50 cents per consumer who successfully answers a health fact and reskins their Ask homepage with a breast-cancer related graphic. The skins display a series of questions that challenge consumers’ understanding of breast cancer prevention, early detection and treatment. The campaign will last until the end of October and all proceeds will benefit Komen for the Cure and their mission to eliminate breast cancer. Similar to this Ask campaign, GoodSearch also runs cause-related campaigns in order to benefit charities. Rather than switching out page skins, GoodSearch users specify one of 83,000 charities and 50 per cent of all advertising-related payouts are designated to the charity of choice. Says Ask spokesperson Nicholas Graham, “Health and reference are already two of our strongest verticals. It makes sense for Ask to team up with Komen and increase awareness amongst our 50 million monthly visitors.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Projecting the USMNT lineup vs Colombia

first_imgWhen the U.S. national team took the unusual step of announcing it’s roster for the October friendlies a week earlier than usual, it provided an exciting glimpse of the future. Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams were all on the list and the trio regarded as the midfield of the future was going to get its chance to play together for just the second time ever.Injuries spoiled that scenario completely, with all three young midfielders suffering knocks with their clubs and forced to withdraw from the U.S. squad set to face Colombia and Mexico. It’s a scenario that has left interim U.S. coach Dave Sarachan with a midfield to rebuild, but with plenty of options to turn to.Enter Michael Bradley, the polarizing former U.S. captain who had spent almost a year away from the team after the USMNT’s failure to qualify for the World Cup. When he was first named to the squad, Bradley probably wasn’t expected to come in and start, but now given the circumstances you have to think the Toronto FC standout will slide right back into the U.S. starting lineup to help lead a squad that will be very young even if both he and Brad Guzan get starting nods. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Given Colombia’s stature as the tougher of the two opponents the Americans are set to face — not that Peru will be a cakewalk next week — it is a safe bet we see an older overall lineup on Thursday in Tampa than we see a week later against the Peruvians.WIth that in mind, here’s a look at the lineup Sarachan could turn to against Colombia:GOALKEEPERBrad Guzan MLS Atlanta United 09102017Zack Steffen has done an excellent job since settling into the starting role earlier this year, but Guzan has been brought in to push him for that starting job and should be in the lineup for one of the two friendlies.DEFENDERSJohn Brooks USMNT 03242017John Brooks is back and should return to the starting lineup given his excellent form in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg. Sarachan should partner Brooks with Matt Miazga once again after their solid showing together in the loss against Brazil.At fullback, DeAndre Yedlin should slide right into his usual starting role while Antonee Robinson earns another start at left back. FC Dallas right back Reggie Cannon is a player who merits a look, but it’s tough to see him starting in the first match of his first camp. The same can be said for Ben Sweat, even though he’s an older player than Cannon.MIDFIELDERSMichael Bradley USAThe absences of Pulisic, McKennie and Adams are a big blow for these particular friendlies, but Sarachan has a few different ways he can go in building his midfield. A logical approach would be to give Julian Green a starting nod in an attacking midfielder role. There isn’t much established depth behind Pulisic in the USMNT attacking midfielder depth chart, and Green has settled into that role for his club team and looked good in that role coming off the bench in the September win against Mexico.Will Sarachan give someone like Kellyn Acosta a look next to Wil Trapp in the center of the midfield, or will he give Bradley a chance to step right back into the starting lineup and form what could be a solid combination with Trapp? Sarachan could choose to start Acosta centrally, and deploy Green on the wing, but it doesn’t seem too likely that Sarachan starts out that way.On the wings, Kenny Saief is an intriguing option who should get some serious playing time in the upcoming friendlies. He can play on the wing, or as an attacking midfielder and could wind up being preferred to Green in that role. Tim Weah has struggled for playing time at Paris Saint Germain, but he should get another look in the starting lineup in at least one of the upcoming friendlies.One winger to keep tabs of is Jonathan Amon, a speedy wide player with a real penchant for taking on, and beating, opposing defenders. This is his first national team camp though, so a start against Colombia is probably a bit too ambitious, though he does have the talent to become a special player for the USMNT.FORWARDSPaul Pogba Bobby Wood France USA international friendly 2018Fresh off a two-goal performance for Bundesliga side Hannover, Bobby Wood comes into camp with some real confidence and, as much as plenty of fans would love to see Josh Sargent or Andrija Novakovich get a look, Wood should be the starter against Colombia.Novakovich has made a strong case for deserving more national team minutes given his run of form with Dutch side Fortuna Sittard, so look for him to see time in both October friendlies, even if he may have to wait a bit longer to earn a start.Sargent is a very intriguing option given how well he is playing for Werder Bremen’s U-23 team. He’s turning heads and moving closer to a first-team debut, but his goal-scoring success with the Bremen U-23s should have him in a very confident mood in what is just his second USMNT camp.4-2-3-1 (Most likely XI)GFX Projected XI vs Colombia 10102018A 4-2-3-1 makes the most sense given the personnel available and the opponent. The USMNT will need the extra bodies in midfield to try and cope with Colombia’s skilled attackers. We should be able to see more of a 4-4-2 later in the match. Getting Novakovich and Sargent on the field should be a priority, even if they don’t start.How effective will Bradley be? Trapp is a good partner for him in central midfield given how disciplined he is positionally. He also excels at putting himself in good spots to receive passes and circulating the ball.A Trapp-Acosta central tandem would also be interesting to watch. Acosta is playing for an awful Colorado Rapids team, but he has actually gained confidence and improved his form since being traded away by FC Dallas. Hopefully for Acosta’s sake, Sarachan doesn’t deploy him on the wing again.last_img read more

2007 NATIONAL TOUCH LEAGUE PHOTOGRAPHS AVAILABLE

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Quebec premier names historic anglophone affairs minister in cabinet shuffle

first_imgMONTREAL – When Philippe Couillard was aspiring to be Quebec Liberal leader, he and Kathleen Weil met with members of the province’s main English-speaking advocacy group to discuss its wish for a secretariat of anglophone affairs.Six years later, the Quebec Community Groups Network has what it wanted.“From our perspective we have been listened to and this is a reality,” James Shea, the organization’s president, said Wednesday after Couillard named Weil as the secretariat’s first minister as part of a major cabinet shuffle.Couillard, elected premier in 2014, first announced the creation of the bureau in June.For now, Weil is a minister without a full department, as many details of the new secretariat have yet to be worked out, let alone announced.“I haven’t had briefings on the work that’s been done,” she said in an interview. “We still have to select the senior civil servant who will be running the secretariat.”Weil said a secretariat is like a department, but smaller.“It’s very historic,” she said. “It’s the first time there will be a secretariat with actual civil servants working specifically on the file for the English-speaking community.”Weil, who has worked for years inside and outside government on issues important to the province’s anglophones, said she doesn’t know what her budget will be or how many employees will be hired.“It wouldn’t be a large (office),” she said.For years, successive governments have named ministers responsible for liaising between the government and Quebec’s English-speaking minority.When the Parti Quebecois was briefly in power after the 2012 election, Jean-Francois Lisee — now party leader — held the post.Anglophone community groups have often complained about being taken for granted or ignored by the Quebec government, regardless of the party in power.Shea said the new office will ensure a dedicated bureaucracy inside the civil service working on behalf of Anglo-Quebecers.The secretariat will collect and analyze data about the English community to be of service to other departments when policy is developed. The new bureau will also be a “clearing house” where English speakers can go directly with questions about government services, he said.Sylvia Martin-Laforge, general director of the Quebec Community Groups Network, said she hopes a “couple dozen” employees are hired to work in the office.“The model we proposed is inspired by the secretariat for native affairs in Quebec City, and the secretariats in other provinces for their French-language minority,” she said.Helena Burke, head of the Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders, represents the roughly 700-strong English-speaking community on the islands between Newfoundland and New Brunswick.She said the secretariat will be important for her community, up to 75 per cent of whom are unilingual.“Sometimes we feel like people only think there are anglophones in Montreal and that anglophones don’t exist in any part of the province, but in fact they do,” Burke said.“I would hope that the decision to implement such a structure would be there to increase support to our community, to listen to our needs and challenges and to work with us to offer more support and adaptive programs and services.”Couillard made other significant changes to his cabinet ahead of next year’s provincial election, although the main players in the finance (Carlos Leitao), health (Gaetan Barrette) and education (Sebastien Proulx) portfolios stayed in place.The most important departments to change hands were Transport, Immigration and Environment.A surprise in the shuffle was the appointment of 35-year-old backbencher Andre Fortin to head Transport, which is a challenging file due to the department’s large bureaucracy and past accusations of corruption.Couillard also boasted women now make up 47 per cent of his new cabinet.The general election is set for next October.last_img read more

Female aerobics teacher held for robbing 15 cr in Dwarka

first_imgNew Delhi: A 32-year-old woman aerobics teacher was arrested with her three associates in robbery case of Rs 1.5 crore in Bindapur area of Dwarka district. Police said that the victim in the case had hired the instructor for training, who passed information regarding cash kept in the victim’s house to other accused.Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse said that on the intervening night of March 30-31, the accused entered in the complainant’s room where he and his aunty were sleeping. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”All the accused started beating them and tied their hands, feet and mouth,” said DCP Dwarka. He further said that the accused fled away with valuables and money. Complainant has alleged that on March 30, his uncle and his two sons went to Beas, Punjab. His aunt was alone at home. Therefore, for the safety of his aunt, the complainant comes to her house in Bindapur for night stay. “Recently the victim’s family had sold a property. The aerobics teacher had information regarding the huge cash kept in the house,” an investigator said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe investigation further revealed that on the day of the incident, accused entered into the complainant’s house with the assistance of the lady as she had let the rear gate open during the evening. “The accused had also completed MBA,” he added. Police further added that on the basis of CCTV footage, it was learnt that total six persons were involved in the crime and subsequently, section 395 of IPC was added in the present case. On April 5, the team arrested one of the accused Baldev Singh who is the mastermind of the heist. On interrogation, he disclosed the name of the aerobics teacher, who gave them information. During the investigation, the police team conducted search operation in the outskirts of Aligarh, UP and other distant places in order to arrest the co-accused persons involved in the heist. The team constantly shadowed the accused persons technically and on the basis of disclosure of Baldev Singh, on April 7. “After tracking and obtaining the location of the mobile phones of accused Biru, he along with co-accused Sonu was arrested from the area of Sudarshan Park in Moti Nagar,” police said. On the disclosure of accused Baldev, a sum of Rs 40 lakh was recovered from his bank locker and case property of the present case. On the instance of Sonu total Rs 7.56 lakh was also recovered from his native village in Badaun in Uttar Pradesh and two gold bangle were recovered from the possession of accused Biru.last_img read more

Commentary Scarlet Team has the advantage in Ohio States Spring Game

When the Scarlet and Gray teams face off in the Spring Game Saturday, the passing and blocking advantages give the Scarlet Team the edge for securing victory.The coaching staff was divided into Scarlet and Gray teams, which in turn drafted rosters to play against each other Saturday. Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman will lead Scarlet along with assistant coaches Everett Withers, Mike Vrabel, and Tim Hinton. Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell will coach Gray, with Kerry Coombs, Ed Warinner, Stan Drayton and Zach Smith assisting him.Braxton Miller, the rising sophomore starting quarterback of the Buckeyes, was drafted to the Scarlet roster. The quarterbacks for the Gray roster will be rising redshirt junior Kenny Guiton and incoming freshman Cardale Jones.As a true freshman, Miller showed his ability to be a dynamic dual-threat quarterback. While Miller had his ups and downs last season, this will be his first opportunity to take the field and show his progression with Herman leading the offense.Guiton had a strong Spring Game performance last season, completing 11 of 21 pass attempts for 167 yards and two touchdowns. That said, he is not the true playmaker that Miller is, and having him gives Scarlet a big advantage in the game.Additionally, the Scarlet team has a much more experienced offensive line. Four of this year’s five expected starters – rising redshirt junior Jack Mewhort, rising redshirt junior Corey Linsley, rising senior Reid Fragel and rising redshirt junior Marcus Hall – are on the Scarlet roster. The Gray roster includes rising junior guard Andrew Norwell, a returning starter from last season, but rising sophomore Antonio Underwood is the only other offensive lineman on their roster with any playing experience.Gray has an edge at the offensive skill positions. The top five returning receivers from last season – rising sophomore wide receiver Devin Smith, rising redshirt senior tight end Jake Stoneburner, rising junior wide receiver Corey Brown, rising redshirt sophomore wide receiver Verlon Reed, and rising senior running back Jordan Hall – are all on the Gray roster. That said, their success as receivers will rely upon Guiton’s ability to pass the ball, and Miller is the much more talented passer. Rising junior running back Carlos Hyde and redshirt junior Chris Fields highlight the skill position talent on the Scarlet roster.Scarlet is also loaded with much of OSU’s top defensive talent.The roster is led by rising junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, a massive, athletic defensive tackle who emerged as a star last season with 10 tackles for loss. Their roster also features possibly the most talented linebacker on the roster, rising sophomore Ryan Shazier, who played tremendously when he earned time in the starting lineup late last season. The Scarlet roster also features three of last year’s four starters from the secondary: rising redshirt junior safety C.J. Barnett, junior safety Christian Bryant and rising senior cornerback Travis Howard.Rising senior defensive end John Simon, who was a third-team AP All-American last season, will lead the Gray defense up front. Rising redshirt junior Adam Bellamy and rising redshirt senior Garrett Goebel are returning starters on the Gray defensive line, and the wild card for them up front could be senior Nathan Williams, a talented pass-rusher who missed the entire 2011 season with injury.However, while Gray might have an edge in comparing defensive lines, Scarlet has the edge among linebackers and defensive backs. The Gray roster only has two returning starters among the defensive back seven: rising redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino and rising redshirt sophomore Bradley Roby.Additionally, the Scarlet roster will have a clear edge in kicking field goals with rising junior Drew Basil. Rising senior punter Ben Buchanan will give Gray an edge in the field position battle, but Miller showed last season that he has the ability to drive the team to points from poor field position.As OSU is still learning the offense, I expect their defensive talent to have the better success in this game. That said, I expect Miller to lead the Scarlet offense to more breakthroughs, and therefore a Spring Game victory.Score Prediction: Scarlet 20, Gray 14 read more

ABC to Sponsor Entire Issue of TV Guide

first_imgRELATED: Nike Product Placement on a Cover That Actually WorksThe print ads—for ABC Primetime, ABC News, ABC Daytime, Late Night, ABC.com and Buena Vista Home Entertainment—are part network’s “ABC Start Here” brand campaign.Last fall, TV Guide partnered with ABC to create paper hospital gowns that were polybagged and mailed to subscribers in New York and Los Angeles to coincide with the season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy.While rare, other magazines have experimented with single-sponsored issues, most notably the New Yorker, which turned its entire August 22, 2005 issue over to Target. The issue featured ads that mimicked New Yorker-style illustrations—all of them incorporating Target’s red-and-white bulls-eye.TV Guide’s Ad PerformanceThe latest move comes at a critical time for TV Guide.Single copy sales for TV Guide fell some 29 percent during the first half, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations Fas-Fax. Overall, though, the magazine’s circulation was essentially flat, with a 2.4 percent increase in subscriptions.Ad pages, meanwhile, were down 1.4 percent during the period.In April, stockholders at TV Guide approved a $2.8 billion merger with Macrovision. The following day, TV Guide laid off an undisclosed number of staffers in association with the merger.Since the deal was announced in December, Macrovision has sought a buyer for the publishing side Gemstar-TV Guide, including the magazine. It is unclear, however, whether or not it intends to sell its online publishing assets, including TVGuide.com. For the first time in its 55-year history, a single advertiser will sponsor an entire issue of TV Guide.The magazine, hitting newsstands August 21, will carry 21 ad pages promoting ABC Television’s fall lineup. (Last year’s “Fall Sneak Peek” contained 26 ad pages, according to the Publishers Information Bureau.) The issue will also include a DVD promoting ABC’s slate of programming.Patrick Dempsey, the star of ABC’s primetime drama Grey’s Anatomy, appears on the issue’s cover.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Bridget Sullivan Completes Research Project In Moscow With WPI

first_imgWORCESTER, MA — Bridget Sullivan of Wilmington, a member of the class of 2020 majoring in mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), was a member of a student team that recently completed an intense, hands-on research through the WPI project center in Moscow. The project was titled Promoting Interest in Informatics among Russian Secondary School Students. In their project summary, the students wrote, “This project sought to assist Mail.ru Group in addressing the identified shortage of technical talent that emanates from inadequacies in the Russian education system.”At WPI, all undergraduates are required to complete a research-driven, professional-level project that applies science and technology to addresses an important societal need or issue. About two-thirds of students complete a project at one of the university’s 50-plus off-campus project centers, which are located around the world. A signature element of the innovative undergraduate experience at WPI, the project-based curriculum offers students the opportunity to apply their scientific and technical knowledge to develop thoughtful solutions to real problems that affect the quality of people’s lives-and make a difference before they graduate.“The WPI project-based curriculum’s focus on global studies brings students out of the classroom and their comfort zones and into the global community to apply their knowledge and to solve problems,” said Professor Kent Rissmiller, interim dean of the WPI Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division. “Students are immersed in all aspects of a different culture, from the way people live and work to the values they hold to the foods they eat – all valuable perspectives for surviving and thriving in today’s global marketplace. They also learn the meaning and magic of teamwork; make a real and meaningful difference in their host community; and gain a competitive edge for any resume, or graduate or professional school application.”About Worcester Polytechnic InstituteWPI, a global leader in project-based learning, is a distinctive, top-tier technological university founded in 1865 on the principle that students learn most effectively by applying the theory learned in the classroom to the practice of solving real-world problems. Recognized by the National Academy of Engineering with the 2016 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, WPI’s pioneering project-based curriculum engages undergraduates in solving important scientific, technological, and societal problems throughout their education and at more than 50 project centers around the world. WPI offers more than 50 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs across 14 academic departments in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts. Its faculty and students pursue groundbreaking research to meet ongoing challenges in health and biotechnology; robotics and the internet of things; advanced materials and manufacturing; cyber, data, and security systems; learning science; and more.(NOTE: The above announcement is from WPI.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 4 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At WPIIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Abbott & Johnston Graduate From Worcester Polytechnic InstituteIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Gake & Woods Complete Research Projects At Worcester Polytechnic InstituteIn “Education”last_img read more

Microsoft to Lower Price of Windows RT Will Get Manufacturers to Adopt

first_imgSeeking to take over the market dominated by Apple and Google, Microsoft is on its way to slash prices on Windows RT, a version of its flagship software for tablet. A year after the launch of Surface tablets, Microsoft intends to cut prices of the Windows RT for small-sized tablets and thereby try and get more manufacturers to adopt the software. The Redmond-based company is struggling to make a foothold for Windows RT in the $64 billion tablet market, against the more popular iOS and Android OS ever since its launch last June.According to an IDC research report, firms like Hewlett-Packard and HTC moving away from the Windows RT left the company with less than one percent market share in the first quarter of the year, as against Apple’s share at almost 40 percent. The new price remains undisclosed but is believed to help Google to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire or Nexus 7 in the market by helping manufactures sell tablets for a cheaper price to customers.The ongoing Computex computer industry conference in Taipei, according to Bloomsberg, will see a huge effort from Google to push device manufactures to adopt the Windows RT. However, it is no secret that most traditional players in the market are less than happy with Microsoft for not giving them viable means to compete with devices including Apple’s iPad.Samsung had earlier nixed its plans of Windows RT tablet in the United States citing modest demand, but Acer was more straightforward in calling the Windows RT platform ‘very immature’. “We have some R&D projects (with Windows RT), but we will be very very cautious in deciding whether we will do the launch and mass production,” said Acer Chairman J T Wang on Monday, according to Appleinsider.last_img read more

UD Group expanding metals trade counter to bleak outlook in market

first_imgAs a global rout in commodities drives metals traders to close up shop or lay off staff, Indian-owned industrial metals firm UD Group is setting out expansion plans, boosting staff and moving into more countries.The Singapore-based firm, which has a metals trading arm as well as mining, industrial and renewable units, recently opened an office in Beijing to grow in North Asia and is set to buy a small Swiss trading house, said Chairman Prateek Gupta.He says a strong balance sheet is giving it the comfort to take a counter-cyclical bet, and grow as others contract.”People ask us, ‘Are you guys crazy, you want to step into China now when everyone is getting out?’ I say, that’s exactly why I want to get in,” Gupta, a third-generation of the family-owned firm, told Reuters.The Swiss purchase, which is in its final stages, will include 20 staff and seven senior traders, he said, helping to extend the group’s reach into Europe, Russia and Africa, as it looks to grow from 250 people to 400 in the next two years.”We get access to teams and other commodities, like aluminium, tin, lead and zinc and some ferro alloys,” he said. “That gives us growth in those commodities. They need additional depth of balance sheet.”UD’s expansion comes as trading houses worldwide are facing the worst commodities downturn in a decade and as more banks ditch the sector. U.S. investment bank Morgan Stanley this week said it was closing its base metals trading business.Gupta said UD has avoided some of the pitfalls faced by rivals as it has maintained a large capital base and lower levels of borrowings, given the lower debt tolerance of banks in India where it has its roots.At the same time, it has grown big enough to attract larger credit lines from banks elsewhere including in Asia, which are used primarily for working capital as it offers its balance sheet to customers.”None of the metal market industry can survive without credit… That’s where our model offers a better role. We offer credit back up.”UD also takes part in more downstream activities than traditional commodity trade houses, Gupta said, helping to manage risk as it offers an exit strategy in the event of default, where UD will buy its customers’ products and sell them.The firm’s Bombay stock exchange-listed unit, Ushdev International, is capitalised at $124 million and accounted for around a third of overall group business last year. Shares have fallen by more than a quarter this year, mirroring the downswing in metals.last_img read more