first_imgDehradun: The Congress and the BJP have urged the Uttarakhand government to take action against the officials responsible for allegedly issuing misleading sex-ratio figures for Uttarkashi, saying it had ruined the district’s image throughout the country.Official sex ratio data released for Uttarkashi recently said between April 1 and June 30, there were 216 deliveries in 133 villages of the district and all of them were boys. In a statement on Thursday, state Congress spokesperson Pradip Bhatt said it seemed from the data that there were only 133 villages in the district. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Bhatt pointed out that the same data also spoke about the birth of 180 girls in 129 other villages of Uttarkashi, which he said was ignored by the district administration. If the data is viewed in totality, he said it revealed that there were 961 deliveries in the district during the three-month period, out of which 468 were boys and 479 were girls, whereas 14 died. The Congress leader said the improvement in the sex ratio was completely lost sight of by the authorities while releasing the data. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KBhatt urged Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat to immediately dismiss the officials for releasing only one part of the data, which he alleged was misleading. BJP state executive member Lokendra Bisht has also demanded stern action against the officials responsible for issuing the “misleading” sex-ratio figures for Uttarkashi. In a memorandum to the chief minister on Wednesday, Bisht said the sex ratio data, which showed that not a single girl child was born in over 100 villages, was misleading and ruined the reputation of the district in the entire country.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A day when noted Bengal mountaineer Dipankar Ghosh went missing while he was coming down after scaling Mount Makalu in Nepal, the state government sent a two-member team to supervise the search operation for Kuntal Karar and Biplab Baidya on Kanchenjunga expedition who were feared dead after rescue operation to bring them down proved futile.”The two-member team comprising an official from the state Youth Affairs department and mountaineer Debdas Adhikary has already reached Kathmandu. They will supervise search operation of Kuntal, Biplab as well as Dipankar who went missing on Friday,” said Ujjal Ray, a member of the advisory committee of the state Youth Affairs department. As informed to Ray by Seven Summits agency which was overseeing the expedition of Dipankar, the latter had successfully scaled the fifth highest peak of the world but while descending to the base camp went missing. Mingma Sherpa who was with Ghosh claimed that when he was last seen, the mountaineer was fit and was instructing him to help another Indian team after an Indian member in the expedition died due to weather conditions. Indian Army officer Narayan Singh had died at camp four on Thursday night while climbing down from the 8485-metre peak. Singh had joined the Army in 2002 and hailed from Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand. He is survived by his wife and three young children. According to sources, the expedition lost track of Ghosh after he failed to reach the summit camp. The Nepal government has launched search operations to locate Ghosh but adverse weather conditions have become a barrier. Known as one of the most outstanding mountaineers, Dipankar Ghosh has undertaken 47 mountaineering expeditions, including Mount Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Kanchenjunga, Mt Annapurna-I, Mt Manaslu, Mt Dhaulagiri, and Mt Cho Oyu. A resident of Bally in Howrah, Dipankar had left his residence on May 8 for the expedition. Mt. Makalu is considered amongst the most dangerous and challenging peaks to summit. It may be mentioned that Ramesh Ray and Rudraprasad Halder who had fallen sick during the Kanchenjanga expedition were airlifted and brought to the base camp on Thursday afternoon.last_img read more

Rabat – The new Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmajid Tebboune announced the names of the members of his cabinet on Thursday, just one day after his appointment. Most notably, the PM had Ramtane Lamamra concede his position as chief diplomat to Abdelkader Messahel, his previous co-Minister of Foreign Affairs in charge of the Maghreb, the African Union and the Arab League.Putting an end to the ministry’s dual leadership signals a shift in Algeria’s diplomatic strategy, with the aim of blunting the edge Morocco has held onto in Africa and the Arab world.Algeria’s Man in Africa Messahel has developed networks in many African nations. For three decades he has worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, mainly in charge of African affairs.His designation as Algeria’s chief diplomat indicates the regime is shifting its foreign policy strategy towards Africa. The continent has become a diplomatic battleground between Algeria and Morocco.In addition to the question of Western Sahara, the two countries have competed for regional influence in the Libyan and Mali crises.Morocco’ success in the continent, crowned by its triumphant reintegration to the African Union (UA) in January after thirty three years of absence, has put Algeria in a difficult spot.The kingdom also managed to strike a deal with Nigeria to build a gas pipeline linking Africa and Europe, something which Algiers and Abuja could not agree on despite years of negotiations.Morocco’s new position in the continent has led some Algerian observers to criticize their government for lacking the vision to implement a true diplomatic strategy in Africa.“The Moroccan neighbor is extending its influence in the continent at an impressive speed,” wrote Algerian writer Mohamed Benchicou in a satirical article published on Le Matin in November 2016.The Sleeping NeanderthalBenchicou’s article compared his country to a neanderthal who has suddenly woken up and walked out of his grove to find out that Morocco was diplomatically conquering Africa through economic partnerships.Algerian authorities wanted to copy Morocco’s model, so they started discussing economic opportunities in the continent and convened a forum for investment in Africa, which later turned out to be a flop.The new Algerian discourse appeared unconvincing due to being hastily adopted, while the country’s economic and political reality cast doubt over its potential success.“How can we honor a partnership with Africa when our industry has collapsed, when our non-oil energy national production is almost non-existent, when our national investors are reduced to immobilism, when we are lagging so much behind in governance?” wrote Benchicou.In December 2016 the first Forum for Investment in Africa was held in Algiers, in partnership between the government and the country’s union of businessmen, Forum des chefs d’entreprises (FCE).“The African Investment Forum in Algeria Turned Into a Real Fiasco,” was the title of one article by about the incident.“Algeria, which is now facing an unprecedented economic and financial crisis, is awkwardly trying to bar the way for its Moroccan neighbor’s successful expansion in Africa.”For these reasons, Messahel willhave a difficult task ahead of him as the Algerian regime continues its attempt to ‘reconquer’ Africa.One Department, Two MinistersLamamra and Messahel’s time at the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs saw a tense partnership, as both men vied for influence.The government reshuffle in May 2015 clearly demonstrated the rivalry between the two ministers. Lamamra maintained his position as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Messahel, who up to that was serving as Minister Delegate for Maghreb and African Affairs was elevated as Minister of Maghreb and African Affairs and International Cooperation.Three days later, the Algerian Presidency seemed to change his mind, promoting Lamamra to Minister of State, of Foreign Affairs, and of “International Cooperation,” which was taken from the title previously given to Messahel.Tout sur l’Algérie (TSA), one of Algeria’s leading online news outlets, described the confusing incident as “a complicated gymnastics which has raised a lot of questions on the way the country’s foreign policy is run.”The incident mirrored a larger dynamic at the top of the Algerian regime, where part of the army and the presidential clan compete for power. Sacking or appointing ministers, with loyalty to one side or the other, is part of the chess game between these two factions clans. read more

WFFP believes that the problem faced by fishermen can be solved only through mutual respect and enforcement of respective laws. But if any government takes a strong arm view then fishermen feel intimidated and feel they have no alternative. Negotiations between the respective countries are the best mode to iron out the issues instead of resorting to arrest and killing, he said. The World Forum of Fisher People (WFFP) has called upon adoption of moratorium on arrest of fishermen in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.Speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of the two-day international workshop on “International Guidelines on Securing Sustainable Small Scale Fisheries” here on Tuesday, Mohamad Naseegh Jaffer, Secretary General of WFFP (South Africa) pointed out that the moratorium on arrest should be adopted until there was substantive discussion between the representatives of fishermen and the governments of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Referring to the dispute between Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen in the Palk Bay region, he said the border between India and Sri Lanka is very small and it is very difficult to achieve equity or sharing of the resources.Mr. Jaffer said that a little bit of compromise on both sides would have immense response. In the case of northern Sri Lanka, the Indian fishermen were in an advantageous position when compared with their counterparts due to the war in the island nation. Now the Indian fishermen should do some sacrifice and give up fishing in the northern region.The Indian Government must provide some form of compensation for the sacrifices made by fishermen so that there can be equal sharing between the fishermen of Sri Lanka and India especially in the Palk Bay region.But on tension among the fishing communities, both the governments must talk in an open and accessible manner and dialogue is the best way of resolving the problem, he said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

In a statement released in Geneva, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, commended Eritrea for restarting the process of releasing prisoners. She voiced hope that releases would continue and encouraged both governments to build on the momentum to address other pending issues.”This is a positive development after the long standstill, which has characterized the process of releasing prisoners of war so far,” Mrs. Robinson said. “This significant development confirms the path chosen by both Ethiopia and Eritrea towards a peaceful coexistence and mutual cooperation.”On 2 August, 15 prisoners of war crossed the Mehreb River Bridge last week from Eritrea into Ethiopia, an event which was observed by the Human Rights Office of the UN Mission in both countries (UNMEE).A spokesperson for UNMEE said the Mission was extremely pleased with the release. “UNMEE welcomes this latest release of POWs and urges both parties to comply with their obligations under the Algiers Peace Agreement and International Humanitarian Law in order to facilitate the swift release and repatriation of all those detained as a result of the conflict,” Gail Bindley-Taylor Sainte said in the Eritrean capital of Asmara. read more

first_img Short URL By Alan Waldron Share Tweet Email1 Noel Fehily celebrates his Queen Mother Champion Chase win on Special Tiara. Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO Updated at 17.50CHAMPION TRAINER WILLIE Mullins’s nightmare Cheltenham Festival continued today as odds-on favourite Douvan (2/9) flopped in the feature race, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, with honours going to Special Tiara (11/1).Douvan — who had won at the festival on two previous occasions — never looked at ease from the off and jumped erratically as fellow Irish raider Special Tiara, under Noel Fehily, set the pace.The game was up, as was his 13-race winning streak, rounding the bend with Fehily going on to land his second feature prize in two days having won the Champion Hurdle on Tuesday.Henry de Bromhead’s charge stunned the crowds in glorious sunshine to claim victory streets clear of the star attraction, with Fox Norton (7/1) second and Sir Valentino (33/1) third.It’s also been a disappointing festival to date for Ruby Walsh, as the Kildare jockey is still searching for his first victory of the four-day spectacle.The same certainly can’t be said of Nicky Henderson and Gordon Elliott however, both trainers adding to their first-day hauls.Elliott claimed a memorable Day 1 hat-trick with Labaik, Apple’s Jade and Tiger Roll, and Cause of Causes (4/1) then added to that tally today in the Glenfarclas (Cross Country) Chase before he Fayonagh (7/1) stormed home in Weatherbys Champion Bumper.With leading amateur Jamie Codd on board Cause of Causes, the JP McManus-owned nine-year-old finished strongly to take the Cross Country honours from Bless The Wings (10-1) and Cantlow (9/4f) in what was a one-two finish for Elliott.Elliott and Codd teamed up again in the final race of the day with Fayonagh charging home from way back in the field to make it five wins in two days for the Meath-based trainer, and land Codd a memorable double.Henderson also claimed a double yesterday with Altior in the Arkle and Buveur d’Air in the Champion Hurdle and he made it three wins for this year’s festival when Nico de Boinville won today’s RSA Novices’ Chase in a photo finish on Might Bite (4/1).Might Bite had put in a performance to remember from the start up until the last fence, putting the foot down early and blowing the field away.However, after a late wobble at the last his race seemed to be run as Whisper, under Davy Russell, charged towards the line.Might Bite wasn’t done yet though and somehow found a second wind under De Boinville to just about run down his stablemate on the line.The day will be remembered for Douvan’s defeat but the opening race also delivered a thrilling finish, Ben Pauling’s Willoughby Court (16/1) edging out favourite Neon Wolf (2/1f) to win the Neptune.Supasundae (16/1) was another surprise winner in the Coral Cup, on a day the bookies definitely came out on top.Jessica Harrington’s seven-year-old seemed to appreciate the drying ground under Robbie Power to prevail from Taquin Du Seuil (12/1) with a couple of lengths to spare.Results13.30: Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle1. Willoughby Court (14/1) — David Bass/Ben Pauling2. Neon Wolf (2/1f) — Noel Fehily/Harry Fry3. Messire Des Obeaux (8/1) — Daryl Jacob/Alan King14.10: RSA Novices’ Chase1. Might Bite (4/1) — Nico de Boinville/Nicky Henderson2. Whisper (9/2) — Davy Russell/Nicky Henderson3. Bellshill (5/1) — Ruby Walsh/Willie Mullins14.50: Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle1. Supasundae (16/1) — Robbie Power/Jessica Harrington2. Taquin Du Seuil (12/1) — Aidan Coleman/Jonjo O’Neill2. Who Dares Wins (33/1) — Wayne Hutchinson/Alan King4. Monksland (66/1) — Donagh Meyler/Noel Meade15.30: Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase 1. Special Tiara (11/1) — Noel Fehily/Henry de Bromhead2. Fox Norton (7/1) — Aidan Coleman/Colin Tizzard3. Sir Valentino (33/1) — Paddy Brennan/Tom George16.10: Glenfarclas Chase (Cross Country Chase) 1. Cause of Causes (4-1) — Jamie Codd/Gordon Elliott2. Bless The Wings (10-1) — Davy Russell/Gordon Elliott3. Cantlow (9/4f) — Adrian Heskin/Enda Bolger16.50: Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle1. Flying Tiger (33/1) – Richard Johnson/Nick Williams2. Divin Bere (9/2f) – Noel Fehily/Nicky Henderson3. Nietzsche (12/1) – Danny Cook/Brian Ellison4. Project Bluebook (14/1) – Brian Hughes/JJ Quinn17.30 Weatherbys Champion Bumper1. Fayonagh (7/1) — Jamie Codd/Gordon Elliott2. Debuchet (10/1) — Danny Mullins/Margaret Mullins3. Claimantakinforgan (22/1) — Nico de Boinville/Nickey Henderson4. Next Destination (10/1) — Ruby Walsh/Willie MullinsThe42′s Winning Post: Everything you need to enjoy Day Two of CheltenhamHenderson history as Buveur D’air storms home to claim Champion Hurdle Noel Fehily celebrates his Queen Mother Champion Chase win on Special Tiara. 25 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Wednesday 15 Mar 2017, 5:15 PM Mar 15th 2017, 5:15 PM Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO Massive shock as Douvan finishes unplaced in Queen Mother Champion Chase Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh’s disappointing Cheltenham Festival continues at Prestbury Park. 26,830 Views last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram SA businessman Nicholas Begakis told the press last week, that the ongoing economic uncertainty in Europe underlines the value of a vibrant business sector to strong and prosperous communities. On being appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia, Mr Begakis told the Adelaide Advertiser that South Australians should never lose sight of the importance of business to the state’s future. “The way I was brought up, the values instilled in me were to get involved not only in a community sense, but also in a business sense,”he said. “I believe a strong community needs a strong commercial sector. Without a strong business sector, the fabric of the community starts to fray.” Mr Begakis, 65, chairman of Bellis Fruit Bars and Fru Foods International, said the continuing economic problems affecting the eurozone underlined this philosophy. With many years experience at the heart of South Australia’s business community, Mr Begakis was recognised in the 2013 Australia Day Honours List for his contribution to the food industry and the growth of international trade. He said the continuing strength of the Australian dollar was a crucial challenge for Australian producers to meet, and that ingenuity, strength – and the quality of their products – rather than price alone, was critical for producers in Australia to succeed and sustain their businesses. Mr Begakis described such an approach as being doubly important for a small state such as South Australia. Pireaus-born Begakis is director of Business SA and the former director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a post he held between 2003 and 2011. He has been Deputy President of the Australia Day Council, served two terms on the Environment Protection Authority (SA) and three terms on Flinders University Council. He is also Chairman of CITCSA, the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation and represents South Australia’s interests as a Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI). The recently appointed AO emphasised the need for people to participate broadly in the community. “As a community, if people aren’t prepared to raise money for additional things that government can’t provide for, then we are much poorer as a community,” he told the Adelaide Advertiser.last_img read more

first_imgATV-3 : le véhicule spatial avance Astrium a reçu de Thales Aliena Space le module de fret qui va équiper le troisième ATV (véhicule de transfert automatique), prévu pour être lancé fin 2012, rapporte Futura-Sciences.  L’ATV (pour Automated Transfer Vehicle) Edouardo Amaldi est un véhicule de transport utilisé pour opérer sur l’ISS, la Station spatiale internationale. Il vise notamment à ravitailler et à rehausser l’orbite de la Station. L’ATV est une contribution européenne supplémentaire à la Station avec le laboratoire Colombus, Era (un bras robotisé). Il s’agit par ailleurs de l’engin le plus complexe jamais conçu en Europe.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALe module de charge utile ICC (Integrated Cargo Carrier) dispose des systèmes d’amarrage pour se fixer à l’ISS et une section permettant de faire transiter de l’eau et de l’oxygène. L’objectif d’Eoardo Amaldi : livrer des équipements des pièces de rechange, de la nourriture, de l’air (100 kg d’O2) et de l’eau (860 kg) en plus des trois tonnes de fret emmagasinées et des deux tonnes d’ergols qui serviront à la rehausse de l’ISS.Décomposé, l’engin comporte deux parties distinctes. Si Thales Alenia Space s’est occupé de l’ICC, Astrium a géré le module de service SSA (Spacecraft Sub Assembly). C’est lui qui contient le système des réacteurs : quatre moteurs principaux et pas moins de 28 moteurs supplémentaires pour les manoeuvres et le contrôle d’altitude.  Tout cela a lieu alors même que le deuxième ATV n’est pas encore lancé. Il devrait partir en février 2011. Le 23 décembre 2010 à 13:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgAlthough Clark County had the third worst voter turnout in the state in November’s election, Jim Mains, a local political consultant, said he thinks next year will be different.“I think people, no matter where you land politically, are tired of things not getting done,” he said. In the coming year, he predicts, people will realize that if they want change, they’ll need to step up.Next year, there will be plenty to step up to. Rapidly growing Clark County is still struggling with housing and land-use issues. In 2018, Clark County voters will decide races for state Legislature and county council, as well as whether Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, will keep her seat.Meanwhile, some newly formed citizen groups could see their first victories, while others continue ongoing battles.“I think you are going to see a lot of engagement in this coming year from numerous tribes,” said Mains.Here is a field guide to some of those tribes.The DemocratsRich Rogers, chair of the Clark County Democrats, is optimistic about his party’s prospects given the results of the 2017 election, where voters decided races for various city council and school board seats, as well as the contentious Port of Vancouver commissioner race.Although these races are nonpartisan, Rogers said many candidates the party recommended and campaigned for prevailed. In particular, he pointed to Don Orange, who won the Port of Vancouver commissioner race on an environmental platform despite being significantly outspent.last_img read more

first_imgIt will cost passengers more to ride the state ferry starting in the summer. That’s when fares for most Alaska Marine Highway will increase by 4.5 percent.Download AudioAccording to the Department of Transportation, tickets booked after the first of the year for travel after May first will reflect the new rates. Tickets booked before the New Year will fall under the current rates.The new fare structure is spurred by the recommendations of a recent rate analysis. The Marine Transportation Advisory Board saw the preliminary recommendations of that report during a recent meeting in Ketchikan. DOT spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says the department was planning to raise fares even before the recommendation.“The department knew its rates were out of balance and by increasing most fares by four-and-a-half percent that was consistent with a lot of other recommendations that were coming through the department as a way to help increase revenues to offset operating costs. So the department would likely move ahead with this rate increase regardless,” Woodrow said. “So by announcing it now, we’re giving the general public the most amount of time possible to prepare for that increase.”The analysis was conducted by Northern Economics. It recommends the Marine Highway System set rates so that they to cover between 39 to 65 percent of operating expenses. Revenues currently cover less than one-third of the operating budget, according to the department.Woodrow says the complete rate study will be released to the legislature in February. More changes in operating costs may come after that.“The rate increase that was just announced was one of the first preliminary recommendations from that report,” Woodrow said. “The study is not complete yet so we’ve not released the first report. We’ll do that when we release the full report to the legislature this upcoming session.”The analysis suggests that rates more than 25 percent above average not change. Woodrow says that means about 30 fares within the system will remain unchanged, including the route between Skagway and Haines, the highest per mile rate in Southeast.last_img read more

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioPermanent Fund restructuring bill dies in House committeeAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauA bill to restructure Permanent Fund earnings and cut fund dividends died in the House Finance Committee Friday.Russia launches largest, most powerful icebreaker in the worldEmily Russell, KNOM – NomeRussia just launched the largest, most powerful icebreaker in the world. Activity in the Arctic is on the rise. Retreating sea ice and rising ship traffic have some worried the region could serve as the next stage for international conflict, coast guards across the Arctic are busy laying the groundwork for cooperation.Fledgling Fairbanks pot business sees high startup costsRobert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksThe state has begun issuing licenses to marijuana growers, processors and sellers. That has entrepreneurs gearing up operations, hoping to get into a fledgling enterprise. One local farm has been cleared to start pot cultivation. The operation is seeing large capital outlays to accommodate state regulations.Raft capsizes near North Slope, two Nevada women deadAssociated PressA raft carrying at least 10 people capsized during a guided trip on Alaska’s remote North Slope, leaving two Nevada women dead.George Mute’s body found after nine monthsAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelA couple in Napakiak has found the body of George Mute, age 26, of Kongiganak. Mute went missing in September.Bristol Bay communities working on processing plantsMolly Dischner, KDLG – DillinghamFor decades, many of the processors in Bristol Bay have been large companies, with offices in Washington and parent companies in foreign countries. But two small communities are developing locally-owned processing plants.AK: Summer ski jumpingWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageLast week, the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage (NSAA) was able to have summertime ski jumping at the Hilltop Ski Area. This is the first summer ski jump facility in the state.49 Voices: Onya Enkhbat of UnalaskaZoe Sobel, KUCB – UnalaskaThis week we’re hearing from Purevdulam “Onya” Enkhbat. She recently graduated from Unalaska High School where she was valedictorian.last_img read more

first_imgThe Anchorage Police Department Building (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)The Anchorage Police Department is joining 100 other police departments around the country to provide more data and information to their respective communities.Listen Now APD announced Friday it’s participating in the White House Police Data Initiative.Lieutenant Jack Carson says the aim is to increase transparency within the Anchorage Police Department.“We’re gonna put out the data sets that are gonna hopefully give further light on what we do as a police department day-to-day, and creating that transparency is gonna help us work better with our community is what we’re hoping for,” Carson said.Over the next year, APD will provide three open data sets to the public.But, Carson says exactly which data sets those will be has not yet been determined.“We’ve been going to the community safety meetings and community councils and stuff, and getting a feel for what the community is starving for, what information they’re wanting from the Anchorage Police Department,” Carson said. “And we’re gonna base the data sets we release on the information we receive from those local councils.”Carson says the new data will be in addition to information the department already releases, like calls for service, arrest rates and citizen complaints.There’s no firm timeline for when the department will release each set, but Carson expects the distribution to be adequately spread out over the next year.last_img read more

first_imgAn employee is seen behind an Infosys logo at the company’s campus in the southern Indian city of Bangalore September 23, 2014.ReutersInfosys, a Sensex heavyweight, seems to be headed for tough times on the stock markets after declaring Q4 results and giving a revenue guidance in the range of 6.5-8.5 percent in constant currency terms for 2017-18. Brokerages are not so gung-ho about the company’s prospects, with one of them downgrading the stock sharply from its current levels.On Monday, Infosys shares were trading at Rs 926 apiece on the BSE at around 2.42 pm, close to its 52-week low of Rs 900 and far away from its April 18, 2016 closing price of Rs 1,238.For the full-year 2016-17, revenues rose 8.3 percent in constant currency terms to $10,208 million while net profit came in at $2,140 million. In rupee terms, FY2017 revenues grew 9.7 percent YoY to Rs 68,484 crore and net profit is up 6.4 percent to Rs 14,353 crore. The final dividend is Rs 14.75 per equity share.Brokerage Nirmal Bang Institutional Equities (NBIE) downgraded Infosys share price to Rs 887, translating into a loss of 4.3 percent from the Rs 927 for the share as at 2.11 pm on the BSE on Monday.”While Infosys gave a lower-than-street-expectation guidance of 6.5 percent-8.5 percent constant currency (CC) revenue growth (6.1 percent-8.1 percent in USD terms) and 23 percent-25 percent EBIT margin, we believe there is downside risk to both. Prior to 4QFY17, our FY18 estimates were 5.2 percent USD revenue growth and 22.8 percent EBIT margin,” NBIE said in its note on Monday.The brokerage cited two reasons for its pessimistic view of the company’s performance in FY2018. “Not only has total large deal TCV (total contract value) has been 10 percent lower in FY17 versus FY16, the quarterly average is only ~$800mn where as a desirable number for Infosys’ size should be >$1bn and ~$1.5bn for industry leading growth,” it said.Further, the BFSI vertical, which contributes about 33 percent of the total revenues, is expected to grow only in the second half of the fiscal, presuming deregulation in the financial services sector in the US.Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd. (MOSL) has a target price of Rs 1,200 for Infosys. In its analysis of the company’s financial performance, the brokerage said the deals won last fiscal were not so encouraging. “While the guidance implies a gradual pick-up in momentum, lower deal wins in FY17 (USD3.4b; – 10 percent YoY) and multiple pockets of issues restrict confidence around immediate broad-based recovery, which would be a necessary trigger for valuations,” MOSL said.A similar share projection has been made by IDBI Capital Markets & Securities in its note on Monday, hovering less-than-expected Q4 top-line and weak guidance for the current fiscal. “We factor Q4 miss and cut FY18 revenue (US$)/EPS by 1.4/4.3 percent. We introduce FY19 financials and now value Infosys at 15x FY19E with a new TP of Rs 1,100 (vs. Rs 1,215 earlier),” the brokerage said.last_img read more

first_imgThe government’s regulatory body for telecommunications sector has decided to re-fix the rates of tariff on mobile phone calls.Currently, the lowest rate of on-net call (to and from same operator) is Tk 0.25, which may be raised to Tk 0.35. The off-net call (from one operator to other) tariff is Tk 0.60, which is likely to be revised downwardly to Tk 0.45.The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission also feels that the highest tariff rate for per minute call should be brought down to Tk 1.50 from the current rate of Tk 2.Such decisions were taken at a BTRC meeting recently, officials concerned informed Prothom Alo.The BTRC reommendations have already been sent to the post and telecommunications ministry for vetting. The matter will then be sent to the finance ministry since it is related to the public coffer.The BTRC thinks the government’s earnings will increase once the new tariff comes into effect.However, if the stakeholders have reservations about the sayreommendations, the authorities may reconsider the issues, say officials concerned.If approved, the lowest tariff for per minute mobile call will be raised to Tk 0.35 from Tk 0.25 while the highest ceiling brought down to Tk 1.50 from Tk 2.Experts say the new system will mean lesser tariff for calling the number of a big operator from a number of a small one. They cited an example that a call from a Teletalk number to a Grameenphone number, which costs Tk 0.60 at present, will come down to Tk 0.45 in the new system.However, small operators’ earnings will shrink from off-net calls. For example, they make a profit of Tk 0.38 per minute now, but it will come down to Tk 0.23.Acoording to BTRC, state-owned Teletalk has only 3.7 million subscribers, the lowest.Market leader Grameenphone has 59.3 million customers while Robi, who has recently acquired Airtel, has 35 million and Banglalink 31.3 million.When asked, Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh (AMTOB) secretary general TIM Nurul Kabir told Prothom Alo that his organisation is happy with the BTRC suggestions.”Bangladesh has the lowest tariff in the world,” he claimed, adding that a refixation of the tariffs will be welcomed by all the parties. “And the government will get a big chunk from the earnings.”However, Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) president Golam Rahman said he found raising the lowest ceiling of traiff unjustified. He suggested refixing other tariffs keeping the lowest tariff unchanged.Both the government and the operators earn big money from this sector. So, he said, there is no reason the custimers will be made to pay this extra charge.The BTRC in association with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) fixed the highest and lowest tariff for per minute mobile phone calls in 2010, using the ‘cost modelling’ system.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hassan.last_img read more

first_imgPolice on Saturday recovered the body of a man who went missing on Wednesday from Maijvag village in Sylhet’s Gopalganj, reports UNB.The deceased was Amjad Ali, 55, son of late Asab Ali of the village.Locals spotted the floating body in a pond in the village and informed it to police, said AKM Fajlul Haque Shibly, officer-in-charge of Gopalganj model police station.Later, police recovered the body and sent it to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital for an autopsy.last_img

first_img Explore further More information: The gravity tunnel in a non-uniform Earth, Am. J. Phys. 83, 231 (2015); . On Arxiv: paper examines the gravity tunnel using the internal structure of Earth as ascertained from seismic data. Numerically, it is found that the time taken to fall along the diameter is 38 min, compared to 42 min for a planet with uniform density. The time taken to fall along a straight line between any two points is no longer independent of distance but interpolates between 42 min for short trips and 38 min for long trips. The brachistochrone path (minimizing the time between any two points) is similar in shape to the uniform-density solution but tends to reach a greater maximum depth and takes less time to traverse. Although the assumption of uniform density works well in many cases, the simpler assumption of a constant gravitational field serves as a better approximation to the true results. Are astronauts really weightless? A composite image of the Western hemisphere of the Earth. Credit: NASA (—Alexander Klotz a student at McGill University in Canada has calculated a new answer to the commonly asked physics question, how long would it take a person to fall all the way through the Earth? Instead of the commonly accepted 42 minutes, he claims it is 38. He has published his reasoning, math and conclusions in a paper published in The American Journal of Physics. © 2015 Journal information: American Journal of Physicscenter_img If someone were to drill a hole all the way through the planet, and then somehow manage to fall into it, how long would it take them to arrive on the other side? That is a physics question put to students every year, and those who give it expect the answer to be 42 minutes. But is that answer correct? Klotz says no and has the math to prove it, Science reported.The accepted answer of 42 minutes takes into account the constantly changing impact that gravity will have (and ignoring drag due to the presence of air) on the person falling, becoming less and less of a factor as the center of the Earth is approached then growing stronger and stronger as the person heads “up” against gravity on the other side. It is accepted that the speed attained during the descent on the first half of the journey would be significant enough to cause the person to continue moving against gravity on the other side of the planet, right up until the surface is reached.But Klotz argues that it is time to start taking the different densities of the Earth’s layers into consideration—after all, a lot of research has shown that our planet is a lot denser at the center than at the crust for example—and that of course would have an impact on the person falling through. He has used seismic data to calculate the different densities at different depths and has used that data to give a more accurate answer to the falling man question, stating that it would in fact, take just 38 minutes (and 11 seconds) to fall all the way through, not 42 and (12 seconds).Interestingly, Klotz also notes that if gravity were to be assumed to be at a surface level constant throughout the duration of the trip, the math shows it would take just 38 minutes as well. , Science , arXiv Citation: New way to calculate how long it would take to fall through a hole in the Earth (2015, March 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Best of Last Week –A radiationless revolution, progress towards a fusion reactor and neuroticism’s link to over-thinking (2015, August 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2015 Explore further Tri Alpha Energy reportedly makes important breakthrough in developing fusion reactorcenter_img (—It has been another good week for physics as a team working at the CERN complex found evidence that suggests subatomic particles could defy the standard model—they found tau leptons and muons decaying at different rates. Also, another team at the Australian National University announced a new theory that could lead to a radiationless revolution—it describes a way to confine electromagnetic energy without leakage. And Matthew Fisher with the University of California proposed the idea of quantum cognition based on synaptic nuclear spins, i.e. neural qubits. His idea is that quantum processing with nuclear spins might be happening in the brain. Also, a company called Tri Alpha Energy reportedly made an important breakthrough in developing a fusion reactor—they found a way to hold a ball of superheated hydrogen plasma for five milliseconds. The news from space was good as well, as NASA announced that the New Horizons mission exceeded expectations—sending back images of Pluto and its moons along with a host of other valuable scientific data. Also, another team of astrophysicists found supermassive black holes in the quasar nearest Earth—within Galaxy Markarian 231, they discovered has two black holes spinning around each other.In other news, researchers working at Los Alamos National Laboratory announced that they had created quantum dot solar windows that go non-toxic and colorless, all with record efficiency—the windows capture some of the light that passes through the glass and divert it to solar cells at the edges. And a team of researchers at the University of Toronto announced that they had developed a new “tissue Velcro” that could help repair damaged hearts—it is a scaffolding upon which new heart muscle can grow. Also, another team working at MIT created a new printer called “Multifab” that 3D-prints a record 10 materials at once with no assembly required. It has a resolution of 40 microns and is the first 3D printer to use 3D scanning techniques from machine vision.And finally, if you have ever been accused of being neurotic, a small team of psychologists with King’s College in London and Columbia University in the U.S. asked the question: Is neuroticism fueled by overthinking? And they think they have found why creativity and neurosis-related unhappiness and go hand-in-hand—the same parts of the brain appear to be involved in both. In this event display from the LHCb experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, proton-proton collisions at the interaction point (far left) result in a shower of leptons and other charged particles. The yellow and green lines are computer-generated reconstructions of the particles’ trajectories through the layers of the LHCb detector. Credit: CERN/LHCb Collaborationlast_img read more

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ibrahim didn’t give details on the ongoing battles, but described the situation on the ground as “positive” and vowed that the Islamic State group would be pushed out of the city “in the coming hours.”On Friday, the militants swept through Ramadi, capital of the western Anbar province, launching a coordinated offensive included three near-simultaneous suicide car bombings. The militants seized the main government headquarters and other key parts of the city.Local officials said dozens of security forces and civilians were killed, mainly the families of the troops. Ten police officers and 30 pro-government tribal fighters were among those killed.U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi on Friday, promising the delivery of heavy weapons, including AT-4 shoulder-held rockets to counter suicide car bombs, according to a U.S. Embassy statement.The statement said both leaders agreed on the “importance and urgency of mobilizing tribal fighters working in coordination with Iraqi security forces to counter ISIL and to ensure unity of effort among all of Iraq’s communities.” It used an alternative acronym for the IS group. Backed by U.S.-led airstrikes, Iraqi forces and Kurdish fighters have made gains against the IS group, including capturing the northern city of Tikrit. But progress has been slow in Anbar, a vast Sunni province where anger at the Shiite-led government runs deep and where U.S. forces struggled for years to beat back a potent insurgency. American soldiers fought some of their bloodiest battles since Vietnam on the streets of Fallujah and Ramadi.Elsewhere in Iraq on Saturday, police said gunmen stormed an apartment in downtown Baghdad, killing three men and two women suspected of prostitution. Previous attacks on suspected prostitutes have been blamed on extremists from the Sunni and Shiite communities.In Baghdad’s southern Dora district, a roadside bomb struck an army patrol, killing two soldiers and wounding three others. A sticky bomb attached to a minibus exploded and killed two passengers in eastern Baghdad.Police said a bomb exploded on a commercial street in the town of Mahmoudiya, just south of Baghdad, killing two people and wounding nine others.Medical officials confirmed the casualties from all attacks. All official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. The vital role family plays in society ___Associated Press writers Sameer N. Yacoub and Murtada Faraj contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq has sent reinforcements to help its battered forces in Ramadi, a city now largely held by the Islamic State group after militants seized the main government compound the day before, a military spokesman said Saturday.The spokesman of the Joint Operations Command, Brig. Gen. Saad Maan, told Iraqi state television that the U.S.-led coalition was supporting Iraqi troops with “painful” airstrikes since late Friday. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Iraqi family members who left their hometown of Ramadi walk towards Baghdad, outside Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, May 15, 2015. Islamic State militants seized the center of Ramadi in western Iraq and raised their black flag over the government compound, local officials said. (AP Photo) Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

first_img You might also be interested in “I always said that … bananas will be rationalized not by logical measures but by this disease” in the coming years, he commented.”I’m not saying tomorrow or after tomorrow or next year, but definitely, as I see it. If I’m talking you know long-term, five to 10 years from now, there might be a drastic reduction in banana supply from [Latin America], which will translate into much higher pricing.”I predicted many years ago that a carton would be US$100 and I wouldn’t be surprised to see that, just like avocado.”Del Monte sees improved banana markets in 2019Abu-Ghazaleh also spoke on the performance of banana markets this year. Conditions in some banana markets last year – especially in Europe – were poor for several months following an influx of imports.But this year, things are very different.”Europe, as we speak is actually far better than 2018 in terms of pricing, volume and stability in the market. So, it’s not that strong, but it’s far better than what it was in 2018. There is no question about that,” he said.”As far as the Far East, we are seeing a stable market even as we are at the end of July. We’re still seeing a reasonably good market in Japan and Korea and China and Hong Kong.”So, we see this as normal, mentioned in the sense of 2018 was really an abnormal year in terms of supply and market conditions.”He added that Del Monte had also sold a higher volume of bananas to European retailers via contracts. In the past, the banana market has generally favored the spot market, he said.”Since the beginning … we actually started blending longer-term contract pricing with the retailers as well as spots. So we have kind of average and mitigated the rest of the spot markets, especially during the second half of the year,” he said. August 01 , 2019 center_img The suspected entry of a virulent banana disease into Latin America has the potential to have a “drastic” effect on the region’s exports over the next decade, according to the CEO of U.S.-based produce company Del Monte.In comments made during an earnings call on the company’s strong second-quarter performance, Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh said the possible presence of Fusarium wilt Tropical Race 4 (TR4) – also known as Panama disease – in Colombia could also result in significant price rises in global markets in the future.Colombian authorities in June quarantined two banana farms in the northwest of the country after suspecting TR4 was present.If confirmed, the entry of the disease would be a huge blow for the Latin America banana industry. The soil-borne fungal disease has wreaked havoc on Southeast Asia’s Cavendish banana plantations and beyond.Latin America, which includes many of the world’s top exporting countries, supplies the lion’s share of bananas to world markets.Lower supply would mean “much higher pricing”Asked how serious a threat TR4 is to Del Monte’s banana business, Abu-Ghazaleh replied that it is a treat to the whole banana industry.He added the on the matter of the spread of the disease, “it’s not if, it’s when”.As years can pass before detection, it could have already spread to other nearby countries, he said.”[Banana-growing countries] are taking very strict measures in order to protect their industries,” he said.The representative explained that the industry would have to try to “coexist” with the disease in the future. But he noted that small and medium-sized growers tended to lack the means and resources to be able to cope.last_img read more