APTN National NewsIqaluit’s RCMP and fire department were called to the men’s prison on October 20 to quell a riot at the facility.Information about the riot has been slow to leak out.However, we do know that three inmates at the Baffin Correctional Centre caused minor damage to the facility by burning their bed sheets.The RCMP transported the three inmates to their holding cells while the investigation unfolds.The facility has been on lock-down since the incident.There have been no reports of any injuries to inmates or staff at the facility.The cause of the riot is still under investigation.APTN National News will have a follow up to this story on today’s newscast.
OTTAWA – The federal government says the head of Shopify will chair a strategy group looking for ways to attract more high-tech jobs to the country.Tobias Lutke, founder and CEO of the company, will chair the digital industries table as one of six industry leaders that will lead an economic strategy table.Other group leaders already announced include advanced manufacturing chair Charles Deguire, co-founder of Kinova Robotics, agri-food chair Murad Al-Katib, CEO of AGT Food and Ingredients, health/bio-sciences chair Karimah Es Sabar, CEO of Quark Venture, and clean technology chair Audrey Mascarenhas, CEO of Questor Technology.The government says each chair will preside over a group of about 15 members to help guide federal efforts to create more opportunities for business growth in the sectors as part of the government’s goal of doubling the number of high-growth Canadian companies to 28,000 by 2025.It says the chair of the clean resources table will be announced in the coming weeks.Each table will present a report of its findings and recommendations by summer 2018.
There will be much to see and do under the northern sky including the worlds largest snowman, for a list of events and musicians; CLICK HERETo view the FB Page; CLICK HERE FORT NELSON, B.C. – Preparations have kicked into high gear as Fort. Nelson hosts the Northern Lights Festival opening this weekend.The Festival is welcoming visitors to celebrate and experience the area with music and events that showcase the beauty and nature of Fort Nelson.By bringing the entire community together, the Festival will offer a variety of experiences to share northern living such as snowmobiling, building snowmen and day trips to Liard Hot Springs.
Washington DC: Scientists, using NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), have observed water molecules moving around the dayside of the Moon, the US space agency said, an advance that could help us learn about accessibility of water that can be used by humans in future lunar missions. Measuerments from the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) instrument aboard the LRO of the sparse layer of molecules temporarily stuck to the surface helped characterise lunar hydration changes over the course of a day, according to the study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingUp until the last decade, scientists thought the Moon was arid, with any water existing mainly as pockets of ice in permanently shaded craters near the poles. More recently, scientists have identified surface water in sparse populations of molecules bound to the lunar soil, or regolith, NASA said in a statement. The amount and locations vary based on the time of day. This water is more common at higher latitudes and tends to hop around as the surface heats up. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangThese results aid in understanding the lunar water cycle and will ultimately help us learn about accessibility of water that can be used by humans in future missions to the Moon, said Amanda Hendrix, a senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute. Lunar water can potentially be used by humans to make fuel or to use for radiation shielding or thermal management; if these materials do not need to be launched from Earth, that makes these future missions more affordable, Hendrix said in a statement. Water molecules remain tightly bound to the regolith until surface temperatures peak near lunar noon. Molecules thermally desorb and can bounce to a nearby location that is cold enough for the molecule to stick or populate the Moon’s extremely tenuous atmosphere or exosphere, until temperatures drop and the molecules return to the surface, the US space agency said. Michael Poston from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Texas, US, had previously conducted extensive experiments with water and lunar samples collected by the Apollo missions. The latest research revealed the amount of energy needed to remove water molecules from lunar materials, helping scientists understand how water is bound to surface materials. Lunar hydration is tricky to measure from orbit, due to the complex way that light reflects off of the lunar surface, said Poston, who is now a research scientist on the LAMP team,. “Previous research reported quantities of hopping water molecules that were too large to explain with known physical processes. I’m excited about these latest results because the amount of water interpreted here is consistent with what lab measurements indicate is possible,” he said. Scientists have hypothesised that hydrogen ions in the solar wind may be the source of most of the Moon’s surface water. When the Moon passes behind the Earth and is shielded from the solar wind, the water spigot should essentially turn off, they noted. However, the water observed by LAMP does not decrease when the Moon is shielded by the Earth and the region influenced by its magnetic field, suggesting water builds up over time, rather than raining down directly from the solar wind.
Houston: Scientists have used artificial intelligence (AI) to uncover two more hidden planets in the data collected by the Kepler space telescope. The technique shows promise for identifying many additional planets that traditional methods could not catch. Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin in the US created an algorithm that sifts through the data taken by Kepler to ferret out signals that were missed by traditional planet-hunting methods. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The process, described in the The Astronomical Journal, should help astronomers find many more missed planets hiding in Kepler data. “K2 data is more challenging to work with because the spacecraft is moving around all the time,” said Andrew Vanderburg, from UT Austin. This change came about after a mechanical failure. While mission planners found a workaround, the spacecraft was left with a wobble that AI had to take into account. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India The Kepler and K2 missions have already discovered thousands of planets around other stars, with an equal number of candidates awaiting confirmation. The two planets are both very typical of planets found in K2, researchers said. “They’re really close in to their host star, they have short orbital periods, and they’re hot. They are slightly larger than Earth,” said Anne Dattilo, who led the study. Of the two planets, one is called K2-293b and orbits a star 1,300 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius. The other, K2-294b, orbits a star 1,230 light-years away, also located in Aquarius. Once the team used their algorithm to find these planets, they followed up by studying the host stars using ground-based telescopes to confirm that the planets are real. These observations were done with the 1.5-metre telescope at the Smithsonian Institution’s Whipple Observatory in Arizona and the Gillett Telescope at Gemini Observatory in Hawaii. The future of the AI concept for finding planets hidden in data sets looks bright. The current algorithm can be used to probe the entire K2 data set, Dattilo said — approximately 300,000 stars. The method couls also be applied to Kepler’s successor planet-hunting mission, TESS, which launched in April 2018. Kepler’s mission ended later that year.
Kolkata: Supriya Chattopadhyay, wife of the state Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, died due to prolonged illness on Thursday.She was 72-year-old and is survived by her husband, two sons and daughter-in-law. She was suffering from kidney ailment for nearly a decade. Chattopadhyay was actively involved in politics since her college days. Chattopadhyay nee Sengupta joined the Chatra Parishad and became one of its leaders in the late 1960s. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja A post graduate in History she was a well-known figure on the College Street campus of Calcutta University. During the Naxal movement when clashes between the Maoists and Chatra Parishad students became frequent, she had played a major role as a Chatra Parishad leader and addressed the students. She was respected by all for her fearlessness. She was a close aide of Priya Ranjan Das Munshi and Subrata Mukherjee. She travelled in Colombo and Russia as a delegate. She was the chairman of the Education cell of Trinamool Congress for a brief period. Chattopadhyay was the political secretary of Bengal Chief Minister Siddhartha Shankar Ray and accompanied him when administrative meetings were held in the districts.
Kolkata: Seven persons were killed after a bus and an SUV collided head-on near Mohammad Bazar in Birbhum on Friday evening, while two persons including a child are still undergoing treatment.According to sources, on Friday evening, a bus was coming from Rampurhat towards Suri. At the same time, an SUV carrying nine passengers was moving towards Rampurhat from Suri. Near Kalikapur village in Ganapur forest, the driver of the SUV lost control and collided head-on with the bus. Hearing the sound of the accident, local residents ran to the spot and found that the passengers of the SUV were badly injured. Mohammad Bazar police station was informed immediately. But before the villagers could act, five persons died on the spot due to the accident. Within a few minutes, police arrived at the spot and rushed the four injured including a child to Suri Superspeciality Hospital, where two persons succumbed to their injuries later. The other two are undergoing treatment but their condition is still critical. After admitting the injured persons, police sent the bodies to the same hospital for autopsy examination. Till Friday night, none of the deceased persons could be identified. It is suspected that the injured and the deceased persons are from the same family. To know their identity, police are trying to locate the vehicle owner through the registration number of the SUV.
New Delhi: The sarcasm in Ambati Rayudu spelling out his World Cup plans after a munch-debated selection snub isn’t lost on the BCCI but the governing body on Wednesday said it has no plans of sanctioning the batsman. The Hyderabadi, who was ignored in favour of all-rounder Vijay Shankar, on Tuesday created a frenzy by tweeting that he plans to buy 3D glasses to watch the showpiece which begins May 30 in the UK. The 3D reference came a day after chairman of selectors MSK Prasad cited Shankar’s “three-dimensional qualities” to justify his selection. The BCCI brass has taken a note but since it wasn’t a direct criticism of the selection policy, the parent body wants to let it go. “We have taken note of what Rayudu has tweeted. (But) Let’s accept that emotions are running high at this moment. “There is bound to be disappointment and there needs to be an outlet of expression as long as it’s not out of line,” a senior BCCI official said on Wednesday. “He will need some time to soak in the disappointment and it’s understandable. “There is no need for sanctions. Also, he is one of our standbys. If any injury happens there is every chance, he would go,” the official said. Rayudu missed out on World Cup berth after three failures against Australia at home last month. Rayudu’s tweet has got more than 76,000 likes and 12,000 retweets so far. The current selection committee has been largely consistent with its policies but there have been instances in which some players have expressed their disappointment at being snubbed. Karun Nair had spoken about lack of communication after being dropped for the home series against the West Indies having not played a Test in England. Even Murali Vijay was reportedly unhappy at being dropped in the middle of the England series with rookie Prithvi Shaw coming in.
Nearly a month removed from his withdrawal from the Players Championship, Tiger Woods and all the drama that surrounds him return to competition today at the Memorial Tournament.Maintaining the No. 1 spot atop the World Golf Rankings for the last five years, there is never a lack of public intrigue surrounding Tiger Woods.With his recent neck injury and issues with his personal life, however, the 14-time major champion has drawn even more headlines than usual in the last six months. It has been a rocky road for Woods dating back to his Nov. 27 car accident. From the admittance of his adulterous ways to his pending divorce, Tiger’s life off the course was a mess.Professionally, things started looking up for Woods following a strong showing at Augusta National in which he finished tied for fourth. Tiger’s moment of light was short lived. After missing the cut at the Quail Hollow Championship, Woods couldn’t even finish the following week at the Players Championship, withdrawing on the seventh hole during Sunday’s final round due to a sore neck. Resting and rehabbing his neck since the Players, Tiger is back at the Memorial trying to right the ship once again. “I think that life is moving forward … the last six months have been pretty tough, and I’m now starting to get into golf and starting to play golf again,” he said.Being the defending Memorial champion and having the most all-time wins of any player at Jack Nicklaus’ tournament, this week seems as good as any for Tiger to get back at it.“I’ve always had good memories here,” Woods said. “It’s nice to come back to a golf course when obviously I haven’t played a whole lot this year, but it’s nice to come back to a venue where I have played well.”While Muirfield has treated him well, it remains to be seen whether Woods’ game is back to the form that golf fans are accustomed to, especially considering his recent break-up with longtime swing coach Hank Haney.“I’ve hit the ball much better,” Woods said. “It’s just like anything, though. It’s great to hit it at home, but I need to bring it out here.” For the time being, Tiger is using video to analyze his own swing and says as of now he has no plans for hiring a new coach.Even with the recent neck injury and mediocre play of late, Tiger’s competitors know not to count him out this week.“Anytime Tiger is in the field, you know you are going to have to be on top of your game to win,” said 2009 U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover.For many, after playing just nine competitive rounds all season, simply making the cut would be a victory in and of itself, but for Tiger Woods nothing is out of the realm of possibilities. “I never like to assume what he can and can’t do because he proves us all wrong all the time,” said Aussie golfer Adam Scott. Woods will take to the course at 12:44 p.m. today to begin his first round of play alongside Steve Stricker and Jason Bohn.
Wide receiver Duron Carter, son of Ohio State legend Cris Carter, has left OSU and enrolled at a community college in Kansas, coach Jim Tressel confirmed Monday in a statement released by the OSU athletic department.Carter caught 13 passes for 179 yards and one touchdown in his freshman season, but was ruled academically ineligible for the Rose Bowl. He also sat out all of spring practices because of academic issues.BuckeyeSports.com first reported Carter’s withdrawal from OSU. According to the report, Carter enrolled at Coffeyville Community College. Division I athletes can transfer to a non-Division I school without losing a year of eligibility. An athlete transferring to another Division I school must sit out a year.Carter would still have three years of eligibility remaining should he transfer to another Division I school or back to OSU after a year at Coffeyville.Carter posted a message on his Twitter account Monday morning, saying: “yes, the rumors are true.”He posted Monday afternoon that he would ideally return to OSU after getting his academics back on track, saying: “yes i would love to go back to OSU! im a buckeye all the way!”Tressel also announced that defensive lineman Keith Wells will not be a part of the team in 2010. Wells saw limited action as a freshman in 2008, then redshirted last season.
The Delta Routine has graced several stages with its rock ‘n’ roll, but the band isn’t so familiar with Columbus – and its about to change that this weekend. The Milwaukee-based group is scheduled to perform in Columbus 7 p.m. Sunday at Scarlet & Grey CafÃ©. Lead vocalist and guitarist Nick Amadeus said the band is looking forward to the Columbus tour stop and the fresh audience to come with it. He added the band has toured through parts of Ohio before but is excited to tour elsewhere in the state. “Cleveland was a little bit weird,” Amadeus said, laughing. “We wanted a change-up.” Amadeus also said The Delta Routine has drawn some of its influences from rock band Hero Jr., an Indianapolis-based band that is touring with The Delta Routine. Columbus-based band Up All Nights is also scheduled to perform with the groups at Scarlet & Grey Sunday. Comprised of Amadeus, keyboardist and vocalist Al Kraemer, guitarist and vocalist Victor Buell IV, bassist and vocalist Evan Paydon and drummer Kyle Ciske, The Delta Routine has had numerous lineup changes in members and instruments since its formation seven years ago. Amadeus said the band found some of its current members by chance at a fashion show. Another important part of the group though is its producer Mike Hoffman, who came across the band due to being a family friend of Amadeus. He’s been with the band from the group’s release of its self-titled debut album in 2007 up to its fourth and most recent release “Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares” Oct. 9. “Nick and the guys are very driven, inspired chaps. You know, the only kind I’ll work with,” Hoffman said in an email. “You gotta have rocket fuel in your veins if you’re gonna go anywhere. These guys are tanked up and ready to launch, always.” Referring to The Delta Routine’s music as rock ‘n’ roll with a bit of a pop element, Amadeus said he normally tries to take the lead on the songwriting aspect of albums by laying down some lyrics, then getting the main beat. He said, however, the band’s last album was a collaborative effort from the group. Brett Ruland, owner of Spoonful Records located at 116 E. Long St., said the rock scene is still very popular in Columbus and the turnout at The Delta Routine’s show should be pretty large. “That genre always sells well,” Ruland said. “Indie and rock are the bestsellers here.” Although Ruland said he has never heard of The Delta Routine, he said he’s open to listening to its music and getting himself and others in the rock ‘n’ roll scene familiar with it. Scarlet and Grey is located at 2203 N. High St. and will charge a $5 to $10 cover charge at the door for Sunday’s show.
South Korea revolves around Son Heung-min, but is he all on his own?FIFA Ranking: 57World Cup history – Just as many other second or lower tier teams that have hosted a World Cup, South Korea also had its biggest success when it had the honour to welcome opponents on its home terrain back in 2002. After surprisingly topping Group D ahead of the United States, Portugal and Poland, the South Koreans defeated Italy in the Round of 16 through a 117th minute golden goal by Ahn Jung-hwan, then took the scalp of another giant Spain on penalty kicks, before losing to Germany in the semi-final in Seoul. They eventually finished fourth after getting beaten by Turkey in the third place playoff match.Otherwise, South Korea has been eligible to participate as such since the 1950 World Cup. Its very first participation in 1954 wasn’t a memorable one, as the inexperienced Taegeuk Warriors were thrashed by both Hungary (9-0) and Turkey (7-0) in the group stage. Its next appearance was in 1986. South Korea has been a part of every World Cup since that year, but other than 2002, it has managed to progress past the group stage only one other time (in 2010).How they qualified? – South Korea wasn’t convincing during the AFC qualification process, managing to earn a mere 15 points from 10 matches. It finished second behind Iran, which was enough to ensure direct promotion.Full 23-man squad:Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe) Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka) Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC)Defenders: Kim young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande) Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo) Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu) Yun Yong-sun (Seongnam FC) Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United) Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu) Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai) Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu) Go Yo-han (FC Seoul) Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors)Son Heung-Min refuses to raise panic button after Spurs loss Andrew Smyth – August 25, 2019 Son Heung-Min has called on his team-mates to remain positive and move on following a shock 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle United.Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City) Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe) Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC) Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg) Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona) Moon Seon-min (Incheon United)Forwards: Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur) Hwang Hee-chan (FC Red Bull Salzburg) Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors)Coach: Shin Tae-yongSouth Korea’s Group F fixtures: South Korea – Sweden (18 June), Nizhny Novgorod Stadium South Korea – Mexico (23 June), Rostov Arena South Korea – Germany (27 June), Kazan ArenaOther than Tottenham forward and South Korean superstar Son Heung-min, South Korea has a couple of other valuable contributors. Augsburg’s Koo Ja-cheol, Swansea’s Ki Sung-yueng and Red Bull Salzburg’s Hwang Hee-chan are all European-based footballers who know what it takes to compete with the best. Nevertheless, this Korean squad does not appear to be as dangerous as some of the other South Korean squads in previous World Cups. Expectations are low, which means getting past the group will be a remarkable accomplishment.Star player: Son Heung-minPlayer to watch: Hwang Hee-chan
FIFA have handed the Mexico Football Federation a $10,400 fine for “discriminatory and insulting chants” in the national side’s World Cup opener against GermanyThe football governing body’s disciplinary committee sanctioned Mexico on Wednesday with a fine of 10,000 Swiss francs ($10.4k U.S.) for the chants that were aimed at Germany captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) with a fine of CHF 10,000 for the misconduct of a group of Mexican fans (cf. art. 67 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code) in relation to discriminatory and insulting chants during the first half of the 2018 FIFA World Cup match played between Germany and Mexico,” FIFA wrote, via ESPN.This is not the first time such the Mexican Football Federation have had to deal with such allegations after having been penalised 12 times by FIFA over anti-gay chants during their qualifying campaign for the World Cup.They have also received official warnings for the first two offences and were later handed another 10 fines.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…The football governing body have been taking strong actions against such offences ever since the chants that the Mexico supporters made in the 2014 World Cup – which they were unpunished for.“The decision was passed after a thorough assessment of the relevant match reports, the FMF’s precedents and the evidence provided, which included videos of the incidents as well as examples of certain sustainable actions taken by the FMF to raise awareness among its supporters,” FIFA said. “Moreover, the Disciplinary Committee gave a warning to the FMF, who may face additional sanctions in case of repeated infringements of this type.”Fellow South American sides Argentina and Chile have also been sanctioned in the past by FIFA for similar offences.Recently Mexico striker Javier Hernandez and Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Marco Fabian pleaded with the supporters to put an end to the chants on social media.
The highway between Sterling and Cooper Landing has been opening and closing as conditions in the area change due to activity and smoke from the Swan Lake fire. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Fire Chief Michelle Weston with the Girdwood Fire Department took to social media to urge residents to avoid any non-necessary trip through an area with active fire, saying “Your life is worth more than any non-necessary trip”. The Swan Lake Fire is currently at 158,042 acres with 20% containment. Residents have taken to Facebook to post photos and videos while driving through highly active fire situations along the Sterling Highway. Travel on the Sterling Highway from Watson Lake to the Seward Hwy (MP 71-26) is NOT advised and is “subject to change at any time”. Weston: “We have many large fires impacting the Parks and Sterling Highways right now. Fire Conditions and wind directions can change very quickly with wind and these extremely dry fuel conditions. Fires also create their own wind dynamics.As Alaskans we expect our highways to be open to travel no matter if there is zero visibility from snow white outs or extreme fire behavior or major fatality accidents.As the public, you need to know that an open highway, may not necessarily be a safe highway.Please plan carefully your trips through areas of active fire if you have a vehicle prone to breaking down, or family members with difficulty breathing, or are not good at driving in low visibility. A vehicle accident in these conditions could prove fatal.As firefighters we see many people die tragically on a weekly basis. We just want you all to stay safe, and stay on this earth as long as you can for those who love you.Stay safe, minimize risk and we will all get through this fire season like we did the earthquake.”
With the entry of new low-cost carriers Vistara and AirAsia, the domestic aviation landscape has undergone a sea change, resulting in increased competition to Jet Airways and SpiceJet.However, Jet Airways is likely benefit more from the changing business picture in domestic aviation compared to budget carrier SpiceJet.Although Jet Airways has seen some pressure in the domestic market due to new entrants, it witnessed an increase in traffic for international routes. Currently, low-cost airlines occupy 63% share in the local market, The Economic Times reported.On the other hand, SpiceJet, which is facing a stiff competition from other budget carriers, has witnessed a decline in market share to 9.4% in the March quarter compared to 19% in April-June quarter 2014.Debt-ridden budget carrier SpiceJet has turned profitable for the first time in seven quarters posting a profit of ₹22.5 crore in the March quarter. But analysts said the turnaround is mainly because of cost cuts and not due to increase in traffic.SpiceJet, India’s fourth-largest airlines by market share, has also cut the fleet size to 35 from 53 earlier. The low-cost airlines currently operates 20 Boeing 737s and 15 Bombardier Q400 turbo prop planes.However, the scenario is quite different for India’s second largest airlines Jet Airways, which sees over 55% of its overall revenues from the international routes. Also, Jet Airways faces less competition in the international segment.Jet Airways accounted for 40% of ‘outbound and inbound traffic to and from India’ during the 11 months ending February 2015. Its market share also increased to 13% in 2013-14 compared to 1% in 2003-04.Experts say that Jet Airways can also use its partnership with Etihad Airways to make Abu Dhabi as India’s offshore hub by rising its global footprint.Besides, Jet Airways’s international traffic is likely to gain from the restrictions laid out by the government on the new carriers, Vistara and AirAsia.Jet Airways has reduced its losses to half and increased its revenues by 11.2% in the past two fiscal years.
The new Wipro logoSpecial arrangementIndia’s third-largest IT software services exporter Wipro has issued 4.08 lakh equity shares in the past 15 days under employee stock options (ESOPs), according to the company’s regulatory filings with the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).The shares have been issued under Restriction Stock Unit Plan (RSU) 2004, 2005 and 2007.On May 11, the company issued 1,57,334 shares, followed by 52,581 shares on May 16 and 1,98,374 shares on May 19.The company, it may be recalled, declared 1:1 bonus shares while announcing its Q4 and FY2017 results on April 25.On Wednesday, Wipro shares closed flat at Rs. 525.90 apiece on the BSE. Over a six-month period, the stock has rallied 16.6 percent (Novemer 24 closing price – Rs 450).The company is yet to publish its annual report for 2016-17 while Infosys has already put its annual report in public domain, publishing salary and other details of its top executives, including CEO Vishal Sikka and COO Pravin Rao.In a related development, HCL Technologies informed the BSE that the company will be buying back 3.50 crore shares at Rs. 1,000 per share, a 17 percent premium to its Wednesday closing price of Rs. 855. The buyback would constitute about 2.48 percent of the company’s total paid-up capital as of March 31, 2017. The total value of the buyback programme is Rs. 1,000 crore.On Wednesday, the BSE Sensex closed 64 points lower at 30,301.While Wipro announced a second buyback programme this year, TCS came out with its Rs. 16,000 crore offer earlier this year while Infosys has allocated Rs. 13,000 crore as part of its capital allocation policy for a probable share buyback programme or higher dividend.”TCS will be buying back up to 5,61,40,351 equity shares for an aggregate amount not exceeding Rs. 16,000 crore…being 2.85 percent of the total paid up equity share capital, at Rs. 2,850 per equity share,” the company had said in February this year. A private security guard stands at the exit gate of the headquarters of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in Mumbai, India October 13, 2016.Reuters file
“Some people think that graphene, a form of carbon, is the material of the future,” Allen Goldman tells PhysOrg.com. “It’s of high scientific interest because of its unusual electronic properties.” Citation: A new type of spin valve that uses graphene (2007, July 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-07-valve-graphene.html Goldman is a scientist at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Working with Masaya Nishioka, also at the University of Minnesota, Goldman has found new insight into spin transport in graphene. Their findings are published in an article titled “Spin transport through multilayer graphene,” published in Applied Physics Letters.Goldman and Nishioka have created a spin valve, and also observed a magnetic field controlled resistance change of 0.39%. “It’s not a huge effect,” Goldman admits, “but it is a step.” He explains that this is not the first spin valve, but that it is the first that is “reasonably well characterized.” He continues: “This isn’t a huge breakthrough, but it is an incremental step in understanding graphene, and also a step in understanding whether this material has use in spin dependent electronics.”Spin dependent electronics, or “spintronics,” makes use of quantum spin states of electrons. Applications for spintronic devices, and spin valves in particular, are currently limited to mass-storage systems. However, the technology and science is so emergent, that further applications are possible. The spin valve, which is what Goldman and Nishioka’s work describes, makes use of magnetic thin films to control the resistive state of graphene: “We’re talking about a memory device that doesn’t have to be refreshed, and that is not volatile.”Because of its high electron mobility and low atomic number, graphene is of special interest in spintronics, and this is why Goldman and Nishioka chose to work with it. “The process seems really very simple,” says Goldman. He then writes via email to explain the process: “We take a substrate of silicon, which is doped and coated with silicon oxide. Then we place graphene flakes on the surface, and after selecting a suitable flake, fabricate a pair of cobalt electrodes to contact the flake. We can then switch the resistive state of the flake by controlling the relative orientations of the magnetizations of the electrodes.” But there are caveats. “Even though the set up is simple, it can be hard to make these devices,” Goldman says over the phone. “And even though we can make graphene, it is a difficult process, especially to make single-layer graphene, which is why use multilayer graphene.” He emphasizes again that the effect he and Nishioka observed was quite small.The goal, Goldman says, is to be able to master graphene to an extent that it would become possible to produce technologically useful devices. “Right now, we are at a point where we deal with little flakes. We need to work with films that are ordered over macroscopic distances,” he says.Goldman feels that there is potential in graphene. “I don’t really know if it is the material of the future,” he explains, “but this experiment brings us a step closer to understanding it better. If the problems with graphene can be solved, there is a very good chance that it could be very useful.”Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. 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.
Kolkata: In a bid to fix minimum wages for tea workers in West Bengal, the state government is set to place a basic structure of it in the ensuing tripartite meeting, scheduled to be held on July 17, an official said on Friday. According to Zia-Ul-Alam, Convenor of Joint Forum of Trade Unions, an umbrella organisation of trade unions working in tea sector, and Citu’s General Secretary (tea industry), the state government along with stakeholders including representatives from workers’ unions and planters on Friday discussed about the component of the minimum wage at the Wage Advisory Committee’s meeting. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed “The state labour department is likely to place a basic structure of minimum wage at the tripartite meeting to be held on July 17 and the government will likely to recommend the minimum wage by end of this month,” he said. Usually, wage agreement for tea workers is executed for a three-year period and the last agreement had expired on March, 31 2017. In fact, West Bengal government proposed an interim hike of Rs 17.50 to increase the remuneration from Rs 132.50 to Rs 150 with effect from January 1, 2018. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP State also introduced interim payment of compensation on account of savings on the procurement cost of foodgrains at the rate Rs 9 per day per worker from May 1, 2018. Unions had protested against the minuscule hike in the minimum wage as an interim wage. Meanwhile, a three-day strike has been called by the unions from July 23-25 demanding the implementation of minimum wage at the earliest.
With an estimated 10 per cent of people worldwide having chronic kidney disease (CKD), and about nine in 10 of them being unaware of their condition, health experts have called for making kidney health a priority in both developed and developing countries.Presenting a new global report – The Global Kidney Health Atlas – presented at this week’s World Congress of Nephrology in Mexico City being held from April 21-25, the researchers highlighted the huge gaps in kidney disease care and prevention, with many countries not prioritising kidney health. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGlobally, estimated CKD prevalence varies from seven per cent in South Asia and eight per cent in Africa to as high as 11 per cent in North America and 12 per cent in Europe, The Middle East, and East Asia, and Latin America, according to the report.Among high-income countries, Saudi Arabia and Belgium have the highest estimated CKD prevalence (24 per cent), followed by Poland (18 per cent), Germany (17 per cent) and Britain and Singapore (16 per cent). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveNorway and the Netherlands have the lowest estimates at five per cent, the report, which was also published in the journal JAMA, said. “Our Atlas shows that, across countries of all incomes, many governments are not making kidney disease a priority. This makes no sense, as the costs for treating people with end stage kidney disease are enormous, along with the devastating effect it has on patients and their families,” said Adeera Levin, President of the International Society of Nephrology which produced the Atlas. “A diagnosis of CKD does not mean that you will need dialysis or a transplant, but does signal that you are at risk for many health problems, including heart disease, strokes, and infections,” Levin, who is also a Professor of Medicine at the University of British Colombia in Canada, added. While CKD can affect anyone, people are at higher risk if they have any one or more of a number of risk factors: these include high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity smoking, being aged 60 years or over, having established cardiovascular disease, having a family history of kidney failure, and being from a high-risk ethnic group or having a history of acute kidney injury. Acute kidney injury can be caused by infections, dehydration or damage from medications or ingesting toxic drugs. “A general lack of awareness of CKD, among patients and family doctors alike, and a lack of symptoms in the early stages, means that kidney function is usually hugely reduced by the time symptoms arise,” said Professor David Johnson, co-chair of the Global Kidney Health Atlas, and Professor at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.The kidneys are vital organs in our bodies, removing waste and excess water and controlling the acidity balance of our blood. Chronic kidney disease is the gradual loss of the kidneys’ abilities to perform these essential functions, and can be caused by high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, smoking and other risk factors.