United Nations: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has appealed to India and Pakistan to “exercise maximum restraint” to ensure that the situation does not further deteriorate, his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said, amidst sudden spike in tensions between the two neighbours.”The UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) observed and reported an increase in military activity at the Line of Control in recent days. The UN appeals to both sides to exercise maximum restraint to ensure that the situation does not further deteriorate,” a statement issued by Dujarric said. The UNMOGIP observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the Line of Control and the Working Boundary between the two neighbours in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as reports developments that could lead to ceasefire violations. UNMOGIP was established in January 1949. India, however, maintains that UNMOGIP has “outlived its relevance” after the Simla Agreement signed between the two countries in 1972. PTI
Advertisement Cirque du Soleil’s decision to go ahead with more performances in Saudi Arabia next month despite international outrage over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is creating a malaise within circus ranks, The Canadian Press has learned.Following stops in Italy, Germany and Croatia, the Quebec-based troupe will pitch its tent in Riyadh from Dec. 17 to 29 in a visit that has been in the works for about a year.Daniel Lamarre, the Cirque’s president and CEO, is scheduled to be in the Saudi capital for the show Toruk, inspired by the James Cameron film Avatar. Twitter But in light of recent events that have sparked an international political crisis, some artists are asking why the Cirque is sticking to its schedule.“The approach is dogmatic, and the message sent by the company is, ‘We are a business, we want to make money and we are an apolitical company,” one Toruk employee, who asked not to be identified because she fears losing her contract with the Cirque, told The Canadian Press.She and another employee decided to share their displeasure after Cirque founder Guy Laliberté last month expressed his own discomfort with the decision to perform in Saudi Arabia last September.Saudi Arabia facing criticismThe Cirque put on a show in Saudi Arabia on Sept. 23 to mark the country’s national holiday, which was before Khashoggi was killed but during a diplomatic quarrel between Ottawa and Riyadh.The Cirque artists said they tried many times to approach the managers of the tour with their concerns, but they got nowhere.In recent weeks, the kingdom has faced intense criticism over the death of Khashoggi, who disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Saudi Arabia first insisted he’d left the consulate, then said he’d been killed in a fist fight inside the consulate before finally admitting his murder had been premeditated.Turkish officials say a 15-man Saudi hit squad — including at least one member of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s entourage — tortured, murdered and dismembered Khashoggi.One of the Cirque’s four pillars, according to its website, is to “act as a responsible agent of change in the community.” But the second employee who spoke to The Canadian Press said the operation can no longer boast of being a change agent.“We no longer think that Saudi Arabia has taken steps to modernize,” he said. “This is a business decision. The Cirque is from now on just a business.”The employee said the decision to perform in Saudi Arabia contrasts with the 2016 cancellation of Cirque performances in North Carolina to protest against a law limiting protections offered to the LGBTQ community.Events ‘created a malaise’Marie-Hélène Lagacé, the Cirque’s senior director of public relations, acknowledged that senior management considered cancelling the Saudi shows despite being bound by a contract.“It would be a lie to say this has not created a malaise,” she said. “We have also had discussions with our employees about it. Reactions surrounding these events are very emotional.”She said the decision to maintain the Saudi dates was “very difficult” but fit with a desire to be consistent across the more than 60 countries where it has shows.If the Cirque pulled out of Saudi Arabia, “we are going to have to do it elsewhere if we want to be consistent,” she said.“How do we justify that we are not going to this country, but we are going to other markets where, potentially, there are other issues that are just as serious?”The employees who contacted The Canadian Press said they will accompany the troupe to Riyadh because they do not want to have their contracts cancelled for the rest of the tour, which concludes in London next June.“For artists who live on contracts, it is hard to know what will be our next job,” one of them said. “And for those who hope to work long-term with the Cirque, this situation could have repercussions on their relationship.”By Julien Arsenault | The Canadian Press Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook
The man behind Apple News wants to shake up the travel industry and give travellers a cut of commissions from online hotel bookings.Jochem Wijnands launched TRVL this year. Here are five things you should know about using the online platform.What is TRVL?TRVL is a website that allows travellers to sign up as so-called TRVL agents and search for hotels for their trips or recommend places to stay to others. The agents receive a commission — up to 10 per cent — any time someone books travel through a link they provide.Who can use it?Anyone over 18 can sign up for the service, so long as they abide by the site’s rules.Anyone can message a TRVL agent on the website, without having to sign up, and book a recommended hotel through a link they provide. However, the site is currently blocked in Ontario.Where does the commission money come from?Online booking websites, like Booking.com and Hotels.com, have a built-in portion of the price that typically goes to a travel agent, said Wijnands.Travellers who book online themselves pay that fee but don’t receive the service, he said.TRVL lets its agents recoup that cost by cutting them in on the commission hotels pay to websites that send customers their way.How much does it pay?TRVL agents receive up to 10 per cent of the cost of the hotel booking in payment 30 to 60 days after the trip takes place. So, travellers can recoup up to $20 on a $200 hotel, for instance. However, money earned for each booking depends on the price of the hotel and the percentage of commission TRVL offers.Does it cost anything to book?The service is free to use. TRVL makes its profit by taking a cut of the commission its booking service providers pay.
London: Manchester United appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the club’s permanent manager on a three-year contract on Thursday following a highly successful caretaker spell in charge. The Norwegian, 46, has inspired a dramatic revival of United’s fortunes since taking over from the sacked Jose Mourinho in December, winning 14 of his 19 games and leading the Red Devils to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Solskjaer, who scored 126 goals in 366 appearances for United, was already a hero to fans as the man who scored the stoppage-time winner in the 1999 Champions League final to complete the treble. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club,” Solskjaer said in a statement on the club’s website. “It was an honour to be a Manchester United player, and then to start my coaching career here. “The last few months have been a fantastic experience and I want to thank all of the coaches, players and staff for the work we’ve done so far. “This is the job that I always dreamed of doing and I’m beyond excited to have the chance to lead the club long-term and hopefully deliver the continued success that our amazing fans deserve.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: “More than just performances and results, Ole brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a coach, coupled with a desire to give young players their chance and a deep understanding of the culture of the club.” After Mourinho was sacked following a 3-1 loss to Liverpool on December 16, Solskjaer initially arrived from Norwegian club Molde “on loan” until the end of the season. Solskjaer, who spent 11 seasons at Old Trafford as a player, took over with the club in sixth place in the Premier League, 11 points off the top four. But they have lost just once in the league since then and are now in fifth place, just two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, with eight games remaining in the season. The highlight of his reign so far was a dramatic 3-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 in the Champions League, with United overturning a 2-0 first-leg defeat to reach the quarter-finals on away goals. Solskjaer’s former United teammate Peter Schmeichel tweeted: “Congratulations my friend, it is well deserved. Up and onwards let’s chase some trophies.” Former United defender Gary Neville welcomed the appointment and urged the club to back the new full-time boss financially. “I’m delighted for Ole,” Neville tweeted. “I didn’t think this would happen when he was appointed. However the results and spirit in the club have been incredible since he arrived and he deserves it. He now needs support in the transfer market in terms of finance and the right resource!” Another former United teammate of Solskjaer’s, Rio Ferdinand, tweeted: “Yessss Ole is officially at The Wheel… Signed, Sealed, Delivered! Manager of @ManUtd! I hope my Thank You is in post Ole.”
Torrellano Cup One of the biggest youth handball tournament in Europe this summer will be held in Spain – Torrellano Cup 2016! Handball-Planet.com already wrote about this event, but now word has Torrellano Cup director Jeronimo Cartagena Gonzalves.What do you think of the development that the tournament has experienced through the years?This is the Spanish most ancient international tournament and this year we celebrate the 28th edition. The economic crisis has damaged the tournament during some years, but we have resist and we hope that after some years the tournament will be the same once again: one of the greatest international handball tournaments.How big is the tournament impact on the local community?The tournament doubles the number of people in the city with the players, the parents and companions. It increases the restaurants and shops’ sales. The organization creates a tour to visit the Elche Parque Industrial shops so that everyone interested can enjoy the facilities.What is the main quality of Torrellano Cup and its biggest advantage in comparison with others?The main quality is the good weather that we have during the tournament. You can spare your free time going all over the Costa Blanca beaches. Furthermore, there is an international airport within 10 minutes to where the teams stay, so they do not have to struggle with any problem. Finally, there are six covered courts for the competitions and this creates a great environment because everything is in the same place. The fact that all the players are in one place makes easier the water distribution and the massage therapists and physiotherapist service that take care of the players before, during and after the matches.How many teams and countries do you expect this year? Which countries would you like to attract?We expect to receive around 200 teams from 12 different countries this year, and we would like to receive again teams from America to participate again and live this experience with 20 or 21 different countries. Which kind of programme have you prepared for the guests?During the tournament there is a tapas contest, the participants can taste the different chef creations from all the bars. Saturday 16th, there will be an enormous paella for all the participants and companions. In addition, they will be able to participate on the outlet shop tour in the city and buy different products at the best price. Finally, we have organized several parties at some city nightclubs and at the opening and closing ceremony some performances will take place – concluded Jeronimo Cartagena Gonzalves.IT IS THE LAST WEEK TO APPLY FOR TORRELLANO CUP 2016! ← Previous Story EHF FINAL 4 HANGOUT: Warm up for exciting weekend Next Story → VELUX EHF FINAL 4: Who will win this time?
RONAN KEATING AND Kanye West? Same age. Ray D’Arcy and Keanu Reeves? Same age. Rob Kearney and Rob Pattinson? Same age.Here are some more celebrities (and/or public figures) that you probably didn’t realise were the same age. Prepare to be surprised.1. Ryan Tubridy and Tyra Banks (born 1973) Source: Photocall Ireland/PA2. Eamon Dunphy and Helen Mirren (born 1945) Source: Photocall Ireland/PA3. Joe Brolly and Javier Bardem (born 1970) Source: TheScore.ie/PA4. Daithi O’Sé and Adrian Grenier (born 1976) Source: RTÉ/PA5. Joe Duffy and Kim Cattrall (born 1956) Source: Photocall Ireland/PA6. Brendan O’Connor and Rachel Weisz (born 1970) Source: Photocall Ireland/PA7. Lucinda Creighton and Kim Kardashian (born 1980) Source: Photocall Ireland/PA8. Bryan Dobson and Colin Firth (born 1960) Source: RTÉ/PA9. Katie Taylor and Lady Gaga (born 1986) Source: Photocall Ireland/PA10. Charlie Bird and Lionel Richie (born 1949) Source: Photocall ireland/PA11. Leo Varadkar and Pete Doherty (born 1979) Source: Photocall Ireland/PA12. Anne Doyle and Nile Rodgers (born 1952) Source: Photocall Ireland/PA13. Simon Harris and Drake (born 1986) Source: Photocall Ireland/PA14. Michael D Higgins and Nick Nolte (born 1941) Source: Photocall Ireland/PA11 summer panics every Irish person has >11 facts everyone knows that are actually completely wrong >
Samsung would have you believe that their first Android tablet, the 7-inch Galaxy Tab, is selling like gangbusters… and it’s true it’s selling better than other Android tablets, and is largely what is responsible for Android reducing iPad‘s marketshare to “just” 77%.That said, Samsung has been being disingenuous about the Galaxy Tab’s actual sales numbers. There’s a reason why you don’t see people pulling out Galaxy Tab’s in public: while Samsung is shipping a lot of Galaxy Tabs to stores and carriers, their real sales are “quite small” according to company official Lee Young-Hee.Here’s the thing: when a company releases sales numbers in an earnings call or press release, there’s two numbers they can dole out. The first is the number of units sold to customers, but this is the smaller number: the bigger number is the number of units “shipped” or ordered by stores.You can see the problem: a company might want to give out the bigger number of how many units went to a retail store or big box, but that doesn’t actually mean the gadget’s a success. In the Galaxy Tab’s case, a lot of orders might be accounted for by retailers who don’t have a deal with Apple for the iPad, but want to have a tablet to sell people if they come in asking about one.In other words, Samsung — which claimed to sell a respectable two million Galaxy Tab units last quarter — has actually sold quite a few less. Samsung’s success in “reducing” the iPad’s marketshare to just 77%, then? It might be, and probably is, significantly overblown.Read more at Electronista
The title calls it a Parkour robot, but the latest video showing off University of Pennsylvania and Boston Dynamics’ RHex has more in common with an artsy skateboarding video.Like a cinematographer setting up lavish shots of a rail grind or air trick, director Kurtis Sensenig puts the emphasis more on the visual splendor of the RHex style of movement than on its practical abilities. When the robot flips up in slow motion to grab the edge of a high wall, the video cuts away before the machine can hoist itself up to the top, as we know it can.Slow motion closeups focus on the elegance of the RHex unit as it sails through the air with its legs pulled back like a human diver. Set against trippy trance music, this video makes it easy to forget that RHex was born primarily to work toward military contracts.RHex is primarily an all-terrain robot solution. BigDog and its contemporaries are impressive enough, but their delicate stepping can be foiled by water, large obstacles, or uneven terrain. Not RHex. With a simple yet versatile mode of travel, the robot can step, jump, or climb over just about anything before it. The unit can be made to be totally amphibious, swimming while completely submerged and still ready for anything once it hits the shore.Readings from each leg are used to change movement strategy on the fly.This particular version focuses on keeping the now decade-old design simple and light — hence the parkour title. The free running aspects of its locomotion come much more easily thanks to a lower overall weight. RHex can now launch itself over gaps that are larger than the robot itself, and the carbon fiber shell can withstand the punishment of falling from even great heights.Perhaps the most impressive aspect of RHex at this point is how it can adjust its movement based on the situation. Force sensors let feedback from the legs dictate the specifics of motion — running on concrete is best achieved with forceful footfalls, but moving over pebbles or grass requires a softer approach. By adjusting the basic style of movement to everything from the contours to the materials of the ground, it can attack all-terrain problems like no other robot before it.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Victorian Privacy Commissioner, Helen Versey, is establishing a Youth Reference Group and is seeking nominations from young people aged 15-25. “The aim of the group is to inform and support the Office’s privacy awareness and policy work with young people. Having a group of young people directly inform and advise my Office about the privacy issues and challenges affecting them will be of enormous benefit to our work. I am particularly seeking participation by young Victoria’s from our diverse multicultural communities, including the Greek speaking community” Ms Versey said. Recent Australian research about the way that young Australians use online social media shows that young people can put their privacy at risk. For example, “sometimes personal information was divulged online without an understanding of the potential consequences of disclosure, for example, posting information about going on holiday and not realising that this could give an unintended recipient information about their whereabouts” “I have also learnt from talking with young people that they have concerns about being able to keep personal information secret, such as their home address, and they are concerned about strangers knowing things about them that they would prefer to keep private, such as their mobile phone numbers” Ms Versey added. Nominations to join the reference group are being sought from young people who may be at secondary school, in tertiary education, working or unemployed. Application forms are available at www.privacy.vic.gov.au. Nominations close September 25 .
L’exceptionnelle éruption du Mont Shinmoedake en imagesAu Japon, le Mont Shinmoedake est entré en éruption le 19 janvier. Hier, l’activité du volcan s’est intensifiée, si bien que l’état d’alerte niveau 3 a été annoncée par les autorités japonaises. Les nuages de cendres et de fumée sont spectaculaires.A Kyushu, la troisième plus grande et la plus méridionale des quatre îles principales du Japon, le ciel s’est brutalement obscurci aux alentours du Mont Shinmoedake. Depuis le 19 janvier dernier, ce volcan, peu connu, crache de la lave, mais surtout de la fumée et des cendres. Son activité est si intense qu’un immense nuage opaque s’est emparé du ciel à cet endroit de l’île. Hier, les autorités ont même annoncé l’état d’alerte niveau 3.Un internaute japonais a voulu partager cette éruption avec le monde entier en la filmant et la mettant en ligne sur la plateforme de vidéos You Tube. Les images sont impressionnantes.Découvrez cette éruption exceptionnelle du Mont Shinmoedake en vidéo sur Maxisciences.Le 28 janvier 2011 à 10:55 • Emmanuel Perrin
During the Wednesday’s cup win, 19-year-old Matteo Guendouzi was sent off for the Gunners over Blackpool, but his manager is not worried a bit about the red card shown to the youngster.Drama: @MatteoGuendouzi is shown a second yellow after the referee adjudged him to have pulled down Thompson#CarabaoCup 🔴 2-0 ⚪️ (56) pic.twitter.com/76ekIpBBHw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 31, 2018Guendouzi will now miss Saturday’s clash with Liverpool as Emery had this to say:“That is football. Things can be positive or negative like an injury, a red card, 90 minutes of hard work that don’t allow you to play other matches,” Emery told reporters via Goal.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“A red card is like that.“We have a lot of players looking to play, to help us and take responsibility. His quality for the team, I am going to prepare with other players for the big match.“He’s playing well. He’s playing with a spirit – [he’s] competitive. The action is… it’s an action, he plays that action as a normal moment in the game.“He is pushing behind the player. He is playing with the spirit I want today and every match.“We have spoken. It is very important to control, but I don’t think he lost control. The red card is one circumstance.”
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Florida representatives reacted to reports that President Donald Trump shared highly classified information with the Russian ambassador and foreign minister.Initially, representatives met Monday morning, in Fort Lauderdale, to discuss their concerns about Trump’s new health care plan, but the focus shifted in the wake of the report that Trump shared classified information.“President Trump should be banned from getting access to highly classified sensitive information,” said Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who hosted the meeting along with Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch.“President Trump is causing people to lose sleep,” said she said. “He is making them feel panicked and like their safety and security is in jeopardy.”Rep. Deutch believes the sharing of classified information puts the United States at risk.“The leak of classified information by the president of the United States to the Russians, in the Oval Office, puts at risk our relationship with our allies at a critical time,” said Deutch. “It puts at risk the ability to gather the intelligence that is necessary to keep us safe, and as a result it puts at risk our national security.”Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson said the sharing of information “demonstrates that the president is undisciplined.” “Russia is not our friend and he should know that,” she said.Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart tweeted “Putin and the Russian regime are dangerous players in the global arena. They’re not our allies and can’t be trusted with sensitive information, classified [information].”Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo also took to Twitter saying, “The importance of carefully handling classified information was one of the big lessons of 2016. All leaders should be held to the same standard.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio believes that accuracy is important when discussing the recent reports.“I have very specific questions, and I hope they’ll be answered at some point today,” said Rubio.Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen believes the issue isn’t whether or not the president has the power to declassify information but how he uses that power.“You have the power to fire the FBI director,” said Ros-Lehtinen. “You have lots of powers. That doesn’t mean you use it and abuse it.”Ros-Lehtinen also believes the president has jeopardized relationships with allies “because they believe the United States can’t be trusted with classified information,” she said.Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson also released a statement saying she believes the president is desperate for attention and needs psychological help.“He’s the president of the United States,” said Wilson. “There are some things that must be confidential just with your secuity staff, even with your nation.
POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for a man suspected of using stolen credit cards to purchase gift cards.In late December, the thief was seen on surveillance footage charging gift cards on different credit cards at a CVS in Pompano Beach. One of those cards was traced to the theft of a man’s satchel in North Lauderdale.That victim received a purchase alert on his phone on Dec. 27 from his credit card company.When he went to get his wallet from his car he realized the satchel containing it had been stolen.Deputies said that although this victim was only charged for one $200 gift card, they believe he is not the only victim, as the thief was seen using several credit cards to buy the gift cards.If you recognize this man caught on camera, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio With leadership overhaul, Walker consolidates gas line powerRachel Waldholz, APRN – AnchorageYou don’t normally associate “state gas line corporation” and “drama” – but this weekend, the state-owned Alaska Gasline Development Corporation was the source of all kinds of drama.Costco won’t sell genetically engineered salmon, for nowLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.Now that the FDA has approved a genetically engineered salmon for human consumption, Costco appears to be joining Safeway and other retailers in a commitment not to sell it.Starving sea birds stranded in Anchorage, Mat-SuMonica Gokey, KSKA – AnchorageAn increase in dead or starving common murres has expanded beyond coastal communities and into urban areas in recent weeks. An Anchorage bird rehabilitation center that usually sees one or two murres a year has gotten 20 this month. All were starving.Sitka tribal council pens FBI, alleging racism in police deptEmily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaThe Sitka Tribe of Alaska wrote a letter to the Anchorage Division of the FBI, alleging racial bias exists within the Sitka Police Department. The FBI is currently investigating a tasing incident of an Alaska Native teenager in the Sitka jail last year.Fairbanks building awaits demolition… or revitalization?Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA group of Fairbanks city leaders are working to find money to demolish the Polaris building.Juneau high school sleep-out raises $3K for homeless youthLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauAbout 200 kids and teenagers in Juneau are homeless. There are students without adequate or regular housing in every school in the district. This past weekend, high school students slept out in the cold to raise awareness of the mostly invisible problem.Family remembers man who died at AFNJennifer Canfield, KTOO – JuneauAnthony Choquette’s brother-in-law says the family did everything they could to help him before he died by suicide last month at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage.Ailing Coast Guard cutter gets replacement with same nameAssociated PressThere are now two Coast Guard cutters that carry the name Munro.
Trimulgherry: The streetlights at Posts & Telegraph Colony near the Trimulgherry Street were disrupted as trees fell on electric poles during the recent downpour. The locals complained to the officials concerned to get the lights repaired as commuters were facing problems while travelling in the dark through this road.Speaking to The Hans India here on Tuesday, G Janardhan, secretary of Posts & Telegraph Colony, said people were facing hardships and in spite of lodging complaints to the SCB officials, they have failed to restore the situation. We were facing problems in passing through this lane during the night. In the darkness of the night, traffic snarls are often witnessed on the road, he added. Residents made an appeal to the officials to respond to the situation and restore the power which was disrupted.
Representation Image of a UFOPixabayConspiracy theorists all across the world believe that alien life is a bitter reality, and they blame space agencies like NASA for covering up facts about extraterrestrial intelligence.According to these conspiracy theorists, UFO sightings that happen all across the world are authentic proof of alien existence and they have even some seemingly-authentic clips to substantiate their views. However, in certain cases, human eyes can be deceived easily, and lenticular clouds are an astonishing natural phenomenon that has been betraying the eyes of conspiracy theorists for years.Recently, NASA shared a time-lapse video that showed lenticular clouds in a series of images above Mount Etna. Due to their smooth and disc-shaped structure, these particular clouds have been misleading conspiracy theorists for years, and this time too, the result was no different.After seeing the images, alien enthusiasts outlandishly confirmed that a gigantic extraterrestrial mothership has visited the earth, and some of them even went a step ahead and claimed that aliens are gearing up for an invasion which may cause an ultimate human extinction. Lenticular Clouds over Mount EtnaDario Giannobile”What’s happening above that volcano? Although Mount Etna is seen erupting, the clouds are not related to the eruption. They are lenticular clouds formed when moist air is forced upwards near a mountain or volcano. The surreal scene was captured by chance late last month when the astrophotographer went to Mount Etna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sicily, Italy, to photograph the conjunction between the Moon and the star Aldebaran,” wrote NASA on their website, after sharing the images captured by astronomer Dario Giannobile.Lenticular clouds are usually formed in the troposphere of the earth’s atmosphere. It usually happens when moist air is forced to flow upwards near hill ranges and mountains. In usual cases, the shape of these clouds looks like a disc, and it is the main reason why conspiracy theorists often get misled by the sighting.
The Bengaluru office of Mindtree. The delay from Larsen and Toubro in finding a replacement for Rostow Ravanan, who is quitting as chief executive officer, is affecting staff morale and the company’s market capitalization. WikimediaEngineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro’s (L&T) delay in finding a replacement for the outgoing chief executive officer of new acquisition Mindtree is worsening uncertainty about the future of Bengaluru-based mid-sized IT services firm. The uncertainty has affected the morale of the company employees with the second-rung leadership seeking clarity on the company’s future.L&T leadership has clarified it will maintain a hands-off approach to Mindtree even as two former executives of rival Cognizant Technology Solutions are reportedly the frontrunners to replace Rostow Ravanan.Debashis Chatterjee, who quit as president and head of global delivery of Cognizant in May, and Rajeev Mehta, who joined L&T in April former president of Cognizant, have been the frontrunners for the Mindtree top job, according to a report in the Economic Times.L&T said that it would announce a new leadership team for Mindtree after the software services firm’s chairman Krishnakumar Natarajan, vice-chairman NS Parthasarathy, and Ravanan, who are also cofounders, quit after they lost control of the company. They, however, remain shareholders.The developments have battered the Mindtree stock, which hit a 52-week low on Tuesday falling as low as Rs 735. Around noon it was trading at Rs 762. After opening at 772. The share closed on Monday down 10.43 percent after dropping 14 percent in intra-day trade while the benchmark Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) dropped 2 percent.”The overhang of residual shares is too high. Nalanda Capital still has 1.7 percent shares left after it tendered its holding in the open offer,” the report quotes Shriram Subramaniam, founder of proxy advisory firm InGovern, as saying. “Arohi is left with a small shareholding, which they want to sell. The promoters’ shares are still unsold,” Subramaniam said. Larsen & Toubro has promised to keep off managing new acquisition Mindtree.Reuters fileL&T, which got a toehold in Mindtree by buying the 23 percent stake controlled by Café Coffee Day founder VG Sidharth, picked up shares at Rs 980 in an open offer. The engineering giant now controls more than 60 percent in the Bengaluru-based company.Nalanda Capital, a long-term investor in Mindtree with a 10.6 percent stake, that sided with its founders when they objected to L&T’s takeover, sold its shares in the open offer after markets regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), warned the Singapore-based public market fund against acting in concert with Mindtree founders.L&T, which holds 60.06 percent in Mindtree, is unlikely to increase its holding following the proposal in the Union budget 2019 that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed on raising the current threshold of public shareholding to 35 percent from 25 percent. L&T, which has an information technology subsidiary L&T Infotech, has said Mindtree would be run as a separate entity and would not be merged with its own technology units.”Continuity will be the key theme in the management transition… No position is sought to be disturbed at Mindtree, and no changes are contemplated right now. There will be a new CEO for Mindtree, the announcement about which will be done in due course,” L&T CEO SN Subrahmanyan told news agency PTI.
Map of SatkhiraA seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a youth at Uttar Nalta village in Tala upazila of Satkhira on Sunday noon, reports UNB.The victim’s father said Baharul Islam, 19, son of Nurul Sardar of the village, took his daughter to an abandoned building adjacent to their home where he violated her.Hearing her screams, her mother rescued her, he said, adding that the alleged rapist managed to flee.The girl was first taken to Tala Upazila Health Complex where doctors referred her to Satkhira Sadar Hospital as her condition deteriorated due to excessive bleeding, said Saifullah Al Kafee, a medical officer at the district hospital.On information, police superintendent of the district Md Sazzadur Rahman visited the victim at the hospital.Contacted, the SP said they were trying to arrest the culprit.
Citation: Could Graphene Replace Semiconductors? (2008, September 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-09-graphene-semiconductors.html (PhysOrg.com) — “People want a faster computer chip,” Philip Kim tells PhysOrg.com. “And it needs to be smaller. But in order to increase the speed of the chip, or to get it smaller, we are approaching a point where you need materials other than silicon.” Researchers ‘iron out’ graphene’s wrinkles Kim, professor at Columbia University, believes that graphene may be just that material. Along with his colleagues, Bolotin, Sikes, Hone and Stormer, Kim thinks that suspended graphene may provide the transport capability needed to reach greater speeds in computer ships. The work of the group from Columbia University can be found in Physical Review Letters: “Temperature-Dependent Transport in Suspended Graphene.”When one looks at the structure of graphite, stacked layers of pure carbon are apparent. However, it wasn’t until 2004 that a process sophisticated enough to “slice” off one of the layers was discovered. This single layer is called graphene. Graphene is basically a sheet of bonded carbon atoms, with the thickness of only one atom. If one could look down at graphene from the top, one would observe that the sheet bears a strong resemblance to honeycomb, with its hexagons fitted snugly together.“Graphene behaves almost like semiconductor but without a energy gap,” Kim explains. This is why it would do well as a material for computer chips. “When you apply an electric field perpendicular to graphene, the number of electrons – the carrier density – can be tuned.”“One of the main themes is how fast the charge can move in graphene,” Kim continues. “Higher mobility means electron conducts faster in the system. It has always been speculated that the mobility of graphene can be quite high. But it has not been shown as high as some of the highest semiconductors in the past.”The group at Columbia University, however, has shown that graphene can exceed the transport speed of even the semiconductors with the highest mobility. They have done this by suspending the graphene at room temperature. “We have found that this transport ability is higher in the graphene than in any known semiconductor at room temperature.”“Lower mobility in graphene comes from external impurities, rather than intrinsic limitations,” Kim explains. “So the question becomes how to remove these impurities. Many of the impurities actually come from the substrate; this is the substance the graphene is sitting on. Suspending the graphene and subsequently annealing it would help ‘clean’ the graphene, and increase the mobility.”The current work also shows that temperature plays a role in the transport ability of graphene. “We found that the graphene has the highest mobility at room temperature,” Kim says. “This is great, since various applications would get more use out of something that can work in the real world.”And the future? Kim believes that there are still impurities in the graphene. “There are still limits right now,” he says. “I think we can bring the mobility even higher.”Kim maintains that this discovery of temperature-dependent transport in graphene goes beyond practical application. “Every time you discover something like this – where mobility is really enhanced – it results in a discovery of new physics. I think the same thing will happen with graphene. Improving mobility will allow us to look at new physics in a very exotic system.”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. Explore further
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailFlooding is possible on four rivers in Staffordshire in the coming days due to heavy rain – the Environment Agency have announced. Flood alerts have been issued for the River Churnet and River Tean in the Staffordshire Moorlands, as well as the River Sow and the River Penk in Stafford Borough. Rain is expected over the coming days that could see water levels rising – although no properties are expected to be at risk. There are currently no active flood alerts in Cheshire East. An Environment Agency spokesman said: “We are issuing this flood alert as a precautionary measure as heavy rain is forecast overnight tonight (Friday 9th March) within the River Churnet and River Penk catchments. “This may result in river levels rising in this area and there may be flooding to low lying land and roads in the Leek, Basford Bridge, Penkridge and Milford areas early tomorrow morning. “No flooding of properties is forecast however, and no warnings are expected to be issued. Further rain is forecast over the weekend and into Monday.” Read MoreRMT announces 48 hours of strikes on Northern Rail A total of 25 flood alerts are currently in force in England as of publication – with a majority in the West Midlands. The latest Met Office weather forecast for the region states it will be ‘Cloudy this evening and at first tonight with outbreaks of locally heavy rain and low cloud giving fog on the hills. Becoming a little drier in the south by morning, but still rather cloudy with some rain in the north.’ Flood Alerts and Warnings explainedThe Environment Agency issues three levels of flood alert and warning. Flood Alerts: The most common and least severe, these mean flooding is possible and to be prepared. Flood Warnings: A step up from an alert, a Flood Warning means flooding is expected and immediate action is required. Severe Flood Warnings: The most serious. These mean there is severe flooding and a danger to live. Both Flood Warnings and Severe Flood Warnings are exceptionally rare in Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.