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 @aprnListen nowWhy are so many fighter pilots leaving the Air Force?Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Air Force has a multi-billion dollar problem with one of its most expensive assets: pilots. The American military overall is having trouble filling its ranks. For the Air Force, the issue is retaining pilots after they’ve gone through years of costly training.Derelict vessel bill heads to Gov. Walker’s deskAaron Bolton, KBBI – HomerThe bill aims to give the state, municipalities and individuals more tools to hold owners of derelict and abandoned vessels legally liable.Sen. Murkowski weighs in on Mueller’s Russia probeAssociated PressAlaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said this week that the Russia investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller III should be allowed to proceed to its natural end and that she would support legislation approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee to protect the inquiry.Haines School Board re-names high school gymAbbey Collins, KHNS – HainesThe Haines Borough School Board renamed the high school gym. The facility, known for decades as the Karl Ward Gymnasium, will now be called the Haines High School Gymnasium.Senate passes bill adding ‘hunting preserve’ to 8 state wildlife refuge namesDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe Alaska Senate has a passed a bill that adds “hunting preserve” to the names of eight state wildlife refuges.Walrus haul out near Bristol Bay villageAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamResidents saw a few hundred walrus hauled out at the beginning of April. By the end of April, they reported seeing about a thousand. On a recent flight over the shoreline, an Alaska Fish and Game biologist saw only 100.AK: What does Black Panther mean to America’s most diverse community?Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageResidents of Anchorage got a chance to get up close and personal with the film Black Panther when one of the stuntwomen and actresses from the film visited Clark Middle School to talk to the Mountain View community last Saturday.49 Voices: Lyndea Kelleher of AnchorageWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Lyndea Kelleher in Anchorage. Kelleher is graduating from the University of Alaska Anchorage on Sunday and will be the student speaker at the commencement ceremony.
Nic Petit arrived in Bethel less than two minutes behind Matthew Failor.(Photo credit Katie Basile / KYUK)We take a quick look back at competitive mid-distance sled dog races that many Iditarod mushers use as qualifier or tune-up races. And though he’s not in Iditarod this year, we talk to Yukon Quest champion Brent Sass about that race, his plans to return to Iditarod next year and who he thinks could win this year. We also take a visit to Alpine Creek Lodge off the Denali Highway, a remote yet comfortable training ground for established and up-and-coming dog teams alike.
Hyderabad: Private medical colleges efforts to get a five per cent hike in tuition fees for management quota (B and C categories) from this academic year onwards have not fructified with no response yet from the State government. With Kaloji Health University already starting the process to fill B category seats (over 1,250 seats) in private medical colleges with seat allotment set to take place over the next few days, it is certain that fee structure of the previous academic year will continue even for the present academic year (2019-20). Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us The existing fee structure in private medical colleges (non-minority) is Rs 11.55 lakh tuition fee per year for B category seats and Rs 23.1 lakh for C category (or NRI quota seats). The private medical colleges have written to the State government, few weeks ago, seeking its nod to increase five per cent on the existing fees, which would have come to an additional increase of Rs 57,000 on B category and Rs 1.15 lakh on the NRI or C category. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Government-approved this new fee structure for private medical colleges in 2016 and also gave nod for the hike of five per cent of fees for management quota seats every year. However, college managements say this hike decision was not implemented in the 2017 and 2018 and still the same fee structure was in place. Hence, the colleges association had written a letter to the government to give nod to implement the five per cent hike decision at least from the present academic year. Advertise With Us Telangana Private Medical and Dental Colleges Association president C Lakshmi Narasimha Rao stated that they have written to government well in advance on this issue, but he rued no decision was taken so far. Meanwhile, private medical colleges are keenly waiting for the meeting with Health Minister Eatala Rajender to discuss about various issues concerning them. Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao announced in the recent Assembly session that Health Minister would sit with private college managements soon and if required he would also intervene to find a solution. College managements say that no progress was seen on this issue and they are pursuing with the Health Minister to convene a meeting soon.
Sharma noted that given the “distressed nature of the circumstances” and other factors, he expects the valuation of the three hotels to drop below $1.34 billion.”Consequently, the current valuation of these properties has also suffered. By conservative estimates the three offshore properties could be worth as little as $700 million and by best efforts basis as much as $1.67 billion collectively,” he said.Sahara’s AngerSahara India had seen a saviour in Saransh Sharma, as it struggles to come up with the required ₹10,000 crore bail amount to secure its chief Subrata Roy, who is behind bars for almost a year now, over failure to abide by market regulator SEBI’s directive to return the funds collected under a bond issuance scheme, later deemed illegal.Both Sahara India and Sharma have been at each other’s throat; while Sahara has threatened legal action against Sharma, he in turn has accused Sahara of reneging on the (hotel properties) deal and sought “formal apology.” Sahara India and US-based Mirach Capital are unlikely to cut the Gordian knot in the near future after Mirach’s latest claim that Sahara’s three overseas hotels can fetch a maximum of $1.67 billion, which is far below current market prices.The three luxury properties – The Plaza and Dream Downtown in New York, and Grosvenor House in London, were bought by Sahara in 2010-2012 for about $1.55 billion. Experts feel the properties are worth more than $2.2 billion, after factoring in market appreciation. The Plaza, partly owned by the Sahara GroupReutersEven as both sides fight each other, it is learnt that Mirach, led by Saransh Sharma, has reached out to Sahara India to revive the deal and said it was open to remitting the funds directly to Bank of China, the original lender who financed the Sahara hotel takeover deal, and possesses a lien on the property, reports PTI.Sharma had earlier structured a $2 billion financing agreement with Sahara. He produced a letter purportedly written by Bank of America to prove availability of funds. However, the bank dissociated itself from the transaction and denied having issued any letter verifying the existence of Mirach’s account with the bank. Sahara later said that the letter was forged.Full Buyout TransactionSharma has said he was willing to complete a total buyout of the three properties, under revised terms and reportedly agreed to deposit money directly with Bank of China, from which Sahara India has taken a loan. While he had initially claimed the three properties hold an enterprise value of $1.67 billion, he revised the figure down to $1.39 billion, based on Sahara’s ownership of equity.
Creative CommonsA college professor from Ballarpur in Maharashtra killed his two daughters and sent a photo via WhatsApp to his estranged wife. He then committed suicide.The incident happened early Tuesday morning, the police said.According to Hindustan Times, Rishikant, an ITI professor, was angry over his wife Pragati leaving him a few days back for Shahnawaz Khan, a driver. The two were allegedly having an affair for a while and suddenly decided to elope. A complaint was filed by Rishikant’s brother Gopal C Kudupalli.Pragati left behind her 40-year-old husband and their two children – Narayani, 6, and Karthiki, 18 months.A report by Gulf News states that a case has been filed under various sections of the Indian Penal Code against Pragati and Shahnawaz for abetting suicide, murder, and torture.Sunil Kamble, a police officer was quoted as saying by Gulf News that the duo are on the run at the moment and the police are searching for them.Unfortunately, this is not the only instance in the recent past when a man killed his children. Last month, a debt-ridden man had poisoned his two minor children and hung himself.Sundar Singh, 40, ran an eatery in Kullu in Himachal Pradesh which was not doing well. Singh was also rejected for a loan which seemed to be his tipping point, reports HT. The bodies of the man and his two children were discovered by his wife in the middle of the night. She had woken up to find the light on in the children’s room. When she went in, she found her two children, 14-year-old Tushar and 11-year-old Mahi on the floor and Singh was hanging by a piece of cloth from the ceiling. The wife also found a plate of Rasmalai on the floor which could have contained the poison for the children.
Indian start-ups are increasingly resorting to layoffs and partially closing down their businesses amid intense competition, rising costs and pressure by investors to show profitability.Hyperlocal delivery start-up PepperTap is the latest to join online food-ordering start-ups TinyOwl and Foodpanda, rival Groffers and real estate services portal Housing.com that have downsized operations and laid-off people recently.Gurgaon-based PepperTap has shut down its operations in six cities and will now confine its business to Delhi, Noida, Pune, Hyderabad, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Bangalore and Faridabad.The six cities where the company is closing down its operations are Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Jaipur.While PepperTap was non-committal on the impact its most recent move will have on employees, media reports said that the start-up will be laying off about 400 delivery men employed on contractual basis in the six cities.The development is the latest in a series of similar steps taken by Groffers, TinyOwl, Foodpanda, TinyOwl and Housing.com that have restructured operations in view of persisting growth worries around the world.PepperTap currently has staff strength of about 2,500 people and the company has raised $47 million till date, including $36 million in Series B funding from Snapdeal, Sequoia India, SAIF Partners and new investors Ru-net (of Russia), JAFCO of (Japan) and BeeNext between September and December last year, the company said in a statement.Navneet Singh, CEO of PepperTap, in a response put the decision to downsize operations in a cryptic way.”Given the short to mid-term investment climate outlook, we have decided to focus on depth rather than breadth,” he said in the statement.PepperTap is run by Nuvo Logistics Pvt Ltd and was founded by Navneet Singh and Milind Sharma. It commenced operations in November 2014.Mumbai-based TinyOwl cut 112 jobs in November last year, three months after laying off 160 people two months earlier, apparently to cut costs.Foodpanda India was reported to have cut nearly 500 jobs and shut down delivery operations in six cities in December last year.Online housing portal Housing.com cut more than 1,000 jobs last year in a bid to trim costs and conserve capital.At the same time, Groffers decided to shut down business in nine Indian cities, according to DealStreetAsia.Ratan Tata, former chairman of the Tata Group and an investor in many start-ups, had ticked off a couple of days ago about valuations of some start-ups, even while sounding optimistic on business opportunities. “There are tremendous opportunities in reaching this population and the task is being undertaken by passionate young people. They need backing. Having said that, some of the valuations are pricey,” the veteran industrialist told the group’s internal publication Tata Review.
I am appalled by the lack of media attention to this blatant dictatorship by @MamataOfficial. Her police arrested a BJYM worker Priyanka Sharma for this silly photoshop. You too are welcome to use this #NewProfilePic with tag #ISupportPriyankaSharma . Plz Rt pic.twitter.com/I3XGNXnw7R — Chowkidar Shivam Madnesh (@Shivammadnesh) 11 May 2019 Where is the freedom of expression gang? #ISupportPriyankaSharma @BJP4India @SophiaW47285349 pic.twitter.com/JTKob8qCLM pic.twitter.com/Tfw6vsCNqc— Abhishek Mishra (@ab_srm) 11 May 2019 Priyanka Chopra at MET Gala 2019 and Mamata Banerjee meme.TwitterThe Lok Sabha elections 2019 gets murkier every day, with some or the other gimmick into play and then the reactions to that gimmick. On May 10, Priyanka Sharma, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Yuva Morcha leader, was arrested in Howrah, West Bengal, for allegedly sharing a morphed picture of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on social media.”Priyanka Sharma has been arrested for sharing a morphed picture of the CM,” a police official said, as reported by The Times of India. This morphed image was in the form of a meme that showed Mamata Banerjee as Priyanka Chopra at MET Gala 2019.Priyanka Chopra’s look at the MET Gala 2019 was both loved and criticised by fans, with her dishevelled hair not going down well with fashion watchers. The MET Gala 2019 theme was Camp: Notes on Fashion and Priyanka Chopra stuck to the theme of going outrageous. But Indians are mostly making fun of her look through memes and tweets.Earlier, Sri Lankan cricketer Lasith Malinga was compared to Priyanka Chopra for having similar hair. And now, Mamata Banerjee has been mocked at by morphing her face onto Priyanka Chopra’s image. The West Bengal CM is known for not taking too kindly to this kind of criticism.A complaint was lodged at the Dasnagar Police station against Priyanka Sharma, accusing her of uploading and sharing Mamata Banerjee’s morphed picture on her Facebook and thereby violating community guidelines, an official of Howrah City police’s Cyber Cell told TOI.A hashtag campaign called #ISupportPriyankaSharma was started on Twitter, and in no time, supporters emerged. Twitter users mocked Mamata Banerjee and hailed Priyanka Sharma for creating the meme. The supporters may also be supporters of the BJP, and some who do not know that the woman belongs to the political party. Take a look at their tweets.Use this photo as your profile photo if believe in free speech, right to criticize. This is democracy Mamata DiDi Bangal aapke bap ka nahi.#ISupportPriyankaSharma pic.twitter.com/T6EChUU5Db— मैकेनिकल इंजीनियर (@mechanical_babu) 11 May 2019 Priyanka Sharma got arrested just because she posted a #Meme So…. Where are the so called liberals now who always supported freedom of expression? Where are the so called feminist? They just be seculars, liberals and feminists at their own convenience.#ISupportPriyankaSharma pic.twitter.com/yqDTL3aWpA — Dheeraj kushwah (@DJkushwah) 11 May 2019 #ISupportPriyankaSharma what a bitch is she attesting an innocent woman for making a small troll. Rip- freedom of expression pic.twitter.com/NL5fMcCWxr — Dhwarakesh (@Dhwarakesh3) 11 May 2019 #ISupportPriyankaSharma. Arrest for circulating this meme of a public figure? @MamataOfficial is a fascist! pic.twitter.com/gbTDW2yT0o— Shefali Vaidya ஷெஃபாலி வைத்யா शेफाली वैद्य (@ShefVaidya) 11 May 2019
Prince HarryGetty ImagesPrince Harry was reportedly not pleased with a reporter who wrote a headline about the Duke of Sussex meeting “Five virgins.”Reportedly Prince Harry once asked a member of his press team why a headline reported he “met five virgins” in Nepal, revealed a royal correspondent. Rhiannon Mills, who wrote the article, claimed Prince Harry “reads and watches everything.” Ms. Mills was surprised that Prince Harry reacted tot the piece or rather the headline.Speaking on ‘Behind the Headlines’ podcast, the Sky News correspondent recollected: “I for a while didn’t appreciate how much everything that I write or record or broadcast, they do watch. Prince Harry once, it was one of his press team, I said ‘oh, is he having a nice time? We’re in Nepal.’It is likely that Ms. Mills was trying to catch eyeballs with the headline. There are a number of ways the headline could have been worked to be more dignified. But if that had been done, it may not have caught the Prince’s attention. Prince HarryGetty images”They said ‘yeah he’s having a great time, he did ask me this morning Rhiannon why your headline says Prince Harry meets five virgins.’ And I said ‘well that was a headline that was put on by the team back in the UK.’ Ms. Mills had quite the explanation for why that particular headline was chosen. “And he had met five young ladies and, in Nepalese, their title did translate into English as ‘five virgins’.”Prince Harry may not have been pleased with the twisted words used. Sky News presenter Tom Macleod remarked: “Bet that was a fun phone conversation you had with the news desk.” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their first child baby Archie Harrison on May 6, but it seems like duty comes before all for the Prince as he has not been able to spend as much time as he wants with his son because of his Royal duties. You can check out the video here:
An employee is seen behind an Infosys logo at the company’s campus in the southern Indian city of Bangalore September 23, 2014.ReutersIf you had got allotment of 10 Infosys shares when the company came out with its initial public offering in February 1993 for a sum of Rs 950 (@ Rs 95 per share), it will be worth Rs 52,65,920 as on March 16, 2017, based on the closing price of Rs 1,028.50 per share.The 52-week high and low for Infosys shares are Rs 1,278 and Rs 900, respectively.Infosys, which was one of the top stocks that mutual fund managers bought heavily last month (9 out of 20 MFs bought the stock), will be declaring its fourth quarter (Q4) results on April 13 (Thursday). The company had 1,99,793 employees as of December 31, 2016.The company’s board of directors will meet on April 12 and 13 in Bengaluru to consider the audited standalone and consolidated financial statements of the company for the quarter and year ending March 31, 2017. Besides, the directors will also consider recommendation of final dividend, if any, for the financial year ending March 31, 2017.”The financial results would be finally approved by the Board of Directors on April 13, 2017,” the Bengaluru-based IT services exporter said in a regulatory filing.The stock has largely remained unaffected despite corporate governance issues raised by its founders that were responded in detail by non-executive chairman R Seshasayee and CEO Vishal Sikka.The company faced a rather uncomfortable phase last month like Tata Sons when some of the founders including N R Narayana Murthy and former CFO Mohandas Pai raised issues ranging from the huge severance pay made to Rajiv Bansal, who quit as CFO in October 2015.Infosys paid Rs 17.38 crore to Bansal as severance pay and the issue was raked up recently, as part of a larger debate on corporate governance issues at Infosys.The controversies also involved appointment of Dr Punita Sinha, wife of Modi minister Jayant Sinha, as independent director of the company in October 2016.If you had got allotment of 10 Infosys shares when the company came out with initial public offering in February 1993 for a sum of Rs 950 (@ Rs 95 per share), it will be worth Rs 52,65,920 on March 16, 2017, based on the closing price of Rs 1,028.50.Here is a look at Infosys starting from its initial public offering (IPO) more than two decades ago:February 1993IPO at Rs 95 per share of face value Rs 10 eachJune 1993Shares got listed at Rs 145 per shareOctober 1993Private placement of 5.50 lakh shares to institutional investors and FIIs at Rs 450 per shareJune 1994Bonus issue in the ratio of 1:1June 1997Bonus issue in the ratio of 1:1January 1999Bonus issue in the ratio of 1:1March 199920.70 lakh American Depository Shares (ADSs) issued at $34 per ADS; each ADS was equivalent to 2 equity sharesNovember 1999Stock split announced; face value reduced to Rs 5 per equity shareApril 2004Bonus issue in the ratio of 3:1April 2006Bonus issue in the ratio of 1:1October 2014Bonus issue in the ratio of 1:1April 2015Bonus issue in the ration of 1:1(Source: Infosys website, annual reports, statements, regulatory filings)
A picture of the chip that won’t be inside the ball.Twitter/Kookaburra CricketWe have seen technology in all its multi-faceted forms in cricket. Whether it is the stump microphone which allows the viewers to hear sledging going on in the middle or heat-trapping cameras used for identifying snicks, called Hotspot.But now, the intervention of technology in cricket is going to reach an even higher level with the Australian ball manufacturing company Kookaburra all set to unveil a new type of cricket balls which will have microchips embedded in them. These will not only help in understanding the flight and trajectory of the ball better, but also help out umpires in tricky situations such as figuring out whether the batsman got an edge on the ball or whether a catch was taken cleanly or not.These new type of balls may have their first outing during the Big Bash League in near future. If passed by the relevant authorities, these new specimens of high-technology would revolutionise decision-making process by the umpires. The evidence collected through these technological aids would be so minute and accurate that no room would be left for any doubt.New Kookaburra SmartBall: making the ball talk.Interested? Register your interest today: https://t.co/DocCJujcjW pic.twitter.com/8yP9vnkjc5— Kookaburra Cricket (@KookaburraCkt) August 10, 2019 However, that isn’t the only big advantage of having micro-chips on the ball. It may also provide such insights as would help the players recognise their game better and improve it. The only problem, when it comes to making such balls common at the international level, would be the fact that only Kookaburra is currently in the process of making them. For such balls to become international, companies like SG and Dukes also need to embed microchips in their products.But then, there might be copyright issues that could play spoilsport. This unique cricket equipment has been developed by Kookaburra along with a company called SportsCor – former Aussie fast bowler Michael Kasprowicz is currently its chairman.With every new kind of ball, all sorts of issues come up that need to be sorted. When the pink cricket ball was being introduced for day-night tests, there were several concerns and later, complaints which had to be looked in to. The manufacturers have to make sure that not only are their new products sustainable but also do not adversely affect the quality of the game. The pink balls were initially criticised for swinging too much but have now been considerably improved.Hence, before balls with embedded chips become the norm in international cricket, they will have to undergo numerous trials and tests. Only when everyone is convinced that the chips are not causing any unwarranted changes in the behaviour of the ball, will it be accepted at the top level.