Bolt enters space race in zero gravity sprint

first_imgDressed in a spacesuit, Bolt was aboard a zero gravity Airbus as part of an event sponsored by a champagne brand.The plane performed a series of parabolas as Bolt and two other guests experienced a phase of weightlessness for 22 seconds, time for a race to be staged within the cabin.The eight-time Olympic champion and 100m and 200m world record holder called time on his athletics career last year.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Usain Bolt struggled to match his pace of old — albeit in weightless conditions © Mumm/Novespace/AFP / Laurent TheilletPARIS, France, Sep 13 – Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt was back on the starting line Thursday — but found it a challenge to stay on his feet in zero gravity conditions aboard an aeroplane.The 32-year-old briefly broke off from his pursuit of a professional football career with Australia’s Central Coast Mariners to travel to France for the event.last_img read more

Reports – Arsenal set to miss out as Besiktas move for Dinamo Zagreb star

first_imgArsenal target Marcelo Brozovic is on the verge of agreeing a move to Besiktas, according to reports in Turkey.The Gunners have reportedly been scouting the 22-year-old since the start of the season, impressed by his performances for Dinamo Zagreb and Croatia.But now, according to Turkish newspaper Takvim, Besiktas have stolen a march on their rivals and are set to seal a move for the midfielder.Personal terms have reportedly already been agreed between Besiktas and Brozovic, with the Croatian playmaker set to net a significant pay rise.The one sticking point remains the player’s transfer fee. Dinamo are believed to want around £5m, while Besiktas value Brozovic at half that. Marcelo Brozovic 1last_img

UCLA’s Shipp out for season

first_img “I appreciate Josh trying to come back and trying to help his team,” Howland said. “We’re off to a great start and Josh tried to do everything he could to help his team. For the next 2 1/2 months, Josh will do nothing but rest and rehab and will be constantly evaluated by our team physician and Dr. Guanche.” UCLA (13-2, 3-1) plays Washington State at home on Thursday, and entertains No. 13 Washington on Saturday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “It was just real sore and painful in those two games. I tried to go again last weekend and I just decided I couldn’t do it the whole year, there was just too much pain.” Shipp started 23 of UCLA’s last 24 games as a freshman last season, when he averaged 9.3 points and 5.2 rebounds. “At this point, his pain levels are just unacceptable, just way too much to handle,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “He has constant throbbing during every practice and every game, he’s very sore every day, and the next morning he’s obviously very stiff. And it’s not getting better. “That’s the main thing, that’s the concern. He has made this decision, through consultation with the physician that did the surgery, his mother and his family, our staff and our trainer. The bottom line is his long-term health.” The university said once the season is over, it will petition the NCAA for a medical hardship waiver, hoping to get Shipp another year of eligibility. UCLA starting forward Josh Shipp will be sidelined for the rest of the season because of increasing pain and discomfort in his right hip. The 6-foot-5 sophomore had an outpatient arthroscopic right hip procedure performed by Dr. Carlos A. Guanche on Sept. 28 at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute. The procedure repaired a torn labrum and included the removal of a bone spur. After missing the first 11 games of the season, Shipp started the 11th-ranked Bruins’ first four Pac-10 games and averaged 11.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 29.8 minutes. “It’s been something that’s been lingering in my mind for a while,” Shipp said in a statement issued by the school Tuesday. “For the Stanford and Cal games, I really didn’t feel comfortable, but I wanted to go out there and try and help the team get a win. last_img read more


first_imgDDTV: Where you at Carrick Vocational School in 1994?Here’s some video footage from that year.All accompanied with music from the 2005 album “The Revs” and the movie soundtrack of “P.S. I Love You”.  DDTV: CARRICK VOCATIONAL SCHOOL 1994 TO MUSIC FROM THE REVS was last modified: January 6th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV: CARRICK VOCATIONAL SCHOOL 1994 TO MUSIC FROM THE REVSlast_img read more

Milan, Roma clash on Serie A match-day three as Ronaldo looks to get off the mark

first_imgAC Milan vs AS RomaStadio San Siro, MilanFriday, 31-08-2018 @09:30pm (Super Sport 9)The pressure is already mounting on these two sides after last week’s thrillers, as Milan fumbled a 2-0 lead and Roma recovered from a similar defici to draw 3-3 at home to Atalanta.This has been a rough start to the season for both teams in Serie A. The Giallorossi scraped a last-gasp win at Torino and then fought back from 3-1 down to snatch a point against Atalanta in Monday’s astonishing encounter. Week 2 was a round of comebacks and Milan were on the wrong end of a spectacular one, leading 2-0 at the Stadio San Paolo only to trail Napoli 3-2 within 30 minutes.Many changes are expected for Milan, Hakan Calhanoglu is available again after missing the Napoli trip through suspension, so Fabio Borini drops to the bench. The defence should be revamped with Mattia Caldara and Ignazio Abate replacing Mateo Musacchio and Davide Calabria, while Cristian Zapata, Andrea Conti and Ivan Strinic are still unavailable.For Roma, Alessandro Florenzi went off injured during that game and is likely to miss out, so either Davide Santon or Rick Karsdorp will take over at right-back. Steven Nzonzi can get his first start, having received his Serie A debut as a substitute with Atalanta, but above all there’s a change of shape in the air.Roma are unbeaten at San Siro since a 2-1 result in May 2015, emerging with three consecutive victories in which they scored nine goals and conceded two.Bologna vs Inter MilanStadio Renato Dall’Ara, BolognaSaturday, 01-09-2018 @07:00pm (Super Sport 9)Both Bologna and Inter are heading into the third round with a sole point to their name and it’s already a must-win for the visitors. The Nerazzurri have been largely disappointing so far this season, losing to Sassuolo and throwing away a 2-0 at home to Torino last week. Bologna are yet to score after a defeat to SPAL and stalemate with Frosinone.Playing Bologna provides Spalletti the perfect opportunity to iron out the problems at the back and find more of an identity going forward. Also, the reports that Radja Nainggolan may be ready for Saturday’s match provided Inter tifosi with something to be happy about. For Bologna, the loss of Simone Verdi to Napoli has taken a toll. The Rossoblu have lacked creativity going forward and lost Rodrigo Palacio to injury too. The absence of a young striker, somewhere in the 24-25 years old age range, who can score week in and week out is going to be a constant issue for Coach Filippo Inzaghi.Inter are unbeaten against Bologna since a 1-0 result at San Siro in March 2013, managing four wins and as many Serie A draws. The last defeat at the Dall’Ara was all the way back in February 2002, emerging with nine wins and three stalemates.Parma vs JuventusStadio Ennio Tardini, ParmaSaturday, 01-09-2018 @09:30pm (Super Sport 9)Parma take on Juventus on Saturday as The Old Lady aim to continue their perfect start to the new Serie A season. Max Allegri’s men had a shaky start in the season opener against an unlucky Chievo side when Federico Bernardeschi’s 93rd minute strike was enough for a 3-2 win. Last weekend they saw off a disappointing Lazio after Miralem Pjanic and Mario Mandzukic struck for a 2-0 victory. They will this week be aiming to continue their winning streak as Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to get off the mark in Serie A.Meanwhile, Parma are winless in their return to Serie A following their opening round draw with Udinese and last week’s 1-0 defeat against SPAL. It has been a difficult start to the campaign for them, however they will be hoping to snatch a result at home this weekend.Parma will be without a number of players – most notably Amato Ciciretti and Jonathan Biabiany as they recover from their respective injuries. Emanuele Calaio is obviously still suspended, however they are expected to be given a boost in their final third with the addition of Gervinho to their attack, who is expected to start his first game for his new club. Juventus have a near clean bill of health heading into the game, as Leonardo Spinazzola is their only absentee. Paulo Dybala is expected to slot back into the starting line-up for the Bianconeri and Allegri may try him in the middle of their attacking trident.This fixture last took place in 2015, where the Crociati surprisingly defeated Juventus 1-0 thanks to Jose Mauri’s strike.Fiorentina vs UdineseStadio Artemio Franchi, FirenzeSunday, 02-09-2018 @07:00pm (Super Sport 9)Fiorentina had to wait an extra round to get their season going, but once the Viola finally took to the pitch, they really got moving. Stefano Pioli’s side cruised to a very comfortable 6-1 win over a hapless Chievo side to pick up their first win of the season and will be hoping to continue onwards and upwards as they welcome Udinese on Sunday. The hosts will have to make do without Jordan Veretout due to suspension, whilst Pjaca could be possibly rotated in favor of Valentin Eysseric.Meanwhile, Udinese will be missing Rolando Mandragora after he was found guilty of apparently uttering “blasphemous” phrases following Udinese’s narrow victory over Sampdoria. In Italy, that’s the highest order of offence – even worse than saying other forms of curse words – so as a result, he has been given a one-match ban for his folly. The Zebrette have had a mixed start to the season under new manager Julio Velázquez. They had to fight from 2-0 down to secure a draw against a newly promoted Parma side, then earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over Sampdoria thanks to a goal from Rodrigo de Paul, who so far has scored two of the team’s three goals this season. Although they are still unbeaten, worrying for the visitors is their poor track record against Fiorentina, where they have won just five times at this ground and lost a whopping 27 times in the past.Udinese have won just five times at Fiorentina’s home ground (compared to 27 wins for the Viola and 10 draws).Atalanta vs CagliariStadio Atleti Azzuri d’Italia, BergamoSunday, 02-09-2018 @09:30pm (Super Sport 8)Atalanta will be looking to get over their Europa League heartbreak against relegation favourites Cagliari. They huffed and they puffed, but they couldn’t blow FC Copenhagen down. La Dea were the vastly superior team over both legs against their Danish opponents, but it came to penalties and luck wasn’t on their side.Cagliari on the other hand claimed their first point of the new season in a 2-2 draw with Sassuolo last week. Serie A cult hero Leonardo Pavoletti netted twice for the hosts in a game they probably should have won considering they had more attempts and the Neroverdi finished with 10 men.Both are missing key men, with Josip Ilicic struggling with an illness and Joao Pedro still suspended for failing a doping test, but on the plus side we will likely get to see Emiliano Rigoni from the start. The Argentina international found the net twice last week in an impressive debut performance against Roma.The Rossoblu’s 2-1 victory last season was their first win in Bergamo since October 1991, ending a run of four draws and 13 defeats here in all competition.Chievo vs EmpoliStadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, VeronaSunday, 02-09-2018 @09:30pm (Super Sport 4)Empoli have had a very impressive start to the season and visit a Chievo side reeling from two painful defeats.Chievo were unlucky to drop their lead and lose 3-2 to champions Juventus, but followed that up with an embarrassing 6-1 result away to Fiorentina.The Azzurri on have had a mixed enough start on their return to the top flight, beating Cagliari at home 2-0 thanks to goals from Rade Krunic and Francesco Caputo, then losing 2-1 away to Genoa in a very hard-fought clash. Alejandro Rodriguez, who is on loan from Chievo, misses out through injury and is joined on the treatment table by defenders Domenico Maietta and Lorenzo Polvani.Empoli have never won here in Serie A, managing only five draws from seven attempts. Their lone victory was 1-0 in Serie B in April 1997.Lazio vs FrosinoneStadio Olympico, RomeSunday, 02-09-2018 @09:30pm (Super Sport 3)Lazio’s poor end to last season seems to have spilled into the start of this campaign and they face Frosinone in a local derby. Simone Inzaghi will be very keen on picking up their first three points of the season following defeats to Napoli and Juventus. Valon Berisha, Luiz Felipe and Jordan Lukaku are expected to miss out for the hosts, so Wallace can again take over in defence.Frosinone travel to the capital after picking up their first point of the season on Sunday with Bologna. Following on from their 4-0 thumping away to Atalanta on the opening day, the Canarini will now be hoping to pick up more points here with a difficult run of fixtures coming up against the likes of Juventus, Roma, Sampdoria and Genoa. They are missing the likes of Daniel Ciofani, Federico Dionisi, Edoardo Goldaniga and Emil Hallfredsson.These two sides have only ever played twice, back in the 2015-16 season, where Lazio were victorious at home and played out a draw in the reverse fixture.Sampdoria vs NapoliStadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, GenovaSunday, 26-08-2018 @09:30pmSampdoria are always a tough nut to crack on their own patch and this is their first home game of the season. It’s a tough ask against an in-form and confident Napoli outfit. Last season, Samp were defeated just four times in front of their own fans with the Partenopei just one of the quartet of sides to leave Stadio Luigi Ferraris with maximum points. They have won each of their last three visits here and will be looking to continue that fine record. They’ve had to come from behind in both of their matches so far this season with 2-1 and 3-2 wins over Lazio and AC Milan earning them maximum points so far. The hosts were defeated 1-0 at Udinese but managed nine shots on target during their opening Serie A game and should put up plenty of fight.Two of Napoli’s last three visits to this ground have ended with a 4-2 success for the Naples outfit and we can expect Sampdoria to test their defence throughout the 90 minutes. The hosts are searching for their first goal of the season and with Carlo Ancelotti’s side leaking goals in their opening two matches, this looks like the idea chance to get on the scoresheet. They are never shy about going forward and should be able to find a way past the slow-starting visitors.Sassuolo vs GenoaMAPEI Stadium-Citta del Tricolore, Reggio nell’EmiliaSunday, 02-09-2018 @09:30pmSassuolo have enjoyed a strong start to the new campaign, following their win over late equaliser at Cagliari last weekend. The Neroverdi are making progress after a poor start last term, and they have got points on the board early on. They host Genoa on Sunday night, and this represents a chance for Sassuolo to continue their strong start. Genoa have a perfect record after starting their league campaign just last weekend, and now they head out on the road for the first time, looking to improve on a tough season last time around.The Rossoblu have one win from one game after beating new boys Empoli on Sunday, a result which at least got their season off to a bright start. Genoa’s 2017/18 campaign started with them fighting relegation, before they eventually climbed the table to secure a mid-table finish. The visitors face a tough test here as they look to build on their opening weekend win, especially since they’re coming to a ground where they’ve lost three times since 2014.Genoa have failed to score in their last two visits to Sassuolo.Torino vs SPALStadio Olimpico Grande Torino, TorinoSunday, 02-09-2018 @09:30pm (Super Sport 11)SPAL are surprisingly top of the table with a perfect record, but visit a Torino side who feel they deserved more. After one loss and one draw, Torino may not have had the best starts on paper, but following their two-goal comeback last weekend against Inter, they will have the confidence to put SPAL to the sword in their own back yard and finally get three points on the board. However, SPAL will not be pushovers and will have just as much confidence – if not more – after two wins from two. The only other sides with a 100 per cent record after two games are Juventus and Napoli.Cristian Ansaldi and Lyanco are expected to be out for several weeks, so Ola Aina can again shine on loan from Chelsea.SPAL have only ever conquered Torino on their own turf once in Serie A, all the way back in 1963, along with two draws and 13 defeats.Comments Tags: Italian Serie A Previewtoplast_img read more

Five more players join Cranes in Egypt

first_imgOnyango is one of the five professionals that arrived on Monday (Photo by FUFA Media)AFCON 2019 Group L QualifierSunday, 24th March 2019Tanzania vs Uganda CranesAt National Stadium, Dar es salaam More foreign players joined the first day of Uganda Cranes in Egypt ahead of Tanzania clash on Sunday.Team Captain Denis Onyango, Khalid Aucho, Edrisa Lubega, Joseph Ochaya and goalie Salim Jamal are the players that joined camp in Egypt.Meanwhile, ten players left Entebbe International Airport on Sunday and they were then joined by the three Tanzania based players Murushid Juuko, Emmanuel Okwi and Nico Wakiro Wadada in Addis Ababa.According to FUFA Media in Egypt all the players are expected to be in camp by close of business on Monday.The team will have a friendly match on Wednesday and will as well conduct another session on Thursday before flying to Tanzania on Friday.The game against Tanzania will take place on Sunday, 24th March 2019 at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam.Uganda Cranes has already sealed their slot to the final tournament in Egypt while Tanzania will need to defeat them if there to qualify.Uganda Cranes Players in Egypt camp so far:Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Timothy Awany (KCCA Uganda), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe), Jamal Salim Magoola (Al Hilal), Edris Lubega (SV Reid, Austria),  Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers, Uganda), Geofrey Walusimbi (Free Agent), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Free Agent), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers, Uganda), Ibrahim Sadam Juma (KCCA, Uganda), Moses Waiswa (Vipers, Uganda), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA, Uganda), Allan Okello (KCCA,Uganda), Henry Patrick Kaddu (KCCA, Uganda)Comments Tags: 2019 AFCON QualifiersUganda Craneslast_img read more

Picture Special: Letterkenny schools’ sweet celebration of World Down Syndrome Day

first_imgTwo Letterkenny schools came up with a wonderful way to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day earlier this week, with the students selling everyone’s favourite sweet treat – ice cream! The Student Council of Loreto Secondary School teamed up with the Student Council of St Eunan’s College to host a ‘cool’ ice cream day, raising a whopping €1,328 for the cause.The day was a huge success at both schools, with a great atmosphere and sense of community throughout the schools as everyone came together to celebrate this special day. The Loreto girls did a magnificent job in obtaining sponsorship for the ice cream from local businesses such as Dale Farm, Castle Grove House Hotel and Kelly’s of the Mountain Top. The girls would like to extend a huge thank you to the businesses for their generosity.The Chairperson of the Loreto Student Council, Emma Tinney would like to thank Ollie Harvey of Dale Farm in particular as he gave the girls the lend of a freezer and gave a very generous donation towards the event. “No task was too big for Ollie and the student councils are very appreciative of this,” she told Donegal Daily.All proceeds that were raised on the day are going directly to Donegal Down Syndrome.The two councils would also like to thank the staff and principals from both schools for their co-operation. Picture Special: Letterkenny schools’ sweet celebration of World Down Syndrome Day was last modified: March 23rd, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyLoreto Secondary SchoolSt.Eunan’s CollegeWorld Down syndrome daylast_img read more

Try HootSuite’s Social Analytics Dashboard For Free

first_imgjohn paul titlow Tags:#biz#tips If you read our hands-on review of HootSuite’s fancy new social analytics dashboard and have been meaning to try it out, you just ran out of excuses. The company is offering users a $50 credit for reports to make up for last week’s 15-hour service outage. HootSuite was one of many sites that experience downtime as a result of Amazon Web Services server issues.Even though their terms of service promises a refund after 24 hours of downtime, the company decided to offer this discount to placate frustrated customers who couldn’t access the social media management platform for 15 hours last week. They’re making a $50 credit available to existing customers, with Pro and Enterprise users getting an extra $50 on top of that. Users can enter the coupon code HOOTREPORT under “Add A Coupon” on the site’s billing page. Pro and Enterprise users can throw in HOOTPROREPORT as well. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

NRC: Tribunal questions process of identifying foreigners

first_imgAn order by a Foreigners’ Tribunal in central Assam’s Morigaon district has questioned the process of identifying foreigners and ‘D’ (or doubtful voters) who have been struck off the updated National Register of Citizens.Gautam Soren, member of Foreigners Tribunal 3 (FT3) in Morigaon, highlighted “unfair practices” in the process in his August 27 order while dismissing a case against Amina Khatun and three others (termed opposite parties or OPs) of the district’s Madhya Kalikajari village. He observed that foreigners’ cases “at this juncture have assumed the form of an industry as each and every person involved” with such cases have been “trying to mint money by any means”.FT3 is one of the 100 Foreigners’ Tribunals functioning in Assam for the process of detecting and deporting illegal migrants. A tribunal member is a judge or an advocate with at least 10 years of practice.Mr. Soren’s order said the case against the OPs was filed ex-parte – meaning one of the parties involved was not present or not represented – in November 2017 because of “wrong report” by the process server, usually a member of Assam Police’s Border Organisation attached to the police station concerned.The Border Organisation was set up in 1962 under Prevention of Infiltration of Pakistani (PIP) scheme.Hung on polesThe order pointed out that the pre-case notice to the OPs was reportedly hung on an electric pole though the “entire village did not have any electricity”. It also rebuked Durllav Chandra Bora, the gaonburah or headman of Kalikajari area, for signing the “wrong report” before it was even prepared, and senior lawyer Najrul Talukdar for voluntarily trying to “support the irregularities of the gaonburah and the process server”.Mr. Soren’s order observed that the gaonburah knew all the OPs but, as per norm, did not accompany process server Deepak K. Patar for serving the notice, as has been the case for “two and a half years”.The order referred to similar summons to people to appear for hearing being put up at waiting sheds, on trees or electric poles despite “this Tribunal innumerable times in various foreigners’ cases directing all these persons” not to do so.Likening the foreigners’ cases to a lucrative “industry”, Mr. Soren said the village heads in connivance with the process server “try to get cases proceeded ex-parte for some extraneous consideration”. He also advised filing of specific damage suits by the OPs against those responsible for their ordeal.Still a foreignerPranjal Kumar Das, Ms. Khatun’s lawyer, said the FT3 case dismissal did not automatically remove the ‘foreigner’s tag from his clients’ names. “We have appealed to the Gauhati High Court for a final word. The case will be listed soon,” he told The Hindu.Morigaon district’s Deputy Commissioner Hemen Das said the gaonburah responsible for the wrong report in FT3 has been suspended and an enquiry ordered.According to lawyer-activist Aman Wadud, the Morigaon case is just the tip of the iceberg. “Assam Border police and Election Commission have violated more fundamental rights of citizens than all other agencies put together. They accuse Indian citizens of being illegal immigrants without any investigation whatsoever. These two organisations have destroyed lakhs of families,” he alleged.Targets setThis happens because the Border Police are given targets to provide foreigners’ cases, he said. A Border Police officer, declining to be quoted, admitted that outposts in the districts are required to provide 20 cases a month while the target for each urban police station is five or six.“Incentives and promotions based on the number of cases provided are a factor in fieldworkers serving notices to people randomly,” the officer said.“We have had cases of policemen and their informers targeting poor, illiterate people and demanding money from them, threatening to label them ‘foreigners’ if they do not pay up,” Aurobindo Roy of Silchar-based Unconditional Citizenship Demand Forum said.Silchar-based lawyer and activist Dharmananda Deb said serving ex-parte notice is a strategy to force people to a Tribunal in order not be declared a foreigner without even being heard.“In order to procure mandatory certified copies of electoral rolls from election offices, a person served notice engages a lawyer or clerk who charges for himself and for the staff at the election offices. Many Tribunals require about seven to eight certified copies of different electoral rolls to be somewhat satisfied of the person’s claim of citizenship and each one, on an average, costs about Rs. 500-1000,” he said.“For obtaining certified copy of electoral roll of 1965/1966, one has to submit documents of 1965/1966, which is quite impossible for many OPs. Because of lack of documents, many OPs are declared foreigners or doubtful voters by the Tribunal,” he said.last_img read more

Cognizant Cut 8,000 Jobs in India, Added Staff in Europe, U.S. in 2017

first_imgThe number of employees in Cognizant Technology Solutions’ India offices reduced by 8,000 in 2017 while the company added positions in the United States and Europe. Their headcount in the United States grew by 2,900 to 50,400, by 2,300 in Europe to 13,800 and by 2,600 in other locations.“We had approximately 260,000 employees at the end of 2017, with approximately 50,400 in North America, 13,800 in Europe and 195,800 in various other locations throughout the rest of [the] world, including 180,000 in India,’’ the IT services company said in its annual report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.The decrease in headcount in India would come as a surprise to industry watchers since the company had been hiring since 2014. In 2014, it added 40,100 people, while the numbers rose by 10,200 in 2015 and 38,500 in 2016. In 2016, the United States-based company had 260,200 employees, with 188,000 workers in India and almost 47,500 jobs located in North America.Cognizant said in their annual filing at the SEC that “risks relating to legislation and government regulation on immigration may affect our ability to compete for and provide services to customers, which could hamper our growth and cause our revenues to decline.’’It added: “The ability of foreign nationals to work in the U.S., Europe, Asia Pacific and other regions in which we have customers depends on their and our ability to obtain the necessary visas and work permits for our personnel who need to travel internationally.’’The statement from the NASDAQ-listed firm added: “If we are unable to obtain such visas or work permits, or if their issuance is delayed or if their length is shortened, we may not be able to provide services to our customers or to continue to provide services on a timely and cost-effective basis, receive revenues as early as expected or manage our delivery centers as efficiently as we otherwise could, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.’’ Meanwhile, the company also recorded a net loss of $18 million in Q4 ended Dec. 31, 2017 while it had earned a net profit of $416 million for the same quarter last year. Cognizant paid $36 million for an investigation and legal expenses towards alleged violation of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practice Act regarding payments of bribes in India. The IT firm also incurred $53 million in severance costs, including those related to the voluntary separation program.In response to the new report, Nasscom president R Chandrasekhar told the Economic Times that the IT sector will see an addition of 100,000 jobs in FY19, which is almost similar to FY18. He added that it was time to look at sectors beyond technology services for employment growth.While India has been seeing job creation in the IT sector for several decades, the protectionist politics in the western world and use of artificial intelligence could lead to a disruption in the future. The shift of jobs to the west shows that strict visa norms are affecting the IT sector in India already. Related ItemsCognizantIT sectorlast_img read more