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Infosys is expected to post robust earnings results for the second straight quarter, outperforming its peers on “healthy client mining and absence of client specific issues.”Analysts expect the India’s second largest IT firm to record a sequential revenue growth of 6.2% for the July-September quarter in rupee terms, while the figures for its rivals Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Wipro and HCL Technologies are estimated to be 5.8%, 5.3% and 3.2%, respectively, Business Standard reported.Although TCS is projected to post decent numbers for the quarter, investors are likely to focus on its revenue growth from Diligenta and energy businesses, which have weighed on the India’s largest IT firm’s earnings in the past few quarters.Revenues of Wipro and HCL Technologies are likely to witness pressure from unfavourable cross currency movements in the quarter. Last week, India’s fourth largest IT firm, HCL Tech, had warned that its revenue would be hit by currency fluctuations in the July-September quarter.”During this quarter, revenues to be reported in US dollar would have an adverse impact of 80 basis points on account of sharp depreciation of multiple currencies against US dollar,” HCL Tech said in a statement to the BSE.The revenue growth for the top four domestic IT firms is estimated at come between 1.8% to 4.6% in constant currency terms, with Infosys leading the pack and HCL Tech remaining as the laggard.Further, TCS and Infosys are expected to show a 50-100 basis points improvement in margins helped by rupee depreciation and a decline in visa costs. On the other hand, salary hikes are likely to weigh on the margins of both Wipro and HCL Technologies.While TCS’s profit is expected to see a growth of 7% sequentially, Infosys is likely to record a net profit of 6.4% in the quarter. Wipro is expected to announce flat growth in net profit, while HCL Tech’s profit is forecast to dip by 3.2% sequentially on the back of client-related issue.Recently, HCL warned that its earnings would be negatively impacted by some client-related issue. It estimates $20 million revenue loss from differences with one of its major clients.Besides, a muted guidance given by global software giant Accenture for its next financial year has raised doubts over Indian IT companies posting a double-digit growth in the coming quarters. Accenture gave a much lower revenue guidance of 5-8% for the financial year ending August 2016 compared to its revenue growth of 11% recorded in the previous year.
Share PexelsThe Texas Education Agency set a benchmark for how many students could receive special education in 2004.Federal authorities plan to ramp up their investigation Texas, with another visit to the state set for later in February, citing “serious concerns.”They are trying to determine if Texas violated federal law in how it identifies children for special ed.In December, officials with the U.S. Department of Education visited Texas to hear from parents and advocates, including stops in Houston, Dallas and Austin. They also set up a blog for people to comment, which generated more than 400 comments during a one-month period.But they said in a letter this week that they still have concerns and will return the last week of February to gather more information, review documents and interview state officials.“A majority of the comments we received, both during the listening sessions and through the blog, raised serious concerns about the State’s compliance with the child find requirements under [federal special education law],” wrote Ruth Ryder, acting director of the Office of Special Education Programs at the department.The federal probe stems from a Houston Chronicle investigation last fall. It revealed that that for years, the Texas Education Agency told districts that only 8.5 percent of all kids could receive expensive special services.The state has denied ever capping special ed and said that the 8.5 percent was merely a goal. The TEA said in a statement that it will continue to work with federal authorities on the issue.
– / 9Autopsy results on a bus driver who died while taking a high school band from Florida to Texas may help show why the vehicle careened wildly across a highway before plunging down a steep embankment, police said Wednesday.The driver, 65-year-old Harry Caligone, was the only person killed in the crash, and a medical examiner’s report could reveal whether he had a health problem that could be a factor in the crash, said Capt. John Malone of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.About three dozen people went to hospitals after the accident, and nine remained hospitalized Wednesday.The bus, carrying 46 students and adults from Disney World to Channelview High School in suburban Houston, unexpectedly left the westbound lane of Interstate 10 before dawn Tuesday.Malone said the bus veered across the median into the eastbound lane before shooting back into the grass median and driving off the ravine.“It actually hit the guard rail on the eastbound side and was directed back into the median,” he said.There were no signs of skid marks, Malone said, indicating the driver didn’t apply the brakes in a hurry.“It just rolled,” Malone said.The National Transportation Safety Board said the bus was new and making only its second trip.Pete Kotowski, an investigator with the agency, told a news conference that Caligone was on his way to meet a relief driver less than an hour away in Mobile, Alabama, at the time of the crash. Switching drivers is a normal procedure, he said, and the driver had not exceeded the total number of hours he was allowed to drive.The crash occurred on a rural stretch between Pensacola, Florida, and Mobile, Alabama.A student told the media that the band director called the driver called out “Harry” several times before the crash, but Malone said investigators haven’t determined what happened aboard the bus.Caligone’s sister-in-law, Angela Caligone, 58, of Houston, said Caligone had been a bus driver for more than 20 years, the last 15 years with First Class Tours Inc. of Houston.Caligone said her brother-in-law had just passed a physical with “flying colors.” A company spokesman said Caligone had a checkup earlier this month but didn’t provide details of the results.___At least nine people remained hospitalized early Wednesday after the bus carrying the Channelview ISD high school band plunged into a ravine so steep rescuers had to rappel down to them.The crash tossed students around the vehicle and killed the driver.Relatives identified the driver, Harry Caligone from Houston, as a caring man who was “dedicated to his job.” About three dozen others on the bus were hurt, six seriously, authorities and the bus company said. Interstate 10 was blocked for hours where the accident occurred between Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida.Hospitals said two of the most severely injured were listed in serious condition, while the other seven were in good or stable condition.The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately known, but survivors from Channelview High School in metro Houston described being asleep one moment and tumbling through the air the next.Student DeWayne Benson, 15, told KTRK-TV by telephone he awoke to hear the band director repeatedly say “Harry” before the bus hit a series of bumps followed by one “huge bump.”“Some students were stuck under seats, some were on top of other students and there’s a lot of panic to get people out,” said Benson, who was taken to a hospital but wasn’t injured.Students used cellphones as lights to get out and grabbed blankets to help people outside, he said. Temperatures were in the 40s at the time of the wreck, which happened around 5:30 a.m.First responders used ropes to rappel down the more than 50-foot (15-meter) ravine in the middle of I-10 and then had to cut some of the victims from the wreckage, said Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack. The bus could be seen on its side at the bottom of the ravine, part of its undercarriage and wheels mangled.The Channelview Independent School District said 40 students and six adults from the school were on board. Medical officials said at least 37 people, most of them teenagers, were treated at hospitals or other facilities in Pensacola and southwest Alabama for injuries that ranged from minor to very serious.The sheriff said it wasn’t immediately clear what caused the bus to enter the grassy median, which abruptly ends at a steep embankment where the interstate passes over Cowpen Creek. First Class Tours Inc., the bus operator, said Caligone was a longtime driver with the company.His sister-in-law, Angela Caligone, 58, said Caligone had been a bus driver for 20-plus years, the last 15 years with this same company. She said he had just passed his physical with “flying colors” and recalled him as “dedicated to his job, dedicated to his kids.”Bus wreck on I-10 near Florida carrying Channelview high school students. 1 dead. Several injured. Video: Jesus Tejada #KHOU11 pic.twitter.com/hW9SsS6PXd— Shern-Min Chow 🙋🏻 (@ShernMinKHOU) March 13, 2018Channelview High’s graduates include University of Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, who tweeted: “Wow, praying for everyone involved! #PrayforChannelview.”Josh Torres said his 17-year-old sister, Bianca Torres, was sitting at the rear of the bus when the impact of the wreck tossed her forward several rows. She had pain in her legs and bruising but was otherwise unscathed and taken to a hospital for evaluation, he said.“All that she remembers is that she felt a bump, then a crash and then the bus flipping onto its side,” Torres said.Chris Elliott, a county commissioner where the crash happened, said everyone was taken to the hospital to be checked out.Torres said his brother, also a member of the Channelview band, was on another bus not involved in the accident. That bus stopped after the crash, but did not allow the students to get off, and eventually continued on to Channelview, a Houston suburb of about 38,000. It arrived at the high school there Tuesday afternoon with a police escort. The bus drove past a throng of reporters and into a part of the campus out of public view.Only hours before the crash, the band’s Facebook page had been updated to show a large group posing outside Disney World, where the band performed at a music festival Saturday.DeWayne Benson’s mother, Frances Dodson-Benson, said they left last Thursday and had been expected to arrive home Tuesday afternoon. She said her son had been excited about the upcoming trip and right up until he called her in the minutes after the crash, everything had been going well.“The first words out of his mouth were ‘Mom, I’m OK,’” she said. “I just think they are all going to be somewhat traumatized.”The bus charter company pledged to help local authorities investigating the crash in a statement that offered prayers for the injured and their families. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gives First Class Tours a satisfactory rating, meaning records show no evidence of substantial non-compliance with safety requirements.Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records show that in the last two years, the carrier has been involved in four crashes prior to Tuesday’s crash, with one of those one involving one fatality. Share
Listen Supersonic commercial planes could cut travel time in half. You could fly from Houston to New York in about an hour, or from Houston to Dubai in just under nine. The problem? When a plane breaks the sound barrier it creates a sonic boom, a sound so loud and disruptive that the FAA has banned civil planes from flying that fast overland, and within a certain distance of the shore. But, over the past several decades, NASA has been developing technology to make softer sonic booms and bring supersonic transportation to the commercial industry. “NASA’s plan is to design the X-59 airplane, which will create quiet sonic booms,” NASA principal investigator, Larry Cliatt, said at a media event at Ellington airport. “We will fly that across the nation and different communities, to prove that we have the technology to make these lower sonic booms.”Most recently, NASA’s research for the X-59 project brought them to Houston’s airspace, where they tested out “quiet sonic thumps” in Galveston and measured the community’s reaction to the noise.“It’s reminiscent of the sound of somebody dumping a garbage truck, but you could tell that wasn’t it, it was just that sort of loud thump sound,” Galveston resident Craig Cahill, said. Others compared the sound to car doors slamming, thunder in the distance, and dynamite, while some said it made their windows rattle. “I dont think it’s much worse than if you get a hotel at Hobby [airport] at night,” said Frank Gonzales, who works at the McGuire-Dent Recreation Center in Galveston.But some residents didn’t even hear the noise. “I really haven’t experienced anything,” said Amy Hassel, a Galveston resident who works on The Strand.A Simulated SoundBut what they were hearing — or not hearing — wasn’t actually the sound of the X-59. “We don’t have our X-59 airplane yet,” Cliatt said. “We are designing that, and hope to be flying that in the next five years, so we need a way to kind of simulate what the quieter sonic booms will sound like, and that’s what we’re doing now.”To mimic the noise NASA expects the X-59 to make, F/A-18 research planes took off from Ellington airport and flew over the Gulf of Mexico. There, they did a special maneuver that created a sonic boom out at sea, but that arrived as a “quiet sonic thump” in Galveston. The aim was to measure how the community in Galveston responded to the sound, and to develop best practices for measuring community responses during future testing once the X-59 demonstrator aircraft is built. “It’s kind of a lessons learned or pilot program for the future community response tests that we will be doing,” Cliatt said. “Right now we’re learning how to recruit people; we’re learning how to communicate with the people that we’ve recruited; how to communicate with the community itself to let them know that we’re coming and placing these sonic booms in their community.”There were also noise sensors placed around Galveston to complement the data collected from residents.Katie Watkins / Houston Public MediaNoise sensors were set up in Galveston to complement feedback from residents. The Next StepsThe technology isn’t as far off as it may seem. In April, Lockheed Martin was awarded the contract to build the X-59, and last week they started building the first components of the plane. The X-59 will be a single pilot demonstrator aircraft, and by 2023, NASA hopes to start flying it over various communities in the US to measure their reaction to the noise, using the methods learned in Galveston. That data will then be provided to the FAA and the International Civil Aviation Organization to aid in how they craft future regulations regarding commercial supersonic flight. A few private companies are also developing their own quiet supersonic plane technology.“We’re talking about a future where people can spend less time traveling to their destinations and more time at those destinations, seeing family or working or visiting new spots. It’s a way to shrink the world, to shrink the globe, and it’s exciting to be a part of that future,” Jonathan Rathsam, a NASA research engineer, said. “Not everybody gets to fly to space, but many, many people in the country get to fly on aircrafts.” X Share 00:00 /04:03 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 2