Once a forbidden land, China becomes hottest destination for Indian businessman

first_imgTERRA PHARMA: Anji Reddy (centre) with management staff of Rotam Reddy in ChinaGuanxi. It’s an omnipotent Chinese phrase. It means networking, contacts, connections – things that businessmen thrive on. It’s a phrase that is also rapidly gaining currency among Indian entrepreneurs joining the lengthening queue to set up shop in,TERRA PHARMA: Anji Reddy (centre) with management staff of Rotam Reddy in ChinaGuanxi. It’s an omnipotent Chinese phrase. It means networking, contacts, connections – things that businessmen thrive on. It’s a phrase that is also rapidly gaining currency among Indian entrepreneurs joining the lengthening queue to set up shop in China.Last year, when a delegation of officials from the Chinese province of Guangzhou visited Mumbai to seek investment, the Bombay Chambers of Commerce managed to fit the proceedings in its conference hall.But last week, when the province’s Vice-Governor Tan Bing Quan led a team to the city, it had to book the Ball Room at the Taj Mahal Hotel to accommodate over 200 eager-beaver businessmen – all looking at opportunities in the once-forbidden land.Sure, not all of them wanted to set up plants. Many were seeking marketing tie-ups to tap China’s low-cost manufacturing ability. Some were looking at exports or technology exchange while others were simply sniffing around.Big-ticket investment is just a trickle right now. But the rush is clearly on – and in the pipeline are big plans by such names as Bajaj Auto and, in the IT sector, Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys Technologies.Dinesh Patnaik, head of the economic wing at the Indian Embassy in Beijing, confirms the trend: “The number of Indian businessmen scouting for opportunities in China is on the rise.” But is it just China’s low-cost manufacturing ability that is attracting them? Patnaik believes otherwise. According to him, China currently imports goods worth $230 billion and by next year the figure is likely to touch $300 billion.advertisementBig-ticket investment by indians is just a trickle now but the rush is imminent with big names and bigger plans in the pipeline.But India’s share is just $1.35 billion (Rs 6,200 crore). Hence it’s a huge opportunity. Also as Srinibas Swain, chief representative for the State Bank of India at Shanghai, points out, “There is a lot that Indians can learn from the Chinese in terms of economies of scale, cost-effectiveness and adherence to time frames.”The power of the pro-business environment has got many plugged in. Pharma major Dr Reddy’s Laboratories has staked its expertise in branded formulations and set up the Kunshan Rotam Reddy Pharmaceuticals. Ranbaxy has set up a unit in Guangzhou and introduced 11 brands in China.Aurobindo Pharma has branched out as Aur Bindo Tangling (Datong) Pharmaceutical Co Ltd in Shanxi. Also wired into China are computer education majors NIIT, which has centres in Shanghai and Pudong, and Aptech, which has set up over 45 centres inthe country since February 2000.The lure of China is manifold. Says Satish Reddy, managing director and chief operating officer of Dr Reddy’s: “It is a question of using our expertise and reputation in finished formulations and reaching out to the global market. China is among the top 10 markets we needed to tap.” For Bajaj Auto, it’s an opportunity to introduce its three-wheelers. It also wants to tap the low-cost Chinese advantage in components and gearless scooters.For many, the Chinese option is a defensive move. The low-cost economics offers many Indian manufacturers a way to cut costs by outsourcing. China also offers a chance to do what they couldn’t do back home in India’s cramped business environment. The biggest draw is China’s attitude to investment, an area in which Reddy feels India has a long way to go.BIG TIME: An Indian plant at Kushan was rated a Good Management Practices facilityIn China, he explains, powers are delegated to local provinces, investment decisions and approvals are local and only exceptional cases are referred to the Centre. “They are very pro-business, you don’t have to deal with a hundred different windows,” he adds. Pramod Khera, Aptech’s executive director and CEO of its education and training division, agrees. “We looked around for a partner for about six months but once we signed a deal, things moved very fast.” And this despite a bureaucracy.Clearly, it’s not just Guanxi at work. It’s a passion that is difficult to quantify. Baron India CEO Kabir Mulchandani relates an anecdote which might help. Over dinner, when a corporate lawyer asked a visiting Chinese official what made the country tick, his passion impressed everyone. “He had all the details on his finger tips,” recalls Mulchandani. “He knew the business plan of every company for the next five years.” The Chinese record of matching words with action is just as impressive.A senior partner at a consultancy lists some of these achievements: in 1985, China decided to push through land reforms and did it; in 1990, it unveiled a plan to upgrade infrastructure and realised it; in 1994, it set out to bring inflation under control and succeeded. All adding up to economic growth.Vijay Kalantri, chief of All-India Association of Industries, puts it in perspective: “It’s not that they have invented a mantra for growth. The fact is – and nobody will say this openly for fear of persecution – they have done everything that our governments only talk about. Do Chinese companies have 59 different inspectors visiting them? Obviously not.”advertisementChina also has high-quality infra structure. Guangdong alone has 176 open ports which handle freight of 186 mtpa, 10 special industrial development zones connected by 1,900 km of express roadways and an installed power-generation capacity of 33,854 MW, nearly a third of India.Its tele-density is 28.4 connections per 100 people spread across 14.2 million fixed-phone users and 12.52 million mobile-phone users. Its total investment in infrastructure over 20 years: $280 billion.The pay-off is an unbelievable year-on-year growth of 13 per cent between 1978 and 2000 for Guangdong. Its GDP in 2000 was $115 billion (a fifth of India’s) and its exports touched $91.9 billion (nearly thrice that of India’s). The total FDI flow into the province in 22 years has been $98.81 billion with $12.2 billion (six times India’s FDI) coming in 2000.Guangdong boasts of 50,000 foreign-invested enterprises, including 200 of the top 500 companies in the world. The push is not just in manufacturing of consumer goods. Diamond- cutting costs, for example, are barely 28 cents (Rs 14) per unit in China compared to Rs 27 in India. A Chinese operation can cut, polish and deliver a consignment in 10-15 days compared to 45 days in India. Naturally, five top Indian exporters have moved to China.The low-cost economy of china and its excellent infrastructure allow Indian manufacturers a way to cut costs by outsourcing.Says Sanjay Kothari, chief of the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council: “China rolls out the red carpet for anyone investing in gems and jewellery. To hold on to our advantage, we will have to be vigilant and the Government too needs to be supportive.” The migration of Antwerp-based Indian outfits to China indicates that this is not the case. And early this year, a large infotech company recruiting software engineers found to its surprise and dismay that students from Shanghai University scored higher than IIT graduates.The reason: in 1999, the Chinese Government unveiled what is now popularly known as the Trans Century Project involving universities of Beijing and Tsinghua. Its aim: to transform higher education in China. Start-up research grants under the scheme are around $250,000.Tsinghua University in Shanghai has been given a grant of $217 million (Rs 1,019 crore) and MNCs like Siemens, Panasonic, Bell Labs, Ford and Microsoft and institutions like MIT and Michigan University have been roped in. The faculty have the flexibility of working half the year in industry – in China or the US.Also wooed are the Aptechs and NIITs to achieve the critical mass China needs in infotech. Naturally, software companies like Tata Consultancy and Infosys are looking at China. Says Nandan M. Nilekani, managing director, Infosys: “We are evaluating the possibility of starting a development centre in China as in other parts of the world.”advertisementClick here to EnlargeIn Guangdong, the Government is even promising a 10 GB/sec connection across its province. Vipul Tuli, principal with McKinsey & Co, believes the determination with which the Chinese are transforming their technical education is “something that we should emulate”.But that isn’t the case. In December 2000, Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee and his ministers sat through presentations by the it Ministry on the urgent need to upgrade the quality of Indian institutions and the threat from China.Six months on, action is yet to be taken. In contrast, Chinese President Jiang Zemin and Premier Zhu Rongji recently spent an entire day each at the Beijing and Tsinghua universities reviewing their progress.The commitment of the Chinese is what makes the difference. When the Guangdong delegation came calling, it was accompanied by Li Chang Chun, the seniormost member of the central Politburo of the Communist Party of China. This sense of commitment is evident everywhere, whether it’s business, education – or sport.To understand its depth, take the promise the Chinese made to the International Olympic Committee in their bid to host the 2008 Olympics in Beijing: investment of $20 billion to upgrade the city. Also on that day in 2008, every person in Beijing would speak in English. It wouldn’t be surprising if by then Guanxi would be part of the English lexicon.last_img read more

Its my dream to work with Anurag Kashyap: Amit Sadh

first_imgMumbai, Mar 15 (PTI) He will soon be seen along side Anurag Kashyap in the movie “Akira”, but actor Amit Sadhs wish is to star in a movie directed by the filmmaker.Helmed by A R Murugadoss, “Akira” also stars Sonakshi Sinha and will feature Kashyap in a negative role.”Anurag is amazing in the film. He is a great director and actor. Unfortunately, I dont have any scene with him, but I hope I get a scene with him when he is directing. I am more interested in that. It is one of my dreams to work with him,” Amit told PTI in an interview.”Unfortunately it has not come true till now. I keep telling him you are giving work to everyone, but me. I hope one day he will have something for me,” the actor said.The “Kai Po Che” star is currently filming the fictional sports-drama “Saat Kadam”, where he will be seen in the role of a football player.Amit said it was a challenge for him to get the physique of a football player because he had signed the film when he was fat.”Footballers are very edgy, stout, so I had to physically transform myself, train to get into the right shape so as to not look fake. I had to do a lot of hard work; it was very challenging because when I signed the film I was fat. I had just finished Yaara in which I weigh 90 kgs. So, I had to lose the fat and get abs,” he said.advertisement”Saat Kadam”, scheduled to release mid-year, chronicles the generation gap and the relationship between a father and a son. Directed by Mohit Kumar Jha, the film also stars Ronit Roy and Deeksha Seth.Amit said football is steadily growing in India and even the industry is more willing to back different subjects, including films on sports.”In the last two-three years, football is rising in India. With the advertisements, sponsorship, and international attention, it is growing now. The thing about this film is that it is not just about football, but about a family which is connected emotionally to the sport.”In the past we have had Mary Kom, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, and now even the MS Dhoni biopic is coming. As an industry too we are rising and pushing new subjects, including those which tackle with sports,” he said. PTI JUR GK PSH BASlast_img read more

Valencia vs Real Madrid: Team news & TV guide

first_imgPrimera División Valencia vs Real Madrid: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 18:30 1/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gareth Bale Real Madrid Getty Images Primera División Real Madrid Valencia v Real Madrid Valencia Los Blancos were knocked out of the Copa del Rey during the week and they desperately need to improve their inconsistent form Real Madrid return to La Liga action on Saturday when they travel to Estadio de Mestalla to take on third-placed Valencia.Zinedine Zidane’s side are on a terribly inconsistent run at the moment, following a 7-1 win over Deportivo in the league with a shocking Copa del Rey exit at the hands of Leganes.Madrid are currently fourth in the Primera Division, an amazing 19 points behind leaders Barcelona, and they are in desperate need of points. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With pressure mounting on Zidane, anything less than victory on Saturday could well spell an acrimonious end to his tenure. Game Valencia vs Real Madrid Date Saturday, January 27 Time 15:15 GMT / 10:15 ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fuboTV In the United Kingdom (UK) the game is not available to watch live but Goal will be providing live updates here. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Valencia players Goalkeepers Domenech, Neto, Rivero Defenders Gaya, Lato, Montoya, Garay, Jiminez, Vidal Midfielders Maksimovic, Guedes, Parejo, Pereira, Kondogbia, Coquelin Forwards Vietto, Zaza, Rodrigo, Mina, Torres Valencia will be without suspended duo Gabriel and Ruben Vezo, but Dani Parejo and Jose Luis Gaya are available again.Carlos Soler, meanwhile, remains a doubt.Potential Valencia starting XI: Neto; Montoya, Lato, Garay, Gaya; Kondogbia, Coquelin, Parejo, Maksimovic; Zaza, Rodrigo. Position Real Madrid players Goalkeepers Navas, Casilla, Moha Defenders Carvajal, Varane, Marcelo, Nacho, Theo Midfielders Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, L. Vasquez, Llorente, Kovacic, Asensio  Forwards Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale, Mayoral Sergio Ramos has been ruled out, as has Isco, but Karim Benzema is likely to be involved after recovering from injury.Dani Ceballos misses out, while Jesus Vallejo remains out of contention. You can see the full 19-man panel above.Potential Real Madrid starting XI: Navas; Carvajal, Nacho, Varane, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid DeportivoReal Madrid are 8/13 favourites to win according to dabblebet, while Valencia are rated 15/4. A draw is considered a 7/2 bet.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.GAME PREVIEW Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid LeganesReal Madrid’s season continued its downward trajectory on Wednesday as Leganes beat them 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu to progress to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.Since losing at home to Barcelona in the Clasico before Christmas, Los Blancos have struggled in front of their own fans and the players are likely to welcome an away trip for their next fixture.In fact, while they have won just one of their last five home games, Madrid appear much more formidable on the road, having last lost an away tie in early November.The players have expressed their support of their under-fire coach, but what he really needs from them is results and he will be urging them to kick-start the recovery against Valencia.last_img read more

ESPN Names The Biggest Concern For Ohio State In 2019

first_imgohio state's new head coach ryan dayCOLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Acting head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State enters a new era in 2019, with Ryan Day taking over the reins for Urban Meyer. Once again, the Buckeyes will be breaking in a new starting quarterback as well.Dwayne Haskins stepped in for J.T. Barrett in 2018, and exceeded expectations. Haskins smashed records en route to becoming a Heisman Trophy finalist and establishing himself as the top quarterback in this year’s draft.All season long, it looked like Tate Martell was set to step in for Haskins in 2019, but then Georgia five-star freshman Justin Fields transferred in and everything changed. Martell did not want to wait and see if Fields obtains a waiver to play immediately, opting instead to transfer to Miami.Even with Fields in the fold, Ohio State’s quarterback depth is think, which is why ESPN named it the biggest concern for the Buckeyes right now.The Buckeyes have seen record-setting quarterback Dwayne Haskins enter the NFL draft and backup Tate Martell transfer to Miami. If transfer quarterback Justin Fields is not eligible immediately in 2019, Matthew Baldwin is the next man up and really the only other option. Ohio State had a quarterback committed in the 2019 class in Dwan Mathis, but he flipped to Georgia on signing day. As a redshirt freshman in 2019, Baldwin is yet to see any game action and would be leading a team with a new head coach and a lot of eyes watching to see what plays out in Ryan Day’s first season taking over for Urban Meyer.If Fields can play right away, he and Baldwin would be Ohio State’s top two options, as of now. It seems likely that the Buckeyes will be involved in the grad transfer market at the position.Texas A&M’s Nick Starkel has emerged as a potential option, as Ohio State is reportedly one of the schools he is considering. However, the question with Starkel and any other veteran transfer is would they be willing to come to Ohio State for a marginal role as a backup.Texas A&M QB Nick Starkel will hit the transfer portal any minute now & will not participate in spring practice, he said. Will complete 120 hours before July & should be on new campus July 1. Said he’s looking at Duke, Ohio State, SMU & Arizona (former HC Kevin Sumlin).— ?????? ?. ????? (@Travis_L_Brown) January 23, 2019If Starkel does come to Columbus and in effect takes Martell’s spot, that would be incredibly ironic considering the connection the two of them have from back when Martell was an A&M commit.last_img read more

Transfennica Cancels Ro-Ro Route

first_imgzoom European shipping company Transfennica has decided to cease its “Motorways of the Sea” Ro-Ro service between Bilbao, Portsmouth and Zeebrugge by the end of December 2014.The decision stems from the upcoming SECA legislation to enter into force on 1 January 2015, which will result in increasing fuel costs.The company said it expects that up to 50% of the trailer volumes will return to the road.The Board of Directors of Spliethoff Group therefore decided there is no profitable future for a Ro-Ro service on this route, started in September 2007, Transfennica explained.“This decision on the Iberian strategy has no impact on other Transfennica routes nor on the activities of Transfennica Logistics which will continue its intermodal activity to and from Spain & Portugal,” the company said.Transfennica Logistics operates 40ft and 45ft palletwide containers between Spain and Portugal, UK and the Benelux, as well as to and from Finland and Russia.As informed, Transfennica Logistics will continue its present lo-lo service offering Tuesday and Friday departures from Rotterdam, Tilbury and Bilbao. In addition, Transfennica Logistics is set to increase the usage of rail services to and from the Barcelona and Madrid areas by opening a 2nd warehouse and office in Barcelona in January 2015.Press Releaselast_img read more

Rotterdam’s Oldest Container Terminal Closes Its Gates

first_imgzoom The Port of Rotterdam has closed its oldest container terminal ECT City Terminal at the Eemhaven on Thursday, 1 October, with the departure of the last sea-going client, the container ship CMA CGM Sambhar.The decision comes as the terminal became unable to cope with the increases in scale in container shipping after almost 50 years of service. Nowadays, the largest container vessels are 400 metres long and 60 metres wide. This requires deeper docks and larger cranes.As a result, ECT is switching cargo handling in the Eemhaven to its two much larger and more modern terminals on the Maasvlakte, Delta terminal and Euromax.“The closure of the ECT City Terminal constitutes the end of an era. As a pioneer in the field of container handling, ECT has made history here. This is where container handling in Rotterdam started and matured,” said ECT Chief Executive Officer Leo Ruijs.“Ever-larger vessels constantly require deeper and deeper ports and more modern facilities. At our ECT Delta Terminal and Euromax Terminal Rotterdam, situated directly on the North Sea, we are able to meet that demand and we are constantly investing there,” he adds.ECT Home terminal opened in 1967, with the maiden call by Atlantic Span of shipping line Atlantic Container Line.Container throughput in Rotterdam soared and ECT quickly started to take up more space at the Eemhaven. Ultimately, this led to the opening of the ECT Delta Terminal at the Maasvlakte in 1984.According to the Port Authority, the ECT site, covering 65 hectares, will retain its port-related use. Namely, the port has plans to redevelop the site for use by businesses in the vicinity and new activities.last_img read more

Gulftainer Signs 50Year Concession for Port of Wilmington

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Gulftainer UAE-based port operator Gulftainer has signed a 50-year concession deal with the state of Delaware to operate and develop the Port of Wilmington.Under the agreement, which was signed by Gulftainer’s subsidiary GT USA, the company would invest will see an expected investment of up to USD 600 million in the port to upgrade and expand the terminal and to turn it into one of the largest facilities of its kind on the Eastern Seaboard.The investment includes USD 400 million on a new 1.2 million TEU container facility at DuPont’s former Edgemoor site, which was acquired by the Diamond State Port Corporation in 2016. Plans for the port also include development of all cargo terminal capabilities at the facility and enhancement of its overall productivity.The 50-year concession follows a year of negotiations and a thorough evaluation of Gulftainer’s capabilities globally, including in the United States. The Delaware concession agreement completes a preliminary agreement between Gulftainer and the state of Delaware, as well as the completion of a formal review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), granting Gulftainer exclusive rights to manage the port.“This landmark agreement builds on Gulftainer’s 43-year track record of delivering excellence and dependability in ports and logistics operations around the world, and we are confident that this public-private partnership will propel the Port of Wilmington towards becoming the principal gateway of the Eastern Seaboard,” Badr Jafar, Chairman of Gulftainer’s Executive Board, said.last_img read more

TAKING THE BULL BY THE HORNS

first_imgCould you throw some light on the book for our readers?The book is simply a statement about the social, political and psychological existence of a very significant minority of our country, Muslims. I belong to that community. There is a debate of one kind or another that’s taking place constantly – not always very responsible, not always very informed. I feel that most of these debates are a misrepresentation of Islam in India and all Muslims. Therefore, one should explore which areas need to be explained and how they need to be explained and provide an easy document in people’s hands so that they are genuinely interested in discovering the truth about Indian Muslims that will be available to them. Also Read – Torpedoing Bengal How are you expecting the readers to receive the book? When you read it, you will decide. I hope they receive it well. It’s done with honest intention and with little bit of courage. It is so easy to be misunderstood in our times, therefore, I have taken the bull by the horns and I hope people will take it for what it is – truthful, honest, objective, transparent, disclosure of what I believe. Why is such kind of literature is important in the current socio-political context? Also Read – Educational model of coexistenceAt any given time, when politics gets in stress and what people describe basically as ‘polarisation’ happens, I believe that is the time when ideologies begin to confront each other or a public opinion begins to get severely divided (or at least there a perception that it is divided). It is important that the debates be brought down in terms of decibels. Instead of being mired in mutual allegations of hate and disrespect, we should be able to talk to each other instead of talking at each other and and try to find away via media to be able to live together as a nation. How do you work beyond theology in this book? There isn’t much theology in the book. The little bit of theology that exists, touches upon an understanding of the everyday practices of Islam. There isn’t any deep theology because I am neither a scholar nor very well-versed in theological disputations. But, wherever our understanding of theology impacts the way we conduct ourselves in life, that ordinary life has an element of religious practice, religious conduct, religious behaviour. I think to that extent I have tried to understand theology with the help of tafsirs of the Quran, friends who have been able to explain to me elements of significant importance. For instance, the contribution of hadīth to our understanding of Quran and also general practices that are common amongst Muslims. In trying to explain the Indian Muslims, what are some of the challenges you have faced? Trying to explain is a challenge by itself as some people don’t want any explanations. But the main challenge comes from Muslims themselves because if you try to explain them, they feel that you are letting them down. And if you explain about them to others, the other side thinks that you are being unfair and biased in favour of Muslims. An outsider who claims to objective and tries to explain, they will have a better opportunity to do so without being questioned for their motives. When you are an insider and you are trying to explain, people often on the other side think you are doing it because you have some personal motive or some personal ambition. If you caution people about things that are not good for them, or are incorrect, then they think that you are being a fifth columnist, you are letting them down or you are being unfair to your own religion etc. All these factors make things difficult. Literarily, how do you go about deciphering the Muslim mind in a socio-political context? For that, you have to understand the society you live in. You have to understand the political times in which you live and you have to choose how you want to retain your sanity, your identity, your personal commitments to your way of life and yet not necessarily come in conflict with the systems around you. When the systems are responsive and sensitive and willing to accommodate you, life is obviously much easier. But if the systems begin to resist anything that you do or want to do or aspire to do then, of course, there is a fear of conflict and it could disastrous for you making things worse. Your aspirations are not met and at the same time you also find hostility and aggression. In such context, what is the best way? Is it patience? Is it surrender? Is it bypassing? Is it retreating into a shell? These are many ways in which people react. What is best for the country and what is best for the future of all the people of the country including all minority groups is the choice that people have to make as a collective whole. The Supreme court has issued various orders to curb mob violence. But, in the present context, it has been on the rise. As a lawyer, what is your opinion? We can go to the courts time and time again and the courts will only do as much as we have done. The courts do not have the power to go out into the streets and enforce their orders. The orders have to be enforced by the executive, by the police, etc. Courts have the power to impose contempts, proceedings and so on but you know you can’t do it every day. Ultimately, the courts can only be helpful but it has to be public opinion and you have to be able to deal with public opinion. If rightly or wrongly, public opinion goes against you, then it is a tough call in a democracy. I am confident that truth, honesty and desire for peace will ultimately prevail. There may be aberrations and periodical hiccups but we must have faith that, sooner or later, peace will prevail.last_img read more

Ed Helms Honored At Benefit For Music In Schools

first_imgLast weekend, Education Through Music-Los Angeles honored Actor and Musician Ed Helms and Veteran Music Teacher Richard Meyer with their prestigious Shining Star award, at their 11th Annual Benefit Gala which took place at the Skirball Cultural Center.Ed Helms and Teacher Richard Meyer pose with Host Andy Richter and students on the red carpet at Education Through Music-Los Angeles’ 11th Annual BenefitEach year, the Shining Stars are awarded to individuals whose contributions through music have changed lives. “Through music, our honorees inspire our youth to achieve their highest potential and improve the lives of others,” said ETM-LA Executive Director, Victoria Lanier.The evening was hosted by actor and late night talk show announcer Andy Richter (Conan), and included performances by Moby, Ed Helms, Lisa Loeb, and Dustbowl Revival. Angela Kinsey and Christina Applegate, who both played Helms’ love interests on prior projects (The Office and Vacation, respectively) were on hand to present Helms his award. Both revealed Helms’ love of music, providing stories of him sharing his passion for banjo, singing, and bluegrass with his castmates on and off set.Helms sits on the Advisory Board for Education Through Music-Los Angeles and is a long-time champion for the cause. “The gap in education opportunities in different communities is one of the great social injustices, and Education Through Music-LA plugs right into that in a very smart and critical way,” said Helms. “Music has impact. And ETM-LA is a force-multiplier for that impact. [They] put teachers back in the schools, provide a curriculum, [and] provide resources.”Having taught over 35 years, Veteran Music Teacher Richard Meyer described the impact that music has had, stating that “music is the most important thing to me, and to be able to pass that onto students and make it one of the most important things to them is very meaningful to me. Music is a tool to develop students; it’s a wonderful way to draw students out and to help them express themselves.”Approximately 80 young students from ETM-LA Partner Schools Castelar Elementary, Dorris Place Elementary, Hooper Elementary, Rio Vista Elementary, and Providencia Elementary performed and helped ring in the holidays with upbeat music including Meyer’s “Bach Country Fiddles” which Meyer conducted, and “Winter Wonderland” featuring Helms.Academy Award-Winning Composer and ETM-LA Advisory Board Member Michael Giacchino (Disney-Pixar’s Up) led the live auction and surprised the audience with a chance to attend a screening of the upcoming film he scored, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, with musicians from his recording orchestra, as well as a handwritten score page of the main theme.Now in its 11th year, Lanier shared that ETM-LA has grown from serving 2 schools and 800 children its first year, to 25 schools and nearly 12,000 students. In the next few years, ETM-LA hopes to double the number of partner schools receiving sequential, comprehensive music instruction – from 25 to 50 schools. ETM-LA believes every child deserves a well-rounded education that includes music and the arts.Other notables in attendance included actresses Karen David and Kate Flannery, composers Christophe Beck, John Debney, Joseph Trapanese, Jim Dooley, Rob Duncan, Blake Neely, Austin Wintory, Danny Jacob, Dave Porter, and David Vanacore. The event chairs were Lola Debney and Alecia Spendlove.Honorary Chairs included music education champions and celebrities such as Adam Levine, Amanda Seyfried, Billy Crystal, Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Zach Galifianakis, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Chris Meledandri, Rickey Minor, and Sarah Silverman. Major event sponsors included: Amazon Studios, ASCAP, The Bluegrass Situation, BMI, BTW Productions, The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, Inc., Illumination Entertainment, MTV, Pacific Electric Picture Co., Paramount Pictures, Principato-Young Entertainment, Schrek Rose Dapello & Adams LLP, Sonic Fuel Studios, and United Talent Agency.Education Through Music-LA is an independent 501c3 non-profit with the mission to provide music in disadvantaged schools to enhance students’ academic achievement and creative and overall development. ETM-LA partners with inner-city schools to provide yearlong music instruction and is based on the ETM model (New York, 1991).last_img read more

Morocco Nine Cases of Cutaneous Anthrax Disease Diagnosed In Imilchil

Rabat – A team of doctors in Imilchil, a mountainous small town in Midelt province, diagnosed nine cases of Cutaneous Anthrax caused by consuming the meat of diseased cows.The Ministry said that this form of anthrax infection diagnosed in nine patients is considered to be the least dangerous. The Ministry added that all these cases were taken care of and were given necessary treatments, stressing that the local Health and Veterinary Services have taken safety measures to isolate the infected cattle. “This epidemiological situation is not alarming in the sense that the Cutaneous anthrax disease is of bacterial origin and can generally be treated,” said the Ministry of Health, reassuring that the Ministry, in coordination with the departments concerned, is closely monitoring the situation and will inform the public of any developments.According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “cutaneous anthrax is the most common form of anthrax infection, and it is also considered to be the least dangerous.”The same source added that the disease can happen when “a person handles infected animals or contaminated animal products like wool, hides, or hair.” read more

74 Journalists Killed in 22 Countries in 6 Months NGO

Geneva – The number of journalists killed continued to increase from January to the end of June 2016 to reach 74 in 22 countries (3 per week on average), according to the NGO Press Emblem Campaign (PEC).During the same period (January to June) and with the same criteria 71 journalists were killed in 2015 (reaching 135 for the whole year), 66 in 2014 (138 for the whole year), 59 in 2013 (129 for the whole year).PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen said that despite the many meetings held on the issue of the safety of journalists, the adoption of UN resolutions, measures undertaken to enhance training and protection, the so many condemnations, we have not been able to hold the breaks on the terrible tally. We must do more in the fight against impunity. He added that it is clear that unresolved and ongoing conflicts are the source of the high price paid by journalists for informing the general public.Afghanistan from the outset of this year has been the most dangerous country for media work with 10 journalists killed, Syria the second with 9 media workers killed.Mexico follows with 8 killed, then Iraq and Yemen with 7 in each country.5 journalists were killed in Guatemala, and 4 in each of the following countries: India, Pakistan and Turkey (where 2 Syrian journalists were killed by ISIS).2 journalists were killed in the Philippines, 2 in Russia and 2 in El Salvador during the first six months of 2016.One journalist was killed in the following countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Honduras, Libya, Serbia, United States, Somalia and Venezuela.The PEC strongly condemns those attacks and calls upon the governments to assume their obligations and brings the perpetrators to justice.Without an independent inquiry it is very difficult to know why the journalists were killed. Around two thirds of journalists were intentionally targeted, while a third was killed in fighting, the same source pointed out.This is an alarming trend that a great number of media workers are intentionally eliminated by terrorist organizations in particular by ISIS. From January to June a dozen of them were killed by ISIS in Turkey, Syria and Iraq. The Taliban are responsible for the killing of ten journalists in Afghanistan and Pakistan.The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) with Special consultative UN status. The PEC, founded in June 2004 by a group of journalists from several countries, based in Geneva, is an international independent nonprofit and non-governmental organization. It aims at strengthening the legal protection and safety of journalists in zones of conflict and civil unrest or in dangerous missions.With MAP read more

Maroc Telecom Hosts 2nd Annual Smart Days on Digital Transformation in

By Zoubida SenoussiRabat – Maroc Telecom’s Smart Days have returned for a new round of rich exchanges around the discovery and study of global digital trends.Morocco World News attended the event, alongside researchers, experts, entrepreneurs, web influencers, and journalists, who gathered Tuesday at the Maroc Telecom headquarters in Rabat to learn more about “Digital Transformation in Morocco and Africa.” For this occasion, Maroc Telecom welcomed two renowned international experts to share their knowledge on digital revolution: Gilles Babinet, multi-entrepreneur and the first president of the National Council of Digital in France and Rebecca Enonchong, Cameroonian entrepreneur, and president of AppsTech, a multinational software development company.As the first speaker to take the stage, Babinet discussed challenges faced by African companies since the digital revolution.“We are actually witnessing the third industrial revolution, embodied by the digital transformation, which generates huge gains in opportunities,” explained the expert, adding,  “Several sectors are now affected by this phenomenon such as tourism, hospitality, insurance, finance and even health.” According to him, the richest companies are those who give their technology for free.The French entrepreneur concluded that we need to “replace hierarchy with technology.”For her part, Enonchong focused on how the digital revolution has transformed Africa, including the regulatory and financial issues that have accompanied digital changes.  “To successfully implement an effective digital transformation model covering all sectors of activity (i.e. public service industries and services, finance, technologies), Africa should rely on its many strengths,” she said.“We can especially quote: the strong mobile breakthrough, the relatively nascent legal provisions governing technologies, and the fast appropriation of technologies” explained the President of AppsTech who is very optimistic for the future of digital in Morocco and Africa.The telecommunications giant, Maroc Telecom, launched its “Smart Days” gathering last year in Rabat to bring together major Moroccan and African players in the field of digitization. The meeting enables the general public to exchange knowledge and learn about the latest developments in the world of technology and communications.Maroc Telecom is the first global operator in Morocco and Africa to offer secure mobile management, connected object solutions for companies like Smart Car, and innovative solutions, such as the MT Cloud solution. read more

ICE Futures Canada Monday Canola futures prices lower barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’17 $10.80 lower $494.00; Jan. ’18 $10.40 lower $499.90; March ’18 $9.50 lower $504.40; May ’18 $7.30 lower $507.40; July ’18 $7.10 lower $510.90; Nov. ’18 $6.00 lower $479.00; Jan. ’19 $6.00 lower $479.80; March ’19 $6.00 lower $482.50; May ’19 $6.00 lower $482.50; July ’19 $6.00 lower $482.50; Nov. ’19 $6.00 lower $482.50.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $140.00; March ’18 unchanged $140.00; May ’18 unchanged $140.00; July ’18 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $140.00; March ’19 unchanged $140.00; May ’19 unchanged $140.00; July ’19 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $140.00.Monday’s estimated volume of trade: 375,680 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 375,680. read more

Hamilton firefighters battle 2 overnight fires

Hamilton firefighters were busy overnight responding to two different house fires.The first was on Herkimer Street just before 2:30 a.m. Nobody was home at the time, but the fire had spread to the second and third floors by the time crews arrived.There was about $600,000 in damage. Luckily, firefighters were able to stop the blaze from spreading to neighbouring houses, and nobody was hurt.The second fire took place about an hour later on Beland Avenue North.Flames ripped through the two-storey home, causing about $150,000 in damage.Nobody was home for the second blaze either.The Office of the Fire Marshal has been called to help determine what caused the two fires. read more

Google stock crosses 1000 mark for the first time on strength of

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Strong third-quarter results have sent Google’s stock past the $1,000 mark for the first time.Shortly after the markets opened Friday, Google Inc. shares jumped more than 12 per cent to $1,007.40 in heavy trading before edging back down to $1,000 later in the morning. The stock had never been higher than $928 in regular market trading since Google went public at $85 per share nine years ago.Late Thursday, Google reported a 36 per cent jump in third-quarter net income that beat Wall Street’s predictions. The numbers showed that while the company’s average ad prices continue to decline, they’re being offset by a larger number of people clicking on ads.Over the years, Google has expanded its reach far beyond the powerful search engine that made it famous. It now includes the video sharing site YouTube, along with the Android operating system that runs on close to 1 billion smartphones and tablets. The company ranks as the No. 1 digital ad company by revenue, leaving rivals such as Yahoo Inc. and Facebook Inc. far behind.Google’s stock has climbed steadily in the last five years, more than doubling in value. But the stock slipped slightly in recent months, while the overall market has risen, amid worries about deteriorating ad prices.Google’s average ad price has fallen from the prior year in each of the last eight quarters, primarily because advertisers aren’t paying as much for mobile ads because the screens on smartphones and tablet computers are smaller than those on laptop and desktop computers.As more people rely on mobile devices to connect to Google’s search engine and other services, the trend is driving down the company’s average ad price, or “cost per click.”But the number of so-called “paid clicks” on Google’s ads helped offset the lower prices in the third quarter. The clicking volume increased 26 per cent from last year, an indication that Google’s data analysis is doing a good job matching ads with the interests of its services’ users.Friday’s stock surge takes Google’s market capitalization to about $333 billion, which still pales in comparison to that of technology industry rival Apple Inc. The iPhone and iPad maker ranks No. 1 in the world with a market capitalization of $462 billion. Google stock crosses $1,000 mark for the first time on strength of earnings report by Bree Fowler, The Associated Press Posted Oct 18, 2013 8:22 am MDT read more

UN agencies warn of funding gaps as 450000 Mauritanians face food insecurity

Funding shortfalls are already threatening the ability of the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide essential assistance to many of the most vulnerable families. The agency suspended school-meal distributions in December, leaving over 150,000 school children from vulnerable families without the certainty of a daily meal.“We fear that the anticipated funding gaps will force us to make further cuts in the assistance we provide, with a potentially devastating impact on the food security of the poorest families,” WFP Country Director Janne Suvanto said in a press release.He said that due to the current funding situation, no relief activities are taking place in the vulnerable areas of Brakna and Hodh El Gharbi, stressing that $21 million is needed to support WFP activities through August.In June 2015, the prevalence of severe acute malnutrition in Mauritania was 14 per cent, the highest since 2012, making vulnerable populations more prone to nutritional risks.Last year, 80 per cent of health centres in Mauritania supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) adopted intensive and outpatient nutritional recovery and education centre treatments. A total of 18,280 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition were admitted and treated in those facilities. “The nutritional situation worsened in Mauritania during the 2015 hunger gap,” said UNICEF Country Representative Souleymane Diabaté , warning that the number of children affected by malnutrition might increase even more this year, a situation requiring additional funding of $2 million to cope with.“Our joint assistance is vital for vulnerable families,” WFP’s Suvanto stressed, calling for more funding. read more

Thesis defences — July 23 to 27

The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from July 23 to 27.All are open for the University community to attend.Geography MA thesis defenceGeography student Adam Fischer will defend the thesis, “A Domestic Geography of Money: How Mortgage Debt, Home Prices, and Toronto’s Condominiums ‘Prop up’ the Canadian Economy,” on Tuesday, July 24 at noon in MC C407.The examination committee includes Dawn Zinga, Chair; Alan Walks, External Examiner (University of Toronto, Mississauga); Philip Mackintosh, Supervisor; and Christopher Fullerton and Jeffrey Boggs, Committee Members.PhD in Educational Studies Dissertation DefenceEducation student Kristen Clarke will defend the Dissertation “Informal Teacher Leaders: Secondary School Teachers’ Perceptions of How They Collaboratively Construct and Implement Classroom Assessment Policy and Practice” on Thursday, July 26 at 10 a.m. in WH 147. The examination committee includes Donato Tarulli, Chair; Christopher DeLuca, External Examiner (Queen’s University); Maureen Connolly, Internal Examiner; Denise Armstrong, Supervisor; Louis Volante, Committee Member; and Wayne Melville, Committee Member (Lakehead University). read more

Apple Opening Makeshift Austin Store for SXSW

first_imgGood news, Austin Macheads, Apple is opening up a new store in your backyard. Bad news, Austin Macheads, the thing will only be open for two weeks. The company is set to rent out a space in Austin’s Scarbrough Building for a fortnight, to meet the tech demands of South by South West in that area.Fittingly, the whole deal went down in record time, according to Rance Wilemon, of the building’s real estate firm, Plat.Form. “They came in town on Monday, did a quick tour, found a spot, and they’re in there working and will open by Friday,” he told a local paper. “”They’re just a great draw.” Wilemon, naturally, is hoping that the temporary location will prove something of a trial run for a permanent Apple Store. Apple already has two permanent locations in the Austin Area. As such, Wilemon doesn’t expect a third store to be a priority. “I think we’re several years away from that being a focus for them. They do great at their two existing stores, and they’re really focused on overseas expansion right now.”last_img read more