FIFA says it trusts Russia to ensure safe World Cup despite clashes

first_imgThe local security department said the death was not “directly” linked to an injury he received in street battles with scores of Russians wearing black hoodies.He “suddenly felt ill during the serious incidents…Despite being taken quickly to hospital, he suffered cardiac arrest,” the Basque security department said.Police said they had detained nine people — including three Russians and a Pole — whom Moscow’s Sport Express daily identified as right-wing Spartak hooligans and left-wing Basques.FIFA said it “deeply regrets” the incident but did not assign any blame.“As far as security for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is concerned, FIFA has complete trust in the security arrangements and comprehensive security concept developed by the Russian authorities and the Local Organising Committee,” a FIFA spokesperson told AFP.“As demonstrated during the FIFA Confederations Cup last year, Russia’s already high security standards have been adapted to meet the specific needs of such major sporting events.”Russia will be hosting its first World Cup from June 14 to July 15 after securing its rights in a ugly battle with England in 2010 that included unproven bribery allegations.But preparations have been shadowed by fears of a repeat of the June 2016 rampage by Russian hooligans that erupted in the French port city of Marseille during the Euro tournament.The clashes left 35 people injured and shocked the world.Russian President Vladimir Putin only wondered dismissively at the time “how 200 of our fans could beat up several thousand English”.German police Thursday announced the arrest of one Russian hooligan wanted for the “attempted homicide” of an England supporter in the violence.– Right-wing ultras –Scenes of helmeted Spanish police armed with metal shields fighting Russians hurling stones and flammable objects flashed across Russian TV screens and prompted government media to rally to the supporters’ defence.“Local ultras provoked Russians,” Vesti state television said in a news bulletin. “Our fans were heading to the stadium when they were attacked with firecracker bombs, which resulted in a fight.”A column on the website of Russia’s main sport channel Match TV accused the police of “having insufficient experience” in dealing with converging groups of fans.But Moscow’s authoritative Sport Express daily said it was clair that “the Spartak fans are no saints”.“They really did include people with right-wing views — including ultra-right-wings ones,” Sport Express said. “And they were ready to square off against the ultra-left-wing Basques.”Hooliganism experts say Russia’s powerful FSB security service has cracked down hard on football gangs and blacklisted many of their leaders in the run-up.The Russian government’s official plan is to force both foreign and domestic supporters to undergo background checks before receiving a special Fan ID card required to enter the country.A security source said Russian law enforcement agents were also working with their counterparts from England and other countries to determine which fans were safe.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Some Spartak fans were friendly, but others battled police in Bilbao © AFP / ANDER GILLENEAMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Feb 23 – The world football governing body FIFA expressed “complete trust” Friday in Russia’s ability to ensure a safe World Cup despite fan violence in Spain during which a policeman died.The Basque officer suffered a heart attack Thursday as hundreds of security forces clashed with supporters of Russian club Spartak Moscow in Bilbao before the start of a Europa League match.last_img read more

More single women buying homes

first_img“The number of single female homebuyers in South Africa has risen significantly over the last four years, on the back of an increase in single person households and as women gain better positions in the workplace,” bond originator ooba said in a statement. Sapa 10 May 2011 The ratio of women to men in single person home loan applications to ooba increased from 36.53% in January 2007 to a current level of 46.94%. “The South African Constitution has enshrined equality, so it is pleasing to note that the dynamics of the historically male dominated property market has evolved,” said Jenny Rushin, Western Cape provincial sales manager at ooba. Single person applications now make up 49.65% of applications in comparison to the 50.35% of joint applications. More single women are buying homes in South Africa, with the number rising significantly over the last four years, a mortgage company said on on Monday. “A steady increase in the number of women in the workplace, particularly those occupying more managerial top level jobs which command higher income earnings, has helped to shift the balance towards a more equal ratio among homebuyers.” “Now that females are more focused on creating their own wealth portfolio, credit, such as home loan finance, is far more easily accessible to them individually,” Rushin said. Buying property had become a long term wealth creation goal for women as much as men, she added. The increasing number of women in the workplace has had an impact on the male/female home loan application ratios.last_img read more

The AC Industry’s Conundrum

first_imgThis summer a new record was set in Quriyat, Oman for hottest overnight low temperature ever recorded: 42.6ºC (108.7ºF). With global temperatures projected to rise 2 to 5ºC by the end of the century, and urban areas experiencing temperatures 1 to 3ºC warmer than their surroundings, parts of the world will be unendurable during the summer months. Already a staggering 2.2 billion people, 30% of the world’s population, are at risk of potentially deadly heat exposure for more than 20 days per year; and by 2100, up to three-quarters could experience this risk. Comfort cooling, such as air conditioning, is no longer a luxury, but increasingly a necessity for health, productivity, and at the extreme, survival. In developing countries, these rising temperatures are compounded by population growth, urbanization, and income growth to drive up demand for comfort cooling. These factors will cause the total number of residential air conditioners in the world to increase from 900 million today to around 3.7 billion by 2050, an astounding fourfold increase. Emerging economies in the tropics and the subtropics, such as India, China, Brazil, and Indonesia, are expected to see a fivefold increase in demand for cooling in the next three decades.RELATED ARTICLESAir Conditioner BasicsDemand for Cooling Is Spiraling UpwardEnergy Demand for Space Cooling SurgesResilient Design: Natural CoolingDesigning Houses That Keep Their Cool How cooling is warming the planet If these demand projections hold true and AC energy efficiency continues to improve at its 50-year historical rate, residential air conditioning alone could lead to a 1.5ºC increase in global temperature by 2100, completely derailing our Paris goals to stay below a 2ºC global increase. Air conditioners impact the climate in two main ways: direct emissions from refrigerants and indirect emissions from electricity use. Refrigerants leak into the atmosphere throughout the lifespan of the air conditioner and are thousands of times more potent than carbon dioxide. However, refrigerants account for only 20 to 30% of air conditioners’ climate impact. The other 70 to 80% is due to electricity use from the grid. If nothing is done, by 2050 residential ACs globally could use more than all the electricity that the United States and Germany use today combined. Total number of operating residential AC units, in billions. (Source: RMI graph based on data from IEA) In addition to contributing to global warming, the increased demand for air conditioners will cost governments and consumers hundreds of billions of dollars. For governments, the increased burden on the electricity grids translates to costly infrastructure projects. For example, if India sees their fourfold increase in air conditioners by 2030 as expected, they will need to invest at least $120 billion in new power plants, plus more to upgrade their transmission and distribution system. For consumers, air conditioning can represent a significant portion of their income. For example, in India consumers spend 8% of median household income just to operate their ACs. In Indonesia it’s 14%. What the international community is doing The international community is working to phase out the refrigerants that are the most harmful to our planet. On World Ozone Day, September 16, we commemorated the signing of the Montreal Protocol 31 years ago. The Montreal Protocol (1987) successfully phased out 99% of ozone-depleting refrigerants and now the Kigali Amendment (2016) targets hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) — greenhouse gases with high global warming potential (GWP). Under this amendment, 197 countries have committed to phasing down HFC use by more than 80% in the next 30 years. The United Nations Environment Program has called it the world’s “single largest real contribution” to meet the Paris goals. Improving energy efficiency in ACs has traditionally been driven by policymakers through minimum energy performance standards (MEPS). Each year, national governments incrementally raise the minimum allowed energy efficiency, effectively pushing up the floor. This has resulted in a 1.7% average increase in efficiency per year globally since 1990. However, while this represents positive progress, it is not enough to offset the massive increase in demand. At this rate, air conditioners will only increase in efficiency by 70% between now and 2050 — a paltry increase compared to the projected 300 to 400% increase in demand.  Why the industry isn’t innovating There are four reason why the industry isn’t doing more to improve the efficiency of AC equipment: Government policies eliminate the least efficient ACs, but do little to encourage advancing the most efficient ones Policymakers employ MEPS to raise the lower level of acceptable efficiencies and use labels and standards, like Energy Star in the United States, to incentivize consumers to purchase the most energy efficient options available. While MEPS have been relatively successful, in many regions the most stringent labels and standards lag far behind the best-in-class AC units in the market. In these cases, manufacturers have little to gain from making their products more efficient. Energy efficiency of most stringent label and best-in-class AC over the MEPS. Chart Adapted From: Park, W.Y., Shah, N., and Gerke, B.F., 2017, Assessment of commercially available energy-efficient room air conditioners including models with low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants, Report 2001047, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA. Consumers demand low up-front costs Cost is an important factor for most consumers, and while lifecycle costs of more efficient units are usually lower, these costs are difficult to calculate. As a result, when consumers compare costs, they generally consider up-front cost alone. Even worse, in some cases, such as in apartment buildings, the AC purchaser does not even consider lifecycle cost because they are not the ones paying the electricity bills. This focus on up-front costs causes AC manufacturers to pursue high volumes of sales through low prices to consumers, at efficiencies that just meet the MEPS. There is no other technology that ACs are “chasing” in terms of cost or efficiency In extreme heat, conventional air conditioning is the only option to stay cool. So while air conditioner manufacturers are competing against one another in terms of cost and efficiency, they are not chasing another technology that also provides cool air. In contrast, technologies in adjacent industries have seen radical innovation in the past decade. For example, LED lighting has been chasing compact fluorescent and incandescent lighting. Similarly, solar PV has been chasing the costs and efficiencies of traditional grid power generation, such as coal and natural gas. LEDs have achieved 67 to 89% of their theoretical maximum efficiency, while PV has achieved 28 to 53%. Air conditioning lags far behind with the best-in-class units at 14% efficiency and most commonly sold units at only 6-8%. The industry is consolidated with high barriers to entry The AC industry is largely consolidated and much market share is controlled by just a handful of powerful corporations. There are fewer than 500 AC manufacturing companies worldwide, with two Chinese companies controlling over 35% of global room air conditioners production, according to K-CEP China. Very high barriers to entry in the industry, including heavy marketing and distribution costs and the importance of brand recognition to consumers, prevent start-ups and smaller companies from making headway. What can disrupt the market? We are faced with a looming climate crisis from the fivefold increase in demand for cooling in developing countries. To mitigate the negative impact from this adoption, the world needs a technology that is at least five times (5x) better for the climate. And we at RMI believe this is possible. Current best-in-class ACs are already three times better for the climate than the average unit from a combination of doubling energy efficiency and employing refrigerants with low GWP. Manufacturers, university labs, and start-ups are developing technologies that are even more efficient. Combining two or more of these technologies could create an AC that is five times (5x) better for the climate when considering both grid energy use and refrigerant selection. The markets won’t get there on their own. The international community needs to unite around this goal and support investment in research and development while priming the market for a solution to scale. Innovators around the world, take note and work to create cooling technologies that can provide cooling without warming the planet.   Elizabeth O’Grady is an associate at the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Building Practice. Saarthak Narsipur is a former intern at RMI. ©2018 Rocky Mountain Institute. Published with permission. Originally posted at RMI Outlet.last_img read more

Yahoo Reports Its Data Request Numbers

first_imgYahoo has joined the ranks of Internet technology companies demonstrating their commitment to openness – and trying to rebuild trust with their users – with its own revelation of data requests received from law enforcement agencies.Yahoo announced the numbers in a Tumblr blog from CEO Marissa Mayer and General Counsel Ron Bell, citing figures from December 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013.During that time period, we received between 12,000 and 13,000 requests, inclusive of criminal, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and other requests. The most common of these requests concerned fraud, homicides, kidnappings, and other criminal investigations.The FISA requests are presumably tied to the leaked program known only as PRISM, alleged to be the NSA’s secret access to major Internet companies’ data stores in the intelligence agency’s hunt for terrorists.See also PRISM Leaker Goes Public To Defend ClaimsSince information on PRISM was leaked by Booz Allen technician Edward Snowden earlier this month, the companies implicated in the leaked material have made a point to disclose what they can about requests for information, while asking to go farther and be allowed to separate the FISA request figures from the other law enforcement requests.The implication is that FISA requests are much fewer in number than standard law enforcement requests, which would thus let companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Yahoo release some of the intense scrutiny they have been under since Prism was first detailed. But, until they are permitted to make such distinctions, it seems that these public transparency reports will have to do. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Tags:#FISA#Prism#Yahoo Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … brian proffitt Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

‘Playoff mode’ Ginebra ready for anything, says Tenorio

first_img“We’ll just take it one game at a time,” he said. “The most important thing is we know how to play in the playoffs. We just have to be in the right frame of mind and to really keep our focus every game from start to finish. We can’t afford to commit mistakes right now.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Tenorio poured in a game-high 27 points and had five rebounds and 11 assists and the Batangueño playmaker believes that wins like this one helps in building the team’s confidence moving forward.“It doesn’t matter who we face as long as we’re in playoff mode. It doesn’t matter if it’s the number one team or the last team. We really have to be playing our game, playing it the right away, and playing it on how we’re supposed to play the game as a team,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAt 5-4, the Gin Kings are tied in fifth place with NLEX and will face Meralco and Rain or Shine in their remaining games in the elimination round.Tenorio, though, doesn’t want Ginebra to get too ahead of itself with the team still has a lot of work to do. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:29Robredo to gov’t, after accepting anti drug post: Are you ready for me?00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Read Next Lyceum, San Beda top groups as PCCL Final Four is set LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLA Tenorio said that getting the twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals is already the least of Ginebra’s concerns going into the homestretch of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“We no longer think about that. Our target is to really win these last two games,” he said coming off its 93-78 victory over TNT on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Blaze Spikers breeze through to semis

first_imgPhilippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPowerhouse defending champion Petron expectedly breezed by Sta. Lucia Realty, 25-17, 25-11, 25-18, Saturday to become the first semifinalist—deservedly so—in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.In scoring their 15th straight win, the Blaze Spikers lined themselves up for a best-of-three semifinals against either the Cignal HD Spikers and the United VC Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting A memorable, meaningful Open win for Mondilla Though Petron kept its winning streak intact, the win did not impress import Stephanie Niemer.Niemer, who had 16 points,  said they could have done better despite the dominant win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsKath Bell led the Blaze Spikers with 19 points as Petron needed just over an hour—and just one game—to march on.“We’re very happy that we’re now in the semis. But, of course, the road ahead will be a lot tougher,” Petron coach Shaq delos Santos said.last_img read more

Despite improved services for Inuit detainees arduous travel yet to be addressed

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsA heavy metal door springs to life and slides open, letting Josiane Gendron walk into Sector B of the detention centre in Amos, Quebec.“We are in the living quarters, sector B,” said Gendron, the assistant director of the new $125 million Amos facility that opened its doors in Nov. 2018.Sector B is currently empty.Natural light spills into the shared living space. Tables and chairs freshly painted different shades of grey with yellow highlights to impart some colour.The cells are located on two floors, single rooms on the top, doubles on the bottom.“The cells are open from 8:30 in the morning until 10:30 at night,” said Gendron. “So they have access to this room [lower level common area] during the day.”Gendron said it’s a vast improvement over the old Amos prison that was notorious for overcrowding.“Because there’s more room, in here, a bigger capacity, we were able to respect the agreement we have the KRG [Kativik Regional Government] and the Makivik corporation to group all the Inuit, the preventative custody Inuit, here in Amos.”(Josiane Gendron, assistant director of the Amos detention centre. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)On average, Inuit detainees make up more than a third of the 160 inmates here.Unique to other prisons in Quebec, this facility also has a room designated for Inuit cultural activities.Including a space to prepare traditional food that has a mural of a northern landscape on the wall.“The painting was made by an incarcerated person from Cree and Inuit origin, so we hired him to do this painting to kind of give the feel of the north,” said Gendron.(A mural on a prison wall depicting their traditional land is an apt metaphor for Inuit detained here. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)In many ways they are stuck between two worlds.Nunavik, the Inuit territory in subarctic Quebec, doesn’t have its own prison, so Inuit are ferried by plane back and forth – more than a thousand kilometres each way – from the time they’re arrested – to the end of their trial.And depending on their case, or the weather, the time spent here can be extended by weeks or months.As a result, Inuit spend significantly more time in custody than non-Inuit detainees, which makes it a human rights issue.“Inuit rights are regularly infringed on, Inuit rights are not respected,” testified Lucy Grey at in November 2018 at a Quebec Inquiry into Indigenous Relations with Certain Public Services hearing In Kuujjuaq, QC.Grey has held many titles within the justice system in Nunavik, from court translator to justice committee co-ordinator, to director of the Makitautik halfway house for Inuit offenders.As a result, she had much to say about how justice is administered in Nunavik over the course of her impassioned hour long testimony.“These Inuit are put in Amos, totally isolated, no one there to protect them, no one there to ease them, no one there to insure that they are corrected,” said Grey at the hearing “they always regularly come back more damaged, more hurt, and then they become repeat offenders.”Grey isn’t the only one to lament the treatment of Inuit detainees.A 2016 report by Quebec’s ombudsmen laid out dozens of recommendations to improve justice in Nunavik.Most of which have been implemented, including improved services for Inuit at Amos, such as adult education.“We have five classrooms,” said Gendron. “We will have a full time teacher in August, who will be hired by the Kativik school board.”(Sector B at the Amos detention facility. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)But as Grey points out, getting Inuktitut speakers to Amos is not easy.Located in the Abitibi region of Quebec, Amos is almost 600 kilometres northwest of Montreal.And about 1,200 kilometres from Nunavik’s closest courthouse where trials are held.But Quebec has grouped Nunavik into the same judicial district as Abitibi despite the vast distance between the two regions.“Abitibi might as well be across the ocean. Abitibi might as well be near Australia. We have no connection to Abitibi,” testified Grey, who adds there’s more Inuit resources in the Montreal region then Abitibi.The Quebec ombudsmen report did make two specific recommendations to cut down on arduous travel.Two and a half years later neither of which has been fully implemented.One is the creation of direct flights from Nunavik villages to Amos, instead of going through Montreal or the Abitibi hub of Val d’Or and then bussing to Amos.“It’s coming, it’s in development, we’ve no dates of when it’s going to come, but it’s definitely in the talks,” said Gendron.(The new facility is 600 km northwest of Montreal, and 1,200 km from the nearest courthouse in Nunavik. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)In an email to APTN News, Quebec’s Ministry of Public Security says it needed to wait for construction of the Amos prison to be finished and a new policing agreement for the Kativik police force, who help escort the prisoners, before acting on direct air lifts.They also said that the first direct flight from Nunavik to Amos took place on July 4, but at the moment, it’s a pilot project and will only continue periodically.As for the other solution to cut down on travel, using video conferencing for trial appearances, Gendron said the Amos prison is ready.“Because of the internet link with the north, with Nunavik, it’s not been developed yet, it’s not taken place yet,” Gendron explained.But the a spokesperson for the Kativik Regional Government, who administer services in Nunavik, say that internet speed is not the hold up, but rather negotiations with Quebec, which are ongoing.Judging from the sound of frustration in her voice, for Lucy Grey these improvements cannot come soon enough.“You know, Inuit are very forgiving, and the white, Qallunaat, “oui-oui”s kind of have a hard time with that, they want to punish. Punish. But the intention of justice is to bring social harmony and this version is not bringing harmony.“It’s bringing chaos.”tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more

FORTIS TCI SAYS DISCOUNTS MORE THAN ONE PENNY PUBLIC WANTS PROTECTION AGENCY

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Jan 2014 – Strong comments still coming in as residents express themselves on the cost of fuel and cost of electricity as the world continues to watch oil prices plummet to 2009 lows. One resident is calling for a consumer protection agency to be established, saying they believe the decreases on the power bills are not sufficient enough. Malike Cummings, the country’s Energy Commissioner disagrees pointing out that the fuel factor rate has steadily decreased month on month; he sent us a report where he demonstrates his tracking of the power company’s trends up to November 2014. There have been four consecutive months of decreases from August. Nonetheless, in a letter to Magnetic Media, the business owner charges that we have only seen one penny difference in electricity bill. Fortis TCI in response to our query on the matter says, that’s not accurate… “The Fuel Factor across FortisTCI service territory has fallen by an average of 14% since August 2014 … the Company’s Fuel Factor calculations are also checked and confirmed monthly by the Energy and Utilities Commissioner.” The Energy Commissioner told Magnetic Media that the fuel factor rate discounts show the per gallon decreases; and that there are 45 gallons per barrel. Well, Magnetic Media did the math and found that the difference is just slightly above one penny. For August the decreased fuel factor rate was .02447 and for November, the fuel factor rate was .02203. When you subtract the two and multiply it by 45 for the amount of gallons in each barrel; the figure is 0.1098; slighty above one cent. Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Related Items:energy and utilities commissioner, fortis tci, fuel factor, malike cummings, Oil priceslast_img read more

Using labour arbitrage to bring in Indian workers a mistake Cisco chief

first_imgJohn ChambersReutersTaking people from India to the US on work visas to take advantage of lower labour arbitrage may be a mistake, and companies must look at creating jobs in both countries, Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers said on Thursday.Chambers is in India to announce the creation of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) which he says will take the relationship between the two countries, their companies and people to the next level, financial daily Economic Times reported.”You can’t go in and take a whole bunch of H1-B visas and displace American workers for a lower cost. That is just a mistake,” Chambers said. “The jobs which are being created have to be created in both the countries. It is not a win-lose (situation); both the countries can have dramatic job creation by working together,” he added.He said there are many examples of partnerships between two companies that have led to more jobs in both the US and India, and there is a need to communicate such instances better, rather than rare cases of job losses that are an exception. That’s an area where the avatar of US-India Business Council (USIBC) will be able to help by constant messaging etc., Chambers said. John Chambers and Narendra ModiReutersThe 67 year American executive has been a long-time supporter of India and an admirer of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I see the Prime Minister as one of the top leaders that I have ever met in my life. He has got a vision and a strategy; he knows how to execute them for India’s 1.3 billion people,” Chambers told to Mint in an interview.Asking about his working relations with present government, he said Modi knows how to form win-win partnerships that most people don’t. “He is moving faster than any leader in the world. I would give India an A in terms of progress over the last three years,” Chambers added.last_img read more

Kher urges people to turn eye donors

first_imgMumbai might be called the city of dreams but Delhi has never been behind in giving the best of the artists to the country. Sunday evening experienced all-time favourite Sufi singer Kailash Kher and his band Kailasa in the jam-packed Sirifort auditorium. The evening was celebrating ‘Eyecare day’ as ‘Hope for light’, dedicated to the noble cause of providing quality medical services to the needy and poor by Mahavir International, New Delhi.As a tradition, every year the event is graced by the company of a singer who performs and entertains the audience by spreading the message and importance of donating eyes to someone who needs it. As a part of the big day, 26 families who supported the cause by donating the eyes of their deceased dear ones were honoured at the event. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs Kailash Kher gave a sensational performance on his songs ‘Teri deewani’ and ‘Allah ke bande’, he also appealed to the audience to pledge their eyes. More than 1500 people initiated the movement and joined hands with the organization.Since the last 38 years, the organization is committed to providing quality eye care services with six hospitals spread across the capital which has as good infrastructure as any private hospital along with the best facilities of MRI, CT Scan, Path Labs, Mobile Medicare Unit to the needy and poor living in far-flung areas of Delhi. Addressing the audience, Ranjan Jain, Chairman Mahavir International, Delhi proudly announced the inauguration of two newly donated mobile units and retina set up at one of the six hospitals.last_img read more