India in the Global Supply Chain

first_imgIn the global economy of the early 21st century, the division of labor between Asia’s giants is clear. China, the world’s factory floor, makes things – everything from shoes to computers. India, the world’s back office, does things – from fixing software glitches to chasing down credit card debt. India’s services sector may be red hot, but the same can’t be said for its manufacturing. Hampered by poor infrastructure, bureaucratic red tape and restrictive labor laws, it has failed to make its presence felt globally. Between 1990 and 2005, industry’s contribution to the economy remained more or less stagnant, crawling from 25% to 27%. Over the same period, the share of services ballooned from 37% to 52%. According to experts from the Boston Consulting Group, in 2005 India’s manufacturing exports were 6% of GDP ($37 billion) compared to 35% for China ($712 billion). About 60% of Chinese manufacturing exports are by firms headquartered outside China.“To date, India has not begun to play a big role in the manufacturing footprint of multinationals,” says Sachin Nandgaonkar, a director in BCG’s New Delhi office. “Though, if you compare it to five years ago, things are improving.”Beneath the surface, however, things have begun to change rapidly, according to experts at BCG and Wharton. Driven by the emergence of a vast domestic market and relatively low-cost workers with advanced technical skills, more and more multinationals are setting up manufacturing operations in India. Ford, Hyundai and Suzuki all export cars from India in significant numbers. LG, Motorola and Nokia all either make handsets in India or have plans to start, with a sizeable share of production being exported. ABB, Schneider, Honeywell and Siemens have set up plants to manufacture electrical and electronic products for domestic and export markets.In addition, a clutch of globally competitive Indian manufacturing companies – many of them in the automobile industry – have inserted themselves into the global supply chain. Sundram Fasteners makes generator caps for General Motors. New Delhi-based Moser Baer has established itself as a global manufacturer of data storage media such as DVDs and CDs. An aggressive group of pharmaceutical companies – India has about 60 plants that meet the stringent quality standards of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the largest number outside the U.S. itself – are opening new markets around the world.“Over the past five or six years, many firms have restructured their manufacturing operations and implemented world-class practices,” says Arindam Bhattacharya, director and head of the industrial goods practice in India in BCG’s New Delhi office. “Slowly but surely they have started building a globally competitive manufacturing base in industries like pharmaceuticals, auto components, cars and motorcycles.”Domestic DemandIndia’s potential manufacturing renaissance is still in its early stages, but it’s already clear that it will look very different from China and East Asia. Dalip Pathak, a managing director at private equity firm Warburg Pincus, which has investments in both China and India, says China’s world-class infrastructure and a government that is focused on employment generation by smoothing the way for manufacturers makes it an excellent choice for long-term investment in manufacturing.In India, the sailing isn’t quite as smooth. India’s literacy rates continue to lag East Asia’s and average unskilled labor productivity in India is lower than in China or Vietnam. However, there are many instances where average productivity is much higher due to superior management practices, says Bhattacharya. Restrictive labor laws – companies that employ more than 100 workers need government permission to fire them – make India a poor choice for large labor-intensive industries such as shoes and toys. Some parts of the economy, such as handlooms, remain reserved for inefficient small-scale industry. Expensive and unreliable electricity, poor roads, clogged ports and red tape add to the disincentives.  According to the International Finance Corporation’s September 2006 rankings, it takes 35 days to start a business in India, compared to 5 days in the U.S. and 18 days in the U.K. India, however, is in the same league here as China (35 days) and Thailand (33 days), but way ahead of Brazil, where it takes 152 days to start a business.As a result, says Saikat Chaudhuri, a professor of management at Wharton, global manufacturing in India is being driven largely by domestic demand. He points to mobile phone manufacturers such as LG, Nokia and Motorola and car companies such as Ford, Hyundai and Toyota. Some of that is changing, though. As an example, Bhattacharya offers Hyundai, which has designated its Indian plant as its only plant worldwide to make small cars, and it is shifting production from Korea to this facility. The gradual scrapping of import licensing, lowering of tariffs and a liberalized exchange rate regime have all contributed to a sustained domestic, consumption-led boom. According to BCG estimates, annual domestic car sales have shot up from 265,000 in 1995 to 820,000 in 2005; in the first eight months of the current fiscal year, domestic car sales were nearly 870,000. Indians buy more than three million new cell phones each month.“Where domestic demand has grown, it makes sense to build a supply chain,” notes Chaudhuri. “That will be the model until India can improve its infrastructure and attract more FDI.” The acute price sensitivity of the Indian market also adds to the incentives to manufacture locally. Bhattacharya says the government’s focus on increasing manufacturing growth through special economic zones, private participation in ports and massive investments in roads, among other things, is already paying dividends.David Snyder, executive director for business development for Ford Asia Pacific, estimates that India’s auto market, including utility vehicles, will double over the next ten years, from about 1.4 million vehicles to 2.8 million. This is a quarter of the growth – in units – Ford expects in China, but more than the growth of 1.3 million new vehicles it expects to see in the Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Countries) over the same period. With sales in North America, Europe and Japan expected to remain flat, Asia-Pacific as a whole – with a focus on China, India and the Asean – are Ford’s priority growth markets.Auto Parts: India’s ShowcaseAs the success of firms such as auto-parts maker Bharat Forge shows, India’s competitiveness lies in relatively high-end manufacturing. Indian universities turn out an estimated 400,000 engineers a year, second only to China.In auto parts, India’s showcase in manufacturing, more and more firms have upgraded their technology and processes and emerged as reliable suppliers of parts to multinationals. Over a dozen, among them Sona Koyo Steering Systems, Sundaram Clayton, and TVS Motor, part of the Chennai-based TVS group, have won the Deming prize, a prestigious Japanese award for quality. While most auto parts exported from India are simple, Toyota has begun shipping transmissions from its plant near Bangalore. Nandgaonkar points out that the decision was prompted as much by quality as by cost. “If I can have Japanese quality at a much lower cost, then why not?” he says.In addition, India’s pool of scientific talent allows its companies to de-automate, and locally design and procure, some of the more expensive aspects of auto parts manufacturing. BCG estimates that such process engineering can cut capital costs of component plants by 40-60%.“There’s limited competitive advantage in structural terms if you look at the economy compared to China,” says Bhattacharya of BCG. “But a combination of strong leadership and an ability to harness brainpower in an innovative way makes these firms competitive.”Global trends may also favor India as more companies in the U.S., Japan and Europe outsource manufacturing to keep down costs. Besides auto parts, telecom equipment and pharmaceuticals, India has the potential to be competitive in such skill-intensive industries as fabricated metal products, high-end chemicals, consumer electronics and computer hardware.Nandgaonkar of BCG says recent improvements in infrastructure and a move toward greater efficiency in Indian export parks make him optimistic. He also sees the emergence of a new generation of young entrepreneurs with global ambitions and the savvy to realize them. Pathak of Warburg Pincus adds that the lowering of interest rates in India in recent years and the advantage of well-regulated and efficient capital markets, rated among the best in Asia, also add to India’s lure. “In ten years, India will have a meaningful footprint in global manufacturing,” says Pathak.“I see the story of manufacturing unfolding in India through a combination of growing domestic demand and skill-driven export competitiveness,” says Nandgaonkar. “If you look at the proposed and new investments in the manufacturing sector, you’ll see the numbers grow rapidly over the next five to ten years.”Chaudhuri, too, is optimistic. “Every major company has India on its radar screen,” he says. “It’s just a matter of timing.”   Related Itemslast_img read more

Winning Best Player plum least of Cabagnot’s concerns

first_imgBut the 34-year-old playmaker said that winning the plum is the least of his concerns.READ: ‘No excuses’: Masked Cabagnot shrugs off pain“BPC is the ‘June Mar Fajardo award,’ in my opinion. I’m just glad that we won,” he said after the Beermen’s 115-96 victory over Phoenix on Tuesday as they punched their ticket to the semifinals.The goal in Cabagnot’s mind is clear: to help San Miguel cop the crown in the Commissioner’s Cup, something which over the years has seemingly been the achilles heel for the powerhouse crew.“I haven’t been in the Finals in the second conference, and that’s what we’re striving for, to get to the Finals,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt may have a come as a surprise to some, but Alex Cabagnot’s ascent to the top of the Best Player of the Conference race this 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup wasn’t that shocking for the whole San Miguel squad.“I think you can see that he’s always in the top three in scoring, rebounding, and assists for our team,” said coach Leo Austria. “He’s very consistent on his job and I hope come the semifinals, he can continue what he’s doing because I know what that award would mean to him. I think that’s one motivation he has right now.”ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds View comments MOST READ June Mar Fajardo, a perennial BPC contender, agreed with Austria’s observation.READ: Cabagnot leads BPC stats race; Ratliffe paces importsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s not surprising because you can see it in his stats. He has been playing good this conference and I’m happy for him,” said the reigning MVP.Cabagnot rose up the leaderboards as he averaged 15.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.4 steals in the elimination phase to wound up with a league-best 34.7 statistical points. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Power Smashers force decider for PVL Finals berthcenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Cabagnot, though, won’t shy away if the honor gets bestowed on him, as he could possibly add the hardware to his already gaudy trophy case.“As long as we’re playing hard and we’re winning, the accolades will favor us more cause it’s a team sport. I’m happy, but that’s not the overall goal,” he said while touching the crucifix. “Hopefully, God-willing, we win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Video: Jacob Eason Finds Isaiah McKenzie For 66-Yard Touchdown To Break Tie With Nicholls

first_imgA general view of Georgia's football stadium from the vantage point of the end zone.Twitter/@ReuseRecruitingAn Isaiah McKenzie touchdown catch from Jacob Eason broke a tie in Georgia’s game vs. Nicholls, which has been unexpectedly competitive today.The Dawgs entered the game as a 50-plus-point favorite over the FCS squad at Sanford Stadium. They only lead 26-14, and it took a pair of back-to-back big plays to break the tie with the Colonels.First up: a 66-yard pass from Jacob Eason to Isaiah McKenzie, who does most of the legwork.Nothing better than a great downfield block! #UGA— Impakt Athletics™ (@ImpaktAthletics) September 10, 2016A video from’s Jake Reuse shows a massive block from wide receiver Javon Wims on the play.That’ll help. Huge 66 yard TD from Eason to McKenzie. #UGA 20 – Nicholls 14 in 3Q.— Jake Reuse (@ReuseRecruiting) September 10, 2016On the second play of Nicholls’ ensuing drive, Devin Powell forced a fumble with a sack of Aaron Davis, which was returned by Lorenzo Carter 24 yards for a score.Georgia fans should feel a little more comfortable up 12, but this is clearly not the performance many expected after last week’s big win over North Carolina. Nicholls has the ball, as we enter the fourth quarter in Athens.last_img read more

“Be Extraordinary” – Minister Chuck Charges New Justices of the Peace

first_img Speaking at the graduation and swearing-in ceremony for the officials at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Sunday (June 3), Mr. Chuck said that as persons working in communities they have the ability to influence change. “You now have to go beyond the ordinary. I would like all of you to be extraordinary. It’s not going to come overnight… . Start dreaming, start reflecting on the Jamaica you would like to leave behind,” he said. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has called on the 53 newly minted Justices of the Peace (JPs) for the parish of St. Andrew, to aim to “be extraordinary” as they work with the Government in solving the nation’s problems. Story Highlights Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has called on the 53 newly minted Justices of the Peace (JPs) for the parish of St. Andrew, to aim to “be extraordinary” as they work with the Government in solving the nation’s problems.Speaking at the graduation and swearing-in ceremony for the officials at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Sunday (June 3), Mr. Chuck said that as persons working in communities they have the ability to influence change.“You now have to go beyond the ordinary. I would like all of you to be extraordinary. It’s not going to come overnight… . Start dreaming, start reflecting on the Jamaica you would like to leave behind,” he said.“You have to start looking at how you can be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem,” he said.The Justice Minister reminded those appointed that they should not see themselves as serving the parish of St. Andrew only, noting that the “new Act allows you to be a justice of the peace for all of Jamaica”.He commended them for stepping forward to offer voluntary service, stating that he hopes to see members from this batch becoming Lay Magistrates and helping in the justice system.Custos Rotulorum for the parish of St. Andrew, Dr. Patricia Dunwell, also encouraged the JPs to work more closely with the agencies of Government in touching the lives of citizens in a positive way and to become suitable mentors for the nation’s children and youth.“You may decide to mentor one child at a time or to establish mentorship groups in churches, in schools [and] in your communities. Remember, it takes a village to care,” she said.last_img read more

Dutch Premiere: SWITCH, Discover the Future of Energy

first_imgOctober 4, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Is fracking polluting our water? How dangerous is nuclear? Will we run out of oil? Can we clean up coal? Will renewables power our future? For straight answers to today’s most important energy questions, come to the Dutch premiere of Switch: Discover the Energy Future. Attending is free of charge.The acclaimed new documentary is screened on 15 and 16 October 2013 in the Amsterdam RAI, during Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference. In Switch, energy visionary Dr. Scott Tinker travels the world, exploring leading energy sites from coal to solar and from oil to biofuels.The organization of Offshore Energy expects that viewers will be impressed. Conference Manager Femke Perlot-Hoogeveen who brought the film to the Netherlands: “Many of the places that Tinker visits are highly restricted and never before seen on film. Like the huge hydropower plant inside a mountain in Norway.”Tinker speaks with international leaders of government, industry and academia. Switch has been screened at hundreds of universities across the country as part of the Energy Awareness & Efficiency Program of the Geological Society of America.For more information on Switch go to more information on Offshore Energy please go to My location Print  Closelast_img read more

Moroccans Call Bakery ‘Extremist’ for Refusing to Sell New Year Cakes

Rabat – The topic of whether it is “haram” (forbidden in Islam) to celebrate the Gregorian New Year and sell or buy New Year cakes, is now the subject of debates on social media after a photo of a bakery announcing that it will not sell New Year cakes went viral.Many social media users shared Rayhana Bakery’s sign which reads: “There are no New Year pastries.” Internet users criticized the owner of the bakery located in Ait Melloul, near Agadir, and called him an “extremist.”Adding to the controversy, Rayhana Bakery wrote a post on its Facebook page: “We do not celebrate the Christian holidays.” The bakery’s choice not to sell Christmas and New Year cakes has prompted many Moroccans to shun the owner and call him “backward,” “intolerant,” and even describe him as an extremist who holds “ISIS” beliefs.Responding to the comments, the owner wrote on his Facebook page on Monday, “Due to the harsh attacks which followed my announcing that there will be no pastries at the end of the year, and given the serious accusations by people who called me an ISIS member and humiliated me, I have decided to file complaints against them.”Read Also: Moroccan Gas Distributors Promise to Start New Year with StrikesThe bakery shop owner pointed out that people who accused him of being an ISIS member have at the same time provoked a sensitive issue that concerns national security.Is it haram?In light of the controversy, many people brought up the subject of what is “haram” and what is not while also addressing the importance of coexistence between religions in Morocco.Some commenters seemed to agree that associating or “trading” with people from other religions, especially Christians and Jews, did not mean “celebrating their religious feasts,” referring to a Qur’anic passage.Read Also: New Year’s Eve: Morocco Among Best Destinations for AlgeriansThe Surah al-Mumtahanah (60:8) reads: “Allah does not forbid you (as regards) the ones who have not fought you on account of the religion and have not driven you out of your residences that you should be benign to them and be equitable towards them; surely Allah loves the equitable.”Commenters also pointed out that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) shared peaceful relations with people from other Abrahamic religions. Muslims in Morocco have lived peacefully alongside Jews and Christians for years. read more

Quebecor Inc cuts loss by 55 revenue up in all business segments

MONTREAL — Quebecor Inc. says its 2015 fourth-quarter loss was cut by more than half and revenue was up seven per cent compared with 2014.Its loss for the three months dropped to $22.5 million or 28 cents per share.In 2014, the telecom and media company’s fourth-quarter net loss was $50.3 million or 48 cents per share.Quebecor’s Videotron first to bring ultra-high-definition programming to North AmericaRevenue was $1.02 billion in last year’s fourth quarter, including $777.1 million from telecommunications.In the comparable quarter of 2014, revenue was $953.7 million including $733.2 million from telecommunications.For the full year, Quebecor had a profit of $180.1 million in 2015 with $3.88 billion of revenue compared with a 2014 loss of $24.4 million with $3.61 billion of revenue. read more

Regulator approves LNG licence for Saint John NB export terminal

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 10, 2015 2:22 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 10, 2015 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAINT JOHN, N.B. – The National Energy Board has approved a Spanish energy company’s request for a 25-year licence to export up to eight billion cubic metres of liquefied natural gas annually from a proposed terminal in Saint John, N.B.The regulator said in the Sept. 3 decision it has also granted Saint John LNG Development Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Repsol S.A., a licence to import an equal amount of gas from the United States.The regulator says advances in drilling and hydraulic fracturing have greatly increased estimates of recoverable resources in North America and the gas exports would be surplus to Canadian needs.Heritage Gas, the distributor of natural gas in Nova Scotia, submitted a letter in May to the regulator seeking assurances the company would have adequate access to the sole pipeline into Atlantic Canada if export licences are approved.The decision says Repsol told the regulator it wouldn’t use the Canadian portion of the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline, and it also notes Repsol’s commenting the pipeline capacity would be a matter for a separate hearing.The board concluded Heritage Gas’s concerns on pipeline capacity was outside the board’s jurisdiction when it is considering a gas export application. Regulator approves LNG licence for Saint John, N.B., export terminal read more

UN migration agency launches 60 million appeal for droughthit East Horn of

“In the coming months, we are likely to see many more needing humanitarian aid and being displaced, due to the poor rains,” said Jeffrey Labovitz, Regional Director for East and Horn of Africa at the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM).Through the appeal, IOM said that it intends to target 2 million of the most vulnerable drought-affected people through December of this year in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.The drought is fuelling migration between these borders, particularly from Somalia, and could impact how the people who are moving and the people who are receiving them recover from the drought. “It is estimated that cross border movements may increase significantly with the predicted poor harvest as a result of below average rains during March-May and the humanitarian response is not scaled up to meet the needs of affected populations,” according to the appeal. The $60,665,000 aid would include a combination of lifesaving and early recover interventions, as well as build long-term capacity to recover. These include shelter, protection, food, water and sanitation.Mr. Labovitz stressed that due to the “impressive efforts” from local and international actors, the drought has not yet led to a famine as recorded in 2011, but “there is need for sustained funding and international support to mitigate what could still deteriorate.”The current drought has already shown to be different from that in 2011, which was concentrated in South Central Somalia. This year, it is affecting more parts of the country, including the north-eastern and the Somaliland regions, with a higher total number of people at risk.The drought is affecting the region’s main source of water – the river basins. Over the past six months, severe drought conditions have contributed to the displacement of more than 700,000 people within Somalia alone. read more

Police investigate fatal twovehicle crash in Hazel Dell

first_imgThe Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal two-vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday morning in Hazel Dell.Deputies were called to the 4000 block of Northeast Minnehaha Street just after 6:15 a.m. for the collision.The driver of a red truck was on his way to work, traveling east on Minnehaha Street. He began to turn left into a business driveway and entered the path of a westbound silver Honda sedan, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.An man who was a passenger in the Honda was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and a rear passenger of the Honda were taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening, the sheriff’s office said. Police also said that the Honda had been reported stolen.The driver of the truck was not injured.The remains of the man who died were sent to the Clark County Medical Examiner.The sheriff’s office said that excessive speed of the Honda may have been a cause in the crash. Detectives with the agency’s traffic unit are investigating.The names of those involved in the crash were not released Tuesday.last_img read more

ASA Kudos this Week

first_imgKudos go to Andrew Moore, who spoke this week at the Floyd County cattlemen meeting to educate on the ethical and responsible ‎usage of pesticides in commercial ag and the importance of using soybean meal in a beef diet.Andrew also hosted 250 young Georgia farmers on a tour this summer and discussed the importance of the ethical usage of pesticides in commercial agriculture, in addition to benefits of increasing the weight limits of trucks on the road.last_img

King Cove Road Advocates Sue Federal Officials

first_imgTribes, local governments, and residents from the King Cove region are suing federal officials for denying them the right to build a road through a wildlife refuge.Download AudioKing Cove residents have been arguing for years that the road would be the easiest, safest way to get to emergency medevac flights at the all-weather airstrip in Cold Bay.They didn’t stop arguing when Interior Secretary Sally Jewell decided not to allow a land swap in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in December. That had been the best hope for getting a road built.“We’re at the point where we can’t let this go, and we’ve got to keep moving forward,” says Della Trumble.She’s a spokeswoman for the King Cove Corporation and the Agdaagux Tribe. They are two of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit that was filed Wednesday in United States District Court in Anchorage.The complaint alleges that the Interior Department’s decision to reject the road violates the Constitution and several federal laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.This isn’t the first legal action by advocates of the road. In April, the State of Alaska announced that it may sue the federal government for a right-of-way through the refuge based on historic use.But Della Trumble says that’s a separate case.“They are related in some ways, but they are not the same,” Trumble says. “Part of this lawsuit is basically that saying that the EIS that was submitted to the Secretary is inaccurate.”Trumble is referring to the environmental impact statement, which was completed in 2013. The Interior Secretary used that document to make her final determination on the land swap.Trumble argues that the EIS didn’t provide a full picture.“The EIS technically falls heavily on the side of the US Fish and Wildlife in regard to the wilderness,” Trumble says. “It does not take into consideration the human factor and the health and safety issues that revolve around it, as directed by Congress.”This spring, Trumble and several other King Cove officials traveledto Washington, DC. They wanted to lobby the Interior Secretary to reconsider her decision. In return, Secretary Jewell requested a report, explaining why a road is the only viable option to get from King Cove to Cold Bay during medical emergencies.Trumble says the King Cove group turned it in almost two months ago.“But we have not had any communication or response from [Jewell] to this point,” Trumble says.That’s not acceptable, according to Robert Dillon. He’s a spokesman for Senator Lisa Murkowski, who has criticized the Obama administration for its handling of the road.“They want the people of King Cove to go away and stop bothering them,” Dillon says. “And that’s the most important thing – is to keep reminding them that this issue remains alive and that the people of King Cove are not going to go away until their children and families are safe.”A representative for the Interior Department declined to comment because of the pending litigation.The defendants on the lawsuit include Interior Secretary Jewell, along with the assistant secretaries for Indian Affairs and Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Izembek refuge are also listed.last_img read more

Test results point to achievement gaps among Sitkas students

first_imgSitka co-assistant superintendent Sarah Ferrency explains the methodology behind district testing. Rationalizing the dip in scores following the adoption of new standards in 2012 she said, “Let’s be realistic. Kids on average don’t change a lot year to year. The kids’ learning has stayed roughly the same, but the way the test measured it has changed.” (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Based on the latest test scores, Sitka’s school district is performing above the state average — but the numbers are not necessarily something to brag about. Instead, Sitka’s educators hope the new test results help them focus their efforts on under-performing populations in the schools.Listen nowDepending on the subject area, Sitka’s rates of proficiency are “pretty low” according to assistant superintendent Sarah Ferrency — running from around 33 to over 60-percent.In general, Sitka students are performing at far higher levels in Science (67-percent) than they are in Math (37-percent). In English Language Arts, just over half — about 55-percent — are proficient.Ferrency told the Sitka School Board during a work session earlier this month that none of this was unexpected.“The standards that this assessment is assessing were only adopted five years ago,” Ferrency said. “It took districts a couple of years to get their new instruction in place. In a lot of ways this new set of standards is more rigorous than the old standards, so it’s not super-surprising that our students may not be proficient yet, because they haven’t had a lifetime of instruction in these new, more rigorous standards.”It has been a rocky road for testing in Alaska since the adoption of new standards in 2012 — many of which were aligned with a national effort to improve curriculum called “Common Core.” Sitka students fared pretty well under the old testing regime — called the Standards Based Assessment, or SBA. Following the adoption of the new standards came the new test, the Alaska Measures of Progress — or AMP — which was eventually cancelled after an internet connection was severed during the middle of testing in the spring of 2016, causing catastrophic delays.The new, new test is called PEAKS, or the Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools.Both Sitka’s AMP results — and now its PEAKS results — are far lower than the SBA. Nevertheless, Ferrency said that Sitka’s kids are not going downhill.“Let’s be realistic. Kids on average don’t change a lot year to year,” Ferrency said. “The kids’ learning has stayed roughly the same, but the way the test measured it has changed.”School board member Dionne Brady-Howard argued that education advocates should carry a clear message to the Alaska legislature next January.“That our test data is changing not because they’re not getting enough for their money spent, but because nobody’s been able to land on a consistent set of standards or testing that has spanned these students’ careers, to consistently figure out where they are,” Brady-Howard said.But even though the standardized test results don’t fully address the quality of education in the district, Ferrency said they had value — primarily in identifying troubled population groups in schools.According to Ferrency, the biggest at-risk group in Sitka’s schools is not who you might think it is.“About 35-40 percent of Sitka’s students qualify for free or reduced lunch, and that number’s been going up in recent years,” Ferrency said. “I think it’s of note that economically-disadvantaged students are actually our largest subgroup, of all the groups that we look at.”The other large subgroup performing below its peers has been of concern for years: Alaska Natives. Ferrency explained that the best way to improve overall district performance was to put energy into economically-disadvantaged students and Alaska Natives.“These two are the areas we want to focus on. I don’t want to call it low-hanging fruit, because it’s not easy,” Ferrency said. “But these are the areas where we’ll have the most impact. It’s where the highest numbers of students are affected, and where the achievement gaps are largest.”PEAKS, Ferrency pointed out, is designed to test only whether students meet or exceed a certain standard. It doesn’t point out shortcomings in knowledge or content. For that, it turns out, you need more than data. You need teachers.last_img read more

Provide uninterrupted power supply demand farmers

first_imgKarimnagar: Alleging that there was no power supply to their village for the past five days, the farmers of Chakalivanipalli village on Monday laid siege to the Electricity sub-station in Ganneruvaram mandal of Karimnagar district. The farmers alleged that they are facing lot of problems due to frequent interruption in power supply to their village and unable to take farm activities properly. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Pointing out that power supply will stop even for a slightest rainfall, the farmers said that they had urged the officials of the department to take steps for supplying uninterrupted power supply to their village as promised by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. But the officials have turned deaf ear to our appeals, they added. The famers demanded that the government must take initiation and order the department officials to provide uninterrupted power supply to their village. Village ward member Repaka Babu, M Thirupathi, Bamandla Ravinder and Nakka Thirupathi were among those, who were laid siege to the office.last_img read more

Devotees throng Belur Math on Ramakrishnas birth anniversary

first_imgKolkata: Thousands of devotees visited Belur Math on Friday to celebrate the 184th birth anniversary of Sri Ramakrishna.Special puja was held at the Math. The birth anniversary was observed in all the centres of Ramakrishna Math and mission throughout the country and abroad. In Kamarpukur, the birthplace of Sri Ramakrishna, the devotees visited the temple and took part in the celebration. There were special launch and bus services to ferry passengers to Belur Math. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseA special puja was held in private centres and other institutions as well. Rakamrishna Math and Mission authorities have decided to scrap the age-old fireworks display on March 17 at the public celebration as a part of the drive against environmental pollution. There will be cultural programme in the evening. Life of Sri Ramakrishna is an inspiration for scholars and common people and it continues to inspire scholars all over the world. Two noble laureates, Rabindranath and Romian Rolland, had also written about Sri Ramakrishna. Tagore had shared a dais with Sri Ramakrishna and had delivered a lecture during his birth centenary in 1936. Scholars such as Keshab Chandra Sen, Shivnath Shastri, Brojendranath Sil had visited Sri Ramakrishna and were enthralled by his words. His presence of mind, sharp sense of humour and deep understanding of society had made him a popular figure in Kolkata. He also inspired Girish Chandra Ghose, father of Bengal stage to carry on with his vocation. Modern scholars feel that Sri Ramakrishna’s views on universal religion can help to resolve the crisis of the modern world.last_img read more

How Anyone Can Launch a Business Idea Quickly and Inexpensively

first_imgAugust 9, 2016 Entrepreneur has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.$15 Course Promo Code: JANUARY1517 Expires Feb 1, 2017 at 9am EST.Nobody said only techies can launch successful apps, websites or startups. Contrary to what you might think, just about anyone with the right attitude can get the ball rolling in the quirky business of technology, even those who can’t tell how a line of computer code looks like.Sure, most of the big names in tech like Bill Gates (Microsoft), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) and Larry Page (Google) conjure images of young, irreverent programmers hacking their way to iconhood. But there are also non-technical luminaries such as Jack Ma (the English teacher who founded Alibaba, the world’s largest retailer) and Steve Jobs (the creative genius behind Apple) who’ve set equally historic milestones in business.There are many ways to compensate for the lack of technical skills. You can always learn them, partner with people who have them, or get the right tools and techniques that will help you test and launch a business idea on your own.Here’s one of the best tools for non-technical entrepreneurs to plan, build and launch a product: Sprintkick’s Evan Kimbrell launched a new course to show you how it’s done. From the moment your business idea sparked into existence to testing whether the market wants it; and from creating a prototype to building your product on a tight budget, Kimbrell’s 20-hour video course walks you through each step non-techies should take to win a lopsided game.“The Non-Technical Person’s Guide to Building Products & Apps” teaches people with low geek credentials how they can still drive a profitable business out of technology. Packaged in short, bite-size video lectures, the course provides practical tips on business idea validation, wireframing, contracting freelancers, and finding free online tools.  Some Highlights:Early in the course, Kimbrell shows how to gauge the feasibility of your business idea in terms of budget and technology, and how to tweak the odds to make your idea more feasible.You’ll learn how to use business tools and resources such as Launchrock, Google Ads, Balsamiq, and Pidoco to create prototypes and wireframes as well as to validate the market demand for your product.    Kimbrell will teach you how to perform key business processes such as competition analysis, A/B Testing, bug fixing, talent contracting, and pitching for investment capital.Hack your app into existence without learning to code.A startup founder and venture capitalist, Kimbrell doesn’t know how to code but launched more than 100 apps for small startups and Fortune 100 companies alike. In this course, he shares his entrepreneurial secrets so that you, too, can drive business success quickly and cost-efficiently, regardless of your technical background. Join Evan Kimbrell’s course to get your idea off the ground. Disclosure: This is brought to you by the Entrepreneur Partner Studio. Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

BrickandMortar Retailers Must Innovate to Flourish in a Digital World

first_img 5 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. August 26, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Many industry experts have predicted the death of brick-and-mortar retail for years now. However, brick-and-mortar is nowhere close to dying — rather, it’s getting a complete overhaul, putting the pressure on marketers to think of creative ways for their brands to stand out from the competition’s.Related: Is Amazon’s First Brick-and-Mortar Bookstore the Future of Retail?Davide Savenije, the senior editor at Industry Dive, has written that, “The biggest drivers of retail’s transformation are the emergence of the internet and mobile technology, the rise in millennial spending power, the impact of globalization and the empowerment of the consumer.” Because of these factors, building a bridge between the digital and physical worlds is one of the biggest challenges brick and mortar retailers face.Engaging with consumers requires making positive and personalized impressions, which means brands need to look for new disruptive and innovative ways to grab the attention of consumers.However, as the world becomes increasingly connected, the desire to disconnect from digital devices and reconnect face-to-face is also increasing. This desire for in-person connection applies not only to people, but to the products and services brands sell. Proof? According to the U.S. Census, 92 percent of purchases continue to be made off-line. And, contrary to popular belief, as many as 82 percent of millennials say on surveys that they prefer to shop in a brick-and-mortar store.It’s clear, then, that retail shoppers thrive on experience — so, in order for brick and mortar to survive, it has to adapt to the evolving needs and desires of its customers. And, because the average American is exposed to well over 1,000 marketing messages each day, physical retailers have to be strategic, even disruptive, in order to cut through the advertising clutter.Related: Are Digital Retail Models Taking Over Brick and Mortar?With the evolution of digital marketing performance-based metrics, marketers are empowered to continually optimize campaigns through the establishment of key performance indicators (KPIs) in an attempt to measure return. While retail in-store digital signage solutions such as video walls, kiosks and traditional digital displays have become increasingly prevalent, for the storefront itself, the adoption of street-facing digital signage remains low.This is due to lack of innovation in terms of what the storefront offers. But that’s about to change: Though retail brands will continue to invest and allocate additional marketing budget toward their online marketing efforts, we’ll soon see a shift toward the storefront as new technologies emerge, bringing new life and energy to the storefront.In May 2016, research firm CB Insights named 72 startups transforming brick and mortar retail, by utilizing innovations in digital technologies. Interestingly enough, however, of the high-level categories listed, the physical storefront was left out.Still, as the saying goes, if you can spot the gap, you can fill the void. In the coming months, more and more brands will begin transforming their storefronts through the abundance of newly emerging storefront display technology. Here are a few companies we’ve seen innovating retail and further helping brick and mortar brands compete in a digital world:Window Agent, which serves real estate agents, has developed a touch-screen and street-facing TV display containing virtual tours and interactive maps. Pedestrians can engage with the display, to learn more details about local listings. Agents using the technology are able to update their listings based on the analytics they receive from these same passersby.NEXNOVO recently introduced a line of semi-transparent, LED displays called “Glass Wall LED Screens,” which can be hung in just about any storefront window to engage street-facing consumers.ThinkSign recently launched indoor and outdoor LED window display units engineered for 24/7 operation through its electronic messaging center, allowing brands to update their signs in real time.Glass-Media, our company, empowers brands to digitize street-facing glass through its cloud-connected, projection-based PoP platform, infused with robust data analytic capabilities. Brands can update their PoP (an integrated circuit packaging technology) across their portfolio without relying on employees or lengthy production cycles.Through the unique solutions being offered by companies that recognize the gap in storefront digital display, brands can engage street-level passersby in a whole new way: They can bring digital-marketing strategies to a place (literally) where it’s never been before.This retail shakeup may come as a surprise to some. But, fortunately, both innovative corporations and startups alike that are focused on retail technology are working tirelessly to both reshape and empower brick-and-mortar brands to compete in a digital world.Related: The Modern Storefront: What Instagram Could Mean For Your BusinessAs a result, it’s not a question of choosing either ecommerce or brick and mortar; it’s a matter of how to use both simultaneously, seamlessly blending “clicks with bricks.” Register Now »last_img read more

Warning latest Adobe Acrobat Reader DC installs Chrome extension

first_imgWarning: latest Adobe Acrobat Reader DC installs Chrome extension by Martin Brinkmann on January 11, 2017 in Internet – Last Update: January 11, 2017 – 46 commentsWhen you install the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, Adobe’s free PDF reader, you may notice that it installs a Chrome extension along with the update.Tip: Make sure you disable the offers on the download page to install True Key by Intel Security, and McAfee Security Scan Plus, as they will be installed alongside Adobe Acrobat Reader DC otherwise as well.The Chrome extension gets installed automatically, but Chrome’s security mechanism kicks in preventing it from being enabled by default.The browser displays a prompt that informs you about the permissions that the Adobe Acrobat extension requests.What those are? Glad you asked:Read and change all your data on the websites you visit.Manage your downloads.Communicate with cooperating native applications.When you open the extensions listing on chrome://extensions/, you are informed that the extension is used to convert web pages to an Adobe PDF file, and that it is available for Windows only.A page on the Adobe website is opened if you enable the extension that informs you about its capabilities.It informs you that you can use the extension to turn web pages into PDF files, that you can use it to switch to viewing PDF files in Acrobat on the desktop instead of Chrome’s native PDF reader, and “explore Adobe Document Services to convert and combine files in your browser”.You can right-click any page in Chrome and select Adobe Acrobat to save it directly as a PDF document, or to add it to an existing PDF document instead. It appears however that this option is limited to the commercial Acrobat version and not the free version.If that is indeed the case, it would make the Adobe Acrobat extension a simple default PDF reader switcher for Chrome on systems with Acrobat DC installed.The introductory page reveals on top of all that, that data collecting is enabled by default. Adobe notes that anonymous information is collected only including the browser type and version, Adobe product information such as version, and Adobe feature usage.You can disable the collection of telemetry data by Adobe in the following way:Load chrome://extensions/ in the Google Chrome address bar.Locate the Adobe Acrobat extension on the page, and click on the options link.On the page that opens, uncheck “Allow Adobe Acrobat for Chrome to send anonymous usage information to Adobe for product improvement purposes”.SummaryArticle NameWarning: latest Adobe Acrobat Reader DC installs Chrome extensionDescriptionWhen you install the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, Adobe’s free PDF reader, you may notice that it installs a Chrome extension along with the update.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Deporting 600 migrants back to Africa could be expensive and impossible

first_imgRelated posts:Solís touts Costa Rica’s treatment of migrants, refugees Cuban migrants storm Costa Rica-Panama border demanding to pass African migrants on honor system as Costa Rican officials search for solutions Migrants flowing through is likely Costa Rica’s new normal, minister says Costa Rica is getting tough-ish on the some 600, mostly African migrants camped out on its southern border in Paso Canoas. The government announced over the weekend that it had persuaded four families and one pregnant woman to move into a migrant youth and family center in nearby Buenos Aires — despite the protests of some men in the group who want Costa Rica to let them pass through the country on their journey to the U.S.Communications Minister Mauricio Herrera said at a Saturday news conference that the government’s principal concern was for the welfare of the approximately 25 children and 18 pregnant migrant woman in Paso Canoas, some of whom have been sleeping on the street or in otherwise substandard conditions.But the government has also made clear that it has no intention of cutting a deal with the undocumented migrants to either let them pass through the country, or to stay here, unless they have a valid asylum claim.Vice Minister of the Interior Carmen Muñoz said Saturday that of the approximately 200 requests for asylum that the government has received since Semana Santa, none have been granted. She said most of the requests were rejected because applicants made it clear that their intention was to move on to the U.S., not stay in Costa Rica.The officials said they would continue their efforts to coax more migrants to either move to the family center, or, for adults traveling without children, to a processing center set up in Paso Canoas away from the vehicle border crossing.But Herrera indicated that patience was running thin. “We’ve told them that we’re not going to tolerate them being there much longer,” he said.Herrera said the government was trying to maintain a dialogue with the migrants, “but this window won’t be open much longer.”He said that when and if security forces ultimately have to tell migrants to leave, if they don’t comply, “they’ll stop being irregular migrants and become people in conflict with the law.”No way forwardBesides the group of African and other migrants from beyond the continent, an even larger group of Cubans is marooned in Paso Canoas, a town that straddles the Costa Rica-Panama border. After weeks of a hot-potato approach to the migrants, the turbulent situation has settled for the moment with the Africans mostly on the Costa Rican side of the border and the Cubans mostly on the Panamanian side.With neither country willing to accept the migrants and Costa Rica unwilling to let them pass, the normal next step for most of the migrants in Costa Rica would be deportation, according to Immigration Administration officials.But finding a country willing to accept them could be a herculean task, according to Demetrios Papademetriou, president emeritus of the Washington, D.C.-based Migration Policy Institute, a think tank. Papademetriou told The Tico Times that similar efforts are “next to impossible” for European countries or the United States, and “impossible” for smaller ones like Costa Rica.Many of Costa Rica’s so-called “extracontinental” migrants lack identification, and home countries are often unwilling to accept their own citizens without ID, complicating attempts to repatriate them, Papademetriou said.If they cannot be sent back to their country of origin, the Foreign Ministry is tasked with identifying a so-called “third country” that will accept them. In that case, Costa Rica would provide documentation during the deportation process for those without formal identification.No country has yet said publicly that it would accept the African migrants.Papademetriou said he was not surprised. More than 100 undocumented migrants from African countries were detained earlier this week at checkpoints along Costa Rica’s southern border with Panama near Paso Canoas. (Courtesy of MSP)High price to deportAccording to Costa Rican law, deportees are supposed to be sent back to their country of origin or to the last country they legally entered. But even this basic information has remained elusive, Deputy Foreign Minister Alejandro Solano said in an email to The Tico Times. Often, migrants from outside the Americas do not speak Spanish or English and without documentation or passports, there is no clear answer as to where the migrants should be sent.Papademetriou from the Migration Policy Institute said migrants will sometimes destroy their identification to make it harder for a country to send them back. Even when a migrant’s home country is determined, that country could “play dumb,” Papademetriou said, and refuse to accept the person.If deportation is a possibility, it’s expensive, especially for small countries like Costa Rica. In 2013 the government deported the largest number of people in the last five years, spending $259,490 to deport 1,554 migrants back to countries like Iraq, Nigeria, Ghana, the Philippines and many others.Considering that the U.S. is the stated destination of many of these migrants, Papademetriou said he imagined the Costa Rican government would request funds from the U.S. government to contribute to the deportation effort.But the cost of deporting so many migrants goes beyond airfare. Papademetriou said Costa Rica would have to spend significant diplomatic, political and moral capital to find a country willing to accept the migrants. Many of their home countries do not have embassies or consulates in Central America or strong relations with the region, adding to the diplomatic heavy-lifting required of Costa Rica.False hopesMigrants in Paso Canoas are also likely getting mixed messages about their potential to continue on their journey, Papademetriou said. Migrants share information with those following behind, and the decision to issue nearly 8,000 temporary transit vistas to Cubans in November and December would not go unnoticed, he said.The African migrants, like the Cubans, are reportedly traveling to the United States. But unlike the Cubans, who enjoy special immigration privileges in the U.S., these extracontinental migrants would likely be turned away at the border.When migrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo or Nepal, for example, see Cuban migrants getting temporary transit visas, they may not fully understand the political dynamics in the U.S. that make an airlift possible for some while others are marked for deportation.Khadka Krishna Bahadur, a 24-year-old Nepalese migrant whom The Tico Times spoke with in Paso Canoas last November, was one of them. He was traveling illegally with a group of 40 of his countrymen and was flummoxed by why the Cubans could pass and they could not. “We just want what the Cubans are getting,” he said.Papademetriou said, “Migrants today simultaneously have too much and too little information.” African migrants in Paso Canoas. Álvaro Sánchez/The Tico TimesAn uncertain routeNational media, including The Tico Times, has reported stories of migrants from Africa who said they crossed the width and breadth of South America to reach Costa Rica on their way to the U.S. But Papademetriou said he has doubts about these claims.“A family with small children does not cross South America on foot in 30 or 40 days,” Papademetriou said. “To me that screams organization, organization, organization.”The Costa Rican government might agree. President Luis Guillermo Solís and many cabinet members have said that criminal human smuggling networks are the main beneficiaries of these waves of illegal immigration.Papademetriou suggested that the reason why other countries along the supposed path have not seen the same migrant crises that Costa Rica and Panama have is because the migrants were never there. Instead, he suggested that some African migrants might have arrived directly to Panama from their port of origin instead of through Brazil or other South American countries.Papademetriou said migrants might tell stories that exaggerate their journey in hopes of getting favorable treatment.“We would all do the same thing if we were in their situation,” he said.Regardless of how they reached Costa Rica, the government has tried to encourage some migrants to move into a temporary care facility. (The government has taken pains to emphasize that no shelters are being opened, an attempt to quash any hopes of repeating the months-long stay of 8,000 Cubans recently airlifted out of the country.)The Solís administration tried last Thursday to start moving families and pregnant women to a care facility in Buenos Aires, Puntarenas with room for 120 people, but the migrants refused to go, according to Vice Minister of the Interior Muñoz.Muñoz said the Costa Rican government is obligated to make sure vulnerable groups have access to humane living conditions, but said it would not forcibly relocate them.The pressure to find humane conditions for vulnerable migrants is mounting. Costa Rica’s rainy season has already gotten underway in the southern Pacific region, where Paso Canoas is located. Muñoz said the majority of the migrants were in hotels around Paso Canoas but that a group of roughly 100 was protesting and camped out by the immigration offices.Others aren’t waiting for deportation. Thursday, the Public Security Ministry announced that it had detained four Costa Rican migrant smugglers late Wednesday evening outside Golfito, Puntarenas with a group of 18 Cubans and five Africans. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Bigger is not always better for tourism

first_imgThe economic importance to a region is not determined by the by the size of its tourism industry, according to a Tourism Research Australia report.An Economic Importance of Tourism in Australia’s Regions report found that expenditure played a large role to the endurance of regional destinations across Australia and any changes that affect the wider tourism industry is likely have a deeper impact to those regions.  Among the areas with highest tourism economic importance is Central Northern Territory with 24.8 percent, $411 million of its economy coming from tourism expenditure.Phillip Island was second highest with tourism expenditure making up 18.7 percent of its economy followed by Whitsundays which depends on the 17.7 percent contribution, Snowy Mountains and Tasmania’s West Coast. Surveying the results, Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) managing director Felicia Mariani has called for governments to “improve infrastructure and connectivity to ensure the tourist dollar can easily connect with these areas”.Ms Mariani added that with major cities across Australia taking up the majority of tourism expenditure of 47 percent, the focus needs to shift to developing regional experiences to drive tourism into those regions. “It is vital we develop regional tourism plans to create real and lasting benefits for regional operators, allowing them to leverage the excess demand in our major cities for the benefit of regional areas,” she said. “Creating new, high quality tourism experiences in regional areas is critical to ensuring both international and domestic tourists are enticed to look further and spread the tourism dollar widely across the country.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more