January 28, 2012 |
India'splan to issue each of its citizens a biometric identity number, an ambitious program aimed at cutting corruption, mismanagement and red tape, may yet founder on the very bureaucracy it was designed to minimize. On Friday, after a battle between two agencies over who would collect and control the fingerprints, retinal scans and other information before issuing the 12-digit numbers,India'sprime minister resolved the issue: Both bureaucracies will collect the information "with suitable provisions to eliminate avoidable overlap.
January 17, 2012 |
Winston Chung came to Southern California two years ago like a standard-bearer for the new China, a wealthy Hong Kong entrepreneur with visions of creating an electric vehicle industry by reviving struggling manufacturing firms. Some dreams rolled out as planned. The battery scientist and clean-energy promoter bought control of four Southland specialty vehicle makers. UC Riverside renamed a building as Winston Chung Hall, saying that the $13 million he provided for green power research was the biggest donation in campus history.
January 14, 2012 |
President Obama is asking Congress for fast-track authority to shrink the federal government, creating an election-year talking point even if House Republicans reject his request. Obama's plan — to do away with the Department of Commerce and combine its core functions with five other agencies — is designed to cut costs and make it easier for American businesses to deal with the government, administration officials said. Under his blueprint, Commerce would be merged with the Small Business Administration, the U.S. Trade Representative's office, the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corp.
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November 27, 2011 |
One of the top-ranking executives under former Bell City Administrator Robert Rizzo has been put on notice that she will be terminated as part of a leadership shake-up in a town that has been pushed to the financial edge by a still-unfolding public corruption case. Lourdes Garcia, who had earned $422,000 a year as one of Rizzo's trusted hands, becomes the latest Bell official to be forced out in the small, working-class city. Rizzo, his chief assistant, Angela Spaccia, and five former City Council members are facing felony corruption charges, accused of looting the city treasury to pay for their oversized salaries and generous retirement benefits.
October 13, 2011 |
The Chinese put up with a lot living in the world's most populous country: standing on over-crowded trains for 40 hours; sleeping outside hospitals to secure a doctor's appointment; waiting more than a year to earn a driver's license. Add getting a U.S. entry visa to the list. Applicants here have waited as long as 60 days to secure an appointment at one of five U.S. consular locations in China that process visas. There, they're often greeted by long lines, followed by a face-to-face interview that can end badly in a matter of seconds.
September 1, 2011 |
It's a stultifying afternoon outside the Delhi District Court as Arun Yadav slides a sheet of paper into his decades-old Remington and revs up his daily 30-word-a-minute tap dance. Nearby, hundreds of other workers clatter away on manual typewriters amid a sea of broken chairs and wobbly tables as the occasional wildlife thumps on the leaky tin roof above. "Sometimes the monkeys steal the affidavits," Yadav said. "That can be a real nuisance. " The factories that make the machines may be going silent, but India's typewriter culture remains defiantly alive, fighting on bravely against that omnipresent upstart, the computer.
July 5, 2011 |
Marisela Morales arrived as Mexico's first female attorney general with high marks for bravery. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton honored Morales as one of this year's "International Women of Courage," lauding her as a fearless leader in the fight to bring to justice Mexico's most dangerous criminals. But it will take more than courage if Morales is to succeed as attorney general, one of the most important figures in the government's war against violent drug-trafficking groups, which has killed nearly 40,000 people.
May 29, 2011 |
Director Greg MacGillivray knows a thing or two about shooting large-format films in tough locations: For 1998's "Everest," for example, he designed a lightweight, all-weather Imax camera to take up the highest mountain on Earth. But he says his new Imax movie, "Arabia 3D," opening Friday at the California Science Center, was his hardest endeavor. "At times we were in 120-degree heat" in the Saudi desert, recalled MacGillivray, 65. "When we would change rolls, which is every three minutes, we would actually put a tent over the camera.
April 9, 2011 |
The Larry Page era has officially begun — with a management shake-up. Just days after returning as Google Inc.'s chief executive, Page swiftly set the tone for how he would run the Internet search giant with a major reorganization of his management team. Page is trying to restore the sense of urgency and innovation that drove Google's prior successes, analysts said. The reorganization also puts him firmly in charge of the world's largest Internet company in much the same way Steve Jobs runs Apple Inc. "Larry's coming out of the gate blazing," said BGC Partners analyst Colin Gillis.
January 28, 2011 |
During his State of the Union address this week, President Obama urged Americans to reboot the country's struggling economy through innovation, education, a streamlined government and a can-do spirit, citing impressive achievements in India and China. But some in India say they're living in a country that's nowhere near as accomplished as the one outsiders might imagine after hearing Obama. Although it has a wellspring of talent propelling its growth, India is also grappling with persistent problems such as chronic poverty, cumbersome government bureaucracy and the difficulties of educating the masses in a country of 1.1 billion people.