Indian fashion has local, global retailers ‘mesmerised’: Walmart

NEW DELHI: On his latest visit to India earlier this month, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon expressed his bullishness not on the retailing behemoth’s global bread-andbutter business of grocery but on fashion. He was reportedly “mesmerised” the way fashion is performing at Flipkart and Myntra and wanted it to be the focused category in India for growth and profitability, according to people familiar with the matter. Walmart last year snapped up India’s largest e-commerce enterprise Flipkart Group for $16 billion. Analysts said the idea behind the buyout was to push Walmart’s expertise in every-day-low-price daily items in India like…

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Higher education in Latin America must think global and act local

Following a huge expansion in the past 40 years, universities in Latin America today face three major challenges. First, they must improve access, so that young people can participate in higher education regardless of their social background, ethnic origin or financial means; second, they must improve the quality of teaching, to meet the needs of both local and global changes; and third, universities must strengthen the role of research and their links to local populations. As an example, Brazil, with a population of 200 million, has 7.3 million higher education students…

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Local Virginia police department accepts canned food items as parking ticket payment

AVirginia police department is asking residents to pay theirparking tickets in canned food items that will go to a local charity. From September 13 until the end of the year, the Strasburg police department in Virginia will accept 10 canned food items as a from of payment for parking tickets. “We’re hoping it draws more attention to things and, through the multiplier effect, people will end up donating who don’t get any tickets,” police chief Tim Sutherly told the Northern Virginia Daily. According to the local newspaper the idea came…

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Charter Schools Are Reinventing Local Control in Education

America’s devotion to local control of schools is dying, but it is also being reborn as a new faith in charter schools. These independently operated public schools—nearly 7,000 across the country, and counting—provide a much-needed option for almost three million youngsters in 43 states. As students return to school, the enterprise responsible for educating them is changing in ways that few people are aware of. Charters are fomenting a quiet revolution in governance in public education. The prevailing arrangement in America’s 14,000 school systems starts with an elected board. The…

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