first_img….as Schneider Electric partners with MassyLocal businesses will now have the opportunity to benefit from a new line of products and services aimed at improving reliability and lowering the cost of IT infrastructure and facility management operations, as Schneider Electric earlier this week disclosed its partnership with Guyana’s technology giant, Massy Technologies Limited (LTD).General Manager of Massy Technologies Ltd, Jason Sahai expressed eagerness about his company’s partnership with Schneider Electric.“We are very excited about partnering with Schneider Electric, the global leader in energy management and automation…this partnership complements Massy Technologies (Guyana) Ltd offering in IT infrastructure, solutions and services, to directly benefit our clients, who will now have access to a more complete suite of technologies” Sahai noted.Massy Technologies recently announced expansion plans of IT Solutions into Managed Services and Cloud Solutions. Therefore, Schneider in its partnership with Massy can now offer higher levels of service and efficiency for UPS and backup power supplies, server racks and cabinet among other services.In addition to having a positive impact for traditional data centres, Schneider products and services can benefit from critical business and sector environments mainly healthcare, construction/engineering, manufacturing, tourism and entertainment where there is efficient access to data and reliable telecommunications are essential.Massy Technologies has also achieved its Elite Partner Status upon meeting a set of prerequisites through the Schneider Electric ITD Channel Partner Programme. This was revealed by Schneider’s Sales Director for the Caribbean Region, Manuel Rodrigues.Schneider’s Sales Director Manuel Rodrigues (left) shares a handshake with Massy Technologies General Manager Jason Sahai“Massy Technologies (Guyana) Ltd achieved the Elite Partner ITD status with Schneider Electric, which now allows the company to better serve its clients in Guyana Region…Partners that achieve this status have a proven record of performance, their products and services are top-notch and they bring distinct and often unique capabilities to the commercial and technical ecosystem” he stated.last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Growing traffic jams and rising gang violence top Los Angeles residents’ lists of concerns — beating out global warming and even terrorism, a survey released today says. On a scale of one to 10 — with 10 being the worst — respondents rated traffic congestion a 7.7, edging out threat of gang violence at 7.6, according to the survey. Angelenos considered the local issues a greater threat than even global warming, terrorism, race relations, and access to health care and housing. “Clearly, traffic is No. 1 because it’s an issue that impacts everybody every day and gangs because it’s a public-safety issue,” said Fernando Guerra, director of the Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University, which conducted the random survey of about 1,400 residents. “It’s (also) the one area where I don’t think the Los Angeles Police Department and the city have had great success.” The preliminary report is part of a long-term study on the effects of the Los Angeles riots, which were sparked April 29, 1992. Civil-rights attorney Connie Rice, co-director of The Advancement Project, said she expected that gang violence would rank among residents’ top concerns. “We have a huge gang epidemic in Los Angeles and the danger of gangs is now reaching previously safe areas,” said Rice, who recently authored a blue-ribbon study on the city’s gang problem. “It’s affecting our schools and the trauma levels of our kids. It’s a serious problem and we’ve got to come at it in a different way because what we’ve been doing is not working.” Mayor’s plans Gang violence is also among the top concerns of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who announced last week that he plans to spend $168 million for youths and anti-gang efforts in the fiscal year that begins July 1. He also is implementing a long-term plan that includes naming a gang director in the Mayor’s Office and creating eight “gang-reduction zones” throughout the city. LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon said Chief William Bratton has made addressing the gang problem a top priority. “While we’ll never arrest our way out of the gang problem, crime has been reduced tremendously in the last five years,” he said. “That gives us the opportunity to bring in the social workers and activists to address the missing elements of gang crime and influence — and that is the prevention and intervention aspect.” Rice said the gang culture continues to draw more members, so the city and county need to work on economic and social issues in individual neighborhoods. “We need to pull the plug on the culture and conditions that fuel the gang,” Rice said. “That’s not a suppression mode, but an intervention-prevention model. You have to organize the entire neighborhood to reduce gang violence and they have to do it together working off the same plan.” Rice said the mayor’s plan adopts a comprehensive model, but is just a start. “There are a lot of things missing from it and there is little funding for it. … But it’s going to need a whole lot more added to it for us to be able to see a real reduction in gang violence,” she said. Result no surprise City Councilman Tony Cardenas, who represents the Northeast Valley, said he wasn’t surprised that terrorism ranked relatively low among residents’ concerns. “When you look at traffic and gangs, those are both domestic issues,” Cardenas said. “I think Americans have had a chance to reflect and realize that while we want to be out there in the world, we need to be taking care of home first.” At the same time residents are concerned about gangs, however, the survey found that 75 percent also believe the LAPD is doing a good or excellent job. “When you ask people whether soldiers in Iraq are doing a good job, you’ll get a high mark,” Guerra said. “When you ask if we are winning the war, you’ll get very low scores. “What we are picking up is that people are almost always supportive of the police on the ground, but are concerned about how the policies and crime is unfolding.” The report also found that just 48 percent believe riots will occur in Los Angeles in the next five years, down from 61 percent in 1997. The survey also found that 57 percent believe progress has been made in race relations, up from just 49 percent a decade ago. “The good news about the survey 15 years after the riots is that people think progress is being made,” Guerra said. “You can see tremendous progress in that people believe that the conditions necessary for riots are diminishing in Los Angeles.” Living together Guerra attributed the trend to people becoming more accustomed to living and working with a variety of cultures and ethnicities. “It’s just a much more accepted condition now,” Guerra said. “In addition, we also found that over a quarter of our respondents — and therefore we believe close to a quarter of adult Angelenos — were not living in Los Angeles during the 1992 riots. … They will be a little more optimistic about race relations when you deliberately move to a town.” Overall, 42 percent of city residents and 41 percent of Valley residents believe the city is headed in the right direction. “People believe the city is heading more in the right direction than the wrong direction,” Guerra said. “But more than that, people believe they can achieve the American dream.” About 44 percent of Valley residents said they have achieved the American dream, compared with just 35 percent of city residents. But 47 percent of city residents and 43 percent of Valley residents also said they expect to reach the American dream in their lives. “Angelenos are incredibly optimistic about the city,” Guerra said. “A lot of that is because they are mostly Latinos, Asians and immigrants. Those three groups are driving the optimism of the city and the Valley. “The greatest resource that any community has is its people. The more optimistic the people, the greater the resource the city has.” Guerra said cities that have experienced traumatic events such as riots and natural disasters have proved to be resilient. “Just like Katrina in New Orleans, Sept. 11 (2001) in New York City or the riots in Los Angeles in 1992 — which had a tremendous impact on our social and physical fabric — Los Angeles has recovered mentally, in a sense, with its new optimism.” — Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985troy.anderson@dailynews.comlast_img read more