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Events

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Frontier's "Invest Mongolia Tokyo 2018" Frontier Securities Tokyo Japan
"Open to Export" ICC WTO International business award ICC WTO London

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China Datang Corp vows to collaborate on reducing air pollution in Ulaanbaatar www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On March 17, Prime Minister J.Erdenebat received a visiting delegation to Mongolia of China Datang Corporation at the latter’s request. China Datang expressed interest in investing in Mongolia’s energy and heating system.

At the beginning of this meeting, the Prime Minister highlighted that investment to energy and heating will be supported in Mongolia by all means, mentioning the Mongolian and Chinese sides have agreed on building joint regional energy generator during the visit of China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang to Mongolia, took place last September.

China Datang has abundant expertise in coal liquefaction and air pollution reduction approaches. The delegates shared that the company has been participating in Beijing’s projects on air pollution, as its fuel technology maintains the lowest amount of toxic smog emission.

A pivotal part of Ulaanbaatar’s air pollution is caused by chimney smoke from Ger households, said PM J.Erdenebat in response. What Ulaanbaatar needs first is a comprehensive project on expanding the reach of electric power network, ensuring reliability of energy resources and extending the heating system to ger areas. “We will be willing to consider cooperation with you in the presence of such a comprehensive project”, he underlined.

President of China Datang, Mr Chen Jinhang pledged to submit a proposal for a package of project directed at tackling Ulaanbaatar’s air pollution.

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Coal mine in Germany turns into hydroelectric battery www.mining.com

RAG AG-owned Prosper-Haniel hard coal mine, located in the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia, will be turned into a giant battery that stores excess solar and wind energy.

Set to be totally transformed by 2018, the mine will become a 200-megawatt pumped-storage hydroelectric reservoir, which means it will behave as a battery and have the energy to power more than 400,000 homes.

When needed to compensate intermittent wind and solar power, as much as 1 million cubic meters of water could be allowed to plunge as deep as 1,200 metres, turning turbines at the foot of the collieries mine shafts. The mining complex comprises 26 kilometres of horizontal shafts.

Miners in the town of Bottrop, who have worked for decades at the site, will remain employed while seeing a shift in their usual tasks. According to governor Hannelore Kraft, they will continue playing a key role in providing uninterrupted power for the country.

During a press briefing earlier this week, Kraft also said that other mines may follow suit because the state needs more industrial-scale storage as it seeks to double the share of renewables in its power portfolio to 30% by 2025.

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Google braces for questions as more big-name firms pull adverts www.theguardian.com

 
Google executives are bracing for a two-pronged inquisition from the advertising industry and the government over the company’s plans to stop ads being placed next to extremist material.
 
A slew of big-name companies, advertising firms and government departments have either pulled their adverts from Google and its YouTube video site or are considering whether to do so, with media giant Sky, telecoms group Vodafone and a trio of banks adding their names to a growing list over the weekend.
 
The internet firm’s European head, Matt Brittin, is one of two Google executives due to speak at the annual Advertising Week Europe event, attended by major companies in the advertising world.
 
Sources said Brittin was likely to face a flurry of questions about how adverts for major brands ended up attached to videos by extremists, including hate preachers and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.
 
The ads help fund payments to the people who post the videos, with every 1,000 clicks worth about £6. Experts estimate this could have been worth £250,000 to extremists.
 
Brittin will be among the first people to address delegates on Monday when speakers will also include Unilever’s chief marketing officer, Keith Weed.
 
Unilever declined to comment on whether it had suspended advertising through Google.
 
Leading advertising agencies have been quick to react, with French marketing firm Havas, whose clients include O2 and Royal Mail, pulling its adverts late last week. Publicis, the world’s third-largest advertising firm, said it was reviewing its relationship with Google and YouTube.
 
The world’s largest advertising firm WPP, via its media-buying division GroupM, has stopped short of cancelling ads but has written to major clients asking them how they wish to proceed.
 
GroupM’s chief digital officer, Rob Norman, told Sky News that Google should apologise publicly to companies whose reputation has been “compromised”.
 
Mark Howe, head of Google’s agencies business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, will also speak at Advertising Week Europe. His responsibilities, according to a company biography, include ensuring that Google “builds lasting & trusted relationships with its customers”.
 
Brittin and Howe will be exposed to questions from advertising luminaries at the start of a week in which executives will have to explain themselves in a second meeting about the affair with government ministers.
 
In a letter to the company, Yvette Cooper, who chairs the home affairs select committee, accused the company of “profiting from hatred”.
 
And senior figures from Google were summoned to the Cabinet Office last week over concerns that taxpayer-funded adverts were appearing alongside “inappropriate” YouTube videos. Google executives apologised but were told to come back to the Cabinet Office this week with a plan and a timetable to remedy the problem.
 
The decision by Vodafone, Sky, HSBC, Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland to suspend their ads, or review whether to do so, follows action last week by other brands. They include McDonald’s, L’Oréal, Audi, Sainsbury’s, Argos and the BBC. Government spending has also been suspended while Tesco is understood to have “paused” spending on YouTube.
 
BT said: “We take our responsibilities as an advertiser seriously and have a robust set of safeguards in place to make sure our adverts don’t appear on websites or content which may be dedicated to offensive themes”
 
While Google is yet to reveal what it plans to do, it is understood that advertisers will be told that they may not be making enough use of existing tools and it will offer to provide advice on how companies can better use these.
 
However, Google is also expected to take a wider look at how ads are placed, including whether it has put enough checks and balances in place to avoid unfortunate juxtapositions.
 
“We’ve heard from our from our advertisers and agencies loud and clear that we can provide simpler, more robust ways to stop their ads from showing against controversial content,” Ronan Harris, managing director of Google UK, said last week.
 
The Guardian is among the organisations to have withdrawn its advertising. Ads for the Guardian’s membership scheme are understood to have been placed alongside extremist material after an agency acting on the media group’s behalf used Google’s AdX ad exchange, which uses an automated system known as programmatic trading.
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Uber president Jeff Jones steps down www.bbc.com

 
Uber president Jeff Jones is leaving the company after less than six months.
A source at the taxi booking app told the BBC the resignation was "completely unexpected".
They said Mr Jones was frustrated the company was hiring a new chief operating officer and that he was not among the candidates.
But according to technology news site Recode, Mr Jones left because of Uber's continued struggle with issues around sexism and sexual harassment.
Uber said in a statement on Sunday: "We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best."
Privately, however, the company has been shocked by his sudden departure, with other executives left disappointed at what they saw as a lack of professional courtesy in informing them of his plans.
His resignation will take effect immediately, the BBC understands.
'Leadership help'
Uber has suffered a spate of controversies in 2017, the most serious being ongoing rows over a culture of sexism, and accusations of sexual harassment at the firm.
After being filmed arguing with a driver over falling rates, the firm's co-founder and chief executive Travis Kalanick admitted he needed "leadership help". Earlier this month, he announced that the company was looking for a chief operating officer.
The role would have effectively demoted Mr Jones, who was not himself being considered for the position.
In an email to his staff on Sunday, Mr Kalanick said: "After we announced our intention to hire a COO, Jeff came to the tough decision that he doesn't see his future at Uber.
"It is unfortunate that this was announced through the press, but I thought it was important to send all of you an email before providing comment publicly."
The backroom manoeuvrings suggest bigger changes at Uber are on the way. Two separate, well-placed sources at the company have told the BBC that Mr Kalanick will likely step down as chief executive soon after the new COO is in place.
The move will be designed to reassure investors ahead of a long-anticipated potential initial public offering.
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Government pledges continued protection for investors’ interest www.montsame.mn

On March 16, the first meeting of a Council to protect the interests of investors was held to hear reports about the current situation of the investment environment and the progress of large-scale investment agreements and arbitration cases or disputes in which the Mongolian government was involved.

More than half of foreign investors in Mongolia are said to have left in the past 4 years. While on the one hand, the reason behind this is the current economic difficulties, on the other hand, inconsistent policy and withdrawal of contracts by the government what caused investors to lose their trust.

Therefore, Prime Minister J.Erdenebat has issued an ordinance to establish the council aimed at urgent settlement of complaints and petitions regarding the protection of the interests and rights of investors and bureaucratic and illegal activities, as well as prevention and potential risks.

Members of the council, chaired by J.Munkhbat, head of Cabinet Secretaries, include Minister of Finance, State Secretaries in charge of Justice and Home Affairs, Road and Transport, Mining and Energy and advisors to the Prime Minister, department heads of corresponding ministers and representatives of National Development Agency, Development Bank, Mongolian Chamber of Commerce and NGOs.

The meeting held yesterday emphasized the importance of resolving any complaints and petitions made by investors before they are filed to court or arbitration. The council blamed government ministries, agencies and local administration on not functioning properly in this regard. Also, it was reported that foreign investment has been reduced substantially in recent years and there are five major investment contracts made presently.

The current government is working to protect the interests and rights of investors. It is indispensable for us to gain the trusts of investors and attract more investment in order to overcome the economic recession with the help of mutual understanding and creation of more favorable legal environment.

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China invites Mongolia to step aboard its "economic express train" www.news.mn

China's Ambassador to Mongolia, H.E. Xing Haiming has made an announcement about National People's Congress of China as well as talking about relations between Beijing and Ulaanbaatar. The statements were made earlier today (16th of March).

Ambassador Xing Haiming said ‘According to statistics, Chinese economic growth is set to steadily expand and our country will (continue to) be an important power in the world economy. It will be a positive influence for its neighbours, including Mongolia’. The Chinese Ambassador repeated the words of President Xi Jinpin, that ‘China invites Mongolia to step aboard its economic express train’ which he said when he visited Ulaanbaatar.

He stressed that Mongolia is a good neighbour and partner. Mr. Xing Haiming said, ‘China will support Mongolia to overcome its economic difficulties, and further develop economic cooperation.

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Thousands of saker falcons die from electrocution www.gogo.mn

Due to inefficient solutions in power lines, over 4000 saker falcons worth MNT 64 billion die annually in Mongolia. This number increases twice in some years. 
Study conducted by researchers at Wildlife Science and Conservation Center shows that the majority of the saker falcons died from sitting on power lines are baby falcons or one-year-old falcons.
"A bird needs to rest and relax while flying and the best place for them seem power lines. It is common in all over the world. Thus we need to introduce environmentally friendly power line solution in order to ensure the safety of the birds. Birds electrocute when sitting or taking off from the utility poles of power lines", said Dr. B.Nyambayar. 
Moreover study reveals that 63 percent of electrocuted falcons were females due to females are bigger than the males. Furthermore, it adversely affect fertility. 
Environment and energy industries began to focus on that issue several years ago. In regards they installed insulators to 250 utility poles of power lines connecting Bayan-Ovoo and Galuut soums of Bayankhongor aimag. 
As a result, number of electrocuted birds were decreased to 39 from 52. However 32 of them were found under the utility poles without insulators. 
Experts highlights that insulators should be installed to all utility poles. 
 The Government set ecological and economic assessment for each saker falcons at MNT 16 million and banned to hunt saker falcons until 2018. 
Bird repeller such as mirror fan was installed in power lines to ensure the safety of birds. However this method was not effective and not suitable for Mongolian climate. 
The country urgently needs to update the relevant regulations and standards in order to save the saker falcons by making 4,000 km of 15 kV power lines safe.
About 6-18 thousand saker falcons were counted nationwide 11 years ago. Since then no census were conducted until today. However thousands of saker falcons are died from electrocution every year.

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Wastewater treatment technology introduced www.gogo.mn

Due to lack of law enforcement of water pollution fee and operational failure of treatment plant, Tuul river pollution exceeds the standard as Tuul river provides the only supply of water for all uses including industrial supply and drinking water for Ulaanbaatar city. 
In scope of upcoming World Water Day, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism held a press session yesterday. 
Mongolia uses 500-600 million cubic meters of water per year and produces 470 million cubic meters of waste water. However, the country does not reuse the waste water due to lack of treatment technology. 
Meanwhile many countries are using nanotechnologies in wastewater treatment and purification by removing the pollution and contamination​ with mechanistic biology, biotechnology, nanotechnology and membrane technology. 
Mongolia has testing new technologies in wastewater treatment since 2012. Until then the country successfully introduced the "Khuvsgul" wastewater technology and put into operation a wastewater treatment plant which is capable of purify 25 cubic meters of wastewater per day in Gatsuurt village in 2016.

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Immigrant workers are most likely to have these jobs www.cnn.com

Immigrants have long been an integral part of the U.S. workforce. And while there isn't any one industry where immigrants make up the majority of workers, there are some jobs where foreign born workers dominate, a new report from Pew Research finds.
That's especially the case in America's beauty business, where immigrants made up 63% of those that provide services as manicurists and pedicurists, makeup artists, shampooers and skin care specialists. Slightly more than half of these workers (51%) were authorized to be in the country, while 12% of them were undocumented, Pew found in its analysis of 2014 Census Bureau data.
Pew also found that 60% of the workers who ensure that no bad fruits or vegetables get to supermarkets are immigrants.

Other jobs where immigrants made up more than half of the workforce included plasterers and stucco masons, sewing machine operators and farm workers.
immigrant jobs
Many of the jobs held by immigrants -- especially those who are undocumented -- pay low wages, said Jeffrey Passel, a senior demographer at Pew Research Center.
"Undocumented workers, as a group, tend to work in low-paying jobs that don't require certifications, which is why you often find them working as drywall hangers or stucco masons, but don't find them in plumbing and electrical work," he said.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly wage for a manicurist in 2014 was $9.43 and an agricultural sorter earned $9.57. Sewing machine operators earned $10.54 an hour. Construction helpers like painters and paperhangers earned $12.46 an hour, while plasterers and stucco masons earned a much higher wage of $18.05 an hour.
The Pew researchers found that there was no particular industry where immigrants were the majority of workers.
immigrant top industries
Private household employment, which includes maids, gardeners and nannies, had the largest share of immigrant workers at 45%. Among these workers there was a nearly even split between authorized and undocumented workers, the researchers found.

Foreign born workers represented about 36% of the textile, apparel and leather manufacturing industry and 33% of the overall agriculture industry in 2014. Meanwhile, Pew found that 18% of the farming industry's foreign-born workforce was composed of undocumented immigrants, while 15% were authorized to work in the U.S.
Overall, immigrants made up 17% of the U.S. workforce in 2014, which represented about 27.6 million of the country's 161.4 million workers. Pew derived its figures from the U.S. Census American Community Survey (ACS), which includes employed, unemployed and military workers. The survey also accounts for unauthorized workers.
immigrant workforce
About 19.6 million immigrant workers -- or about 12.1% of the total U.S. workforce -- were in the U.S. legally in 2014, Pew reported. About 8 million -- or 5% of the U.S. workforce -- were undocumented. However, Pew noted that about 10% of this undocumented population were authorized to work through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, and temporary status protection.
Pew noted the share of authorized immigrants in the U.S. workforce has grown from 9% in 1995 to 12% in 2014, while the share of undocumented workers has risen from 3% in 1995 to 5% in 2014 -- a percentage that has remained relatively stable since 2005.

As fewer migrant workers come into the country, specialty fruit and vegetable producers say they're experiencing a worker shortage that has forced them to pay higher wages. With a national average wage of roughly $12 an hour, most American workers don't want to do the work for that pay, industry sources said.
The shortage has incited the American Farm Bureau Federation to ask Congress to consider issuing more agricultural worker visas.
"This issue is critical for our farmers, who need access to a legal and stable workforce," said Kristi Boswell, director of Congressional relations for the organization. "We need Congress to pass legislation to make that happen."

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Japan minister agrees to share Toshiba case information with U.S.: Kyodo www.reuters.com

Japan's industry minister said on Thursday he had agreed with the U.S. energy and commerce secretaries to share information on developments involving Toshiba Corp and its troubled U.S. nuclear affiliate, Westinghouse Electric Co, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported.

Toshiba said on Tuesday it was "actively considering" a sale and other strategic options for Westinghouse, as it expanded a probe into problems there that caused the parent group to miss an earnings deadline for a second time.

The Japanese conglomerate said it believed it could findbuyers for a majority stake in Westinghouse but sidestepped questions about a potential Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing for the unit, saying only there were various options. Sources have said bankruptcy lawyers have been hired as an exploratory step.

Kyodo said Hiroshige Seko, Japan's minister of economy, trade and industry, told Japanese reporters after talks in Washington with U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that he had agreed with them to share information about developments in the case.

According to Kyodo, Seko said the U.S. Cabinet members had said they considered the fiscal stability of Toshiba extremely important.

Kyodo said Seko had a separate meeting on Thursday with Gary Cohn, director of the White House National Economic Council.

A White House official said, "The Westinghouse issue did come up in the meetings and both sides are monitoring it closely."

The U.S. Commerce and Energy departments and the National Economic Council did not respond to requests for comment.

Seko was on a one-day visit to prepare for a high-level bilateral economic dialogue due to start next month led by Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

A sale of Westinghouse would represent the latest in a series of steps Toshiba is taking to grapple with losses stemming from the nuclear unit's ill-fated purchase of a U.S. nuclear power plant construction company in 2015.

Toshiba has already put up most or even all of its memory chip business for sale to cope with an upcoming $6.3 billion writedown for the nuclear business and to create a buffer for potential losses down the road.

Westinghouse has been plagued by huge cost overruns at two U.S. projects in Georgia and South Carolina, and liabilities related to those projects mean it is unlikely to be an easy asset to sell, despite attractive technology.

Westinghouse has been negotiating a multi-billion-dollar deal to build six nuclear reactors in India after a 2008 civil nuclear accord, a deal supposed to showcase a new era of economic and strategic cooperation between the United States and India.

(Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Additional reporting by Timothy Gardner and Emily Stephenson; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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