Addis Ababa and Davos: A tale of two summits

first_imgThe members of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Jan. 28, 2018.President Donald Trump’s demeaning comments on his preference for northern European immigrants over Africans both on the continent and in the Caribbean indicate the postcolonial crisis in relations between global capitalism and emerging nations in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean.This division of wealth, power and influence is glaringly illustrated by the character of two summit meetings held in late January. One gathering in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the 55-member African Union met at its headquarters built by the People’s Republic of China, somewhat represented the aspirations of over 1 billion people living on the continent.Another confab in Davos, Switzerland, known as the World Economic Forum, was dominated by Western industrial and financial magnates and imperialist governments’ heads of state. African leaders were in Davos, notwithstanding their disadvantaged status.The Addis Ababa gathering was the 30th summit of the AU, successor of the   Organization of African Unity, founded in that Ethiopian capital on May 25, 1963. For 55 years, the AU/OAU has sought to promote the rapid eradication of colonialism and the unification of Africa.The AU has recently fostered the development of preferential trade areas and strengthened regional organizations, including the Economic Community of West African States, the Southern African Development Community, the East African Community and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.The AU also provides a mechanism for resolving internal conflicts, many stemming from the legacy of European slavery and colonial rule. These initiatives have gained mixed results.  Although economic growth and political cooperation have progressed, AU member states remain subject to the international market still controlled by former colonial powers and contemporary neocolonial strongholds in Washington, New York, London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin and Davos.The AU summit’s focus was on ending corruption within nation-states. The organization has expressed the goal of becoming completely self-reliant within another two years.An AU press release on Jan. 25 read: “Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, commended the quality work done by the Permanent Representatives’ Committee with the view to establish appropriate conditions conducive to the success of this meeting of the Executive Council.”  He commended “contribution[s] to the Peace Fund aimed at consolidating peace efforts within the continent. [He] expressed the hope that by 2020 AU [can] finance itself at 100% if we maintain this trend of increasing interest by the Member States willing to contribute substantively on peacekeeping in Africa. [He]underlined that the AU Commission can pursue this commitment and resolution and will rely on Member States to support … self-financing.”Davos: Capitalists cheer U.S. tax heistThe WEF took place following the recent U.S. tax bill’s passage, to which is being attributed the rise in the stock market and the prospects for huge profits by transnational corporations and banks. Although Trump has alienated many in the business media and government, Wall Street apparently agrees with his goal of redirecting monumental amounts of public spending to the capitalist class.In Davos, these firms praised Trump’s program. Before the gathering, large corporations, including Walmart, announced raises for its low-wage employees. Although this makes good propaganda for “trickle-down” economics, the reality is that hundreds of U.S. retail outlets are closing. This downsizing in malls and shops has been blamed on the growth of e-commerce. However, no concrete assessment has been presented publicly to explain the layoffs of hundreds of thousands of workers.Capitalist elites in Davos viewed the tax heist as having the potential to stimulate profitability and enhance direct investments. The Republican-dominated House and Senate passed legislation which lowers the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. Provisions will ostensibly provide incentives for U.S.-based companies to bring money held overseas back into the country. This policy prompted Credit Suisse CEO Tidjane Thiam to suggest the firm will seek investments in the U.S.CNN Money noted: “Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat predicted the change in tax rules would help power business expansion. … The executives voiced concerns that with the U.S. economy at full employment, businesses may struggle to fill new jobs that result from this wave of investment. ‘The reality of bringing a lot of jobs back is difficult,’ said Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan.” (Jan. 23)This notion of “full employment” in the U.S. at 4.1 percent blatantly ignores the Labor Froce Participation Rate — the actual indices measuring involvement in job holdings.  It stands at only 62.3 percent, leaving over one-third of the workforce outside the formal labor market. Poverty levels remain high at approximately 43 million people; they are much higher within African-American and Latinx communities, where the official rates of impoverishment are 23 and 19 percentage points, respectively.AU to Trump: Apologize for racist remarksSuch a situation is not likely to attract substantial foreign investment in the African continent on terms favorable to AU member states and their constituencies. Moreover, the Trump administration’s racist sentiments as reflected in domestic and foreign policies clearly give pause to any optimistic view by African leaders regarding U.S. relations with the continent.Consequently, some African business and political leaders stated they would walk out of Trump’s speech to the WEF on Jan. 26. Trump denied referring to African states as “shitholes,” as asserted by witnesses, although he admitted using “tough language.”Trump did meet with Rwanda President Paul Kagame and other African leaders. But the AU and individual states have demanded an apology for Trump’s racist remarks. None has been offered.Whatever the scope of protests by African corporate and political leaders over Trump’s speech in Davos, long-term questions remain over the relationship between AU member states and world capitalism. These connections historically have been byproducts of slavery, colonialism and neocolonialism. The last decade’s growth within African nations has been relative; it is still dependent on commodity prices determined by international finance capital.Therefore, several African economies, as in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Angola, are only now said to be emerging from recession. These nations are producers of energy and mineral resources where prices have declined precipitously in the last four years.In recent months, oil prices per barrel have risen on the global market. Nevertheless, currency values remain weak and seeming “recoveries” remain fragile.Ultimately, Africa must collaborate to a greater degree with other emerging economic regions to establish an alternative monetary and trading system which excludes the U.S. and all imperialist states as dominant forces. Only when this occurs can the continent’s and the world’s sustainable development be realized.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Sparking a national debate

first_img Related GAZETTE: Is there a pollutant that you think is relatively unknown today that will be a household word in 10 or 20 years, like DDT, mercury, or PCBs have been in the past?McCARTHY: There are some chemicals prominent in the news today, PFOS and PFOAs [used to treat apparel and carpeting, in fire retardants and food can linings], that are showing up in wells and aquifers across the country.It’s a challenge that will go on for quite some time. It provides a wake-up call that we need to look closely at chemicals before they enter commerce.Pharmaceuticals are going to be a big deal. The penicillin used in agriculture today is ending up in our food system, that’s creating [drug resistance]. This is a gigantic and growing problem in public health. We see pharmaceuticals in our rivers and streams and our drinking water.GAZETTE: The current administration is seeking to weaken environmental regulation in a variety of ways. How worrisome is that to you? Is this unusual or part of a broader regulation/deregulation pendulum swing that’s gone on for some time? McCARTHY:  I think it’s very unique. Federal rules are hard to do and rightly so, but they protect people whose right to health and happiness is being harmed when they have no other means of minimizing the damage.Passing a federal rule takes a lot of scientific analysis, a lot of examining of options and costs. It takes building a public constituency that recognizes the problem and engages in a way that is transparent. The federal government seeks comment and criticism and new ideas.But what you’re seeing now is that rules that were done consistent with legal requirements, with the authority of the agencies involved, with what the science tells us is important in terms of risk, and after considering reasonable and cost-effective options — all of the rules under the prior administration — are effectively being reconsidered or attempted to be rolled back.This is for reasons that have nothing to do with whether they were done right or whether there was a problem that needed to be fixed. This is a very, very unusual circumstance.Generally, when you work that hard to get a federal rule, you’re sending a signal to industry or consumers about what the federal government thinks. And that steers investment by and direction of regulated utilities to try to address traditional pollutants like mercury [and] ozone contamination. Rules to increase automobile fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions sent a signal about what the cars of the future ought to be and how they should plan for that, which sometimes has a 10-year horizon.I think we’re in a very unusual and dangerous time. If rules are done on the basis of law and science and transparency and public engagement, and when there’s a change in administration we just decide that all of that was wrong regardless of the substance, then we’re in a hell of a pickle in terms of sending a signal that industry can respond to.GAZETTE: So industry may just wait for the administration to change?McCARTHY: EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards requires significant investment by industry to reduce mercury being emitted from utilities and keep it from getting into our food supply. It poses a significant threat to pregnant women and young kids because it is a neurotoxin.EPA sent a [regulatory] signal and the cost was large, but the benefits were significantly larger in terms of protecting our kids. We saw the mercury levels go down and fish that are cleaner.It’s already been complied with and huge investments made, so the industry is saying, “Don’t touch this or else you’re giving us all these stranded assets.” It made no difference to this administration; they’re still trying to take away the rule that gave the EPA the responsibility and authority to regulate mercury. So the decision’s going to be that we no longer need to regulate mercury from these utilities, which is exactly the wrong signal.So if industry has learned that EPA can go through the process and have that final rule made, and the next administration can come in, decide they don’t like it, and get rid of it, maybe the next time, industry actually won’t put the equipment on. Maybe instead of buying a $100 million scrubber, they’re going to put $50 million to an election. What can we do?GAZETTE: It’s a good time to be an environmental lawyer.McCARTHY: I feel pretty confident that the courts are going to stop these decisions because the current EPA isn’t showing fundamental flaws in the final rule and that’s what you need in order to change them.But it sends a terrible signal to the outside world. And it poses a real challenge to our system of governing, which should be giving people comfort that their health will be protected from pollution. This interview was lightly edited for length and clarity. Ex-EPA chief Gina McCarthy plans to speak up — and stay busy — as leader of climate-health center at Harvard Chan School Fired-up McCarthy takes leadership role at Harvard Chan School Fifty years ago, Ohio’s Cuyahoga River was so polluted that it caught fire, becoming a powerful symbol for a U.S. public increasingly concerned about the environmental damage around them.This year, the state of Ohio deemed the river clean enough that its fish are safe to eat.That remarkable turnaround is part of a broader cleanup of the nation’s waters, air, and land that resulted from a suite of laws passed in the early 1970s in response to public abhorrence at episodes like the June 1969 fire, an abhorrence that found expression on April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day.Former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy, professor of the practice of public health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of the School’s Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment, spoke to the Gazette about the Cuyahoga fire and progress in the decades since. She said the transformation of what was once one of America’s most polluted rivers is an example of the good things that can happen when we stop harming nature and start letting it heal.Q&AGina McCarthyGAZETTE: Fifty years ago on June 22 the Cuyahoga River caught fire and became a symbol of the nation’s polluted waterways. Were you aware of it at the time and do you recollect what you thought about it?McCARTHY: I was an early teenager at that point. I remember it happening, yes, but it had no big impression on my life. Lord knows what did then.GAZETTE: Do you have a sense of what its legacy has been? I’ve read that it was a big part of not just the broader environmental impetus of the ’70s but also the creation of the agency you led, the EPA.McCARTHY: I do think it had a big impact. People relate to something visual, a visible sign. And this was a clear visual sign that something was terribly wrong.When water burns, it’s just not normal. There’s no excuse for it and I think for that reason it had a big impact. It generated a lot of local momentum. Nobody waited around for the federal government to act. Cleveland and other [cities and towns] took action.It showed that we needed to have a national debate, but also that people could take action on their own before that national debate. That, to me, is a really big signal and what turned the corner [on environmental protection]: People everywhere started to engage.GAZETTE: The river recently passed a milestone, with the state of Ohio declaring its fish safe to eat. What does that say about the potential for environmental cleanup programs to make progress?McCARTHY: It’s really about resilience, and it’s clearly quite remarkable. We underestimate it every time. We underestimate our ability to change, and when we stop polluting and damaging these resources, we underestimate their incredible resilience. Life finds a way.So it’s heartening to those of us working hard to avoid the destruction of nature and the harm to people that pollution poses everywhere, that you can not only stop the problem from getting worse, but you can also actually return to a state of normalcy. That provides hope for the future and I think we can all use a little bit of that. “Today, many of our environmental challenges are not visible. … So while the Cuyahoga was a great visible sign, we have to make sure that we use science to create visibility now.” Center for health and environment relaunched with former EPA administrator at the helm Siding with science The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. GAZETTE: Would you eat Cuyahoga River fish?McCARTHY: It depends on how you cooked it. But yes, of course I would. I have great faith in the people who have looked at these issues.GAZETTE: How much should we consider the Cuyahoga’s recovery a symbol of the nation’s larger progress on clean water versus an isolated instance where we did the right thing?McCARTHY: The Cuyahoga was central to a movement that created an expectation that when we see something wrong, we act on it.Today, many of our environmental challenges are not visible. They’re longer term, yet still very real. So while the Cuyahoga was a great visible sign, we have to make sure that we use science to create visibility now, with real information and real data. Everything isn’t great just because you can’t see the threats that you’re under.GAZETTE: Are you talking about climate change, among other things?McCARTHY: Climate change and many other things — toxic chemicals, synthetic chemicals that we use in products that end up in our water.The epiphany that we had back during the first Earth Day doesn’t mean that you could fix it then and not continue the investment. We need continued diligence in terms of the cleanliness of the water we drink.We need to keep rivers and streams flowing and recognize that we have to reinvest in some of the technologies that brought us to where we are today. An old wastewater treatment facility may have been great to stop pollution on the Cuyahoga River, but it’s not going to be sufficient to deal with the chemicals today.GAZETTE: You mentioned keeping the waters flowing. Are you talking about dam removal, that kind of thing?McCARTHY: I’m talking about the challenges of climate change. When the Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, someone should be scratching their head and asking, “How come?”We keep our water clean by making sure we don’t put so much pollution in there that it damages natural resources or our health. But determining how much is safe is based on flow, isn’t it? Fluctuations in stream and river flow during periods of drought and flood put a monkey wrench in how we protect those waters. We have to think of new ways of recognizing the changing climate and what that means to rivers and streams.And it’s not just climate; it’s different growth patterns, it’s increased populations and what that means for stress on natural resources, so — and I don’t want to sound negative, I just want to be a realist — the first Earth Day was great. It gave huge momentum [to environmental programs]. But we need a momentum boost again to reengage with the work that is needed to fix the environment, according to today’s standards and today’s circumstances.last_img read more

Meet Indian Ink Star Romola Garai

first_img View Comments “I don’t really talk about my personal life. [Garai and her actor husband Sam Hoare have a one-year-old daughter, whose name they haven’t revealed.] I think it’s because I started [acting] young and found the attention overwhelming. I would never want my child to turn to me one day and say, ‘You didn’t give me my privacy.’” Current Role: Flora Crewe, a young British poet traveling through India in 1930 who strikes up a spirited friendship with a local portrait painter, in Roundabout’s off-Broadway premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink. Stage and Screen Cred: You’ve seen Garai [pronounced RO-mala Gur-EYE] on film (Atonement, Vanity Fair, Dirty Dancing 2) and TV (The Hour, Emma, The Crimson Petal and the White). Theater credits include the RSC’s King Lear and The Seagull, which made a tour stop at BAM. “I was a terrible showoff as a child and when people would say, ‘You have such an unusual name,’ I’d feel very important. People pronounce it wrongly, but I never correct them because that’s a bore. My last name is actually pronounced with a rolling ‘R,’ but if you asked anyone to do that, they’d hate you forever.” “My family and I were British expats [in Hong Kong and Singapore] for the first part of my life, and I think that helps me connect with this play. I can understand the romantic idea of living outside Britain, even though we were not in India.” Age: 32 Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 30, 2014center_img “I’m such a killjoy when people want to talk about costumes. I’m so over it! In my day-to-day life, I basically wear a tracksuit all the time. I feel so lucky that I don’t have to sleep in rollers and get up and wear a corset every day.” “There’s a sweetness to this play that will surprise people who think of Tom Stoppard as someone who is mainly interested in ideas. It’s a moving play with fantastic female leads. I love playing a woman in that age who is committed to making art. She’s very brave.” Indian Ink Hometown: London, England Related Shows “I never get recognized and that’s a great thing because I’m a very private person. Funnily enough, Americans are more willing to say, ‘Do I know you?’ Then you have to list the things you’ve been in and they say, ‘No, I didn’t see that.’ I guess I have one of those faces that can be made to look different.”last_img read more

Logan Paul to have UFC legend Tito Ortiz mentor him amidst potential MMA debut

first_img LIVE TV COMMENT Also Read | Logan Paul: From Making Videos To Becoming A Millionaire Amateur BoxerTito Ortiz to help Logan Paul make his MMA transitionFor those unaware, Logan Paul has some experience as an amateur wrestler from his high school days and the former UFC fighter Tito Ortiz is also positive about the 24-year old’s future in the sport. Ortiz stated that it is good to see a young guy like Logan Paul, who happens to have a bright mind and the willingness to work hard. He also added that it is important to build a fighter in the right way.Also Read | KSI: YouTube Star’s Salary, Net Worth, Earnings From Logan Paul FightAs far as his own MMA career is concerned, Tito Ortiz will be coming out of retirement yet again. He is set to take on former WWE heavyweight champion Albero Del Rio in an MMA showdown this weekend at Combate, Hidalgo. Let us know in the comments section below how do you think Logan Paul will do in MMA and who should be his opponent!Also Read | Tito Ortiz Says Cain Velasquez Wants To Fight The Winner Of Tito Ortiz Vs Alberto Del Rio 9 months ago Boxing: KSI wants to face more celebrities; calls out Jake Paul for a fight Danish Ansari Also Read | WWE: Bobby Lashley Challenges Dan Bilzerian, Logan Paul And Others For WrestleMania 36Logan Paul to make MMA debut?In a recent interview with DAZN, Logan Paul opened up about being in talks for a potential MMA debut. Logan says that boxing is cool but he believes that his future lies in the MMA. While he made it clear that he has his sights set on making a move to the MMA, he also mentioned that he would be fighting for the third time against an undecided opponent. He also suggested that he is open to a trilogy fight against KSI but later would not want to fight him again. Speaking of his former rival, he also added that the circumstances worked out for KSI the last time they fought in the ring and it would be dangerous for him if he agreed to fight him again. 9 months ago KSI: YouTube star’s salary, net worth, earnings from Logan Paul fight WATCH US LIVE Written By 9 months ago UFC: Logan Paul is interested to fight in UFC; wants to face Conor McGregorcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US First Published: 2nd December, 2019 22:31 IST Logan Paul, who never shies away from making risky career moves, now hopes to make a switch to MMA and compete inside a cage after dabbling in professional boxing as he battled against Youtube sensation KSI on two different occasions. Logan recently suffered a controversial decision loss to his fellow YouTube adversary in their blockbuster rematch. There had been talks of a third fight between the pair but Logan is pressing forward with his plans to transition into mixed martial arts. WE RECOMMEND Last Updated: 2nd December, 2019 22:31 IST Logan Paul To Have UFC Legend Tito Ortiz Mentor Him Amidst Potential MMA Debut Logan Paul is currently in talks with former UFC fighter Tito Ortiz to make a transition to MMA. The YouTuber also discusses plans on a trilogy fight with KSI. 9 months ago Logan Paul boastfully mocks CM Punk, Dillon Danis after losing to KSI 9 months ago Tyson Fury in MMA: Darren Till says that there is a 70% chance that Fury fights in UFClast_img read more

Jamaican highway to be renamed to honor former PM

first_imgThe North-South Highway, linking Kingston and Ocho Rios, is to be renamed in honor of former Prime Minister Edward Seaga.Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement last week, at a ceremony to re-dedicate the Bustamante Museum in St. Andrew. Holness said the decision was made by his Cabinet on Monday.He said the rationale for naming the segment of the highway after Seaga includes the fact that the former Prime Minister was instrumental in the development plans for both Downtown Kingston and Ocho Rios. Since the Highway links both places it’s only fitting.However, the opposition People’s National Party (PNP), has hit out against the decision.Members of the party say Seaga was not instrumental in the building of the highway.They have suggested that the honor should have instead been bestowed on Former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.last_img read more

Chesters can secure a win double in Colombia

first_img6 Jan 2014 Chesters can secure a win double in Colombia European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park, Shropshire & Herefordshire) has the chance to conquer another Continent later this month. The 24 year old has been selected along with Paul Howard (Southport & Ainsdale, Lancashire), Nick Marsh (Huddersfield, Yorkshire) and Jimmy Mullen (Royal North Devon) to contest the South American Amateur Championship at Barranquilla County Club in Colombia on 22nd – 25th January, an event supported by The R&A since 2005. Chesters (image copyright Tom Ward Photography) won the European title by one stroke from Spain’s David Morago at El Prat last August. So his selection means the England international, who finished eighth on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Order of Merit last year, has the chance to emulate Callum Shinkwin, now a professional, who brought the South American crown back to England a year ago. Howard made his full England debut in last year’s winning Home Internationals team at Ganton, which capped a successful 2013 for the 23 year old. He finished fifth in the Welsh Open Stroke Play Championship and equal ninth in the St Andrews Links Trophy and helped Lancashire win the County Championship, winning five of his six games. Marsh also made his full England debut at Ganton having reached the quarter finals of the Amateur Championship and finished tied fifth in the Chiberta Grand Prix in France. The 19 year old also finished runner-up in the North of England Youths and the Welsh Open Youths Championships and was ninth on the EG 2013 Order of Merit. Mullen, 20, was another England debutant at Ganton in a season in which he lost a playoff for the Bernard Darwin Salver, finished tied third in the Brabazon Trophy, achieving a hole-in-one during the final round, and equal fourth in the South East of England Links Championship. Like Howard, he won five of his six games during the County Championship finals at Minchinhampton representing Devon. The South American Amateur Championship is a 72-hole stroke play event.last_img read more

Burns, Pavelski put together career nights in Sharks win

first_imgDENVER — Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski proved why they’re all stars. Erik Karlsson got in on the fun, as well.On a day where Burns and Pavelski received invitations to the 2019 NHL All Star Game at SAP Center, both players put together career nights, recording four points as the Sharks handed the Colorado Avalanche their sixth straight loss with a 5-4 win in Denver.Karlsson, who will also be representing the Sharks at the mid-winter classic on Jan. 26, picked up an assist, giving him points in …last_img

Leading ladies

first_imgThey’re the 25 power women of the country, the physical manifestation of will, power, grace, dedication, hard work and extraordinary brilliance. With each step they take, whether it’s business, politics, arts, films, banking, hospitality or sports, they keep raising the bar and breaking untouched barriers. These are the women who,They’re the 25 power women of the country, the physical manifestation of will, power, grace, dedication, hard work and extraordinary brilliance.With each step they take, whether it’s business, politics, arts, films, banking, hospitality or sports, they keep raising the bar and breaking untouched barriers. These are the women who have made India shine on a global platform.NAINA LAL KIDWAI, 52 GROUP CHAIRMAN & COUNTRY HEADHSBC INDIABecause she took HSBC India to startling new heights even during the recession. Because the the company reported an increase in profit by over 40 per cent at the beginning of last year. Because under her leadership they launched a Life Insurance Joint Venture company in India, in association with Canara Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce that reported a premium income close to Rs 300 crore. Because under her guidance, they have taken corporate sustainability to the next level that has won her and the bank accolades for their contribution to the environment.The Wild Side When not banking she spends her free time holidaying at wildlife parks like Kaziranga National Park, Jim Corbett National Park and Kanha National Park with her husband Rashid and children, Kemaya and Rumaal.Her Best Friends are her pet dogs, a German Shepherd named Wolfie and a Labrador called Trigger.A big movie buff Her favourites include a healthy mix of all genres from Chak de India to Mamma Mia and The Namesake, she loves them all.TANYA DUBASH, 41EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & PRESIDENT (MARKETING)GODREJ GROUPBecause after taking over a key position in the company, she has changed the way people look at Godrej as a brand. Because she has given the company a fresh, youthful makeover whether it’s through reality television or product-based incentives. Because she introduced the concept of experience marketing with Godrej Nature’s Basket, a world food store. Because with seven major companies, Godrej’s turnover crosses Rs 1,100 crore.Time out She loves to spend time with her husband, Arvind and her kids, Aryan and Azaar. She also likes to read and travel. What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell is one of her favourite books. Her other favourites include Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl and Eat Pray and Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. She likes to watch films and takes time out to catch the latest ones. The three films she liked the most were Sherlock Holmes, 3 Idiots and My Name is Khan.She aims to bring alive a brighter experience for consumers, more vibrant expressions of what they want in a more empathetic manner and ultimately create progress for all of Godrej’s stakeholders.CHANDA KOCHHAR, 47CEO& MD, ICICI BANKBecause she heads India’s largest private banks with an asset base of Rs 3.8 lakh crore. Because she is ranked number 20 on the Forbes list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. Because in a year fraught with financial upheaval post recession, her bank emerged stronger on all parameters recording an operating profit of 22 per cent minus treasury income. Because this is just the beginning, as she says, “2009 made us emerge stronger but 2010 is the year of growth opportunity.”What’s next “We are using the current year to position our balance sheet to take advantage of the next phase of growth.” With an aim to increase the bank’s network from 1,520 to 2,000 plus branches.Her one passion besides banking Is Hindi cinema. A die-hard Bollywood fan, she can often be spotted in the Mumbai multiplexes on weekends.Her Role Models Are both bankers, N. Vaghul and K.V. Kamath. Vaghul shared his wisdom with her and she believes that ICICI Group’s culture of entrepreneurship, innovation, and good governance is the legacy that her role model left behind. On the other hand, Kamath is her mentor. She feels fortunate to be mentored by a man who was farsighted enough to revolutionise the way banking worked in India.PREETHA REDDY, 52MANAGING DIRECTORAPOLLO HOSPITALS GROUPClick here to EnlargeBecause she has constantly innovated and revamped the Rs 1,800 crore Apollo Hospitals Group. Because through her efforts the Government of India honoured the group with the release of a postage stamp for it’s role in India’s health care sector. Because she belongs to a group of 10 business heads that form the Indo-US CEOs Forum this year. Because she is the first woman advisor on health care to the Indian government. Because she is also the director of Kalakshetra, the legendary dance school in Chennai.Role Model “My father Dr Prathap C Reddy. He’s so positive. For him, there is always an upside to something and he never loses focus on what he’s here for.”Silver Screen James Cameron’s Avatar made a huge impression. It’s a film she can watch many times over.AKSHATA MURTY, 30ENTREPRENEURClick here to EnlargeBecause She is not content to sit back on a famous surname. Because she gave up a job in venture capital and decided to listen to her heart. Because she is launching a contemporary clothing line with traditional Indian roots. Because she has chosen a path that no one in her family has. Because, Akshata, her clothing line, made in consultation with design students, aims to give artisans of this country a platform in the West.She shares a special bond With her mother Sudha Murthy, who is her friend, philosopher and guide. It’s her capability to balance career, family and society that has left an impact.NIRUPAMA RAO, 59FOREIGN SECRETARYClick here to EnlargeBecause She is the first woman full-term foreign secretary in India’s history. Because she has brought in a new diplomatic style with her out-of-the-box thinking. Because she is known to be a tough negotiator and is handling the ongoing dialogue with Pakistan. Because she has served at key diplomatic assignments like China and Sri Lanka. Because she was also the first woman spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs.Wordsmith A compilation of her poems was published under the title Rain Rising in 2004.SHILPA GUPTA, 33INSTALLATION ARTISTBecause she has three solo shows lined up this year, the first of which is currently being showcased at The Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati. Because her work is already a part of art school books in the UK. Because she is one of the few Indian artists to have showcased her work at the Yvon Lambert, France and Gallery Continua, Italy. Because she has been interviewed by veteran German artist and intellectual Peter Weibel.Most special work is her current project, While I Sleep on the theme of fears and prejudices.PRIYANKA CHOPRA, 27ACTORBecause this former Miss World made a clean sweep at the award ceremonies last year. Because she won the National Award, a first for a person in her 20s, after her brilliant performance in Fashion. Because she is on top of the Bollywood game with four back-to-back successes from Fashion, Dostana, Kaminey to What’s Your Rashee.Because she is being talked about, not for her link-ups with co-actors but her work, a welcome change in an industry obsessed with gossip. Because every director worth his weight wants to work with her. Because her forthcoming films include Siddharth Anand’s Anjaana Anjaani, Vishal Bhardwaj’s untitled next and Farhan Akhtar’s Don 2. Because she is also UNICEF’s National Celebrity working for children’s rights.Quote Unquote “My work is my elixir. It’s what keeps evil away and is the one thing that’s always stood by me.”National Award Moment “I was in New York when I heard and it was four in the morning. I really didn’t know whether to jump or scream. I spent the next four hours on the phone talking to friends and family.”ROOPA KUDVA, 46REGION HEAD,SOUTH ASIA, STANDARD & POORSMD & CEO, CRISILClick here to EnlargeBecause Because she is the MD and CEO of India’s first credit rating agency. Because Crisil’s rating coverage has grown nearly eight times since 2008. Because when the financial meltdown in the US put rating firms under the scanner Kudva and her team promptly stepped up communication with the users of its ratings by sending out rating alerts to investors and general public even before a company was downgraded or upgraded.Her most memorable experience At work has been walking in unannounced for an interview and walking out with a job in hand.SWATI PIRAMAL, 53DIRECTOR, PIRAMAL HEALTH CARE & PRESIDENTASSOCHAMBecause she has truly been able to break the glass ceiling after becoming the first woman to head an apex business chamber in India. Because since her appointment, she has invited 100 women to chair all the national committees of ASSOCHAM this year. Because Piramal Life Sciences, where she is vice chairperson, is gearing up to deliver the first drug developed by an Indian research company.She is passionate about Sufi poetry, studying medieval history and literature.Her most memorable experience has been meeting former US President Bill Clinton and having a one-on-one discussion with him.RAJSHREE PATHY, 53CHAIRPERSONRAJSHREE SUGARS AND CHEMICALSBecause she is Chairperson of Rajshree Sugars and Chemicals, a company with interests across integrated fields such as sugar, power co-generation and biotechnology. Because in 2009, she completely reorganised Rajshree Sugars and inducted new top-class professionals, to move on to the next growth phase. Because the turnover of her company and its subsidiaries is expected to exceed Rs 600 crore in March 2010. Because she was elected the President of SISM (South India Sugar Mills) for the second term 2007-2009.What this woman wants Is to always succeed and be ranked among the best in whatever she does.She dreams To see all her goals for Rajshree Sugars turn to reality. She is also waiting for her children Aishwarya and Aditya to bless her with lots of grandchildren.VINITA BALI, 53MANAGING DIRECTORBRITANNIAGROUPBecause she took charge of a near rudderless firm and turned its fortunes around making its topline profit double in four years between 2005-09. Because her company has been growing at 20 per cent annually. Because its market share, in the Rs 6,000-crore biscuit market has stabilised around 35 per cent. Because money making is not the only thing she cares about. Because Britannia’s work with Global Alliance for improved nutrition got her international acclaim at the Clinton Global Initiative.Life after work Involves working out and listening to western and Indian classical music.AGATHA SANGMA, 29UNION MINISTER OF STATE FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENTBecause at the age of 28, she became the youngest MP. Because she is the youngest minister in the current council of ministers. Because this former lawyer is the face of the youth in a country where politics is the domain of the old and the wise. Because despite being the daughter of former Lok Sabha Speaker P.S. Sangma and sister to James and Conrad who are in Meghalaya state politics, she has managed to carve out her own identity.Earth Calling A Master’s in environmental management from the University of Nottingham, she also dabbles in nature photography.MALLIKA SRINIVASAN, 50DIRECTORTAFEBecause she rose above the stereotypes and made a mark in the macho tractor business. Because her great delegation and communication skills worked very well during the downturn when TAFE grew despite the gloom in the environment. Because it is the first tractor company to be recognised for strong commitment to excel at the 15th Quality Summit conducted by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Bangalore.Woman Power She is a serious votary of woman power and feels women’s contribution to society has often been underestimated.PRIYA PAUL, 43CHAIRPERSONAPEEJAY SURRENDRA PARKHOTELSBecause she has revamped the concept of a boutique hotel and given it a chic, edgy identity. Because despite the downturn, the group has successfully expanded to include a 10-room land property and an eight-room boutique cruiser in Kerala and a hotel in Hyderabad. Because the group also opened ItALIA, a stand-alone restaurant in Delhi and launched its own spa brand, Aura. Because the turnover for 2009-2010 is expected to be around Rs 250 crore. Because she is also one of India’s foremost art collectors with an eclectic taste that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary. Because she is also the founding member of the World Travel and Tourism Council-India Initiative and chairperson of South Asia Women’s Fund.Future Perfect Three new properties are currently going through their design phase, Paul says and are scheduled to open in about two years from now. There is the group’s second property in Kolkata, Jaipur and Pune.LOVELEEN TANDAN, 36FILM DIRECTORBecause she brought home the Oscars as casting director and co-director of the eight-time Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire, directed by Danny Boyle. Because she belongs to that category of young women directors who defy convention and bravely venture into new frontiers.The slumdog moment The infamous “potty scene. It was actually dollops of peanut butter chocolate sauce that we had used to soak little Jamal. He would keep licking it off”, she says.Passion turns career From Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair and The Namesake to Steven Spielberg’s Terminal and Sarah Gavron’s Brick Lane, it has been a long and fulfilling road.PADMASREE WARRIOR, 48CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICERCISCO SYSTEMS INCBecause her company’s revenue for 2009 was Rs 1,65,000 crores. Because under her leadership, Cisco took huge strides in the realm of cloud computing, virtualisation, connected life and TelePresence and the new and emerging opportunities they present. Because recently, the United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce recognised her with its prestigious Excellence Award.Creative Energy She is an artist at heart. She has channeled her creative energies through her favorite mediums of clay and acrylics. She finds dance fun and creative.Quote Unquote She believes that there is more to a CTO’s role than just looking for cutting-edge products but needs to come up with new business models to monetise that technology.NAMRITA JHANGIANI, 55PARTNEREGON ZEHNDER INTERNATIONALBecause She’s a partner with Egon Zehnder International which is the world’s largest executive search firm. Because in 2009, despite the recession, Egon Zehnder not only refrained from laying people off like other firms, in the domestic and international market, but also opened a new office in Bengaluru and continued recruiting. Because she has worked extensively in recruitment for CEO board levels in the finance, pharmaceutical and BPO sectors. Because their revenues are close to Rs 2,000 crore.Happiness quotient She loves being right at the heart of strategic discussions with senior leadership of the corporate world. Seeing the company’s share price go up with the announcement of a hire she makes is a thrill.Reading room Her latest favourites are The Music Room by Namita Devidayal and The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.BHAIRAVI JANI, 30DIRECTORSCA GROUP OF COMPANIESBecause at 30 she is the Director of the SCA group of Companies which specialises in shipping, warehousing, logistics and many more. Because she is the Chairperson of CII’s Young Indians. Because with her fresh ideas she ventured into unchartered territories. Because despite the recession they launched Transmart India Pvt. Ltd, the first modern warehousing company with state of the art technology, causing a big shift in the industry. Because there are projects with over Rs 1,000 crore investment in warehousing.Dancing queen Trained in Bharatanatyam, she dances to unwind.DEVITA SARAF, 28CEOVU TECHNOLOGIESBecause besides being CEO, Vu technologies, she is an executive committee member of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Because she is a part of Mensa, an international society of people whose IQ ranks in the top two per cent of the world’s population. Because she is the founder and chairperson of the young Bombay forum of the Bombay chamber, part of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry.Art fetish She has taken classes in pottery, jewellry designing at the Indo American Institute where she received a diploma in it, graphic designing and Ikebana.NEELAM DHAWAN, 49MANAGING DIRECTORHEWLETTPACKARD, INDIABecause she is the Managing Director of Hewlett Packard, India. Because despite the recession, HP remained at the number one spot in domestic companies as well as multinationals in India. Because she pioneered philanthropic drives where close to Rs 130 crore was pumped into the sectors of education, entrepreneurship development, environment and disaster relief.Her mantra for success “Nothing is too difficult. We need to try and give it our best and the results automatically will follow.”She strongly recommends Good to Great a book where author Jim Collins answers questions about how good companies become great.CHITRA RAMAKRISHNA, 46JOINT MANAGING DIRECTORNATIONAL STOCK EXCHANGEBecause she is the Joint Managing Director of the National Stock Exchange. Because she has been a part of the founding committee of NSE and has grown with the institution to hold such a senior position. Because with her playing a key role in the decision making process, the network of NSE has strengthened with offices in 1,500 cities across the country.Honesty is her best policy She believes that the best road to success, personal and professional, is by being honest in whatever one does.No Camera, only action Far from hogging media attention she shies away from it. She believes that her actions will always speak louder than her words.Best moment “Every moment in the past 15 years has been exciting.”MEERA SHANKAR, 59INDIA’S AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATESBecause she is the only woman to be appointed Indian Ambassador to the United States since Vijaylakshmi Pandit. Because she has been deputed to the job to give momentum to the transforming Indo-US ties under a new administration in Washington DC. Because she is the lady-incharge when it comes to negotiating the civil nuke deal, counter-terrorism cooperation and outsourcing with the US.Power Duo She and foreign secretary Nirupama Rao, two of the most powerful diplomats in India, are from the 1973 batch of IAS officers and served as part of the strong female diplomatic contingent under former Ambassador S.S. Ray, in Washington DC from 1991 to 1995.ROHINI IYER, 28OWNERRAINDROP MEDIABecause She runs one of the biggest brand and image management companies for celebrities. Because her client list reads like a who’s who, from Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Saif Ali Khan, Nadiadwala Grandsons, Eros International, Venus to Hari Om Productions. Because she handles everything from press meets to film screenings, outdoor shoots, brand endorsements and building thier brand image.Tuning In Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head was the inspiration behind her company name.MEHER PUDUMJEE, 43CHAIRPERSONTHERMAX LIMITEDBecause After completing her degree in chemical engineering from London, she decided to come back to India and start as a trainee in Thermax Limited, now a Rs 3,000 crore company. Because under her, the company’s global influence is increasing by technology partnerships and business alliances with German organisations and the recent visit of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Horst Koehler to the Thermax Limited’s factory in Chinchwad, Pune.The love for music She is passionate about western classical music and is a part of The Chamber Singers, a Pune-based western classical choir. They meet every Tuesday to practice and hold concerts once or twice a year in Mumbai and Pune.Family first She loves spending time with her husband, Pheroze and her two children. Her family is her biggest safety net, a source of unconditional love.With Inputs by Sumaiya Khan, Gunjeet Sra and Chitra Subramanyamadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Lovren When the stakes are this high nobody is tired

first_imgCroatia defender Dejan Lovren insists that with adrenaline and pride on the line in their World Cup semi-final with England, tiredness will not be a factorThe Vatreni are hoping to go one better than the great Croatia team of Davor Suker, Slaven Bilic and Robert Prosinecki in the 1998 World Cup, who were beaten in the last four by hosts and eventual winners France.After playing over 240 minutes of football in their previous knockout rounds against Denmark and Russia, there are concerns that they Croatia players may suffer from fatigue as the match with England goes on.But Lovren is certain that both himself and teammates will have no problems.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“The manager believes in us – he did so when few others did – and we do the best we can,” Lovren said on the Croatia Football Federation website.“The Croatian people never had it easy, and we want to bring them some joy, including a medal. We’ve had a chance to recover from two tough, long matches. When the stakes are this high, nobody is tired. It’s once in a lifetime opportunity. Russia deserves all the praise for a great organization of the World Cup”Croatia will play England at the Luzhniki stadium today at 20:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

Jankewitz wants first team as quickly as possible

first_imgThe Swiss young star has been signed by Southampton and he hopes to break into the senior squad to be able to play in the Premier League soonSwiss central midfielder Alexandre Jankewitz is one of those small jewels one can find in European football.The former Servette FC player has just joined Southampton and he is aiming high, as he wants to be part of the senior squad “as “quickly as possible.”Jankewitz is known for his versatility in the U17 Swiss national team and know will be able to play for the first time in England.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It’s a pleasure to be here and I’m very excited to begin something new. A new life and I can’t wait,” the youngster told the club’s official website.“Everyone has been very friendly and they’ve given me a great welcome.”“I’m a box-to-box player. I like defending as much as attacking. My target is to play as many games for the U23s as I can and then we will see what happens from there,” he described himself.“In the long term, I want to give my best to try and break into the first team as quickly as possible.”last_img read more