first_imgRavel Morrison scored twice for QPR as they saw off Yeovil at Loftus Road, where there was also a goal for Bobby Zamora.See also:Bond: Zamora still has something to offerGreen among QPR players nursing injuriesQPR v Yeovil player ratings Morrison scores two more in QPR victory Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

first_imgSAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Financial services group Old Mutual’s investment arm has raised R9-billion for its innovative Housing Impact Fund for South Africa, which aims to help South Africans earning less than R15 000 a month to meet their housing needs. Addressing housing challenge “We are very excited by the progress made to date and future plans for the Fund, all of which have been made possible by both our investment and development partners spanning the public and private sectors,” added Kisten. “Such sustainable partnerships have a key role to play in South Africa’s successful development, helping to overcome the economic and social challenges we still face.” It helps fill a serious gap in the market between government-provided housing and those who have access to bank finance to purchase their own homes. Several dozen projects under way The Fund, one of the largest of its kind ever raised in South Africa, finances the construction of “affordable” homes for sale and rent, as well as providing housing loans and rental accommodation for families and students. “We are thrilled to be partnering with like-minded, socially conscious investors – the Public Investment Corporation, Old Mutual Life Assurance Company of SA, the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Eskom – to help ease the backlog of some 650 000 housing units in the affordable sector.center_img Kisten said that the unique partnerships with developers through special purpose vehicles ensure that Old Mutual maximises the direct profit participation potential, and also mitigates direct corporate risk. It is managed by Christine Glover, an experienced low-income housing sector specialist and head of Development Impact Funds at Alternative Investments, who also manages the Financial Sector Charter Fund and other funds dedicated to making a positive impact on the country’s social and economic development. “Although much remains to be done to further improve general living conditions around the country, we believe we have established a successful model for housing investment in underdeveloped areas, as well as financing solutions for end-users, which have previously been neglected by institutional investors due to the high level of risk in this industry.” The Fund and its partners already have several dozen projects under way involving the construction or development of some 70 000 affordable housing units, with the ultimate target of building approximately 120 000 units in total over the life of the Fund. Announcing the closure of the Fund last week, Rojie Kisten, head of capital raising at Old Mutual Investment Group South Africa, said: “The Housing Impact Fund has been [the group’s] response to the government’s call on the private sector to assist in finding lasting solutions to the housing challenge in the country. 13 July 2011last_img read more

first_imgBusinessman Sean Shipalana of GoldRand Harley-Davidson participates inhis second ride.The big-hearted bikers set off for a weekof community service and upliftment.(Images: Emily van Rijswijck)Graça Machel was on hand to see thegroup off on their 2 200km journey.(Image: Mandela Foundation)The group will tackle a clean-up ofthe Mandela Capture Monument inHowick, where they’ll also plant a garden.(Image: Ossewa, Flickr)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello HatangNMF communications manager+27 11 547 5600• Sam ManclarkSpeaker’s Corner+27 11 327 1540Emily van RijswijckAn excited bunch of 25 motorcyclists, among them actors, singers, DJs and businesspeople, set off from Montecasino in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs on 11 July, as part of their contribution to the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s (NMF) Mandela Day activities for 2011.Collectively driving under the name Bikers for Mandela Day, the group will donate 67 minutes of their time at each of seven rural community projects across the country. The number 67 equals the years of the former statesman’s life spent in public service – including five years as South Africa’s first democratically elected president.The slogan for this year’s event is Take Action. Inspire Change. Make Every Day a Mandela Day. The main sponsors of Bikers for Mandela Day are Spar and Vodacom.The drive will take in more than 2 200 kilometres through some of South Africa’s more remote areas, and will keep the riders on the road for a week.This year’s route covers the provinces of Gauteng, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, as well as a drive-through section of neighbouring Swaziland.The bikers return to Pretoria on Mandela’s birthday, 18 July.Second year This is the second year that celebrities and citizens alike participate in an initiative of this nature.In 2010 about 30 riders, among them American actor Morgan Freeman, set off from Johannesburg to Cape Town, engaging in various community projects along the way.Among the participants for this year are Afrikaans singer Bok van Blerk who is riding for the second time; Hykie Berg, Survivor SA: Maldives winner and actor in local television show Binnelanders; radio station 5FM’s DJ Fresh and Angie Khumalo; Darren Kelfkens of popular local soapies 7de Laan and Isidingo; and businessmen Brendon Neuper, Constant Visser and Motheo Sekgaphane, among others.Before setting off, Van Blerk said last year’s venture was “life-changing” to him and he hopes to make this year an even better experience. “What is important is to take the 67 minutes and make it go further.”Straight-talking DJ Fresh reminded everyone that life is not just about you and that nobody is simply entitled to anything. His aim during this drive is to see how he can amplify the 67 minutes.“I am a strong believer in random acts of kindness,” said Fresh. “Smile at your fellow motorists. Make a homeless person a sandwich. Do Mandela Day every day.”On hand to see the bikers off was Mrs Mandela, Graça Machel. Her usual sprightly and cheerful self, she wished the participants all the best on the cold winter’s morning.“Mandela Day gives us the chance to understand the deep goodness in all of us. Remember this makes us much better human beings,” said Machel, the former Mozambican first lady and now Mandela’s third wife.According to Sello Hatang, spokesperson for the NMF, the activities for the 2011 Bikers for Mandela Day were selected for their long-term impact on and direct benefit for the communities involved.Animal welfareThis year’s drive will also have a strong animal focus with the participation of veterinarian Dr Kobus van der Merwe, who will be educating pet owners and treating animals at the community stop-offs along the way.In addition, the Industrial Development Corporation will be using the ride to enhance its Nguni Cattle Project, which aims to reintroduce the indigenous and hardy Nguni species into rural communities.Nguni cattle have traditionally been part of Zulu and Xhosa culture for centuries. The magnificent beasts are considered a sign of wealth and importance.“The need for care and awareness of animals was something we noticed in 2010,” confirmed Zelda la Grange of the NMF and organiser of the event, who is also participating in the ride.First stop Free StateThe first stop was the town of Harrismith in the Free State province, where the group restored playground equipment and repainted a jungle gym at a children’s home.On 12 July the group continues to Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where they will clean the Mandela Monument and create a garden at the site where the former president was captured in 1962. The landscaping effort includes the planting of a Mandela’s Gold, a rare yellow form of the indigenous crane flower, Strelitzia reginae.On July 13 the bikers head for a school and orphanage in the market town of Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal, where they will install shelves in the school’s food storeroom, help staff in preparing food for the youngsters, and give the vegetable garden a makeover.The next day, the bikers will be in Jozini in the heart of the province’s Zulu kingdom. Here they’ll team up with various community organisations to work in a soup kitchen, and will also tackle the house of a child-headed household, making much-needed repairs and improvements.The group then makes their way through Swaziland to Mbombela, also known as Nelspruit, in Mpumalanga. While in the region they will lay a symbolic wreath at the late Mozambican president Samora Machel’s memorial site in the village of Mbuzini, on 15 July. This is where Machel and 34 other passengers, including other politicians, died in a plane crash in October 1986.The bikers remain another day in Mpumalanga, first working with the Nelspruit Community Forum to restore a care facility for orphans. Later they’ll hand out school uniforms and clothing at a house for homeless children, before continuing to a disability centre in the farming community of Hazyview, just 80km from the Kruger National Park, to revamp a playground.Final stretch to Pretoria On 17 July the group will visit an orphanage in scenic Graskop, Mpumalanga, to create a vegetable garden from bare soil.Before leaving the province the bikers will stop at a children’s home in the historic town of Belfast, now known as eMakhazeni. The home is desperately in need of upgrades to bedrooms and bathrooms, and this is the last project on the list.Reflecting on the activities for 2011, Sello Hatang of the NMF said: “We hope people along the route and those following the ride will take inspiration from this example and live the Mandela Day ethos before and beyond 18 July, thereby helping to make every day a Mandela Day.”Local municipalities, metro police and the South African Police Service will provide additional support at all stops along the route. The riders will be assisted by a support group of 15 staff members from the foundation.Supporters are invited to gather at Pretoria’s Royal Elephant Hotel on 18 July for lunch, where they can celebrate the arrival of the group. The nearby Fezorati Coffee Emporium will offer meals, braais and snacks as an alternative should the main lunch be fully booked. International eventIn 2009 the UN declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of the former South African president’s unwavering commitment to human rights, conflict resolution and reconciliation.Since 2010, the occasion has been observed around the world as a day of taking action and giving back a small amount of time, doing a good deed for the sake of fellow human beings, the community or the environment.Charity concerts have been on the international calendar since 2008 when the first birthday concert was held in London in Mandela’s honour, with subsequent events taking place in New York in 2009 and in Madrid in 2010. No international concert is planned for this year.On the local front, various programmes and initiatives will be underway throughout the week. National carrier South African Airways is re-branding its entire fleet with the Mandela Day logo and will fly 93 underprivileged children from all nine provinces to the NMF, giving them their first experience on an airplane. The children will also receive special gifts and essential school items, including uniforms.The South African Parliament is initiating a week-long programme, and in New York, a week-long exhibition at the UN’s headquarters is underway. Make every day Mandela Day in 2011last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) CEO Kendal Frazier testified on Capitol Hill in support of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and warned Congress against using the treaty’s renegotiation to resurrect failed policies like mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL.)“Quite frankly, it is difficult to improve upon duty-free, unlimited access to Canada and Mexico, and we are pleased to see the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announce its support for continued reciprocal duty-free access,” Frazier told members of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture. “Even still, our message remains the same: please do no harm and do not jeopardize our access.”Frazier pointed out that on average, Canada and Mexico have been two of America’s top five export markets for beef, with approximately $1 billion each in annual sales. While spotlighting the benefits that NAFTA has delivered for cattle and beef producers, Frazier also discussed the ways in which mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling hurt producers when it was tried previously.“COOL was U.S. law for over six years and failed to deliver on its promises to build consumer confidence and add value for our producers,” Frazier said. “Instead, COOL resulted in a long battle in the World Trade Organization — with the United States facing the promise of more than $1 billion dollars in retaliatory tariffs from Mexico and Canada unless COOL was repealed. Canada and Mexico still have the authority to retaliate against the United States if COOL is brought back into effect — and rest assured they will retaliate against us if necessary.”“We must learn from the mistakes of the past and not repeat them,” Frazier said. “We encourage you to build on the success that current NAFTA provisions have given U.S. beef producers.”last_img read more

first_imgPanaji: The four-day annual pre-Lent festival began with festive fervour Goa on Saturday.King Momo and his entourage entered the capital and kicked off the party, decreeing that everyone attending the festival must enjoy their time over next four days.Goa Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma flagged off the Panaji carnival floats parade on Saturday, with Mumbai-based music director, Joe D’Costa and Goa’s renowed Fado singer, Sonia Shirsat, playing the carnival theme song ‘Kai Boro Dis’. The attendees chanted “Viva Carnival” at King Momo’s float, at the streets of Panaji.However, the carnival parade was comparatively subdued this year, and the festival was bereft of its political patronage due to the State Assembly elections. The crowd of revellers, too, lacked enthusiasm. The floats highlighted various social, environment, and wildlife issues. Banks too highlighted the importance of cashless transactions in sponsored floats.last_img read more

first_imgFirst indications of an alliance being stitched by the smaller political parties for the upcoming Lok Sabha election have emerged in Rajasthan with the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party, formed ahead of the 2018 State Assembly polls, announcing its plan to contest all the 25 seats in association with other parties opposed to the Congress and BJP.The RLP, headed by Khinvsar MLA and BJP rebel Hanuman Beniwal, had won three seats in the State Assembly election. The party had fielded its candidates in 57 constituencies and contested the polls without any alliance.Mr. Beniwal said here on Tuesday that the RLP had not only won three seats, but also obtained a considerable vote share and made an impact on the results in about two dozen Assembly constituencies. The party won Khinvsar and Merta seats in Nagaur district and Bhopalgarh seat in Jodhpur district.The RLP president said the party was trying to enter into an alliance with other parties and discussing the framework of accord with Bahujan Samaj Party, Bharatiya Tribal Party, Communist Party of India and some other smaller political outfits. He said a decision on his own candidature in the Lok Sabha election would be taken after consultations with the party workers and Assembly poll candidates.‘No relief yet’Mr. Beniwal said the Congress, which was elected to power in Rajasthan following its promises made to farmers and youth, had yet to extend relief to vulnerable sections of society. “The loan waiver has not benefited all the eligible farmers, while moong (lentil) procurement is yet to start and the contractual workers in government offices are still waiting for regularisation,” he said.The RLP chief said several promises made in the Congress’ manifesto could have been fulfilled before the election’s model code of conduct came into force. “Evicting the BJP from power has not served the purpose. The ruling Congress is yet to take meaningful action for people’s welfare.”Though the Congress had declared earlier this month that it would have no truck with allies in the Lok Sabha polls, its stance has been perceived as a strategy to put pressure on the smaller parties to accept an alliance on its terms and agree to a limited number of seats.last_img read more

first_imgClick here to EnlargeThey’re the 25 most powerful professional women of the country. They come from different walks of life but what they have in common is a search for excellence. They are the embodiment of grit and grace. Whether it’s banking, sports, cinema or philanthropy, they’ve put India Inc on the map of the working woman’s world.Saina Nehwal, 21 National Badminton ChampionThe prodigal childBecause: She is ranked number 5 by the Badminton World federation. Because she is the first Indian badminton player to win the super-series title after winning the Indonesian Open in June last year. Because she is consistent in her performance, having not only won the India Open Grand Prix gold, but also the Singapore Open and the Hong-Kong super-series titles last year. Because she made a cricket obsessed nation notice her game by winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2010. Because she is a role model for youngsters with her single minded focus.Secret to success: “Analyse your achievements from time to time and work towards doing better everyday. Don’t set yourself targets that will scare you. “Biggest challenge: Being born in a Jat family in Haryana, her birth was a great disappointment to her grandparents. Her mother, Usha Rani, a state level badminton champion, was the one who showed immense faith in her talent and pushed her to excel in her sport. Her father, Harvir Singh, drove her down to the training centre every morning on a scooter. Eventually, they moved to Hyderabad in order to avail of better sports facilities.Through the looking glass: 2011 is a crucial year for her, as her focus will be to win as many tournaments as possible. Another major event. she is targeting is the world championship in August being held in London, England.advertisementKatrina Kaif, 27 ActorQueen beeBecause: She has gone from being a half English girl who knew no Hindi to being one of leading stars of Bollywood as well as one of its highest earners. Because she proved her critics wrong giving a fine performance in Rajneeti, holding her own besides actors like Ajay Devgn and Manoj Bajpai. Because she had the whole nation dancing to and drooling over her Sheila Ki Jawaani number. Because she was named the sexiest woman in the world for the third time in a row in 2010 by the London newspaper Eastern Eye. Because she is the only Bollywood actor with a Barbie doll made in her image.Biggest achievement: Learning Hindi and speaking it like a professional.Secret to success: Hard work. She is not a diva who throws her weight around. She always reports to shoots on time, knowing not only her lines but everyone else’s too.Through the looking glass: To do a film she will be remembered by.Schauna Chauhan Saluja, 34 CEO, Parle AgroYoung and restlessBecause: She is the force behind the aggressive new face of the Rs 1, 500-crore FMCG group Parle Agro. Because she has challenged international giants such as PepsiCo by first launching LMN, a lemon based drink in the Rs.1, 500 crore non-carbonated segment, and Hippo, a baked health snack in the Rs. 6, 500 crore branded snacked segment. Because she has expanded her company’s international presence by exporting to over 20 countries. Because she refuses to stop there and is keen on taking over the beverage sector. Because she recently diversified into the carbonated water segment.Biggest achievement: Adding a new factory in Orissa within a year with the aim of bolstering manufacturing capacities.Through the looking glass: “We have two more manufacturing locations coming up in Mysore and Varanasi and are looking at becoming leading players in not just beverages but the food segment as well.”Role model: “I admire Warren Buffet because of his beliefs and way of doing things. It’s not just for his business, but also for society at large.”Chanda Kochhar, 49 Managing Director and CEO, ICICI BankMoney mattersBecause: She heads the country’s largest private bank with total assets of Rs. 3,634.00 billion and a network of 2,528 branches. Because she put ICICI’s growth chart back on track after recession. Because her focus on performance has lead the bank to post a 30.5 per cent rise in net profits amounting to Rs 1,437 crore for the third quarter of this fiscal year.Biggest achievement: She was recently awarded the Padma Shri, one of the country’s highest civilian honors for her contribution to the field of banking.Secret to success: Constantly being in the loop. She never misses a single detail and reads every single mail in her inbox. She believes that one can excel in banking only if one takes feedback seriously.Through the looking glass: She aims to add 400 to 500 branches every year to the bank for the next three years along with a focus on infrastructure projects.advertisementPooja Shetty, 34 Joint Managing Director, WalkWater FilmsReel womanBecause: This heiress refused to sit pretty in her comfort zone and enthused the Gen Next feel in her father’s entertainment company. Because she launched her own production house WalkWater Films, with the aim of promoting experimental cinema in the country. Because her film Tere Bin Laden recovered its production cost of Rs 5 crore on the opening weekend subsequently earning a total of Rs. 14 crore, making it both critically acclaimed and commercially successful.Learning curve: When she started working at her father’s one-time company, Adlabs, she found herself pitted against a somewhat unpleasant colleague. Every day she would go home and moan about it. Finally her father (Manmohan Shetty) told her to figure out a way to work with him. After that, she really had no option but to learn to survive.Through the looking glass: She wants to focus on right kind of films and not just go along with the bandwagon. She recently called for auditions for young scriptwriters across the country.Ashita Nawalgaria, 32 IVAX Paper ChemicalsPage turnerBecause: At the young age of 32 she heads IVAX Paper Chemicals, the company that in 1988 introduced paper sizing chemicals to India and changed the way paper was manufactured. Because she has turned a small family business into a corporation through statistical analysis and emphasis on technology. Because in the six years that she has been with the company, it has gone from a single manufacturing unit to four, doubling profits. Because IVAX holds 45 per cent of the Rs 250 crore paper chemicals market.The biggest challenge: Reorganising and sorting the company accounts at a time when the turnaround rate was high and the oldest employee was six months old. A finance person, she streamlined processes, organised spreadsheets and automated information flow. “I was new to the manufacturing industry and it took me almost a year to set things right, to see the right numbers in the right format which would facilitate decision-making.”Through the looking glass: She wants to start her own securities firm to help the less privileged as they have very little or no knowledge of investing. “I would like to teach them the importance of saving by investing in simple structured products which are risk-free and give reasonable returns.”Nandini Sundar, 44 AcademicRevolutionary roadBecause: As professor of sociology at the Delhi School of Economics, she has moved beyond the classroom to give a voice to the marginalised, consistently and passionately, for over 20 years. Because her book Subalterns and Sovereigns: An Anthropological History of Bastar brought into the public sphere questions of justice and fundamental rights for tribals, much before the country recognised it as its biggest domestic ‘problem’. Because she has the courage to challenge authority and jointly petitioned the Supreme Court against the Salwa Judum. Because she showed courage in spearheading the campaign to clear Binayak Sen, accused of sedition against the state. Because as a recipient of the Infosys Award for Social Sciences, 2010, she has shown the possibilities of social science research.Through the looking glass: She is all set to resume her research once her current administrative duties as dean of the faculty of social sciences are over. Next up? A book on the Salwa Judum, democracy and violence. In the works is also a volume she is editing on civil war in South Asia as well as a reader on the scheduled tribes of India.advertisementMeher Pudumjee, 44Chairperson, Thermax LimitedPower houseBecause: Under her leadership, Thermax has grown from a Rs 850 crore revenue generating company to a a staggering Rs 3,300 crore enterprise today, at an annual growth rate of 40 per cent. Because she was instrumental in divesting the non-core businesses and restructuring the business portfolio of Thermax towards alternative energy sources and a green portfolio.The sound of 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.Biggest achievement: Repositioning Thermax as a sustainable energy and environment solutions company. It recently designed a unit to provide solar power to a village in Maharashtra in a public-private partnership.Sneha Rajani, 40 Executive Vice President & Business Head, SET MaxMatch pointBecause: She brought a new dimension to cricket viewing by spearheading the programming of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to Indian television. Because the IPL has been topping TV ratings with IPL3 securing the highest reach at 143 million last year. Because the company SET Max will collect at least Rs 2,100 crore from the first IPL three seasons and is expected to earn revenues of over Rs 1,000 crore this season. Because she is the force who lobbied for Amitabh Bachchan to host Kaun Banega Crorepati on Sony. Because his return generated peak ratings (TVR) of 6.7 and an average show ratings of 5 for Sony.Biggest challenge: “The biggest challenge for me was relocating from London to India 15 years ago. The Indian economy was not booming and people thought I was really stupid, but I stuck on simply because I believed in perseverance and hardwork. The first couple of years were tough but it eventually paid off for me.”Through the looking glass: To contribute towards making Sony a bigger and a better brand in the coming years.Anuradha Desai, 48Chairperson, Sri Venkateswara HatcheriesSunny side upBecause: She is the first Indian to take over an English Premier League (EPL) football club, the Blackburn Rovers, for almost Rs 165 crore. Because the club climbed up the ladder in the EPL rankings ever since she bought it. Because she is the chaiperson of the Sri Venkateswara Hatcheries (popularly known as Venky’s), a Rs 3,850-crore poultry giant. Because she has fuelled the company’s growth from Rs 400 crore to Rs 5,000 crore since she took over the reins in 1996.Secret to success: Is what her father taught her all along: business is common sense. She likes taking decisions and is not afraid of them. She never considers herself number one, as it hampers her urge to do betterMethod in madness: At a time when the competition was making profits by injecting hormones, she maintained her conventional business tactics, priding herself on producing the most hygienic chicken.Rekha Menon, 50 COO, Accenture IndiaTechnically soundBecause: She leads the corporate functions of Accenture, in one of the company’s largest geographies. Because her company is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing giant with a net revenue of $ 21.55 billion. Because through her work, she connects India Inc to a global network of technology, outsourcing and industry skills. Because she merges her corporate responsibility with social projects such as providing micro-credit facilities to small farmers and generating livelihood projects for entrepreneurs in the company.Striking the balance: She manages the work-life balance with support from her children, Ishan, 17, and Anishi, 13. And if not working, she loves exercising, reading and indulging her best stress-buster-cooking her speciality, banana bread.Sangeeta Pendurkar, 45 Managing Director, Kellogg IndiaCereal champBecause: In a country where breakfast cereals are still a fast growing concept, she heads the Indian division of the world’s leading producer of cereal and convenience foods. Because Kellogg India has a market share of 65 per cent in the Rs 400 crore cereal industry category. Because at a time when the market is getting competitive she holds the challenge of keeping the company’s top spot.Biggest achievement: “My ability to build high performance teams in my assignments. There is great joy in seeing people develop and it is gratifying when they come together to achieve the impossible. As an individual I believe I have managed to strike the right balance between my professional and personal priorities, without making life seem like a compromise on either front.”Kirthiga Reddy, 39 Head of operations, Facebook, IndiaConnecting peopleBecause: She heads the India division of the world’s fastest growing website. Because Facebook.com is not only the third most popular website in India with a reach of 37.6 per cent but also the top social networking site with over 20.9 million visitors a month. Because she is the one responsible for driving the growth of the company in the Indian market.Role model: Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel. “I am inspired by his journey, coming from a middle-class family in Hungary, emigrating to the US, and then going on to build the most valuable company during his tenure as CEO is an achievement.”Through the looking glass: “I aim to continue building Facebook India in line with the global culture, an organisation that will have an impact on our global users, developers and advertisers, and also to drive growth within India.”Nandita Lakshmanan, 41 Founder and CEO, The PracticeThe social networkBecause: She made The PRactice, the public relations firm she founded, international after entering an alliance with Porter Novelli. Because her clientele includes technology giants such as Infosys, Oracle and Logitech among others. Because her firm won two silver awards at the Public Relations Council of India’s Corporate Collateral Awards 2010. Because in a post-Radia age of bad PR for PRs, she restores faith in the profession.Biggest achievement: Setting up her firm with just Rs 35,000 and four employees and taking it to an “unimaginable” height of a mid sized venture with the country’s most important tech client, Infosys, in its bag.Through the looking glass: “I would love to get back to studying at some stage in my life. But right now, it’s my company all the way.”Passion besides work: “I have been pursuing Hindustani classical music for the last three years. I find it therapeutic and after a day’s work, the thought of being a student is beckoning. I also spend time with my nine year old, Aryaman.”Nandita Gurjar, 49 Senior Vice President and Group Head, HR, InfosysThe people treeBecause: She is responsible for introducing the learning and development wing at Infosys. Because Infosys added 27,000 employees to its base of more than one lakh employees last year. Because her company has some of the best HR practices in the industry such as performance-driven compensation and benefits for women employees.The biggest challenge: “A career woman is always concerned with whether she’s doing the right thing by her family, her job and herself. I believe that realising the correct balance between the three is an a-ha moment in itself. A woman should not have to compromise with her space and time and should be allowed to excel.”Apart from work: She loves to listen to music. And travelling with her family. This also gives her the opportunity to meet new people and build relationships. Also, she spends her weekends working with missionary sisters in Bangalore who take care of children with HIV.Secret to success: “I am passionate, confident and honest. I believe life is short and beautiful. So I don’t carry baggage, believe in calling a spade a spade and trust the spirit of human nature.”Zarin Daruwala, 45 Group Executive, Wholesale Banking, ICICI BankPenny wiseBecause: She is now the Group Executive, Wholesale Banking, ICICI, which is India’s largest private bank. Because the net profit of ICICI wholesale banking was close to Rs 3,445 crore in December 2010, up from Rs 2, 590 crore for the same period in the previous year. Because she manages more than 4,000 corporate clients and is a key member in CEO Chanda Kochhar’s formidable new team.Biggest challenge: When in 2002 she was asked to lead a team of 10 people when ICICI ventured into rural and agricultural banking. Having been a corporate banker all her life, she had no idea how to set that business up. At the end of her tenure in 2005, it was a successful venture worth Rs 8,000 crore.Secret to success: “Believe in your ideas, put the right resources into it, drive the change agenda and watch it culminate into a business plan. And most of all trust the people you’re working with. Give them the freedom to exercise their opinion.”She looks upto: “My role model is undoubtedly Chanda Kochhar because of her colossal achievements at a young age.”Anjali Bansal, 40 Managing Partner, Spencer Stuart, IndiaThe talent scoutBecause: Not only does she head the Indian arm of the world’s leading executive search consulting firm, top rated in corporate governance and CEO search, but she also set up the business in India. Because under her leadership, the firm has made a formidable name for itself, despite strong competition and presence of older players in the sector. Because she belongs to a small set of influential women whom top Indian companies have come to rely heavily for advice on leadership. Because as a member of the firm’s global board she is a frequent commentator on corporate governance.Secret to success: Be the best you can be, live every single day to its potential, and never stop striving for excellence. Be true to your work, your family and yourself.Family ties: “Besides work, it is my family that keeps me occupied. I have two boys, aged 8 and 10, and I love to spend time with them.”On the side: She’s passionate about development and entrepreneurship, and chairs the board of Friends of Women’s World Banking, a global livelihood promoting institution.Akhila Srinivasan, 49 Managing Director, Shriram Life InsuranceRest assuredBecause: She is the managing director of Shriram Life Insurance, part of the Rs 40,000 crore Shriram Group. Because she is not an heiress and has worked her way through the ranks from an executive trainee in 1986 to the woman in charge. Because in its three years of operations, the insurance wing of the company has grossed over Rs 1,700 crore in policy premiums.Giving thing: She spearheads the group’s CSR initiatives through a trust, Shriram Foundation, that provides education to over 3,000 underprivileged children as she feels education is what separates the haves from the have-nots.Rohini Nilekani, 50 Founder and CEO, Arghyam and Pratham BooksWe are the worldBecause: Since she set up Arghyam, an organisation that works closely with the government to conserve water, she has contributed about Rs 150 crore of her own money to the cause. Because her second initiative Pratham Books is trying to create a shift in the paradigm publishing children’s books in India at an affordable cost in multiple Indian languages and has reached over 15 million children in the past six years. Because she chose not to fall back on her husband, Infosys co-founder, Nandan Nilekani’s identity and forged ahead to carve her own. Because she is one of India’s most radical philanthropists.Role model: “Elaben Bhatt, Founder, Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA); Aloysius Fernandes, Chairman, NABARD; and the late Gandhian activist and writer L.C.Jain among so many others.”Through the looking glass: “I hope to do more of the same, as long as I can and so long as I am wanted.”Priya Paul, 44 Chairperson, Apeejay Surrendra Park HotelsBoutique baronessBecause: She has turned a two hotel entity into a chain of 12 boutique hotels synonymous with cutting edge style. Because her latest baby, The Park, Hyderabad, has set a new bar for green luxury. Because she is playing a larger role in the hospitality business as the president of the Hotel Industry of India. Because she finds time to indulge her twin passions of art and education, by building an eclectic personal collection of art and being on the advisory board of directors of IIM Lucknow.Through the looking glass: “Aligning people and processes to achieve the goal of 20 Park Hotels in the next 10 years. On the personal front, I constantly work towards a better balance between work and family to maximise my time with them.”Naina Lal Kidwai, 50 Group General Manager and Country Head, HSBC IndiaFirst among equalsBecause: Not only does she head the India division of HSBC, the largest bank in Europe, but because she was also elevated to HSBC’s Asia Pacific board last year. Because under her leadership, HSBC India saw a headline rise of 82 per cent in pre-tax profits for 2010, up to Rs 3,070 crore. Because she is a key player in the banking industry and is chairperson of the Population and Health Committee, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as well as member of the National Council of CII and the Corporate Governance Council of CII.Secret to success: “It’s about hard work and being passionate about every project that I undertake. Another thing that I feel works for me is my urge to continue learning.”Punitha Arumangam, 44 CEO, Madison MediaBranded for lifeBecause: She heads the third largest media agency in India with gross billings of Rs 30 billion a year. Because she is the master of the medium, whether it is in strategy, planning, buying, research or operations and has contributed to the company’s growth from a twoclient agency to one with over 40 blue chip clients, from Tata Tea to Airtel. Because under her leadership, Madison World launched its fourth media unit, Crest, recently. Because she is pushing the bar and experimenting with innovative mediums, having just announced a joint venture with Onmobile for mobile marketing.Learning curve: “It is not the area of work, but the people I interacted with. That’s who I learnt from. Clients who have demolished my presentations, media owners who have walked out of meetings, colleagues who had a better idea and anyone who has told me a no. I learnt from all of them.”Defining moment: “The turning point in my life was my decision to shift base to Mumbai in order to live life on my own. It was a daunting task since I had had a very pampered and protected existence in Chennai.”Mallika Srinivasan, 51 Chairperson, TAFEGood earthBecause: she is the chairperson of, a Rs 2,500 crore enterprise, Tractors and Farm Equipment Company (TAFE ). Because in the year 2010, under her aegis as CEO, TAFE became the third largest manufacturer of tractors in the world. Because the company opened its first overseas manufacturing unit in Turkey last year. Because she was the first woman in the macho tractor manufacturing business. Because when she joined the company in 1986, its turnover was Rs 85 crore and has now crossed Rs 4,850 crore and joined the $1 billion club.Family ties: She is the wife of Venu Srinivasan, chairman and managing director, TVS Motors and mother of the soon-to-be-wed Laxmi Venu, Director, Strategy, Sundaram Clayton Limited.Shikha Sharma, 51 MD and CEO, Axis BankImportance of being earnestBecause: She heads the third largest private sector bank in the country with over 22, 000 employees, capitalised at Rs 409 crore. Because under her leadership Axis performed consistently at a time when most banks took a hit. Because she has sharpened its focus and powered the bank towards a growth of 36 per cent. Because since she joined, she has drawn on Axis’ strengths such as retail banking, infrastructure finance, processing payments and lending to small and medium-size enterprises. Because she debuted in the Forbes list of 100 most powerful women in the world at number 89 last year.Through the looking glass: Her strategy is to pursue profitable growth in the areas that will lend momentum to the economy.Besides work: She is passionate about going to plays, reading Mills and Boon romances and watching movies. She is also trained in Hindustani classical music.Renu Karnad, 58 Managing Director, HDFC IndiaThe householderBecause: She is on the board of directors of India’s largest home loan enterprise. Because the company registered a 25 per cent increase in profits last year, from Rs 2,650 crore to Rs 3,310 crore. Because she is also on the board of several of the group’s companies including HDFC Bank which she headed for eight years until 2010. Because she has built brand HDFC since the nascent stages of the housing finance industry in the country three decades ago and is part of the senior management team responsible for overall policy. Because HDFC was adjudged the most admired company in the financial sector in India by The Wall Street Journal’s Asia 200 survey in 2010.Biggest achievement: “That the company is perceived as a role model not only for housing finance in India but is also a benchmark for several developing countries.”Besides work: She has a passion for travelling. “Being the daughter of a railway officer, it is in my genes. I love visiting new places.”last_img read more

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting D’Antoni and Kerr as well as players from both teams raved about the job Tucker did.“We say it all the time, Tuck doesn’t do any of the glamorous stuff,” Paul said. “All the stuff he does doesn’t show up on the stat sheet … but it’s always nice for other people to see it and appreciate it.”Kerr said Tucker’s offensive rebounding down the stretch was a key.“The plays P.J. Tucker made in overtime and the fourth quarter, those were big plays,” Kerr said. “Those are indicators of who played harder.”Said D’Antoni: “Tuck would not let us lose.”HARDEN’S EYESWhen Harden was asked if his eyes bothered him considering how they looked on Saturday night he answered with a straight face.“What do you mean, how they look?” he asked.Paul jumped in quickly with the answer.“They look crazy,” he said laughing before Harden snickered, too. “It’s all about bringing something to the table, offensively, defensively every single night to give yourself a chance to win,” he said.Durant said Gordon was “very important” to Houston’s win.“He kept them afloat for a while,” he said.The Rockets withstood a 46-point performance from Durant and late surge by the Warriors to avoid falling into a 3-0 hole in the best-of-seven series.Game 4 is Monday night in Houston.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles HOUSTON, TX – MAY 04: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets celebrates after a three point shot in overtime during Game Three of the Second Round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center on May 4, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — James Harden made a 3-pointer to finish off the Golden State Warriors in overtime.Eric Gordon helped the Rockets get to that point with the best playoff performance of his career.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Durant cooled off after that, but Iguodala and Thompson both made 3-pointers soon after that and the Warriors remained up by a point with about 8 minutes left in the fourth.The Rockets were up by nine at halftime, and Harden and Paul made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions in the third to push the lead to 72-61.A 3-pointer by Curry cut Houston’s lead to seven later in the period before Houston used an 8-2 spurt to extend it to 83-70 with about 3 minutes left in the quarter.Houston had a 12-point lead after a dunk by Clint Capela with less than a minute left in the third. Golden State scored the last five points of the quarter, with a 3 from Green, to get within 91-84 entering the fourth.Houston got out to a much better start on Saturday night after being outscored 57-39 in the opening quarter of the first two games and the Rockets only trailed by one entering the second.They used a 33-point second quarter, powered by 13 points from Gordon, to take a 58-49 lead into halftime.TIP-INSWarriors: Durant passed Dwyane Wade for 10th place on the NBA’s career playoff scoring list. … Iguodala scored 16 points. … Golden State made 14 of 33 3-pointers.Rockets: Gordon has made at least three 3-pointers in all eight playoff games this year. … Capela had with 13 points and 11 rebounds. … Paul had 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. … Tucker led the team with 12 rebounds and had three assists, two blocks and seven points.TUCKER’S VALUE Jerwin Ancajas puts on show in TKO win over Japanese challenger UP NEXTAfter Monday’s game the series shifts to California where Game 5 is on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Harden scored 41 points, and Houston outlasted the Warriors 126-121 on Saturday night to cut the deficit in the Western Conference semifinals to 2-1.A layup by P.J. Tucker put Houston up by three with about 2 minutes left and the Warriors missed shots on their next two possessions. That set up the 3-pointer by Harden with 49 seconds left that made it 124-118.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsKevin Durant made three free throws after that, but Harden added a layup to stretch the lead. Stephen Curry, who dislocated a finger in Game 2, missed a wide-open layup and Harden grabbed the rebound to secure the victory.Gordon added a playoff career-high 30 points with a playoff-best seven 3-pointers. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Harden led the team despite recovering from injuries to both eyes he sustained in Game 2 when he was hit in the face by Draymond Green. He said they didn’t bother him on Saturday, but both eyes remained bloody red in spots.“That’s James. That’s what he does,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said.Curry finished with 17 points on 7-for-23 shooting after missing two layups in overtime. He wouldn’t say if his injury was limiting him on Saturday night.“I’ve just got to make those,” he said. “If I’m out there playing, I’ve got to produce and it just didn’t happen tonight.”Green added 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.Houston was clinging to a one-point lead when Iguodala’s 3-pointer put Golden State up 112-110 with 45 seconds remaining in the fourth. Harden made two free throws a few seconds after that to tie it and Durant missed a jump shot on the other end to give Houston a chance to win it in regulation.Chris Paul was in the lane when Klay Thompson forced a jump ball. Harden got the ball but didn’t have time to get a shot off before the buzzer.The Warriors used a 15-2 run at the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth to take a 94-93 lead with about 10 minutes remaining. Durant was unstoppable in that stretch, scoring all 10 of Golden State’s points to start the fourth.Tucker, Houston’s defensive stopper who had been on the bench with four fouls, re-entered the game to try and help slow Durant down. Tucker was really unhappy while he sat on the bench and watched Durant singlehandedly give Golden State the lead.Asked if he said something to D’Antoni about it to get back in the game he said: “Oh, I said something to all of them.”last_img read more