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first_img0Shares0000Porto’s Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas has been asked to stay on at the club despite suffering a heart attack in training © AFP / Miguel RIOPALISBON, Portugal, May 16 – FC Porto want to keep goalkeeper Iker Casillas on staff despite the Spanish veteran suffering a heart attack in training.“Casillas still has a year left on his contract and we want him to remain part of FC Porto’s structure, and not only for one year,” club president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa told Thursday’s sports daily O Jogo. “Casillas is one of us and he will always have a place at FC Porto.”The former Real Madrid and Spain star, who will celebrate his 38th birthday on Monday, was taken to hosital and had surgery on May 1 after collapsing during training.He left hospital after five days and said he was “lucky” to be alive but had no immediate plans for the future.“The important thing is to be here… I don’t know what the future may bring,” he said.Casillas has 167 Spain caps, winning the 2010 World Cup and two European Championships, and also played more than 700 games for Real Madrid.He joined FC Porto in 2015 and recently extended his contract to 2020 with the option of an additional 12 months.He said Porto had told him they wanted to keep him until he turned 40.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgThe Americans took home 239 medals, including 78 golds. Germany, the second placed country on the medal table, had 13 medals in all, with third-placed Cuba on nine. The country finished 23rd on the medal table. Once more, the USA was number one, with 22 gold medals and a total of 56 medals in all. Germany finished second and Finland third. Four years later, in London, South Africa won its first Olympic medals, with Reggie Walker winning the prestigious 100 metres gold and Charles Hefferon claiming second place in the marathon. South Africa ended 18th on the medal table. The USA finished first, with 45 gold medals and a total of 99. Finland placed second and France third. The country produced a single champion again. Sydney Atkinson, a silver medallist four years earlier, won the gold medal in the 110m hurdles. The men’s pursuit team, made up of Walker, Smith, Kaltenbrun and Harry Goosen added a bronze medal, and tennis player Charles Winslow, the winner of a gold medal in the men’s singles eight years earlier in Stockholm, took home a bronze medal this time around. In terms of gold medals won, the 1912 Stockholm Games rank as the most successful Olympics in South Africa’s history. The only gold medal came from bantamweight boxer William Smith. Having just turned 20, he was the youngest ever Olympic boxing champion. Four years later, after a 28-year break, the Olympic Games returned to the United States and were hosted by Los Angeles. Despite winning just two medals, South Africa placed 14th on the medal table. Eddie Peirce was South Africa’s third medal winner in boxing, with a bronze medal in the middleweight division. Stockholm 1912 Amsterdam 1928 In 1928 the host city was Amsterdam. South Africa, for the first time competing under the its new flag – consisting of background colours of orange, white and blue, with three smaller flags in the centre, the Union Flag, the flag of the Orange Free State and the Transvaal Vierkleur – once again won only three medals. Boxer Harry Isaacs captured bronze in the bantamweight division, while Rhoda Rennie, Frederica van der Goes, Marie Redford and Kathleen Russell teamed up to finish third in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay, winning the first ever swimming medal for South Africa, while producing the first ever medal-winning performance from South African women. Clarence Walker won South Africa’s first Olympic boxing gold medal in the bantamweight division. It was the start of a run of success for South African boxers at the Olympics, which led to the sport becoming the country’s most successful medal winner at the Games, apart from athletics. At the top, the USA edged Sweden for the most golds – 25 to 24, but the Swedes captured the most medals – 65 to the USA’s 63. St Louis 1904South Africa first competed in the Olympic Games in St Louis in 1904. Unfortunately, the country failed to win a single medal. That was not really surprising as the squad consisted of only three marathon runners and a tug-of-war team. It was eight years before the Olympic Games were held again because of the First World War. Antwerp in Belgium was the host city. At the age of 19 years and 128 days, Walker remains the youngest 100 metres champion in the history of the Olympics. In terms of total medals won, Antwerp proved to be South Africa’s most successful Games. The 10 medals won stood as a record for the country until it was matched at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. However, that mark has never been bettered. Sydney Atkinson secured the South African team’s only silver medal in the 110m hurdles, while Cecil McMaster completed the list of South African medal winners with a third place in the 10 kilometre walk. South Africa finished 15th on the medal table in Los Angeles. The best performers were Len Tau, who finished ninth in the marathon, while the tug-of-war team ended fifth. The Games were dominated by the USA, which was not surprising as not more than 60 athletes from outside North America are reported to have taken part in the 1904 Games. It would take until 2004 for another South African to match Rudd’s feat of a medal of every colour at an Olympic Games. London 1908 18 July 2012 Great Britain was far and away the most successful team. Its 56 gold medals was more than the total number of medals claimed by the United States, which finished second in the standings with a total of 47 medals, 23 of which were gold. Rudolph Lewis raced to gold in the road cycling event, and continuing the endurance theme, Ken McArthur took victory in the marathon. Christian Gitsham finished second to McArthur, to add another silver medal to that won by Kitson in the tennis. Bevil Rudd, who had served in the First World War and won the Military Cross for bravery, was the star of the team, winning medals of every colour. He was crowned champion in the 400 metres and helped South Africa to second place in the 4x400m relay. He added a bronze medal in the 800 metres. Paris 1924Paris hosted the Olympics in 1924. They were not nearly as successful for South Africa as the Antwerp Games. The hosts, the USA, dominated. Their 41 gold medals exceeded the total number of medals won by the second placed Italian team, and they tallied 103 medals in all. Italy won 12 gold and 36 medals in all, with France finishing in third place. With four gold and two silver medals, South Africa finished in seventh place on the medal table, the best position ever achieved by the country. The team of David Smith, Robert Brodley, Ferdinand Buchanan, George Harvey and Frederick Morgan also claimed silver in the men’s team 600m military rifle event. It remains the only shooting medal ever won by South Africa. Antwerp 1920 Marjorie Clark became the first South African woman to win an athletics medal after finishing third in the 80m hurdles, while Jenny Maakal claimed bronze in the 400m freestyle, making her the first South African woman to win an individual swimming medal at the Olympic Games. There was another South African gold medal in tennis, with Louis Raymond defeating Ichiya Kumagai, who became Japan first ever Olympic medallist, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in the final of the men’s singles. With three gold medals, four silvers, and three bronzes, South Africa placed 11th on the medal table. The USA led the way with a total of 95 medals, including 41 golds. Sweden again placed second, with Great Britain in third. Los Angeles 1932 How much do you know about South Africa’s history at the Olympics? When was the country’s best performance? Who are SA’s top Olympians? Check out the records and the trivia in the first of three articles covering the 18 Olympic Games the country has competed in. Two South Africans became Olympic champions. David Carstens continued the country’s success in the boxing ring, lifting the light-heavyweight title after defeating Italian Gino Rossi in the final, while Lawrence Stevens, competing in the lightweight division, defeated Thure Ahlqvist of Sweden to win gold. Tennis player Charles Winslow won gold in the men’s doubles with Harold Kitson. He also beat his doubles partner to win the men’s singles. Cycling produced more success, with Henry Kaltenbrun finishing second in the men’s individual time trial and Wlliam Smith and James Walker ending second in the men’s tandem, an event which was discontinued after the 1972 Munich Olympics. Silver medals went to Bevil Rudd’s relay team-mates Henry Dafel, Clarence Oldfield, and Jack Oosterlaak. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material One might have expected success in the rugby competition, the only one held in Olympic history, but just three teams entered – the USA, France and Romania – with the Americans emerging as the champions.last_img read more

first_imgExtending a helping hand to cyclone-hit Odisha, the Tamil Nadu government has announced financial assistance of ₹10 crore as an immediate relief contribution.“On behalf of the State government and the people of Tamil Nadu, I convey my heartfelt condolences to the family members of all those who lost their lives in the cyclone,” Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said in a statement.Severe cyclonic storm Fani has caused unprecedented and extensive damage in certain districts of Odisha, especially in Puri, he noted and observed that this cyclone and heavy rains has also caused untold suffering to the people of the State of Odisha.As Odisha was faced with the arduous task of taking immediate rescue, relief and rehabilitation measures in cyclone-ravaged areas and facilitating reconstruction efforts, the Chief Minister said he was giving ₹10 crore from the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund to the Odisha government. U.P. gives ₹10cr. The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday announced ₹10 crore as relief from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for those affected due to Cyclone Fani in Odisha, according to a government spokesperson.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_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fernandinho hails record-breaker Bernardo for Man City win: Pure classby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Fernandinho hailed the performance of Bernardo Silva for victory over Liverpool.The 24-year-old was outstanding with and without the ball as City cut Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table to four points.He covered 13.7km, which is more than any other player has managed in the Premier League this season, and Fernandinho, who himself delivered arguably his best Etihad performance, was full of admiration for him.“I think he showed his class,” Fernandinho said.“He has showed his technique so many times, but today he was so aggressive, recovered so many balls and he proved he is very good – one of the best players in our team.“He is so important for us.” last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Southampton midfielder Boufal: Why I turned down Marseilleby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSofiane Boufal says there was no chance of him leaving Southampton last summer,.Fresh from a successful loan in Spain with Celta Vigo, Boufal returned to St Mary’s for preseason amid interest from Olympique Marseille.However, the midfielder says his focus was always to stay with Saints.He told Canal Plus: “The interest of OM? I am a fighter. I am not someone who will leave and choose the easy way out. “For me, the easiest thing was to return to France for a club that absolutely wanted me. “I wanted to fight here and prove to people that I can succeed in the Premier League.” last_img read more

first_imgKarl-Anthony Towns celebrates after winning NBA skills competition.KAT SkillsMinnesota Timberwolves rookie sensation Karl-Anthony Towns just captured the Taco Bell Skills Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto. The mega-talented big man knocked off a point guard (Boston’s Isaiah Thomas) in the finals. He took down fellow Kentucky Wildcat Boogie Cousins and Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green in order to reach the last round. After his win, Towns was mobbed by the other UK players in attendance. Karl-Anthony Towns beats Isaiah Thomas in the Skills Challenge pic.twitter.com/UGoJhvD5Nm— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) February 14, 2016Man I love the NBA! Best All-star weekend there is haha! Karl Anthony Towns! https://t.co/yVs1EahHeB— Per Sources Sports (@PerSources14) February 14, 2016Keep in mind, this was the first year that front-court players participated in this event. Previously, it had been a guards-only affair. Yup, Towns is really, really good.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – A global payment company will give members of Canada’s largest small- and medium-business association lower rates on American Express transactions.Chase Merchant Services will charge a new lower rate to Canadian Federation of Independent Business members that process less than $500,000 in Amex transactions.CFIB says the deal aims to make it easier for small businesses to accept Chase payment cards.CFIB president Dan Kelly says the partnership means many of the federation’s members could see significant savings thanks to the offer, with some members potentially seeing fees reduced by almost 50 per cent.Retailers pay fees each time consumers use a credit card. The fees differ based on type of credit card, business and other considerations.The retail industry has been advocating for lower fees, arguing that Canadian businesses pay some of the highest fees worldwide.CFIB’s 110,000 members collectively process more than $12 billion in electronic payments through Chase every year.last_img read more

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:BB)The Canadian Press WATERLOO, Ont. — BlackBerry Ltd.’s third-quarter revenue and profit beat analyst estimates, with growth coming from its software and services business.The company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, earned US$59 million in net income, up from a loss of $275 million in the same quarter last year.The profit amounted to 11 cents per basic share for the most recent quarter compared with a loss of 52 cents per share a year ago. BlackBerry’s adjusted profit for the quarter ended Nov. 30 was five cents per share.Revenue totalled $226 million, which was even with last year’s third quarter and up from $210 million in the second quarter this year.Analysts on average had expected an adjusted profit of two cents per share and revenue of $212.5 million, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The company’s shares were up six per cent in pre-market trading after the announcement.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday directed the probe agencies under the central department of revenue to “come down heavily” on those who indulge in using black money and illegal inducements to vitiate the ongoing poll process.The EC also asked the CBDT to furnish to it a full report by Wednesday on the raids conducted by Income Tax Department on close aides of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath and others in four states on Sunday. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsUnion Revenue Secretary A B Pandey and CBDT chairman P C Mody Tuesday morning met Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra, after the poll panel sought a meeting on a recent directive to the revenue department for a fair and impartial conduct of operations by agencies under its command, such as the I-T Department, ED and Customs and DRI. Official sources said the two officials briefed the EC on the intelligence inputs it is receiving during the election season and the mechanism to execute surprise checks and raids in case the inputs are “credible”. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe Delhi investigation wing received a similar input about “large-scale collection, possession and movement of unaccounted assets” from Madhya Pradesh to Delhi and hence the raids happened, the officials told the EC according to the sources. It is likely that the tax department will in the coming days slap criminal charges for possessing illegal foreign assets and benami properties against the accused based on the document found during the raids. As voluminous data, in the form of papers, diaries and hard drives, have been seized and are being processed, the CBDT was taking time to present a full report of the operation, they said. They added that the I-T Department has also grilled a few people and sending summons to a number of them to depose so that the probe can be taken forward.last_img read more