‘Women Entrepreneurs Need Hard Work, Financing’

first_imgMrs. Bright-Harding: “Women in business must support each other”Says Shark’s CEO at the UN Women, Coca-Cola launch of the NEXT LEVEL and 5BY20 joint initiatives to support women’s economic empowermentMrs. Eyvonne Bright-Harding, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Shark’s Entertainment Incorporated, a Liberian-owned business, says in order for women to thrive in business, they need a combination of hard work, financing and policies designed to advocate and support women entrepreneurs in the country.Those policies, she said, must be fully implemented and monitored to demonstrate that they are having an impact in society.“We all know that governments, especially in such gatherings, are quick to advocate policies, but are weak on implementation. It makes no sense to have laws on the books when the government entities entrusted to implement them fail to do so,” she said.Mrs. Bright-Harding made these remarks yesterday, May 31, when she served as guest speaker at the official launch of the partnership of the NEXT LEVEL and the 5BY20 joint initiatives to support women’s economic empowerment, held at the Monrovia City Hall.Other partners included the Liberia Coca-Cola Bottling Company (LCCBC), UN Women, Gender Ministry and the Swedish Embassy in Liberia.It can be recalled that in 2014, the Legislature passed the Small Business Administration Act, which guaranteed 25 percent of all government procurement contracts for Liberians. Of the 25 percent, five percent is reserved for women-owned businesses.Based on that, Bright-Harding said since the act was passed, Liberian women have received US$8 million in contracts compared to US$30 million for men. Most of the contracts awarded to women were for catering and traveling services.“We need diversity of women businesses,” she said in reference to the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC), adding: “We must ensure that women are bidding for other contracts besides catering and travel services.”Mrs. Bright-Harding is also the CEO of Shark’s Ice Cream and Catering, the largest producer of ice cream in Liberia, located on the James Spriggs Airfield road on the edge of Sinkor. She has established outlets in central Monrovia and other parts of the city. However, efforts to have Shark’s Ice Cream sold at supermarkets have been undermined by biased placement of her products in favor of imported alternatives.She said women are involved in construction and engineering businesses. “Why aren’t they in the running for government contracts?” she asked while noting that research has shown that women will continue to drive Africa’s economy.“When men and women become more equal,” she said, “economies grow faster, fewer people remain in poverty, and overall well-being increases. And raising female employment to male levels can have a direct impact on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate by as much as 34 percent in some countries.”She said some countries’ productivity can increase by as much as 25 percent, if discriminatory barriers against women are removed.Mrs. Bright-Harding said when women are empowered to earn income, accumulate assets and increase their economic security, they improve industrial capacity and spur economic growth by creating new jobs, as well as expanding the pool of human resources and talents available in a country.“We must also develop a mentoring program that will enable successful female entrepreneurs to mentor younger women.“Women in business must support each other. For example, for my catering business, I buy pastries and desserts from women who have expertise in that area. I buy the fruits for some of my ice cream flavors from women’s association such as the Bentol Mothers Association,” she said.“The business climate in Liberia is still an ‘old boys’ club, so women must support each other, but not tear each other down.”She said Liberian women entrepreneurs need to catch up with digital and technological advances and asked them to use Quickbooks or other accounting software to track their income and spending. Small scale entrepreneurs need to be introduced to smart phones and access the internet so they can trade on their own, she said.She, therefore, urged the government, international organizations and others to support women entrepreneurs to be the drivers of their own enterprises.After commending UN Women and Coca-Cola for their commitment to women’s economic empowerment, she said: “We’ve seen how the government is not good on implementing polices, so we need to assert ourselves, be bold and confident so that we can be successful in our enterprises.”Mr. Ramon Garway, program manager for UN Women, who spoke on behalf of Mr. Peterson Magoola, the Country Representative, said UN Women remains strategically positioned to respond to the needs of women entrepreneurs, and is also committed to strengthen partnership with institutions in the private sector to improve and diversify livelihood options for market women.He said partnerships are important levels for sustainable development, and empowering women contributes to building sustainable communities. “We know that a woman’s income immensely benefits their children’s education and other family needs. Empowering women entrepreneurs will benefit communities and future generations,” he said.Speaking on behalf of the general manager of LCCBC, Mrs. Amanita Kamara, Human Resource for Business Support Manager, said the 5BY20 is the Coca-Cola Company’s global commitment to enable the economic empowerment of five million women entrepreneurs by 2020.Specifically addressing the most common barriers women face when trying to succeed in the marketplace, she said that the initiative offers women access to business skills training courses, financial services and connections with peers or mentors.She said since its inception in 2012, the brand has been able to economically empower over 2,000 women through several activities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Have Snakes Lost Their Legs?

first_imgDr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology for over 40 years at several colleges and universities including Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.(Visited 291 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Did scientists find a snake losing its legs, or did they find a new kind of animal?by Jerry Bergman, PhD I responded to the issue of snake legs on September 1,[1] but the issue came up again as a result of a new fossil discovery. The most obvious concern related to the question of evolution is to keep in mind that loss of some structure—no matter what the structure—is not evolution. Darwin’s theory requires the gain of new structures, or modification of existing organs. Many paleontologists assume evolution when analyzing fossils, and thus interpret the evidence from a Darwinian worldview. For example, instead of letting the evidence speak for itself, the authors stated that these “new fossils help answer longstanding questions on the origins of snakes, such as how they lost their limbs and evolved their highly specialized skulls.”[2]The authors of The Conversation article just quoted – Michael Caldwell, Professor of Vertebrate Paleontology at the University of Alberta, and Alessandro Palci, Research Associate in Evolutionary Biology at Flinders University – should have known better. A paper in Nature in 2006 by Apesteguía and Zaher made some of the same mistakes.[3] All four scientists need to take their evolutionary glasses off and explore other viable possibilities and interpretations for the fossil without jumping to conclusions.Unasked QuestionsOne question the paleontologists should be asking is, in view of the number of examples they have found that appear to be similar, “Is this creature just another new reptile variety not related to snakes?”  From my reading of the literature in this area, this possibility has never been considered by the workers in the field. If I am wrong, I hope a reader can fill this gap in my knowledge!Another question involves other body parts of these creatures. The reference above notes that the new find also requires not only evidence of the loss of four legs, but also evidence of how they “evolved their highly specialized skulls.” In other words, the skulls of the claimed snake finds were very different from modern snake skulls. And that’s not all that’s different in this fossil. The paleontologists should consider whether they are looking at a previously-unknown extinct animal that had legs, a snake-like body, and a very un-snake-like head, plus several other very un-snake-like traits. These animals have major anatomical differences from modern snakes and other reptiles. How did those evolve? The paper in Science Advances says,their ancestral lizard-like skull condition include greatly increased gape size, increased skull kinesis, loss of temporal bones, and expansion of the attachment sites for the jaw adductor musculature. This highly modified skull creates difficulties in identifying homologies with other squamates, resulting in problems reconstructing phylogeny and in understanding the evolutionary acquisition and assembly of the snake skull and elongate body.[4]Looking at the EvidenceThe new fossil consists of what is described as a “beautifully preserved skull of an ancient snake with rear limbs.” Judging from the illustration in Science Advances, which described it as “largely uncrushed fossils,” I would describe them as crushed fossil fragments, although not as greatly damaged as other examples. They were embedded in rock that had to be carefully removed from the matrix and assembled. Fossils embedded in rock are virtually always distorted due to the temperature changes that cause expansion and contraction of the rock matrix, especially rock near the Earth’s surface. That is the case in most of the fossils described as precursors of modern snakes.Although assigned to the genus Najash, the authors admit that this assignment is tentative:The new specimens exhibit a similar overall morphology that permits their assignation to the genus Najash; however, pending a full taxonomic review and assessment of the morphological diversity and disparity, the snakes from the LBPA [La Buitrera Palaeontological Area] are here conservatively assigned to Najash.The name assigned to the species is Najash rionegrina – a term after the Biblical snake with legs from Nahash (Hebrew for ‘snake’), and the Río Negro Province in Argentina, where the fossils were discovered.The 2006 Nature article that analyzed another limbed-snake fossil, concluded that ithas commonly been thought that snakes underwent progressive loss of their limbs by gradual diminution of their use. However, recent developmental and paleontological discoveries suggest a more complex scenario of limb reduction, still poorly documented in the fossil record.[5]True ConfessionsTwo points are worth noting about this new fossil. The first is that the find does not support the once-orthodox idea of gradual limb loss. To accept the evolutionary theory of snakes, they have to revise the “commonly thought” scenario of gradual limb loss, but exactly how they would revise it they don’t say. Notice how they admitted that evolution from a quadrupedal organism to one lacking legs is “still poorly documented in the fossil record.” The 2006 Nature paper stated the problem as follows: “understanding the earliest steps toward the acquisition of these remarkable adaptations is hampered by the very limited fossil record of early snakes.”[6]Another area where the 2019 report contradicts the formerly orthodox view is, instead of a watery origin of snakes, this find supports the “hypothesis of a terrestrial rather than marine origin of snakes.”[7] The research on new find likewise concluded that Najash was a “terrestrial snake living in a desert, not an aquatic snake living in the ocean.”[8]Another problem with the original 2006 paper echoed in the 2019 paper concerns preservation of the fossil. “Unfortunately, that first description of Najash relied on a very fragmentary skull. Scholars of snake evolution were left to guess at what the head of these ancient animals might have looked like.”[9] This contrasts with the 2006 find which was originally described as “an almost complete… 3D preserved snake skull.” But, as just quoted in 2019, it was actually “a very fragmentary skull.” These adjectives are obviously subjective, but they are closer to being almost arbitrary, due to the lack of any mathematical standard on which to base their subjective descriptions. Subjectivity is common when reading the paleontological literature. As one report admitted:A long-standing hypothesis is that snakes evolved from a blind, burrowing lizard ancestor. A group of small, worm-like, small-mouthed burrowing snakes, known as scolecophidians have long been considered to be the most primitive living snakes.[10]This certainly does not describe the 2019 find.The Genesis SerpentThe genus name of the 2019 find, “Najash,” recalls the Biblical story of the Garden of Eden where sin entered into the world. Genesis suggests that “the serpent” lost its legs as punishment for deceiving the woman. It’s not clear this was a judgment on all snakes. it could be true but, if so, the only difference between the pre-Fall serpent and the post-Fall serpent would involve its legs. Before and after the curse, it was the same animal, with only one difference: namely, the lack of legs, requiring a different mode of locomotion. The reptiles described in these papers we’re considering, however, display many major differences between their putative ancestors, as well as between the fossils and modern snakes.SummaryA theory of snake evolution requires the gain of—and major alteration of—numerous structures. Loss of legs is devolution, not evolution. This new fossil needs to be examined from the standpoint that it could be an extinct reptile not related to modern snakes. It is evidently not a transitional form between a non-snake and a modern snake.  The 2006 Nature report concluded that, according to their description of the find, thenew Najash specimens reveal a mosaic of primitive lizard-like features such as a large triradiate jugal and absence of the crista circumfenestralis, derived snake features such as the absence of the postorbital, as well as intermediate conditions such as a vertically oriented quadrate.[11]Enough evidence exists in the reports of this find to question the evolutionary interpretation. The “snake-lost-its-legs” assumption comes from wearing evolution glasses that filter out other possibilities. A fresh look at the evidence is warranted, using the evidence alone. This fossil may represent some unique, but extinct, reptile – not a creature on its way to evolving into something else. There are plenty of extinct reptiles: pterosaurs, ichthyosaurs, and all the dinosaurs. Finding another one should not be surprising.References[1] Bergman, Jerry, 2019: “Snake ‘Vestigial Legs’ Debunked,” Creation-Evolution Headlines, September 1.[2] Caldwell and Palci, 2019: “Extraordinary skull fossil reveals secrets of snake evolution.” The Conversation, November 20. [Emphasis added.][3]  Apesteguía, Sebastián and Hussam Zaher, 2006: “A Cretaceous terrestrial snake with robust hindlimbs and a sacrum,” Nature, 440: 1037-1040.[4] Garberoglio, Fernando F.; et al., 2019: “New skulls and skeletons of the Cretaceous legged snake Najash, and the evolution of the modern snake body plan,” Science Advances, 5(11): 1-8,  November 20.[5] Apesteguía and Zaher, 2006, Ref. 3, p. 1037.[6] Ibid.[7] Ibid.[8] Caldwell, Michael and Alessandro Palci, 2019. “Beautifully Preserved Skull of ‘Biblical Snake’ with Hind Legs Discovered,” Live Science, December 6.[9] Ibid.[10] Ibid.[11] Apesteguía and Zaher, 2006, Ref. 3, p. 1037. [Emphasis added.]last_img read more

U.P. deploys ambulances for cows

first_imgUttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Monday flagged off an ambulance service that would cater to cows. Under the ‘Gauvansh Chikitsa Mobile Vans’ service, the ambulance would rescue ill or injured cows and transport them to ‘gau shalas’ or take them for treatment to the veterinary doctor. A “gau seva toll-free number” was also released so that common people can come to the help of such cows. A veterinarian will be present in the ambulance along with an assistant.Mr. Maurya, who posted pictures of the event on his Facebook page, flagged off five such ambulances from his official residence in Lucknow.In its initial phase, the service will be first available in Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Mathura and Allahabad. The ambulance service is being run in collaboration with the MNREGA Mazdoor Kalyan Sanghathan, an organisation that says it works for labourers and others employed in the informal sector. Its president Sanjay Rai said the organisation has a presence in five states.According to the brochure released by Mr. Rai, his organisation plans to take action against those people who abandon their cows once they stop giving milk, and also against municipality officials if cows are forced to eat polythene or plastic items dumped on the streets. A similar project was a few days ago reported in Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh, which is also ruled by the BJP. In 2015, 10 such cow ambulances were also deployed for service by an industrialist-cum-social worker.last_img read more

Mahadayi talks only after Karnataka poll: Goa BJP

first_imgThe Goa Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said bilateral talks over sharing drinking water from the Mahadayi river with Karnataka will be held only after the Karnataka elections.The party had faced criticism from environmental activists, civil society members and Opposition parties after Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar wrote to Karnataka BJP chief B.S. Yeddyurappa to discuss the release of water from Mahadayi.Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in North Goa on Sunday, Goa BJP president and Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar said the party was fully with Mr. Parrikar’s stand, but added, “The CM has already indicated that this will happen only after the Karnataka elections. Therefore, the question does not arise of using the issue for elections.”Flak from all partiesAfter Mahadayi Bachav Abhiyan (MBA), an organisation working against the diversion of water to Karnataka, the Opposition as well as allies of the government have joined those criticising Mr. Parrikar for his willingness to discuss the issue with Karnataka.On Sunday, All India Congress Committee secretary Girish Chodankar said Mr. Parrikar must first provide regular drinking water to his constituents in Panaji before providing drinking water to others.Anand Shirdokar, president of the Goa Suraksha Manch, attacked Mr. Parrikar for offering to hold talks when the matter is in a tribunal, and Goa has till now said it will only go by the verdict of the tribunal.“It is clear that Mr. Parrikar has been pressurised by his party boss Amit Shah,” said Mr. Shirodkar.Government ally Goa Forward Party has also expressed reservations over the CM’s letter, and alliance partner Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, which had a central committee meeting on Sunday, has strongly opposed the move too. “The government must maintain status quo on the issue till the tribunal verdict is out,” MGP president and former Minister Deepak Dhavlikar told reporters after the meeting.Impact on caseMBA secretary and a member of the National Wildlife Board Rajendra Kerkar told The Hindu that the organisation fears that Mr. Parrikar’s sudden “surrender” could weaken Goa’s strong case in the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal.last_img read more

ONE: Askren retires undefeated, destroys Aoki in 57 seconds

first_imgUSA’s Ben Askren throws a ground and pound against Japan’s Shinya Aoki. INQURER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonSINGAPORE—Ben Askren’s retirement fight didn’t last long.57 seconds to be exact.ADVERTISEMENT READ: ONE: Aoki ‘really good’ opponent for Askren’s swan songAskren wasted no time pummeling Shinya Aoki, one of Asia’s best mixed martial artists, with heavy blows that prompted the referee to immediately stop the main event of the ONE: Immortal Pursuit at Singapore Indoor Stadium here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe American fighter is walking away from the cage with 18 wins sans a loss and the reputation of being one of the best fighters in the welterweight division.READ ONE: Iniong’s win streak ends with UD loss to Yamaguchi  View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:50Trending Articles02:03MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight week01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice “I think this is it. If I get the opportunity to prove I’m number one, then I’ll take the opportunity. I don’t need any more money. I just want to show the fans that I’m the best welterweight in the world. Other than that, I’m out,” said Askren.Aoki, meanwhile, continued his slide with back-to-back TKO losses in a span of the year which started with his stunning setback to Eduard Folayang last year at the same venue.READ: Worth the wait: Folayang cops ONE lightweight title, stops AokiThe Japenese mixed martial arts legends just didn’t match up against the seemingly bigger Askren, who picked him up and easily threw him to the mat before finishing him off with ground and pound.Meanwhile, the Singaporean bets completed a sweep of their assignments to the delight of the big hometown crowd.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Derrick Rose leaves Cavaliers to handle personal matter Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Singapore’s May Ooi gestures after defeating Cambodia’s Vy Srey Khouch in the first round via submission. INQURER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonMay Ooi and Tiffany Teo came out with impressive submissions victories while Amir Khan pulled off a dominant unanimous decision in the co-main event against veteran Adrian Pang.Ooi submitted Camboda’s Vy Srey Khouch with a rear naked choke 3:58 in the first round while Teo made quick work of India’s Puja Tomar with a finishing armbar with 53 seconds left in the opening period.Meanwhile, two Filipino bets in the action-packed card failed to bring home a victory.READ: ONE: PH’s Corminal loses by submission to LepontGina Iniong lost to ONE Atomweight title contender Mei Yamaguchi via unanimous decision in her second fight in the promotion this month.Malaysia-based Richard Corminal, meanwhile, yielded to the returning Frenchman Arnaud LePont, who finished him off with a triangle choke at the 3:16 mark of the opener. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next MOST READlast_img read more

10 months agoSouthampton striker Charlie Austin hit with flip-off ban

first_imgSouthampton striker Charlie Austin hit with flip-off banby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton striker Charlie Austin has been hit with a two-match ban.The 29-year-old was charged after appearing to gesture towards the Manchester City fans as he was substituted in Southampton’s 3-1 defeat at St Mary’s on December 30.Austin admitted the FA charge in relation to the gesture and will now miss the Saints’ Premier League clash with Leicester and their FA Cup replay against Derby.”Southampton’s Charlie Austin has been suspended for two matches with immediate effect following an independent regulatory commission hearing today,” the FA statement read.”The striker admitted his gesture in or around the 68th minute of the game against Manchester City on 30 December 2018 was abusive and/or insulting.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 days agoMan Utd make Leicester midfielder Maddison top 2020 target

first_imgMan Utd make Leicester midfielder Maddison top 2020 targetby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have made Leicester City midfielder James Maddison their top 2020 target.Maddison will cost around £60 million, three times the price he cost the Foxes when he arrived at Leicester from Norwich City in June last year.The Times says United would be willing to meet that fee to secure the 22-year-old, who has become one of the brightest young talents in the Premier League.United scouts have reportedly been tasked with monitoring Maddison this season ahead of a bid for the attacking midfielder next summer.It is understood they are unlikely to make their move in January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Baseball Ohio State hopes to rebound in home opener

Ohio State then-junior infielder Kobie Foppe (2) connects with a pitch in the third inning of the game against Ohio University in April 10. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State baseball team will aim to end its five-game skid at home this weekend. The Buckeyes (7-9) will host Lipscomb (9-6) in a three-game series beginning their nine-game homestand on Friday. The Bisons come into the series on a hot streak. They have won five straight games, outscoring opponents 41-14 over that span. Ohio State, on the other hand, has not recorded a win in more than a week of play. The Buckeyes have been outscored 42-25 over their past five games. Lipscomb has a team batting average of .297, which ranks the Bisons inside the top 50 in the nation. The offense has been fueled by a trio of players. Redshirt sophomore designated hitter and catcher Chris Bashlor has a .434 batting average and 16 RBIs. Sophomore center fielder Maddux Houghton and senior third baseman Zeke Dodson are both batting above .360. Lipscomb’s offense is averaging 7.07 runs a game also adding 25 stolen bases on 29 attempts. Redshirt senior left fielder Tevin Symonette leads the team with 7 steals. Symonette is also batting .269 on the year. The Lipscomb pitching staff is made up of two solid starters, who are a combined 4-0.Senior starting pitcher Chris Kachmar has a 2.74 ERA and three wins in his four starts. Freshman starting pitcher Scott Elgin boasts a 3.65 ERA in four appearances for the Bisons. The Bisons hold a 4.67 ERA, while walking an average of six batters a game. Extra base runners will provide Ohio State’s offense an opportunity to put up larger numbers and improve upon its average of 5.31 runs a game. Senior left fielder Brady Cherry has provided a bright spot for the inconsistent Buckeyes. Cherry is hitting .344 to go along with a team-high 13 RBIs and four home runs. The pitching staff will also look to regain its rhythm, after allowing five or more runs in each of their past six contests. Ohio State will begin its series against Lipscomb at 5:05 p.m. Friday at Bill Davis Stadium. This will be followed up with a 3:05 p.m. Saturday game and a 1:05 p.m. Sunday finale. read more

Lee Iacocca titan of the automotive industry is dead at 94

first_img Share your voice 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible review: A topless thrill ride Lego Creator Expert 1967 Ford Mustang is 1,500 bricks of nostalgia Tags More From Roadshow 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy Now playing: Watch this: From there he orchestrated the first government bailout of the Chrysler corporation and saw its turnaround during the 1980s. He became something of a celebrity thanks to his appearance in ad campaigns, most notably the Chrysler campaign where he told Americans that “If you can find a better car, buy it.””Lee gave us a mindset that still drives us today — one that is characterized by hard work, dedication and grit,” said Fiat Chrysler representatives, in a statement. “We are committed to ensuring that Chrysler, now FCA, is such a company, an example of commitment and respect, known for excellence as well as for its contribution to society. His legacy is the resiliency and unshakeable faith in the future that live on in the men and women of FCA who strive every day to live up to the high standards he set.”He championed several charities during his lifetime, including the charity to raise funds for the renovation and restoration of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and, most notably, he founded and raised considerable funds for diabetes research through his Iacocca Family Foundation. Enlarge ImageLee Iacocca has died from complications with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 94. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images Lee Iacocca, the savior of Chrysler, father of the Ford Mustang and the minivan, and titan of the automotive industry, is dead at the age of 94 from complications stemming from Parkinson’s disease.Iacocca’s legacy and contribution to not only the American automotive landscape but the way the world looks at cars cannot be overstated. His influence on everything from product to business practices has, for good or ill, informed the way that the car industry works today.Lee Iacocca was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and attended Princeton University. He enjoyed a meteoric rise to success at the Ford Motor Company, helping to create cars like the Mustang, the Escort and the Pinto until he was fired, likely due to his regular disagreements with Henry Ford II. 13 Photos 2 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid long-term update: Our electrified… Comments Ford Chrysler Car Industry Car Culture 4:05last_img read more

Forbess 100 richest Indians Mukesh Ambani leads the pack check top 10

first_imgReliance Industries Limited (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani has topped the Forbes list of India’s 100 richest tycoons for the ninth consecutive year with a net worth of $22.7 billion. His wealth went up from last year’s $18.9 billion to $22.7 billion (over Rs 1.5 lakh crore) riding on the back of Reliance shares witnessing a 21 per cent spike in 12 months.Sun Pharmaceutical Industries boss Dilip Shanghvi bagged the second spot with $16.9 billion; his net wealth dipped by $1.1 billion since last year. At number three are the Hinduja brothers — Srichand, Gopichand, Prakash, and Ashok — with net worth of $15.2 billion, followed by tech magnate Azim Premji, who banked $15 billion last year.Rounding off the top 10 list are Pallonji Mistry, Lakshmi Mittal, Godrej family, Shiv Nadar, Kumar Birla and Cyrus Poonawalla.  Here is the 100 richest Indians’ list.last_img read more