Alumnus speaks on U.S., India Relationship

first_imgNotre Dame alumnus Tim Roemer spoke Wednesday about the advances in technology that have transformed interaction and communication between the United States and India. Roemer, a Notre Dame alumnus, former U.S. Congressman [D-IN-3] and former Ambassador to India, spoke on the nature and importance of the United States’ interactions with India. The lecture, titled “Twitter, Buffett, and Darwin: India and the United States Relationship,” was the second installment of the Distinguished Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. As India’s economy develops and its middle class grows and becomes more and more successful, Roemer said the country is becoming one of the biggest markets in the region for innovative technology. India also is home to a large number of English speakers and maintains a good relationship with the U.S, Roemer said. The region as a whole has an emerging middle class that is bigger than the entire U.S. population, he said. To illustrate the opportunities technology provides to that middle class, Roemer showed a photograph of a woman wearing traditional dress, carrying a metal pot on her head and talking on a cell phone, which he said would have cost $15. The woman, Roemer said, along with a hundred others, was transporting dirt from a construction site. “She is a small-business owner,” Roemer said. “She’s on this phone while she’s working at this job, and she is calling, as a small-business owner who grows flowers – she on that phone is hiring two new people because she just got a text from Twitter that the price of flowers has gone down, and she can afford two new employees. … That phone is life-changing for that woman, as a business owner.” Roemer said the elevation of millions of people from poverty to the middle class has impacted hugely both business and trade. If India’s economy continues to grow – which, he said, is not guaranteed – multinational firms are going to shift their focus to Asian markets. “If you are an international business and you want to succeed in the next 30 or 40 years, are you going to keep selling in the U.S. and EU and depend on 50, 60, 70 percent of your sales there, or are you going to expand into those markets right there?” Roemer said. “That’s this middle-class migration that is absolutely essential for the U.S. to get a hold of, to understand, and to entice our manufacturing companies to create jobs here . . . there is a real incentive, given these trends, to do more and more manufacturing in the U.S. and export these products into these new middle-class markets so you can see the resurgence of American products in the U.S.” Roemer said that the development maintenance of a good relationship between the U.S. and India, especially India’s rising middle class, is crucial. He said the past three U.S. presidents have cooperated closely with India regarding national security as well as trade. The governments of both nations recently have “supported generally a health U.S.-India relationship,” he said. Despite problems like border disputes with Pakistan, inflation, and rising food prices, trade between the two countries is increasing, Roemer said. Roemer outlined three models for companies to emulate in order to take advantage of this relationship. First, he said the “Warren Buffett Model,” is best exemplified by General Electric [GE]. GE CEO Jeffery Immelt often holds board meetings in India to expose members to the country, culture, and market, he said. “Immelt has been very, very smart about teaching his company and getting some of his best leadership to go to some of these places,” Roemer said. “If you want to run the company and you haven’t had one of those tough assignments, … if you have run the company, and you’ve been president of India, of Nigeria, of Indonesia, you really are going to see where the future of GE is.” Second, Roemer said the “Winston Churchill Model,” is best exemplified by Starbucks. CEO Howard Schultz tried to enter India in 2005 but was not successful, he said. In 2010, however, Starbucks returned. But, the company made several fundamental changes, such as partnering with Indian companies and using domestic products.  “He figured it out, and that is the Churchill Model – try it, don’t ever give up, come back again and again,” Roemer said. “That’s Churchill’s great commencement speech – never ever, ever, ever, ever give up. Schultz did not, and I think he’s onto the right thing now, and I think he’s going to succeed in India. Third, the “Darwin Model,” is an “evolutionary model” best exemplified by IKEA, he said. When it entered the Chinese market, Roemer said Ikea changed almost everything about how it presented its products, from its value proposition to its promotions to where it manufactured its products. “You have a completely different model for almost every value network and category from Europe to China. IKEA is just going into India now, and it will be a hybrid of these two approaches,” Roemer said. “It will change again.” The U.S.-India relationship is positive now, Roemer said. This relationship will remain important because India is civically engaged, religiously diverse, and respects the rule of law, he said. “That potential influence in the entire region as India grows in confidence, as India grows in influence, as India grows in articulating its foreign policy and working with other countries is absolutely and potentially profound in the future,” Roemer said. “I’m betting that future presidents are going to see this, see the economic and religious and political advantage and continue to make this one of the most important relationships in the world.” Contact Emily McConville at [email protected]last_img read more

#Donkomi: Lallana joins Brighton from Liverpool

first_imgBrighton have completed the signing of midfielder Adam Lallana from Liverpool on a free transfer.Lallana, whose deal with the Premier League champions expired at the end of the season, has signed a three-year contract with the Seagulls.The 32-year-old has made 22 appearances for the Reds in 2019-20 but started only three league games and has not been involved since the restart.“Adam is a really exciting signing for us,” said Brighton boss Graham Potter.“To have both his experience and quality out on the pitch will be a great addition for us, and I know he will be an excellent role model for our younger players in the squad.”Lallana won the last of his 34 England caps against Italy in March 2018.Liverpool signed Lallana from Southampton for £25m in July 2014 and after a modest start to his career at Anfield under Brendan Rodgers he developed into one of the key players during the first 18 months of Jurgen Klopp’s tenure.He has won the Premier League, the Champions League, the Fifa Club World Cup and the Uefa Super Cup in his six-year spell at Anfield.“There is no doubting Adam’s quality, and if you look at his footballing CV his ability is clear for everyone to see,” added Potter.“I am really looking forward to working with him when we return for pre-season training in a few weeks.” Source: BBClast_img read more

49ers vs. Packers: Levi’s Stadium adding ‘cheeseheads’ menu item for fans

first_imgOK, so these “cheeseheads” aren’t triangular wedges. They’re round.And you don’t wear them on your head.The folks at Levi’s Stadium decided to have a little fun with the Green Bay Packers fans and Wisconsin traditions as the team heads to Santa Clara on Sunday to take on the San Francisco 49ers.They’ve teamed up with Tostitos to offer a cheesy menu item with bratwurst, one of the other food groups in Wisconsin. Called Cheesy Beer Brat Nachos, the dish dreamed up by executive chef Jon …last_img

Chef Benny Masekwaneng gears up for his first-ever culinary experience in Davos

first_imgCelebrity Chef Benny Masekwaneng has been hard at work, crafting an authentic South African menu for guests attending a networking dinner hosted by Team South Africa during the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. South Africa will be participating at WEF from 22 – 25 January 2019, to promote inclusive growth and development.As one of SA’s most-loved culinary masters, Chef Benny has featured as a judge on Masterchef SA, as well as The Ultimate Braai Master. For the first time, he jets off to Davos with a South African delegation, offering guests a meticulously-selected culinary experience that aims to introduce them to fine African cuisine.The chef who was born in Alexandra, previously spoke to Times LIVE about the loss his family experienced during apartheid, which impacted his dream of becoming an electrical engineer. His fate, however, led him to pursue a path he’s always been passionate about: cooking!He explained: “We stayed really close to the (men’s) hostels and when the political violence went up, we were forced to move from our house and lost everything in the process. The money that was set aside for my engineering studies had to help us get by, so I ended up helping my mother in her catering business.”With more than 20 years in the industry, Chef Benny applauds local chefs for bringing innovation and excellence to the dining room table.He told Brand South Africa: “We are exactly where we need to be when it comes to global standards. We have the luxury of accessibility to what other countries are doing.”As an avid lover of slow cooking dishes like oxtail, pork trotters as well as split peas and sugar beans, we are sure international guests are in for quite a warm, hearty treat prepared by our favourite chef!last_img read more

Solar Decathlon Looks for a New Location

first_imgSometime soon – very soon, the 20 contestants in the 2011 Solar Decathlon hope – the Department of Energy will announce the new location of the Decathlon, whose first four editions, beginning in 2002, were held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.The DOE announced on Tuesday that it would move the event to another venue in support of a National Park Service restoration program that is designed to improve and protect the mall. So now, with the 20 teams scheduled to compete in October, the DOE is scrambling.According to a post by environmental-and-energy-policy media source GreenWire, event organizers are searching for alternate locations in Washington, but also are considering sites in or near cities such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and St. Louis. No small task, given the requirements for tractor-trailer access, temporary-construction accommodations, siting for optimal solar exposure, and cleanup strategies.Trying to meet expectations and sustain interestIdeally, of course, the next location, like the mall, would be an established tourist attraction. The 2009 Solar Decathlon drew a lot people to the homes in the competition – 307,502 house visits over 10 days – and offered 32 onsite workshops for the public and a daylong series of workshops for industry professionals that were attended by 506 people.The GreenWire post noted that possible alternate sites in the D.C. area include National Harbor in suburban Maryland, RFK Stadium in Washington, and the Montgomery County fairgrounds in Maryland. The DOE official directing the event, Richard King, said that a final decision is expected “in the next couple of weeks.”Understandably, many contestants are disappointed by the location shift. “Like many of the other teams, we’re a little bit concerned,” Johann Kyser, a junior at the University of Calgary and member of Team Canada, told GreenWire. “We’ve made a lot of arrangements based to the fact that it’s going to be on the National Mall.”In addition to designing and building its entry – a house of no more than 800 sq. ft. that will be judged in 10 contest categories – each team must manage its own fundraising program and handle the logistics of transporting, assembling, and disassembling its entry.Chip Dence, a member of the National Association of Home Builders who has served as a judge during past Solar Decathlons, added that he has sent a letter to the White House asking President Obama to reverse the DOE’s decision to move the event. “That’s kind of changing the rules in the middle of the game because these teams have already gotten a lot of sponsors who anticipated they were going to displaying their products on the mall,” Dence said. “With an administration where one of their number one priorities is clean energy technologies, it would seem the president should straighten out his boys at [the departments of Interior] and Energy.”last_img read more

Global Cebu has finals within sight; Aguilas finally take off

first_imgRead Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Over at Davao del Norte Sports Complex in Tagum City, the Davao Aguilas finally notched their first win with a 2-0 blanking of Ilocos United.Australian striker Harrison Sawyer broke the deadlock in the 25th minute, before James Younghusband sealed the win with a 63rd minute strike for the Aguilas, who are teetering on the brink of elimination with just 11 points from 19 matches.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 shutoutIlocos remained in last place with seven points from 22 matches, which meant the newcomers from the North will miss out on a spot in the Finals Series featuring the Top Four teams at the end of the quadruple round league competition.J Baguioro scored in the 52nd minute for JPV, raising hopes of a comeback. But Global, playing its first match after the international break, proved equal to every attack from the visitors in a thrilling second half. Knights face Blazers in crucial race toward last semis berth LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president The result meant Global stayed at fourth spot with 37 points, just a point behind Ceres Negros, which has played five less games than their Visayan rivals. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Global Cebu leaned on goals from Paolo Salenga and Pika Minegishi to hold off JPV Marikina, 2-1, and close in on a spot in the Final Series in the Philippines Football League on Sunday at Cebu City Sports Center.Salenga, the former National U standout, scored in the third minute, before Minegishi doubled the advantage just four minutes after halftime as the Cebuanos survived a resilient display from the visitors to secure maximum points.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo 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 Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Iborra leaves Leicester for Villarreal

first_imgDONE DEAL: Iborra leaves Leicester for Villarrealby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveVicente Iborra has left Leicester City for Villarreal. The Spanish midfielder made 37 appearances for the Foxes since joining from Sevilla in July 2017.A statement on the Villarreal website read: “Iborra is an experienced midfielder who is dominant in the air. “He has quality in front of goal, timing his runs from deep to perfection. He is a prestigious signing for the Yellow Submarine.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Meg Mathews Donates Jewellery Profits To PETA UK

first_imgWhen rock-and-roll socialite and jewellery designer Meg Mathews decided to go vegan at the start of 2013, she didn’t just dump meat, eggs and dairy products from her diet – she also shed all the exotic-skins handbags and shoes from her wardrobe.Meg Mathews Venom NecklaceCredit/Copyright: PETA UKNow, Mathews is going a step further: she is donating all the proceeds from her snake-themed collection of jewellery, Venom, to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). And from now through the end of the month, visitors to the PETA competition webpage can enter to win a Venom necklace worth £449.“I have always been inspired by the beauty and exotic nature of snakes, but when I learned how these animals suffer when they are skinned for nothing more than a bag or belt, it gave me the creeps and I could never wear them again”, says Mathews. “I am proud that every purchase of a Venom item will help PETA fight the abuse of snakes and other animals, people often do not understand and so misuse.”As explained in PETA US’s video exposé of the exotic-skins industry, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, exotic animals such as snakes, alligators and crocodiles are skinned alive, beaten to death or killed for their skins in other cruel ways. Snakes, for example, are often nailed to trees, and workers may ram hoses into their mouths and pump them full of water so that they can more easily cut off their tightened skin while they are still alive.For more information and to enter the contest, please visit PETA.org.uk or click here.last_img read more

Tyson Chandler Named As UNICEF Ambassador

first_imgThe U.S. Fund for UNICEF today announced that NY Knicks’ Tyson Chandler is the newest UNICEF Ambassador.Chandler — the first American NBA player to be named a UNICEF Ambassador — will fundraise, educate and advocate on behalf of vulnerable children around the world.In his first role as UNICEF Ambassador, Chandler will light the UNICEF Snowflake this Friday on 57th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City. The lighting ceremony will help raise awareness of areas of the Philippines ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan. The latest estimates indicate that as many as four million children could now be affected by the disaster. UNICEF is providing children and families with immediate necessities including food, water, and medicine. Designed by Ingo Maurer and dedicated to UNICEF by The Stonbely Family Foundation in 2002, the Snowflake serves as a beacon of hope and compassion.Following his gold medal win with the U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball team at the London Olympics, Chandler travelled to Tanzania with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. While in Tanzania, Chandler visited UNICEF-supported programs that provide children with life and vocational skills training and health centers for mothers of children with HIV/AIDS.“Traveling to Africa with UNICEF and seeing kids who don’t have access to an education, or who are living on the streets was a life-changing experience for me,” said Chandler. “I’m incredibly honored to help raise awareness of UNICEF’s work that’s truly making a difference for the lives of children.”In the U.S., Chandler has served as a strong advocate for the organization, raising awareness of emergency relief efforts and campaigns such as the UNICEF Tap Project to millions of basketball fans. An aspiring photographer, Chandler hosted a photo gallery exhibit in October 2012. Featuring powerful images from his trip to Tanzania, the exhibit generated thousands of dollars for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Additionally, Chandler donated the exclusive opportunity to spend a day with him during NY Knicks practice as part of the 2012 UNICEF Snowflake Ball live auction.“Tyson’s deep commitment to saving and improving the lives of children is evident to those around him,” said Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “We’re excited that he’s using his voice to help shine a light on the issues that children around the world face every day, such as lack of access to clean water or medicine.”Chandler – who is in his third season with the Knicks after joining the team in 2011 – has quite a few career accomplishments. In 2012 he was selected for the NBA All-Star team and named the Defensive Player of the Year. In 2011 he helped lead the Dallas Mavericks to their NBA championship. Off the court, Chandler, with his wife Kimberly, is devoted to philanthropic efforts. In addition to their work with UNICEF, they launched ‘Rebound 4 Rockaway’ to help those affected by Superstorm Sandy in Far Rockaway, New York.Chandler joins a roster of celebrities who have supported UNICEF over the years, from Danny Kaye and Audrey Hepburn, to Laurence Fishburne, Selena Gomez, Angie Harmon, Tea Leoni, Lucy Liu, Alyssa Milano, and Sarah Jessica Parker, among others.last_img read more

Former NHLer hosts hockey camp that guides aboriginal kids

first_imgAPTN National NewsA former NHL player is hosting a hockey camp for aboriginal kids.His goal, to help steer kids away from negative influences that shaped his life.APTN’s Keith Laboucan hits the ice to bring us more on this story.last_img