Profile on the Leicester owner who tragically lost his life

first_img Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was a hugely popular figure at the club 4 4 Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha tragically died in a helicopter crash at the club’s King Power Stadium on Saturday.From humble beginnings, to a billionaire Premier League-winning club owner, he led a truly remarkable life. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha celebrates Leicester’s amazing title triumph He was born Vichai Raksriaksorn in Bangkok on April 4 1958, and went on to become Thailand’s fifth-richest man.He started up a duty free shop in 1989, which eventually saw the King Power brand adorn airports across the country, and was estimated to be worth around 4.9 billion US dollars (£3.9 billion), according to Forbes.Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s affiliation with Leicester City began as part of a shirt sponsorship deal, before brokering the £39million consortium takeover deal from Milan Mandaric.The Foxes won promotion back to the Premier League in 2014 – and with it secured the riches of modern-day football.At the time, Srivaddhanaprabha, who became chairman in February 2011, pledged a commitment of some £180million to break into the top five and the somewhat ambitious target of European football over the next three years.The most ardent Leicester fan, though, could not have dreamed of what would happen next – even if taking on odds at 5,000-1.Quoted by the Wall Street Journal when looking back on their unexpected success, his son, Aiyawatt, Leicester’s vice-chairman, said: “When we bought the team, we had so many plans.“If you ask whether we believed the team would become the Premier League champion when we bought it, the truth is at that point we didn’t dare to think so.” Aiyawatt pictured with his father ahead of the Community Shield center_img Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is a popular figure with the Leicester players 4 4 Claiming the 2015-16 Premier League title in a quite remarkable campaign, with Claudio Ranieri’s men maintaining consistency while their ‘bigger’ rivals all faltered, would bring the spotlight firmly on to the media-shy Thai tycoon – and find him a man not adverse to public displays of emotions or indeed generosity.Ahead of the next campaign, which would see a first Champions League adventure, some 19 BMW i8s cars, costing a cool £100,000 each, were handed out to players as a mark of appreciation for their achievements.Very much a family man, his son Aiyawatt was also known as “top” when in less formal surroundings at the club.The blue helicopter taking them to and from the King Power Stadium was a regular feature – as has been free beer and donuts for Foxes fans at their home ground, while also regularly subsidising away travel. Foxes Trust chairman Ian Bason said in a 2016 interview with The Guardian: “It would be hard to criticise him at all.“Other than what the club has actually achieved, (the owners) have always listened to the fans. Vichai has always respected the heritage of the club.”The impact of Leicester’s success has seen Foxes shirts become a sought-after commodity back in Srivaddhanaprabha’s homeland, where, in December 2009, King Power received the royal warrant from the King of Thailand.Married to Aimon, the couple had four children – Voramas, Apichet, Arunroong and Aiyawatt.The new family surname of Srivaddhanaprabha was bestowed by King Bhumibol during 2013.It means ‘light of progressive glory’ in Thai, as recognition of the business’s many corporate and social responsibility programmes, including education, charity work, children’s health issues as well as sports and Thai culture.last_img read more

South African Initiative Wins Prestigious WISE Awards

first_imgPartners for Possibility” is part of the six 2018 WISE Awards Winning projectsThe World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), an initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF), has announced the South African project “Partners for Possibility” (PfP) as a winner of its 2018 WISE Awards. Each year, the WISE Awards recognise and promote innovative projects from across the world that are addressing global educational challenges.Partners for Possibility, the flagship programme of Symphonia for South Africa (SSA), improves the quality of education by capacitating principals in under-resourced schools and building their leadership skills through partnerships with business leaders. Partners participate in a 12-month leadership development program, while tackling together challenges in schools.To date, this initiative has benefitted 1,630 school principals and business leaders, while impacting 625,000 schoolchildren.Dr Louise van Rhyn, founder of the Partners for Possibility programme, commented: ‘’To be recognized as the winner of the 2018 WISE Awards is a very special achievement. It means that the Partners for Possibility (PfP) programme meets the criteria of being a creative solution to a pressing educational challenge, that is, reducing the inequalities in the South African education system.”She added: “We are humbled to have a global platform to share the insights and solutions of the programme, as well as the opportunity to shed light on how its innovations can be applied to other industries and countries. Beyond this, we look forward to continued networking with the other global nominees who share our passion for quality education for all children.”Stavros N. Yiannouka, CEO of WISE said, congratulating the winners: “This year we have received 413 applications for the WISE Awards program. The rigorous selection process has succeeded in finding six excellent and innovative projects addressing a diverse mix of educational challenges from around the world. This demonstrates that there are existing global organizations and individuals who share our passion for tackling education challenges with innovative solutions. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our Awards jury members who did a thorough job in evaluating the projects.”The five other 2018 WISE Awards winners are Safe Spaces Clubs for Girls (Nigeria), One Village One Pre-School (China), Generation (USA), Technology-Based Deaf Education (Pakistan) and 1001 Nights Life Skills and Citizenship Education Program (Canada).Other pressing educational issues tackled by the 2018 WISE Awards winning projects include girls’ education, early childhood education, the refugee crisis, cultural exchange, citizenship values, youth employment, entrepreneurship in disadvantaged communities, deaf education, and stimulating critical and creative thinking.The Awards winners are evaluated according to strict criteria. They must be established, innovative educational projects that have already demonstrated a transformative impact on the individuals, communities, and society of their context. They also need to be financially stable, have a clear development plan, and be scalable and replicable.The projects will be celebrated on September 22 at WISE@NY in New York, USA. In addition to publicity and networking opportunities, each will receive $20,000 (US).Join the conversation:Facebook: PlayYourPartTwitter: @PlayYourPartSAWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material. About the WISE Awards:Each year, the WISE Awards recognize and promote six successful innovative projects that are addressing global educational challenges. Since 2009, WISE has received more than 3,200 applications from over 150 countries. Up until now, 54 projects have won the WISE Awards, from a wide variety of sectors and locations for their innovative character, their positive contribution and their potential for scalability and adaptability. These projects represent a growing resource of expertise and sound educational practice. Year by year, WISE is building a community of educational innovators which offers a fertile environment for groundbreaking collaborations. Today the WISE Awards network comprises pioneering projects that are helping bring real change to societies and communities.For further information, visit www.wise-qatar.org/wise-awardsAbout the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE):The World Innovation Summit for Education was established by Qatar Foundation in 2009 under the leadership of its Chairperson, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. WISE is an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative, evidence-based thinking, debate, and purposeful action in education.  Through the biennial summit, collaborative research and a range of on-going programs, WISE is a global reference in new approaches to education.For further information about WISE, visit www.wise-qatar.orglast_img read more

Hearing shows bipartisan momentum on national food labeling efforts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Corn Growers Association applauded the House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee for holding an important hearing on the bipartisan Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act and demonstrating the urgent need for legislation that would establish uniform, science-based food labeling standards. Introduced by Congressmen Mike Pompeo and G.K. Butterfield, the bill has already attracted 60 co-sponsors, including 12 Democrats.Titled “A National Framework for the Review and Labeling of Biotechnology in Food,” the hearing provided members with an opportunity to learn about the role genetic engineering plays in our nation’s food supply. Additionally, the hearing delved into state-specific labeling regulations and their potential impact on interstate commerce and consumers.“America’s corn farmers are pleased that the bill is receiving support from both political parties and from Members of Congress representing broad and diverse constituencies,” said John Linder, NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair, a farmer from Morrow County Ohio. “We understand that, in this era of limited bipartisan agreement, the fact that support for this bill continues to grow is unique, and we believe this type of support indicates this common sense, consumer-friendly legislation can still advance through the legislative process. From farmers to food manufacturers, 400-plus organizations from all 50 states, representing every part of the food value chain, have publicly voiced ardent support for this bill. The time to move forward, for the sake of farmers and consumers alike, is now.”The panel testifying during the hearing included: Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals President and Chief Executive Officer Rick Blagden; Office of the Vermont Attorney General Assistant Attorney General Todd W. Daloz; GROWMARK, Inc. Chairman of the Board and President John Reifsteck; Center for Science in the Public Interest Biotechnology Project Director Gregory Jaffe; and Information Technology & Innovation Foundation Senior Fellow L. Val Giddings.In reference to the hearing, Rep. Pompeo commented, “We are proud of the continued progress we have made on this important legislation and look forward to advancing this bill through the committee. This bill helps to provide clarity in food labeling so consumers, states, and food producers have a consistent framework, while supporting innovation that helps keep the price of food affordable here in America and help us to ensure that we can feed a rapidly growing world.”The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act will ensure that food labeling in the United States is consistent across state lines and based on sound science.  The bill increases coordination between the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, guaranteeing that our nation’s foremost experts on food and agricultural safety are in charge of labeling decisions.  The legislation also establishes a transparent, consistent GMO-free certification program, bringing clarity to those who choose to purchase GMO-free foods.last_img read more

Expansion of Maharashtra Cabinet on the cards

first_imgAs the State government gets ready for the last session of the current Assembly, the news of a possible Cabinet expansion is making the rounds again. The monsoon session begins on June 17. While details of a meeting between senior BJP leader and Revenue and Relief Minister Chandrakant Patil with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Monday were not made public, sources said it was to discuss the possibility of expansion.State Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, in an interaction with mediapersons, said, “Yes, there is a possibility of Cabinet expansion. The ultimate right to decide rests with Chief Minister. More ministers would mean better governance. Therefore, there is a possibility that cabinet expansion may take place,” he said.Political circles are also discussing the possibility of former Leader of Opposition and senior Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil joining BJP and getting a cabinet berth. However neither BJP sources nor Mr. Vikhe-Patil’s aides have confirmed this yet.last_img read more