Kapil Komireddi 15 April 2019 11:29 AM 15 April 2019 11:29 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp On the afternoon of 19 April 1919, British troops commanded by brigadier-general Reginald Dyer opened fire on thousands of unarmed Indian protesters massed at an enclosed garden in Amritsar in Punjab known as Jallianwala Bagh. When the shooting stopped – and it stopped only because Dyer ran out of ammunition – some 500 people, mostly Sikhs, lay dead. Dyer lost his job but kept his life, liberty, and reputation. Bigots in Britain, energetically vilifying those who denounced him, raised thousands of pounds to lubricate his transition from the subcontinent to the English countryside. Edwin Montagu, secretary of state for India, was traduced in the press and in the corridors of the Commons as a disloyal ‘Jew’ for demanding tougher sanctions against Dyer. The psychopath who presided over the slaughter in India, … [Read more...] about India should not ask Britain to apologise for the Amritsar massacre
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During the prolonged Brexit imbroglio (a nice Italian word import), or the political impasse (imported from French), anglophones often remarked on the ease with which Continental Europeans now routinely hold their press conferences in only lightly accented English: Juncker, Tusk, Barnier, Macron, Rutte. How many Irish or British politicians could perform as confidently in French, German or Spanish? The only British politician known to be an outstanding linguist is the Prisons Minister Rory Stewart, who speaks fluent Pashto, having spent time wandering the terrain of Afghanistan, just for the fun of it. Respect to him. Yet every time Juncker, Tusk, Barnier & Co spout English, they knock another nail into the coffin of language-learning among anglophones. Youngsters think: why learn foreign lingos when everyone speaks English? And though this is dispiriting for those of us who have always liked learning languages, it's the brutal truth. English is global. Everyone does business in … [Read more...] about Mary Kenny: ‘Young people are increasingly reluctant to learn a foreign language, simply because everyone now speaks English’
Innovation is the key to a successful business, says a ground-breaking entrepreneur. Otherwise, says Anna Bastek, you risk going backwards. She was speaking with some authority as the winner of the Woman of the Year title in the inaugural Women in Business Awards started by the Evening Post in 2009. Now Anna, director and co-founder of Swansea-based language and translation services Wolfestone and sister company multimedia agency VoiceBox, is looking forward to this year's awards by reflecting on the last decade. What are your memories of winning the first Woman of the Year title in 2009? I remember being shocked when I was announced a winner. It’s natural to assume that there are much better candidates and put yourself down, so winning always comes as a massive surprise. It meant so much to me and made my family very proud. What did it do for your business? Winning the award gave me a lot more confidence that whatever I was doing was right. It also helped … [Read more...] about Do you want to know how to drive your business forward?
London has been a global nerve centre for nearly 2000 years and has no plans to abdicate now. England’s capital is a beehive of culture, cuisine, knowledge and business. So it’s no surprise that it’s also one of the world’s best cities for homegrown and foreign talent. But don’t just take our word for it, here are ten facts that prove it. Find out more in London’s Jobs and Talents toolkit 1. It’s one of the world’s most connected cities London is one of the most influential cities in the world, a title it couldn’t lay claim to without fantastic connectivity (we’re not just talking about its broadband connection which, incidentally, is everywhere). The city has six major airports; Heathrow, its biggest, handles more international passengers than any other airport in the world. Collectively, London’s airports offer direct flights to 369 international destinations, including 9,340 flights from Europe and … [Read more...] about These 10 facts prove London is still open for business
We asked the businesses at the forefront of innovation to tell us how life will change for all of us in the next five years as part of the Tech List. We also asked them what the big challenges ahead will be and many responded by saying that finding the right skills and talent will be a barrier to growth. And keeping up with the pace of change will keep them on their toes. But in a bid to avoid too much futuristic talk, we also asked them about their favourite films, books and music - the bits that make us all human Among the top choices were Let’s Stay Together by Al Green, tracks by Pink Floyd and fittingly, The Future’s so Bright I Gotta Wear Shades, by Timbuk 3. For a favourite book, one opted for a non-fiction title scarily called Humans Need Not Apply by Jerry Kaplan. And someone even admitted to Rock Star starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston as a favourite film. Watch the team behind Lightfoot explain the future of their invention The Tech List is the second … [Read more...] about These 30 top tech firms are the ones to watch for 2019