By Brian Bremner and Miao Han | April 8, 2018 Photographs by Giulia Marchi From Jin Liqun may not be a household name (yet), even though he has one of the most challenging and important jobs in global finance. Jin, 68, is the inaugural president and chairman of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The AIIB, a Beijing-based multilateral development bank that opened for business in January 2016, is an embodiment of China’s aspirations to play a major role in the international financial system. Because the Chinese government is the bank’s biggest shareholder, policymakers in Washington, Tokyo, and elsewhere question whether China is trying to displace the longtime heavyweights in the field—the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank—and pursue its own geopolitical interests in Asia. Jin insists the AIIB is independent. Like many during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, Jin spent part of his youth in rural China. A devoted student of English … [Read more...] about China’s Answer to the World Bank Wants Green, Clean Asian Infrastructure
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In 1871, Percy Shelley is being bullied at school until he flies into violent rages. A century later, a young Grayson Perry is wandering through graveyards, alone and in a dress. Neil Degrasse Tyson spent his youth staring through a telescope on the roof of his building. Jesse Eisenberg spent his in tears at the prospect of school. These are stories I wish I’d known as a child. Being 12-years old, sleepless and emotionally bewildered, it did not help to know that David Beckham held the record for England outfield appearances, or that Lance Armstrong’s resting heart rate was 32 beats per minute. These are things that inspired other people at school, things that gave them drive and courage, and that made them as incomprehensible to me as aliens. All behaviour is, to a degree, learned behaviour. To find out how we ought to be, how we ought to treat others, and how we ought to think of ourselves, we look to other people; to parents and siblings and teachers and celebrities. … [Read more...] about Why we need new role models for boys who dare to be different
With its UK head office in Coalville, Antalis is Europe’s leading distributor of everything from paper, packaging and sticky labels to envelopes, coloured boards and flip charts. In the UK and Ireland, it boasts an annual turnover of more than £500 million, with 16 branches, more than 1,100 staff – including 500 in Leicestershire – and sells 14,000 products and delivers 550,000 tonnes of paper a year. With customers including high street stores, huge multi-nationals and conglomerates, it is part of the global Antalis Group, which supplies 43 countries across five continents, including Singapore, China, South America, and Australia, and has 118 worldwide distribution centres. As well as the enviable title of European leader in its field, it also ranks second globally with 127,000 customers supplied by more than 5,600 employees. To put the scale of its operation into perspective, in 2016 it sold 1.5 million tonnes of paper and achieved a global turnover of 2.5 … [Read more...] about David Hunter on what it takes to run £500m paper and packaging supplier Antalis
I’ve always been a late developer, so it’s no great surprise that I find myself undertaking work experience as a journalist at the grand old age of 37. After many years working in the criminal justice and voluntary sectors, I realised that what I’d always wanted to do – write – was becoming a distant pipe dream. Being a firm believer that ridicule is nothing to be scared of, I therefore put on my big-girl boots and jumped into the newsroom at The Independent. Prior to this I’d cut my teeth at contemporary feminist publication The F-Word, becoming its editor in July 2017. This was all in addition to holding down a full-time job – proof of my passion for the work. I’m far from alone, as more women in their mid to late thirties change careers or reconsider how, when and where they choose to work. The job for life that baby boomers enjoyed is all but obsolete and … [Read more...] about It’s never too late to switch career. I should know – I’m a 37-year-old journalism intern
JEREMY CORBYN is under fire from all sides over the way he handles antisemitism in Labour. The hard-left leader is accused of letting his allies get away with hatred towards Jews over claims the party hasn’t cracked down hard enough on activists with antisemitic views. This week has seen things come to a head, with hundreds of Jewish protesters gathering outside Parliament telling Mr Corbyn “enough is enough” and urging him to impose a zero-tolerance policy towards hatred of Jews. The demonstration yesterday was joined by dozens of Labour MPs, defying their own leader as they demanded a tough response to the epidemic of antisemitism. Mr Corbyn admitted on Sunday: “Antisemitism has occurred in pockets within the Labour party, causing pain and hurt to our Jewish community in the Labour party and the rest of the country.” But why DOES the far left have such a problem with Jewish people? WHEN HATRED OF ISRAEL BECOMES ANTISEMITIC For decades, most left-wing … [Read more...] about As Jeremy Corbyn is accused of allowing antisemitism to thrive in Labour, why does the hard left have a problem with Jews?