Indian boxers Shiva Thapa (60kg), Sumit Sangwan (91kg) and Amit Phangal (49kg) entered the semi-finals of their weight categories at the Asian Boxing Championships on Wednesday.The trio not only ensured podium finish for themselves, but also qualified for the World Championships to be held in Hamburg, Germany, from August 25 to September 3.Sumit was the first Indian boxer to advance to the last-four stage when he thrashed third seed Fengkai Yu of China 4-1 in the Light Heavyweight (81kg) quarter-finals.Sumit will now face second seed Jakhon Qurbonov of Tajikistan in the semi-finals on Friday. Qurbonov had defeated Mehmood Sanaullah of Pakistan in the quarter-finals.Amit also faced a relatively easy day, defeating fourth seed Cornelis Kwangu Langu of Indonesia 5-0 in the last-eight stage of the Light Flyweight (49kg) category.He is expected to face a tough task in the semi-finals against reigning Olympic and Asian champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan.Later in the day, Shiva defeated Chu-En Lai of Taiwan 5-0 in the Lightweight (60kg) quarter-finals.Shiva will be up against top seed Chinzorig Baatarsukh of Mongolia in the semi-finals on Friday.Baatarsukh had beaten Sarohatua Lumbantobing of Indonesia by a similar 5-0 margin in the quarters.The day had, however, started on sore note for the Indian contingent as Gaurav Bidhuri despite a spirited fight was edged out 2-3 by second-seed Jiawei Zhang of China in the Bantamweight (56kg) division.
Saturday night, Hollywood came together to support Sean Penn and his J/P Haitian Relief Organization at the 3rd Annual Help Haiti Home Gala, presented by Giorgio Armani at the Montage in LA.U2 Performs at the 3rd Annual Help Haiti Home GalaCredit/Copyright: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief OrganizationApproximately $6 million was raised. Sean Penn remains committed to Haiti — and Hollywood and its A-list moguls and stars are standing with him to shine a light and raise much needed funds.The Edge, Sean Penn, Bono, Winona Ryder and Asaf AvidanCredit/Copyright: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief OrganizationHosted by Anderson Cooper, the evening included a performance by U2.Talent in attendance included Charlize Theron, Bono, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Douglas, Julia Roberts, Emma Thompson, Goldie Hawn, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Chris Hemsworth, Bette Midler, Usher, Winona Ryder, Pamela Anderson, Eric Dane, Idris Elba, Rebecca Gayheart, Diane Kruger, Piers Morgan, Samantha Ronson, Sarah Silverman, David Spade, Oliver Stone, Uma Thurman and many more.J/P Haitian Relief Organization is dedicated to saving lives and bringing sustainable programs to the Haitian people quickly and effectively. Following the tragic earthquake of 2010 J/P HRO began working immediately to make an impact in Haiti. J/P HRO works with both government and non-governmental agencies to deliver immediate results where the need is greatest. Efforts include but are not limited to providing emergency medical and primary care services, delivering badly needed medical equipment and medicine, distributing food and water purification systems, improving communication systems, and developing housing and education facilities. The goal of J/P Haitian Relief Organization is to help lift the nation of Haiti out of the rubble and give the Haitian people a better life.
“Plenty of people know the feeling of being first, only or different,” Shonda Rhimes told a sold-out audience of more than 10,000 at the 11th annual Massachusetts Conference for Women. “It means you are a trailblazer. There is a responsibility there, whether you want it or not.”Shonda Rhimes speaks to a sold-out audience of more than 10,000 at the 11th annual Massachusetts Conference for Women in BostonCredit/Copyright: Marla Aufmuth for Getty ImagesRhimes, one of television’s most prolific writers and producers, and the creator of hit shows such as “Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” and author of a new book “Year of Yes,” has been changing the face of Hollywood by creating more diverse roles for women, both in front of and behind the camera. Noting that the entertainment industry is making slow if uneven progress in its portrayal of women, Rhimes said that the increasing number of women running television shows means that they can decide who gets “hired and fired,” whether women characters will be “secretaries or CEOs,” and “which stories are told.”Conference attendees also heard remarks from Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and keynote addresses from Sophia Amoruso, founder and executive chairman of Nasty Gal; Tim Gunn, executive producer and star of Lifetime’s “Project Runway,” Ellen Pao, entrepreneur, investor, and writer; Adam Grant, Wharton’s top-rated professor and best-selling author; and Candy Chang, TED senior fellow, urban space artist, and designer.The nonpartisan, nonprofit conference is the largest personal and professional networking event for women in the U.S., with more than 100 industry and thought leaders from across the country. Breakout session topics included leadership, career advancement, personal branding, social media, health and wellness, finance, and more. Conference attendees participated in the popular Bentley University Career Pavilion with in-person resume reviews by human resource experts, career coaching with members of the International Coach Federation of New England and one-on-one conversations with local community and business leaders.Now entering its second decade, the Conference is expanding its offerings to a broader audience and shifting its focus to improving opportunities for women in the workplace. As part of this effort, the Conference presented the inaugural Workplaces That Work Summit. Designed for both men and women in mid-level management positions, the summit focused on leveraging gender partnerships to advance equity within workplaces. Led by industry leaders including David Duncan, Senior Partner at Innosight, and Alison Quirk, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at State Street Corporation, the summit provided an interactive and transparent forum for managers to take action to create a level playing field and inclusive leadership within their companies.The Conference also hosted its first Opening Night event on December 9th, providing a taste of the Conference for only $25 to some 4000 attendees. Opening night events included an interview series with best-selling authors; holiday shopping with local women-owned businesses and live entertainment. Attendees pitched their products to Tory Johnson from Good Morning America’s “Deals & Steals!” and met Bert Jacobs, co-founder of the Life is Good company, and Kelley Dempsey, designer and Project Runway contestant.“We are proud to offer even more opportunities for the Conference’s dedicated community of women to further develop their personal and professional lives and to move the needle for women in the workplace,” said Gloria Larson, Board President of the Massachusetts Conference for Women and President of Bentley University. “We can think of no better way to continue creating impact in our second decade of service.”The Massachusetts Conference for Women is generously underwritten by the following sponsors: State Street; EMC; Merck KGaA; Cisco; Boston Scientific; Dell; HOLOGIC; Raytheon; riverbed; Santander; Tyco; Akamai; Bank of America; Bentley University; Fresenius Medial Care; John Hancock; Johnson and Johnson; Juniper; Kronos; Liberty Mutual; Mercer; Sanofi; Suffolk; ThermoFisher; VistaPrint; BainCapital; Crimson Lion; amag; Amtrak; Baxalta; BJs; Blue Cross; CanyonRanch; Intel; John F. Kennedy Library Foundation; MFS; National Grid; NaviNet; Reebok; TIAA CREF; tripadvisor; United; Vertex; Weber Shandwick; Xfinity; AMP Radio; Mix 104.1; WBZ News Radio; The Boston Globe; WCVB 5.“We’ve made immense strides when it comes to women in the workplace, but there is still much more work to be done,” said Alison Quirk from State Street Corporation. “The Conference recognizes that reality, celebrating advancements made, while energizing attendees to build on existing momentum. We are proud to sponsor the Conference, which recognizes the value in supporting the women of Massachusetts and beyond.”To learn more about the Massachusetts Conference for Women, click here.