Conor McGregor-Mixed Martial Artist

Conor Anthony McGregor is an Irish professional mixed martial artist and boxer. He is currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is presently the UFC Lightweight Champion and former UFC Featherweight Champion. McGregor is 2nd on the UFC’s pound for pound rankings. He is the only fighter to be champion in two UFC divisions simultaneously: he defeated former featherweight champion José Aldo at UFC 194 in 13 seconds, which is the fastest UFC title fight victory, and won the UFC lightweight belt against former champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.

He started his mixed martial arts (MMA) career in 2008, and within a few years he won two titles—Cage Warriors Featherweight and Lightweight Championships, which he held simultaneously before he vacated them to sign with UFC.

He is known for being the biggest pay-per-view draw in MMA history, having headlined four out of the six highest-selling UFC pay-per-view events and he lives an extravagant lifestyle. His headline bout with Nate Diaz at UFC 202 drew 1.65 million PPV buys, the most ever for an MMA event.  In 2016, he got into the Forbes top 100 highest paid athletes list—the first MMA fighter to do so—and ranked 85th in the list. McGregor is also known for the numerous tattoos that adorn his body. He says he received his first tattoo of Arabic writing on his left heel at age 20 after a night of drinking.

Conor McGregor has many feathers in his cap. He has won several championships like the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, CWFC Featherweight Championship, CWFC Lightweight Championship, and Ultimate Fighting Championship. With UFC, he has claimed UFC Featherweight Championship, UFC Lightweight Championship, and more. Besides innumerable Fight of the Night, Knockout of the Night, and Performance of the Night awards, he was the Sherdog Fighter of the Year in 2015 and 2016.

McGregor made his debut on Ireland’s Sunday Independent rich list in January 2018 with a net worth of €140 million (~$170 million). That placed him 111th overall among his country’s wealthiest citizens.

Jessica Cox- An Inspiration

Jessica Cox is the world’s first armless black-belt in the American Taekwondo Association, as well as the first licensed armless pilot. She was born without arms due to a rare non-genetic birth defect.

Jessica cox was born in 1983 in Sierra Vista, Arizona. She learned to live her life with her feet. There were many questions at that time about whether Jessica would be able to live a normal life. However, Jessica’s father has said he never shed a tear about her birth condition. He had full confidence in her potential. Jessica’s parents and family supported her to become confident in herself as an adult and she continued to explore the world with her feet.

Growing up, Cox did everything from swim lessons to girl scouts, modeling, tap dancing and Taekwondo — at the age of 14, she’d already earned a black belt. She graduated in 2005 from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in communications.

Using her feet as most people use their hands, she is able, among other things, to type on a keyboard at 25 words per minute, to drive an unmodified car with an unrestricted license, and to put in and remove her contact lenses. She is also a certified SCUBA diver.

She even learned how to fly a plane with her feet. Becoming a pilot was not a dream for Cox, but after going up in a single engine airplane with a fighter pilot several years ago, she was inspired to overcome her fears. In 2008, after complete training, she earned her Light Sport Pilot Certificate, and in 2011 she nabbed the Guinness World Record for the “First Armless Person in the World Ever to Have Obtained a Pilot’s License.”

Cox works as a motivational speaker and has shared her message in 20 different countries. In 2015 She published an autobiographical self-help book, Disarm Your Limits in order to inspire people to overcome their own challenges through the lessons she has learned in her life.

“I do what I do because I love to do it,” she said “and I don’t give up.”

Child Labour

Child labour takes place when children are forced to work at an age when they are expected to study and enjoy their phase of innocence. It implies deprived childhood that leads to exploitation of children in various forms.

Factors such as poverty, lack of social security, the increasing gap between the rich and the poor have adversely affected children more than any other group. We have failed to provide universal education, which results in children dropping out of school and entering the labour force.

These days we see many minor boys and girls working in tea stalls, restaurants, hotels and other small shops. Some work in huge factories like brick factories. Children are employed illegally in various industries. But agriculture is the largest sector where children work at early ages to contribute to their family income. Rural areas employ 85 percent of the child labour in India. They are forced to work at young ages due to factors such as poverty, unemployment, a large family size, and lack of proper education.  Child labour in India is now not confined to the agricultural sector. In recent times, children are engaged into activities such as beedi-making, brick kilns, carpet weaving, commercial sexual exploitation, construction, fireworks and matches factories, dhabas, hotels, hybrid cottonseed production, leather, mines, quarries, silk, synthetic gems, etc.

Collective efforts are needed on the part of society and the government to put an end to the practice of child labour. The government should bring down the incidence of child labour through reform and investment in education. Mid-day meals should be re-emphasized; homeless children should be provided housing through the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan boarding schools, and laws banning child labour should be more strictly enforced.  The authorities should incorporate a provision for surprise checks and establish a separate vigilance cell. Employers should compulsorily take steps for the intellectual, vocational and educational well-being and upliftment of a child worker.

Efforts should be made towards poverty eradication combined with educational reforms to provide free or affordable access to quality education. Only by taking comprehensive steps, the Government can hope to eliminate all forms of child labour by 2020.

Kevin Durant- The Basketball Champion

Born on September 29, 1988 in Suitland, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C., Kevin Wayne Durant is a high-profile professional basketball player.

He is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has won an NBA championship, an NBA Most Valuable Player Award, the NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award, the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award, four NBA scoring titles, the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, and two Olympic gold medals. He has also been selected to seven All-NBA teams and eight NBA All-Star teams.

He grew up with his older brother Tony in Seat Pleasant, Maryland, just outside the nation’s capital. They were raised by their mother Wanda Pratt and her mother Barbara Davis. Their father, Wayne Pratt, left the family before Kevin’s first birthday. At the age of 10 Kevin decided he was going to be a basketball player. His mother said she would help him and kept on him his whole career about working extra hard and keeping in shape. His father came back into his life when Kevin was around the age of 13. Kevin attributes much of his success to his mother.

He adopted his jersey number, 35, in honor of his childhood coach, Charles Craig, who was murdered when he was 35. Durant received the Naismith Award College Player of the Year Award, Associated Press College Player of the Year, NABC Division I Player of the Year, the John R. Wooden Award, the Oscar Robertson and the Adolph F. Rupp awards, and was the first freshman to win these honors.

He created the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation to help at-risk youths from low income backgrounds; donated $1 million in 2013 to the American Red Cross after the tornado disaster in Moore, Oklahoma.

Demonetization of Currency- A Step towards Corruption free India

Demonetization refers to an economic policy where certain currency unit ceases to be used as a form of legal tender. In other words, a currency unit loses its legal tender status as a new one comes into circulation. It refers to the process of deciding that certain coins and banknotes can no longer be exchanged for goods and services.

There are multiple reasons why nations demonetize their local units of currency:

  • To track unaccounted black money
  • To eliminate fake currency
  • To lower the cash circulation
  • To reduce illegal activities
  •  To make people accountable for every rupee they possess and pay income tax return

Demonetization in India was initiated with a wide array of motives like stripping the Indian economy of its black money, push people to pay taxes for the unaccounted pile of cash, curb terrorism, promote the digital India movement and make India a cashless economy.

On 8 November 2016, the Government of India announced the demonetisation of all ₹500 and ₹1,000 banknotes of the Mahatma Gandhi Series. Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation in an unscheduled live televised address at 20:00 Indian Standard Time (IST) on 8 November. In the announcement, Modi declared that use of all ₹500 and ₹1000 banknotes of the Mahatma Gandhi Series would be invalid past midnight, and announced the issuance of new ₹500 and ₹2000 banknotes of the Mahatma Gandhi New Series in exchange for the old banknotes.

As a first step the government had urged people to create bank accounts under Jan Dhan Yojana. They were asked to deposit all the money in their Jan Dhan accounts and do their future transaction through banking methods only. The second step that the government initiated was a tax declaration of the income and had given October 30, 2016 deadline for this purpose. Through this method, the government was able to mop up a huge amount of undeclared income. However, there were many who still hoarded the black money, and in order to tackle them; the government announced the demonetization of 500 and 1000 currency notes.

Most of the people hailed the Modi’s strong decision, while poor were shocked by the move. The overnight decision changed the life of many as black money holders were worried about the pile of cash they were sitting on. Many poor daily wage workers were left with no job and income as owners were unable to pay their daily wage.

It is no doubt a bold step taken by the government which will definitely help India to become corruption-free.

Dustin Moskovitz- An American Entrepreneur

Moskovitz is a co-founder of Facebook, the world’s largest social-networking company, and its biggest individual shareholder after Mark Zuckerberg. Moskovitz left Facebook in 2008 to launch Asana, an enterprise project management tool. Still, he owes most of his wealth to an estimated 3% stake in Facebook, where he has an agreement that allows Zuckerberg to vote his shares. His real time net worth is estimated at $14.8 billion as of February 2018, by Forbes.

Moskovitz was born in Gainesville, Florida and grew up in Ocala, Florida. He is eight days younger than Zuckerberg. Moskovitz is Jewish. His father was a psychiatrist and mother a teacher and an artist. He attended Vanguard High School, graduating from the IB Diploma Program. Moskovitz attended Harvard University as an economics major for two years before he moved with Mark Zuckerberg to Palo Alto. Moskovitz is married to former Wall Street Journal reporter Cari Tuna.

  • He is the great grandson of immigrants from Russia and Poland, and opposed Trump in the 2016 election.

Moskovitz co-founded the philanthropic organization Good Ventures with his girlfriend (and now wife) Cari Tuna in 2011. In June 2012, Good Ventures announced a close partnership with charity evaluator GiveWell. Both organizations “are aiming to do as much good as possible” and thereby align with the goals of effective altruism. Good Ventures has donated approximately $100 million from 2011 onward to GiveWell top charities Against Malaria Foundation, GiveDirectly, Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, and Deworm the World Initiative, as well as standout charities and other effective altruist organizations.

The joint collaboration with GiveWell led to a spinoff called the Open Philanthropy Project, whose goal is to figure out the best possible way to use large sums of money to do the most good. As of 2016, the Open Philanthropy Project is in the process of becoming a separate organization, but it has already made over $40 million in grants.

Moskovitz and Tuna are also the youngest couple to sign Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge, which commits billionaires to giving away most of their wealth in the form of philanthropy.


Helle Thorning-Schmidt – Prime Minister of Denmark

Helle Thorning-Schmidt is a Danish politician. She is the leader of the Danish Social Democrats from 2005 to 2015 and is the first female Prime Minister of Denmark from 2011 to 2015. She is the first woman to hold either post. Following defeat in 2015, she announced that she would step down as both Danish Prime Minister and Social Democratic party leader. Ending her political career in April 2016, she is the chief executive of the NGO, Save the Children.

Helle Thorning-Schmidt was born on 14 December 1966, in Rødovre. Thorning-Schmidt was the youngest of three children in a family split by divorce. She grew up with her businesswoman mother in Ishøj, a town near Copenhagen that had attracted many immigrants. Her father was an economics professor in Copenhagen. While in high school, Thorning-Schmidt was involved with peace movements and antiapartheid efforts. After studying political science at the University of Copenhagen, she earned a master’s degree in European studies in 1993 from the College of Europe in Brugge, Belgium, where she met Stephen Kinnock (the son of former British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock), whom she would marry in 1996.

Having earned another master’s degree, in political science, from the University of Copenhagen (1994), Thorning-Schmidt became an administrator for the Danish Social Democratic Party’s delegation to the European Parliament (1994–97) and then worked as a consultant for the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions (1997–99). In 1999 she was elected as a member of the European Parliament (1999–2004). In 2005 she was elected to the Danish Folketing (parliament) and that same year was chosen as the leader of the Social Democratic Party. Although the party suffered considerable losses in the 2007 election to the ruling Liberal-Conservative coalition led by Prime Minister Anders Rasmussen, Thorning-Schmidt remained its leader.

In the 2011 election the Social Democrats (44 seats) again finished behind the Liberals (47 seats) but were able to join the Social Liberal Party and the Socialist People’s Party in a centre-left minority coalition government with Thorning-Schmidt as prime minister. She came into office promising to raise taxes on Denmark’s banks and its wealthiest citizens, to increase social spending, and to roll back the stringent restraints on immigration initiated by the previous government.

She was criticized for the 2013 “selfie” photo that she took with American President Barack Obama and English Prime Minister David Cameron at the funeral of Nelson Mandela.

Kevin Systrom- CEO of Instagram

Kevin Systrom an American entrepreneur and programmer, best known as the co‑founder of Instagram along with Mike Krieger. For all those who aren’t aware; Instagram is an online mobile photo and video sharing application.

Kevin Systrom’s story starts from his childhood when he loved to play Doom-2 and created his own levels as a child. In his middle school he entered the world of programming and never took his foot off it. He was capable enough to be selected for the ‘Mayfield Fellows Program’ and this enhanced his skills related to technology. His participation in the fellowship program provided him an opportunity to join the company called ‘Odeo’ as an intern. ‘Odeo’ is the same company which developed the social networking site ‘Twitter’.

And his sudden love for photography, inspired from his mother, took him to the lists of millionaires. And that happened with his breakthrough idea called Instagram.The kid Kevin had no plan for pursuing his career in start-ups and technology as he loved becoming a disco jockey when in high school. And his first job was at a recording store.

Being more of a practical guy, he changed his subjects to management science and engineering programming when he went to Stanford. It was during his junior years, when photography grabbed his attention. One of his professor showed him Holga- the cheap camera that took retro style photographs.

He worked with the tech-giant ‘Google’ and then shifted to a startup company called ‘Nextstop’. While working at Nextstop he came up with the idea of developing the new big thing in the world of internet. Initially, he and his associate Mike created an application called ‘Burbn’.

‘Burbn’ had many features such as posting pictures, sharing locations, create future check-ins, and even accumulate points based on their activities on ‘Burbn’. However, the founders soon realised that the application with its enormous features was not user friendly. Thus the duo became instrumental in ushering the latest social networking sensation called ‘Instagram’ and within one month of its launch the application had around 1 million users. Instagram, which is a phone based application, derived its name from the words Instant’ and ‘telegram’.

In 2012, Kevin was awarded with the ‘Founder of the Year’ at the ‘6th Annual Crunchies Awards’. Kevin shared the ‘Webby Breakout Award’ with the co-founder of ‘Instagram’ in the year 2012. He has been a recipient of the ‘CFDA Social Media Award’ in 2015.