Marc Phillips Decorative Rugs, in conjunction with Paddle8, has launched an online auction of one-of-a-kind and limited edition rugs.Lotus by Shepard FaireyEach rug was made in collaboration with a high-profile artist to benefit P.S. ARTS, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of children by providing arts education to underserved public schools and communities.“We are so thankful to Marc Phillips Decorative Rugs, Paddle8, and all of the participating artists for helping P.S. ARTS further our mission to improve children’s lives through arts education,” said Dr. Kristen Paglia, CEO of P.S. ARTS. “I think this event is particularly critical in sending the message to young people that the arts offer viable career opportunities. It was such an incredible experience for our student artist, Melissa Flanagan, to see her design produced alongside professional artists.”Marc Phillips Decorative Rugs has been a leading innovator in creating high-quality rugs using the best artisans from around the world. For this auction, Marc Phillips had each rug hand-woven in Nepal from wool and silk with designs made for the auction by artists Nathalie Douge, Shepard Fairey, Tracy Hiner, Alex K. Mason, Tanya Nolan, RETNA, Kenny Scharf, and Cole Sternberg. The estimated retail value of the rugs ranges from $6,680 to 21,000.Design enthusiasts, art collectors or anyone with good taste may bid online until 12noon PST May 19 here. Bidding will conclude during a silent auction at Marc Phillips Los Angeles showroom on Tuesday, May 19 from 7 to 10 pm.
TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Big business conventionThe International Economic Forum of the Americas’ Toronto Global Forum kicks off Monday, featuring business leaders and government representatives including RBC chief David McKay, BlackBerry CEO John Chen and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. Runs through Dec. 12.CMHC reportCanada Mortgage and Housing Corp. will release a report on National Mortgage and Consumer Credit trends on Wednesday. The country’s largest mortgage insurer saw its third-quarter profit drop 17 per cent compared with a year ago as the housing market showed signs of cooling.Empire updateEmpire Company Ltd. will release second-quarter results on Thursday. The parent company of Sobeys Inc. announced an agreement in September to acquire Ontario-based Farm Boy, which it valued at $800 million.Transat earningsTransat AT Inc. will release fourth-quarter earnings results on Thursday. The Montreal-based tour company announced in November that President Jean-Francois Lemay will leave the subsidiary in a few months after five years at the helm.Latest from DavidsTeaDavidsTea Inc. releases its third-quarter financial results after markets close on Thursday. The Montreal-based company recently announced that a lawsuit initiated last summer by shareholders which sought to have Herschel Segal removed as executive chairman has been discontinued.The Canadian Press
___Minutes show Fed officials noted number of rising threatsWASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve policymakers last month noted a number of increased threats to the U.S. economy, ranging from adverse effects from the government shutdown to rising trade tensions, and opted to emphasize that they would be “patient” in raising interest rates. Minutes of the Fed’s discussions in January showed that Fed officials also felt that further rate hikes might only be needed if inflation were to accelerate.___Southwest grapples with new labour and revenue problemsDALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines is lashing out at the union representing its mechanics, suggesting that they are purposely grounding planes to gain leverage in new contract negotiations. Southwest had cancelled more than 400 flights — 10 per cent of its schedule — by midmorning Wednesday. Separately, the airline says the partial government shutdown cost it $60 million in revenue, more than previously estimated.___Samsung folding phone is different – but also almost $2,000SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Samsung unveiled a highly anticipated smartphone with a foldable screen in an attempt to break the innovative funk that has beset the smartphones market. The phone, announced Wednesday in San Francisco, will be called the Galaxy Fold and will sell for $1,980 when it is released April 26. Consumers willing to pay that hefty price will get a device that can unfold like a wallet so it can work like a traditional smartphone or something more like a mini-tablet.___Arsenic, lead in water pouring out of former US mine sitesRIMINI, Mont. (AP) — Public records show that millions of gallons of water containing arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow daily from contaminated U.S. mining sites into lakes and stream. The Associated Press found that much of the water is untreated, tainting drinking supplies and poisoning aquatic life. Companies that mined silver, lead, gold and other “hardrock” minerals could move on when the mines were no longer profitable. Left behind was the water that leaks or is cleaned up at taxpayer expense.___Trump says EU trade talks key to outcome on auto tariffsWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says that tariffs on imported vehicles from Europe are something “we certainly think about” and suggested that a final decision will hinge on the United States and the European Union reaching a trade deal in the coming months. Trump was asked about the prospect for the auto tariffs Wednesday before a meeting with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.___French court hits Swiss bank UBS with $5.1 billion penaltyPARIS (AP) — A French court has ordered Swiss bank UBS to pay more than 4.5 billion euros ($5.1 billion) in fines and damages for helping wealthy French clients evade tax authorities. Wednesday’s ruling wraps up one of France’s biggest-ever tax evasion trials. The Paris court convicted Zurich-based UBS AG of aggravated money laundering and illegal bank soliciting, issuing what French media called a record fine.___Driver hurt by air bag shrapnel as investigation drags onDETROIT (AP) — Another driver has been hurt by an exploding air bag inflator made by ARC Automotive of Knoxville, Tennessee. The company’s inflators have been under investigation for nearly four years by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Safety advocates say the agency is moving too slowly on the probe, which began in July of 2015, and other investigations. The agency says it’s continuing to review information with ARC and vehicle manufacturers.___As US pushes to ban Huawei, UK considers softer approachLONDON (AP) — Britain’s cybersecurity chief says the country can handle the risks involved with using mobile networks made by China’s Huawei. His comments add to a growing debate among countries on whether the company should be banned, as the U.S. wants. Ciaran Martin, the CEO of the U.K. National Cyber Security Centre, said it was important to have “diversity” in the supply of telecommunications equipment.___Caesars Entertainment talks with billionaire investor IcahnLAS VEGAS (AP) — Caesars Entertainment says it’s talked with billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who began pushing for changes after revealing a 10 per cent stake in the casino operator. Icahn said this week that he wants the company to pursue a sale to boost its stock and is pushing for leadership changes. Caesars said Wednesday that it’s evaluating Icahn’s ideas.___US stocks cap day of listless trading with modest gainsNEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street capped another day of listless trading Wednesday with a slight gain, extending the market’s winning streak to a third day. Financial, materials and industrial companies accounted for much of the gain, outweighing losses in health care and real estate stocks as investors reviewed the latest batch of company earnings reports. Traders also waited for signs of progress in the latest round of trade talks between the U.S. and China.___The benchmark S&P 500 index gained 4.94 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,784.70. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 63.12 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 25,954.44. The Nasdaq composite rose 2.30 points, or 0.03 per cent, to 7,489.07. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies picked up 7.19 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 1,581.66.The Associated Press
By a vote of 14 in favour with Syria opposing, the Council adopted a resolution denouncing the two incidents and other recent terrorist acts in various countries, saying that it regarded such acts, “like any act of international terrorism, as a threat to international peace and security.”On 28 November, a bomb blew up at the Paradise Hotel in Kikambala, while missiles were fired at an Arkia Israeli Airlines flight leaving Mombassa.In its resolution, the Council urged all countries to cooperate in efforts “to find and bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of these terrorist attacks.” The text also expressed the 15-nation body’s sympathy and condolences to the people and the Governments of Kenya and Israel, and to the victims of the terrorist attack and their families.Syrian Ambassador Mikhail Wehbe said his country condemned the Kenya attack and extended its sympathy to the country’s Government, but opposed the resolution because of references to Israel “at a time when it is exercising the highest forms of terrorism and is daily committing new crimes against humanity in the Arab occupied territories.”
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) “cannot operate from a fortress” despite the 19 August attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad that killed 22 people and put on hold the agency’s plans to repatriate some 500,000 Iraqi refugees and 800,000 internally displaced people, High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers told the 54th session of the 64-member Executive Committee (ExCom) in Geneva.”Our strength lies in our ability to communicate with the people who need us, to work through local authorities, and to build up local capacities. If we cannot work with the Iraqi people and with Iraqi authorities, then we cannot work there at all,” Mr. Lubbers said.Outlining UNHCR’s operations around the world, he lauded as “truly exceptional” the repatriation of more than 2 million people to Afghanistan last year. Meanwhile, the returns to Angola were “an opportunity to put an end to yet another of Africa’s biggest and most protracted crises of displacement.” But he stressed that those positive developments must be sustained by continued donor and government support.He welcomed the “marked improvement” in Liberia and the “positive momentum towards peace” in southern Sudan, but expressed concern over the ongoing fighting in north-western Sudan that has driven some 65,000 people into neighbouring Chad.Also worrying, he said, was the plight of those who had left the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) “illegally” for China, where UNHCR has been denied access to them for years.Mr. Lubbers also announced plans to find durable solutions for over 100,000 Bhutanese people in Nepal’s camps. UNHCR will promote self-reliance projects for those who wish to settle in Nepal, support resettlement for vulnerable cases, and insist on the right of return for those who wish to go back on their own, but it will not promote repatriation because it has been denied access to Bhutan and cannot monitor the return.He proposed a two-pronged approach to help Chechens under pressure to leave the neighbouring Caucasus region of Ingushetia. The displaced Chechens must continue to be guaranteed a viable safe haven in Ingushetia until they decide that conditions are conducive for them to return home. For those who wish to return, UNHCR will start projects in Chechnya to enable sustainable reintegration, he added.He also appealed to ExCom members for $56 million in unfunded contributions towards the 2003 Annual Budget, and presented the 2004 Annual Budget for approval, explaining that the proposed sum of $995 million was significantly higher than in recent years because many of the activities that had been funded through supplementary budgets were being absorbed into next year’s Annual Budget.
George Lucas is loved for creating Star Wars, but also gets called out a lot when changes are made for re-releases. The most recent is the apparent change to the well-known Mos Eisley Cantina scene in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. In it, Han Solo meets the bounty Hunter Greedo, Han owes Jabba the Hut money and Greedo is there to collect. Blasters fire, and Greedo is killed.The controversy has always been who shot first? With the widely held belief that it was Han Solo. But in the re-release on Blu-ray the scene was added to so as to make it very clear Greedo shot first and missed. This caused outrage as many fans thought Lucas had changed it, but Lucas has now confirmed that’s not actually the case.In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, George Lucas explains he was aware of the confusion over who shot first, so decided to clean it up. Apparently Han Solo isn’t the cold-blooded killer we thought him to be and Greedo has always shot first, even if it didn’t seem that way in the original.To make it clear, Lucas added a wider shot of the action, and now there is no doubt about who shoots first. So basically fans can’t complain, as the guy who made the original has now confirmed it was always this way, you just wanted to believe otherwise.Now is the perfect time for Lucas to bring this controversy up again, as yet again, he is promoting the movie for the re-release in 3D. But at least this will be the last time as there’s no arguing who shot first anymore.Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
As HPV-linked cancers increase, should boys get the HPV vaccine? The HPV vaccine can prevent men from contracting genital warts and a number of HPV-associated cancers – but in Ireland it is only offered for free to girls. Short URL About 80% of people will have a HPV infection at some time in their lives. Image: Shutterstock/stanislave By Gráinne Ní Aodha http://jrnl.ie/3207886 16,202 Views A SYMPOSIUM ABOUT cervical cancer will today hear that there has been an increase in the HPV strain in head and neck cancers, calling into question whether a vaccine is needed for young boys.The awareness symposium Cerviva, which coincides with European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, will speak about the developments in the HPV infection and different ways of combating it.Among the interesting findings, is the rise of HPV in cancers other than cervical cancer, including a significant rise in some head and neck cancers.HPV (human papilloma virus) is very common virus or infection, and is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) worldwide.Most HPV infections have no noticeable symptoms and over 90% are cleared by the body’s immune system. However, some people will develop infections that need treatment.Although it’s thought that men aren’t affected by the virus because of it’s strong link to cervical cancer, men are at risk and encouraged to get the vaccine.The HPV vaccine can prevent men from contracting genital warts as well as HPV-associated cancers. The primary forms of cancers caused by HPV are: Image: Shutterstock/stanislave Friday 27 Jan 2017, 12:03 AM Share Tweet Email3 Jan 27th 2017, 12:03 AM 54 Comments cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancer in womenpenile cancer in menthroat and anal cancer in men and women.For women, the provision of the vaccine to girls in their first year of secondary school has been in place in Ireland since 2010.When it was then introduced by Minister for Health Mary Harney, the plan was originally to roll the free vaccine out to boys as well – but this has yet to happen.In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of oropharyngeal cancers associated with HPV in particular among young men.Dr Cara Martin, Assistant Professor in Molecular Pathology and Tumour Biology, says that although the HPV vaccine was developed to prevent cervical cancer, “it is likely that the HPV vaccine might also prevent oropharyngeal cancers [throat cancers]“.This is because the vaccine prevents the development of cancers, but she stresses that more studies are needed into HPV in oral cancer and how the HPV vaccine could impact on this.This month, the HPV vaccine was made available through the STI services to ‘Men who have Sex with Men’ (MSM, the HSE’s technical term for gay men) aged under 26 years of age.In the past year, the HSE has been battling rumours that the HPV vaccine causes severe side effects, despite no clinical evidence to prove or represent this claim.This means that there has been a drop off in the uptake of the vaccine, which is thought will lead to more cervical cancer deaths.Other findingsThe audience at Cerviva will also hear the interim results of a HPV primary screening pilot study underway in Ireland, so far involving 6,000 women.The study, funded by the Health Research Board, is being conducted in partnership with CervicalCheck, the national cervical screening programme.This is the first study of its kind internationally, embedded within a national screening programme, found that within the population of 6,000 women:15% tested positive for HPV DNAWomen under the age of 30 were significantly more likely to test positive for HPV -those aged 30-39 were at a higher risk compared to those aged 50 years and over.These data provide important information to policy makers and should inform decisions around HPV-based primary screening tests. They should also be helpful in predicting the potential impact HPV vaccination will have on HPV prevalence rates in Ireland.International experts will also talk about the impact that HPV vaccination has had on HPV prevalence in Scotland and about the rates of abnormal smears and the incidence of cervical pre-cancer in young women attending for cervical screening.FactCheck: No, the reported side effects of the HPV vaccine do NOT outweigh the proven benefitsRead: ‘Forty young Irish girls will die of cervical cancer as a result of falling HPV vaccine rates’ says Fine Gael TD About 80% of people will have a HPV infection at some time in their lives. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Pockets of Melbourne’s Greek community are getting behind a fundraiser which will pledge cash donations to the completion of new Greek Orthodox churches in Fiji.On Sunday Melburnians Stella and John Sofianopoulos will hosted a fundraiser at Ringwood’s Nikos Tavern, in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, aiming to raise $10,000 from an expected 200 guests. Under the authority of the Holy Archdiocese of New Zealand, the Church’s spread into the Pacific came into fruition six years ago, when New Zealand priest Fr Amphilochios of Rhodes acted on his dream of pushing Orthodoxy into neighbouring countries. The Fijian project, with Agia Triada, along with two other churches (built in former homes), an orphanage and a monastery, are not supported by the Fijian government, but are fully funded by the New Zealand archdiocese and private donations.The complex is located between Nadi and Lautoka, on the west side of the main island, approximately a 15 minute drive from the airport. Mrs Sofianopoulos told Neos Kosmos she became involved in the project through her business ventures on the small Pacific nation, which make frequent trips a given. The family caught onto the establishment four years ago and have devoted time and resources to its build ever since.“Because I travel a lot to Fiji I became attached to this project and I do all I can of course to help them, we now have built Agia Triada, which is a real Greek church … but we need to finish the inside,” she said.She hopes the fundraiser will meet the FJD$17,000 (AUD$10,000) required to purchase furniture, the stasithia and the templo, for the church’s projected launch in the first months of 2015.“We thought we’d see what we can do here to help them with their funds, they’re lacking funds now and of course Greece is not in a very good position as it used to help as much as it can, and this is when we thought ‘OK, let’s see what we can do from here’. There’s an orphanage, a school where they are teaching children and teenagers to chant in Greek, it is unbelievable.”Church icons will be donated from monasteries in Greece, with wooden carvings being manufactured in Fiji by local craftsmen. For the time being, local priests are using makeshift tables and chairs to deliver mass which is traditionally held every Sunday, followed by Holy Communion and community activities, including lunch.As a result of the endeavours of the Orthodox church in Fiji, the island accordingly has 150 converts to the religion, which has grown from the initial 14 or so people when the project was initiated six years ago. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp8th November 2015 – Freeport, Grand Bahama: As the anticipation steadily grows throughout the business community for the upcoming ‘Hubei China To The Bahamas – Investment & Trade Mission” scheduled for 29th November – 2nd December 2015, businesses on both Grand Bahama and New Providence, have united their resources to ensure that the four day initiative is a successful venture that could possibly open the door to a reservoir of opportunities for Bahamian entrepreneurs and established business owners throughout The Bahamas. A network of private businesses and organizations has signed on as partners to the Investment and Trade Mission which is being led by Hubei Province Government Officials and consists of a delegation of executives representing various enterprises in Hubei China. Companies coming on board to support this business development initiative include The Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, Sunshine Holdings Limited, Sharon Wilson & Co. Attorneys-at-Law Notaries Public, Mychal Thompson Foundation, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce & Employers’ Confederation, The Grand Lucayan Beach & Golf Resort, Maecal Electronics, A Social Affair, and Derek Carroll Photography. Media Partners include The Freeport News, Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas, The Bahamas Weekly, Keen I Media, Mackey Media Ltd, Happenings Around Town, and Bahama Buy & Sell.The growing list of companies that have already pledged their support and resources to the event is a strong indicator of the appeal of the initiative that allows Bahamian businesses to take advantage of this direct link to import, export, market research, and sales and distribution channels with Hubei Province. Organized and co-sponsored by Immerse Bahamas, in conjunction with the Ministry for Grand Bahama, The Grand Bahama Port Authority and The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, the mission is described as a great opportunity for the representatives to meet one-on-one with Bahamian business owners to discuss potential investment opportunities in The Bahamas. “The Mission not only presents the opportunity for match-making with Hubei enterprises, but with the proposed signing of the MOU between the China Council for Promotion of International Trade [CCPIT], Sub-Council, Hubei and The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, the door is open for continuous exchange of trade and economic cooperation,” said Ginger Moxey, President and CEO of Immerse Bahamas.“What we will witness, as a result of this initiative, is the development of a number of business relationships; an enlightenment of the opportunities; and a collaborative effort to promote education, trade and economic expansion opportunities for both The Bahamas and Hubei China,” Moxey continued.Grand Bahama Island was chosen as an ideal “match making” destination for the Trade Mission by CCPIT Hubei, as a part of their ‘Entering America’ initiative, largely because of the island’s industrial attributes. Interested persons can register with the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce. Chinese Expo set for Freeport this November Related Items:ginger moxey, Hubei China, immerse bahamas Immerse Magazine hand delivered to Bahamas Prime Minister Immerse Bahamas continues promotion of The Bahamas at US-China Sister Cities Conference Recommended for you
February 13, 2018 Updated: 6:00 PM Allie Wagner Allie Wagner, “Boomer” donates $100,000 to help U.S. Military Veterans Posted: February 13, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Former MLB player David Wells will present a generous $100,000 donation to PeakMD Institute, a non-profit corporation founded in 2017 to provide funding for medical and mental health therapy for US military veterans who cannot afford to pay for treatment. Dr. Kevin Murphy (MindSet) is using personalized repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (PrTMS) to heal veterans with depression, post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).David Wells is passionate about helping our veterans, baseball and his community. David grew up in the Ocean Beach area and attended Point Loma High School. For many years, in support of his alma mater, David both funded their baseball team and volunteered as a varsity pitching coach. He continues to do so and is currently enjoying his fifth year as Point Loma High School’s Head Varsity Baseball Coach.Ever the philanthropist, David Wells has capitalized on his professional success to help fund several other deserving programs at Point Loma High School and is a mentor to numerous young baseball players in our community. David’s continued commitment to reaching a broader scope; to inspire and impact even MORE youth and military, inevitably led him to create his own non-profit organization.PERFECT 33 FOUNDATION:Established in 2015 by founder David Wells, PERFECT33 FOUNDATION diligently endeavors to raise funds in support of youth sports and military families and more. The efforts of the Perfect 33 Foundation are not limited; but rather it is David’s vision to give where the help is needed. Held each fall in San Diego, the Annual David Wells Golf Tournament is one of their largest fundraisers. This year, David’s PERFECT 33 FOUNDATION will host events in both New York and San Diego. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: David Wells FacebookTwitter
Three members of a family allegedly committed suicide by taking poison in Sreedharpur village of Sreenagar upazila in Munshiganj on Wednesday night, said police.The deceased are: Abdul Momin, 50, his wife Lubna Begum, 44, and their younger daughter Sanjida Aktar, 9.The only surviving member of the family is the elder daughter of the couple, Swarna Aktar.Locals and police said Momin, a fish businessman by profession, was facing a severe hardship to run the family as well as to provide the expenses for the education of his children. And that’s why he often borrowed money from different sources and at one stage, he took loans on micro-credit and then the loans piled up.Centring around the hardship, he and his wife often locked into brawl.Momin’s daughter Swarna told Prothom Alo that her father wanted to take all of their family members to a nearby market for buying them new clothes on Wednesday afternoon but she declined to accompany her family and all of their family members except Swaran went to the market.“I became anxious when they didn’t return home even after dark. Later, I heard that all of the three committed suicide by taking poison and the bodies were recovered from a nearby agricultural land,” said Swarna. Sreenagar police station officer-in-charge SM Alamgir Hossain said they would disclose details after the investigation.
Kolkata: West Bengal University of Teachers’ Training Education Planning and Administration (WBUTTEP&A) is planning to introduce a 4 year integrated course on BA and BEd and BSc and BEd from the academic year 2018, that begins from July.The university, popularly known as BEd University, is working on a war footing to finalise the syllabus and other necessary parameters for commencement of the integrated course.It may be mentioned that till date, students have to pursue three year degree or pass courses in BA and BSc and then do a two year BEd course for taking up teaching in schools. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe integrated course will be of 4 years duration and will save a year for the students. Moreover, once a student seeks admission in an institution for BA or BSc now, he/she can do BEd from the same place.It is often found that students find it difficult to get admitted to BEd colleges after completing their degree course, due to the paucity of the number of seats in government and government-aided BEd colleges.”We feel this course will surely give a new dimension to those who want to take up teaching as a career option,” Soma Bandyopadhyay, vice-chancellor of WBUTTEP&A said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe university will introduce the integrated course in phases in the different BEd colleges. “More than 10 colleges have written to us, stating that they have the infrastructure in place for starting this course,” a senior university official said.It has been learnt that WBUTTEP&A presently has as many as 413 colleges, including private BEd colleges under its aegis. The university that had started functioning on January 2015 with the initiative of the Mamata Banerjee government, has ushered in a uniform curriculum at all the BEd institutions and has contributed in reducing the fake or unaffiliated BEd colleges in the state.”BEd colleges in five districts – East and West Burdwan, Purulia, Bankura, and Birbhum are yet to come under WBUTTEP&A umbrella and we are working towards this,” the official said.
The total number of Gupta employees may rise if Oakbay’s recent deal to buy Optimum coal mine goes through, increasing the number of people in the Guptas’ employ from 4,500 to 7,500, Howa told the Financial Times.Coal mine deal could push up staff sizeBut it is unclear whether Oakbay will obtain the necessary cash to finalise the deal, Stuart Theobald, chairman of financial research organisation Intellidex, told Africa Check.Conclusion: No data found shows that Guptas employ 4,500 or 7,500 people as CEO claimedBased on information we could access, the different Gupta-owned companies employ between 2,672 and 2,892 people, excluding The New Age newspaper’s staff.The New Age would need to employ a minimum of 1,628 people to make up 4,500 employees, which is unlikely. The claim that Gupta businesses employ “more than 4,500”, or 7,500, employees is therefore not supported by available data.*Article researched and supplied by Africa Check. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more groundbreaking stories. The New AgeNo public information found? However, this excludes employees of The New Age. We contacted the newspaper but have not yet received a response. (Note: We will update this report if we hear back.) Sahara SystemsPhone conversation with a staff member30-50 Clifftop LodgeConfirmation by employee20 WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite JIC Mining ServicesJIC profile1,200 ANN 7Information from ANN7 employee282 Tegeta resourcesConfirmed to Africa Check by Oakbay corporate communications130 CompanySource of dataNumber of employees Sahara ComputersShop Directory210 Shiva UraniumOakbay Resources 2015 annual report“1000+” according to annual report,800 according to a Shiva uranium mine employee In South Africa, the Gupta family and their close relationship with key government leaders continue to dominate headlines. Last week allegations that they have left the country received intense media scrutiny.Less scrutinised, however, are claims about the total number of people the Guptas employ across their various businesses. The most prominent voice on this issue is the CEO of the family’s holding company, Nazeem Howa.Shortly after deputy minister of finance, Mcebisi Jonas, claimed in March that the Gupta family had offered him the job of finance minister, Howa wrote in an op-ed for City Press: “Oakbay Investments is the holding company for the Gupta family’s businesses, and we employ more than 4,500 people in South Africa.”Last week, Business Day reported on Howa’s attempts to restore relationships with South Africa’s largest banks after they severed ties with Gupta-associated companies – “because the lives of 7,500 employees are at stake”.So how many people do Gupta companies employ?No response from CEOOakbay Investments’ website shows that the Guptas own companies across a number of sectors.These include Sahara Computers, JIC Mining Services, Shiva uranium mine, Tegeta Resources, The New Age newspaper, ANN7 television news channel and Clifftop Lodge, a safari lodge located in the Welgevonden private game reserve in the Limpopo province. Also listed under Oakbay Investments is a company called Sahara Systems, distinct from Sahara Computers.Africa Check asked Howa to provide a breakdown of staff numbers for these companies. However, at the time of publication, he had not responded.We therefore assembled publicly available information and contacted the companies directly. Doing so showed gave us an initial figure of between 2,672 and 2,892 people.
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