SAVE THE DATE: Yidan Prize Summit The world’s largest educational prize inaugural summit Hong Kong, 10-11 December, 2017

Hong Kong, Hong Kong, September 18, 2017 /– The Yidan Prize Foundation, founded by internet giant Tencent core founder Charles Chen Yidan, will hold its inaugural global summit — the world’s largest educational prize summit — “Education Redefined: The Future is Now” alongside the award ceremony on 10-11 December 2017.

The Yidan Prize Summit will bring together over 250 world leaders, policy-makers, leading educators, investors, EdTech innovators, influential educational foundations and NGOs from around the world for lively debates and dialogues that will address how stakeholders in education should rethink the outcomes we expect amidst the fourth industrial revolution, a new era of human-machine interdependence.

The event will feature Mr. Martin Lau, President, Tencent Holdings Limited, Dr. Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO, Mr. Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Dr. Anant Agarwal, Chief Executive Officer, edX, the inaugural Yidan Prize laureates and among other prominent speakers.

The full day conference will unveil the future of education through a series of interactive roundtables, debates, LIVE LAB, panel discussions and keynote addresses on topics such as:

  • Classroom of the Future: Implementing Innovative Learning – How can innovative educational technologies be integrated into today’s classroom to create a more engaging, inspiring and effective learning experience?
  • Investing in Future-Ready Education – What are the opportunities for productive and mutually beneficial collaboration between investors and educators that will future-proof education for the younger generation?
  • Closing the Skills Gap in an Automated World – What can be done to fill the gap between the skills taught in school and those required for a vastly different marketplace of the future?
  • Everyone Counts – Education for All by 2030 – What needs to happen in the next 12 years to achieve this UN Sustainable Development Goals?



Award Ceremony – 10 December 2017 (Sun)

Full-day Conference – 11 December 2017 (Mon)


Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Sun)

The Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong (Mon)

The Yidan Prize Summit is now open for registration.
For more information, visit the newly launched Summit website at

SAINT HONORE Opéra is Ideal for the Stylish Woman

Dubai, Dubai, September 7, 2017 /– SAINT HONORE is bringing a breath of spring to its famous Opéra watch. With a subtle burst of floral splendour, Opéra strengthens its power of seduction in a collection which exudes all its natural glamour…

With floral inspiration, the watch’s intriguing harmonious composition plays on the contrasts between lightness and design.

The finely crafted openwork satin dial reveals silvery petals set with eight diamond hour-markers. The distinctive opening for the date and the openwork hands enhance the delicate yet graphic character of the watch. The stylish round box adds to its softness, and is highlighted with a black onyx on the crown.

In perfect harmony with the sparkling silver strap, “EclairTM” magnifies the bezel with the unique and exclusive SAINT HONORE pavé diamond-effect detail.

With its particularly intelligent interchangeable bracelet design, your Opéra watch can take on a new look to suit your mood, from a wide range of materials and colours.

The Opéra watch also blossoms with another more understated version decorated with eight raised “cabochon” hour-markers.

OPERA, 33 mm – technical details:

  • Stainless steel case, 35 mm, crown set with black onyx
  • Eclair TM Effect » bezel
  • Sapphire coating glass
  • Satin dial with decor “petals”, set with 8 diamonds (1mm/0,05 cts)
  • Quartz Movement
  • Sparkling silver strap, on special deploying buckle
  • Water resistant to 30 m

Louis Moinet Salutes The Spirit Of Singapore With Exclusive Limited Edition Series

Dubai, Dubai, September 7, 2017 /– Louis Moinet, in association with Wealth Solutions, unveiled the exclusive Limited Edition Singapore Edition watch, designed as a tribute to the history and tradition of Singapore. The exclusive Limited Edition of only 84 pieces (19 in gold cases and 65 in stainless steel cases, standing for 1965, the year of Singapore’s Independence) and is endowed with decorative elements which constitute references to the past and to symbols of Singapore, The Lion City.

“Louis Moinet, watchmaker and man of many arts, was above all a humanist. Early on in life, he set out to travel the world and explore its wonders. Two hundred years later, it is an honour to be pursuing this tradition of openness and sharing – and to be dedicating an original creation to a state as exceptional as Singapore. The piece combines our very best Swiss watchmaking knowhow with the ethos of the man himself, now a beacon for the whole world.” Jean-Marie Schaller, CEO & Creative Director, Ateliers Louis Moinet

The Louis Moinet Singapore Edition watch is a mechanical timepiece combining Swiss precision with Singaporean soul. Two different continents and cultures were merged in this project as a tribute to Singaporean history. The watches are endowed with decorative elements which constitute references to the past and to symbols of Singapore, The Lion City.

The first one is of the Singapore skyline with its most characteristic buildings, such as: Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Gardens By The Bay, ArtScience Museum and the Singapore Flyer. This artistic portrayal of local architecture has been engraved in the bottom part of the dial and shows the vitality and creativity of contemporary Singapore. Over the skyline, you could find the moon facing the five small stars, which is reference to the flag of Singapore.

In addition, the dial is partly open, allowing one to observe each and every beat of the calibre. This also shows the passing of time and powerfully represents and allows us to reflect on each second of Singapore’s independence. Moreover, the rotor of the watch is decorated with a concentric version of the Clou de Paris pattern.

Watches will be available in original Louis Moinet stainless steel and 18k rose gold Neo cases. This timepiece will be powered by the LM45 automatic

movement, designed and manufactured also by Louis Moinet. The frequency of the balance is 28,800 vph (4Hz) and the movement contains 22 jewels. This unique watch has been created by the famous Swiss watch atelier Louis Moinet, in cooperation with Wealth Solutions Singapore- a local branch of the Polish company specialising in delivery and creation of unique collector items, and The Singapore Watch Club – the most important association of timepiece aficionados in Singapore. The first public presentation of this project will take place at The Fullerton Hotel on Singapore’s National Day this 9th August, 2017.

Notes to Editor

About Louis Moinet

Ateliers Louis Moinet was founded in Saint-Blaise, Neuchâtel, in 2004. The fully-independent firm was established to honour the memory of Louis Moinet (1768-1853): master watchmaker, certified inventor of the chronograph (1816), and pioneer in the use of very high frequencies (216,000 vibrations per hour). Louis Moinet was a watchmaker, scholar, painter, sculptor and teacher at the School of Fine Arts – as well as the author of Traitéd’Horlogerie, a watchmaking treatise published in 1848 that remained a definitive work of reference for almost a century.

Ateliers Louis Moinet is perpetuating this legacy. The firm’s watches, produced in limited editions only, have won some of the most coveted awards, including a Red Dot Design Award (Best of the Best category), a prize in the International Chronometry Competition, and a recent UNESCO Award of Merit. Louis Moinet creations often make use of unusual materials, such as fossils and meteorites, in a unique creative approach combined with bespoke fine watchmaking complications. The brand’s core values are creativity, exclusivity, art and design.

New Bridgespan Study of Indian NGOs Reveals Systemic Gap Between Leadership Development Aspirations and Action

Mumbai, Maharashtra, September 6, 2017 /– The Bridgespan Group, with support from the Omidyar Network, has undertaken what is believed to be the first data-driven study of NGO leadership development in India. In this report, titled, “Building the Bench at Indian NGOs: Investing to Fill the Leadership Development Gap,” they identified a significant, systemic gap between the sector’s leadership development aspirations and the reality of efforts and investments by both NGOs and funders.

According to Pritha Venkatachalam, a partner at Bridgespan and one of the report’s authors, “The implications are hard-hitting, as the absence of a ‘leadership bench’ threatens these organizations’ sustainability and long-term scalability.” Bridgespan’s survey included approximately 250 leaders from Indian NGOs and the Indian offices of international NGOs-supplemented with more than 50 interviews of NGO funders and intermediaries and secondary research.

A full 97 percent of NGOs surveyed said that leadership development is vital to their organization’s success, but more than half believe they are not capable of recruiting, developing, and transitioning leaders, nor have they received funding to do so. “The result is a trend of under-equipped NGO leadership, with high dependence on a single leader-often the founder-and no second line,” said Pritha.

After raising concerns about this underinvestment, the Bridgespan study also charts a path to address them. Said Danielle Berfond, Bridgespan case team leader and the report’s co-author, “We have seen some NGOs and funders taking the initiative to close the leadership development gap, and we believe these practices can be replicated across the sector to bolster leadership teams.”

The path forward outlined by Bridgespan emphasizes NGOs developing leaders from within and funders providing them with the money, motivation, and required supports.

For NGOs, Bridgespan proposes institutionalizing a set of “Four Practices”: building out a supportive culture and organization; mapping leadership development needs; providing development opportunities that emphasize on-the-job learning; and setting goals and monitoring progress.

“But NGOs cannot do this alone,” said Ingrid Srinath, director of the Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy (CSIP) at Ashoka University. “Funders must play a critical role in supporting NGOs and building the ecosystem for greater focus on leadership development.” The study presents six specific recommendations for funders.

“None of this will be easy or immediate,” said Pritha, “But Indian NGOs are entering an era when ‘doing good’ is no longer good enough. In order to increase impact, NGOs and funders need to invest today in practices that can nurture the strong leaders of tomorrow.”

Notes to Editor

About The Bridgespan Group

The Bridgespan Group ( is a global nonprofit organization that collaborates with mission-driven organizations and philanthropists to break cycles of poverty and dramatically improve the quality of life for those in need. Our services include strategy consulting, leadership development, philanthropy advising, and developing and sharing practical insights. We have offices in Boston, Mumbai, New York and San Francisco.

Ulysse Nardin Presents Classico Zheng He

China, China, September 5, 2017 /– Saluting the fascinating world of Chinese maritime history, Ulysse Nardin honors the Zheng He Treasure Boat in its new Classic Collection limited-edition enamel cloisonné timepiece.

The Chinese Treasure Boat (or Bao-Chuan) was a type of large wooden ship in the fleet of admiral Zheng He, the renowned explorer and mariner, who led seven incredible voyages during the early 15th-century Ming Dynasty.

These massive ships were 137m long and 55m wide, with nine masts and four decks for up to 500 crew as well as cargo. While they were few in number, Zheng He’s voyages covered extensive territory, traveling through Southeast Asia to faraway Africa and Arabia. With a fleet numbering hundreds of ships, and crews of around 30,000 men, his was easily the biggest maritime expedition of that time. Between 1405 and 1433, Zheng made a total of seven voyages, visiting 37 countries, an incredible achievement.

To accurately portray the appearance of the Zheng He Treasure Boat, Ulysse Nardin called upon its enamel specialists Donzé Cadrans for the intricate enamel cloisonné technique so valued by collectors. In this very ancient art form, which dates back to the early 4th century, craftsmen employ fine gold wire to create the compartments, within which the enamel is carefully deposited. Every cloisonné dial involves immense effort and patience, requiring 50 hours of artisanal expertise and 26 separate processes to bring a scene to vivid life.

Handcrafted from 18-karat rose gold and powered by the self-winding UN-815 COSC-certified movement, this Classic Collection timepiece boasts the characteristic accuracy of every Ulysse Nardin mechanical watch. It reveals reliability too, with a 42-hour power reserve and a 40mm dial that is water resistant to 50 meters.

Welcome the Classico Zheng He, a stunning new enamel timepiece. Proving once again that preserving tradition while shaping the future of watchmaking is the Ulysse Nardin way.

Fura Enters Into Agreement to Acquire Mozambican Ruby Licences

Toronto, Ontario, September 20, 2017 /– Fura Gems Inc. (“Fura” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE: FUR) has entered into an agreement to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Cobadale Ltd. (“Cobadale”), which, on closing of this transaction, will own an 80% effective interest in four ruby licences and has applied for an additional ruby licence (collectively, the “Assets”) in the Montepuez District of Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique (the “Transaction”).

Upon closing of the Transaction, Fura will hold an 80% effective interest in the Assets with the remaining 20% interest, non-dilutive and free carry, being held by the respective local partners. The Assets cover approximately 394.24 sq. km (39,424.51 hectares).

Fura will purchase from the shareholders of Cobadale (the “Vendors”) all of the issued and outstanding shares of Cobadale in consideration for Fura paying to the Vendors USD$800,000 in cash and issuing 15 million common shares of Fura (the “Fura Shares”) on the following schedule:

— 10 million Fura Shares on the closing of the Transaction; and

— 5 million Fura Shares if any of the Assets becomes a mining concession pursuant to the laws of Mozambique on or before September 19, 2019.

All of the Fura Shares issued by the Company pursuant to the Transaction will be subject to a lock-up agreement pursuant to which the Vendors shall be restricted from selling or transferring such securities during the twelve months following the date of closing of the Transaction.

The Transaction is an arm’s length transaction for the purposes of the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange and is subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. Fura is not paying any finder’s fees in connection with the Transaction.

About Mozambican Rubies

Mozambican rubies have been historically found in the northeastern part of Mozambique in the Montepuez District of Cabo Delgado province. The nearest airport is in Pemba which is also the capital of Cabo Delgado province. The area where rubies have been historically mined is a 200km drive from Pemba to Montepuez.

Although Mozambican rubies were first discovered in 2009 by artisanal miners, geologically they are approximately 500 million years old. Mozambican ruby deposits are much older than Burmese ruby deposits (approximately 60 million years) which, prior to the discovery of Mozambican ruby deposits, had been the major supplier of rubies for centuries. According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Mozambican rubies currently account for approximately 50% of the world’s ruby production. The ruby deposits in Mozambique are also considered to be the largest gemstone deposits found in recent decades.

Northeastern Mozambique is located at a geologically critical junction between the north-south trending Mozambique Belt and the east-west trending Zambezi Belt. Both are “treasure-bearing” Neoproterozoic (approximately 500-800 million years old) orogenic belts within the global Pan-African tectonic framework. Several major geologic complexes are separated by major thrusts and shear zones. Complex thermal and deformational events provided ideal temperature and pressure for the formation of ruby, garnet, gold and other minerals of economic importance.

The Montepuez ruby mineralisation belt is located within the wedge-shaped Montepuez Complex. Around the Montepuez Belt, ruby formations seem to have resulted mainly from a metasomatic process, when fluid derived from the parental magma interacted with the host rocks in a low-silica environment. These are defined as primary ruby mineralization.

In Montepuez, there is a potential secondary source of rubies which is of prime interest due to its maturity. Rubies and other minerals were liberated from host rock due to mechanical disintegration during the Ice Age, resulting in deluvial deposits. In some parts, this layer was further remobilized due to fluvial action and entrapped in paleo-channels due to high specific gravity and hardness. These are referred to as secondary deposits.

The Assets

The Assets are strategically located in Cabo Delgado province, Montepuez districts of Mozambique (please see map below) and are comprised of 394.24, (39,424.51 hectares in four concessions) of highly prospective ground. The initial finding from the artisanal pits shows the occurrence of both primary and secondary mineralization consisting of both higher and lower quality rubies.

To view a location map for Montepuez District, Cabo Delgado, please visit the following link:

Corporate Update

Fura is pleased to announce appointment of Mr. Debananda Tripathy, as the Project Manager for Fura’s ruby operations in Mozambique. Mr. Tripathy has more than 20 years of experience in exploration geology, with more than eight years on the African continent, mainly in Mozambique. Prior to joining Fura, Mr. Tripathy was General Manager – Mineral Exploration for Jindal Mining SA Pty. Ltd. Mr. Tripathy has a Masters in Mineral Exploration and Geology with a specialization in remote sensing applications. Mr. Tripathy will be based in Montepuez and will be responsible for the overall running of the Mozambique operations including exploration, bulk sampling and bringing the project to the mining phase. Mr. Tripathy is currently supported by the team consisting of a mining engineer, geologists and other support staff.

Dev Shetty, President & CEO of Fura, commented: “We are delighted to announce Fura’s expansion into the ruby sector in Mozambique. Having previously had the opportunity and experience of exploring and developing potentially the world’s single largest ruby deposit in the Montepuez District of Mozambique, I am excited about the potential impact that securing assets in the same region will have on the Company and its shareholders. Mozambique is currently the largest producer of rubies in the world and we are excited to enter this jurisdiction. We would like to thank Cobadale, the Mozambican local partners and the government of Mozambique for the opportunity given to Fura. We would also like to welcome Mr. Tripathy to the Fura family and we look forward to his contribution to the business. We will continue to further strengthen the team by bringing the best talent to the business.”

Qualified Person

Ricardo A. Valls, M.Sc., P.Geo., of Valls Geoconsultant, Toronto, Ontario, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed the scientific and technical information disclosed in this news release and has approved its dissemination.

Notes to Editor

About Fura Gems Inc.

Fura Gems Inc. is a gemstone mining and marketing company which is engaged in the mining, exploration and acquisition of gemstone licences. Fura’s headquarters are located in Toronto, Canada and its administrative headquarters are located in the Almas Tower, Dubai. Fura is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the ticker symbol “FUR”.

Fura is currently engaged in the exploration of resource properties in Colombia and owns a 100% interest in the emerald license ECH -121. Fura has also entered into a purchase agreement to enter into the exploration and mining of rubies in Mozambique through the proposed acquisition of an 80% effective interest in four ruby licences (4392, 3868, 3869 and 6811 – see figure above) and the submission of an application for an additional ruby licence.

Regulatory Statements

This press release may contain “forward looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward looking information includes, but is not limited to, statements with respect to the agreement to acquire Cobadale, the Company’s ability to close the Transaction, the impact of managerial appointees, the prospectivity of the Assets, the Company’s ability to acquire additional licenses, the Company’s exploration activities and the Company’s performance. Generally, forward looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will be taken”, “occur” or “be achieved”. Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of the company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including but not limited to: general business, economic, competitive, geopolitical and social uncertainties; the actual results of exploration activities; regulatory risks; risks inherent in foreign operations; and other risks of the mining industry. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward looking information. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking information, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

Ease of Doing Business in India – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his New Team of Ministers aims for NEW INDIA by 2022

Ahemadabad, Gujarat, September 4, 2017 /– “A new India is emerging, which is being powered by the strength & skills of 125 crore Indians. This India stands for development.” – Narendra Modi

Single Window Interface for Trade (SWIFT)

As part of the “Ease of Doing Business” initiatives, the Central Board of Excise & Customs, Government of India has taken up implementation of the Single Window Project to facilitate the Trading Aross Borders in India. The ‘India Customs Single Window’ would allow importers and exporters, the facility to lodge their clearance documents online at a single point only. Required permissions, if any, from other regulatory agencies would be obtained online without the trader having to approach these agencies. The Single Window Interface for Trade (SWIFT), would reduce interface with Governmental agencies, dwell time and the cost of doing business.

Cabinet reshuffle done on basis of performance analysis: – Arun Jaitley

With the elevation of Nirmala Sitharaman from Minister of State to a Union minister, Narendra Modi’s cabinet has six women ministers, including two in the powerful Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).

With recent Cabinet Reshuffle .. PM Narendra Modi has sent a fresh message that he selects his team based on efficiently.

Modi Cabinet Ministers: Full list of new council of ministers

Narendra Modi – Prime Minister and also in-charge of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; Department of Space; and All important policy issues; and All other portfolios not allocated to any Minister.

  • Raj Nath Singh – Minister of Home Affairs
  • Sushma Swaraj – Minister of External Affairs
  • Arun Jaitley – Minister of Finance; and Minister of Corporate Affairs.
  • Nitin Jairam Gadkari – Minister of Road Transport and Highways; Minister of Shipping; and Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
  • Suresh Prabhu – Minister of Commerce and Industry.
  • D.V. Sadananda Gowda – Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
  • Uma Bharati – Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
  • Ramvilas Paswan – Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
  • Maneka Sanjay Gandhi – Minister of Women and Child Development.
  • Ananth Kumar – Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers; and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs.
  • Ravi Shankar Prasad – Minister of Law and Justice; and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology.
  • Jagat Prakash Nadda – Minister of Health and Family Welfare.
  • Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati – Minister of Civil Aviation.
  • Anant Geete – Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
  • Harsimrat Kaur Badal – Minister of Food Processing Industries.
  • Narendra Singh Tomar – Minister of Rural Development; Minister of Panchayati Raj; and Minister of Mines.
  • Chaudhary Birender Singh – Minister of Steel.
  • Jual Oram – Minister of Tribal Affairs.
  • Radha Mohan Singh – Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
  • Thaawar Chand Gehlot – Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  • Smriti Zubin Irani – Minister of Textiles; and Minister of Information and Broadcasting.
  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan – Minister of Science and Technology; Minister of Earth Sciences; and Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
  • Prakash Javadekar – Minister of Human Resource Development.
  • Dharmendra Pradhan – Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
  • Piyush Goyal – Minister of Railways; and Minister of Coal.
  • Nirmala Sitharaman – Minister of Defence.
  • Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi – Minister of Minority Affairs.

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