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LVMH cuts ties to crocodile farms criticized by animal rights group

Luxury good maker LVMH said its Louis Vuitton brand had ceased all trading with Vietnamese farms which animal rights activist group Peta alleged mistreated crocodiles, whose skins are used to make handbags and other accessories. “The LVMH group and its suppliers ceased all trading in 2014 with the farms named by Peta,” LVMH said on Friday, adding that it sources ... Read More »

Does living to 100 mean we’ll work forever?

Will you live to be 100 years old? Even if you don’t – it’s pretty likely your children or your grandchildren will. While Brexit, China and Trump may be dominating the news out of this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, living longer is a hot topic in the cold and snowy mountain village, and one which many attendees are ... Read More »

UK to control immigration from EU, says May

Outlining her 12 objectives for the UK’s exit from the European Union, May also nodded to the importance of science and innovation, and said part of her agenda is to “guarantee the rights of EU citizens who are already living in Britain”. May reaffirmed the messages that the country will “continue to attract the brightest and the best to work or ... Read More »

France aims to attract 10,000 Indian students by 2020

During a trip to India this week, minster Jean-Marc Ayrault also launched the Bangalore branch of France Alumni, an online platform operated by Campus France that connects former French international students with other alumni and job opportunities around the world. Last year, France welcomed around 4,000 Indian students, a number which is “very insufficient” said Ayrault. “It is very insufficient in ... Read More »

Cengage to upskill 1,000 teachers in Saudi Arabia

The partnership provides teachers in the public education system with online access to Cengage’s National Geographic Learning ELTeach programme and aims to boost the standard of language training across the country. “Saudi Arabia continues to show its commitment to education” The programme focuses on classroom methodology and is designed to help teachers with lesson planning and preparation, focusing on speaking ... Read More »

Toyota plans to invest $10bn in US

Japanese car giant Toyota says will invest $10bn (£8.2bn) in the US over the next five years – the latest car giant to announce major investments. The firm’s North America chief executive, Jim Lentz, announced the decision at the Detroit motor show. He said it had nothing to do with President-elect Donald Trump’s hostility to imported cars, but was part ... Read More »

Geneva English School to open secondary school

Set to open later this year, the secondary school comes when demand for international school places in Geneva is high, figures from ISC Research show. “The space should enable children to co-operate, be creative in a group, and learn how to learn” “Most of Geneva’s premium international schools have less than 10% spare capacity and waiting lists,” said Susan Krumrei, Head of Field Research and Consultant ... Read More »

The Misfit Vapor can dive up to 50m underwater but sidesteps Android Wear

Misfit is best known for its fitness trackers but after joining Fossil it seems that the company wants in on the smartwatch action. The Misfit Vapor uses a proprietary platform (it’s not an Android Wear device), but it will give the new Casio a run for its money. Speaking of running, the Vapor has a built-in GPS receiver, an optical ... Read More »

Tamwood to launch int’l start up school

The International Start Up School will open in June this year in Vancouver teaching students business start-up concepts as well as enabling them to begin their own project through a peer group and mentor. Students will have the opportunity to pitch business ideas and join groups to work on developing them, said Tamsin Plaxton, president of Tamwood Careers. “Our model ... Read More »

SPD leader Gabriel expected to challenge Merkel in German election – sources

Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) are expected to choose their long-standing chairman Sigmar Gabriel to run against conservative Angela Merkel for chancellor in September’s federal election, senior party sources said on Thursday. Gabriel, vice chancellor and economy minister in Merkel’s right-left coalition for the last four years, is more popular with the SPD rank and file than his recent predecessors but ... Read More »