Oxford American Saved by Anonymous 100K Donation

first_imgAfter months of negotiations with the Internal Revenue Service over thousands of dollars owed in unpaid taxes, non-profit literary magazine the Oxford American Friday received a much-needed surprise: a donation of $100,000.“It was an extraordinarily generousl gesture,” publisher Warwick Sabin told FOLIO:. “Without it, we might have gone out of business.”Sabin said the donor, who wished to remain anonymous, is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, where the magazine is published. “The donor indicated that they had been reading the magazine since its inception and was glad that it is located on campus,” he said. “The donor saw this as an opportunity to support both the university and the magazine.” The Oxford American was founded in 1992 in Oxford, Mississippi. It folded in 2002, but was relaunched soon after in Little Rock, Arkansas. The magazine folded again a year later but was re-established four years ago as a non-profit on the university campus.Digging Out After Alleged EmbezzlementIn February 2008, Renae Maxwell, Oxford American’s former operations manager, was arrested for allegedly embezzling at least $30,000 from the magazine. At the time, founder and editor Marc Smirnoff told FOLIO: hat Maxwell had issued several company checks to herself by forging the name of a former employee. (Maxwell reportedly pleaded not guilty and is free on bail, pending a defense-requested mental evaluation. A status hearing is set for March 2.)Now, Sabin said the amount could be as high as $200,000—$57,000 of which is owed to the IRS in federal payroll taxes.On Thursday, Sabin sent an open letter to the media announcing, in part, that if the magazine was forced to make the lump payment it “would not be able to pay its employees, its writers, its vendors, or any other creditors” and “would have to cease its operations.”“I was hoping the story would get to someone higher up in the IRS who might be able to help us set up a reasonable payment plan,” Sabin said.The donor, Sabin said, requested that $57,000 of the pledge be used to pay the IRS.Sabin said the magazine’s financial future depends on the findings of an accounting firm that has been working for several months to “reconstruct” of the magazine’s financial books following the alleged embezzlement.last_img read more

People on the move 5114

first_imgJeannine Shao Collins named publisher at More. She was previously serving as Meredith 360 chief innovation officer. Theresa Griggs is now creative director at Cosmopolitan. She was previously design director at Women’s Health. mental_floss has named Erin McCarthy as its managing editor of digital content. McCarthy was previously deputy editor of digital for the brand.The New Yorker has named Jay Caspian Kang as editor of “Elements.” He was previously working in freelance after leaving his post as an editor at Grantland.HVACR Business magazine has made a few recent additions to its team:Bruce Sprague is now circulation manager. He was previously at Penton Media, where he managed circulation and fulfillment.Pete Grasso has been named editor. Grasso joins the magazine with a deep background in PR and b-to-b editorial.Tony D’Avino joined as director of business development. D’Avino was previously executive vice president at Advanstar.Mark Miller has resigned his post as deputy editorial director at The Hollywood Reporter. No news yet on Miller’s future endeavors or his replacement.last_img read more

Is Arbaaz Khans girlfriend Giorgia Andriani uncomfortable getting papped with Arhaan Khan

first_imgTalking about Arhaan, the 16-year-old had been spending time with both partners of his separated parents. And he seems to have come to terms with the present situation. But social media users feel terrible to see Arhaan managing his time for both of his parents and their respective lovers.Earlier Malaika had said that her son has become far more accepting about her and Arbaaz’s failed marriage and being in love with Arjun Kapoor. She had recalled that her son had said to her a few months after the divorce, “Mom, you look happy.”Both Malaika and Arbaaz are in no hurry to get married and want to enjoy the current phase in their lives. Arbaaz Khan with son Arhaan Khan and girlfriend Giorgia AndrianiInstagramEstranged couple Malaika Arora and Arbaaz Khan have once again found love in their respective lives post their divorce after 18 years of marriage. While Malaika recently declared her love to Arjun Kapoor, Arbaaz has been dating Italian model Giorgia Andriani for a while now. And as Malaika and Arjun have returned to Mumbai from their New York vacation, Arbaaz and Giorgia were spotted during their lunch outing with Arbaaz and Malaika’s 16-year-old son Arhaan Khan.However, a strange thing happened after Arbaaz, son Arhaan and girlfriend Giorgia stepped out of a restaurant in Bandra on Sunday (July 7) afternoon. Both Arbaaz and Giorgia went separate ways as soon as the shutterbugs started clicking their pictures.Giorgia walked the other way while Arbaaz and Arhaan headed towards to their car. Arbaaz even turned around looking for Giorgia and shouted her name before sitting in the car with Arhaan. But Giorgia continued to walk onward.Going by Arbaaz’s baffled reaction, it looked as if the trio was supposed to leave together in the same car but Giorgia’s walk out has now created a slight confusion. Maybe Giorgia didn’t want to get papped with her boyfriend and his son together or there could be some other reason for her walk out which only the Italian beauty can tell.Take a look. last_img read more

Newborn dies as strikers stop ambulance twice

first_imgAmbulances are usually kept out of the purview of any strike, but transport workers in Moulvibazar district were not ready to accept that. They halted an ambulance here twice on Sunday, leading to the death of a 7-day-old girl.Family members alleged that the victim, daughter of Kuton Miah of Ajmir village under Sadar union of Barlekha upazila, died as she could not be taken to hospital in time due to a 48-hour strike enforced by transport workers.Victim’s uncle Akbar Ali said the baby was taken to Upazila Health Complex in the morning as she had not been taking breast milk or anything else since Saturday night, and had been crying all along.Physicians at the hospital referred her to Sylhet for better treatment and they started for Sylhet in an ambulance around 10:00am, he said.But, transport workers intercepted the ambulance first at Dasherbazar in the upazila for half an hour.The ambulance was again halted by the transport workers at Chandgram in Beanibazar upazila of Sylhet when its driver was also beaten.As the baby’s condition worsened, the demonstrators allowed the ambulance to move after one and a half hours, Akbar said, adding that having no movement from the baby at that time, they took her to nearby Beanibazar Upazila Health Complex where physicians declared her dead.Officer-in-charge of Barlekha police station Yasinul Haque said no written complaint was filed in this regard. “Steps will be taken once a written complaint is lodged,” he said.Transport workers enforced the 48-hour strike across the country on Sunday morning to press home their eight-point demand, causing immense sufferings to passengers.last_img read more

Rahul Gandhi resigns as Congress president

first_imgRahul Gandhi. Photo: AFPRahul Gandhi quit Wednesday as head of India’s main opposition Congress party, taking the blame for a second-straight election humiliation by right-wing Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”As president of the Congress party, I am responsible for the loss of the 2019 election,” he said in a statement on his official Twitter account.”Accountability is critical for the future growth of our party. It is for this reason that I have resigned as Congress president.”The 49-year-old, who was seeking to become the fourth member of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty to become prime minister, had only been Congress president since December 2017.Congress has dominated Indian politics since independence in 1948, but it has seen a spectacular collapse in support in the past decade.Gandhi said immediately after his party’s defeat in the April-May national elections that he would not continue as leader, but party barons had hoped to change his mind and Wednesday’s official announcement still came as a surprise.Congress won only 52 of the 543 seats in the lower house of parliament in the election. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took 303 seats, increasing its majority as it won a second consecutive five-year term.The BJP’s huge victory stunned the opposition and political pundits who had predicted a reduced majority for Modi’s party.While saying he could not avoid his share of the blame, Gandhi launched a virulent attack on the BJP’s tactics, hinting that the vote had not been free and fair and saying that the Indian press, judiciary and election commission had all been turned against the opposition.- Privileged scion? -“We didn’t fight a political party in the 2019 election. Rather, we fought the entire machinery of the Indian state,” he said.Gandhi also accused the BJP of seeking to “destroy the fabric of our nation” and vowed to protect the country until his “last breath”.”I have no hatred or anger towards the BJP but every living cell in my body instinctively resists their idea of India,” he said.Veteran Indian politician Motilal Vora, new intern president of India`s main opposition Congress party, gestures at his residence in New Delhi on 3 July, 2019. Photo: AFPCritics accuse the BJP of stoking religious tensions and trying to undermine the country’s secular credentials.The BJP denies the accusations, insisting it believes in equality for all.Around 80 percent of India’s 1.3 billion population is Hindu, but it is also home to large numbers of Muslims, Christians and Buddhists.The great-grandson, grandson and son of three past premiers of the world’s biggest democracy, Gandhi had set out to rejuvenate the party after it lost to BJP in the 2014 election.But he struggled to shed his image as a privileged, dynastic scion.He even lost his constituency in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, that had been a family bastion for decades. He was allowed to contest a second seat, however, and won in southern India.Gandhi’s efforts at rebuilding the so-called Grand Old Party also seemed to flounder with the senior members refusing to yield space to the younger generation. Media reports said party baron, 90-year-old Motilal Vora, would become interim chief.”Rebuilding the party requires hard decisions and numerous people will have to be made accountable for the failure of 2019,” Gandhi said.”It would be unjust to hold others accountable but ignore my own responsibility,” he added.Analysts said Gandhi’s resignation was likely to throw the party into fresh turmoil.”Rahul Gandhi’s resignation is an important point, but the bigger thing is what comes after this,” Manisha Priyam, an independent political analyst, told AFP.”Is it going to be a substitute who is going to be placed as the president?” she said indicating that making a Gandhi family pawn as new leader would not end its troubles.Rahul Gandhi’s mother, Italian-born Sonia, remains party chairperson. His sister Priyanka also took an increased role in this year’s election.last_img

I like developing people

first_img‘Plan your work and work your plan,’ suggests Michel Koopman, General Manager at The Leela Kempinski Gurgaon, as he settles in with a glass of Perrier for the ‘grueling’ interview with Millennium Post. A month (and a little more) into being at the helm of affairs for the hotel, Koopman has big plans and perhaps the best part of it is that he is brilliantly methodical when it comes to executing them (trust us, he had a PPT!). Despite a traditional educational base of Greek and Latin, Koopman had no plans of becoming a doctor or a lawyer he says. Since he was too young to join the hotel school at The Hague ( Higher Hotelschool for Hotel management) – he was only 20 then – he had to wait it out. So the journey that finally began with Assistant Chief Steward at the Amsterdam Hilton, has traveled far and wide and found base in India, for now. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ And we say for now because by the looks of it, Koopman loves to travel, there isn’t a place in the world he hasn’t been to it seems. When we asked him about it and he started listing the places he has seen, we had to stop him and asked him for places he had not seen instead. Amsterdam, Jakarta, Bali, Osaka, Perth, Canberra, Melbourne, Pudong, Shanghai and the list goes on. ‘My first visit to India was when I had a ponytail,’ laughs Koopman, that was years ago and perhaps then, he had no idea that life would come full circle. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix Speaking about his past experiences, Koopman says that he learnt to hone his analytical thinking in schools but the more real, on-hand training came from all the work he did on the side while he was still a student. From scratch in the hotel business to managing a team of workers under him, Koopman picked the tricks of his trade working it out for himself. ‘You have to take two steps backwards to take a huge step forward at times, it is the catapult effect,’ says Koopman explaining that there were times when he took a designation cut in his career to make sure he learned the right things. ‘It is essential to get your core values right,’ says he and goes on to say that this is the exact philosophy he has planned for Leela Kempinski. Everyone in the staff should know what exactly is expected of him or her and then develop skills along those lines. At this point Koopman shares a delightful anecdote on the man who swept the floors at Cape Canaveral. When asked about what he does – the man had replied – ‘I make sure that men can walk on the moon’ Confused much? So were we till Koopman explained that according to this man, if he did not do his job right at the lowest rung of the NASA operations, something would go wrong up the ladder right till the Apollo 11 launch. ‘The idea is to develop, empower, engage and reward  people and everyone should know what is expected from them- that is the Dharma Chakra,’ says Koopman. The Leela caters to making guests feel like king, guests like their privacy and space and we should respect that, he adds. So what are the big plans for Leela Kempinski? ‘I want to focus on the strengths of the hotel, fine tune those and make sure we follow our Vision – To be recognised as the leading International luxury hotel by our primary target markets, corporate and MICE. The hotel will exceed the expectations of our colleagues, guests, owners and The Leela. Our values are aligned with Athiti Devo Bhava,’ he says. While the restaurants on the property – Spectra and Diya are definitely on Koopman’s list – he wants to bring up the concept of signature dishes in the hotel. ‘Fine dining is passe,’ he says. The man loves his food, his wine and his occasional cigar – so we trust him. ‘The idea is to authenticate.  People in India focus on one great dish, which they want it right and will travel a long way to experience it. That is what signature dining is about,’ explains Koopman.  While he can’t wait for his twin daughters and wife to join him in India, Koopman keeps himself busy with his sports and books. Nothing to complain about, we say!last_img read more

Degree of devotion

first_imgSo what does this show explore? Well, the answer is a list of questions. What is devotion? Is it a mere a tool? Or a religious observation or worship?  Or an instant mantra to quell one’s innermost disquiet?  Or is it all a grand delusion and religious posturing? These are some of the ideas that this show explores through the works on display. Bajaj noted, ‘The art works in the show portray multidimensional elucidations of devotion and the way it transmutes individual entities. There are works that conjure up peace and spiritualism while others that invoke disquiet and action.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The show opens today with the performances by Sweta Bhattad and leading puppeteer of India Dadi Pudumjee.This exhibition brings in an interesting exercise to examine the modern intellectual’s notion about devotion. The show has been in the making for the past one year and eminent group of artists contributed to make it so beautiful and absorbing.Curator Puri explains, ‘Great literature, art and cinema have always flourished in times of turmoil and strife. If censorship has imposed laws to stop the common man from protesting, art has provided the perfect platform for him/her to express angst through art.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe art works by this fairly large and varied collection of artistes, depicts devotion the most basic and profound human emotion since the inception of the civilization, in multidimensional forms and renditions reflective of each individual entity and his/her leanings or preoccupations.The concept for this annual show on this open platform is reflective of the gallery’s own ethos and support to a diverse representation of art where the only limitation is the ideas that the artiste is able to dream up and the degree of their dedication and commitment to realise it.When: On till 15 January 2015 Where: Gallery Art Positive, Lado Sarai Timing: 10.30am – 7.30pmlast_img read more