Security Council calls for credible Ivorian polls at the earliest

7 December 2009The Security Council today called for the holding of credible presidential elections in Côte d’Ivoire at the earliest date possible, after the much-delayed polls were recently postponed again. Ambassador Michel Kafando of Burkina Faso, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for this month, told reporters that the 15-member body noted the postponement of the first round of presidential elections – which had been scheduled for 29 November – due to technical and financial constraints, as well as important remaining tasks. “The members of the Council call on the Ivorian stakeholders to pursue their efforts in order to hold credible elections at the earliest possible date,” he added. The elections, originally scheduled for as far back as 2005 and repeatedly postponed, constitute a major step in restoring stability after civil war split the West African nation seven years ago into a Government-held south and a northern area dominated by the rebel Forces Nouvelles.The statement followed the Council’s closed-door meeting with Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Alain Le Roy, who briefed members on the conclusion of the sixth meeting of the permanent consultative framework of the Ouagadougou Agreement, the 2007 blueprint for political reconciliation in Côte d’Ivoire. read more

Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index is down 8.96 points to 15,310.60.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 39.02 points to 21,433.78.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 3.88 points to 2,442.18.The Nasdaq composite index shed 3.73 points to 6,261.52.The Canadian dollar was trading at 75.50 cents US, up from Friday’s average price of 75.37 cents US.

Johnston Fernando acquitted in assets and liabilities case

Former Minister Johnston Fernando was today acquitted in the case over his alleged failure to declare his annual assets and liabilities for the year 2010.The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court acquitted Fernando in the case filed by the Bribery Commission. (Colombo Gazette)

Wynne serves Tories libel notice

Tory leader Tim Hudak says he won’t back down after being slapped with a libel notice from premier Kathleen Wynne.The premier sent the notice on friday over accusations that she was behind an alleged plan to destroy documents in the gas plant scandal.Hudak was on NewsTalk 1010’s weekly radio show The Province today. He said the ongoing scandal leads directly to Wynne’s office whether she likes it or not. He says he won’t be silenced by the notice, which was filed after Wynne warned the Tories to stop accusing her of masterminding a plan to wipe computer hard drives in the premier’s office.Libel notices have also been served to the Ontario PC Party, the Ontario PC Fund and MPP Lisa MacLeod. read more

Valeant takes its offer directly to shareholders of Botox maker Allergan

MONTREAL – Valeant Pharmaceuticals is taking its hostile takeover bid for Allergan directly to shareholders, sparking what could be a long battle for control of the California Botox maker.Quebec-based Valeant formally launched an exchange offer to Allergan shareholders on Wednesday, after the Allergan board repeatedly refused to negotiate a deal.Valeant (TSX:NYSE:VRX) has offered US$72 in cash plus 0.83 of a Valeant share for each share of Allergan (NYSE:AGN).At Wednesday’s closing trading price US$118.43 for Valeant stock in New York, that would value Allergan’s shares at US$170.30, making the offer worth about US$50.6 billion.“We believe Allergan’s stockholders should have the opportunity to express their views and we are confident that Allergan’s stockholders will support this combination,” Valeant chairman and CEO Michael Pearson said in a statement.Valeant’s co-bidder, Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management, is also seeking to call a special meeting of Allergan’s shareholders to remove six directors. Pershing owns 9.7 per cent of Allergan.Pearson said the two efforts are part of Valeant’s “clear path to complete a transaction with Allergan.”Valeant’s offer expires Aug. 15, unless extended. It includes a number of conditions, including the removal of various anti-takeover obstacles Allergan’s board has put in place, the tender of a majority of Allergan’s shares and the termination of waiting periods. Valeant shareholders would also need to approve the issuance of shares as part of the transaction.Valeant has said it sees no need to raise its offer again for Allergan, even though the company’s refusal to negotiate has hurt its share price and reduced the value of its bid.Pearson said Tuesday that he expects Valeant’s share price will recover as it takes its offer directly to Allergan shareholders and the date of a special meeting is determined.The formal offer for Allergan comes a day after Valeant held a conference call to once again try to dispel what is claims are misconceptions about the company.Allergan said Wednesday it would “carefully review” the unsolicited exchange offer, but advised its stockholders to take no action at this time.The company’s board unanimously rejected the offer on June 10, saying the revised offer “substantially undervalues Allergan, creates significant risks and uncertainties for the stockholders of Allergan and is not in the best interests of Allergan and its stockholders.”Allergan has repeatedly questioned Valeant’s business model, claiming it is unsustainable and based on serial acquisitions.David Maris of BMO Capital Markets said Tuesday’s conference call did “little to clear the air of concerns that many Allergan shareholders have over the Valeant business model.”Maris said Valeant’s organic growth is small compared with Allergan, its debt has risen dramatically to $17.7 billion from $3.2 billion in 2010, its unadjusted results show a loss, receivables have risen faster than sales and goodwill as a percentage of total assets grew to 35 per cent in 2013 from five per cent in 2009.“The combination of these items makes some Allergan shareholders concerned that the stock they would receive in a deal is that of a company that is showing concerning trends, not strength,” Maris wrote in a report.Maris also questioned the reasons given for the departure of the senior executive who ran Valeant’s esthetics, given that the Allergan deal would result in a larger esthetics company.He also said it’s unclear that the effort to replace Allergan directors would guarantee support for the transaction if they are truly independent. “We believe that shareholders should anticipate, that this process will run well into next year,” he added.The analyst said Allergan is “significantly undervalued” with many ways to grow and boost its share price, which he says is worth more than US$200 per share as a stand-alone company and without a control premium.Vicki Bryan of Gimme Credit said the only way for Valeant’s offer to reach that value is for its stock to increase at least 35 per cent, “which hardly seems likely given our concerns about Valeant’s core fundamental performance and its ability to pull off this hostile bid.”Meanwhile, she said Allergan could be pursuing a more “palatable deal” such as bidding for Irish drug manufacturer Shire, which would nearly double its revenues and put it more out of Valeant’s reach.“If Allergan and Shire actually are talking, Valeant is probably out of the game already since we believe investors will find that combination more appealing,” she wrote in a report.Allergan’s shares closed up $1.88 to $162.41 in New York, while Valeant’s shares were down 57 cents to C$128.53 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 18, 2014 8:49 am MDT Valeant takes its offer directly to shareholders of Botox maker Allergan AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

CFIA recalls breaded chicken products due to possible toxin

by The Canadian Press Posted May 9, 2017 10:31 pm MDT Last Updated May 10, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Federal health officials say Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX:MFI) is recalling various breaded chicken products because they may contain a toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the affected products, which were sold in Ontario and Quebec, include Maple Leaf brand Chicken Breast Strips in 840 gram packages with a best-before date of April 20, 2018.Chicken burgers under the Sufra Halal and Mina Halal brand names in 828 gram packages are also being recalled.The CFIA says food contaminated with Staphylococcus toxin may not look or smell spoiled and that the toxin produced by the bacteria is not easily destroyed at normal cooking temperatures.Common symptoms of Staphylococcus poisoning include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and fever.The CFIA says consumers with these recalled products should thrown them out or return them to the store where purchased. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. CFIA recalls breaded chicken products due to possible toxin read more

Texans get 9th straight win 2913 win over Browns

HOUSTON — Deshaun Watson threw a touchdown pass and the Houston Texans intercepted rookie Baker Mayfield three times, returning one for a score, to extend their franchise-record winning streak to nine games with a 29-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.The Texans (9-3), who opened the season 0-3, haven’t lost since Sept. 23 to take a commanding lead atop the AFC South.Houston raced out to a 23-0 halftime lead and added two second-half field goals by Ka’imi Fairbairn to give him five on Sunday.Mayfield, the top overall pick in this year’s draft, had his worst game of the season, throwing three interceptions for the first time since he was a freshman at Texas Tech in 2013. He entered the game having thrown nine touchdown passes with just one interception in the past three games as the Browns (4-7-1) won consecutive games for the first time since 2014.He finished with 397 yards passing and had a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter after throwing a career-best four in a win over the Bengals last week. Houston’s fearsome pass rush, led by J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney didn’t sack Mayfield, but they hurried and harassed him for much of the day.Houston was up 3-0 after an early field goal when Watson, who finished with 224 yards, connected with rookie Jordan Thomas on an 11-yard touchdown pass. DeAndre Hopkins set up that score when he made a 24-yard reception after T.J. Carrie grabbed his dreadlocks in an attempt to slow him down two plays earlier.Zach Cunningham made it 17-0 when he grabbed his first career interception and ran 38 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Officials first ruled him down at the 1, but the play was reviewed and changed to a touchdown.Kareem Jackson was called for a 47-yard pass interference penalty on Cleveland’s next drive to put the Browns at their 20. But Mayfield threw another interception two plays later and it was returned 18 yards by Johnathan Joseph.Houston added another field goal to make it 20-0 with about three minutes left in the second quarter.Mayfield’s third interception came late in the second quarter when Andre Hal grabbed the ball in the end zone.Lamar Miller had 103 yards rushing for his second straight 100-yard game and fourth of the season and Hopkins had seven receptions for 91 yards.Cleveland continued to struggle in late-season games, and the Browns fell to 9-39 in December and January games since 2008.Nick Chubb got the Browns on the board in the third quarter when his 2-yard TD run cut the lead to 23-7 with about 9 1/2 minutes left. Rashard Higgins had a 17-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, but the 2-point conversion failed to leave the Browns down 29-13.Houston added another field goal after that before a mistake-filled possession by the Browns. First Mayfield threw what looked to be a 76-yard touchdown pass to rookie Antonio Callaway, but it was brought back because of a holding penalty by left tackle Greg Robinson.Two plays later, Mayfield connected with Callaway again and he gained 71 yards before rookie Justin Reid chased him down from behind and knocked the ball out of his hands just before he would have scored. It bounced into the end zone where it was recovered by the Texans.INJURIESCleveland cornerback Denzel Ward left in the first half with a concussion. … Browns defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi injured his biceps in the second quarter and didn’t return. … Cornerback Johnathan Joseph didn’t return after injuring his neck in the second quarter. … LB Brennan Scarlett injured his leg and didn’t return. … Houston offensive tackle Kendall Lamm left in the second half with a concussion.UP NEXTBrowns: Host the Panthers next Sunday.Texans: Host the Colts next Sunday.___More AP NFL: and Rieken, The Associated Press read more

Gold in Latin America six juniors amass 100Mozplus resources

first_imgBy Marc Davis, Latin America represents the world’s last great mineral frontier for prolific gold discoveries due to its vast land mass and its geologically fertile terrain. This is proving to be a godsend for some lucky investors, while others have seen their luck turn to shattered dreams.Such drama all began with the Spanish Conquistadores, who failed in their efforts to locate the fabled Eldorado (‘the golden one’) – a mythical lost city brimming with golden riches. However, a peaceful modern-day invasion of intrepid gold seekers is breathing new life into the world’s greatest ever treasure hunt – and they’re proving that there’s some truth to Eldorado’s lustrous legend.Armed with large amounts of cash, sophisticated technology and shrewd geological acumen, a handful of small to large sized mining companies are finally revealing the secret to finding South America’s most prolific gold riches. All of which are clustered either in the northern territories of the continent or in its southern reaches, rather than conveniently concentrated in one Eldorado-like location.Several of the world’s largest gold miners are at the forefront of this epic ‘New World’ gold rush. The ranks of the various other hopefuls are mostly made up of small boom-or-bust gold exploration/development juniors. A select few have already hit the geological jackpot.They include the Canadian gold junior Aurelian Resources. It made the headline-grabbing Fruta del Norte gold discovery in Ecuador in 2006. Thanks to this high-grade 13.7 Moz deposit, the company’s share price skyrocketed from around $0.25 to over $40. This was before the deposit was purchased in 2008 by the mining heavyweight Kinross Gold for the princely sum of $1.2 billion.To date, a total of six other gold juniors have each found world-class gold deposits, weighing-in at 10 Moz or better. Unfortunately, three of these lustrous projects are in Venezuela, which is proving to be fraught with major political risk for asset-rich gold companies. And just last month, unforeseen political events in Columbia essentially derailed a fourth company. More on all of this later.That leaves Chile, where two major gold finds are shaping up nicely without any political bumps in the road – so far. They include what is arguably the most promising of all of Latin America’s gold-copper discoveries of the past couple of decades – the huge Caspiche deposit.Owned by Exeter Resource Corp., the Caspiche gold-copper deposit in northern Chile’s prolific Maricunga gold belt is a veritable monster that weighs in at 24.3 Moz of gold. This figure entails resources in the largely reliable but not definitive Indicated category, as well as the more approximate Inferred category.The deposit is situated at the heart of the ruggedly mountainous Maricunga gold corridor, where over 100 Moz of gold is concentrated and is mostly owned by mining heavyweights Barrick Gold, Goldcorp and Kinross Gold. Only the Cerro Casale gold mine in-the-making is still larger than Caspiche. Jointly owned by Barrick and Kinross, this monster deposit boasts a 26.4-Moz gold resource. But Caspiche is still growing in size (due to continued drilling success) and its management suggests that the company has yet to define the limits of the discovery.Andina Minerals is the other mining junior that is also making solid headway in the Maricunga gold belt. Its Volcan gold project, which consists of three closely grouped deposits, add up to 9.77 Moz in the Measured and Indicated category, as well as a further 768,000 oz in the Inferred category. These deposits – which could all be encompassed into a single mining operation – are still getting larger, according to Andina Minerals president George Bee.Second in size only to Exeter’s Caspiche deposit among the six gold juniors is the 16.8-Moz ounce Las Cristinas deposit in Venezuela. This controversial world-class gold discovery is owned by Toronto-based Crystallex International Corp.Unfortunately for the company’s shareholders, the project’s development was stopped dead in its tracks in mid-2008 by the left-wing, anti-capitalism government of political firebrand Hugo Chavez. The company was ready to build a low-cost 250,000 oz/y mine. In late 2009, the company reported that it was still at an impasse with regards to the Venezuelan government’s refusal to issue it an environmental permit. Crystallex’s share price has been in the doldrums for nearly 18 months, at a fraction of its former valuations.Another victim of Chavez’s capricious government is Spokane, Washington-based Gold Reserve Inc. Its Brisas project hosts 11.8 Moz of gold and approximately 1,600 MIb of copper in the Measured and Indicated category, and 2.28 Moz of gold and 316 MIb of copper in Inferred category. Over the past 17 years, the company has invested over $300 million in what constitutes one of the world’s largest undeveloped gold-copper deposits.Gold Reserve was on the verge of commencing mine construction when it too was ‘arbitrarily’ thwarted in early 2008 by Venezuelan authorities, according to the company. The company’s share price has languished ever since then and its frustrated management is pursuing an international arbitration claim against Chavez’s administration.Another setback for the junior gold sector came just several weeks ago when Vancouver-headquartered Greystar Resources found itself suddenly stymied in its bid to make a lucrative mine out of its Angostura gold-silver deposit in Colombia.With a resource totaling about 11.55 Moz of gold in the Measured and Indicated category and a further 3.37 Moz in the Inferred category, this is a major setback for a project that has been 15 years in the works. Unexpected changes in Colombia’s mining code have placed much of Greystar’s gold resources off-limits as they encroach on an environmentally-sensitive area. Greystar’s share price has also taken a precipitous tumble over recent trading sessions.The last of the select small group of gold juniors in South America with 10-Moz-plus gold resources is Vancouver-based Rusoro Mining. An already established gold producer in Venezuela, the company has mitigated much of the political risk there by partnering up with the regional government of Bolivar State for its producing Isidora mine – the larger of its two mines. The company’s proximal properties in the El Callao and El Dorado gold districts benefit from collective resources of 7.1 Moz of gold in the Measured and Indicated category and a further 7 Moz in the Inferred category.All of these emerging gold deposits represent rich veins of opportunity for supply-hungry major gold producers that are beginning to circle around prospective takeover targets. This is especially the case as the relative scarcity of worldclass gold discoveries in recent years is already taking a toll on the mining industry’s bottom line. Global gold output has been dwindling by nearly 5% per annum since it peaked in 2001, even though bullion’s spot price has virtually quadrupled since then.last_img read more

Womens EHF CL QUAL Glassverket and Baia Mare to host battle for

Women’s EHF Champions League 2015/2016 ← Previous Story Fuchse Berlin win IHF Super Globe 2015! Next Story → LNH 2015/2016 begins good for PSG and Montpellier Norwegian Glassverket and Romanian HCM Baia Mare are hosting the two Women’s EHF Champions League Qualfication tournament this weekend. Eight teams will fight for the last two spots in the elite female handball competition which will start on October 16:30 Györi Audi ETO KC VS WHC Radnicki Kragujevac12.09.2015 19:00 Glassverket VS SERCODAK Dalfsen13.09.2015 14:30 Loser Match 1 VS Loser Match 213.09.2015 17:00 Winner Match 1 VS Winner Match 212.09.2015 13:30 Team Esbjerg VS Ankara Yenimahalle BSK12.09.2015 16:00 HCM Baia Mare VS BNTU-BelAZ Minsk Reg13.09.2015 14:00 Loser Match 1 VS Loser Match 213.09.2015 16:30 Winner Match 1 VS Winner Match 2 read more

Heres What Happened Today Thursday

first_imgThe full scale of payments and expenditure at the CRC was laid bare at the Public Accounts CommitteeSeparately at the PAC, St Vincent’s Hospital said they would “swing around” to comply with HSE rules on payA new pharmacy is offering generic drugs at Northern Ireland prices, but the Irish Pharmacy Union says it doesn’t expect members to jump to the modelA man who held a hunger strike outside the Dáil last summer today chained himself inside a Dublin bankSIPTU members at Aer Lingus and the DAA are to vote on strike action NAMA announced an end to the 80:20 deferred payment initiative, citing improved market conditionsTwo men appear in court after a car was followed and rammed on the Naas Road in DublinA 92-year-old woman sustained burns following a gas explosion in Ringsend44 jobs were at risk as Thomas Cook announced plans to close its Dublin office The Justice Minister signed contracts on the new Cork prison, but the plan was criticised by campaignersMichael Fassbender, U2 and the Irish-set film Philomena were nominated for Oscars NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news…Pictured at the launch of the Dublin Citywide Reading for Children initiative are 10-year-olds Eve Young , Alison Malone and Jade Burke from St. Clare’s National School, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6 (Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)IRELANDcenter_img INTERNATIONALSuperintendent Liz McAinsh appeals for information at Fettes Police Station in Edinburgh after three-year-old Mikaeel Kular was reported missing from his home. (Danny Lawson/PA Wire)#MISSING: Police in Scotland have issued a widespread alert for missing 3-year-old Mikaeel Kular. The boy has been missing from his Edinburgh home since last night.#HOLLANDE: The French actress at the centre of the infidelity claims dogging French President has begun legal proceedings against the magazine that published the allegations. Julie Gayet is seeking €50,000 in damages and, if she wins, Closer will have to publish the verdict on its cover.#VATICAN: The UN’s child rights watchdog has question the Vatican over child abuse. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child asked the Vatican what it had done to root out abuse, but the Vatican delegation responded tersely, insisting it knew what had to be done.INNOVATIONIf you’ve played a video game on a PC in the last decade, you’ll be familiar with Steam, the games distribution platform. Now, the Seattle-based company behind Steam is attempting to break into the PC market itself. [The Guardian] Are you one of those people who thinks that Facebook is too ubiquitous, that it is too personalised? Then you won’t like what they’re doing next. [Gizmodo]PARTING SHOT(BBCWorldwide/YouTube)The world said goodbye to Roger Lloyd-Pack, best known as Trigger in Only Fools and Horses, today. The actor was 69. It seems fitting to leave you tonight with this, his first scene in which he attempts to sell Del and Rodney some dodgy briefcases.Click here for the clip.last_img read more

Betting shop employee killed in south London – reports

first_imgA BETTING SHOP employee has reportedly been killed in Morden, south London.The deceased, 55, is understood to have died in Ladbrokes’ Aberconway Road branch early this morning. The Racing Post is reporting that Ladbrokes is currently comforting relatives of the deceased and assisting police with their enquiries.Merton Police, investigating the “suspicious death”, have asked anyone with information to get in contact.Read: Murder of London soldier raises fears of ‘lone wolf’ attacksRead: Spy agency MI5 ‘approached’ suspect soldier killer, says childhood friendRead: Two arrested on ‘suspicion to endanger aircraft’ after flight diverted to Londonlast_img read more

Charge your iPhone with wind power

first_imgWhen you think of using wind to generate power you can’t help but think of the large wind farms which are beginning to spring up across the country. If you have ever seen a wind farm you will agree that the view is stunning. Large wind turbines dot the landscape usually as far as the eye can see. Walking up to one of these turbines, the viewer can’t fathom how something so large can be moved with just a small amount of wind and how in doing so electricity is created.What we need to remember is that creating power from wind doesn’t have to occur on such a grand scale. It could be used to power even the smallest of devices including your iPhone. Such an accessory for this purpose has been designed by Tjeerd Veenhoven, a self-described 3D interior and exterior designer from The Netherlands. The iFan allows you to harness the “green” power of the wind, but it does have its drawbacks.The designer says that the device, made by utilizing a modified computer fan, needs about six hours to charge an iPhone. That’s a bit longer than the traditional charger you plug into a wall, but with wind power at least you’re carbon neutral! Of course, improvements in the design of the fan blades may improve the speed at which it charges your iPhone, but so does holding it outside your car window according to the designer.One clever way to speed things up a bit is to connect the iFan to a bicycle. This is a practical application now being offered up by the iFan’s creator and one which not only powers up your iPhone, but keeps you in shape as well.Read more at Tjeerd Veenhoven’s Bloglast_img read more

La Liga confirms free to air deal with Facebook in India

La Liga confirms free to air deal with Facebook in India

first_imgSpain’s top flight soccer division La Liga has penned down a major deal with Facebook which will allow viewers in the Indian sub-continent to watch every game over the next three seasons for freeThe Spanish football governing body confirmed all 380 league matches for the new season, which begins on Friday, would be available to viewers in India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.“We are really happy to be on a free to air service in such an important territory as the Indian sub-continent,” Alfredo Bermejo, La Liga’s head of digital strategy, told Reuters ahead of the announcement.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“One of our goals for the last two years has been to offer content to the widest audience possible, so partnering with free platforms like Facebook, which has 270 million users in India, is key to us.”Facebook and La Liga declined to give financial details of the deal which sees the social network giant unseat Sony Pictures Network as the rights holder in the region.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Discover how technology will shape workplace wellness at Employee Benefits Connect

EXCLUSIVE Discover how technology will shape workplace wellness at Employee Benefits Connect

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: VitalityHealth will discuss how technology can help to shape employee wellness schemes at Employee Benefits Connect 2017.Greg Levine, director of corporate and intermediated business at VitalityHealth, will present a session titled ‘The future of tailored employee wellness schemes’ as part of the driving performance conference stream on Wednesday 1 March 2017.In his session, Levine will examine the role of technological innovation in driving and reinforcing behavioural change as part of a sustainable health and wellbeing programme in both small and large organisations.Levine said: “Behavioural change is a complex process and there’s no quick fix for it. What [employers] need in order to change behaviours and change what happens in organisations is [a] long-term, sustainable programme; that’s the key.”Levine will also discuss how to place employee wellbeing at the top of an organisation’s agenda, and how employers can take concrete steps towards improving employee wellness for individuals, highlighting the business reasons for making these kinds of changes, such as reducing costs and improving staff retention.Levine added: “[The presentation] will look at the whole benefits space in a much more vibrant and exciting way. [It] will have a different slant and have a different view of what employee benefits can look like today and going forwards.”Employee Benefits Connect 2017 will take place on Wednesday 1 March 2017 at Park Plaza, London.To register or find out more.last_img read more

Living For The Weekend

Living For The Weekend

first_imgBy Valerie Fraling, Special to the AFRO“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.” George Bernard ShawThe recent primary election had “joy and pain” with some wins and losses but as we congratulate the winners we must thank Sen. Barbara Robinson, Sen. Joan Carter Conway, and my longtime friend Sen. Nathaniel McFadden, for their years of public service and commitment to the City of Baltimore.“I have often walked down the street before, but the pavement always stayed beneath my feet before. All at once am I, several stories high, knowing I’m on the street where you live.” Nat King ColeThe beauty of visiting Beulah and James Brown and their son Jay at their lovely Randallstown home is we get to visit their nephew Judge Jan and Kathy Alexander at their lovely home next door.“The language of friendship is not words but meanings.” Henry David ThoreauThe families were celebrating Jan and Kathy’s son Jordan’s graduation from Morgan State University.Had the opportunity to meet former AFRO employee Marilyn Bailey celebrating her 72nd birthday at Capital Grille with her best friend Colette Jackson.“Oh, it’s a long, long while from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September. When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame. One hasn’t got time for the waiting game.” Frank SinatraHappy birthday to 10-year-old Nylyn Knicole Mosby, Michael Cryor, Sharon Roberson Pinder, Sharon Price- Walker, Nikita Haysbert, Helen McDonald, Edward “Petey” Anthony, Betty Clark, Carole Miles, Dell Perry, Nikita Haysbert, Pam “Ms. Maybelle” Hill, AFRO photographer Anderson Ward. Special 50th birthday to Superstar Kenneth Du-Shawn Fields and a super happy 50th birthday to my nephew Kevin Lovell Johnson.Jenifer Harvey thought that when the girlfriends Angie Burnett, Rorye Jordan, Brenda Baker, Jackie Brown, Kara King, Deborah Courtney, Brenda Baker, Dee Taylor and her cousin joined her for drinks at Owings Mills, World of Beer to celebrate her 60th birthday, that the celebration ended when we all said goodbye. Her husband and sister Dee, who flew in from Georgia were planning a surprise celebration. Jenifer thought her sister just flew in from Atlanta to hangout for the weekend; so what a shock it was when she woke up on Saturday morning to learn they had planned a surprise birthday cookout. Guests came from Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina and Detroit to celebrate this milestone.Among the guests were some of her colleagues when she was a flight attendant; they took to the friendly skies to party with Jenifer. Other guests were Valerie and Cedric Noles, Jeff and Karen Gross, Vickie Conway, Harvey Harris, Loretta and Jack Williams, Irving McDonald, Rev. Kevin and Annette Brown, Brenda Baker and Debbie Hawkins. Andy Nelson Caterers prepared the delicious food and Jerry Stamper provided the music. Welcome to the club Jenifer.“Just Be My Lady. This love I have was meant for you. Just Be My Lady everything you ask of me sweet heart I’ll do for you. My Promise to you is I’ll always be true. No matter what no one. To death do us part you can have my heart forever and that’s a long, long time.” Larry GrahamSinging happy 26th anniversary to my daughter and son-in love Lisa Lee and Gregory Packer Jr., happy 41st anniversary to Armstead and Reba Jones and happy 43rd anniversary Donald and Judy Rainey.James 5: 16 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”Sending get-well wishes to my Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sister Rhonda Nelson-Boglin as she continues to recuperate. Thinking of you violets, to Dr. Lavenia Fitzpatrick.“Somebody prayed for me, had me on their mind, they took the time and prayed for me. I’m so glad they prayed for me” Dorothy Norwood Received some great news from Selena Redd, Jerrelle Francois’s sister. She informed me that Jerrelle is progressing nicely as has come from a very long way. On Wednesday, family, former students and friends gathered at the Stadium Place to celebrate Jerrell’s birthday. She appreciates all the cards and expressions of love she has received. Please continue to send cards to Jerrelle at Stadium Place 1010 E.33rd St. Baltimore MD 21218.“I’ll be seeing you in all the old familiar places that this heart of mine embraces all day through. In that small café, the park across the way, the children’s carousel, the chestnut tree, the wishing well. I’ll be seeing you in every lovely summer’s day. In everything that’s light and gay. I’ll always think of you that way. I’ll find you in the morning sun and when the night is new I’ll be looking at the moon but I’ll be seeing you” Rod Stewart Friends are mourning the death of our friend the man who kept the party going back in the day at the Alpha House on Garrison Boulevard back in the day Mr. LB Jones died last week after a long illness.Sending prayers to Jean Carter and family on the death of her brother Wayne Carter and to Priscilla Ledbetter on the death of her husband Robert Ledbetter.What’s happening! Jazz on the Avenue hosted by the Pennsylvania Avenue Bakery is Sept. 1. •last_img read more

What Kind of Sorcery is This Expert Archer Shoots Turning Arrows

first_img You can run, but you can’t hide from archer Lars Andersen.In a rare YouTube video, the Danish painter, writer, and Legolas wannabe shows off his ability to shoot arrows that turn in mid-flight.“It is one of the funniest things to do in archery,” according to Andersen. “It’s actually quite easy; all experienced archers should easily be able to learn this.”AdChoices广告“All experienced archers should easily be able to learn this” (via Lars Andersen/YouTube)The one-minute-45-second clip (below) is not a step-by-step instruction manual. Rather, it highlights Andersen’s talent in a variety of scenarios—shooting targets around objects and people.A mysterious narrator (clearly not Andersen) notes that arrow flight paths can be manipulated to change direction while in the air. (I imagine the process is something like how professionals put spin on a bowling ball.)Ancient Arabic and English sources cited in the video suggest archers were historically able to hit targets hiding behind objects.All it takes is an ordinary bow and arrow and some practice.As noted by Andersen in the video description, the trick relies on the placement of the arrow on the string. Its intentionally crooked positioning helps push the fletching (rear feathers) to one side, while air resistance pushes it back, causing the arrow to turn.“I’m trying to reinvent historical archery,” Andersen’s video channel profile said. “Modern stagnant static target archery is not bad, but has very little connection to the dynamic archery of the past.”Despite a selection of slow-motion demonstrations, the bowman’s assertions are often challenged by expert archers who claim his methods only work for short-range shooting. (But hey, they still work.)Do not try this at home (via Lars Andersen/YouTube)Just don’t go all Hawkeye and start shooting at family and friends to test the skill.Andersen makes it very clear that only after he had practiced for a long time, and was “100 percent able to shoot around every time,” did he employ real people.“The purpose of shooting around people was to show that this is completely controllable,” he said. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Lars Andersen learns ancient archery skills, can now split an incoming a… center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Will Amiibo be the Last ToystoLife to Die

first_img Preorder New Nintendo Amiibo: Link, Snake, Ivysaur, SquirtleWe Must Protect This ‘Link’s Awakening’ Amiibo With Ou… Stay on target It’s almost Christmas, and for me, that means it’s almost time to watch my little cousins unwrap nothing but toys-to-life figures. Disney Infinity, Skylanders, Lego Dimensions, Amiibo. They don’t want money or plot device sleds. For the past few years, all they’ve wanted are these little toys you plop into your video games. That’s not a judgment, just an observation. However, these holidays filled with NFC figures may soon be over as it’s looking more and more likely the toys-to-life fad is on the decline. And when the dust is settled, Amiibo of all of things might be the last toys-to-life to die.Earlier this year Disney Infinity was the first to fall. You’d think a company capable of putting out Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and Disney Princess toys would be able to maintain success. However, despite plans for more even more #brands and gameplay styles and partner developers and elaborate figures, Disney Infinity 4.0 never materialized. Woody and Elsa figures might have been home runs, but it turns out kids just didn’t want to play with Michael Rooker toys. Their loss. Three different versions of Johnny Depp probably didn’t help either.As Disney’s last major link to video games, severing Infinity allowed the company finally ditch the medium it’s clearly hated for years. It’s too bad though because regarding sheer toy design, Disney Infinity might have been the most visually appealing in the category, even when the gameplay didn’t hold together. I guess you probably shouldn’t name your product Infinity unless you want an ironically short lifespan.Skylanders kicked off the toys-to-life money party in 2011 as a radical reinvention of Spyro the Dragon of all characters. Now it and Call of Duty are the one-two punch publisher Activision relies on instead of making original games. However, history has shown us what happens to huge Activision franchises that goes on for too long. Remember Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk? Skylanders may soon suffer that same fate.It’s not like there haven’t been exciting things happening in the world of Skylanders lately. They’ve added outside characters like Donkey Kong and Bowser and Crash Bandicoot to the mix. The kid-friendly Diablo gameplay remains decent, and the last game actually had a really cool hook. Creating your own dank Skylanders in Imaginators lets kids express their creativity and lets Activision sell even more plastic. But despite these moves sales and interest overall in the series are on the decline. Meanwhile, Vicarious Visions is moving from Skylanders support studio to Destiny support studio, since that franchise is still inexplicably worth saving.Just over a year old, Lego Dimensions is the latest addition to this crowded market. But it’s Lego, so it can muscle its way into anything toy-related. Beyond Lego, Dimensions also has an exciting, if random, collection of brands. Other games give you Princess Jasmine and Mario avatars, but only Lego Dimensions lets you play as Mr. T or Scooby-Doo or Tom Cruise or Will Arnett’s Batman or the Wicked Witch of the West. Sonic the Hedgehog is there, too, but no game is perfect. Also, for over a decade Lego video games have been successful without a physical toy component, so even if the fad does pass the series will still most likely continue.That leaves us with Amiibo. As a toymaker, video game hardware and software juggernaut, and owner of some of the most beloved character on the planet, Nintendo entering the toys-to-life market made a ton of sense. However, since Amiibo debuted in 2014, there have been some snags in the execution, to say the least. Figures had awkward designs with ugly plastic support posts. Frequent shortages kept buyers from getting their hands on more obscure characters like Marth and Ness. And the actual gameplay functionality figures added to most games was marginal at best.Despite these setbacks, Nintendo stuck with the initiative and continued to expand it in new directions. Animal Crossing Amiibo cards lets players access characters that maybe didn’t need their own figures. Characters like Mario and Kirby got new, bigger figures with better poses. Cool niche Nintendo characters like BoxBoy and Chibi-Robo received some Amiibo love, as did the star of indie third-party modern classic Shovel Knight. Amiibo were on display in the Nintendo Switch trailer, so if the toys are making the leap to Nintendo’s next console, they’ll probably be sticking around for a least a few more years. Slow and steady continues to win the race.Maybe toys-to-life aren’t dying. Maybe they’ve just a hit low point, and a new competitor will rise to fill the void. Personally, next Christmas I would love to see my cousins unwrap a bunch of Bea Arthur toys for Golden Girls: The Game.last_img read more

Bringing the best of British to the world

Bringing the best of British to the world

first_imgBBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, and VisitBritain, the UK’s national tourism agency, have today announced a new partnership to launch a dedicated content portal, known as BBC Britain, that tells a compelling story of modern Britain. British Airways, one of the world’s leading global premium airlines, has been confirmed as the first company to join the partnership.Sitting within, the international version of, BBC Britain ( will combine specially commissioned articles, videos and images with relevant content drawn from across’s specialist feature sites, including BBC Culture, BBC Future, BBC Travel, BBC Autos, BBC Capital and BBC Earth.The site’s innovative approach brings to life the UK’s global appeal, taking a balanced and objective look at the story of modern Britain, from London Fashion Week to journeys through the Yorkshire Dales, from Shakespeare to iconic contemporary British businesses, brands and people.Joining forces for the first time, the three partners already have similar missions to bring the best of British to an international audience, via BBC Worldwide showcasing the best UK creative content, VisitBritain’s promotion of the UK’s attractions or British Airways bringing to life British design and customer service.BBC Worldwide will have full editorial control over the site. VisitBritain and British Airways will have all the advertising inventory around the BBC Britain content, which will be populated with joint collateral. There will be future opportunities for other great British brands to come on board as the partnership evolves.Sally Balcombe, CEO VisitBritain, said: “BBC Britain will host a body of content that tells a compelling story of Britain to visitors from across the world, striking a balance between highlighting traditional treasures as well as covering more modern parts of British culture across our nations and regions. We’re pleased to be involved in creating a long term content platform for Britain alongside British Airways, but this is just the start. We’re calling for more British brands to join this partnership as it grows over time.”Tim Davie, CEO BBC Worldwide and Director, Global said: “BBC Worldwide plays a key role in showcasing the UK’s creative industries around the globe and as an ambassador for ‘Brand Britain’ overseas, so I’m delighted to be launching a dedicated place on to tell the world about modern Britain.”Sara Dunham, British Airways’ head of marketing, retail and direct, said: “As a proudly British brand with global reach, we’re delighted to be part of an initiative to bring the UK to life for overseas visitors or those wanting to know a little more about the island we call home. We know from experience how interesting people find the UK. It’s a creative, diverse country with great heritage juxtaposed with fantastic modernity. We fly millions of people every year to the UK, and what better way to tempt people to visit than a site that showcases the best of Britain?” reaches a monthly average of 85.5 million unique browsers across mobile and desktop, including an average of 8.3 million unique browsers to the non-news feature sections.Source = VisitBritainlast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “It’s pretty scary, guys,” Jaworski said pejoratively of some of the quarterbacks that NFL teams have on their roster.He pointed to Atlanta’s Dominique Davis, Pittsburgh’s Bruce Gradkowski, Denver’s Brock Osweiler and Cincinnati’s Josh Johnson as examples of how teams are struggling to find serviceable backups.“These are guys that have had literally no NFL experience, and they’re one snap away from having to carry a team’s fortunes,” the analyst said.He said he’s not even sure if the league boasts 32 “competent” starting quarterbacks — an average of one per team — at this time. He also said a rash of injuries has further diluted the overall quality of the position.“And I think the league is concerned,” said Jaworski, who played quarterback for 14 years for the Rams, Eagles, Dolphins and Chiefs. “There have been an inordinate number of injuries, by my count.”There are such slim pickings at the position that St. Louis, which lost starting QB Sam Bradford to a torn ACL last Sunday, reportedly contacted Brett Favre to see if he had any interest in joining the team. Favre, who last played in 2010, turned down the offer. 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Despite the perceived lack of talent at quarterback, Jaworski said things are looking up for the league in the near future.“I actually think the quality coming out of college is much better than it was a few years ago,” he said. “I think there’s better coaching right now. There are more passing (offenses) that have NFL concepts.“The feeder system is good.” The Arizona Cardinals had a disastrous time in the 2012 season trying to find stability at the quarterback position. The team acquired Carson Palmer from the Oakland Raiders in the offseason in hopes of remedying that situation, but the offense hasn’t shown great strides of improvement with Palmer under center so far.ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski said Thursday while on Arizona Sports 620’s Burns & Gambo show that what’s happening to the Cardinals at quarterback is part of a league-wide phenomenon. Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: Ron Jaworski, ESPN NFL Analyst Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more