Official Launch Date Announced For This Summer’s Hottest Sci-Fi Read

Sci-fi reaches new heights this summer, with the official launch date just announced for Retaliation, the debut novel from Scottish author Martin Wallace. As the first instalment of the Earth Reclamation Force (ERF) series, Retaliation introduces readers to a brand new space saga that’s already pegged as an instant bestseller. Come May 6 2016 sci-fi buffs will be invited to join the ERF rebellion in a chilling post-apocalyptic world. When planet Earth finds itself under alien attack it resorts to nuclear warfare as a last ditch effort to prevail. Tragically, it’s not enough and the world is plunged into a nuclear holocaust, destroying all chances of life and causing all known human survivors to flee to outer space. With a vastly superior enemy now in power, a tribe of rebel survivors are faced with the quandary of whether to run and hide, or fight back in full force to reclaim their home planet. “What would you do if you lost your home, your family and your planet? It’s a concept that’s unfathomable, yet one that readers are forced to address head on when delving into the ERF universe,” said Martin Wallace, Author. Imaginative and visionary, Wallace introduces readers to an electrifying line-up of characters and concepts. The galvanising one-man ERF Fire-Starter fighter craft is the pride of the scout defence fleet, terrorising the ‘Fedirian’ alien invaders with a formidable compliment of chain guns and offensive missiles. Together, Lt Commander Scott Cave, Captain Selina Laverty, Lt Naomi Ward and Lt Haver must pull out all stops to win an enthralling battle against extra-terrestrial forces. “I’ve always been enchanted by the science fiction genre, and have dreamt of penning my own novel for years. After years in the making I’ve finally turned my intergalactic visions into a young adult novel steeped in adventure, compassion and revenge,” says Wallace.   In the lead up to the release Wallace has released a teaser trailer that offers sci-fi fans a glimpse at what to expect from his debut novel. With London in fiery chaos, jet fighters sweeping the skies and explosions lighting up outer space, the trailer zealously captures the dystopian concept of the book. With books such as The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner all emerging as global best sellers, the appeal of the sci-fi genre is palpable. Retaliation builds on the buzz, serving up readers a kaleidoscope of colourful survivors fighting to endure in a veritable wasteland. “The young adult sci-fi genre needs no introduction, with teenagers and adults alike hooked on the dystopian narratives that are underpinned by a chilling sense of realism. The ERF series plays on the possibility that nuclear warfare isn’t inconceivable, and that a preceeding alien invasion could be a very real risk,” says Wallace.  The novel will be available to download as an eBook, or purchase as a paperback.  Stockists for the paperback version are yet to be announced. To find out more about Martin Wallace, Retaliation and the ERF series, go to:Facebook link https://www.facebook.com/ERFfans/Twitter https://twitter.com/ERF_BOOKS

Randstad initiates compulsory redemption proceedings and the Proffice-shares will be de-listed

PRESS RELEASE                                                        Stockholm, February 5, 2016 On 29 January 2016, Randstad Nordic AB (“Randstad”) completed its public takeover offer to the shareholders in Proffice AB (publ) (“Proffice” or the “Company”). After completion of the offer, Randstad controls 97.3 per cent of the outstanding shares in Proffice, corresponding to 97.9 per cent of the votes, and has notified Proffice’s board of directors that Randstad has resolved to initiate compulsory acquisition proceedings to acquire the remaining shares in Proffice. The acceptance period for Randstad’s offer has been extended up to and including 17 February 2016, to allow remaining shareholders in Proffice to accept the offer. In light of the above, Proffice’s board of directors does not find it appropriate for the Company to remain listed, and has therefore decided to apply for de-listing of Proffice’s B-shares from Nasdaq Stockholm. The last day of trading in the Proffice-shares at Nasdaq Stockholm has, in consultation with Nasdaq Stockholm, been determined to be Friday 19 February 2016. Further, as previously announced, the board of directors has summoned an extraordinary general meeting to be held on 24 February 2016 to inter alia elect a new board of directors in the Company. For more information, please contact:Cecilia Daun Wennborg, Chairman of the Board, Proffice AB, +46 8 787 17 00. This is a translation from Swedish. In the event of any discrepancies between the Swedish version and the translation, the former shall have precedence. Proffice Group is one of the Nordic region's largest specialists within staffing, recruitment and outplacement. Our commitment and service help people and companies to find solutions to develop. The Proffice Group consists of Proffice, Dfind and Antenn and it has around 10,000 employees. The Proffice share is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, Mid Cap. www.proffice.com Proffice Aktiebolag (publ) discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Markets Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was released for publication on the 5th of February 2016 at 3.45 pm CET.

Attendo comments on Finnish proposal for temporary legislation regarding combination contracts

As part of the upcoming social and health care reform (SOTE) in Finland, a working group under the Finnish Government has today announced its intention to present a proposal for temporary legislation. The proposal aims to limit the ability of municipalities to sign so-called combination contracts where all municipal social care and healthcare is outsourced to a private provider over a specific period. The purpose of the proposal is to prevent municipalities from entering into combined contracts that is assumed to interfere with the implementation of the SOTE reform, scheduled for January 1, 2019.At present, Attendo has five combination contracts with Finnish municipalities. These contracts are not affected by the new legislation.The main part of Attendo's operations in Finland, such as own nursing homes in elderly care, medical staffing, medical contracts and dental, are not affected by the proposal. In all, outsourcing represent a third of Attendo Group sales, where combination contracts represents a smaller part.Although some details remain to be revealed, the proposal is expected to have a marginal impact on Attendo Finland if implemented.Attendo AB(publ)For further information, please contact:Ingalill Östman, Head of Investor Relations AttendoTelefon: +46 708 67 42 12E-post: ingalill.ostman@attendo.comStefan Svanström, Communications Director AttendoTelefon: +46 708 67 38 07E-post: stefan.svanstrom@attendo.comAttendo - the leading care and healthcare company in the NordicsAttendo is the leading private provider of publicly financed care and healthcare services in the Nordic region. The company was founded in 1985 and was first to provide outsourced care for older people in Sweden. In addition to care for older people, Attendo provides care for people with disabilities, individuals and families, and, in Finland, healthcare and dental care. Attendo has 18 000 employees and is locally anchored with 490 operations in more than 200 municipalities in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark. www.attendo.com

Winter Romance Packages and Specials from California Inns

SACRAMENTO, CA [February 5, 2015]--Find a sweetheart of a deal on romance packages from California boutique hotels and B&Bs.  Several members of the California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) are offering romantic specials and packages through the winter months.  Gift certificates are also available for a romantic getaway and can be used at any one of more than 200 CABBI-member inns in California.  For details, visit www.cabbi.com (http://www.cabbi.com/gift-certificate). The Farmhouse Inn (https://www.cabbi.com/inn/Farmhouse-Inn) offers a sweethearts’ escape with 50% off their Romance Package. The package includes a one-hour couples’ massage, an in-room candlelit bath with lavender bath salts, a bottle of champagne, chocolates and a vase of fresh-cut flowers. Guests can extend the romance—or any stay—with a free night when booking three or more consecutive nights. The Romance Package may be added to the price of any room; taxes and gratuities are not included. The free night is valid through March 31, 2016, excluding Valentine’s Day and President’s Day weekends. Call 800-464-6642 to reserve. Santa Barbara Wine Country’s Santa Ynez Inn  (https://www.cabbi.com/inn/Santa-Ynez-Inn)offers a Romantic Getaway Package for one night at their Victorian-style bed and breakfast. Guests can sip champagne in front of the fireplace in an elegant Garden King Room overlooking a peaceful garden. Later, they enjoy evening wine, hors d’ oeuvres and desserts. Outside, the landscape is dotted with charming wineries, lavender farms, horse ranches and oak-studded hillsides. The Romantic Getaway Package price starts at $275 and requires 48-hours’ notice. Reserve at 805-688-5588. The Aurora Hotel (https://www.cabbi.com/inn/Aurora-Hotel) on Catalina Island has two specials for romance seekers. Guests can customize a romantic stay with a couples’ massage, wine or a bouquet of flowers. Those with winter anniversaries can celebrate midweek for $350. This Best of Winter Anniversary special includes round-trip transportation aboard Catalina Express with taxi transfer, a welcome bottle of wine or sparkling cider, and bouquet of flowers. The rate is valid for two people in a standard view room. Upgrades may be available for an additional charge, and the offer is not valid February 14, 2016. Call 310-510-0454 to book either special. The dramatic coastline, misty sea air, and rugged buffs of the Mendocino coast provide the perfect backdrop for an exclusive, multi-day experience with a personal driver, all courtesy of the Brewery Gulch Inn (https://www.cabbi.com/inn/Brewery-Gulch-Inn). Guests retreat from the world in the Cottage at Serenity Point. Their local adventures include behind-the-scenes tastings at several wineries and a guided horseback ride through an old-growth redwood forest. This extravagant package includes many more surprises, and ends with a visit to Old Gold Jewelry for presentation of a stunning diamond cluster pendant and earring set. A 50% ($10,000.00) deposit is required at time of booking and the balance ($10,000.00) is due no less than 30 days prior to arrival. Call 707-937-4752 to learn more. Beach-lovers can treat their sweetie to a two-night romantic getaway at the historic Glorietta Bay Inn (https://www.cabbi.com/inn/Glorietta-Bay-Inn), a charming hotel in sunny Coronado. Guests enjoy a mansion bedroom, chilled champagne at arrival, dinner for two at Peohes or Chez Loma ($50 value) and a Coronado historical walking tour. Guests are also treated to continental breakfast delivered to the bed side, turndown service, and milk and cookies at bedtime. This $500 special includes tax and is available select week days now through May 31, 2016; some blackout dates apply. Call 800-283-9383 to book a romantic beach retreat. Visit the "Island of Romance" with Hotel Catalina and Courtyard Garden Suites (https://www.cabbi.com/inn/Hotel-Catalina-Courtyard-Garden-Suites)’ Romance Package. The package includes round trip transportation on the Catalina Express, one-hour golf cart rental, a $75 dinner voucher and two complimentary Champagne splits at El Galleon Steakhouse, in-room cookies, and two roses. The massage therapists from Catalina Sea Spa deliver the romance with an in-room couples’ massage or single Swedish massage (50 min.) for an additional $79 per person. This package is available through March 17, 2016.  The package price starts at $214.50 per person, per night for midweek stays; prices exclude taxes. Reservations must be made by phone by calling 800-540-0184. Travel to Bali without a passport at Pantai Inn (https://www.cabbi.com/inn/Pantai-Inn) in La Jolla, where the coral-stoned courtyard is lined with plumeria, hibiscus-filled greenery and soothing water features. Guest accommodations provide authentic Balinese-inspired design along with custom-made furnishings and original artwork imported directly from Bali. Their Romance in La Jolla Package includes guest room accommodations for two nights with chocolate-covered strawberries, one dozen red roses, deluxe breakfast each morning, late checkout, and complimentary parking. For an extra touch of romance, add an in-room couples’ massage to the reservation. Rates start at $375. To book the Romance In La Jolla Package, call 855-287-2682. Step back in time to La Belle Epoque (https://www.cabbi.com/inn/La-Belle-Epoque-Bed-Breakfast) (The Beautiful Era) in Napa Valley. This romantic package includes a discounted two-night stay in a beautifully appointed room, champagne upon arrival, and an on-site candlelight massage for two in a lovely and secluded massage suite. Guests also experience a full-service formal afternoon tea, including the finest Harney & Sons Tea along with delectable tea sandwiches and petite desserts. This special is $598 plus tax in La Belle Epoque B&B and $748 plus tax in the Buckley House Suites. It is valid until March 31, 2016 (holidays and holiday weekends excluded) and may not be combined with any other offer. Call 707-257-2161 to reserve. For oyster lovers, Nick’s Cove Waterview Cottages (https://www.cabbi.com/inn/Nicks-Cove-Cottages) on Tomales Bay is the place to be for romance. In honor of Valentine’s Day, the “Nick’s Loves Love” package is available Sunday-Thursday nights in February. It includes accommodations in a luxurious Waterview Cottage, two one-hour, in-room massages, a bottle of chilled sparkling wine, BBQ oysters delivered upon arrival, full continental breakfast delivered to the cottage with the San Francisco Chronicle and a special amuse bouche at dinner from Executive Chef Austin Perkins. The package price is based on double-occupancy and exclusive of tax and gratuity for the massages. It is valid Sunday – Thursday nights in the month of February 2016. To book, call 415-663-1033. Guests can lengthen a chapter of their love story at The Napa Inn (https://www.cabbi.com/inn/Napa-Inn), with the Stay a Little Longer and Save package. A gourmet candlelight breakfast is served each morning in the dining room or on the garden patio. Guests can enjoy evening wine and refreshments or spa services (including a couples massage), and those staying any three nights get 50% off the third night. A four-night stay makes the fourth night free. The Stay a Little Longer and Save package must be requested when booking. It is valid for reservations through April 28, 2016, excluding event and holiday weekends. The offer is for new reservations only and may not be applied to existing reservations or combined with other packages, special offers or discounts. Call 707-257-1444 to reserve. An island retreat is filled with romance. The Catalina Island Inn (https://www.cabbi.com/inn/Catalina-Island-Inn) offers a Winter Weekend Getaway through the month of February.  The special includes two nights lodging in a Basic Queen Room for two people and round trip transportation on Catalina Express (with taxi transfers) for $189.90 per person. Guests can upgrade to a King Fireplace Private Patio Suite for $273.10 per person. This special is available Friday and Saturday only through February 28, 2016 and excludes February 12-13. All packages must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of arrival date and are subject to availability. Call 310-510-1623 to reserve an island stay. For a romantic gift with no expiration date, consider purchasing a CABBI gift certificate. The gift certificates can be used over 200 quality-certified inns in the Golden State, including wine country escapes, coastal retreats and mountain getaways. Gift certificates are available in any dollar amount and have no expiration date. Now through February 12, 2016, CABBI gift certificate purchases of $250 or more receive three free gifts: a 22nd Edition CABBI Travel Guide, a CABBI Cookbook and an upgrade to priority shipping.  To order a CABBI gift certificate, visit www.cabbi.com/gift-certificate/.   For more information on romance packages and other lodging deals, visit www.cabbi.com/specials. ### Media Contact: Ranee Ruble, ranee@papermooncreative.net or 503-788-3938

Yorkshire Tweed Initiative Announced

The Society’s colours – green and gold – form the check in the soft fabric which has been woven by Abraham Moon and Sons at Guiseley. There will be a limited number produced, only 300, plus matching wool scarves as accessories. Charles Mills, Show Director of the Great Yorkshire Show said: “I’m sure this will be a real winner - with our members, with show visitors and indeed anyone who loves Yorkshire and the countryside. Plans are underway to register this as the Great Yorkshire tweed, though I should stress that our stewards at the show will still be wearing dark suits and bowler hats!” The idea came out of discussions with Keighley-based tailors Brook Taverner. Their elegant and high quality men’s clothing has been an integral part of the popular Great Yorkshire fashion shows for many years, and the company also supports the event as a sponsor. Roger Meeke, Retail Sales Director commented: “We very much value our relationship with the Society and the Great Yorkshire Show and are delighted to work with Moons on this project. It brings together all the elements for which Brook Taverner is renowned – quality, value and attention to detail.” The jacket will have a number of special features including the words “Yorkshire Born and Bred” woven under the collar, a white rose of Yorkshire lapel pin and the Society’s crest and white rose is included in the label. The jackets will be available to buy at the Great Yorkshire Show, and the scarves will be on sale in the Society’s award winning shop and café, Fodder. Dates for the show, are Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July when more than 130,000 visitors are expected through the gates. This will Charles’s first as Show Director. “This really is the perfect combination – three Yorkshire organisations coming together to create a great idea,” said Charles. “There are so many similarities between the three, a commitment to quality, a passion for the innovative and a love of Yorkshire.” The Society shares its founding year – 1837 - with Moon, which is England’s only remaining fully vertical woollen mill meaning the entire production process from wool dyeing through to the cloth coming off the loom is undertaken at the one site. Customers include fashion royalty including Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Paul Smith and Ralph Lauren. The jackets will be ready to buy in June and cost approximately £250 each, with a special discount for Society members. The scarves are expected to cost around £20. Details of how to register interest with a view to ordering will be announced next month. ENDS 6 February 2016

ROSSETTI REVEALED

Downloadable image link below. Additional images available on request. 135 years after it was painted, a little known Pre-Raphaelite treasure goes on public display for the first time in Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion, which runs at the Walker Art Gallery from 12 February to 5 June 2016. You are invited to the media preview of Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 9 February at 10:30am. Christopher Newall will be available for interviews and photographs, along with art gallery representatives. The Salutation of Beatrice (1881/2) by Dante Gabrielle Rossetti represents a familiar theme to the artist. His muse Jane Morris is cast as Beatrice Portinari, the subject of medieval poet Dante Alighieri’s unrequited love. The figure of Beatrice dominates the foreground with her beguiling expression and the trademark of Pre-Raphaelite beauty, an abundance of tumbling auburn locks. Over Beatrice’s shoulder the forlorn Dante can be seen comforted under Love’s wings and beyond, the arches of medieval Italy. The painting illustrates the lines from the second sonnet in Dante’s Vita Nuova (New Life) and lines from the poem can be found on the frame. The fascinating oil paintings belonged to Rossetti’s friend and major patron Frederick Leyland, a Liverpool-born ship owner and art collector. It is accompanied by Monna Rosa (1867) a portrait of Leyland’s wife, which has not been on public display for more than 140 years and a coloured chalk portrait by Rossetti of Leyland (made in 1870) which has also never been previously exhibited. All three works, still in the possession of Leyland’s descendants, will be displayed together for the first time at the Walker and underpin a major theme of the exhibition, an exploration of the roles of the collectors to the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Alongside Leyland, collectors such as John Miller and George and Julia Rae enabled these revolutionary painters to change the face of British art in the 19thcentury. Ann Bukantas, Head of Fine Art at National Museums Liverpool, said: “The Salutation of Beatrice is a significant addition to the exhibition. For an art movement as enduringly popular as the Pre-Raphaelites it is rare to uncover paintings such as this which are not well documented. “In subject matter and style it is typical of Rossetti and we know our visitors will relish the chance to get a close look at the painting for the first time. “We are thrilled to be showing these three works together for the first time. As arguably Rossetti’s most significant patron, this focus on work Leyland commissioned and bought helps us understand the dynamics of their relationship.” National Museums Liverpool is grateful to Guy Schwinge of Duke’s Auctioneers for his role in securing these exciting loans. Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion features more than 120 paintings by leading Pre-Raphaelite artists. National Museums Liverpool has worked with one of the world’s leading Pre-Raphaelite experts, Christopher Newall, to produce an exhibition which reveals, through some of the most enduring and popular works of the period, how the northern art scene rivalled London in Victorian England. Tickets for Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion are available to purchase online, priced at £7 for adults and £5 for concessions, or on the day at the Walker Art Gallery. The exhibition is free to anyone aged 18 and under and discounted tickets are available for existing members of National Museums Liverpool and other selected groups. New members can enjoy their first entry into the exhibition for free. For further information, and to purchase tickets or become a member of National Museums Liverpool, visit: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/preraphaelites (http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/preraphaelites%20) A catalogue will accompany the exhibition. #preraphaelites Ends Free entryOpen daily 10am-5pm                                                                     @walkergallery (http://www.twitter.com/walkergallery)Walker Art Gallery William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EL                                     Facebook/walkerartgallery (https://www.facebook.com/walkerartgallery) www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walkerTelephone 0151 478 4199   Notes to editors The development of the Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion exhibition was supported in part by a Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Research Grant from the Art Fund. The exhibition catalogue has been made possible by the generous support of: Sotheby’s, Mr and Mrs Christopher Gridley, Mr Peter Woods and Mr Francis Ryan. The provision of insurance for the exhibition is provided through the Government Indemnity Scheme, arranged by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England. About the Walker Art GalleryThe Walker Art Gallery has housed an internationally-renowned collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative art within its impressive, neo-classical walls for almost 140 years. From Medieval and Renaissance masterpieces to an outstanding collection of modern and contemporary works, it is one of Europe’s finest galleries. Visitors can see paintings by 17th and 18th century masters including Poussin, Rembrandt and Gainsborough, before taking in the Walker’s famed Pre-Raphaelite collection. The Impressionist works are not-to-be-missed, while some of the greatest British artists of the last century are represented in the contemporary galleries, from Lucian Freud to David Hockney. Younger visitors will love Big Art for Little Artists, a gallery designed to introduce children to art in a fun and interactive way. About National Museums LiverpoolNational Museums Liverpool comprises eight venues. Our collections are among the most important and varied in Europe and contain everything from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to a lifejacket from the Titanic.     We attract almost 2.7 million visitors every year. Our venues are the International Slavery Museum, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Museum of Liverpool, Sudley House, Border Force National Museum (Seized! The Border and Customs Uncovered), Walker Art Gallery and World Museum. 

A strong end to the year for ASSA ABLOY

Fourth quarter · Net sales increased by 15% in the quarter to SEK 18,301 M (15,847). Organic growth was 5% (3). · Strong growth in Americas, Global Technologies, Entrance Systems and EMEA. · Negative growth in Asia Pacific due to continued weak demand in China. · Agreements have been signed for the acquisition of six companies, including CEDES in Switzerland, with combined expected annual sales of about SEK 1,100 M. · Operating income (EBIT) for the quarter increased by 13% to SEK 3,038 M (2,681). The operating margin was 16.6% (16.9). · Net income amounted to SEK 2,120 M (1,889). · Earnings per share rose by 12% and amounted to SEK 1.91 (1.70). · Operating cash flow increased by 33% to SEK 4,625 M (3,469). Full year · Net sales increased by 20% to SEK 68,099 M (56,843). Organic growth was 4% (3). · 16 acquisitions with total annual sales of about SEK 2,500 M have been consolidated. · Operating income (EBIT) increased by 20% to SEK 11,079 M (9,257). The operating margin was 16.3% (16.3). · Net income amounted to SEK 7,693 M (6,436). · Earnings per share rose by 20% to SEK 6.93 (5.79). · Operating cash flow increased by 21% to SEK 9,952 M (8,238). · The Board of Directors proposes a dividend of SEK 2.65 per share (2.17). SALES AND INCOME                                        +--------------------------------+--------+------+------+------+------+------+| | Fourth quarter | Full year |+--------------------------------+--------+------+------+------+------+------+| | 2014 | 2015 |Change| 2014 | 2015 |Change|+--------------------------------+--------+------+------+------+------+------+|Sales, SEK M |15,847  |18,301| +15%|56,843|68,099| +20%|+--------------------------------+--------+------+------+------+------+------+|of which, | | | | | | |+--------------------------------+--------+------+------+------+------+------+|Organic growth | | | +5%| | | +4%|+--------------------------------+--------+------+------+------+------+------+|Acquisitions | | | +4%| | | +3%|+--------------------------------+--------+------+------+------+------+------+|Exchange-rate effects | +1,129| +983| +6%|+2,138|+6,544| +13%|+--------------------------------+--------+------+------+------+------+------+|Operating income (EBIT), SEK M | 2,681| 3,038| +13%| 9,257|11,079| +20%|+--------------------------------+--------+------+------+------+------+------+|Operating margin (EBIT), % | 16.9| 16.6| | 16.3| 16.3| |+--------------------------------+--------+------+------+------+------+------+|Income before tax, SEK M | 2,552| 2,851| +12%| 8,698|10,382| +19%|+--------------------------------+--------+------+------+------+------+------+|Net income, SEK M | 1,889| 2,120| +12%| 6,436| 7,693| +20%|+--------------------------------+--------+------+------+------+------+------+|Operating cash flow, SEK M | 3,469| 4,625| +33%| 8,238| 9,952| +21%|+--------------------------------+--------+------+------+------+------+------+|Earnings per share (EPS), SEK 1)| 1.70| 1.91| +12%| 5.79| 6.93| +20%|+--------------------------------+--------+------+------+------+------+------+ 1) Earnings per share has been recalculated for all historical periods reflecting the stock split (3:1) in 2015. COMMENTS BY THE PRESIDENT AND CEO “The final quarter of the year continued strongly for ASSA ABLOY, with a rise in sales of 15% for the quarter and totaling 20% for the year,” says Johan Molin, President and CEO. “Operating income also grew very satisfactorily by a full 13% for the quarter and a total of 20% for the full year. “Organic growth was strong, at a full 5% for the quarter. The strong sales trend in the USA, Europe and the Pacific region continued unchanged. The sales trend in the developing countries remained good except in China, where sales continued to fall. However, a weaker demand picture can be perceived in many developing markets, linked to a shortage of financing for major projects. This principally affected Global Technologies. “The strong development of electromechanical products continued during the year as our customers are converting from mechanical locks to an ever-increasing extent. It is clear that ASSA ABLOY has established a leadership in this area for both commercial and residential applications. Particularly striking during the year was the strong demand for digital door-locks for so-called home automation in the USA, and for the Cliq system based on the new cloud technology. “During the quarter CEDES was acquired – an interesting technology company that adds intelligence to connected doors, mainly in Entrance Systems. Another technology acquisition was made in HID through the purchase of IAI, which is a leader in advanced printers mainly for the Government sector and banks. Three acquisitions were also made in Brazil, where ASSA ABLOY has built a market-leading position over a short period. “Operating income increased by a full 13% during the quarter. The organic growth of 5% resulted in a good underlying growth in the operating margin, to which continued efficiency improvements contributed strongly. Operating margin remained on virtually the same level as in the fourth quarter of 2014 despite higher negative impacts from exchange-rate effects and dilution from acquisitions as a consequence of the many acquisitions made at the end of the year. “My judgment is that the global economic trend remains weak. Although America is showing a positive trend, Europe and many of the Emerging Markets are stagnating. However, our strategy of expanding in the Emerging Markets remains unchanged, since they are expected to achieve very good economic growth long term. We are also continuing our investments in new products, especially in the growth area of electromechanics.” FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED FROM:Johan Molin, President and CEO, Tel: +46 8 506 485 42Carolina Dybeck Happe, Chief Financial Officer, Tel: +46 8 506 485 72 ASSA ABLOY is holding an analysts’ meeting at 10.00 today at Operaterassen in Stockholm. The analysts’ meeting can also be followed on the Internet at www.assaabloy.com. It is possible to submit questions by telephone on +46 8 5055 6476, +44 203 364 5371 or +1 877 679 2993. ASSA ABLOY discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Markets Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 08.00 CET on 8 February.

Infants should sleep in their own beds to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome

In the early 1990s, the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare went out with advice to new parents to reduce the number of children who die each year from SIDS. The advice stated that children sleep safest on their backs, that smoking during pregnancy is a risk factor, that children should not be kept too warm, that they should be able to move freely and that breastfeeding provided a certain amount of protection. The preventative advice led to a sharp drop in the number of deaths from SIDS; from over a hundred children annually, to about twenty deaths per year in more recent years. Risk and preventative factors have changed when the cases are fewer and have not been studied recently. In a new thesis at Sahlgrenska Academy, the University of Gothenburg, Per Möllborg, Child Health Medical Officer, has studied the different factors surrounding SIDS to enable further preventative work. “The results show that more lives could potentially be saved if fewer babies slept on their stomachs or were placed on their sides, if fewer mothers smoked during pregnancy and if infants slept in their own beds in their parents’ bedroom during the first three months,” says Per Möllborg. Children sleeping with their parents can be a risky situation during the first months. One of the thesis’ four studies examined co-sleeping. One out of five children slept with their parents at 6 months of age and it was even more common if the child was breastfed, had difficulty sleeping and woke often as well as if the mother was a single parent. If the child used a pacifier, co-sleeping was less common. The thesis shows that current advice is relatively well followed, and that only one in 20 infants are laid down to sleep on their stomachs. Babies were more commonly sleeping on their stomachs if the mother was unemployed, smoked during pregnancy, if the child was irritable, shared a room with siblings or did not use a pacifier. “This knowledge gives the Child Health Centers the opportunity to more precisely focus information and further reduce the number of babies placed on their stomachs,” says Per Möllborg. One of the studies in the thesis showed that the risk of SIDS was greater if the parents did not live together, if the mother was young, had given birth to many children or if the baby was premature. As sudden infant death syndrome has become less common, smoking has become a greater risk factor. Now, it is no longer more common for deaths during the winter months and the average age of sudden infant death has lowered from just under 3 months to 2 months, since introduction of the new advice in the early 1990s. Thesis: Sudden infant death syndrome – epidemiology and environmental factors. Prevention is still a challenge will be defended on February 5. Link to thesis: http://hdl.handle.net/2077/41249 Contact:Per Möllborg, Director and Child Health Medical Officer at Närhälsan, Region Fyrbodal , and PhD Candidate at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.070-657 22 78per.mollborg@vregion.se Supervisor:Bernt Alm, Associate Professor and Child Health Medical Officer at Region Halland070-888 80 45bernt.alm@medfak.gu.se

SAS gives customers traveling light more choice

From April 27, passengers traveling with carry-on bags only will be able to fly at a lower price on all routes between Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. SAS Go Light is now being launched to complement the existing SAS Go and SAS Plus products and is designed for those customers who want to travel light with only carry-on bags. SAS Go Light air fares will be around SEK 120 lower than for SAS Go. “We’ve listened to our customers, who want a more scaled-down option and tickets in a lower price range for those traveling without check-in bags,” says Stephanie Smitt Lindberg, Vice President Customer Journey & Loyalty at SAS. “That’s why we’re now launching SAS Go Light for all European destinations. As SAS Go Light will complement our existing products, our customers will have more opportunity to choose the option that best meets their needs.” As always, SAS Go Light includes the option to cancel with a full refund within 24 hours, the ability to choose your seat 22 hours before departure, and tea and coffee on board. You can also pay for access to the SAS Lounge and add checked baggage from SEK 199. So if you want to check in baggage, it is better value to travel in SAS Go. SAS EuroBonus member benefits are also provided when traveling in SAS Go Light. So, for example, Silver, Gold, and Diamond members can take checked baggage free of charge when booking in SAS Go Light. SAS Go Light will not be available domestically, within Scandinavia, or outside Europe. SAS Go Light has been trialed on selected routes within Europe since fall 2015 and has received a good response from SAS customers. You can read more about this at www.flysas.com

Finnair Traffic Performance in January 2016

Finnair Plc              Stock Exchange Release              8 February 2016 at 09:00 EET Number of passengers grew in all traffic areas, 9.4% year‐on‐year as a whole In January, Finnair's overall capacity measured in Available Passenger Kilometres grew by 4.4 per cent and traffic measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres grew by 6.3 per cent year‐on‐year. The passenger load factor rose by 1.4 % points to 77.9 per cent. The capacity in Asian traffic increased in January by 3.0 per cent, while traffic measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres increased by 7.6 per cent year‐on‐year. The growth was largely due to the higher seating capacity of the A350 compared to the retired A340 aircraft. Meanwhile, the slight decline of capacity in American traffic was due to the temporary operation of the New York route on smaller wet-leased fleet for part of the month. At the same time, however, the number of passengers and passenger load factor on transatlantic flights increased. The capacity in European traffic grew by 5.5 per cent on the back of increased frequencies and new destinations, while traffic measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres grew by 3.5 per cent year‐on‐year. At the same time, the growth in domestic traffic is mainly attributed to the inclusion of the routes previously operated at Norra’s own commercial risk as Finnair’s purchased traffic. In January, the cargo capacity in scheduled traffic measured in Available Tonne Kilometres grew by 3.1 per cent, and Revenue Tonne Kilometres increased by 15.8 per cent year on year. The cargo load factor in scheduled traffic was 51.3 per cent. In addition, Finnair’s total freight capacity includes two weekly freighter flights between Helsinki and Brussels and two weekly freighter flights shared with IAG between Helsinki and London, both operated by DHL. In January, 74.2 per cent of all Finnair flights arrived on schedule (81.4). Traffic statistics for February 2016 will be published on Tuesday, 8 March 2016. Finnair Traffic Performance January  2016 January  2016 %-Change Year-to date 2016 %-Change Total TrafficPassengers 1000 780,5 9,4 780,5 9,4Available seat 2 732,0 4,4 2 732,0 4,4kilometres millRevenue passenger 2 127,2 6,3 2 127,2 6,3kilometres millPassenger load 77,9 1,4 p 77,9 1,4 pfactor %Cargo tonnes total 10 742,1 14,9 10 742,1 14,9Available tonne 400,2 3,3 400,2 3,3kilometres millRevenue tonne 255,2 8,9 255,2 8,9-kilometres millOverall load factor 63,8 3,3 p 63,8 3,3 p% EuropePassengers 1000 434,6 5,5 434,6 5,5Available seat 985,3 5,2 985,3 5,2kilometres millRevenue passenger 703,6 3,5 703,6 3,5kilometres millPassenger load 71,4 -1,2 p 71,4 -1,2 pfactor % North AtlanticPassengers 1000 22,5 1,3 22,5 1,3Available seat 208,5 -1,4 208,5 -1,4kilometres millRevenue passenger 168,6 1,6 168,6 1,6kilometres millPassenger load 80,9 2,4 p 80,9 2,4 pfactor % AsiaPassengers 1000 153,7 6,5 153,7 6,5Available seat 1 405,6 3,0 1 405,6 3,0kilometres millRevenue passenger 1 163,7 7,6 1 163,7 7,6kilometres millPassenger load 82,8 3,5 p 82,8 3,5 pfactor % DomesticPassengers 1000 169,6 25,8 169,6 25,8Available seat 132,6 27,9 132,6 27,9kilometres millRevenue passenger 91,3 23,5 91,3 23,5kilometres millPassenger load 68,9 -2,5 p 68,9 -2,5 pfactor % Cargo TrafficCargo scheduled 9 399,5 15,1 9 399,5 15,1traffic totaltonnesEurope tonnes 1 763,7 12,4 1 763,7 12,4North Atlantic 725,1 13,8 725,1 13,8tonnesAsia tonnes 6 757,9 16,0 6 757,9 16,0Domestic tonnes 152,9 13,9 152,9 13,9Cargo flights, 1 342,6 13,8 1 342,6 13,8tonnes**Cargo tonnes total 10 742,1 14,9 10 742,1 14,9Available tonne 120,5 2,5 120,5 2,5kilometres* millRevenue tonne 64,8 17,4 64,8 17,4kilometres millAvailable 112,8 3,1 112,8 3,1sched.cargo tonnekms*, mill.Revenue sched.cargo 57,9 15,8 57,9 15,8tonne kms, mill.Cargo load factor* 53,8 6,8 p 53,8 6,8 p%- North-Atlantic 41,0 6,5 p 41,0 6,5 pcargo load factor*%- Asia cargo load 54,8 6,5 p 54,8 6,5 pfactor* %Scheduled traffic 51,3 5,7 p 51,3 5,7 pCargo load factor*,% * Operational calculatory capacity ** Including purchased traffic – Change %: Change compared to the figures of the respective periods in the previous year (p = percentage points) – Available seat kilometres, ASK: Total number of seats available, multiplied by the number of kilometres flown – Revenue passenger kilometres, RPK: Number of revenue passengers carried, multiplied by kilometres flown – Passenger load factor: Share of revenue passenger kilometres of available seat kilometres – Available tonne kilometres, ATK: Number of tonnes of capacity for carriage of passengers, cargo and mail, multiplied by kilometres flown – Revenue tonne kilometres, RTK: Total revenue load consisting of passengers, cargo and mail, multiplied by kilometres flown – Overall load factor: Share of revenue tonne kilometres of available tonne kilometres for carriage of passengers, cargo and mail

Write-down by SEK 800 million of project Mall of Scandinavia – does not affect dividend capacity in 2015

Mall of Scandinavia The Mall of Scandinavia in Solna, Peab’s largest project ever, has been a challenge from the beginning, in part because of the size of the project and in part because of changes made during the course of the project. The project has turned out to be considerably more expensive than the original contract signed in the autumn of 2011 due to these major changes. This has made it difficult to determine the final result of the project. The project has been reviewed after the mall was opened on 12 November 2015 and thereafter written-down by SEK 800 million. The write-down will charge Business Area Construction in the fourth quarter of 2015. Dividend capacity The underlying business in Peab generates stable results. At the same time Peab’s financial position has been significantly reinforced in the past few years, this despite the fact that the project Mall of Scandinavia has affected both net debt and liquidity. The write-down of Mall of Scandinavia does not affect liquidity. As a result the board’s dividend proposal for the financial year 2015 will not be affected by the write-down. The year end report for 2015 will be presented on 16 February 2016. “The project has been extremely challenging from the moment the contract was signed at the end of 2011. The structure of the construction contract, all the major changes in the project and an inadequate dialogue with our client has made the project much more expensive. The write-down is based on accounting rules and has nothing to do with the ongoing discussions with our client. Our financial position will continue to be strong after the write-down and the rest of our business generates stable results,” says Jesper Göransson CEO of Peab. Peab AB discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Markets Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication on 8 February 2016 at 8:00 a.m. For further information, contact: Niclas Winkvist, CFO Peab +46 431 89109 Gösta Sjöström, CIO Peab +46 733 371010

Receipt of payment for KRI oil exports

08 February 2016 Genel Energy plc Receipt of payment for KRI oil exports from Tawke field Genel Energy plc ('Genel') notes the announcement from DNO ASA, as operator of the Tawke field, that the Tawke field partners have received a gross payment of $17.99 million towards the monthly entitlement for January, for oil exported through the Kurdistan Region of Iraq-Turkey pipeline. An additional $3.46 million gross payment has been made towards the recovery of outstanding entitlements for past deliveries. The payments will be shared pro-rata by DNO and Genel. -ends- For further information, please contact: Genel Energy +44 20 7659 5100Phil Corbett, Head of InvestorRelationsAndrew Benbow, Head of PublicRelations Vigo Communications +44 20 7016 9573Patrick d'Ancona             Notes to editors: Genel Energy is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GENL). The Company, with headquarters in London and offices in Ankara and Erbil, is the largest independent oil producer and the largest holder of reserves and resources in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and, through its Miran and Bina Bawi gas fields, is set to be a cornerstone provider of gas to Turkey under the KRI-Turkey Gas Sales Agreement. Genel also continues to pursue further growth opportunities within the Middle East and Africa. For further information, please refer to www.genelenergy.com.

PROPOSED MERGER OF BONHEUR ASA AND GANGER ROLF ASA

The boards of directors of Bonheur ASA (“Bonheur”) and Ganger Rolf ASA (“Ganger Rolf”), respectively constituted by their competent board members, today announce that they have resolved to propose a merger of the two mentioned companies. The main terms for such proposed merger are as follows: · Bonheur, currently controlling 62.66 % of the shares in Ganger Rolf, will be the surviving entity in the merger and maintain its listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange · Ganger Rolf shareholders to receive 0.8174 Bonheur shares for every one share in Ganger Rolf representing 23.95 % ownership of the combined company on a fully diluted basis The boards consider that the merger will assist in providing a more transparent and accessible corporate structure which may yield capital and operational efficiencies. The corporate structure of Bonheur and Ganger Rolf has historically taken the form of a cross ownership between the two companies with currently Bonheur owning 62.66% of Ganger Rolf and Ganger Rolf owning 20.70% of Bonheur and where these companies generally have invested in underlying companies on a 50/50 basis. Merger terms and timetable The boards of Bonheur and Ganger Rolf have resolved upon a proposed exchange ratio whereby each Ganger Rolf shareholder will receive 0.8174 Bonheur shares for every one Ganger Rolf share, representing 23.95 % of the combined company on a fully diluted basis. BDO AS (“BDO”) and PricewaterhouseCoopers AS (“PWC”) have each and on their own independently produced valuations of Bonheur and Ganger Rolf, and have derived at an exchange ratio of 0.8186 and 0.8162, respectively. The merger terms have been set based on the independent valuations and the average of the two proposed exchange ratios. The valuations of Bonheur and Ganger Rolf have taken into account various valuation methodologies, based inter alia on historical financial information obtained from the companies and other public sources, recent share price developments of the companies’ underlying investments, and comparisons with peer group valuations. Apart from different ownership in only some minor subsidiaries and investments, Bonheur and Ganger Rolf share equal ownerships of underlying subsidiaries and investments. Each company has different levels of cash holdings. Due to the nature of the cross ownership structure between the companies, the external shareholders of Bonheur and Ganger Rolf (i.e. excluding the cross ownership shares) will at the outset retain different relative shares of equity in the merged entity, i.e. 76.05% and 23.95%, respectively. ABG Sundal Collier ASA, upon request from the boards of directors in Bonheur and Ganger Rolf, has issued a fairness opinion, concluding that the main terms and exchange ratio is fair from a financial point of view to the Bonheur and Ganger Rolf shareholders. The merger is subject to both customary and mandatory closing conditions, including preparation of a final merger plan and approval by Bonheur and Ganger Rolf extraordinary general meetings with 2/3 majority. The Shareholders’ Committee for each of Bonheur and Ganger Rolf will be consulted prior to the extraordinary general meetings for any comments to the proposed merger. The boards of the companies are preparing a joint merger plan, which will be made available on the companies' respective websites in accordance with applicable company law and announced through Oslo Stock Exchange's information system. It is anticipated that the merger plan will be published on or around 15 February 2016. The intention is to arrange for extraordinary general meetings of both Bonheur and Ganger Rolf shareholders mid-March 2016. Subject to the above, the merger is expected to be completed by the end of May 2016. Governance and management The current board and Shareholders’ Committee composition of Bonheur as well as the current management arrangement will be unaffected by the merger. The Fred. Olsen related companies Quatro AS, Invento AS and Trassey Shipping Limited will remain the majority shareholders in the merged entity with a combined 51.4 % ownership of the shares. Regulatory obligations The merger will result in Bonheur increasing its direct ownership in Fred. Olsen Energy ASA (“FOE”) from 25.96% to 51.92%, due to the acquisition of Ganger Rolf’s ownership in FOE. According to the Norwegian Securities Trading Act (“NSTA”) and the Securities Trading Regulations, this would generate an obligation for Bonheur to make a mandatory offer for the purchase of the remaining shares in FOE. However, Oslo Stock Exchange has in accordance with NSTA § 6-2 (3) in its capacity as the relevant takeover supervisory authority, formally granted Bonheur an exemption from this obligation, while emphasizing that any further acquisition of shares in FOE would generate an obligation to bid for the purchase of the remaining shares in the company. About Bonheur Bonheur and affiliated companies are involved in a number of activities in Norway and internationally. The investments, which are largely carried out jointly with Ganger Rolf,  (http://www.ganger-rolf.com/)are mainly related to the following business segments: Offshore drilling, Renewable energy, Shipping, Offshore wind and Cruise. About Ganger Rolf Ganger Rolf and affiliated companies are involved in a number of activities in Norway and internationally. The investments, which are largely carried out jointly with Bonheur  (http://www.bonheur.no/)are mainly related to the following business segments: Offshore drilling, Renewable energy, Shipping, Offshore wind and Cruise. Bonheur Consolidated Financial Statements Bonheur controls Ganger Rolf and the current Consolidated Financial Statements of Bonheur incorporates Ganger Rolf. The proposed merger will have no effect on the Consolidated Financial Statements of Bonheur, except for adjustment of the minority interests. Advisers and counsel Advokatfirmaet Schjødt is acting as legal adviser in connection with the merger. BDO and PWC have each and on their own independently acted as financial advisors to the boards in connection with the valuations of Bonheur and Ganger Rolf and the proposal of exchange ratios.

PROPOSED MERGER OF BONHEUR ASA AND GANGER ROLF ASA

The boards of directors of Bonheur ASA (“Bonheur”) and Ganger Rolf ASA (“Ganger Rolf”), respectively constituted by their competent board members, today announce that they have resolved to propose a merger of the two mentioned companies. The main terms for such proposed merger are as follows: · Bonheur, currently controlling 62.66 % of the shares in Ganger Rolf, will be the surviving entity in the merger and maintain its listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange · Ganger Rolf shareholders to receive 0.8174 Bonheur shares for every one share in Ganger Rolf representing 23.95 % ownership of the combined company on a fully diluted basis The boards consider that the merger will assist in providing a more transparent and accessible corporate structure which may yield capital and operational efficiencies. The corporate structure of Bonheur and Ganger Rolf has historically taken the form of a cross ownership between the two companies with currently Bonheur owning 62.66% of Ganger Rolf and Ganger Rolf owning 20.70% of Bonheur and where these companies generally have invested in underlying companies on a 50/50 basis. Merger terms and timetable The boards of Bonheur and Ganger Rolf have resolved upon a proposed exchange ratio whereby each Ganger Rolf shareholder will receive 0.8174 Bonheur shares for every one Ganger Rolf share, representing 23.95 % of the combined company on a fully diluted basis. BDO AS (“BDO”) and PricewaterhouseCoopers AS (“PWC”) have each and on their own independently produced valuations of Bonheur and Ganger Rolf, and have derived at an exchange ratio of 0.8186 and 0.8162, respectively. The merger terms have been set based on the independent valuations and the average of the two proposed exchange ratios. The valuations of Bonheur and Ganger Rolf have taken into account various valuation methodologies, based inter alia on historical financial information obtained from the companies and other public sources, recent share price developments of the companies’ underlying investments, and comparisons with peer group valuations. Apart from different ownership in only some minor subsidiaries and investments, Bonheur and Ganger Rolf share equal ownerships of underlying subsidiaries and investments. Each company has different levels of cash holdings. Due to the nature of the cross ownership structure between the companies, the external shareholders of Bonheur and Ganger Rolf (i.e. excluding the cross ownership shares) will at the outset retain different relative shares of equity in the merged entity, i.e. 76.05% and 23.95%, respectively. ABG Sundal Collier ASA, upon request from the boards of directors in Bonheur and Ganger Rolf, has issued a fairness opinion, concluding that the main terms and exchange ratio is fair from a financial point of view to the Bonheur and Ganger Rolf shareholders. The merger is subject to both customary and mandatory closing conditions, including preparation of a final merger plan and approval by Bonheur and Ganger Rolf extraordinary general meetings with 2/3 majority. The Shareholders’ Committee for each of Bonheur and Ganger Rolf will be consulted prior to the extraordinary general meetings for any comments to the proposed merger. The boards of the companies are preparing a joint merger plan, which will be made available on the companies' respective websites in accordance with applicable company law and announced through Oslo Stock Exchange's information system. It is anticipated that the merger plan will be published on or around 15 February 2016. The intention is to arrange for extraordinary general meetings of both Bonheur and Ganger Rolf shareholders mid-March 2016. Subject to the above, the merger is expected to be completed by the end of May 2016. Governance and management The current board and Shareholders’ Committee composition of Bonheur as well as the current management arrangement will be unaffected by the merger. The Fred. Olsen related companies Quatro AS, Invento AS and Trassey Shipping Limited will remain the majority shareholders in the merged entity with a combined 51.4 % ownership of the shares. Regulatory obligations The merger will result in Bonheur increasing its direct ownership in Fred. Olsen Energy ASA (“FOE”) from 25.96% to 51.92%, due to the acquisition of Ganger Rolf’s ownership in FOE. According to the Norwegian Securities Trading Act (“NSTA”) and the Securities Trading Regulations, this would generate an obligation for Bonheur to make a mandatory offer for the purchase of the remaining shares in FOE. However, Oslo Stock Exchange has in accordance with NSTA § 6-2 (3) in its capacity as the relevant takeover supervisory authority, formally granted Bonheur an exemption from this obligation, while emphasizing that any further acquisition of shares in FOE would generate an obligation to bid for the purchase of the remaining shares in the company. About Bonheur Bonheur and affiliated companies are involved in a number of activities in Norway and internationally. The investments, which are largely carried out jointly with Ganger Rolf,  (http://www.ganger-rolf.com/)are mainly related to the following business segments: Offshore drilling, Renewable energy, Shipping, Offshore wind and Cruise. About Ganger Rolf Ganger Rolf and affiliated companies are involved in a number of activities in Norway and internationally. The investments, which are largely carried out jointly with Bonheur  (http://www.bonheur.no/)are mainly related to the following business segments: Offshore drilling, Renewable energy, Shipping, Offshore wind and Cruise. Bonheur Consolidated Financial Statements Bonheur controls Ganger Rolf and the current Consolidated Financial Statements of Bonheur incorporates Ganger Rolf. The proposed merger will have no effect on the Consolidated Financial Statements of Bonheur, except for adjustment of the minority interests. Advisers and counsel Advokatfirmaet Schjødt is acting as legal adviser in connection with the merger. BDO and PWC have each and on their own independently acted as financial advisors to the boards in connection with the valuations of Bonheur and Ganger Rolf and the proposal of exchange ratios.

North American Cox Media Group signs contract with Cxense

Oslo, Norway – Cxense ASA (OSE: CXENSE) today announced that the company has signed an agreement with Cox Media Group. Cox Media Group (CMG), a subsidiary of American conglomerate Cox Enterprises, currently includes 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 60 radio stations, six daily newspapers, and more than a dozen non-daily publications, as well as more than 100 digital services.  CMG currently operates in more than 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 31 million TV viewers, more than 3.5 million newspaper readers, and more than 14 million radio listeners. Cox Media Group is licensing the Cxense Maxifier solution which enables businesses to optimize the performance of advertising campaigns run on their websites, mobile sites, and mobile apps, as well as across 3rd-party sites. Cxense Maxifier analyzes data and identifies the highest performing inventory set-up for each and every advertising campaign, enabling an automated optimization process to continually enhance performance to meet advertiser KPIs including delivery, CTR, actions, and viewability. Today, premium publishers such as Advance Digital, Condé Nast, The Guardian, and The Atlantic have chosen the Cxense Maxifier solution to ensure optimal campaign results. Cxense products are delivered as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), where customers pay Cxense a monthly license subscription fee for the use of the Cxense products. Customer contracts are typically for twelve months, with automatic renewal. About Cxense Cxense (pronounced “see-sense”) enables the world’s leading media, e-commerce and consumer brands to take control of their audience data to deliver more engaging and personalized user experiences. Businesses using Cxense’s advanced real-time analytics, data management (DMP), advertising, search and personalization technology gain more engaged users, increased digital revenue and higher sales conversions. Cxense is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices worldwide. Customers include Condé Nast, Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal, Gannett, Globo, Grupo Clarin, Singapore Press Holdings, South China Morning Post, AEON, DMM, Rakuten, Naspers, Bonnier, El País, The Guardian, Schibsted, and many more. For more information: www.cxense.com , Twitter: @Cxense. Cxense is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange with the ticker ‘CXENSE.’ Investor Relations Contact: Jørgen Loeng Chief Financial Officer Email: jorgen.loeng@cxense.com Mobile: +47 906 60 062

Year- End Report 2015

· Net sales increased by 70% to 576.1 (339,0) MSEK · Operating income increased to 50.2 (21.7) MSEK(including non-recurring costs of approximately 0 (9.3) MSEK) · Net income amounted to 24.3 (57.7) MSEK(including tax effects for 2014 of 15.8 MSEK · Earnings per share amounted to 1.18 (3.10) SEK · 50 (35) EBM systems were delivered during the period · Order intake amounted to 58 (42) EBM systems For the fourth quarter: · Sales increased by 28% to 176.0 (137.1) MSEK · Operating income amounted to 14.0 (15.3) MSEK · Net income amounted to 2.7 (15.8) MSEK · Order intake increased to 29 (21) systems · 16 (15) EBM systems were delivered in the fourth quarter Strong growth and significant investments 2015 was another very active and strong year for Arcam. We have worked hard and focused. Our primary focus has been to continue executing and developing our long-term strategy to put the EBM technology in industrial production. To do that, we have developed all three parts of the Group, EBM systems, metal powders and contract manufacturing. We have grown rapidly and we have made substantial investments in increased capacity to continue to meet our customers demand. After a strong fourth quarter, we reached net sales of 576.1 MSEK and an operating profit of 50.2 MSEK for the full year. Sales increased by 70% and operating profit increased by 131%. During the year we booked 58 new EBM orders, an increase of 38% compared with the previous year. We enter 2016 with an order book of 27 systems. Business status Avio Aero in Turin, Italy, is a subsidiary of GE Aviation. Avio Aero has successfully used and evaluated Arcam´s EBM systems for many years and is now moving into series production of state of the art turbine blades. In connection with this they ordered, by the end of the year, 10 new EBM system and with that order they doubled their installation base. Another important reference business is the order from GKN of two Arcam Q20. Together with GKN we are bringing our EBM-technology to series production of aerospace components. The deals confirm the great potential of the Arcam EBM technology as a volume production tool for the aerospace industry. We can now see that our aerospace customers are expanding their EBM production facilities. In September, our customer Beijing AK Medical Chinese announced that the Chinese authorities approved their EBM manufactured orthopedic implants for sale in China. These are the first additive manufactured implants to be formally approved in China. In connection with this decision Beijing AK Medical decided to go into production with these implants and they ordered another five Arcam Q10 systems. During the year our Italian customer Lima has received the five systems they ordered in the end of 2014. Lima has thereby increased its EBM capacity significantly and Lima is the world's largest manufacturer of additively manufactured implants. Meanwhile, customers in Japan, Korea, Europe and in the US have introduced new EBM-manufactured products on the market within orthopedics for hips, knees and spine surgery. The EBM technology is therefore now established as a manufacturing method for orthopedic implants. Our metal powder manufacturer AP&C in Montreal is growing rapidly with several new customers within Additive Manufacturing. To meet the demand, we took in the beginning of the year a third powder reactor in use and in the autumn we decided to expand AP&C with another two powder reactors. With these investments, AP&C will have five complete production lines, of which four are intended for titanium powder and one is intended for Inconel and other alloys. Management changes and infrastructure During the year we strengthened our sales and support organization in the US, UK and in China through the recruitment of sales and support engineers. In the UK a new office was inaugurated in Warwick and in the US a new office was opened in Woburn, MA. With the new local offices we move management, customer support and logistics closer to our customers. During the third quarter a major expansion of our production facilities in Mölndal, Sweden, was finalized. With the expansion we have doubled our production area and we have also opened a new demo and customer training center. During the year we strengthened our marketing organization by setting up a new central marketing function for Arcam Group, based in the US. The new marketing organization will manage and coordinate Arcam's global marketing including branding efforts and product marketing, in order to fully utilize our position in the aerospace and medical implant industry. In December Alain Dupont was appointed the new CEO of powder manufacturer AP&C. He succeeds Jacques Mallette who has been CEO of AP&C since 2011 and continues to be involved as Chairman for AP&C. Financing and ownership structure In May Industrifonden sold its entire holding in Arcam, corresponding to 10.4% of capital and votes. The buyer was the US-based Oppenheimer Funds. After the deal Industrifonden has no ownership in Arcam. Industrifonden has been involved in the company since 1999, first as a lender and, since 2002, as an owner. Oppenheimer has been a shareholder of Arcam since 2014 and, with the new deal, became the largest owner with more than 15% of the outstanding shares. On May 27 we completed a share issue of 1.8 million new shares directed to Första AP-fonden, providing the company with approximately MSEK 250 before transaction costs. Första AP-fonden represents an engaged, long term ownership which the board expects will contribute to the development of the company. After those transactions we have a new ownership structure and a very strong cash position. At the end of the third quarter we had approximately 452.9 MSEK in cash. The strong balance sheet provides financial stability that is much appreciated by the large clients we work with in long term projects. With some of the world's largest companies as customers, a strong cash position and, most important, a team of dedicated and driven employees, we are well positioned to take advantage of our opportunities in the fast growing market for Additive Manufacturing. Mölndal, February 8, 2016 Magnus René, President & CEO The information has been made public in accordance with the Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was published on February 8, 2016 at 08.30 (CET).

Optimarin makes fishing breakthrough with America’s Finest trawler

8 February 2016, Norway: Ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin has landed its first ever contract in the fishing segment. The Norwegian firm will now supply its soon to be USCG approved Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) for the Skipsteknisk-designed America’s Finest. Seattle-based Fisherman’s Finest will own and operate the 80m long stern trawler, which is currently being completed at Washington State’s Dakota Creek Industries yard. America’s Finest, a ST-116XL design, has been hailed as Skipsteknisk’s most environmentally friendly vessel to date. It combines a highly-efficient DNV GL classed +1A1 Ice 1B hull, reducing resistance in both ice and the open water, with the ability to tow, process and freeze its white- and ground fish catch at sea. Its operational area will span the North Pacific, Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea. “This is a genuinely exciting contract for Optimarin, marking a breakthrough into a sector with attractive growth potential and a need for proven environmental performance,” comments Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen. “America’s Finest lives up to its name and will lead the way in standards for the entire Bering Sea fleet. Our system is the perfect match, with proven reliability, effectiveness and - thanks to its UV nature, where no chemicals are produced or discharged - impeccable environmental credentials.” Andersen notes that OBS’ imminent USCG approval, the first of its kind for a UV based unit, also played a key role in its selection: “USCG compliance was absolutely essential for a vessel with this kind of operational footprint. The power of the UV lamps in OBS, boasting a capacity of 35kw, ensures they can meet USCG’s strict FDA/CFMDA criteria, eliminating all potentially invasive marine organisms in ballast water. “OBS satisfied USCG’s comprehensive marine water tests in 2015, with full approval now expected in autumn this year. This, along with our vast experience of providing flexible, reliable and easy to install technology, is a key selling point for any owner looking to trade in US waters.” Optimarin has now sold over 370 of its systems to shipowners across the world, with more than 270 installed, over 60 of which are retrofits. Its worldwide engineering agreements with Goltens and Zeppelin Power Systems ensure it offers its technology where and when it’s needed, meeting all individual client requirements. The new system is scheduled for delivery and installation onboard America’s Finest in April this year. Alongside its high-efficiency and advanced BWT solution, the vessel offers accommodation for 49 people, hospital facilities, and is completely insulated to protect crew from the harsh conditions of its Northern operating areas. Other shipowners that have chosen OBS include Saga Shipholding, MOL, Grieg Shipping Group, Gulf Offshore, Farstad Shipping, NYK, Nor Line, and Evergreen Marine Corp, amongst others. The system is fully approved by IMO and certified through DNV GL, Lloyd’s, Bureau Veritas, MLIT Japan, and American Bureau of Shipping. For further information please contact: Optimarin:Tore AndersenOptimarin CEOTel: + 47 911 35 860Email: tandersen@optimarin.com www.optimarin.com

Wipro Awarded 5-Year Strategic Infrastructure Management Contract by ASSA ABLOY

As part of the five-year agreement, Wipro will consolidate ASSA ABLOY’s existing data centers in the EMEA region and implement a cloud-based service model, which will include IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and PaaS (Platform as a Service). The deployment will leverage Wipro’s BoundaryLess Data Center offering and will provide a full suite of IT infrastructure management services to ASSA ABLOY’s global organisation. This solution will bring in a high level of agility, and a consumption-based IT service model powered by an user-friendly service catalog. Since its inception in 1994, ASSA ABLOY has grown from a regional company into an international group with about 44,000 employees, operations in more than 70 countries and sales close to SEK 57 billion. ASSA ABLOY has expanded globally through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions. The goal of this IT engagement is to improve the efficiency of the company’s data center services by moving them into Wipro’s BoundaryLess Data Center (BLDC (http://www.wipro.com/services/infrastructure-services/packaged-transformation-services/boundaryless-data-center/)) offering and establishing a global delivery model through Wipro’s ServiceNXT, the company's integrated Managed Services framework. Jens Nielsen, CIO, ASSA ABLOY Group said, “This engagement is strategic to our business continuity operations and we believe that Wipro is the best partner for us. With our data center infrastructure supported by Wipro, we can drive added efficiencies, and most importantly, bring about joint innovations to serve our customers better.” Carl-Henrik Hallström, Head of Nordic Region, Wipro Limited said, "In order to keep pace with rapid globalisation, rising customer expectations and emerging technologies, enterprises must reinvent their traditional IT infrastructure and data center service capabilities. We are confident that Wipro's BoundaryLess Data Center offering will enable ASSA ABLOY optimize, automate and manage its data centers in an agile manner. Furthermore, this engagement reiterates our continued focus and investments in the Nordic region.” “We are delighted to be chosen by ASSA ABLOY as the strategic partner for their IT transformation project, which will leverage both our manufacturing domain expertise and technology capabilities. The relationship between both companies is anchored by a synergy of our core corporate values and we look forward to fostering an environment of innovation that supports and strengthens ASSA ABLOY’s leadership position in the industry,” said N. S. Bala, Chief Executive, Manufacturing & Hi-Tech Industry SBU, Wipro Limited. About Wipro Ltd. Wipro Ltd. (NYSE:WIT) is a leading information technology, consulting and business process services company that delivers solutions to enable its clients do business better. Wipro delivers winning business outcomes through its deep industry experience and a 360 degree view of "Business through Technology.”  By combining digital strategy, customer centric design, advanced analytics and product engineering approach, Wipro helps its clients create successful and adaptive businesses. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, strong commitment to sustainability and good corporate citizenship, Wipro has a dedicated workforce of over 160,000, serving clients in 175+ cities across 6 continents. For more information, please visit www.wipro.com Wipro Media Contacts: Linda Boman+46 722 208 329linda.boman@wipro.com Subhashini Pattabhiraman+91 9819773385subhashini.pattabhiraman@wipro.com Forward-looking and Cautionary Statements Certain statements in this release concerning our future growth prospects are forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks, and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties relating to these statements include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties regarding fluctuations in our earnings, revenue and profits, our ability to generate and manage growth, intense competition in IT services, our ability to maintain our cost advantage, wage increases in India, our ability to attract and retain highly skilled professionals, time and cost overruns on fixed-price, fixed-time frame contracts, client concentration, restrictions on immigration, our ability to manage our international operations, reduced demand for technology in our key focus areas, disruptions in telecommunication networks, our ability to successfully complete and integrate potential acquisitions, liability for damages on our service contracts, the success of the companies in which we make strategic investments, withdrawal of fiscal governmental incentives, political instability, war, legal restrictions on raising capital or acquiring companies outside India, unauthorized use of our intellectual property, and general economic conditions affecting our business and industry. Additional risks that could affect our future operating results are more fully described in our filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. These filings are available at www.sec.gov. We may, from time to time, make additional written and oral forward-looking statements, including statements contained in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and our reports to shareholders. We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time by us or on our behalf.

Pro4u Business System joins growing IFS Partner Network as reseller of IFS Applications

Pro4u Business System is a rapidly expanding Swedish IT consultancy that will deliver retail solutions based on IFS Applications together with IFS’ retail solution partners Centric (http://www.centric.eu/SE/Default) and Ateles (http://www.ateles.se/). They will be targeting primarily the SMB sector. “By combining IFS Applications with e-commerce software from Ateles and store solutions from Centric we will deliver prepackaged retail solutions that will help growing companies improve key capabilities like payment and assortment planning while improving overall process effectiveness and profitability”, said Anders Carlsson, CEO of Pro4u Business System. Elni Kullmer, IFS Scandinavia Senior Vice President Partner Business, added: “We are very pleased with the partnership with Pro4u Business System, which supports IFS’s strategy to increase market share through expanding our partner ecosystem. Together with our existing retail partners Centric and Ateles, Pro4u Business System will give IFS’s customers new delivery options while providing IFS with a stronger offering and greater sales capacity.” Through the agreement, Pro4u Business System consultants will be trained and certified via the IFS Academy. They will also be given access to the IFS Upgrade Factory, a solution that has upgraded more than 100 Scandinavian customers to new versions of IFS Applications over the past year, leading to shorter time to value and lower costs.

Rejlers has strongly contributed to Gotland's Eco Municipality Prize

“Rejlers Energiprojekt is carrying out the project together with Region Gotland and we, as a general contractor, are taking overall responsibility for the entire property portfolio, including schools, preschools, hospitals, offices, sports facilities, ice rinks, etc. Rejlers is presenting suitable energy-saving measures with investment needs and all savings will be clearly shown. We have subsequently continued to take responsibility for implementation of the measures and, thanks to being involved throughout the process, we can also take responsibility for ensuring the results fulfil our promises through a results guarantee,” says Per Sjöbom, Project Manager at Rejlers.Ekokommunpriset 2015 to the property department of Region GotlandThe Regional Board justified this year’s awarding of the prestigious eco municipality prize as follows:Thanks to systematic work over many years, the Property Management Department has helped to reduce the environmental impact of Region Gotland’s activities. By minimising the use of fossil fuels and investing in bio-fuels and energy efficiency at an early stage, they have been able to reduce both climate impact and energy consumption in existing and new buildings, thus saving both money and the environment.The department has succeeded with measures that have provided energy savings of up to 50 per cent in buildings, saving the environment and millions of krona. The department estimates it will be able to save a total of around MSEK 8 per year once all the measures have been implemented in a few years. Naturally, environmental impact will also be reduced significantly.For further information, contact:Peter Rejler, CEO and President, e-mail: peter.rejler@rejlers.sePer Sjöbom; Project Manager Rejlers Energiprojekt, tel. +46 (0)70-202 28 59, e-mail: per.sjobom@rejlers.seRejlers är en av Nordens stora teknikkonsulter. 2 100 experter som arbetar med projekt inom bygg och fastighet, energi, industri och infrastruktur. Hos oss möter du specialiserade ingenjörer med bredd, spets och inte minst energi som skapar resultat. Vi fortsätter att växa snabbt och finns idag på 80 orter runt om i Sverige, Finland och Norge. År 2014 omsatte Rejlers 1,7 miljarder kronor och B-aktien är noterad på NASDAQ Stockholm.

The refugee crisis: biologists warn of the problems of determining age from biological indicators in children

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATIONMONDAY, 8th FEBRUARY, 2016OXFORD, UK The thousands of unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) entering Europe to seek escape from war and poverty are in the headlines as the British Government considers the acceptance of 3000 refugee children to the UK. In addition to the loss of their families, many of these children will also have no documentary proof of their identity or age and no-one to support their status as “children” and thus their claim of asylum. In those cases in which the child appears to be mature, scientific evidence is required by the government to support an age of less than 18 years. In these cases an assessment of the biological maturity of the child is made on the assumption of the close relationship between maturity and age. In 2015 these assessments were carried out in 488 of the 2168 applications by UASC; over 20% of all applications. The lack of precision in determining age from estimates of maturity is highlighted by Noël Cameron, Professor of Human Biology at Loughborough University, in a commentary article (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/03014460.2016.1145738) in the Annals of Human Biology. Professor Cameron draws attention to the “imperfect association” between maturity and age. He writes that, “The standard method of maturity estimation involves assessing skeletal maturity from the bones of the hand and wrist. However skeletal maturity or “skeletal age” as it is commonly known, has a standard deviation of approximately one year about any specific chronological age meaning that a child’s chronological age could be within ±2 years of any skeletal age.” If an average skeletal age of 18 “years” is assumed to have been reached by boys at a chronological age of 18 years, then whilst 50% of young men will exhibit full skeletal maturity at 18 years, 50% will not exhibit full maturity. Thus a decision based on adulthood being defined as the attainment of full skeletal maturity condemns those skeletally advanced 17 year olds to laws governing adults and those skeletally delayed 18 year olds to laws governing children. Cameron maintains that figures similar to these “can be found in most countries of the European Union who have been the target for asylum seeking refuges in the last few years. Almost all use skeletal maturity as the primary method to determine chronological age.” In his opinion it is indefensible to ignore the known imperfect association between maturity and age in order to decide who will, or will not, be granted the opportunities afforded by asylum in the UK.               You can read the full article for free at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.3109/03014460.2016.1145738 *Any views expressed in this Press Release are not those of the Taylor & Francis Group.

Leap year love giveaway at Hadley Park House Hotel

The competition, which is free to enter, is open to anyone who is planning a 2016 wedding celebration; whether they popped the question at Christmas, New Year, Valentine’s Day or will take advantage of the leap year tradition on February 29th! Owners of Hadley Park House Hotel Mark Lewis and Geraldine Lewis said “Given the association with leap year and weddings, what better time could there be to celebrate our recent win at the National Wedding Awards. This is a fantastic prize that will definitely save the happy couple a considerable amount of money which they could set aside for other wedding expenses - or just spend at the jewellers for a bigger diamond ring! We are licensed for Civil Weddings and Partnerships and the competition is open to anyone looking to get married in 2016. We are hosting a Leap Year Wedding Showcase on 28th February which offers the perfect chance to see our facilities, meet with the team, and also get ideas from the vast array of wedding suppliers that exhibit at the event.” Entering the competition is available via Hadley Park’s website (www.hadleypark.co.uk/offers/leap-year-wedding-competition). The competition closes at midnight February 29th 2016 and the winner will be picked at random and notified by 2nd March 2016. Terms and conditions apply which can be found on the website. Hadley Park’s Leap Year Wedding Showcase will run from 11am – 3pm on Sunday 28th February and has free admission. www.hadleypark.co.uk Ends

Innovation for smart real-time customer feedback wins Tieto and Fazer Food Services’ hackathon

The winning idea enables fast and easy way to give feedback in different touch points at the restaurant via wireless smart buttons. With the solution, Fazer Foods Services restaurants can implement a flexible way of checking how different parts of the customer journey in the restaurant work, and effectively find ways to improve the experience. According to the jury, the concept responds extremely well to both lunch guests’ and restaurants’ needs. It is simple enough to implement but very efficient for real-time feedback and has a direct impact on improving the customer experience. All in all, the concept would be easy for Fazer Food Services to take into use. “We wanted to find new innovative and pragmatic ideas that could be used to develop our business. The hackathon provided us with a lot of new ideas, and really helped us to think out of the box. It’s very likely that some of the solutions created will be developed further and will end up in use at our restaurants,” says Simon Panelius, Vice President Operational Development at Fazer Food Services. The hackathon was organized by Tieto’s internal Customer Experience Management start-up and powered by its innovation program Tieto Experience Hub, that focuses on developing new service models and operating methods in close and innovative collaboration with the customer, while taking into consideration the needs of the end customer. "Hackathon as a working method showed its power once again, and we were able to find a solution that can have direct impact on improving the lunch experience for Fazer Food Services. Hackathons enable fast-paced innovation and concepting process resulting multiple concrete solutions to tackle company’s business needs,” comments Mikko Leinonen, Head of Customer Experience Management start-up at Tieto.  The hackathon jury consisted of top-tier influencers in the digital and food sectors, including innovative chef and restaurateur Richard McCormick as well as serial entrepreneur Taneli Tikka.The hackathon was held at the Aalto University campus in Otaniemi, Espoo on February 4-5, 2016. About 50 hackers from 11 countries participated in the event. The members of the multinational team behind the winning concept were: Rahul Abhisek, Aalto University, Laura Leppälä, Aalto University and Ann Plough, Eat Simply Eat Well blog. More on the challenge: www.tieto.com/cxhackfazer Follow us on Twitter: #TietoXHub #CXHackFazer Photo attachments:CXHack Fazer winning team with juryFazer products For more information: Mikko Leinonen, Head of Customer Experience Management, Tieto, mikko.leinonen@tieto.com, +358 40 5967 726, Twitter: @mikko_leinonen Ksenia Avetisova, Lead CX Consultant, Customer Experience Management, Tieto, ksenia.avetisova[a]tieto.com,+358 46 8114 913, Twitter: @LisaGri Simon Panelius, Vice President Operational Development, Fazer Food Services, simon.panelius@fazer.com, +358 40 5607 584 TIETO CORPORATION DISTRIBUTION Principal media Tieto is the largest IT services company in the Nordics providing full lifecycle IT services. We also provide global product development services for companies in the communications and embedded technologies arena. Through industry insight, technology vision and innovative thinking, Tieto proactively strives to inspire and engage its customers in finding new ways of accelerating their business. Building on a strong Nordic heritage, Tieto combines global capabilities with local presence. Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, Tieto has over 13 000 experts in more than 20 countries. Turnover is approximately €1.5 billion. Tieto’s shares are listed on NASDAQ in Helsinki and Stockholm. www.tieto.com Fazer is an international family-owned company offering quality bakery, confectionery, biscuit and grain products as well as food and café services. Fazer operates in eight countries and exports to more than 40 countries. Fazer’s mission is to create taste sensations. The company’s success, ever since its establishment in 1891, has been based on the best product and service quality, beloved brands, the passion of its skilful people and the company’s responsible ways of working. The goal is to share the taste of good life every day. Fazer Group’s net sales in 2014 amounted to more than 1.6 billion euros and the company has over 15,000 employees. Fazer’s operations comply with ethical principles that are based on the Group’s values and the UN Global Compact. Makes the world taste good

Sugar tax 2016: a story of history repeating, according to York curators

“History repeating!”  That’s how curators of the Castle Museum in York have described the latest suggestions that a sugar tax could be implemented as part of a raft of measures to tackle the obesity crisis in 2016. The curatorial team at York Castle Museum is currently putting together a new permanent exhibition, opening for Easter 2016, which looks at the links between fashion, lifestyle and diet throughout the last 400 years, including an exhibit dedicated to sugar, from its first introduction to the English aristocracy, to a modern day addiction. “Until the early 19thcentury, sugar cane was the only source of sugar, and as this could not be grown in our country’s cold climate, it was an expensive luxury item for centuries – trading records show sugar being sold in London for two shillings for a pound in 1319 – around £75 in today’s money,” comments Ali Bodley, the museum’s senior curator of history.  “Indeed, following the introduction of the Sugar Act in 1764, the government collected nearly £1 million each year in sugar tax, levied at 34% - the equivalent of around £106 million today.” Tax on sugar was only removed in 1874 by then Prime Minister, William Gladstone.  There were a number of reasons for this, including the growth of the sugar beet industry in the UK – it was not until the mid-18thcentury that sugar was first extracted from beet crops grown in Europe – and the effects on the abolition of slavery on the colonial sugar cane industry, which effectively increased production costs.  Included in the displays in the new Castle Museum Exhibition will be a cone of sugar dating back to the late 18thcentury.  The cone pre-dates granulated sugar, and cooks would either break or scrape sugar from the cone for use in cooking. “Sugar had gradually changed from being a luxury item to an everyday commodity, and became a key ingredient for lower class people who used it to make jams and preserves – an essential part of the diet for those poorest people for whom bread was their primary source of nutrition,” adds Ali.  “Removing the sugar tax made jam-making and other sweet products more affordable for those living in poverty, and may have marked the first step towards the obesity epidemic that we are facing today – sugar became a cheap, affordable staple, and sweet treats, including York’s own chocolate industry, made it easier to consume than ever before.”  Alongside the displays on how diet has influenced body shape, the gallery will also look at other dietary fashions and fads, including diet pills – which were as lethal in Victorian times as some are today, containing ingredients including arsenic – to the 1930s trend to deliberately infect yourself with parasitic worms to control weight.  “Of course, whilst some eras were marked by a trend to be skinny – including the early 19thcentury ‘TB chic’ where the gaunt, skinny appearance of someone suffering from consumption was considered attractive, to the 1990s equivalent of ‘heroin chic’, you also have periods when curvy figures were very much in vogue.  As with today’s ‘Kardashian booty’, at the end of the 18thcentury, ladies would use padded ‘bums’ or ‘rumps’ to create an enviable round silhouette – more examples of history repeating,” comments Ali. “Shaping The Body: 400 years of food, fashion and life” opens at York Castle Museum on 25 March 2016.  For more details, please visit www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.ukENDS A wide selection of images to accompany this news release is available for immediate download from: http://news.cision.com/shaping-the-body For further media information or photographs, please contact: Jay Commins Pyper York Limited Tel:         01904 500698 Email:    jay@pyperyork.co.uk

Kinky Boots: foodservice pair trek off for Springboard

Two captains of the catering equipment industry are putting fine dining and five star hotels behind them as they train for a gruelling five day trek across Peru to raise money for Springboard.  Stephen ‘Kinky’ Kinkead and Glenn ‘Robbo’ Roberts, managing directors of Winterhalter UK and Gram UK respectively, aim to raise at least £10,000 for Springboard in its work to help disadvantaged people by finding them employment in the hospitality industry.   Camping under the stars along the way, the intrepid trekkers will follow ancient trails leading to the ruins of Machu Pichu, testing their endurance to the limit.  However, the fun doesn’t stop there: the two will end up at a remote village where they’ll spend three days installing solar panels, to bring sustainable energy to the local school, and attempting to teach computer skills and give English lessons.  Stephen says, “When we first discussed it, I thought, ‘well, if Robbo can do it then I can.’  Turns out he was thinking, ‘if Kinky can do it then I can.’  We might both be working on false premises….  “Seriously, though, of course it will be tough but it will also be a fabulous experience.  More importantly, we’ll not only be supporting Springboard, which is an absolutely top charity, but also, hopefully, using whatever talents we have to help children in this remote Peruvian school.”      Glenn says, “Both Stephen and I spent our early careers working in catering.  It’s great to have this opportunity to give something back.  “As for the trek, I used to do a lot of walking.  I know I’ll be knackered, but it I’ll really enjoy being back in the mountains.  Mind, there is the issue of spending an extended period in a tent with Kinky…” Stephen and Glenn are taking part in Springboard’s official Peru Trek 2016, which is happening 11-22 March.  The two are self-funding their trip, so all the money they raise will go to charity.  To help them meet their target visit www.justgiving.com/Stephen-Kinkead-and-Glenn-Roberts.  To find out about the trek visit http://springboard.uk.net Winterhalter is the foodservice warewasher specialist.  For further details see www.winterhalter.co.uk. Gram offers a comprehensive range of commercial refrigeration.  See www.gram-commercial.com for more information.  Copy ends ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Kinky boots Springboard trek – Feb-16 Press Enquiries: Alison Haynes at The Publicity Works: 01263 761000   Email: winterhalter@publicityworks.biz Separation/Inclusion charges: By email only to toni@publicityworks.biz For more news about Winterhalter visit the press office (http://www.publicityworks.biz/category/press-office/winterhalter/) at www.publicityworks.biz Paul Crowley at Winterhalter: 01908 359000 Follow Winterhalter on Twitter (http://twitter.com/winterhalteruk) 

Natural and organic world to unite at Natural & Organic Products Europe 2016

With over 600 exhibiting companies from 50 countries now confirmed, Natural & Organic Products Europe trade show is set to bring the best choice of natural and organic products from around the world to London. Taking place at ExCeL London on 17-18 April, the show will feature its biggest ever choice of food, health, beauty and eco-living brands from six continents.  Giving its 10,000 attendees an increased opportunity to expand their international ranges, as well as benefit from seeing hundreds of innovative UK brands. “Over the past 20 years, Natural & Organic Products Europe has become recognised as the key platform for introducing new natural and organic products onto the European market,” says event director Carol Dunning. “For 2016, the show will host new national pavilions from Peru, Bulgaria, Turkey, Thailand, The Philippines, Armenia and Moldova.  They’ll be joining returning contingents from France, Italy, Poland, Greece, and the USA.  Many other countries are participating at an individual level – including the Republic of Ireland, Germany, Australia, Canada, China, Russia, New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden, Cyprus, The Netherlands, Austria, Spain, Belgium, Boliva, Bosnia & Herzigovina, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Palestine, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, and Vietnam.  So, whether buyers are coming from just a few miles away or flying in from across the globe, they’ll find plenty here that they simply won’t find together like this at any other show,” says Dunning. Countries increasing their presence for 2016 include Greece (hosted by Economotechniki) and Italy.  The latter will now occupy two new pavilions in The Natural Food Show, including Demeter Italy (a new biodynamic association pavilion) and the Italian Pavilion, which will focus on specialty food and drink from the country’s distinctive southern regions (including Campania, Calabria, Puglia and Sicily). Thailand is also hoping to make a big impression at the show this year, debuting not one but two pavilions – promoting their famous cuisine, and health and wellbeing products respectively. The UK’s certified organic food and drink offering has also been expanded, with the Soil Association and Organic Trade Board joining forces for the first time at the show under the slogan ‘Growing Organic Together’.  The pavilion, which includes the popular Soil Association Organic Chiller area, will feature well-known brands like Nairn’s, Mr. Organic, Alara, and Infinity Foods plus debut appearances from YoGhee Butter, Greens Organic, Ibiza Superfoods, and Organic Delight. The Soil Association is also launching a new Organic Beauty Pavilion in the Natural Beauty & Spa area.  It joins the show’s first ever NATRUE pavilion and returning Venus Beauty Pavilion featuring artisan new brands launching onto the market. Other returning show features include The World of Vegan, which has grown by 25% to showcase an ever bigger range of Vegan Society Trademarked products, along with the HFMA (Health Food Manufacturers Association) HFMA Pavilion (featuring Pharma Nord UK, BetterYou and Comvita), two New Products Showcases, and three dedicated show theatres. “If you’re in the natural and organic world, Natural & Organic Products Europe is something that you’ve got to do – everyone gets something from it.  We’ll definitely be back this year,” says Mark Bazeley, buyer at Infinity Foods. “A great show!  This one has the potential to be the global No. 1 destination, as it encompasses the best of natural, organic, beauty and healthcare all under one roof,” agrees Craig Sams, organic pioneer and Green & Black’s founder. Infinity Foods Wholesale, Holland & Barrett International, Netto, Waitrose, Tesco, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, John Lewis, Aldi, Fenwick, Hilton, Costco, Victoria Health, Revital, Whitworth Chemists, BigGreenSmile, Sodexo, and EAT are just some of the big names set to visit.  Whole Foods Market UK also recently confirmed that it is coordinating its biggest ever contingent of regional buyers and team managers to attend across both days (planned events include a team manager values matter training programme and formalised meet the buyers programme). Free trade registration now open Natural & Organic Products Europe – Europe’s biggest showcase of natural, organic, Fairtrade, free-from and eco-friendly products – includes four show sections: Natural Health, Natural Living, Natural Beauty & Spa, and The Natural Food Show.  The next edition will take place on 17-18 April 2016 at ExCeL London. For more information and to register, please visit www.naturalproducts.co.uk (alternatively, use direct link:https://registration.n200.com/survey/1x8mta7p0nbu6?actioncode=NPPR22). ###

Robert Helenius interview: boxer to face Johann Duhaupas in Helsinki on 2 April

Weighing in at 110kg and standing 195cm tall Frenchman Johann Duhaupas is an experienced boxer with 36 fights and 33 wins during his career. “This fight means everything for me and it will be my most important fight so far. I can win the World Champion WBC Silver Light title and that is like a World Cup silver, it gives me a contender status for the WBC title,” says Helenius. In September last year Duhaupas fought Deontay Wilder for the WBC Heavyweight title. Duhaupas lost the fight in the eleventh round without going down. “Duhaupas has been a top boxer for a long time with many good fights under his belt and he has impressed everyone with his boxing skills. I also know that he has previously won against two other Finnish boxers, so this fight is for Finland’s reputation too,” says Robert Helenius. Helenius and his trainer Johan Lindström are certain that this is the right fight and the right opponent for Helenius. “That he got to fight against the world champion Wilder says a lot about his status in boxing. He is well regarded. He has a long reach and seems to wear down his opponents. But a long reach can be beaten with good footwork,” says Johan Lindström. A win in Hartwall Arena on 2 April could mean that the American WBC-title holder Deontay Wilder can be a future opponent for Helenius. “Wilder can always choose to fight against another top 15 ranked fighter. But he cannot fight more than two times before he needs to face the holder of the WBC Silver Light belt. That is why this title is so important to me,” says Helenius. The preparations for the next fight have already begun. Helenius has just returned from a training camp in Italy and more sparring is on the schedule. “We will train on Åland during February and after that we will go on to Pajulahti in March. There we will do a lot of sparring and I already know that Gunnar Kolbeinn Kristinsson from Iceland will be one of my training partners,” says Helenius. A return to the Hartwall Arena for a fight in Helsinki is something Helenius looks forward to. “It was a great atmosphere in Helsinki during the last fight so it feels right to be able to continue there. My dream scenario would be to fight for the world championship title in Helsinki in front of all my fans. After this fight I believe it’s very likely that I will get a title fight this year,” says Helenius. The gaming company Paf from the Åland Islands is supporting Robert Helenius’s dream to become the Heavyweight World Champion. Paf can reveal the first odds for the upcoming fight in Helsinki today. According to the these Robert Helenius is the favourite to win at 1.25. The odds for Frenchman Johann Duhaupas to win are 3.75. “I am the favourite according to my own and my trainer Johan Linström’s odds too, so Paf’s odds are certainly correct,” says Helenius with a big smile on his face. Robert Helenius vs. Johann Duhaupas Robert Helenius, 1.25Johann Duhaupas, 3.75Draw, 26.00 Source: Paf.com (https://www.paf.com/betting/news/?id=helenius-vs-duhaupas) For more information contact: Mattias LindquistCommunications ManagerMobile: +46 729 75 23 26E-mail: mattias.lindquist@paf.com

Christie introduces Pandoras Box Version 5.9 Media Server from coolux for faster workflow, more efficient operation and versatility

The Pandoras Box system is a cost-effective turnkey solution that more perfectly unites state-of-the-art rendering technology with intuitive media and show control. Found in some of the most spectacular multi-media presentations around the world, it is the perfect choice for any live event, projection mapping or multi-media show. Flexible and user-friendly, it can be set up as a standalone playback device, network playback client or in console mode for direct DMX Control. "New to Pandoras Box is the Kiosk Mode, to act as a simple standalone playback device that can be set up and operated without special training by anyone without ‘digging deep’ into the menu,” said Joel St-Denis, product manager, Christie. “The idea of the Kiosk Mode is to have a very simple playlist interface, allowing users to ingesting content and displaying it on up to four displays with ease. Softedge and offsets can be set up via onscreen faders, making it perfect for all fixed installations such as nightclubs and digital signage where easy operation and editing is needed.”   Pandoras Box Version 5.9 now encodes files up to four times faster, delivers additional codec information through the file inspector, and includes a completely redesigned Patch-Tab and new templates that deliver faster workflow for remote control from a lighting desk. Users can create their own profiles, as well as export and import patch templates with exceptional ease. A Cues Tab has also been introduced for an overview of all cues, which can be used to navigate through the timeline and leave individual notes per cue. “Whether it’s a major sports event, concert, an architectural display used for projection mapping, a museum, broadcast, or more, Pandoras Box combines the best of creative freedom and reliability that always impresses audiences,”  concluded St-Denis. For more information about the coolux Pandoras Box family of turnkey multi-media solutions, visit http://www.coolux.de.

The campaign for presumed liability on our roads spreads across the British Isles, prompting fears that Scotland could be left behind

Now with nearly 10,000 signatures to its online petition, Road Share has also seen its calls for presumed liability on Scotland’s roads echoed in comments made by cyclist and British Cycling Policy Advisor, Chris Boardman, the UK Transport Minister Robert Goodwill and Director of Pubic Prosecutions, Sir Keir Starmer QC. According to Road Share, introducing presumed liability would rectify a system that is out of date and inherently unjust. Under the current system of Civil Law, the vulnerable road user – the injured and the bereaved – must prove the case against the more powerful, which in most situations of a road traffic collision involving a cyclist is the motorist’s insurance company. With presumed liability, it is for the more powerful to prove that the vulnerable road user is liable for any damage or injury. With the volume of calls of presumed liability rising, Brenda Mitchell, the founder of Road Share now fears Scotland, where the campaign started, could be left behind. In the UK, the powerful London Cycling Campaign, Road Danger Reduction Forum and Stop Killing Cyclists are all supporters. In Ireland, both the Dublin Cycling Campaign and Irish Cycling Advocacy Group have come on board. While Phil Gawne, the Minister of Infrastructure for the Isle of Man Government announced recently that presumed liability will be brought forward alongside a variety of road safety measures in a Bill later this year. Both specialist insurance brokers Yellow Jersey and Kwik Fit Insurance Services are now backing the campaign, with Stewart Barnett from Kwik Fit Insurance commenting: “In a recent Kwik Fit survey (http://www.kwik-fitinsurance.co.uk/media/cycling-safety) into the UK’s attitudes towards road cycling of nearly two-thirds (63%) that have cycled on the road before, only 26% would feel safe doing so. That’s a huge number of people who still feel road cycling is an unsafe option, so we’ve been looking for solutions. “Currently the UK is one of only a few countries in the EU not to have implemented a “presumed liability” policy. Presumed liability essentially means that in the case of a road accident, liability lies with the most “powerful” person involved – for example, a driver would be considered liable in a collision with a cyclist. This doesn’t refer to criminal liability, but does allow for claims, compensation and potentially medical aid to be managed far more quickly, lessening the trauma for all parties involved.” While in Birmingham, local Solicitor Ann Houghton of Anthony Collins Solicitors put forward a compelling case for presumed liability following the death of 13 year old Hope Fennell in November 2011, in which Hope’s mother was subjected to the upset of having to prove that the driver of the lorry that hit her daughter was at fault in the Civil Court in order to get justice, after the criminal court failed to convict him. Brenda Mitchell, founder of Cycle Law Scotland and Road Share added:  “When it comes to road traffic collisions where a cyclist is hit by a car, or indeed where a pedestrian is knocked over by a cyclist, we have an archaic system where the odds are frequently stacked against the vulnerable and receiving compensation quickly and fairly in many cases is impossible without resort to litigation which adds to the distress of those who have been injured through no fault of their own. “We think it is right for Scotland to lead the rest of the UK by changing its Civil Law to respect and protect the vulnerable in society by moving to a system of presuming liability to support cyclists and pedestrians injured in road traffic collisions. However, what started as a Scottish campaign has been taken up across the British Isles and the fear is that Scotland could be overtaken in terms of policy leadership.” Notes to Editors:  1. A presumed liability regime would create a hierarchy of responsibility whereby motor vehicle drivers (via their insurer) would be presumed liable for any loss, injury and damage caused to a cyclist involved in a collision.  A cyclist would also be presumed liable for loss, injury and damage caused to a pedestrian in any collision thus ensuring fairness while protecting the vulnerable. This presumption of liability would still allow a driver or cyclist to allege fault or part-fault on the part of the injured cyclist or pedestrian.    2. The Road Share (http://www.roadshare.co.uk/) campaign for presumed liability has been initiated by Cycle Law Scotland to represent the interests of vulnerable road users and has very broad support. Supporters include cycling groups, driving schools RED and Pro-Scot, celebrities, Nick Nairn, Cameron McNeish, Scott and Jenny Hastings, media commentator, Lesley Riddock, paracyclist Karen Darke, cyclist Craig MacLean, Silas Goldsworthy and Martin Williamson, runner Dr Andrew Murray, adventurer Mark Beaumont, a number of MSPs and an MP. http://www.roadshare.co.uk 3. Brenda Mitchell is a personal injury lawyer and the founder of Cycle Law Scotland (http://www.cyclelawscotland.co.uk/) a specialist legal firm for cyclists run by cyclists. She is the founder of Road Share (http://www.roadshare.co.uk/), the campaign for presumed liability for Scotland’s vulnerable road users. She is also winner of the BikeBiz Cycle Awards 2015 – Pioneer. Ann Houghton - Ann Houghton is a solicitor at Anthony Collins Solicitors, with a specialism in handling complex personal injury and clinical negligence claims.  Ann’s clients are often innocent victims who have been injured in road traffic accidents (both in cars and pedestrians), accidents at work and as a result of violent attacks. The case of Hope Fennell A 13 year old girl, Hope, died in November 2011 when she was hit by a HGV lorry on a busy suburban high street in Birmingham. Hope had been heading home after school.  As she went to cross a road at a pedestrian light crossing, pushed her bicycle next to her, she was hit by the lorry.  The lorry driver had been using his mobile phone shortly before he hit Hope, though it was not possible to know whether he was looking at his mobile phone at the time of the incident. The police investigated the incident, collected evidence and the driver was prosecuted, however, he was not found guilty of any driving offence because the Crown failed to prove that he was using his mobile phone at the time of the incident or not paying attention. A civil compensation claim was brought against the lorry driver and his employer (he was driving in the course of his work at the time).   The burden was on Hope’s mother to prove that the lorry driver was at fault, which was a very upsetting and stressful process.  Because the burden of proof is on the Claimant in these claims and the Defendant is always likely to argue that a cyclist or pedestrian was at least partly to blame, Hope’s solicitors (http://www.anthonycollins.com/legal-services/personal-injury-solicitors) made a tactical settlement offer early on in order to ‘buy off’ the common risks in pedestrian collision cases and avoid the inevitable upset of protracted litigation. If the incident had happened in many countries in Europe, there would have been presumed liability and Hope’s mother would not have been subjected to the upset of having to prove the lorry driver was at fault in order to get justice her daughter.  This would have been the case even if liability was denied, so she would not have had to make a tactical settlement offer in order to avoid making compromises later on because of the litigation risks. Hope’s mother would also have had closure earlier if presumed liability applied because she would not have had to wait for the outcome of the very lengthy criminal proceedings before bringing the civil claim.  It was 3 years after Hope died before the civil claim was concluded, which was very difficult for Hope’s grieving mother to cope with.

Terry Igharoro Named by RBS Sponsored ‘BE MOGUL’ as One of 75 Top Influential Black Businesspeople in the UK

With a number of books to his credit including Think Like an Entrepreneur and GROW RICH and Motivate 140, as well as online training courses, keynote talks, an innovative mobile app and his own business entitled Entrepreneur Alchemy, Terry Igharoro has made it his goal in life to help people think like entrepreneurs and see their careers as their own businesses.In dedicating himself to personal, professional and business development, Igharoro has been named one of the top 75 most influential black businesspeople in the UK, an accolade that coincided with the launch of BE Mogul on February 4 at RBS in London.BE Mogul is a new annual publication that celebrates the contribution of black British business owners, with 10,000 copies ready to be distributed free to black-owned businesses across the UK. The publication has the official support of such British notables as NatWest, 10 Downing Street and even the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson - the official launch extravaganza was an exclusive black tie event at London’s RBS at 250 Bishopsgate and the guest list was limited to nominees and special guests.Igharoro has positioned himself as a go-to individual for young professionals and graduates, applying a unique vision of entrepreneurship, life and business in an attempt to re-invent the way people create “absolute value” in their lives.He constantly challenges the status quo with regard to the way people think about the concept of entrepreneurship, providing strategies to engage what he calls the “entrepreneur mind state,” while teaching practical business principles that can be applied to an individual’s life and career. In so doing, Igharoro works with people and global organizations to help them unlock and enhance their potential.“I got my feet wet in the entrepreneurial coaching world after I discovered that my purpose in life was to assist others with unlocking more of their potential,” says Igharoro. “I did this by helping them think like entrepreneurs and making them see their careers as their own businesses – a journey that started when I myself decided that I wanted to improve my own chances of business success. I dedicated myself to personal, professional and business development, and along the way I came to the conclusion that these are all one and the same. This made me seriously question the notion of entrepreneurship, and the more I investigated the more uneasy I became with the perception of the concept.”Igharoro’s belief is that every person is an entrepreneur, because every person is responsible for the “business” of his or her own career. As such, he continues to believe that if everyone thinks like an entrepreneur, more human potential can be unlocked – whether an individual is a student, employee, freelancer or employer.For more information about Terry Igharoro visit www.TerryIgharoro.com. Additional information about BE Mogul can be found at www.BEMogul.co.uk. --END--For more information and to receive a Media Pack containing various high-res images for publication, please contact below.

RMR Recruitment Kick Off 2016 With Two New Locum Supplier Agreements, Including HTE Nursing Framework

One of the country’s foremost locum agencies, RMR Recruitment, has got 2016 off to a flying start, with the announcement of two new supply agreements with prestigious organisations in the UK and further afield. Firstly, RMR Recruitment has been selected as an Approved Supplier to BUPA Healthcare, and will be assisting them in the supply of nursing and care personnel. BUPA Healthcare is one of the most respected and recognised healthcare provisions in the UK, and RMR Recruitment will be supplying nursing staff to over 160 of their care homes and healthcare units across the UK. 80% of the shifts will include looking after vulnerable and elderly patients, while the others will be focused on mental health and children. RMR Recruitment has also been awarded membership of the new HTE (Health Trust Europe) Nursing Framework – a nationwide framework which gives the locum agency authorisation to supply nurses to any of the 81 NHS Trusts. The membership of this framework agreement provides a pro-active and compliant way for specialist agency nurses to be procured and supplied to a multitude of NHS hospitals, clinics and other locations across the UK. Nicholas Cavanagh, Operations Director of RMR Recruitment, says, “Achieving Approved Supplier status to BUPA Healthcare is yet another endorsement of the high standards we promote here at RMR Recruitment. Our ethical approach to supplying agency professionals dovetails with BUPA’s own ethos, and we’re very excited to be supplying our finest locum staff to their nationwide healthcare units.” Mr Rowley adds, “Becoming a member of the new HTE Nursing Framework is also a real honour, and a further demonstration of our commitment to excellent service standards and unrivalled staff. Supplying staff to the NHS is a badge of honour in the locum world, and we’re very pleased that this framework is in place to make the task easier for all involved.” These agreements and membership deals are just the latest in a long line of high-profile partnerships that have seen RMR Recruitment become suppliers to some of the biggest names in healthcare. In 2015, RMR Recruitment announced an exciting deal with Virgin Care, and have also become accredited suppliers to the Crown Commercial Service and the London Procurement Partnership. Candidates are also signing up in their droves, with the promise of referral bonuses for the experienced doctors and nurses who recommend RMR Recruitment to their friends. For more information, please visit the website: http://www.rmrrecruitment.co.uk/

Innovation for smart real-time customer feedback wins Tieto and Fazer Food Services’ hackathon

The winning idea enables fast and easy way to give feedback in different touch points at the restaurant via wireless smart buttons. With the solution, Fazer Foods Services restaurants can implement a flexible way of checking how different parts of the customer journey in the restaurant work, and effectively find ways to improve the experience. According to the jury, the concept responds extremely well to both lunch guests’ and restaurants’ needs. It is simple enough to implement but very efficient for real-time feedback and has a direct impact on improving the customer experience. All in all, the concept would be easy for Fazer Food Services to take into use. “We wanted to find new innovative and pragmatic ideas that could be used to develop our business. The hackathon provided us with a lot of new ideas, and really helped us to think out of the box. It’s very likely that some of the solutions created will be developed further and will end up in use at our restaurants,” says Simon Panelius, Vice President Operational Development at Fazer Food Services. The hackathon was organized by Tieto’s internal Customer Experience Management start-up and powered by its innovation program Tieto Experience Hub, that focuses on developing new service models and operating methods in close and innovative collaboration with the customer, while taking into consideration the needs of the end customer. "Hackathon as a working method showed its power once again, and we were able to find a solution that can have direct impact on improving the lunch experience for Fazer Food Services. Hackathons enable fast-paced innovation and concepting process resulting multiple concrete solutions to tackle company’s business needs,” comments Mikko Leinonen, Head of Customer Experience Management start-up at Tieto.  The hackathon jury consisted of top-tier influencers in the digital and food sectors, including innovative chef and restaurateur Richard McCormick as well as serial entrepreneur Taneli Tikka.The hackathon was held at the Aalto University campus in Otaniemi, Espoo on February 4-5, 2016. About 50 hackers from 11 countries participated in the event. The members of the multinational team behind the winning concept were: Rahul Abhisek, Aalto University, Laura Leppälä, Aalto University and Ann Plough, Eat Simply Eat Well blog. More on the challenge: www.tieto.com/cxhackfazer Follow us on Twitter: #TietoXHub #CXHackFazer

Prevent Timesheet Fraud with IQTimecard Time Tracking Software

Business owners are being urged by experts to take measures to detect and prevent payroll fraud. Although managers would like to trust employees, timesheet fraud is relatively easy for staff to commit and figures suggest fraud cases are on the rise – especially in the public sector. By installing time tracking software such as IQTimecard, which automatically calculates hours worked for each staff member, companies can reduce the risk. The National Fraud Office estimates that UK businesses lose around £38billion annually due to fraud. At least £329 million is estimated to have been lost in the public sector alone from payroll and recruitment fraud. David Lynes, Director of IQTimecard, says, “Employee fraud can cost companies thousands of pounds – it’s a problem that shouldn’t be overlooked. It is also difficult to detect where fraud is taking place, as it’s often the person you least expect. KPMG research shows that managers are the most likely to commit payroll fraud – the people business owners have promoted and trusted in the company.” Employee monitoring software is the first defence when it comes to payroll and timesheet fraud. Paper timesheets leave the field wide open for opportunistic fraudsters, whereas it’s more difficult to manipulate the system if it is electronic. IQTimecard time tracking software requires members of staff to use electronic call monitoring in real time, which determines the amount of hours worked.  As a workforce management tool, IQTimecard is particularly effective for companies which reply on remote workers. Staff who work alone could have a tendency to exaggerate the amount of hours they have worked off site – by having to check in at each location, this scenario is eliminated. The software also has a wealth of other benefits besides helping to prevent timesheet fraud. The tool is used by managers as a full workforce management solution, so they can track employees and see instantly if any staff members are absent are late. In industries such as domestic cleaning or home care, this can be beneficial in arranging cover and making sure those lost hours are deducted from the monthly payroll. Mr Lynes added, “Staff members can think adding 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there can’t hurt – but for businesses, the costs add up. Make sure you don’t fall victim to payroll fraud by implementing time tracking software.” For more information about IQTimecard and how the software can help businesses, visit the website: http://www.iqtimecard.com/

British Accessories Brand Unveils Balearic Inspired SS16

Fashion forward British jewellery brand is bringing a splash of Balearic bliss to SS16 this season’s accessory must haves, with a brand new collection inspired by the turquoise seas and magical sunsets of Ibiza. Capturing the sun, sand and sea, the new Lucky Eyes SS16 collection (http://www.luckyeyes.co.uk/) is the perfect way to bring a sense of summertime blithe to any outfit. For decades, the Balearic Islands have been a mecca for boho beach babes, all night party animals, star struck honeymooners and sun seeking families alike. The archipelago didn’t fail to enchant Lucky Eyes founder Sue DeVici, who created an entire collection inspired by the Mediterranean gems.   DeVici says, “Every time I visit the Balearics they never fail to take my breath away. The glitter of the ocean, the glow of the sunsets, the silky soft touch of the sand and the overall carefree atmosphere is utterly enchanting. So much so that I used Ibiza and its trio of sister islands as a muse for my latest collection.” As a full SS16 collection the new Lucky Eyes Ibiza range features necklaces, bracelets, jacket earrings and studs. All pieces are crafted with sterling silver plated with 18k rose gold vermeil. This gives the collection a gorgeous roseate glow that’s reminiscent of sundowners in the Balearics. Turquoise was the natural gemstone of choice, bringing a breezy and oceanic feel to every piece. Celebrated for its association with friendship, good fortune, luck and healing, turquoise embodies the essence of the stunning Balearic Islands. As an ancient protection amulet the turquoise pieces also arm wearers with defence against negative energies. It’s this property that made us the talisman of choice for kings, shamans and warriors throughout the ages. Just like the Balearic Sea, the latest Lucky Eyes collection doesn’t hold back on sparkle. As well as the opaque blue/green sheen of turquoise gems and the lustre of rose gold, the collection also features gleaming cubic zirconia jewels in smoky greys and whites.  From professional construction engineer to jewellery artisan, DeVici draws on her own personal experiences to create unique collections that brazenly outshine their high street counterparts. The intricate designs draw on her love for architecture, as well as a passion for contemporary design. This collision of concepts has won her status as a deity in the British design scene, fronting a brand that’s synonymous with innovation, intricacy and elegance. For ladies wanting to channel the ‘island chic’ look this summer, the latest SS16 Lucky Eyes collection is guaranteed to have people dreaming of the Med. All pieces come beautifully presented in Lucky Eyes branded packaging. Prices range between £45-£85. To find out more about Lucky Eyes and browse the stunning new SS16 collection now available to purchase online, go to: http://www.luckyeyes.co.uk/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LuckyEyesJewelleryLondon Twitter: https://twitter.com/LuckyEyesLONDON

Introducing Straggles – The All-New Word Game Connecting Competitive Friends in New Ways

Straggles is the brand new word game app that allows pals to challenge one another to a word-based duel that requires quick-thinking and mental gymnastics. The app, available to download now on the US App Store and Google Play, is set to soar to the top of the app charts thanks to its addictive gameplay, combination of solo and challenge modes, and beautiful user interface. Created by the app development gurus at MindElement, Straggles allows pals to take their passion for wordplay to the next level, with challenges to see who will come out on top. Players can practice their anagrams with the solo play mode, before sending invitations to all of their friends and online acquaintances to see who will win the battle of the wordsmiths. Liz Larsen, Creative Director of MindElement, says, “We’re thrilled to be launching Straggles onto the competitive app market, and we feel it’s going to be a huge hit among those who love to test their mental capabilities with wordplay. The social element also means friends can have great fun pitting themselves against one another, and we’ve put a great deal of time and effort into ensuring the user experience and the interface are as seamless and beautiful as possible.” The premise of the game is simple – players must find the connection between the five words they’re given. Each word shares the same letters as the word above, but with one letter dropped – players must figure out which letter isn’t needed, before rearranging the letters that remain to find the correct word. If the player solves all of the words before the allotted time runs out, they advance to the next level! When competing against a friend, the player who finishes the round with the highest score is the winner. Unlike many turn-based word games, there’s no waiting around for pals to accept an invitation or make their move before playing. When initiating a challenge, players can complete their portion of the competition whenever they wish, with their time and score logged for the other player to compete against. This fast-paced method means players can get through more levels, more games and challenge more friends without losing track or having to wait for each competitor to complete a turn. Liz adds, “One of the biggest problems with popular word games is that they’re often turn-based, which means games can drag out for days or weeks if one player isn’t on the ball. The beauty of Straggles is that your turn can be complete as soon as you initiate the challenge – the only waiting around you’ll need to do is to see if you’ve won!” With flexible gameplay and multiple levels with increasing difficult to choose from, Straggles offers hours of fun and games for those who simply love to have fun with words and letters. The app is available now to download from the App Store and Google Play, and is compatible with iOS and Android devices. For more information, please visit the website: https://www.mindelement.com/straggles To ‘Like’ the Straggles app, head to the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/straggles/

Video shows consultant view on Hybrid air conditioning

A video showing the views of both the consultant and the installer to a new air conditioning system that does away with the need for leak detection has just been put online. The short video focuses on the installation of a Hybrid VRF (variable refrigerant flow) system into the Cardiff office of leading-edge consultants, Hoare Lea and interviews Wynne Harris, Managing Partner of Hoare Lea Cardiff as well as Tony Williams, Director of Cool Solution Ltd, who were responsible for installing the system. Hybrid VRF uses water throughout the occupied spaces yet still offers full two-pipe heat recovery and the advanced control and flexibility that the City Multi range is renowned for. “We were in discussion with Mitsubishi Electric and they introduced us to the possibility of thinking about a HVRF system”, explains Wynne Harris. “It’s also no easy feat to put a system into a consulting engineer’s office as we have quite an inquisitive bunch of engineers.” Hoare Lea will now be monitoring how the system operates in a live office working environment and feeding that back to Mitsubishi Electric. Tony Williams of Cool Solution was also enthusiastic about what is the first installation of this equipment in Wales, saying: “It's the innovative side to the product. I think it's got great potential to really take on the market certainly the four pipe systems”. Further information on the innovative system can be obtained online at: https://hybridvrf.co.uk/185  and the full video can also be viewed at the Mitsubishi Electric’s dedicated YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zctmcvA4d1w Ends 185/MEUK/16

Gill continue to supply the Ultrasonic Fuel Flow Meter to Formula 1

In 2014, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) introduced new regulations to restrict the consumption of fuel. These changes were introduced in order to bring better balance to the field and encourage research and development effort to the car’s energy recovery system. As a lead manufacturer within motorsport Gill became the only approved supplier of the measurement device used to enforce the new fuel flow limit. In late 2015 an open call to tender was released by the FIA inviting suppliers from all over the world to compete for sole supply of the regulatory fuel flow meter for the Formula 1 World Championship. After a successful tender, Gill were selected by the FIA panel as sole supplier to Formula 1 and will also maintain their presence as a key supplier to the World Endurance Championship. Gill’s latest fuel flow meter (http://gillsc.com/content/fuel-flow-sensor.html), which is now in its fourth generation, represents a significant leap forward in ultrasonic flow measurement technology. Since its original 2014 release, the fuel flow meter now features an increased sampling rate of 2.2 KHz and a faster start up time of only three seconds. “We are extremely pleased to have won the tender to be the sole fuel flow meter supplier to Formula 1” says Simon Peaty, Gill’s Regional Sales Manager. “Since its release in 2014, the meter has shown its dependability through a faultless 2015 season. Teams are confident in both the meter Gill manufacture and also the technical support we provide. Our meters have accumulated a phenomenal amount of race hours and we are enormously proud that the FIA have the confidence in Gill to award us the sole supply contract.”

Essex Start-Up Turns Toilet Tissue Cheeky

Essex based start-up, The Cheeky Panda is making toilet tissue cheeky again with the launch of an innovative crowdfunding campaign to fund a Bamboo-based sustainable alternative. The brand’s bamboo-based toilet tissue is made from 100% bamboo fibre, giving a sustainable (and beautifully soft) alternative to traditional tree pulp at no environmental cost. The brainchild of Billericay entrepreneurs, Julie Chen and Chris Forbes, The Cheeky Panda will launch its crowdfunding initiative on 20thFebruary to raise funds for its eco-conscious, skin-friendly line of tissue products made from 100% bamboo.  The quality of the product and the price is better than the leading high street alternatives and the rewards based programme allows people and small businesses to pre-order their luxury tissue. Chris Forbes said, “Around 10 million trees are used every year for toilet paper, it’s a leading cause of de-forestation and loss of animal habitat across our global ecosystems and continuing to use trees for toilet tissue is not sustainable. Bamboo is a superplant and grows 20 times faster than trees, up to one meter a day unlike trees that take up to 30 years to mature.  Both Julie and I are passionate about the environment and sustainability and through The Cheeky Panda crowdfunding campaign, want to show that there are luxurious, sustainable, natural alternatives that don’t cost more.” Because of the abrasive nature of trees, processing it into toilet tissue requires the use of chlorine, de-inking agents and other chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Bamboo fibre is more flexible and naturally softer than traditional tree-based paper products so doesn’t require the same damaging treatments. Julie Chen said, “In addition to its quick growth and eco-credentials, Bamboo is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and odour resistant. These are all hugely beneficial to skin, which makes it the perfect resource for an alternative toilet paper to rival the mainstream brands. The Cheeky Panda toilet paper products are fun, healthy and kind to your bum!” The Cheeky Panda campaign will be looking for you to love your bum and support the planet by backing them on crowdfunder.co.uk from the 20thof February with a funding target of £10,000. Julie Chen said, “The Cheeky Panda is born in an exciting digital age and things we do with The Cheeky Panda will be totally revolutionary compared to traditional brands. We use crowdfunding in order to get public awareness for the brand and the product. ” The campaign will be supported by a fun Cheeky Panda video and will be continually updated with weird a wonderful Panda storylines and adventures. Backers will receive exclusive rewards including early bird discounts for the products and entry to launch party in return for their pledges. Crowdfunding has helped bring disruptive brands like BrewDog and Tailor St Baristas into the public domain and you can help make toilet tissue cheekier by visiting The Cheeky Panda at http://www.thecheekypanda.co.uk or on crowdfunder [www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-cheeky-panda] from 20th February.    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecheekypandacommunity/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheCheekyPanda1. 

OVER 100 PEOPLE TAKE PART IN PAYASUGYM’S FIRST URBAN MOVEMENT FITNESS EVENT IN CENTRAL LONDON

The Urban Movement event saw participants sweat through a 70-minute workout class consisting of six different exercise classes that PayAsUGym. The instructors from Good Vibes Fitness (http://www.goodvibesfitness.co.uk), The Hot Spot Yoga (http://thehotspotyoga.co.uk), The Capoeira Academy (http://capoeiracademyuk.com), Work It (http://workit.london) and London Dance Academy (http://londondanceacademy.co.uk) as well as fitness expert, Bradley Simmonds (http://insanitygroup.com/client/bradley-simmonds) put the fitness enthusiasts through their paces by leading them through Yoga, Pilates, Capoeira, Boxing, Twerking and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Ale Alvarez, Head of Brand at PayAsUGym says: “The Urban Movement fitness event was a great success, everyone that took part experienced some of the different exercise classes our partners offer through our site. At the same time had a challenging but rewarding workout with friends on a Saturday morning! We want to continue to inspire and motivate more people to keep moving by taking part in our one-of-a-kind social fitness events.” The event on Saturday 6th February was the first event of it’s kind and PayAsUGym aim to offer one of these events on a quarterly basis in London and other major UK cities. “It was fantastic to be involved in the first Urban Movement event this weekend. The atmosphere was electric, we built the movement up from low-tempo yoga to high intensity training the guests gradually built up their heart rate resulting in a fun and exciting way to burn calories on a Saturday morning! I can’t wait until the next one!” says Bradley Simmonds, Fitness Expert.  Urban Movement raised over £1,000 from ticket proceeds, which will be donated to the chosen charity of Sport Relief (http://sportrelief.com) this week. For more information about Urban Movement or to see photos from the event click here (http://www.urbanmovement.me).  -ENDS- Words: 300 Notes for Editors: FACTS & STATS about Urban Movement · ●      Launched in February 2016 · ●      Over 100 people took part in the first event · ●      Over 3,000 calories were burnt during the first event · ●      5 pop-ups attended the event to showcase their products. Companies included: The Healthy Body Kit, Amazonas UK, Booband, Nuva Water and JaxCoco. Along with many companies who supported the guest goody bag. Background information · Founders Jamie Ward and Neil Harmsworth came up with the initial PayasUgym concept in 2010, while training for The Solent Swim, an open water event to swim to the Isle of Wight. Unable to find a gym or pool where they could train on a one-off or temporary basis, they spotted an obvious gap in the market and set out to fill it with PayasUgym. · PayasUgym offers single-use gym passes, bundles of passes and contract-free memberships at discounted prices. · We work with more than 2,300 gyms across the UK to give our customers the maximum choice over when and where they work out. · Our aim is to bring more flexibility and more transparency to using the gym, so that you can focus on finding the right gym for you, without the sales pitch. · As-you-go membership: · o   Daily and monthly passes to all our gyms, pools, spas and studios. · o   Maximum flexibility, maximum choice. · o   You are always in control of when and how much to spend with this membership and on average our AS YOU GO passes are 21% cheaper than buying direct from the venue. · o   Prices range from: · §  London day pass range £3.15 - £30 · §  Class price range (London studios) £3.60 - £40 · Unlimited membership: · o   Our monthly Unlimited Pass gives you total fitness flexibility. · o   Exercise how you want, where you want, and best of all, as much as you want. · o   All-access pass to as many different gyms, pools, fitness classes and spas as you like with a maximum of 3 times per month at the same venue. · o   Prices: Rolling monthly pass for £59 or save 17% with a 6-month pass for £49 per month. · o   You can pause at any time and if you don't use your Unlimited Pass, we will automatically pause it for you. · We also allow you to cancel a pass. Unused single session passes can be cancelled at any time during their 30-day validity period. Refunds will be put into your account immediately as bonus credit to be used to purchase another pass. · Website: www.urbanmovement.me / www.PayasUgym (http://www.payasugym.com) · Follow PayasUgym on Twitter at @payasUgym (https://twitter.com/payasugym), Facebook at www.facebook.com/payasugym and Instagram at payasugym (https://www.instagram.com/payasugym/) FACTS & STATS · Launched 2010 · 297,226 registered users · 2,300 gyms – more than a third of the 6,000 gyms in the UK · 30,000 fitness classes, 410 swimming pools · 232 gyms with day pass prices under £4 · 768 gyms with day pass prices under £5 · 359 gyms offering day passes exclusively through Payasugym For further information and/or to request images from the event please contact: Laura Kettle on 07980757482 or email laura@payasugym.com  

Introducing Yumio: The new online dating app that let’s you truly discover the chemistry

Brits in search of love, lust and everything in-between will love the latest app to hit the online dating scene. Developed to introduce a more playful approach to digital dating, Yumio introduces speed date styled video calling in a bid to further stoke that all-important spark. The Free app has created a storm on iOS smartphones, reaching no. 2 in the UK App store Lifestyle category and no.34 in the Overall Free app store Charts earlier this month... with it even making the Trending search page of the App store due to its popularity and interest. Using familiar and simple navigation Yumio developers have created a user-friendly interface that’s a pleasure to operate. To browse potential matches users simply flick through profiles and anonymously decide whether or not they’d like to take things further. Fellow members do the same and if a mutual attraction is established matches can start communicating straight away, through both chat and video calls. It’s fun, fast and flirty. Online dating has skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years, however a myriad of relationship experts have condemned the concept for its lack of integrity. They maintain that chatting online simply isn’t enough to confirm real life chemistry. Yumio has developed a unique solution to the problem with its traditional browse and chat system integrated with a speed date style video call option, which instantly brings the real life experience of face-face dating through the comfort and safety of your phone. This allows Yumio users to truly discover any chemistry. Yumio gives users three minutes to video speed date with their matches. Post-chat users can then decide whether or not they want to pursue communication. This plays an integral role in helping Yumio users reaffirm the all-important spark that ignites relationships. Umar Phul CEO of Yumio, “One of the major problems with online dating apps is that many users are still apprehensive in meeting somebody solely based on their profile pictures and a few exchanged texts. Upon committing to a date face-to-face, they might find themselves in the disappointing situation of discovering no real connection or that their match is not what they seem in person. The speed date style video call feature in Yumio seeks to remedy this problem by enabling users to have that instant face-to-face interaction through their phones, to quickly assess chemistry and connection without the necessity of having to meet up. If matches hit it off with one another during their call than they are more likely to feel more comfortable and excited in furthering their communication. Yumio essentially bridges the gap of online to real dating and we’ve taken meticulous measures to protect our users while simultaneously encouraging interaction on a more personal level” Unlike speed dating set-ups the Yumio video call option gives users total control over their chats. The non-intrusive feature is completely optional and can be launched at a user’s own pace. Profiles are kept concise, with Yumio requesting a photo image, date of birth, location and optional ‘about me’ section.  To start browsing for potential matches users select preferred distance range, age and gender. The app then sifts through users and returns profiles that meet criteria. Yumio is 100% free to install. To find out more about Yumio and how the app is set to reinvent the way the world digitally dates, go to: www.yumioapp.com  Email hello@yumioapp.com

GBA Services expands in Scunthorpe

David J.Birkbeck, Managing Director GBA Services; Peter Zak, Operations Director GBA Services, David W. Birkbeck, Chairman GBA Services; Councillor Helen Rowson; Mark Ribey, Scunthopre Depot Manager; Andrew Birkbeck, Director GBA Services Time critical and high-value-goods logistics provider, GBA Services, has opened the doors to its latest transport and warehouse facility in Scunthorpe. The new location at the Sterling Business Park (Foxhills Industrial Estate) represents a significant investment by GBA Services and is the company’s tenth strategically located UK site. The UK-headquartered road, sea and air-freight time-critical specialist says its Scunthorpe facility is the latest component in the company’s ambitious plans for growth; Scunthorpe specifically will support GBA Services’ transport and logistics services out of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, and from the Humber Ports. The site, which includes 24,000sq.ft of warehousing, has created 35 jobs and will function as a 24/7, 365 days-a-year operation. The commercial vehicle fleet on-site will comprise 20 Mercedes Sprinter vans and eight 44-tonne DAF XF articulated trucks. Councillor Helen Rowson, the 20thMayor of North Lincolnshire, is journeying to the Sterling Business Park on Thursday 4thFebruary, at midday, to officially open GBA Services’ new location. Councillor Rowson will be joined by GBA Services Managing Director, David Birkbeck, and Mark Riby, Depot Manager at the Scunthorpe depot. Cllr Helen Rowson, Mayor of North Lincolnshire said: “It is always fantastic to see businesses investing in North Lincolnshire and creating jobs. We are delighted that GBA Services has chosen Scunthorpe as the latest location for their new warehouse. North Lincolnshire is on the up as a place to do business and we are seeing more and more investment,” she said. “We enjoyed a fantastic 2015,” said GBA Services’ David Birkbeck, “arguably the most successful 12 months in our history – underlined by the fact that the business grew by 34% in the UK, and almost 40% as a group, over 2014. And that’s thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff right across the GBA Services network. Scunthorpe is the latest and very significant addition to our network, where we can now meet, and exceed, customer expectations in an important region for freight logistics.” ENDS For further details please contact:Paul O’Malley, Torque Agency Group020 7952 1070pomalley@torqueagencygroup.com Notes to Editors GBA Services. Your trusted partner, delivering innovative logistics worldwide. Headquartered in the UK, GBA Services provides Dedicated Logistics Solutions across a range of business sectors. GBA Services is the number one family-owned Time Critical and High Value logistics provider in Europe. The company has developed with its customers’ needs and provides supply chain logistics solutions as well as specialising in all aspects of express priority freight, whether by air or road. With its extensive European and Worldwide Partner Network and dedicated subsidiaries in Poland and Austria, GBA Services provides global reach for its growing customer base. With a combination of highly specified TAPA 2 and GDP compliant own-fleet vehicles and its partner network, GBA Services has access to over 4,000 vehicles within 15 minutes of a customer call. Established in 1987, the company is growing rapidly year-on-year and is investing in people, equipment and facilities to accelerate further growth.  GBA – Dedicated Logistics Solutions

REPODS SYSTEMS and OSU's BioEnergy Department To Demonstrate Breakthrough Technology That Turns Trash into Electricity on a Mobile Basis

WHAT:  RE:PODS, LLC, (http://repods.com/what-is-repod/) a mobile waste to energy company in partnership with Oklahoma State University’s BioEnergy Department and OSU’s business incubator Cowboy Technologies, is demonstrating a breakthrough technology that turns any raw, unprocessed organic waste into electricity on a mobile basis. WHO: Attending the demonstration will be Dr. Ray Huhnke, Chairman of OSU’s BioEnergy Department, plus Dr. Ajay Kumar, Dr. Prakash Bhoi, Cowboy Technologies’ Executive Director Daniel Will, RE:PODS Designer John Frisbee, RE:PODS President Brian Barger, and RE:PODS CEO Carey Warren. Also attending are executives from the Creek Nation, the Choctaw Nation, and potential investors from various individual companies and venture capital funds. WHEN: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 12:30 pm. Meet at Cowboy Technology’s headquarters in Stillwater. From there, attendees will drive to OSU’s BioBased Fuels lab.  Demonstration will start at 1:00pm.  WHERE: Cowboy Technologies, LLC 1201 S. Innovation Way Drive Stillwater, OK 74074 Q&A session to follow demonstration at Cowboy Technologies; additional information will be provided. ABOUT: RE:PODS (Renewable Energy: Power On Demand) Systems utilizes a U.S. patented gasification process which converts carbonaceous materials like biomass and municipal solid waste into a clean-burning syngas.  It’s a compact, low-cost electricity generation system that is fueled entirely with locally sourced solid organic waste. RE:PODS generate electricity from green waste, agricultural waste, cardboard, wood, most plastics, and sorted municipal solid waste (MSW).  A single RE:PODS unit will produce from 60 to 100kW per hour of electricity on demand, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Because the RE:PODS is fueled with organic waste, it generates electricity at very low per kilowatt costs, and is extremely environmentally advantageous. Follow on social: Twitter @REPODSystems  |  Facebook – REPOD Systems * * *  Interviews & Photos/Video Available Upon Request * * *    

Make Your Mark Turns Events and Celebrations into Fundraising Opportunities to Solve the Cruel Mystery of Lupus

Today, the Lupus Foundation of America announced the launch of Mark Your Mark™, an online fundraising platform to empower supporters and bring together communities across the country to make their mark in the fight against lupus by creating their own unique event to raise money to support the millions of families impacted by lupus. The Make Your Mark online fundraising platform allows supporters to create their own personal page, and provides individuals with the tools and resources to make the event their own—whether it’s a birthday party, marathon, fashion show, or bake sale, the possibilities are endless. Individuals are encouraged to get creative and engage their network of friends, family and colleagues in raising funds. The donation platform accepts online donations, distributes emails to friends, and tracks fundraising progress. Fliers, event guides and social media tools are also available to help individuals promote their event and connect and support each other. “Make Your Mark provides every person touched by lupus with the opportunity to inspire a member of his or her community who will in turn inspire others to join the fight to end lupus,” said Sandra C. Raymond, President and CEO of the Lupus Foundation of America. “Our dedicated lupus activists truly have the power to make their mark, and change the future for those living with lupus.” Lupus is a complex and misunderstood autoimmune disease that affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans. It strikes without warning, is difficult to diagnose, hard to live with and a challenge to treat. Despite the widespread prevalence of lupus, research on the disease has remained underfunded relative to its scope and devastation. Make Your Mark will allow the Lupus Foundation of America to increase its fundraising, support critical research and expand education and support services to people with lupus and their families.   To register or learn more, visit lupus.org/makeyourmark (http://www.lupus.org/makeyourmark).

Doctors Spend More Time on Paperwork then Patients – Pearl Scan has the Answer

A survey of doctors has revealed that they spend more time each week on admin tasks and meetings than with patients – 17 hours compared to seven hours at patient’s bedsides. With doctors spending more than twice as much time on paperwork, Pearl Scan aims to streamline processes with electronic document management for medical files and X-rays. The survey, from Your Legal Friend, also found 44% of doctors believe the standard of care will drop in the next five years. The NHS has been challenged to be completely paperless by 2018, which would not only reduce time searching for patient records, but also save billions. Secure document scanning services such as Pearl Scan’s can help GP surgeries, private health centres and hospital departments to transfer existing paper files to an easily searchable digital format. If all medical records were electronic, waiting times would be reduced, health staff would have more time to focus on patients and files could be easily shared between consultants. Naveed Ashraf, Managing Director of Pearl Scan Solutions said, “We’ve been working alongside NHS organisations for a long time, helping them to become more efficient and introduce modern ways of working. Although scanning all files can be quite a lengthy process, electronic document management is easy to maintain once it is implemented, and staff and patients will soon notice the positive impact.” The NHS in Britain is currently at breaking point, with public sector workers striking to oppose the new government reforms. PM David Cameron wants to introduce a seven day NHS, but doctors unions and associations are worried about overworked doctors and have yet to come to an agreement about pay. Naveed added, “The NHS is in crisis right now, but it is essential that patient care is put front and centre. Medical document scanning can reduce stress and save time for doctors and administrative staff, which will therefore allow them to do a better job.” All document scanning projects undertaken by Pearl Scan include free search and retrieval software. This allows staff to search for files by keywords such as patient name, date of birth or consultant name. To find out more about Pearl Scan and its medical document scanning service visit: https://www.pearl-scan.co.uk/industry/medical-record-scanning-nhs    Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pearl-Scan-Solutions/208624582495681 Twitter: https://twitter.com/pearlscan Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+Document-scanning-companyUk/posts

Mikael Ericson new CEO of Intrum Justitia

As previously announced, the Board of Intrum Justitia has appointed Mikael Ericson new CEO and President. He will start his new position on March 1, 2016. Mikael Ericson has worked in various senior positions in the financial industry over the past 30 years, including Head of Handelsbanken Capital Markets and CEO of Carnegie Investment Bank. Most recently, he held the position as Head of International Banking at Danske Bank. "We are delighted to have attracted such a qualified candidate to take over the leadership of Intrum Justitia. Mikael Ericson’s broad experience from the banking sector and strong leadership skills were important in the selection of the new CEO. Ericson's primary mission is to continue developing Intrum Justitia in the context of our current strategy, thereby strengthening the Group's position as the European market leader in credit management", says Lars Lundquist, Chairman of Intrum Justitia. "I am very proud to have been offered the opportunity to lead a successful company like Intrum Justitia. As the European market leader with a solid financial position, we have great opportunities to continue to create value for our clients and shareholders. I am confident about the future and look forward to developing Intrum Justitia together with the other members of the Group Management team”, says Mikael Ericson. For further information, please contact: Lars Lundquist, Chairman of Board Telephone: +46 8 526 102 02

Signs of early settlement in the Nordic region date back to the cradle of civilisation

“Our findings of large-scale fish fermentation, a traditional way of preserving fish, indicate that not only was this area settled at that time, it was also able to support a large community”, says Adam Boethius, whose findings are now being published in the Journal of Archaeological Science. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440316000170%20)The discovery is also an indication that Nordic societies were far more developed 9,200 years ago than what was previously believed. The findings are important as it is usually argued that people in the north lived relatively mobile lives, while people in the Levant – a large area in the Middle East – became settled and began to farm and raise cattle much earlier. “These findings indicate a different time line, with Nordic foragers settling much earlier and starting to take advantage of the lakes and sea to harvest and process fish. From a global perspective, the development in the Nordic region could correspond to that of the Middle East at the time,” says Adam Boethius. “The discovery is quite unique as a find like this has never been made before. That is partly because fish bones are so fragile and disappear more easily than, for example, bones of land animals. In this case, the conditions were quite favourable, which helped preserve the remains”, says Adam Boethius. The fermentation process is also quite complex in itself. Because people did not have access to salt or the ability to make ceramic containers, they acidified the fish using, for example, pine bark and seal fat, and then wrapped the entire content in seal and wild boar skins and buried it in a pit covered with muddy soil. This type of fermentation requires a cold climate. ### Download study: Something Rotten in Scandinavia: The World’s Earliest Evidence of Fermentation (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440316000170%20) (2016). By Boethius, Adam, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440316000170%20 Learn more, contactAdam Boethius, doctoral student in Osteology,Phone: +46 (0)73-414 48 25,Email: adam.boethius@ark.lu.se About the studyThe discovery was made when excavating a 9,200 year-old settlement at what was once a lake near the outlet of the Baltic Sea in Sölvesborg, located in the county of Blekinge, Sweden. The team found both bark and enormous amounts of fish, about 30,000 fish bones per square metre. After removing this layer the team discovered a facility, an oblong pit, dug into the clay underneath and surrounded by both pole holes and smaller pin holes. After analysing the remains and with the help of ethnographic comparisons with circumpolar peoples, the team realised that large quantities of fish had been fermented in that location – an early precursor to today’s Swedish dish, fermented herring. The discovery of this type of facility required a fine mesh sieve and calculations made from the fish bones collected from the excavation. The analysis also showed that at least 60 tons of freshwater fish must have been caught in this location.

Abraham Halaw, CCIM Affiliates with Coldwell Banker Commercial Brokerage

Vienna, VA (January 29, 2016) – Abraham Halaw, CCIM has affiliated with Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT Mid Atlantic as an associate broker in the company’s Vienna office. According to Halaw, “I look forward to providing the best customer service and helping area investors, tenants and landlords achieve their needs with my knowledge of the area.” Halaw brings an extensive background in international real estate, consulting, architecture, engineering and business management.  His international experience has allowed him the ability to manage a variety of leading positions in real estate investment, management, and development. Halaw is a licensed instructor by the Virginia Real Estate Board DPOR to educate new agents and brokers for licensing. He is fluent in English, Arabic and French languages. “I am very pleased to have Abraham join Coldwell Banker Commercial Brokerage. His experience in international real estate can help us to better serve our Middle Eastern residents with their commercial real estate needs”, said D. Scott Smith, CCIM, director, Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT Mid-Atlantic. Abraham Halaw may be reached at (703) 400-0991, or ahalaw@cbmoves.com. About Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Mid-Atlantic is a leading residential real estate company with 32 sales and resort rental locations and more than 2,400 agents serving the communities of Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and the Maryland and Delaware Beaches. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is a subsidiary of NRT LLC, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company. Worldwide, the Coldwell Banker network includes 3,000 offices with nearly 86,000 sales associates. Every day, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage properties are exposed to 16 million buyers on more than 725 high-traffic websites. For more information or to view local listings, visit ColdwellBankerHomes.com (https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/mid-atlantic/). To learn more about a career in real estate or affiliating with Coldwell Banker, visit CareersCB.com (http://ma.careerscb.com/).   ###  

PowerPlan Inc Acquires Riva Modeling Systems Inc

PowerPlan, the leading provider of regulatory, tax, and budgeting solutions for asset-centric businesses, today announces it has completed the acquisition of Riva Modeling Systems Inc., the leader in asset management planning and asset investment planning solutions used by utilities and the public sector around the world. Balancing financial constraints, risk tolerance, and performance obligations with regulatory requirements and financial goals is the key to success for asset-centric organizations around the globe. With the combination of PowerPlan and Riva, asset-centric companies and the public sector can now benefit from a holistic solution that combines financial, operational and regulatory optimization across the entire financial asset life-cycle while balancing operational risks. The integrated solution will provide complete visibility starting with asset management planning, asset investment planning, and budgeting through project execution to cost control and eventual retirement. “The addition of Riva strengthens PowerPlan’s ability to tie individual asset plans to our customers’ overall strategic goals, driving financial optimization while creating regulatory transparency and credibility,” said Charles Goodman, PowerPlan CEO. “We are excited to have the Riva employees and customers now as part of the PowerPlan team. We look forward to continuing to serve the asset-centric markets who rely on both solutions.” “PowerPlan is a great fit for the Riva team and our customers,” said Ian Woodbury, Riva Modeling CEO. “Both companies are committed to solving the complex problems faced by asset-centric companies and we share core values focused on driving collaboration and customer success.” For more information about PowerPlan’s Asset Management Planning Suite and Asset Investment Planning Suite, visit www.PowerPlan.com.

ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER LONG-RANGE CALENDAR: FEBRUARY THROUGH JUNE 2016

TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS Atlanta in 50 Objects On display through July 10, 2016 Assembled based on some 300 suggestions by Atlantans of ideas or items that help identify Atlanta’s essential “Atlanta-ness,” this exhibition is filled with prized Atlanta-rooted treasures – from Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech manuscript to Georgia Tech’s Ramblin’ Wreck and from a 1915 Coca-Cola bottle mold to a touchable plaster cast of Zoo Atlanta’s Willie B’s handprints. And there are plenty of surprises that bring the story up to the moment, including the inclusion of objects that speak to Atlanta’s rising role in hip-hop music (OutKast’s “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” album) and film and TV production (Michonne’s sword from “The Walking Dead”). Other pieces in Atlanta in 50 Objects that tell the tale of an ever-evolving city: Martin Luther King’s notes for his Nobel Peace Prize speech, a CDC microscope, Atlanta Constitution editor Ralph McGill’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, a souvenir from the Cotton States Exposition, Priscilla the Pink Pig Christmas ride from Rich’s downtown department store, Hank Aaron’s 600th homerun bat and a soldier figurine from the original diorama at the Cyclorama (which will reopen in the new Lloyd and Mary Ann Whitaker Cyclorama building at the Atlanta History Center in 2017). For more information, please visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/ATLin50.  Fashion in Good Taste: Women in Atlanta, 1920-1969 On display April 7 - October 10, 2016 Swan House at the Atlanta History Center From the sequined drop waist dresses of Jazz Age flappers to the military-style uniforms of World War II Red Cross workers, fashion is a public statement contextualizing the moments in our lives. The elegant and historic Swan House provides a unique backdrop to this fashion exhibition showcasing examples from the extensive textile collection of the Atlanta History Center. Each main room presents a variety of examples of the fashion and defining clothing of a particular decade spanning the 1920s to the 1960s, telling Atlanta’s past through fashion for each of the decades Swan House was occupied by the Inman family For more information, please visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com FAMILY AND ADULT EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING Programs and dates are subject to change. Please call 404.814.4033 to confirm program dates. February 2016 One for the Books: Author Programs at Margaret Mitchell House Ross Howell, Jr., Forsaken Tuesday, February 9, 2016 7:00 pm Location: Margaret Mitchell House Ross Howell Jr.’s stunning debut novel Forsaken presents the chilling true story of Virginia Christian, an uneducated African American girl who was tried and convicted of murdering her white employer in 1912. Charlie Mears, a white man, covered the case as a rookie reporter. The book chronicles the story of the trial and its aftermath as seen through Mears’s eyes, weaving in actual court records, letters, and personal accounts. The novel effortlessly blends fiction and reality, and portrays events both striking and horrific. Yet despite the immense tragedy at the heart of this fascinating novel, the story is ultimately one of redemption and hope. Ross Howell Jr. pursued a career in marketing and publishing after earning a M.F.A. in the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. His fiction has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, Sewanee Review, Gettysburg Review, and other publications. He has taught essay writing, fiction writing, and literature at Harvard University, Simmons College, the University of Iowa, the University of Virginia, and, presently, Elon University. He currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina. Admission for all lectures is $5 members, $10 nonmembers, and free to AHC Insiders unless otherwise noted. Reservations are required, please call 404.814.4150 or reserve tickets online atMargaretMitchellHouse.com/Lectures. One for the Books: Author Programs at Atlanta History Center Jim Wallis, America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America  Thursday, February 11, 2016 8:00 pm Location: Atlanta History Center America's problem with race has deep roots, with the country's foundation tied to the near extermination of one race of people and the enslavement of another. Racism is truly our nation's original sin. In America's Original Sin, Wallis offers a prophetic and deeply personal call to action in overcoming the racism so ingrained in American society. Whenever divided cultures and gridlocked power structures fail to end systemic sin, faith communities can help lead the way to grassroots change. Probing yet positive, biblically rooted yet highly practical, this book shows people of faith how they can work together to overcome the embedded racism in America, galvanizing a movement to cross the bridge to a multiracial church and a new America. Jim Wallis is president and founder of Sojourners and editor in chief of Sojourners magazine in Washington, D.C. He is a bestselling author, public theologian, national preacher, social activist, and international commentator on ethics and public life. Wallis has written ten books, including The (Un)Common Good and the New York Times bestsellers God's Politics and The Great Awakening. Admission for all lectures is $5 members, $10 nonmembers, and free to AHC Insiders unless otherwise noted. Reservations are required, please call 404.814.4150 or reserve tickets online at AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Lectures. Support: Presented as part of the Aiken Lecture Series, with support by the Lucy Rucker Aiken Foundation. Georgia Perennial Plant Association lecture series Patrick Cullina, former Vice President of Horticulture and Park Operations, New York City’s High Line Tuesday, February 16, 2016 7:00 pm Location: Atlanta History Center In his more than 20 years as a horticulturist and landscape designer, Patrick Cullina has worked intimately with renowned public and private gardens, museums, universities, and other professional organizations.  His design and consulting business in Manhattan is dedicated to the innovative and sensitive integration of plants and materials into a diverse range of compelling designs.  His expertise includes the design and creation of landscapes that are informed by a consideration for long term maintenance — spaces that provide ornamental interest throughout each of the seasons while being less consumptive than traditional public landscapes. Free, reservations are not required. Event starts at 7:00 pm with sign-in, light refreshments and a chance to mingle with fellow garden enthusiasts. Members often pass on gardening magazines and catalogs in an open swap. Lectures begin at 7:30 pm. Members-Only Genealogy Program: Researching Your Medieval British Isles Ancestors Saturday, February 20, 2016 10:30 am – Noon While English parish registers are invaluable resources for genealogists and historians, they typically begin during the Early Modern Period, sometime in the early 16thcentury. How do you go about finding information about your British Isles ancestors who lived previous to that time? There are a number of print sources, online databases, and digitized records available to genealogists and historians interested in learning more about the people and professions of medieval England. A majority of sources discussed will relate to England, but some information on Irish, Scottish, and Welsh records will also be included. Join Georgia State University College of Law professor Ryan Rowberry for a program designed to help you research your ancestors from the British Isles.  This program is free for Atlanta History Center members. Reservations are required. Please RSVP to Membership@AtlantaHistoryCenter.com or call 404.814.4101. Poetry Out Loud Metro Atlanta Regional Competition Saturday, February 20, 20161:00 – 3:00 pm Location: Atlanta History Center The public is invited to attend the final metro Atlanta competition of this innovative program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance of the written word. Poetry Out Loud, which began in 2005, incorporates the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English and drama class. The metro Atlanta winner will compete in the State Finals Competition at the Atlanta History Center on March 20, 2016. Free. For more information, please visit MargaretMitchellHouse.com or contact Emil Reece at 404.814.4017. One for the Books: Author Programs at Margaret Mitchell House Gail Lumet Buckley, The Black Colhouns Thursday, February 25, 2016 7:00 pm Location: Margaret Mitchell House In The Black Calhouns, Gail Lumet Buckley, daughter of Lena Horne, delves deep into her family history, detailing the experiences of an extraordinary African-American clan from the Civil War to Civil Rights. Beginning with her great-great grandfather Moses Calhoun, a house slave who used the rare advantage of his education to become a successful businessman in postwar Atlanta, Buckley follows her family’s Southern and Northern branches. Through the lens of her relatives’ momentous lives, Buckley examines major events throughout American history, including Atlanta during Reconstruction and the rise of Jim Crow. Combining personal and national history, The Black Calhouns is a vibrant portrait of six generations during times of struggle and triumph. Gail Lumet Buckley is author of the bestsellers American Patriots: The Story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm and The Hornes: An American Family, which became a PBS "American Masters" documentary. Party With the Past Thursday, February 25, 2016 6:30 pm Location: Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Atlanta History Center’s Party With the Past program series, designed to introduce ATL's young movers and shakers to the history of Atlanta, heads to Callanwolde Fine Arts Center to check out Charles Candler's historic digs. Oldest son of Coca-Cola magnate Asa Candler, Charles built the late-Gothic Revival home on a 22-acre estate designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Get to know the city a little better and enjoy an evening of free history and cold beer at this beautiful historic mansion. Admission is free. Registration strongly encouraged. For more information or to register, call 404.814.4000 or visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Party.  Members-Only Program: Family Game Night Friday, February 26, 2016 6:00 – 9 pm Your wits and dexterity will serve you well in a night filled with fun, games, and challenges. Test your skill at history-themed games including Historic Guesstures, 19th century Relay Race, Scavenger Hunts, Trivia, and more. Plus, no Family Game Night at Atlanta History Center would be complete without a round of Stump the Historian! Light refreshments will be served. This program is free for Atlanta History Center members. Reservations are required. Please RSVP to Membership@AtlantaHistoryCenter.com or call 404.814.4101. March 2016 One for the Books: Author Programs at Margaret Mitchell House Ariel Lawhon, Flight of Dreams Tuesday, March 1, 2016 7:00 pm Location: Margaret Mitchell House With everyone onboard harboring dark secrets and at least one person determined to make sure the Hindenburg doesn't make the return trip, Flight of Dreams gives an utterly suspenseful, heart-wrenching explanation for one of the most enduring mysteries of the 20th century.  On the evening of May 3, 1937, Emilie Imhof, the only female crewmember, boards the Hindenburg. Emilie has access to the entire airship and hears everything. But with rumors circulating about bomb threats, Emilie's focus is on maintaining a professional air …and keeping her own plans under wraps. What Emilie can't see is that everyone from the dynamic vaudeville acrobat to the high-ranking German officer seems to be hiding something. Told through the alternating perspectives, Flight of Dreams gives free rein to theories of sabotage, charade, and mishap, taking readers on the thrilling three-day transatlantic flight. As the novel moves inexorably toward its tragic climax, the question of which of the passengers will survive infuses every scene with tension.   Ariel Lawhon is co-founder of the popular online book club She Reads, a novelist, blogger, and life-long reader. She’s the author of one previous novel, The Wife, the Maid and the Mistress She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and four young sons and a black lab who is, thankfully, a girl. Bank of America Museums on Us Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6, 2016 Atlanta History Center is a proud participant in Bank of America’s national Museums on Us program. During the first full weekend of every month, all Bank of America/Merrill Lynch customers receive free all-inclusive admission to the Atlanta History Center, including the Atlanta History Museum, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, 1860s Smith Family Farm, 1928 Swan House, and 22 acres of Goizueta Gardens. To redeem this offer, visitors must present a valid Bank of America ATM, debit, or credit card, along with a photo ID.  Bank of America associates are also eligible for free admission by presenting their current Bank of America Corporate ID card, and a photo ID. Visit www.bankofamerica.com/museums (http://file///C:/Users/Martha%20Tye/Downloads/UrlBlockedError.aspx) for more information on other participating institutions across the country. The Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites Tuesday, March 8, 2016 11 am: Cherokee Garden Library tour 1 pm: Kenan Research Center tour Location: Atlanta History Center On separate tours, explore the intriguing collections of the Kenan Research Center and one of its special subject libraries, the Cherokee Garden Library. View historic photographs, documents and rare books pertaining to Atlanta’s history and landscape heritage. Free. Reservations required. Check in at McElreath Hall security desk. For more information or to register, call 404.814.4000 or visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com. One for the Books: Author Programs at Atlanta History Center Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith, Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammed Ali and Malcolm X Tuesday, March 8, 2016 8:00 pm Location: Atlanta History Center In 1962, boxing writers and fans considered Cassius Clay an obnoxious self-promoter, and few believed that he would become the heavyweight champion of the world. But Malcolm X, the most famous minister in the Nation of Islam, a sect many white Americans deemed a hate cult, saw the potential in Clay. Malcolm X believed that Clay would achieve boxing greatness, making him a great messenger for the Nation of Islam. The two became fast friends, keeping their interactions secret from the press for fear of jeopardizing Clay’s career. Soon, however, their friendship would sour, with disastrous and far-reaching consequences.Based on previously untapped sources, from Malcolm X’s personal papers to FBI records, Blood Brothers is the first book to offer an in-depth portrait of this complex bond. Historians Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith reconstruct the worlds that shaped Malcolm and Clay as well as postwar New York and civil rights-era Miami. In this detailed account, they reveal how Malcolm molded Cassius Clay into Muhammad Ali, helping him become an international symbol of black pride and black independence. Yet when Malcolm was barred from the Nation for criticizing the philandering of its leader, Elijah Muhammad, Ali turned his back on Malcolm — a choice that contributed to the latter’s assassination in February 1965. Randy Roberts is a Purdue University Distinguished Professor of History who has written biographies of iconic athletes and celebrities, including Jack Johnson, Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Bear Bryant, and John Wayne. Johnny Smith is a Georgia Tech Assistant Professor of American History and author of The Sons of Westwood: John Wooden, UCLA, and the Dynasty that Changed College Basketball. Support:Presented as part of the Elson Lecture Series, supported with generous funding from Ambassador and Mrs. Edward Elson. Homeschool Day: Legendary Empires Wednesday, March 9, 2016 1:00 – 4:00 pm Explore history’s greatest empires, from the Aztecs to the Egyptians, the Romans to the Zulus, and many others in between.  Learn how empires rise and fall, and examine the mythology and culture behind these historic powerhouses. Admission to Homeschool Days is $8.50 nonmembers; $6.50 children of members; and free for adult members. Discounted rates are available for groups with 10 or more children. For more information, or to make group reservations, please call 404.814.4018or visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Homeschool (http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/Homeschool). Support:Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts Council. One for the Books: Author Programs at Atlanta History Center General Michael Hayden, Playing to the Edge Thursday, March 10, 2016 8:00 pm Location: Atlanta History Center Playing to the Edge is an unprecedented narrative of America’s intelligence wars at a time of heinous new threats and wrenching change. For retired Air Force General Michael Hayden, playing to the edge means playing so close to the line that you get chalk dust on your cleats. That’s a superior choice, he believes, to playing back, where you may protect yourself but be less successful in protecting America. "Play to the edge" was Hayden's guiding principle when he led the National Security Agency, and it remained so when he ran the Central Intelligence Agency. His memoir is an unapologetic insider's look, told from the perspective of the people who faced awesome responsibilities head on, in the moment.     As Director of the CIA in the last three years of the Bush administration, Hayden had to deal with the rendition, detention, and interrogation program as bequeathed to him by his predecessors. He also had to ramp up the agency to support its role in the targeted killing program that began to dramatically increase in July 2008. This was a time of great crisis at the CIA, and some agency veterans have credited Hayden with saving the agency. He himself won't go that far, but he acknowledges that the CIA helped turn the American security establishment into the most effective killing machine in the history of armed conflict. Michael Hayden is a retired United States Air Force four-star general and former Director of the National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He is currently a principal at the Chertoff Group, a security consultancy founded by former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Hayden also serves as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Mason University School of Public Policy. Support:Presented as part of the Livingston Lecture Series, made possible with generous funding from the Livingston Foundation. Preserving Family Recipes: How to Save and Celebrate Your Food Traditions Saturday, March 12, 2016 10:30 am – Noon Family recipes can be heartwarmingly nostalgic and a wonderful way to learn more about your heritage, but they can also be problematic. Your recipes may be faded, sketchy or even unwritten. Is there lore connected to family foodways that should be recorded or photographs that could be added to your recipes to make them more appealing to future generations? And how can you make sure family recipes, stories, photos, and artifacts last as long as possible? The book Preserving Family Recipes: How to Save and Celebrate Your Food Traditions (UGA Press) explores family foodways and addresses these issues.  Join Valerie J. Frey, former Manuscript Archivist for the Georgia Historical Society and Education Coordinator for the Georgia Archives, for a program designed to help you preserve your family’s food traditions.  Tickets are $10 for Atlanta History Center members and $15 for nonmembers. Reservations are recommended. For more information, please call 404.814.4042 or visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com Buckhead 4-H Community Club Monthly Meeting Sunday, March 13, 2016 2:00 – 3:15 pm Atlanta History Center is the community gathering place for the Buckhead 4-H Community Club’s monthly meetings and programming. Each meeting focuses on leadership, community service, and an educational component that is hands-on and of interest to young people. Program attendees also engage in group activities that promote personal development, healthy lifestyles, a sense of citizenship, and character education. The educational programs are divided into two age groups: 4ththrough 6thgrades and 7ththrough 12thgrades. For more Information, please call 404.762.4085 or email Ashley Wadley, 4-H and Youth Development, at awadley@uga.edu. The Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites Monday, March 14, 2016 9:30 am and 4 pm Location: Margaret Mitchell House Operated by the Atlanta History Center, the Margaret Mitchell House is a designated city landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a popular tourist destination, and home to the Literary Center at the Margaret Mitchell House. It features guided tours of the apartment where Margaret Mitchell wrote “Gone With the Wind,” two exhibitions on Mitchell and “GWTW,” and the Margaret Mitchell House gift shop. Free. Reservations required. Check in at Crescent Avenue entrance. For more information or to register, call 404.249.7015 or visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com. Magic Monday: Egg Hunt on the Farm Monday, March 14, 2016 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Toddlers and preschoolers celebrate springtime on the farm during our annual egg hunt. Join the search for colorful eggs hidden throughout Smith Family Farm to win prizes. Participate in fun and games like the peep toss, doing the bunny hop, and creating spring crafts. Hop on by and visit the Easter Bunny! Each Magic Monday has a unique monthly theme and includes a guided exploration of one of our award-winning exhibitions, historic houses, or Goizueta Gardens, as well as demonstrations, arts and crafts projects, and story time. Members are admitted for free. Admission is $6.50 adults; $5.50 children. Discounted rates are available for groups with ten or more children. For more information, please call 404.814.4110 or visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/MagicMondays (http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/tags/magic-mondays). Support:Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts Council. Members Guild Spring Luncheon Tuesday, March 15, 2016 11:30 am Location: Atlanta History Center The Members Guild of the Atlanta History Center hosts their annual spring luncheon with a program celebrating fashion history in collaboration with the High Museum of Art. Chaired by Georgia Schley Ritchie and presented by Cindy and Bill Voyles, the gathering will feature a special presentation on the High Museum of Art exhibition Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion. Proceeds support educational activities of the Atlanta History Center. Tickets begin at $175. For more information, please contact Katherine Hoogerwerf at KHoogerwerf@AtlantaHistoryCenter.com or 404.814.4102. Georgia Perennial Plant Association garden lecture series Karen Perkins, owner of Garden Visions Epimediums, Templeton, Mass.: “Jewels of the Shade” Tuesday, March 15, 2016 7:00 pm Location: Atlanta History Center Known by many as a simple ground cover for dry woodland shade, Epimediums are finally receiving the appreciation that they deserve. This "perfect shade perennial" possesses a delicate beauty that belies its surprisingly tough, long-lasting nature. Karen Perkins will illustrate the many and varied types now commercially available, including new evergreen species from China. Characteristics, growth habit, growing and propagation, pests and diseases, and combining Epimediums with other shade perennials in the garden also will be addressed. Free, reservations are not required. Event starts at 7:00 pm with sign-in, light refreshments and a chance to mingle with fellow garden enthusiasts. Members often pass on gardening magazines and catalogs in an open swap. Lectures begin at 7:30 pm. Poetry Out Loud State Final Competition Sunday, March 20, 20161:00 – 4:00 pm Location: Atlanta History Center The public is invited to attend the Georgia final competition of this innovative program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance of the written word. Poetry Out Loud, which began in 2005, incorporates the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English and drama class. The Georgia winner competes at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. in May 2016. Free. For more information, please visit MargaretMitchellHouse.com or contact Emil Reece at 404.814.4017. One for the Books: Author Programs at Margaret Mitchell House Patricia Bell-Scott, The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice Thursday, March 24, 2016 7:00 pm Location: Margaret Mitchell House Pauli Murray first saw Eleanor Roosevelt in 1933, at the height of the Depression, at a government-sponsored, 200-acre camp for unemployed women where Murray, the granddaughter of a mulatto slave, was living. The First Lady had pushed her husband to set up the camp in her effort to do what she could for working women and the poor. Roosevelt, whose ancestry gave her membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution, drove up one day unannounced, her secretary and a Secret Service agent her passengers. To Murray, then 23, Roosevelt’s self-assurance was a symbol of women’s independence, one that influenced her life.  Five years later, Murray, an aspiring writer, wrote a letter to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt protesting racial segregation in the South. Mrs. Roosevelt wrote back. So began a friendship between the First Lady and Murray – who would become a renowned poet, intellectual rebel, principal strategist in the fight to preserve Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, cofounder of the National Organization for Women, and the first African American female Episcopal priest. Two decades in the works, Patricia Bell-Scott’s chronicle shows how their enduring friendship helped alter the course of race relations in America. Patricia Bell-Scott is Professor Emerita of women’s studies and human development and family science at the University of Georgia. Her previous books include Life Notes: Personal Writings by Contemporary Black Women, Flat-Footed Truths: Telling Black Women’s Lives, and Double Stitch: Black Women Write About Mothers & Daughters, which won the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize. One for the Books: Author Programs at Margaret Mitchell House Lauren Weedman, Miss Fortune Friday, March 25, 2016 7:00 pm Location: Margaret Mitchell House Lauren Weedman, former Daily Show correspondent and acclaimed star of HBO’s Looking, is not OK.  She’s living what should be the good life in sunny Los Angeles.  She has a great career, a loving husband, and an adorable baby boy, but she finds herself starring in a tabloid-worthy nightmare.  In Miss Fortune, her second collection of nonfiction stories, Weedman turns a piercingly observant, darkly funny lens on the way her life is actually Not OK. Lauren Weedman's television credits include The Daily Show, True Blood, United States of Tara, Reno 911, Curb Your Enthusiasm, New Girl, Arrested Development, Horny Patty on HBO's Hung and Doris on HBO's Looking. Film credits include Imagine That, Date Night and A Five Year Engagement. Weedman's first book, A Woman Trapped in a Woman's Body: Tales from a Life of Cringe, was named by Kirkus as a top 10 indie book for 2007. She is the host of the popular Moth Storytelling series in Los Angeles. Chicks in the City: 2016 Symposium Saturday, March 26, 2016 9:30 am – 4:30 pm In partnership with Decatur’s Wylde Center, the Chicks in the City Symposium, taking place at Smith Family Farm at the Atlanta History Center, shares everything you need to know about urban chickens. Learn how to raise chickens, whether as for pets or to provide eggs for breakfast or waste disposal. Registration is $50, and includes all-inclusive access to the Atlanta History Center. Please call 404.371.1920 or visit www.wyldecenter.org. One for the Books: Author Programs at Margaret Mitchell House Jacquelyn Mitchard, Two If By Sea Monday, March 28, 2016 7:00 pm Location: Margaret Mitchell House The suspenseful novel Two If By Sea is about the best and worst in people, and the possibility of heroism and even magic in ordinary life. Just hours after his wife and her entire family perish in the Christmas Eve tsunami in Brisbane, American expat and former police officer Frank Mercy joins his volunteer rescue unit and pulls a little boy from a submerged car. Without quite knowing why, Frank sidesteps the law, when, instead of turning Ian over to the Red Cross, he takes him to the Midwestern farm of Frank’s youth. There, Frank begins to suspect that Ian has an extraordinary, impossible telepathic gift. As Frank struggles to start over, training horses, he meets Claudia, a champion equestrian and someone with whom he can share his life — and his fears for Ian. They know that it will be impossible to keep the boy’s gift a secret forever. The fight to keep Ian safe from a sinister group who wants him back takes readers from the ravaged shores of Brisbane to Middle America to a quaint English village. New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard has written many novels for adults, young adult novels; children’s books; a memoir, Mother Less Child; and a collection of essays, The Rest of Us: Dispatches from the Mother Ship. Her first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was the inaugural selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club, and was later adapted for a feature film starring and produced by Michelle Pfeiffer. Mitchard is the editor in chief and co-creator of Merit Press and a Professor of fiction and creative nonfiction at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. April 2016 Bank of America Museums on Us Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3, 2016 Atlanta History Center is a proud participant in Bank of America’s national Museums on Us program. During the first full weekend of every month, all Bank of America/Merrill Lynch customers receive free all-inclusive admission to the Atlanta History Center, including the Atlanta History Museum, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, 1860s Smith Family Farm, 1928 Swan House, and 22 acres of Goizueta Gardens. To redeem this offer, visitors must present a valid Bank of America ATM, debit, or credit card, along with a photo ID.  Bank of America associates are also eligible for free admission by presenting their current Bank of America Corporate ID card, and a photo ID. Visit www.bankofamerica.com/museums (http://file///C:/Users/Martha%20Tye/Downloads/UrlBlockedError.aspx) for more information on other participating institutions across the country. Homeschool Day: Go West Thursday, April 7, 2016 1:00 – 4:00 pm Search for the Northwest Passage with Lewis and Clarke, defend the Alamo with Davy Crockett, prospect for gold with the 49ers, risk everything on the Oregon Trail, and peak inside the real lives of gunslingers and homesteaders like Jesse James and Laura Ingalls. Admission to Homeschool Days is $8.50 nonmembers; $6.50 children of members; and free for adult members. Discounted rates are available for groups with 10 or more children. For more information, or to make group reservations, please call 404.814.4018or visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Homeschool (http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/Homeschool). Support:Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts Council. For Members Only: Sheep to Shawl Petting Zoo Saturday, April 9, 2016 9:30 – 10:30 am Enjoy one hour of Members-Only access to the wonderful and gentle animals from the Little Red Barn Petting Zoo at Smith Family Farm. Light refreshments and crafts will be available before the public program begins at 10:30 am. And save room for lunch! Souper Jenny at the Atlanta History Center will officially be open. This program is free for Atlanta History Center members. Reservations are required. Please RSVP to Membership@AtlantaHistoryCenter.com or call 404.814.4101. Sheep to Shawl Saturday, April 9, 2016 10:30 am – 4:30 pm Get a unique view into the process of cloth making though demonstrations and activities ranging from sheep shearing and dyeing to spinning and weaving. Gather the entire family for a full day of fun that also includes open hearth cooking, blacksmithing, candle making, and much more at Smith Family Farm. This year, journey from Sheep to Shawl to Sequins and Chanel while exploring the new Swan House exhibit, Fashion in Good Taste: Women in Atlanta from 1920-1969. Interactive activities give families a fun opportunity to learn how mass production, major events of the twentieth century, and daily life influenced women’s clothing. This program is free to members; included in the cost of general admission for nonmembers. For more information or to purchase admission tickets, please visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Family (http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/Family). Support:Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts Council. One for the Books: Author Programs at Atlanta History Center James McBride, Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul Monday, April 11, 2016 8:00 pm Location: Atlanta History Center National Book Award winner James McBride goes in search of the “real” James Brown, and his surprising journey illuminates not only our understanding of the Godfather of Soul but the ways in which our cultural heritage has been shaped by the singer’s legacy.  A product of the complicated history of the American South, Brown was a cultural shape-shifter who arguably had the greatest influence on American popular music of any artist. When McBride receives a tip that promises to uncover the man behind the myth, he follows a trail that reveals the personal, musical, and societal influences that created this immensely troubled, misunderstood, and complicated soul genius. In Kill ‘Em and Leave, he uncovers a story that helps to explain Brown’s legacy: the cultural landscape of America today. James McBride is the author of the National Book Award winner and New York Times bestseller The Good Lord Bird, the bestselling novels Song Yet Sung and Miracle at St. Anna, and the New York Times bestseller The Color of Water. He also is a saxophonist and composer who teaches music to children in the Red Hook Brooklyn housing projects where he was born, and a New York University journalism professor. Support:Presented as part of he Livingston Lecture Series,made possible with generous funding from the Livingston Foundation. Magic Monday: Let’s Play! Monday, April 11, 2016 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Toddlers and preschoolers learn how to play with toys and games from different time periods, from Hoop and Stick to Simon Says. Each Magic Monday has a unique monthly theme and includes a guided exploration of one of our award-winning exhibitions, historic houses, or Goizueta Gardens, as well as demonstrations, arts and crafts projects, and story time.  Members are admitted for free. Admission is $6.50 adults; $5.50 children. Discounted rates are available for groups with ten or more children. For more information, please call 404.814.4110 or visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/MagicMondays (http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/tags/magic-mondays). Support:Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts Council. One for the Books: Author Programs at Atlanta History Center Cherokee Garden Library presents Southern Uncovered: An Evening with the Lee Brothers Tuesday, April 12, 2016 6:30 pm: Southern small bites and signature cocktails7:30 pm: Program Location: Atlanta History Center Award-winning authors Matt Lee and Ted Lee, whose latest is “The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen,”  will be your culinary ambassadors for the evening, sharing charming insights into the South’s most storied and buzzed-about food and food destinations. With special host Angie Mosier, food stylist, cookbook photographer, pastry chef, and past president of the Southern Foodways Alliance. Admission for this lecture is $35. Reservations are required. Please call 404.814.4150 or reserve tickets online at AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Lectures. Support:Funding for this program is provided by Alex Smith Garden Design, Ltd., Revival Construction, Springer Mountain Farms, and Avalon Catering. One for the Books: Author Programs at Margaret Mitchell House J. Aaron Sanders, Speakers of the Dead: A Walt Whitman Mystery Thursday, April 14, 2016 7:00 pm Location: Margaret Mitchell House The year is 1843, the place, New York City. Aurora reporter Walt Whitman arrives at The Tombs prison yard where his friend, Lena Stowe, is scheduled to hang for the murder of her husband, Abraham. Whitman intends to present evidence on Lena's behalf, but is turned away by the sheriff. Lena drops to her death, and Walt vows to exonerate her.  With the help of his estranged boyfriend, Henry Saunders, Walt uncovers a link between body-snatching and Abraham's murder: a man named Samuel Clement. To get to Clement, Walt and Henry descend into a dangerous underworld where resurrection men steal the bodies of the recently deceased and sell them to medical colleges. Abraham's involvement with the Bone Bill, legislation that would put the resurrection men out of business, appears to have led to his and Lena's deaths.  Speakers of the Dead is a reimagining of one of America's most beloved literary and historical figures. J. Aaron Sanders is an Associate Professor of English at Columbus State University. His stories have appeared in Carolina Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Quarterly West, and Beloit Fiction Journal. This is his first novel. Swan House Ball Saturday, April 16, 2016 7 pm One of the Southeast’s most anticipated events, this year’s Swan House Ball honors the theme, “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” Chaired by Spring Asher and Victoria Palefsky, this year’s Swan House Ball honors Mary Ann and Lloyd Whitaker and their philanthropic leadership of the Atlanta Cyclorama project, set to debut 2017 at the Atlanta History Center   For more information, please contact Katherine Hoogerwerf at KHoogerwerf@AtlantaHistoryCenter.com or 404.814.4102. www.AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/SwanHouseBall. Support:Presenting sponsor of the 2016 Swan House Ball is Atlantic Trust. Cox Enterprises and Delta Air Lines are the Platinum sponsor.  One for the Books: Author Programs at Margaret Mitchell House Jessica Knoll, Luckiest Girl Alive Monday, April 18, 2016 7:00 pm Location: Margaret Mitchell House Her perfect life is a perfect lie. Meet Ani FaNelli, who’s spent years glossing over the public and private humiliations she endured at prep school to create a shiny new persona with the great job, perfect fiancé, and wardrobe full of designer handbags. Jessica Knoll’s best-selling debut Luckiest Girl Alive takes these familiar tropes of women’s fiction and turns them on their heads with a biting anti-heroine and dark, unexpected twists readers won’t see coming. Jessica Knoll has been an editor at Self and Cosmopolitan magazines. Her first novel, Luckiest Girl Alive is an instant New York Times bestseller, and the movie rights have been acquired by Lionsgate, with Reese Witherspoon producing. Georgia Perennial Plant Association garden lecture series Brie Arthur, horticulturist and foodscaping expert: “Growing a Greener World” Tuesday, April 19, 2016 7:00 pm Location: Atlanta History Center Respected around the world for her plant propagation skills, Brie Arthur was recently featured in Organic Gardening Magazine as a rising star of horticulture. In her one-acre suburban North Carolina landscape she grows a wide assortment of edible and ornamental plants. She is on a mission to encourage people across the U.S. to use their everyday landscapes as a source for health and nutrition through the hobby of gardening. Arthur will explain why pairing edibles in a traditional ornamental landscape is functional, convenient, and attractive. Free, reservations are not required. Event starts at 7:00 pm with sign-in, light refreshments and a chance to mingle with fellow garden enthusiasts. Members often pass on gardening magazines and catalogs in an open swap. Lectures begin at 7:30 pm. One for the Books: Author Programs at Margaret Mitchell House Lee Smith, Dimestore: A Writer’s Life Thursday, April 21, 2016 7:00 pm Location: Margaret Mitchell House In her first work of nonfiction, Lee Smith deploys the wit, wisdom, and graceful prose for which she is beloved to conjure her early days in the small coal town of Grundy, Virginia, and beyond.   For the inimitable Smith, place is paramount. For 45 years, her fiction has lived and breathed with the rhythms and people of the Appalachian South. But never before has she written her own story. Set deep in the rugged Appalachian Mountains, the Grundy of Smith’s youth was a place of coal miners, mountain music, and her daddy’s dimestore. It was in that shop, where she listened to customers and invented life histories for the store’s dolls, that she began to learn the craft of storytelling. Even though she adored Grundy, Smith’s formal education and travels took her far from Virginia, though her Appalachian upbringing never left her. Dimestore’s 15 essays are honest, wise, and entertaining. Smith has created both a moving, personal portrait and a broade broader meditation on embracing one’s heritage. Hers is an inspiring story of the birth of a writer and a poignant look at a way of life that has all but vanished.  Lee Smith began writing stories at the age of nine and selling them for a nickel apiece. Since then, she has written 17 works of fiction, including Fair and Tender Ladies, Oral History, and, most recently, Guests on Earth. She has received many awards, including the North Carolina Award for Literature and an  American Academy of Arts and Letters fiction award. Her novel The Last Girls was a New York Times bestseller as well as winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. One for the Books: Author Programs at Atlanta History Center Dave Isay, Callings Monday, April 25, 2016 8:00 pm Location: Atlanta History Center StoryCorps founder Dave Isay presents unforgettable stories from people doing what they love. Some are paid well for their work, others not at all; some found their paths at a very young age, others later in life; many overcame great odds or upturned their lives in order to pursue what matters to them. We meet a man from the barrios of Texas whose harrowing experiences in a family of migrant farmers inspired him to become a public defender. We meet a longtime waitress who takes pride in making regulars and newcomers alike feel at home in her Nashville diner. We meet a young man on the South Side of Chicago who became a teacher in order to help at-risk teenagers like the ones who killed his father get on the right track. Together they demonstrate how work can be about much more than just making a living, that chasing dreams and finding inspiration in unexpected places can transform a vocation into a calling. Their shared sense of passion, honor, and commitment brings deeper meaning and satisfaction to every aspect of their lives. Callings is an inspiring tribute to rewarding work and the American pursuit of happiness. Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors, including six Peabody awards, a MacArthur “Genius“ Fellowship, and the 2015 TED Prize. He is the author/editor of numerous books that grew out of his public radio documentary work, including four StoryCorps books (all New York Times bestsellers): Listening Is an Act of Love, Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps, and Ties That Bind. Isay is also an executive producer of StoryCorps Shorts, as seen on the PBS documentary series POV. Olmstead Plein Air Invitational Day at the Atlanta History Center Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Time TBA Thirty six of the country’s top outdoor painters will produce art from life “in the open air” across the Atlanta History Center’s 33-acre campus, with the public invited to observe as the artists create finished paintings before their eyes. In its second year, the Olmstead Plein Air Invitational will take place at Atlanta sites including the Olmstead Linear Park and Atlanta Botanical Garden from April 25 through May 1, 2016. For more information, call 404.376.7075 or visit www.olmstedpleinair.com. One for the Books: Author Programs at Margaret Mitchell House Martha Hall Kelly, Lilac Girls Thursday, April 28, 2016 7:00 pmLocation: Margaret Mitchell House New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939, and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance. For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life, but then she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.   The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten. Martha Hall Kelly is a native New Englander who splits her time between New York City, Martha's Vineyard and Atlanta. She worked as an advertising copywriter for many years, and raised three children who are now mostly out of the nest. This is her first novel. May 2016 One for the Books: Author Programs at Atlanta History Center George Hodgman, Bettyville Wednesday, May 4, 2016 8:00 pm Location: Atlanta History Center When George Hodgman, an unlikely caretaker and near-lethal cook, leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself in a head-on collision with his aging mother, Betty.  Will George lure this woman of wit and will into assisted living?  When hell freezes over. He can’t bring himself to force her from the home both treasure — the place where his father’s voice lingers and the scene of shared jokes and skirmishes. And, behind the dusty antiques, there is a rarely acknowledged conflict: Betty, who speaks her mind but cannot quite reveal her heart, has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay. Hodgman’s New York Times bestselling memoir is both an indelible portrait of a family and an exquisitely told tale of a prodigal son’s return. George Hodgman is a veteran magazine and book editor who has worked at Simon & Schuster, Vanity Fair and Talk magazine. His writing has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Interview, W and Harper’s Bazaar, among other publications. Admission is $5 for Atlanta History Center members; $10 for nonmembers; and free for AHC Insiders. Dessert reception and book signing following the program. Reservations are required; please call 404.814.4150 or purchase advance tickets online at AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Lectures. Support:This is the 20th annual Sidney Isenberg Lecture, established by his friends, colleagues, and family as an expression of love and appreciation for his values and commitment to the healing process and to the advancement of learning and growth. They affirm Isenberg’s conviction that the human relationship is the agency through which change comes about. One for the Books: Author Programs at Atlanta History Center Marc Wortman, 1941: Fighting the Shadow War Thursday, May 5, 2016 8:00 pm Location: Atlanta History Center Conventional wisdom dictates that the U.S. entered World War II in retaliation for the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 8, 1941. However, in 1941: Fighting the Shadow War, historian Marc Wortman reveals the ways in which America played an increasingly significant and clandestine role in the years prior to officially joining the battle. Timed to the 75thanniversary year of U.S. entry into World War II, 1941 interweaves military, political, and social history to tell the story of how President Franklin D. Roosevelt used the powers at his disposal to battle with Hitler and the Japanese in the shadows. While the American populace was sympathetic to the people being crushed under the Axis powers, they were unwilling to enter a foreign war. FDR knew he had to fight against isolationism, anti-Semitism, and the scars of World War I to win the war of public sentiment. Wortman narrates FDR’s path to war with a momentum and perspective that casts the story in new light. Marc Wortman is the author of The Millionaires' Unit: The Aristocratic Flyboys Who Fought the Great War and Invented American Air Power and The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta. He has written feature articles for Vanity Fair and Smithsonian, and frequently contributes reviews and essays to The Daily Beast. Support:Presented as part of the Elson Lecture Series, made possible with generous funding from Ambassador and Mrs. Edward Elson. National Public Gardens Day Friday, May 6, 2016 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Enjoy free admission to all gardens at Atlanta History Center and Cherokee Garden Library. Sitting on 22 acres, the Atlanta History Center is home to six historic gardens that each represent a period in Georgia History, from pre-colonial settlement to 1930s aesthetics.  Paired with outdoor offerings is the Cherokee Garden Library, a bastion of resources that document the horticultural and botanical history in the Southeast. Tours:Mary Howard Gilbert Memorial Garden – 10:00 amSmith Family Farm – 1:00 pmSwan House Gardens – 3:00 pmCherokee Garden Library – 11:00 am, 2:00 pm Admission to the gardens for National Public Gardens Day is free. Access to the historic houses and Atlanta History Center Museum is included in cost of general admission. For more information, please visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com or call 404.814.4000. Homeschool Day: The Story of Atlanta Friday, May 6, 2016 1:00 – 4:00 pm Join us on an epic journey through time as we explore Atlanta’s stories from its earliest inhabitants to the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, up to today. Encounter not only famous characters from Atlanta’s past, but the ordinary people crucial to the development of the Gate City of the South.  Admission to Homeschool Days is $8.50 nonmembers; $6.50 children of members; and free for adult members. Discounted rates are available for groups with 10 or more children. For more information, or to make group reservations, please call 404.814.4018or visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Homeschool (http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/Homeschool). Support:Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts Council. Bank of America Museums on Us Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, 2016 Atlanta History Center is a proud participant in Bank of America’s national Museums on Us program. During the first full weekend of every month, all Bank of America/Merrill Lynch customers receive free all-inclusive admission to the Atlanta History Center, including the Atlanta History Museum, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, 1860s Smith Family Farm, 1928 Swan House, and 22 acres of Goizueta Gardens. To redeem this offer, visitors must present a valid Bank of America ATM, debit, or credit card, along with a photo ID.  Bank of America associates are also eligible for free admission by presenting their current Bank of America Corporate ID card, and a photo ID. Visit www.bankofamerica.com/museums (http://file///C:/Users/Martha%20Tye/Downloads/UrlBlockedError.aspx) for more information on other participating institutions across the country. Magic Monday: Down on the Farm Monday, May 9, 2016 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Toddlers and preschoolers join in on fun springtime activities down on the farm! Visit the sheep, goats, and chickens, and learn about farm chores like wool washing, blacksmithing, and open hearth cooking. Each Magic Monday has a unique monthly theme and includes a guided exploration of one of our award-winning exhibitions, historic houses, or Goizueta Gardens, as well as demonstrations, arts and crafts projects, and story time. Join us for another exciting year and connect with old friends while meeting new ones. Members are admitted for free. Admission is $6.50 adults; $5.50 children. Discounted rates are available for groups with ten or more children. For more information, please call 404.814.4110 or visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/MagicMondays (http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/tags/magic-mondays). Support:Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts Council. Buckhead 4-H Community Club Monthly Meeting Sunday, May 15, 2016 2:00 – 3:15 pm Atlanta History Center is the community gathering place for the Buckhead 4-H Community Club’s monthly meetings and programming. Each meeting focuses on leadership, community service, and an educational component that is hands-on and of interest to young people. Program attendees also engage in group activities that promote personal development, healthy lifestyles, a sense of citizenship, and character education. The educational programs are divided into two age groups: 4ththrough 6thgrades and 7ththrough 12thgrades. For more Information, please call 404.762.4085 or email Ashley Wadley, 4-H and Youth Development, at awadley@uga.edu. Georgia Perennial Plant Association garden lecture series The Barbara Allen Lecture Keynote speaker to be announced Tuesday, May 17, 2016 7:00 pm Location: Atlanta History Center The Barbara Allen Lecture honors the work and memory of one of the founding members of the Georgia Perennial Plant Association.  This is the premier lecture hosted by the GPPA annually and presents renowned visionaries in the field of either landscape design or English gardens. Free, reservations are not required. Event starts at 7:00 pm with sign-in, light refreshments and a chance to mingle with fellow garden enthusiasts. Members often pass on gardening magazines and catalogs in an open swap. Lectures begin at 7:30 pm. One for the Books: Author Programs at Atlanta History Center Joshua C. Kendall, First Dads: Parenting and Politics from George Washington to Barack Obama Tuesday, May 24, 2016 8:00 pm Location: Atlanta History Center Every president has had some experience as a parent. Of the 43 men who have served in the nation’s highest office, 38 have fathered biological children and the other five adopted children. Each president’s parenting style reveals much about his beliefs as well as his psychological make-up. James Garfield enjoyed jumping on the bed with his kids. FDR’s children, on the other hand, had to make appointments to talk to him. In a lively narrative, based on research in archives around the country, Kendall shows presidential character in action and examines how the fathering experiences of our presidents have changed the course of American history. Joshua C. Kendall is the author of The Man Who Made Lists, about the creation of Roget's Thesaurus, and The Forgotten Founding Father, a biography of Noah Webster, the lexicographer responsible for Webster's Dictionary. His journalistic work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Psychology Today, and Business Week. He is an Associate Fellow of Yale's Trumbull College. Support:Presented as part of the Elson Lecture Series, made possible with generous funding from Ambassador and Mrs. Edward Elson. Military Timeline Saturday, May 28, 2016 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Spend the day traveling the military timeline from the Revolutionary War to current conflicts. Meet veterans who share personal stories and memorabilia from wartime and living history interpreters that engage visitors of all ages. Also enjoy self-guided tours of Veterans Park using smartphones to access recordings of stories shared by those who served the United States Armed Forces. This program is free to members; included in the cost of general admission for nonmembers. For more information or to purchase admission tickets, please visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Family (http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/Family). Support:Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts Council. One for the Books: Author Programs at Atlanta History Center Joseph Ellis, The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 Tuesday, May 31, 2016 8:00 pm Location: Atlanta History Center From Pulitzer Prize–winning American historian Joseph J. Ellis, the unexpected story of why the 13 colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew.While the famous opening phrase of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address reads, “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this Continent a new Nation,” the truth is different. In 1776, the American colonies declared themselves independent states that only temporarily joined forces in order to defeat the British. Once victorious, they planned to go their separate ways. The Quartet is the story of this second American founding and of the men most responsible — George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison. With the help of Robert Morris and Gouverneur Morris, they shaped the contours of American history by diagnosing the systemic dysfunctions created by the Articles of Confederation, manipulating the political process to force the calling of the Constitutional Convention, conspiring to set the agenda in Philadelphia, orchestrating the debate in the state ratifying conventions, and, finally, drafting the Bill of Rights to assure state compliance with the constitutional settlement. The Quartet unmasks a myth, and in its place presents an even more compelling truth — one that lies at the heart of understanding the creation of the United States of America. Joseph J. Ellis is one of the nation's leading scholars of American history. The author of nine books, Ellis was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Founding Brothers: the Revolutionary Generation and won the National Book Award for American Sphinx, a biography of Thomas Jefferson. His in-depth chronicle of the life of our first President, His Excellency: George Washington, was a New York Times bestseller. Ellis has taught in the Leadership Studies program at Williams College. He previously taught at the Honors College at the University of Massachusetts, Mount Holyoke College, and the United States Military Academy at West Point. He lives in Amherst, MA with his wife, Ellen Wilkins Ellis and three dogs. He is the father of three sons. June 2016 Members-Only Event: Night at the Museum Friday, June 3, 2016 6:00 - 9:00 pm There is something different about Atlanta History Center’s new exhibition at night. People have gone in, but when they come out, something about them has changed. They have experienced something that defies space and time. They come out transformed, they come out triumphant. Come meet the characters of Atlanta’s past and help them save the future. Light refreshments will be served.  This program is free for Atlanta History Center members. Reservations are required. Please RSVP to Membership@AtlantaHistoryCenter.com or call 404.814.4101. Bank of America Museums on Us Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, 2016 Atlanta History Center is a proud participant in Bank of America’s national Museums on Us program. During the first full weekend of every month, all Bank of America/Merrill Lynch customers receive free all-inclusive admission to the Atlanta History Center, including the Atlanta History Museum, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, 1860s Smith Family Farm, 1928 Swan House, and 22 acres of Goizueta Gardens. To redeem this offer, visitors must present a valid Bank of America ATM, debit, or credit card, along with a photo ID.  Bank of America associates are also eligible for free admission by presenting their current Bank of America Corporate ID card, and a photo ID. Visit www.bankofamerica.com/museums (http://file///C:/Users/Martha%20Tye/Downloads/UrlBlockedError.aspx) for more information on other participating institutions across the country. DNA:  FAQ and FYI Saturday, June 4, 2016 10:30 am – Noon DNA research can be a very useful tool for finding not only your ancestors but also their living descendants, creating extraordinary opportunities for collaboration. So how does it work? Which test should you use? How do you interpret the test results? Join Atlanta History Center Senior Archivist Sue VerHoef for a program designed to help you use the latest in DNA technology.  Tickets are $10 for Atlanta History Center members and $15 for non-members. Reservations are recommended. For more information, please call 404.814.4042. Atlanta History Center Summer Camp 2016 · June 6 – 10: My Town · June 13 – 17: Disasters! · June 20 – 24: Ancient Civilizations · June 27 – July 1: Dirty Jobs: 19thCentury Edition · July 11 – 15: Weird History · July 18 – 22: Turn of the Century · July 25 – 29: Hail to the Chief · August 1 – 5: The Olympic Games History comes to life as Atlanta History Center summer campers explore the past through games, historic simulations, immersive experiences, performances, crafts, and hands-on activities throughout our exhibitions, historic houses, and Goizueta Gardens.  The museum is our playground!  With fun new themes each week, campers age 6-11 enjoy a variety of immersive camp experiences all summer long.  For more information or to register, please visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/SummerCamp (http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/tags/summer-camps). Margaret Mitchell House Summer Writing Camp 2016 · June 6 – 10: Mystery in the City: The Con Game · June 13 – 17: Poetry and Performance · June 20 – 24: Extra! Extra! Write All About It! · June 27 – July 1: Write On: The Essentials · July 11 – 15: Mystery in the City: Haunts and Habitats · June 18 – 22: Sci-Fi and Fantasy · July 25 – 29: Fanfiction · August 1 – 5: Write On: The Essentials Margaret Mitchell House writing camps provide an opportunity for 9-14 year olds to discover the power and excitement of writing while honing their skills in a fun, interactive environment.  With 10-15 participants per camp, each young author receives individual attention while learning how to create meaningful prose through a variety of techniques, like stream-of-consciousness writing, games, journaling, free verse poetry, and other forms.  For more information, please visit MargaretMitchellHouse.com/SummerCamp. Members-Only Event: Rosie the Riveters Saturday, June 11, 2016 Time: TBA Join us for a very special opportunity to participate in a panel discussion with real Rosie the Riveters! Members have the chance to ask questions, interact, and learn about the jobs that these women took on to ensure an Allied victory in World War II. Come hear their stories and create your own moment in history with this rare chance to meet, and thank, the women who provided an incredible service to our country.  This program is free for Atlanta History Center members. Reservations are required. Please RSVP to Membership@AtlantaHistoryCenter.com or call 404.814.4101. Juneteenth Saturday, June 18, 201611:00 am – 4:00 pm This two-day family program focuses on the appreciation and commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. Guests explore the themes of freedom and family history through activities, immersive museum theatre performances and crafts. Free. For more information or to purchase admission tickets, please visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Family (http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/Family). Support:Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts Council. Juneteenth Sunday, June 19, 2016 Noon – 4:00 pm This two-day family program focuses on the appreciation and commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. Guests explore the themes of freedom and family history through activities, immersive museum theatre performances and crafts. Free. For more information or to purchase admission tickets, please visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Family (http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/Family).  Support: Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts Council. Georgia Perennial Plant Association garden lecture series Susan Varlamoff, Director of the Office of Environmental Sciences; University of Georgia: Sustainable Gardening for the Southeast Tuesday, June 21, 2016 7:00 pm Location: Atlanta History Center Susan Varlamoff promotes the environmental research, teaching, and extension programs for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences while facilitating collaboration with various entities to address pressing environmental issues. Sustainable Gardening for the Southeast is a vividly illustrated guide that offers simple techniques to help conserve water, reduce pollutants, and mitigate climate change while increasing biodiversity and attracting pollinators, and wildlife. Gardeners will be inspired and empowered to protect and enhance the local ecology as they cultivate a resilient landscape featuring native plants, colorful flowers and trees, and even organically grown fruits and vegetables. And for those who cherish their emerald lawns, she provides tips for keeping it green and environmentally sound. Free, reservations are not required. Event starts at 7:00 pm with sign-in, light refreshments and a chance to mingle with fellow garden enthusiasts. Members often pass on gardening magazines and catalogs in an open swap. Lectures begin at 7:30 pm. GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER: Founded in 1926, the Atlanta History Center is an all-inclusive, thirty-three-acre destination featuring the Atlanta History Museum, one of the nation’s largest history museums; two historic houses, the 1928 Swan House and the 1860 Smith Family Farm; the Centennial Olympic Games Museum; the Kenan Research Center; the Grand Overlook event space; Chick-Fil-A at the Coca-Cola Café, a museum shop, and the 22 acre Goizueta Gardens with paths and the kid-friendly Connor Brown Discovery Trail.  In addition, the History Center operates the Margaret Mitchell House located in Midtown Atlanta. For information on Atlanta History Center offerings, hours of operation and admission call 404.814.4000 or visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com (http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/). ADMISSION/HOURS: The all-inclusive general admission allows access to the Atlanta History Center, including the Atlanta History Museum, the Centennial Olympic Games Museum at the Atlanta History Center, the 1860s Smith Family Farm, the 1928 Swan House, and the Goizueta Gardens.  Atlanta History Center admission including sales tax is $16.50 for adults, $13.00 for students 13+ and seniors 65+, $11.00 for youth 4 -12, and FREE for children 3 and under and Atlanta History Center members. The Atlanta History Center is open Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 5:30 pm and Sunday, Noon – 5:30 pm (ticket sales stop at 4:30 pm daily). For more information, please visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com (http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/). Special events facilities at the Kenan Research Center include the Woodruff Auditorium, a theater-style auditorium seating 400, and the Draper Members Room, perfect for a 120-person seated dinner. The Atlanta History Center is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, the Atlanta History Center is open Noon – 5:30 pm on Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day.  The Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center is open Wednesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm. The Research Center is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center (Atlanta History Center, McElreath Hall) Wednesday – Saturday; 10:00 am – 5:00 pm The Kenan Research Center’s archives and special libraries collections comprise the research component of the Atlanta History Center’s study, exhibition, education, and public program activities. Housed in McElreath Hall on the Atlanta History Center’s Buckhead campus, the holdings contain resources for the study of Atlanta and Southern regional history and culture, including 34,000 volumes and 15,000 cubic feet of historic photographs, prints, maps and architectural drawings, business records, private papers, and documents, as well as 7,700 microfilm rolls of newspapers, Atlanta city directories and census records.  Admission to the Kenan Research Center is free to the public, attracting such researchers as genealogists, educators, scholars, historic preservationists, print and broadcast media, popular and academic authors and students from grade school to postgraduate studies. The Research Center staff answers more than 13,000 reference requests a year, assisting private individuals, nonprofit institutions and commercial firms.  Through the research facilities, individuals and media can purchase copies of historic photographs, prints, maps, and other archival images. Terminus, the Research Center public access catalog, can be accessed online at AtlantaHistoryCenter.com (http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/). Researchers can quickly find information due to the expanded space and division of rooms devoted to special interests including: Decorative Arts: The Philip T. Shutze and Harvey M. Smith collections of design and decorative arts resources. Genealogy: The genealogy and family history collections contain resources for tracing family history throughout Georgia and the South. Military History: The Beverly M. DuBose Jr. and Thomas S. Dickey resources on the Civil War and military ordnance. Southern Gardens: The Cherokee Garden Library composed of publications and rare books on gardening, botany, landscape design and agriculture. GROUP TOURS: Specialized guided tours and self-guided tours are available for groups of 20 or more adults or ten or more children. Enjoy special great picnic areas, on-campus dining from Chic-fil-A, bus accommodations and free parking. To schedule a group or school group tour, or for more information about school groups, please call 404.814.4062 or visit online at AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/GroupTours (http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/visit/tours/group-tours).

Homeowners can secure their premises from their phone with SecuPlace from Electronics Line

Electronics Line, the leading provider of next generation security solutions for the residential and small commercial markets, has announced the availability of SecuPlace – an innovative app controlled wireless home alarm system. SecuPlace can be installed quickly, easily and efficiently, making it ideal for electrical contractors that are looking to diversify into the burgeoning home security sector. Electrical contractors can benefit from this exciting revenue generating opportunity, as they can upsell the installation of a SecuPlace system while carrying out their traditional range of services. Taking around an hour to install, Electronics Line estimates that this offers potential earnings of up to £200 per hour. Also, in order to avoid time consuming and often unnecessary call outs, contractors can connect remotely to clients using free service software. Available in kit format, SecuPlace has a streamlined, space saving design and a professional, highly reliable operating system. It comes with a range of pre-programmed accessories that are simple to install and exceptionally user friendly, allowing homeowners to use it to secure their premises from their smartphone, wherever they are in the world. Putting the user in control on a 24/7 basis, push alerts can be sent on alarm activation. It also allows them to arm/disarm the system remotely, get email, SMS, and/or voice notifications, and view and store a history of events. This all happens in seconds, ensuring complete control of a property at all times. SecuPlace supports a wide range of additional security and safety accessories including panic buttons that can be used to protect the elderly and vulnerable and home safety devices for smoke, flood and carbon monoxide detection. It is designed to be pet friendly and can be set while animals are in the home. Furthermore, reliability is built in as each kit contains a roaming SIM card, which defaults to the strongest network using EE, Vodafone, O2 and other networks. ‘SecuPlace is a powerful, convenient and user friendly alarm system which allows users to enjoy a complete sense of control, as well as offering valuable peace of mind,’ commented Anna Royds, Head of Marketing UK&I at Electronics Line. ‘Furthermore, in light of the rapid growth in home security and smart homes, electrical contractors now have an opportunity to take advantage of this revenue stream by promoting the advantages of this multi-dimensional solution to their customers.’  For further information please contact Anna Royds on +44 (0) 161 655 5516 or anna.royds@riscogroup.co.uk

O-I presents lighter glass standards for independent brewers at SIBA Beer X

O-I is showing its support for independent brewers through the development of new standard glass bottles, several of which will be on display at SIBA Beer X (http://beerx.org/) (Sheffield 16-19 March 2016). Having redeveloped its Harlow plant as a sustainable glass powerhouse for the beer industry, O-I has turned its attention to creating the range of products which will support independent brewers as they capitalise on the continued growth in bottled beers. The new standards on display are: Two new shapes: · A 330ml champagne style beer bottle which takes a standard 26mm crown. This stablemate to O-I’s 500ml and 750ml champagne style bottles offers the perfect pack for premium craft light beers. The bottle is available in amber glass at a weight of just 200g. · A high shouldered 330ml bottle with long, straight sides to extend the range. This 214mm high bottle weighs 215g. A reduced weight version of the popular long-necked beer standard, item 1049. The revision reduces glass weight from 218g to 200g without any change to the key external dimensions of the container (height, diameter, label panel). A lighter version of O-I’s 500ml standard (item 5091), reducing its weight from 300g to 280g and matching industry leaders, such as Adnams. The O-I stand also highlights its unique black glass beer bottles, available to brewers throughout Europe, even in low quantities. Paul McLavin, O-I UK’s Marketing and Business Development Manager, said, “As bottled beer continues to grow at around 10% a year in the UK, and the marketplace gets more crowded, O-I continues to help customers large and small make their brands stand out. The new standards and black glass are all about creating fresh opportunities for brand differentiation.” For more information on O-I’s offering for UK brewers, contact Graham Caldwell on 01259 218822 ext 4220 or visit www.glass-catalog.com. ENDS

Lintbells says a pet needn’t be a show dog to be a Crufts winner

The Lintbells brand is going from strength to strength and now the team are off to Crufts with the aim of giving pets a healthy makeover. While many will go to the event to gaze upon doggy perfection, Lintbells is reminding pet owners that Crufts also represents a great opportunity to improve the health of their pet.  Lintbells’ veterinary advisers will be on hand at the event to give help and advice and the company says that it is aiming to ensure that even those dogs that have stayed at home can be winners. Living with a pet every day sometimes means becoming blind to small changes in their behaviour or appearance. At Lintbells dedicated Mobility Corner there’s an opportunity for pet owners to discuss concerns and receive a recommendation to improve and maintain the health of the pet. The Lintbells team will be using the show as a great opportunity to help pet owners understand how supplements can be used to enhance pet health, especially mobility. There will be lots of educational material to take away, creating demand from future consumers. Around one in five dogs are experiencing mobility problems at any one time. Pet owners are increasingly turning to supplements to support their pet’s mobility and many choose Lintbells’ YUMOVE, which is now the fastest growing joint supplement for dogs (http://www.lintbells.com/products/yumove)* and cats in the UK. James Howie, Lintbells’ Veterinary Director explains how the company can help, “Dogs that haven’t qualified to be there can’t come along to Crufts but we’ll be asking pet owners to reflect on their pet’s mobility and by asking the right questions we should be able to identify whether that mobility, and therefore healthy, active life, can be improved. It’s important the pets that need veterinary attention are sent to their practice to follow up any concerns and those that could benefit from supplements will receive a custom recommendation and stockist information.” James says that Crufts is much more than an event just for elite show dogs, “Like most vets, there’s nothing better than a healthy, happy pet in my eyes and that’s what we can help make happen at Crufts this year. A loved family pet that’s full of vitality will always be a winner to me.” There’s no need to book an appointment, vets or retailers can just pop over to the stand in Hall 2 to discuss how Lintbells can benefit their practice or store. * VetTrak Sales Data, MAT Values (December 2015)

Double decker pizza perfection

Freshly produced pizzas are extremely popular and are one of the catering industries must-offer money spinners. Stone-baked electric pizza ovens allow caterers to produce pizzas with the aroma and taste closest to a traditional pizzeria. To keep up with the popularity of freshly produced pizzas, FEM has launched the new Sirman Double Deck Vesuvio 2C electric pizza ovens. The ovens feature a stone baking deck for that traditional pizza texture and robust stainless steel construction making the ovens durable and hardwearing. The double decks make the Vesuvio 2C ideal for sites specialising in pizzas. Available in three sizes, the Sirman Double Deck Vesuvio 2C Pizza Ovens make light-work of producing perfect pizzas. The smallest, Vesuvio 2C 85X70 measures just 1190mm (w) x 905mm (d) x 720mm (h) and can cook up to eight 14 inch pizzas at a time. For venues with an even higher demand, the largest Vesuvio, the 105X105, can cook eighteen 13 inch pizzas simultaneously. Two thermostats per deck, one for each baking deck and one for each chamber, and an air vent with a shutter allow operators to precisely adapt the temperatures and climate within each chamber – creating the optimum conditions for the desired base texture and topping colour. The doors have a double glass window and the chambers feature interior lighting, so that the chefs can quickly see how the pizzas are cooking without opening the doors and losing heat. The Vesuvio Double Deck pizza ovens have a starting list price of £4,140 + VAT, for the Vesuvio 2C 85X70 model. Optional ventilation hood and stands with pizza tray holders are also available from FEM, as well as a range of pizza accessories. Alongside the Vesuvio 2C pizza ovens, Sirman also offer a range of dough mixers and pizza dough rollers. For more information and details of local stockists call FEM on +44 (0) 1355 244111, email sales@fem.co.uk or visit www.fem.co.uk Copy ends ---------------------------------------------------------------------- New Sirman Vesuvio double deck pizza ovens.docx – Feb-16 Press Enquiries: Alison Haynes at The Publicity Works: 01263 761000; Email: fem@publicityworks.biz For more news about FEM visit the press office (http://www.publicityworks.biz/category/press-office/foodservice-equipment-marketing/) at www.publicityworks.biz Mark Hogan, Marketing and Sales Manager, Foodservice Equipment Marketing Ltd, +44 (0) 1355 244111 More information on FEM from www.fem.co.uk Separation/Inclusion charges: By email only to toni@publicityworks.biz Foodservice Equipment Marketing Ltd Foodservice Equipment Marketing Ltd (FEM) is based in East Kilbride near Glasgow, Scotland. Since 1993 the company has represented leading foodservice equipment manufacturers in the UK and Irish markets. Over the years FEM has established partnership agreements with many of the industry's top brands in both smallwares and equipment, including Vollrath, Manitowoc Ice, Cambro, Sirman, Prince Castle, San Jamar and Hamilton Beach Commercial. In 2011, FEM became UK master-distributor of the Alto-Shaam range. Email Subject line: FEM’s new Sirman Vesuvio double deck pizza ovens – double-deliver on performance, taste and reliability

Northwell Health Welcomes Staten Island Medical Group

STATEN ISLAND, NY – University Physicians Group (UPG), Staten Island’s largest group of physicians practicing in internal medicine and related specialties, is joining Northwell Health, formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System, effective August 1. Northwell Health President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Dowling and Theodore Strange, MD, UPG’s executive vice president and co-founder, signed an agreement that officially integrates UPG into the health system’s medical group practice, called Northwell Health Physician Partners. “This is a win-win for our patients and physicians,” said Dr. Strange. Patients cared for by UPG’s nearly 50 physicians at 25 office locations in Staten Island and Brooklyn will have access to Northwell’s vast resources, which extend from eastern Long Island to Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and Westchester County. The health system includes 21 hospitals and about 450 outpatient physician practices and other ambulatory locations throughout the metropolitan area. “For our physician practices, being part of Northwell represents a new era of providing quality care in the most cost-effective way by being a fully integrated practice within Northwell Health Physician Partners,” Dr. Strange said. With more than 2,500 members, Northwell Health Physician Partners is the seventh-largest physician group practice in the country. UPG was founded by Dr. Strange and Vincent Calamia, MD. Originally part of Staten Island University Hospital, UPG spun off as an independent PC in 2002. Several of UPG physician members will continue to act in clinical leadership roles at SIUH. Besides Dr. Strange, UPG officers include Jeffrey Hyman, MD, medical director; Albert Esposito, associate executive director; and John Szeluga, finance officer. “UPG joining us is a dynamic part of our role in the new paradigm of health care,” said Mr. Dowling. “At Northwell, we’re broadening access to quality healthcare care across all of the communities we serve throughout the metropolitan area as part of an effort to promote health and wellness, prevent disease and keep people out of the hospital.” About Northwell HealthNorthwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System) is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer. With 21 hospitals and nearly 450 outpatient practices, we serve 8 million people in the metro New York area and beyond. Our 61,000 employees work to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our services in more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu.

Partners Group acquires Profi Fastigheter portfolio

The acquired portfolio consists of 10 properties in the greater Stockholm area with a total lettable area of 100 000 sqm. Partners Group has appointed Profi Fastigheter as the Investment adviser and Asset manager. The decision behind the portfolio transaction was taken as there is still a lot of long term value creation potential in the remaining assets. The strategy is to pursue several value add and development projects going forward requiring additional investment and time. Thomas Sipos, CEO, Profi Fastigheter: ”We are proud to secure good returns for Profi II investors and pleased to continue to execute on our business plan for the portfolio and develop the properties together with Partners Group.” Fabian Neuenschwander, Senior Vice President, Partners Group: “We are very pleased to close our first acquisition focused entirely on Stockholm and look forward to further developing the properties together with Profi Fastigheter. We have made several acquisitions in the Nordic region in the past two years and believe the strength of the property markets here will continue.” Senior financing was provided by Swedbank. Profi Fastigheter was advised by Newsec Captial Markets and Glimstedt law firm. Partners Group was advised by EY, Leimdörfer and Wistrand. For further infomation: Thomas Sipos, CEO                                  phone +46 709 806 606                              e-mail: thomas.sipos@profi.se

Awareness is the Best Way to Avoid Infection during Pregnancy

Mothers-to-be, especially first-timers, have many questions. Am I getting enough folic acid? Is drinking coffee OK? Should I get a flu shot? How much weight gain is normal? What is my risk for preeclampsia? Because February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month (http://www.groupbstrepinternational.org/downloadable-prenatal-infection-prevention-materials/), Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) wants women to be aware of both common and not-so-common prenatal infections, as well as actions that can prevent them. We will share information throughout the month about different infections. We all know easy-to-treat vaginal yeast infections are quite common (affecting about 75 percent of women) and usually not cause for worry. However, if you are pregnant, it is important that your doctor evaluate you for vaginal infections unrelated to common yeast imbalances. Perinatal infections can be serious because the mother can transmit the infection to the baby through the placenta, by exposure to harmful bacteria during vaginal birth, and in many cases via breastfeeding. One infection to be aware of is Bacterial Vaginosis, an unhealthy imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the vagina. This is rarely serious and commonly treated with antibiotics. Left undiagnosed and untreated, at worst, it can cause complications such as low birthweight and pelvic inflammatory disease. A prenatal infection of greater concern, however, is Group B Streptococcus, or GBS. Approximately 1 in 4 women carries the GBS bacteria. Serious complications of GBS include sepsis (blood infection), pneumonia, or meningitis in the newborn. Statistically, up to 25% of expectant mothers have GBS, usually in their urine. GBS infection can cause premature birth. There is no vaccine for GBS. However, if detected early, intravenous antibiotics given during labor can prevent transmission to the baby. As always, customary disease-prevention measures are recommended during pregnancy: · Early and regular prenatal care · Recommended immunizations · Consistent, conscientious hand-washing · Avoidance of symptomatic people For more information on all common prenatal infections, visit www.cdc.gov/features/prenatalinfections/.