SUMMER SCREEN PRINTS - Film Poster Exhibition hosted by SOMERSET HOUSE & PRINT CLUB LONDON as part of the Film4 Summer Screen

31 July – 25 August 2014 Open daily 10.00 – 18.00 Additionally from 18.30 for Film4 Summer Screen ticket holders Free admission West Wing Galleries, Somerset House Back for a second year, Print Club London and Somerset House will be curating a series of screen printed film posters for the 10th anniversary season of Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House. A series of contemporary, limited edition screen prints, inspired by the films shown in the season, will be exhibited in the West Wing Galleries at Somerset House, running from 31 July – 25 August. Open daily as well as during each evening’s film event, this will be a unique opportunity to discover some of the UK’s brightest artistic talent and purchase a screen print. Each exhibiting artist will reimagine a poster for one of the films in this season’s line- up, taking particular scenes, quotes or characters from their selected title as inspiration. The 16 artists on display include Rose Blake, Concepción Studios, Cassandra Yap, Hattie Stewart, Kate Moross, Steve Wilson, Kate Gibb and HelloVon. Each poster will be limited edition and exclusively available to buy for £45 at Somerset House as well as online at Print Club London. To celebrate Film4 Summer Screen’s 10th anniversary the public was given the opportunity to vote for their favourite film from a selection of the last 10 years. ET was chosen as the winner and celebrated artist Rose Blake was asked to illustrate this classic for the anniversary poster. Blake says: “I was given the film that was chosen in the public vote, and was so happy when I found out that E.T had been picked. I re-watched the film, and decided to focus on the scene where E.T leaves to go home. I suppose in my print you are watching the scene from the viewpoint of Elliot’s mother in the film. My print is about saying goodbye to people - I felt the phrase ‘I’ll be right here’ was a really poignant way of doing so.” Further Contributing Artists and Film Posters Claudia Borfiga – Sense and Sensibility Lucille Clerc – The Great Beauty Concepción Studios – The Royal Tenenbaums Kate Gibb – Annie Hall HelloVon – Big Trouble in Little China MOL – The 400 Blows Kate Moross – Hairspray Mat Pringle – Rosemary’s Baby Rose Stallard – Mad Max 2 Hattie Stewart – Spring Breakers Holly Wales – Two Days, One Night Casper Williamson – Ghostbusters Joe Wilson – A Fistful of Dollars Steve Wilson – What We Do in the Shadows Cassandra Yap – Gentlemen prefer Blondes Film4 Summer Screen Celebrating 10 years of cinema under the stars, Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House is back for a bumper birthday season from 7 – 20 August. For 14 nights, classic, cult, contemporary and never-seen-before films will feature on London’s largest screen with full surround sound in the spectacular neoclassical setting of Somerset House. As the sun sets, live DJs will spin a soundtrack inspired by the upcoming film and cinema-goers can chill out in the courtyard with picnics and drinks. Selected screenings will also be specially introduced by the film’s stars and directors. With an array of anniversary events in addition, Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House is one of the UK’s favourite summer cinema experiences. Notes to Editors Print Club London Founded in Dalston in 2007, Print Club London is a contemporary screen printing studio dedicated to nurturing creative talent and the craft of screen printing. The brainchild of Rose Stallard, Fred and Kate Higginson, central to the values of Print Club London is to produce high-quality, handmade, limited-edition prints at an affordable price. Representing a diverse selection of contemporary and upcoming artists, influences and styles range from street art to graphic design and illustration. Print Club offers a dynamic exhibition space, a print studio as well as an ever- evolving online gallery. It showcases the work of over 300 artists and also houses a fully equipped print studio offering workshops in the art of screen printing. It is the founder and organizer of one of UK’s largest annual poster shows, Blisters, which showcases affordable screen prints to a wider demographic, enabling attendees to invest in original artworks at an affordable price. Alongside printing, curating and dealing screen prints, Print Club London is regularly commissioned on bespoke projects, ranging from live printing events for the likes of Puma, Twitter and Tate, to creating bespoke bags for Stella McCartney and producing edible screen prints for Saatchi X. For more information visit Somerset House Somerset House is a spectacular neo-classical building in the heart of London, sitting between the Strand and the River Thames. Since opening to the public in 2000, Somerset House has produced a distinctive public programme that annually draws over 2.5 million visitors to the site, providing a stimulating environment for exploration and relaxation. The varied, year-round programme includes an open air film and concert season and ice rink, as well as temporary exhibitions focusing on contemporary fashion, design, art and architecture, family workshops and free guided tours. In September 2009, Somerset House became the new home of London Fashion Week. For more info visit Screen Printing Screen printing is a traditional printing technique that first appeared in China during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and was popularized in the West by Andy Warhol and other Pop artists in the 1960s’. This hand-operated process uses a mesh-based stencil to apply ink onto any surface such as fabric, paper, stickers, vinyl or wood. The number of prints in an edition is usually limited, signed by hand by the artist and signified by a unique number - giving each print an air of exclusivity and originality. MEDIA RELATIONSFor all press enquiries regarding PRINT CLUB LONDON please contact Romain Casella at MAY Concepts: (0)20 7251 8447  Dates: 31 July – 25 August 2014 Opening Hours: 10.00 – 18.00 daily and from 18.30 for Film4 ticket holders Address: West Wing, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA Admission: Free Transport: Temple, Embankment Charing Cross, Waterloo Somerset House website: Print Club London Website: Somerset House Facebook: Print Club London􏰀 Somerset House Twitter: @SomersetHouse Print Club London Twitter:@PrintClubLondon Hashtag: #summerscreenprints Print Club London Instagram: @PrintClubLondon

University helps get Truck Festival on the road

Over fifty skilled staff and students will be spending five days on Hill Farm at Steventon, using the University’s cutting-edge equipment to set the stages and perform vital film and production jobs for the popular Oxfordshire festival that takes place from 18-19 July.Students from Solent’s media technology programme will be taking complete technical control of the Veterans and Virgins (V&V) Stage - carrying out all of the rigging, lighting and sound engineering.On the Main and Market stages, students will be helping to direct, film and record performances from bands including ‘The Cribbs’,  ‘White Lies’ and ‘Stornoway’.A regular feature on the festival circuit, the University’s state-of-the art Outside Broadcast (OB) Vehicle will service the Main Stage; while students will build a second OB facility, from scratch, to service the Market Stage.The University’s student-run channel, Solent TV, will be making a documentary about Truck 2014, as well as Southampton Solent’s involvement at the festival. Students will also have the opportunity meet up with Solent graduates who are now working in the industry, including Rob Nisbet and his events company Event Production Services, who will be providing equipment for the V&V Stage.Polly Long, Senior Lecturer in the media technology programme, says: "This is a great opportunity for students to gain hands-on, practical experience at a large-scale live event.  Ongoing support from Truck Festival enables our students to have so much direct involvement - working closely with colleagues from a range of courses as well as professionals in the events and entertainment industry."If you are interested in broadcasting live events across the globe, it’s not too late to apply for one of our specialist media technology courses.  Visit for more information.

New Atrust Thin Clients pack a punch says Actual Virtual

High-performance computing on a limited budget is now achievable with the latest virtual desktop experience from Atrust, says specialist UK distributor Actual Virtual ( The Hertfordshire-based distributor is offering the latest t68L and t68W thin clients from Atrust whose compact design, weighing less than 300g, is packed with Intel® Bay trail Quad Core and Dual Core processors. Atrust t68L is a Linux-based thin client which adopts the Intel® Bay Trail Quad Core 1.83GHz CPU and consumes a low level of power, bringing users a cost-effective, multimedia acceleration experience. Atrust t68W features Intel® Bay Trail Dual Core 1.46GHz CPU and Microsoft Windows® Embedded 8 Standard OS, enabling fluent graphics with smooth HD video playback and internet streaming in a virtualized environment. The t68L and t68W support numerous industry-recognised protocols, such as VMware® Horizon View™, Citrix® XenDesktop™, Citrix® XenApp™ and Microsoft® RDP™ with RemoteFX™, and provide a rich, efficient and local computing experience for remote users. Simon Greer, Actual Virtual MD, said: “These high performance, mid-range devices unlock some of the more advanced features of RDS and Citrix. They're very small but pack a punch with quad-core processors. “Atrust is aiming for performance-hungry, cost-conscious buyers and these new product additions will enable resellers to compete against some of the bigger players in the marketplace with additional features but at a lower cost.” Ends About Actual Virtual Actual Virtual is a thin client specialist with UK distribution agreements with LG, Atrust, NComputing and Userful.  Actual Virtual’s expert technical knowledge of desktop virtualisation enables resellers to identify applications and close high margin end user opportunities. About Atrust Established in 2007, Atrust is a creative, professional, and enthusiastic team that has rich experience in designing and producing Thin Client, Zero Client, Server and Management Software. The objectives of Atrust are to provide customers with high quality, high efficiency and environmental friendly products as well as comprehensive solutions. Media contact:Paul Maguire Magnite PR ( T: 01438 791029 or M: 07947 799651 Simon Greer Actual Virtual ( T: 01462 658500

Loomis AB to publish Interim Report on Thursday July 31, 2014

8.00 a.m. (CEST) - Report releaseThe report will be sent as a press release from Cision ( and will automatically be published on when released. 8:30 a.m. (CEST) - Presentation slides availableFor presentation slides, follow the link ( 9.30 a.m. (CEST) - The information meeting startsLoomis President and CEO Jarl Dahlfors to present the report and answer questions. Venue: Sveavägen 20, 2nd floor, Stockholm, Sweden. No pre-registration. To follow the information meeting via telephone (and participate in Q&A session) please register via the link: and follow instructions, or call +44 (0)207 1620 177, +1 334 323 62 03 or +46 8 505 201 14. To follow the web cast of the information meeting, please follow this link ( The link is also available at our website, ( Recorded versionsA recorded version of the web cast will be available at ( after the information meeting and a telephone-recorded version of the information meeting will be available until midnight on August 14th on: +44 (0) 20 7031 4064, +1 954 334 0342 and +46 8 505 203 33, access code: 946689. Subscribe to press releases and financial informationTo receive press releases and financial reports from Loomis, please follow the link ( and follow the instructions. 23.7.2014                                               

Half-year report January-June 2014

Second quarter of 2014 – Another strong quarter · Sales rose 4 per cent to 2,145 MSEK (2,060). · Operating profit increased 15 per cent to 360 MSEK (312). · Operating margin improved to 16.8 per cent (15.1). · Profit after tax rose 13 per cent to 258 MSEK (228). · Earnings per share increased 13 per cent to 7.50 SEK (6.62). · Operating cash flow increased to 412 MSEK (385). · An agreement was signed July 11 to acquire the business of Kardoes Rubber Co., a well-known Rubber Compounder in the US market. First half of 2014 – Volume increases in all regions · Sales rose 5 per cent to 4,276 MSEK (4,074). · Operating profit increased 19 per cent to 724 MSEK (610). · Operating  margin improved to 16.9 per cent (15.0). · Profit  after tax rose 17 per cent to 520 MSEK (444). · Earnings per share increased 17 per cent to 15.11 SEK (12.90). · Operating cash flow rose to 699 MSEK (625). President’s comments “Also the second quarter of 2014 was a strong quarter for the HEXPOL Group. Our volume development was positive and volumes improved in all geographic regions compared with the year-earlier period. Gratifying is that volumes in Europe continued to recover. Sales increased by 4 per cent, despite a negative impact from lower prices for our principal raw materials which, however, has stabilised during the last three quarters. Our earnings per share improved to 7.50 SEK (6.62), up 13 per cent. The operating margin improved to 16.8 per cent (15.1) and our operating profit rose 15 per cent to 360 MSEK (312). Operating cash flow was once again strong, increasing to 412 MSEK (385). The first half of 2014 was a period with volume increases in all geographic regions and with strong earnings development. Our earnings per share rose 17 per cent to 15.11 SEK (12.90). Return on capital employed increased to 30.7 per cent (25.3). Our balance sheet is strong and, with a net debt of 175 MSEK (985), we are well equipped for continued expansion. An agreement was signed July 11 to acquire the business of Kardoes Rubber in Alabama, US. The acquisition is a very good complement to HEXPOL Compounding in the US and broadens and strengthens our presence with Rubber Compounds into end user markets like industrial materials handling, agriculture equipment and off the road tires. “ Georg Brunstam, President and CEO


· Q2 2014 Net Income increased 26% from Q1 2014 and increased 24% over Q2 2013 · Q2 2014 Return on Equity was 10.0%, up from Q1 2014 ROE of 8.4% · First-half 2014 Net Income was up 19.2% over same period last year · Loans grew 16% from March 31, 2014 and 44% from June 30, 2013 Customers Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: CUBI), the parent company of Customers Bank (collectively “Customers”), reported earnings of $10.2 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 (“Q2 2014”) compared to earnings of $8.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, an increase of 25.8%, and earnings of $8.2 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 (“Q2 2013”), an increase of 24.4%.  Q2 2014 fully diluted earnings per share was $0.37, compared to $0.29 in Q1 2014 and $0.34 in Q2 2013.  Average fully diluted shares for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 were 28 million compared to average fully diluted shares for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 of 24 million.  Customers also  reported earnings of $18.4 million year-to-date through June 30, 2014  compared to earnings of $15.4 million in the first six months of 2013, an increase of 19.2%. Commenting on this strong earnings growth, Jay Sidhu, Chairman and CEO of Customers stated, “We are very pleased with progress to date and are very confident about meeting or exceeding the earnings guidance we have provided for 2014 and 2015.  We are also very clear about our goals of achieving about a 1.0% return on assets and a 12.0% return on equity within two to three years, and believe we are on track to achieve these objectives.” Customers’ increase in earnings has resulted principally from its increase in loans and fees, offset in part by higher operating expenses to support the growth.  During Q2 2014 Customers loan balances (including mortgage warehouse loans held for sale) grew $651 million to $4.7 billion, an increase of 16.1% in the quarter and up 44.3% over June 30, 2013.  Commercial and Industrial loans (including owner occupied CRE) were $1.4 billion at June 30, 2014, up $157 million from March 31, 2014 (13.0%), and up $500 million from June 30, 2013 (57%).  Mortgage warehouse loans were $1.1 billion at June 30, 2014 compared to $1.4 billion at June 30, 2013.  Multi-family loans showed the largest growth, up by $246 million from March 31, 2014 and up $1.1 billion from June 30, 2013.  Consumer and Mortgage loans decreased by $127 million during Q2 2014. Other financial highlights for Q2 2014 included: · Net interest income was $36.9 million Q2 2014 compared to net interest income of $29.8 million reported for Q1 2014, an increase of $7.1 million (24.0%), and $26.1 million for Q2 2013, an increase of $10.8 million (41.4%). · Net interest margin improved by 3 basis points quarter over quarter. · Total revenues (net interest income plus non-interest income) before provisions for loan losses (“provision”) totaled $43.8 million in Q2 2014 compared to total revenues of $37.1 million in Q1 2014 (up 18.2%) and $31.7 million in Q2 2013 (up 38.4%). · Provision expense for Q2 2014 was $2.9 million, principally the result of Q2 2014 loans held for investment growth of $288 million as asset quality continued to improve.  This compares with a provision for loan loss expense of $4.4 million in Q1 2014 and $2.1 million in Q2 2013. · Q2 2014 non-interest expense of $25.2 million increased $4.0 million from Q1 2014 non-interest expense of $21.2 million, and increased $8.3 million compared to Q2 2013 non-interest expense of $16.9 million. · Q2 2014 pre-tax pre-provision income of $18.6 million was up $2.7 million from Q1 2014 (up 17.0%), and up $3.9 million from Q2 2013 (up 26.2%).  The pre-tax pre-provision ROA remained relatively stable at approximately 1.4% of average assets. · Non-performing loans not covered by FDIC loss share agreements were $12.7 million at June 30, 2014, a decrease of $0.8 million (6.1%) from the December 31, 2013 non-performing non-covered amount of $13.5 million.  Non-performing non-covered loans were 0.27% of total non-covered loans as of June 30, 2014. · Total reserves for loan losses were 184% of non-performing loans, up from 165% at March 31, 2014. · Total assets at June 30, 2014 were $5.6 billion, up $1.8 billion (48.6%) from the June 30, 2013 balance of $3.8 billion. · Loans receivable not covered by FDIC loss share (excludes loans held for sale) were $3.6 billion at June 30, 2014, an increase of $1.8 billion (104.7%) from the June 30, 2013 balance of $1.8 billion. · Loans held for sale (principally mortgage warehouse loans) were $1.1 billion at June 30, 2014, down $354 million (-25.0%) from the June 30, 2013 balance of $1.4 billion. · Total deposits as of June 30, 2014 were $3.7 billion, an increase of $915 million (33.0%) from June 30, 2013. · Customers issued $110 million in subordinated debt during Q2 2014 which increased the Tier 2 capital and total capital levels and ratios for the bank and the consolidated holding company.  Capital ratios[1] (http://#_ftn1) continued to comfortably exceed the “well capitalized” levels established in banking regulation, but the Tier 1 ratios declined during the quarter due to the increase in loans outstanding as Customers’ loan growth used a portion of its excess capital.  June 30, 2014 estimated Tier 1 Leverage for Customers Bancorp was 7.8%, and Total Risk-Based Capital was 12.8%. · On May 15, 2014 Customers declared a 10% stock dividend.  The stock dividend was issued June 30, 2014.  Common stock, additional paid in capital and retained earnings amounts have been adjusted as of June 30, 2014 to reflect the stock dividend.  All share amounts have been adjusted to give effect to the stock dividend, including all share amounts in all prior periods. “In Q2 2014 we continued our efforts to increase earning assets and grow deposits to more fully utilize the capital raised during 2013 and increase our profitability.  The subordinated debt offering completed in the second quarter further unlocked the excess capital of the franchise,” stated Robert Wahlman, Chief Financial Officer of Customers Bancorp, Inc.  “The 25.8% increase in sequential quarter earnings reveals the growing earnings power of Customers and the success of the strategies we have adopted.  We are looking forward to the remainder of this year as the Bank continues to execute on its strategies for strong earnings growth.” Net Income, Earnings Per Share and Tangible Book Value Q2 2014 net income of $10.2 million was up $2.0 million, or 24.4%, from Q2 2013.  Q2 2014 diluted earnings per share is $0.37 with 28.0 million diluted shares, compared to Q2 2013 earnings of $8.2 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.34 with 24.0 million diluted shares.  Customers’ tangible book value per share increased to $15.34 as of June 30, 2014 compared to $13.86 as of June 30, 2013, an increase of 10.7%.  The increase in net income in Q2 2014 compared to Q2 2013 is primarily due to increased net interest income, fueled by strong loan growth, while maintaining strong asset quality and growing deposits.  The increased tangible book value reflects Customers’ strategic commitment to consistently maintain and grow tangible book value per share through growth in earnings with the expectation that it will eventually result in superior shareholder value creation. Net Interest Margin The net interest margin increased 3 basis points to 2.96% in Q2 2014 compared to Q1 2014, and decreased 29 basis points from Q2 2013. The Q2 2014 net interest margin has decreased relative to Q2 2013 due to the run-off of maturing higher yielding loans, and the addition of lower yielding loans as we grew the loan portfolio by $1.8 billion since Q2 2013 in a low interest rate environment. In addition, the Bank has decided to lengthen maturities of its deposits and borrowings to help protect earnings in the event of higher interest rates in the future. Non-Interest Income Q2 2014 non-interest income of $6.9 million was down $0.4 million compared to $7.3 million in Q1 2014, and up $1.4 million compared to $5.6 million in Q2 2013.  The $1.4 million increase in Q2 2014 non-interest income compared to Q2 2013 non-interest income resulted primarily from the increase in mortgage loan and banking income and the growth of other fees offsetting the decline in mortgage warehouse transaction fees.  The Q2 2014 non-interest income decrease compared to Q1 2014 resulted from lower gains on sales of investment securities (down $2.5 million) offset in part by increased mortgage loan and banking income (up $1.1 million), gains on sale of Small Business Administration (“SBA”) loans (up $0.6 million), and increased mortgage warehouse transactional fees (up $0.5 million). Non-Interest Expense Operating expenses in Q2 2014 of $25.2 million increased $4.0 million compared to Q1 2014 operating expenses of $21.2 million, and were up $8.3 million from Q2 2013.  Q2 2014 operating expenses supported greater business activities as Customers grew its loan portfolio significantly during Q2 2014 and Q1 2014 and the Company continued to invest in its commercial and industrial lending teams while rightsizing its mortgage banking business.  These investments have resulted in a larger organization and increased personnel, occupancy, technology, and other operating costs.  In addition, Customers has experienced a significant increase in regulatory related expenses over the past year that are not expected to continue in 2015. Provision for Loan Losses and Asset Quality The Q2 2014 provision for loan losses was $2.9 million, compared to Q2 2013 provision of $2.1 million[2] (http://#_ftn2).  The Q2 2014 provision is primarily the result of the nearly $288 million growth in loans held for investment during the quarter. Customers separates its loan portfolio into “covered” and “non-covered” loans for purposes of analyzing and managing asset quality.  Covered loans are those loans that are covered by FDIC purchase and assumption, or loss sharing, agreements, and for which Customers is reimbursed 80% of allowable incurred losses.  Covered loans totaled $54.5 million at June 30, 2014, $66.7 million at December 31, 2013, and $91.6 million as of June 30, 2013.  Non-accrual covered loans totaled $4.4 million at June 30, 2014, $5.6 million at December 31, 2013 and $8.0 million at June 30, 2013.  Covered real estate owned totaled $6.2 million at June 30, 2014, $7.0 million at December 31, 2013 and $4.4 million as of June 30, 2013. Non-covered loans are all loans not covered by the FDIC agreements.  Non-covered loans includes loans accounted for as held for sale as well as loans accounted for as held for investment.  Non-covered loans totaled $4.7 billion as of June 30, 2014, $3.1 billion as of December 31, 2013, and $3.2 billion as of June 30, 2013.  Non-accrual non-covered loans totaled $12.7 million as of June 30, 2014 (0.27% of total non-covered loans), $13.5 million (0.43% of total non-covered loans) as of December 31, 2013 and $19.6 million (0.62% of total non-covered loans) as of June 30, 2013.  Non-covered loans 30 to 89 days delinquent at June 30, 2014 totaled $8.1 million, or 0.17% of non-covered loans. Conference Call Date:                                                      July 23, 2014 Time:                                                      10:00 am ET US Dial-in:                                    888-244-2460 International Dial-in:                  913-312-1477 Conference ID:                                    5135607 Webcast:                           Institutional Background Customers Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company located in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania engaged in banking and related businesses through its bank subsidiary, Customers Bank.  Customers Bank is a community-based, full-service bank with assets of approximately $5.6 billion.  A member of the Federal Reserve System and deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”), Customers Bank provides a range of banking services to small and medium-sized businesses, professionals, individuals and families through offices in Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.  Committed to fostering customer loyalty, Customers Bank uses a High Tech/High Touch strategy that includes use of industry-leading technology to provide customers better access to their money, as well as a continually expanding portfolio of loans to small businesses, multi-family projects, mortgage companies and consumers. Customers Bancorp, Inc. is listed on the NASDAQ stock market under the symbol CUBI.  Additional information about Customers Bancorp, Inc. can be found on the company’s website, “Safe Harbor” Statement In addition to historical information, this press release may contain “forward-looking statements” which are made in good faith by Customers Bancorp, Inc., pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements include statements with respect to Customers Bancorp, Inc.’s strategies, goals, beliefs, expectations, estimates, intentions, capital raising efforts, financial condition and results of operations, future performance and business. Statements preceded by, followed by, or that include the words “may,” “could,” “should,” “pro forma,” “looking forward,” “would,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” or similar expressions generally indicate a forward-looking statement. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that are subject to change based on various important factors (some of which, in whole or in part, are beyond Customers Bancorp, Inc.’s control). Numerous competitive, economic, regulatory, legal and technological factors, among others, could cause Customers Bancorp, Inc.’s financial performance to differ materially from the goals, plans, objectives, intentions and expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements. Customers Bancorp, Inc. cautions that the foregoing factors are not exclusive, and neither such factors nor any such forward-looking statement takes into account the impact of any future events. All forward-looking statements and information set forth herein are based on management's current beliefs and assumptions as of the date hereof and speak only as of the date they are made. For a more complete discussion of the assumptions, risks and uncertainties related to our business, you are encouraged to review Customers Bancorp, Inc.’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent annual report on Form 10-K and subsequently filed quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Customers Bancorp, Inc. does not undertake to update any forward looking statement whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by Customers Bancorp, Inc. or by or on behalf of Customers Bank. (Insert Excel Tables -- Tables will be provided upon verification call) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- [1] (http://#_ftnref) Tier 1 Leverage and Total Risk-Based Capital ratios as of June 30, 2014 are estimated. [2] (http://#_ftnref) Beginning in Q4 2013, the provision for loan losses is reported net of the amount of estimated credit losses on covered loans to be recovered from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) pursuant to specific purchase and assumption, or loss sharing, agreements.  Prior period amounts have been reclassified to be consistent with the Q4 2013 presentation.  Previously, changes in the amount recoverable from the FDIC had been reported as a separate amount in non-interest income.


Visitors from nearly 30 countries helped make this year’s Hebridean Celtic Festival one of its most successful and provided a massive economic boost to the islands. The award-winning event was held from 16-19 July in Stornoway with Big Country, Levellers and Donnie Munro headlining its biggest ever programme of 40 acts. A huge influx of music fans from overseas made up half the estimated 14,000-strong audience that attended shows in the main arena in the grounds of Lews Castle, An Lanntair arts centre in the town centre and other venues in rural areas. The figure is close to last year’s record-breaking attendance - which was the best in the event’s 19 year history - and almost 17 per cent up on 2012. Organisers are already planning next year’s landmark 20th event which will be held from 15-18 July 2015. HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan said: “This year’s festival was another resounding success and the feedback we have received from visitors and local people has been tremendous. “We are delighted with the audience numbers, bearing in mind the economy is still very difficult. Almost half – 49 per cent – come from outside the Hebrides to take in the festival and that is hugely positive for local businesses. “Festival-goers also travel throughout the islands so the effect is felt across a wide area. “It’s really encouraging that the festival still attracts such a large and loyal following and we are excited about next year’s event which will be extra special as we reach the 20 years milestone.” Music fans travelled by car, ferry and plane from throughout the UK and across Europe as well from the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, South America, China, Canada, the US, and Africa to attend HebCelt. Over 70 per cent were repeat visitors, demonstrating the loyal following it has amongst both local and visiting fans. Its popularity with fans of all ages was also shown by the broadly even split across six age groups – under 16s, 16-24 year-olds, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54 and over 55– at an average of 16.5 per cent each. Demand for accommodation this year led to an appeal being made three months ahead of the help house visitors. Alastair Lockett, VisitScotland’s visitor services team leader, Outer Hebrides, said: “Yet again, HebCelt proves to be a great incentive for visitors from all over the world to come to the Outer Hebrides, especially in the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014. “The weather was favourable, with campers enjoying warm sunshine for most of the festival and the friendly atmosphere attracted many families to the event and entertainment in the town centre. “We are also seeing many more festival-goers extending their stay and enjoying some of the great attractions the islands have to offer.” Emma Campbell-Macleod, owner of The Good Food Boutique in Stornoway’s Cromwell Street, was one of the businesses that benefited during HebCelt week. “We were very busy with both local people and visitors all week. I estimate that business was up about 20 per cent on the previous week and just over 10 per cent on last year.   “Everyone benefits from the festival, not just businesses. A lot of people said how busy the town was, with lots of tourists around. There was a real buzz about the place and it makes everyone feel more positive.” Kenny MacIver, a partner in Stornoway Taxi Service, said he drove people all over Lewis and as far away as the south of Harris: “We were extremely busy the whole week. Even when putting on extra cars to cope with demand we were still stretched. “Outside Christmas and New Year, HebCelt week is the busiest time of the year for us. The festival gives a real boost to the whole place and everyone gets something from it because it caters for all age groups.” The 19th HebCelt also featured performances by Cara Dillon, Rachel Sermanni, Duncan Chisholm, Cajun band Magnolia Sisters, from Louisiana, Larkin Poe, from Atlanta, and Canadian outfit Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys. NOTES TO EDITORS This year HebCelt was selected as one of the top 10 UK summer festivals for the fourth year in succession by influential publication Songlines. It was also hailed as one of the greenest festivals in the world after being the only Scottish event to receive an Outstanding award from environmental campaign group A Greener Festival. In addition, it was shortlisted in the Greener Festival category in the UK Festival Awards and in the Best Independent Festival category in the AIM Independent Music Awards. In 2011 it was ranked Best Large Festival at the industry-sponsored Scottish Event Awards and it won Best Event of the Year award at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards in 2004 and 2009. For more information contact John RossLucid PR01463 724593; 07730

Fraud prevention pioneer takes on role of Chairman of IRIS Analytics

Mr Hepp, for many years a prominent figure in the German banking industry, established IRIS Analytics GmbH in 2007. Mr Hepp and a hand-picked team of payment fraud experts challenged the then state-of-the-art approach to fraud prevention based on neural network technology, and developed IRIS, a solution which leverages the very latest thinking in in-memory data analysis and management. His first significant involvement in the German banking industry was to establish credit cards as a mass market product in Germany. During his tenure as Head of Banking Sales at GZS Gesellschaft fur Zahlungssysteme mbH, the niche product consisting of 230,000 cards issued in 1984 grew to 4 million in 1993, making MasterCard the dominant credit card in Germany. Mr Hepp has published several scientific papers on fraud prevention and risk control, and pioneered the practicul use of artificial intelligence techniques to fight payment fraud in real-time. He served on the MasterCard International Security Committee between 1993 and 1997. "IRIS Analytics has benefited immensely from Mr Hepp's depth of knowledge of the payments industry and of fraud prevention," says Nikolaus D. Bayer, Managing Director. "We are grateful for his contribution and delighted that he remains committed to the company's future expansion and success by agreeing to serve as Chairman of the Advisory Board of IRIS Analytics." Following this move, the Management Board of IRIS Analytics will now consist of Nikolaus D. Bayer and Constantin von Altrock as joint Managing Directors.


The Thomas Telford School in Shropshire today saw Goodyear and Kwik Fit join forces to create the Goodyear Driving Academy, designed to educate young drivers from an early age. The event at the school in Telford saw students aged between 11-17 get a taste for the basic skills needed out on the road through a variety of educational activities. Telford’s local Kwik Fit team were on site providing practical demonstrations of simple car maintenance checks that young motorists can make themselves, looking at everything from tyre pressures and tread depth, to understanding what’s under the bonnet. The Goodyear Driving Academy was designed with the purpose of improving road safety for road users. The scheme was introduced in conjunction with training provider Young Driver to combine online interactive education on the Highway Code with the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a dual-control car. Students taking part in Kwik Fit’s basic maintenance masterclasses were rewarded with a certificate to recognise their participation and their new found skills. Robert Bibby, Operations Manager at Kwik Fit said: “Goodyear’s Driving Academy thoroughly leads the way when it comes to teaching children about the importance of road safety and being involved with the initiative, it is a fantastic opportunity for the team at Kwik Fit to be a part of this.” “Although we know how important good knowledge of car maintenance is when it comes to keeping motorists safe on the road, the reality is that taking care of your car can often take a back seat when young people are taught to drive. We hope that our participation in the Academy will help in ensuring motorists are in the safest position possible – not only when they first learn to drive, but for life.” Kate Rock, Consumer and Brand PR Manager at Goodyear said: “We are thrilled by the reception our Driving Academy gets whenever it visits a school. The pupils learn a lot from it and obviously get very excited about the chance to drive a car and for the first time, we are proud to introduce a car maintenance element by teaming up with Kwik Fit. “Over a thousand pupils have benefited from the programme across the UK and we believe they have all taken away valuable lessons in safe driving – lessons we hope they will put into practice when they actually become learner drivers. “Last year a pupil from Thomas Telford School beat hundreds of others to claim £2,000 worth of driving lessons after proving his worth in the online element of the Driving Academy – will another follow in his footsteps?” Since its launch, Goodyear has taken their Driving Academy to around 20 schools across the UK and continues to expand its pioneering scheme.

5% Of Councils Unsure Whether Home Care Workers Receive A Living Wage

As less than 5% of councils affirm their confidence that their home care providers pay a living wage, IQTimecard is continuing its push to ensure that all home care services comply with National Minimum Wage legislation. A report by ADASS (Association of Directors of Adult Social Services) found that 20% of councils are unsure whether their commissioned home care services pay their workers minimum wage, and just 5% of councils are confident that staff are paid for travel time. Not being paid for travel time is one of the most common reasons for home care workers being effectively earning less than the minimum wage, and IQTimecard, the leading workforce monitoring solution, is continuing to encourage all home care providers to remedy this, and fast. The government has proven it will name and shame the businesses that do not pay the appropriate wages, and with IQTimecard’s unique NMW compliance reports, there are few excuses for businesses that attempt to pay their employees under the accepted threshold. David Lynes, of IQTimecard, says, “We’ve embarked on a real push in recent weeks, to help bring this issue to the attention of more in the care industry. With the news that just 5% of councils are confident that the care providers they commission are paying a living wage, we’d like to encourage more of these services to take a look at their wage structures and payroll solutions.” He adds, “IQTimecard has already proven itself to be a highly effective resource in the home care industry, and with the new reports we’ve implemented that help to flag up when employees are not being paid enough, we hope to reduce the number of workers in the sector who are carrying out extremely stressful jobs at less than the minimum wage.” Non-compliance with the National Minimum Wage laws is currently a huge problem in the home care sector. It’s one of the main reasons why staff turnover is so high and this, in turn, reduces the continuity of care which is so important to the clients of these services. Dementia sufferers and other vulnerable people often grow accustomed to seeing the same carers walk through their door at certain times – and with more staff leaving the sector seeking higher wages or fair pay, it can result in clients becoming confused and disoriented. IQTimecard is a time and attendance solution that helps with all elements of payroll. The new reports allow employers to check whether they are meeting the correct pay thresholds for their workers, or whether they’re falling short. This is crucial for complying with the National Minimum Wage laws, and can contribute to a happy, thriving workforce, with staff who are dedicated to their work and will go the extra mile for their superiors. To find out more about IQTimecard and the changes it could make to a remote workforce, visit their website:

UK's Largest Medieval Festival Trains Knights for Peak Fitness

Yorkshire’s medieval knights are training with modern athletes to ensure they have peak levels of fitness for this year’s Yorkshire Medieval Festival, the longest and liveliest celebration of the Middle Ages in the UK. During the four-week festival, there are over 14 days dedicated to the world of the warrior, in a series of battle recreations, combat skills and expert talks and tours. “Knights were the elite athletes of their day, and the tournament field was the most brutal test of endurance”, explains Danielle Daglan, festival director. “Knights had to be in peak physical condition. It’s really important that our knights are as authentic as possible, able to withstand the rigours of modern re-enactment campaigning, and that includes their fitness levels. Many of the medieval re-enactors are professional athletes – they just wear armour instead of lycra!” “The medieval world was a military world,” adds Danielle. “During the Middle Ages, England was almost constantly at war – with France, Wales, Scotland, the Low Countries, and itself. Ambitious knights could also earn great renown and wealth by fighting in grand French tournaments like William Marshall, or by fighting as a mercenary like John Hawkwood; they could even earn heavenly reward on Crusade.” The Festival knights trained with local rugby club York City Knights, discovering many similarities: · Apprentice knights trained from a young age: from age 7, young aristocratic boys would have been sent away to knightly households – like sport academies – to build physical strength, stamina, balance and co-ordination. · Renowned knight Jean II le Maingre spoke of long distance running to gain endurance, and weight-lifting to strengthen arms. Apprentice knights, or squires also had to be expert horsemen: the modern equestrian discipline of Dressage is based on battle training. · At the centre of the tournament was the mêlée: fought on horseback and foot, the mêlée was like a rugby grudge match involving up to 3000 knights, spread over several miles and continuing until defeat, exhaustion or darkness took over. · Wearing heavy mail vests and armour could add an extra 14 kilos to bodyweight, but by the later medieval period, armour design had become so sophisticated that knights could leap somersaults and mount a horse unaided. · Being a knight was akin to Formula 1, involving vast sums of money. Like modern sportsmen, most knights relied on sponsors or patrons to fund their knightly careers. Every aspect of medieval combat is explored during the annual Yorkshire Medieval Festival, now in its third year and organised by the JORVIK group, who also host the annual JORVIK Viking Festival. As well as traditional battle displays, event-goers can participate in medieval combat classes at the Hotspur School of Defence, discover the secrets behind Hollywood choreography, or the graphic reality of injuries caused by deadly medieval weapons. The Yorkshire Medieval Festival 2014 kicks off in Rowntree Park, York on 2-3 August with Medieval Merriment, an extravaganza of knightly combat, living history, and merry medieval mayhem. The full 4-week festival brings together medieval-themed events, activities, talks and tours at various locations in York and the surrounding area, including Pontefract and Knaresborough, celebrating the 500-year period from the Norman invasion until the demise of Richard III and the start of the Tudor era. With the interest in King Richard III this year, the horrors of conflict during the Wars of the Roses are also revealed in the newly-opened Richard III Experience at Monk Bar, and the Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar along the city’s historic walls, three landmarks that would have been familiar to Richard III when he visited York during his lifetime. Barley Hall, a medieval townhouse which was home to a wealthy merchant who welcomed both Richard III and Henry VII into York during the late 15th Century, also makes a fascinating visit, and is the venue for many events during the Yorkshire Medieval Festival. Discounted entry to all three attractions, and also the JORVIK Viking Centre and DIG, can be gained through a special JORVIK Group Pastport available during the Festival. A full listing is available on ENDS For further media information or photographs please contact: Nicola Bexon, Jay Commins, or Samantha Orange Pyper York Limited Tel: 01904 500698 E: , or


Michelin is expanding its range of Ultraflex technology tyres with the launch of the CargoXBib High Flotation tyre for trailers and farm machinery. It marks the first trailer tyre to benefit from Michelin’s patented Ultraflex technology – an innovation which offers substantial improvements to a farmer’s productivity and profitability. The new tyres can operate at pressures ranging from 0.8 to 4 bar and can be adjusted depending on the type of job the trailer is undertaking and the soil conditions on the day. Mike Lawton, Commercial Director of Michelin’s Agricultural tyre division, says: “Trailer tyres need to be able to withstand intensive use in fields and on roads, carrying heavy loads – all whilst protecting the soil they are working on. Savvy farmers have long realised the benefits of using dedicated agricultural trailer tyres for this type of work, rather than remould truck tyres. Our latest generation CargoXBib High Flotation tyre simply extends this performance gap even further. “The Ultraflex casing allows pressures to be set as low as 0.8 bar in the field and as high as 4 bar on the road, and are specifically designed to complement central inflation systems. Even on trailers without this type of system fitted, we recommend an average pressure of 2.5 to 3 bar – still significantly lower than the 4 to 5 bar required on conventional trailer tyres. Given that low pressures equal higher crop yields, we expect a lot of interest in this new tyre range.” The new Michelin tyres will ensure total performance on all types of farm land and in all weather conditions thanks to a larger footprint than conventional trailer tyres - 17 per cent larger, on average, at 2 bar and 37 per cent larger at 4 bar. This ensures both improved grip and more effective soil protection. The launch of the CargoXBib High Flotation range is the product of Michelin’s annual investment of more than €600 million in research and development – more than any other tyre manufacturer in the world. From the outset, the new tyre has been designed so farmers can get optimal use out of their machines, with rounded shoulders to minimise ground cover damage and offer greater resistance to wear and cargo shifting during road use. The multi-angle, non-directional tread blocks guarantee good grip on sloped ground and even wear – this in turn makes it easier for the tyres to rotate so they use less fuel, whilst increasing mileage. The new tyre range features a continuous central rib to ensure superior wear resistance, making it ideal for road use. A new, even more effective self-cleaning tread pattern also ensures mud is evacuated over a shorter distance – up to three times less – than with the previous generation CargoXBib tyres. The new CargoXBib High Flotation tyre will be available in the UK as both original equipment and on the replacement market from Q1 2015. It will be available as a 600/55 R26.5 165 D, 710/50 R26.5 170D, 710/45 R22.5 165D, 650/65 R30.5 176D and 750/60 R30.5 181D. They join a growing line-up of Michelin tyres to benefit from Ultraflex technology, including AxioBib and XeoBib tractor tyres, CerexBib harvester tyres and SprayBib fitments for sprayers. ends Michelin ( / @MichelinAgriUK) Michelin, the leading tyre company, is dedicated to sustainably improving the mobility of goods and people by manufacturing and marketing tyres for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles/motorcycles, earthmovers, farm equipment and trucks. It also offers electronic mobility support services on and publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in more than 170 countries, has 111,200 employees and operates 67 production plants in 17 different countries. The Group has a Technology Centre in charge of research and development with operations in Europe, North America and Asia. ( For further press information please contact: David Johnson, Michelin Press OfficeTel: + 44 (0) 1782 402341      Email: James Keeler or Faye McBride, Garnett Keeler PR, Inver House, 37-39 Pound Street,Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 3PGTel: +44 (0)20 8647 4467   Fax: +44 (0)20 8544 4711   E-mail: MICHA/093/14

Leasedrive wins 4-year contract to supply mycar salary sacrifice scheme to Guide Dogs

Leasedrive, one of the largest independent privately-owned vehicle management groups in the UK, has won a four-year contract to supply its mycar salary sacrifice scheme to Guide Dogs, which provides a range of mobility services and works to break down barriers so that blind and partially sighted people can get out and about on their own terms. Guide Dogs has 1,200 eligible employees for the car salary sacrifice scheme. Chris Mabbatt, procurement business partner, Guide Dogs, said: “We were most impressed with the ease of use of the mycar website, its look, overall features and fully comprehensive product offer. It will reduce the central administrative burden and the web quoting system will allow our eligible employees to look up information on thousands of cars, compare vehicles side-by-side, create and save quotes. Other online features provide services that reduce the hassle of running a car. “Car salary sacrifice schemes are certainly gaining in popularity and Leasedrive has considerable experience of providing such schemes. Now our employees can enjoy, if they so desire, a more fuel efficient, low CO2emitting, fully serviced and maintained new car at a fixed budgeted monthly cost backed by comprehensive insurance.” David Brown, business development manager, at Leasedrive, said: “Besides our experience in the field of car salary sacrifice scheme provision, Guide Dogs was impressed with our proven pedigree in the fund raising sector. This inevitably gave it considerable trust that we would not only fully understand the aims of the charitable organisation but also deliver a successful employee benefit that would capture the imagination of their staff.” As a registered charity, Guide Dogs is also able to make use of the benefits available to it via Government Framework agreements which further made the scheme attractive. Under the mycar initiative, employees sacrifice some of their salary in exchange for a brand new vehicle which is fully serviced and maintained. The employee saves tax and national insurance (NI) on the money sacrificed and the employer saves NI making it a very cost effective way of leasing a car for both. Notes to Editors: Guide Dogs The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association is a UK-wide charitable organisation founded in 1934. Guide Dogs provide independence and freedom to thousands of blind and partially sighted people across the UK through the provision of guide dogs, mobility and other rehabilitation services. It also campaigns passionately for the rights of those with visual impairments. Guide Dogs is working towards a society in which people who are blind or partially sighted enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else. For more information, visit: Leasedrive Group Leasedrive Group was originally founded in 1983 and is now one of the largest independent privately-owned vehicle management groups in the UK offering the highest quality bespoke total fleet management service to blue chip clients. It operates two divisions from hi-tech headquarters in Wokingham: Leasedrive Vehicle Management, with a managed fleet size of over 40,000 vehicles, and Leasedrive Rental Management, with access to over 228,000 rental vehicles from 1,200 locations including airports. A second main office is located in Solihull, West Midlands, close to J4 of the M42. Awards and accolades won by the Group include the 2014 Fleet News Award for ‘Customer Service’: the 2014 The Sunday Times Profit 100 Value Creation Award; the inaugural 2013 London Stock Exchange listing for ‘1000 companies to inspire Britain’; the 2013 ‘Fleeteye CSI award for fleets of over 250 vehicles’; the ‘Management Team of the Year’ Award in the 2011 Thames Valley and Solent Deal Awards; Best Daily Rental System category in the BusinessCar Techies 2011, 2010 and 2009 Awards; ‘Innovation in Services and Systems’ Energy Saving Trust Fleet Hero 2009 Award;  the ITM ‘Fleet Management Company 08/09’ Award; the ITM ‘Independent Vehicle Management Company 07/08’ Award; the 2008, 2007 and 2006 Thames Valley Business Magazine ‘Management Team of the Year’ Award; the 2006 Fleet News Award for ‘Best Contract Hire/Fleet Management Company’; and the 2006 GreenFleet Award for ‘Leasing/Rental Company of the Year’. For more information, visit: Zenith Leasedrive Holdings HgCapital, the European sector-focused private equity investor, has a majority shareholding in both Zenith and Leasedrive and has created a holding board for both companies. Among those serving on the board of Zenith Leasedrive Holdings Ltd, are chairman Jon Walden; chief executive officer, Tim Buchan; chief financial officer, Mark Phillips; and HgCapital partner Andrew Land. The holding board is responsible for strategy and governance and drives best practice across Zenith and Leasedrive, with both companies retaining their existing brand names. As sector expert investors, HgCapital’s vision is to support management to grow industry champions. For further press information on Leasedrive or Zenith, contact Jeremy Snook at JSPR on 01235 227572. Mobile: 07957 867139. E-mail:

Changes to Senior Management at the Freedom Finance Group

Throughout his career, Per-Arne Blomquist has amassed experience from various senior management positions at some of the largest companies in the Nordics. Previous appointments include Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of TeliaSonera Aktiebolag (publ) from September 2008 to September 2013, during which time he also served as acting Chief Executive Officer from February 2013 to September 2013. Prior to this he served as Chief Group Controller from 2001 to 2006 and from 2006 to May 2008 as the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President at Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB. Carl Harring, Non-Executive Director, Freedom Finance and Managing Director of the Group’s majority shareholder H.I.G. Europe, said, "We are very pleased that Freedom Finance is attracting top management with Per-Arne Blomquist’s experience and leadership expertise. This is an exciting step for the Group and a strong endorsement for Freedom Finance’s growth potential. We look forward to working closely with Per-Arne as he takes the business to the next level.” "At the same time we would like to thank Leif Eliasson for his contribution in the company. Leif has been key in stewarding Freedom Finance to the robust position we are in today. We are well placed for the next stage of growth, but the Board and Leif have agreed that a new CEO is required to take the Group forward.” As of 23 July 2014, the Freedom Finance’s Chief Financial Officer, Björn Lander will act as interim CEO reporting directly to Per-Arne Blomquist. About Freedom FinanceFreedom Finance is the leading Nordic unsecured consumer loan broker with operations in Sweden, Norway and Finland. Founded in 2003, the company today markets, processes, and distributes loan applications for all unsecured borrowing uses such as loan refinancing, vehicle purchase, holiday financing and home refurbishments. Through its co-operation with more than 20 lenders, Freedom Finance is able to provide highly competitive terms for borrowers across a broad range of credit profiles, thereby providing a free, rapid and effective comparison service to the benefit of potential borrowers. The Company is headquartered in Ängelholm and currently employs more than 100 fulltime employees. Freedom Finance was acquired by H.I.G. Europe in May 2013. For more information visit:, and

Elekta strengthens its position in Turkey with acquisition of Mesi Medikal

Around 100,000 Turkish patients are estimated to need radiotherapy each year - a figure expected to reach approximately 170,000 by 2023*. Elekta will increase its commitment to this high-growth market by establishing an office in the country, staffed by Mesi Medikal’s current employees. “With only about two linear accelerators per million people in Turkey, we see strong growth opportunities,” says Niklas Savander, President and CEO of Elekta. “Elekta projects that almost 380 linear accelerators will be required by 2023, compared to today’s 210 units. The best way to capture this growth is to develop the relationship we have had with Mesi Medikal since 1997.” In addition to linear accelerators, Mesi Medikal has also been Elekta’s distributor for software and brachytherapy solutions. The acquisition of Mesi Medikal is expected to add approximately 0.3% to Elekta’s revenues on an annual basis. The transaction is expected to be EPS accretive on an annual basis. There is a three-year earn out component to the agreement between seller and Elekta. Both signing and closing of this acquisition will take place today, July 24, 2014. Mesi Medikal will change its name to Elekta and will be a fully owned company. *Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, Vol 12, 2011 ( # # # For further information, please contact:Gert van Santen, Group Vice President Corporate Communications, Elekta ABTel: +31 653 561 242, e-mail: gert.vansanten@elekta.comTime zone: CET: Central European TimeJohan Andersson, Director, Investor Relations, Elekta ABTel: +46 702 100 451, e-mail: johan.andersson@elekta.comTime zone: CET: Central European TimeThe above information is such that Elekta AB (publ) shall make public in accordance with the Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was published at 07:30 CET on July 24, 2014.About ElektaElekta is a human care company pioneering significant innovations and clinical solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders. The company develops sophisticated, state-of-the-art tools and treatment planning systems for radiation therapy, radiosurgery and brachytherapy, as well as workflow enhancing software systems across the spectrum of cancer care. Stretching the boundaries of science and technology, providing intelligent and resource-efficient solutions that offer confidence to both health care providers and patients, Elekta aims to improve, prolong and even save patient lives.Today, Elekta solutions in oncology and neurosurgery are used in over 6,000 hospitals worldwide. Elekta employs around 3,500 employees globally. The corporate headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and the company is listed on the Nordic Exchange under the ticker STO:EKTAB. Website:

Interim report January – June 2014

Financial summary January – June 2014 ·Global net sales increased by 12% to SEK 77.5m (69.4)*. Adjusted for currency fluctuations, net sales increased by 8% Year over Year (Y-o-Y). ·Net sales for clinical use of NIOX MINO/NIOX VERO increased by 16% despite a decrease in the US of 15% (15% in local currency) primarily due to the refocus of the sales force and selling process. ·Strategic sales (sales to pharmaceutical companies and CROs for clinical trials) increased by 7%. These sales fluctuate substantially between quarters. ·Total worldwide quantity of tests sold (repeat and initial) reached almost 1.2m (1.0) tests, an increase of 17% Y-o-Y and in the US for clinical use decreased by 8%. Total repeat test volume for clinical use increased by 22% and in the US by 19%. ·The Gross Margin for the 1H was 69% (72%). The reduction vs prior year was driven by a change in channel mix with more sales going through distributors with a lower overall margin. This strategic shift was balanced by lower operating expenses as we were able to reduce headcount in areas now serviced through distributors. ·The loss after tax improved to SEK 107.6m (110.0), corresponding to a loss per share before and after dilution of SEK 0.7 (0.7). The operating loss improved to SEK 88.4m (106.1). Financial summary April – June 2014 ·Global net sales increased by 19% to SEK 42.5m (35.7)*. Adjusted for currency fluctuations, net sales increased by 15% in the quarter. ·Net sales for clinical use of NIOX MINO/NIOX VERO increased globally by 19% reaching SEK 32.9m (27.8), making it the best clinical quarter, in-spite of a decrease in the US of 17% (17% in local currency). ·Strategic sales increased by 34% to SEK 8.3m (6.2). ·Total worldwide quantity of tests sold (repeat and initial) reached almost 0.7m (0.5) tests, an increase of 20% Y-o-Y and in the US for clinical use decreased by 12%. Total repeat test volume for clinical use increased by 24%, and in the US by 21%. ·Gross Margin for the quarter was 68% (70%). ·The loss after tax amounted to SEK 54.7m (55.7), corresponding to a loss per share before and after dilution of SEK 0.4 (0.4). The operating loss amounted to SEK 43.7m (52.6). Significant events April – June 2014 ·On April 2nd, NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) published guidelines ( recommending the use of Aerocrine’s NIOX MINO® and NIOX VERO® to help guide the diagnosis and management of asthma in both adults and children. ·On June 12th, Aerocrine announced changes in leadership as Marshall Woodworth was appointed as the new Chief Financial Officer and Anders Murman was promoted to Chief Technological Officer. AEROCRINE IN BRIEF +-----------------------------+-----+------+------+------+----------+------+| |April - June|Jan - June |Full year |+-----------------------------+-----+------+------+------+----------+------+|SEKm |2014 |2013 |2014 |2013 |Rolling-12|2013 |+-----------------------------+-----+------+------+------+----------+------+|Net sales |42.5 |35.7 |77.5 |69.4 |144.3 |136.2 |+-----------------------------+-----+------+------+------+----------+------+|-of which strategic sales |8.3 |6.2 |12.6 |11.8 |26.8 |27.3 |+-----------------------------+-----+------+------+------+----------+------+|Gross profit/loss |29.0 |25.0 |53.5 |50.2 |101.1 |97.8 |+-----------------------------+-----+------+------+------+----------+------+|Gross margin % |68% |70% |69% |72% |70% |72% |+-----------------------------+-----+------+------+------+----------+------+|Operating profit/loss |-43.7|-52.6 |-88.4 |-106.1|-188.0 |-205.7|+-----------------------------+-----+------+------+------+----------+------+|Net profit after tax |-54.7|-55.7 |-107.6|-110.0|-223.2 |-225.6|+-----------------------------+-----+------+------+------+----------+------+|Cash flow, current operations|-47.1|-54.2 |-105,2|-118.2|-199.0 |-212.1|+-----------------------------+-----+------+------+------+----------+------+|Total cash flow |-47.9|260.8 |-107,3|194.9 |-212.5 |89.7 |+-----------------------------+-----+------+------+------+----------+------+ For further information, please contact: Scott Myers, CEO: +46 768 788 379 or +1 970 368 0336            or Marshall Woodworth, CFO: + 1 919 749 8748 or *Note all numbers in ( ) are the corresponding period previous year and in the same unit. This is information that Aerocrine AB (publ) is required to publish in accordance with the Swedish Securities Markets Act and/or the Swedish Financial Trading Act. This information was submitted for publication on July 24, 2014, at 8.00 a.m.

Hoist Finance Announces Second Quarter Financial Results

· Gross cash collections in January - June 2014 totalled SEK 1,151 million, an increase of 75 per cent compared to January - June 2013 (SEK 657 million). · Total revenue in January - June 2014 was SEK 759 million (SEK 490 million adj. for revaluations), up 55 per cent on the first half of 2013.  · EBIT totalled SEK 253 million in January - June 2014, corresponding to an EBIT margin of 33 per cent. In January - June 2013, EBIT totalled SEK 138 million with a corresponding EBIT margin of 28 per cent.  · Portfolio acquisitions of SEK 1,330 million in January - June 2014, an increase of 30 per cent relative to the same period in 2013. · Carrying value as at 30 June 2014 of SEK 7,386 million (SEK 4,450 million as at 30 June 2013). · Gross 120 month ERC on acquired loan portfolios of SEK 12,182 million as at 30 June 2014 (SEK 7,298 million as at 30 June 2013). · Cash flow from operating activities totalled SEK -1,822 million in January - June 2014 (SEK 1,839 million in January - June 2013). · Total capital ratio of 13.24 per cent of REA as of 30 June 2014 (12.94 per cent as at 30 June 2013).  · Private placement to Toscafund of SEK 333 million in May. For further information, please contact:  Jörgen Olsson, CEO Hoist Finance  Jane Niedra, IR Hoist Finance  Contact details:  Phone +46 (0)8 55 51 77 90  Email: The information above has been published pursuant to the Swedish Securities Markets Act (Sw. lag om värdepappersmarknaden).  This information was released for publication at 8.00 on 24 July 2014.

Harvest update 2014

Highlights * Winter barley harvest 97 per cent completed in Ukraine with net yields up 49 per cent on 2013 to 5.5 tonnes per hectare  * Ukraine rapeseed harvest is approximately 27% completed with yields currently running materially in excess of 2013 net yields of 2.9 tonnes per hectare  * Russian winter wheat harvest is approximately 50 per completed with net yields in excess of 2013 yields of 3.5 tonnes per hectare  * Improved yields are on top of material increases in 2013 and are combined with previously announced cost cuts amounting to SEK 150 million over comparable 2012 costs which have been achieved and in some cases exceeded   Weather conditions in Ukraine have been excellent with yields recorded so far being higher than at any time in the history of the Company. These yields are at the level required to make the Ukraine business profitable. Russian crops were held back by a very wet seeding period in the autumn/winter of 2013 together with a hot and dry May and June 2014 which prevented the full yield potential being achieved. Despite this, the Company appears on track to match the record 2013 winter wheat yield. Improved organisation, selected machinery investments and strict adherence to operating windows all contributed to the excellent state of the crop. A further update will be made on completion of the harvesting of winter crops in the second half of August. Stephen Pickup, Managing Director of Agrokultura, commented, “We are pleased to be able to announce not only that the cost cuts continue to be on track but also that the required improvements in yield for the winter seeded crops have been consolidated from last year and in many cases exceeded. This has been in part due to the excellent weather conditions but also due to the improved processes, controls, budgeting and operational experience and organisation. We believe these yields will place us well in the upper quartile of scale farmers in the region. These results begin to show what the internationally listed agribusinesses operating in eastern Europe are able to achieve. We will continue to focus on securing the rest of the of the harvest and setting more challenging cost and yield targets while also working on our sales strategies to maximise revenues." Stockholm, 24 July 2014For additional comments, please contact:Stephen Pickup, Managing Director, tel. +44 782 529 4352Kristian Shaw, Group CFO, tel. +44 782 529 4356


First six months of 2014: Strong margin and cash conversion from y-o-y growth · Net sales for H1, excluding revenues attributable to Alfdex: MSEK 1,023 (894) [1] – up 5% year-on-year, after adjusting for currency (+3%) and LICOS (+6%) · Operating income for H1, including net income (after interest and tax) attributable to Alfdex: MSEK 161 (131) – operating margin of 15.8% (14.6) [1] · Earnings after tax for H1: MSEK 113 (81) – basic EPS of SEK 2.59 (1.86) · Strong cash flow from operating activities for H1: MSEK 159 (65) · Group’s net debt for H1: MSEK 440 (638) [1] – gearing ratio of 56% (110), following dividend payout of MSEK 121 (110) and own share buy-backs of MSEK 50 (nil) in Q2 Second quarter of 2014: Positive sales and margin development continued · Net sales for Q2, excluding revenues attributable to Alfdex: MSEK 527 (472) [1] – up 2% year-on-year, after adjusting for currency (+4%) and LICOS (+6%) · Operating income for Q2, including net income (after interest and tax) attributable to Alfdex: MSEK 84 (73) – operating margin of 16.0% (15.5) [1] · Earnings after tax for Q2: MSEK 60 (44) – basic EPS of SEK 1.39 (1.01) · Strong cash flow from operating activities for Q2: MSEK 94 (64) [1] The 2013 comparative figures for Net sales, Operating income, Earnings before tax and Net debt for the period have been adjusted for the amendments to IFRS 11, “Joint arrangements” (see Appendices 1 to 3 for the restated consolidated income statements, balance sheets and cash flow statements). President and CEO, David Woolley, comments on interim report for Q2 2014: “The strong sales, operating margin and cash flow delivered in the first quarter have continued into the second quarter of 2014. As a result, sales for the first half of 2014 were up 5% y-o-y, after adjusting for LICOS (+6%) and currency (+3%), whilst the EBIT margin increased to 15.8% for the same period. In spite of some Euro VI pre-buy effects affecting the first quarter, demand across our European end-markets for both engine and hydraulic products has been relatively strong and continues to be an important source of growth. Engine products sales in North American end-markets have also improved, particularly for medium and heavy trucks, although demand for our hydraulics products remains fairly flat in the US. Looking forward, the orders received in the second quarter were in line with sales for the quarter, indicating that end-customer confidence is stable. The increasing pressure to reduce fuel consumption in all forms of machinery and trucks just reinforces the importance of our ongoing customer development programmes for our variable flow pump technology. Furthermore, our longstanding expertise in hydraulic products, will allow us to continue to occupy strong positions in niche areas where customers require more advanced, custom-made solutions. Concentric remains well positioned both financially and operationally, to fully leverage our market opportunities.” For further information, please contact:David Woolley (President and CEO), David Bessant (CFO), or Lena Olofsdotter (Corporate Communications), at Tel: +44 121 445 6545 (E-mail: Concentric AB (publ) is listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm, Mid Cap. The information in this report is of the type that Concentric is required to disclose under the Swedish Securities Market Act. The information was submitted for publication at 8.00am on 24 July, 2014. This report contains forward-looking information in the form of statements concerning the outlook for Concentric’s operations. This information is based on the current expectations of Concentric’s management, as well as estimates and forecasts. The actual future outcome could vary significantly compared with the information provided in this report, which is forward-looking, due to such considerations as changed conditions concerning the economy, market and competition.

Det norske oljeselskap ASA: Rights Issue: Last day of trading in Subscription Rights

NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION OR RELEASE, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH THE DISTRIBUTION OR RELEASE WOULD BE UNLAWFUL Reference is made to the previous announcements by Det norske oljeselskap (the “Company”) in respect of the rights issue of 61,911,239 new shares in the Company (the “Rights Issue”). The period for trading in subscription rights (DETNOR T) for the Rights Issue expires today, 24 July 2014 at 16:30 hours (CET). Subscription rights for participation in the Rights Issue can be exercised during the on-going subscription period, which will expire on 29 July 2014 at 16:30 hours (CET). Subscription rights that are not used to subscribe for new shares before the expiry of the subscription period (29 July at 16:30 hours (CET)) or that are not sold before 24 July 2014 at 16:30 hours (CET) will have no value and will lapse without compensation to the holder. For more information, please refer to the prospectus for the Rights Issue dated 9 July 2014. Investor contacts:Jonas Gamre, Investor Relations Manager, tel.: +47 971 18 292Håkon Høgetveit, Investor Relations, tel.: +47 476 29 348 *** This announcement is not for publication or distribution, directly or indirectly, in the United States (including its territories and possessions, any state of the United States and the District of Columbia). This announcement does not constitute or form part of any offer or solicitation to purchase or subscribe for securities in the United States. Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration. The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”), or with any securities regulatory authority of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States, and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to, or for the account of, U.S. persons (as such term is defined in Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act), except pursuant to an effective registration statement under, or an exemption from the registration requirements of, the U.S. Securities Act. All offers and sales outside the United States will be made in reliance on Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act. No public offering of securities is being made in the United States.

DIO awards estates contracts valued at £958 million

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has announced that it has awarded contracts valued at £958 million for the Next Generation Estate Contracts (NGEC) Regional Prime Contracts Central and South West and South East England. DIO has awarded five-year contracts to CarillionAmey Ltd: · Regional Prime Central valued at £435 million · Regional Prime South West valued at £265 million · Regional Prime South East valued at £258 million The three contracts have the option to be extended up to an additional five years. The contracts provide planned and reactive maintenance including grounds maintenance, a 24/7 helpdesk for estate-users and have capability to deliver additional professional services, low value capital works and capital projects up to a value of £3.93 million. The contracts ensure sites continue to be kept safe, legal and operational at all times. The new South West and South East Regional Prime contracts replace the current Regional Prime contracts that were let in 2003 and 2005. The new Central Regional Prime contract replaces two existing Regional Prime contracts that cover Central England andEastern England. The award of the latest three contracts represents another major milestone in the NGEC programme, following the £1.1 billion award of the National Housing Prime National Training Estate Prime and Scotland and Northern Ireland Prime Contracts on 12 May 14. These first three contracts were also awarded for five years, with the option to be extended up to an additional five years. Acting Chief Executive DIO, Mark Hutchinson said: ”I am delighted that DIO has reached this important milestone in transforming the way it works. These new contracts will help DIO provide modern and effective infrastructure services to support Defence capabilities and individual Service personnel in a timely and cost-effective way.” Over the last 10 years, DIO has rationalised the number of contracts it manages to deliver this service from over 250 down to six NGEC Prime contracts now. NGEC Prime contracts provide a common framework for contract management across the whole UK Defence estate. They are designed to deliver value for money for Defence and the taxpayer through a coherent set of contracts where prices for Core Services have been agreed in advance with the contractor, further improving financial certainty. Matt Foley, DIO Head of Future Procurement said: “DIO’s priority is to support our Armed Forces by providing the places they need to live, work, train and deploy on operations. Prime contracts provide a comprehensive contract framework and have been developed following an in-depth review of the Defence estate and requirements of our estate users. “They have also been designed to not only provide operational capability at all times and are flexible enough to adapt to the future requirements of the Defence frontline; allowing for service requirements to be changed in a timely and cost effective way. “Our new Prime contractors have faced a rigorous procurement and evaluation process. I am confident that the companies selected will meet the high standards required on the Defence estate and I look forward to working closely with them.” All three Regional Primes are due to be in service by February 2015. Ends

BioInvent Interim Report 1 January – 30 June 2014

Second quarter 2014, April - June · Net sales for April – June 2014 amounted to SEK 32 (12) million. · Earnings after tax for April – June 2014: SEK 3.7 (-9.4) million. · Earnings after tax per share for April – June before and after dilution: SEK 0.04 (-0.13). · Cash flow from current operations and investment activities for April – June 2014: SEK -25 (-37) million. Half year results 2014, January – June · Net sales for January – June 2014 amounted to SEK 34 (24) million. · Earnings after tax for January – June 2014: SEK -15 (-24) million. · Earnings after tax for January – June before and after dilution: SEK -0.17 (-0.32). · Liquid funds as of 30 June 2014: SEK 74 (40) million. Cash flow from current operations and investment activities for January – June 2014: SEK -48 (-60) million. Important events in the second quarter and after the reporting period · In the second quarter BioInvent received SEK 63.9 million through a rights issue combined with a private placement. The rights issue was oversubscribed by 101% and amounted to SEK 48.9 million. The private placement of SEK 15 million was subscribed by Henrik Rhenman through Rhenman Healthcare Equity L / S and Peter Thelin through East Bay AB. · BioInvent sold back its rights to the drug candidate ADC-1013 to Alligator Bioscience AB to focus resources on the fully owned drug development candidates. · BioInvent was granted a U.S. patent for BI-505 and apoptosis-inducing ICAM-1 antibodies. The patent provides broad protection for BI-505 which is in a phase II study and which was developed using F.I.R.S.T.™, BioInvent's patented discovery platform for antibody drug candidates and cellular target structures. · BioInvent has received milestone payments from Bayer and Servier totaling EUR one million. The milestone payments are based on the development of antibodies identified from BioInvent’s n-CoDeR® antibody library. The milestone payments were triggered as Bayer enrolled the first patient in a phase I clinical trial and Servier reached in vivo proof of concept against a specific target structure. Comments from the CEO"In the second quarter, we demonstrated that we can generate significant revenue from our technology. We have scaled up our marketing efforts and seen a growing interest from international pharmaceutical and biotech companies for our development platform F.I.R.S.T™ and for our key pipeline projects. Our research programs are focused in immuno-oncology, the pharmaceutical market segment expected to become the largest pharmaceutical market in oncology with a value potential of over SEK 200 billion." says Michael Oredsson, CEO of BioInvent. ContactAny questions regarding this report will be answered by Michael Oredsson, CEO, phone.+46 (0)46 286 85 67, mobile +46 (0)707 18 89 30. The report is also available at Information disclosed in this half year report is provided herein pursuant to the Swedish Securities Markets Act and/or the Swedish Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 8.40 a.m. CET, on 24 July, 2014.    BioInvent International AB is a research-based pharmaceutical company focused on discovery and development of innovative antibody-based drugs against cancer. The company has unique expertise in antibody drug development from initial concept to late clinical phase. The screening tool F.I.R.S.T.TM and the antibody library n-CoDeR® are two patented tools that enable identification of relevant human antibodies and disease targets during the discovery phase. The scope and strength of this platform is also used to develop antibody-based drugs in collaboration with partners who finance the development of the new drug, and provide BioInvent the right to milestone payments and royalties on sales. These partners include Bayer Pharma, Daiichi Sankyo, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma, Servier and Xoma.

Humber poppy challenge hits the road!

Visitors to many outdoor events around the Humber region will be invited to contribute to a series of commemorative artworks this summer, as the Joining Up The Humber Museums mobile unit hits a summer tour! The mobile unit will be packed with equipment to create paper poppies, which will then be used in a series of floral memorial installations to be created later this year by Hull-based artist, Martin Waters.  The tributes will go on display in Beverley Minster, the Ferens Art Gallery, St Lawrence’s Church in Scunthorpe and Holy Trinity Church in Hull later this year. “Over the next few months we will be working with many schools across the East Riding,HullandNorth Lincolnshireas we are hoping to create around 10,000 poppies to feature in these displays,” comments Nial Adams, Principal Museums Officer for East Riding of Yorkshire Council.  “By taking our poppy-making workshops out into the wider community, through these events and also by having poppy-making stations at many of the local authority-run museums, galleries and attractions throughout the Humber region, we hope to involve many more people.” The mobile poppy-making team will be at the Veterans’ Weekend in Eas tPark,Hull on 26 & 27 July, and up at Sewerby Hall for its World War I living history event on 3 August.  The Joining Up the Humber Museums team will also be at the Manor Farm Children’s Centre in Scunthorpe on 4 August, before the mobile unit heads up to the 2021 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpeon 14 August, where visitors will get a peek of a ‘Poppy Drift’ installation by Martin Waters.  The summer season is rounded off with a poppy-fest at Normanby Hall’s ‘Life in the Trenches’ event on 7 September. If you can’t make any of the events, then visit to find your nearest poppy-making station,” adds Nial. For more information on the events and exhibitions taking place over the coming months as part of the Joining Up The Humber Museums initiative, please visit ENDS Notes to editors: Joining Up the Humber Museums is supported by a £1 million grant from Arts Council England.  The initiative runs until 2015, and will support commemorations of the centenary of the First World War in the Humber region.  The money will be used to improve galleries and facilities across the three council's services in preparation for exhibitions in 2014 and beyond, including the opening up of Georgian Houses, part of Wilberforce House in Hull. There will also be funding made available to engage with a number of additional partners from the region who wish to engage with WWI centenary projects, including opportunities for volunteering, education and other outreach projects. For further media information or photographs, please contact: Jay Commins Pyper York Limited Tel:         01904 500698 Email:

From Royals to Rebels: Churches Reveal Tales of the Unexpected for Yorkshire Medieval Festival

From royals to rebels, seven of Yorkshire’s most beautiful churches will be exploring hidden histories, ancient crafts, and unexplained mysteries this August during the Yorkshire Medieval Festival 2014. ‘Church Explorers’ is an exclusive and free series of walks, tours, and hands-on activity days, which reveals a more colourful side to the area’s medieval heritage. Taking place in churches from Selby to Sheriff Hutton, Church Explorers is a partnership between a number of local churches from the Churches Conservation Trust and the JORVIK Group, organisers of the annual Medieval Festival, now in its third year, and also the annual JORVIK Viking Festival. “Although many of these churches are in rural locations, don’t be fooled into thinking that they had quiet pasts,” says Danielle Daglan, festival director. “In the Middle Ages, this area of Yorkshire was often caught in the turbulent epicentre of national power-politics, but it was also vibrant with art and crafts. As medieval churches were at the heart of community life, they eloquently reveal how history made its mark on real people.” Karen Banks, organiser of Selby Abbey’s Family Day on Wednesday 27th August, adds, “Churches were a thriving part of daily life in the Middle Ages, and people’s lives are written into their records, art and architecture, making them treasure troves for historians – much of our heritage might have been lost without them. More importantly, as the living heart of their local communities today, churches provide a unique continuity with the people of the past. Church Explorers will open the door to this outstanding and unexpected heritage.” The churches involved are: · St Helen and Holy Cross, Sheriff Hutton on Saturday 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 August · St John the Baptist, Healaugh on Wednesday 6 August · St Mary Bishophill Junior, York on Thursday 7 August · St Mary, Woodkirk on Saturday 16 August · All Saints, Wold Newton on Tuesday 19 August and Thursday 21 August · St Helen, Bilton in Ainsty on Sunday 24 and Monday 25 August · Selby Abbey on Wednesday 27 August The Yorkshire Medieval Festival 2014 kicks off in Rowntree Park, York on 2-3 August with Medieval Merriment, an extravaganza of knightly combat, living history, and merry medieval mayhem. The full 4-week festival brings together medieval-themed events, activities, talks and tours at various locations in York and the surrounding area, including Pontefract and Knaresborough, celebrating the 500-year period from the Norman invasion until the demise of Richard III and the start of the Tudor era. “Alongside the packed programme of events, we’d encourage visitors to pop into some of the medieval attractions that are open in York, from Barley Hall – which was home to a wealthy merchant – to the new Richard III and Henry VII Experiences in the city’s Micklegate and Monk Bars,” adds Danielle. A full listing is available on   All Church Explorers events are free-of-charge, but pre-booking may be required. ENDS For further media information or photographs please contact: Nicola Bexon, Jay Commins, or Samantha Orange Pyper York Limited Tel: 01904 500698 Email:, or

FTT accelerate to  receive three prestigious awards

Since its introduction in September of 2009, FTT Training has provided Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) training which is required across Europe; ensuring all professional drivers complete 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years. As an essential requirement, INATIV oversee the delivery of this training across several centres throughout the UK. Recently the Annual INATIV Awards recognised  FTT GB Ltd for its training excellence; awarding them the much revered ‘UK Centre of Excellence’ title for 2014. This award highlights FTT for its outstanding contribution to Driver CPC provision. Its recognition didn't stop at just one award, but shifted gears within the industry by receiving three enviable awards. FTT was further recognised as the “Industry Specific Training Centre of the Year”. James Clifford-Davies, Director of FTT GB Ltd, was overwhelmed by the award. During the ceremony, he said, "the awards that we have received tonight are as a result of the hard work and dedication shown by our trainer. We are committed to raising and maintaining standards within the industry” Tony Sykes, speaking on behalf of Inativ, said, "FTT joined the INATIV Consortium at its inception. FTT's drive and ambitious training and marketing have helped to develop and maintain the high standards that we aspire to." Making FTT lead the way for other centres providing training within the automotive and mechanic industry. Mr Clifford-Davies was later recognised for his personal contribution to the success of FTT and the CPC Driver Training Programme. The 'Iceberg Award' is granted to individuals who go the extra mile to ensure the success of not only the programme but also the accomplishment of the individual candidates and the instructors delivering the courses. Managing to score a hat-trick of awards must have left other centres feeling a little like Brazil in last night's semi-final. FTT, based in Honiton, Devon, has established its position within the past 35 years as one of the UK's leading training providers in the field of Health and Safety, with a prestigious portfolio of clients ranging from small agricultural business to large multi-national blue chip companies. Their high octane performance continues to bring learners and teachers up to speed on the latest industry standards and long may continue to do so. To find out more about FTT or to register for any of their excellent courses, please visit their site at

Free Plotagon app lets anyone create and share animated videos instantly

Stockholm, Sweden—July 24, 2014—Swedish startup Plotagon has launched a free,new app that anyone can use to make and share 3D animated videos. Users simplyselect characters, choose a scene, write what they want their characters tosay, and press play to see their stories animated instantly. No animationexperience is required; anyone who can write a story can use Plotagon.The Plotagon iPad app ( launched today in the Apple App Storeworldwide. Anyone can download versions for Mac or PC from Thebasic app is free and comes with two characters, one scene, music and soundeffects. Users can download two more free characters within the app. Morecharacters and scenes can be added via in-app purchases, most of which are$.99 or $1.99 each. Scenes and characters can be used in any combination andnew ones will be available every few weeks. Users can share their animatedstories on the Plotagon network and on YouTube.“Animation is a really powerful medium for telling stories. With Plotagon,people can make animated videos in a way that just wasn’t possible before,”said Jonathan Hise Kaldma, Creative Director at Plotagon.The new Plotagon app replaces the public beta version that was released in2013. The beta version featured photo-realistic animated characters andenvironments based on existing literature or concepts such as “Alice inWonderland” or super-hero comics.The new app was built to be fast, lightweight and easy to use on mobiledevices. It now features comical, cartoony characters and stylized scenes setin everyday locations. The design change will enable users to craft morepersonal animated stories instead of the mostly fan-fiction stories inspiredby the beta version.“Users loved the original Plotagon app, but told us they wanted it on mobiledevices and they wanted to connect with other creators,” added Hise Kaldma.“We redesigned the app from the ground up to make it easier to create videosand interact with other creators. Making animated videos has never been morefun.”The new app has a built-in social network where users can find and followother creators, comment on their videos, and watch popular videos and staffpicks. Users can also add hashtags to videos and search for videos with aspecific hashtag.Plotagon is based in Stockholm, Sweden.###Photos, video & information: media contactBig Deal PRCarri

LSE and ESC announce the launch of an executive-style Masters Programme

Brussels/London, Thursday 24 July 2014. LSE Health and the European Heart Academy (EHA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) are pleased to announce the launch of a new, executive-style MSc aimed at professionals working in the field of cardiovascular sciences. The MSc in Health Economics, Outcomes and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences aims to equip cardiovascular specialists with the health management, economics, research and policy skills required to take on advisory, management or leadership roles within the field. Designed by academics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) with support from the European Heart Academy of the ESC, based in Brussels, Belgium, it is the first post-graduate course of its kind to offer working professionals in the field of cardiovascular sciences the opportunity to obtain a formal graduate qualification whilst continuing employment. Participants will explore new advisory, management, and leadership roles within the cardiovascular field through four two-week intensive courses. In addition to gaining a theoretical and conceptual understanding of health economics, outcomes research, and management, the MSc will also help the next generation of leaders in their field to acquire the skills to accelerate their careers or refocus into related sectors, such as hospital management, the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, consultancies, government and non-governmental organisations. Professor Elias Mossialos, Director of LSE Health, said: “Cardiovascular diseases remain the main cause of morbidity and mortality globally and both medical and economic knowledge is essential to achieve the best results for patients, care providers and health systems. We are delighted to be partnering with the European Society of Cardiology to deliver this unique graduate programme designed for experts working in this field.” Professor Panos Vardas, President of the ESC, said: “This course will not only provide cardiovascular specialists with the opportunity to acquire world-class knowledge in health economics, outcomes research and management, it will allow the next generation of leaders to broaden their horizons in an international environment.” Professor Paulus Kirchhof, of the European Heart Academy and the ESC’s academic liaison to the new programme, said: “We are delighted that LSE has partnered with the European Heart Academy to develop an interdisciplinary graduate programme in Health Economics, Outcomes and Management. We believe that this course will be able to nurture future leaders in cardiovascular sciences. I look forward to seeing this unique partnership come to fruition.”  The LSE MSc in Health Economics, Outcomes, and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences will run from December 2015.  -Ends- Media Contact at LSEMaddy Wall – or + 44 20 7955 7582 Media Contact at ESCAnnick de Vries  – or For more information on the MSc please contact:Professor Elias Mossialos – or +44 20 7955 7564Professor Paulus Kirchhof – or +32 22 74 10 74 Notes for editors: Applications for LSE MSc in Health Economics, Outcomes, and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences open in October 2014 for entry in October 2015. Further information about admissions can be found at The programme is expected to attract 30 students every year. The MSc in Health Economics, Outcomes and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences will offer six mandatory courses (Economic analysis for health policy; Quality and outcomes in cardiovascular sciences; Economic evaluation in health care; Systematic review and meta-analysis; Cardiovascular epidemiology and prevention; Dissertation in health economics, outcomes, and management) in addition to a wide variety of optional courses. LSE is a specialist university with an international intake and a global reach, and an outstanding reputation for academic excellence. Its research and teaching span the full breadth of the social sciences, from economics, politics and law to sociology and finance. LSE Health’s mission is to advance, transmit and sustain knowledge and understanding through the conduct of research, teaching and scholarship at the highest international standards, for the benefit of the international and national health policy community. Bringing together a core team of researchers and academics, LSE Health promotes and draws upon the multidisciplinary expertise of 50 staff members, 20 associated academics and a number of postgraduate students. The European Heart Academy of the ESC trains future leaders in cardiovascular medicine by fostering collaboration between top-tier academic institutions in Europe and ESC’s cardiologists and hereto runs specialised courses for aspiring candidates to acquire academic degrees. The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) represents more than 80,000 cardiology professionals across Europe and the Mediterranean.  Its mission is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe.

Are the motivations of a 5km runner defined by individual ability?

5.2 million US citizens participated in 5km races in 2011 and 12,500 5km events were held in the US during the same time period.  New research in Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events aims to find out what motivates 5km race participants and outline how race organisers can use the findings to their advantage when planning events. Past research has identified the key stages experienced by a person leading up to them participating in a race to be, awareness, attraction, attachment and allegiance.  However, there are also many potential reasons why participants progress to the crucial ‘attachment’ stage, ranging from social interactions, need to compete, escapism, and improvement of self-worth through charity. The article Variation in motivations by running ability: using the theory of reasoned action to predict attitudes about running 5K races ( by Nicolette Bell and Amber L. Stephenson segments the target market into participants’ aims, age, skill, and ability, all of which help organisers achieve the maximum potential for their event and ensure future loyalty. This is then assessed in light of the variety of events available to both experienced and casual runners, ranging from charity fund-raisers right through to recreational challenges.  The authors conducted a study on 512 Pennsylvanian runners, who were divided into three ability levels and surveyed as to what motivates them most: competition, altruism, health or social affiliation.  These influences were compared against other factors such as intention and level of participation.  The results were interesting, with altruism shining through as the main motivating force throughout all ability levels of runners.  Beyond that, those with greater ability were driven by the need to compete, while the less experienced runners were more concerned with improving health and making social connections.  Medium ability runners were found to have a combination of all four motivators, all of which seems to indicate that motivations do indeed differ according to ability.  Event organisers can use the findings about motivational segments to effectively tailor their event according to the needs of different participants.  For example, the more competitive athletes may be enticed to compete by time recording chips and prizes, while focusing on health benefits may be more successful for more casual competitors.  This information is compounded by the discovery that runners who intended to run a race were almost one hundred times more likely to run that race than those who did not intend to participate. It seems that, ultimately, the way to get a runner to participate is to get them to preregister for the race. The authors observe that combining this with discounts, attractive prizes and other incentives can have a drastic impact on encouraging people to sign-up in the future. This article can be a valuable resource for a race organiser when trying to create a balanced and attractive event, as well as giving an insight into how people think when considering signing up to a 5km race.

Andrew Page spearheads move to save Unipart Automotive branches and jobs

Fast growing automotive parts business Andrew Page Ltd (AP) has spearheaded a joint deal with The Parts Alliance to save 33 branches and around 350 related jobs from the former Unipart Automotive which entered administration today. The deal, which is for an undisclosed sum, means that Andrew Page has taken 21 branches and The Parts Alliance a total of 12. “The Unipart Automotive situation is extremely sad as we know many of their team with whom we have long standing industry relationships. However, I would like to say on a personal level that it has been a privilege to be able to help contribute to saving a number of the jobs involved”, said Jim Sumner, Executive Chairman of Andrew Page. “This development also now puts us well on the way to achieving our stated goal of building a truly national distributor with a network of over 150 branches – this acquisition will take us to 114.” “This highly complex deal has only been possible through the backing of a number of people – we would not have been able to do it without the support of John Neill, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Unipart Group (which is a separate business from Unipart Automotive), and his team.  They worked with us in a very constructive and collaborative way and we look forward to building a strong ongoing relationship with them.  Also The Parts Alliance our investor partners Phoenix Equity Partners and in particular Endless LLP who have been key to enabling this transaction to be completed”, said Mr Sumner. John Neill, Chairman and Chief Executive of The Unipart Group, said: “We are saddened by the Unipart Automotive situation but we know Andrew Page well and respect their near 100 year history in the automotive aftermarket.  They have a strong reputation for selling high-quality products and brands and we’re pleased to have been able to support Jim Sumner’s plans to secure a future for the number of branches and former Unipart Automotive people.  We look forward to working with Andrew Page to ensure the continued supply of high-quality Unipart branded products to Britain’s car owners and Unipart Car Care Centres." Indra Harrison, Investment Director at Endless LLP, commented: "We pulled together this rescue deal in less than five days from offer to completion, which is testament to the working relationship between Andrew Page, The Parts Alliance and Unipart Group.  We are very excited about the future, working with our new partners and this transaction will accelerate Andrew Page's sales well beyond £200 million." This latest development follows the refinancing of Andrew Page by Phoenix Equity Partners and Endless LLP early in 2014. Since then a refocusing of strategic direction and branding has seen the management team strengthened, trading improved significantly, the Camberley Auto Factors outlets - acquired in 2012 - rebranded as Andrew Page and also the strategic decision to join The Parts Alliance. ENDS

Fischer’s installs Grande Cuisine’s Athanor

The project was put out to tender by Corbin & King’s food service consultants, which was secured by Grande Cuisine through the strength of their proposed design solution. Taking in to account the restrictions of the site and the personal tastes of the commissioning Chef, Lee Ward, Grande Cuisine offered a tailored solution to the London café and konditorei. Due to the limitations of the Restaurant’s premises, which included both power restrictions, space and access difficulties, a suite was commissioned that consisted of 70% gas components and elements, manufactured in six sections to be reassembled within the kitchen. Lee Ward, head chef at Fischer’s Restaurant, had previously worked with Athanor, and was keen for Fischer’s to consider Grande Cuisine as a result. The project was initiated with the aim of boosting the performance and capabilities of Fischer’s Restaurant’s kitchen and equipment, whilst complying with the space, power and access limitations of the site. The suite is required to be capable of operating from 8.00am to 11:00pm, every day of the week, and consisted of a peninsular suite comprising of 70% gas elements. Among the gas elements were two 12kW gas solid tops, two 4.5kW gas simmer tops, two 10kW gas ovens and a gas salamander grill. Also included were a double plaque electric Athanor plancha, two inset fryers (electric), and an Athanor multi-cooker/water bath. The resulting design implemented a layout to optimise workflow, whilst ensuring that the island was durable and reliable during the busiest times of the day and service. In addition to impressive performance, Athanor offers Fischer’s versatility. The suite’s flexibility allows the kitchen to cope with the constant challenges of the working day, allowing for constant mise-en-place throughout the day, while performing under pressure during service. Prospective clients interest in the Athanor range should contact Grande Cuisine directly on 01908 745540, email  ( visit the website

'Remembrance' focus for summer exhibitions and events across the Humber region

The impact of the First World War will be the focus of a host of family-friendly activities across Humberside this summer, with a co-ordinated programme of exhibitions, events and hands-on activities for visitors young organised through the Joining Up The Humber Museums (JUTHM) initiative. “As we move towards Remembrance Sunday in November, the impact of World War I is going to be discussed across classrooms, newspapers, TV and radio, and whilst many of the features will be about the national – and indeed, global – impact of the Great War, our exhibitions look at how this brutal conflict affected life back home, for those left behind, and those that returned,” comments Simon Green, assistant head of service for sports, leisure and heritage at Hull City Council.  “With funding from The Arts Council, we’ve been able to create a series of linked exhibitions across Hull, the East Riding and North Lincolnshire, each of which examines the impact of war on local people, and each of which offers a different perspective on life in the Humber region 100 years ago.” Highlights of the exhibitions programme include: · ‘When War Hit Home: Hull and the First World War’ which opened at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull on 19 July.  The exhibition explores the effects of the First World War on Hull and its people, using Hull Museums’ extensive collection of objects and images.  Visitors can read personal stories from those who lived through the War, as well as find out about recruitment, life on the front line, the contribution of men, women and children that stayed at home, the war at sea and the role of fishermen and merchant seamen from Hull. The exhibition looks at the devastating effects of the Zeppelin raids on the city and changes in people’s attitudes towards Hull’s German community. · ‘Normanby At War’ at Normanby Hall & Country Park near Scunthorpe.  With the house volunteered by the Sheffield family to serve as an auxiliary  hospital during World War I, this exhibition features includes oral history recordings, photographs and even some of the original beds and medical equipment used to treat the patients as they convalesced.  A costume gallery with the theme ‘Keep Calm and Look Fabulous’ also features outfits from the era – from pre-war styles through both world wars and into the 1950s. · ‘Keep the home fires burning: how the First World War was felt in Beverley’ is hosted at the Beverley Guildhall, and takes a very local view, drawing on the local newspapers of the period to look at the problems, issues and idiosyncratic way Beverley experienced the war. · ‘Art relating to World War I’ is a new exhibition opening on 24 July at Hull History Centre.  Within the covered entrance arcade, the exhibition will include a variety of new artworks created by participants in Hull Adult Education courses, from paintings and soft furnishings to fashion and recipe ideas inspired by each participant’s personal history. · ‘For King & Country: First World War in North Lincolnshire’ at the North Lincolnshire Museum in Scunthorpe looks at the experiences of local people both at the Front Line and back home, and how they have since been commemorated through war memorials all over the region. · ‘Goole and the Great War’ is an exhibition by the Goole Museum’s volunteer team, looking at the role of Goole as a port during the First World War, and what happened to the seamen interned by the Germans at Ruhleben camp. Alongside the exhibitions, many of the participating sites will also be hosting events – including a cavalry display and period concert at Sewerby Hall & Gardens on Sunday 3 August, hands-on crafting workshops, including the opportunity to make your own moving war horse at the Hull & East Riding Museum on 23 July, and a fantastic living history event at Normanby Hall Country Park on Sunday 7 September, with recreations of trenches and family activities. For more information on all of the events taking place as part of the Joining Up The Humber Museums initiative, please visit ENDS For further media information or photographs, please contact: Jay Commins Pyper York Limited Tel:         01904 500698 Email:

E-cigarette Users Discover An Easier Way To Stop Smoking!

Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking Clinics have experienced an influx of e-cigarette users and former e-cigarette users (who ended up switching back to normal cigarettes) this summer.. There is now real evidence which confirms the findings of Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking Organisation’s survey in March 2014 which indicated that 84% of e-cigarette users continue to smoke normal cigarettes or return to normal smoking entirely. John Dicey, Worldwide Managing Director of Allen Carr’s Easyway comments “As soon as the e-cigarette phenomenon hit the UK we immediately became aware that e-cigarette users were smoking normal cigarettes whenever they could and using e-cigarettes at times when they couldn’t. We also discovered that many of the e-cigarette users who were attending our clinics understood that their intake of nicotine had actually dramatically increased since they started vaping. They found that they vaping inside the home and other places where previously they’d have been forced to go outside to smoke a real cigarette – thus forcing them to cut down.” It will be years before the negative health effect of using e-cigarettes (delivering high levels of poisonous nicotine) along with continued use of normal cigarettes is known. Dicey continues “It really is a ‘back to the future’ kind of situation. In the 1940s and 1950s doctors and health professionals would actually recommend that patients smoke and even endorse certain brands. It took Professor Sir Richard Doll decades to make the findings of his study in the 1950s linking smoking to lung cancer and other chronic diseases accepted - during which time generations of smokers became addicted and paid the ultimate price. Millions of lives were lost because of the speed (or lack of it) at which his findings were accepted. Today, some really big hitters in the anti-tobacco and medical establishment are making a huge mistake by pushing smokers towards e-cigarette use thereby ensuring that they carry on smoking and vaping and therefore in many cases increasing their intake of nicotine. They seem entirely blind to the dangers of the phenomenon they’ve helped create. Aside from that - the biggest issue by far is the sudden re-normalisation of smoker/smoker-like behaviour which is already having a huge impact on youngsters picking up e-cigarettes and normal cigarettes.” On 1st January 2014 Allen Carr’s Easyway Organisation extended its famous worldwide money back guarantee (for their stop smoking clinic programme) to include e-cigarettes. Dicey confirms “The fabulous thing about the Easyway method is that it can work for any smoker – light, heavy, casual, or even someone using e-cigarettes. It was a simple decision to include e-cigarettes in our money back guarantee and incredibly reassuring for those people who feel they have fallen into an even deeper trap by using e-cigarettes as well as smoking normal cigarettes.” CASE STUDY Paul Palmer, 28, from Haverhill, Suffolk, UK is just one of many former e-cigarette users who stopped smoking and vaping using Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking method. He’d tried to stop smoking many, many times before without success until he finally quit in June 2014. Paul says “Yes, I attempted to stop smoking with electric cigarettes, the disposable ones you can buy.  They were OK but very strong and very expensive. I think I paid £4.50 for one cigarette, it was advertised as being the equivalent of 40 cigarettes however it lasted me less that 2 days and keeping in mind I only smoked maybe between 3-5 a day there was no way I was going to spend £4.50 every 2 days, it was cheaper to smoke!!! So I went back to smoking!!! Further down the line I heard about the electric Shisha pens, they are actually quite good and relatively cheap to buy - around £15 - which included everything.  They charge up and you can buy all different flavours of liquid nicotine to put in them. I have to say I did use one of these for a few months, but again it is not the same as smoking an actual cigarette.  When I smoked normal cigarettes I’d ritually go downstairs out of my flat and stand outside. I used to use it as thinking time with all sorts of things running through my head. However with the e-cigarettes I would just sit on the sofa and puff on it every now and again. In the end it turned out I was using it A LOT MORE than I used to smoke. As a smoker I’d have to make the effort to go outside and smoke whereas the Shisha was too easy! So in the end, it kind of fizzled out, I couldn’t be bothered to keep charging it up and slowly went back on to smoking the ‘real thing’ – normal cigarettes.   After using Allen Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking method I realised that using e-cigarettes was just keeping me addicted to nicotine – I was still hooked and controlled by the drug. Now that nicotine monster is dead and it feels wonderful! Allen Carr takes every excuse you can imagine for carrying on smoking and explains why it’s fake or phoney. You end up with no reasons to smoke – it’s that easy." Smokers and vapers can access free Allen Carr’s Easyway information films. They are not designed to help the individual stop smoking/vaping but include interesting and useful information to help when the smoker/vaper feels they do want to stop. Like a pre-quitting training course! FREE Allen Carr's Easyway Films HERE

Cummins Named to Gartner’s Supply Chain Top 25 for Third Consecutive Year

For the third consecutive year, Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) was one of only two industrials recognized by Gartner as a top 25 supply chain company in its annual survey ( The survey was released by Gartner during their recent Supply Chain Executive Conference. In Gartner’s tenth year of ranking supply chain companies, Cummins joins the likes of Apple, Amazon, Unilever and Proctor and Gamble for supply chain excellence. The ranking is based on financial performance and an evaluation of our supply chain performance by Gartner analysts and industry peers. “Our efforts in supply chain continue to focus on bringing value to our customers and shareholders, and I am very pleased with our progress,” said Lisa Yoder, Vice President of Global Supply Chain. “There is outstanding supply chain work being done at all levels of our company, and our Gartner ranking is good recognition of our ongoing work. We can use this recognition to stay focused on our vision and the delivery of our critical initiatives.” At the heart of the Supply Chain Top 25 is the notion of demand-driven leadership. Gartner has been researching and writing about demand-driven practices since 2003, highlighting the journey companies are taking — from the old "push" model of supply chain to one that integrates demand, supply and product into a value network that orchestrates a profitable response to ever-shifting changes in demand. This year Cummins was recognized for its journey toward full end-to-end integration across its functions and business units. Cummins is currently driving improvement efforts in areas such as supply chain segmentation into common business models, supply network design optimization and synchronized business planning. “I’m thrilled that Gartner recognized our synchronized business planning implementation as a leading approach within the industry,” said Theodosia Rush, Supply Chain Planning and Logistics Executive Director. “While there remains a great deal of work to fully realize the vision of market driven supply chains, the recognition clearly indicates we are on the right path.” This significant achievement continues to reflect the hard work and efforts focused on one of our company-wide growth accelerators – achieving supply chain excellence. Our vision, to establish reliable, market driven supply chains to enable profitable growth requires us to continue to define supply chains that begin and end with meeting and exceeding customer demands while consistently delivering superior value in a “fit for market” environment. The ongoing supply chain transformation has a far reaching impact across the organization and drives us to focus our resources and initiatives not only on “functional excellence” but also on becoming excellent at “winning at the hand-offs” between businesses and functions. “We are moving in the right direction and will continue to bring our Supply Chain strategies to life. We will build on the momentum we have created over the last three years to bring even more value to our customers and company,” Yoder said. Gartner, Inc. is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A., and has 6,100 associates, including more than 1,460 research analysts and consultants, and clients in 85 countries. About Cummins Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, (USA) Cummins currently employs approximately 48,000 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 6,500 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.48 billion on sales of $17.3 billion in 2013. Press releases can be found on the Web at Follow Cummins on Twitter at @Cummins and on YouTube at CumminsInc.

‘Step-Through’ Style for Pendleton’s Extended Range

Resonating elegance, the ‘sit-up and beg’ style Ashwell, has received a design update. At £329.99, the navy blue Ashwell honours the classic lines that have become the heart of the Pendleton range. True to Pendleton tradition, the leather sprung saddle with matching handgrips and cream tyres, reflect its design commitment to stylish sophistication. Whilst it’s compact luggage rack and optional wicker basket provides the practicality of a dependable ride. “Everyone knows I am passionate about cycling,” said Victoria Pendleton, “and I want to encourage as many women as I can back onto their bikes which is why I am so proud of the fact that my classic bikes are for everyday women. You don’t have to wriggle into lycra to ride them and they are perfect for nipping down to the shops or a ride around town or countryside, with friends.” First introduced in the spring of 2012, the Pendleton range soared to instant popularity and quickly became the best-selling- ever women’s range in Halfords 120 year history. Key to this success has been the accessibility of its design, which was first mirrored in the now timeless Somerby classic. To mark the success of the original Pendleton bicycle, the Somerby has also received a make-over. Now available in an ice-cream shade of mint green, the Somerby, priced at £279.99, resonates the pastel vibes that dominate this seasons fashion ‘must-have’s ‘.  Like the Ashwell, the mint Somerby includes all the traditional styling’s that have become expected of Pendleton’s classic range, whilst ensuring that it’s rider’s love for glamour and style is reflected it’s the bike’s on-trend design. With built in mud-guards, matching brown leather saddle and handgrips, the Somerby not only oozes charm but provides the reliability of a ride that is prevalent to the core of the Pendleton ethos. To complete the look, get the Pendleton Wicker Basket and the Pendleton Satchel priced at £39.99 each. For more information on the exclusive Victoria Pendleton collection visit: ENDSNew Image (

EQT Mid Market acquires compliance and integrity service provider Dataflow

· EQT Mid Market acquires majority stake in Dataflow, a leading immigration compliance and credential verification service provider headquartered in Hong Kong · Strategy is to support the continued growth and the development of new products as well as explore inroads to new clients via EQT’s Industrial Network · Founders and management remain significant minority shareholders and further invest alongside EQT through a management participation program The EQT Mid Market fund (“EQT Mid Market”) has today acquired Dataflow Verification Services Limited (“Dataflow” or the "Company") from the founders. Dataflow is a leading provider of immigration compliance and credential verification service to governments, government-sanctioned authorities and private institutions. Dataflow was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Hong Kong. The Company has operations in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, India, Jordan, Singapore and Malaysia, and has a team of around 450 experts and researchers. Dataflow helps clients to conduct primary source verification (PSV) on credentials of highly skilled professionals, for example doctors, nurses or engineers, as part of mandatory immigration and credentialing programs, and processes more than 200,000 applications annually from 168 countries. Dataflow has relationships with over 25,000 issuing authorities such as schools, universities and other professional bodies around the world. The global demand for highly skilled specialists across industries and sectors has led to a rise in the movement of labor throughout the GCC region as well as between other countries in the world. The movement of skilled and highly educated labor has increased the demands for PSV services in order to avoid recruitments based on fraudulent credentials. Following the growing requirements for PSV services, Dataflow has established a leading market position in the GCC region with high customer retention. Dataflow offers its clients tailored PSV services with high integrity and quality which are scalable, cost efficient and provide a quick turnaround time. The globalization and the continued movement of labor is expected to offer substantial growth opportunities in both existing and new clients and countries. Mr. Douglas Nairne, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dataflow, said: “EQT Mid Market is an ideal partner as Dataflow plans to grow and expand further. EQT has an industrial and hands-on approach and we share the vision of creating value for our stakeholders and the communities we protect. We are excited to work with EQT and their network of Industrial Advisors. Together, we will continue to deliver superior services to our clients and serve and protect the communities they represent." “We are impressed by the high quality of Dataflow’s compliance and integrity service offering. The management team has achieved to position Dataflow as a true leader and EQT looks forward to deploying its global resources to support its growth and development strategy further,” says Tak Wai CHUNG, Partner at EQT Partners, Investment Advisor to EQT Mid Market. The parties have agreed to not disclose the transaction value. Contacts: Tak Wai CHUNG, Partner at EQT Partners, Investment Advisor to EQT Mid Market, +852 2801 6823 Johan Hähnel, EQT Mid Market Spokesperson, +46 706 05 63 34 About EQTEQT is the leading private equity group in Northern Europe, with portfolio companies in Northern and Eastern Europe, Asia and the US with total sales of more than EUR 25 billion and over 550,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership. For further information please visit About DataflowDataflow is a leading immigration compliance and credential verification service provider headquartered in Hong Kong. It helps governments, government-sanctioned bodies and private institutions to conduct primary source verification on credentials of high-risk, high value professionals, for example doctors, nurses and engineers, as part of mandatory immigration and credentialing programs. The Company offers tailored solutions and high quality service and is the “de facto” service provider in the GCC region. For further information please visit (

Litchfield Court resident brings home 'Best Garden Award' in YHA In Bloom competition

MiracleGrow, watering twice a day and help from the grand children – those are three key ingredients that have helped earn John Roberts of Litchfield Court in York the award of “Best Garden” in the annual York Housing Association In Bloom Competition. Mr Roberts’ garden impressed judges who have been assessing gardens from Scarborough to Rothwell, and Beverley to York as part of this year’s competition, which has seen green-fingered tenants working their magic on gardens, hanging baskets and containers or every shape and size.  “Creating this garden has been a real team effort, with my neighbour Jean helping with the watering, my sister planting up the hanging baskets and my children and grandchildren helping with everything from laying the slate mulch to weeding and planting – it is a great way for the grandchildren to earn some pocket money!” comments John.  “I normally only enter my hanging baskets into the competition, but this year I thought I’d give the ‘best garden’ category a try, and I’ve won!” As well as the beautiful planting, features like a 100 year-old barrow – purchased as a bargain from a second-hand shop and then carefully repaired and painted to make an unusual planter holder – drew the eyes of the judges to help Mr Robert secure the award, whilst the container that sits on the barrow earned him a runner up prize for best container display. Across the city, despite not having a garden of their own, a sparkling display on a balcony on Navigation Road helped Mr & Mrs Bolton win an award for the ‘Best Golden Theme’.  “This is York Housing Association’s 50thanniversary year, so we had set our tenants the challenge not only of creating even more stunning displays than last year, but wherever possible, incorporating gold into the theme – whether with golden flowers or accessories to add a  golden anniversary touch to the gardens,” comments chief executive, Julia Histon.  “Mr & Mrs Bolton created a marvellous golden sculpture, with a host of yellow flowers growing around a golden obelisk, decorated with golden butterflies and dragon-flies – they met the challenge admirably!  It was displayed surrounded by a host of golden flowers on their balcony – a small space absolutely packed with colour!” YHA board member, Ruth Brigham, had the enviable task of spending a day visiting the finest gardens to deliver their awards.  “I really enjoy gardening myself, and it is hugely inspiring to see the breath-taking displays of flower, herbs, shrubs and foliage which our tenants have spent so much time lovingly cultivating,” says Ruth.  “These gardeners not only create a beautiful environment for themselves, but they also really lift the mood of those living around them when they get to see these gardens and containers every time they step out of their front doors.” The inspiring displays on the Boltons’ balcony also inspired success for two of their neighbours – Joyce Park of Bretgate won the ‘Best Herb Display’ category with her rosemary and mint plantings, and her next door neighbour, Mr P Fryett, was runner-up with his hanging basket displays. Other winners include two neighbours in Rothwell, Jennifer Hamill and Stuart Howcroft of Pasture View Road, who won the awards for best container display and best hanging baskets with colourful and vibrant displays that would surely rival the Hanging Gardens of Babylon! For more details, or to see some of the photographs of the winning gardens, please visit ENDS Links to photographs can be found below, with many more images of YHA In Bloom 2014 winners available from For further media information or photographs, please contact: Jay Commins or Samantha Orange Pyper York Limited Tel:         01904 500698 Email:

Runner-up prize for Beverley gardeners as 'YHA In Bloom' competition spreads its roots to the East Riding

The properties in Beverley’s Knight Way may be a fairly recent addition to York Housing Association’s (YHA) portfolio, but that hasn’t stopped resident Claire Walker – who was helped by her green-fingered five year old daughter, Abbey-Louise – from receiving a runner up award in the 2014 YHA In Bloom competition! Entries were submitted from proud gardeners in West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and the East Riding in the competition, which is open to all tenants in YHA’s 950 properties across the region.  From balcony and window box displays, to fully established gardens, judges found it difficult to select the best out of some truly amazing displays!  In Beverley, it was Claire and Abbey-Louise’s baskets of petunias that really caught the judges’ attention, although they considered that Abbey-Louise’s sunflowers deserved a special mention, too. “Abbey-Louise loves gardening with her grandma, and also pitches in at school, so when she asked to have a go at home, I was happy to help,” said Claire.  “I am not particularly green-fingered but we grew many of the plants from seed, and now the baskets and planters look great!” “This is York Housing Association’s 50thanniversary year, so we had set our tenants the challenge not only of creating even more stunning displays than last year, but wherever possible, incorporating gold into the theme – whether with golden flowers or accessories to add a  golden anniversary touch to the gardens,” comments chief executive, Julia Histon.  “As ever, our keen gardeners – and some beginners, too – rose to the challenge marvellously, with some stunning displays right across the region.  It is fantastic to see some of the newer members of the YHA family in Beverley getting involved, too, and we hope that Claire and Abbey-Louise’s success will inspire many more entries from the East Riding next year!” YHA board member, Ruth Brigham, had the enviable task of spending a day visiting the finest gardens to deliver their awards.  “I really enjoy gardening myself, and it is hugely inspiring to see the breath-taking displays of flower, herbs, shrubs and foliage which our tenants have spent so much time lovingly cultivating,” says Ruth.  “These gardeners not only create a beautiful environment for themselves, but they also really lift the mood of those living around them when they get to see these gardens and containers every time they step out of their front doors.” The overall best garden winner was John Roberts from Lichfield Court in York, with the best container and hanging basket displays won by neighbours from Rothwell, Jennifer Hamill and Stuart Howcroft of Pasture View Road. For more details, or to see some of the photographs of the winning gardens, please visit ENDS Links to photographs can be found below, with many more images of YHA In Bloom 2014 winners available from For further media information or photographs, please contact: Jay Commins Pyper York Limited Tel:         01904 500698 Email:

Rotten WiFi launches platforms for Android and Web after thousands rate their WiFi experiences

Just 3 months after the release on the App Store, the Rotten WiFi app is now available on Android devices and web platforms, giving even more users the ability to rate the quality of Internet connection worldwide and express their satisfaction about specific connections and hotspots. The Rotten WiFi app is already becoming a part of everyday life for both travelers and locals, as the collected data shows that, since it launched earlier this year, people have measured the quality of Internet in 159 countries, tested 263 hotels, 50 airports and more than 2400 bars, cafes, restaurants, as well as a range of other public and private hotspots. The most active countries checking and rating their WiFi experiences are Philippines at 13.2%, Ecuador at 7.0%, Lithuania at 6.5%, Venezuela at 5.9% and USA at 5.2%. However, the average download speed of all hotspots in these countries is almost opposite to these results, with USA boasting 8.2 Mbps and Lithuania sitting at 7.0 Mbps, while average Internet speed in Philippines reaches 1.2 Mbps, 3.2 Mbps in Ecuador and 4.6 Mbps in Venezuela. The data has also revealed the Top 5 restaurants, cafes or bars worldwide with the highest recorded WiFi download speed and client satisfaction ranks: · §  Autogrill Restaurant, Villetelle, France – download speed 58.6 Mbps, satisfaction rank – 7/10 · §  Starbucks Coffee Shop, San Jose, USA – download speed 44.4 Mbps, satisfaction rank - 8/10 · §  Pipirini Subs Fast food Restaurant, Lithuania - download speed 43.7 Mbps, satisfaction rank - 8/10 · §  Time Restaurant, Lithuania - download speed 43.1 Mbps, satisfaction rank - 10/10 · §  Edly Cocktail Bar, Romania - download speed 42.2 Mbps, satisfaction rank - 7/10 Rotten WiFi co-founder Arturas Jonkus comments: “Having the Rotten WiFi app operating all main platforms means more users get an opportunity not only to check hotspots, but also download the customized map and list with locations of tested WiFi hotspots in any part of the world and use it offline when arrive at a destination.” The Web version of the app can be found here: The Android app can be downloaded here: The Updated iOS app can be downloaded here:

Shared Ownership Properties Receive 5.5x More Enquiries than Sole Ownership Properties

Shared ownership is on the rise with recent research from House Tree ( revealing that housing association schemes receive 5.5 times as many enquiries than their sole ownership counterparts. The statistics were drawn from random property enquiry samples compiled over the last six months and offer intriguing insight into the current property trend of shared ownership. At its essence, the increased interest highlights the financial struggles of prospective buyers and the demand for a realistic alternative to sole ownership property. With recent research from the ONS indicating that UK house prices have risen by an average of 9.9% in the past year, buying a home continues to remain a pipedream for many first time buyers, low income earners and young families. Furthermore, experts are predicting that the boom isn’t set to slow down until at least 2017.The result is a nationwide crisis with many UK residents facing eviction, temporary accommodation and even homelessness. Campbell Robb, the chief executive of Shelter, said "Each rise in prices means more people stuck living in their childhood bedrooms, or trapped in the cycle of moving from one expensive rented home to the next.” As a result of the nationwide issue, shared housing schemes have emerged as a popular alternative for those that simply cannot afford to put down deposits and take on expensive mortgages. Available to households earning under £60,000 a year, first time buyers and anyone that does not already own their own home.  Leasehold agreements have opened up property doors for thousands of Brits. The affordable home ownership scheme offers buyers a step up onto the property ladder and ensures that the appreciating value of UK property can be harnessed by a diverse demographic. Tom Harrington, Managing Director at House Tree said, “The UK is currently experiencing an unprecedented property boom which is fantastic for those with the money to invest. However for the less fortunate, buying property is largely considered an out of reach dream. Shared ownership schemes offer a constructive solution to the issue and ensure that the benefits of the thriving property market are shared by the nation.” Blending the benefits of a traditional estate agent with the convenience of online technology, House Tree offers shared ownership clients an unmatched level of service, expertise and industry insight.Hightown Homes is the trading name of charitable housing association Hightown Praetorian & Churches.  They have been using Housetree to promote their shared ownership properties in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire areas. Eva Hollands, Sales and Lettings Manager for Hightown Homessaid, “House Tree offer a really effective way of promoting our properties to first time buyers.  They provide us with a constant feed of high quality customers for our Shared Ownership Homes”. To find out more about House Tree and how it is helping Housing Associations across the UK market properties, visit: Facebook: Twitter:

Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association Brings Legends for Youth Baseball Clinic Series to Denver, CO

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Local youth will have an opportunity to play with their big league heroes at the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) Legends for Youth baseball clinic series on Saturday, July 26th, 2014. The free clinic features former Major League Baseball players who will teach baseball skills, drills and life lessons for approximately 200 local youth ages 6 – 16. Players attending* include the only player to pinch hit for Ted Williams, Carroll Hardy, former Cubs pinch hitter Gary Krug, and 14-year MLB veteran Terrance Shumpert. The clinic will take place at Coca Cola All Star Park, running from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., located at 200 South Harlan St., Lakewood, CO 80226. Alumni players will train at stations including pitching, catching, baserunning and life skills. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The morning will conclude with an autograph session for children in attendance. To register for this clinic, please visit Registration is required. For more information regarding the clinic, please contact Nikki Warner, Director of Communications, at (719) 477-1870, ext. 105 or visit *Clinicians subject to change. About The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) MLBPAA was founded in 1982 with the mission of promoting baseball, raising money for charity and protecting the dignity of the game through its Alumni players. The MLBPAA is headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with a membership of more than 6,900, of which approximately 5,300 are Alumni and active players. Alumni players find the MLBPAA to be a vital tool to become involved in charity and community philanthropy. Follow @MLBPAA for Twitter updates. About Legends for Youth Clinics MLBPAA’s Legends for Youth clinics impact more than 15,000 children each year, allowing them the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from players who have left a lasting impact on the game of baseball. The MLBPAA has reached children across America and internationally in Australia, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, the United Kingdom and Venezuela, through the Legends for Youth clinic series. To donate to this program, visit ( The official hashtag of the Legends for Youth clinic series is #LFYClinic. ###

The Home Depot Foundation Donates $81,000 to Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness in Bluemont, Va.

The Home Depot® Foundation has donated $81,000 to Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness, the nation’s first permanent and private rural retreat for wounded U.S. military, veterans and their families. This gift will support the construction of a horse barn, horse run-in shelter and walled garden projects at the new 37-acre retreat. “From the time The Home Depot’s very first store opened, giving back has been a core value of the company,” said Gaven Gregory, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation. “We are proud to work with Boulder Crest Retreat in our efforts to give back to those men and women who have so bravely served our country.” Boulder Crest Retreat is a first-of-its kind, permanent and private rural retreat that provides free accommodations and recreational and therapeutic activities and programs to help wounded military service members, veterans and their families reconnect and recover. “We are extremely grateful to The Home Depot and The Home Depot Foundation for this very generous donation and their support of Boulder Crest Retreat,” said Ken Falke, founder of Boulder Crest Retreat. “The Home Depot is one of the most generous companies in the military and veteran space and we are humbled to add them to an august list of donors.” Boulder Crest Retreat opened in September 2013 and is located in Bluemont, Va., just 50 miles outside of Washington, D.C. The country sanctuary offers guests free, private, ADA-accessible accommodations and opportunities to relax, recover and spend time together as a family in a peaceful and natural setting while enjoying activities such as hiking, fishing, archery, yoga and meditation. The retreat also hosts group retreats and life skills programs and workshops. Boulder Crest Retreat is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that is entirely funded entirely by private donations by individuals and organizations from around the country. For more information about the retreat, please visit

Business Disability Forum bring together 250 business leaders to drive change

London, UK- On Wednesday 23 July, 250 business and disabled opinion leaders gathered at the House of Lords at the invitation of Lord Addington to learn more about the power of information exchange to transform business disability performance. The event was generously sponsored by Microlink PC. Susan Scott-Parker Founder and Chief Executive of Business Disability Forum (BDF) said: “this event is all about what happens when business and disabled individuals get together to make big things happen by challenging business culture, attitudes and to remove workplace barriers”.  BDF actively encourages Partners and Members to share best practice and drive change in their specialist fields and areas of common interest through its Presidents' Group, led by Sir Ian Cheshire and other networks such as the Technology Taskforce, Senior Disability Champions network and Customer Strategy group.  Speaker Kate Nash OBE, Director of Kate Nash Associates explained the key role disabled employee networks play in supporting business led journeys toward disability confidence and Gill Day, Priority Service Team Manager, EDF Energy shared her personal experience of networking with other disabled women. Ends. Notes to Editors 1. BDF represents some 400 businesses and large government bodies that employ 20% of the UK workforce. This includes Barclays Bank, Lloyds Bank, Sainsburys, BT and Airbus. Smart organisations work with BDF to improve their business performance. BDF has more than 20 years’ experience of equipping people with the expertise to create more disability smart organisations. Here is a short video about the forum: For more information about the Forum please visit: 2. For more information about Microlink and their recent workplace adjustments solution please visit:  3. For more information about Kate Nash Associates please visit: 4. For further information, contact Brenda Berwise-Ebanks, Communications and Marketing Manager,, telephone: 020 7403 3020.

UT Arlington Army ROTC officer named nation’s top military science professor

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The U.S. Army Cadet Command has named Lt. Col. Lora A. Rimmer, Commander of the Army ROTC “Maverick Battalion” at UT Arlington, the nation’s Professor of Military Science of the Year. Rimmer was selected from among 275 professors at colleges and universities nationwide that offer Army ROTC. She will receive the award during a ceremony at U.S. Army Cadet Command Headquarters at Fort Knox, Ky., in November. “This award is both humbling and rewarding, and this has been one of the most fulfilling assignments in my career,” Rimmer said. “As Professor of Military Science, I am charged with recruiting, developing, mentoring and commissioning the next generation of Army and civilian leaders. To be recognized for something that you truly love to do is an amazing honor.” Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, UT Arlington provost and vice president for academic affairs, credited Rimmer with providing a variety of unique that change lives, and applauded efforts by Rimmer and her staff in helping students to succeed in any competitive environment. “Lt. Col. Rimmer and her command staff have developed UT Arlington’s Army ROTC program into one of the best leadership courses in the country, and they have much to be proud of in the way that they have inspired youth by developing in our Junior Cadets self-discipline, self-confidence and pride,” Elsenbaumer said. “Lt. Col. Rimmer’s untiring and selfless efforts have had a tremendous impact on the Cadet Command’s ability to recruit, train and commission the future officer leadership of the Army.” Candidates for Professor of Military Science of the Year are nominated by their respective brigade commanders. All nominees must meet certain fitness and career qualifications. In addition, the unit’s military and civilian staff members also must be among the best not only at their jobs on campus, but also if they are called to serve as instructors at Cadet Command training sessions. In nominating Rimmer for the honor, Col. James Dodson, 5th Brigade Commander, acknowledged her efforts to increase the numbers of UT Arlington students majoring in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. “Her effort to recruit STEM majors is phenomenal,” Dodson wrote, noting that of 49 new cadets that enrolled in her program during the 2013-14 school year, 46 percent are pursuing STEM majors. “Lt. Col. Rimmer maximizes the use of Army National Guard assets, the Dallas Recruiting Battalion, the Dallas Advisory Board and relationships with university departments to achieve great results.” During her 27-year military career, Rimmer has commanded up to battalion level and held staff positions through Corps staff. In 2011, she assumed command of UT Arlington’s ROTC unit – one of the oldest and most respected Army ROTC programs in Texas. Prior to taking command at UT Arlington, she served as the Network Operations Officer for the First Cavalry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Rimmer’s personal and unit decorations include the Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; and the Army Achievement Medal.   A native of Paola, Kan., Rimmer graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in history and a Master of Business Administration. She is also a graduate of the Command and General Staff College. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps units are located at 275 colleges and universities throughout the country. Students at roughly 1,200 other institutions of higher learning also can participate in Army ROTC training and become second lieutenants through partnership agreements with nearby schools. The program has trained and commissioned more than 500,000 men and women since its establishment in 1916. The Army ROTC program at UT Arlington comprises the military science department in the College of Liberal Arts. It qualifies students for a commission in the United States Army, Army National Guard or United States Army Reserve, and offers both a four-year and a two-year program. UT Arlington College of Nursing undergraduates can participate in the ROTC Nursing Program. To learn more, visit the About UT Arlington The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution and the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as the seventh fastest-growing public research university in 2013. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. Visit to learn more. Follow #UTAdna on Twitter. ###

Interim report January – June 2014

The second quarter april – june 2014 · Net sales were SEK 411 M (490), a decrease of 16% and 21% adjusted for changes in exchange rates. More than half of the decline referred to lower revenues from two pan-European customers, a decline in France largely related to reductions in the e-mail channel, reductions in non-core business and declines in markets where offices recently were closed. · Gross margin amounted to 22.1% (23.2). Gross profit was SEK 91 M (114), a decrease of 20% and 25% adjusted for changes in exchange rates. · The gross profit in Q2 decreased by SEK 10 M compared to Q1 2014. Approximately half of the decline referred to the above mentioned pan-European customers. Other significant factors included seasonal effects and a decline in non-core business. · Operating cost, excluding change related items, was SEK 87 M (94), a reduction of 8% and 11% adjusted for changes in exchange rates. The reduction was primarily attributed to the restructuring programme announced at the end of 2013. Staff at end of Q2 2014 was 378 (462). · EBITDA, excl. change related costs, was SEK 4 M (20). · Change related costs was SEK 12 M (0) and included tax related items of SEK 6 M referring to offices closures, and dismissals of the former CEO and Chief Strategy Officer. · Earnings per share, before and after dilution, was SEK -0.37 (0.17). · Cash flow from operating activities was SEK -43 M (17) and was affected by increases in working capital of SEK 37 M.  The interim period january - june 2014  · Net sales were SEK 856 M (1,018), a decrease of 16% and 20% adjusted for changes in exchange rates. · Gross margin amounted to 22.4% (22.9) . Gross profit was SEK 192 M (233), a decrease of 18% and 22% adjusted for changes in exchange rates. · Operating cost, excluding change related items, was SEK 176 M (195). Change related costs were SEK 12 M (0) and EBITDA amounted to SEK 3 M (39). EBITDA adjusted for change related costs was SEK 16 M (39). · Cash flow from operating activities amounted to SEK -119 M (22) and was affected by a normalisation of working capital and other changes in working capital. · Earnings per share, before and after dilution, amounted to SEK ‑0.28 (0.45). · Tomas Ljunglöf was appointed CFO in Q1. During Q2 CEO Rob Wilson and Chief Strategy Officer Andrew Buckman left Tradedoubler. Matthias Stadelmeyer was appointed acting CEO and Chief Revenue Officer Richard Julin resigned.  Significant events after the period · Tradedoubler sold its subsidiary in Lithuania and the impact on earnings is assessed to be immaterial.  FINANCIAL OVERVIEW, Apr Apr Change Jan Jan Change FullSEK M             -Jun -Jun %2 -Jun -Jun %2 Year 2014  2013  2014  2013  2013  Net sales 411 490 -21% 856 1,018 -20% 2,001Gross profit 91 114 -25% 192 233 -22% 455Gross margin (%) 22% 23%   22% 23%   23%Total costs excl. -87 -94 -11% -176 -195 -12% -380depreciation andchange relatedcostsEBITDA adjusted for 4 20 -85% 16 39 -64% 75change relatedcostsEBITDA-margin (%) 1% 4%   2% 4%   4%adjusted for changerelated costsTotal costs excl. -99 -94 2% -189 -195 -6% -402depreciationEBITDA -9 20   3 39 -92% 53Operating profit -14 15 -7 30 24(EBIT)       Net investments in -3 -9 -7 -18 -32fixed assetsCash-flow from -43 17 -119 22 126operatingactivitiesLiquid assets incl 380 167 380 167 506financialinvestments, atperiod's endNet cash1, at 135 167   135 167   262period's end 1. Currentinvestment andliquid assetsexcluding interest-bearingliabilities2. Per cent changesare adjusted forchanges in exchangerates Acting CEO Matthias Stadelmeyer’s comments on the second quarter 2014 “Net sales have continued to decrease and have resulted in lower market share in the second quarter. Underlying gross profit declined in line with the trend from the previous quarter. The restructure launched at the end of last year is progressing according to plan and is still expected to reduce costs by SEK 55 M on an annual basis, with full impact from the second half of 2014.  We are focusing on generating profitable revenues and increasing operational efficiency. As mentioned in the previous interim report, several projects are running in parallel with the overall objective of improving operational performance, freeing up time for increased client facing activities and streamlining internal processes. We are also reviewing the company’s strategy. I see substantial potential for improvements and I am content with the progress that has been made so far. Nevertheless it will take time until we see the financial impact of these efforts. Our solid financial position, active owners and dedicated personnel as well as our strong product offering and large pan-European network of advertisers and publishers give us a good foundation to take advantage of an interesting and rapidly changing European market for performance marketing.“ Presentation This interim report will be presented at a teleconference on the 25th of July 2014 at 10.00 a.m. CET. To follow the presentation, please dial (SE) +46 8 519 990 30, (UK) +44 207 660 20 77 or (US) +1 855 753 22 34. The presentation may also be followed via webcast using the link: Other Tradedoubler discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Swedish Securities Markets Act. The information was released for publication on the 25th of July 2014 at 08.00 a.m. CET. Numerical data in brackets refers to the corresponding periods in 2013 unless otherwise stated. Rounding off differences may arise. In addition, Tradedoubler has changed the date for the release of the interim report January – September 2014 to 7 November 2014

Interim Report Rejlers AB January–June 2014

Second quarter» Revenue increased by 20 per cent to SEK 442.0 million (368.6)» Operating profit was SEK 0.2 million (17.8)» Operating margin amounted to 0.0 per cent (4.8)» Profit after tax was SEK 0.7 million (12.4)» Earnings per share before dilution were SEK 0.04 (1.09)» Diluted earnings per share were SEK 0.04 (1.09) First half-year» Revenue increased by 20 per cent to SEK 880.9 million (733.3)» Operating profit was SEK 13.6 million (44.4)» Operating margin amounted to 1.5 per cent (6.1)» Profit after tax was SEK 9.0 million (36.5)» Earnings per share before dilution were SEK 0.74 (3.22)» Diluted earnings per share were SEK 0.73 (3.22) Statement from President and CEO Peter Rejler  Compared to the previous year, Rejlers showed growth of 20 per cent over the quarter, around half of which came through acquisitions. The second quarter was characterised by a continued focus on boosting the company’s efficiency and profitability. The fall in profit for the second quarter is mainly explained by operations in Norway, which is reporting a loss. These operations are in a coordination and expansion phase, meaning that the profit for the quarter was affected by expenses related to the merger of five companies on 1 July. Several project losses had an impact on profitability during the quarter. Measures have been taken to improve profitability in Norway and a continued review of unprofitable operations will continue in the coming quarter. An improvement in the operating profit is expected thanks to streamlining the administration and focusing on assignment management and cost savings.Operations in Sweden have a good level of activity and demand. Profit for the quarter has been adversely affected by retroactive pension premiums relating to 2013. We see a continued solid earnings performance in Sweden. Despite the weak economy in Finland, we are seeing a small recovery on the market and the level of activity is improving. We are continuing to grow within profitable markets in Finland such as energy and telecommunications. We are facing several challenges in our work to increase profitability, yet I can also see many opportunities. We are well positioned in each of our markets and we have increased our sales activities. We are experiencing a general improvement in demand within the industry. Infrastructure investments are also continuing to provide us with assignments, at the same time energy projects are on the increase. We expect to achieve our growth target 3x2015 primarily through organic growth in the Nordic region. For further information, please contact:Peter Rejler, President and CEO, tel. +46 (0)70 602 34 24, e-mail: peter.rejler@rejlers.seEva K Nygren, CFO, tel. +46 (0)73 412 59 60, e-mail: Rejlers is one of the largest engineering consultancy firms in the Nordic region. Our 1,800 experts work with projects within the areas of Building and property, Energy, Industry and Infrastructure. With us, you will meet specialist engineers with the breadth, cutting edge expertise and not least energy to create the results you want. We are continuing to grow rapidly and our activities are spread across 80 locations in Sweden, Finland and Norway. In 2013 Rejlers had revenue of approx. SEK 1.5 billion and its Class B share is listed on the Nasdaq OMX, Nordic list. The information in this interim report is that which Rejlers AB is required to publish in compliance with the Swedish Securities Market Act and/or the Swedish Financial Instruments Trading Act. This information was released for publication on 25 July 2014 at 8.00 am. This interim report is also available in Swedish. The English version is a translation of the Swedish original. In the case of any discrepancy between the two, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Northland announces organizational changes for its Finnish subsidiary

Luxembourg, July 25, 2014 – Northland Resources S.A. (OSE: NAUR, Frankfurt: NPK, Nasdaq OMX/First North: NAURo – together with its subsidiaries “Northland”, “NRSA” or the “Company”) announces organizational changes regarding the Finnish subsidiary’s employees. As previously announced by the Company, Northland is making organizational changes in order to correspond to operations from one processing line. This is a part of the Company’s new strategy, which was announced on June 30, 2014. Northland Mines OY operates the Hannukainen project in Kolari, Finland. As previously announced by the Company, Northland are looking at strategic options for the Hannukainen project and has meanwhile commenced minimizing its expenses to allow for the search for the strategic options to continue. The employment of 11 employees of the Finnish subsidiary will however be terminated in accordance with the collective agreement and employment legislation. "In total, seven years of work lies behind the Hannukainen project. Making these changes at this point enables Northland to continue working with strategic options. At present we are optimistic regarding finding a partner or buyer for the Hannukainen project," says Jari Väisänen, Vice President of Northland´s Finnish Operations. For more information, please contact:ir@northland.euJohan Balck, CEO: +46 920 779 00Jari Väisänen, Vice President Northland Mines OY: +358 500 900 280Niclas Dahlström, Communication Manager: +46 70 382 99 77 Or visit our website: Northland is a producer of iron ore concentrate, with a portfolio of production, development and exploration mines and projects in northern Sweden and Finland. The first construction phase of the Kaunisvaara project is complete and production ramp-up started in November 2012. The Company expects to produce high-grade, high-quality magnetite iron concentrate in Kaunisvaara, Sweden, where the Company expects to exploit two magnetite iron ore deposits, Tapuli and Sahavaara. Northland has entered into off-take contracts with three partners for the entire production from the Kaunisvaara project over the next seven to ten years. The Company has also finalized a Definitive Feasibility Study (“DFS”) for its Hannukainen Iron Oxide Copper Gold (“IOCG”) project in Kolari, northern Finland. Forward-Looking Information This announcement may include “forward-looking” information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. This forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms “believes”, “estimates”, “anticipates”, “expects”, “intends”, “may”, “will” or “should” or, in each case, their negative, or other variations or comparable terminology. This forward-looking information includes all matters that are expectations concerning, among other things, Northland’s results of operations, financial condition, liquidity, prospects, growth, strategies and the industry in which it operates. By their nature, forward-looking information involves risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. Readers are cautioned that forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and that Northland’s actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industry in which it operates may differ materially from those made in or suggested by the forward-looking information contained in this press release. In addition, even if Northland’s results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industry in which Northland operates are consistent with the forward-looking information contained in this press release, those results or developments may not be indicative of results or developments in subsequent periods.

Allianz Travel Insurance Survey Finds Traveler Reviews are Trusted by Most Americans

Travel reviews are often the first place consumers go when deciding where to take their families on vacation, according to findings in the Allianz Travel Insurance ( Vacation Confidence Index.  Highlighting the importance of user-generated-reviews in a traveler’s decision making process, the survey found that four out of five (77%) Americans who are confident they will take a vacation this year, find other travelers reviews to be “trustworthy.”  Just one in six (16%) find them “not trustworthy” and less than one in ten (7%) aren’t sure how they feel about traveler reviews.  According to the survey released by Allianz Global Assistance USA (, travel marketers should pay close attention to customer generated reviews as they are a powerful force in how consumers decide where they will spend their vacation time and money.  The data also reveal that four in ten (40%) travelers, and one in three (35%) Americans overall, share their own reviews online in some form.  Topping the list of online sharing platforms is Facebook (27%), followed by posting on travel review sites (15%), social networking sites other than Facebook (11%), consumer review sites (7%), and a personal blog or website (6%).  Social media platforms also stand out as a place consumers go to find vacation ideas. The survey found Facebook to be the top destination for Americans looking for summer travel inspiration, used by 24% of respondents confident they will take a summer vacation this year, but down 4 points from 2012.  TripAdvisor, with its user-generated-reviews, came in second place (18%), but is rising, up 4 points from two years ago.  Pinterest was third (4%, no change) and Twitter was fourth (1%, down 5 points), with half of respondents (50%, up 2 points) saying they don’t use any social media platforms for inspiration and 2% don’t know if they do. Age and geography are important indicators of whether consumers trust travel reviews, as the survey found Americans ages 18-34 are most likely to find user-generated-reviews trustworthy (77%), followed by middle-aged travelers 35-54 (69%), and seniors 55+ (56%).  Geographically, travelers in the Northeast are most likely to find travel reviews trustworthy (77%), ahead of those in the Midwest (69%), the South (63%) and the West (59%). “Traveler reviews often influence how and where consumers spend their vacation dollars,” said Joe Mason, Chief Marketing Officer at Allianz Global Assistance USA.  “From choosing a hotel to protecting a trip with travel insurance, it’s clear that consumers trust peer reviews and marketers would be wise to take note.” These results are part of the data found in the 2014 Allianz Travel Insurance Vacation Confidence Index, which has been conducted each summer since 2010 by national polling firm Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of Allianz Global Assistance USA. Methodology: These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted June 6 to 10, 2014.  For the survey, a nationally representative sample of 1,000 randomly-selected adults residing in the U.S. interviewed by telephone via Ipsos’ U.S. Telephone Express omnibus.  With a sample of this size, the results are considered accurate within ±3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what they would have been had the entire population of adults in the U.S. been polled. The margin of error will be larger within regions and for other sub-groupings of the survey population. These data were weighted to ensure the sample's regional and age/gender composition reflects that of the actual U.S. population according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. # # # Allianz Global Assistance USA Allianz Global Assistance USA (AGA Service Company) is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company.  We insure 16 million customers annually and are best known for our Allianz Travel Insurance plans. In addition to travel insurance, Allianz Global Assistance USA offers event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call center services and claims administration for health insurers, property and casualty insurers, and credit card companies. For more information about Allianz Travel Insurance plans, please visit or Like us on Facebook at Allianz Global Assistance How can we help? Allianz Global Assistance is an international leader in assistance, travel insurance and health, life & home care services, with operation centers in 34 countries. The company has more than 13,000 employees who speak 58 different languages and work throughout the world with an extensive network of quality service providers covering 167 countries. Allianz Allianz is ranked 31st in the Forbes Global 500 (2013) and is the 63rd most valuable global brand (Interbrand, 2013). Allianz has 144,000 employees worldwide and 83 million customers in more than 70 countries. In 2013, Allianz had 110.8 billion euros in revenue and over 1,770 billion euros under management. In addition to Allianz Global Assistance, Allianz brands in the US include: Allianz Life Allianz Global Investors PIMCO Fireman’s Fund Euler Hermes Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Internet scammers looking to cash in on get rich quick marketing

Businesses know employing a digital marketing strategy is essential in opening new opportunities and increasing sales, but have little idea about how to get real results. Ben Hunt, director of New Media Digital Marketing ( has warned business owners that "Many scammers are online looking to take advantage of the lack of insight many people have regarding online advertising, and offering them get-rich-quick strategies as a means of getting them to part with their cash." Ecommerce in the UK generated an estimated £38.8billion  ( year and a growth of 16% is predicted for 2014. With email marketing garnering an estimated £40 return on every £1 invested (, it's no surprise businesses are starting to take note of the importance of a decent digital marketing strategy. Mr Hunt said, "the problem businesses are facing are these scammers who focus entirely on keyword optimisation and website redesign. Digital marketers should be holistic. Good digital marketers start with understanding the business itself by offering a consultation. Don't misinterpret me: Your website should be search-friendly and attractive but there are many other aspects to driving a successful digital strategy." With over fifteen years of experience in marketing, New Media Digital Marketing was created to steer marketing strategy to a brand new style of success.  With a team of highly dedicated and experienced professionals who have collectively worked in the industry for more than 15 years across a wide range of media platforms; the company prides itself on understanding the past, present and future of successful marketing campaigns and how elements from each can be combined to provide the best possible marketing strategy for businesses on an individual basis.  Offering a comprehensive range of solutions integrated as a whole, New Media Digital Marketing live up to their name as a new approach to media and marketing. Available for a limited number of interviews, Mr. Hunt said, "Digital marketing is increasingly data-driven; eCommerce and more importantly mCommerce; can be tracked, quantified and measured. We ensure every step of our digital marketing plan is integrated to the next one. We focus on modernising all aspects of the business' online presence and generating meaningful leads, whilst retaining the integrity of the original goals and ethos of the business. " Ben Hunt is down to earth, fun and fast-paced , whilst being easy to communicate with, since he abhors the usual corporate jargon. He said, "scammers essentially try to bamboozle people using inaccessible language and hyperbole. This goes against everything New Media Digital Marketing was created for." To find out more about New Media Digital Marketing, please visit their website at

The Internet of Things

What is Business Analytics (BA)? How does it affect your IT strategy and your business in general? There is a relationship between BA and Big Data (BD) – they are related concepts.  BA is related to taking a set of data, performing a modelling operation, and using the model to predict some kind of future state – what-if calculations. BD is more of a continuous analysis of very large-scale business information. But the business concept that is driving forward the importance of both Business Analytics and Big Data is really The Internet of Things (IoT). More and more devices are capable of communication using the existing Internet infrastructure. It used to be computers that we would connect to the Internet, then laptops, then smart phones. Now it is tablets, ebooks, televisions, and every corporate electronic system you can think of – from security systems to electricity meters to photocopiers. This revolution in making almost every device connect to the Internet is the starting point for the IoT. The classic consumer example is usually the connected fridge that can recommend a dinner based on what is inside, though a more useful example might be your car diagnosing a problem and communicating with the service centre without your own interaction. In 1999, about 250mb of data per person was created each year. By 2012 ten times this amount of data per person was being generated. Data creation is increasing and the speed of increase is accelerating. Every day people are generating data with their smart phones without doing anything – just by switching it on, connecting to the Internet and allowing applications to work in the background. This change in both the consumer and corporate environment is driving both the need for continuous Big Data analysis and also the ability to predict what may happen next based on Business Analytic tools.

Salvatori fleet grows with the addition of Euro VI Iveco Eurocargos

Kent-based haulier Salvatori has grown its fleet with the addition of its first two Euro VI vehicles – a pair of 18 tonne Iveco Eurocargos (ML180E25) from local Iveco dealer Haynes Trucks. The family business, which has operated for more than 80 years, runs a fleet of 60 trucks which are instantly recognisable thanks to a striking red and green livery. The new Ivecos join its pallet network fleet operating from bases in Rochester and Canterbury and have been mounted with curtainsider bodies. Phil Macey, Transport Manager at Salvatori says: “We have been keen to invest in the next generation of vehicles and we expect the pallet market to grow, so these Eurocargos will allow us to meet the increasing demand and put our first Euro VI vehicles to the test.” Salvatori expects its two new 4x2 Eurocargo rigids will travel regular routes of between 100 and 250km per day, making an average 14 to 18 stops, with the ability to operate up to six days per week when required. Macey continues: “The majority of our pallet network fleet are Ivecos. We always start off by planning to run our vehicles for seven years but the high standard of the Iveco chassis and driveline has meant we can usually keep them for longer. This was certainly a consideration when we bought the Eurocargos.” Salvatori uses its own workshops to maintain its fleet and fits Iveco Origin spare parts; this ensures that in the rare event a problem occurs, Salvatori can address it straightaway and with factory quality components. Macey concluded: “Our drivers have been very positive about the Eurocargo, praising the comfort of the cab and the performance of the vehicle in a busy multi-drop application. With Iveco’s strong track record in our fleet, we’re confident we will have many years of reliable operation from the Eurocargos.” The Euro VI Tector engines powering the new Eurocargos offer increased power, torque and durability over the previous EEV generation, combined with enhanced driver comfort through reduced engine noise and vibration. Each 6.7 litre Tector 7 engine produces up to 251hp between 2,050 and 2,500 rev/min and 850Nm of torque between 1,250 and 2,050 rev/min, driven through an automated EuroTronic transmission made by ZF. Salvatori is a member of TPN and the UK Pallet Network. It also operates a wide range of services including acting as a fruit merchant and providing transport in Europe. ends Iveco Iveco is a brand of CNH Industrial N.V., a World leader in Capital Goods listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CNHI) and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario of the Borsa Italiana (MI: CNHI). Iveco designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, off-road trucks, city and intercity buses and coaches as well as special vehicles for applications such as firefighting, off-road missions, defence and civil protection. Iveco employs over 26,000 individuals globally. It manages production sites in 11 countries throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania and Latin America where it produces vehicles featuring the latest advanced technologies. 5,000 sales and service outlets in over 160 countries guarantee technical support wherever an Iveco vehicle is at work. For more on Iveco visit: For more on CNH Industrial visit: For more press information from Iveco contact:Nigel Emms, Press and Public Relations DirectorTel. +44 (0)1923 ref: IVECO 14028                                                                                                                                               2506/14

Renowned celebrity chef unveils plans for state-of-the-art Culinary Academy

As a restaurateur, TV presenter and Guild for Chefs UK Master Craftsman, Chef Damian Wawrzyniak has a lot on his plate. His latest venture is the establishment of the brand new City of London Culinary Academy, designed to help attendees develop unrivalled technical skills as well as gain invaluable insight into the art of classic cuisine and its origins. Set to open its doors in 2015, the academy draws on the experience of master chefs boasting over 30 years of culinary experience across the globe. Overseeing the venture is Chef Wawrzyniak himself, experienced at Copenhagen’s two Michelin Star restaurant, Noma. All class modules have been personally designed by Wawrzyniak who is now working on sourcing restaurant quality equipment and fine tuning the learning systems. As well as helping students refine tasting palates, sharpen knife skills and master presentation, Culinary Academy will bring a unique history aspect to the classroom. This module will delve into the origins of cooking in order to help students gain an enriched understanding of how modern cuisine has evolved over the centuries. Wawrzyniak said, “Incorporated into the curriculum is a fascinating History of Cuisine module which delves into the origins of cooking and the techniques that were used thousands of years ago. Students will gain an enhanced knowledge of gastronomic history, learn about the historical significance of certain ingredients and explore the ways in which the culinary past has shaped the face of contemporary cuisine.” Attendees of the Culinary Academy will enjoy state of the art facilities including a polyvalent room, food laboratory, multifunctional theory rooms and multimedia demonstration room where celebrity chefs will carry out professional demonstrations and master classes. The academy will also boast the highest quality equipment designed to simulate a five star commercial kitchen environment. Lecturers hail from leading schools across the globe, handpicked for their exceptional teaching skills and great approach to student learning. Damian Wawrzyniak will assume the role of Head of the Academy, bringing a wealth of experience, expertise and unparalleled passion to the table. The Culinary Academy will run short and long term courses, open to students across the UK. The highest performing chefs will be offered the chance to complete their training at a prestigious British restaurant where they can gain first hand industry experience with the country’s finest chefs. With its cutting edge facilities, diverse curriculum and dedicated team of cookery connoisseurs, Culinary Academy is set to emerge as London’s premier institution for industry standard chef training. 

Leon, Starbucks & EAT. to host Keynotes at lunch! 2014

Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of Leon and a founding director of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, Steve Flanagan, UK marketing and category director at Starbucks, and Sarah Doyle, brand director at EAT. are just three of the big name Keynote speakers already confirmed to appear at this year’s lunch! trade show, which returns to the Business Design Centre in London on 23-24 September. Martin Hambleton, head of procurement & innovation at En Route International, will also be adding lunch! speaker duties to his impressive resume (he has held senior buying positions at Elior UK, EAT. and DO&CO).  As a buyer, Hambleton has been a keen supporter of lunch! for years, calling it “the best trade show a buyer can attend”.  As a speaker, his ‘Buying Masterclass’ looks set to prove just as essential. Running throughout the two day show, lunch!’s free business seminars are renowned for attracting a host of high-profile brands and industry leaders from across the food to go retailing and contract catering industry.  With past speakers including representatives from Pret, YO! Sushi, Subway, M&S Foods, Caffè Nero, AMT Coffee and the Compass Group UK & Ireland. Creating an appetite for change “We all like to think we're open to new ideas and like to experiment, but then we seem to eat the same sandwich from the same place most days,” says EAT.’s brand director Sarah Doyle, speaking ahead of her 11am opening day Keynote (Tuesday 23 September). Given that many people’s eating habits can be firmly ingrained, the first step for lunchtime retailers looking to boost their customer base is “not scaring them off before they've walked through the door”. Drawing on over 18 years of experience as a marketer in the food industry, working on FMCG brands such as Hula Hoops, Typhoo Tea and Quorn, and overseeing EAT.’s recent brand revamp, Doyle will divulge strategies on how retailers can maximise their sales by persuading these “creatures of habit” to change their routines. Independent and thriving The Working lunch! Theatre (sponsored by Magrini) will also include sessions by entrepreneur Tim Hall, creator of healthy fast-food brand Pod, and Richard Garcia, founder and owner of Cook & Garcia. Discussing ‘How to become the best independent sandwich shop in the UK’ is a bold undertaking for any operator.  But if anyone’s in a position to give advice, it’s Garcia – winner of ‘Best independent Sandwich Bar in the UK’ for two years running at the BSA’s Sammies Awards (2013 and 2014).  Since its launch in May 2012, Richmond-based Cook & Garcia (co-founded with his wife Janet Cook) has not only taken the British sandwich industry by storm but made it on to the prestigious ‘Start Ups Top 100’ list (it moved in to the top 45 this year). With over 25 years’ experience as a chef, Garcia will be sharing some of the key lessons he’s learned along the way, with a focus on how to compete and thrive as an independent on a high street full of the global brands. '”lunch! is a fantastic show for trade each year – and a key source of inspiration to us at Cook & Garcia,” says Janet Garcia, director of Cook & Garcia.  “At last year’s show we met two new suppliers that are now key to our business.  We are looking forward to attending again this year.” Fresh market insights Other new sessions announced today include ‘Lunch as we knew it… A post-recession review of the lunch market,’ hosted by Emma Read, director of marketing and business development for foodservice analyst Horizons. This essential market update will give an overview of established and upcoming trends in the vibrant food-to-go sector, and look ahead to what’s likely to happen to the market now that the UK is out of recession. “Street food is just one example of how operators are responding to the rising demand for sustainable, healthy, hand-held food,” says Read.  “Providing innovative solutions to meet consumers’ demand for flavoursome, innovative, authentic on-the-go dishes.” She’ll also be using the Horizons’ latest data to review how the upcoming allergen regulations, which come into force in December, are likely to impact lunch menus. The full Working lunch! Theatre line-up is set to be unveiled early next month. Returning to the Business Design Centre in London on 23-24 September, the multi-award winning lunch! show will feature 300 exhibiting companies showcasing a wealth of new food and drink products, packaging, equipment and technologies.  Show features include the Working lunch! Keynote Theatre, Innovation Challenge Live, Innovation Challenge Showcase, and the British Smoothie Championships. To register for a free trade pass, please visit ###

It’s not too late to jump in a DAF!

DAF’s nationwide roadshow featuring its completely new Euro 6 range of trucks, which kicked off at the Millbrook proving ground in Bedfordshire in April, is still on its way around the country meaning that anyone wanting to try their hand at the wheel of the latest models from the UK’s market leading truck manufacturer can still do so. Already operators across the UK have been able to visit the roadshow and try the new DAF range made up of the all new LF, CF and XF models. In May it was at Imperial DAF in Gloucester and then up in Scotland at the Royal Highland Showground in Ingliston near Edinburgh. In June Imperial DAF held an a event at their dealer location in Frome, and Watts of Cardiff combined their ride & drive with an opportunity to drive 4x4 pick-ups at the Walters Arena Motorsport Centre in South Wales. In July there have been events at Greenhous DAF in Willenhall, Wessex DAF, Imperial DAF in Derby and Nottingham. Relating to just one of these, journalist John Henderson commented on the North of the Border event: “DAF’s ride and drive event at Ingliston was an outstanding success and gave many the chance to trial a selection of Euro 6 products in an informal setting”. Looking forward, operators have the following opportunities to try the new DAF’s: August Imperial DAF, Hereford - 8th & 9thAugust September Solway DAF, Carlisle - 17th, 18th& 19thSeptember DAF Cork, Ireland - 26th, 27th& 28thSeptember October Greenhous DAF, Shrewsbury - 1st & 2ndOctober Ford & Slater DAF, Peterborough - 7th & 8th October ENDS

ABB acquires Spirit IT to strengthen its measurement product portfolio

Zurich, Switzerland – July 25, 2014 – ABB, the leading power and automation group, announced today it has agreed to acquire Spirit IT of Eindhoven, Netherlands, to add a new line of high-performance liquid flow computers, SCADA and custody transfer solutions to ABB’s leading measurement business for the oil and gas industry. Spirit IT designs and sells liquid flow measurement and supervisory solutions for use in oil and gas applications. Its liquid flow computers and software deliver greater accuracy and control for well-pad automation, transportation and custody transfer applications. Spirit IT’s employees will join the global Measurement Products business unit in ABB’s Process Automation division. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed but the transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014. “The addition of Spirit IT’s products to ABB’s Measurement Products portfolio will enable us to offer a more comprehensive automation solution for liquids and gas,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB Process Automation division. ”The Spirit IT portfolio adds the liquid measurement component to ABB’s industry leading gas measurement and automation product line. This combined offering will deliver comprehensive expertise and market strength to customers and provide new opportunities for growth in the oil and gas segment.” ABB's Measurement Products business unit ( is among the world's leading manufacturers and suppliers of instrumentation and analyzers. With thousands of experts around the world and high-performance technology, ABB's team is dedicated to making measurement easy for its customers. “ABB offers tremendous opportunity for Spirit IT’s flow computer technology to reach a wider range of applications in the global market,” said Harry Kok, President, Spirit IT. “In addition to helping Spirit IT broaden its product line to address new opportunities, this acquisition will also provide a great opportunity for our employees to expand their career options in a much larger global organization.”

How Would Our Politicians Look if They Were Rock Stars?

     We are used to seeing our politicians in their stuffy suits, looking smart and perfectly groomed. This seems to be their staple look and we very rarely get to see them in any other light. But if they hadn't gone into politics, and had chosen a different path instead, life could have been very different for our key political figures. Take former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, for example. If his college rock band, Ugly Rumours, had brought him a little more success, perhaps he would not have gone on to a life in politics, but would have been a rock star instead. How different would his appearance be now if he had spent all these years fronting a rock band?  With this in mind, UK shopping deals site, (, have commissioned a digital artist to create some impressions of how some of our current, key political figures would appear now if they had been rock stars rather than politicians. In the images, top Downing Street dog, David Cameron looks very weathered, as though his rock star lifestyle has taken its toll on his baby face. Ed Miliband looks like a long haired, vegan rocker with a full beard and Clegg could have some current success with his on trend rockabilly look – although it doesn't seem to suit him quite as much as some of the others. Theresa May makes a very convincing punk, with a large, bright pink mohican, whereas Farage's curly mop softens his features somewhat and leads us to believe that he could have been in a soft rock band throughout the 80s. George Osborne suits his dread lock look, which lends itself to a reggae tribute band.  The full selection of images can be found here: Would our politicians have made better rock stars? What do you think?  

UK's largest Medieval Festival recreates royal Richard's world

The stories and legends of the infamous King Richard III will be centre stage for this year’s Yorkshire Medieval Festival, the longest and liveliest celebration of the Middle Ages in the UK taking place at venues around Yorkshire throughout August. “We imagine that Richard’s world was brutal and volatile,” says festival director Danielle Daglan, “but in fact during his lifetime, English culture came of age - the world’s greatest Arthurian epic, Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, was written, and Caxton’s printing press became a world-changing innovation. One of York’s greatest treasures, York Minster’s Great East Window was built in this period, and the Guilds rose to prominence, giving power to Yorkshire people as never before. It was also a Golden Age of chivalry, and displays of knightly prowess were hugely fashionable.” This vibrant and violent world is recreated in a lively programme of talks and tours during the Yorkshire Medieval Festival, organised by The JORVIK Group with guest contributions from the Richard III Society, University of York and local churches. The events explore the very latest insights on the Middleham Jewel, the burial of Richard’s children, and the power of propaganda. Opening on 2 August, ‘Colours of Conflict’, a special exhibition on the Wars of the Roses at the Merchant Adventurer’s Hall, also reveals hidden stories about the people who lived through these times. The jewels in the festival crown, however, are the newly-opened Richard III Experience at Monk Bar, and the Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar along the city’s historic walls, two landmarks that would have been familiar to Richard III when he visited York during his lifetime. The new visitor attractions explore the impact and legacy of Richard’s reign, the struggles for power and tragedy of conflict, and also the lives of the people who lived in medieval York. Barley Hall -a medieval townhouse which was home to a wealthy merchant, who welcomed Richard III and Henry VII to the city during the late 15th Century -also makes a fascinating visit, and is the venue for many events during the Yorkshire Medieval Festival. Discounted entry to all three attractions, and also the JORVIK Viking Centre and DIG, can be gained through a special JORVIK Group Pastport available during the Festival. The Yorkshire Medieval Festival 2014 kicks off in Rowntree Park, York on 2-3 August with Medieval Merriment, an extravaganza of knightly combat, living history, and merry medieval mayhem. The full 4-week festival brings together medieval-themed events, activities, talks and tours at various locations in York and Yorkshire, including Pontefract and Knaresborough, celebrating the 500-year period from the Norman invasion until the demise of Richard III and the start of the Tudor era. A full listing is available on ENDS For further media information or photographs please contact: Nicola Bexon, Samantha Orange or Jay Commins Pyper York Limited Tel: 01904 500698 Email:;;

Ad Naturam Encourages Au Naturel Approach To Pets As 50% Of Supplements Don’t Pass Efficacy Test

Ad Naturam is encouraging pet owners and animal lovers to go au naturel when it comes to feeding their furry friends, as it’s revealed that around half of the multivitamins, supplements and oils for pets do not pass basic efficacy test. With their brand new shop up and running, the team at the natural pet supplements company are urging anyone charged with the care of an animal to opt for organic, plant-based food supplements that are highly efficient and do not cause any  of the adverse side effects that can be associated with chemical pharmaceuticals and supplements. A team at independently test supplements for animals and have reviewed around a dozen of these products for animals in the past few years, discovering that half of them don’t contain the right amounts of active ingredients, and some were found to contain substances like lead. The nutraceutic products available from Ad Naturam are all proven to be highly effective, and offer a range of benefits from anti-inflammatory actions to boosted immune systems – without the potential for harmful additives. Alessandro Saracino, CEO of Ad Naturam, says, “The animal supplement industry is highly unregulated, and many products are not what they seem – the fact that some of them have been proven to contain lead should be a red flag for any animal owners wanting to supplement their furry friend’s diet. Our plant-based products are totally natural, which means they’re free from the type of chemical substances that could cause problems and side-effects in animals – meaning they’re ideal for pet owners who have concerns about the unnatural products their animals could be ingesting.” Ad Naturam boasts a range of products suitable for dogs, cats, horses and other livestock, all of which are 100% plant-based and free of adverse side effects. The Latin motto of Ad Naturam says it all: ‘Si ad naturam vives, nunquam eris pauper’, meaning ‘If you live in harmony with nature, you will never be poor’. This admirable ethos carries across the entire range of high-quality products, which guarantee safety and efficacy for all animals. The flagship product is Phlogostop, a 100% natural supplement for dogs, cats, horses and livestock. With a dynamic white willow phytocomplex which helps relieve pain and lower fever, this product is a must for animal lovers everywhere. Many people opt for acetylsalicylic acid when they’re treating an issue with their pet, but it has been renowned to cause stomach irritation and upsets in some animals – Phlogostop is natural and gentle on the digestive system, offering excellent anti-inflammatory and immunostimulant action that keeps pets healthy and happy. As well as Phlogostop, there are a range of other natural, plant-based animal products that help a myriad of ailments in animals. There are joint supplements for horses and anti-inflammatories for cats – everything an animal lover could need to ensure their furry friends are being cared for the right way. To find out more about Ad Naturam and its range of natural pet and animal products, visit the website:

New educational based solution developed to help under-fire schools

Schools Cools is designed to save schools and staff time and money with a number of cutting edge technologies all encompassed within one website, and supported with offline materials and marketing expertise. Packages of services include: · School Register - an electronic version of the school register. This enables teachers to take the register in a way that also monitors truancy, pushing alerts to parents and senior staff if a child is missing from a lesson; · School Homework, which allows teachers to create forms and attach homework to a virtual learning environment (VLE), along with any suitable references or class notes. They can set deadlines for their pupils who can in turn submit their homework online; · School VLE - this virtual learning environment allows teachers to upload class information, notes, blogs and other relevant learning material that students can access both in and out of the classroom. The VLE also allows parents to see information related to their children as well as additional benefits such as grading, sharing teaching plans, arranging appointments for parents evening, and reporting incidents such as bullying etc; · The School Dinner app allows schools to publish menus, and parents to pay for meals, online. It also lets parents post dietary requirements for their children, and provide feedback; · School Careers - this package add-on allows schools to post job opportunities for free. Potential candidates can view and apply to the job advertisements directly; · School Excursion – schools can load trips into the system and provide information about location, dates and costs etc. Parents can pay for the trips online and/or consent to the school trip digitally. Educational establishments can pick and choose whether they want a quality website with basic functionality, or something with a number of packages. They easily integrate any or all of these packages to their systems as and when required, without having to use three or four different suppliers. As it is one main hub, it will save schools from needing lots of systems all linked together at much higher costs. Schools Cool also offers offline marketing activities such as logo and brand design as well as printed materials, to provide a one stop service. Richard Nash, Director at Schools Cool explains: “Being a parent, I get fed up of schools having to cut back on teaching assistants and resources due to highly expensive website and software solutions. “That is why we created Schools Cool – our ethos is to create high end school websites and technology to save them (and the teachers) time and money - but at the highest quality from a multi-award winning agency. “Our service offers fantastic tools but at sensible prices and without having to reduce the quality. We feel it will make a massive impact on school budgets as well as providing many extra hours during the school week.” Schools Cool is the brainchild of CSI Media, a specialised marketing agency working within the education sector that can help with everything from the website, prospectus, VLE, school social networks and apps. This can be very cost-effective with a range of high end templated solutions to keep costs down, to custom and bespoke offerings for schools, universities or nurseries that want something a bit different. To find out more, visit: Ends

MLBPAA Brings Legends for Youth Baseball Clinic and "Swing with the Legends" Golf Classic to Belgrade Lakes, ME

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Local youth will have an opportunity to play with their big league heroes at the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) Legends for Youth baseball clinic on Monday, July 28th, 2014. The free baseball clinic features Major League Baseball players who will teach baseball skills, drills and life lessons for approximately 200 local youth ages 6 – 16. The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will also host a “Swing with the Legends” celebrity golf tournament hosted by 1967 American League Cy Young Award winner Jim Lonborg. The event will feature former MLB All-Stars, Red Sox, World Series champions and other alumni players. A celebrity reception will take place on Sunday, July 27th and the golf tournament will take place on Monday, July 28th. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Alfond Youth Center Foundation and the MLBPAA. Other alumni players attending* the event include Bruce Berenyi, Kevin Buckley, Tom Burgmeier, Bill “Soup” Campbell, Matt Kinney, Pete Ladd, Mike Laga, Skip Lockwood, Ed Phillips, Mike Torrez and Chico Walker. The clinic will take place at Little Fenway Park from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. located at McGrath Pond, Oakland, ME. Alumni players will train at stations including pitching, catching, baserunning and life skills. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The afternoon will conclude with an autograph session for children in attendance. To register for this clinic, please visit Registration is required. The celebrity reception will be hosted by the Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCA of Greater Waterville, located at 126 North St., Waterville, ME 04901. The reception will begin at 5:00 p.m. The golf event the next day will be hosted by the Belgrade Lakes Golf Club, located at 46 Clubhouse Drive, Belgrade Lakes, ME 04918, beginning with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. followed by an awards ceremony and dinner. For more information regarding either event, please contact Nikki Warner, Director of Communications, at or visit *Attendees subject to change About The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) MLBPAA was founded in 1982 with the mission of promoting baseball, raising money for charity and protecting the dignity of the game through its Alumni players. The MLBPAA is headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with a membership of more than 6,900, of which approximately 5,300 are Alumni and active players. Alumni players find the MLBPAA to be a vital tool to become involved in charity and community philanthropy. Follow @MLBPAA for Twitter updates. About Legends for Youth Clinics MLBPAA’s Legends for Youth clinics impact more than 15,000 children each year, allowing them the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from players who have left a lasting impact on the game of baseball. The MLBPAA has reached children across America and internationally in Australia, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, the United Kingdom and Venezuela, through the Legends for Youth clinic series. To donate to this program, visit ( The official hashtag of the Legends for Youth clinic series is #LFYClinic. ###

University introduces new technologies to the New Forest Show

The University is inviting visitors to experience the very latest in media technology, including Adaptive Immersive Multimedia Experience (AIME). Created especially for the show, this unique experience – featuring three video screens, 12 loudspeakers replaying 3D ambisonic surround sound, and a state-of-the-art LED light show – will give visitors a glimpse into the future of entertainment systems. “We’re really excited about showcasing some of cutting edge media technology projects that are being developed by staff and students at Solent,” says Mark Udall, Head of School for the Maritime and Technology Faculty at Solent University. “The students involved will also be gaining valuable experience working alongside BBC professionals during the show,” he added. Staff and students from the University’s media technology courses will also be assisting BBC staff in setting up a purpose-built studio that will give visitors the chance to read the news and present the weather. Students will also work alongside BBC staff to film the broadcasts and help produce a DVD of each visitor’s ‘five minutes of fame’, which they will be able to take away with them. Solent’s media technology students have the opportunity to undertake a wide range of live work experience through the University’s close links with the film, television and music industries. So far this summer they have helped beam Glastonbury across the Globe, as well as showcasing their film, audio, acoustic and broadcast expertise at Truck Festival, Blissfields and the Isle of Wight Festival. They will also be taking their skills to Camp Bestival, Bestival and Boardmasters – a Cornish surfing and music festival. If you are interested in working with the latest technology, it’s not too late to apply for one of our specialist media technology courses. Visit for more information. The New Forest Show will be running from 29-31 July. For more information visit

First there were fairies, now there are pirates!

Today (Friday 25 July), there were wings aflutter aboard the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, but next Friday (1 August 2014), there will be cutlasses, eye patches and plenty of facial hair as the clean-living pixies make way for a marauding horde of pirates for the second of the summer’s Story Trains. Expect hijinks on the rails, as passengers join forces with the pirate train-mates for a rip-roaring journey through the lawless lands of the North York Moors national park!  A gang of sea-faring outlaws will take over the 10.00am train from Pickering station, before travelling up to Goathland for games and exploration!   Crewmates hop back aboard the 12.50pm train, heading ashore at Levisham station for games and entertainment, landing back in Pickering for around 2.40pm. “This is a fantastically fun way of enjoying a trip on the world’s most popular heritage railway – we hope that we’ll get lots of young pirates in costumes on board to make sure we don’t have any mutinies from the parents, and we’ll be giving away a free family ticket for the best pirate of the day – what better excuse is there to dust off your Jack Sparrow, Blackbeard or even Elizabeth Swann or Anne Bonney costume!” comments Danielle Ramsey, marketing manager for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Tickets for the Story Trains are £20.50 for adults, £17.50 for seniors or £10.50 for children.  A family ticket – covering two adults and up to four children – is just £45.00.  Pre-booking is strongly recommended, as places are limited. Storytrains take place each Friday on board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, with themes as follows: Pirates – 1 and 22 August Hogwarts – 8 and 29 August Fairies – 15 August For more information, or to book tickets, please visit ENDS There is a link to a picture to accompany this story below, or images are available for immediate download from: For further media information or photographs, please contact: Jay Commins or Samantha Orange Pyper York Limited Tel:         01904 500698 Email:

CorePower Yoga Opens in San Jose (100th and 102nd Studios Nationwide)

Denver-based yoga company CorePower Yoga ( will open its first studio in San Jose on Friday, July 25 and its second San Jose studio on Friday, August 1st. This marks the 100th and 102nd studio openings nationwide for CorePower Yoga. (CorePower Yoga’s 101st studio, Mockingbird, will open in Dallas, Texas on August 1st.) Located in San Jose, the Winchester and Almaden Studios will offer a variety of yoga class styles for all levels, including CorePower Yoga’s dynamic heated power yoga in beginner to advanced formats, Yoga Sculpt and Hot Power Fusion. In addition to classes, both studios will offer Yoga Teacher Training (, as well as Lifestyle Programs such as boot camps and wellness cleanses to provide students with cross-training opportunities. “We have been counting down the days until the studios open!” said Priscilla Medina, CorePower Yoga’s Winchester Studio Manager. “We can’t wait to bring our unique style of yoga to the San Jose community.” Both the Winchester and Almaden Studios are home to two spacious yoga rooms and feature a range of amenities including luxurious changing rooms, showers and private lockers. Both studios will have a full retail boutique to showcase men’s and women’s activewear, as well as a variety of accessories to meet your yoga and lifestyle needs. Students who are new to CorePower Yoga will receive one week of unlimited free yoga classes ( A variety of membership package options ( are also available. Last year, CorePower Yoga received a significant investment from Catterton Partners, the leading consumer-focused private equity firm, positioning the brand for rapid growth.  CorePower Yoga – Winchester Studio ( 747 S Winchester Blvd, #150 San Jose, CA 95128 CorePower Yoga – Almaden Studio ( 1080 Blossom Hill Rd, Ste H San Jose, CA 95123

Interim Report for Second Quarter 2014

Second quarter 2014 · Sales volumes were on the same level as in the previous year. Revenue decreased by 3 percent to EUR 233 (240) million, primarily as a result of reduced scrap and alloy surcharges · Operating profit before depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) improved by 47 percent to EUR 28 (19) million, mainly thanks to an improved product mix and high production rate · Order intake was unchanged compared with the corresponding period last year · Operating profit (EBIT) amounted to EUR 16 (6) million · Cash flow from operating activities amounted to EUR 1 (8) million. · Refinancing was conducted in May. EUR 300 million in senior secured notes with a fixed interest of 6.50 percent until 2019 were issued January – June 2014 · Sales volumes increased by 9 percent compared with the same period last year, and revenue by 4 percent. The lower growth in revenue relative to volume is primarily due to reduced scrap and alloy surcharges · Operating profit before depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) amounted to EUR 58 (33) million. Higher volumes and a better product mix are the main reasons for the improvement in earnings · Production volume increased by 21 percent compared to the same period last year · Operating profit (EBIT) amounted to EUR 34 (10) million · Cash flow from operating activities amounted to EUR 6 (-6) million. Amounts in brackets in this report refer to the corresponding period in the previous year. Group key figures +----------------------+----+------+------+--------+--------+-------------+|  |  |2014Q2|2013Q2|2014Q1-2|2013Q1-2|2013Full year|+----------------------+----+------+------+--------+--------+-------------+|Sales volumes |kton|189 |191 |393 |361 |675 |+----------------------+----+------+------+--------+--------+-------------+|Revenue |EURm|233 |240 |479 |460 |850 |+----------------------+----+------+------+--------+--------+-------------+|Operating profit |EURm|28 |19 |58 |33 |47 ||before depreciation | | | | | | ||(EBITDA) | | | | | | |+----------------------+----+------+------+--------+--------+-------------+|EBITDA margin |% |12.0 %|7.8 % |12.1 % |7.3 % |5.5 % |+----------------------+----+------+------+--------+--------+-------------+|Operating profit |EURm|16 |6 |34 |10 |-1 ||(EBIT) | | | | | | |+----------------------+----+------+------+--------+--------+-------------+|EBIT margin |% |6.7 % |2.6 % |7.0 % |2.2 % |0.0 % |+----------------------+----+------+------+--------+--------+-------------+|Net profit/loss |EURm|0 |2 |9 |-2 |-21 |+----------------------+----+------+------+--------+--------+-------------+|Earnings per share |EUR |8 |38 |170 |-36 |-412 |+----------------------+----+------+------+--------+--------+-------------+|Cash flow from |EURm|1 |8 |6 |-6 |20 ||operating activities | | | | | | |+----------------------+----+------+------+--------+--------+-------------+|Net debt/equity ratio |% |149 % |146 % |149 % |146 % |160 % |+----------------------+----+------+------+--------+--------+-------------+|Return on capital |% |5 % |-2 % |5 % |-2 % |0 % ||employed (ROCE) | | | | | | |+----------------------+----+------+------+--------+--------+-------------+|Number of employees at|No. |2 956 |3 004 |2 956 |3 004 |2 995 ||end of period (FTE) | | | | | | |+----------------------+----+------+------+--------+--------+-------------+ Comments from the CEO “The positive earnings trend that began in the autumn of 2013 continued during the second quarter. The efficiency programme for 2014 is on track, and productivity has increased significantly in the first half. The phasing out of production in the chrome-plated steel unit in Mora has begun and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. An enhanced purchasing organisation and better coordination within the group have also contributed to the earnings improvement, mainly in direct materials and logistics. A better currency situation and lower energy prices are also making a positive contribution to earnings. Capacity utilisation in the steel mills has been high during the quarter. At the same time, delivery precision was negatively affected by capacity constraints in post-treatment, and is now just below the group's target of 90 percent. The installation of a new heat treatment furnace in Imatra during autumn will improve the situation. We have planned inventory accumulation in Smedjebacken to prepare for this summer's major rebuild of the continuous caster. Customer service is expected to be unaffected by the extended summer shutdown at the steel mill. Market development during the quarter was mixed, with a stable start and a somewhat weaker finish ahead of the summer. Both revenue and order intake were in line with the second quarter of 2013. Weak demand in the heavy vehicle and mining sectors was offset by increased revenue in other areas. The order book remains slightly higher than the same period last year. The building of Ovako's product management and development organisation is now beginning to yield results. After the re-launch of M-Steel® last year, a number of customer trials have confirmed significant cost savings in machining. In the cured state the material properties are even more unique, opening up new opportunities for M-Steel. A number of new deals have been signed during the quarter, particularly in the energy sector. IQ-Steel® continues to strengthen its position in applications where components are under high load, and where weight reduction is essential. IQ-Steel's unique properties have led to new business in this type of application, such as for transmissions. New product launches will follow in the autumn. Refinancing of the group was conducted during the quarter. The previous bank financing was replaced with a European bond of EUR 300 million. The bond was well received by the market and has a duration of five years at a fixed interest of 6.50 percent. Short-term outlook Economic conditions in Europe and demand for engineering steel are expected to remain stable for the rest of the year. Ovako’s delivery volumes for the third quarter are expected to remain at approximately the same level as in the third quarter of 2013. Earnings will be affected by the seasonal maintenance shutdown during July, with an extended shutdown at the steel mill in Smedjebacken." Tom ErixonPresident and CEO Stockholm, July 28, 2014 You will find the Interim report for the second quarter on the website:

Convening notice to the Extraordinary General Meeting of the Shareholders of Transcom to be held on 4 September 2014

Convening notice is hereby given to the shareholders of the Company to attend the extraordinary general meeting of shareholders of the Company (the "EGM") that will be held on 4 September 2014 at 11.30 am CET at 7, avenue J.P. Pescatore, L-2324 Luxembourg, with the following agenda: AGENDA 1. Election of the bureau of the EGM (the Bureau). 2. Acknowledgement of the merger plan adopted by the board of directors of the Company and Transcom Worldwide AB, a public limited liability company (publ.), incorporated under the laws of Sweden, having its registered office at Rålambsvägen 17, 112 59 Stockholm, Sweden, and registered with the Swedish Companies Registration Office (the "SCRO") under number 556880-1277 ("Transcom WW AB"), pursuant to article 261 of the Luxembourg law on commercial companies dated 10 August 1915 as amended from time to time (the "Luxembourg Company Law") and sections 37-39, Chapter 23 of the Swedish Companies Act (2005:551), published in the Mémorial C, Recueil des Sociétés et Associations on 30 July 2014 (the "Merger Plan"), which includes the report on the Merger Plan prepared by the board of directors of the Company and Transcom WW AB as the merging companies pursuant to article 265 of the Luxembourg Company Law and section 39, Chapter 23 of the Swedish Companies Act (2005:551). 3. Acknowledgement of the reports on the Merger Plan prepared by the independent auditor of the Company pursuant to article 266 of the Luxembourg Company Law and the auditors of Transcom WW AB pursuant to section 40, Chapter 23 of the Swedish Companies Act (2005:551). 4. Acknowledgement of the date of the effectiveness of the cross border merger by absorption of the Company by Transcom WW AB (the "Merger") as being on the date of the final registration of the Merger with the SCRO. 5. Acknowledgment of the fact that, as a result of the Merger, the Company will cease to exist by dissolution without liquidation by way of the transfer of all assets and liabilities of the Company to Transcom WW AB in accordance with the Merger Plan and article 259 of the Luxembourg Company Law and section 36 and 49, Chapter 23 of the Swedish Companies Act (2005:551). 6. Approval of the Merger Plan and the Merger as set therein in accordance with article 263 of the Luxembourg Company Law. 7. Granting of full discharge to the directors of the Company. INFORMATION ELECTION of THE bureau of the EGM (EGM item 1) According to the articles of association of the Company, Mr Henning Boysen, as chairman of the Company's board of directors, shall preside the EGM. In case Mr Boysen will not be able to attend the EGM, the EGM shall appoint another chairman of the meeting. The Chairman of the board of directors may, as the case may be, delegate the duty to preside as Chairman over the EGM to Jean-Michel Schmit, lawyer, partner of Hogan Lovells Luxembourg, with the power of sub-delegation to any other lawyer of Hogan Lovells Luxembourg, should Jean-Michel Schmit not be able to attend the EGM. It is further proposed that the Chairman of the EGM be empowered to elect the secretary and the scrutineer, forming the Bureau of the AGM together with the chairman. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE MERGER PLAN (EGM item 2) The board of directors of the Company has identified advantages of changing the registered seat of the Company from Luxembourg to Sweden (the "Re-domiciliation") and consequently resolved to execute the Re-domiciliation by way of the Merger in accordance with the Merger Plan. Further to the Merger, Transcom WW AB shall be the surviving entity of the Merger and the future listed parent company of the Transcom Group. Transcom WW AB is currently fully owned by the Company, as the Company is the owner of all outstanding 1,279,070 shares issued by Transcom WW AB. In accordance with section 36 and 49, Chapter 23 of the Swedish Companies Act (2005:551), and in accordance with article 259 and 274 of the Luxembourg Company Law, Transcom WW AB shall by way of a statutory Merger absorb the Company, and thus all the assets and liabilities of the Company will pass to Transcom WW AB without the Company entering into liquidation. Therefore, the Merger Plan established pursuant to article 261 of the Luxembourg Company Law and sections 37-39, Chapter 23 of the Swedish Companies Act (2005:551), was adopted by the board of directors of the Company and Transcom WW AB on 21 July 2014. The Merger Plan including the report on the Merger Plan prepared by the board of directors of the merging companies pursuant to article 265 of the Luxembourg Company Law and section 39, Chapter 23 of the Swedish Companies Act (2005:551) (the "Boards Report") is published in the Mémorial C, Recueil des Sociétés et Associations on 30 July 2014. The Merger Plan is also available on the Company's website as indicated below. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE AUDITORS’ REPORTS (EGM item 3) The independent auditor of the Company prepared a report, in accordance with article 266 of the Luxembourg Company Law and the auditors of Transcom WW AB prepared a report in accordance with section 40, Chapter 23 of the Swedish Companies Act (2005:551) (the "Auditors’ Reports") which are available on the Company's website as indicated below. ACKNOWLEGDMENT OF THE DATE OF EFFECTIVENESS OF THE MERGER (EGM item 4) According to the Merger Plan, the date of effectiveness of the Merger shall be on the date of the final registration of the Merger with the SCRO, which is estimated to occur during the fourth quarter 2014. The exact date of the final registration of the Merger will be made public once such information is available. The Company shall, until the Merger Plan has been finally registered, continue to book business transactions involving the Company in its accounting books. As from the final registration of the Merger, all transactions will be booked in the accounting books of Transcom WW AB. ACKNOWLEDGMENT of the fact THAT, AS A RESULT OF THE MERGER, THE COMPANY WILL CEASE TO EXIST BY DISSOLUTION WITHOUT LIQUIDATION (EGM item 5) In accordance with article 259 of the Luxembourg Company Law and section 36 and 49, Chapter 23 of the Swedish Companies Act (2005:551), the Company will cease to exist by dissolution without liquidation as a result of the Merger. Approval of the Merger (EGM item 6) It is proposed that the EGM approves the Merger Plan and Merger as set out therein in accordance with article 263 of the Luxembourg Company Law (which will include also an approval of the intention to execute a reverse split 50:1 of the Ordinary Shares of Transcom WW AB shortly after the Merger, as set out in Section 10.2 of the Merger Plan). GRANTING OF FULL DISCHARGE TO THE DIRECTORS OF THE COMPANY (EGM item 7) It is proposed that the EGM grants full discharge to the directors of the Company for the accomplishment of their task as directors from 1January 2014 to the date of effectiveness of the Merger. QUORUM AND MAJORITY The share capital of the Company is divided in an aggregate number of shares of 1,245,532,733 composed of 622,767,823 Class A voting shares ("Class A Ordinary Shares") and 622,764,910 Class B non-voting shares (Class B Preference Shares"). The Company holds 7,694 Class A Ordinary Shares and 88,836 Class B Preference Shares in treasury (the "Treasury Shares"). Each Class A Ordinary Share is entitled to one vote. Considering the items on the agenda of the EGM and in accordance with the law dated 10 August 1915 on commercial companies as amended from time to time, each Class B Preference Share is, in this particular case, also entitled to one vote for each of the resolutions to be voted upon except for item 7 of the agenda. The voting rights attached to the Treasury Shares are suspended in accordance with the Luxembourg Company Law. Therefore, with respect to the resolutions to be voted upon except for item 7, there is a total of voting rights of 1,245,436,203 composed of 622,760,129 voting rights attached to the Class A Ordinary Shares and 622,676,074 voting rights attached to the Class B Preference Shares. For the resolution to be voted upon under item 7, there is a total of voting rights of 622, 760,129 attached to the Class A Ordinary Shares (the Class B Preference Shares having no voting right in this respect). The EGM (except for item 7 of the agenda) will validly deliberate on the resolutions on its agenda only if at least 50% of the issued share capital is present or represented (the "Quorum"). If the Quorum is not reached at the first meeting, the Board of Directors will convene a second EGM with exactly the same agenda with a prior notice of at least 17 days. No quorum will be required at such second EGM. At both meetings, the resolutions will only be validly adopted if approved by at least 2/3rds of the votes cast at the EGM except for item 7 of the agenda which shall be adopted at the simple majority of the votes cast. In addition, the same condition of quorum and majority shall be met in each class of shares taken separately (except for item 7 of the agenda). OTHER INFORMATION 1. Right to propose new items to the agenda and to file draft resolutions One or several shareholders or holders of SDRs representing, individually or collectively, at least 5 % of the share capital of the Company may require that some additional items be put on the agenda of the general meeting and propose draft resolutions with regards to items included or to be included in the agenda of the general meeting. These rights shall be exercised in writing and shall be submitted to the Company's legal advisors by mail at the following address: Hogan Lovells (Luxembourg) LLP, 10A, rue des Mérovingiens, L-8070 Bertrange, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, or by e-mail at the following address:, no later than 13 August 2014 and the revised agenda will be published by Company, at the latest on 20 August 2014. The shareholders or holders of SDRs who send a request to the Company to add an item to the agenda must send together with their request a justification thereof or a draft of the resolution to be adopted at the EGM. They must indicate the mail or e-mail address where the acknowledgment of receipt of their request may be sent to by the Company within forty-eight hours upon receipt of their request. 2. Right to have access to the documents and information related to the EGM The following documents and information related to the EGM are available to the shareholders at the above mentioned address of the Company and on the Company's website, - this convening notice, - the proxy form, - the notification form, - the draft resolutions of the EGM, - the annual accounts including the management reports of the Company and Transcom WW   AB for the last three financial years, if applicable, - an accounting statement of the Company and Transcom WW AB drawn up as at a date which shall not be earlier than the first day of the third month preceding the date of the Merger Plan; - the Merger Plan including the Boards Report, - the Auditors’ Reports, and - at the latest two weeks prior to the EGM, the merger document, which includes information equal to the information of a prospectus according to the Prospectus Regulation (EC) 809/2004, prepared in accordance with Chapter 2b of the Swedish Financial Instruments Trading Act (1991:980). The shareholders and holders of SDRs may also receive a copy of the above mentioned documents by sending a request by mail at the above mentioned address of the Company, or by e-mail at the above mentioned e-mail address of the Company. 3. Right to participate to the EGM in person or represented by way of a power of attorney 3.1. Direct Shareholders Participation at the EGM is reserved to shareholders who are duly registered as holder of shares in the share register of the Company as of 21 August 2014 (the "Record Date") and file their intention to attend the EGM by mail to the above mentioned address or e-mail address of the Company, so that it shall be received no later than on the Record Date (inclusive). The form of notification of attendance may be downloaded on the Company's website,, or may be requested from the Company at the mailing address or e-mail mentioned above free of charge. Shareholders may be represented at the EGM by signing and sending by mail or e-mail (with the original to follow by post) to the above mentioned address a duly completed and signed power of attorney so that it shall be received by the Company no later than on 29 August 2014 at 4.00 pm CET. Powers of attorney forms for the EGM are available at the same address and on the Company's website, 3.2. Holders of SDRs Participation at the EGM is reserved to holders of SDRs who are duly registered as holder of SDRs in the records maintained by Euroclear Sweden AB as of the Record Date and notify their intention to attend the EGM to Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) ("SEB") at the following address: SEB, Issuer Agent Department, R B6, SE - 106 40 Stockholm, Sweden, by email to: or by fax to: fax number +46 8 763 6250  so that the notification shall be received by SEB no later than on the Record Date (inclusive). The form of notification of attendance may be downloaded on the Company's website,, or may be requested from the Company at the mailing address or e-mail mentioned above free of charge, or may be requested from SEB at the mailing address or e-mail address mentioned above. Those holders of SDRs having registered their SDRs in the name of a nominee must temporarily re-register the SDRs in their own name in the records maintained by Euroclear Sweden AB in order to exercise their shareholders' rights at the EGM. SDR holders wishing to re-register must inform their nominee well in advance of the Record Date so that they appear on the records maintained by Euroclear Sweden AB on the Record Date. Please note that holders of SDRs who have not re-registered their SDRs with Euroclear Sweden AB effective on the Record Date will not be eligible to participate in the EGM. Holders of SDRs, wishing to be represented at the EGM by an attorney-at-fact, must send a duly completed, dated and signed power of attorney, whereby the holders of SDRs authorises the Chairman of the EGM or another designated person to represent him/her/it at the EGM, to SEB at the address above mentioned (by post or by e-mail with the original to follow by post), so that it shall be received no later than on 29 August 2014 at 4.00 pm CET. The form of the power of attorney may be obtained by sending a request to SEB at the address mail or e-mail mentioned above, or may be downloaded on the Company's website, Only the persons that are shareholders or holders of SDRs on the Record Date and who comply with the above procedure may participate and vote at the EGM. Notwithstanding the above rules, the Bureau of the EGM shall have the discretionary power to accept a power of attorney received after the above mentioned deadlines to be accounted for the votes cast at the EGM. Notwithstanding the above, the Bureau of the EGM shall have the discretionary power, on an exceptional basis, to accept the attendance and voting of a shareholder or a holder of SDRs at the EGM, even if the relevant form of the notification of attendance or of the power of attorney has been received after the above mentioned deadlines. Please note that conversions from shares into SDRs and vice versa will not be permitted from 19 August 2014 up to and including 21 August 2014.  Luxembourg, on July 28, 2014 Transcom WorldWide S.A. The Board of Directors 

Hoist Finance acquires TRC SpA in move to strengthen presence in Italy

Hoist Finance announces the agreement with the owners of its Italian service partner TRC SpA, a company Hoist Finance has worked closely with since the company entered the Italian market in 2011.  The acquisition is a natural step towards becoming the leading debt restructuring partner to global banks and financial institutions. “I am delighted that we have reached an agreement to bring our Italian service partner into the Hoist Finance Group. We made our first investment in Italy in 2011 after a detailed analysis of the market place and have since then enjoyed a close co-operation with TRC, one of the leading and most experienced players in Italy. We look forward to welcoming TRC into the Hoist Finance family,” says Jörgen Olsson, CEO Hoist Finance. “After having worked side-by-side with Hoist Finance since 2011, it was a natural step for us to form a structure for closer co-operation. As part of Hoist Finance, we will be even better positioned to continue to capture the upcoming opportunities in Italy,” says Clemente Reale of TRC. About Hoist Finance Hoist Finance is a trusted debt restructuring partner to global banks and financial institutions, offering a broad spectrum of advanced solutions for acquisition and management of non-performing consumer loans. The total value of Hoist Finance’s acquired loans is approximately EUR 800 million. Hoist Finance has a presence in nine European markets. Hoist Kredit AB (publ) is licensed and regulated by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority, and is funded by the internet-based savings deposit service HoistSpar, attracting more than 50,000 depositors, and by unsecured bonds of in total SEK 1.1 billion, listed on NASDAQ OMX. For further information, please contact: Jörgen Olsson, CEO Hoist Finance Jane Niedra, IR Hoist Finance Contact details: Phone +46 (0)8 55 51 77 90 Email: The information above has been published pursuant to the Swedish Securities Markets Act (Sw. lag om värdepappersmarknaden). This information was released for publication at 8.00 on 28 July 2014. For further information, please contact: Jörgen Olsson, CEO Hoist Finance Jane Niedra, IR Hoist Finance Contact details: Phone +46 (0)8 55 51 77 90 Email: The information above has been published pursuant to the Swedish Securities Markets Act (Sw. lag om värdepappersmarknaden). This information was released for publication at 8.00 on 28 July 2014.

Phase II COSMOS study results published in The Lancet on World Hepatitis Day

Stockholm, Sweden — Medivir AB (OMX: MVIR) announces that results from the phase II COSMOS clinical study were published July 28 in The Lancet, demonstrating that 92 percent of genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C virus adult patients treated with simeprevir in combination with sofosbuvir achieved sustained virologic response 12 weeks after the end of treatment (SVR12). The study included patients with compensated cirrhosis and prior null response to treatment with pegylated interferon and ribavirin. According to results from the study, the all-oral, interferon-free treatment regimen with simeprevir and sofosbuvir resulted in consistent SVR12 rates regardless of degree of fibrosis, and was an effective and well-tolerated therapeutic regimen in both treatment-naïve and prior null-responder patients. “The Lancet publication of the COSMOS data on World Hepatitis Day gives further recognition to these revolutionizing treatment results. I hope that this will contribute to helping more patients around the world to get cured.” says Henrik Krook, EVP Commercial, Medivir AB. Based on the findings from the COSMOS study, our partner Janssen in April initiated the phase III studies OPTIMIST-1 and OPTIMIST-2 examining the safety and efficacy of simeprevir and sofosbuvir without interferon or ribavirin for the treatment of chronic genotype 1 hepatitis C infection. For more information please contact:Rein Piir, EVP Corporate Affairs & IR, mobile: +46 708 537 292 About Simeprevir (Olysio®)Simeprevir is an NS3/4A protease inhibitor jointly developed by Janssen R&D Ireland and Medivir AB and indicated for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C infection as a component of a combination antiviral treatment regimen. Simeprevir efficacy has been established in HCV genotype 1 and HCV genotype 4 infected patients with compensated liver disease, including cirrhosis. Janssen is responsible for the global clinical development of simeprevir and has exclusive, worldwide marketing rights, except in the Nordic countries. Medivir AB retains marketing rights for simeprevir in these countries under the marketing authorization held by Janssen-Cilag International NV. Simeprevir was approved for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C infection as part of an antiviral treatment regimen in combination with pegylated interferon and ribavirin in genotype 1 infected adults with compensated liver disease, including cirrhosis. Simeprevir was approved in September 2013 in Japan, in November 2013 in Canada and the U.S., in March 2014 in Russia and in July 2014 in Mexico and Australia. In May 2014 simeprevir was granted marketing authorization by the European Commission (EC) for the treatment of adult patients with genotype 1 or genotype 4 chronic HCV. Following the EMA approval, it is anticipated that simeprevir will be available across a number of European Union countries in conjunction with reimbursement, in the second half of 2014. Simeprevir (Olysio) is marketed under the trade name Sovriad® in Japan and Russia, Galexos™ in Canada and Olysio® in the U.S. and European Union. About MedivirMedivir is an emerging and profitable research-based pharmaceutical company with an established marketing and sales organisation in the Nordics with a broad portfolio of prescription pharmaceuticals. Medivir receives royalty from Johnson & Johnson global sales of the hepatitis C pharmaceutical Olysio. In addition, revenues for sales of Olysio in the Nordic region is generated through the companies own sales and marketing organisation.   Medivir’s research and development portfolio of pharmaceuticals is based on the company’s expertise in polymerase and protease drug targets for different disease areas. The company’s current research and development is focused on infectious diseases, bone related disorders, neuropathic pain and oncology. Medivir is listed on the Nasdaq OMX Mid-Cap list.

A tale of fire and stone - timbers from 1984 fire join masonry in York Minster stone auction

[Links to images below] York Minster’s annual Stoneyard auction has become a popular addition to York’s calendar, but this year for this first time, stone is set to be joined by wood, as members of the public are invited to bid for some of the timbers that were charred during the South Transept fire of 1984. The timbers, taken from the roof of the South Transept during work to repair the damage from the fire, include a number of bosses – carved wooden ‘hubs’ where the ribs of the vaulted ceiling met – as well as pieces of the roof itself.  Some of the bosses still contain some of the original paint and gilt-work alongside charred edges, whilst smaller pieces of wood have been specially branded with the York Minster logo as a sign of their authenticity.  All are made from 14th century oak. “Images of flames licking out of the roof of the South Transept have been widely used as we marked the 30th anniversary of the fire, so it seemed appropriate now to bring out some of the timbers that we have had in storage for three decades and make them available for people to buy,” comments superintendent of works for York Minster, Rebecca Thompson.   “The wonderful thing about this auction is that people get to take home a piece of the historic building’s fabric, whilst also contributing to the on-going task of maintaining it for future generations, as all the money made is ploughed back into future works.” The timber items will be auctioned off alongside many pieces of stone that have been removed and replaced during conservation works.  In total, around 100 items are expected to be auctioned, with a number of smaller pieces of stone and wood available for fixed prices.  Highlights of this year’s auction will include a couple of two-piece pinnacles which stand between four and five feet high.  The square pyramid designs have crockets (leaf carvings) on each corner, and could either be used as stand-alone sculptures, or indeed adapted to make a bird table or bath.  Other stones include sections taken from the ‘tracery’ of the Great East Window, which is currently undergoing a major restoration, as part of the £20 million York Minster Revealed project.  Many stones are also expected to be used for garden or interior design features, with a wide range of sizes, from those easily carried home to large pieces that will require several people to lift into a truck! “Choosing which stones go into the auction is a task in itself, as there is enormous variety,” adds Rebecca.  “Today, all the stone that is removed from the building is carefully examined by the Minster archaeologist and most pieces are numbered, listed and photographed as part of the ‘worked stone inventory’.” This is part of the Minster’s legislative responsibility under the 1990 Care of Cathedrals Measure. Last year’s stone auction raised a total of just over £20,000 with prices ranging from around £20 to £1400 for a weathered grotesque. All the items included in the sale will go on display in Dean’s Park on Thursday 14 August, from 2.00pm to 7.30pm, and again on Friday 15 August, from 10.00am to 12 noon.  The auction itself takes place at 12.30pm on 15 August. For more information, please visit or call 01904 557226. ENDS For further media information or photographs, please contact: Jay Commins Pyper York Limited Tel:         01904 500698 Email:

Key Driveline Contract in North America worth EUR 108 Million (NOK 902 million)

Kongsberg Automotive’s Driveline business area has been awarded a significant supply agreement from a major North American OEM to supply Automatic Transmission Shift Cables. The Shift Cables, to be used in B and C Segment vehicles, will be produced in KA’s Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and Wuxi, China production facilities and supplied to the customer’s assembly plants globally.  The estimated peak volume of the programs involved in these segments will reach 2.1 million cables annually by 2019 with production set to begin in the third quarter of 2016.  The estimated lifetime value of the contract is EUR 108 million (NOK 902 million) over the program life, with all programs phasing in over an 8 year period. “Our customers are focusing more on standardization of components that can be leveraged across their global platforms.  Our market proven design and reliability of Shift cables has enabled us to give our customer the confidence and commitment to secure this major business award.   We will continue to push our KA standard cable design to our customer base to help meet their expectations on standardization while allowing us to be globally competitive” said Ian van Duijvenboode, VP Global Sales & Marketing, for Kongsberg Automotive’s Driveline business.     “We are seeing our customers take a more global approach to sourcing.   With KA’s global footprint and standardized product design, combined with the best manufacturing practices, we are able to be an attractive partner to our customers”, said Joachim Magnusson, EVP of Kongsberg Automotive’s Driveline business.

Stem cells from nerves form teeth

Our health and quality of life is closely linked to our dental health. With age, our teeth become more susceptible to infection, wear and damage, and it is important for the health services to help people maintain good dental health. It was previously known that the living, soft part of the tooth, or the pulp, in addition to connective tissues, blood vessels and nerves also contains a small reserve of stem cells. These stem cells are capable of repairing the tooth when it has been damaged by assisting the reformation of both hard and soft tooth tissue. Researchers have long been discussing the origin of these stem cells. By studying the teeth of mice, the researchers behind this new study have been able to map the fate of individual cells.“We have identified a previously unknown type of stem cells that surprisingly enough belong to the nerves of the tooth; these are nerves that would normally be associated with the tooth's extreme sensitivity to pain,” says Kaj Fried at the Department of Neuroscience, one of the head researchers responsible for the study.The researchers discovered that young cells, which at first are part of the neural support cells, or the glial cells, leave the nerves at an early stage of the foetal development. The cells change their identity and become both connective tissues in the tooth pulp and odontoblasts, i.e., the cells that produce the hard dentin underneath the enamel. Today we do not have the possibility of growing new teeth in adults, but the discovery of this new type of stem cells is an important step towards the knowledge and technology that is required to make it a future possibility.“The fact that stem cells are available inside the nerves is highly significant, and this is in no way unique for the tooth. Our results indicate that peripheral nerves, which are found basically everywhere, may function as important stem cell reserves.  From such reserves, multipotent stem cells can depart from the nerves and contribute to the healing and reformation of tissues in different parts of the body,” says Igor Adameyko at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, who has headed the study along with Kaj Fried. The study has been financed with grants from bodies such as the Swedish Research Council, Bertil Hållsten's Research Foundation, StratRegen at Karolinska Institutet, the Wallenberg Foundations, the European Research Council (ERC), the Swedish Dental Association (SDA), EMBO and Stockholm County Council.Publication: “Glial origin of mesenchymal stem cells in a tooth model system”, Nina Kaukua, Maryam Khatibi Shahidi, Chrysoula Konstantinidou, Vyacheslav Dyachuk, Marketa Kaucka, Alessandro Furlan, Zhengwen An, Longlong Wang, Isabell Hultman, Lars Ährlund-Richter, Hans Blom, Hjalmar Brismar, Natalia Assaife Lopes, Vassilis Pachnis, Ueli Suter, Hans Clevers, Irma Thesleff, Paul Sharpe, Patrik Ernfors, Kaj Fried, and Igor Adameyko, Nature online 27 July 2014, doi: 10.1038/nature13536For further information about this study, please contact:Igor Adameyko, PhD, Principal InvestigatorDepartment of Physiology and PharmacologyTelephone: +46 70 729 1042E-mail: Kaj Fried, PhD, Professor of NeuroscienceDepartment of NeuroscienceTelephone: +46 70 329 7853E-mail: For images, please contact the Press Office (

New book 'Thrive – Surviving in a Corporate Jungle' Now Published

British author Mark Barnes ( has released his fresh, light-hearted and unconventional take on the corporate world, with Thrive – Surviving in a Corporate Jungle. Available online in paperback (£7.99) or in digital editions (£4.99), Thrive presents a humorous, engaging and insightful vision of the corporate world, enlightening fledglings and veterans of the many strategies required for them to stay one step ahead in this most challenging environment.    Mark’s consulting background has ranged from small start-ups to global investment banks and household software companies, across various industries and continents. This extensive corporate experience has enabled Mark to produce a book that uses the jungle as an analogy for the world of business, with the creatures therein every bit as dangerous as the tropical habitat. Colleagues are transformed into animals, and business situations are illustrated in the context of ‘rules of the jungle’. Thrive distils actual scenarios and individuals into fictional counterparts, ensuring that although the book heralds a new approach to looking at business, it is grounded in reality rather than theoretical or academic situations. The book introduces readers to the jungle via specific topics and enables them to navigate their way through with ease, optimising what they are able to gain from Mark’s varied experiences. Chapters entitled ‘Exploring the Jungle’, ‘Surviving the Jungle’ and ‘Corporate Ecosystems’ outline this Amazonian arena on multiple levels, to be enjoyed in equal measure by industry newcomers and those well versed in agile terminology. Strategies are introduced throughout to enable employees and entrepreneurs alike to adjust to the on-going demands of business. The section entitled ‘Corporate Animals’ breaks down roles and personality types into often hilarious anthropomorphic characters, serving as archetypes for prominent business personas, from supremely-focused birds of prey to big cats who enjoy the thrill of the chase but lack stamina, and highly intelligent yet often mocked primates to snakes who wither at the hint of confrontation. “I have spent many years in the corporate world and my experiences ignited my desire to write a book,” Mark explains. “I find that most books focusing on this subject tend to be stuffy and formulaic, but I wanted to write a more accessible volume which would be equally informative and entertaining. Because the situations are instantly recognisable, hopefully readers might at least smile the next time they encounter them in real life. “The expression ‘corporate jungle’ has been bandied around for ages and when I really thought about what it meant, I found this whole world coming to life. We expect humans to always behave logically and often they don’t. It’s therefore useful for readers to think of themselves and their counterparts in terms of their animal instincts; whether they feel like a proud lion or a slimy snake, and what traits they might be able to borrow from other animal archetypes in order to thrive in the business world.” This fun and fresh approach to corporate life encourages readers to understand and adapt their own behaviours. Furthermore, those familiar with agile terminology will enjoy an extra level of dark humour hidden within Mark’s witty narrative. Thrive is vibrantly illustrated by Greg Clifton, whose artwork not only brings Mark’s words to life, but also tells its own story. To find out more about Thrive and Mark Barnes, visit A free online version of the book is available to the press by visiting 

Northland’s Extraordinary General Meeting is Adjourned

Luxembourg, July 28, 2014 – Northland Resources S.A. (OSE: NAUR, Frankfurt: NPK, Nasdaq OMX/First North: NAURo – together with its subsidiaries “Northland”, “NRSA” or the “Company”) announces that at the Extraordinary General Meeting (“EGM”) scheduled on July 28, 2014, the requirement of a 50 percent quorum of the share capital being present or represented at the meeting was not fulfilled and that the meeting was rescheduled. Subsequently, Northland announces that the EGM will be reconvened on August 28, 2014 at 10 a.m. (CET). The Company will revert to the market with further information concerning the reconvened EGM. For more information, please contact:ir@northland.euJohan Balck, CEO: +46 920 779 00Johan Dagertun, Vice President Financing and Business Control: +46 920 779 00Frida Johansson, Investor Relations: +46 920 779 00 Or visit our website: Northland is a producer of iron ore concentrate, with a portfolio of production, development and exploration mines and projects in northern Sweden and Finland. The first construction phase of the Kaunisvaara project is complete and production ramp-up started in November 2012. The Company expects to produce high-grade, high-quality magnetite iron concentrate in Kaunisvaara, Sweden, where the Company expects to exploit two magnetite iron ore deposits, Tapuli and Sahavaara. Northland has entered into off-take contracts with three partners for the entire production from the Kaunisvaara project over the next seven to ten years. The Company has also finalized a Definitive Feasibility Study (“DFS”) for its Hannukainen Iron Oxide Copper Gold (“IOCG”) project in Kolari, northern Finland. Forward-Looking Information This announcement may include “forward-looking” information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. This forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms “believes”, “estimates”, “anticipates”, “expects”, “intends”, “may”, “will” or “should” or, in each case, their negative, or other variations or comparable terminology. This forward-looking information includes all matters that are expectations concerning, among other things, Northland’s results of operations, financial condition, liquidity, prospects, growth, strategies and the industry in which it operates. By their nature, forward-looking information involves risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. Readers are cautioned that forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and that Northland’s actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industry in which it operates may differ materially from those made in or suggested by the forward-looking information contained in this press release. In addition, even if Northland’s results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industry in which Northland operates are consistent with the forward-looking information contained in this press release, those results or developments may not be indicative of results or developments in subsequent periods.

Revamp The Bedroom With A Pop-Up TV Lift Bed From Cabinet Tronix

Ideal for luxury homes, studio apartments and vacation villas alike, the fantastic range of Cabinet Tronix pop-up TV lift beds boast exquisite design and unparalleled functionality. By seamlessly integrating the TV cabinet within the bed frame, homeowners can achieve a sleek, clean look that blends superlative style with state-of-the-art technology. Utilizing advanced remote control technology, the TV lift mechanism smoothly elevates the TV from the interior of the cabinet for an instant cinematic bedroom experience. With matching dressers and nightstands also available, Cabinet Tronix offers stunning ensemble options for any bedroom. Trace McCullough, of Cabinet Tronix, says “At Cabinet Tronix we are dedicated to offering our customers an unmatched selection of pop-up TV lift cabinets. With an increasing number of Americans now preferring to watch TV from the comfort of their bedrooms, we have developed an intelligent and stylish solution to TV screen storage. With their superb design and cutting edge technology, our pop-up TV lift beds allow customers to enjoy the best of both worlds.”   Thanks to the diverse range of designs and styles on offer, a Cabinet Tronix pop-up TV lift bed can be effortlessly coordinated with any interior décor. Featuring sleek lines and an ultra-modern design, the Le Bloc Bed Set is perfect for contemporary homes and up-to-the-minute apartments. Those who prefer a more traditional look will love the timeless class of the Greenwich and the elegant grandeur of the Melrose while the Andaluz oozes archetypal Mediterranean style. Featuring beautiful wood, intricate hand carved design and the finest quality craftsmanship, these styles offer all the charm of traditional furniture with an added element of modern convenience. For those that wish to enjoy the flexibility of watching TV from the bed or a sitting area, Cabinet Tronix offer an optional swivel function that allows optimal viewing from any angle. Customers with a clear vision of the look they want to achieve can take advantage of the company’s complete customization option for the ultimate bespoke pop-up TV lift bed design. Both custom and off the shelf models can be enhanced with a range of exclusive options such as custom finish, HDMI DVD player and universal remote control. With a fast-tracked order process and ‘plug and play’ delivery guarantee, Cabinet Tronix customers can start enjoying their new pop-up TV Lifts beds in next to no time. To find out more about the incredible range of Cabinet Tronix pop-up TV lift beds, visit: Facebook: Twitter:

As rent supersedes salaries, step up to soothe money worries

As the country enters the third quarter; dusting off its recession ravaged coattails, the Office of National Statistics reports a 0.7% rise in earnings ( Yet, due to the still exponential growth in the property sector, renters are rendered restless when monthly expenditures on leasing lodging are growing at twice the rate. One expert, from encourages householders and businesses to use their free comparison service to help slash bills in-line with rising costs. Following a survey released by LSL ( Property Services last week, it has come to light that average monthly costs of renting have increased to £747 across England and Wales. These figures show a rise of 1.4% year-on-year; rendering it double increase Brits have seen in earnings according the ONS. Managing Director of, Shailesh Ramani, advised people to seek alternative providers for outgoings from energy bills to holiday providers and everything in between. "Often our clients are paying over the odds simply because they are unaware of the best rates available to them. Our comparison tool enables you to evaluate your current tariff against all the rest, meaning you can find a real deal to help with the rising cost of living." Boasting unique software,'s engine can compare over 6,000 digital packages in seconds; meaning customers can save on SkyTV, broadband and phone searches, as well as a variety of other utilities. Imperative to is the commitment to finding the cheapest options for consumers, whilst still prioritising cover and content. Mr.Ramani said, "There are ways of guaranteeing that you pay the same rate for your energy for the next 4 years. We present the facts as well as the savings in order to help clients achieve a deal that is best for them." With a team of experts monitoring and reporting the energy and political landscape daily, the comparison site can determine where the direction of prices are going, and which suppliers are the most appropriate to look at during any given period of time. As an impartial site, this advice is never biased and can lead to enormous savings for householders and businesses. What’s more, Brits can rest assured that they can trust the site's recommendation because the comparison tool is accredited by the UK regulatory, Ofcom. For further information, please visit the website at Contact

Neuroscience Breakthrough Brings Exciting New Prospects For Corporate Recruitment with PRISM Brain Mapping Software

An incredible breakthrough in the world of neuroscience could herald a brave new dawn in recruitment, as one pioneering company offers up in-depth brain mapping services to help make those difficult employment decisions a breeze. PRISM Behaviour Mapping reports ( are based upon the very latest findings in neuroscience, and can aid suitability assessments in the world of recruitment, where bosses will now be able to analyse behavioural preferences directly related to work performance to evaluate whether they’ve found the perfect candidate for any role. Recruitment agencies will also be able to offer the service to their clients as a fantastic way to narrow down the options and ensure that all candidates are of the highest calibre.  It’s estimated that decisions based on recruitment interviews are accurate only 14% of the time, and traditional hiring practices are only 10% predictive of a future employee’s job performance. The need for an in-depth tool that can predict behaviour patterns and map potential in employees has become apparent, especially in a corporate world with higher stakes than ever before. The PRISM ( software will be able to analyse everything from emotional intelligence to suitability for in-house roles that are specific to every workplace – meaning that recruiters will be able to find their perfect job candidate more efficiently than ever before. Indeed, when eligibility and suitability of the candidate are both assessed using this type of resource, success rates in hiring the right employee have been shown to increase as high as 93%. Geoff Greenwood, of GBTD, says, “This highly specific instrument helps enhance the recruitment process and elevate it to levels we’ve never seen before, taking advantage of some of the most up-to-date neuroscience discoveries to provide users with a series of ‘maps’ which are representations of how their brain prefers to work – these ‘maps’ can be used by employers to gauge suitability for a whole myriad of roles, as well as factors like leadership potential and emotional intelligence.” Neuroscience has shown us that people tend to be most motivated and successful when they use and are rewarded for using their own natural, preferred behaviour. This highlights the importance of matching people with the right jobs - doing those things they enjoy and do best. In simple terms, the better the fit between the person and the job, the better their performance levels are likely to be. PRISM’s reports show not only people’s natural or instinctive behaviour preference, but also the way they modify or adapt their preferences to respond to the demands of specific situations in their work. This insight also helps them to understand more about their true potential, as well as what may be hindering them from achieving even higher performance. Employers can gauge the potential in candidates before they take them on, and they are given the keys to unlock the hidden potential in their new recruits from day one. Recruitment agencies can offer a premium service to their clients, guaranteeing at least a shortlist of candidates that are perfect for the position. The world of recruitment is set to be spun on its head with the introduction of these brain-mapping techniques which help companies cherry-pick their dream job candidates. To find out more about PRISM, visit the website:

Glass returns to the Great East Window after six years of conservation

+--------------+---------------------------------------------------------------+|Date: |Wednesday 30 July 2014 |+--------------+---------------------------------------------------------------+|Time: |09.30hrs |+--------------+---------------------------------------------------------------+|Venue: |Great East Window at York Minster (outside by the scaffolding || |covered by green awning). |+--------------+---------------------------------------------------------------+|Event: |Glass returns to the Great East Window after six years of || |conservationMore than six years after the medieval stained || |glass was removed for conservation and restoration, it will be || |returned with the protective benefit of the latest in glass || |technology. York Minster will be the first building anywhere in|| |the UK to use new, state-of-the-art, protective UV glazing || |panels manufactured by world famous German glass company || |Glasshϋtte Lamberts. |+--------------+---------------------------------------------------------------+|Visual: |Using the lift to travel 30 metres up the exterior of the Great|| |East Window, shots of glaziers from York Glazier’s Trust || |installing the protective glazing at height. |+--------------+---------------------------------------------------------------+|Interview |Nick Teed – Head Glazier, York Glazier’s Trust ||opportunities:| |+--------------+---------------------------------------------------------------+ To confirm your attendance or for more information please contact: Nicola Bexon or Samantha OrangeTel: 01904 500698Mob: 07581 209961 or 07518532769Email:

New Ordnance Survey mapping service launched for UK resilience professionals

Resilience Direct was initially launched in April 2014, providing a secure platform for multi-agency partnerships to share information in both emergency response and in planning. The service acts as a common operating platform for use by local multi-agency planning and response partnerships, with users including police, fire and ambulance services, local authorities and utilities partners. The service enables real-time sharing of accurate data and information, allowing all agencies to maintain shared situational awareness and supporting effective decision-making at the tactical and strategic levels. During the early development stages of Resilience Direct it was quickly agreed that mapping would play an integral part. It was also acknowledged that authoritative mapping was needed, enabling users to view accurate representations of the landscape, providing them with the confidence to make vital strategic and operational decisions. The new interactive mapping service, being rolled out to the resilience community from the end of July, allows responders to quickly and easily build bespoke incident maps to support a shared information picture. The service can digest a variety of data formats, enabling users to add their own layers to maps, reflecting accurate local detail. For example, cordons can be added and highlighted, utilities and pipelines can be shown and points of interest can be overlaid to the mapping. The service is designed to enable strategic and tactical commanders to visualise their area of interest in a flexible, dynamic way. Luana Avaglian, Head of the Resilience Direct team at the Cabinet Office, said: “I am confident that this great project will deliver significant benefits to the resilience community. Throughout the project we have involved real users who have provided the development team with a real understanding of their needs. Our approach to this project has been very much ‘with you, for you and by you’, and this will remain our approach as we take the service forward. “We are continuing to work with the users of Resilence Direct and are already looking ahead to enhancements of the service. This collaborative approach will enable rapid development of additional applications and features, making the service responsive to changing user needs and wider trends in planning the incident response.” The service can be accessed through any device, which has Internet access, including mobile devices, and is free at point of use to the resilience community. Mapping information can also be shared with a wide range of colleagues to ensure that all the agencies have a consistent view of the incident. John Kimmance, Ordnance Survey Public Sector Director, said: “Location is one of the most important factors when dealing with any incident or emergency – whether in identifying homes at risk from flooding, the direction of travel of a smoke plume or coastal erosion, it all comes down to geography. The new mapping service delivers an interactive operating platform to enable resilience professionals to gain a detailed view of any affected area, whilst allowing them to overlay their own information layers and the ability to create and share their own situational map – really important when several organisations are working together to deal with an emergency.” The mapping service has been built using a range of Ordnance Survey mapping scales and products, which users are already familiar with, via the Public Sector Mapping Agreement. The service also comes preloaded with the national set of common map symbols for the resilience community. Created by Ordnance Survey and the Civil Contingencies Secretariat in the Cabinet Office, the symbols provide emergency responders with a clear, agreed and recognised set of symbols, which they can share and use. For further information or to find out about roadshow events happening near you, please email:

EQT VI Acquires Company Information Experts Bureau van Dijk Electronic Publishing

· EQT VI to acquire Bureau van Dijk Electronic Publishing (“BvD” or the “Company”), a leading global publisher of private company information and corporate ownership structures · Strategy is to support management in developing BvD's business further and accelerate growth, utilizing the competence of EQT’s Industrial Network and experience from other EQT investments within the TMT sector · The acquisition of BvD marks EQT’s intensified commitment to investing in the Benelux region EQT VI has entered into an agreement to acquire BvD from funds held by Charterhouse. BvD is a leading publisher of private company information and corporate ownership structures, and is known for products such as Orbis, Bankscope, Amadeus, Mint and Zephyr. The Company’s management team will continue to drive BvD’s future development and growth. BvD was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It has over 650 employees operating from 33 offices across Europe, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region. BvD’s global database, Orbis, integrates data from over 100 sources and covers over 130 million companies, providing clients in the finance, corporate and public sectors with essential data to help them work more efficiently and to support better quality decision making. “BvD has an unrivalled reputation in the sector and an impressive track record of double digit financial growth. The uniqueness of BvD’s global private company database provides a set of exciting opportunities for further development, including product extension. EQT aims to provide new insights based on experience from several other database and data services investments” says Kristiaan Nieuwenburg, Partner at EQT Partners, Investment Advisor to EQT VI. Examples of EQT investments in database and data services companies (part of EQT's TMT sector activities) are Springer SBM (Dutch/German publisher of scientific, technical and medical journals and books), Sportradar (a supplier of live sports information and services) and StormGeo (software based decision support for weather sensitive operations at sea).  EQT VI believes there is significant value creation potential for BvD by leveraging the experience from these investments. Other than through Springer SBM, EQT is present in the Netherlands through Koole Tanktransport and NOVA Terminals, which are owned by the EQT Infrastructure funds. The acquisition of BvD marks EQT’s intensified commitment to investing in the Benelux region. Christian Sinding, Partner and Head of EQT Equity at Investment Advisor EQT Partners, comments: “EQT Partners established a Benelux team one year ago and it feels great to announce the next investment in the region. The BvD acquisition underlines EQT’s commitment to the Benelux markets, across investment strategies and funds.” Closing of the transaction is expected in September 2014, subject to customary anti-trust approvals. EQT VI was advised by Goldman Sachs International, Allen & Overy and Latham & Watkins. Charterhouse was advised by HSBC and Ashurst. Contacts: Kristiaan Nieuwenburg, Partner at EQT Partners, Investment Advisor to EQT VI, +31 20 262 40 01 Johan Hähnel, EQT VI Spokesperson, +46 706 05 63 34 About EQTEQT is the leading private equity group in Northern Europe, with portfolio companies in Northern and Eastern Europe, Asia and the US with total sales of more than EUR 25 billion and over 500,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership. More information can be found on About Bureau van Dijk Electronic Publishing (BvD)BvD is a leading publisher of private company information and corporate ownership structures, and is known for products including Orbis, Bankscope, Amadeus, Mint and Zephyr. Established in 1991, BvD now has over 650 employees operating from 33 offices across Europe, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region. BvD's product range includes databases of company information and business intelligence, including M&A deals, for individual countries, regions and the world. Most of these databases are co-published with renowned information providers. BvD’s global database, Orbis, combines information from over 100 sources and covers over 130 million companies. In addition to its databases BvD provides vertical solutions via its range of Catalysts. These Catalysts help users harness the power of company intelligence to make better quality decisions and work more efficiently across a range of business functions. BvD serves a wide number of clients largely in the finance, corporate and public sectors. More information can be found on


The first models to arrive in-store in July will be the 2015 Lava Dome 29er,  Fire Mountain 27.5, Dew 700c Hybrid and to celebrate this new partnership, an all exclusive to Halfords model; the NuNu 27.5. The Blast 27.5 will join this fantastic line-up in September. The exclusive and Limited Edition Kona NuNu 27.5 is a classic all rounder that gets a radical facelift this year. Taking advantage of the better rolling and obstacle-annihilating 27.5-inch wheel size, Kona have been able to take the NuNu into a more modern manifestation as a confident, quick-handling and smooth-riding cross-country bike at a fantastic price of £699. The Lava Dome is another Kona with great heritage. The 2015 29er model features a 6061 Aluminium frame with fantastic handling and superb componentry. Suntour XCT 100mm travel front suspension is coupled with a SRAM X4 drivetrain to provide brilliant shifting performance and great control.  The Lava Dome 29er retails at £499 and is a superb bike for the rider wanting to get out onto the hills in order to hone their riding skill set and start tackling the longer and more technical trails The Kona Fire Mountain 27.5 is the perfect choice for a rider wanting to get off the beaten track and cut their teeth as a committed mountain biker. Well thought out componentry including Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, a Shimano Altus 27 speed drivetrain and Suntour XCR 100mm front fork give this bike a great spec and superb handling at a price of only £549. Joining the Kona MTB line-up in September is the Blast 27.5; a stunning mtb hardtail with exceptional heritage and is one of the longest-running mountain bike models in the history of the sport. Brought bang up to date with a 27.5 inch wheel set on Kona’s amazing race-light Scandium frame.  Deore/Alivio drivetrain takes care of the shifting and Shimano’s M396 hydraulic disc brakes offers sharp but controlled braking. A RockShox XC30 gives the bike 100mm of plush front-end travel and Maxxis tyres ensure it has phenomenal trail grip and all for only £799. All four MTB models are available in three frame sizes: 17”, 19” and 21”. For the city commuter and weekend leisure rider the Kona Dew may be the perfect choice, featuring a 24 speed Shimano drivetrain, powerful alloy V-brakes and fast rolling Kenda 700c tyres which make the Kona Dew equally at home gliding along a country path as it is carving through busy city streets and all for only £399. The all new Kona 2015 line-up remain the bikes for the rider who wants to hit the trail or city streets hard. Built to withstand anything the city or tail can throw at you these bikes are not for the shrinking violet. For more information on Kona at Halfords visit

Securitas AB to publish Interim Report on Tuesday, August 5, 2014

08.00 Report releaseThe report will be sent as a press release from Cision ( and will automatically be published on when released. 09.00 Presentation slides availableFor presentation slides, follow the link 09.30 Telephone conference and audio castAnalysts and media are invited to participate in a telephone conference at 09.30 a.m. (CET) where Securitas CEO Alf Göransson will present the report and answer questions. The telephone conference will also be audio casted live via Securitas’ website. Please note! No information meeting will take place at Securitas headquarters at Lindhagensplan in Stockholm. To participate in the telephone conference, please dial in five minutes prior to the start of the conference call: The United States: + 1 855 269 2605Sweden:   + 46 (0) 8 519 993 55United Kingdom:  + 44 (0) 203 194 0550 To follow the audio cast of the telephone conference via the web, please follow the link A recorded version of the webcast will be available on the same web page after the telephone conference. Subscribe to press releases and financial informationTo receive press releases and financial reports from Securitas, please follow the link and follow the instructions. Information:Micaela Sjökvist, Head of Investor Relations   Phone: +46 10 470 30 13. Mobile: +46 (0) 76 116 7443Gisela Lindstrand, Senior Vice President Corporate Communications and Public AffairsPhone: +46 10 470 30 11. Mobile: +46 (0)70 287 86 62

Dreaming of snow in the summer sun?  Santa Specials go on sale!

Whilst most of us are making the most of the British summer, one well-known regular visitor to North Yorkshire is preparing for this winter’s jaunts, as tickets go on sale for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s Santa Specials services on 1 August 2014!  With only 145 days to go until Christmas (from 1 August), it is barely 118 days until the first Santa Specials will leave from Grosmont and Pickering on 30 November, followed on 7 December by seasonal services from Whitby.  “As everyone knows, Santa is extremely busy throughout the run-up to Christmas, so we’ve made sure that we’ve booked his services for our Santa Specials each weekend from 30 November through to 22 December – and knowing how quickly some of the services fill up, we are releasing seats extra early this year so that no-one is disappointed!” comments marketing manager, Danielle Ramsey. Santa Specials on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway are a traditional treat, with trains handed over to Santa and his team of helpers as they travel through the North York Moors national park.  The round trip takes around an hour, and includes delicious mince pies, warming hot drinks (and a little alcoholic tipple for grown-ups!).  Children receive a trail sheet, colouring pencils and a drink of juice, and will be given a present by Santa himself when they visit his special carriage during the journey. Services depart from Pickering on 30 November, 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 and 22 December, Grosmont on 30 November, 6, 13, 20, 21 and 22 December and 7 & 14 December from Whitby.  Tickets are £15 per person, and should be booked online at, or by calling 01751 472508. ENDS  For further media information or photographs, please contact: Jay Commins Pyper York Limited Tel:         01904 500698 Email:

How much can you save with domestic RHI? Viessmann launches online calculator to work out the most suitable renewable heating technology for your home

As part of a fully comprehensive, but concise information hub on the domestic RHI, Viessmann has launched an online calculator to work out the most appropriate renewable technology for different homes, in light of the introduction of the government’s domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which offers long term financial support for the generation of renewable heat in the home. The scheme is designed to increase the uptake of renewable technologies in the home and reduce the domestic carbon footprint in the UK. The initiative is targeted at ‘off grid’ customers, however the same rates are available to all consumers. Viessmann’s calculator is available via and takes just seconds to work out the savings, after users enter their postcode, property type and age, floor area, number of occupants and the age and type of the current heating system. Using this information, the sophisticated and easy-to-use interface then displays the results, allowing you to compare technologies to provide the best savings for your home. The results include the total RHI credit, the payback period and the annual CO2 and fuel savings compared to the current system. Darren McMahon, marketing director at Viessmann says, “Consumers hear about lots of government incentives for reducing energy consumption on the news and feel that the ins and outs of the schemes can be difficult and confusing to navigate. Viessmann’s domestic RHI calculator will allow homeowners to look at different options in a clear and concise way, encourage them to invest in the lower long-term running costs that renewable technologies offer and significantly reduce their own carbon footprints”. The technologies the domestic RHI covers include biomass, solar thermal, ground and air source heat pumps. Viessmann has a range of products for all of the technologies included in the scheme, meaning they are in the unique position to give consumers completely unbiased advice regarding the solution that best fits their requirements. Customers, specifiers and installers can expect Viessmann to have thought of everything from the ideal technology or combination of technologies to suit an application to one easy-to-use, integrated control system. The Viessmann domestic RHI calculator, can be found at About Viessmann Ltd. Viessmann Limited is part of the Viessmann Group of Companies which is one of the leading international manufacturers of heating systems. Founded in 1917, the family business is overseen by the chairmanship of Managing Partner Dr. Martin Viessmann. The Group has annual turnover of EUR 2.1 billion and employs a staff of approximately 11,400. Viessmann’s comprehensive product range encompasses all fuel types and applications, allowing it to deliver high quality, efficient and fully integrated solutions. With an output range of 1.5 to 120,000 kW, Viessmann offers oil and gas-fired boilers, solar thermal and photovoltaics, combined heat and power modules (CHP), ground, air and water sourced heat pumps and biomass boilers. Press Enquiries Beth Rothwell, Propel Technology, Unit 4, Manor Farm Offices, Northend Road, Fenny Compton, Warwickshire, CV47 2YY. +44 (0)1295 770602.

Finnair announces new scheduled routes for summer 2015

Finnair is announcing ten new scheduled routes for summer 2015 to popular summer destinations. The new routes are announced in corporation with Suntours and other tour operators. Finnair and Suntours will work closely together to ensure the best combination of package holidays and seats only on every destination. Seat only purchases can be made on the Finnair website, or through travel agency channels. "Customers with access to beach houses in the Mediterranean, and those wishing to customize their own holiday, have asked for better air only seat access from Helsinki. These new routes will give Finnair and Suntours customers better and more options to the most popular sun destinations," Chief Commercial Officer Allister Paterson says. The ten new scheduled flights are: · Cyprus, Paphos: one weekly, starting 31st March · Spain, Mallorca: one weekly, starting 11th April · Turkey, Bodrum, Dalaman Airport: one weekly starting 12th April · Greece, Crete, Heraklion airport: 2 weekly, starting 17th April · Greece, Crete, Chania airport: 6 weekly, starting 18th April · Greece, Rhodes: 5 weekly, starting 19th April · Italy, Sicily, Catania: one weekly, starting 6th May · Greece, Kos: one weekly, starting 9th May · Italy, Amalfi coast, Naples Airport: 2 weekly, starting 28th May · Austria, Innsbruck: one weekly, starting 14th June Furthermore, Finnair opened a new route to Gazipasa (Alanya in Turkey) in summer 2014. Gazipasa has been very popular because of the short driving distance to Alanya, where many Europeans have holiday apartments. Finnair will next year operate more flights to Gazipasa, but less flights to Antalya to match the customer preferences. With these new routes Finnair will operate to 67 destinations in Finland, Europe and Russia as well as 13 destinations in Asia. The flights are now for sale at