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 www.printclublondon.com 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 www.somersethouse.org.uk 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: media@mayconcepts.com (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: www.somersethouse.org.uk Print Club London Website: www.printclublondon.com Somerset House Facebook: www.facebook.com/SomersetHouse Print Club London Facebook:www.facebook.com/PrintClubLondonLtd􏰀 Somerset House Twitter: @SomersetHouse Print Club London Twitter:@PrintClubLondon Hashtag: #summerscreenprints Print Club London Instagram: @PrintClubLondon

HONOLULU COOKIE COMPANY LAUNCHES A BRAND-NEW COOKIE: CHOCOLATE CHIP SHORTBREAD IN THREE TROPICAL FLAVORS

Mindy Pennybacker The Harris Agency (917) 667-3146 (http://tel%28917%29%20667-3146) mindyp@harris-agency.com Maria Kanai The Harris Agency (808) 457-2525 (http://tel%28808%29%20457-2525) mariak@harris-agency.com Ginger Waters Honolulu Cookie Company (808) 695-2252 (http://tel%28808%29%20695-2252) gwaters@honolulucookie.com  Chocolate lovers, this is your big summer! Honolulu Cookie Company, maker of Hawaii’s favorite premium shortbread cookies, has added new flavors to its signature shortbread collection: Chocolate Chip Macadamia, Chocolate Chip Kona Coffee, and Chocolate Chip Chocolate Macadamia. Rich, semi-sweet chocolate chips infuse these crunchy, pineapple-shaped cookies with standout chocolate sweetness popping in every buttery, delectable bite. “These treats are the first flavors in two and a half years we’ve added outside of our limited-edition holiday collections—these new chocolate chips add 3 new flavors, bringing the count to 18  in our lineup of signature tastes!” said Ginger Waters, VP of Marketing. “If you love chocolate dip, you’ll want to try chocolate chip,” said Waters, noting that the cookies, which are baked fresh daily in Honolulu, should satisfy chocolate cravings anywhere cookie fans receive these fresh tropical shortbread treats, which can be ordered online at HonoluluCookie.com for prompt shipment. Along with the introduction of chocolate chips, Honolulu Cookie Company has designed fresh packaging for gift collections featuring the new cookies: The Chocolate Chip Collection ($12.95) and the Fruit & Chip Collection ($12.95). The chocolate chip cookies are also available in the Chocolate Chip Collection Pineapple Ornament ($4.95) and the Tropical Cookie Jar ($29.95). Based on the original 1998 recipe developed by founders Keith and Janet Sung, these buttery rich, chocolate chip shortbread cookies strike the perfect balance with a crispy, yet delicate texture and just the right amount of sweetness. The rest of the 15 signature flavors feature hand-dipped gourmet dark, milk and white chocolate, while others have tropical fruit pieces or Kona Coffee beans hand-pressed into their centers. For more details, please visit the retail stores or www.honolulucookie.com, or call toll-free at (866) 333-5800 (http://tel%28866%29%20333-5800). You can also follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/honolulucookie) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/honolulucookie): @honolulucookie.

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 www.uta.edu/military-science/. 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 www.uta.edu 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: http://financials.tradedoubler.com/en-gb/investorrelations 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: eva.k.nygren@rejlers.se 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: www.northland.eu 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 (http://www.allianztravelinsurance.com/) 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 (http://allianztravelinsurance.com/), 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 allianztravelinsurance.com or Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/AllianzTravelInsuranceUS. 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 (http://www.newmedia.uk.com/) 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  (http://www.theagencyonline.co.uk/2014/03/27/uk-e-commerce-sales-to-grow-by-16-in-2014/)last year and a growth of 16% is predicted for 2014. With email marketing garnering an estimated £40 return on every £1 invested (https://imis.the-dma.org/bookstore/ProductSingle.cfm?p=0D45047B%7C4DA56D9737FF45DF90CA1DA713E16B80), 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 http://www.newmedia.uk.com

More collaboration needed in the hunt for new drugs

FRAME is calling for more collaboration between alternatives organisations and the pharmaceutical industry following publication of a new investigation of preclinical drugs  trials using laboratory animals. Scientific papers covering more than 2,300 substances tested on rats, mice and rabbits were analysed to measure the likelihood ratio that chemicals showing no adverse reactions would behave the same way in humans. The paper, published in FRAME's scientific journal ATLA, says: "The current nadir of new drug approvals and the drying-up of pipelines may be a direct consequence of continued animal use. Our results for these additional preclinical species have important implications for their use in predicting human toxicity, and suggest that alternative methods are urgently required." The work was carried out by the same team who investigated the use of dogs in human drugs tests last year, and they concluded that animal results are extremely inconsistent. Director of the FRAME Alternatives Laboratory Dr Andrew Bennett says the paper highlights the need for more relevant, more valid, non-animal tests, but believes they can only be found if all those involved work together to look for them. "Toxicity data from animal studies can be seriously misleading but it is no good just saying that animal tests don't work - we have to find methods that can identify potential risks and benefits. "There are major issues for companies in the pharmaceutical sector. Large numbers of compounds that appear to have functional activity in animals show little potency in humans, while others that show no adverse reactions in animals later prove harmful in human trials. "Research and development effort is often wasted because of the poor reliability of animal-based methods. If we are to find useful, safe drugs in the future it is vital that all interested parties work together to find valid, non-animal methods that will identify them", Dr Bennett said. Preclinical tests require the use of two species, usually one rodent (rat or mouse) and one non-rodent (often dogs) before drugs enter clinical trials in humans. The second species is intended to identify those substances harmful to humans that were missed by the rodent tests. The latest study is a development of a paper published last year, which showed that use of dogs to test drugs intended for humans gave results that were little better than chance. The latest statistical analysis of results from rats, mice and rabbits supported those findings. This is in part to be expected as drugs now being developed are increasingly aimed at specific human cell responses. FRAME was established in 1969 to promote the concept of alternatives to laboratory animal use in medical research and toxicity testing. The charity is dedicated to developing and validating alternative methods, and working actively with all interested parties to achieve greater human safety. The paper, An Analysis of the Use of Animal Models in Predicting Human Toxicology and Drug Safety, was written by Jarrod Bailey and Michelle Thew of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) and Michael Balls, FRAME's life president. The original project was a joint venture between FRAME, The Kennel Club and the BUAV. It was a study analysing data from more than two thousand published papers where dogs were used to predict toxicity responses in humans.

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: www.iveco.com For more on CNH Industrial visit: www.cnhindustrial.com For more press information from Iveco contact:Nigel Emms, Press and Public Relations DirectorTel. +44 (0)1923 259513nigel.emms@iveco.com ref: IVECO 14028                                                                                                                                               2506/14

Floral gift from school children to care home residents

A floral display that competed in the RHS Wisley Budding Gardeners Competition is set to take pride of place in its new home at The Grange Care Centre in Stanford in the Vale, Faringdon, thanks to the kindness of members of the local primary school’s gardening club. Children from Stanford in the Vale CE Primary School created a display featuring two scarecrows and a wheelbarrow planted with sunflowers as their entry in the competition, proudly displaying their work to other schools and the general public, but when it came to finding a permanent home for the entry, they immediately thought of their elderly friends at The Grange. “It has become a tradition that year 5 children from our ‘Orchid’ class visit The Grange with teaching assistant Sue Finney every week during term time, and gardening is one of the activities that they particularly enjoy with the residents,” comments head teacher, Amanda Willis.  “When they were looking for a permanent home for their display, it took no time at all for them to decide to donate it to The Grange, where it will provide cheer for the residents throughout the summer.” The scarecrows and wheelbarrow were handed over to the home on Tuesday 22 July as one of the last activities for the schoolchildren before they break up for the summer holidays. Manager of The Grange, Wendy Mead, was delighted to receive the gift.  “Our residents love having the children visit the home each week – they love to hear about what the children get up to in school, and the pupils are so enthusiastic, whether they are coming to sing to us at Christmas, reading a book or playing their instruments.  It is great to have such close links with the local community, and I really believe that both the children and our residents gain a huge amount from their visits.  They will certainly enjoy the extra floral display over the summer!”  The Grange is a residential nursing home offering 24 hour care to elderly residents and younger people in need of round the clock support, whether as respite, post-operative or long-term care.  Part of the home is a 12thcentury vicarage, which has been extended to offer 44 rooms as well as communal lounges and dining areas. Managed by husband and wife team, Ian and Wendy Mead, The Grange is part of the Forest Healthcare family of homes, which includes 12 individual homes throughout the South East of England.  For more information on The Grange, please visit www.foresthc.com or call 08444 725 182.  Those interested in a place at The Grange are welcome to visit at any time, with no appointment necessary. ENDS For further media information or photographs, please contact: Jay Commins Pyper York Limited Tel:         01904 500698 Email:    jay@pyperyork.co.uk

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 http://www.eventdata.co.uk/Visitor/Lunch.aspx?TrackingCode=PR. ###

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 (www.abb.com/measurement) 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, LoveMyVouchers.co.uk (http://lovemyvouchers.co.uk/#_blank), 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: http://www.lovemyvouchers.co.uk/lifestyle/politicians-what-if-they-had-been-in-a-band/ 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 www.yorkshire-medieval-festival.com. ENDS For further media information or photographs please contact: Nicola Bexon, Samantha Orange or Jay Commins Pyper York Limited Tel: 01904 500698 Email: nicola@pyperyork.co.uk; sam@pyperyork.co.uk; jay@pyperyork.co.uk

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 ConsumerLab.com 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: http://www.adnaturam.it/

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: http://www.schoolscool.co.uk/. 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 www.baseballalumni.com. 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 nikki@mlbpaa.com or visit www.baseballalumni.com. *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 baseballalumni.com/donate (http://www.baseballalumni.com/donate). 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 www.solent.ac.uk/courses for more information. The New Forest Show will be running from 29-31 July. For more information visit www.newforestshow.co.uk

Tilt-Up Concrete Association Reopens Judging of 2014 Tilt-Up Achievement Awards Program to Facebook Fans

MT. VERNON, IOWA (July 21, 2014) – The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) – a non-profit international organization that serves to expand and improve the use of tilt-up as the preferred building system – will reopen judging of the 2014 Tilt-Up Achievement Awards Program to their Facebook fans. According to Mitch Bloomquist, managing director of the TCA, this phase of the awards program will give the association’s Facebook fans the opportunity to weigh in on their favorite tilt-up project. “We started this for the 2012 Achievement Awards and the response was overwhelming,” said Bloomquist. Facebook voting will not replace traditional judging, though, he continued. “This opportunity is simply meant to increase awareness of the program. Projects will still be evaluated by a panel of judges through a separate process.” To participate, watch TCA’s Facebook page for the submitted projects to be posted and ‘Like’ your favorite ones. Each project will be represented by one image and a brief description. “While this is only a fraction of the information our judges have access to in order to score the projects, we felt that too much information would be burdensome to this more informal and playful process,” added Bloomquist. Up to three projects will be recognized as Tilt-Up Achievement Awards winners through this process and will be designated as fan favorites. The TCA Awards Program recognizes outstanding site cast tilt-up structures and advances in technology, products and methods used in the tilt-up industry. Each year, the submittal process closes in June to allow for the evaluation and award process that culminates with public announcement of the recipients during the TCA’s Convention in the fall. This year’s winning projects, including the fan favorites, will be announced at the Tilt-Up Awards Gala sponsored by Nox-Crete Products Group at the 2014 TCA Annual Convention in San Jose, Calif. on September 29. To find out more about this program, the requirements and TCA membership in general, interested persons can visit www.tilt-up.org/awards or contact Mitch Bloomquist. About the TCA TCA was founded in 1986 to improve the quality and acceptance of site-cast tilt-up construction, a method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place.  Tilt-up construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S., combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. At least 10,000 buildings, enclosing more than 650 million square feet, are constructed each year using this construction method. For more information, visit www.tilt-up.org or contact TCA at 319-895-6911.      

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 www.nymr.co.uk ENDS There is a link to a picture to accompany this story below, or images are available for immediate download from: http://news.cision.com/north-yorkshire-moors-railway For further media information or photographs, please contact: Jay Commins or Samantha Orange Pyper York Limited Tel:         01904 500698 Email:  jay@pyperyork.co.uk

Schneider Associates Hires Ariel Ferrante as Integrated Marketing and Digital Design Associate

Ferrante will support agency marketing and design communications  BOSTON – July 25, 2014 – Schneider Associates (http://www.schneiderpr.com/) (SA), a Boston-based public relations and integrated marketing agency specializing in launching and accelerating growth for products, services, companies, institutions and communities, announces the hiring of Ariel Ferrante as Integrated Marketing and Digital Design Associate. Ferrante is responsible for day-to-day agency social media management and marketing, as well as agency marketing design. Prior to joining Schneider Associates, Ferrante completed marketing internships with Hollister Recruiting in fall and spring 2012, Bayard Advertising in summer 2012 and Publicis in Dublin, Ireland in spring 2013. She also completed graphic design internships with Village Print & Media in summer 2013 and Social Boston Sports in spring 2014. With a strong background in marketing and graphic design, Ferrante supports the agency’s social and new business initiatives. Ferrante graduated from Boston University in May 2014 with a major in advertising and a minor in Italian language. While in college, she served as an art director for Boston University’s AdLab. About Schneider Associates Schneider Associates (SA) is an integrated marketing and public relations agency that uses a blend of traditional, digital and social strategies to help clients innovate in a digital age and navigate the ever-changing marketing landscape. Representing a wide range of clients in consumer, corporate and non-profit, education, public affairs, and creative services, SA specializes in Launch Public Relations® (http://www.launchpr.com/), a proprietary method of launching new products and invigorating icon products. President Joan Schneider has written two books on launching new products including The NEW Launch Plan: 152 Tips, Tactics, and Trends from the Most Memorable New Products (http://www.thenewlaunchplan.com/) that is available on Kindle and at Amazon.com. To learn more about Schneider Associates, please visit: www.schneiderpr.com. Schneider Associates – Always Launching New Ideas.   #  #  #

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

Denver-based yoga company CorePower Yoga (http://www.corepoweryoga.com/) 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 (http://www.corepoweryoga.com/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 (http://www.corepoweryoga.com/yoga-beginners/new-students-one-week-free-yoga). A variety of membership package options (http://corepoweryoga.com/pricing/california-san-jose) 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 (http://corepoweryoga.com/yoga-studio/california/winchester-san-jose) 747 S Winchester Blvd, #150 San Jose, CA 95128 CorePower Yoga – Almaden Studio (http://corepoweryoga.com/yoga-studio/california/almaden-san-jose) 1080 Blossom Hill Rd, Ste H San Jose, CA 95123

The Upmarket Shanghai Arch Chooses Colourful Car Park Coating

The property company have built 1.7 million square feet of world-class units and serviced apartments, based on the Huangpu River waterfront, in the heart of Pudong’s most prestigious residential area. Having worked with Flowcrete China before on the Shanghai APM car-park installation, Sun Hung Kai Properties once again chose to team up with the resin-flooring specialists, opting for Deckshield SL as their preferred choice of car park decking. The Flowcrete China team took just one month to lay 24,000m2 of Deckshield SL in the car park of the plush residential complex.  The protection system is designed to meet contemporary requirements for upmarket car park environments whilst also enhancing the visual appearance, making it ideal for the project. It was important that the chosen floor system had a grade A fire rating so that it complied with new Fire Department regulations for basement floors. Francis Tan, Managing Director of Flowcrete China said: “Having worked in partnership with Sun Hung Kai Properties before on the Shanghai APM project it was fantastic to continue our excellent relationship with them. “Deckshield is an incredibly versatile product and it is particularly well suited to upmarket parking structures such as this one, as the brightly coloured surfaces and signage provides a welcoming impression to vehicle users. “We were thrilled to play our part in such an incredible project and look forward to working with Sun Hung Kai Properties again in the future.” Sun Hung Kai Properties are one of the largest property companies in Hong Kong and its core business lies in the development of properties for sale and investment. The Shanghai Arch development is a stunning new addition to the Shanghai skyline, with the apartments adjacent to the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone area and boasting a breathtaking panoramic view of the famous Bund. Multi-storey car parks have always been many customers’ first point of contact with commercial destinations, but it is only recently that developers have made efforts to improve the quality of the car park experience. Flowcrete’s Deckshield SL flooring system helps to improve light reflectivity, reduce noise from tyre squeal and prevent water ingress into the car park’s structure. In addition, it has a highly accredited fire rating and is available in a wide-range of attractive colours and finishes.

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:http://www.ovako.com/Financial-information/

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: egm@transcom.com, 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, www.transcom.com/egm2014: - 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, www.transcom.com/egm2014, 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, www.transcom.com/egm2014. 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: issuedepartment5@seb.se 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, www.transcom.com/egm2014, 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, www.transcom.com/egm2014. 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. www.hoistfinance.com 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: jane.niedra@hoistfinance.com 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. www.hoistfinance.com 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: jane.niedra@hoistfinance.com 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.

Northland announces the number of warrants exercised in July 2014

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 the number of warrants exercised in July 2014. The deadline for the Company's warrant holders to exercise their warrants in July 2014 has now expired. The Company has received no exercise notices in July 2014. The total number of outstanding shares will thus remain 69,136,842, and the remaining number of outstanding warrants issued in connection with the USD 335 million bond will be 40,648,327. For more information, please contact:ir@northland.euJohan Dagertun, Vice President Financing and Business Control: +46 920 779 00Frida Johansson, Investor Relations: +46 920 779 00 Or visit our website: www.northland.eu 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.

Absent homeowners and landlords urged to ensure their properties are covered

“In cases where the owner-occupier or, in the case of a rented property, the tenant, has an extended absence from their property for a number of consecutive days, their existing buildings insurance may become invalid”. Mr. Burgess explains that all buildings insurance policies have a clause that excludes – or severely limits – cover for a property when no-one is living there for a number of ongoing days. This is usually 30 or 45 days for a residential property and will depend on the individual provider. He says: “Note that when an insurer refers to a property as being “unoccupied” it means that no-one is living there - and not that the property is empty of furnishings and fittings. “Policyholders should also be aware that whether covered under their existing policy or a new unoccupied property insurance policy, they will have obligations that need to be met in order to keep the cover valid”. These typically include: · regular, logged visits made to the property (sight of these logs will be required in the event of a claim); · things such as setting the heating to a certain temperature in order to avoid frozen pipes in the winter, and/or draining down the water system etc. “While there may be some very rare exceptions to the 30 or 45 consecutive day rule, in most cases, property owners will need to invest in additional protection for this period of un-occupancy” says Mr. Burgess. He adds: “Landlords and homeowners alike should check the un-occupancy clause within any buildings insurance they have, or speak to their insurer so they fully understand when additional, unoccupied cover, will be needed.” Ends

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 www.yorkminster.org or call 01904 557226. ENDS For further media information or photographs, please contact: Jay Commins Pyper York Limited Tel:         01904 500698 Email:    jay@pyperyork.co.uk

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: igor.adameyko@ki.se Kaj Fried, PhD, Professor of NeuroscienceDepartment of NeuroscienceTelephone: +46 70 329 7853E-mail: Kaj.Fried@ki.se For images, please contact the Press Office (http://news.cision.com/karolinska-institutet).

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

British author Mark Barnes (http://www.agileinsider.org/) 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 http://www.agileinsider.org/ A free online version of the book is available to the press by visiting http://www.agileinsider.org/thrive-full/ 

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: www.northland.eu 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: http://www.cabinet-tronix.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cabinet-Tronix-TV-LiftCabinets/188742337878181 Twitter: https://twitter.com/cabinet_tronix

Rare Raw Materials Could Herald New Dawn of Computer Memory

Ground-breaking findings have come to light in the Southern Hemisphere where researchers from New Zealand’s Victoria University of Wellington are studying a rare form of material that could pave the way for memory storage that is faster and more reliable than ever before. Known as rare earth nitrides (RENs), the raw natural material consists of a thin magnetic and semiconducting film that grows in an ultra-high vacuum environment. Justin Briere of leading memory and storage solutions retailer, Data Memory Systems says “Being in the business of retailing state of the art data memory solutions, it is obviously incredibly exciting when new developments such as this come to light. While current memory capacity is extremely high, there is always room for improvement and we look forward to seeing where the Victoria University of Wellington researchers can take their new findings.” The research team at the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences believe that REN could revolutionise the face of RAM memory, which is not currently capable of retaining information once the host computer is switched off. In working with a magnetic type of RAM that doesn’t disappear, the team are hoping they could not only retain data without power, but also speed up the device and make it use less energy. It could be used, for example, to transform cloud data storage which spans multiple servers. The new findings represent huge potential for the data memory manufacturing industry should the phenomenal properties of REN be integrated into RAM computer data storage systems. With two exciting new concepts already patented, the Victoria University of Wellington team plan to develop the world’s first magnetic memory storage devices utilising the power of REN technology. Yet developments are still in the early stages and until the new technology is harnessed, reliability can be found at Data Memory Systems and its lighting fast range of in-house memory products. From flash memory and hard drives to Apple specific products and PC RAM upgrades, the leading electronics supplier retails a comprehensive range of memory solutions at unbeatable prices. And with a lifetime warranty, 30 day return policy and free shipping on all products, Data Memory Systems offer its customers an unmatched level of service and support. As the industry leaders boasting over 27 years of experience, tech savvy consumers can rely on Data Memory Systems to be at the forefront of retailing the advanced new REN technology should it reach commercial stages. Watch this space! For more information about Data Memory Systems and to browse the extensive range of state of the art data memory and storage solutions, please visit http://www.datamemorysystems.com

As rent supersedes salaries, FreePriceCompare.com 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 (http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/lms/labour-market-statistics/may-2014/index.html). 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 FreePriceCompare.com 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 (http://www.lslps.co.uk/documents/buy_to_let_Jul14.pdf) 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 FreePriceCompare.com, 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, FreePriceCompare.com'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 FreePriceCompare.com 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 http://freepricecompare.com/ Contact

Vice-Chancellor awarded honorary degree

Professor Gore,will be retiring at the end of the month, received the honorary degree of Doctor of the University at a special dinner celebrating his seven years as Vice-Chancellor at Solent. The award is made to him in recognition of his achievement in working to gain university status for Solent in 2005; leading the institution through its formative years; and spearheading plans for an ambitious redevelopment of the University’s estate and facilities. He was presented with the award by the University’s Chancellor Admiral The Right Honourable Lord West of Spithead, who said: “As Vice-Chancellor Van has led the University’s rapid growth and development, creating a strong and distinctive university that is now widely acclaimed for its maritime, creative industries and sport specialisms.” Being the first in his family to go to university, Professor Gore is a strong supporter of social justice and during his time at Solent he has crusaded to open up higher education to others like him. Under his leadership, the University has championed social justice. Over 70% of its undergraduates are ‘first in family’ to enter higher education and 97.1% of young full-time first degree Solent students are from state schools. The University statistics show that the accessibility of its facilities and its courses have broken down other barriers too; one in five (21%) of Solent full time undergraduates are from an ethnic minority and more than one in ten (11%) students 2012-13 had a self-declared disability. Professor Gore is a keen advocate of creative, innovative and dynamic courses and recruitment has almost doubled over the last seven years under his leadership. Recognising the importance of providing industry-ready graduates with the skills that business needs, he has championed the importance of employer-focused courses. He has also been instrumental in forging beneficial partnerships with the city, industry, business groups and other educational institutions both at home and abroad. Always looking at investing in the student experience, Professor Gore has been instrumental in paving the way for a stunning new £100 million development which will transform Solent’s city centre campus. Work has already started on the first phase - a new £30 million teaching and conference building due for completion in 2015. This year, he was awarded the honour of a Commander of Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for his services to higher education. On receiving his award Professor Gore told assembled guests from the University, industry, education and the region: “I am very proud to be receiving an Honorary Doctorate from Solent University, which is not simply a provider of Higher Education, but also a community asset, a business and an important employer in the region.” Notes to Editors: Professor Van Gore Professor Gore joined Southampton Institute in Summer 2001 as Vice Principal, Academic and was appointed Senior Vice Principal in September 2003. He became the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in July 2005 when Southampton Institute became Southampton Solent University, and was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University with effect from 1 August 2007. Originally an historian - with a History and Politics first degree and then Masters in Modern British Politics from Sheffield University - Professor Gore became Head of Humanities and Communication Studies and Special Policy Advisor on Quality and Standards to the Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University. He first moved to Sheffield as a lecturer in modern European political history after postgraduate research in social history at the University of Warwick. He later developed an interest in quality management, working as a consultant and QAA auditor in the HE sector here and overseas. Professor Gore chaired the Hampshire & IOW life long learning network from 2006-2010. He was chair of HE European Funding Service (HEEFS) from 2009-2011 and is a director of Laser Learning Awards (the successor to OCNSR, The Open College Network South East Region).

Hit The Boho City Outlet For 50% Off Vintage Jewellery and Accessories

For immediate release 28 July 2014 Hit The Boho City Outlet For 50% Off Vintage Jewellery and Accessories Calling all boho fans and vintage fashion lovers! The Boho City Outlet offers 50% off specially chosen vintage jewellery and accessories, so you can perfect your laid-back look for half the price. The premium purveyors of bohemian clothes, jewellery and matching accessories has a complete range of products at up to 50% off, for boho fashionistas who want to make a style statement without breaking the bank. The gorgeous range consists of everything from chandelier earrings and long necklaces to dreamy silk clutches and filigree rings – everything a boho fan could ever need to complete her look. Whether you’re a rock chick attending a festival with your fringed jacket and ankle boots in tow, or you’re a floaty boho babe who loves nothing more than an off-the-shoulder top and a pair of freeing sandals, Boho City’s Outlet has everything you could ever want from a vintage fashion site. Maria Davies, of Boho City, says, “Our outlet is home to dozens of our most coveted products at significant markdowns, so fashion fans can get their hands on timeless boho and vintage accessories (http://bohocity.co.uk/shop/product-category/outlet/) for less. From raw silk clutches and rope necklaces to charm bracelets and print handbags, we have a myriad of beautiful products, all curated carefully by our in-house team of style experts. Fantastic prices, premium quality and enduring, timeless style – what more could you want in an outlet?” All of the products available in the outlet have been procured from some of the most talented up-and-coming and established designers in the world. With local brands stacking up against exotic foreign imports, this section is a treasure trove of unique finds and one-off pieces that exude originality. Boho City (http://bohocity.co.uk/who-we-are/) is also a highly eco-friendly brand – all of their suppliers are very ethical in their production, so even those buying at cut prices from the outlet can rest assured that their fashion statements needn’t come at the expense of the environment or other humans. One of the most coveted pieces in the outlet is the sublime Heart Encrusted Drop Earrings – stylish and chic in equal measure, these beautiful accessories elevate any outfit to boho heaven. With tiny sparling stones and an adorable heart shape, they’re perfect for hazy days in the countryside or rocking out at a festival all through the night. They should be priced at £15.00 but the Boho City outlet has them for a fantastic £8.50! The ‘Love Me’ Necklace is also the perfect example of the quality and style that is available at low prices in the outlet of Boho City. Vintage-style, with a sentimental phrase engraved onto worn metal for the ultimate boho look, this piece will garner attention and compliments left, right and centre. Previously priced at £36.00, this beautiful necklace is available at 50% off – for just £18.00 this piece could be winging its way in a special gift-wrapped package to one stylish fashionista. For more information about Boho City and to browse their ethical collection of clothing and accessories, visit http://bohocity.co.uk/. About Boho City: At Boho City we endorse creativity and individuality, we offer a range of jewellery, bags and clothing from brands that share our values and will help create your unique look.  Boho City is about being yourself and being unique. One of a kind, but with style, elegance and grace. Note to Editors: Issued by Dakota Digital. Please direct press queries to Rebecca Appleton. Email: Rebecca@dakotadigital.co.uk or Tel: 01623 428996. ##ENDS##

I Am The Agent Helps Buyers and Sellers Combat Stamp Duty

With experts predicting that the vast majority of property buyers will be paying 3% stamp duty within just two years, I Am The Agent is calling on all those thinking of moving home to minimise their costs as much as possible with their self-service estate agency. House prices are continuing to soar, and the average price of a home could hit £250,000 by 2016 according to new research by Haarts – triggering a rise in stamp duty from 1% to 3% for all those with properties worth £250,001 or more. Londoners are currently facing a 36% rise in the amount of stamp duty they pay, as the average house price rises to more than £500,000, according to the Taxpayers Alliance. HM Revenue and Customs back up the stats, with their own figures showing that the government raised £10bn through its tax on property transactions in the year to the end of June 2014. This will mean that on top of the many other expenditures that come with buying a house, those moving up the property ladder will be forced to pay a minimum of £7,500 extra for the privilege of owning a new home. I Am The Agent is rallying against the controversial tax and urging those buying or selling properties to cut costs where they can by using a fixed-fee estate agency that will streamline their outgoings at this crucial time. Rebecca Peach, Founder and Director of I Am The Agent, says, “The rapidly increasing house prices are having a number of knock-on effects, including this huge impact on stamp duty. With more houses crossing the boundary between 1% and 3% stamp duty, the cost of moving house is getting ever more expensive – many people will now be looking at £7,500 at the very minimum on top of all of the other fees they must shell out for.” She adds, “At I Am The Agent, we offer a simple and cost-effective service for all those looking to buy or sell. Those who are thinking of selling their current property and moving into a larger one can remove agency commission from their list of outgoings, ensuring that they’ll have more in the coffers to pay the controversial property tax when they upgrade to their next home.” Using online agents can save buyers and sellers thousands of pounds in the property market. For those who are listing their property online and looking to move elsewhere, they pay a fixed-fee with no hidden costs or charges waiting to sting them at a vulnerable time in the selling process. They don’t pay any commission once they sell their property, putting them in a prime position with plenty of funds when it comes to negotiating the next mortgage or securing the next property. Those looking to buy using I Am The Agent are put straight in touch with vendors, bypassing estate agents who can often try and claim a fee and force plenty of hidden charges onto both parties. The process is highly beneficial for those who may find themselves having to pay the higher tier of stamp duty – the savings they make in bypassing traditional estate agencies means that they are better prepared for the controversial tax on buying their new property. To find out more about I Am The Agent, visit their website: http://www.iamtheagent.com/

85% of Brits Enjoy Monthly Curry – Make This Month’s Curry A Laksha Bay Dish

Laksha Bay is urging the residents of Wapping and wider boroughs to head down to their traditional Indian restaurant for their curry fix, after it emerged that 85% of Brits eat a delicious curry at least once a month. The stats, uncovered by Tilda rice, show just how much we Brits love a tasty curry dish, and can’t go a few weeks without a mouth-watering taste of authentic Indian flavour. The research also found that around 25 million portions of chicken tikka masala are eaten every year in the UK, with 4 million poppadoms eaten every week – that’s some curry habit! Currently, tikka masala and rogan josh are the leading curry types, with korma and bhuna fighting it out for third place. It’s quite clear that we Brits love Indian cuisine! Situated in a prime position in Wapping, Laksha Bay is one of London’s premier Indian restaurants. With talented chefs cooking up dishes that fuse traditional Indian cooking methods with modern flair, Laksha Bay has become the prime destination for locals searching for something to satisfy their curry cravings. Anayet Hussain, Head Chef at Laksha Bay, says, “The UK is a nation of curry-lovers, and at Laksha Bay we endeavour to give them whatever they want to satisfy their desire for an authentic Indian meal. Our expert chefs have curated a wonderful menu of Indian classics and exciting dishes with a modern twist in order to give the UK public exactly what they want. Whether they’re looking for something traditional like a chicken korma or a lamb bhuna, or something a little more exotic like our special sizzling chicken or prawn rajeswari, we cook it all fresh in our kitchen for a mouth-watering experience like no other.” The Laksha Bay menu is inspired by the food fond on the sun-kissed shores of the Lakshadweep archipelago, where the relaxed island lifestyle and the thriving agriculture has created a food culture unlike any other. The team from the Wapping Indian restaurant travelled to the region to learn traditional cooking techniques and methods, bringing them back and creating their own range of dishes specifically for Laksha Bay. Diners can sample their clever blends of exotic spices, tender meats and flavourful produce that is deliciously fresh. The award-winning curries and other Indian dishes are made to eat in the restaurant, or they can be delivered to the doorsteps of curry lovers across London. Anayet Hussain adds, “We know that Brits will stop at nothing to get their monthly curry fix – we want to make sure that they choose Laksha Bay for their next delicious Indian meal or delivery!” Visit the Laksha Bay website at http://www.lakshabay.co.uk, order online or call 020 7481 0777 to speak to a member of staff.

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 (http://neuro-performance.co.uk/behaviour_mapping) 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 (http://neuro-performance.co.uk/) 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: http://neuro-performance.co.uk/

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: jay@pyperyork.co.uk

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: resiliencedirect@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk

Leading UK Heating Retailer Launches Slimmest Electric Radiator On The Market

The UK’s number one electric heating systems supplier has launched a red hot new range in the form of the ultra-stylish iSkinny Designer Advanced Electric Radiators (http://www.myelectricradiators.com/buy-online/iskinny.html). Blending cutting edge design with state-of-the-art energy efficient technology, the iSkinny range has emerged as an instant bestseller. Slim, stylish and undeniably sexy, the newest addition to the My Electric Radiators produce line is sure to delight interior design fans and home owners around the country. Hailed as the thinnest and most advanced electric radiator ever made, the iSkinny sets a new standard in heating design and technology. Measuring a wafer thin 5.8cm, it is ideal for use in small spaces, adding comfort without sacrificing on style. As well as boasting seductive aesthetics, the iSkinny is also wonderfully energy efficient. With electricity prices set to continue rising until at least 2017, it has become critical for UK households to cut their utility bills wherever possible. The iSkinny offers an intelligent solution to the problem thanks to smart use of the the latest energy efficient technology. A precise next generation thermostat ensures that once a room has reached a pre-set temperature, energy is only expended to maintain the desired level of warmth. This economical approach to power consumption offers households the chance to simultaneously slash energy costs while giving heating systems a chic contemporary makeover. Harry Moore, Head of R&D says, “The ultra-stylish iSkinny range offers a fresh new take on a heating staple. As well as its stunning design, the range is incredibly energy efficient. It’s a clever choice for cost conscious households and those looking for a cool new way to add modernity and minimalism to a space.” The ultra slim line radiator is packed with innovative features including hour-by-hour, seven day temperature programming. This offers the ultimate in thermostatic control, allowing operators to specify exact temperatures according to individual preferences. The models are also compatible with a convenient remote control digital programmer giving unsurpassed temperature regulation at the touch of a button. With no intensive labour installation requirements and a fitting time of less than 15 minutes, the units are suitable for most homes and homeowners. Every iSkinny Designer Advanced Electric Radiator is manufactured from high quality European components. Buyers also enjoy a lifetime warranty on the body as well as a two year warranty on internal electrical components. Available in 600W, 900W, 1200W, 1500W and 2000W, the ultra-stylish new iSkinny radiator is perfect for spaces of all shapes and sizes. The radiator has already received red hot reviews from satisfied customers with shopper Katrina Viles writing, “Fantastic unit. Can't stress how amazed I am with the efficiency, even the electrician was impressed. Most of all best looking electric radiator I could get my hands on. First class.” My Electric Radiators offers 48 hour delivery on the new product, meaning buyers can start enjoying their sleek new purchase within days. iSkinny Designer Advanced Electric Radiator prices start at just £239. To find out more and to browse the complete range of My Electric Radiators heating solutions, visit the website: www.myelectricradiators.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Eco-Stores/493869930736120 Twitter: https://twitter.com/myecostores

Gaza: Handicap International condemns use of explosive weapons in populated areas

Last week, international aid organisations met with the French President, François Hollande, and French Minister for Foreign Affairs, Laurent Fabius, to discuss the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Handicap International, represented by Jean-Pierre Delomier, director of the organisation’s Emergency Response Division, stressed the disastrous consequences of the mass use of explosive weapons in highly populated areas, which has accounted for most of the conflict’s victims to date. The organisation emphasized that the bombing of hospitals and other health services prevents injured and vulnerable people from accessing treatment, putting their lives at risk and making them more likely to develop permanent disabilities. Handicap International requested that everything possible be done to bring an immediate end to the fighting in order to prevent the death and injury of more civilians. Co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for its campaign against anti-personnel mines, Handicap International is keen to point out that the use of explosive weapons in populated areas is contrary to international humanitarian law. Mass bombing is also leaving behind explosive remnants of war, which will pose a threat to civilian lives in the months or even years to come. “Used in populated areas, explosive weapons kill and maim men, women and children indiscriminately. That’s unacceptable,” says Florence Daunis, Handicap International’s deputy executive director in charge of the organisation’s operations. Under these disastrous circumstances, the most vulnerable people are put at an even greater disadvantage. Unable to move around, it is impossible for them to seek shelter or access humanitarian aid. Handicap International is therefore supporting diplomatic efforts to arrange a humanitarian truce to ensure the inhabitants of Gaza are able to access humanitarian aid and to demand protection for care facilities in order to shelter injured, sick and disabled people and healthcare staff from the violence. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, as of 27th July, 999 Palestinians have been killed in the conflict, including at least 760 civilians, of whom 226 are children. 46 Israelis, including two civilians, have also been killed. 6,233 Palestinians have been injured, including 1,949 children and 1,160 women. The United Nations has also reported incidents in which hospitals, health centres, schools and stocks of humanitarian aid have been destroyed. Handicap International has been present in Gaza since 1996, providing support to disabled people’s organisations. Its teams have witnessed the toll taken by these attacks, the pressures felt by the population, which lives under the constant threat of explosions, and the trauma experienced by children living with daily violence. Although the number of injured people is rising every day, hospitals are having to cope with an acute shortage of equipment and medication. Last week, Handicap International began to distribute equipment in hospitals (mobility aids for the injured). The organisation is hoping to set up a post-surgical care service over the next few days by providing in-home care to injured people in order to free-up space in hospitals. It is also planning to launch psychosocial support actions as soon as the security situation allows and is looking into the possibility of organising decontamination operations (search and destruction of explosive remnants of war) after the end of military operations.

BRITISH GAS CHOOSES ELSTER AS THEIR PRIMARY PARTNER FOR ADVANCED GAS METERING TO SUPPORT THEIR BUSINESS CUSTOMERS

28th July 2014 — Elster announced today that British Gas Business (BGB), the UK’s largest non-domestic gas supplier, has selected the metering firm as its primary partner for the provision of advanced gas metering. The agreement sees Elster, Europe’s largest provider of non-domestic meters, supplying up to 100,000 advanced Commercial and Industrial gas meters over the next three years to a significant proportion of BGB’s UK customer base. Under this arrangement Elster will provide its next generation range of themis diaphragm gas meters, with flexible embedded GPRS communications and Zone 0 ATEX accreditation. Elster will also supply its RABO range of rotary meters with encoder communications. Both of these technologies are aimed at improving the accuracy and frequency of data which BGB is able to provide to its business customers, enabling them to more easily understand and manage their energy. This extensive deployment programme will be undertaken on behalf of BGB by its chosen Meter Asset Management (MAM) partners, Energy Assets Plc and Smart Metering Systems Plc, both of whom have long and proven working relationships with Elster.          The themis range of meters utilises a modular UMI communications protocol which supports a flexible approach to future change requirements, effectively future-proofing our smart solutions. Steve Case, UK Smart Programme Executive, for Elster commented: “We are delighted that BGB have chosen Elster for this pioneering project. This is the first significant advance in gas metering technology within this sector for many years, and we are confident that this will benefit BGB, our MAM partners Energy Assets and Smart Metering Systems and, more importantly, BGB’s customers.” Matt Idle, Director of Customer Operations, British Gas commented: “Since 2008 we have made significant efforts to ensure that all of our customers could benefit from advanced metering, and this agreement is the next step in this journey. The meters provided by Elster will enable our corporate customers to benefit from innovative technology, which will make it easier for them to control and reduce their energy costs.”

BLT Direct Introduce SOLA Range of Fire Rated Downlighters

BLT Direct has cemented its status as the UK’s leading supplier of light bulbs and lighting related products with the addition of Aurora Fire Rated Complete LED Downlight Units to its already impressive inventory. Ambient, efficient and incredibly versatile, the new line lends itself to a variety of commercial, retail and residential applications. Synonymous with innovative design and premium quality, Aurora Lighting is the manufacturer of choice for households and commercial businesses across the globe. Available in i9, i10 and m10, the new SOLA Range of Fire Rated Downlighters is ideal for use in 30, 60 and 90 minute fire rated ceilings. Steven Ellwood, Managing Director of BLT Direct, says, “We pride ourselves on offering our customers the largest online range of lighting products from the most trusted industry leaders. Aurora has been leading the way in cutting edge energy saving lighting solutions since 1999 which makes them an ideal supplying partner for BLT Direct.” With energy costs increasingly on the rise, the new Aurora Fire Rated Complete LED Downlight Units offer ultra-efficient performance designed to keep energy bills to an absolute minimum. Available in warm white and cool white colour temperature, the products are a low energy alternative to the ambient glow of energy draining halogen downlighters. Steven Ellwood says, “With an increasing number of households and businesses feeling the pinch of rising energy costs, Aurora Fire Rated Complete LED Downlight Units are the ideal alternative to the widely used halogen counterparts. Featuring innovative design and exceptional performance, they are an intelligent choice for fire rated ceiling in a range of commercial and domestic settings.”   The new line has been acoustic rated to ensure exceptional sound insulation between floors while the IP65 rating restricts water vapour ingress to guarantee the highest possible performance. Bulb life is suitably impressive, with the i10 and m10 lasting an average 40,000 hours while the i9 rings in at a huge 75,000 hours. With a five year warranty included as standard, customers are given the peace of mind that their purchase will stand the test of time. Dimmable and non-dimmable options are available for complete control over lighting intensity while the fixed and adjustable versions offer the ultimate in flexibility. Thanks to their fantastic specs, Aurora has created an ideal solution for fire protection downlighting suitable for use in an array of environments, from commercial warehouses and retail showrooms to domestic households. The Aurora Fire Rated Complete LED Downlight Units are currently on sale from BLT Direct at specially discounted prices representing savings of up to 65%.  To find out more about Aurora Fire Rated Complete LED Downlight Units and browse the complete range of BLT Direct products, visit the website at: www.bltdirect.com   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BLTDirect Twitter: https://twitter.com/bltdirect

New Student Trustee Named to Montgomery College Board

Montgomery College student Carlos Mejia-Ramos has been appointed by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to serve on the Montgomery College Board of Trustees. Mejia-Ramos will serve one year as the student trustee. Mejia-Ramos, of Gaithersburg, is a general studies major at the Rockville Campus. He is working toward a political science degree by also taking classes at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He has aspirations of attending law school. Mejia-Ramos is originally from Honduras, attended Gaithersburg High School and Covenant Life School, where he graduated. He has served as vice president of the Rockville Campus Student Senate and as a leader in the College’s New Student Orientation program. According to Mejia-Ramos, he was motivated to apply for the board because he “wanted to be the voice of students, and have a chair at the table” in giving the student perspective on board decisions. Members of the Board of Trustees exercise general oversight for the College and are empowered to establish policies for implementing the College’s mission. The board’s other responsibilities include setting the salaries and tenure requirements for the College president, faculty, and other employees of the College, as well as establishing entrance requirements, course offerings and tuition rates. Members typically serve six-year terms, with the exception of the student member’s one-year term. For more information about the Montgomery College Board of Trustees, visit http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/exploremc/bot or contact the Board of Trustees Office at 240-567-5272.

Author Programs Schedule for Fall 2014 at Atlanta History Center

The Atlanta History Center offers lectures on a wide variety of topics, from presidential history and gardens to social history and non-fiction adventures. Each lecture program is designed to join authors and audiences in an intimate setting complete with author presentation, audience discussions, and book signings. Past lecturers have included such world-renowned authors as Walter Isaacson, James McPherson, Garrison Keilor, Kelly Corrigan, and Alice Hoffman. The Atlanta History Center’s fall lecture line-up continues to offer audiences a wide variety of subject matter with current and award-winning authors.  The series kicks off with bestselling author David Laskin, discussing his new book The Family, and continues on through December featuring authors such as award-winning and best-selling Mexican America author Luis Alberto Urrea, international bestselling author Paolo Giordano, acclaimed author Donald McCaig, and New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult. Lectures are held at either the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead or at the Margaret Mitchell House in Midtown. At each lecture, guests receive a 25% discount on the featured author’s book. Admission to all lectures is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers, and free to AHC Insiders unless noted otherwise. Reservations are required; please call 404.814.4150 or purchase advance tickets online at AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Lectures.  (http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/Lectures)  September 2014                                                                                                                                               Elson Lecture: David Laskin, The Family: A Journey Into the Heart of the Twentieth Century Tuesday, September 2, 2014 8:00 pm Location: Atlanta History Center In The Family bestselling author David Laskin unfolds a sweeping epic that spans the three great upheavals that affected Jews in the twentieth century: immigration, two world wars, and the founding of Israel. Starting from Torah scribe Shimon Dov HaKohen, Laskin traces over 150 years of Jewish and world history as one family (named HaKohen, Kaganovich and Cohen on three different continents) is made and broken by the crises of our time. At the center of this stirring book are three archetypal women:  The Pioneer, The Tycoon, and The Mother.  David Laskin is the bestselling author of The Children’s Blizzard, which won the Washington State Book Award and Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award for nonfiction. He is the author of several other books of nonfiction and also writes for The New York Times and The Washington Post. The Family was chosen as an Amazon Best Book of the Month Pick. This program is presented in partnership with The Temple. Support: The Elson Lectures are made possible with generous funding from Ambassador and Mrs. Edward Elson.  Susan Vreeland, Lisette’s List Sunday, September 7, 2014 2:00 pm Location: Margaret Mitchell House Lisette’s List tells the story of a woman’s yearning for art at a time when her family’s collection of paintings had to be hidden from Nazi art thieves. Lisette moves with her husband from the bustling city of Paris to the picturesque village of Roussillon in Provence. There, they care for his grandfather, who connected deeply with the artwork of the impoverished Impressionist painter Pissarro. As World War II rumbles, Lisette’s husband hides his grandfather’s paintings and enlists in the military. When Southern France is occupied, a German officer forces Lisette to reveal where they hid Pissarro’s paintings. But once they reach the hiding place, Lisette discovers the artwork had been mysteriously stolen, and a three-year search begins. This program is presented in partnership with Alliance Française d'Atlanta. The Big Read Keynote Lecture: An Evening with Luis Alberto Urrea, Into the Beautiful North Wednesday, September 17, 2014 7:00 pm Location: Atlanta History Center Join the Atlanta History Center as we present an unforgettable evening with author Luis Alberto Urrea, and celebrate The Big Read. The U.S.–Mexico border is not just a line on a map; it is a dream-like destination and departure point, surrounded by desperation and expectations. "No one writes more tragically or intimately about border culture than this son of a Mexican father and Anglo mother," journalist Bill Moyers said of Luis Alberto Urrea, author of numerous works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. In his third novel, Into the Beautiful North, Urrea transcends the "us against them" discourse of immigration and writes with compassion, complexity, and humor about the people and places caught up in the border wars. Urrea invites us to think of the border as more than a stark divide between nations: he reminds us that it is a place of convergence where meaningful conversations, and even love, between cultures begins. This Keynote Lecture is FREE to the public. For a complete list of FREE The Big Read programs, or to register to be part of The Big Read, please visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/BigRead (http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/BigRead). Support:The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. Civil War 150 Lecture: Anne Sarah Rubin, Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman’s March and American Memory Tuesday, September 23, 2014 8:00 pm Location: Atlanta History Center Sherman's March, cutting a path through Georgia and the Carolinas, is among the most symbolically potent events of the Civil War. Rubin uncovers and unpacks stories and myths about the March from a wide variety of sources, including African Americans, women, Union soldiers, Confederates, and even Sherman himself. Drawing her evidence from an array of  media, including travel accounts, memoirs, literature, films, and newspapers, Rubin uses the competing and contradictory stories as a lens into the ways that American thinking about the Civil War has changed over time. Anne Sarah Rubin is associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the author of A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, 1861-1868. Support:Civil War 150 lectures are presented through the generous support of Vicki and Howard Palefsky.  Livingston Lecture: S.C. Gwynne, Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson Tuesday, September 30, 2014 8:00 pm Location: Atlanta History Center Next to Robert E. Lee, Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson was the greatest southern hero of the Civil War. Prior to the war he was a physics professor at a military college, a full-blown eccentric with bad eyesight and a host of physical problems who was one of his school's least popular professors. Fourteen months after the start of the Civil War he had revolutionized the art of war and become the most famous military man in the world. In Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson, S.C. Gwynne recounts and examines that transformation. S.C. Gwynne took the publishing world by storm when his first historical work, Empire of the Summer Moon, about Quanah Parker and the legendary Comanche tribe, was published in 2010. A front-page New York Times Book Review that called the book "transcendent" and "nothing short of a revelation," propelled the book onto the bestseller list, where it sat through 19 printings-and then, as a paperback, for over a year. A finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Critic's Circle Award, and won both the prestigious Texas and Oklahoma Book Awards. Support:The Livingston Lectures are made possible with generous funding from the Livingston Foundation of Atlanta. October 2014 Elson Lecture: John Darman, Landslide October 2, 2014 8:00 pm Location: Atlanta History Center Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan were polar opposites in political philosophy and personal style. But over the course of a thousand crucial days—from Johnson’s ascent to the presidency in November 1963 to Reagan’s election as governor of California in November 1966—their lives intersected, and the stories they told the country became intertwined. In Landslide, Jonathan Darman examines this critical period in the lives of these two towering figures, locating in their stories the roots of America’s current political divide. With fluid storytelling and vivid, fly-on-the-wall character portraits, Darman re-creates the anxious mood of America in the turbulent years between the Johnson and Reagan landslides. He shows how, in the span of a thousand days, two men who shared little else besides an almost pathological need to play the hero in the dramatic enactment of a national myth managed to unravel the consensus that had governed the country since the New Deal. And Darman explains why their dreams of a new world have proven so inadequate in addressing the real problems of the complex, imperfect one in which we live. Jonathan Darman is a former political reporter for Newsweek, where he covered numerous campaigns, including John Edwards’s 2008 run. He lives in New York City. This is his first book. Support:The Elson Lectures are made possible with generous funding from Ambassador and Mrs. Edward Elson. Paolo Giordano, The Human Body Tuesday, October 14, 2014 7:00 pm Location: Margaret Mitchell House The Human Body is the long awaited second novel by Italian author Paolo Giordano, and is an inspired story of modern war that follows a motley cast of Italian soldiers stationed in one of the deadliest places on earth—Forward Operating Base (FOB) Ice in the Gulistan district of Afghanistan. It’s here, under the scorching, inescapable sun, a group of inexperienced soldiers are forced to navigate the irreversible journey from youth into manhood. Any false step along this treacherous terrain could cost them their lives.  Paolo Giordano is the author of the critically acclaimed international bestseller The Solitude of Prime Numbers, which has been translated into more than forty languages. He has a PhD in particle physics and is now a full-time writer. He lives in Italy.  Cherokee Garden Library Lecture: Lynden B. Miller, Parks, Plants, and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape Wednesday, October 15, 2014 7:00 pm Location: Atlanta History Center Miller’s debut appearance in Atlanta will be based on her 2009 book, Parks, Plants, and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape, winner of the 2010 American Horticultural Society Book Award. It chronicles over 25 years of experience and gives practical guidance on designing and maintaining public gardens as well as how to raise public and private funds to support them. Her message resonates with park lovers, city planners, architects, landscape architects, civic leaders, and elected officials. She makes the case that “good parks make good cities” and argues that beautiful parks and gardens transform lives, encourage economic development, reduce crime, and change the ways people feel about their city.  “It’s about quality of life,” she says.  “In bad economic times it’s even more important that you keep your parks in good shape because people need them so much.” Admission for this lecture is $25. Reservations are required for all lectures; call 404.814.4150 or purchase online at AtlantaHistoryCenter.com (http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/). All lecture ticket purchases are nonrefundable. Donald McCaig, Ruth’s Journey Friday, October 17, 2014 7:00 pm Location: Margaret Mitchell House For more than seventy-five years, Mammy from Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind has endured as one of the most memorable and intriguing characters in literature. Now the Margaret Mitchell Estate has authorized the first novel to tell Mammy’s own remarkable story. Before Tara, before Scarlett and Rhett, before she was called Mammy, she was simply Ruth. Born on a Caribbean island in the throes of revolution, Ruth comes of age in Savannah as the property of Solange Fournier, a formidable French émigré who instructs her in the manners and deportment of Southern society. Ruth’s early marriage to a free black man in Charleston ends in violence and tragedy, resulting in her return to Savannah and Solange, who is now married to wealthy Pierre Robillard. Solange’s daughter Ellen will become the center of Mammy Ruth’s life. Following Ellen’s unexpected marriage to rough Irishman Gerald O’Hara, she and Mammy move to Tara, transforming the ramshackle plantation into a gracious and elegant home. There, Mammy will raise a new generation of O’Hara girls, including the strong-willed Katie Scarlett. Arriving at Tara, Mammy narrates the rest of the story in her own unmistakable voice—drawing her tale to a close in the days following the Twelve Oaks barbecue, as Georgia secedes from the Union, the march to war becomes unstoppable, and the story of Gone With the Wind begins. Donald McCaig is the acclaimed author of the novels Canaan and Jacob’s Ladder, which won the Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Library of Virginia Award for Fiction. He lives on a sheep farm in the mountains near Williamsville, Virginia. An Evening with Jodi Picoult, Leaving Time Wednesday, October 22, 2014 7:00 pm Location: Atlanta History Center Alice Metcalf was a devoted mother, loving wife, and accomplished scientist who studied grief among elephants. Yet it's been a decade since she disappeared under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind her small daughter, husband, and the animals to which she devoted her life. All signs point to abandonment . . . or worse. Still Jenna--now thirteen years old and truly orphaned by a father maddened by grief--steadfastly refuses to believe in her mother's desertion. So she decides to approach the two people who might still be able to help her find Alice: a disgraced psychic named Serenity Jones, and Virgil Stanhope, the cynical detective who first investigated her mother's disappearance and the strange, possibly linked death of one of her mother's co-workers. Together these three lonely souls will discover truths destined to forever change their lives. Deeply moving and suspenseful, Leaving Time is a radiant exploration of the enduring love between mothers and daughters. Jodi Picoult is one of the most successful authors at work today. She has written 22 novels, with the past seven being consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers. There are over 22 million copies of her books in print worldwide, in 37 languages. Tickets are $35 members; $40 nonmembers. Each ticket includes program admission and a copy of Leaving Time. Reservations are required. Call 404.814.4150 or reserve tickets online (https://tickets.atlantahistorycenter.com/public/default.asp) at AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Lectures (http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/programs/lectures). Edward J. Larson, The Return of George Washington Thursday, October 30, 2014 8:00 pm Location: Atlanta History Center After leading the Continental Army to victory in the Revolutionary War, George Washington shocked the world: he retired. In December 1783, General Washington the most powerful man in the country , stepped down as Commander in Chief and returned to private life at Mount Vernon. Yet as Washington contentedly grew his estate, the fledgling American experiment floundered. Under the Articles of Confederation, the weak central government was unable to raise revenue to pay its debts or reach a consensus on national policy. The states bickered and grew apart. When a Constitutional Convention was established to address these problems, its chances of success looked slim. Jefferson, Madison, and the other Founding Fathers realized that only one man could unite the fractious states: George Washington. Reluctant, yet duty-bound, Washington rode to Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 to preside over the Convention. Edward J. Larson is University Professor of History and holds the Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University. His numerous books include Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate over Science and Religion, for which he received a Pulitzer Prize in History. Larson splits his time between Georgia and California. Support:This lecture is sponsored by the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati and the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Georgia. November 2014 Ann Short Chirhart and Kathleen Clark, Georgia Women: Their Lives and Times- Volume 2 Wednesday, November 12 7:00 pm Location: Margaret Mitchell House Georgia Women: Their Lives and Times-Volume 2 is the second of two volumes that together explore the diverse and changing patterns of Georgia women’s lives. Women were vital actors in the history of Georgia, as well as key figures in national and global developments over the course of the twentieth century.  However, their leadership and participation in social, cultural, and political arenas have tended to be overlooked.  Volume 2 focuses on eighteen Georgia women from the turn of the century to the 1980s, and illuminates how women during the twentieth century expanded their opportunities, pushed for equality, promoted various organizations and political interests, pioneered women’s roles in some professions, and became leading writers and artists in the nation. They grappled with the ongoing oppressions of Jim Crow, the legacy of two world wars, the Great Depression, the Cold War Era, the Civil Rights Movement, the growth of conservatism, and the memory of the Civil War. Ann Short Chirhart is associate professor of history at Indiana State University and the author of Torches of Light: Georgia Teachers and the Coming of the Modern South. Kathleen Ann Clark is associate professor of history at the University of Georgia and the author of Defining Moments: African American Commemoration and Political Culture in the South, 1863–1913. Aiken Lecture: Douglas R.  Egerton, The Wars of Reconstruction; The Brief, Violent History of America’s Most Progressive Era Thursday, November 13, 2014 8:00 pm Location: Atlanta History Center By 1870, just five years after Confederate surrender and thirteen years after the Dred Scott decision ruled blacks ineligible for citizenship, Congressional action had ended slavery and given the vote to black men. That same year, Hiram Revels and Joseph Hayne Rainey became the first African-American U.S. senator and congressman respectively. In South Carolina, only twenty years after the death of arch-secessionist John C. Calhoun, a black man, Jasper J. Wright, took a seat on the state's Supreme Court. Not even the most optimistic abolitionists had thought such milestones would occur in their lifetimes. The brief years of Reconstruction marked the United States' most progressive moment prior to the Civil Rights Movement. Previous histories of Reconstruction have focused on Washington politics. But in this sweeping, prodigiously researched narrative, Douglas Egerton brings a much bigger, even more dramatic story into view, exploring state and local politics and tracing the struggles of some fifteen hundred African-American officeholders, in both the North and South, who fought entrenched white resistance. Tragically, their movement was met by ruthless violence-not just riotous mobs, but also targeted assassination. With stark evidence, Egerton shows that Reconstruction, often cast as a "failure" or a doomed experiment, was rolled back by murderous force. The descendant of North Carolina slaveholders, Douglas R. Egerton writes about the intersections of race and politics in early America. Egerton received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University and has taught at Le Moyne College, Colgate University, Cornell University, and the University College Dublin. The author of seven books, including Year of Meteors: Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and the Election That Brought on the Civil War, and He Shall Go Out Free: The Lives of Denmark Vesey. Support: The Aiken Lecture Series is supported by the Lucy Rucker Aiken Foundation. Been in the Storm So Long: Remembering 1864 and 1964 in 2014 Saturday, November 15, 2014 8:00 pm Location: Margaret Mitchell House Georgia Public Broadcasting's own Rickey Bevington hosts a stellar line-up of local scholars, poets, artists, and musicians in a far-reaching discussion of the coincident anniversaries of the 1864 Battles of Atlanta and 1964 Civil Rights Act. Panelists include Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey; artist Robert Morris; singer-songwriter Caroline Herring; and historians Robert Pratt, Brett Gadsden, and Joseph Crespino. Come join this important public forum on how our divisive past can be transformed into collective meaning.  Sponsors: Atlanta History Center, The University of Georgia History Department, The University of Georgia's Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, and The Woodruff Library at Emory University.   December 2014 John Wiley, Jr., The Scarlett Letters: The Making of the Film Gone With the Wind Monday, December 15, 2014 7:00 pm Location: Margaret Mitchell House One month after her novel Gone With the Wind was published, Margaret Mitchell sold the movie rights for fifty thousand dollars. Fearful of what the studio might do to her story the author washed her hands of involvement with the film. However, driven by a maternal interest in her literary firstborn and compelled by her Southern manners to answer every fan letter she received, Mitchell was unable to stay aloof for long. In this collection of her letters about the 1939 motion picture classic, readers have a front-row seat as the author watches the Dream Factory at work, learning the ins and outs of filmmaking and discovering the peculiarities of a movie-crazed public. Her ability to weave a story, so evident in Gone With the Wind, makes for delightful reading in her correspondence with a who’s who of Hollywood, from producer David O. Selznick, director George Cukor, and screenwriter Sidney Howard, to cast members Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland and Hattie McDaniel. John Wiley, Jr, has been a Gone With the Wind fan since first seeing the movie and reading the novel at age 10, and has assembled one of the world’s largest collections of Margaret Mitchell and GWTW memorabilia. Co-author of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind: A Bestseller’s Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood, he was featured in the 2011 PBS documentary Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel. Wiley also publishes The Scarlett Letter, a quarterly newsletter for GWTW fans and collectors. 

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 www.eqt.se 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 www.bvdinfo.com

KONA ARRIVES BACK AT HALFORDS

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 halfords.com

New Online Fashion Hub South Avenue Launches

Fervent fashionistas are in for a treat with the launch of an exciting new online store packed full of up-to-the-minute essentials and fresh new styles. Founded by a team of self-confessed fashion fanatics, South Avenue (http://www.southavenue.co.uk/) offers stylish young shoppers a daily influx of fresh new styles at purse friendly prices. With a day-to-day office routine of trawling fashion magazines, stalking the celebrity world and pinpointing trending styles, South Avenue is the go-to online store for contemporary ready-to-wear apparel. Drawing inspiration from hit shows such as TOWIE, South Avenue stocks celeb-inspired styles with new designs uploaded daily. Heavily on trend this season are bold floral prints, as seen in the fantastic collection of sassy summer dresses and flirty bralet and shorts sets. Neon is ideal for girls wanting to make a statement, used in everything from bold slogan vests to tropical print crop tops. A colourful Fringed Kimono is an on point beachside companion while garments such as the Zara Floral Print Belted Jumpsuit (http://www.southavenue.co.uk/clothing/zara-floral-print-belted-jumpsuit) ooze celebrity chic. With helpful ‘team it with’ suggestions and a Pinterest account packed full of style inspiration, South Avenue is an all-encompassing platform for diehard fashion enthusiasts.     Richard Connelly, Sales & Marketing Manager says, “We wanted to offer young women an online store that blended cutting edge fashion with unmatched affordability. The result was the launch of South Avenue, a fresh new online store that makes the latest celebrity styles a cost effective reality.” With a bustling social media presence, South Avenue offers its customers the complete online shopping experience. Regular Facebook posts cover everything from the latest celebrity trends to inspirational quotes, ensuring savvy stylistas are always at the head of the fashion pack with outfit ideas, street style trends to try and edits of the hottest new drops. Those wishing to receive fashion updates and new stock arrival notifications direct to their inboxes can also subscribe to the South Avenue newsletter. As well as hunting down the latest style trends, South Avenue is dedicated to offering its customers friendly and helpful service at all points of contact. [Richard Connelly] [Sales & Marketing] says, “Whether it’s dealing with an order inquiry, responding to a Facebook post or chatting about fashion tips, we love to interact with each and every one of our valued customers!”   From sexy bodycon party dresses and cute two piece sets to laid back vests and cheeky denim hotpants, South Avenue is hottest new name for fashion conscious ladies on a budget. South Avenue is currently offering all customers 10% off their first order while all orders over £40 are eligible for free delivery. To find out more about South Avenue and start browsing the huge range of fashion forward styles, visit the website at: www.southavenue.co.uk. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthAvenueUK Twitter: https://twitter.com/SouthAvenueUK Pinterest: http://uk.pinterest.com/southavenue/

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 (www.cision.se) and will automatically be published on www.securitas.com when released. 09.00 Presentation slides availableFor presentation slides, follow the link www.securitas.com/presentations 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 www.securitas.com/webcasts. 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  www.securitas.com/subscribe 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 www.nymr.co.uk, or by calling 01751 472508. ENDS  For further media information or photographs, please contact: Jay Commins Pyper York Limited Tel:         01904 500698 Email:    jay@pyperyork.co.uk

Exciting New Crowdfunding Campaign for Aspiring Song Writers and Artists Launches

A crowdfunding campaign has opened its doors with the ambitious aim of creating a purpose built platform where talented songwriters and composers can connect with established artists. Songwriter Connect (http://www.songwriter-connect.com/) combines moniker with meaning, connecting talented song writers, composers and artists with chart topping, successful, current artists within their vicinity. The platform will help newcomers to the music industry to kick-start their careers, access opportunities that many wait a lifetime for and improve with expert help in the form of song reviews, insider tips and tricks, discounted access to a top songwriting tool and special deals on essentials such as instruments, software and classes. The team behind Songwriter Connect has over a decade’s worth of experience within the music industry. All crew members have worked with a range of artists with credits including managing singers in the pre-selection stage of the Eurovision song contest, chart topping bands and a Grammy and Emmy nominated composer. The Indiegogo campaign aims to raise $20,000 to fully develop the Songwriter Connect website and app. The site, which is currently in beta testing, is open to investors and talent wanting to join as writers or singers. Applicants of either the song writers or singers package are entitled to professional reviews of their compositions, song writing opportunities, access to online courses, digital media kits sent to established contacts, the digital release of a single and a personalised press release. After filling out a free application form and sending 2 songs (info@songwriter-connect.com) successful applicants can use the site to browse artist listings and bid for a recording session with a popular artist. Nine bidders are then selected. Those that are not accepted are still able to access the full site to develop their talent with access to a pioneering song writing tool utilised by the likes of Madonna, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger and Beyonce. The site was founded by songwriter, music producer and artist manager Christian Erhardt , marketer Mylene Besancon  and accountant Seamus McGiff who specialising is the music industry. Using the trio’s network of contacts, Songwriter Connect is able to work in close partnership with other managers of artists such as The Coronas, Milky Chance and the highly respected, Master Writer. Master Writer was founded by Barry DeVorzon, the composer of Mary J Bilges’ mammoth hit, ‘No More Drama’. The tool is used by the likes of Gwen Stefani, Babyface and 16 times Grammy Award Winner David Foster, whose credits include names such as Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Lopez, which means those looking to get a foot in door, can tap into industry-leading expertise. Christian Erhardt, CEO and Co-Founder of Music Connect Ltd says, “We’re very excited by the launch of our crowdfunding campaign as this is the first step towards helping more new and unsigned artists to access the support, tools and professional mentoring they need to write, record and succeed. It’s always been incredibly hard to get a foot in the door of the music industry but, we firmly believe there is a lot of talent out there and there is a lot of interest in mining that talent – the two just need a place to meet. We created this concept to create a central location where creative and innovative new artists and producers and writers could meet.” He further explains “The website will launch for all crowdfunding supporters in November/December of this year. We will then have a beta testing phase of about 4-6 months with those songwriters. We aim for 3 established artists recording sessions within that time frame and of course countless upcoming artist’s sessions. Our first established artist session will be with a chart topping band from the British Isles. Their biggest success to date was a number 2 hit single in 2012. They repeated that success in 2013 with a top 20 single. They are putting together an album and will use Songwriter Connect to source some of the songs”. To find out more and to invest in the campaign, visit www.songwriter-connect.com. 

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 www.viessmann-rhi.co.uk 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 http://www.viessmann-rhi.co.uk 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. beth@propel-technology.com

Konica Minolta Releases Automated Workflow Solution for Financial Documents

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta (http://kmbs.konicaminolta.us/)) today announces a new automated workflow solution to help financial providers securely capture, process, and distribute financial documents with ease while meeting regulatory demands. Part of Konica Minolta’s EnvisionIT Finance (http://kmbs.konicaminolta.us/wps/portal/web/home/industries/envisionit-finance) solution portfolio, Dispatcher Phoenix Finance helps banks, financial institutions and accounting departments streamline paper-based document processes to reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve access to information. “Delivering solutions that become an extension to our customers business is key when introducing new products that are relevant today. The security around information is a top concern for all businesses – especially for those businesses that deal with financial statements or client information,” says Sam Errigo, senior vice president, Business Intelligence Services, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “With Dispatcher Phoenix Finance, our customers have an integrated document capture and distribution solution that automates financial document workflows and helps safeguard financial information.” Dispatcher Phoenix Finance integrates directly into the Konica Minolta bizhub MFP control panel and offers file conversion, barcode processing, zonal OCR, integration with content management systems and cloud-based storage providers, making it easy to automate financial document processes. With Dispatcher Phoenix Finance, administrators will be able to: ·Secure Personal Identifiable Information (PII) and financial information – Dispatcher Phoenix Finance includes file conversion to PDF/A features for archiving, intelligent redaction, automatic file conversion to password-protected PDFs, and direct integration with Active Directory. ·Automate manual paper-based processes – Streamline time-consuming manual processes, including renaming, splitting, routing, converting, and indexing files, with just a touch of a button. ·Access information quickly - Loan packages, appraisals, credit applications, insurance claims, etc. can be easily converted to a large variety of Microsoft Office formats, such as Excel and Word, and Searchable PDF format for quick accessibility of important information. ·Scan to secure folder or content management system – Dispatcher Phoenix Finance includes a connector to Microsoft SharePoint that allows you to scan, index, and route files to SharePoint either from the MFP control panel or via an automated workflow. In addition, files can be automatically distributed to various destinations at the same time, such as email recipients, network folders, FTP servers, and more. ·Leverage barcode and OCR technology for improved data processing – To improve the management of financial records, Dispatcher Phoenix’s barcode recognition feature allows documents to be automatically routed to various destinations based on barcode values. And powerful zonal OCR capabilities allow financial providers to automatically extract relevant data for use in back-end systems.

UT Arlington appoints San Diego State Student Affairs leader Timothy Quinnan as Vice President for Student Affairs

University of Texas at Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari today announced the appointment of Timothy Quinnan, an expert in student success and leadership education, as UT Arlington’s new Vice President for Student Affairs. Dr. Quinnan currently serves as associate vice president for campus life at San Diego State University, a leading public research institution and one of the top universities nationwide in terms of ethnic and racial diversity among students. He previously served in leadership roles in Student Affairs at the University of Michigan, University of Cincinnati and Florida State University. At UT Arlington, Dr. Quinnan will direct a wide array of student success and campus life initiatives serving UT Arlington students around the world and will lead a division of 25 departments and programs, 180 employees and more than 330 student organizations. Dr. Quinnan will join the University in September. Dr. Quinnan brings to UT Arlington a distinguished level of expertise in his field, strong principles and a deep understanding of higher education trends and their impact on students. President Karbhari emphasized that Dr. Quinnan’s tenure at premier universities will significantly benefit UT Arlington’s thriving and diverse student population. “Dr. Quinnan has built an impressive career as a student affairs professional, educator, global thinker and sought-after expert on student development issues at some of the nation’s leading institutions of higher education,” Karbhari said. “His commitment to individual student success, student life, diversity and excellence in leadership will help guide our University to new heights at a time when we are ready to soar.” Dr. Quinnan said he is focused on collaborating with UT Arlington students, faculty and senior leaders to advance the University’s mission of being an internationally recognized research institution distinguished by excellence and access. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with President Karbhari, the senior leadership team, faculty, staff, students and alumni to help The University of Texas at Arlington achieve its strategic plan goal of becoming nationally renowned for student engagement and success,” he said. John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations at UT Arlington, served as chair of the search committee and said Dr. Quinnan’s credentials, fresh thinking, high-impact programs, energy and passion for serving students made him stand out among candidates. “He has extensive experience and accomplishments in creating and sustaining innovative student programs, building relationships that focus on valuing diversity, and a shared vision for how student affairs should be integrated into the University’s academic and research goals,” Hall said. Lisa Nagy, an assistant vice president for Student Affairs who has served as interim vice president, said she looks forward to working with Dr. Quinnan as he engages with students and leads the Student Affairs team to new heights. “We have a wonderfully dedicated and talented staff, and some of the brightest minds at UT Arlington,” Nagy said. “Dr. Quinnan’s collaborative leadership model, commitment to student development, and understanding of fund raising will make him an asset to Student Affairs and the entire University.” Dr. Quinnan earned his bachelor’s degree in literature and a master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He earned his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the Union Institute & University in Cincinnati. He has published two books, “Generations Lost” in 2002 and “Adult Students at Risk” in 1997. He also has authored articles in national publications and peer-reviewed journals, including Academic Leadership, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Journal of College and Character and Black Issues in Higher Education. Varun Mallipadi, the immediate past president of UT Arlington Student Congress who served on the search committee, said Dr. Quinnan’s passion for student development will serve the University well. “Dr. Quinnan’s experience and passion for the ‘student’ aspect of Student Affairs is very evident,” Mallipadi said. “I believe his leadership style will be of tremendous support to various organizations in Student Affairs, and we will be able to take the next appropriate step as a division under his guidance.” Among Dr. Quinnan’s other notable accomplishments are directing the prestigious 2005-2006 Institute on College Student Values international conference at Florida State University; founding the award-winning Leadership Summit at San Diego State University in 2010 to complement its Leadership Certificate; and most recently serving as president of the Board of Directors of Break the Silence, a San Diego nonprofit organization founded to combat domestic violence. At San Diego State University, he also helped to enhance student life, cultivated a healthy and supportive campus environment that engaged Greek life, and played a key role in advancing the university’s strategic plans and goals. San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman said Dr. Quinnan has repeatedly proven himself to be a tremendous asset and SDSU is very fortunate to have had his talents for the past six years. "Dr. Quinnan has played a critical role during his time here at San Diego State, helping to ensure that ‘Leadership Starts Here’ at San Diego State,” Hirshman said. “On behalf of the entire university, I want to congratulate him on his new role and wish him well as he joins President Karbhari's senior leadership team." Eric Rivera, vice president for student affairs at San Diego State University, said Dr. Quinnan will be missed professionally and personally. "Tim was key in engaging the campus in a strategic conversation focused on transforming the student experience at SDSU. His notable contributions include learning community expansion, commuter resource area development, the LGBTQ Pride Center creation and the integrative diversity initiative,” Rivera said. “I am certain he will continue to do exceptional work in his new role as Vice President for Student Affairs at UT Arlington. I will miss him as a colleague and trusted adviser." Dr. Quinnan and his wife, Lela, have been married 25 years and have a 10-year-old daughter. 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 nationally for providing a racially and ethnically diverse campus. Military Times ranked UT Arlington one of the nation’s best universities for military veterans, and PayScale.com ranked UT Arlington eleventh nationally among public and private colleges and universities in Texas that provide the best College Return on Investment. More than 5,000 students live on campus in residence halls and on-campus apartments. More than 10,000 live within five miles of campus. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.

Welcome to the Annual General Meeting of shareholders of Elekta AB (publ)

NotificationShareholders who wish to attend the Meeting shall: -             be registered in the register of shareholders maintained by Euroclear Sweden AB not later than Friday, August 22, 2014; and -             notify the Company of their intention to attend (along with notification of the number of any representatives) no later than on Friday, August 22, 2014, preferably before 16:00, to: Internet:  www.elekta.com Mail:        Elekta AB (publ)               “Annual General Meeting”                Box 7842                SE-103 98 Stockholm Phone:    +46 (0) 8 402 92 80 In providing notification of attendance, shareholders must state their name/company name, national identification number/corporate registration number, address, telephone number and the registered number of shares held. Proxy, shares registered in the name of a nominee etceteraShareholders represented by proxy must issue a power-of-attorney for the representative and the original power-of-attorney should be submitted at the same time as the notification. Forms of power-of-attorney in Swedish and English are available on the company’s web site, www.elekta.com. If the power-of-attorney is issued by a legal entity, a verified copy of the registration certificate or corresponding document for the legal entity must be appended. The power-of-attorney and the registration certificate may not be older than one year. However, a longer period of validity may be specified on the power-of-attorney, although not longer than five years from the date of issue. Personal data obtained from notifications, proxies and the register of shareholders kept by Euroclear Sweden AB will be used for the necessary registration and preparation of the voting list for the Meeting. Shareholders whose shares are registered in the names of nominees must temporarily re-register the shares in their own names in the shareholders’ register maintained by Euroclear Sweden AB in order to participate in the Annual General Meeting. Such re-registration, so called voting right registration, must be completed no later than Friday, August 22, 2014, which means that shareholders in sufficient time prior to this date must instruct the nominee to carry out such action. The financial statements, the auditor’s report, the auditor’s statement pursuant to Chapter 8 section 54 of the Swedish Companies Act and the Board’s complete proposals for decisions in accordance with points 10 (including the Board’s reasoned statement in accordance with Chapter 18 Section 4 of the Swedish Companies Act), 18 and 19 a) (including the Board’s reasoned statement in accordance with Chapter 19 Section 22 of the Swedish Companies Act), of the agenda will be available on the Company’s website, www.elekta.com, and at the Company’s head office at Kungstensgatan 18 in Stockholm, as of Thursday, August 7, 2014 and will be distributed to shareholders upon request and notification of postal address. The Nomination Committee’s proposals and reasoned statement and details of all proposed members of the Board of Directors will be available on the Company’s website from the date of issue of this notice. All of the above documentation will also be presented at the Annual General Meeting. The total number of shares in the Company amounts to 382,828,663 shares, whereof 14,250,000 shares of series A and 368,578,663 shares of series B, representing a total of 511,078,663 votes. The series A shares carries ten votes and the series B shares carries one vote. The Company holds 1,541,368 series B shares, which may not be represented at the general meeting. The information pertains to the circumstances as per the time of issuing this notice. The shareholders present at the Annual General Meeting have a right to request information regarding the matters on the agenda or the Company’s financial situation in accordance with Chapter 7 Section 32 of the Swedish Companies Act (2005:551). Agenda1.   Opening of the Meeting; 2.   Election of the Chairman of the Meeting; 3.   Preparation and approval of the list of shareholders entitled to vote at the Meeting; 4.   Approval of the agenda; 5.   Election of one or two minutes-checkers; 6.   Determination of whether the Meeting has been duly convened; 7.   Presentation of the Annual Report and the Auditors’ Report and the consolidated accounts and the Auditors’ Report for the Group; 8.   Address by the President and Chief Executive Officer and report on the work of the Board of Directors and Committees of the Board of Directors by the Chairman of the Board; 9.   Resolution concerning adoption of the balance sheet and income statement and the consolidated balance sheet and consolidated income statement; 10. Resolution concerning approval of the disposition of the Company’s earnings as shown in the balance sheet adopted by the Meeting; 11. Resolution concerning the discharge of the members of the Board of Directors and the President and Chief Executive Officer from personal liability; 12. Report on the work of the Nomination Committee; 13. Determination of the number of members and any deputy members of the Board of Directors; 14. Determination of the fees to be paid to the members of the Board of Directors and the auditors; 15. Election of Board members and any deputy Board members; 16. Election of Auditor; 17. Resolution regarding guidelines for remuneration to executive management; 18. Resolution on a Performance Share Plan 2014; 19. Resolution regarding       a) authorization for the Board of Directors to decide upon acquisition of own shares       b) authorization for the Board of Directors to decide upon transfer of own shares       c) transfer of own shares in conjunction with the Performance Share Plan 2014       d) authorization for the Board of Directors to decide upon transfer of own shares in conjunction with the Performance Share Plan 2011, 2012 and 2013; 20. Appointment of the nomination committee; 21. Closing of the Meeting. Proposals by the Board and the Nomination Committee Point 2 – Chairman of the MeetingThe nomination committee proposes Bertil Villard, attorney at law, as Chairman of the Meeting. Point 10 – Disposition of the Company’s earningsThe Board of Directors proposes that of the Company’s unappropriated earnings, SEK 2,066,623,017 an amount representing SEK 2.00 per share, of which SEK 1.50 is an ordinary dividend and SEK 0.50 is an extraordinary dividend, should be distributed as dividend to the shareholders and that the remaining unappropriated earnings should be carried forward. Record day for the dividends is proposed to be Tuesday, September 2, 2014. If the Meeting resolves in accordance with the proposal, payment through Euroclear Sweden AB is estimated to be made on Friday, September 5, 2014. Points 13 to 16 – Election of the Board of Directors and Auditor and remuneration to the Board of Directors and the AuditorsThe Nomination Committee proposes that the Board of Directors shall consist of eight (unchanged) members, without deputy members. It is proposed that remuneration shall be paid to the Board at a total of SEK 3,710,00 (3,550,000) of which SEK 1,040,000 (1,000,000) to the Chairman of the Board, SEK 445,000 (425,000) to each of the external members of the Board, and remuneration for committee work at a total of SEK 660,000 (455,000), of which SEK 90,000 (70,000) shall be paid to the Chairman of the Company’s Executive Compensation Committee and SEK 50,000 (35,000) to any other member of said committee, SEK 200,000 (175,000) shall be paid to the Chairman of the Company’s Audit Committee and SEK 110,000 (70,000) to any other member of said committee. No board fees or remuneration for committee work shall be paid to members of the Board that are employed by the Company. Remuneration to the Auditor is proposed to be paid according to an approved account. The Nomination Committee proposes that each of Hans Barella, Luciano Cattani, Laurent Leksell, Siaou-Sze Lien, Tomas Puusepp, Wolfgang Reim, Jan Secher and Birgitta Stymne Göransson are re-elected as members of the Board. Laurent Leksell is proposed to be re-elected Chairman of the Board. The Nomination Committee proposes that PwC, with Authorized Public Accountant Johan Engstam as auditor in charge, is elected as Auditor for the period until the end of the annual general meeting in 2015. Point 17 – Resolution regarding guidelines for remuneration to executive managementThe Board of Directors proposes that the Annual General Meeting approve the following guidelines for remuneration and other terms of employment for the executive management of the Group. The guidelines will be valid for employment agreements entered into after the AGM and for any changes made to existing employment agreements thereafter. It is proposed that the Board be given the ability to deviate from the below-stated guidelines in individual cases where specific reasons or requirements exist. The guidelines in the following proposal are, in all material aspects, unchanged compared to the guidelines which were proposed by the Board of Directors and approved by the AGM on September 3, 2013. GuidelinesIt is of fundamental importance to Elekta and its shareholders that the guidelines for remuneration and other terms of employment for the executives of the Group attract, motivate and retain competent employees and managers, both in the short and long-term. To achieve this goal, it is important to ensure fairness and internal equity, while maintaining market competitiveness in terms of the structure, scope and level of executive compensation within Elekta. Employment conditions for executive management should comprise a balanced mix of fixed salary, a variable salary component, annual incentive, long-term incentives, pension and other benefits, as well as notice and severance payments, where applicable. Total target cash compensationTotal target cash compensation, (fixed plus variable salary components), should be competitive in the geographic market where the executive is resident. The level of total target compensation should be reviewed annually to ensure that it is above market median and within the third quartile for similar positions in that market. Market medians are established annually with the assistance of external compensation benchmarking. Since compensation should be performance-driven, the target annual variable salary component should account for a relatively high portion of the total target compensation. Compensation componentsThe Group compensation system comprises various forms of compensation. This ensures well-balanced remuneration, thereby strengthening and underpinning short and long-term objective setting and achievement. Fixed salary Executive Management’s fixed salary shall be individual and based on the content and responsibility of the position, the individual’s competence and experience in relation to the role held, as well as the geography in which the position is based. Variable salary In addition to a fixed salary, Executive Management also has a variable salary component. The variable component is structured as a portion of the total cash remuneration package and is primarily related to the achievement of common Group financial performance goals. The Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for variable salary components shall primarily be related to the outcome of specific financial and functional objectives within the Group compensation and benefit system. The size of the variable salary component depends on the position held and may amount to between 30 percent and 60 percent of the fixed salary for on-target performance. Performance against fixed targets and payment for results achieved are measured quarterly. Quarterly payments against variable salary components are capped at 100 percent. The goals for the variable salary component are established annually by the Board so as to sustain the business strategy and objectives. Other KPIs may be used to drive focus on non-financial objectives of particular interest. Annual incentive For performance related to financial goals within the variable salary plan exceeding 100 percent of the target, there is the opportunity for additional compensation called annual incentive. The annual incentive entails a potential to earn a maximum of 60 percent of the target variable salary component. Accordingly, the maximum payout level for the sum of the variable salary component and the annual incentive is capped at a 160 percent of the original target for variable compensation. The plan also contains a minimum performance level or threshold under which no variable salary or annual incentive will be paid out at all. Equity-based long-term incentive programs The Board also uses long-term incentives to ensure alignment between shareholder interests and executive management, senior managers and other key colleagues. On an annual basis, the Board of Directors evaluates whether an equity-based long-term incentive program should be proposed to the AGM. In order to strengthen long-term thinking in decision-making and ensure achievement of long-term objectives, while also covering situations where equity-based solutions may be inappropriate or precluded by law, the Board may also selectively decide on other types of non-equity-based long-term incentive programs. Monetary long-term incentives should only be used as remuneration in special circumstances and be in line with practice in each market. They must also require continued employment in the Group. Retention measuresIn order to ensure long-term engagement and retention of key staff in connection with the acquisition of new business, the divestment of operations or other transitional activities, an additional annual incentive with a deferred payment of 12–24 months may or may not be applied. This deferred incentive requires continued employment until an agreed future date for any payment to be made and is applied only in special and rare circumstances, i e is not part of any ordinary executive remuneration scheme. The deferred incentive should never exceed 50 percent of the contractual annual variable salary component and shall in other aspects comply with the Group bonus plan. PensionsWhen establishing new pension agreements, senior executives who are entitled to pension benefits should only be enrolled in defined-contribution schemes. The standard retirement age for Swedish citizens is 65 years while other executives follow the rules of their respective countries of residence. The main guideline is that the size of pension contributions be based only on the fixed salary. Certain individual adjustments may occur based on local market practice. Other benefitsBenefits such as company cars and health, medical and sickness-related insurance schemes, should be of a more limited value compared with other items of the compensation package and in line with the market practice for the respective geographic market. Notice periods and severance agreementsPeriods of notice in Elekta follow local labor legislative requirements in the geographies in which they are based. Senior executives generally have notice periods of between 6 and 12 months. In the event of a material change of control, the President and CEO shall have the right to terminate the employment with 6 months notice within 120 days, and the President and CEO shall be entitled to severance payment equal to 18 months employment including all employment benefits except for annual incentives and company car. Severance agreements entitling executives to lump sum payments will in principle not be signed. Preparation and decision processDuring the year, Elekta’s Executive Compensation & Capability Committee (ECCC) provided the Board with recommendations regarding principles for formulating the Group’s remuneration system and remuneration of senior executives and senior managers. The recommendations covered formulation of the bonus system, distribution between fixed and variable remuneration and the size of any salary increases. The ECCC also proposed criteria for assessing the performance of senior executives and senior managers. The Board has discussed the proposals from the ECCC and its motion to the AGM is based on the recommendation submitted. Elekta’s ECCC comprises the Chairman of the Board and two independent Board members. The President and CEO attend the committee’s meetings. The Group Vice President Human Resources acts as the ECCC secretary. Point 18 – Resolution regarding Performance Share Program 2014Calculations of dilution are based on the number of shares issued at the time of issuing this notice. Background The Annual General Meeting of Elekta has, for a number of years, resolved on a long-term incentive program in the form of a performance-based share program for key employees in the Elekta group. The Board proposes that the Annual General Meeting resolves on a Performance Share Plan 2014 pursuant to the main principles set forth below. The proposal entails certain changes relative to previous program to better reflect Elekta’s remuneration strategy to attract and retain competence on competitive terms as well as Elekta’s business strategy and financial targets. Performance Share Plan 2014 It is proposed that the Performance Share Plan 2014 cover approximately 180 key employees in the Elekta Group with an opportunity to be allotted class B shares in Elekta free of charge under the following principal terms and guidelines. The participants in the Performance Share Plan 2014 shall be divided into five groups: the President and CEO, other members of the Group management and three additional groups for other senior executives and key employees. For each group, the Board will determine a maximum value for the Performance Share Plan 2014 per individual denominated in SEK. The maximum value for the President and CEO is SEK 2,700,000, for other members of Group management SEK 1,350,000 and for other senior executives and key employees not less than SEK 118,000 and not more than SEK 800,000. The total sum of the maximum values for all participants shall not exceed SEK 93,500,000, excluding social security contributions. Each participant’s value shall be converted into a number of shares, based on the average closing share price of the Elekta class B share on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm during a period of ten trading days prior to the date on which the participants are offered the opportunity to participate in the program. The total number of shares that can be allotted depends on the degree of fulfillment of two financial targets, which are independent of each other, for the Group’s (i) earnings before interest, taxes and amortizations (EBITA) with 50 percent weight and (ii) business volume in local currency (sales and orders) with 50 percent weight. The performance targets are measured and earned by one-third each financial year during the period from the 2014/2015 financial year to the end of the 2016/2017 financial year. The financial targets for being allotted shares under the Performance Share Plan 2014 include a minimum level that must be exceeded in order for any allotment to occur at all, as well as a maximum level in excess of which no additional allotment will occur. Allotment between the minimum level and maximum level is linear. The Board establishes, based on inter alia budget, the minimum and maximum level for the respective performance target. The levels that are established and to what extent they have been achieved will be presented at latest when the program ends. The performance targets shall be adjusted upon the occurrence of events affecting the Elekta Group’s operations or the number of outstanding shares in the Company or otherwise affecting the performance targets and deemed relevant by the Board. The allotment of shares normally requires that the persons covered by the program are employed in the Elekta Group. The value that the employee could receive upon the allotment of shares in the program is maximized at 400 percent of the share price at the time of the offer to participate in the program. If all conditions included in the Performance Share Plan 2014 are met, the shares shall be allotted free of charge three years after an agreement has been entered into and upon approval of the results by the Board. Before the final number of shares to be allotted is determined, the Board shall examine whether the allotment is reasonable considering the Company’s financial results and position, conditions on the stock market and other circumstances. Should the Board determine that this is not the case, it shall reduce the number of shares to be allotted to a lower number of shares deemed appropriate by the Board. The participants shall not provide any payment for their rights under the program. At the time the shares are allotted, the participants shall receive compensation for cash dividends during the three financial years 2014/2015, 2015/2016 and 2016/2017. The Board is entitled to introduce an alternative incentive solution for employees in countries where participation in the Performance Share Plan 2014 is not appropriate. Such alternative incentive solutions shall, as far as practically possible, correspond to the terms of the Performance Share Plan 2014. Assuming that the maximum number of shares is allotted under the Performance Share Plan 2014 and a share price of SEK 95, a maximum of 1,139,600 class B shares will be required to fulfill the commitments under the program (including social security contributions), corresponding to approximately 0.30 percent of the total number of outstanding shares. To secure delivery under the Performance Share Plan 2014, the Board proposes under point 19 c), that not more than 1,139,600 class B shares be transferred to employees in the Elekta Group and, in addition, that a portion of the shares also be transferred on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm to cover social security contributions and other expenses. Assuming that the maximum number of shares is allotted under the Performance Share Plan 2014 and a share price of SEK 95, the cost is estimated at approximately SEK 108,262,000 including social security contributions and the financing cost for repurchased own shares. Point 19 a) – Resolution regarding authorization for the Board to decide upon acquisition of own sharesThe Board proposes that the Meeting authorize the Board during the period until the next Annual General Meeting to decide, on one or more occasions, on the acquisition of a maximum number of own shares so that, after the purchase, the Company holds not more than five percent of the total number of shares in the Company. Such shares shall be purchased on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm at a price that is within the registered price interval (spread) at any given time, meaning the interval between the highest bid price and the lowest ask price, and in other respects in accordance with the rules of NASDAQ OMX Stockholm at any given time. The purpose of the repurchase of own shares is firstly to align the Company’s capital structure to the Company’s capital requirements and, where appropriate, to enable share transfers in conjunction with the financing of company acquisitions and other types of strategic investments and acquisitions. An additional objective is to facilitate hedging of costs and delivery in relation to the Performance Share Plan 2014 proposed under point 18. The resolution of the Meeting in accordance with the Board’s proposal pursuant to this point 19 a) must be supported by shareholders representing at least two-thirds of the votes cast and the shares represented at the Meeting. Point 19 b) – Resolution regarding authorization for the Board to decide upon the transfer of own sharesThe Board proposes that the Meeting authorize the Board during the period until the next Annual General Meeting to decide, on one or more occasions, on the transfer of shares in the Company. The shares may only be transferred in conjunction with the financing of company acquisitions and other types of strategic investments and acquisitions, and the transfers may not exceed the maximum number of treasury shares held by the Company at any given time. Transfer of own shares shall be made either on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm or in another manner. In conjunction with the acquisition of companies or operations, transfer of own shares may be made with deviation from the shareholders’ preferential rights and at a price that is within the so-called spread (see above) at the time of the decision regarding the transfer and in accordance with the rules of NASDAQ OMX Stockholm at any given time. Payment for shares transferred in this manner may be made in cash or through a non-cash issue or offsetting of claims against the Company, or on other specific terms. The reason for the Board’s authorization to waive the shareholders’ preferential rights is, where appropriate, to be able to transfer shares in conjunction with the financing of any company acquisitions and other types of strategic investments and acquisitions in a cost-efficient manner. The resolution of the Meeting in accordance with the Board’s proposal pursuant to this point 19 b) must be supported by shareholders representing at least two-thirds of the votes cast and the shares represented at the Meeting. Point 19 c) – Resolution regarding the transfer of own shares with reference to the Performance Share Plan 2014The Board proposes that the Meeting resolves on transfer of own shares in the Company and authorization for the Board as a result of Performance Share Plan 2014 on the following terms. i)        No more than 1,139,600 shares of series B can be transferred with deviation from the shareholders’ preferential rights. ii)       Right to acquire shares shall be granted to such individuals within the Elekta group covered by the terms and conditions for the Performance Share Plan 2014. Further, subsidiaries within the Elekta group shall have the right to acquire shares free of consideration and such subsidiaries shall be obligated to immediately transfer free of consideration shares to their employees covered by the terms of the Performance Share Plan 2014. iii)      The employee shall have the right to receive shares during the period when the employee is entitled to receive shares in accordance with the terms of the Performance Share Plan 2014. iv)      Employees covered by the terms of the Performance Share Plan 2014 shall subject to certain conditions, receive shares of series B free of consideration. v)      The Board is authorized, during the period until the next Annual General Meeting to decide, on one or more occasions, to transfer no more than 157,200 shares on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm, in order to cover certain payment, mainly social security payment. The transfer may be executed by waiving the shareholders’ preferential rights and at a price within the so-called spread (see above) at the time of the decision regarding the transfer and in accordance with the rules of NASDAQ OMX Stockholm at any given time. The reasons for deviation from the shareholders’ preferential rights and the base for determination of the transfer price are as follows. The transfer of own shares forms part of the implementation of the Performance Share Plan 2014. The Board considers it an advantage for the Company and its shareholders that the employees are shareholders in the Company. The base for determination of the transfer prices is evident from the Board’s proposal under the relevant heading above. In order for the Meeting’s resolution in accordance with the proposal under this point 19 c) to be valid, shareholders representing at least nine tenths of the votes cast as well as the shares represented at the meeting must be in favor of the proposal. Point 19 d) – Resolution regarding authorization for the Board to decide upon the transfer of own shares with reference to the Performance Share Plan 2011, 2012 and 2013The Board proposes that the Meeting authorize the Board during the period until the next Annual General Meeting to decide, on one or more occasions, on the transfer of not more than 449,200 shares on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm, with reference to the Performance Share Plan 2011, 2012 and 2013, to cover certain expenditures, mainly social security contributions. Transfers may be executed at a price that is within the so-called spread (see above) at the time of the decision regarding the transfer and in accordance with the rules of NASDAQ OMX Stockholm at any given time. The resolution of the Meeting in accordance with the Board’s proposal pursuant to this point 19 d) must be supported by shareholders representing at least two-thirds of the votes cast and the shares represented at the Meeting. Point 20 – Question regarding appointment of the Nomination CommitteeThe Nomination Committee proposes that the procedure for appointment of Nomination Committee for the Annual General Meeting 2015 shall be arranged in accordance with the following: The Chairman of the Board shall, before the end of the second quarter of the financial year, contact the four largest holders of voting rights, besides the or those shareholders the Chairman of the Board may represent, which may appoint one person each that, together with the Chairman of the Board, shall constitute the Nomination Committee until the end of the next Annual General Meeting, or, where applicable, until a new Nomination Committee has been appointed. Where shareholders refrain from their respective right to appoint a member to the Nomination Committee, the right to appoint a member to the Nomination Committee shall pass on to the thereafter largest holder of voting rights which not yet have appointed or have had the right to appoint a member to the Nomination Committee. Euroclear Sweden AB’s list of shareholders on the last banking day in September and other reliable information being provided the company on such date, shall form the basis of the assessment of which holders of voting rights being the largest. Unless the Nomination Committee unanimous resolves to appoint another member as the Chairman of the Nomination Committee, the Chairman of the Nomination Committee shall be the member of the Nomination Committee being appointed by the largest holder of voting rights. The Nomination Committee shall be entitled to, following a unanimous resolution hereof, appoint a person as co-opt member to the Nomination Committee. Such co-opted member does not participate in the Nomination Committee’s resolutions. The names of the members of the Nomination Committee, and the names of those having appointed them, shall be made public as soon as they have been appointed, however no later than six months before the next Annual General Meeting. No remuneration shall be paid to the members of the Nomination Committee. If any of the shareholders having appointed a member to the Nomination Committee sells its shares in the company before the Nomination Committee has fulfilled its assignment, the member that has been appointed by such a shareholder shall, if the Nomination Committee so resolves, be replaced by a member to be appointed by the shareholder at that time being the largest shareholder following the shareholders being represented in the Nomination Committee. If any of the members of the Nomination Committee ceases to represent the shareholder having appointed that member, before the assignment of the Nomination Committee has been fulfilled, that member shall be replaced, if the shareholder so wishes, by a new representative appointed by that shareholder. The Nomination Committee is entitled to, if deemed appropriate and besides a co-opted member possibly appointed in accordance with above, co-opt a member to the Nomination Committee who is appointed by a shareholder who after the constituting of the Nomination Committee, has come to be among the four largest holders of voting rights. Such co-opted member does not participate in the Nomination Committee’s resolutions. The Nomination Committee shall execute its assignment in accordance with the Swedish Corporate Governance Code (Sw. Svensk kod för bolagsstyrning) and other applicable rules. The assignment includes inter alia to present proposals on: i)        Chairman at Annual General Meeting; ii)       Chairman and other members of the Board of Directors; iii)      remuneration to non-executive members; iv)      remuneration to the Company’s auditor and election of auditor; and v)      where so deemed necessary, proposal to amend the instructions for the Nomination Committee. Stockholm, July 2014 The Board of Directors of Elekta AB (publ) # # # For further information, please contact:Johan Andersson, Director Investor Relations, Elekta ABTel: +46 702 100 451, e-mail: johan.andersson@elekta.com The 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 30, 2014.  About Elekta Elekta 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: www.elekta.com.

STRATEGIC RESPIRATORY TRANSACTION WITH ALMIRALL

ASTRAZENECA AGREES STRATEGIC TRANSACTION WITH ALMIRALL IN RESPIRATORY DISEASE Business combination will provide boost to revenue as well as creating long-term value, strengthening AstraZeneca's respiratory franchise with a complementary pipeline and inhaled device capabilities in asthma and COPD AstraZeneca today announced that it has entered an agreement to transfer to the company the rights to Almirall's respiratory franchise for an initial consideration of $875 million on completion, and up to $1.22 billion in development, launch, and sales-related milestones. AstraZeneca has also agreed to make various sales-related payments. Upon completion of the transaction, AstraZeneca will own the rights for the development and commercialisation of Almirall's existing proprietary respiratory business, including rights to revenues from Almirall's existing partnerships, as well as its pipeline of investigational novel therapies. The franchise includes Eklira® (aclidinium); LAS40464, the combination of aclidinium with formoterol which has been filed for registration in the EU and is being developed in the US; LAS100977 (abediterol), a once-daily long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA) in Phase II; an M3 antagonist beta2-agonist (MABA) platform in pre-clinical development (LAS191351, LAS194871) and Phase I (LAS190792); and multiple pre-clinical programmes. Under the agreement, Almirall Sofotec, an Almirall subsidiary focused on the development of innovative proprietary devices, will also transfer to AstraZeneca. The business combination will give AstraZeneca immediate access to on-market revenues, contributing to the company's return to growth. The company expects the transaction to be neutral to Core EPS in 2015 and accretive from 2016. AstraZeneca intends to finance the transaction from existing cash resources and short-term credit facilities. Based on the anticipated timing of completion, the transaction will have no impact on AstraZeneca's guidance for 2014. Almirall's pipeline of novel respiratory assets and its device capabilities further strengthen AstraZeneca's respiratory portfolio, which includes Symbicort® and Pulmicort®, as well as the company's investigational medicines in development. The addition of aclidinium and the combination of aclidinium with formoterol, both in proprietary Genuair® device, will allow AstraZeneca to offer patients a choice between dry powder inhaler and metered dose inhaler devices across a range of molecules and combinations. AstraZeneca and Almirall anticipate that, subject to local consultation and legislation, a significant number of employees dedicated to the respiratory business, including Almirall Sofotec employees, will transfer to AstraZeneca. Pascal Soriot, Chief Executive Officer of AstraZeneca said: "Our agreement with Almirall brings strategic and long-term value to AstraZeneca's strong respiratory franchise, one of our key growth platforms. We will benefit from immediate and growing product revenues which we anticipate will be rapidly accretive to earnings. Chronic respiratory disease affects hundreds of millions of people around the world. By combining our innovative portfolios and leveraging AstraZeneca's global scientific and commercial capabilities, we will strengthen our ability to address the entire spectrum of care in asthma and COPD. I very much look forward to welcoming the Almirall people to our company." Jorge Gallardo, President of Almirall said: "This important agreement allows us to better develop our assets and expertise in respiratory with AstraZeneca, an experienced player in this therapeutic area. It also allows us to better balance the costs, risks and returns of the respiratory business while retaining an important economic interest in its future success. All this constitutes a very solid baseline to move more aggressively in specialty areas and particularly towards becoming a global dermatology player. R&D will remain a key part of Almirall's business going forward and hopefully a significant long-term growth driver." The transaction is subject to certain competition law clearances as well as other customary terms and conditions. The companies anticipate the transaction will complete by the end of 2014. An overview presentation about the transaction will be available at: www.astrazeneca.com/Investors. NOTES TO EDITORS About COPD COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a progressive disease associated mainly with tobacco smoking, air pollution or occupational exposure, which can cause obstruction of airflow in the lungs resulting in debilitating bouts of breathlessness. It affects an estimated 210 million people worldwide and is predicted to be the third leading cause of death by 2020. Although COPD is widely regarded as a disease of the elderly, 50 per cent of patients are estimated to be between 50 and 65 years of age, meaning half of the COPD population is likely to be affected at a stage in their life when they are at the peak of their earning potential and are likely to have major family responsibilities. About Asthma Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways in which the bronchi are reversibly narrowed. It affects people of all ages and is a significant source of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Asthma can be allergic (induced by an immune response to inhaled allergens such as pollen, fungal spores or dust mite particles) or non-allergic (induced by exercise, cough, viral respiratory infection, or inhalation of smoke or chemicals in the workplace). The airway narrowing characteristic of asthma is a response of the immune system to the asthma trigger. Severe persistent asthma is classified by the frequency of symptoms throughout the day and night, use of reliever inhalers, interference with daily activities, peak flow readings and whether asthma exacerbations require use of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) more than twice a year. Asthma treatment usually includes ICS that reduce inflammation of the airways to prevent asthma symptoms and exacerbations, combined with long-acting β2-agonist bronchodilators and a short-acting β2-agonist or other bronchodilator for relief. About Almirall Almirall is a global company based in Barcelona dedicated to providing valuable medicines through its R&D, agreements and alliances. Our work covers the whole of the drug value chain. A consolidated profitable growth allows us to devote our talent and efforts in the respiratory and dermatology areas, with a focused interest in gastroenterology and pain. Our size enables us to be agile and flexible so that we can accomplish the purpose of taking our innovative products wherever they are needed. Founded in 1943, Almirall is listed on the Spanish Stock Exchange (ticker: ALM) and it has become a source of value creation for society due to its vision and the commitment of its long-standing major shareholders. In 2013, its revenues totalled €825 million and, with more than 3,000 employees, it has gradually built up a trusted presence across Europe, as well as in the US, Canada and Mexico. For more information please visit www.almirall.com About AstraZeneca AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory, inflammation, autoimmune, oncology, infection and neuroscience diseases. AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. For more information please visit: www.astrazeneca.com CONTACTS Media Enquiries Esra Erkal-Paler         +44 20 7604 8030 (UK/Global) Vanessa Rhodes         +44 20 7604 8037 (UK/Global) Ayesha Bharmal         +44 20 7604 8034 (UK/Global) Jacob Lund                 +46 8 553 260 20 (Sweden) Michele Meixell           + 1 302 885 2677 (US) Investor Enquiries Karl Hård                     +44 20 7604 8123    mob: +44 7789 654364 Colleen Proctor           + 1 302 886 1842        mob: +1 302 357 4882 Anthony Brown           +44 20 7604 8067       mob: +44 7585 404943 Jens Lindberg             +44 20 7604 8414       mob: +44 7557 319729 Eugenia Litz                +44 207 604 8233       mob: +44 788 473 5627 30 July 2014 -ENDS-

Det norske oljeselskap ASA: Preliminary result of the Rights Issue

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 The subscription period for the rights issue (the “Rights Issue) in Det norske oljeselskap ASA (the “Company”) expired at 16:30 hours (CET) on 29 July 2014. Preliminary counting indicates that the Company has received subscriptions for approximately 88.6 million new shares. 61,911,239 new shares were offered in the Rights Issue. The preliminary counting consequently indicates an oversubscription of approximately 43%. The final allocation of the new shares will be resolved by the Company’s Board of Directors later today in accordance with the allocation criteria set out in the prospectus dated 9 July 2014. The final result of the Rights Issue will be published shortly thereafter, and letters regarding allocation of new shares and the corresponding subscription amount to be paid by each subscriber, are expected to be distributed during the course of today. The payment date for the new shares is 4 August 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.

Martifer Solar Prevails with 8 MW PV Plant in Ukraine

Martifer Solar, a subsidiary of Martifer SGPS, has built a new PV plant (http://www.martifersolar.com/aboutUs.php?utm_source=PR&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=UKRAINE) in the Vinnytsia region of Ukraine. The 8 MW PV project, called Shargorod, represents one of the most challenging projects to date that the company has successfully completed in the country. Despite the complex political and economic events that have been unfolding in Ukraine throughout the first half of 2014, Martifer Solar was able to deliver this 8 MW plant on time and within 3 months of construction time. The Shargorod plant is located less than 300 km southwest of Kyiv in the Vinnytsia Oblast of Ukraine. “This new 8 MW plant is a significant achievement for the team as it strongly displays our company’s ability to adapt and manage complex projects under extreme conditions. In addition, this PV project is one of the first of its magnitude to satisfy the current local-content requirements in place within the country,” said Francisco Queirós, Country Manager for Martifer Solar in Ukraine. “We are proud to work closely in our partnership with Rengy Development to maximize the potential for solar development (http://www.martifersolar.com/development.php?utm_source=PR&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=UKRAINE) of the Ukrainian market.” This new PV project denotes the sixth project which Martifer Solar has built in Ukraine for its Client, Rengy Development, which amounts to a total portfolio of 29 MW of utility-scale PV implemented in the country since August 2012. “As we maintain our investment and development of solar projects in Ukraine, we continue to rely on the strength and proven talent of Martifer Solar as a partner in the market,” said Narek Harutyunyan, Managing Director of Rengy Development. “We have shared several success stories in the Ukrainian market and this 8 MW plant surpassed our expectations given the current situation in the country.” Martifer Solar (http://www.martifersolar.com/aboutUs.php?utm_source=PR&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=UKRAINE) completed the 8 MW PV plant on an area of approximately 160,000 m2, using 33,000 modules installed on fixed structures. The Shargorod plant is expected to produce an estimated 9.2 GWh/year. With this production capacity, the project will offset 3,855 tons of carbon dioxide on an annual basis, which is sufficient energy to power more than 11,000 inhabitants in the Vinnytsia region per year. Filinto Martins, Regional Manager for Martifer Solar in Europe, added, “In addition to our work in Ukraine, Martifer Solar is executing a more comprehensive approach to further opportunities in the PV market across Eastern Europe, which will generate future growth for both our company and solar development in the region.” ABOUT MARTIFER SOLAR Martifer Solar is a leading fully-integrated player in the global photovoltaic market focused on Development, EPC and O&M Service. The company is based in Portugal and has presence in Europe (Spain, Italy, Greece, Belgium, France, Czech Republic, Slovakia, United Kingdom, Germany, Romania and Ukraine), North and Latin America (United States, Canada, Mexico, El Salvador, Chile, Brazil and Ecuador), Africa (Cape Verde, Mozambique and South Africa) and Asia (India, United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Japan).In 2013, Martifer Solar’s revenues reached 274.4 million euros and, to date, the company has implemented more than 500 MW of photovoltaic solar energy worldwide.Martifer Solar is part of the Martifer Group, a multinational industrial group with around 3,000 employees focused on metallic constructions and solar energy. Martifer SGPS, SA is the holding company of the Group and has been listed on Euronext Lisbon since June 2007. LEARN MORE AT WWW.MARTIFERSOLAR.COM ABOUT RENGY DEVELOPMENT Rengy Development group of companies was established in 2008 with the purpose to invest in and develop renewable energy projects in the CIS area. At present, the company operates in Ukraine and Armenia, concentrating primarily on solar and wind energy, and is also researching the hydro energy potential in several markets. Rengy Development’s current “solar energy” development pipeline consists of several projects with combined capacity of 50 MWp, with a total investment value of more than 100 million euros. The company has constructed and commissioned a portfolio of PV plants with a total capacity of approximately 30 MW and continues to develop its pipeline of projects in Ukraine, focusing on medium size projects, ranging between 1-10 MW.LEARN MORE AT WWW.RENGYDEVELOPMENT.COM.UA

Male and Young Drivers Didn’t Get the Message, New Study on Mobile Phone Usage Whilst Driving Reveals.

Following an announcement that parliament are considering doubling driving licence penalty points from 3 to 6 for using a mobile phone, a new survey of 1000 UK adults by intelligentcarleasing.com (http://www.intelligentcarleasing.com/) paints a revealing picture of mobile phone usage while driving. The question posed to individuals was ‘Have you held a mobile phone whilst driving in the last 30 days?’ A question specifically phrased so that only the most recent data was gathered and responses aren’t clouded by people answering ‘Yes’ for situations before the act was made illegal. One of the most surprising findings is that male drivers are more than double as likely to use a mobile phone whilst in control of a vehicle as women. Out of all respondents 10.0% of male drivers admitted to using a mobile phone while driving but only 4.5% of women claimed the same. This could show a worrying imbalance in men’s levels of complacency towards road safety when driving. Younger drivers are also exposing other road users to a much greater level of risk; as they make up the majority of drivers who admit to mobile phone use while driving. 18-24 years olds were 100% more likely to use a phone than the survey average, whilst 25-34 year olds were an astonishing 231% above average. These findings reveal that some groups more than others are posing serious risks on the road. This is especially worrying when department for transport figures indicate that using a mobile phone while driving is set to become the biggest killer in 2015 [1] (http://www.petrolprices.com/blog/driving-on-phone-will-be-biggest-killer-in-2015.html). The overall results showed the following responses: yes – 6.2%, no – 67.7% and don’t drive – 26.1%. Interestingly the survey also reveals much higher levels of mobile phone usage than the government have been able to produce in official figures from primary research. An observational survey by the department for transport in 2009 showed that 1.4% of car drivers used a hand-held mobile device while driving. So the results published here (http://bit.ly/1s0zGmF) by Intelligent Car Leasing show that the problem may be worse than what government safety officials are aware of. The move to increase the number of points to 6 from 3 has been put forward by Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. It has proved popular with the public as a YouGov poll for the Sunday Times showed 73% drivers were in favour of the proposal. However lack of punishment may not be the problem; as a recent study by the RAC showed that 12% of drivers don’t know that texting whilst calling is illegal and a shocking 21% of drivers don’t know that using social media on a mobile whilst driving is illegal [2] (http://www.lawontheweb.co.uk/news/2014/07/0591-research-indicates-drivers-unaware-of-mobile-phone-laws). Given these levels of ignorance many parties including BRAKE the road safety charity have called for increased awareness on the rules for mobile phone use whilst in control of a vehicle [3] (http://www.brake.org.uk/drive-smart) as well as increasing punitive measures. Sarah Rice, spokeswoman for the RAC told Intelligent Car Leasing “Increasing licence points may act as a deterrent in the short term, but if there is no improved enforcement behind it then the move is unlikely to change behaviour in the long run”. Therefore it can be seen that some major players think that a more rounded approach than simply increasing penalty points is needed to address the issue.

A global first - Helsinki Airport’s new technology to develop the travel experience

The new tools for managing the flow of people through the busy airport have been developed by Walkbase, a Finnish company that is the leader in retail tracking analytics and indoor wifi positioning systems.Walkbase has installed dozens of sensors throughout the entire terminal complex, which track the estimated 60-70% of people who visit the airport and leave their mobile phones with wifi turned on.  The new innovations allow Helsinki Airport to burnish its reputation as a forward-thinking hub, which embeds seamless innovation into travelers' experiences at the flagship Finavia property.“Implementing Walkbase technology is part of our smart airport strategy which aims to offer passengers smooth airport experience and easy transfers between Europe and Asia. Helsinki Airport is now the world’s first airport to introduce passenger flow management technology covering the whole passenger path way from car parks to departure gates, says VP of Passenger Management Heikki Koski from Finavia, Helsinki Airport.The deal between Finavia - which operates Helsinki Airport - and Walkbase, is expected to be worth several hundred thousand euros in the next few years.The Walkbase technology lets airport managers get an almost pinpoint fix on individual mobile devices, without storing any of the owner’s personal data. The positioning information is used to monitor and improve the user experience for passengers arriving, departing or transferring at the airport - for example by identifying any passenger flow bottlenecks within the terminal at security, or in particular shopping areas. The solution lets airport retailers maximise their own marketing efforts, and in the near future will allow passengers to benefit from location-based content to be pushed to passengers' smart phones - such as changed departure times or gate information, as well as finding transfer directions."Imagine a truly 21st century airport experience, where your smart phone tells you if there is time to shop or eat or make it to your departure gate. That is already possible at Helsinki Airport with Walkbase technology" said Tuomas Wuoti, CEO and co-founder of the Espoo-based company."Our collaboration with Finavia also shows how a legacy service provider like an airport can still innovate and improve the way they do business, constantly evolving and willing to work with the startup culture at the heart of Finland's new digital economy" Wuoti added.The Walkbase technical rollout at Helsinki Airport will see up to 300 small devices installed in every part of the complex by the end of the year. The iBeacons and Wi-Fi routers discreetly monitor signals from smart phones either passively or with an app-based opt-in, and the whole technology bundle ensures complete personal data security. "All of Walkbase's development has been based on maintaining very strict privacy standards at the core of the product" said Wuoti. "We cannot see, and do not store, any personal information about the user or owner of the device" he stressed.

British government refuses benefits to 91 year old Brit

“Beyond a Shadow of Doubt” by Jane Doe, as told to Cyril Clements, out now for the first time in paperback and eBook download. Who, in a sane mind, would change their name to Jane Doe? Barbara did, but then she has spent almost sixty of the ninety one plus years of her life trying to find out who she is, because the British Government certainly doesn’t want to help her. Perhaps it’s because seven different national insurance numbers have been forced upon her by the government, as confirmed by Harriet Harman’s office, yet no maiden name or verified date of birth exists. This book details the offences to her human rights over 91+ years. Since being kidnapped at the age of 4, Jane has been pushed from one identity to another and all are totally useless. She was forced into an illegal marriage as the registrar tried to shut her up. She’s tried marrying the same man four times, been arrested and for what – to wait nineteen years for her weekly pension payments? Deprived of government benefits during her pension years, she couldn’t get a passport until she became Jane Doe. This story sounds like terrible fiction, but it’s all true. Hollywood will love it, the tale is so ridiculous. Following the success of her first book, “The Woman Who Never Was” by Jane Doe, as told to Cyril Clements, which tells her life story, this second book looks at the facts and proves them Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt. The trail of false birth certificates and being forced away from her six children tells but part of this incredible chronicle. The childhood sexual exploitation, the mental abuse and the beating are almost incidental to her life story. The love story of her life with Cyril Clements is astounding, considering the circumstances. What other man would have stayed the course? 2014 saw Jane/Barbara reach 91 years old. Will she finally be able to find out who she really is and why is there a conspiracy to stop her at all costs? Quotes: Central Television’s News Reporter Peter Bearne remarked “We must establish Barbara's true identity.” Cyril Clements, Jane’s future husband said “Since the ITV Central TV documentary,  whenever we return to Nottingham we get mobbed by people who are most interested in Jane Doe and her life story.”

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, Marmaris, 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 www.finnair.com. *Destination changed. There was a mistake in the original press release text saying we have a scheduled route to Bodrum eventhough it should have been Marmaris.

Gearhouse Broadcast’s OBLite now built on Ross Video’s openTruck blueprint

Watford, UK, 30 July 2014 – Gearhouse Broadcast (http://www.gearhousebroadcast.com/) (IBC2014: Hall 10 Stand B39) will be showing an updated model of its game changing fully-equipped, live production OBLite HD trailer at IBC2014. Building on the success of its launch at last year’s show, the affordable and flexible solution has been refined in terms of build and production workflow. Capable of housing a seven- to eight-person production and operation crew, OBLite features eight of the latest Hitachi Z-HD6000 camera channels. The main operational upgrade sees the trailer’s production workflow redesigned using Ross Video’s new innovative openTruck blueprint, ensuring increased efficiency, video quality, and the ability to quickly reconfigure the trailer for different events. Ross Video’s Carbonite vision mixer, NK Series routing system and glue have been implemented from its openGear platform, as well as the powerful and compact LAWO V_pro8 1U video processor, which Gearhouse is the exclusive reseller of in the UK and Ireland. Structural updates to OBLite include a new, lighter chassis, built-in retractable door steps, a load-bearing roof with operator safety harness and anti-slip surface, waterproof mouse holes for cable runs, stabilisation jacks and flush door locking mechanisms. All external units have been encased and a new internal cooling system has been installed, while the illuminated tail board has been redesigned with separated power units. OBLite now includes a new LED lighting array as well as ECE 104 compliant reflective tape and ‘On Air’ lights. Changes to the interior lay-out also allow for two 6-channel HD EVS XT server positions. “Inspired by the customer interest that OBLite has generated over the past year, and its subsequent sale to Vision View Productions in South Africa, we have refined its design and capabilities, using the latest technology to make it even more flexible and easy to operate”, said Kevin Moorhouse, COO of Gearhouse Broadcast.  “Visitors to IBC2014 will be able to discover for themselves how the latest OBLite upgrades can benefit their production and business capabilities, particularly when working on smaller six to ten camera live sports broadcast projects, IPTV and live web streaming productions, red carpet events or festivals.”

Det norske oljeselskap ASA: Final result of the Rights Issue

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 The subscription period for the rights issue (the “Rights Issue”) in Det norske oljeselskap ASA (the “Company”) expired at 16:30 hours (CET) on 29 July 2014. At the expiry of the subscription period, the Company had received subscriptions for a total of 88,606,822 new shares. 61,911,239 new shares (the “Offer Shares”) were offered under the Rights Issue and the Rights Issue was accordingly oversubscribed by 43.12%. The Board of Directors of the Company has today approved the final allocation of the Offer Shares in the Rights Issue based on the allocation criteria set out in the Company’s prospectus dated 9 July 2014 (the “Prospectus”). 61,200,780 Offer Shares, constituting 98.85% of the Offer Shares were subscribed for and allocated through the exercise of subscription rights. 710,450 Offer Shares, constituting 1.15% of the Offer Shares, are allocated pro-rata to subscribers who have oversubscribed based on the number of subscription rights exercised by each subscriber. No allocation has been made to subscribers without subscription rights. Notifications of allocated Offer Shares and the corresponding subscription amount to be paid by each subscriber are expected to be distributed today. Payment for the allocated shares falls due on 4 August 2014 in accordance with the payment procedures described in the Prospectus. The new shares may not be transferred or traded before they have been fully paid and the share capital increase pertaining to the Rights Issue has been registered with the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises (Nw. Foretaksregisteret). It is expected that the share capital increase will be registered in the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises on or about 5 August 2014 and that the Offer Shares will be transferred to the VPS accounts of the subscribers and admitted to trading on the Oslo Stock Exchange on or about 6 August 2014. BNP PARIBAS, DNB Markets, J.P. Morgan Securities, Nordea Markets and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken act as the Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners for the Rights Issue. 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.

Improve Leadership Skills to Boost Engagement, with Leadership Guru and Psychologist Patricia Thompson

Dr. Patricia Thompson, a leading consultant in corporate psychology (http://www.patricia-thompson.com/), has revealed yet another reason to enhance leadership skills – poor leaders can lead to disengaged employees, which in turn results in the potential for businesses to lose profit. A recent Dale Carnegie study found that 70% of employees that lack belief in senior leaders are also not fully engaged with their work, an important correlation which shows the importance of strong leadership skills. 26% of the US workforce is actively disengaged from their work, and new findings suggest that this could be due to their leaders. Leaders must not only set an example when it comes to the performance standards they expect from their employees, they must also create a positive culture that fosters growth and motivation.  However, there are thousands of leaders failing to do so – and this could result in reduced customer loyalty, increased employee turnover, and ultimately, a loss in profit. Engaged employees exhibit a number of very important qualities. They are enthusiastic about their work, they’re empowered to work with a good deal of autonomy, they’re confident in their own ability to achieve, and they are inspired by their leaders to put in their best effort. But without a strong leader – the key piece of this corporate jigsaw puzzle – employees are likely to lose their confidence, their enthusiasm and desire to perform at their best in the workplace. Dr. Thompson, the author of the leadership book, The Consummate Leader (http://www.patricia-thompson.com/the-consummate-leader/): A Holistic Guide to Inspiring Growth in Others…and in Yourself, says, “As more research is carried out looking at the psychology of workers, leaders are provided with more insight into how their actions have a ripple effect across the employees they manage. We know that poor leadership can often contribute to disengagement among employees, and this puts the pressure on the leaders in every organization to boost their own performance, then look to their employees to follow. Interestingly, many of the tried-and-true approaches that managers have been using to lead are now being found in the research to be less effective than general practice would lead one to believe. Therefore, knowing exactly what to do to create positive outcomes is critical for all people in leadership positions.” Luckily for leaders that may be worried about the effect their performance is having on the teams for which they are responsible, Dr. Thompson’s inspiring book on leadership is available, with fantastic insights into becoming an exceptional leader. The Consummate Leader contains seven qualities of great leaders, all of them positive and supportive rather than prescriptive and intimidating. Dr. Thompson states that, “The book differs from a lot of other leadership books in that I encourage the reader to take a deep dive to fully understand himself or herself as the person behind the leader. The increased self-insight as a result of taking the time to engage in personal reflection is worth it: you will be a more effective leader, while also learning how taking the time to care for yourself and developing practices associated with happiness.” To find out more about The Consummate Leader or Dr Patricia Thompson herself, visit her website: http://www.patricia-thompson.com/

Acquisition of SCM Frigo strengthens the transition to environment-friendly refrigeration technology

The Swedish refrigeration group, Beijer Ref AB, is acquiring the remaining 49 per cent of the shares in the Italian SCM Frigo Group, a leading manufacturer in Europe of refrigeration units based on environment-friendly carbon dioxide technology. SCM Frigo, established in 1979, exports around 85 per cent of its products and has a strong market position within the rapidly expanding segment for environment-friendly refrigeration technology. The company reports sales of approximately SEK 240M and has 90 employees. “Beijer Ref acquired 51 per cent of SCM Frigo in 2011 as it is one of the European companies which most successfully drives the transition to environment-friendly solutions within the refrigeration industry. The company’s development has since been so positive that our Group now elects to bring forward the option to acquire the remaining portion, says Per Bertland, CEO of Beijer Ref. ’With its unique technical competence within, for example, trans-critical carbon dioxide based refrigeration systems, SCM Frigo is included as an important part in Beijer Ref’s future strategy”. SCM Frigo supplements Beijer Ref’s other product portfolio with standard products as well as customer-adapted solutions with the market’s most up to date environmental technology. This is expected to strengthen the Group’s competitiveness. SCM Frigo’s company management will continue to work in the company. The acquisition is expected to have a positive effect on Beijer Ref’s net result as early as 2014. SCM Frigo, which since 2011 has been consolidated in accordance with the acquisition method, will be included as fully consolidated without a minority share in Beijer Ref’s accounts from Q3 2014.  Malmö, 30 July 2014Beijer Ref AB (publ) For further information, please contact:Per Bertland, CEOTelephone +46 40-35 89 00Mobile +46 705-98 13 73 orJonas Lindqvist, CFOTelephone +46 40-35 89 00Mobile +46 705-90 89 04 Beijer Ref is a technology-oriented trading Group which, through added-value products, offers competitive solutions for its customers within refrigeration and climate control.

CREATIVE COMPETITION IN THE WIND FOR MORAY/HIGHLAND YOUNGSTERS

Children aged five to twelve, who live or go to school in the area of Moray and Highland broadly ringed by Forres, Elgin, Aberlour and Grantown, are being asked to take part in a competition to design a printed pattern for a kite, and to name a turbine at a newly-completed wind farm. Plaques bearing the names put forward by the winners will be mounted permanently on each of the 29 turbines at Berry Burn Wind Farm – situated broadly between the four locations – which can produce enough clean energy annually to meet the average electricity need of over 43,000 households. Winners will also receive a personalised kite – with their own design printed on it – from Berry Burn’s operators Statkraft UK, who have launched the competition as part of the company’s community engagement programme. The competition initiative follows a year-long programme of information and consultation events in which Statkraft have successfully sought involvement from local people on the priorities and operation of a £166,000-plus annual Community Benefit Fund stemming from the project. Sergio Castedo, director of Statkraft UK said: “We would like to enable local children to add their own personal touch to a site which will be part of the community for many years to come. We’re looking forward to considering all the suggested names, which could include a character from Scottish or local history, a community hero or a friend or family member which children would like to honour.” Entrants to the free competition can download the kite template and entry form from www.berryburnwindfarm.co.uk/nameaturbine Entries can then be submitted by email – along with a name, age, email, telephone number and postal address – to info@berryburnwindfarm.co.uk or by post to ‘Berry Burn Community Competition’, c/o Lucid, 22 Market Brae, Inverness, IV2 3AB, to arrive by  31st August 2014 The winners will be notified on 15 September 2014. Berry Burn Wind Farm came into full operation in April this year.  It will provide annual community benefit funding, starting at £166,000 for 2014 and then index-linked into the future. A range of volunteers from across the locality are working to put the Community Benefit Fund into being and, once formally constituted this summer, it will receive the full-year funding for 2014 and publicly invite applications and enquiries for assistance to projects that help build and strengthen the community.  Ends Issued for Statkraft by Lucid PR, Inverness. Contact: Bob Kass         01463 724591,            07759 057825             bob@lucidmessages.com John Ross       01463 724593,            07730 099617   johnross@lucidmessages.com  NOTES TO EDITORS The figure for household electricity needs is based on annual consumption of 4,299kWh. Source, DECC Competition rules and conditions 1. Only one entry per child is allowed. 2. Entries are free and should be made by email along with a name, age, email, telephone number and postal address to info@berryburnwindfarm.co.uk or by post to ‘Berry Burn Community Competition’, c/o Lucid, 22 Market Brae, Inverness, IV2 3AB, to arrive by  31st August 2014 3. Entries must be received by 31 August, 2014 4. The competition is open to all children aged five to twelve who live or go to school in the area of Moray and Highland broadly ringed by Forres, Elgin, Aberlour and Grantown. The judging panel consists of Statkraft/Berry Burn Wind Farm Ltd and Quatro PR who will consider both the kite designs and the reasons behind the naming suggestions before picking the turbine names. 5. Each winning entry will receive a kite, printed with their own design. 6. Statkraft/Berry Burn Wind Farm Ltd reserves the right to reproduce and utilise the entries submitted for information, publicity or promotional purposes. Parents/Guardians will be required to provide agreement for children to take part in any information, publicity and promotional activity linked to this competition. 8. The competition excludes employees of Statkraft/Berry Burn Wind Farm Ltd and Quatro PR, members of their families, their agents or anyone connected with the competition.

UK first for York Minster as state of the art protective glazing is fitted into the Great East Window

A significant milestone in the restoration of York Minster’s Great East Window will be reached this week when conservators and glaziers of the York Glaziers Trust (YGT) begin the delicate task of returning glass to the restored tracery of the Great East Window. The stained glass and its outer protection were carefully removed in the spring and summer of 2008 allowing the conservation of stone and glass to proceed. More than 600 years after the stained glass was designed and installed by master glazier John Thornton – the first panel of a newly manufactured protective glazing – essential to the long-term future of Thornton’s medieval masterpiece - will be installed this week. The ventilated protective glazing system, made with an innovative UV-resistant glass manufactured by the world-famous Glasshϋtte Lamberts in Germany, will provide state-of-the-art environmental protection for the UK’s largest expanse of medieval stained glass. York Minster will be the first building in the UK to use this extraordinary new material. Commenting on the milestone Sarah Brown, Director of the York Glazier’s Trust said: “This is an important milestone in the story of the Great East Window. The protective glazing is manufactured using the most up-to-date glass technology available in the world. The protection offered by the new UV resistant glazing system could extend the life of the stained glass well into the next century and hopefully beyond - meaning that Thornton’s astonishing work will be available for many future generations of visitors to York Minster.” The medieval panels of Thornton’s dramatic Apocalypse cycle will begin to return to the window in the summer of 2015. The conservation of glass and stone, a collaboration between the York Glazier’s Trust and the Minster’s expert team of stone masons, carvers and conservators, has been part of York Minster Revealed - a five-year project generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and scheduled for completion by spring 2016. It is currently the largest restoration and conservation project of its kind in the UK and will transform York Minster as a visitor attraction whilst conserving its world-class stonework and stained glass for generations to come. About York Minster Revealed The York Minster Revealed project is a five-year project scheduled for completion in spring 2016. It is currently the largest restoration and conservation project of its kind in the UK. The cost of the whole York Minster Revealed Project is £20 million, of which £10.5m has been generously supported with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The remainder of the fund has been raised by York Minster. State-of-the-art multi-media galleries, new displays of historic collections and interactive interpretation now create new learning opportunities for all ages. In addition, improved access to the South Transept, Undercroft, Treasury and Crypt has totally transformed the experience of visiting York Minster. About the Heritage Lottery Fund Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.  HLF has supported 36,000 projects with more than £6bn across the UK.  www.hlf.org.uk.  (http://file:///C:/Users/jay/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/MQ8QW5VW/www.hlf.org.uk)  For more information, please contact Katie Owen, HLF press office, on tel: 020 7591 6036/07973 613820. About Glasshϋtte Lamberts “Glashütte Lamberts stands in the tradition of more than 1500 years of manufacturing mouthblown window-glass known as LambertsGlas restauro®. The factory is committed to uphold the ancient knowledge of handmade sheet-glass for the restoration and conservation of monuments and to provide the appropriate material for glass artists now and in the future. Glashütte Lamberts is located in Waldsassen, Bavaria (Germany). http://www.lamberts.de” For more information please contact: Sharon Atkinson Director of Communications York Minster Tel: 01904 557248 Email: sharona@yorkminster.org

Meda to acquire Rottapharm, creating a European specialty pharma leader

·The combined entity will have enhanced scale, reach and profitability with 2013 pro-forma revenue and EBITDA of SEK 18 billion (€1.9 billion)[1] (http://file:///C:/Users/hbt/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/XQFFQ3GT/Press%20Release%2031%20July%202014%20ENG%20MASTER%20FINAL%20CLEAN.docx#_ftn1) and SEK 5 billion (€0.5 billion) respectively ·Acquisition for SEK 21.2 billion (€2.275 billion) including net debt of SEK 2.8 billion (approx. €300 million) implying an equity value of SEK 18.4 billion (€1.975 billion) ·Increases revenue profile, driven by the addition of a portfolio of strong consumer healthcare brands ·Expands presence in Emerging Markets by around 50% to SEK 3 billion in sales ·Cost synergies estimated to be approximately SEK 900 million per annum, with full effect in 2016 ·EPS and Cash EPS accretion expected to be in excess of 20% after full integration 2016 ·Strong combined cash flow generation which will lead to rapid deleveraging back to current Net debt / EBITDA level in 2016[2] (http://file:///C:/Users/hbt/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/XQFFQ3GT/Press%20Release%2031%20July%202014%20ENG%20MASTER%20FINAL%20CLEAN.docx#_ftn2) and therefore enables further organic and inorganic investments in the future ·Completion expected in Q4 2014 following customary antitrust approvals Meda announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Rottapharm│Madaus (“Rottapharm”), an Italian company owned by the Rovati family, for a consideration of SEK 21.2 billion (€2.275 billion) on a cash and debt free basis. The consideration will comprise SEK 15.3 billion (€1.643 billion) in cash, 30 million Meda shares corresponding to a value of SEK 3.3 billion (€357 million) and a non-contingent deferred payment in January 2017 of SEK 2.6 billion (€275 million). Following completion of the transaction, the Rovati family will own 9% of Meda. Rottapharm S.p.A., headquartered in Monza, Italy, was founded by Professor Luigi Rovati in 1961 and has grown into a leading consumer healthcare focused branded specialty pharma company. The company’s products are differentiated through the professional endorsement of doctors and pharmacists within the consumer healthcare segment. The company combines Rx-reimbursed medications with more traditional consumer healthcare products, characterized by high scientific credibility (clinically-proven consumer healthcare products or Cx); these are high-margin, non-reimbursed, by doctors prescribed or recommended products with nearly no generic competition. Rottapharm has a global footprint with a presence in 90 countries worldwide and generated revenues of €536 million, of which 75% from Cx, with a gross margin of 67% and an adjusted EBITDA of €149 million implying a margin of 28% in 2013. Year-to-date trading as at June 30 showed sales growth excluding acquisitions of around 5%[3] (http://file:///C:/Users/hbt/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/XQFFQ3GT/Press%20Release%2031%20July%202014%20ENG%20MASTER%20FINAL%20CLEAN.docx#_ftn3). “The acquisition of Rottapharm is an important step in creating a stronger, improved Meda”, says Dr. Jörg-Thomas Dierks, CEO of Meda. “Rottapharm is a preeminent specialty pharma company with highly differentiated brands and a leading position within Cx. The combined business will have an improved Rx / Cx balance and increased investment opportunities. This acquisition is in-line with our strategic priorities to execute value-accretive M&A, invest in consumer healthcare and Emerging Markets. We are impressed by the business which the Rovati family has built up and we are honored to welcome the Rovati family as a major Meda shareholder.” “From our foundation in 1961, we have built Rottapharm into a leading consumer-focused branded specialty pharma business, leveraging our heritage in science and clinical development,” says Mr. Luca Rovati, CEO of Rottapharm. “We are now ready to take the next step. We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with Meda and are confident that this will create significant value in the long-term for all our stakeholders. Through Meda’s expertise and resources, we are also confident that our medications will continue to serve patients and doctors alike going forward. Also, I very much look forward to contributing to the future success of the combined business as second largest shareholder in Meda.” Transaction rationale Enhanced scale, reach and profitability ·The transaction creates a preeminent branded specialty pharma business with pro-forma revenues of over SEK 18 billion in 2013 and good growth prospects ·The combined business will be better positioned to leverage a number of attractive brands through a broader reach to physicians, pharmacists and consumers ·The combination will benefit from enhanced profitability, through the realization of synergies from overlapping infrastructure Increased consumer healthcare presence ·Cx is an attractive space with free pricing (not reimbursed), limited generic competition and a short time to market, while still offering science-based and clinically effective treatments ·Meda will on a combined basis have a good balance between their Rx segment (~60%) and Cx / OTC treatments (~40%). The resources will be dedicated to key brands with a view to drive in-market sales growth, internationalization and line extensions Acquisition of diverse portfolio of strong brands Rottapharm markets a balanced portfolio of strong brands, such as: ·Dona® (Cx), the original and global market leading glucosamine sulfate for osteoarthritis with strong sales in emerging markets such as Russia, China and Thailand ·Saugella® (Cx), a market leader in Italy, Germany and Taiwan for intimate feminine hygiene, to be launched in several other countries ·ArmoLIPID® (Cx), the leading nutraceutical in Italy for dyslipidemia management with a 60% market share, which was recently launched in a number of other countries, including Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Austria and Thailand ·Legalon® (Rx), used in the treatment of liver degenerative, inflammatory and fibrotic diseases. Legalon SIL is an injectable version of the medication indicated for mushroom intoxication and under study for prevention of recurrent hepatitis C in liver transplant patients Stronger presence in Emerging Markets ·Meda’s global reach will be further supported by an enlarged business in Emerging Markets with sales of over SEK 3 billion (17% of pro-forma 2013 sales). This corresponds to an increase of around 50% ·Rottapharm’s presence, with its own sales forces, in Southeast Asia is particularly complementary to Meda, providing additional opportunities to sell Meda’s products in new geographic markets Attractive financial impact ·The acquisition is expected to yield approximately SEK 900 million per annum of cost synergies, with full effect in 2016. Synergies are anticipated to be driven by efficiencies in sales and marketing, administration and research and development. There is an additional upside, outside of these areas, from selling Meda products in new geographic markets as well as repatriating certain licenses to Meda ·The acquisition is expected to be both EPS and Cash EPS accretive, in excess of 20%, following integration in 2016 ·The combination is anticipated to generate strong cash flows, enabling the business to rapidly de-lever the balance sheet from a level above 5x Net debt / EBITDA as estimated at year end 2014 back to current Net debt / EBITDA level in 2016 Transaction terms The transaction will comprise SEK 15.3 billion (€1.643 billion) in cash, 30 million Meda shares corresponding to a value of SEK 3.3 billion (€357 million) and a SEK 2.6 billion (€275 million) of non-contingent, deferred payment in January 2017, which totals SEK 21.2 billion (€2.275 billion) on a cash and debt free basis. Financing The acquisition will be funded through a combination of new debt facilities, an equity issue with preferential rights to existing shareholders and payment in Meda shares. SEK 28 billion in bridge financing has been secured, which includes refinancing of Meda’s existing credit facilities. Take out financing is expected to be a combination of syndicated bank debt (SEK 26 billion) and an equity rights issue (SEK 2 billion). The payment in Meda shares, as mentioned above, corresponds to SEK 3.3 billion. The Rovati family will on closing become a meaningful shareholder in Meda with an ownership stake of 9%. The Rovati family and Stena Sessan Rederi AB have both committed to subscribe for their pro rata share in the equity issue with preferential rights to existing shareholders. Approvals and timing The acquisition of Rottapharm must be reported to the competition authorities of multiple jurisdictions. Filings for gaining approvals will be initiated within days and the transaction is expected to complete in Q4 2014 following such clearances. Closing of the transaction is not subject to any other material conditions. The Board of Directors of Meda will call for an Extraordinary General Meeting to decide upon an equity issue with preferential rights to existing Meda shareholders. Shareholders will be notified as soon as practically possible following completion of the transaction. Pro forma financials The following pro-forma summary provides an overview of the combined businesses in terms of key financials excluding synergies. +-------------+-----------+-----------------+---------------+|(SEK billion)|Meda (2013)|Rottapharm (2013)|Combined (2013)|+-------------+-----------+-----------------+---------------+|Sales |13.1 |5.0 |18.1 |+-------------+-----------+-----------------+---------------+|Gross profit |8.0 |3.4 |11.4 |+-------------+-----------+-----------------+---------------+|Gross margin |61% |67% |63% |+-------------+-----------+-----------------+---------------+|EBITDA |3.7 |1.4 |5.1 |+-------------+-----------+-----------------+---------------+|EBITDA margin|28% |28% |28% |+-------------+-----------+-----------------+---------------+ Advisors Rothschild is acting as financial advisor to Meda and ReedSmith is acting as legal advisor to Meda in connection with the transaction. Rottapharm Madaus had no financial advisor for the transaction, Pavesi Gitti Verzoni is acting as their legal advisor and Tremonti-Vitali-Romagnoli-Piccardi as tax advisor. The bridge financing for the transaction, as well as the arrangement of the rights issue and subsequent take out in the syndicated loan market, has been provided by Danske Bank, Nordea and SEB. Teleconference and Q&A A teleconference followed by a Q&A session will be held today at 10:00 am CET. The webcast presentation can be heard at http://www.media-server.com/m/p/ceynomw4. Informational materials will be published on www.meda.se. To participate in the telephone conference, please call: SE:+46 8 505 56 474 UK:+44 203 364 5374 US: +1(855) 753-2230 For further inquiries, please contact: Paula Treutiger, Head of Corporate Communications and IR                                           ph: +46 733-666 599                                                                                                                                                                                                                  paula.treutiger@meda.se Meda AB discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Markets Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication on July 31, 2014, at 08:00 CET. MEDA AB (publ) is a leading international specialty pharma company. Meda’s products are sold in more than 120 countries worldwide and the company is represented by its own organizations in close to 60 countries. The Meda share is listed under Large Cap on the Nasdaq OMX Nordic Stock Exchange in Stockholm. Find out more, visit www.meda.se. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- [1] (http://file:///C:/Users/hbt/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/XQFFQ3GT/Press%20Release%2031%20July%202014%20ENG%20MASTER%20FINAL%20CLEAN.docx#_ftnref1) SEK/EUR 9.3 [2] (http://file:///C:/Users/hbt/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/XQFFQ3GT/Press%20Release%2031%20July%202014%20ENG%20MASTER%20FINAL%20CLEAN.docx#_ftnref2) Post rights issuance [3] (http://file:///C:/Users/hbt/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/XQFFQ3GT/Press%20Release%2031%20July%202014%20ENG%20MASTER%20FINAL%20CLEAN.docx#_ftnref3) Unaudited figures, 6M 2014A vs. 6M 2013A

Continued organic growth and improved profitability

April – June 2014The revenue for the second quarter increased to SEK 3,319 million (2,832). Organic growth was 4 percent (2) and real growth was 14 percent (2). Loomis´ operating income (EBITA)1) amounted to SEK 333 million (276). The operating margin increased to 10.0 percent compared to 9.8 percent during the second quarter of 2013. Income before taxes amounted to SEK 303 million (236) and income after taxes was SEK 222 million (166). Earnings per share before and after dilution increased to SEK 2.95 (2.21). Cash flow from operating activities amounted to SEK 387 million (211), equivalent to 116 percent (76) of operating income (EBITA). January– June 2014The revenue for the first half of 2014 amounted to SEK 6,196 million (5,538) and organic growth was 4 percent (2). Real growth amounted to 9 percent (1). Loomis´ operating income (EBITA)1) amounted to SEK 575 million (494) and the operating margin increased to 9.3 percent (8.9). Income before taxes amounted to SEK 513 million (470) and income after taxes was SEK 373 million (331). Earnings per share before dilution was SEK 4.95 (4.45) and SEK 4.95 (4.40) after dilution. Cash flow from operating activities amounted to SEK 398 million (268), equivalent to 69 percent (54) of operating income (EBITA). “I am pleased to present another quarter with an increased operating margin and good growth. I remain convinced that we will, excluding VIA MAT, reach our goal of an operating margin of 10 percent for the full year 2014. The growth is mainly attributable to the USA where the successful implementation of new CMS contracts and increased revenue from Loomis SafePoint®are the key drivers. The improved margin is mainly a result of our continuous work to improve efficiency within our branches and most of the countries have improved. I particularly want to mention the development in the UK. During the quarter we have also been working on the integration of VIA MAT and we have secured a CMS contract with Bank of America. The trend we are seeing among the US banks toward increased outsourcing is continuing, which proves that our focus on quality and investments in modern facilities in the USA are successful”, states Loomis President and CEO Jarl Dahlfors. 1)Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Amortization of acquisition-related intangible fixed assets, Acquisition-related costs and revenue and Items affecting comparability. 31.7.2014Jarl Dahlfors                                                             President and CEO         Cell number: +46 70 607 20 51                                        Email: jarl.dahlfors@loomis.com                                Anders HakerCFOCell number: +46 70 810 85 59Email: anders.haker@loomis.com Loomis AB discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Swedish Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 8.00am CEST on July 31st, 2014.

DDM Holding AG raises gross SEK 130 million in new equity. DDM’s shares are set to commence trading on Nasdaq OMX First North on 5 August 2014

On 13 June 2014, DDM Holding AG ("DDM" or the "Company) announced its intention to evaluate a possible equity raising and subsequent listing on Nasdaq OMX First North. On 30 July 2014, the Board of Directors of DDM Holding AG resolved to issue 2,600,000 new shares through a directed new share issue to international institutional investors and qualified investors (the "Private Placement"). The price of the new shares was set at SEK 50 per share, corresponding to a gross equity raising of SEK 130M. DDM will have a total of 7,100,000 shares following the issue. The offer of SEK 98.8M was oversubscribed. An option of an additional equity raising of SEK 31.2M was thus exercised. DDM intends to use the proceeds from the Private Placement to accelerate its investments in portfolios of distressed assets in Eastern Europe. DDM has received approval from Nasdaq OMX to have its shares commence trading on Nasdaq OMX First North with an estimated first day of trading on or about 5 August 2014. The shares are scheduled to begin trading on Nasdaq OMX First North under the ticker symbol "DDM" (ISIN: CH0246292343). A company description will be published on DDM’s website (www.ddm-group.ch). Pareto Securities AB acted as sole manager and bookrunner in connection with the Private Placement and the subsequent listing on Nasdaq OMX First North. Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyrå AB acted as DDM’s Swedish legal advisor and Meyerlustenberger Lachenal acted as DDM’s Swiss legal advisor in connection with the Private Placement. Hammarskiöld & Co acted as legal advisor to Pareto Securities AB.

Knaresborough Castle recreates the Royal Court at the UK’s largest medieval festival

Royal fortress Knaresborough Castle invites all lords and ladies to the royal court this August, during two special events organised as part of the Yorkshire Medieval Festival, the largest UK festival dedicated to the Middle Ages. ·On Saturday 9 August, Swords & Sieges is an entertaining family day with medieval sword fighting workshops, castle tours, crafts and activities. All brave squires taking part in the 'Have a Go Sword' event will be knighted for their services. ·On Saturday 16 August, Tales and Troubadours features medieval music, stories and tours of the castle and sallyport, a secret underground tunnel that would have been used as an escape route during deadly sieges or to ambush invading troops. “There is no more fitting place to recreate the medieval world of the royal court”, explains Danielle Daglan, festival director. “From its imposing cliff-top location, the romantic ruins once played a pivotal role in the nation’s history - the Castle was of such strategic importance that it remained a royal fortress throughout the Middle Ages. In fact, King John lavished more money on Knaresborough – and its Yorkshire sister, Scarborough Castle – than any other castle in the realm. During the reign of Edward III, when Chivalry reached a pinnacle, the castle welcomed the royal court during the summer, and the walls would have echoed with music, merriment and the sounds of knightly tournament. Even today, Knaresborough Castle is still in the possession of the Crown.” Taking place between 11am – 4pm, entrance to the Knaresborough Castle events is free; some of the activities can be paid for with special medieval coins exchanged for modern money, available to purchase for £1 each or 6 for £5. The Yorkshire Medieval Festival, now in its third year, is organised by The JORVIK Group, who also host the annual JORVIK Viking Festival. The four-week festival brings together medieval themed events, activities, talks and tours around the region celebrating the 500 year period from the Norman invasion until the demise of Richard III and the start of the Tudor era. “The medieval period was a time of significant change for Yorkshire, with its power and importance waxing and waning with each generation, but we’re fantastically fortunate to still have many castles, churches and buildings from the period still around today,” adds Danielle. “The Yorkshire Medieval Festival makes this history even more accessible, whether through talks from expert historians or getting your hands on a replica medieval sword for a session of combat training, we’ve got a whole summer of medieval fun across the Yorkshire region organised from the medieval capital of the North, York.” Other highlights of the Yorkshire Medieval Festival are: ·Medieval Combat Class at York Guildhall from Monday 18 – Friday 22 August– led by the Hotspur School of Defence, these 90 minute sessions feature fight demonstrations and the chance to try out some medieval weaponry with expert tuition. The workshops are suitable for both children and adults. ·Hollywood & The Sword: Dispelling Popular Myths about Medieval Combat, Friday 22 August at York Mansion House. Movie fight scenes may be spectacular, but often the dramatic licence can mean that the fight can lead to misconceptions about combat. This session looks at how Tinseltown has done well – and not so well – at portraying combat on screen. ·Church Explorers – taking place at some of Yorkshire’s most beautiful medieval churches across the region throughout August, these tours offer a unique insight into churches large and small, with specially organised walks and tours. ·Colours of Conflict: The Wars of the Roses in Yorkshire, daily at the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall in York. A new exhibition exploring the terrible events of the Wars of the Roses in Yorkshire. For more information, or for a full programme of Yorkshire Medieval Festival events, please visit www.yorkshire-medieval-festival.com ENDS For further media information or photographs, please contact: Jay Commins or Nicola Bexon Pyper York Limited Tel:        01904 500698 Email:   jay@pyperyork.co.uk or sam@pyperyork.co.uk

Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association Brings Legends for Youth Baseball Clinic Series to Nashville, TN

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, August 2nd, 2014. In partnership with the Andrea Waitt Carlton Family Foundation, 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 Tucker Ashford, Vic Cole, Bob Long, John Rocker, Doug Simons and Keith Weiser. The clinic will take place at the E.S. Rose Sports Complex Baseball Field, running from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., located at 1000 Edgehill Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203. 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 www.baseballalumni.com. Registration is required. For more information regarding the clinic, please contact Nikki Warner, Director of Communications, at (719) 477-1870, ext. 105 or visit www.baseballalumni.com. *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 baseballalumni.com/donate (http://www.baseballalumni.com/donate). The official hashtag of the Legends for Youth clinic series is #LFYClinic. ###