Thursday 31 March 2011 8:13 pm National Express investors blast activist Elliott’s calls Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL KCS-content Read This NextWATCH: Shohei Ohtani continues home run tear, Los Angeles Angels winSportsnautYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof whatsapp Share whatsapp SHAREHOLDERS in transport group National Express hit back at activist hedge fund Elliott Advisors yesterday for attempting to destabilise the company’s recovery. Elliott, National Express’ second-largest shareholder with a 17 per cent stake, has proposed three independent directors to join the board.But shareholders, who declined to be named, said they supported chairman John Devaney and chief executive Dean Finch to turn the group’s fortunes around.“When a company is in the hands of well-regarded individuals it is all the more surprising that this rumpus starts,” one said. “We think this is a pretty bad development for all National Express shareholders.”Fund manager M&G, which holds a 13 per cent stake in National Trust, is also thought to oppose Elliott’s calls.National Express has improved its performance since 2009 when it fought off takeover offers and a rescue rights issue. Elliott says its director choices would work to make the group financially stronger and more able to compete with its European rivals to win new business.Elliott also bought a three per cent stake in Alliance Trust this week.
SportCaller to support FanDuel expansion efforts Free-to-play sports games developer SportCaller has joined forces with fantasy sports giant FanDuel to support its expansion plans in the US.SportCaller will now work with FanDuel to launch a series of “marquee games” – based around the major US sports – on its platform.The first of these free-to-play (FTP) games focuses on the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s March Madness basketball event, which this year takes place from March 19 to April 8.SportCaller has been working with Paddy Power Betfair, the parent company of FanDuel, for a number of years, and the new deal will serve as an extension of this relationship – although the length of the arrangement was not immediately disclosed.“Having collaborated so successfully Paddy Power Betfair over the past few years, it’s a real fillip for FanDuel to have chosen SportCaller as their partner in unlocking perhaps the most significant market of all,” SportCaller managing director Cillian Barry said.“Their underlying expertise and consumer base are vast, so it’s going to be exciting to watch our games’ signature values of outstanding gameplay and bet-conversion map on to a wider range of US sports and events, driving player activity at every step.”Lorcan Kelly, vice-president of sportsbook product at FanDuel, said that the link-up with SportCaller will support the operator’s pledge to deliver fresh games and jackpot formats to its users across all platforms and devices.Kelly said: “SportCaller has been a good partner for the Paddy Power Betfair Group, and we’ve enjoyed teaming up with them on March Madness – an event whose huge popularity will naturally prove a solid acquisitions driver.“The relationship has already elevated our expansive set of FTP games, and FanDuel looks forward to adding more over the sporting calendar to come.”Last September, SportCaller appointed industry veteran Andy Clerkson as its new chairman, as part of its plans to pursue growth opportunities in both the US and other markets around the world.Clerkson founded leading content, design and technology agency Grand Parade in 2007 before selling the company to William Hill in 2016. Throughout 2018, he was based in New Jersey, helping William Hill expand into newly-regulated states in the US.Image: Todd Wickersty Email Address 25th February 2019 | By contenteditor Free-to-play sports games developer SportCaller has joined forces with fantasy sports giant FanDuel to support its expansion plans in the US. DFS AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Sports betting DFS Tags: Fantasy Sports Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: US read more
Mega African Capital Limited (MAC.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about Mega African Capital Limited (MAC.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mega African Capital Limited (MAC.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mega African Capital Limited (MAC.gh) 2019 annual report.Company ProfileMega African Capital Limited (MAC) is an investment holding company with interests in the development, purchase, sale and rental of real estate and investment in equities and fixed income investments. The company targets high net-worth investments looking for opportunities to invest in Africa which will yield high returns. MAC is geared to provide medium- to long-term capital growth through investments in listed and unlisted companies in Africa. The company has investments in Ghana, Malawi and Tanzania. MAC is owned by OAK Partners, a private investment institution based in Accra, Ghana. Mega African Capital Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange read more
Scoring at the right time: Manu Tuilagi scored at a crucial stage of the 2012 Test against New Zealand Right at the death: Ryan Crotty famously went over in extra time against Ireland last yearFor an opponent, a match against New Zealand has an added level of hype and importance. The build-up often references the last time they beat the All Blacks or what effect a victory would have this time. It isn’t uncommon for a side to have taken the lead against them or at least be level after the opening quarter (occurred in 44% of their games 2012-14). It may be the case that loss aversion then kicks in. The style of play that has put them in front is suddenly deemed a ‘risk’ and avoided. At the same time, New Zealand’s players are being motivated by their own strong desire not to lose, so going behind makes them more dangerous.It is possible that the key is to dominate their two usual areas of strength – specifically limiting their scoring 21-30 minutes and then being able to put points on the board between 51-60 minutes. That is something England achieved back in 2012. They kept New Zealand to 0 points after the first quarter, raised their own scoring and then managed three tries between the 53rd and 61st minute.England don’t have the same track record of successfully chasing down an early deficit as New Zealand, having lost on five of the six occasions when they have been behind after twenty minutes since 2012.They do match up well when it comes to the 51-60 minute period though. It has proved their highest scoring section under Stuart Lancaster, with an average of 16% of their points occurring in it. They also concede an average of just 1.5 points in those ten minutes compared to 2.0-2.7 points elsewhere. In their five most recent matches against the All Blacks, they have conceded a combined total of just 3 points between 51-60 minutes.Given a team knows that a New Zealand comeback is highly likely, how to combat it tactically and mentally may feature in their preparation. While England had to effectively beat them twice in that 2012 game (after the visitors revival from 15-0 to 15-14), South Africa were required to respond to two comebacks in Johannesburg recently to secure the win. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSSkip AdAds by There was a sense of inevitability as New Zealand clawed back a ten point deficit in Brisbane last month and won against Australia in the Rugby Championship with the final kick of the game. Similar was seen last year in Ireland, and that ability to ruthlessly pursue an opponent would put Anton Chigurh to shame.The All Blacks have lost just twice in thirty nine matches since Steve Hansen took charge. Their average winning margin may have dropped from 19 points (June 2012-November 2013) to nine (November 2013- October 2014), but how to beat them remains a conundrum solved rarely. Looking at some rugby statistics, perhaps the focus should be shifted from how to when?Scoring touch: Aaron Smith dives over against Australia in TRCBy splitting New Zealand games from 2012-2014 into ten minute segments, their scoring trends can be noted. There appears to be two crucial periods in a standard match. Between 21-30 minutes they both increase their own scoring and limit their opponents’, while the 51-60 minute block sees their opponents’ average drop to a low of just 1.15 points.Conventional wisdom may hold that building an early lead is the preferred way to beat the All Blacks. However it can be seen below that they react positively when the opposition go ahead in the opening quarter. Their ability to accelerate the scoring rate in the 21-30 minute period means a slow start can be overcome, while their opponents often fail to maintain their own initially high rate.When they have trailed later in games, the main comeback period appears to be the 61-70 minute segment – with an average of 5.33 points scored to 1.77 conceded if they were behind at halftime and 6.5 points to 1.66, when losing after an hour.The mentality of both teams does need to be considered. The 2011 World Cup winners have worked in the past with forensic psychiatrist Dr Ceri Evans to understand and manage pressure.One of the ideas is that ‘red head’ is a distracted state, driven by emotion and with focus on result while ‘blue head’ allows calm, accurate decisions to be made with the spotlight placed on task. In recent interviews, the players have highlighted the importance of process and preparation over outcome, and the significance of the leadership group and trust in the system. That ability to keep a ‘blue head’ and stay connected for the full match has been a crucial element in their comebacks. The ‘keep calm and carry on’ slogan has been horrendously overused, but tag ‘scoring’ on the end and it may apply against New Zealand.To read an in-depth analysis of the haka and RW’s verdict on England’s midfield problem, check out the December issue of Rugby World – in shops now! Visit po.st/RWSub for all the latest Rugby World subscription deals, or find out how to download the digital edition of the magazine at po.st/RWDig. read more
Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The VOICE of Health Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! TAGSFlorida Hospital – ApopkaKindnessThe VOICE of Health Previous articleHow social media fires people’s passions – and builds extremist divisionsNext articleApopka Burglary Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply From Florida Hospital ApopkaThe science is in, and kindness just doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Countless studies from around the globe have proven that even the tiniest acts of kindness can improve our health, boost our mood and make us feel better about ourselves and the worldAt times like these, when upsetting events seem to dominate the day’s news, a dose of kindness may be just what the doctor ordered. And it’s not just receiving kindness that can brighten our day. Giving kindness, it turns out, can have an even greater effect on the spirit.Here are some of the surprising ways that kindness can make you healthier and happier.The “Helper’s High”Ever notice that when you help someone out – whether it’s volunteering at a food bank, donating to charity or paying for someone’s coffee – you get a rush of warm, happy feelings? It’s not a coincidence.Altruism (the act of helping others) boosts serotonin levels and triggers a release of endorphins nicknamed the “helper’s high.” In other words, helping others may be helping you even more. Now that’s a major win-win.Better Relationships, Healthier YouHaving deep, meaningful relationships has long been associated with positive mental health, but it turns out it can help you live longer, too. Studies have shown that having a strong network of friends and family has an effect on blood pressure comparable to exercise.Separate research examining the health risks of loneliness found that people who lacked a support network were also at greater risk of developing heart disease. So kindness can not only make the heart grow fonder, but help it grow stronger, too.Ward Off IllnessActs of kindness and compassion are also linked to lowering inflammation in the body. The reason? A hormone called oxytocin.Feelings of emotional satisfaction trigger the release of oxytocin, creating the sensation we know as “warm and fuzzies.” Along with these happy feelings comes a surge of self-esteem and optimism. Oxytocin also works to lower inflammation, which is associated with a wide range of health issues, from diabetes and cancer to chronic pain and migraines.Melt Away StressIt’s no secret that stress can be a killer. From work to finances to the sadness we see in the news every day, stress can cast a dark shadow over our lives. Kindness, it turns out, can be an effective antidote.Research shows that interactions as simple as saying hello or sharing a smile with a cashier or barista can instantly improve your mood and emotional functioning. Human kindness, while so simple, can give you a much-needed break from your problems.What’s more, simply witnessing an act of kindness can make you feel happier, and inspire you to be kinder to others. So maybe a little more kindness really is what we all need right now to improve our collective health in body, mind and spirit.And there’s no better time to start than today. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. read more
Structural Engineering: Partners In Charge:Johan Anrys, Freek PersynDesign Team:Jan Haerens, Charlotte Schmidt, Jolein BergersGarden Desing:Plant- en HoutgoedEPB:iVecCity:LeuvenCountry:BelgiumMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Maxime DelvauxRecommended ProductsWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineText description provided by the architects. The client, a family of 5, lives in an archetypical row house on a dense plot in the historic centre of Leuven. Save this picture!© Maxime DelvauxThe home is transformed into a collection of connected spaces with very diverse characters: a very big, high, and bright space with zenithal light becomes the centre of the project. A small adjoining brick shed is reached through a secret staircase. The street-side room serves as a vestibule, a reception space plus a storage room. The garden becomes an open-air room with green walls and an oversized water element. Save this picture!© Maxime DelvauxSave this picture!© Maxime DelvauxThe rooms are defined through a careful formulation of building elements: a floating glass roof, a thin concrete staircase, a terrazzo floor slab, a green earth wall, a large sliding window. Save this picture!© Maxime DelvauxSave this picture!AxoSave this picture!© Maxime DelvauxThis collection of rooms becomes an ambivalent living environment in the continuum of public and private rooms that compose the city fabric.Save this picture!© Maxime DelvauxProject gallerySee allShow lessSpotlight: Toyo ItoArchitecture NewsYACademy Students’ Collaboration with Carlo Ratti in Design of “The Mile” SkyscraperArticles Share “COPY” Room in the City / 51N4E Util, Frans Leenaerts CopyHouses, Renovation•Leuven, Belgium Save this picture!© Maxime Delvaux+ 31Curated by Paula Pintos Share Projects “COPY” Year: Houses 2016 Belgium Area: 300 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs: Maxime Delvaux Photographs ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/940684/room-in-the-city-51n4e Clipboard Room in the City / 51N4ESave this projectSaveRoom in the City / 51N4E ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/940684/room-in-the-city-51n4e Clipboard Architects: 51N4E Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this office51N4EOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationLeuvenIcebergOn InstagramOn FacebookBelgiumPublished on June 01, 2020Cite: “Room in the City / 51N4E” 01 Jun 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
It is fitting to honor the fighting spirit of Lucy Gonzales Parsons on May Day — International Workers Day — since she was one of its founders in 1886. Parsons was a woman of African, Mexican and Indigenous descent who was born into slavery in Texas in 1853.She and her spouse, Albert Parsons, were forced to leave Texas due to miscegenation decrees that outlawed interracial marriages. Albert was white and helped register formerly enslaved Black people to vote during Reconstruction.They moved to Chicago, an emerging industrial center during the 1870s where the battles between the mainly immigrant working class and the bosses were emerging; where working conditions were intolerable because there were virtually no collective bargaining contracts; where workers were worn down like machinery by profit-hungry capitalists.In 1877, a major railroad strike helped lay the basis for the national fight for the eight-hour day, a goal that would come to the forefront nine years later.Lucy Parsons emerged as an important labor leader along with Albert, who became a Haymarket Square martyr. She was declared by the Chicago police as “more dangerous than a thousand rioters.”A supporter of anarchist and anti-racist causes, she defended Sacco and Vanzetti, two Italian anarchists falsely accused of murder who were executed, and the Scottsboro Brothers, nine Black youth framed for the rape of two white women in Alabama.She was one of two women, the other being Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, who founded the Industrial Workers of the World. The union welcomed all workers, regardless of nationality, religion, gender or skill, into its ranks.Lucy was a fierce anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist, and above all else, a socialist, who wanted to empower the workers through revolution. Below is an excerpt from a speech she gave in 1905 at an IWW convention:“We, the women of this country, have no ballot even if we wished to use it, and the only way that we can be represented is to take a man to represent us. You men have made such a mess of it in representing us that we have not much confidence in asking you. …“We [women] are the slaves of slaves. We are exploited more ruthlessly than men. Whenever wages are to be reduced the capitalist class use women to reduce them, and if there is anything that you men should do in the future it is to organize the women. …“Now, what do we mean when we say revolutionary Socialist?“We mean that the land shall belong to the landless, the tools to the toiler, and the products to the producers. … I believe that if every man and every woman who works, or who toils in the mines, mills, the workshops, the fields, the factories and the farms of our broad America should decide in their minds that they shall have that which of right belongs to them, and that no idler shall live upon their toil … then there is no army that is large enough to overcome you, for you yourselves constitute the army. …“My conception of the strike of the future is not to strike and go out and starve, but to strike and remain in and take possession of the necessary property of production. …“Let us sink such differences as nationality, religion, politics and set our eyes eternally and forever toward the rising star of the industrial republic of labor; remembering that we have left the old behind and have set our faces toward the future. There is no power on earth that can stop men and women who are determined to be free at all hazards. There is no power on earth so great as the power of intellect. It moves the world and it moves the earth. …“I hope even now to live to see the day when the first dawn of the new era of labor will have arisen, when capitalism will be a thing of the past, and the new industrial republic, the commonwealth of labor, shall be in operation.”Source of speech: Minutes of 1905 IWW Convention in Chicago, Tamiment Library of New York University’s Bobst Library.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this read more
Last week, the media was full of hand-wringing articles intended to terrify the masses against a new spectre haunting the United States. Not Trump, nor the failed state that sows death and spreads sickness in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Not the prospect of nuclear war. No, the masses are now supposed to fear “antifa” militants and their “violence.”Communists and anarchists have proudly worn the mantle of antifa (short for anti-fascists) since the very beginning. Communists gave their lives in the tens of millions to fight Nazis in Europe, and armed, multinational communist fighters have long battled the Klan’s fascist terror in the South. Anarchists in Europe and the U.S. have long been on the frontline against militarized cops and their Nazi running dogs at protests and through direct action.These are the antifa militants that the Washington Post encourages us to fear. They want us to fear the brave heroes in Durham who brought down a racist statue symbolizing oppression, and they want us to fear the the brave heroes who defended the disabled, elderly and children alike in the streets of Washington, D.C., on Trump’s inauguration day. They want us to fear the brave fighters who faced down fascists in Charlottesville, despite extreme violence from cops and Klan alike.The media and ruling class have never been so divorced from the sentiment of the working class and oppressed. Antifa is not a group or a tendency, not a party or a structure. It is a sentiment that all freedom-minded people cherish in their hearts and minds across the world: an end to racism, capitalism and war.In a week in which the criminal U.S. regime threatened to revoke immigration status for millions of young people across the country, a week in which chemical leaks and explosions happened across Texas in the wake of Harvey, the ruling class thought it necessary to point the finger at the vanguard forces who are fighting for justice. It really shows the level of utter contempt the bosses and their enforcers have for our class — that they would terrorize, torture, imprison and murder us, and then encourage the masses to hate the people struggling for liberation.Fascists, the Klan and the police have a body count that stretches into the millions. Here in the U.S., they have been responsible at all levels of power — from the Oval Office to the streets — for the murder, incarceration and lynching of countless Black and Brown people. Those who fight them — from those who are facing felony charges to those who are martyred in the struggle — are heroes, not enemies.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this read more
Linkedin Email Twitter WhatsApp Facebook NewsBusinessLimerick firm makes solstice connection to NewgrangeBy Editor – December 19, 2017 2898 Engineers Ireland Annual Conference takes place in Limerick Ripplecom wins Glanbia broadband contract The Chamber at Newgrange from where the live feed will be broadcast.Limerick company, Ripplecom, has engineered a connection that will allow this year’s winter solstice to be live streamed from Newgrange to thousands of online viewers.This Thursday at about 8.58am, with the help of a clear sky and fine morning, a shaft of light will steal down a narrow stone passage into a Neolithic alcove buried deep in the heart of the Irish countryside. Just as they have done for over five thousand years, these creeping rays will mark the solstice; the first day of winter and the moment the Northern Hemisphere is at its farthest distance from the sun.This year, the light from Newgrange will be beamed around the world via a live stream to its widest ever audience. Among those tuning in on Thursday morning will be the team at Ripplecom. The Raheen-based telecommunications firm worked with Magnet Networks to prepare Newgrange for this year’s online appearance.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Wi-Fi and data connection are not usually the biggest priorities on a national heritage site like Newgrange, particularly as the Brú na Boinne Visitor Centre itself located a distance from the monument. Given the particular location of the site and its protected status, some creative thinking was required to deliver a connection strong and reliable enough to support live streaming.Fortunately, challenging connections are where Ripplecom comes into its own. A team of in-house and field engineers means that the company has the agility, capability and flexibility to build and tailor connections that deliver exactly what is required.These days Ripplecom is largely urban-based, working with businesses whose challenges centre around multisite networks, guaranteed uptime, voice and security. However, Ripplecom managing director John McDonnell, explains that it was the company’s history as a champion of rural connectivity that came to the fore on this particular project.“A decade of continuous investment means that, at the core of our operations, we have a radio network that reaches deep into those parts of Ireland where fibre is still a pipe dream. That reach is the reason we are able to connect over 500 primary schools through HEAnet and over 50 Glanbia sites nationally. It is how we connected sites like Munster Joinery’s offices in Lackanastooka, Ballydesmond and we are delighted it has now led to our involvement with Newgrange and the winter solstice,” he explained.Ireland’s Ancient East will live stream from Newgrange on their YouTube channel this Wednesday and Thursday, December 20 and 21 from 8.30am each morning. With everything in place, all that remains is for sun worshippers from across the globe – and the team at Ripplecom – to wait and hope for that clear sky and fine morning.More business news here RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleSimon will benefit from Limerick Women’s Christmas eventNext articleLimerick FC to begin 2018 campaign with trip to Sligo Editor TAGSBallydesmondBrú na BoinneconnectionsengineersGlanbiaHEAnetJohn McDonnelllimericklive streamMunster JoineryNewgrangeripplecomYouTube Advertisement Print read more