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"We can't wait to be back on the road to bring a brand new LEGO building experience to families," said Vince Rubino, senior manager, event marketing for LEGO Systems. "We know how much families enjoy the time they spend together at our brand-in-hand events. The LEGO World of Creativity tour combines some of the most popular official LEGO event experiences with a new slate of interactive activities centered on open-ended creative building that are sure to surprise and delight kids and adults alike." "We are thrilled to collaborate with LEGO Systems on the LEGO World of Creativity tour and we're excited to bring the classic LEGO brick building experience to families across the country," said Eddie Newquist, EVP and chief creative officer for global events company, GES. "With GES' long history of connecting brands with the families who love them, we are sure that the LEGO World of Creativity tour will be a wonderful addition to the roster of official LEGO experiences." Seven sessions – each three hours in length – will be held at each tour stop over three days. The event requires a timed-entry ticket and visitors are encouraged to purchase their tickets early to ensure entry during their desired date and time. Information regarding show schedule, venue, directions, event information, and tickets can be found at worldofcreativity.lego.com. LEGO Systems Inc. LEGO Systems Inc. is the North American division of The LEGO Group, a privately held, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark, one of the world's leading manufacturers of creatively educational play materials for children. The company is committed to the development of children's creative and imaginative abilities, and its employees are guided by the motto adopted in the 1930s by founder Ole Kirk Christiansen: "Only the best is good enough." Visit the virtual LEGO world at www.LEGO.com. About GES GES, a Viad Corp (NYSE: VVI) company, is a global, full-service provider for live events, producing corporate events, exhibitions, conferences, congresses, exhibits and entertainment experiences. GES provides a wide-range of services, including official show services, audio visual, cutting-edge creative and design, marketing and measurement services, and event accommodations – all with an unrivaled global reach. GES partners with leading events and brands, including Warner Bros. Consumer Products, National Geographic, Mary Kay, The Walt Disney Company and Tableau. GES' National Servicenter® has been recognized with certification under the J.D. Power and Associates Certified Call Center Program℠ for the past eight years, and for the seventh year in a row Ad Age has named GES as one of the "World's 50 Largest Agency Companies." For more information, visit www.ges.com. LEGO, the LEGO logo, the brick & knob configuration and the Minifigure are trademarks of The LEGO Group. ©2017 The LEGO Group. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/lego-systems-inc-announces-new-interactive-experience-tour-lego-world-of-creativity-300454789.html


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Patent
GES Inc | Date: 2010-01-27

A surface covering installation tool and method of use to provide improved safety and efficiency for surface covering installation. The surface covering installation tool is a tool that includes a handle, a mandrel, and a support member. A user inserts the mandrel into rolled surface covering and then pulls the rolled surfaced covering using the handle causing the surface covering to unroll.


Patent
GES Inc | Date: 2010-10-29

A modular display booth system is disclosed. The booth comprises walls, inserts, and toolless fasteners. The system is configured for efficient assembly and disassembly. The modular display booth system may be stored entirely on a single dolly for ease of transportation, coordination, and in warehouse alterations.


News Article | May 29, 2015
Site: www.vanguardngr.com

Fertilizer suppliers who participated under the Federal ministry of Agriculture’s Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GESS) are appealing to the government to redeem the N52 billion (Fifty Two Billion Naira) being the subsidy portion they are being owed by both the Federal and State Governments. The Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GESS) is a Federal government initiative to actualise the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA). It is also aimed at subsidising the costs of major agricultural inputs, such as fertiliser and seedlings for farmers. Based on the GESS policy, the Federal and State Governments equally contribute the balance of 50 per cent being the approved subsidy amount for onward payment to participating inputs (fertilizer) suppliers. All participating states gave a irrevocable Standing Order for their portion (25%) of the Subsidy amount to be deducted directly from their Statutory Monthly Allocation from the Federation Account as due. The Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development (FMARD), as the Agency in-charge of the administration of the program has the responsibility of coordinating, managing and effecting the payment of the subsidy to all participating inputs supplier companies. GES soon became the flagship of the out-going government as it became the barometer to gauge the policy achievements of the government as the program had within the first two seasons succeeded in deploying a massive fertilizer distribution network which effectively delivered the product to the door steps of Nigerian farmers, irrespective of their location in Nigeria. But, those who contributed to the programme’ s success, Farm Inputs Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FUISAN ), said this is not the best of time for them as their businesses are completely prostrate due to non payment of their outstanding by the government . Speaking on behalf of the group, Barrister. Moses Itie said there is no redemption in sight as all entreaties to the relevant authorities for the payment of the government’s portion of the subsidy has fallen on deaf ears. “The Wet season, 2014 GES program ended in August /September & the Dry season, 2014/2015 has ended since January 2015. The amount outstanding to date, being the subsidy portion of Federal and State Governments for which payment is yet to be paid to fertilizer suppliers is about N52 billion (Fifty Two Billion Naira). “The past nine months have witnessed series of meetings and promises of payment by the appropriate officials of the FMARD, ranging from the Minister of Agriculture, the Permanent Secretary and up to Directors in the Ministry; all to no avail. The harrowing experiences of these fertilizer suppliers in the hands of their financier (bankers) are better imagined and coupled with the devaluation of the Naira.” Itie said that the fertilizer stock inventory for the suppliers is bad as their lines for importation transactions have been blocked or completely de-listed by their banks. “Our members do not have hope or resources to replenish their stocks of fertilizer for sale to farmers for the 2015 planting season.” He added “now the rains are here and it should signal the beginning of the planting season. Farmers have begun to request for fertilizer which are nowhere in stock. Fraudulent elements have cashed in on this situation to scuttle this laudable programme. The Secretary of FUISAN   noted that the government is not emboldened to flag off the 2015 Wet Season GESS program because it has not paid for fertilizer supplied more than a year ago. While noting that the supplier companies feel terribly short-changed and left in the cold by the government, Itie said they see an undeserved ill-treatment by the government which not only catches cold whenever Petroleum Products Marketers sneeze, but has continued to pay hundreds of billions of Naira as fuel subsidy to the latter body almost every other week. With the winding down of the present administration and its refusal and failure to pay their portion (50%) of the subsidy (N52 Billion), there is apprehension if the nation will survive the looming food (shortage)crisis which will result from non availability, unwillingness and lack of capacity to supply the farmers with farm inputs. President Goodluck Jonathan administration’s refusal to pay for fertilizer supplied since 2014 for the GESS program, is an act which has rendered it impracticable for operators in the sub sector to continue in business. Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Architect Sonny Echono, who attributed the delay in payment to the dwindling revenue of the government, has assured payment to agro-allied contractors . While Echono explained the process of payment, he noted that it was the first time the government has defaulted in paying contractors under the scheme adding it was not deliberate as government was making all effort to pay them before May 29 pending when funds will be made available. “We have been following up on sourcing this funds and we are expecting that a breakthrough in terms of approval, because the President has been gracious by granting approval but the source of the funds and the accumulation of revenue that have delayed the disbursement. But God willing within the next few days we will commence, though in a graduated scale. “We made them undergo a revalidation exercise and we have completed the process, and what we are waiting is the release of funds. Government is committed to it and we have a breakthrough now which will allow us commence payment very quickly.”


News Article | June 26, 2015
Site: www.vanguardngr.com

Nigeria is receiving more positive global attention. Beginning from the immediate past regime, one sector stood out in global reckoning about Nigeria: that is agriculture. In the June 20, 2015 edition of the Economist magazine, an article on Nigeria was titled ‘After Oil’. The article stated amongst other things that falling oil prices have left a deep hole in the government’s finances, but the economy is beginning to diversify. Furthermore, the magazine argues that investment in agriculture carries more promise compared to other sectors. It is no news that Nigeria’s agriculture is on the rise and the average Nigerian sees the sector as one that is working and a bright spot of former President Jonathan’s government. Even the prestigious Economist in the aforementioned article recognized that ‘although the Naira has fallen sharply against the dollar, food inflation has not speeded up as it usually does when the currency weakens because Nigeria has vastly expanded its own food production over the past few years.’ To further quote the Economist ‘to be fair to Mr Jonathan’s government, his agriculture minister, Akinwumi Adesina, one of the few stars in a generally lacklustre cabinet… pulled the government out of the corruption-ridden business of distributing fertilizer and seeds to poor farmers, introducing smart cards and electronic vouchers distributed through mobile phones. Almost overnight he (Dr Adesina) eliminated a major source of corruption and created booming private markets that attracted investment by big agricultural suppliers’. There is no gainsaying that Nigerian agriculture found a champion in Dr Adesina, who has moved on to become President of the African Development Bank, whose legacy has to be sustained. Under Dr Adesina’s watch, national food production grew by 21million MT between 2011 and 2014. As a consequence, there was a sharp reduction in food imports. According to National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Nigeria’s food import bill fell from an all-time high of N3.19 trillion in 2011 to N635billion in 2013; a 403% reduction. Direct farm jobs rose by 3.56 million in the period 2012 to 2014 due to interventions in Agriculture. For the first time in the country’s history, a farmer database of over 14.5million farmers was amassed and used to efficient deliver inputs and services to farmers. Total number of verifiable farmers – complete with address, phone number, crop grown, etc, that redeemed farm inputs from 2012-2014 was 14.3million farmers. The north-western region of the country accounted for the highest redemption, 30% of the total, followed by the north-east (22%), north central (17%), south-south (12%), south-west (11%), and south east (9%). The efficient delivery of inputs to farmers combined with other interventions in commodity value chains has led to a sharp growth in productivity, primary production, processing capacity, and net value going to farmers. An estimated additional N778billion has gone to rural farmers as a result of increased productivity from the use of improved seeds and fertilizer. Seed companies have grown in number from 11 in 2010 to 134 to 2014, while $5billion new investment has gone into the fertilizer sector. The seed and fertilizer sector leveraged loans worth N40billion from banks in 2014 alone who now see the agricultural sector as an area of worthy investment. With the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA), the country’s agriculture began an unmistakable path to greatness that has to be sustained at all costs. Input distribution under ATA rose from 1.5million farmers in 2012 to nearly 7 million farmers in 2014 and reached 14.5million farmers in three years; Nigeria can easily reach another 32 million farming households by 2019, at a rate of 8 million farming household per year. Besides, the input delivery programme, the Growth Enhancement Support (GES) scheme, is transitioning from cell phones to smart card technology (Near Field Technology) that enables farmers combine access to inputs with bank cards and linkage – for financial inclusion and delivery of inputs, micro credit and loans to farmers, and identity management. Farm inputs, credit, and markets will greatly expand food and nutrition security of Nigerian farming households with the concomitant effect on improved livelihoods of farmers nationwide. But perhaps the most spectacular story of ATA that needs to continue has been in the production of seeds of improved varieties; seeds of high yielding varieties that have been described as the engine of modern agriculture. Nigeria, a country with a farmer population exceeding 50 million farmers, produced and sold a pittance 14,788MT of seeds in 2011. By 2014, this had risen to 170,692MT, a 1,054% increase, emanating from 134 seed companies, including the returniing two largest seed companies in the world, Monsanto and Syngenta. ATA has set commodity value added chains of key staples in Nigeria on a path toward recovering our enviable position of the 1960s. To take a few examples: the NBS had it that rice paddy (raw material for milled rice) production was 5.3millionMT in 2011, rising to 7 million MT in 2014 and poised to rise to 12 million by 2019 if ATA continues. Besides, rice mills are expected to add another 2 million MT of milling capacity by 2017 and end rice importation. It is shameful for a country like Nigeria to import rice. Wheat production was 80,000MT in 2011 before ATA but peaked at close to 235,000 in 2014. If ATA continues, the target is for Nigeria to produce 600,000MT of wheat grain by 2019, drastically reducing our wheat imports and bringing back life to the violence and poverty-ravaged wheat producing areas of Borno State and north-eastern Nigeria. Same also applies to cash crops: before ATA, Nigeria produced a mere 125,000MT of cotton lint. By 2014, production had risen to 240,000MT and set to rise to 500,000MT by 2019 should ATA be sustained. The story is the same with cocoa, oil palm, soybean, maize, and many other crops. In concluding, continuing Dr Adesina’s reforms is good for the current administration headed by President Buhari. It will help him deliver quick wins to Nigerians with respect to food security, employment, and diversification of the economy away from oil. Furthermore, if he appoints somebody who is conversant with the ATA programme and who has confidence and respect of the private sector investors, banks, donors, and the farmers, the country will seamlessly continue the Growth Enhancement Support (GES) scheme in the 2015 wet season by July 2015 – ensuring that farmers get enough seeds and fertilizer to maintain the same acreage planted last year and ensure enough food production to continue to buffer the decline of the naira. The programme to buy and install rice and cassava mills, set up storage and aggregation centers, and establish the badly needed market corporations will also continue. Dr Adesina will in addition support from AfDB as President. Given ADB’s role as Africa’s foremost development Bank, Dr Adesina will be a strong advocate with other donors to support Nigeria’s agricultural sector. Nigeria’s Agricultural Sector can easily become the largest recipient of development investment on the continent and continue its march to regain its former position as a global power house of Agriculture. The ball is in President Buhari’s court to sustain the legacy and leadership of Dr Adesina in Nigeria’s agricultural sector and take Nigerian agriculture to even greater heights


News Article | July 15, 2015
Site: techmoran.com

Startups, Innovators will have their chance of interacting with three of the popular entrepreneurship program Shark Tank  billionaires who form part of the delegation of investors to accompany US President Barack Obama for the highly anticipated 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) to be held in Kenya. Barbara Corcoran (66), Daymond John (49) and Mark Cuban (56) will be coming into the country  and yesterday the organizers of the event officially welcomed them to the event and to Kenya as a whole. The Shank Tank is a reality show that airs on NTV featuring five investors  Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran and Kevin O’Leary who invest in the best ideas presented to them by budding entrepreneurs “The Shark Tank team will be represented by @TheSharkDaymond @BarbaraCorcoran and @mcuban,” tweeted the official Twitter page of the GES organising team “Truth is the easiest thing to sell” ~ @TheSharkDaymond. Join him at #GES2015Kenya in less than 10days,” read another tweet the tweet from the GES official tweeter account. The summit which is Obama’s brainchild has attracted 3000 delagates ranging from policy makers to business leaders alongside investors who will converge in Nairobi on Tuesday.


The upcoming 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) will have Barbara Corcoran (66), Daymond John (49) and Mark Cuban (56) as some of the 3,000 delegates meeting in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday next week. The Shank Tank is a successful American reality show that features a panel of five potential investors, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran and Kevin O’Leary, who invest in the best business ideas presented to them by aspiring entrepreneurs. Their attendance was announced by the official Twitter page of the GES organising team which stated “The Shark Tank team will be represented by @TheSharkDaymond @BarbaraCorcoran and @mcuban”. Another tweet read “Truth is the easiest thing to sell” ~ @TheSharkDaymond. Join him at #GES2015Kenya in less than 10days”. This summit which is taking place for the first time in sub-Saharan Africa. It will also be attended by US President Barack Obama, who conceived the idea of this annual entrepreneurial gathering, and is delivering the keynote address this year. Aspiring and established entrepreneurs, fresh startups and innovators will have a chance to interact with business leaders, policymakers and economic investors.


News Article | February 23, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- GES, a global experiential marketing partner producing live events, announced the addition of experienced marketing leader Dax Callner as chief strategy officer - events. Callner brings more than 20 years of experience as a chief strategist and...


News Article | December 5, 2016
Site: www.prnewswire.com

LAS VEGAS, Dec. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- GES, a global full service provider for live events, wants International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) Expo! Expo! attendees to know that  "It's All About…YOU!" Visit the GES team at booth #1349, and onPeak, a GES Company, at booth #14...

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