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News Article | April 21, 2017
Site: www.theguardian.com

Higher taxes and whiplash claims have pushed the average car insurance premium up by 8% over the last year, adding £34 to the average annual cost for drivers, according to the Association of British Insurers. The increases takes the typical premium to £462, the highest level since the ABI started collecting the quarterly data in 2012. “This reflects continuing cost pressures around rises in whiplash-related claims, Insurance Premium Tax and increasing repair bills.” Since IPT was introduced in 1994 at 2.5% it has been steadily increased by successive chancellors. It has been hiked three times in the past two years: the last rise of 0.5% took the rate to 10% while in June it will rise again to 12%, making “higher insurance bills for many look inevitable,” says the ABI. But price comparison websites say premiums are higher than the ABI suggests. Confused.com said that prices have risen by 16% over the past year, with the average premium for comprehensive cover now £781. “Coupled with hikes in road tax for new cars and petrol prices rising since the start of 2017, it’s likely that many drivers will feel the cost of motoring burning a sizeable hole in their pockets,” said a spokesperson. The change to the way in which compensation for serious personal injuries is calculated – the so-called Ogden discount rate – is also likely to lead to big additional costs, says the ABI. “Further increases could come as insurance renewals are due in early July or at the beginning of 2018, feed through to premiums insurers have to charge,” said Rob Cummings, the ABI’s assistant director and head of motor and liability.


Madrid, Spain, May 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- An ambitious effort has been launched to prevent malaria in pregnancy in communities in sub-Saharan Africa. This innovative initiative will complement existing antenatal care services and increase pregnant women’s opportunities to access care under a grant agreement signed today by Unitaid and Jhpiego, an international nonprofit health organization and affiliate of the Johns Hopkins University. Unitaid is investing US $50 million to ensure that pregnant women in malaria-affected countries in sub-Saharan Africa have access to a preventive therapy for malaria known as “intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy” or IPTp. The five-year project, to be implemented by Jhpiego, will increase IPTp coverage and expand antenatal care attendance in four African countries—the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique and Nigeria. The project–-also known as “Transforming IPT for Optimal Pregnancy” (TIPTOP) – will increase IPTp coverage through community-level distribution of quality-assured sulfadoxine-pyramithimine (the medicine used for IPT). Jhpiego has partnered with the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), which will lead the research and evaluation components of the project. The two organizations will also collaborate with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Medicines for Malaria Venture to achieve the desired results. This community-based IPTp approach, which will augment and complement existing antenatal care services by reaching 400,000 pregnant women and their babies, will also produce the evidence needed to update WHO’s policy on IPTp. In areas with high malaria transmission, pregnant women and young children are especially vulnerable to malaria infection and death. Although malaria is preventable and treatable, an estimated 429,000 people died from the disease in 2015, according to WHO. Moreover, malaria during pregnancy can lead to a number of negative consequences, including low birth-weight for babies and even still births. In some cases, malaria can be fatal for the mother. In 2015, IPTp coverage rates remained at just 31 percent in 20 African countries. The Unitaid-funded TIPTOP project plans to engage community health workers to increase IPTp delivery and demand to ensure there are no missed opportunities for pregnant women to receive this life-saving medicine either in the community or through the antenatal services. “By accelerating access to this critical, life-saving preventive therapy, we are hoping to avert further unnecessary deaths from malaria,” said Lelio Marmora, Unitaid’s Executive Director. “Unitaid continues to advance on all fronts by developing innovative tools to fight malaria and insecticide resistance.” Dr. Leslie Mancuso, Jhpiego’s CEO and President, said the TIPTOP project offers an exciting opportunity to demonstrate an innovative approach to address pregnant women’s needs and stop malaria in pregnancy. “Preventing malaria in pregnancy and reducing malaria-related deaths is achievable—and this partnership will go a long way toward reaching those goals,” she said. Jhpiego, an international nonprofit health organization affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University, has worked for 45 years to empower frontline health workers by designing and implementing effective, low-cost, hands-on solutions to strengthen the delivery of health care services for women and their families. The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), the result of an innovative alliance between the “la Caixa” Foundation, academic institutions and government bodies, was set up to contribute to the work undertaken by the international community to address the challenges of health in a globalized world. Unitaid is an international organization that invests in new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and malaria more quickly, more cheaply and more effectively. It accelerates access to innovation so critical health products reach people who most need them. Unitaid’s work allows large-scale introduction of health products through funding by the Global Fund, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and governments. For more information go to www.jhpiego.org or contact Kristin Vibbert at 1-484-888-0277. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/9ee55620-f33b-42bf-a8a6-4995043cd5e4 A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/14f4cb31-7953-4c07-a55c-fc9db067db74 A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/e0fe1c2c-a804-47fb-847e-e4cfed98181e


Madrid, Spain, May 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- An ambitious effort has been launched to prevent malaria in pregnancy in communities in sub-Saharan Africa. This innovative initiative will complement existing antenatal care services and increase pregnant women’s opportunities to access care under a grant agreement signed today by Unitaid and Jhpiego, an international nonprofit health organization and affiliate of the Johns Hopkins University. Unitaid is investing US $50 million to ensure that pregnant women in malaria-affected countries in sub-Saharan Africa have access to a preventive therapy for malaria known as “intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy” or IPTp. The five-year project, to be implemented by Jhpiego, will increase IPTp coverage and expand antenatal care attendance in four African countries—the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique and Nigeria. The project–-also known as “Transforming IPT for Optimal Pregnancy” (TIPTOP) – will increase IPTp coverage through community-level distribution of quality-assured sulfadoxine-pyramithimine (the medicine used for IPT). Jhpiego has partnered with the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), which will lead the research and evaluation components of the project. The two organizations will also collaborate with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Medicines for Malaria Venture to achieve the desired results. This community-based IPTp approach, which will augment and complement existing antenatal care services by reaching 400,000 pregnant women and their babies, will also produce the evidence needed to update WHO’s policy on IPTp. In areas with high malaria transmission, pregnant women and young children are especially vulnerable to malaria infection and death. Although malaria is preventable and treatable, an estimated 429,000 people died from the disease in 2015, according to WHO. Moreover, malaria during pregnancy can lead to a number of negative consequences, including low birth-weight for babies and even still births. In some cases, malaria can be fatal for the mother. In 2015, IPTp coverage rates remained at just 31 percent in 20 African countries. The Unitaid-funded TIPTOP project plans to engage community health workers to increase IPTp delivery and demand to ensure there are no missed opportunities for pregnant women to receive this life-saving medicine either in the community or through the antenatal services. “By accelerating access to this critical, life-saving preventive therapy, we are hoping to avert further unnecessary deaths from malaria,” said Lelio Marmora, Unitaid’s Executive Director. “Unitaid continues to advance on all fronts by developing innovative tools to fight malaria and insecticide resistance.” Dr. Leslie Mancuso, Jhpiego’s CEO and President, said the TIPTOP project offers an exciting opportunity to demonstrate an innovative approach to address pregnant women’s needs and stop malaria in pregnancy. “Preventing malaria in pregnancy and reducing malaria-related deaths is achievable—and this partnership will go a long way toward reaching those goals,” she said. Jhpiego, an international nonprofit health organization affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University, has worked for 45 years to empower frontline health workers by designing and implementing effective, low-cost, hands-on solutions to strengthen the delivery of health care services for women and their families. The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), the result of an innovative alliance between the “la Caixa” Foundation, academic institutions and government bodies, was set up to contribute to the work undertaken by the international community to address the challenges of health in a globalized world. Unitaid is an international organization that invests in new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and malaria more quickly, more cheaply and more effectively. It accelerates access to innovation so critical health products reach people who most need them. Unitaid’s work allows large-scale introduction of health products through funding by the Global Fund, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and governments. For more information go to www.jhpiego.org or contact Kristin Vibbert at 1-484-888-0277. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/9ee55620-f33b-42bf-a8a6-4995043cd5e4 A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/14f4cb31-7953-4c07-a55c-fc9db067db74 A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/e0fe1c2c-a804-47fb-847e-e4cfed98181e


-- IndiaPowerTrading.info ('IPT.info'), a Climate Connect Ltd. service that provides innovative products at the cross action of artificial intelligence and electricity market, today announces the launch of the second version of its forecast model for the day-ahead electricity markets in India.The new version of the forecast model incorporates weather parameters and their impact on electricity prices in the day-ahead electricity market at the Indian Energy Exchange. This new addition builds upon the existing price forecast model that is based on Artificial Intelligence (AI).Analysts and data scientists at IPT.info expect a significant improvement in the already exceptionally high forecast accuracy with the addition of weather data as parameters to the model. The SVM model had delivered an accuracy of 93-95% across all regions on RTC basis consistently over the last several months.Weather parameters, like minimum and maximum temperatures, were separated into various ranges (normal, low, maximum etc.) to identify the impact of their fluctuations on day-ahead market prices. The improved model has already shown substantial improvement in price forecast accuracy during the first three weeks of May.Saurabh Shrivastav, Head-Power Markets, while emphasising on the business application of the new model said, "the new model comes at time when the day-ahead market is witnessing sustained huge swings in prices due to increased demand pushed by weather changes as well as supply issues in some states. This new model will comprehensively deliver price forecasts to enable stakeholders take informed and financially efficient business decisions."The new model opens extensive opportunities to further improvement and expansion into modelling and forecast of other critical parameters in the electricity sector. IPT.info data scientists would look into real-time inclusion of weather data which will have applications into prediction and forecast of real-time demand forecast.Results of the new forecast model are published everyday for next day's trading session. Subscribers of IndiaPowerTrading.info ( http://indiapowertrading.info/ ) can access these daily forecast reports on the website as well as via email.


News Article | May 25, 2017
Site: www.mining-journal.com

Lithium hopeful Ardiden (AU:ADV) was one of five companies to gain 42.9% over seven days to top this week’s list of Australian and Hong Kong-listed market risers. Ardiden was up thanks to news earlier this week of thick, high-grade lithium hits at its Seymour Lake project in Ontario. Asian shares scaled two-year highs today while the dollar and US bond yields slipped after the US Federal Reserve signalled a cautious approach to future rate hikes and the reduction of its $4.5 trillion of bond holdings, Reuters reported. Chinese shares bounced back after a fall yesterday on Moody’s downgrade of the country’s credit rating. Among the other four up 42.9%, explorer GB Energy rose on news it would start drilling at its Mt Denison copper-gold-uranium project in South Australia. News mid-month that Japan’s Takahama nuclear power plant was due to restart in June was a likely boost to the sector, with uranium hopeful Bannerman Resources (AU:BMN) up 35.1% for the week despite no news since its quarterly report a month ago, when it said it was well-positioned “within an environment of improving uranium sector sentiment”. And Greenland Minerals and Energy (GGG) was up 30% for the week following a visit to its proposed Kvanefjeld uranium and rare earths project by International Atomic Energy Agency and government officials this month. Finally, explorer Impact Minerals (AU:IPT), which has announced priority drill targets at its gold-silver-zinc-lead-copper Commonwealth project in New South Wales, gained 33.3% for the week.


News Article | May 29, 2017
Site: www.theguardian.com

The average cost of car insurance will hit a record high as a higher rate of tax on premiums comes into effect, pushing up prices even further. According to comparison website comparethemarket.com, the average policy will reach £800 next month, a rise of 14% on a year earlier and £200 more than in June 2015. The rate of insurance premium Tax (IPT) will rise on Thursday from 10% to 12%, adding about £15 to the typical policy. IPT has increased rapidly in recent years, with motorists paying just 6% in 2015 before a series of hikes. The tax has generated about £13bn over the past five years, said the Association of British Insurers, and is expected to raise £5bn in 2016-17. The steep rise in the average car insurance premium comes despite efforts to tackle the ballooning costs of whiplash payouts. Comparethemarket.com said it calculated the average policy cost based on “hundreds of thousands of quotes per month” with the average based on “the top five cheapest prices presented to a consumer, where a consumer has clicked through to buy”. The insurance industry has been left stunned bygovernment changes to the way awards are calculated for car crash injuries or botched medical operations. In February the lord chancellor, Liz Truss, announced a change to the Ogden discount rate, which is used to calculate compensation awards for serious personal injuries, to ensure inflation does not erode the future value of a payout. But opponents said the change will add up to £75 to car insurance premiums, as well as landing the NHS with an additional annual £1bn bill. Simon McCulloch of comparethemarket.com said: “This is somewhat of a watershed moment for car insurance. The cost of an average policy has risen by around a third in two years. “One of the most prominent causes of these rises is the doubling of insurance premium tax over the past two years. Equally, the recent decision by the Ministry of Justice to change how compensation is calculated, has also added substantial amounts to the average person’s policy.” Motorists seeking to avoid big increases in their premiums are always advised to shop around, with many surprised to find that buying comprehensive cover is now usually cheaper than third-party fire and theft policies. One recent innovation is discounts for dashcams. Insurers such as Axa and Swiftcover offer discounts of 10-12.5% for drivers who install the device, of which about 3m are believed to be in use in UK cars. The cameras are particularly useful for drivers hoping to keep their no-claims bonus after an accident where they can use video evidence to show they were not at fault.


VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / February 15, 2017 / Sterling Group Ventures, Inc. (OTCQB: SGGV) is pleased to announce that Mojo Games Inc., its subsidiary, has launched Mercury Gaming Solutions (www.mercurypoker.com) as the first network partner in the new India Poker Network. The Joint Venture Partnership between Mercury Gaming Solutions, a subsidiary of The Essel Group, and Mojo Games was formed as part of an online strategy to build a nationwide poker network in India. The Joint Venture is a 50/50 split in ownership and profits for the network where Mojo Games supplies iGaming technology, ecommerce, back office and marketing support. The Essel Group is a well-known Indian Conglomerate having a diverse business presence across many industries As the first network partner, Mercury Gaming Solutions will be a direct-to-consumer site and the Joint Venture expects to launch Baadshah Gaming,(www.baadshahgaming.com), a subsidiary of Casino Pride, imminently. The JV has a dynamic plan to build a nationwide network of poker players by launching new B2B partners all sharing in the India network's pool of players. Concurrently, Mojo Games plans to roll out its own direct to consumer site to join the India network. In addition, Mojo Games is on target with its plan to launch its iGaming solution for VLeague and Alisports, a division of Alibaba in mid-March 2017 to help market Alisports' first IPT land based poker tournament event to be held in late April 2017. The Company is now working on plans to launch Mahjong and other games for Alisports through its partnership with VLeague. About Mojo Games, a division of Sterling Group Ventures Mojo Games provides a B2B multi-gaming platform with a full suite of social play money gaming products, including online poker. Mojo offers B2B partners both API integrated and turnkey white label licensing options with advanced and customizable iGaming back-office features, player rewards and marketing, affiliate, and e-commerce solutions. ON BEHALF of the BOARD Mr. Nicolaos Mellios Chairman & CEO For further information, please check the Company's SEC 8-K filing or contact: Chris MacPherson, Director or Christopher Tsakok, MBA, CFA, Director Phone: (604) 564-0765 [email protected] www.mojo.game Certain statements and other information included in this press release constitute "forward-looking information" and "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including the "safe harbour" provisions of provincial securities legislation and the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by the words "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "intend", "estimate", "outlook", "focus", "potential", "will", "should", "would", "could" and other similar expressions. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as it is subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, there is no intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future events, except as required by law. This press release does not constitute any investment advice or any solicitation or offer to buy or sell any securities. No representation is made on the accuracy or completeness of the information contained in this press release, and the Company does not accept liability for any errors or omissions in the contents of this press release that arise as a result of transmission. The Company may not update the information in this press release. The Company does not waive any rights, privileges or other protections that the Company may have with respect to the information in this press release.


VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 02, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mojo Games, a division of Sterling Group Ventures (OTCQB:SGGV) is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with VLeague Internet Technology Company Limited, a China corporation who is the exclusive online social gaming provider for Alisports' Chess and Card Division. The partnership between VLeague and Mojo has been formed as part of an online strategy to support Alisports' recently announced plans to launch a worldwide poker tour. Officials from the Alibaba Sports Group held a press conference Tuesday in Shanghai to announce the International Poker Tour (IPT), a new poker tour with events to take place in China, Asia Pacific, North America and Europe with an estimated more than $7 million in tournament prize money to be awarded over the first year of the tour. To view the 'Photo of Press Conference held in Shanghai', please visit: [http://orders.newsfilecorp.com/files/1075/23874_a1480661641549_5.jpg] VLeague will work together with Mojo to provide Mojo's leading social iGaming platform and online poker technology to power the Alisports' online IPT site. Players will have the opportunity to compete in online poker tournaments to win seats to Alisports' land based poker tour events. Players will also be ranked based on their tournament play in online and offline IPT events. Siliang Hao, the Head of AliSports' Chess and Card Division said: "Launching our online IPT tournaments in partnership with VLeague and Mojo's social iGaming platform and poker games ensures we provide our IPT players with a fair, competitive and entertaining online poker experience. The IPT online site is a key part of our strategy to make the Alisports International Poker Tour a leading event in China and worldwide" Fred Liu, CEO, VLeague, said: "We are committed to a successful long term partnership with Alisports leveraging Mojo's technology to provide a top grade solution for Alisports. The Mojo social iGaming platform provides us with a flexible turnkey solution that allows us to tailor our poker and social gaming offering to meet the needs of Alisports. It also gives us the ability to integrate new games seamlessly in the future." Nick Mellios, CEO, Mojo, said: "The partnership opportunity with VLeague to support Alisports is a great win for us which we expect will significantly increase our global reach and generate considerable recurring revenue in future years. We are delighted that we have been chosen and we look forward to helping our partners make the IPT a tremendous success." About Mojo Games, a division of Sterling Group Ventures Mojo Games provides a B2B multi-gaming platform with a full suite of social play money gaming products, including online poker. Mojo offers B2B partners both API integrated and turnkey white label licensing options with advanced and customizable iGaming back-office features, player rewards and marketing, affiliate, and ecommerce solutions. About VLeague Internet Technology Company Limited Established by Emerald America Investment Company (Hong Kong), VLeague Internet Technology specializes in the organization, publication and execution of international software platforms in China. VLeague's professional team is known for its placement and networking capabilities, connecting and integrating multiple channels, and marketing strength in building business value. ON BEHALF of the BOARD /s/ Nicolaos Mellios                                                Mr. Nicolaos Mellios Chairman & CEO, Sterling Group Ventures For further information, please contact: Sterling Group Ventures Christopher Tsakok, MBA, CFA, Director Phone: (604) 684-1001 Fax: (604) 684-1001 www.mojo.game VLeague Internet Technology Company Limited Fred Liu, CEO fred_liu@vleague.com.cn Any forward-looking statement in this press release is made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that actual results may differ substantially from such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, economic and political factors, product prices and changes in international and local markets, as well as the inherent risks of the mining related business. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.


www.mercurypoker.com) as the first network partner in the new India Poker Network. The Joint Venture Partnership between Mercury Gaming Solutions, a subsidiary of The Essel Group, and Mojo Games was formed as part of an online strategy to build a nationwide poker network in India. The Joint Venture is a 50/50 split in ownership and profits for the network where Mojo Games supplies iGaming technology, ecommerce, back office and marketing support. The Essel Group is a well-known Indian Conglomerate having a diverse business presence across many industries As the first network partner, Mercury Gaming Solutions will be a direct-to-consumer site and the Joint Venture expects to launch Baadshah Gaming,(www.baadshahgaming.com), a subsidiary of Casino Pride, imminently. The JV has a dynamic plan to build a nationwide network of poker players by launching new B2B partners all sharing in the India network's pool of players. Concurrently, Mojo Games plans to roll out its own direct to consumer site to join the India network. In addition, Mojo Games is on target with its plan to launch its iGaming solution for VLeague and Alisports, a division of Alibaba in mid-March 2017 to help market Alisports' first IPT land based poker tournament event to be held in late April 2017. The Company is now working on plans to launch Mahjong and other games for Alisports through its partnership with VLeague. About Mojo Games, a division of Sterling Group Ventures Mojo Games provides a B2B multi-gaming platform with a full suite of social play money gaming products, including online poker. Mojo offers B2B partners both API integrated and turnkey white label licensing options with advanced and customizable iGaming back-office features, player rewards and marketing, affiliate, and e-commerce solutions. ON BEHALF of the BOARD /s/ Nicolaos Mellios Mr. Nicolaos Mellios Chairman & CEO For further information, please check the Company's SEC 8-K filing or contact: Chris MacPherson, Director or Christopher Tsakok, MBA, CFA, Director Phone: (604) 564-0765 info@mojo.game www.mojo.game Safe Harbour Certain statements and other information included in this press release constitute "forward-looking information" and "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including the "safe harbour" provisions of provincial securities legislation and the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by the words "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "intend", "estimate", "outlook", "focus", "potential", "will", "should", "would", "could" and other similar expressions. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as it is subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, there is no intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future events, except as required by law. This press release does not constitute any investment advice or any solicitation or offer to buy or sell any securities. No representation is made on the accuracy or completeness of the information contained in this press release, and the Company does not accept liability for any errors or omissions in the contents of this press release that arise as a result of transmission. The Company may not update the information in this press release. The Company does not waive any rights, privileges or other protections that the Company may have with respect to the information in this press release.


WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- If you joined the U.S. armed forces after 2006 or will do so before the end of 2017, the Investor Protection Trust (IPT) and Investor Protection Institute (IPI) have some important information you need to see about your financial future. Also...

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