Aryzta sells bond to refinance debts

first_imgAryzta has sold its second hybrid bond for CHF300m (£210.6m), which the company has said will be used to refinance its debts.In a statement issued yesterday (19 March), the Swiss-based bakery products business said the move was completed by UBS, Credit Suisse and Zürcher Kantonalbank, which Aryzta said had acted as joint bookrunners for the transaction.The firm said: “The Hybrid Instrument offers investors a coupon of 4% and is undated, with an initial call date by Aryzta after five years.”Earlier this month, the company revealed a 8.2% rise in group revenue to €2.07bn (£1.8bn), for the six months to the end of January, as well as a 5.5% increase in net profit to €129.4m (£110.4m).Owen Killian, chief executive, said: “Aryzta’s underlying net profit performance was robust despite challenging trading conditions.”last_img read more

Prince’s Band The Revolution Announces Extensive U.S. Tour Dates

first_imgThough it had been many years since they performed together, Prince’s backing band The Revolution recently reunited in honor of The Purple One’s untimely death. Prince put together this lineup during the Purple Rain era, and, though there was clearly strife between its members during Prince’s lifetime, all arguments were swiftly set aside in the interest of honoring Prince. His loss is still felt strongly within the music community.After reuniting, the members decided to continue honoring Prince’s legacy with a full fledged tour across the country. After announcing a handful of dates earlier this year, The Revolution followed it up with a full fledged tour announcement, spanning from April 21st through July 15th. April 21st marks the one year anniversary of Prince’s death, and the band will honor him at Paisley Park to get their tour started.The Revolution is Wendy Melvoin, bassist Brown Mark (Mark Brown), drummer Bobby Z (Robert Rivkin) and keyboardists Matt Fink and Lisa Coleman. See their tour schedule, below.The Revolution Tour DatesApril 21 – Minneapolis, MN @ Celebration 2017 at Paisley ParkApril 23 – Chicago, IL @ MetroApril 24 – Chicago, IL @ MetroApril 27 – Washington, DC @ The Fillmore Silver SpringApril 28 – New York, NY @ B.B. King’sApril 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living ArtsApril 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living ArtsMay 3 – New York, NY @ Webster HallMay 4 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol TheatreMay 12 – Madison, WI @ Barrymore TheatreMay 14 – Indianapolis, IN @ The VogueMay 16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’sMay 18 – Cleveland, OH @ House of BluesMay 20 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic TheaterMay 21 – Toronto, Ont @ Phoenix TheatreJune 14 – Dallas, TX @ House of BluesJune 15 – Houston, TX @ House of BluesJune 16 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec TheaterJune 17 – Austin, TX @ ACL LiveJune 21 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn BowlJune 22 – San Diego, CA @ House of BluesJune 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ WilternJuly 12 – San Francisco, CA @ The FillmoreJuly 15 – Seattle, WA @ The Showboxlast_img read more

The Evolution of Science on Same-Sex Households

first_imgPublic Discourse 12 May 2015Now that the Supreme Court’s oral arguments are behind us, and the justices have already privately cast their votes about the future (and the history) of marriage, perhaps it’s possible that the social science of marriage, sexuality, and child outcomes can catch its breath. Better yet, perhaps it can operate without the pressure-cooker of politically acceptable narratives.But after three years, and two separate inquisitions by my own university, I’ve come to conclude that “the beatings will continue until morale improves,” as the saying goes. Or in my case, until I capitulate and admit I was wrong. I’m not above admitting mistakes, but neither am I prone to the sort of reeducation that is being pursued.And so it is that a Washington Post blog recently covered the release of a study that re-analyzes the data I collected and described back in 2012 in my pair of studies of the adult children of parents who have had same-sex relationships, continuing a contest over the meaning of the New Family Structures Study (NFSS) that’s nearing three years in length now. Social science has become a spectator sport.In the spirit of (continued) full disclosure, I was even a blind peer reviewer of an earlier version of this study. I didn’t sign off on what appears in print, but I felt—as a scientist—that alternative analyses at least deserve a hearing, for the sake of science.To their credit, the authors helpfully pointed out a handful of cases that were questionable—respondents whose unlikely answers to other questions (like height, weight, etc.) suggest they weren’t being honest survey-takers. Such a critique is certainly fair and welcome; it’s part of the long-term process of cleaning and clarification in any dataset of substantial size. And removing those questionable cases actually strengthened my original analytic conclusions—and the authors say so: “. . . these adjustments have minimal effect on the outcomes . . . these corrections actually increase the number of significant differences . . .” read more

Kobe Bryant OK with not playing in 2016 NBA All-Star game

first_img• HEISLER: Lakers could be worse — Dwight Howard, anyone? On Nov. 12, 2004, Bryant dunked over Howard during his rookie season in Orlando. Both Bryant and Howard insisted following the Lakers’ loss to Houston on Saturday that they have since patched things up. But what would be Bryant’s reaction if Nance dunks over Howard on Thursday?“I can’t even imagine. But the first person I’d go see on the bench would be him,” Nance said, laughing. “But I’m sure he’ll say he still has something better.”Bryant’s bravado aside, he actually glowed about Nance’s highlight-reel dunk. “It was impressive. I thought he had hit the max,” Bryant said. “I thought he was going to get fouled. But he kept going up and up and up. That was good stuff.” Kobe Bryant has NBA Commissioner Adam Silver supporting him. The Lakers’ star has worldwide fans, too. But Bryant sounded deferential on if he should appear in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game in Toronto on Feb. 14, 2016 during his 20th and final NBA season.“It would be great to play,” Bryant said. “If I’m not in it, I’m not going to beat myself up over that either. I’ll support the game no matter what. I’ll support the players no matter what.”This would normally mark a no-brainer for Bryant, who has been voted in for 17 All-Star games. But he has averaged only 16.5 points on 33-percent shooting, 4.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists so far this season.• RELATED: Has Kobe turned a corner in his play, regimen? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img But Bryant is expected to receive enough votes both because of his popularity and he is listed as a frontcourt player for playing small forward. But after averaging 18.2 points on 47.2-percent shooting and 4.2 assists in the last five games, Bryant could appear on merit.“It would be great, but at the same time I’ve played in a lot of them, so it’s always great to have the younger guys step up and get their opportunities,” Bryant said. “If I’m fortunate to be there, I’ll be extremely grateful for that. If I’m not, at the same token, I’ll be extremely grateful for the opportunities I’ve had.” Issuing a challengeBryant called Larry Nance Jr.’s one-handed dunk over Milwaukee center John Henson “impressive.” But that’s not what Bryant told Nance Jr. during the ensuing timeout.“He looked to me and said, ‘When you do that on Dwight Howard, you can come talk to me,’” Nance said.last_img read more

Goalies too much for shooters as Rebels and Leafs exchange shutout wins

first_imgThe other contest ended in a rare tie.“These are two fairly even teams,” Maida confessed. “We have a great rivalry against Castlegar and our boys really look forward to playing every time we play them.”Friday, two goals in less than two minutes was the difference as Nelson edged Castlegar 3-0.The goals, by Matthew Naka and Colton McCarthy, came early in the third period.Jacob Boyczuk scored an insurance marker into the empty net.Nelson started both contests with only five defenceman due to injury bug that has hampered the blueline — one of the rearguards being converted forward Linden Horswill.And for the second game Nelson finished the game with only four D-men.“I’m looking forward to getting healthy on the blueline and see where we’re at,” Maida said. “So far I’ve been very pleased with our how the defence and goaltending is playing.”The Leafs have a full week of practice before resuming play Friday with a home doubleheader.North Okanagan Kings open the two-game set before Grand Forks Border Bruins pay a visit to the NDCC Arena Saturday.Both puck drops are at 7 p.m.Sunday Nelson makes its first visit to Spokane to face the Braves in an afternoon tilt.Castlegar has a short week before traveling to Grand Forks Thursday.ICE CHIP: Nelson defencemen Cam Weir and Cole Arcuri watched both games and are listed as day-to-day . . .. Rookie forward Damin Devlin also is on the sidelines after serving two of his three game suspension for removing his helmet during a fight against Chase Heat, October 7. . . .KIJHL teams have been experiencing problems with league website. The site was down Saturday which made it impossible for Castlegar executive to post the game stats to the website. KIJHL webmaster Harold Hazelaar said the problem is due to an issue with the website host which the league has no control over. The Castlegar Rebels rebounded from a heart-breaking road loss in a big way, stopping the Leafs cold Saturday night at the Complex.Brenden Heinrich scored midway through the second period and goalie Jordan Gluck continued his home dominance over the West Kootenay rivals sparking the Rebels to a 1-0 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory in Castlegar.It was the second time in as many games Gluck has shutout the Leafs — both by 1-0 scores.The win moves the Rebels back into top spot in the Murdoch Division standings, one point ahead of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks and two in front of the Leafs.Castlegar has played two more games than Beaver Valley.Kamloops Storm edged the Hawks 2-1 Saturday in Fruitvale.“I thought we out played them and out chanced them, (Rebel goalie Jordan) Gluck just made some big saves and key times,” said Leaf coach Frank Maida.“We just didn’t seem to have our puck luck tonight,” Maida added.“Thirty-seconds after they scored we hit the post then had a late power play but Gluck made some key saves for them.”The game was the second one-goal contest in the season series between the two Murdoch rivals and third time the match-up ended with a shutout.last_img read more

Leafs living through a nightmare season

first_imgNelson has lost five straight and 12 of 14 games dating back to October 31.In other words, November was a nightmare of the worst kind.And December hasn’t started out much better with four consecutive defeats.And the upcoming schedule isn’t very kind to the Leafs — in Fruitvale Friday to face the Murdoch Division-leading Nitehawks before returning home Saturday against the Osoyoos Coyotes, who just happen to lead the Okanagan Division with a 21-5-0-0-1 record.Revolving door keeps revolvingAs with any losing team there are changes.The latest to be shown the door are forwards Brendan Smith and Nick Novin.McLellan wouldn’t get into specifics, saying there were “off-ice issues” that led to the departure of the two players.Also sent packing was forward Tyler Garcia, traded, McLellan said, to a junior team in the United States.Leafs captain, Rayce Miller, is also not with the Leafs at this time.However, Miller is back home in Arizona to nurse a bad back that has been plaguing the former 27-goal scorer for most of the season.Injuries continue to haunt the LeafsMcLellan said his club is starting to see some players return to the lineup.Back on defence is Dash Thompson along with Andy Fitzpatrick on the forward line — both have been sorely missed in the lineup.However, defenceman Max Daerendinger and forward Austin Lindsay remain on the IR with Lindsay back home seeing a specialist for an injury that happened against Summerland Steam. Ever have one of those days when you wake up, get out of bed and kick the bedpost with your foot?Then bang your head into the door to the bathroom you thought was open.Walking into the kitchen you trip over the cat and drive your knee into the kitchen cabinet.When you get to work the boss gives you an ear full even before the first cup of coffee is finished.Now multiply that feeling ten-fold and you have a clear indication what life is like inside the Nelson Leafs dressing room.What could go wrong is going wrong as the once-mighty, and proud, Heritage City franchise.“Internally, we’re fine,” confessed Nelson Leafs coach and GM Dave McLellan when asked about the mood of the club.“It’s a old cliché, but I thought we were the better team the other night (in Grand Forks). We just had an untimely goal that hurt us.”“We need to get healthier,” McLellan added. “We’ve got guys coming off the shelf . . . we’ve got new guys in the lineup that don’t know our system who cost us a goal.”For those keeping score at home Nelson watched a 3-1 lead vanish faster than the lear jet in a David Copperfield magic show to Grand Forks in a 4-3 loss to the Border Bruins.What’s worse is the Leafs, which have toyed with the Bruins for years, are now on the other end of the Yo-Yo.The woes of the Green and White have been well documented.last_img read more