AfDB supports Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihood Program in Eritrea

The African Development Bank has approved a loan and a grant amounting to US $7.14 million to finance the fourth Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods Program in Eritrea.
This Program is an expansion of the ongoing Eritrea Component of the Multinational Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods Program in the Horn of Africa Project II (DRSLP-II) approved by the Bank Group in November 2014.
It is designed to enhance drought resilience and improve sustainable livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Eritrea, with a view to help achieve food and nutrition security, increase employment and reduce poverty. It will complement the Eritrea component of DRSLP-II, by providing additional activities that could not be accommodated due to resources limitations. It will support the efforts of the Government of the State of Eritrea started under DRSLP-II to improve the drought resilience of the pastoral and agro-pastoral communities of the target areas
The project will cover the same six areas of DRSLP-II by providing additional activities including infrastructure to increase production and productivity of smallholder farmers and link them to markets. The four components of the project are: (i) natural resources management; (ii) value chain and support to livelihoods diversification; (iii) capacity building; and (iv) project management.
High unemployment, poverty and environmental challenges are among the main bottlenecks to inclusive growth in Eritrea in particular, and among member states of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), namely Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya.
The negative impact of El Niño and recurrent droughts on people’s livelihoods have intensified food insecurity, and remains a key challenge to inclusiveness, especially in Eritrea, where 80% of the population derive their livelihoods from agriculture, which is dependent on underground water. Other challenges include governance issues and weak capacity to manage and build resilience in the rural communities.
Therefore, this intervention will seek to develop skills while promoting greater economic inclusion and resilience in the rural communities especially among youth and women. The project will also repair the damages and losses sustained by the population, especially the poor and vulnerable communities of the arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), during the recurrent droughts in order to restore normalcy and resumption of economic and social activities.
The project will benefit about 120,000 people of which some 65,000 will be women. About 1,500 youth employment (men and women) will be created. The government is working to ensure that areas with low socio-economic indicators are adequately supported. Other public institutions such as the National Agricultural Institute and relevant Directorates in the Ministry of Agriculture will also benefit from the project in terms of capacity building.
The total estimated project cost is US $8.13 million. The loan and grant from the Bank’s Transition Support Facility (TSF) will cover 88% of the total cost, while the Government and beneficiaries will contribute the remaining 12% of the costs in kind and in cash.

Johnson & Johnson to Participate in RBC Capital Markets 2017 Global Healthcare Conference

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Jan. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) will participate in the RBC Capital Markets 2017 Global Healthcare Conference on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Lotte New York Palace in New York City.  Sandi Peterson, Executive Vice President, Group Worldwide Chairman will represent the Company in a session scheduled at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time).

This webcast will be available to investors and other interested parties by accessing the Johnson & Johnson website at www.investor.jnj.com.
A webcast and podcast replay will be available approximately two hours after the live webcast.
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Calling All Indie Game Developers: Only Three Days Left to Submit an…

The IndiePlus contest has become an essential part of identifying and collaborating with the most innovative developers in the industry

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB)
January 27, 2017

Today FunPlus announced the panel of judges for its third annual IndiePlus contest. Indie game developers are invited to submit their games for consideration until January 29. The winners of IndiePlus will be announced at the FunPlus GDC Party on February 28, with the grand prizewinner receiving a $10,000 prize. Developers may visit http://indieplus.game/ for more details, rules and submission information.
Game submissions will be judged by a panel of notable indie game developers and industry veterans, including Justin Roiland, creator of the animated series Rick and Morty, Dylan Bevis, creator of 2016 IndiePlus winner Rodeo Stampede, John Davison, General Manager of Glixel and Ed McMillen, creator of indie hit games Super Meat Boy and Binding of Isaac. Submissions will be judged on user experience, craftsmanship, and fun. The goal is to celebrate games and the independent artists that make them, and to reinforce FunPlus’ belief that great games, exciting content and engagement are the keys to success in mobile. Judges will consider innovation in design, tech, sound, and multiplayer and how these positively affect the player experience on a mobile device.
“The IndiePlus contest has become an essential part of identifying and collaborating with the most innovative developers in the industry,” said Robert Bowling, Head of A&R at FunPlus and 2017 IndiePlus judge, “I look forward to the discoveries we’ll make this year.”
IndiePlus is open to indie game studios comprised of teams with 30 or fewer members who own at least 75% of the showcased game IP themselves. Games must be unreleased in the United States on Apple and Google mobile platforms and not be signed to a publisher as of the end of the 2017 IndiePlus contest. All submissions must be in a substantially completed, playable form on either iOS and/or Android. FunPlus will require six to ten total builds of all submissions via Apple’s TestFlight or HockeyApp (.ipa or .apk files cannot be accepted.) For more details and questions regarding entries, please email indieplus(at)funplus(dot)com. Follow @FunPlusGames on Twitter to receive updates on #IndiePlus2017.
About FunPlus
Founded in 2010, FunPlus is a mobile social gaming company that puts fun first for players worldwide. Our teams are dedicated to making innovative, engaging games. FunPlus has over 300 employees and is headquartered in Beijing, China, with additional offices in Shenzhen, China and San Francisco, California. Please visit http://www.funplus.com to learn more.
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The Michaels Organization Celebrates Revitalization Kickoff at Courtyard Apartments

Substantial Renovation and Preservation of Important Affordable Housing Resource in Philadelphia Made Possible by HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration Program

Philadelphia, PA,
January 27, 2017 (Newswire.com) –​With paintbrushes in hand, executives from The Michaels Organization, the city of Philadelphia, and The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) gathered with residents yesterday to celebrate the start of major renovations at Courtyard at Riverview, a 470-unit affordable housing community adjacent to the Italian Market area of Philadelphia.
The rehabilitation of Courtyard is the result of a record-setting deal completed using the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. 

Courtyard will be revitalized into modern, energy-efficient housing while preserving the affordability for the families and seniors who call the community home.

John J. O’Donnell,
President, The Michaels Organization

Courtyard consists of 165 senior unit high-rise apartments and 305 modern low-rise homes for families. The rehabilitation activities at the senior tower will include: exterior facade repairs, roofing and window repairs and replacements, reconstruction or replacement of the elevators as well as heating and ventilation system upgrades. Kitchens and baths will also be upgraded with new counters, fixtures and vanities. The townhouses will be similarly upgraded.
“This transaction ensures that the Courtyard Apartments at Riverview is preserved for low-income seniors and families. Even as our city’s neighborhoods grow in value we must not forget about the less fortunate among us who need a decent place to live,” said PHA President and CEO Kelvin Jeremiah.
“Courtyard is yet the latest example of PHA’s desire to work with like-minded partners that understand the importance and the need to preserve affordable housing. I want to thank HUD for providing an innovative solution to attract private sector dollars to assist in reducing the housing crisis. I would also like to thank The Michaels Organization for making a real investment into the lives of the City’s most vulnerable population,” said Jeremiah.
The RAD transaction changes the subsidy from public housing to Project Based Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) assistance. This allows the owner to generate private capital for the much needed repairs and upgrades. 
By switching subsidy platforms, the RAD program allows the owners of public housing developments to leverage debt in order to generate capital for re-investment in the development, including a set-aside for reserves. Under RAD, the project is subject to a RAD Use Agreement that automatically renews every 20 years. This ensures that the units remain permanently affordable to low-income households.
“We are proud to be a partner with PHA, whose forward-thinking vision ensures that Courtyard will be revitalized into modern, energy efficient, high quality housing that will improve the lives of our residents and enhance the community,” said John J. O’Donnell, President of The Michaels Organization.
Courtyard at Riverview was built starting in 1999 following demolition of the Southwark public housing development. The original housing dated back to 1963.
This transaction represents one of the largest RAD agreements in Pennsylvania and a significant deal for RAD transactions across the country.
Source: The Michaels Organization

Global Electric Cigar Humidor Sales Market: Trend Analysis of Recent Developments

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Live on Stage: Stevie Wonder Tribute

On Thursday, March 9th, 2017, Beat Brasserie, located in Cambridge, MA, will pay tribute to the iconic Stevie Wonder with a night dedicated to the beloved artist. Come celebrate his legacy with Amy Bellamy and the talented faculty from the Berklee College of Music as they perform Stevie Wonder’s timeless records like, “You are the Sunshine of My Life,” “Superstition” and “Isn’t She Lovely.” From 8:00PM-12:00AM, fans can bask in an exclusive and special tribute performance while indulging in Beat’s signature dishes and sipping on state-of-the-art cocktails.
As one of the most decorated male musicians, receiving 22 Grammy-awards, Stevie Wonder is renowned for his creativity and originality. The talented and award-winning keyboardist, Amy Bellamy, will lead a star line up of Berklee faculty in this tribute to Stevie Wonder’s landmark recording “Songs In The Key Of Life.” The master musicians will be fresh from performing this concert at the Berklee Performance Center.
Pair years of soul, pop, R&B, funk and jazz with flavorful dishes by Executive Chef, James Lyons that include Porcini Mushroom Pasta with tagliatelle, walnuts, parmesan, and pickled Fresno Chiles ($24), Wild Striped Bass with fregola and artichoke pilaf, sunflower seeds, basil pesto creamy polenta ($26), and Main Diver Scallops with cauliflower, black trumpet mushrooms, pomegranate, sesame ($28). Don’t forget to sip on one of Beat’s hand-crafted cocktails like the Bohemian with Bluecoat gin, Elderflower liqueur mand fresh grapefruit juice ($13.50) and the VFW with Bulleit Rye, Maraschino, Luxardo cherry and soda ($13.50), or search through the 36 artisanal American wines on tap form the Beat’s handcrafter tap system including exclusive selection such as the J. Christopher, “Two Beats of Lia’s Vineyard,” 2012, from Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley OR. Prices vary on wine selections on tap.
For more information on Beat, or to make a reservation please visit www.beatbrasserie.com, or call 617.499.0001.
WHERE: Beat Brasserie, 13 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA | P. 617.499.0001
WHEN Thursday, March 9th, 2017 | Live Music from 8:00PM to 12:00AM | Food & drink from 4:00PM to 12:00AM.
INFO: No cover charge, cash bar. Reservations recommended.
About Beat BrasserieBeat Brasserie is an American brasserie and bar located in the heart of Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA. Inspired by the hippie and beat movements of the mid-twentieth century, The Beat caters to all walks of life. Their mission is to satisfy the local community as well as vagabonds passing through. With an always fresh, seasonal, and wholesome menu, enjoyable for carnivores and vegetarians alike, The Beat’s dishes draw influence and flavors from around the world. The bar celebrates American spirits and American artisanal wines crafted by small batch winemakers with heart and soul. To heighten the senses further, Beat features daily live music by cutting edge musicians in jazz, blues and world music, bringing eclectic artistry to their stage in Cambridge. Beat is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and serves brunch on weekends. For more information visit www.beatbrasserie.com.
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Spring Flings at BCAE!

Don’t have a spring break trip planned? Don’t worry, The Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE), Boston’s premier adult education center, is alleviating the winter blues with their new spring class schedule. Tackle spring fever at the BCAE while learning recipes to make delicious soups & seafood chowders, wow family and friends with an Easter feast and impress with flavorful spring cocktails.
Jump into spring time with these highlighted classes below. For more information or to secure a spot in a class, please visit www.bcae.org or call the BCAE at (617) 267-4430.
CLASSES:
Spring VeganEvery Wednesday for 7 weeks, January 18th, 2017 – March 1st, 2017 | 6:00PM – 7:30PMTuition: $168.00 | Member Cost: $143.00
Spring Soups & Seafood ChowdersThursday, March 9th, 2017 | 6:00PM – 9:00PMTuition: $65.00 | Member Cost: $55.00| Materials: $18.00
April in Paris: Springtime French CookeryFriday, April 7th, 2017 | 6:00PM – 9:00PMTuition: $65.00 | Member Cost: $55.00 | Materials: $25.00
Inside Honey: The Bees CheeseWednesday, April 12th, 2017 | 7:00PM – 9:00PMTuition: $50.00 | Member Cost: $43.00 | Materials Cost: $25.00
Greek Easter FeastThursday, April 13th, 2017 | 6:00PM – 9:00PMTuition: $95.00 | Member Cost: $75.00 | Materials Cost: $27.00
Art of the Cocktail: Spring FlingsThursday, April 13th, 2017 | 7:00PM – 9:00PMTuition: $50.00 | Member Cost: $43.00 | Materials Cost: $20.00
Rome in the Spring: Cooking & WineFriday, April 21st, 2017 | 6:00PM – 9:00PMTuition: $95.00 | Member Cost: $75.00 | Materials Cost: $27.00
Spring Meats: Rabbit & LambTuesday, April 25th, 2017 | 6:00PM – 9:00PMTuition: $65.00 | Member Cost: $55.00 | Materials Cost: $20.00
Spring RisottosWednesday, April 26th, 2017 | 6:00PM – 9:00PMTuition: $65.00 | Member Cost: $55.00 | Materials Cost: $18.00
About the Boston Center for Adult Education:Founded in 1933, the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) is the first, nonprofit adult education center in New England. The Boston Center for Adult Education serves as a meeting place for the Boston community to gather, learn, discuss and create. The BCAE offers educational classes taught by well-qualified leaders, staff, and volunteers who share the mission of enhancing our community. Today the BCAE teaches classes in Boston for almost every interest. Students can experience everything from yoga, photography, belly dancing, and stand-up comedy, to scotch tasting, cooking, achieving financial freedom, ESL classes and much more. At their recently renovated headquarters on Arlington Street (Boston, MA) you’ll find professional grade kitchens, top-notch technology, and versatile classroom space with free Wi-Fi. The BCAE offers a variety of personal and corporate membership levels with benefits including discounted tuition costs and discounts on local retailers. Browse classes, become a member, or support the BCAE online at bcae.org. The BCAE is located at 122 Arlington Street, Boston MA 02116. The BCAE administrative offices are open Monday- Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. The Student Services office is open Monday-Thursday, 9:00 AM-7:00 PM and Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. The BCAE is open on weekends during class times only.
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The Advanced Imaging Society and The VR Society Announce 2017 Honorees

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Advanced Imaging Society and The VR Society will continue to
influence the 2017 awards season when it presents the 8th Annual
Lumiere™ Awards this year honoring creative work in movies, TV and
expanded Virtual Reality categories at Warner Bros. Studios, February
13, 2017, in Hollywood. The black-tie gathering will begin at 6:30PM
with a sit down dinner, followed by the awards ceremony at the Steven J.
Ross Theater.

Director, writer and producer Jon Favreau, director of Disney’s
blockbuster “The Jungle Book” movie and creator of the “Gnomes &
Goblins” VR experience with Wevr and Reality One, will be presented with
the Society’s 2017 Harold Lloyd Award for Filmmaking. Favreau directed
Marvel’s “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2” movies, and he also directed
“Chef,” “Cowboys and Aliens” and “Elf.” His films have grossed over 2.5
billion dollars at the worldwide box office. Previous honorees have
included Martin Scorsese, Ang Lee, Jean-Pierre Juenet, Victoria Alonso
and Jeffrey Katzenberg.

“Harold Lloyd was a passionate advocate for using new technology to
thrill audiences,” said Suzanne Lloyd, Chairman of Harold Lloyd
Entertainment. “He would be delighted that we are honoring Jon for
exciting so many movie and VR fans worldwide,” Lloyd added.

The Society annually recognizes “Distinguished Creative Achievement” for
the use of advanced imaging technologies including 3D, HDR and VR.
Awards will be presented for distinguished achievement in storytelling
for 3D and HDR Live Action and Animated Movie categories, among others.
The Virtual Reality categories have expanded this year to include Best
VR Experience, Best VR Film Experience, Best VR Animation & CGI, Best
Episodic Content (360-degree), Best Live Action (360-degree), Best VR
Documentary, Best VR Journalism, Best VR Sports, Best VR Music, Best VR
Advertising/Branded Content, and Best VR Gaming. The Awards Ceremony and
dinner is presented by AMD. A complete list of nominees can be seen here:

http://www.advancedimagingsociety.com/awards/2017-nominees/.

Also new this year is an opportunity for the media to visit curated and
award-nominated VR content in all categories. The Advanced Imaging
Society and The VR Society will offer a VIP media preview from 10AM-12PM
on February 13 at the Steven J. Ross Theater at Warner Bros.

Cher Wang, Chairwoman and CEO of HTC Corp., creator of the HTC VIVE
virtual reality system, will be presented with the organization’s Sir
Charles Wheatstone Award. Society Awards Chair Buzz Hays stated, “With
the HTC VIVE, Cher Wang and her team have created a groundbreaking
room-scale VR platform that has enabled the production of a dazzling
number of immersive VR experiences which have pushed the boundaries of
entertainment. The result has surprised and delighted the industry and
consumers,” Hays added. Previous Wheatstone winners include John
Lasseter and Pixar, Sky TV, The BBC, and Sir David Attenborough.

The Society’s Century Award will be presented to Google Earth VR. This
application allows you to travel the world, fly over cities, stand at
the highest mountain peaks, and even soar upwards into space using the
HTC VIVE. “The Google VR Experience empowers every citizen of the world
to explore and learn about our world with VR,” said Society President
Jim Chabin. “This achievement will enrich countless lives and expand our
understanding of our planet in the coming years, and we are thrilled to
honor Google’s virtual reality team,” Chabin added. The Century Award is
presented rarely and is reserved for people and achievements the Society
deems to have “created a milestone” technology or piece of content.
Director James Cameron was previously honored with the Century Award for
“Avatar.”

In addition to the honorees, confirmed special guests to attend include
Doug Liman and Ivan Reitman.

The Society’s Gold Lumiere™ statuettes are made by the R.S. Owens
Company of Chicago, who also manufactures the Oscars for the Academy
Awards. They depict the Roman Goddess of Dawn, “Aurora.”

About The Advanced Imaging Society and The VR Society

The Advanced Imaging Society and The VR Society were founded as a
non-profit organization by major Hollywood studios and top technology
companies to advance the arts and technologies of 3D, HDR, VR, AR and
360-degree content for professionals active in entertainment, media and
marketing. Members include AMD, Barco, Canon Street, Cause Play/360 Ad
Sports, Cosgrove Media, Create Advertising Group, Deluxe Entertainment,
Discovery Communications, Dolby Laboratories, DreamWorks Animation, DTS,
Facebook (Oculus), Fathom Events, Fraunhofer, HTC Vive, Intel, KDX,
Ketchum, Koncept VR, Legend, LIFE VR, LOOT Interactive, Lucid Dreams
Productions, Marvel Studios, Nokia Technologies, Pixar, Prime Focus
World, Sony Entertainment, Sony Music, Starbreeze Studios, Stereo D,
StoryTech, StreamTV, Technicolor, 3doo, True Image Company, Universal
Pictures, V-Nova, Verve, Virtual Reality Company, Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures, and Warner Bros.

In addition, The Advanced Imaging Society and The VR Society have
international chapters in the U.K., Belgium, China (Beijing and Hong
Kong), Japan, New Zealand, and Canada.

For more information please visit:

www.AdvancedImagingSociety.comTheVRSociety.com

Dixie Stampede Holds Open Auditions

BRANSON, Mo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction is holding open auditions for horseback
riders, performers, comedians and technicians on Monday, Feb. 6 at 9
a.m., at its Branson location.

Live performance, dance and horsemanship experience are helpful but not
required. Candidates are asked to audition in person at Dixie Stampede,
1525 West 76 Country Blvd., Branson, Missouri. For directions or more
information, call 417-337-9400.

Applicants must be 18 or older. Dixie Stampede is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede is the World’s Most Visited Dinner
Attraction, presenting a unique experience, set in a giant
35,000-square-foot arena featuring 32 magnificent horses, a stampede of
buffalo, Rumble In The Treetops lumberjack relay, thrilling
horsemanship, pageantry, romance and patriotism, all showcased in a
friendly rivalry between North and South and served with a fabulous
four-course feast.

About World Choice Investments: Founded in 1988, World Choice
Investments, LLC, doing business as Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner
Attraction, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show and Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack
Adventure Dinner & Show, operates dinner attraction venues for family
fun and adventure in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Branson, Missouri and
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Our shows feature special effects, musical
productions, live animals and a four-course family feast.