14 MaySt. Charles County’s event calendar for the week of May 6

EVENTS

Everybody is invited to the Kite Festival, Family Bike Ride and St. Peters Health amp; Wellness Committee special event from 10 am to 2 pm May 9 at 370 Lakeside Park, which is located just off Highway 370 on Lakeside Park Drive in St. Peters. This free family event is hosted by the St. Peters Rangers Enforcement Division. Bring your kite to be part of the Kite Festival or come early and be one of 200 participants to receive a free kite-building kit. Volunteers will help kids put together their kites. Families are also invited to bring their bikes to ride the 4.5-mile trail around the 140-acre lake at 370 Lakeside Park. A limited number of adult-sized bikes are available for rent at the park. The St. Peters Community Health and Wellness Committee will have an information booth at the event. Refreshments will be available for sale at Gator Island Grill in 370 Lakeside Park during the event.

The St. Charles City County Library Foundation will host its second annual Imagine Gala and Auction on May 9 at Ameristar Casino. The entertaining Kim Tucci will serve as Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer for the event, which is to raise awareness and celebrate success. The schedule includes: Cocktail festivities and silent auction at 6 pm ; Dinner, live auction and Access to Literacy at 7:30 pm; and Emerald City After Party at 9:15 pm Colorful cocktail attire is encouraged. For additional details or to purchase tickets to the Imagine Gala, contact Karen at 636-441-2300, ext. 1517.

The fifth annual “Plants for Mom Sale,” sponsored by plant enthusiasts interested in care and maintenance of the historic Ernst Schowengert Gardens in Warrenton, will be held from 8 am to 1 pm May 9 on the lawn of the Schowengerdt House, 308 East Booneslick Road (also called Main Street), in Warrenton. This pre-Mother’s Day plant sale promises to be a great place to select that special gift for Mom. The sale is a joint effort of the Warrenton Garden Club and the Volunteer Gardeners at the Ernst Schowengerdt National Historic Place. To reach the Schowengerdt House from I-70, head south on Highway 47 at exit 193, continue to the second traffic signal and turn right (west) on Booneslick Road (Main Street). Watch for signs and a whole cluster of tents over flowing with plants. For more information, or to arrange to donate plants to this community-wide project, call Roxie Schroeder at 636-932-4607 or 636-359-0089 (cell).

The Library at Wentzville Christian Church, 1507 Hwy Z, is hosting a story time for preschoolers at 9 am May 11. Participants will sing songs, read a book and make a craft to take home. The event is free. For more information, visit wentzvillecc.org or email library@wentzvillecc.org

A free workshop focusing on how parents can minimize their out-of-pocket costs and student loans for college will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 pm May 12 at the St. Peters Cultural Art Centre, 1 St. Peters Centre Blvd, in St. Peters. The speaker will be Kevin Anderson, a college funding educator and coach who is also a co-author of the recently published best-selling book “Transform Your Life, Business and Health” with Brian Tracy. Admission is free, but seating is limited by the size of the room. Parents can call 636-594-2280 to reserve seats or they can make a reservation online at www.pac5-collnite.eventbrite.com.

The Missouri Wing of the Commemorative Air Force will be offering rides on its historic WWII Army B-25J Mitchell Bomber and Navy TBM-3 Avenger Torpedo Bomber May 14-17 (Armed Forces Day weekend) at St. Charles County Airports Smartt Field. A third aircraft, an Army Aeronca L-3 Defender, will remain on static display near the Wings WWII museum for visitors to check out. Call 314-486-1205 for information and flight reservations.

Employees, friends and relatives of the 1960-1990s Army Aviation and Troop Commands, DFAS; UNCLE; FMS; SOS; and DMIS, stationed at 4300 Goodfellow Blvd. in North St. Louis are invited to attend a reunion. Activities include attendance at a St. Louis Cardinals game on Sept. 9 (meet at the Stan Musial statue before 12 pm to pick up your tickets) and a picnic at the Granite City Golf Course Clubhouse (Melvin Price Center) at 11 am Sept. 10. Tickets are $35 in advance. Make checks payable to Avscom Reunion. The mailing address is 1108 St. Charles Ave., St. Charles, MO 63301. All monies must be received by May 15. For futher information, contact Steve Bossomo on Facebook: bossomo@, or Pat Guy at pguysmile@yahoo.com

Come hungry and thirsty to the Wentzville Blues amp; Classic Rock Festival from noon to 10 pm May 16 outside Old Friends Vintage Guitars, located at 1 E. Allen St, in the Village Center. The festival features delicious eats and drinks from food trucks owned by Wentzville residents. Join the public Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/389818914540142/ and invite your friends to join.

Uncorked 2015 … A Cause for the Paws will be from 1 to 4 pm (VIP pre-party at noon) May 17 at Foundry Art Centre, 520 North Main Center, in St. Charles. Join in for fine wine and delicious food at an event that helps raise funds to support Five Acres Animal Shelter. There will be a Wine, Beer and Food Tasting, Silent and Live Auction, Raffle and live acoustic performance by country music artist Josh Kelley. Cost is $75 per person for General Admission or $150 per person for VIP. For more information, call 636-949-9918 or e-mail info@fiveacresanimalshelter.org

The Tri-County Womens Connection, affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries, cordially invites you to lunch and a program titled Tips for Traveling, presented by Dorothy Smith, of Moline, Ill., from 11:15 am-1 pm May 20 at The Christy Banquet Center, 9000 Veterans Memorial Parkway, in OFallon. The musical guest will be Sharon Wolf, of Marthasville, and the special guest speaker will be Smith with A Dreamers Reality. The inclusive cost is $14. Call Joan at 636-561-0956 or Marcia at 636-925-8588 or e-mail mllemmons@sbcglobal.net by May 15. Cancel by May 18.

Welcome Club-Gateway to Friendship will hold its May luncheon on May 28 at Whitmoor Country Club, in St. Charles. Welcome Club-Gateway to Friendship is a social and charitable club that has many activities such as mah jongg, bridge, bowling, golf, book clubs, etc. It raises money for two charities every year; this year is Operation Backpack and the USO. at Lambert Airport. Its membership includes more than 250 St. Louis suburban women. If youre interested in joining and meeting new friends, contact Arline at 314-434-0474 or Joan at 314-434-1044.

Cub Scout Skate Night will be from 5 to 8 pm May 31 at Great Skate, 130 Boone Hills Dr., in St. Peters. Earn the Skate Belt Loop … and meet Michelangelo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Extraordinaire. The $12 admission includes: three hours of skating, skate rental, skate lessons (to earn the Belt Loop), pizza slice, small drink, meet Michelangelo, lots of games and fun and take home your Skate Belt Loop. Call 636-441-2530 by May 8 to make reservations and ensure they have enough Skate Belt Loops on hand.

St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith has announced the 18th annual Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament will be Aug. 10 at Bogey Hills Country Club. The entry fee is $200 per person or $800 for a team of four. Tee signs are available for $150 as well as other levels of sponsorship. Each year, the Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament Committee accepts applications from St. Charles area 501c3 organizations. This year, the deadline to submit applications is May 31. For more information on the tournament, or to obtain a charity application, call Michele in the mayor’s office at 636-949-3269 or email michele.mooney@stcharlescitymo.gov

MUSIC

St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre comes alive one Friday a month with local bands performing yesteryear’s hits. Join them for the next City Centre Dance from 7 to 10 pm May 15 and enjoy the Big Band sounds of Two Star Final. Tickets are $7 per person at the door. St. Peters residents showing a Resident Privilege Card will receive a discount of $1 off the ticket price. No advance ticket sales. Please bring your own snacks. Soda will be available for purchase. City Centre dances provide a fun atmosphere for people to get moving to a variety of favorite songs from the ’40s through the ’70s. Visit www.stpetersmo.net to see who is playing next month.

The St. Charles Municipal Band presents the 2015 Summer Band Concert Series On the River on the Jaycee Pavilion in Frontier Park at the foot of First Capitol Drive in St. Charles. The Concert Band plays at 8 pm every Thursday in June, July, and August. The Big (Jazz) Band plays at 7:30 pm on June 14, July 12, Aug. 9 and Sept. 6. Bring your lawn chair or blanket for these free family-friendly outdoor performances. Visit www.stcharlesband.com for details or call 636-949-2590 (Concert Band) or 314-878-5296 (Jazz Band).

THEATER

ARTS

St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre, located inside St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd., invites you to be a part of The Big Bloom all media art show and competition from May 8-July 6. The show is open to youth and adult, amateur and professional artists. Artwork must contain a flower or flowers. Prizes will be awarded. The cost to enter as an Arts Centre member is $15 for up to four pieces. Non-members can submit up to three pieces for $20. The youth entry fee is $5 per piece. Artwork will be received from 9 am to 8:30 pm May 5. The opening reception will take placefrom 6 to 8 pm May 8. For more information on this show, call 636-397-6903, ext. 1624, or visit www.stpetersmo.net.

COMMUNITY

Registration for St. Peters’ outdoor swim teams this season is underway for area youth ages 6-18 at the St. Peters Rec-Plex. For anyone who was unable to register on April 18, registration will continue at the Rec-Plex during normal registration hours until the teams are full. Normal registration hours are 9 am-7 pm, Monday through Friday, and 9 am-3 pm on Saturday. Residents need to bring a St. Peters Resident Privilege Card to receive resident rates. The St. Peters Rec-Plex is located at 5200 Mexico Road, in St. Peters City Centre next to City Hall. For more information, call 636-939-2386, ext. 1400.

New Hope Counseling Services is offering a series of free educational seminars on Sunday evenings at New Creation Presbyterian Church, 1459 Wentzville Parkway (in the Parkway Plaza complex on the back side of the building), in Wentzville. A panel of counselors and educators will also be present during these sessions to answer questions from participants and share their experiences as both parents and professionals. The May 24 session is “Taking Back Our Lives: Maintaining our Humanity in our High Speed World.” Each monthly session is 4:30-6 pm The events are hosted by Childcare and activities for children birth through 5th grade is provided at no cost. For more information, visit www.newhopewentzville.com and www.newcreationpca.com. Or call Luke Calvin, Licensed Professional Counselor with New Hope, at 636-779-0329.

The city of St. Peters offers a variety of camps at the St. Peters Rec-Plex and Cultural Arts Centre, all conveniently located at St. Peters City Centre. Registration is underway for St. Peters Art Experience Camps, Rec-Plex Activities Camps and Rec-Plex Sports Camps. The first weekly camps begin May 26 for Rec-Plex Activities Camps and June 1 for Art Experience Camps and Sports Camps. Advance registration is required. Visit www.stpetersmo.net/camps, call 636-939-2386, ext. 1400, for more information about Rec-Plex Camps, or call 636-397-6903, ext. 1624, for more information about Art Experience Camps.

Are you a veteran who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless? St. Patrick Center has veteran programs and services that may help. St. Patrick Center case managers are available to meet with you about services that help prevent homelessness and provide financial and housing stability for low-income veterans and their families. If you are a veteran struggling with homelessness, contact St. Patrick Center at 314-817-4638.

St. Peters Golf Course has a new Preferred Pass that cuts greens fees every time you play. Plus, when you buy the Preferred Pass, you get a free round of golf with free golf cart rental on the first day — an immediate savings that can almost pay for the pass itself. The Preferred Pass at St. Peters Golf Course costs just $50 and offers benefits such as — First greens fee and cart fee are complimentary the day you purchase your pass, a value of up to $46; $5 off the 18-hole greens fee OR $2.50 off the 9-hole greens fee every time you play. (The discount does not apply to Twilight, Tournament or League rates.); The Preferred Pass discount is valid with senior and junior rates; and The Preferred Pass is valid for a full year from the date of purchase. Call 636-397-2227 or go online to www.stpetersmo.net/golf to learn more about St. Peters Golf Course and to subscribe to the Tee Time! email newsletter to get news and specials for St. Peters Golf Course sent straight to your inbox. St. Peters Golf Course is located at 200 Salt Lick Road, on the east side of Salt Lick, just south of I-70.

HEALTH

The American Red Cross will have several blood donation opportunities coming up in St. Charles County — May 6, from 3:45-8 pm, Prairie View Elementary, 1550 Feise Rd., in OFallon; May 11, from 11 am-2 pm, Barnes Jewish St. Peters Hospital  Doctors Building, 10 Hospital Drive; May 14, from 1-4 pm, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, 1232 Wentzville Parkway, in Wentzville; May 18, from 2-7 pm, Duchesne High School, 2250 W. Elm Street, in St. Charles. Eligible donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with type O negative, A negative or B negative. Download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.

The St. Peters Rec-Plex semester of classes runs through May. Registration is now open at the Rec-Plex for programs including group fitness, ice skating, hockey skating, swimming, indoor triathlons, instructional baseball, fast pitch softball pitching clinic, classical fencing, and adult leagues for flag football and softball. Rec-Plex classes are open to all area residents, and in most cases are reduced in price for Rec-Plex pass-holders. Rec-Plex GOLD PLUS members can choose from a number of free classes, including RPX Cycling and Kettlebell, many Family Fitness and 50+ Fitness classes, a number of Aqua Aerobics classes, and more. Sign up for Rec-Plex classes by phone at 636-939-2386, ext. 1400, or in person at the St. Peters Rec-Plex, 5200 Mexico Road, anytime Monday through Friday, 9 am to 7 pm, and Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm The registration desk is closed on Sundays and city holidays. Online registration is available for most programs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by using the Rec-Connect service at www.stpetersmo.net/rec-connect. For more information about St. Peters’ recreational and cultural opportunities, golf, events and more, check out the Leisure Line Online at www.stpetersmo.net/leisure-line.

Woman’s Place will offer a free workshop on Healthy Relationships from 9 am to noon May 30 at 4116 McClay, in St. Charles. All women are welcome. Explore the dynamics of healthy relationships, differences in healthy and unhealthy behaviors and add to your basic communication tools. Pre-registration is required. Call 636-373-7911 by May 27 to reserve your place.

ONGOING

St. Charles Area Wood Carvers meet from 7 to 9 pm on the first and third Wednesday of each month at Hollenbeck Middle School, 4555 Central School Road, in St. Charles. Visitors are always welcome! The Seasoned Eye Carvers meet from 9 am to noon every Monday at the St. Charles Senior Citizens Center, 1455 Fairgrounds (near the Bass Pro Shop). Visitors are always welcome there, too! For more information, check the club website: http://www.stcharlesareawoodcarvers.com/ or contact Charles Sapp at 636-928-0149.

Immaculate Conception Church in Augusta hosts The Fourth Sunday Breakfast serving from 8 am-12 pm at the Immaculate Conception dining hall. The items served include pork sausage, ham, scrambled eggs, regular and potato pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and baked apples. Its all you can eat — $8 for adults and $4 for children.

The St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre, 1 St. Peters Centre Blvd., has a variety of programs, including music, dance and art, available to the public. stpetersmo.net

Ministry to Men, a mens introductory Bible discussion group, meets at 7 am Tuesdays at The United Methodist Church at Wentzville, 725 N. Wall St., Wentzville. Call Brian Phipps at 636-698-5598 or Frank Eggering at 636-625-3447.

Line Dancing Instruction is 8:30-9:30 am Wednesdays at Mid Rivers Mall, Dillard’s Court, 1600 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Peters. Free.

Imperial Dance Lessons are given at 6:45 pm Wednesdays at the Professional Firefighters Hall, 115 McMenamy Road, St. Peters. 636-329-9403. SCIDC.com 

Country and western dance is 6:30-10 pm Wednesdays at the Moose Lodge Hall, 2705 Veterans Memorial Pkwy., St. Charles. $6. Lessons included. 314-422-1571. jimsdances.com 

The O’Fallon Photo Club meets at 7 pm on the second Wednesday of the month at the Renaud Spirit Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon. Drop-ins are welcome. ofallonphotoclub.wetpaint.com

Active Older Adults Game Day at the O’Fallon Family YMCA, 3451 Pheasant Meadows Drive, 10 am-2 pm Wednesdays. Free. Board games, cards and dominos will be played. Bring a snack and your favorite stories to share. 636-379-0092.

A support group for women with heart disease, the WomenHeart of Lake St. Louis Support Group Meeting, is held 10:30 am-noon the second Thursday of the month. Registration for the free event starts at 10 am Contact Donna Ringwald, WomenHeart Champion, at 636-288-5449 or visit www.womenheart.org. To register, visit ssmhealth.com/classservicesearch/ or call 1-866-776-3627.

A fish fry is 3-8 pm Fridays at VFW Post 2866, 66 VFW Lane, St. Charles. Cost is $8.50. 636-724-9612. vfwpost2866.org

14 MayVOLTA FINANCE LIMITED – CHANGE IN PRIMARY CENTRAL SECURITIES …

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11 May 2015

Volta Finance Limited (the Company) would like to announce that, in connection with the proposed dual admission of shares in the Company (Shares) to the Official List of the UK Listing Authority and  to trading on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange plc (Admission), which is expected to become effective on or around 29 May 2015, it is expected that there will be a change in the Company`s primary central securities depositary from the Nederlands Centraal Instituut voor Giraal Effectenverkeer BV (Euroclear NL) to Euroclear UK Ireland Limited (Euroclear UI).

Consequently, it is expected that following Admission, the Shares will be accepted for clearance both through the book-entry facilities of Euroclear NL and CREST, the electronic securities settlement system operated by Euroclear UI which enables securities to be evidenced otherwise than by certificates and transferred otherwise than by written instrument.

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ABOUT VOLTA FINANCE LIMITED

Volta Finance Limited is incorporated in Guernsey under The Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (as amended) and listed on NYSE Euronext Amsterdam. Its investment objectives are to preserve capital and to provide a stable stream of income to its shareholders through dividends. For this purpose, it pursues a multi-asset investment strategy targeting various underlying assets. The assets that the Company may invest in either directly or indirectly include, but are not limited to: corporate credits; sovereign and quasi-sovereign debt; residential mortgage loans; automobile loans. Volta Finance Limited`s basic approach to its underlying assets is through vehicles and arrangements that provide leveraged exposure to some of those underlying assets.

Volta Finance Limited has appointed AXA Investment Managers Paris an investment management company with a division specialised in structured credit, for the investment management of all its assets.

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14 MayIs Walmart’s Women Owned Program Making a Real Difference In What …

Alongside the product rollout, Walmart committed to a five-year goal to source $20 billion in product from women-owned businesses in the US. Additionally, the retailer promised to double the amount of sourcing from women-owned businesses in international markets.

Empowering women and impacting women-owned businesses from around the world aligns with our overall strategy and makes sense for our customers, Walmart spokesperson Tricia Moriarty told Racked over email.

Not only does the Women Owned initiative support the businesses, but Walmart also believes that it caters to their core female shopper. The research [that Walmart conducted] showed that a majority of female customers said they would go out of their way to buy a product from a woman-owned business, Moriarty explained. By featuring these products with the logo we are providing more selection and choice for our customers.

The Women Owned logo itself is owned by two companies: the Womens Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and WEConnect. WBENC controls the certification for women-owned businesses inside the US, while WEConnect handles international business relations. Walmart has worked behind the scenes with WBENC for awhile; in 2011, Walmart launched a Global Women’s Economic Empowerment initiative and WBENC holds it accountable for delivering on its promises to work with more women-owned businesses.

14 MayLiving wage: Live coverage of the New Orleans City Council discussion

A proposal toimpose a $10.10 minimumliving wageon certaincompanies that do business with the City Hall is scheduledfor its first public hearing Tuesday (May 11) at 10 amWe will be covering the meeting live in this post.

Clickhere for a shorthand guide to the proposed ordinance.

12:35 am: Adjourned.

12:11 am:Closing comments.

Brossett: This ordinance is about meaningful public policy.

Jason Williams: A lot of people love to espouse the virtues of Dr. Martin King. But it wasnt just about being able to drink out of the water fountain. King also advocated for fair wages for the working poor.

Crime is a manifestation of what we are talking about today … The disparity in income that continues to plague this city.

This is larger than economics. This is fixing what is broken in our community.

Telling kids to go to high school so they can wash dishes and make beds and still make minimum wage is a farce.

James Gray: Says the council will vote to pass this ordinance. I feel compelled to say I dont agree with one thing that was repeated over and over. Gray says that self worth is not based on wages. Im going to vote for the living wage … Im saying to all of us the most important thing we need to do in this city is to get up in morning and look at ourselves in the mirror and love ourselves.

Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell: You all have not given up on this issue, and I know that you will will continue to work for equity and equality in our city.

People think that America has more equality than it does. That 1 percent is real, she says, referring to the astronomical wealth controlled by the wealthiest 1 percent in the country.

12:03 am: Heather Larson, of SEIU, says that the majority of people working for $10.10 are people of color. Its not just about social justice; its about racial justice.

12:00 am: Speakers still going on to drive the point home. Nobody from the mayors office spoke. Nobody from the business lobby spoke.

11:55 am: Brossett formally requests a fiscal note from Landrieu. Brossett moves adoption. It passes unanimously.

11:53 am: Speaker up now stops talking as the council members whisper at the dais. He stops. They stop. You want me to start over, he says.

11:46 am: Reginald Junior, of Stand with Dignity, says he cant afford to live on $10.10 an hour.

Another Stand speaker is up. Give these people a reason to want to go to work. Says the City Council should fight for the little guy. Be consistent. Stay together. If there is no incentive, young men will run the street, he says.

Congress of Day laborers, an advocate for immigrant workers, expresses support but does not speak.

11:41 a.m: Louis Robein is up. Legally we believe that theordinanceisconstitutionallyproper.

To date there is no business opposition to this. And I believe its because it passess constitutional muster.

Tiger Hammond, of the AFL-CIO, is up now. Talking about minimum wage push back in the day. Two out of three residents voted in favor of it, he said. I believe this is a smart way to go about it.

James Gray asks about apprentice electrician wage. Hammond said they start at about $14.

11:38 am: A member of Show me $15, the minimum wage activist group, is up now. Has trouble making ends meet in a low wage job. Entergy isnt going to wait for their $200-$300.

11:33 am: Former councilman Oliver Thomas is up now. Flattering the councilmembers. Calls Jason Williams the one of the best criminal defense attorney in the country.

Government doesnt have to ask, it doesnt have to say may, Thomas says. You can say shall!.

Inequality is getting worse not better, he says. The goose that laid the golden egg, tourism, has not done anything to address it.

11:29 am: A Stand speaker is up now. We have to give the younger generation some up, something to build up on. He congratulates Councilman Gray for attending a protest in support of $15 minimum wage.

11:17 am: A woman from the Urban League is up now,commendsBrossett for thispreliminary step. Strongly supports this ordinance.

Ed Parker up now. The living wage ordinance is very important to our community. Parker is a member of The Collective, an activist group that fights for economic equity in the city.

Another speaker from the group says the measure will begin to drag the city into the 21st century. She says she understands that the state has set limitations on what the city can do. We live in a state that is backwards, racist.

The speakers want a disparity study done on the citys contracting, which would allow for specific racial quotas in city contracts. The latter speaker said that the current Disadvantaged Business Enterprise system, which is nominally race and gender neutral, benefits white women more than the black community.

11:11 am: They are moving into public comment now. First up is Dr. JohnPenny, a criminologist at Southern University. Social and economic injustices that have plagued New Orleans, contribute to crime, he says. The city needs a broader economic base than the hospitality industry, he says. This is a social justice issue, he says.

Chants of black workers matter, from the crowd.

11:07 am: Brossett: $10.10 is not sufficient, but its a start. With inflation, $10.10 in 2014, when the city passed a minimum wage for city workers, is now $10.55, he said. Thats something we will look at.

Brossett is going over the amendments now. Hes included some stats in the preamble section that show the economic disparities in the city. He notes the recent Harvard study, which found New Orleans had one of the worst economic mobility for poor children in the country.

11:01 am: Zucker outright says that we know that $10.10 an hour is not going to get anyone out of poverty. Zucker helped push through Los Angeles living wage law. That law was targeted to city services that had been privatized, she said. That measure excluded construction.

Impact studies show that cost to the city sometimes rises sometimes falls, Zucker said. They have not been shown to decrease employment. They can set a benchmark for other employers to raise wages.

10:59 am: Erika Zucker, of the Workplace Justice Project, is going over the history and purpose of living wage laws. They date back about 20 years. Unlike Brossetts rule, most do not apply to construction contracts, she said. Other cities do include companies that receive assistance from the city, as Brossetts does.

10:58 am: Dr. Silas Lee, a sociologist, is up now giving a presentation about why passage of the law is important. New Orleans is very unequal in terms of income distribution, he said, and a living wage law would address that. Failure to pass it would contribute to the continued social corrosion of this community.

10:47 am: Brossett says a 125 cities across the country have living wage laws. Brossett has added some amendments to his proposal, notably, hes added a provision so the $10.10 would rise with inflation.

Brossett has also inserted a huge out, giving Landrieu the authority to opt out where reasonably appropriate. Before, he could only opt out in emergencies.

10:43 am: Living wage is up now. Brossett: As an elected official, you have to remember why you are doing what you are doing, why you chose this path.

The biggest reason is, Im here to fight for working families.

Ive made it one of my top priorities to make better, more secure wages for our workers.

Brossett sponsored minimum wage bills while in the Legislature, but they were shot down.

I know there are challenges and limits to what we can do as a council. Brossett keeps getting interrupted by applause from the Stand folks.

Brossett brushes aside concerns about driving up costs. It is going to help some and it is going to be a great step on helping a lot more.

10:37 am: Entergy Louisiana just threw the Aviation Board under the bus. The power company said that at least one of its two feeder lines into the airport was functional at all times, meaning that the airport could have theoretically maintained commercial power at all times if not for its own operations.

10:34 am: There are only three councilmembers at the meeting right now, Nadine Ramsey, Jared Brossett and James Gray, which seems odd for a measure like this. Brossett has said that he will not send the living wage ordinance to the consent agenda, even if it is passed unanimously by the Economic Development Committee. The measure will go on the regular agenda for full council discussion.

10:20 am: Airport officials are talking about the April 27 power outage. There are two power feeds supplying the airport. One of them was under repair, then there was a power outage that took out the other. The terminalwas forced to run on one emergency generator, 2.5 megawatts, not enough to fully energize the terminal.

Iftikhar Ahmad said it was a cost decision to have such limited redundancy. They are looking at a more robust system for the new North Terminal, but such a system would be more costly. The airport has reduced prices for passengers and airlines, which has contributedto alot of growth in traffic, he said, so they dont want to lose too much ground by increasing costs.

10:11 am: There are about three dozen folks in the audience. Including: Oliver Thomas; Stand With Dignity, an advocate for low-income workers; Louis Robein, a labor attorney that represents unions; an organizer from the Service Employees International Union, which helped spearhead the minimum wage effort in the 90s; EricGranderson, Mayor Mitch Landrieus intergovernmental guru (he twists arms on the council and quasi governmental boards associated with the city); and Emily Arata, deputy mayor or communications.

10:08 am: Folks are still shuffling in. Looks like its going to be a slow start. There are two items on the agenda. The first is a brief update by the Aviation Board, likely centered on construction of the new terminal and power issues at Louis Armstrong International Airport.

14 MayVOLTA FINANCE LIMITED – CHANGE IN PRIMARY CENTRAL SECURITIES …

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11 May 2015

Volta Finance Limited (the Company) would like to announce that, in connection with the proposed dual admission of shares in the Company (Shares) to the Official List of the UK Listing Authority and  to trading on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange plc (Admission), which is expected to become effective on or around 29 May 2015, it is expected that there will be a change in the Companys primary central securities depositary from the Nederlands Centraal Instituut voor Giraal Effectenverkeer BV (Euroclear NL) to Euroclear UK amp; Ireland Limited (Euroclear UI).

Consequently, it is expected that following Admission, the Shares will be accepted for clearance both through the book-entry facilities of Euroclear NL and CREST, the electronic securities settlement system operated by Euroclear UI which enables securities to be evidenced otherwise than by certificates and transferred otherwise than by written instrument.

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ABOUT VOLTA FINANCE LIMITED

Volta Finance Limited is incorporated in Guernsey under The Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (as amended) and listed on NYSE Euronext Amsterdam. Its investment objectives are to preserve capital and to provide a stable stream of income to its shareholders through dividends. For this purpose, it pursues a multi-asset investment strategy targeting various underlying assets. The assets that the Company may invest in either directly or indirectly include, but are not limited to: corporate credits; sovereign and quasi-sovereign debt; residential mortgage loans; automobile loans. Volta Finance Limiteds basic approach to its underlying assets is through vehicles and arrangements that provide leveraged exposure to some of those underlying assets.

Volta Finance Limited has appointed AXA Investment Managers Paris an investment management company with a division specialised in structured credit, for the investment management of all its assets.

ABOUT AXA INVESTMENT MANAGERS

AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) is a multi-expert asset management company within the AXA Group, a global leader in financial protection and wealth management. AXA IM is one of the largest European-based asset managers with EUR607 billion in assets under management as of the end of September 2014. AXA IM employs approximately 2,300 people around the world and operates out of 21 countries.

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Any target information is based on certain assumptions as to future events which may not prove to be realised. Due to the uncertainty surrounding these future events, the targets are not intended to be and should not be regarded as profits or earnings or any other type of forecasts. There can be no assurance that any of these targets will be achieved. In addition, no assurance can be given that the investment objective will be achieved.

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13 MayYour Credit Score: Updates You Should Know

With a new version of the leading FICO credit score working its way through the lending industry, borrowers who have wrestled with medical debt and others who have only a limited credit history might find their scores have improved when they apply for future credit cards or auto loans.

FICO Score 9 was rolled out last fall by the three major credit bureaus — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — and labeled a more nuanced version of the original FICO Score introduced in 1989. It now bypasses collection agency accounts and weighs medical debt differently than non-medical debt on a persons credit record. Borrowers with a median score of 711 whose only negative credit data comes from medical collections will see their credit core go up 25 points under the new system.

The reason medical debt is getting revised treatment in the new system has to do with the idea that most people choose to take out loans and credit card accounts but generally dont choose to take on medical debt, which is typically the result of unpredictable illness or emergency.

Its worth noting the impact of medical debt on American households during the recession of 2007-09. A much-publicized 2009 study by Harvard University and Ohio University researchers pointed out that 62.1 percent of all bankruptcies in 2007 were the result of medical debt, with 92 percent of filers having debts over $5000, or 10 percent of pretax family income.

As for consumers with limited credit histories — what the industry calls thin files — FICO says the new system will better determine the ability of someone in that category to repay a debt by classifying their repayment behavior based on degrees of risk rather than payment or non-payment in absolute terms.

What doesnt FICO 9 address? Recent reports indicate that consumers hoping for revised credit assessment for mortgage and refinancing opportunities will have to wait for future adjustments. Lenders use credit assessment standards set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the quasi-government enterprises that provide the secondary market for home mortgages, and mortgage experts say those agencies tend to use older FICO models.

For ordinary borrowers hoping to get better rates on a broader range of loans beyond auto and credit cards, here are tactics to analyze and improve ones credit score over time:

First, it is important to review each of your credit reports once a year. Credit reports and credit scores are two different things. Consider credit scores a shorthand measurement of your creditworthiness; credit reports are the detailed record of your credit history. You can review each of your credit reports from Equifax, Experian and TransUnion once a year for free. It is difficult to have an optimal credit score if your credit reports are not accurate. Also, stagger your credit reports at various points in the year so you can weed out any inconsistencies, inaccuracies, or worse, indications of fraudulent credit or ID theft.

Many lenders are now offering the credit scores assigned to you for free. While credit reports are available for free once a year, consumers have had to pay for access to their credit scores through Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. Even then, consumers didnt know whether those scores were actually the ones being used by their lenders. Thats starting to change. A few major lenders have taken part in the industry-only FICO Score Open Access Program, which lets current customers see the exact credit scoring data applied to them at no charge. FICOs site doesnt offer the names of participating lenders, but when speaking with a lender, ask if they are offering free scores through the FICO program. If you receive a free credit score from a lender and if you have questions, be sure to follow up.

If you dont know the components of your credit score, here is FICOs breakdown:

  • Payment history (35 percent)
  • Amounts owed (30 percent)
  • Length of credit history (15 percent)
  • New credit (10 percent)
  • Types of credit used (10 percent)

A February Bankrate.com report noted that approximately one in four Americans have more credit card debt than emergency savings. While savings is not a factor in credit approvals, whittling down debt over time definitely is. FICO has its own official list of things you can do to improve your score, but keep in mind that paying bills on time and keeping balances well below your borrowing limit are the two biggest determinants of a good credit score. Base FICO scores have a 300 to 850 score range, and though FICO doesnt release what it considers good or bad scores, borrowers with excellent credit typically have scores in the mid-700s and up.

If you havent used a particular credit card in a while, use it to make a small charge that you can pay off immediately — and then put it away. The idea is to preserve your available credit limits while keeping balances paid off as quickly as possible. Such behavior demonstrates responsible credit use and may lead to an increase in available credit.

One more way to improve your credit score might be to ask if you can raise your credit limits on individual accounts while you keep paying them down. Smart borrowers generally keep their outstanding balances at 30 percent or less of their available credit limit. If you have a good payment history but balances above 30 percent, ask your lender if they will consider raising your credit limit. The lower your debt to credit ratio — the amount of credit youre actually using — the better your chances of raising your credit score over time.

Bottom line: Do you know your FICO Score? With a new version of the leading credit scoring system released this past fall, its even more important to understand how youre managing your credit.

Jason Alderman directs Visas financial education programs. To follow Practical Money Skills on Twitter: www.twitter.com/PracticalMoney

13 MaySkype for Business Finds Its Voice, at Least for Some

A No Jitter reader survey on Lync/Skype for Business gives rise to some interesting questions on voice strategy.

No Jitter has launched a series of surveys of our enterprise end user base, and naturally the first topic we addressed is the one that continues to be foremost in the minds of many enterprise communications shops: Microsoft Lync, now Skype for Business.

You can see some of the highlights in the slideshow that my colleague Beth Schultz put together, and of course the chart that jumps out at you is the one showing that almost 90% of those who have adopted Lync Enterprise Voice consider it better or much better overall than the legacy systems theyve been using.

We asked two detailed follow-up questions that reveal a little more about how people feel. When we asked respondents whod adopted Lync Enterprise Voice to rate its voice quality, 63% considered it better or much better — a falloff from the overall rating, but still a healthy majority. When we asked about feature/functionality, 80% called Lync better or much better.

So clearly, enterprises that have deployed Lync believe it (and Skype for Business) can be a PBX replacement going forward. Oddly, it got more positive rankings overall than it did in the two specific metrics that we assumed would be most important: voice quality and feature/function. What does that tell us?

  • The other sources of value for Lync/Skype for Business — its integration with Exchange and Office and its position as a logical next step for supporting voice in the enterprise — exceed the traditional metrics of quality and feature/function in importance to enterprises?
  • PBX-based voice just isnt that important, so that as long as Lync/Skype for Business is adequate to better in all the specifics, that adds up to it being better or much better in the aggregate?
  • Some combination of the above?

Our results also show us that respondents who have started deploying Enterprise Voice intend to continue ramping up those deployments, though at a fairly orderly pace. A total of 28% of those who have begun deploying Enterprise Voice reported having displaced legacy systems with Lync for more than three-quarters of their end users today; within two years, 51% say theyll have exceeded the three-quarters-deployed threshold.

Keep in mind that a minority of the market has deployed Lync for voice in the first place, according to our survey — just 27% of those who have rolled out Lync at all say theyre using it for voice. And when we asked the entire base of Lync adopters when they were expecting to roll out Lync/Skype for Business Enterprise Voice, almost half — 46% — said it would be three years or more, while another 20% chose Never as their time frame. So just about two-thirds of the market is not particularly focused on Lync/Skype for Business Enterprise Voice at this stage.

Still, I have to admit I was surprised by the strong positive responses we got from Lync voice adopters. The response suggests that the legacy voice players may find less traction in attacking Skype for Business on traditional voice metrics and values. Voice platforms still have value to enterprises, but what enterprises value in such platforms is changing.

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13 MayMicrosoft Ignites the Enterprise — Windows Update for Business, Office 2016 …

Many tech pundits put down Windows nowadays, but there is a big problem with that; pundits arent always a good representation of the working world. Every time I read a review from a tech writer about how they can get all of their work done with a Chromebook, I just laugh. Why? Most of the world isnt writing for a living. No disrespect for writers, but hardware and software needs for that profession are not demanding.

For the rest of the world, getting work done often involves Microsoft solutions — including Windows and Office — and for good reason; those solutions work well. Today at Ignite, the company underlined its commitment to the Enterprise with a deluge of announcements; Windows Update for Business, Office 2016, Skype for Business broadcasting — phew! In other words, Microsoft is Igniting the Enterprise.

13 MayMicrosoft rolls out new MDM for Office 365

Microsoft has Intune as its add-on mobile device management offering, but it has promised additional mobile device management features in Office 365 for quite some time now — and the wait is nearly over. Microsoft will soon deliver mobile device management (MDM) capabilities with management policies capable of covering Office 365 data across iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices. This option will be no additional cost to customers with business, enterprise, education or government commercial plans, the company added.

The features offered are actually a subset of what Intune provides. Admins who want a side-by-side comparison of MDM for Office 365 and Intune can use this TechNet guide to start.

Conditional access. These security policies allow admins to determine the types of devices that can connect based on Intune and Azure AD. The policies apply to Office apps on devices, which could actually make for a unique MDM experience because Microsoft currently doesnt allow third parties to access or control its apps.

12 MayBaltimore Decimated By Decades Of Liberal Policies

City policies have shrunk the population of the city by heavily penalizing the productive and earning households. Steve Hanke and Stephen Walters of Johns Hopkins University wrote in the Wall Street Journal last week: “Officials raised property taxes 21 times between 1950 and 1985, channeling the proceeds to favored voting blocs and causing many homeowners and entrepreneurs — disproportionately Republicans — to flee. It was brilliant politics, as Democrats now enjoy an eight-to-one voter registration advantage.”

The result is a declining population, declining business enterprise, declining jobs, and severe blighting of the infrastructure. The city now has an estimated 16,000 vacant buildings and over 14,000 vacant lots. In the area of Sandtown-Winchester and Harlem Park, where Freddie Gray lived, more than 25% of the buildings are now vacant.

More than 40,000 residents have fled from the high tax, low job-opportunity confines of Baltimore, to the more favorable economic climate of Virginia. According to the Washington Times, they took a whopping $2.17 billion with them. No wonder Gallup found last year that 47% of the residents of the state said they would leave if they could. Interestingly, the only two states that registered higher in their 2014 poll were the states of Illinois and Connecticut, two more bastions of liberal tax and anti-enterprise policy.