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prices IPO of 26,800,000 ordinary shares at $7.00 per share with gross proceeds about $188 million

* Revenue drops record 30.4 pct in Dec; 7th straight fall

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(The following statement was released by the rating agency) LONDON/PARIS, December 18 (Fitch) Fitch Ratings has affirmed Casino Guichard-Perrachon SA’s (Casino) Long-term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) and senior unsecured rating at ‘BBB-’ and Short-term IDR at ‘F3′. * Casino shares up nearly 2.3 pct in Paris, outperform sector (Adds detail, analyst comment, valuations)

STOCKHOLM, Dec 30 – Europe’s largest tissue maker, SCA, will appeal a 1.1 billion Swedish crowns ($141.76 million) back tax claim from the Swedish Tax Authority, the company said on Tuesday.

PARIS/NEW YORK – Shares in Cnova rose 9 percent on their first day of trading on the New York stock exchange on Thursday after tough market conditions forced French parent Casino to price the its e-commerce business well below the initial indicative range.

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PARIS, Nov 20 – French retailer Casino said on Thursday that the its e-commerce business Cnova would be sold on the stock market at $7 a share, well below a $12.50-$14.0 target range.

* Cnova N.V. * The e-commerce business Cnova would be sold on the stock market at $7 a share, well below a $12.50-$14.0 target range, Casino has announced.

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15 Jan 2015. Casino’s ‘BBB-’ senior unsecured rating is also applied to any senior unsecured issuance by Casino Finance SA (Casino’s fully-owned financial subsidiary) that is guaranteed by Casino. Fitch has also affirmed Casino’s EUR600m perpe

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PARIS, Nov 20 – Below are company-related news and stories from French and Benelux media which could have an impact on the region’s markets or individual stocks.

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* Revises down 2014 operating profit forecast to 2.22 bln euros

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Nov 20 – CASINO : * Shares open down 3.51 percent after cnova unit IPO priced below target

Republicans Win Seat in Democratic Stronghold

Rep. Many political handicappers expected Republican Tim Burns to win that contest and viewed the race as a barometer for how the political winds may blow this fall.



Republicans are still reeling from Tuesday night’s defeat in Pennsylvania and sought to portray this as a repudiation of President Obama on his home turf. Case further infuriated the party when he challenged longtime Sen. Pete Sessions (R-TX), the head of the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee (NRCC). The stretch included a win last Tuesday by Rep. Ed Case (D-HI) to succeed retired Rep. Ben Cayetano (D) tried to dissuade Case from running for Congress after the late-Rep. There are vacancies for the seats once held by former Reps. Before Djou’s victory, Democrats had won 11 consecutive special elections. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) in Congress. Cayetano wanted Mink’s husband to fulfill the remainder of his wife’s term. In an interview with FOX, DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) expressed confidence that Democrats would take the seat in November. The House will then have 432 members: 255 Democrats and 177 Republicans. Souder just resigned Friday due to a sex scandal with a part-time aide.

Abercrombie left Congress at the end of February to run full-time for governor.


“It’s a  Democratic seat,” said Van Hollen.


For the first time since May, 2008, House Republicans have won a special election.


Djou becomes only the third Hawaiian to represent the state on Capitol Hill. Meantime, the two Democratic candidates, Hanabusa and Case combined to score nearly 60 percent of the vote. “Charles Djou’s victory not only changes the makeup of the House of Representatives, but it helps Republicans move one step closer toward winning back the majority in November.”



Intra-party squabbles split the Democratic vote in the race as loyalists failed to unite behind one candidate. Former Hawaii Gov. Hiram Fong (R-HI) was one of the state’s original senators.

Djou secured 39.5 percent of the vote. Ed Case, center, both Democrats and Republican Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou, right, embrace each other after patricipating in a debate at the KHON2 television studios in Honolulu. Nathan Deal (R-GA), Eric Massa (D-NY) and Mark Souder (R-IN). But that splintered the Democratic impact and allowed Djou to squeak through.




In this Friday, May 14, 2010 picture, Hawaii State Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, left, former U.S. Obama is a native of Hawaii and lived in that Congressional district as a child.. Jack Murtha (D-PA). (AP)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) dropped out of the race two weeks ago, conceding the race to Republicans. Sen. But he said it wasn’t worth spending cash now when the state party was locked in internecine warfare.

“Eighteen months ago, President Obama carried this district with seventy percent of the vote,” said Rep. Case ran anyway and won. Mark Critz (D-PA) to succeed the late-Rep. Pat Saiki (R-HI) served in Congress in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) in a primary four years ago.

Republican Charles Djou topped Democrats Colleen Hanabusa and former Rep. Former Rep. Many Hawaii Democrats hold much contempt for Case. Mr. Djou is expected to be sworn-in later this week. Patsy Mink (D-HI) died

UFC on Fox 14: Gustafsson vs. Johnson betting odds

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UFC on FOX 14: Gustafsson vs. Might not pay very well, but it seems like a pretty obvious outcome. Johnson odds - BestFightOdds

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UFC on Fox 14 is right around the corner, and many are interested in betting on some of the bouts tomorrow night in Stockholm. There. If you’re interested in some advice, you can try hitting up You’re welcome.

For those new to BestFightOdds, they take the lines from many sports books and offer the best on each side in the handy chart above. There is one thing that’s not here that I’d recommend betting on – Konstantin Erokhin to win inside the distance. With that in mind, here are the odds from top to bottom on the card, which features a bevy of interesting bouts (odds via BestFightOdds):

A look at the betting lines for each and every UFC on Fox fight on Saturday night in Sweden.

I’m not going to offer up any advice here considering how atrocious I did when I was tracking all my bets over the first half of 2013, but there is a lot of interesting stuff here.

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Sport For Peace

because they will accumulate plenty of Frequent Flyer points.”

“Let us build bridges rather than barriers, openness rather than walls. Most importantly, sport gives hope to people.

“As congregations, communities and nations, we must join hands to fight the cancer of terrorism. Rather than borders, let us look at distant horizons together…in the common spirit of the value and dignity of a shared personhood as citizens of planet earth. In their quest for world peace, they all discover that each one of them has to be the change they want to see in the world (‘Unity in Truth’) and that’s the common message we can ALL learn from these ‘masters’ teachings.


“We firmly believe that sport can bring the world together. Sport has shown this on countless occasions in the past and we are committed to the positive values found in sport performance and passion, teamwork and fair play.”

- Herbert Hainer, Chief Executive of the Adidas sports shoe company.

“Let each one of us build bridges rather than barriers, openness rather than walls.




“Success is doing the best you can, in as many ways as you can.

It is being just and honest and true – not in a few things,

but in everything you do.

There is no limit to the goals you can attain,

or the success you can achieve…

your possibilities are as endless as your dreams.

- Langston Hughes


Always look ahead and never look back,

believe you can make all your dreams come true.

Always believe in the best you can be

and have faith in the things that you do.

“Blessed are the peace-makers… Chengges

“Be the change you wish to see in others. The keys, the solutions to a more peaceful world are based around some of histories greatest witnesses to peace: ‘noble spirited and great souled’ figures (‘messengers’) like Jesus, Gandhi, Buddha, Moses and Mohammed (and also evidenced in the inspiring words of Martin Luther King). It connects sports-people beyond race, different faiths and beyond ethnic divides

…so helping heal divisions and building bridges between peoples, cultures and nations. We here in

far-off New Zealand share the common bond of humanity: the pain, the sadness, suffering and joy inherant in the human condition, no matter where in the world

you may live.”

- craig (3rd September 2004)

“Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the sea-faring man on the ocean desert of waters, you choose them as your guides and following them, you reach your destiny.”

Carl Schurz (US General and politician (born in Germany 1829-1906)

The great power (and passion) of sport to unite (union between nations through sport). Terrorist bombs don’t discriminate on the base of race or religion.”

- Irfan Yusuf, a Sydney (Australia) lawyer, currently writing a book titled ‘Once Were Radicals’

“Wars are poor chisels for carving out a peaceful tomorrow.”

- Martin Luther King, Jnr

- craig

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

Article Title: Sport For Peace

Submitted by: Craig Lock

Category (key words/tags): Sport, Empowerment, Inspiration, Words of empowerment and inspiration, building bridges, breaking down barriers


The right words can conquer the world:

Craig’s blog (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) is at and

Other Articles are available at: and

(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig and may be freely published)

“All it takes for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing”

It is in dreaming the greatest dreams…

and seeking the highest goals…

that we build the brightest tomorrows.

“Using words, both spoken and written, as our weapons, we can, we WILL one day have a more peaceful world.”

“Peace is the greatest weapon for development, that any people can have.”

- Nelson Mandela

Each ONE of us CAN be a “champion of peace in a time of war”.

“If it is peace you want, seek to change yourself, not other people.

It is easier to protect your feet with slippers than to carpet the

whole of the earth.”

- Anthony de Mello (United Nations official from Brazil, tragically killed in Iraq in 2003 – a man of vision, integrity and great generosity of spirit).

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

Forget about the mistakes you’ve made yesterday,

the lessons you learn will prove valuable for today…

Never give up and think that you’re through…

for there’s always tomorrow and a chance to begin brand new.

What unites us, our common humanity is far greater than what divides us.

“Hold fast to dreams

For if dreams die

Life is a broken-winged bird

That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams

For when dreams go

Life is a barren field

Frozen with snow.”

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- Dr Martin Luther King, jnr


This short extract from Craig’s new manuscript, ‘Peace Lives WITHIN’ is based on the ground idea that peace begins within. Like Aladdin’s lamp, the universe responds to the myriads of our individual consciousnesses. Let us look at distant horizons together in a spirit of acceptance, helpfulness, co-operation and peace. for the better”

Shared by “Sport for Peace”. Let our leaders look at the future with a vision to see things not as they are, but what they could one day become.”

“Say ‘No’ to racism!”

Whatever it is that you seek in life,

whatever your dreams and what you hope to achieve,

whatever you try to reach – whatever you plan…

can all be yours – if you only believe you can!”

- Larry S. Then in changing YOUR world you help change THE world..

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When A Gambling Problem Creates Financial Havoc

Gambling Debts Can Linger For Years

The stress that gambling debts can cause for a person can be huge. Even when a person with a gambling problem stops gambling, the debt can still linger for years.

This is very different than when someone stops drinking or taking drugs. Usually he or she can resume their life and pick up the pieces. Health will usually return to normal, and social and occupational, emotional issues usually resolve themselves.

Unfortunately this is not the case with a gambling problem. An individual with this addiction can stop gambling and still be in debt for many years. These consequences and their ramifications can be huge and can be a great burden on the gambler and his or her family.

This economic burden can create a lot of stress, and can sometimes lead a gambler back to gambling, thinking that their next bet will get them out of their predicament.

Gambling Debts And Suicide

Many studies have shown that those with a gambling addiction/problem have the highest rates of suicide compared to other addictions. Many attempt suicide but do not succeed, however, some do complete the act. Some of these actions or the results of gambling debts acquired during the active addiction.

I have read many stories about people committing suicide as a result of the financial consequences of gambling.

Some people owed money to illegal loan sharks, payday loans, or mounting credit card debts. Many have also borrowed money against their home, and then go on to lose the home.

Thousands of dollars in debt can seem insurmountable, and many people see no way out of their predicament.

Many spouses and children of gamblers have no idea that the gambler lost so much money until it got to the point of no return.

This is called a “silent addiction” because you cannot smell gambling on someone, they do not stagger, or slur their speech. They just keep losing dollar after dollar, digging a bigger and bigger financial hole for themselves.

How Do Gambling Debts Accumulate?

Gambling debts can accumulate over time as a person spends money that he or she does not have to fund gambling. This can be the result of borrowing money from the casino (markers), loan sharks, payday loans, equity lines of credit, personal loans, credits cards, and borrowing from ones 401K or retirement savings.

When people gamble compulsively they cannot stop. They just want to stay “in action” and the only way to do this is with money. Many gamblers do not play to win, and just play to play. If the gambler wins money, he or she is most likely to gamble it away again to try to recapture the initial high of winning.

This can happen in only a few short months or can happen over a period have many years. Whatever the case is, the debts can add up quickly into several thousands of dollars.

Many people with gambling debts have no money to retire with, cannot pay their utility bills, or even buy food. And yes, it does get this bad from many of the stories that I have read.

Many are out on the street after losing their home, and have to stay in shelters. Gambling is a horrible addiction that does indeed have these consequences.

Gambling Debt Solutions

There are many things that you or a loved on can do regarding solutions for gambling debt. You do not have to sit with this problem alone and feel like there is no way out. There are ways to get your finances under control.

1. Stop gambling now. You want to do whatever you can to stop the financial bleeding. Do whatever you can to help yourself. You can see a therapist/counselor or even someone from the clergy. There are also many resources that you can go to for help which I will list below.

2. Gather all of your gambling debts to see what you actually owe. This is important to know. Make sure you gather up everything you can, leaving no stone unturned. This includes payday lenders, loan sharks, credit cards, home equity loans and lines of credit.

3. Once you have all of this information you want to visit a “non-profit: credit counseling agency. Do not go to any debt settlement/ debt consolidation “for-profit” agency. You may wind up owing more many than you owe right now. Remember.. you want to get out of gambling debt.. and not accrue more debt than you already have.

Legalized Gambling Pros and Cons

Many people say that gambling is a harmful social evil, but there are many more who believe that it is a perfectly normal means of recreation that does not deserve all the negative press that it gets. After all, gambling serves as a major source of revenue for many different parties with vested interests, and it also improves the economy in certain ways and provides employment opportunities as well. Legalizing gambling is a controversial issue that has many people for and against it, and the effects of legalized gambling can be viewed in many different ways.

The biggest impact of gambling though, is seen in people’s homes. Individuals who have a gambling problem often tend to overdo it, and their addiction leads to severe problems in households. This involves the loss of money, theft of money, neglecting other duties and responsibilities, and other dangers like getting into trouble with gambling cartels and over indulging in drinking and other substances. Problems arise because there are many people who just do not know when to stop gambling, and this lack of self-restraint is the single biggest reason why gambling is viewed with such disdain.

Facts About Legal Gambling

At first, the answer to whether gambling needs to be legalized would seem to be a definitive no, but on closer inspection, you will find that legalizing gambling has certain advantages as well. The biggest beneficiary of this arrangement will undoubtedly be the Government of the country where gambling has been legalized, and this is what has been driving this debate on endlessly.

The Pros of Legalized Gambling

The single biggest benefit of legalized gambling is the rise that the tourism industry of the country will experience. People will undoubtedly flock to this region from all around the world, and this will boost many different parties in various ways. This will inevitably lead to a rise in employment opportunities in the region as well, and the economy will grow as a result. Casinos and gambling houses are required to pay pretty high taxes, and this is another area that the Government will benefit from. The resulting increase in the tax revenue due will also lower the tax burden on other sources, and this will be welcomed by other citizens of the country as well.

Along with casinos and gambling houses, many restaurants and hotels would also arise in the region which would prove beneficial to many people. This would lead to many new jobs opening up, it would lead to greater diversity in a certain region and it would definitely lead to a rise in the standard of living of everyone involved.

The Cons of Legalized Gambling

As already mentioned, one of the most prominent points in the debate is the issue of problem gamblers. These are people who have no control over their urges and try to dupe casinos through illegal means. Not only do they cause problems in casinos, they also cause issues in their homes and in other areas around the casinos which is one of the most widespread negative effects of gambling. The crime rate in the region will rise because of all this, and so will other illicit activities like money laundering, counterfeit money and arms trading. It has also been noted that suicide rates are higher in areas where gambling has been legalized.

Even though the tourism industry will prosper, other small business establishments that provide recreation and entertainment will suffer, as most people will only visit the casinos and restaurants around the casino itself. Hence, the growth will be very unevenly divided. Moreover, many destitute people will harass tourists and wealthy looking people for money and small change and this will make life uncomfortable for many families or individuals. Additionally, people will soon find themselves spending money on gambling instead of saving it or investing it wisely and this will affect people’s financial lives drastically. Ultimately, the aspects legalized gambling would depend on the self-discipline that people possess and also on the magnitude with which the gambling industry is embraced in a region. But, there can be no denying the fact that it will have more disadvantages than advantages.

Some Facts and Statistics About Legalized Gambling

It is estimated that at present, around 20 million citizens of America are problem gamblers and compulsive gamblers.

Atlantic City, where gambling is legal saw a phenomenal 320% rise in the crime rate, and also a 100% rise in cases of rape, muggings and burglary.

The last Presidential Election in the United States saw a contribution of close to $7 million by the gambling industry in the country.

The total income from this industry in the last year was close to $95 billion, and the tax amount paid was around the $6 billion mark.

Around 500,000 jobs in the United States are provided by the gambling industry.

19 of the 50 states in the USA allow legalized gambling and place very little restrictions on the industry.

At the end of the day, legalizing gambling is a major social step that has many consequences. The cons outweigh the pros though so any state or region that is considering this, should make their decision very carefully. In some areas, gambling can prove extremely beneficial and revive people’s lives, but in some other areas, it can destroy lives as well.