The Nigerian Stock Exchange X-Gen News Alert – Tantalizers Plc

Company Name: Tantalizers Plc
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Tantalizers Plc

Audited Financial Statements as at 31st December 2016

Dec 2016 Dec 2015
N’000 N’000

Gross Earnings 3,633,781,638 3,421,019,409
Loss before Tax (1,008,368,286) (695,943,261)
Taxation (8,153,416) (11,136,204)
Loss after Tax (1,016,521,702) (707,079,465)
Earnings per Share (K) (32) (22)
Proposed Dividend (K) Nil Nil

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#WCFGenevaWeek 2017 summoned participants from 30 countries who discussed: Fake News, Reputation, Diplomacy, South Sudan, Global Communities, CSR, VR and AI, Startups, and Education in Communications

The annual event of the World Communication Forum Association “Communication on Top” (www.ForumDavos.com) which took place from the 13th till the 17th of March, 2017, summoned into the world’s global capital – Geneva – a diverse community of professionals from all over the world, in order to discuss the global agenda of the communication industry. More than 145 participants, 80 of which stepped out as speakers, attended the #WCFGneevaWeek to share key insights and learn from the experience of leading global experts.

This year, the WCFA welcomed a larger number of communication specialists from India, the USA, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, Germany and Italy. On the whole, representatives from around 30 countries attended the event, among which, for the first time: Israel, Kenya, South Sudan, Barbados Islands, and Australia.

#WCFGneevaWeek offered a perfect platform for discussing both local and global topics from the communication field. Some of the most interesting insights shared and conclusions made were:

  • Creating stories that provoke the recipients’ empathy – a key factor in Country Branding.
  • We consume 87% more information than 30 years ago – “It is the new fast food!”
  • Europe is no more the shining example of integration. Populism, isolationism: on the rise.
  • Mainstream media has a crucial role in contextualizing impactful stories from a crisis.
  • Fake news is a danger to democracy and can become hate speech. FB fails to combat.
  • Communication wags the tail of diplomacy. Word-wars. EU’s basic advantages – integration and equal human rights, are at stake. Global communicators need Digital Diplomacy and a common ground to fight terrorism and fake news. Europe’s problems are not caused by Trump, they are home-grown. We must overcome divisiveness.
  • Organizational culture VS Individual culture. Corporate identity VS Personal identity. What is the Global identity today? > Impact of tribal, ethnic, and religious identity…
  • A heartbreaking story: debilitating, ongoing conflict in Sudan. Huge human costs – 5.5 million south Sudanese will die of famine by mid-2017. Where is the African and the world‘s leadership?
  • Misplaced focus of Clinton’s campaign – stress on policy, rather than intensifying the emotional value and tweeting more intensively or aggressively. The @realDonaldTrump (https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump) won the Election in 2016 because he outsmarted his rivals on social media.
  • Fake News on the rise, as people trade trust in established news for what family+friends share on social media! This is not someting new, but now it is being industrialized.
  • Unbelievably strong impact of the Social Media – today, more than ever, a cause can make a difference! Each and everyone of us has influence and can be a media – this should be used to attract attention of governments or to involve the Silicon Valley in due action regarding the world’s problems!
  • Voice of your company’s staff is more influential than ever! Set the example from the top to encourage Employee Advocacy.
  • Wanna know how to engage the globe? Just see how @realDonaldTrump changed the game. Once it has touched the emotions of the electorate, a campaign’s success is guaranteed. Elections will never be the same again: forget about pragmatic or rational political leaders, reach out to gain the hearts of the people.
  • 3.9 billion people unconnected to the internet are disproportionately female, rural, poor, illiterate, or elderly.
  • Today’s brands need to humanize themselves. Social media numbers are fine but engagement is more important. CSR is an essential part of an organisation’s culture, not just linked to profitability. Think of it as a core function, not as a subsidiary one.
  • Digital CSR is the corporate wonder weapon to inform, inspire and impact the world.
  • You or your company’s reputation is EVERYTHING! 24/7 social media monitoring is absolutely required. Clients expect their consultants to be decision-makers and react on the spot.
  • The rationale behind non-cash/digital money currencies (Bitcoin, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, etc.) and how this can change the world we live in.
  • Science plays an increasingly big role in communications. What are the implications for practitioners?
  • Communication has been redefined and given new meaning, referring increasingly to the technological revolution of the late twentieth century. By renegotiating the meaning of communication, we have also successfully renamed our own identity as a society – a global culture – managed by these technological innovations.
  • VR has huge potential markets – $ 80 billion by 2025. Yet, many tech limitations to adoption still remain.
  • Culture + Environment + Opportunity. That’s how you support entrepreneurship in emerging markets.
  • VR and AI will continue to grow their market share, yet are still expensive for NGOs.
  • 3 threats of AI: be used by terrorists; violate privacy; have HUGE impact on employment.

Full summary of the event: www.ForumDavos.com/events/2017.

A brilliant summary by Michael Bociurkiw: https://goo.gl/nzJ5If.

Great coverage by Pranbihanga Borpuzari: https://goo.gl/SOJ8vD.

Impressions by Louise Nealon: https://goo.gl/owY9Am.

During the #WCFGenevaWeek, the traditional annual “Communication for Future” Award ceremony was held at the luxurious Geneva hotel Beau-Rivage. No less than 19 awards reached their winners from all around the world: http://www.C4FDavosAward.com/C4F-Winners.

The co-authored book “WCF: Existential Business Case” was also presented during the Gala Dinner. It describes the experience of a group of global experts, who took part in the launching and development of the global annual WCFA event “Communication on Top”. The book is still available to order online: http://WCF-book-2017.evenium.net.

The WCFA association is grateful to all partners who turned the event into a valuable experience for all attendees: TRT World (Turkey), ZEE School (India), The Story (Poland), Don Valley (South Africa), GROU (Ukraine), Kaiser Communication (Germany), RADA (Egypt), JSP Communications (Nigeria), CROS (Russia), M3 Communications Group, Inc. (Bulgaria), Capital Communications (Hungary), Competence Communication (Italy), Evenium (France), Depot WPF (Russia), Ochsner Consulting (Switzerland), ASC (Russia), ABCI (India), APRA (Armenia), RPRA (Russia), CIPRA (China), ABRACOM (Brazil), ABRADI (Brazil), Geneva Comms Network (Switzerland), ICCO (England).

Yanina Dubeykovskaya, Founder and Content Director of the World Communication Forum and President of the WCFA association, shared: “The Forum in Geneva collected many communication specialists from all around the world. The event has developed with the time into a platform to go beyond local borders and talk about global communication with the participation of a diversity of the related counteracting parties. This has not happened accidently, but because the WCFA association is the only organization of communication professionals in the world that fights to increase the influence of communication on the development of the world and goes beyond the classical service model of interaction with business, public institutions or politics”.

The WCFA association’s annual event – 8 editions (2010-2017) – in figures:

• 42% agency managers • 32% CorpComm Heads • 11% university reps • 10% Gov reps • 5% media • 8 years WCF • 63 countries • 343 speakers • 248 presentations • 190+ consultancies • 128+ companies • 138+ partners • 19 Gov units • 28 international orgs • 29 educational institutions • 51 media partners • 79 panel discussions • 37 keynotes • 140 videos • 37 personal + 19 corporate C4F awards • 30 case studies • 9 training classes • 14 regional forums • 5 projects of the WCFA association

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Facebook moves into larger South Africa premises as African growth accelerates

Facebook (www.Facebook.com) has moved its Johannesburg offices into new premises, creating a new home for the company to work with its partners to boost innovation and provide an African home for the Facebook culture. The new office will continue to provide support to Facebook advertisers, application developers and other key partners across the continent.

“Since we first established a direct presence in sub-Saharan Africa in 2015, Facebook has grown from strength to strength,” says Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director, Africa, Facebook. “We have enjoyed working closely with entrepreneurs, partners, developers and small businesses as they have used Facebook as a platform for growth. It’s inspiring for us to learn from the continent and to play a role in helping people and organisations connect with the world.”

Since 2015 the number of people connected to Facebook across Africa has grown to 42% to over 170 million monthly active users. Of these, 94% come back on mobile. The Facebook team in Africa has grown alongside the number of people and businesses who use it and its ecosystem of developers, entrepreneurs and business partners.

Facebook executives Carolyn Everson, VP Global Marketing Solutions and Nicola Mendelsohn, VP EMEA, attended the launch of the new office together with Ntshingila.

“Facebook is deeply committed to Africa, a mobile-first continent where seven in 10 of all connected people use the platform,” says Carolyn Everson. “Many people in Africa are coming online for the first time, unleashing new possibilities for people and businesses alike. We’re also seeing growth of small and medium-sized businesses that are driving economic development, companies that Facebook wants to help grow locally and regionally across the continent. Our new offices are part of our ongoing commitment to invest in the African market and work with innovators across our key target countries.”

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MONUSCO deplores the ongoing hostilities and escalating violence in the Kasais

MONUSCO is alarmed by ongoing reports from the Kasai region of escalating violence that is continuing to result in serious human rights violations including an ever growing number of civilian casualties and the discovery of mass graves as well as ongoing recruitment by the militias, especially of children.

The most recent violence, between 14-17 March, has affected the town of Kananga, during which dozens of people were killed in clashes between the Kamuina Nsapu militia and the Congolese security forces. The violence has also now spread to new areas such as Luebo, 134 km from the capital of Kasai province, where militia have attacked symbols of the state and also released prisoners from jail. In recent days, Tshimbulu has also suffered renewed violence and there are growing threats against churches in the region, particularly in Luiza. Between 28 and 31 March, the Congolese military also carried out operations during which there have been numerous reports of civilian casualties, allegations of human rights violations and arbitrary arrests, including of minors.

“The violence in the Kasais has already claimed the lives of possibly more than 400 civilians as well as a significant number of members of the security forces. It must stop”, stated Maman S. Sidikou, the Special Representative of the Secretary General in the DRC and Head of MONUSCO.

“It is clear that there is no military solution to the violence. At this point, intensifying the military response will only exacerbate the violence and further place civilian populations in danger,” warned Mr Sidikou.

MONUSCO recognizes there are already Congolese Government initiatives underway in support of ending the hostilities including encouraging the surrender of militia elements as well as moves to find durable solutions to disputes over traditional chieftaincies. MONUSCO encourages the Government to intensify these efforts to find acceptable political solutions.

MONUSCO also calls on the leadership of the Kamuina Nsapu and other militia to stop the senseless violence and immediately halt the recruitment of children.

There are also clear links between the violence in the Kasais and the delayed implementation of the 31 December agreement. “It is no coincidence that the escalation in violence coincided with the recent political developments in Kinshasa. For the sake of the Congolese people and the country, I urge all sides to rapidly seek compromises that allow for the full implement the agreement and the holding of peaceful elections in December” concluded Mr Sidikou.

MONUSCO response

In response to the deteriorating situation, MONUSCO, continues to engage the Congolese authorities at national and provincial levels with a view to halting the hostilities. Most recently, on 3 April, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for Operations and Rule of Law, Mr David Gressly, and the United Nations Police Commissioner were in Kananga to assess ways to further reinforce MONUSCO’s capacities in the Kasai region as well as discuss the current situation with the acting governor and the provincial Security Council.

MONUSCO initially deployed peacekeepers and reinforced police and civilian capacities in November 2016 and has again recently reinforced its presence in the Kasai region. Three additional combat units have been deployed to areas where violence and the threat to civilians is most severe, including Luiza, Tshimbulu and Kabeya Kamwanga. This will be complemented by the establishment of civilian alert networks and early warning mechanisms. MONUSCO will also continue to monitor and document allegations of serious human rights violations in the region, including investigating the reports of mass graves, and has already undertaken a number of human rights missions as well as the monitoring and documentation of human rights violations. MONUSCO will also be available to support greater humanitarian access which becomes more important as the humanitarian needs intensify in the face of a deteriorating security situation.

MONUSCO will also look to providing support to the voter registration process that is due to commence in the Kasais around the end of April. This is a key part of ensuring a timely and peaceful path to the elections in December as well as ensuring that a durable peace returns to this region.

MONUSCO is also available to provide support to the Government security forces in the region in terms of providing training on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Mission de l’Organisation des Nations unies en République démocratique du Congo (MONUSCO).

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