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61st American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 novembre 2019

ALX Oncology, a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company developing therapies to block the CD47 checkpoint mechanism, today announced that ALX148 clinical results have been selected for presentation at the 61st ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition, December 7 – 10, 2019, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL.“This year’s ASH meeting will be an opportunity to provide important clinical updates on our CD47 program in hematologic malignancies,” said Sophia Randolph M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer of ALX Oncology. “We are excited to share the first clinical efficacy data from the combination of ALX148 with rituximab, showing that ALX148 maximizes clinical activity with a best-in-class safety profile. We are committed to further development of this agent with the potential to transform standards-of-care for patients with cancer.”

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American Academy of Optometry

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 ottobre 2019

US-based medical device company and manufacturer of the NaturalVue® (etafilcon A) Multifocal 1 Day Contact Lenses Visioneering Technologies, Inc (ASX: VTI) (‘Visioneering’ or ‘the Company’) will be presenting the science behind the NaturalVue® Multifocal (etafilcon A) 1 Day Contact Lens with a poster on Friday, October 25. The poster, entitled “Instantaneous Power Profiles vs Sagittal Power Profiles of Various Center Distance Multifocal Lenses” was authored by Rosa Lee, MS, Peg Achenbach, OD, FAAO, Jim Schwiegerling, PhD. Authors Rosa Lee and Dr. Peg Achenbach will be on-hand to share insights from the data from 10:00am to noon (Poster #54).The patent for the design of the NaturalVue Multifocal lens describes the optics of this unique, extended depth of focus lens in terms of instantaneous power. While familiar to many specialists, instantaneous power may be less familiar to the broader community. Partnering with Lambda-x, a customized algorithm was developed using the fundamental concepts of differential geometry to describe the instantaneous power profile of the contact lenses.
The scientific community uses two methods of expressing the power profile in a lens design:
Sagittal (also called axial or radial)
Instantaneous (also called tangential)
Both methods of description are useful in creating and describing lens designs, but provide different information and are used for different purposes. The poster concluded that understanding the optical design of multifocal contact lenses may help predict how it may act on eye, because not all center distance, center near, or extended depth of focus lenses are created the same way. This experiment showed that it is not enough to look at the power difference between the periphery of the optical zone and the center of the lens to estimate the ADD of a lens, the entire profile is important to help determine the performance of the lens. While sagittal power describes a wavefront as it intersects the optical axis, instantaneous power allows us to assess the “true focus,” by describing the wavefront without forcing the focal point to fall on the optical axis.

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American Lending Center Expands EB-5 Opportunities in Hong Kong

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 ottobre 2019

American Lending Center (ALC), a leading EB-5 regional center, has strengthened its presence and increased resources in Hong Kong amid burgeoning interest in the EB-5 investment opportunities. ALC will support new investors and continue laying groundwork to establish themselves in the area as Hong Kong develops into a key Asian EB-5 market.“We have increased our Hong Kong footprint after noticing growing demand for uniquely successful EB-5 investment opportunities,” stated John Shen, ALC’s Chief Executive Officer. “Just as we expanded our operations in Taiwan, Vietnam and India, ALC is excited to lead industry growth in the region by ensuring the EB-5 program remains a sustainable pathway of investment and immigration.” While EB-5 interest has grown steadily in Hong Kong over the last 10 years, the number of EB-5 visas issued to Hong Kong residents increased sharply in 2019. EB5 Investors Magazine chose to host their first ever EB-5 Expo in Hong Kong on October 19th, further indicating the industry’s movement in that direction. ALC will join this conference as a Platinum sponsor and John Shen will be a panelist, discussing the “The Future of EB-5.” ALC’s predominant focus on placing EB-5 investments exclusively in the senior loan structure has created the best capital protection for investors throughout the EB-5 process. Its rigorous construction management system led by highly successful third parties, in coordination with the senior loan operation, has driven the consistent success of its investments. As a result, ALC has successfully provided over 350 million dollars to American ventures and created over 10,000 full-time jobs throughout the US. It has achieved a 100 percent construction success rate and fully refunded the EB-5 investors who obtained permanent green cards.

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First American Financial Announces Second Quarter 2019 Earnings Conference Call

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 giugno 2019

First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), a leading global provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions, today announced that it will host a conference call on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at 11 a.m. EDT.
The call will follow the release of the company’s earnings results for the second quarter of 2019, which is scheduled earlier that day at 6:45 a.m. EDT.The conference call, which will also be broadcast over the Internet and is open to investors, members of the financial community, the media and other members of the public, can be accessed online at or by dialing toll free 877-407-8293. Callers from outside the United States may dial 201-689-8349.An audio replay of the conference call will be available through August 8, 2019 by dialing 201-612-7415 and using the conference ID 13692064. An audio archive of the call and a copy of the second-quarter 2019 earnings release, including the financial information contained therein, will also be available on First American’s investor website.At the present time, the company expects to release its third-quarter earnings on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 at 6:45 a.m. EDT and host a conference call at 11 a.m. EDT on the same day.

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American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Annual Meeting

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 1 giugno 2019

Today, Sarah Cannon announced that it will present its latest cancer research insights through more than 100 abstracts and presentations at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO®) Annual Meeting hosted in Chicago, from May 31-June 4, 2019. The ASCO® Annual Meeting brings together more than 40,000 cancer experts from around the world to review the latest research and discuss this year’s theme of “Caring for Every Patient, Learning from Every Patient.” Sarah Cannon experts will participate in a number of presentations and educational sessions focused on immunotherapies, including cellular therapy, and targeted investigational agents that are transforming the delivery of cancer care for patients.“The research presented at this year’s Annual Meeting will highlight Sarah Cannon’s involvement in the latest CAR T-Cell Therapy approaches, bispecific antibodies, novel targeted therapies as well as personalized cancer vaccines. We continue to be excited about the developments being made in individualized cancer therapies and the potential impact for patients worldwide,” said Howard A. “Skip” Burris, III, MD, President of Clinical Operations and Chief Medical Officer at Sarah Cannon. Dr. Burris will serve as the ASCO® President for the 2019-2020 term, and will be inducted into his position on Monday, June 3, during the Annual Meeting.A number of Sarah Cannon’s presentations will focus on insights from more than 50 phase 1 studies, which include novel immunotherapy combinations and CAR T-Cell, as well as mutation-targeted agents.An oral presentation titled “Safety and Preliminary Antitumor Activity of U3-1402: A HER3-Targeted Antibody Drug Conjugate in EGFR TKI-Resistant, EGFRm NSCLC,” will feature the work of Melissa Johnson, MD, an investigator on the trial. Additionally, Sarah Cannon’s work, under the leadership of Gerald Falchook, MD, on the phase I trial investigating the targeted therapy KRASG12C will be highlighted in an oral presentation at the meeting. The phase 1 dose escalation study of the ERK inhibitor LY3214996 will also be highlighted in an oral presentation, featuring the work of Johanna Bendell, MD, and Manish Patel, MD.
Lowell Hart, MD, will highlight the latest in novel biologics through an oral presentation on the “Effect of Trilaciclib, a CDK 4/6 Inhibitor, on Myelosuppression in Patients with Previously Treated Extensive-Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer Receiving Topotecan.” Sarah Cannon’s work in cellular therapy, under the leadership of William Donnellan, MD, will be showcased in an oral presentation on the phase I results of KTE-X19 in adult patients with relapsed/refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

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American Water CEO Susan Story Set to Participate in S&P Global ESG Evaluation Launch Event

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 aprile 2019

American Water (NYSE: AWK), the nation’s largest publicly-traded water and wastewater utility company, announced President and Chief Executive Officer Susan Story will participate in the launch of the S&P Global Ratings Environmental, Social Responsibility and Governance (ESG) Evaluation Launch Event on April 11 in New York City.
Later today, Story will participate in a panel discussion – “A CEO Perspective: Why ESG Matters?” facilitated by Doug Peterson, President & CEO, S&P Global. “We’re a purpose driven company, our values define not just what we do but who we are. More and more, employees, customers and investors seek to align themselves and invest with companies that are actively committed to the betterment of society, making a positive impact to communities, are fully transparent and offer opportunities to get involved and give back,” said Story.The ESG Evaluation is the sum of a company’s ESG profile plus its long-term preparedness to adapt to the ESG environment, identified through a thorough assessment process. The ESG profile factors include: Environmental – greenhouse gas emissions, waste and pollution, water use and land use; Social – workforce diversity; safety management, customer engagement and communities; and Governance – structure and oversight, code and values, transparency reporting and cyber risk programs.The company was recently ranked number 23 on Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable U.S. Companies list; the highest ranked utility. Also, American Water was one of 230 companies selected for the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) which distinguishes companies committed to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women’s equality.

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American Oncology Network, LLC Appoints Inaugural Advisory Group

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 8 aprile 2019

American Oncology Network, LLC Appoints Inaugural Advisory GroupWith a mission to support long-term viability of community oncology, the American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) has created a new advisory group to provide high-level strategic guidance to its practices and physicians.Consisting of AON physicians, executive management and administrative specialists, the group will advise on a range of trends impacting clinical and practice activities. The group’s goal is to serve as an advocate for AON’s physicians and physician groups, providing counsel and support on all issues related to business improvement, strategic development, quality and compliance.“It is a pleasure for us to introduce the AON Advisory Group to our practices, who will benefit from its recommendations,” said AON CEO Brad Prechtl. “The group will provide another layer of support to enhance practice services.”Inaugural group members include physicians from across the nation, such as Dr. Patrick Elwood and Dr. Taral Patel from the Zangmeister Cancer Center in Ohio; Dr. Michael Castine III from the Hematology/Oncology Clinic in Louisiana; Dr. Stephen “Fred” Divers from the Genesis Cancer Center in Arkansas; and Dr. Rangappa Rajendra from Oncology/Hematology of Loudoun and Reston in Virginia.
The AON Advisory Group’s executive management team members include AON CEO Brad Prechtl, COO Todd Schonherz, Regional Senior Vice President Steven Swart, Chief Revenue Cycle Officer Sarah Cevallos, Chief Information Officer Mark Moch, AON Board member and Strategic Advisor Dr. William Harwin, and AON Board Member Dr. Stephen Orman.AON is an alliance of physicians and seasoned health care leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. With more than three decades of expertise in all areas of oncology practice management, AON enables physicians to focus on what matters most — providing the highest-quality care for patients.

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American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) Introduces Specialty Oral Oncolytic Pharmacy

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 26 marzo 2019

The American Oncology Network, LLC (AON), an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders, provides a unique array of support services to its affiliated community-based oncology practices, including in-house specialty pharmacy services. The AON Pharmacy streamlines the process of filling prescriptions for cancer patients who are being treated with oral oncolytic medications. According to the Community Oncology Alliance (COA), approximately 25% to 35% of all cancer drugs are currently available in pill form and that percentage is increasing each year.AON CEO Brad Prechtl, MBA, said, “Through the American Oncology Network, community oncology practices across the nation now have access to practice-proven solutions that bring tremendous value and benefit to their patients. The AON Pharmacy is a prime example of this. Pharmacy staff members not only handle the complicated insurance authorization process, they also work with patients and educate them about potential side effects of these powerful cancer drugs and ensure that patients are compliant and understand how to take prescribed medications.”Director of Pharmacy Ray Bailey added, “Our pharmacists are experts in oncology medications and they are available to speak with both patients and physicians, as needed. Through our electronic medical record (EMR), AON pharmacists can view a patient’s chart and then work directly with the patient’s oncologist to best manage any side effects of the oral therapies.”AON Board Member Dr. William Harwin pointed out, “When someone is diagnosed with cancer, he or she doesn’t want to wait several weeks to receive prescribed medications; yet, many of the smaller community oncology practices in the AON network don’t have the infrastructure to provide speedy access to oral oncology drugs. Through the AON Pharmacy, which ships directly to patients’ homes, usually within 48 to 72 hours, patients have easier, more convenient and much faster access to the medications they need.”

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American Water’s Linda Sullivan Honored by Philadelphia Business Journal as a CFO of the Year

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 12 luglio 2018

American Water (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly-traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, announced that Linda Sullivan, executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), was recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as a CFO of the Year honoree. The award honors those executives who exemplify the professionalism, integrity, resilience, mastery of all the financial and people skills that make a great CFO.“I want to congratulate Linda on this well-deserved recognition,” said Susan Story, president and CEO, American Water. “Linda has made her mark on our company and throughout the water industry, not just through her proven financial expertise and experience, but through her strategic thinking, broad business savvy and leadership capabilities. She is committed and successfully drives toward outstanding service for our customers and communities as well as our investment community.” In her current role, Sullivan leads American Water’s Finance and Operational Services teams. She has responsibility for all aspects of financial management and strategy, investor relations, treasury, financial planning, accounting, internal audit, risk management, supply chain and facilities management, including the construction of the company’s new corporate headquarters in Camden, NJ.Sullivan earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University. She serves on the Board and as Audit Committee Chair of NorthWestern Energy Corporation, and on the Board of the University of Maryland University College Ventures. She is the first investor-owned utility representative serving on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Financial Advisory Board.The Philadelphia Business Journal CFO of the Year Honorees were selected by the Business Journal editorial team from a slate of nominees. Several criteria were used for the selection, including: financial accomplishments, tenure and scope of responsibilities, leadership, respect and influence within the company, community involvement and stewardship of the company’s business model.

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An American in Paris

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 Mag 2018

Milano Il 16 e 17 maggio alle 21:00 a UCI Bicocca e UCI Porta di Roma arriva An American in Paris, il musical diretto e coreografato dal britannico Christopher Wheeldon, vincitore del Tony® Award 2015 come Miglior Coreografo, associato artistico al Royal Ballet e premiato con un OBE ai New Year’s Honours 2016 “per i servizi di promozione degli interessi e della reputazione della danza classica e teatrale britannica in tutto il mondo”. Ispirato al film Premio Oscar®, An American in Paris racconta l’appassionata storia della scoperta dell’amore nella “Ville Lumière” del dopoguerra, narrata sulle musiche di George e Ira Gershwin (tra cui i classici ’S Wonderful e I Got Rhythm) e sui testi del libro di Craig Lucas. Nel secondo dopoguerra, si ritrovano vicini di casa due americani, in una Parigi improvvisamente strabordante di speranze e di possibilità: Jerry Mulligan sta cercando di diventare un pittore, mentre Adam suona il piano. Il duo, rinforzato da Henri, un cantante francese grande amico di Adam, esegue alcuni numeri nel caffè sottostante. Intorno a questo trio, e all’incontro di Jerry con Lise, una bella e giovane ballerina, si sviluppa una sorprendente storia d’amore, arte e amicizia, che ha come sfondo le strade parigine.Nel musical brillano il primo ballerino del New York City Ballet Robert Fairchild, che interpreta Jerry Mulligan, e la ballerina del Royal Ballet Leanne Cope nei panni di Lise Dassin. Al loro fianco, una compagnia di oltre 50 attori, ballerini e musicisti tra cui Haydn Oakley come Henri Baurel, Zoë Rainey come Milo Davenport, David Seadon-Young come Adam Hochberg e Jane Asher come Madame Baurel.Scenografia e costumi sono stati ideati dal designer del West End e di Broadway Bob Crowley (The Audience; Mary Poppins); le proiezioni sono quelle dei famosi designer britannici di 59 Productions (autori di War Horse, e della cerimonia di apertura dei Giochi Olimpici di Londra nel 2012), con luci di Natasha Katz e effetti sonori di Jon Weston. La colonna sonora è adattata, arrangiata e supervisionata da Rob Fisher con orchestrazioni di Christopher Austin e Bill Elliott, arrangiamenti di danza di Sam Davis, supervisione musicale di Todd Ellison e la direzione musicale di John Rigby.An American in Paris è stato prodotto a Londra da Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan, Roy Furman, Michael McCabe e Joshua Andrews su speciale accordo con Elephant Eye Theatrical, Pittsburgh CLO e Théâtre du Châtelet, acquisito da Trafalgar Releasing e distribuito nei cinema italiani da Nexo Digital con i media partner Radio DEEJAY, in, British Council, Danza&Danza e Sipario.Il gruppo ODEON Cinemas Group è il più importante circuito cinematografico europeo e fa capo alla società AMC Entertainment Holdings. In Italia conta 50 strutture multiplex, per un totale di 503 schermi. Il costo del biglietto è di 13 euro per l’intero e 11 euro per il ridotto.

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American Campus Communities

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 14 gennaio 2018

PhotographAmerican Campus Communities (NYSE:ACC), the nation’s largest developer, owner and manager of high-quality student housing, today announced that the company’s highly acclaimed The Summit at University City received the National Association of Home Builders’ 2017 Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Award for Best Student Housing Rental Apartment Community. ACC projects were also recognized as finalists for Best Example of Green Building Concepts, Best Student Housing Rental Apartment Community and Best Mixed-Use Community.American Campus Communities has been recognized at NAHB’s Pillars of the Industry Awards on 28 occasions since 2005, 14 of which are first place awards, including the Multifamily Development Firm of the Year in 2013.“This honor kicks off a special year for American Campus Communities, as we are celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2018,” said Bill Bayless, ACC CEO. “We’re proud to have been recognized by the National Association of Home Builders, and look forward to continuing to drive innovation in the student housing industry.”ACC’s individual awards are: Best Student Housing Rental Apartment Community: The Summit at University City, Philadelphia, PA – The Summit at University City is an on-campus community serving Drexel University students, and the third phase in the Drexel-ACC public-private partnership delivered in the fall of 2015. The community houses 1,315 residents and provides an Urban Eatery for residents and the surrounding neighborhood. The Summit has also received accolades from Philadelphia’s Business Journal as 2015 Best Real Estate Deals and 2016 Student Housing Business Innovator Award for Best Implementation of Mixed-Used.
Best Student Housing Rental Apartment Community – Finalist: U Club on 28th, Boulder, CO – U Club on 28th is a modern, 398-bed, off-campus student community, developed in 2016.
Best Example of Green Building Concepts – Finalist: Fairview House, Butler University – A LEED® Silver community, Fairview House is an on-campus, modern student housing community serving more than 630 residents.
The NAHB Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards program is held annually, highlighting creativity and innovation in the apartment and condo marketplace. This year’s awards program was held on January 9 at the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando, FL. (photo: Best Student Housing)

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American InterContinental UniversityTM Announces new Le Cordon Bleu® Hospitality Management Specialization

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 settembre 2017

American InterContinental UniversityAmerican InterContinental University (AIU®) is proud to announce a new specialization for its Bachelor of Business Administration degree program. Developed by AIU and Le Cordon Bleu North America, the Le Cordon Bleu® Hospitality Management specialization combines the best of both worlds — a business degree that is designed to provide an education in core business foundations and development of competencies applicable in a hospitality management setting.
Dr. Ruki Jayaraman- AIU Provost and Chief Academic Officer said; “Building on the long history of Le Cordon Bleu, we have collaborated to bring this new Le Cordon Bleu Hospitality Management specialization to our Bachelor of Business Administration program. This new option provides students with the opportunity to blend a standard business program with specialty courses that exposes them to specific skills needed in the hospitality sector particularly in the hotel, restaurant, and food services industry.”
The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program focuses on core business foundations while the specialization allows students to engage in an in-depth study in their areas of interest. The Le Cordon Bleu Hospitality Management specialization introduces students to concepts and practices related to event management, food and beverage management, and food service operations, and learn about the evolution of gastronomy and oenology as an industry. The program is also designed to help students develop skills to start a hospitality business. Curriculum for the specialization areas have been derived from Le Cordon Bleu’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management programs.The business programs at American InterContinental University are programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
About American InterContinental University Founded in Europe in 1970, American InterContinental University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees programs in areas of study such as business, healthcare, IT, criminal justice and education at campuses in Atlanta and Houston and an online campus headquartered in suburban Chicago. AIU is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (
Programs may only be available to residents of certain states. For important information about the educational debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended this program, go to
About Le Cordon Bleu North America | Le Cordon Bleu North America directly or through affiliates and licensees provides instruction in the culinary arts and hospitality management under the Le Cordon Bleu methods and brand. Le Cordon Bleu® and the Le Cordon Bleu logos are registered trademarks in the United States and Canada of Career Education Corporation.

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American Post-War artists

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 marzo 2017

american-artistsLondon – Christie’s Prints & Multiples auction includes a focus on two groups of work: David Hockney as Printmaker, featuring 30 prints charting over three decades of his extensive engagement with print media. The second group celebrates the counter-cultural spirit of American Post-War artists from the 1960’s to the present day, and includes Jim Dine, Roy Lichtenstein, Glenn Ligon, Jeff Koons, Bruce Nauman, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Frank Stella, James Turrell, Andy Warhol and Christopher Wool. Prices in the sale range from £3,000-150,000, providing an opportunity for collectors of every level to purchase work by leading artists. A highlight is David Hockney’s Fish and Chip Shop (1954, estimate: £6,000-8,000), which was gifted by the artist to the proprietors of his local chippy, The Sea Catch, Eccleshill, West Yorkshire, while Hockney was studying at Bradford School of Art. The auction will also showcase Old Master & 19th Century, Modern and Contemporary prints, with a focus on German Expressionists. Featured artists include Otto Dix, Jean Dubuffet, Albrecht Dürer, Conrad Felixmüller, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt van Rijn and J.A.M. Whistler. (photo: american artists)

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VEDC and JPMorgan Chase Announce Loan Fund for African American-Owned Small

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 29 ottobre 2015

New YorkNEW YORK, October 23, 2015 /3BL Media/ – VEDC and JPMorgan Chase & Co. today announced a new lending program for African American-owned small businesses in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. The National African American Small Business Loan Fund will boost economic opportunity for minority-owned businesses in these cities and help them serve low-income communities by providing them with greater access to capital, technical assistance and financial consulting. JPMorgan Chase Foundation has contributed a $3 million grant to help VEDC reach its goal of creating a $30 million loan fund.Facilitated by VEDC, a California 501(c)3 Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), this new Fund will provide financing for businesses across all industries. By providing the initial $3 million grant to seed the Fund, JPMorgan Chase is helping VEDC support small businesses that are a critical source of jobs and economic opportunity in their neighborhoods, but may be credit-impaired and unable to qualify for traditional capital. Without access to sustainable financing, these businesses may miss a growth opportunity or risk closing their operations.“As a direct small business lender and a leading intermediary of SBA loan programs, VEDC has a 39-year track record of providing business services to small businesses in low-and middle-income communities and especially in communities of color,” said Robert Barragan, President and CEO, VEDC. “Approximately 20 percent of our existing portfolio serves the African American community. With JPMorgan Chase’s seed funding, we look forward to helping more small businesses in our effort to further narrow the lending gap.” Currently, there are 268,000 African American-owned small businesses in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles – making them among the top cities for African American-owned small businesses. With ownership of approximately 1.9 million, 7 percent of small businesses nationwide, African Americans are the fastest growing segment of small business owners. [1]However, business loans to African American entrepreneurs have yet to rebound since the economic downturn in 2008. To address this need, the National African American Small Business Loan Fund will provide short and long-term loans. Loan sizes will vary, but the average loan will range from $35,000 to $250,000. The JPMorgan Chase grant will allow the National African American Small Business Loan Fund to provide loans and technical assistance and establish a loan loss reserve. This reserve will allow VEDC to expand its lending criteria to New York, Chicago and Los Angeles small businesses that traditionally did not qualify for a loan. “African American small business owners have identified flexible capital as a critical resource for growth, but they face a shortage of this kind of support,” said Janis Bowdler, Head of Community Development for Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase. “CDFIs like VEDC provide small businesses with the consulting and financing they need to grow their operations and often serve as a bridge to traditional bank loans down the road. We’re proud to partner with VEDC on this new fund, which will increase access to the capital and assistance that African American entrepreneurs need most.” Businesses receiving financing will be able to use the capital to expand, finance equipment, address short-term cash flow needs and provide contractor lines of credit. The Fund will also provide small business loan recipients with technical assistance such as networking, marketing, business plan development and financial consulting. Eligible small businesses must be majority-owned by African Americans.
“This new lending program will be another critical piece in our ongoing efforts to promote small business development and entrepreneurship in all Chicago communities, and particularly those that have traditionally lacked access to capital,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “By investing in Chicago’s minority-owned businesses, VEDC and JPMorgan Chase are showing the power of the private sector to help cities tackle some of our biggest challenges.” “African American-owned small businesses are vital economic engines in Los Angeles, and when they are empowered, our communities have new doors open to them — opportunities that they both need and deserve,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “We expect great things from this fund, and thank VEDC and JPMorgan Chase for their commitment to addressing this great need.” “These small businesses are the heart of our neighborhoods,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “They put people to work and create opportunity for families to make their way up the economic ladder. We are excited to partner with JPMorgan Chase and our fellow cities to support and grow African-American small businesses.” “We know that mission lenders hold the key in providing a sustainable source of capital to minority borrowers and those that have been left out of the economic mainstream,” said Grady Hedgespeth, Director of U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Economic Opportunity.

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Breakthrough in Protecting International Whistleblowers Seminar Announced

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 Mag 2015

bosnia-herzegovinaThe American Chamber of Commerce in Bosnia-Herzegovina, in cooperation with Luna-Centre for Responsible Democracy and with the support of the U.S. Embassy speaker program, is sponsoring an important international seminar on how whistleblowers from around the world can use U.S. laws to expose corruption.“Breakthrough in Protecting International Whistleblowers: Non-United States Citizens Now Entitled to Whistleblower Protections and Rewards” will take place at the Hotel Termag Jahorina, Poljice bb, BiH on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. (CEST, GMT+1). The seminar will be broadcast via LIVE STREAM starting at 11 a.m. (CEST, GMT+1). Visit the Global Whistleblower website to access the LIVE STREAM. Stephen M. Kohn, a preeminent whistleblower attorney from the United States, will host the seminar. Mr. Kohn will explain how whistleblowers can use U.S. laws, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, to expose corruption and obtain rewards regardless of their country of citizenship. Mr. Kohn represented the UBS/Swiss bank whistleblower who obtained a $104 million award from the U.S. government.

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Latin American art

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 novembre 2014

new yorkNEW YORK – Christie’s announces highlights of its upcoming Evening and Day sales of Latin American Art at Rockefeller Center on November 24-25. The Evening Sale on November 24, will be led by Alfredo Ramos Martínez’s visual tour de force Mujeres con flores, circa 1938 (estimate: $2,000,000 – 3,000,000) and Fernando Botero’s monumental Adam and Eve, (estimate $1,800,000 – $2,500,000). Also included in the evening sale is Lygia Clark’s Bicho pq. (Versão 1) (estimate: $700,000 – 900,000), an exceptionally rare and early example from the artist’s breakthrough series of Bichos (Animals or Creatures), hinged abstract sculptures that are meant to be manipulated by the viewer. Christie’s sale of Latin American Art will continue on November 25 with superb examples of paintings, sculpture, and drawings by artists such as Wifredo Lam, Rufino Tamayo, Enoc Perez, Carlos Enríquez, Doris Salcedo and Beatriz Milhazes.

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American Chemical Society honors educators making sustainability part of the education of tomorrow’s scientists

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 30 Mag 2013

WASHINGTON The American Chemical Society (ACS) has honored five individuals and teams who have incorporated concepts of sustainability into the chemistry education curricula for future scientists. As part of ACS’ mission to “advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people,” the Society’s Committee on Environmental Improvement (CEI) has recognized individuals or groups who have made exemplary contributions to the incorporation of sustainability in chemical education. The ACS is especially pleased to note that these awards reflect improvements at all levels of education from K-12 to community colleges to graduate degree programs.“Developing sustainable, chemical solutions to everyday problems — whether they be polymer coatings for solar panels, efficient vehicle batteries that will store energy or methods for purifying drinking water — these discoveries require new ways of thinking,” said ACS President Marinda Li Wu, Ph.D. “ACS is proud to announce that leading chemistry educators are stimulating the next generation of scientists to think in new ways to develop new, environmentally sensitive products and processes so that our Earth can continue to sustain us all.”The winners of the ACS-CEI Award for Incorporation of Sustainability into Chemistry Education:
Richard H. Jarmon, Ph.D., College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Andrew Jorgensen, Ph.D., University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
Resa Kelly, Ph.D., San Jose State University, San Jose, Calif.
Cristina Chang, San Jose State University, San Jose, Calif.
Natalia Pavlovna Tarasova, Ph.D., D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia, Moscow, Russia
Joseph R. Vincente, East Side Community High School, New York, N.Y.
Andrea Swenson, East Side Community High School, New York, N.Y.

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Recent News from the Green Movement

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 dicembre 2011

Ever wondered how much it would cost to procure a new war ship to sail the seas, bully developing countries and enter their territory illegally as seen recently in Papua New Guinea? How about a cool $33.4 million. That’s how much Rainbow Warrior III cost, the latest addition to Greenpeace’s crusading fleet in their perpetual war against the developing world. Curiously, despite all of their rhetoric on conservation and protecting the environment, Greenpeace’s activists appear to say nothing about how this new war ship is powered. As we have referred to previously, the Rainbow Warrior III relies on “bunker” oil, a fuel that the Guardian’s John Vidal described as “one of the dirtiest fuels in the world.” So as Greenpeace ramps up media activity to promote its latest warship, let’s remind every media outlet that if any of us need a lecture on how to preserve the environment it’s probably the folks behind the wheel of the Rainbow Warrior III.Amidst the ongoing Congressional scrutiny surrounding the collapse of Solyndra, another story regarding another White House-led bailout piqued our interested last week. According to a new book, environmental activist and heir to the Kennedy dynasty, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. used contacts at the Department of Energy to receive billions of dollars from U.S. taxpayers to bailout BrightSource, a ‘green’ energy company he maintains a majority stake in. What’s more, the fact that a former BrightSource employee was in charge of distributing ‘green’ energy grants at DOE has only added to the controversy. As the White House comes under more pressure to address the collapse of Solyndra, the American people must call for more action to ensure that yet more taxpayers’ dollars are not wasted on ill-advised green energy schemes that only appear to benefit the well connected.Is business heading towards a green revolution? According to The Economist it most certainly is with more businesses seeing “profits in greenery,” investing in emissions-reducing technology that “will pay for themselves within three years.” But is this all just a one way street? Not everyone is convinced. Earlier this year there was a fascinating piece on how moves towards energy efficiency can actually end up making the environment much worse off than before. Why? Because greater energy savings actually encourage more consumption elsewhere. Thus “the overall result can be what’s called “backfire”: more energy use than would have occurred without the improved efficiency.” What’s more the economic benefits may also be highly questionable, with some analysts claiming that green investments actually destroy, rather than create, jobs. This begs the question—is “greenery” just one big expensive PR initiative? Times are tough at the Sierra Club. Coupled with a declining membership and what appears to have been the forced resignation of Chairman Carl Pope, the organization is in disarray, split between those who wish to take a slightly more pragmatic approach and the raw environmental ideologues. Despite being a member of the Sierra Club for 40 years, Pope was forced out because he had helped launch initiatives to help boost American manufacturing. Now as a co-author of California’s ruinous Proposition 65 and a stoic opponent of coal-fired power plants, Pope is hardly a friend of American job creators. But Pope’s wish to do work with business, especially the manufacturing sector, appears to have been the last straw for an organization more defined by its aggressive green ideology that any desire to see more Americans in work. Be sure to look out for our next newsletter as we uncover the dirty tricks and stealth campaigning of some of the world’s most notorious environmental activists.

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