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Monarch Private Capital Tax Equity Investment Helps to Create New Futures for Historic Landmark

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 23 luglio 2018

Monarch Private Capital (MPC), the most diversified investor in tax credit projects, is pleased to announce the completion of the renovation of the historic Hotel Clermont located in Atlanta, Georgia. The tax equity investment generated tax credits that not only helped to preserve the cultural icon but to help create new futures and vitality to the dynamic Poncey-Highland neighborhood.The famous landmark was initially an apartment complex built in 1924 and converted to a hotel in 1939. It has become popular among the creative, film, foreign and local professionals.
In 2009 the Hotel Clermont fell into foreclosure and sat unoccupied for several years until BNA Associates had the vision to transform and acquire the property in 2012. The innovative plans received overwhelming approval from the community. Everything was moving forward until they hit unforeseen issues, such as replacing a city sewer line, that added millions to the cost of the refurbishment.In 2015, the Georgia Assembly passed House Bill 308, raising the tax credit allowance for historic structures from $300,000 to $5,000,000. That change is what gave the iconic Hotel Clermont a hope for new life.“Bringing back the Hotel Clermont would not have been financially feasible without historic tax credits,” said Philip Welker, Principal for BNA Associates, “The cost to do what needed to be done would not have made sense.”Restoring the Hotel Clermont not only saved it from demolition by another developer but has provided other benefits that also protect the distinctive character of the neighborhood. The boutique hotel has 94 rooms and appealing amenities are drawing crowds, such as French style brasserie restaurant called Tiny Lou’s and rooftop bar with one of the best views of the city. The hotel now employs over 100 direct jobs, plus those employed through ancillary services.“For nearly ten years the vacant Hotel Clermont sat in a state of disrepair and its only contribution to the community was in the form property taxes,” said Welker. “Now, based on our projected revenue from the hotel rooms, bars and Tiny Lou’s, we’re looking at over one million in state & local tax revenues per year and over a hundred jobs & employment taxes.”
“Hotel Clermont is convenient for business travellers, but many Atlantans are staying there for a weekend getaway. The location is close to so many entertainment options. If you don’t have a reservation for Tiny Lou’s, expect a two-hour wait,” said Delmer who has eaten there several times. “The level of service provided by the hotel and restaurant staff is memorable.”

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EU and China sign landmark partnership on oceans

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 luglio 2018

The European Union has signed a unique ocean partnership agreement with China. Two of the world’s largest ocean economies will work together to improve the international governance of the oceans in all its aspects, including by combating illegal fishing and promoting a sustainable blue economy. The partnership also contains clear commitments to protect the marine environment, tackle climate change in accordance with the Paris Agreement and implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in particular the Sustainable Development Goal 14 on oceans.
“Across the world, I see growing awareness of the need for joint solutions to the challenges facing our oceans and seas. From cleaning up plastic pollution to tackling overfishing, no one country or continent can shoulder these colossal tasks on their own. With the partnership signed today, the European Union and China are stepping up their joint efforts, towards a more sustainable future for our oceans and the millions that make their living from them,” said EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella, responsible for the environment, maritime affairs and fisheries.

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Catella in new landmark residential portfolio transaction

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 aprile 2016

catellaCatella has acted as sole financial advisor to Carlsberg Foundation on the sale of six real estate companies in Denmark to three leading Danish pension funds, at a value of EUR 148 million. “We appreciate the trust shown to Catella by the venerable Carlsberg Foundation – the world’s first commercial foundation,” says Jesper Bo Hansen, Head of Catella Corporate Finance.“I am very pleased that we have managed to reach agreement with three highly regarded Danish pension funds that have long-term investment profiles and extensive experience with property – an agreement that will continue the companies’ real estate activities for the benefit of current and future tenants,” says Professor Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman of Carlsberg Foundation.The buyers are PFA Pension (49%), Juristerne og Økonomernes Pensionskasse (34%) and Danske Civil- og Akademiingeniørers Pensionskasse (17%).The properties have been owned by Carlsberg Foundation since before the Second World War.“Real estate transactions are becoming increasingly complex, and we are determined to position ourselves as a leading financial advisor in today’s complex business environment – we want to be the link between property and finance. Any complex transaction requires the ability to closely interact and cooperate with other specialised advisors. The completion of this transaction was successfully secured through strong cooperation with Plesner, EY and DEAS,” says Jesper Bo Hansen. (photo: catella)

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Top Buddhists sign landmark statement on climate change to global leaders

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 novembre 2015

arte buddistaFifteen of the world´s most senior Buddhists have issued a landmark call to political leaders to adopt an effective climate change agreement at the UN negotiations in Paris starting 30 November. “We are at a crucial crossroads where our survival and that of other species is at stake as a result of our actions” the Statement´s initial section warns. Eminent Signatories (full list below) include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, as well as Supreme Heads of Buddhism in Bangladesh, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Secretary General of the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), President of the Buddhist Association of the USA, President of the UBF (l’Union Bouddhiste de France) and Her Royal Highness Princess Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuk of Bhutan. This urgent call for action on climate change, from leaders representing over a billion Buddhists worldwide, is unprecedented. This is the first time so many Buddhist luminaries have come together on a global issue to speak with one voice.The Buddhist Climate Change Statement to World Leaders (text and list of signatories in annex to this release and at http://www.gbccc.org) urges the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to act with wisdom and compassion, and agree to phase out fossil fuels and move towards 100 percent renewable and clean energy.The Statement also calls on world leaders to find the political will to close the emissions gap left by national climate pledges tabled with the UNFCCC Secretariat, to ensure that the global temperature increase remains below 1.5 degrees Celsius relative to pre-industrial levels. To help vulnerable, developing countries address the cost of mitigating climate change (reducing emissions) and adapting to its devastating impacts, Buddhist leaders have asked for finance to be increased above the currently promised US$100 billion per year as from 2020 through the Green Climate Fund amongst other instruments.“Everyday life can easily lead us to forget that we are inextricably linked to the natural world through every breath we take, the water we drink and the food we eat,” Lama Lobzang stated, Secretary of the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC). “Humanity must act on the root causes of this crisis, which is driven by greed, thoughtlessness and a lack of concern about the consequences of our actions.” “When we harm the earth, we harm ourselves,” according to Sister Chan Khong, of the Plum Village International Community of Engaged Buddhists. “The earth is not just our environment. The earth is our mother. We are all children of the earth, and we must help one another as brothers and sisters of one big planetary family. We must take action, not out of a sense of duty but out of love for our planet and for each other. The Buddha has shown us that we can all live simply and still be very happy.”
The Buddhist Leaders Climate Statement amplifies “The Time to Act is Now: A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change,” which has been endorsed in 2015 by more than 300 eminent Buddhist leaders and teachers representing the main schools and traditions of Buddhism from 37 countries, as well as thousands of Buddhist practitioners. It also welcomes and supports the climate change statements of other religious traditions. Buddhists are encouraged to show their support and join the conversation online using #Buddhists4Climate.

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Sharon Hammes-Schiffer joins Chemical Reviews as new editor-in-chief

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 dicembre 2014

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer - professor of chemistryWASHINGTON. The American Chemical Society (ACS) announces that Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, Ph.D., has been appointed editor-in-chief of Chemical Reviews, effective January 1, 2015. Hammes-Schiffer is Swanlund Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.”As editor-in-chief, I will maintain and solidify high-quality content in the core areas of chemistry while also pushing the conventional boundaries of chemistry in an effort to enhance the topical diversity by expanding the scope to capture multidisciplinary research and emerging areas,” says Hammes-Schiffer.Her appointment represents the return of Chemical Reviews to its home. William Albert Noyes, former head of the chemistry department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, was the founding editor of Chemical Reviews, first published in 1925. To honor his work, the Noyes Laboratory at the University of Illinois is an ACS National Historic Chemical Landmark. Hammes-Schiffer received her B.A. in chemistry from Princeton University and her Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University. Her broad research interests span biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry and physical organic chemistry. Hammes-Schiffer investigates proton, electron and proton-coupled electron transfer reactions, and her work involves the development of analytical theories and computational methods. As a theoretician, she collaborates with experimentalists and interacts with chemists from many disciplines.Through her service as a senior editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry suite and currently as deputy editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Hammes-Schiffer has long been associated with ACS Publications. She also has been on the editorial advisory boards of Accounts of Chemical Research, the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation and the Journal of the American Chemical Society. “We are honored to welcome Dr. Hammes-Schiffer to her new role as editor-in-chief of Chemical Reviews. Dr. Hammes-Schiffer’s broad research interests, her standing in the scientific community and her editorial experience will lead Chemical Reviews to continuous success and growth in topical diversity, content visibility and educational impact,” says Susan King, senior vice president of the Journals Publishing Group at ACS.Hammes-Schiffer will succeed Editor-in-Chief Josef Michl, Ph.D., professor of chemistry at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, who has served in this position since 1984. King expressed gratitude for Michl’s commitment to the journal. “We are grateful for Dr. Michl’s distinguished leadership at Chemical Reviews and his service to ACS over the past three decades. With his vision and dedication, Dr. Michl has established the journal as the premier resource for authoritative and comprehensive review content across chemistry and related disciplines,” she says.Chemical Reviews publishes comprehensive, critical, authoritative and accessible reviews of important research in all areas of chemistry, including thematic issues focusing on a single theme or direction of emerging research. Chemical Reviews has the highest Impact Factor in Chemistry at 45.661 and is also a highly cited journal in the category of Multidisciplinary Chemistry with 124,463 total citations in the 2014 release of the Journal Citations Reports® from Thomson Reuters.The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 161,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio. (photo Sharon Hammes-Schiffer)

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Landmark Sleep Apnea, Heart Failure Study Recruits 1,000th Participant

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 22 maggio 2012

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The illustration shows the major signs and symptoms of heart failure, with captions in Czech. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Munich, (PRNewswire) SERVE-HF, the largest study to investigate if treatment of predominant central sleep apnea (CSA) improves survival and outcomes of patients with stable heart failure, has enrolled its 1,000th participant. The study, sponsored by ResMed Ltd., is the largest of its kind. This milestone brings the SERVE-HF study, which began in 2008, one step closer to its target of approximately 1,250 participants. Principal investigator Prof. Martin Cowie, of the Royal Brompton Hospital in London said, “SERVE-HF is the world’s largest study for any aspect of sleep-disordered breathing [SDB], and it has involved significant collaboration among sleep physicians, respiratory physicians and cardiologists across Europe.”Co-principal investigator, Prof. Helmut Teschler, Medical Director at the Department of Pneumology, Ruhrland Clinic, Essen, added, “This study is so important because SDB in heart failure patients is a very common occurrence, particularly in men. Given that at least 50% of men with heart failure also suffer from moderate to severe SDB, treatment of SDB could be vital to improving heart failure outcomes in the future.”Patients with heart failure may have an abnormal waxing and waning breathing pattern called Cheyne-Stokes respiration (CSR) with CSA. Previous studies have demonstrated that such patients have a poor quality of life as well as increased mortality, but that they may do better and live longer if they are treated with assisted ventilation during sleep.The SERVE-HF study hopes to provide more conclusive evidence of the health benefits of treating SDB in heart failure patients, and on a much larger scale. The study is being conducted at more than 80 sites in Germany, France, the UK, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Australia and the Czech Republic.The primary goal of the study is to determine whether managing CSR-CSA with ResMed’s proprietary adaptive servo-ventilation technology (found in its AutoSet CS™ and VPAP™ Adapt devices) increases survival rates and decreases the burden of hospitalizations in this patient population. Adaptive servo-ventilation is an intelligent method of non-invasive ventilation that continuously monitors and stabilizes the breathing patterns of individuals with SDB throughout the night.”We’ve designed the study not only to assess survival rates but also to see if adaptive servo-ventilation improves quality of life, sleep, and physiologic changes associated with heart failure, such as enlarged hearts,” stated Prof. Cowie.Despite the long-established links between SDB and heart disease, SDB diagnosis and management remain in the realm of sleep or respiratory medicine, rather than cardiology. However, favorable SERVE-HF results would be likely to trigger major changes within this field, including greater cardiologist involvement in SDB management.”Tight collaboration between cardiologists and sleep physicians is needed if SDB care is to improve worldwide. The findings of the SERVE-HF study may ensure that this happens in the future,” Prof. Teschler commented. Additional study information, updates, and news can be obtained at the dedicated SERVE-HF study website http://www.servehf.com.
ResMed is a leading developer, manufacturer and distributor of medical equipment for treating, diagnosing and managing sleep-disordered breathing and other respiratory disorders. We are dedicated to developing innovative products to improve the lives of those who suffer from these conditions and to increasing awareness among patients and healthcare professionals of the potentially serious health consequences of untreated sleep-disordered breathing. For more information on ResMed, visit http://www.resmed.com.

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Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 ottobre 2010

Washington, Ei-ichi Negishi, Ph.D., who just shared the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will lead a Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) webinar Oct. 12 on  the discovery, development and application of the famed ZACA reaction. C&EN is the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society. That landmark chemical reaction provides new ways of making medicines and other key products using green chemistry methods, which minimize or avoid the use of potentially toxic substances. ZACA stands for zirconium-catalyzed asymmetric carboalumination of alkenes. The webinar, sponsored by Aldrich Chemistry, will be broadcast live from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., at 9:30 a.m. EDT as part of a the fifthannual two-day Negishi-Brown and Catalytic Asymmetric and Other Selective Syntheses (CAOSS) Lectures. Stu Borman, deputy assistant managing editor of C&EN, will moderate the session. The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 161,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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Climate Change Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 13 dicembre 2009

Copenhagen, At a press conference today in Copenhagen to coincide with the United Nations COP15 meetings, IDC announced the results from a special report on the role Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can play to curb almost 5.8 billion tons (GT) of CO2 emissions by 2020. In addition to the results of the study, IDC released its first ICT Sustainability Index, in which the G20 nations have been ranked on their ability to reduce their CO2 emissions through the focused use of ICT. Japan received the highest ranking in the Index and was identified as the only top-tier country. The landmark research was conducted by IDC and jointly sponsored by Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, Intel, and Schneider Electric. The study examined the potential of seventeen technologies to reduce CO2 emissions in four major economic sectors (Energy Generation and Distribution, Transport, Industry and Building) across the G20 nations. Within the Energy Generation and Distribution sector, which has the biggest potential savings, Renewable Energy Management Systems (part of “Smart Grids”) offer the best opportunity to reduce CO2 emissions. The research also concluded that China has the biggest opportunity in this sector, with the potential to save almost 200 million tons of CO2 using these technologies. Within the Transport sector, the leading investments in ICT would be within the supply chain logistics and private transport optimization. IDC has identified that the United States has the largest opportunity within this sector and could reduce its 2020 CO2 emissions target by over 500 million tons.  ICT-based solutions for Buildings have as much CO2 savings as the Energy and Transport sectors do. Energy Management Systems and Intelligent Building Designs offer up the most opportunity of all technologies or nearly 12% of all G20 energy savings. Finally, for the Industry sector, savings might be made using Intelligent Motor Controllers, with China having the largest opportunity to reduce the CO2 emissions. “As expected, China and the United States have some great opportunities ahead of them,” said Roberta Bigliani, research director at IDC Energy Insights. “The use of software solutions offering energy management systems should be a key focus for them and all of the G20 nations.” In announcing the results of the first ICT Sustainability Index, IDC Associate Vice President Chris Ingle noted that, “The Sustainability Index was created to allow nations to be fairly compared to each other on their ability to reduce CO2 emissions and to sustain their economies and environments through the investment in and application of ICT solutions.” The ICT Sustainability Index is part of IDC’s holistic Green initiative, designed to help decision makers understand the role of technology in addressing the challenges and opportunities amidst today’s energy, environment, and sustainability requirements. Since being launched in 2008, the initiative has produced important research on data center power management and automation, the promotion of green procurement in Asia/Pacific, and document management policies in the enterprise. IDC’s Industry Insights companies have also done ground-breaking research on how vertical industries from manufacturing and healthcare to retail and government can use the latest IT tools and services to support a company’s overall green initiative. Finally, IDC’s Green Recycling and Asset Disposal for the Enterprise (G.R.A.D.E.) certification process assesses the functions and tasks IT Asset Disposal (ITAD) vendors to ensure that they meet the strictest regulatory, security, and environmental standards.

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