Jerry Garcia Band Performances From ’87, ’89’ & ’91 To Be Featured On New Box Set, “Electric On The Eel”

first_imgDeadheads and Jerry Garcia fans will soon get the chance to relive the Jerry Garcia Band‘s electric (and acoustic) performances at French’s Camp from 1987, 1989, and 1991, as they will all be included on a six-CD box set to be titled, Electric On The Eel. The forthcoming live compilation is scheduled to arrive on March 15th via Round Records.The three electric performances were recorded at the picturesque outdoor venue located Piercy, California beginning in 1987, and continued as a summer tradition known as “Eel River” in the years to follow. The lineup for the performances those years included Melvin Seals on keyboards, John Kahn on bass, David Kemper on drums, and Gloria Jones and Jacklyn LaBranch on backing vocals. The box set will also include the band’s Acoustic On The Eel performance from August 29th, 1987 via bonus disc for fans who purchase the compilation via their local independent record store or through the Jerry Garcia website (while supplies last).According to the press release, each of the three shows featured on the forthcoming live compilation “features the Jerry Garcia Band’s signature renditions of classics, standards, originals and some surprises all performed with the soul, passion and playfulness Garcia’s ensemble had become known for.” Fans can click here to learn more about the forthcoming release.Fans will also have the option to purchase various gift bundles along with the box set, which includes a limited edition screen printed poster and an Electric on the Eel t-shirt. Fans can head over to the Garcia Family Provisions website to see all the various package options and pre-order the album prior to its mid-March arrival. Fans can also reference the list below to see the full box set tracklisting.Electric on the Eel TracklistingAugust 29, 1987Disc 1, Set 11. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)2. Forever Young3. Get Out Of My Life Woman4. Run For The Roses5. And It Stoned Me6. My Sisters And Brothers7. DealDisc 2, Set 21. The Harder They Come2. I Shall Be Released3. Think4. Evangeline5. Gomorrah6. Let It Rock7. That Lucky Old Sun8. Tangled Up In BlueJune 10, 1989Disc 3, Set 11. I’ll Take A Melody2. They Love Each Other3. Get Out Of My Life Woman4. Run For The Roses5. Stop That Train6. Mission In The Rain7. My Sisters And Brothers8. DealDisc 4, Set 21. The Harder They Come2. Waiting For A Miracle3. I Shall Be Released4. Think5. I Hope It Won’t Be This Way Always6. Don’t Let Go7. Evangeline8. That Lucky Old Sun9. Tangled Up In BlueAugust 10, 1991Disc 5, Set 11. The Way You Do The Things You Do2. And It Stoned Me3. You Never Can Tell (C’est La Vie)4. Waiting For A Miracle5. Struggling Man6. My Sisters And Brothers7. DealDisc 6, Set 21. Shining Star2. Think3. Lay Down Sally4. Twilight5. See What Love Can Do6. Lazy Bones7. Everybody Needs Somebody To LoveView Full TracklistingElectric on the Eel Cover ArtElectric on the Eel Poster & Organic T-Shirt Bundlelast_img read more

Microscopy taps power of programmable DNA

first_imgProteins don’t usually work in isolation, but rather make up larger complexes such as molecular machines that enable cells to communicate with each other, move cargo around in their interiors, or replicate their DNA.Yet even with the advent of super-resolution microscopy, the technology has not been powerful enough to distinguish individual molecular features within those densely packed complexes. Up to now, researchers only have been able to visualize closely positioned molecules or molecular complexes with 10 to 20 nanometer resolution.But by advancing technology, a team at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering has been able to distinguish features 5 nanometers from each other in a densely packed, single-molecular structure, achieving the highest resolution in optical microscopy. The team, led by Wyss core faculty member Peng Yin, used “discrete molecular imaging” (DMI), which enhances its DNA nanotechnology-powered, super-resolution microscopy platform with an integrated set of new imaging methods. The study was reported in Nature Nanotechnology on July 4.Super Resolution Discrete Molecular Imaging Animation <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ChCYOEQwTc” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/5ChCYOEQwTc/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLyTEb4qYz8″ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/iLyTEb4qYz8/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> See in this animation how Discrete Molecular Imaging (DMI) uses DNA nanotechnology to reveal densely packed molecular features in structures as similar in size as single protein molecules. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University.“The ultra-high resolution of DMI advances the DNA-PAINT platform one step further towards the vision of providing the ultimate view of biology,” said Peng Yin, who is also professor of systems biology at Harvard Medical School.Thee DNA-PAINT technologies developed by Yin and his team are based on the transient binding of two complementary short DNA strands: one attached to the molecular target that the researchers aim to visualize, and the other attached to a fluorescent dye. Repeated cycles of binding and unbinding create a very defined blinking behavior of the dye at the target site, which is highly programmable by the choice of DNA strands and has now been further harnessed by the team’s current work to achieve ultra-high resolution imaging.Discrete Molecular Imaging Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Peng Yin and his co-worker Mingjie Dai explain in this video, how Discrete Molecular Imaging (DMI) can be used to enhance their DNA-PAINT super-resolution imaging platform to visualize features on a single-molecule scale. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University“Peng Yin and his team have yet again broken through barriers never before possible by leveraging the power of programmable DNA, not for information storage, but to create nanoscale ‘molecular instruments’ that carry out defined tasks and read out what they analyze. This new advancement to their DNA-powered super-resolution imaging platform is an amazing feat that has the potential to uncover the inner workings of cells at the single-molecule level using conventional microscopes that are available in common biology laboratories,” said Donald Ingber, Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School and the Vascular Biology Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, and professor of bioengineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.The Wyss Institute’s scientists have benchmarked the ultra-high resolution of DMI using synthetic DNA nanostructures. Next, the researchers plan to apply the technology to actual biological complexes such as the protein complex that duplicates DNA in dividing cells or cell surface receptors binding their ligands.To read the full release, visit the Wyss Institute’s website.— Benjamin Boettner, Wyss Institute Communicationslast_img read more

Supreme Court restricts online access to information

first_imgSupreme Court restricts online access to information December 15, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Supreme Court restricts online access to information Senior Editor Responding to growing concerns that private and confidential information may be widely distributed through the Internet and other electronic media, Florida Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead has issued an order setting interim limits on what information can be electronically posted. He also created a committee to draw up final rules.The order establishes a Committee on Privacy and Court Records to begin work on a uniform statewide policy to ensure that sensitive information is filtered out of court records before they are placed in media like the Internet and bulk electronic access systems, such as dial-in services.“Current regulation of confidential information is minimal at best,” Anstead said.“Because it will take time to develop a uniform policy, I am directing that bulk electronic distribution of court records cease temporarily.“ However, I have provided for several exceptions, such as allowing the chief judges of the courts to authorize distribution of documents that have been properly screened and are of significant public interest.”The order tracks recommendations of two separate advisory bodies. An earlier report by the Florida Judicial Management Council had urged that the Court act to protect the public. Earlier this year a legislative group, the Study Committee on Public Records, reached essentially the same conclusion.At the heart of these recommendations is the growing concern that information like Social Security numbers, medical records, and financial disclosures contained in court records can be used to commit crimes such as fraud or identity theft. Some of this information also may be confidential under state or federal law, but no uniform mechanism is now in place to see that it is removed before electronic distribution.In an earlier report, the JMC noted that court clerks follow a variety of policies on making court records public, and most do not post records on the Internet. Those who do have different guidelines about what is or is not made electronically available.“This inconsistency is itself a potential problem, because legal rights of privacy and access normally must be treated the same statewide,” the court said in a press release announcing the administrative order. “One of the more common complaints from Florida residents involves the placement of divorce documents on electronic distribution networks. The JMC noted that these records commonly contain detailed and deeply personal information about the private lives of the two parties and their children, unfounded or speculative claims of wrongdoing, and detailed information about financial assets.Frequently, confidential information is placed in documents with information that is otherwise not confidential.”Other states and the federal court system are also studying the issues, the press release noted.While the new committee is doing its work, the court ordered that no court record as defined in Rule of Judicial Administration 2.051(b)(1) can be posted electronically. Excepted from that order are:• Court records that are defined by state law as “official records.”• A court record may be transmitted electronically to a party or attorney in that case.• A court record may be transmitted to a governmental agency or agent authorized by law, court rule, or court order to have that record.• A court record posted that has been requested individually may be transmitted if the court clerk has manually inspected it to ensure it does not include confidential or exempt information.• A court record that the chief judge has determined to be of significant public interest, provided the court clerk has reviewed it to ensure removal of confidential or exempt information.• Progress dockets that contain basic information about a case, such as parties’ names, scheduled hearings, orders, names and addresses of counsel, provided that no confidential or exempt information is included.• Schedules and court calendars.• Court records on traffic cases.• Appellate court briefs, orders, and opinions.• Public records that have been inspected by the court clerk and which may otherwise be viewed at a public terminal at the clerk’s office, provided confidential or exempt information has been removed.Anstead also ordered that all existing dial-up or Internet access systems to trial court records, including subscription services, be terminated as quickly as possible and in any case no later than January 1.The order also appointed the members of the Committee on Privacy and Court Records. The chair is Jon Mills, director of the University of Florida Institute for Governmental Responsibility and former state House speaker.Other members are:•Tallahassee attorney Kristin Adamson, a member of the Bar’s Family Law Section.• Andrew Z. Adkins III, director, Legal Technology Institute, University of Florida Levin College of Law.• 15th Circuit Chief Judge Edward H. Fine.• Professor A. Michael Froomkin, of the University of Miami School of Law.• Orange County Clerk of Court Lydia Gardner.• Fifth District Court of Appeal Judge Jacqueline R. Griffin.• Supreme Court Clerk Thomas D. Hall.• Daytona Beach attorney Jonathan D. Kaney, Jr.• 11th Circuit Judge Judith L. Kreeger.• Charlotte County Clerk of Court Barbara T. Scott.• First Circuit Chief Judge Kim A. Skievaski.• Bay County Judge Eugene Smiley.• 12th Circuit Court Administrator Walt Smith.• Eighth Circuit Judge Larry G. Turner.Justice R. Fred Lewis will serve as Supreme Court liaison to the committee.The order and press release can be found on the court’s Web site at www.flcourts.org.last_img read more

NCUA to host COVID-19 related consumer financial protection webinar

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Credit unions and their member-owners can receive an update on the impact of elder financial exploitation and other COVID-19 related scams in a June 11 webinar hosted by NCUA. Registration for the webinar, “Consumer Financial Protection Issues Impacting Older Adults,” is now open.The webinar is scheduled begin at 2 p.m. (ET) and run approximately 45 minutes.Representatives from the NCUA’s Office of Consumer Financial Protection, the CFPB’s Office of Financial Protection for Older Americans, and the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy will provide:An update on how consumer financial protection issues are impacting older adultsNew information on COVID-19-related scams; andlast_img read more

States Vow Extra Scrutiny of Coronavirus Vaccine

first_imgWithin weeks, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to review safety and efficacy data for what may be the first Covid-19 vaccine in the United States, with hopes of immunizing some Americans soon after.But about a half-dozen states and the District of Columbia have planned an extra layer of scrutiny: committees that would vet any vaccine reviewed by the F.D.A., a step many public health experts and officials deem unnecessary given a federal review process they describe as meticulous.- Advertisement – Throughout the pandemic, Mr. Trump and his administration have been criticized for putting pressure on federal health agencies — including the F.D.A. and the C.D.C. — to ease restrictions and speed approvals for vaccines and unproven treatments, such as hydroxychloroquine.The White House initially opposed F.D.A. guidelines that called for gathering comprehensive safety data before the agency would issue an emergency authorization for a vaccine. (The guidelines would have made it nearly impossible to have one approved before the election.) Then, in early October, the administration relented.Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said the F.D.A.’s transparency and guidelines helped assuage the fears of many public health experts who felt “the White House was putting their thumb on the scale in a very big way.”Now, he said, he was “absolutely confident in the F.D.A. process” and thought the state review committees were “absolutely unnecessary.” This past week, he was named to Mr. Biden’s coronavirus task force. The committees — most of them in states led by Democratic governors — are in part a response to the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic and concerns that political considerations would influence vaccine approvals.“The people of this country don’t trust this federal government with this vaccine process,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said in September when announcing his state’s vaccine committee, led by a Nobel-winning virologist. State officials said they did not believe they would slow any vaccinations. They hoped to examine clinical trial data once it became available, conducting their reviews alongside the federal government.It may not even be possible for states to hold up a vaccine. While they have some authority to control how drugs are dispensed within their borders, three former F.D.A. lawyers said that states would not be able to thwart distribution during a pandemic.Besides New York, officials in California, Connecticut, West Virginia and the District of Columbia have appointed committees to review coronavirus vaccines offered for F.D.A. approval. Governors in Nevada, Oregon and Washington have joined California’s effort, with each state adding a representative to the panel.Safety and efficacy data will also be examined by two independent federal advisory committees of medical experts. One panel counsels the F.D.A.; the other offers recommendations to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which sets guidelines and priorities on who should get a vaccine.“It’s an incredibly rigorous and intense process that is evidence- and science-based,” said Dr. Julie Morita, who has served on the C.D.C.’s advisory committee and is an executive vice president at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a public health philanthropy.Dr. Morita said she thought the state committees would ultimately come to the same conclusions as the federal government, but worried about a lack of consistent messaging.“The last thing we need right now is any kind of miscommunication about what the recommendations are,” she said. “The more aligned everybody is, the better for the public.” Dr. Morita is now serving on President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s Covid-19 task force. The reviews are intended to help persuade a hesitant public to get shots once they are approved, several state officials said in interviews. Recent polls show that between a third and half of Americans would be reluctant to get a coronavirus vaccine.- Advertisement – State officials have said Mr. Trump’s loss in the election will not alter their plans for reviews. Indeed, the first F.D.A. authorizations may fall under Mr. Trump’s watch. Pfizer announced last week that its vaccine, developed with the German company BioNTech, appeared more than 90 percent effective in early data from clinical trials, and Moderna’s vaccine is close behind in the development process.Trust IssuesThe tension between states and the federal government illustrates a heightened politicalization of vaccines and their approvals, a process that is routinely accepted by physicians and public health departments across the country.“This has become a somewhat political conversation,” Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s health secretary, acknowledged in an interview. He said the state’s review was intended “to give Californians additional confidence and trust in the system.”The state committee, named in October, is still deciding on a process, but it plans to assess some of the same data used by the federal advisory committees, according to Dr. Arthur Reingold, the group’s chairman.Dr. Reingold, head of epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, served on the C.D.C.’s advisory committee less than two years ago and said he had the “greatest respect” for it.“We have an unusual set of circumstances, and we are trying to respond to those circumstances,” Dr. Reingold said. “At the end of the day, these vaccines will not help us if people do not accept them.” Dr. Reingold said he thought the group would complete its review swiftly, given the experience of its members, some of whom also serve on the C.D.C.’s advisory committee. Pfizer has said it plans to ask the F.D.A. for emergency authorization this month. The application would include two months of follow-up safety data from “Phase 3” trials. Phase 3 marks one of the last steps in the development process, when tens of thousands of volunteers get a vaccine and wait to see if they become infected, compared with others who received a placebo.Those trials are large enough to reveal some rarer side effects or more severe problems that may not have surfaced earlier. By September, Pfizer’s trial had 44,000 participants, and no serious safety concerns have been reported.Once the F.D.A. receives an application for emergency use, it begins a review of the data and sends a summary of the information to its advisory committee, which eventually makes a recommendation to the agency.If the F.D.A. authorizes the vaccine, the C.D.C. advisory group meets to decide how the vaccines should be used and allocated.In interviews, members of several states acknowledged the committees’ expertise, insisting that their own assessments would not be duplicative.Officials in West Virginia and the District of Columbia said their aim was to communicate the safety and effectiveness of a vaccine to the public, not necessarily to approve or deny its use.“We recognize that those institutions have expertise and assets that we don’t have. It’s not to replicate that process,” said Dr. Deidre Gifford, Connecticut’s top public health official and co-chair of its vaccine committee. Dr. Gifford said her group — made up of a dozen doctors and health experts appointed by the governor — would examine the approval process to confirm that it has been typical, or as typical as it could be during a pandemic.center_img “We want shots in arms within 24 hours,” Mr. Mango said at a news briefing last month for Operation Warp Speed, the federal effort to secure a vaccine. “Any delay that the state wants to impose will be a delay in getting its citizens — its most vulnerable citizens — vaccines. We think it is actually counterproductive for them to talk about this.” – Advertisement – But some health officials and experts worry that the state reviews could instead create inconsistency and sow doubt about a crucial tool in stopping the global contagion.Paul Mango, deputy chief of staff for policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said state leaders were undermining the expertise of the F.D.A., which he called the “most rigorous organization in the world.” In an effort to address state officials’ concerns, the F.D.A. said last week that it would offer briefings on its vetting process and the basis for any decision to authorize a vaccine.Dr. Peter Marks, director of the F.D.A.’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, which reviews vaccines, said he wanted the process to be transparent and welcomed questions from state officials. He also said he had felt “buffered” by the F.D.A. commissioner, Dr. Stephen Hahn, from any White House interference. He added that F.D.A. physicians and researchers who assessed vaccines were “civil servants” and “not political appointees.” Similarly, in New York, the state committee would work as quickly as possible, said Gareth Rhodes, a member of Mr. Cuomo’s coronavirus task force and special counsel at the Department of Financial Services.The group will gather “whatever information they need to confidently make a recommendation to the Department of Health,” Mr. Rhodes said. That would include reviewing data made public through the C.D.C. and F.D.A. advisory groups, as well as getting information directly from vaccine makers.Mr. Cuomo, speaking with CNN on Friday, said the goal was “to give people confidence,” adding, “As soon as the F.D.A. approves it, we will have our panel approve it.”In an interview with The New York Times, Mr. Cuomo said if his state panel expressed confidence in the vaccine, he would be the first New York resident to receive it and his adult children would be vaccinated on television to reassure the public it was safe.Earlier that day, Mr. Trump attacked New York’s planned review, claiming that the state would not receive vaccines when they are first rolled out across the country.A Rigorous ProcessHealth experts who had been involved in recommending other vaccines said there was little reason for the public to doubt the approval process, which takes into account comprehensive clinical trials conducted by universities and other independent bodies. One of the main goals is to “reassure the public and the governor that it was free of political interference,” she said.Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of Mr. Biden’s coronavirus team, described the state reviews as “a symbol of the utter breakdown in trust in the process,” and said he did not think they would reveal anything the federal reviews did not.“From a practical standpoint, it’s probably not going to be that important,” he said. “From a trust standpoint, it may be helpful.”Sheila Kaplan contributed reporting. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Six new airlines from France announced

first_imgVolotea Airlines is opening lines from Lyon to Dubrovnik and Split, from Marseille to Rijeka and Bordeaux to Pula. Air France announced the opening of a new direct flight to Split from Paris, and Easy Jet the opening of a direct flight from Nantes to Dubrovnik.  The director of the CNTB Representation in France, Danijela Mihalić Đurica, emphasizes that arrivals from the French emitting market are constantly increasing, as well as the interest of the French audience in discovering lesser-known Croatian regions. “Arrivals and overnight stays from the French emitting market have been constantly increasing in recent years, and the French are increasingly coming to regions where so far there have not been many guests such as Kvarner, Zagreb, Istria or Slavonia. All this is a consequence of the expansion of the production of existing tour operators, but also the opening of Croatia as a completely new destination with some new French travel organizers. According to the information we receive from regular meetings with tour operators, the forecasts for the 2019 season are good and good sales trends should continue this year as well. “, she pointed out  Mihalić Đurica. In addition to numerous new charter flights in 2019, six new routes from the French market have been announced.last_img read more

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Regencies asked to waive $6m in street lighting taxes for poor households

first_imgIndonesia, like many other countries, is allocating millions of dollars to tackling the pandemic, which has killed 582 people as of Sunday, the highest death toll in Southeast Asia, while the country is also cutting tax rates across the board in shoring up economic growth.The PPJ is one out of 10 types of taxes collected by regency administrations to finance, among others, healthcare facilities and social safety net programs. Such taxes are calculated as a maximum 10 percent of each household’s electricity bill. The rate is 2.4 percent in Jakarta.Robert said PPJs contributed an average 20 percent “but up to half in some regions” of a regency’s locally generated income. Without PPJs, many regencies’ other source of income is from the issuance of building permits (IMBs). Other usual sources such as hotel, restaurant and entertainment venue taxes have dried up over the past two months due to the pandemic.An official from the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, which is among several ministries pushing the tax break, said last week that the government was awaiting approval from the Fiscal Policy Agency (BKF), which oversees regional incomes, before expediting the plan. The government is pushing regencies to slash street lighting taxes (PPJ) for 31 million of Indonesia’s poorest homes in helping them weather the economic shocks from the COVID-19 pandemic.The plan is estimated to free up Rp 95.26 billion (US$6.1 million) in liquidity each month but also lowers each regencies’ locally generated incomes (PAD), out of which around 20 percent comes from street lighting taxes, experts told The Jakarta Post.“On one hand, regions face huge fiscal strains as they reallocate and refocus spending on the pandemic, yet on the other hand, they are losing income,” Robert Endi Jaweng of think tank Regional Autonomy Watch (KPPOD) said on Monday. “In a few days, once the decision is made, the Office of the Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister will bring in the Home Affairs Ministry and we will explain this plan to each regional administration,” said the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s electricity business development director, Hendra Iswahyudi.He added that the plan was to waive PPJs for 24 million homes in the 450 volt ampere (VA) power category, the lowest out of six under existing regulations, and for 7 million homes in the second-lowest 900 VA Subsidized category.The tax break would add on to the government’s Rp 3.5 trillion electricity relief program in reducing the living costs of Indonesia’s poorest households, for whom electricity is the third highest non-food spending.The chairman of the Regency Administrations Association (APKASI), Abdullah Azwar Anas, who is also Banyuwangi regent, told the Post that government officials have discussed the plan with association leaders via video conference.“The point is, in relation to street lighting tax, I think it is a good idea as the reduction of electricity bills have really benefited the poor,” he said.Meanwhile, the Home Ministry, which oversees regional administrations, is working to put in place the necessary regulations for such a tax break.Such regulations include Ministerial Instruction No. 1/2020 that tells regents to “prioritize” spending on health care, social safety nets and economic incentives and that extends the submission deadline for regional budgets (APBD) to April 23.The Home Ministry is also revising ministerial regulation No. 33/2019 on compiling 2020 regional budgets. The revision, which is expected to come out this month, includes a clause that allows regents to factor in tax breaks in their 2020 regional budgets. Breaks include waiving, reducing or postponing payments.“It means that under that revision, we urge all regional administrations to provide tax breaks for that tax,” said the ministry’s regional revenue director Hendriwan.He added that many regencies had already implemented PPJ breaks for hotels and restaurants at the request of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), whose members are among the hardest hit by the pandemic.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Amundi and EIB partner to develop European green credit market

first_imgAmundi and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have joined forces for an initiative that aims to foster the development of a European green debt market beyond investment grade green bonds.The Green Credit Continuum programme, as it has been called, will involve the creation of a fund investing in high-yield corporate green bonds, green private debt and green securitised credit.A scientific committee composed of climate finance experts will be formed to define and promote guidelines for the three markets, and a network will be put in place to source deals and projects.The guidelines are to be “in line with international best practice and legislation derived from the European Commission action plan on financing sustainable growth”, according to a joint statement. The goal is to create several funds based on this model. The EIB is to make an initial commitment of up to €60m, with the aim being for €1bn to be raised within three years. “Over the last few years the European green financing market has mainly developed by way of green bond issuances from sovereign, quasi-sovereign and large corporate issuers,” said Amundi and the EIB in the statement.   “To finance additional efforts to promote European energy and ecological transition goals, new market instruments are needed that enable smaller companies and green projects to access market financing, as well as offer higher yields to investors.”EIB vice-president Ambroise Fayolle said the partnership would “help promote sustainable finance in Europe by including new issuers in the green finance market, making them even more aware of environmental issues and environmentally friendly investments”.Amundi’s agreement with the EIB follows its joint venture with the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, to develop green finance in emerging markets. The initiative includes a green bond fund in which several major European pension funds are invested.last_img read more

New Brookville Aquatic Center renderings released

first_imgBrookville, In. — Renderings of the future Brookville Aquatic Center have been presented. Repairs to the existing aging facility have been determined not to be feasible.The proposed design will feature water slides, a large shallow area, updated bathhouse & concessions and other amenities. The cost of the facility is expected to be around $2.4 million.The Brookville Town Council has given the project a vote of confidence.last_img