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Colliers strengthens sustainability advisory capabilities through strategic partnership with Measurabl

Global innovation and digital investment enable clients to achieve sustainability goals

TORONTO, July 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading diversified professional services and investment management company Colliers (NASDAQ and TSX: CIGI) announced today a global strategic partnership with Measurabl, a widely adopted environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data management solution for commercial real estate. In doing so, Colliers augments its Property Management offering with ESG data management and reporting expertise to help clients better manage, measure, disclose and act on their portfolios.

As institutional investors, regulators and tenants prioritize ESG transparency and disclosure, property owners today need to account for a different set of sustainability considerations. Measurabl aggregates accurate and auditable ESG data, incorporating features such as automated utility data collection, building and portfolio performance benchmarking, and advanced reporting functionality. Using this information, Colliers experts are equipped to further clients’ sustainability goals by providing tailored advisory services including:

  • Key insights-driven investment recommendations
  • Project tracking across all sites to identify inefficiencies and opportunities for improvement
  • Support with reporting to global frameworks such as GRESB and CDP
  • Green certification renewals including LEED and ENERGY STAR
  • Quantifying carbon emissions reductions

“This partnership strengthens Colliers’ position to solve our clients’ sustainability pain points and navigate the mounting complexity from regulations and climate targets,” said Ben Liao, Head of Colliers Innovation | Global. “Our goal of delivering unrivaled client outcomes necessitates the use of best-in-class technology, together with the knowledge of our experts. With access to Measurabl’s product team and data, our Property Management experts will focus on what they do best: making data-driven real estate decisions.”

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Colliers Measurabl Partnership: Colliers has the expertise and insights, powered by our global partnership with Measurabl, to help clients better measure, manage, disclose and act on their ESG data.“Working with Measurabl, we’ve been able to turn conversations about corporate responsibility into quantifiable figures that take guesswork out of the picture,” said Karen Whitt, President, Real Estate Management Services | U.S. “We are using those metrics to establish benchmarks that immediately communicate an asset’s performance and make effective plans for improvement. The rapid data processing makes it easy to quickly identify trends and achieve meaningful progress towards our clients’ ESG targets.”

Buildings managed by Colliers in eight targeted countries across the Americas, EMEA, and Asia Pacific will be synced with Measurabl as part of the initial launch. Combining the best of technology and real estate, Colliers continues to innovate to deliver world-class sustainability advisory services.

“Companies around the world are working to achieve ambitious ESG and decarbonization goals. To do that, they require a scalable approach to capturing, interpreting, and reporting ESG data, plus a way to implement the necessary actions. This category-defining partnership between Colliers and Measurabl means organizations around the world now have the best of both technology and services to accomplish their ESG ambitions,” said Matt Ellis, CEO, Measurabl.

About Colliers

Colliers (NASDAQ, TSX: CIGI) is a leading diversified professional services and investment management company. With operations in 66 countries, our more than 15,000 enterprising professionals work collaboratively to provide expert advice to real estate occupiers, owners and investors. For more than 25 years, our experienced leadership with significant insider ownership has delivered compound annual investment returns of almost 20% for shareholders. With annualized revenues of $3.0 billion ($3.3 billion including affiliates) and $40 billion of assets under management, we maximize the potential of property and accelerate the success of our clients and our people. Learn more at corporate.colliers.com, Twitter @Colliers or LinkedIn.

About Measurabl

Measurabl is the world’s most widely adopted ESG (environmental, social, governance) data management solution for commercial real estate. With more than 65,000 commercial buildings representing 10.5 billion square feet across 80 countries, Measurabl helps innovative companies measure, manage and disclose their ESG performance, assess their portfolio’s exposure to physical climate risk, and gain access to additional services such as certification and data assurance. Learn more at measurabl.com.

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Amlan International Expands North America Operations With Addition of Chuck Snipes as Key Account Manager

Chuck Snipes

Chuck Snipes, Key Account Manager, U.S. Coastal Region

CHICAGO, July 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Amlan International, a global leader in natural, mineral-based feed additives for poultry and swine production, continues to bolster its business in the United States with the addition of Chuck Snipes as key account manager for the U.S. coastal region. A veteran in the poultry production industry, Chuck joins the U.S. sales and technical service teams to leverage Amlan’s global market success to expand operations in the United States.

With a market of nearly 9 billion broilers in the United States, Chuck will play a key role as Amlan continues to expand its offerings to help producers meet growing consumer demands for animal protein raised without the use of antibiotic growth promoters.

“The reduction in the use of in-feed antibiotics has increased the efforts required from poultry producers to maintain bird health and production efficiency,” says Heath Wessels, Director of Sales, North America. “With about half of the U.S. market producing antibiotic-free poultry, we are excited for the opportunities Chuck will have to partner with industry-leading producers and help them achieve their production goals by integrating Amlan’s mineral-based feed additives into their operations.”

Chuck joins other recent additions to the team, including Heath and Jay Hughes, Regional Technical Service Manager, in providing exceptional service and technical support for Amlan’s customers. He brings 35 years of poultry industry experience to align with the growing North America sales, marketing and technical service teams to further strengthen Amlan’s customer relationships and provide key accounts with solutions that meet their specific needs and business objectives. Prior to joining Amlan, Chuck was a senior territory accounts manager for a well-known pedigree broiler breeding company, where he managed corporate accounts, supported local production complexes and monitored field performance data. Having managed the coastal regions previously, Chuck provides invaluable connections with prominent producers that will help drive Amlan’s operations in North America.

“The poultry industry in North America needs high-quality natural feed additives to help it meet production goals,” says Fred Kao, Vice President of Global Sales, Amlan International. “We are excited about the wealth of knowledge and experience Chuck brings to Amlan as he joins our growing team of industry professionals.”

Amlan International is headquartered in Chicago, with its R&D center, the 6,000-square-foot Nick Jaffee Center for Innovation, located in Vernon Hills, Illinois. In 2019, the company strengthened its research capabilities with the expansion of its Richard M. Jaffee Center for Applied Microbiology to accelerate novel animal health and life sciences research.

Company Information
Amlan is the animal health business of Oil-Dri Corporation of America, leading global manufacturer and marketer of sorbent minerals. Oil-Dri leverages over 80 years of expertise in mineral science to selectively mine and process their unique mineral for consumer and business-to-business markets. Oil-Dri Corporation of America doing business as “Amlan International” is a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ODC). Amlan International sells feed additives across the world. Product availability may vary by country; associated claims do not constitute medical claims and may differ based on government requirements.

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Martin Bernstein เข้าร่วมคณะกรรมการบริษัท Synchronoss

ผู้บริหาร B. Riley นำความเฉียบแหลมทางการเงินที่แข็งแกร่งมาสู่คณะกรรมการ

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., July 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR) ผู้นำระดับโลกและผู้ริเริ่มโซลูชันระบบคลาวด์ การส่งข้อความและดิจิทัล ยินดีที่จะประกาศว่า Martin Bernstein ได้เข้าร่วมคณะกรรมการบริหารของบริษัท โดยมีผลทันที

Bernstein ได้รับแต่งตั้งให้เป็นคณะกรรมการในส่วนที่เกี่ยวกับการเพิ่มทุนล่าสุดของ Synchronoss และทำหน้าที่เป็นตัวแทนของ B. Riley Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: RILY) (B. Riley) ซึ่งเป็นผู้ถือหุ้นรายใหญ่ที่สุดของบริษัท

“ในนามของคณะกรรมการทั้งหมด ผมยินดีที่จะต้อนรับ Marty สู่ทีมของเรา” Stephen Waldis ผู้ก่อตั้งและประธานกรรมการบริหารของคณะกรรมการ Synchronoss กล่าว “ประสบการณ์ที่ช่ำชองของ Marty ด้านกลยุทธ์การจัดสรรทุน การกำกับดูแลกิจการ และการจัดหาเงินทุนจะมีประโยชน์ต่อองค์กรของเราเป็นอย่างมาก ไม่ต้องสงสัยเลยว่าความรู้อันน่าประทับใจและประวัติการทำงานที่ไม่ธรรมดาของเขาไม่เพียงแต่จะเป็นประโยชน์ต่อคณะกรรมการของเราที่แข็งแกร่งอยู่แล้วเท่านั้น แต่ผมคาดหวังอย่างเต็มที่ว่าเขาจะสามารถสร้างผลกระทบที่เป็นกุญแจสำคัญที่จะช่วยให้ Synchronoss บรรลุเป้าหมายการเติบโตเชิงกลยุทธ์”

Bernstein เป็นตัวแทนของ B. Riley Principal Investments ซึ่งเป็นบริษัทในเครือของ B. Riley ที่ลงทุนโดยตรงในบริษัทที่มีเทคโนโลยีแพลตฟอร์มที่ได้รับการพิสูจน์แล้ว และมีศักยภาพที่จะเติบโตอย่างมากในระยะสั้น ปัจจุบันเขาดำรงตำแหน่งหัวหน้าฝ่ายการลงทุนภาคเอกชนที่ B. Riley และรับผิดชอบในการจัดหา การรับประกันภัย และการจัดการการลงทุนของบริษัท นอกเหนือจากการจัดจำหน่ายชั้นนำให้กับพันธมิตรทางธุรกิจของบริษัท Bernstein มีประสบการณ์ที่ช่ำชองในการลงทุนด้านเทคโนโลยี การขนส่ง ยานยนต์ การบินและอวกาศ การผลิต พลังงาน โครงสร้างพื้นฐาน และภาคส่วนอื่นๆ

Bernstein ให้ความเห็นว่า “รู้สึกเป็นเกียรติที่ได้เข้าร่วมคณะกรรมการ Synchronoss หลังจากทำงานอย่างใกล้ชิดกับ Steve, Jeff และทีมงาน Synchronoss ทั้งหมดในการเพิ่มทุนครั้งล่าสุด ผมรู้สึกตื่นเต้นและรับรู้ถึงวิสัยทัศน์ร่วมไปกับฝ่ายบริหารของบริษัท ซึ่งมีรากฐานมาจากนวัตกรรมที่ต่อเนื่องและชุดผลิตภัณฑ์ฉลากขาวที่ดีที่สุดในระดับเดียวกัน สำหรับลูกค้าโทรคมนาคมชั้นนำ เราเชื่อว่าธุรกิจ Synchronoss กำลังอยู่ในจุดเปลี่ยน และอยู่ในตำแหน่งที่ดีที่จะดำเนินการตามกลยุทธ์การเติบโตหลังจากการรีไฟแนนซ์ ผมหวังว่าจะได้ทำงานร่วมกับทีมต่อไปในฐานะสมาชิกของคณะกรรมการ ในขณะที่เราพยายามสร้างมูลค่าให้กับผู้ถือหุ้นและลูกค้า”

ก่อนเข้าร่วม B. Riley ในเดือนมีนาคม 2021 Bernstein เคยร่วมงานกับ Anchorage Capital ซึ่งรับผิดชอบด้านการลงทุนชั้นนำในโครงสร้างเงินทุน ซึ่งรวมถึงหุ้นสาธารณะ หุ้นที่ไม่ได้จดทะเบียน สินเชื่อเพื่อการดำเนินการ หนี้ธนาคารและหนี้ด้อยคุณภาพ และสถานการณ์การปรับโครงสร้างใหม่ ก่อนหน้านี้ เขาทำงานเป็นนักวิเคราะห์ที่ Bocage Capital และอยู่ในทีมลงทุนเพื่อการบริจาคที่ Howard Hughes Medical Institute Bernstein ได้รับปริญญาศิลปศาสตรบัณฑิต (AB) ด้านประวัติศาสตร์จาก Dartmouth College เขาอยู่ในคอนเนตทิคัต

เกี่ยวกับ Synchronoss

Synchronoss Technologies (NASDAQ: SNCR) สร้างซอฟต์แวร์ที่ช่วยให้บริษัทต่างๆ ทั่วโลกเชื่อมต่อกับผู้ติดตามด้วยวิธีที่เชื่อถือได้และมีประสิทธิภาพ คอลเล็กชันผลิตภัณฑ์ของบริษัทช่วยให้เครือข่ายมีความคล่องตัว ลดความซับซ้อนของการเริ่มต้นใช้งาน และดึงดูดสมาชิกเพื่อเพิ่มกระแสรายได้ใหม่ ลดต้นทุน และเพิ่มความเร็วในการออกสู่ตลาด สมาชิกหลายล้านคนไว้วางใจให้ผลิตภัณฑ์ Synchronoss เพื่อเชื่อมโยงกับบุคคล บริการ และเนื้อหาที่พวกเขาชื่นชอบ นั่นเป็นเหตุผลที่พนักงาน Synchronoss มากความสามารถมากกว่า 1,500 คนทั่วโลกพยายามอย่างหนักในทุกๆ วันเพื่อสร้างโลกที่เชื่อมโยงกัน เรียนรู้เพิ่มเติมที่ www.synchronoss.com


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Business, Not Pleasure, the Focus for Tokyo-bound Athletes

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – In less than two weeks, Courtney Frerichs will face off in Tokyo against some of the world’s fastest runners. But like every elite athlete preparing for the Summer Olympics, her focus is not only on preparing to compete.

Frerichs, a middle-distance runner from the United States, is also using the final days of her training to make sure she complies with the elaborate set of rules meant to ensure the Tokyo Games don’t become a COVID-19 superspreader event.

“It’s a lot,” Frerichs told VOA in a recent phone call between training sessions in Portland, Oregon. “We’ve just been trying to review the protocols and everything to make sure that we’re checking all of our boxes and getting all the stuff done, just prior to arriving in Japan.”

Frerichs, who is competing in the steeplechase event in Tokyo, is quick to point out that she understands why the rules are necessary.

“But it certainly adds another level of stress to everything,” she said, laughing. “Like the Olympics wasn’t enough.”

Athletes like Frerichs shrug off the suggestion that COVID-19 regulations, along with other precautions such as the absence of cheering fans, will hurt their performance. But one thing is certain: this Olympics will feel different than any other.

Do’s and don’ts

The official rules for athletes are laid out in a 70-page “Playbook,” which basically reads like a gigantic bummer.

“You should eat alone as much as possible,” warns one section. “You must not walk around the city,” cautions another.

Hugs, high-fives, and handshakes? Not at this Olympics. Alcohol isn’t allowed either, unless athletes consume it inside their rooms at what will surely be a quieter than usual Olympic Village.

For athletes and officials, the planning must begin long before the Olympics. Certain rules, such as social distancing and regular health checks, apply for 14 days before they arrive in Tokyo. Athletes also must submit a detailed “activity plan,” explaining where they will be at every moment of every day.

Once an athlete’s competitions are complete, they are required to leave Japan within 48 hours.

“We come in, we have a job to do, and then we leave. I literally depart the next day,” Frerichs said.

The ‘No Fun Olympics?’

Given the restrictions, and the fact the Games are being staged amid a global pandemic, some news outlets have labeled it the “no fun” or “cursed” Olympics.

“‘No Fun Olympics’ will be right,” predicts Jack Tarrant, a Tokyo-based freelance journalist. Two weeks before the Games, Tarrant says he’s witnessed “almost no enthusiasm at all” in Tokyo.

“There’s very little visually you see on the street, any sort of banners or welcoming signs for foreign visitors or athletes,” Tarrant told VOA. “It’s … very different from any other Olympics experience I’ve had.”

Opinion polls for months have suggested most Japanese oppose holding the Games, which were delayed a year because of the pandemic. Concerns were heightened after a recent surge in COVID-19 infections, prompting a state of emergency in Tokyo.

As a result, Tokyo will host no public viewing areas for the Games. The capital will see no torch relay and will request that bars and restaurants refrain from serving alcohol.

That’s a sharp contrast from other Olympics, where celebration is a main component — even for athletes, notes Tarrant.

“There won’t be the usual time to unwind with the other athletes and have a well-deserved celebration after four, or in this case five, years of preparation,” he said.

There will perhaps be fewer chances for other types of recreation, too, organizers hope.

At every Olympics since 1988, athletes have received condoms, in a tradition that began as an effort to prevent the spread of HIV. At this year’s Games, athletes will only receive condoms upon leaving the Olympic Village.

Business, not pleasure

But David Gerrard, a former Olympic swimmer from New Zealand, tells VOA that the athletes’ focus will be on competition.

“Anybody who thinks these are going to be the ‘boring Olympics’ really has got the wrong idea of what the Olympics is all about,” said Gerrard, who will be working as a COVID-19 liaison officer in Tokyo.

“They’re not a meeting of people who want to sight-see or shop. They are an accumulation of the world’s best athletes who are there to do one thing and that’s to perform to the best of their ability,” Gerrard said.

Gerrard should know. He first competed at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. This will be the 11th Summer Olympics at which he has competed or attended.

“Things will be very, very different” this year, he concedes. “But like the athletes, I’m not there for a holiday.”

Athlete performance

But will the rules, and specifically the empty stadiums, mean athletes will lack the motivation needed to fuel spectacular performances?

“Crowds are always a factor, no doubt,” Gerrard said. But crowds or not, athletes “will not underestimate the fact that they are at the Olympic Games competing against the world’s best, and I think they’ll focus accordingly,” he predicted.

Another factor: a year and a half into the pandemic, athletes are now more accustomed to performing without fans and dealing with other COVID-19 precautions.

“There is certainly going to be a missing element,” said Frerichs, who feels the crowd was a factor in what she views as the best races of her career.

The challenge in Tokyo, she says, will be largely mental — “just trying to remember all the training days when it was just you and coach out there, and you got the job done,” she added.

Frerichs says in some ways she’s approaching the Games like a business trip.

“Which is definitely not how I envisioned it,” she said. “But that’s OK. I always revert back to just being grateful this is happening at all.”

Source: Voice of America

US Drug Overdose Deaths Hit Record 93,000 Last Year

More than 93,000 people died from drug overdoses in the U.S. last year, a record experts say was partly triggered by the isolation that many experienced during coronavirus-related lockdowns.

The government reported Wednesday that the 2020 total easily surpassed the previous record of about 72,000 deaths in 2019.

“This is a staggering loss of human life,” Brandon Marshall, a Brown University public health researcher who tracks overdose trends, told the Associated Press. He said the United States was already faced with an overdose epidemic but that the pandemic “has greatly exacerbated the crisis.”

In addition to isolation, many sources of help for addicts were not available during lockdowns.

“During the pandemic, a lot of [drug] programs weren’t able to operate. Street-level outreach was very difficult. People were very isolated,” said Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, a health policy expert at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.

Health experts say that while prescription painkillers once played a key role in U.S. drug overdose deaths, heroin and then in recent years fentanyl — a dangerously powerful opioid — proved exceptionally lethal.

Fentanyl was developed to legitimately treat intense medical pain, but now is sold illicitly and mixed with other drugs.

The government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said its studies show fentanyl was involved in more than 60% of overdose deaths last year.

One of the 93,000 was Jordan McGlashen of Ypsilanti, Michigan, who died of a heroin and fentanyl overdose May 6. He would have turned 39 six days later.

“It was really difficult for me to think about the way in which Jordan died. He was alone, and suffering emotionally and felt like he had to use again,” said his younger brother, Collin McGlashen.

Fentanyl is increasingly being found mixed with other drugs.

“What’s really driving the surge in overdoses is this increasingly poisoned drug supply,” said Shannon Monnat, an associate professor of sociology at Syracuse University who researches geographic patterns in overdoses. “Nearly all of this increase is fentanyl contamination in some way. Heroin is contaminated. Cocaine is contaminated. Methamphetamine is contaminated.”

The scope is staggering. The CDC is reporting that drug overdoses in 2020 increased in every state but New Hampshire and South Dakota.

States with the biggest increases in overdose deaths were Vermont, up 57.6%; followed by Kentucky, up 54%; South Carolina, up 52%; West Virginia, up nearly 50%; and California, up 46%.

Sharfstein of Johns Hopkins says the U.S. is likely now seeing more overdose deaths than deaths from COVID-19.

“This is a different kind of crisis, and it’s not going to go away as quickly,” he said.

Source: Voice of America