TD increases initial US$ green bond to $1 billion

first_img “We are thrilled with the response to our inaugural U.S dollar green bond issue, one of the largest from a financial institution,” says Amy West, head of socially responsible finance with TD Securities. TD is not new to green bonds as it has already participated in underwriting more than $6.5-billion in green bonds since 2010 and was the first Canadian bank to issue a green bond in 2014. “We are seeing an exciting level of growth in the green bond market as investors recognize the opportunities associated with the transition to the low carbon economy,” adds Karen Clarke-Whistler, chief environment officer with TD Bank Group. “Participating in the green bond market is core to TD’s low carbon business strategy and the success of our second green bond highlights the unique opportunity for financial institutions.” Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Green bonds to bounce back in 2021: Moody’s Keywords Green bondsCompanies Toronto-Dominion Bank IE Staff Sustainable bond issuance set record in Q1: Moody’scenter_img Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) closed on the issuance of a US$1-billion green bond, its first in U.S. dollars and one of the largest green bonds ever issued by a bank. Initially targeting an issue size of US$500 million, the transaction was upsized to US$1 billion and almost 70% of the issue went to green investors. Green bonds grow amid rising interest in sustainability: Fitch Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

Implementation of Rationalisation Plan Will Make Public Sector More Efficient – Grange

first_imgRelatedImplementation of Rationalisation Plan Will Make Public Sector More Efficient – Grange FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the public sector rationalisation plan, when implemented, will result in more efficient public sector entities across the island.“We are creating lean and efficient public sector entities and so it (public sector rationalisation plan) is a precursor to certain changes that are going to be taking place,” she said.The Minister was speaking at the official launch of the Social Development Commission (SDC) National 20/20 Community Cricket Competition, held at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston, on July 22.A Green Paper on the public sector rationalisation plan, which was tabled in the House of Representatives on July 20 by Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding, contains the recommendations for the restructuring of Ministries, Departments and Agencies.Minister Grange encouraged everyone to get a copy of the document in an effort to keep abreast and informed on the changes that will be made.“We are going to end up with the public sector being much more efficient and smaller,” she said.Based on the recommendations in the Green Paper, some of the entities to be privatised include: Caymanas Track Limited, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Petrojam Ethanol, Font Hill Properties, Factories Corporation of Jamaica, Parish Cemeteries, and Clarendon Alumina Production Limited.Some of the entities that could be merged include: the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission and the Jamaica Racing Commission; the University Council of Jamaica with the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica to form the Jamaica Tertiary Commission; and the Creative Production and Training Centre, which deals with cultural productions, should be subsumed under the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ). RelatedImplementation of Rationalisation Plan Will Make Public Sector More Efficient – Grange RelatedImplementation of Rationalisation Plan Will Make Public Sector More Efficient – Grangecenter_img Implementation of Rationalisation Plan Will Make Public Sector More Efficient – Grange CultureJuly 26, 2010 Advertisementslast_img read more

Lend a hand to help the Gift of Life program

first_imgWe would like to thank the Gift of Life for expanding services and for also seeking community support from within Port Arthur.The 22-year-old nonprofit has helped hundreds of people from our area for decades; and now, when they seek help from our community, we hope our community does the right thing and returns the favor. The group is seeking a business partner to underwrite their Blessing Bags food program, and we are sure someone will step up and do the right thing. Ideally the Chamber of Commerce will put the word out and help organize something — a group of businesses could agree to underwrite one month a year, for example — and soon this worthy idea will be fully funded.However, even more than money, the group needs community leaders and especially church leaders and retired people to volunteer to talk to groups and translate. If you need something to do or if you want to give back and participate with something more substantial than a donation, please call their offices and offer up your time. Speaking volunteers need not be medical experts — only generous.center_img To sign up, please call 409-833-3663.last_img read more

Gilbert’s Heritage Marketplace Phase 2 completed

first_imgLGE Design Build has completed phase 2 construction of Heritage Marketplace in downtown Gilbert with trendy new restaurant and retail businesses such as Sushi Brokers and Tuft and Needle.Nico, a new restaurant by chef Gio Osso of Virtu Honest Craft in Scottsdale, has also opened in the completed Phase 1 building.The groundfloor will feature restaurants and retail stores, while the second floor of Heritage Marketplace will house offices (Photo courtesy of LGE Design Build)Phase 2 tenants include Sushi Brokers, Farm & Craft, Clever Koi, Grubstak, Even Stevens, Tuft and Needle, Brown Law Firm, and Security Title Agency. Tenants are expected to open by fourth quarter 2016 or first quarter 2017.An integral part of Gilbert’s historic Heritage District, Heritage Marketplace is a family friendly, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use development in downtown Gilbert located on the northwest corner of Gilbert Road and Vaughn Avenue.“Gilbert’s Heritage District has experienced a renaissance thanks to developments like the Heritage Marketplace,” said Gilbert Mayor John Lewis. “The Heritage District, now more than ever, is a place where residents and visitors alike congregate to enjoy the entrepreneurial restaurants, retail, entertainment, learning and arts and culture developments. It is a place where workers are excited to spend their day in the luxurious office space provided by developments like Heritage Marketplace. Ultimately, the Heritage District will continue to be the heart of the community and a clean and safe place for families, students, and co-workers to gather.”Phase 2 tenants include Sushi Brokers, Farm & Craft, Clever Koi, Grubstak, Even Stevens, Tuft and Needle, Brown Law Firm, and Security Title Agency. (Photo courtesy of LGE Design Build)The second phase includes two buildings totaling 32,000 square-feet with ground floor restaurant and retail space, and second floor office space. The north building is about 10,000 square-feet and the south building is about 22,000 square-feet. Phoenix-based Cawley Architects and AV3 Design served as architects for the Phase 2 shell.“Heritage Marketplace has grown rapidly,” said Dave Sellers, president of LGE Design Build. “This unique mixed use infill project was designed to create walkable, street-focused retail that collides with office, generating considerable energy in downtown Gilbert.”In Phase 1, LGE completed 31,000 square-feet of dynamic mixed-use office/retail/restaurant space, earning AZRE’s 2016 RED Award for Mixed Use Project.Tenants included Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles, Pomo Pizzeria, Barrio Queen, Zinburger and Petersen’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream, Pacific Pharmacy Consultants, EcoTec and People’s Mortgage.Nico opened in the Phase 1 building in May. The 3,217 square-foot restaurant features a back bar with sliding chalkboards, large wall mirrors and an outdoor patio. LGE Design Group served as the architect for Nico’s restaurant.Osso decided to locate Nico, named after his 2-year-old son, in Heritage Marketplace because he lives in Gilbert and enjoys the entertainment district’s energy.“It’s a home away from home. I want to get to know my neighbors. I don’t think I could have picked a better place than Heritage Marketplace,” said Osso, who owns Nico with business partner Brad Kircher.Nico, a chef-driven concept with a family atmosphere, also caters to special occasions.“I’m focused on the experience from the greeting to the boutique wine list, craft cocktails, highest quality ingredients and impeccable service. You feel comfortable from the moment you walk in,” said Osso, a James Beard Award-nominated chef. Osso’s Virtu restaurant was named one of the top 25 restaurants in the country by Esquire Magazine.LGE has plans for another dynamic retail development to the south of Heritage Marketplace, tentatively called Gilbert Market, which will include 38,000 square-feet of restaurant, retail and entertainment businesses. Construction start date and users to be announced soon.Across the street at 323 N. Gilbert Road, LGE is constructing Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, designed to connect with the town’s agricultural roots.last_img read more

FEI Tribunal dismisses UAE request to lift suspension

first_img 11 April 2014, 10:01 FEI Announces Mission & Structure Of Endurance Task Force The FEI Tribunal also ruled that the FEI Headquarters should continue to issue passports for non-Endurance horses from the UAE. This followed a request from the UAE National Federation to be allowed to issue horse passports for non-Endurance horses. 26 February 2015, 14:07 FEI removes UAE international Endurance events from official calendar The request for interim relief prior to a full hearing was considered by a three-member FEI Tribunal panel made up of Henrik Arle (FIN), who chaired the panel, Erik Elstad (NOR) and Pierre Ketterer (FRA). The full merits of the case will be heard by the same Tribunal panel at a later date. Tags: endurance, FEI, United Arab Emirates THE FEI Tribunal has dismissed a request from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) National Federation for an interim lifting of its suspension from the FEI. The Tribunal’s decision means that the suspension remains in force pending the final outcome of the formal appeal by the UAE National Federation against the suspension. Home  »  Featured News  »  FEI Tribunal dismisses UAE request to lift suspension FEI Tribunal dismisses UAE request to lift suspension 28 August 2014, 18:35 IRELAND EVENTING TEAM IN SEVENTH AFTER FIRST DAY AT WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMEScenter_img The FEI Bureau provisionally suspended the UAE National Federation on 12 March 2015 for an indeterminate period following an investigation by the FEI into major horse welfare issues and non-compliance with FEI Rules and Regulations in the discipline of Endurance. 12 March 2015, 10:36 FEI suspends UAE National Federation 31 January 2015, 12:09 FEI Endurance Forum in Costa Rica discusses new Endurance rules 9 January 2015, 11:16 FEI appoints Endurance Independent Governance Advisors Related news stories In its decision, which has been published on the FEI website today, the FEI Tribunal stated that it had “taken note of the FEI’s argument that the FEI Bureau Decision had been taken primarily on horse welfare grounds, due to consistent rule breaching by the Appellant, the effects of which was jeopardising horse welfare . . . The Tribunal therefore finds that the Appellant’s interest in having the suspension lifted does not outweigh the FEI’s interest in protecting horse welfare.” 7 May 2015, 14:35last_img read more