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Nat’l Multisport Competition to Kick Off in Incheon on Weekend

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SEOUL, South Korea, Oct. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The largest national multisport competition is set to kick off this weekend in Incheon, a metropolitan city located west of Seoul, which hopes to use this occasion as a test for a larger international competition it will host next year.

Incheon, 40 kilometers west of Seoul with a population of 2.9 million, will stage the 94th annual National Sports Festival starting this Saturday. The event will go on until Oct. 24.

According to the event organizers, 22,000 athletes and 8,000 officials will descend on the third most-populated city in the country, competing in 44 medal sports and two demonstration sports.

Incheon will also serve as the host of the 2014 Asian Games next September, as the third South Korean city to host the quadrennial continental event. Song Young-gil, mayor of Incheon doubling as the chief organizer of the National Sports Festival, has said the national event will help the city lay the foundation for a successful Asian Games.

“We’re hosting the National Sports Festival for the first time in 14 years, at a time when we’re developing into a global hub,” Song told Yonhap News Agency in an earlier interview. “I think it’s more significant that this is taking place with the Asian Games one year away. It will give us a good opportunity to test our infrastructure and operating systems.”

Song also said the national event will “showcase Incheon’s potential and elevated status.”

“Aside from the competitions, we will offer plenty of other attractions for visitors,” the mayor said. “We hope that many people will come and enjoy themselves in Incheon.”

Song said about 920,000 people are expected to attend the National Sports Festival. He said a series of cultural events, including the World Food Culture Fair from Friday to Sunday, will be held on the sidelines of the sports competition.

The host Incheon will send its largest delegation ever, with 1,302 athletes and 328 officials in all 46 events. The mayor is counting on Incheon athletes put up some medals on board and crack the top three in the standings.

Incheon’s highest-finish at a National Sports Festival was a third-place showing in 1999, the last time it served as the host.

The city this year will be led by swimmer Park Tae-hwan, a four-time Olympic medalist. He will enter five races in the pool.

Among other stars from last year’s London Olympics, Yang Hak-seon, gold medalist in men’s vault in artistic gymnastics, Ki Bo-bae, double gold medalist in women’s archery, and Shin A-lam, silver medal winner in women’s epee fencing, will also compete at the National Sports Festival.

Source: Incheon-National Sports Festival Organizing Committee

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October 21, 2013 at 12:08 pm

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Empire State Realty Trust and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Give New York City And The World A Halloween “Treat” With Spectacular LED Tower Light And Music Show

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  • World’s Most Famous Office Building Announces New Light Show Synchronized to Music

NEW YORK, Oct. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) today announced with its partner Clear Channel Media and Entertainment that they will join together to give New York City and the world a special Halloween Trick and Treat. The Empire State Building (ESB), the International Icon of the Skyline of New York City, will synchronize its LED tower lights to Halloween-themed music broadcast on Clear Channel’s powerhouse radio stations Z100 and 103.5 KTU at 8:30 p.m. EST, on October 31, 2013. The skyline spectacular will be choreographed by internationally-acclaimed lighting designer Marc Brickman to a Halloween-inspired soundtrack transmitted from atop ESB. The light and music show will also be featured during the 40thanniversary of New York’s Greenwich Village Halloween Parade.

“Empire State Building and Clear Channel’s first-ever Halloween light show comes on the heels of our premier light show to two songs by Alicia Keys and our performance in the Macy’s July 4th fireworks display finale. For this show, we have a new surprise several months in the making which will bring even more excitement to New York City’s skyline,” said Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman, President and CEO of ESRT. “ESRT and Clear Channel are thrilled to gift our latest light show performance to our global audience to enjoy and share.”

“We are excited to partner with Empire State Realty Trust, offering listeners the soundtrack to the Empire State Building’s first-ever Halloween LED tower light show,” said Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. “The Empire State Building is New York City’s international landmark and what better way to celebrate this ‘All Hallows’ Eve’ themed light show event than with New York’s top hit music stations Z100 and 103.5 KTU.”

Following the live performance, fans around the world can watch the official video of the entire light show on the Empire State Building’s YouTube page by accessing the following link: www.youtube.com/esbnyc. Individuals are invited to take part in the showcase by utilizing the hashtag #ESBoo on social media channels.

“I have had the privilege of curating lighting designs for some of the top names in entertainment, but no project has inspired me as much as my work with the Empire State Building,” said Marc Brickman, lighting designer. “The Empire State Building is the crown jewel of New York City, and I can’t wait for people around the world to see what is in store for Halloween. With each light show, I strive to push boundaries in light design and look forward to entertaining the globe with the coveted Empire State Building tower lights for many years to come.”

About the Empire State Building
Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna), the Empire State Building, owned by Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., is the “World’s Most Famous Office Building.” With new investments in energy efficiency, infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries from around the world. The skyscraper’s robust broadcasting technology supports all major television and FM radio stations in the New York metropolitan market. The Empire State Building was named America’s favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects, and the Empire State Building Observatory is one of the world’s most beloved attractions as the region’s #1 tourist destination. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit www.esbnyc.com,www.facebook.com/empirestatebuilding, @EmpireStateBldg, www.instagram.com/empirestatebldg,www.youtube.com/esbnyc or www.pinterest.com/empirestatebldg/.

About Empire State Realty Trust
Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT), a leading real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including the Empire State Building, the world’s most famous office building. Headquartered in New York, New York, the Company’s premier office and retail portfolio covers 8.4 million rentable square feet, as of June 30, 2013, and is comprised of 7.7 million rentable square feet in 12 office properties, including seven in Manhattan, three in Fairfield County, Connecticut and two in Westchester County, New York; and 645,067 rentable square feet in six retail properties, including four in Manhattan and two in Westport, Connecticut. The Company also owns land at the Stamford, Connecticut Transportation Center that supports the development of an approximately 380,000 rentable square foot office building and garage and has an option to acquire two additional Manhattan office properties encompassing approximately 1.5 million rentable square feet of office space and over 150,000 rentable square feet of retail space at the base of the buildings.

About Clear Channel Media and Entertainment
With 243 million monthly listeners in the U.S., Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment serves 150 markets through 840 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on iPads and smartphones, and used via navigation systems. iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 225 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history.

The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online and mobile services and products, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is a division of CC Media Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: CCMO), a leading global media and entertainment company. More information on the company can be found at ClearChannel.com.

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Media Contacts:
Jessica Redling, Edelman Angel Aristone, Clear Channel
+1-212-277-3773 +1-212-377-7802
Jessica.Redling@Edelman.com angelaristone@clearchannel.com
Source: Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.

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October 21, 2013 at 11:15 am

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Leading Corporations Join Forces to Tackle Freight Emissions in Asia

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SINGAPORE, Oct. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Global leading corporations launched Green Freight Asia, a non-profit association of manufacturers, freight logistics companies and carriers to advance green freight efforts that promote greenhouse gas- and fuel-efficient freight transportation and decrease air pollution in Asia.

Leading logistics service providers, DHL and UPS, global home furnishing retailer IKEA, and technology leaders HP and Lenovo, supported by partners, Green Transformation Lab[1] and Clean Air Asia[2], have joined together as founding members to incorporate Green Freight Asia as a non-profit association in Singapore, emerging from an informal network created in 2011 by Green Transformation Lab and Clean Air Asia, along with 25 shippers, logistics companies and carriers.

“Logistics costs as percentage of GDP range from about 14% in India and 18% in China to 24% in Indonesia, compared to about 10% in the US, Europe and Japan[3]. Fuel scarcity and rising fuel prices pose a higher risk to economies in Asia.” explained Stephan Schablinski, newly appointed Executive Director of Green Freight Asia.

Robert Earley, Transport Program Manager of Clean Air Asia said: “Only 9% of vehicles in Asia are trucks, but they are responsible for 54% of CO2 emissions and a similar proportion of particulate emissions. By orienting shippers, carriers and other players in the logistics industry to focus on improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions from trucks, Asian countries can help address climate change while also making their economies stronger and the air in cities cleaner.”[4]

Green Freight Asia will work with its members to develop and promote tools for measuring and reporting fuel consumption and emissions from road freight and identify what technologies and strategies will be most effective for carriers to reduce fuel consumption, such as low rolling resistance tires, equipment to reduce aerodynamic drag, alternative fuels, fleet management and driver training.

A benchmarking scheme will be developed to evaluate and recognize the sustainability efforts of manufacturing companies, freight logistics companies and carriers, and importantly, make these accomplishments visible to consumers and investors. Furthermore, a platform for sharing best practices between member companies will make it easier for others to replicate successes.

The association will also focus on working with Asian governments in developing national green freight programs

Green Freight Asia will create value for its members by helping them to achieve increased fuel efficiency that saves costs and increases business competitiveness, and to recognize the sustainability efforts that are being made, to inform consumers about members’ level of commitment to more sustainable transport — all with the objective of decreasing air pollution and GHG emissions in Asia.

Green Freight Asia is open for companies to join as members, and is also hoping to attract other partner organizations who share the same vision to enable methods and partnerships for industry to accelerate the adoption of sustainable supply chain practices across Asia.

Notes:

Visit www.greenfreightasia.org

[1] The Green Transformation Lab is a DHL-Singapore Management University collaboration
[2] Clean Air Asia was established in 2001 as the premier air quality network for Asia by the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and USAID. Its mission is to promote better air quality and livable cities by translating knowledge to policies and actions that reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from transport, energy and other sectors. Independent since 2007, it is a UN-recognized partnership of nearly 250 organizations across Asia, with networks across 8 countries.
[3] Economist Intelligence Unit, ARC Advisory, China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing, Indonesia Infrastructure Initiative
[4] Clean Air Asia, 2012. “Accessing Asia: Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Indicators for Road Transport and Electricity.” Pasig City, Philippines. http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/11573
Source: Green Freight Asia

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October 21, 2013 at 11:01 am

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Environmental Defense Fund Launches Toolkit to Help Fishermen and Managers

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  • Manuals, Guides and Reports to Design Sustainable and Profitable Fisheries, Including Those with Limited Data

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) today launched the world’s most comprehensive toolkit for designing and implementing management systems that can restore the resiliency, sustainability and profitability of fisheries around the world.

“Global overfishing is a 21st century problem that people have been trying to fix with 20th century solutions,” saidKate Bonzon, Director of EDF’s Catch Share Design Center. “Our toolkit provides low cost, cutting-edge and highly replicable solutions to help fishermen and fishery managers achieve economic and ecological recovery, even in fisheries lacking adequate data.”

According to a recent study in Science, 80% of global fisheries lack important data for stock assessments, a critical first step toward sustainable fisheries. EDF’s toolkit includes a guide dedicated to bridging this gap, providing fishermen and managers with key resources and expertise.

Developed in conjunction with more than 80 global experts, the toolkit reflects the experience of successful and diverse fisheries around the world. It highlights pragmatic solutions to pressing problems and provides guidance that fishermen and managers can use to navigate the administrative hurdles they often face.

“Each year, poor governance costs the global fishing industry as much as $50 billion,” said Michael Arbuckle, Senior Fisheries Specialist for the World Bank. “EDF has developed a valuable tool that can help fisheries managers create economic and social benefits for the many fishers and communities dependent on the resource for their future.”

Online at fisherytoolkit.edf.org, the toolkit includes more than a dozen design, planning and educational features:

For decades, EDF has worked alongside fishermen and fishery managers to end overfishing by developing proven fishery management solutions.

“I needed advice on how to suggest management decisions for the Prawn fishery in Sweden and the design manual has been my guide,” said Peter Olsson, a Swedish fisherman who catches Norwegian lobster and herring out of Smogen, Sweden.

“We believe access to helpful, easy-to-use tools is key to developing sustainable and profitable fisheries,” said Amanda Leland, Vice President for EDF’s Oceans Program. “And we want to ensure these tools are readily available to managers and fishermen around the world.”

Environmental Defense Fund (edf.org), a leading nonprofit organization, creates transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF links science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships. Connect with us on our Oceans Twitter and Facebook, and follow our EDFish blog.

Environmental Defense Fund’s Catch Share Design Center is a diverse team of global fishery experts who are dedicated to providing research-driven insight on improving fisheries management. From data to design, the center equips fisheries stakeholders with the tools and resources needed to create and maintain sustainable and profitable fisheries. 

Contact:
Media contact: Rahel Marsie-Hazen, rmarsie-hazen@edf.org, +1-415-293-6105

Source: Environmental Defense Fund

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October 21, 2013 at 11:00 am

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