DTZ Appoints Agnes Estes as Global Head of Marketing and Communications Jul 29, 2014 10:51AM

CHICAGO, July 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DTZ, a leading global property services firm, announced today that Agnes Estes has been appointed Global Head of Marketing and Communications, effective immediately. In her role, Estes will lead DTZ's global marketing and communications functions including brand positioning, corporate marketing, corporate communications and digital strategies. She will serve on the company's global executive committee and report to Global Chief Executive Officer Tod Lickerman. She will be based in DTZ's global headquarters in Chicago.

Agnes Estes

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"We are pleased to welcome Agnes to DTZ's executive team," said Lickerman. "Agnes' broad marketing communications experience with global Fortune 100 companies, make her the ideal candidate to lead our global brand strategy at a time when DTZ is poised for accelerated growth worldwide."

Estes' appointment comes at the launch of a new phase of global expansion for DTZ, following the recent agreement between DTZ's parent company UGL and TPG and PAG Consortium for the sale of DTZ to the private equity consortium. Mary Tamaki, who has been the acting global director of marketing, will assume the role of Head of DTZ's Marketing and Communications for the Americas.

"DTZ is an industry leader with a clear vision, a client-centric culture and unmatched potential for growth," said Estes. "I'm thrilled to be joining the company at such an exciting time and honored to be leading its talented global marketing team."

Estes joins DTZ from Edelman, the world's largest public relations firm, where she served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications and led several award-winning integrated marketing communication strategies for clients that included Humana, GE Transportation, Pfizer and Roche Diagnostics.

Prior to Edelman, Estes served as Vice President and Senior Manager of Marketing Communications for BMO Harris Bank, where she led external marketing communications campaigns and internal change management initiatives. Earlier in her career Estes held a number of corporate relations positions of increasing responsibility at Allstate Corporation where she drove the company's corporate positioning efforts.

Estes earned her MSc in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University and her BA in Communications and French from the University of Michigan.

About DTZ

DTZ is a global leader in property services. We provide occupiers and investors around the world with industry leading, end-to-end property solutions comprised of leasing agency and brokerage, integrated property and facilities management, capital markets, project management, investment and asset management and valuation services. In addition, our award winning research and consulting services provide our clients with global and local market knowledge, forecasting and trend analysis to make the best long-term decisions for their continuous success far into the future. DTZ has 24,200 employees operating across 208 offices in 52 countries. For more information, visit: www.dtz.com.

About UGL Limited ABN 85 009 180 287

UGL Limited (ASX: UGL) is a global diversified services company delivering critical assets and essential services that sustain and enhance the environment in which we live. UGL comprises two business units - DTZ and Engineering - which provide whole of life cycle solutions to clients across the property, power, water, rail, resources, transport & technology systems and defence sectors. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, UGL operates worldwide across 52 countries. For more information, visit: www.ugllimited.com

         Tod Lickerman
         Chief Executive Officer
         +1 312 424 8134

         Agnes Estes
         Global Director, Marketing and Communications
         +1 312 424 8067

         Media please contact:
         Mary Tamaki, +1 213 426 3015

Source: DTZ, a UGL company

GridPoint Announces Canem Systems as First Canadian Channel Partner Jul 29, 2014 10:51AM

Company strengthens its channel program with addition of Canem

ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- GridPoint, an innovator in comprehensive, data-driven energy management systems (EMS) that enable customers to optimize energy savings, facility efficiency and sustainability efforts, is pleased to announce Canem Systems, a leader in Canada’s electrical contracting industry, as the first Canadian extension of GridPoint’s Channel Partner Program. Due to the experience and knowledge they gained as a GridPoint installation partner for rollouts at major Canadian retail and restaurant chains, Canem has chosen to resell GridPoint’s EMS products as part of their strategy to offer best of breed energy and carbon savings solutions to their customers.

Canem’s deep electrical, building systems and national installation expertise combined with GridPoint’s submetering, monitoring and cloud-based analytics technology enables visibility, insight and control into energy usage, thereby helping businesses lower consumption, save money and reduce carbon emissions by up to 30%.

“Extending GridPoint’s business reach more fully into Canada will accelerate our growth and market share,” said Mark Straton, senior vice president of sales and marketing at GridPoint. “Canem is a proven partner and we are excited to work together to provide Canadian enterprises with the industry’s most innovative energy management systems.”

Five Megatrends Prompting the Emergence of the Energy Conscious Enterprise

Canem and GridPoint’s strategic partnership delivers solutions Canadian enterprises need as they face challenges impacting the energy market. Energy prices remain volatile and continue to rise, new government regulations and standards are increasing and corporations are expected to be more and more environmentally responsible. World-class businesses that have transformed into energy conscious enterprises recognize the escalating expenses associated with these changes and are leveraging improved affordability and advances in Internet of Things technologies to manage energy usage through measurement.

“Providing actionable information is a necessity for today’s energy management systems. Canem is delighted for the opportunity to work with an organization such as GridPoint, which has demonstrated its commitment to proactively deliver innovative solutions to the marketplace,” says Clint Undseth, vice president of corporate development at Canem.

About Canem Systems

Canem was founded in 1960 as an electrical contracting firm in Vancouver, British Columbia. The majority of their early work consisted of commercial and light industrial electrical installations. Since then, Canem has served as a partner in the development of many of Canada’s most prestigious and important building projects. With a current workforce of over 1,200 people, they have built up their electrical contracting capacity to support virtually any size or type of installation across Western Canada.

Now, with offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Vancouver Island, Canem continues to innovate through Building Performance solutions derived from years of experience. Canem’s National Rollout Program continues to grow and is helping provide quality and consistency across Canada all through a single point of contact. The Canem team’s highly skilled workforce with an entrepreneurial spirit and focus on quality project delivery through pre-planning, pre-fabrication, logistics, vendor management and project control tools has helped Canem to become a trusted industry partner. Staying true to their roots, the company retains the flexibility to competitively serve even the smallest clients with the same interests and efficiency as large projects.

About GridPoint

GridPoint is an innovator in comprehensive, data-driven energy management solutions (EMS) that leverage the power of real-time data collection, big data analytics and cloud computing to maximize energy savings, operational efficiency, capital utilization and sustainability benefits. GridPoint’s integrated energy management portfolio of asset-level submetering and monitoring, intelligent control, energy management software and professional services can generate energy savings up to 30% and an 18-36 month payback.

GridPoint solutions are deployed at over 12,000 sites with over 75 billion customer data points collected to date, and 100 million added daily. Customers include 6 of the top 10 retailers by total sales, 4 of the top 10 casual dining restaurants, 7 of the top 20 quick serve restaurants, leading commercial and industrial enterprises and major government and educational institutions. To learn more, visit GridPoint.com, and keep up with the latest GridPoint news via LinkedIn linkedin.com/company/gridpoint and Twitter @gridpoint.


Sarah Trainor, 703-667-7173



Canem Systems

Linda Andrews, 604-242-2006


Source: GridPoint

The Deal Announces Results Of H1 2014 M&A League Tables Jul 29, 2014 10:50AM

NEW YORK, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Deal, TheStreet's (NASDAQ: TST) institutional business, announced the results of their rankings of the top firms and professionals involved in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) for the first half of 2014. With 492 deals of $100 million or more worth a total of $649 billion, the U.S. M&A market is on pace for its best year since the late 1990s.

"The numbers are more than impressive in the first half of the year," reported David Marcus, Senior Writer for The Deal. "Blockbuster deals are back. Hostile deals are back. Pharma companies are buying everything in sight. Silicon Valley deal making is more frenzied than it's been at any time since the dot-com era." 

League Table highlights:

  • Top law firms included Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP with 44 total deals; Kirkland & Ellis LLP with 42 total deals; Latham & Watkins LLP with 39 total deals; and both Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP with 29 deals each.
  • Top law firms representing investment advisers included White & Case LLP with 19 total deals; Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP with 11 total deals; Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP with 10 total deals and both Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP with 8 total deals each.
  • Top Delaware law firms included Richards, Layton & Finger PA with 34 total deals; followed by Morris Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP with 26 total deals and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP with 12 total deals.
  • Top investment advisers included Goldman, Sachs & Co. with 55 total deals; Morgan Stanley with 51 total deals; Barclays Capital with 49 total deals; JPMorgan Chase & Co. with 46 total deals and Bank of America Merrill Lynch with 43 total deals.
  • Top proxy solicitors/information agents included MacKenzie Partners Inc. with 25 total deals; Innisfree M&A Inc. with 18 total deals and both D.F. King & Co. and Okapi Partners LLC with 10 deals each.
  • The top public relations firms were Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher with 44 total deals; Sard Verbinnen & Co. with 41 total deals and Abernathy MacGregor Group Inc. with 19 total deals.

The full report is available online.

About The Deal's M&A League TablesRankings include the names of lead M&A and/or corporate partners at law firms that represented the principals and investment advisers. Only deals involving a change of control of a target company with a market value of $100 million or more are included, and only when a key party involved is a U.S. company. Unless the target is a recognized stand-alone operating business, rankings will not include asset sales, unit sales, sales of subsidiaries, spin-offs or joint ventures. Deals with undisclosed transactions values are not eligible. The Deal's M&A League Tables, which come out each quarter, are cumulative across the year.

About The Deal The Deal, a business unit of TheStreet, has been serving corporate dealmakers, advisers and institutional investors the most sophisticated analysis of the deal economy since 1999. Our transaction information service, The Deal Pipeline, is powered by a newsroom of senior journalists who offer proprietary research and reporting across M&A, bankruptcies, auctions and financings. It includes a breaking news service, First Take; daily and weekly sector newsletters; The Daily Deal, a 2x daily report of the day's top stories; a research center with over a decade's worth of intelligence and a database of over 100,000 deals; and an iPad & iPhone app. Our marketing & media services group produces the industry's leading forecasting event, The Deal Economy, held annually in New York City in addition to industry webcasts and integrated marketing programs. For more information, visit www.thedeal.com.

CONTACT: Emily Scheer  212.321.5521  Emily.Scheer@thestreet.com

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New Book Offers Unique Perspective on Canine Comportment Jul 29, 2014 10:50AM

Westwood, Mass. (PRWEB) July 29, 2014

For Gracie, being a dog is just about the most wonderful thing there is. Not only do dogs get to play, eat tasty treats, take long, lazy naps, and go on interesting walks, they enjoy the love and companionship of their humans. However, as she points out in this new book, even the very best dogs can use a little help with keeping their humans happy. Gracie uses her unique doggie perspective and keen powers of observation to provide practical tips to dogs of all ages.

In "The Grace Guide to Good Manners for Proper Pooches," Gracie turns her paw to topics from coping with babies and children, to proper behavior at bath time, on the golf course, at dinner parties, and around computers. She tackles pointers for being around other dogs (If you don't have anything nice to bark, don't bark at all!) and proffers practical advice on their ever-confusing dealings with cats. (Keep a sharp eye out – they're everywhere!) Fun topics such as kisses, house guests, and visits to the vet get equal treatment.

Charming illustrations by Anne E. Moses accentuate this whimsical guide to doggie dos and don'ts, appropriate for dogs of all makes, shapes, and sizes, and the humans who love them. It is the first in the series of Gracie Guides where the peripatetic pooch offers her beguiling canine take on the world around her.

Gracie, an English cocker spaniel, was born in Hungary and has lived in many interesting places. She enjoys playing in the snow, swimming in the sea, and chicken. Anne E. Moses was born in the United States and has lived in Switzerland, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Greece. She enjoys traveling with her husband, Bill, and their ever-observant travel companion, Gracie.

For additional information, please visit http://www.thegracieguides.com

The Gracie Guide to Good Manners for Proper Pooches
A book by Gracie with Anne E. Moses
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-2843-9
38 pages
$13.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC:

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at http://www.dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

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Marinalg: Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) Affirms Carrageenan Safety for Use in Infant Formula Jul 29, 2014 10:49AM

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At its 79th meeting in June, the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) completed an in-depth review of the science related to the safety of carrageenan—a soluble fiber made from red seaweed and used as a stabilizer in food—finding it to be safe for use in infant formula, including formula for special medical purposes.

JECFA is a respected scientific review panel that evaluates the safety of food additives. Its reports are used to guide food additive regulatory approvals around the world and are among the most important testimonials to the safety of any food additive that can be given. Carrageenan was one of four food additives reviewed in 2014 for use in infant formula by a special JECFA committee.

After reviewing available research on carrageenan safety, particularly a new study of piglets that is representative of human infants consuming carrageenan in infant formula, JECFA concluded that "the use of carrageenan in infant formula or formula for special medical purposes at concentrations up to 1000 mg/L is not of concern."

JECFA's findings are the latest in a series of global reviews examining scientific research on carrageenan and reaffirming its safety for continued use in food, including infant formula. The piglet study cited by JECFA was conducted by an independent laboratory and supported by carrageenan producers and related industries. As recently as 2013, U.S. regulatory agencies continued approval of carrageenan for use in organic infant formula and other organic food.

"We fully support the findings of JECFA, as they underscore the long history of safe use of carrageenan in foods," said Marinalg International President Bill Matakas. "We believe the findings are reflective of the informed science that has repeatedly affirmed carrageenan's safety. The use of carrageenan to stabilize infant formula has significant positive impacts on the product, including ensuring vital nutrients remain stable and available to infants. We are pleased that JECFA has affirmed its safety for such an important use."

Some critics of carrageenan have cited scientific findings in regulatory comments or in social media that refer to animal testing using poligeenan, a substance sometimes improperly referred to as "degraded carrageenan" that is never used in foods. Other critics have suggested that food-grade carrageenan might break down during digestion into a potentially harmful substance. Informed, carefully conducted science has consistently shown that food grade carrageenan is safe and binds so tightly to protein that it cannot be broken down into poligeenan during digestion.

"The carrageenan we use today in food has undergone strenuous review by numerous regulatory agencies around the world and in every single case it has been declared safe," Matakas said. "Its unique abilities to stabilize food, to replace fat or to extend shelf life in certain uses make it an important asset in not just the enjoyment of food, but also in the effort to provide safe, affordable food—including infant formula—to all parts of the world."

For the full JECFA summary, visit www.who.int/foodsafety/publications/Summary79.pdf?ua=1.

Carrageenan in its raw form, sometimes called "Irish moss," has been eaten and used as a food ingredient for hundreds of years across the globe. The name carrageenan is derived from the Irish word carraigín, meaning "little rock," as the seaweed naturally forms on small rocks in coastal waters. Today, carrageenan is sustainably farmed and processed for use as a stabilizing ingredient in a variety of foods, including dairy, meat and drink products.

About Marinalg: Marinalg International is a global organization supporting the interests of seaweed farmers, consumers and the hydrocolloids industry, including carrageenan. Marinalg supports the dissemination of sound science and technical expertise related to the safety and efficacy in the production and use of hydrocolloids from seaweed farms to family tables. Marinalg represents the regulatory interests of the seaweed-processing industry before various international bodies, such as Codex Alimentarius, and national regulatory authorities, including the European Food Safety Authority, the U.S Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For more information about carrageenan visit www.Marinalg.org.

SOURCE Marinalg International

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