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Lindt Chocolate Celebrates Grand Opening of New Empire State Shop in New York City

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Lindt Master Chocolatier Crafts Limited Edition Statue of Liberty Milk Chocolate Bar

Premium Swiss chocolatier Lindt will celebrate the grand opening of its newest Lindt Chocolate Shop in the Midtown district of Manhattan on Thursday, December 6th. Just in time for the Holiday 2018 season, Lindt will open its doors across the street from the Empire State Building to welcome chocolate enthusiasts of the world with complimentary samples, gifts with purchase and many more special treats. The Empire State Lindt Chocolate Shop will be the premium chocolatier’s second retail location in New York City.

The first 200 guests to visit the shop on Thursday, December 6th through Saturday, December 8th will receive a complimentary limited-edition Statue of Liberty Milk Chocolate Bar, specially crafted for the occasion by the Lindt Master Chocolatiers. In addition, guests will be treated to free LINDOR truffle samples.

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Store Location and Hours:
7 W. 34th St.
New York, NY 10001
*9am-9pm Sunday – Monday
*Holiday 2018 hours

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MUSE Global Launches International Franchise Opportunity

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MUSE Global, a leader in innovative early childhood education, announced today it is now offering franchise opportunities throughout the United Statesand internationally. The Southern California-based schools, founded by James Cameron, Suzy Amis Cameron, and Rebecca Amis, provide effective, passion-based learning on sustainable campuses, instilling values of self-efficacy and respect for one another and the planet.

“MUSE began because I wanted a genuine educational experience for my children that nurtured their passions and truly engaged their curiosities,” said Suzy Amis Cameron, cofounder of MUSE Global. “With my sister Rebecca’s help, we have been able to cultivate and deliver a truly unique experience that focuses on the child, the community and the planet. We’ve always dreamed of offering this amazing program to children around the world, and now we can through our franchise opportunities.”

The MUSE program is a passion-based learning model that enhances communication and interconnection among students ages 2.3 through kindergarten. MUSE understands that children have varied learning habits and communication styles and that traditional learning programs can often overlook some of these intricacies. It also places a priority on sustainability as a core value, providing 100 percent organic, plant-based lunch programs.

Educators and prospective business owners around the world who invest in MUSE have the opportunity to expand this innovative learning experience and make it available to children in their communities. A MUSE School franchise, dedicated to helping children explore their passions while learning core academics, offers many specialist educational programs such as Seed-to-Table, Maker Space and World Languages.

“One of the five pillars of our communication model is to create equity across children with various personality types, interests and passions,” said Rebecca Amis, cofounder and chief innovation officer of MUSE Global. “As an educator, it’s inspiring for me to motivate and communicate with students in alignment with their identified personalities. Now as the MUSE family grows, we’ll be able to impact even more children around the world and create positive change for our communities – and the planet – through meaningful and engaging education.”

For more information about franchise opportunities or enrollment a MUSE Global School, please visit https://www.museglobal.org/

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EQT Real Estate Expands French Portfolio With Office Acquisition in Paris for EUR 42 Million

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  • The transaction represents EQT Real Estate’s fourth acquisition in Paris – a 9,050 square metre vacant office property for a price of EUR 42 million
  • The property is located on rue Mozart in Clichy Saint-Ouen, North Paris, less than 200 metres away from a new Metro station due to open in 2020
  • The investment represents the EQT Real Estate I fund’s ninth investment to date

The EQT Real Estate I fund (or “EQT Real Estate”) continues to invest in established European office markets and today announces the acquisition of a vacant office property located in Clichy Saint-Ouen, North Paris. The property was acquired from a French pension fund advised by investment manager AEW.

Clichy Saint-Ouen is a mature sub-market in Paris with strong transport links. It will be further improved by the extension of Metro line 14 in 2020, which will place it just three stops from Paris’Central Business District. The asset, built in 2001, comprises 9,050 square metres of office and storage space, and 199 parking spaces. The property is fully vacant and has been recently stripped out. The acquisition aligns with the firm’s strategy to focus on gateway cities with strong demographics driving sustainable GDP and office-based employment growth.

Olivier Astruc, Managing Director at EQT Partners and Investment Advisor to EQT Real Estate I, says: “This investment in Clichy, North Paris, further demonstrates the strategy to create modern offices suited to occupiers’ needs for affordable and accessible grade A office space. EQT Real Estate has now completed four transactions in Paris, building a portfolio exceeding 60,000 square metres and EUR 500 million in gross development value. We continue to see strong demand from institutional investors, and EQT Real Estate’s strategy will allow us to continue to unlock value in key European sub-markets.”

During the acquisition process, EQT Real Estate I was advised by Savills, George V Notaires, De Pardieu Brocas Maffei, JLL Project & Development Services and Beadmans. Funds managed by ACOFI Gestion financed the acquisition, advised by Etude Panhard and Allen & Overy. The vendor was advised by Prud’homme & Baum and investment manager AEW.

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EMBRAER S.A.: Kazakhstan’s Air Astana Receives Its First E190-E2 Jet

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Air Astana, the flag carrier of Kazakhstan, presented its first E190-E2 jet in a ceremony held today in Astana. The airline will receive four additional E190-E2s next year, with the last of the five aircraft, leased by AerCap, being delivered in the final quarter of 2019. The Kazakhstan airline will start flying the new aircraft on domestic and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) routes later this month.

“All of us at Air Astana are pleased to receive our first E190-E2, and we look forward to a smooth entry into service and a simple transition for our pilots. We know Embraer’s E-Jets well, and have high expectations for their new generation aircraft in terms of economics, environmental impact, and levels of comfort and convenience for our customers,” said Peter Foster, President of Air Astana.

Air Astana’s first E190-E2 features a “snow leopard” livery, designed and hand painted by Embraer in the ‘Profit Hunter’ style. Air Astana’s snow leopard joins the now famous Eagle, Tiger, and Shark E2s with the distinctive ‘Profit Hunter’ nose art. For Air Astana however, the paint scheme is designed to draw global attention to the threat of extinction faced by the wild cat. The snow leopard is an official symbol of Kazakhstan and is native to the country’s southern mountain ranges.

Foster continued. “Our passengers, staff, and in fact the whole of Kazakhstan will appreciate the amazing depiction of the snow leopard on our new jet. The snow leopard embodies the resilience and ambition of our nation, and we all strive to save these magnificent creatures from extinction and for posterity”.

“We are honored to deliver our most advanced commercial aircraft to our good friends at Air Astana”, said John Slattery, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “For a manufacturer, there is no better reward than to see a customer’s business continuously growing with our products. Air Astana’s decision to embrace the E2 program is a further measure of trust in Embraer and in the E-Jets family of commercial aircraft.”

The delivery marks the beginning of Air Astana’s fleet renewal. Currently the airline operates fleet of E190s aircraft, the first of which was delivered in 2011.

The E190-E2 is the first of three new aircraft types that will make up the Embraer E2 family of aircraft developed to succeed the first-generation E-Jets. Compared to the first-generation E190, the E190-E2 burns 17.3% less fuel and nearly 10% less than its direct competitor. This makes it the most efficient single-aisle aircraft on the market. The E190-E2 brings more flexibility with maximum range of up to 3,293 miles (5,300 km), about 621 miles (1,000 km) more than the first-generation E190.

The E190-E2 also generates significant savings for airlines in terms of maintenance costs, with a reduction of up to 25%. It has the longest maintenance intervals with 10,000 flight hours for basic checks and no calendar limit in typical E-Jets utilization. This means an additional 15 days of aircraft utilization over a period of ten years.

Pilots of the first-generation E-Jets require only two-and-a-half days of training without the need for a full flight simulator in order to fly the E2, which decreases the training burden and saves both time and money for the airlines. The E2 cockpit features advanced Honeywell Primus Epic 2 integrated avionics. Combined with the closed-loop fly-by-wire controls, the systems work together to improve aircraft performance, decrease pilot workload and enhance flight safety.

From the passenger’s perspective, the E2 cabin features a comfortable two-by-two layout. The absence of a middle seat enables passengers to have an enjoyable flight experience with more legroom and additional luggage storage space.

Embraer is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial jets with up to 150 seats. The Company has 100 customers from all over the world operating the ERJ and E-Jet families of aircraft. For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged almost 1,800 orders and 1,400 deliveries, redefining the traditional concept of a regional aircraft. Today, E-Jets are flying in fleets of 70 customers in 50 countries.

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