Biofuels’ Environmental Benefits Are Growing, BIO Tells House Energy & Commerce Committee

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The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today submitted comments in response to the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s third white paper on the Renewable Fuel Standard, -Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Other Environmental Impacts.- Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section, wrote in the comments, -Given BIO’s broad and diverse set of member companies involved in energy, manufacturing and agricultural production, we are able to provide a unique perspective on the issues the Committee is seeking to have answered.- -Congress established the RFS to encourage the use of existing biofuels and the development of advanced biofuels in order to reduce our reliance on the rising cost and price volatility of foreign oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,- Erickson continued. -It is crucial we maintain the RFS in order to spur on alternative energy production and mitigate environmental impacts of petroleum. In fact the RFS is one of the rare cases of an existing and functioning greenhouse reduction program. A repeal or reduction in the RFS would be tantamount to environmental backsliding.- Erickson’s response concluded, -While primarily an economic and energy security policy, the RFS has already resulted in environmental benefits from the transportation fuel sector, incuding dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and offers the potential for substantial additional benefits in the decades to come. Realization of these future benefits is dependent on the ability of advanced biofuel developers to raise the capital necessary to build out a national advanced biofuel industry. That ability is critically dependent on the legislative stability and consistent implementation of the program. The best thing Congress can do to achieve these future benefits is to resist oil industry pressure to revise the program in their favor and allow the RFS to work.-

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Movie Reviews Bart Got A Room

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Movie Reviews this week looks by the side of the comedy Bart Got a Room.

This is a lovely comedy the in one piece dynasty will get pleasure from, it tells the story of a mainstream teenager, Danny Stein played by Steven Kaplan (a adolescent Patrick Dempsey look-alike) preparing in place of his prom night, excluding he hasn’t found a engagement to function to the prom with. However near is a high-quality acquaintance Camille, played by the lovely Alia Shawkat, who he has famous all his life, they contract on well, and even resolve train projects mutually, as her sister says “he is just about a brother”. His total dynasty and her dynasty think with the aim of they ought to function to the prom mutually, but as nearly everyone teenage boys he is looking in place of something a little outside his immediate surroundings, notably a very pretty girl, Alice played by Ashley Benson, strangely an adequate amount he wants to ask her barred to the prom even though he suspects she isn’t really interested in him, and even contemplates taking Camille’s sister to the prom, Gerties(played by the very pretty Katie McClellan) as conflicting to Camille herself.

Camille even sends him a note asking him to take her to the prom, which he lets her down gently by aphorism he has eyes in place of someone to boot.

Matters approach to extreme anxiety central theme, whilst the confined bore (complete with generously proportioned double-rimmed-glasses) not solitary has a engagement in place of the prom, but a space, from now the title of the film, much to the shock and amazement Bart’s dynasty, his look after played by the lovely Cheryl Hines (Robin William’s wife in RV) and his split dad, complete with a fussy looking perm, played by the dependable William H. Macy (Boogie Nights). His dad is demanding to unearth a engagement in place of himself, near is a funny commotion someplace he takes his engagement to a restaurant along with Danny still asking in place of advice on if the girl of his dreams ought to be asked to the prom; based on his father’s high-quality natured connotation, but unwieldy in the current circumstances, his engagement makes an excuse with the aim of her child needs the bathroom, and is seen on camera speeding inedible, while the two are discussing the circulation of Danny’s would-be prom engagement.

Mixed with his plea to maintain his parents prepared to accept, even though Danny’s look after in a jiffy has a another man in her life, who is fussy, and seemingly competing with Danny’s father in place of his affections. His dad however is dogged not to be upstaged, and is equally demanding to kind the prom something to remember in place of his son.

It is a lofty dynasty film, and you may well tell with the aim of near are aspects of it, with the aim of are biographical.

Now Is The Time To Invest In The Brazilian Real Estate Market

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Brazil property prices currently present an attractive investment opportunity for foreign investors due to a number of factors. With Brazils currency currently standing very weak against the British pound and the US dollar, investors are enjoying house price bargains that are very rarely seen in Brazil.

According to a number of currency experts the Brazil Real has weakened against the British pound and the US dollar by approximately 28% over the last 12 months (June 2011 June 2012). For instance, during the summer of 2011 foreign investors could get 1.56 Reals for each US dollar, however, in todays market, investors can expect to get two Reals per dollar.

Waseem Saddique comments: What this means in terms of house prices in Brazil is that a house that cost approximately 200,000 Reals back in 2011 would have cost $128,205 in US Dollars. In todays market the value would be around $100,000.

Based on these figures alone, the strength of the British pound compared to the Brazilian Real, means that for British investors looking to invest in Brazil property it is in fact even more affordable and therefore, a much more attractive proposition.

Although many would perceive a weakening currency to be a negative issue, from a positive perspective the declining value of the Brazilian Real means that Brazilian products are much better value for money, which has encouraged phenomenal growth across the Brazilian industry sector.

In turn, the growth of Brazilian industry increases the level of Tourism to Brazil, with tourists attracted to Brazil to buy up cheap products. What this means for the Brazilian Real Estate Market is that commercial property becomes attractive to investors.

With tourism comes the need for hotels and holiday homes and foreign investors are willing to snap up bargains on private and commercial properties and land plots in a bid to take advantage of Brazils lucrative real estate market.

In 2011 alone, Brazils Ministry of Tourism reported 5.4 million visitors to the country which is an increase of 5.3% from figures produced in 2010. On the back of this growth, a number of massive hotel chains have bought land and property across Brazil in order to cash in.

This level of investment has meant that Brazils construction industry and Housetech Development companies have also seen growth in the levels of work available to them.

Kw Srishti Ghaziabad Group Housing Project Launched By KW Group

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KW Srishti is a new housing project, which has been newly launched Raj Nagar Extn. in Ghaziabad by the KW Group. Sprawling over 41000 odd square meters of land, this residential project will offer you a life set in comfort with its well planned infrastructure along with aesthetic outdoor landscaping. Owning an apartment in KW Srishti Ghaziabad is certainly an opportunity of a lifetime for you and your loved ones. By investing your money in this residential property in Ghaziabad, you will ensure that your family is one of the privileged few to enjoy a unique lifestyle.

KW Srishti Ghaziabad seems to be highly affordable that is offering apartments in the form of 1, 2, 3 and 4 BHK for sale that are unique in design. KW Srishti comes across as one of the most desirable residential properties in Ghaziabad that offers fabulous living standards. KW Srishti has 998 dwelling unit housing complex, that provides flats in eight categories including Penthouses to 1BHK options in order to suit all pockets and plans. Following are the amenities that are coupled with these exclusive apartments of KW Srishti Raj Nagar Extn:

Ample Parking Space Swimming Pool And Kids Pool 24 Hours Power Back Up Well Equipped Gymnasium Land Scaped Garden Lifts Round-The-Clock Manned Security With Close Circuit TV Monitoring Uninterrupted 24 Hrs. Water Supply Fire Fighting And Alarm System

KW Srishti is architecturally modern and structurally strong, that is built on the concept of earth quake resistant group of multi-storied tower. This project is ideally located in Raj Nagar Extension area that is spacious and 80% of the area is open and has landscaped greens. It means modern amenities and the lush green surroundings will walk hand in hand in this project. Approved by GDA, this residential project is on freehold land coupled with top of the amenities like 24*7 manned and close circuit TV monitoring security, adequate lifts for each tower, landscaped greens and so on. If you want to book a flat in this residential project, then we, uniconproperty.com can help in every possible aspect. With the help of our zero brokerage services, you will be able to get a crystal clear deal that is reasonable as well as includes no hidden charges.

K World Group is a well reckoned real estate developer that has successfully proved to be a good industry player to infrastructure sector, especially in construction & development of Group. This group has been working tirelessly to provide one of the best Residential Complexes, Commercial Complexes, Shopping Malls, Townships, Warehouse and Industrial Sheds etc.

Unicon Property gives you a deep insight on the trends of residential Property in Ghaziabad. For more info on KW Srishti , please visit our website www.uniconproperty.com

Residential Property Cost In Gurgaon

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Residential property cost in Gurgaon has been on the upswing for several years. In the main residential areas of Gurgaon property rates has been increasing at a rate of 20 to 30 per cent annually for several years in the recent past. Such locations include: IMT Manesar, Sushant Lok, Sushant Lok I, Manesar, DLF Phase IV, Sector 52, DLF Phase V, Nirvana Country, Sector 30, Andee City, DLF Phase I, Udyog Vihar I, DLF Phase II, Golf Course Road, National Highway 8, M.G.Road, sohana Road, etc. Residential as well as commercial properties of different varieties are available in these locations. Apartments, flats, villas, shops, condominiums, commercial spaces, farm houses, etc. can be easily located in the region.

Gurgaon property cost has been on the increase for the past several years. An estimate conducted by industry experts gives a clear picture of average residential property cost in Gurgaon by mid-2009. It shows that average cost per square foot for apartments is around Rs. 4,250. In the case of houses, it comes to approximately Rs. 6,700. Again, for plots the estimate shows the average cost approximately at Rs. 4,600 per square foot. In the case of apartment units, the cost has come to around Rs. 90 lakh. Again, the average price per house unit has come to around Rs. 1.5 crore. For plot units, the price is approximately 1.6 crore. The estimate is a clear index as to the increasing cost factor of residential property in Gurgaon.

The property cost of 1BHK, 2BHK and 3BHK apartments, 1BHK, 2BHK and 3BHK houses, as per the aforesaid estimate can be summarized as follows. In Gurgaon, average square foot cost of 1BHK apartment is approximately Rs. 3,700 and average price per unit is Rs. 26.5 lac. In the case of 2BHK apartment, the price per square foot is Rs. 4000 and the average cost per unit is approximately Rs. 45 lac. For 3BHK apartment, the average cost is around Rs. 4100 and approximate cost per unit is Rs.73 lac. The estimate also analyses the cost of other residential properties such as independent houses of 1BHK, 2BHK and 3BHK. In accordance with the estimate, the cost of 1BHK house is approximately Rs. 5100 per square foot and the cost per unit around Rs.85 lac. 2BHK house costs around Rs. 5,500 per square foot and Rs. 67 lac. 3 BHK house costs Rs. 6,100 square foot-wise and Rs. 95 lac per unit.

Lodha Casa Rio Gold Among The India’s Top Residential Apartment

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Lodha Group the well recognized group in the real estate sector especially from the last few years. Now a day, if Lodha group launches any residential apartment or flats it automatically becomes the hot housing project in Mumbai. Mumbai sale regarding the residential apartments has increased in January 2013 and for this Lodha Builders are main solely responsible for the residential sale. Lodha has out competed all its rivals in recent past regarding the housing facility. Lodha builders are the second largest residential housing builder by revenue wise. Lodha Builders have their headquartered in Mumbai, state of Maharashtra and that’s why they mainly target the Mumbai area for their new or soft launch. They have been in residential as well as in the commercial sector. This particular group was formed by the Mangal Prabhat Lodha in the year 1980. Lodha Developers has tied up their connection with the New York-based architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. The corporation has planned to build three housing towers, a high-end shopping street and a superlative office building. Structural manufacturing firm Lera is associated for the project.

Lodha Casa Rio Gold has been one of the favoured residential properties by the Lodha Builders especially in the Mumbai Locality and its neighbouring areas. This particular project is located at the Dombivali- Kalyan road in Mumbai. This housing project offers 1 BHK and 2 BHK apartments with the size range of the 639 sq ft to 1386 sq ft. The price per sq ft is 5310. Lodha New Cuffe Parade has been the biggest land deals in Indian real estate history. The particular group tries to make a landmark each and every day starting from its initial point of the project. It has been very auspicious day for the Lodha builders, when achieve such huge landmark in real estate fields. From my point of view, if I have to rank the housing builders, then after the DLF group, I would rank Lodha Group as the 2 most promising real estate developers.

Lodha Casa Rio Gold has been one of the promising housing projects in Mumbai launched by the Lodha Group. The group always aim to bring up the best facilities and services in residential areas. Since from very inception, this particular group tries to figure out the changing needs of the individuals and their increasing requirement. It’s the human nature that their needs go on increasing with the passage of time but is the Lodha Group, which can meet to their requirement.

Lodha Casa Rio Gold has been one of the promising housing apartments in Mumbai.

Estate Tax – The 2010 Step Up Basis Nightmare

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The old saying is the best laid plans of mice and men so often seem to go wrong. When it comes to the government, this is a statement that is used the vast majority of the time since the bumbling of politicians creates some situations that are simply head shakers. This is exactly the case with the step up basis in estate tax for 2010.

This can get confusing, so let’s start off with the basics. The step up basis is simply the value of some asset at a date in time from which a gain is calculated. Let’s say I buy a share of Microsoft in 1990 [I wish!] and I sell it today. I would pay rather large capital gains taxes on the gain in value of that share of stock between 1990 and 2010.

The passing of an asset from a deceased person to their heirs triggers a bit of a different calculation. Let’s assume the same situation as above. Instead of selling the stock in 2010, I die after being attacked by a bear [might as well make it exciting] in 2002. At that point, my stock is transferred to my daughter per my written will. This transfer constitutes a taxable event. Historically, she would pay tax on the gain from the date of my death till she sold the item. The use of my date of death allows her to -step up- the value of the stock instead of pay taxes on all the gains since 1990.

The Bush tax cuts were designed to reduce a number of taxes, but they went a step farther with the estate tax. They were designed to phase it out. In fact, there is no estate tax in 2010. That is nice and all, but the problem is the step up basis for capital gains above is now gone for the year. Instead of paying capital gains on the increase in value from the date of my death, she will have to pay them on the gains from 1990. That is a huge difference and constitutes a massive amount of money going out of my family and to the government. What did the government do for this money? Nothing, I just died!

Is there anything one can do about this mess with the step up basis? Unfortunately, there is not. It is simply another example of the government creating a mess with the best of intentions.

Barry Milton writes about tax planning and other financial planning subjects for UFCAmerica.com.

Growing Demand Of Real Estate In Dehradun

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Real estate market in India has witnessed multi-level growth in the past few years. As per the industry, the upward graph has no chance of reaching down or even no chance of coming flat for next few years. Lots of activities that include residential complex development, commercial real estate development, retail space development, etc have driven the Indian real estate market.

Apart from metropolitan cities, property prices of small cities in India are rising fast. Owing to tech boom across the country, property in Indian is attracting more investors, most of them from abroad. As per the sources of real estate industry, Indian real estate is increasing at 30 percent per annum.

Due to increasing property prices, buyers are looking forwards to invest in two and three tier towns where property rates are growing with rapidity. Dehradun real estate is one of the most demanded properties in India to its due to emergence of a large number of national and multinational companies.

Almost 90 percent of real estate developed is residential space and the rest include office, hotels shopping malls and hospitals. This type of double-digit is primarily attributed to the off-shoring and outsourcing businesses, such as high-end technology consultation, call centers and programming houses.

The demand from the IT sector surely has changed the urban landscape in India. According to estimates, there is a demand for nearly 70 million square feet of IT & ITES space over the next four or five years. Many multinational companies continue to move their organizational operations to India to take benefit of less manpower and other costs. Providing human resources and home at their work place presume great importance and there the requirement of form space for people to live and wok that in turn cause the development of other related infrastructure. It has been a predominant trend to set up the worlds best business centers, often campus-style establishments, bearing a different corporate stamp.

Conscient, a leading name associated with Dehradun property and real estate Dehradun, offers a wide range of real estate in Dehradun with most luxury at affordable price.

Choosing An Energy Star Home

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When you make the decision to build a new home, you want a builder who will provide the highest quality at an affordable price. Many Knoxville home builders can offer competitive prices but when you are investing in a new home, you want the best. Home ownership is a great investment, but it can also cost a lot of money over the years. You can save in future ownership costs if you choose a builder who can build an Energy Star qualified home.

What Is Energy Star?
Energy Star is an international, governmental standard for energy efficiency in consumer products. When you own an Energy Star home, you have a home that performs better than most homes in America. Your cost of upkeep and ownership is reduced, and your home will last longer without the need for repairs.

What Makes a Home Energy Star Qualified?
Energy Star homes have higher standards for insulation and water management. In an Energy Star home the walls, floors, and ceilings are all tightly sealed and properly insulated to reduce drafts and leaks. Proper insulation not only provides lower energy costs, but also better air quality. Energy Star homes will have protection from more pollen and dust then regular homes.
Energy Star homes also must have efficient water management systems. There must be a way to direct water off of the roof and away from the foundation. This keeps your roof in better condition for longer, and protects the foundation from water damage.

If you are building a new home, your quality of life and cost of ownership will be improved if you invest in and Energy Star home. Many Knoxville home builders can build you a decent home, but if you want the best, find a builder who can give you an Energy Star qualified home.

Affordable Indoor And Outdoor Residential Stair Lifts

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Restricted mobility is likely to have a negative effect on the physically challenged and the elderly, making them depressed and passive. Besides, such individuals find it difficult to climb steep staircases, and are very likely to fall and injure themselves. With tremendous development in technology, accessibility problems can be easily solved through the installation of affordable indoor and outdoor residential stair lifts.

Ensures Safe Access in and around Your Home

The safety measures incorporated in residential indoor and outdoor stair lifts are remarkable. The important features include folding arms, folding tracks, seat belts, obstruction sensors, swivel seats, hidden gear jack and many more. It is also provided with adjustable seats, so that it can hold the users in a standing or seated position. Majority of the models are designed with handheld controls in order to facilitate effortless operation. Stair lifts are available in AC and DC models. The advantage of having a DC model stair lift is that, it can be operated even during power breakdowns, as it is supported with battery backups. Comparing costs, DC models are much more expensive than AC models.

These stair lifts can be customized accordingly, so as to suit both curved and spiral staircases. They are also provided with special features to save your living space. Moreover, these provide the user with quiet and smooth operation. To go well with challenging weather conditions, outdoor stair lift models are incorporated with ample weather resistant techniques.

Make the Right Product Selection

While purchasing indoor and outdoor stair lifts, it is very important to choose the right model, from the variety of available choices. Care should be taken to choose a quality product that is extremely reliable and durable based upon your unique requirements. It is also advisable to make the purchase from well-known manufacturers. Branded manufacturers offering indoor and outdoor residential stair lifts include ThyssenKrupp Access, Bruno and Savaria Concord.

Though a luxury item in the past, residential stair lifts are now a necessity for most of the residences, as these provide easy and risk free access between the floors for aged and disabled members of the family.