IRS to review Value of Solar Tariffs in Austin, TexasSolar households in Austin can sell, but not consume, the PV power they generate while having to buy electricity from the utility. The scheme also increases costs for homeowners, say critics. September 25, 2014 Edgar Meza Legal Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share An Information Letter Request filed with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by a homeowner in Austin, Texas, is drawing increasing attention to the apparenty negative tax implications of the city’s Value of Solar Tariffs (VOSTs) scheme. As a result of the request, the IRS will formally review VOSTs and their impact on taxpayers, according to rooftop solar advocacy group Alliance for Solar Choice. Austin’s VOST scheme, which it implemented in 2012, is currently the only choice for homeowners to receive compensation for the solar energy they provide to the grid. The Alliance says Austin can reinstate net metering alongside the VOST to address the tax problem. Net metering would allow solar customers to get credit on their utility bills at the retail rate for any excess power their rooftop solar installations send back to the grid, the group adds. Under the VOST policy, solar customers cannot use the power generated by their solar systems. Instead, they must sell all the power their solar systems produce to the utility at a price set by the utility (and often reevaluated on an annual basis). At the same time, they must continue to purchase all their electricity from the utility just like homeowners who do not have solar power. Utilities support VOSTs over the widely effective net metering policy, the Alliance says. The group cites a 2013 legal memo from national law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom that argues VOSTs both jeopardize homeowners’ ability to claim the 30% federal investment tax credit (ITC) and increase their income taxes. “VOST schemes expose unassuming homeowners to thousands of dollars in additional taxes,” said Bryan Miller, co-chairman of The Alliance for Solar Choice. “Austin can resolve this tax burden quickly and easily by making the VOST optional and giving homeowners the choice to utilize net metering alongside it.” The IRS is now expected to make a determination on the impact of VOSTs on income taxes and ITC eligibility. “This IRS review will not only impact Austin, but also influence discussions about potential VOSTs in major U.S. solar markets including California and New York,” the Alliance points out. 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Modernisation is part of a changing society. During 80’s India used to be an under-developed nation where many foreign investors & observed the scope of investment growth. India was a shattered economy before independence & was dominated by the British empire used to be called as East India company that India was rich in food grains & useful crops which was a most attractive hidden treasure for non-Indians. After independence, India was still struggling on employment, industrialisation & agriculture platform. After 1950 agriculture started becoming steady in production & supply. India was always an alluring factor for overseas humans and no entity was that powerful to drag collapsed economy. Development of agricultural production by 20th century has overcome the lifestyle of citizens belonging to India. After the implementation of FDI policy & relaxation has improved it a lot. It has dragged an opportunity of ITES, BPOs, KPOs & much industrial growth. Privatisation has helped in developing infrastructure of residential, commercial & agriculture & has eventually made fruitful opportunities available for citizens. India has massive development in transportation as well after 1951. During 1950 India formed roadways infra for 0.3999 million km which later by 4.70 million by the year 2015. Automobile sector also established appreciating growth in a couple of years & has grabbed the attention of foreign automotive companies to settle their brand in the Indian market.Even after appreciating economical growth today technology has created a challenge where country every now & then face recession breakdown. Jobs are getting freeze due to substitution of technology. It may be an extinction of Man dominated developed economy & very soon become Technology oriented economy. The advanced a technology country owns more it will be powerful.
Email* Four-time U.S. Olympic medalist Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY, won the $50,000 Weston Canadian Open on Friday, November 10, at the CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show, held as part of the 95th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair running through November 13 in downtown Toronto, ON.Hot off her win in Thursday’s $35,000 Brickenden Trophy with Coach, Madden returned to the Ricoh Coliseum on Friday night with Breitling LS, owned by Abigail Wexner. Riding second in the order, Madden set the early time to beat over the speed track designed by 2016 Rio Olympic course designer Guilherme Jorge of Brazil, stopping the timers clear in 50.03 seconds. The only rider to come close to catching Madden was Nicola Philippaerts of Belgium who piloted Inouk P, a nine-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare, to a time of 51.97 seconds for owner and father, four-time Olympian Ludo Philippaerts.“There were some really good riders out there, but I think I set the pace fast enough that they had to take some risks and that was difficult to do,” said Madden, 53, a regular competitor and crowd favourite at the annual Royal Horse Show. “This has been quite a good show for me. The quality here is always good with good jumping, which makes it is difficult to win, so I am thrilled to win two classes.”Of her mount Breitling LS, Madden noted, “He has had a phenomenal year! He has developed into a horse I can depend on in any kind of class.“Tonight, there were a lot of inside turns with jumps coming up quick, so you needed a horse that was rideable and that is one of his very strong points,” continued Madden of the 11-year-old La Silla stallion (Quintero x Armonia).“He has become quite a quick thinker, which he had to develop into, so I was really happy that he did that well with this course.”Canada’s own François Lamontagne of St. Eustache, QC, took third on home soil with a clear round in 54.42 seconds riding Chanel du Calvaire while Sharn Wordley New Zealand claimed fourth in 56.32 seconds on Caiman des Sequoias for owner Sky Group. Vanessa Mannix of Calgary, AB, was the only other rider to post a clear round, piloting Chemas home in a time of 56.67 seconds.The Royal Horse Show concludes with the spectator-favorite $87,000 GroupBy Big Ben Challenge on Saturday evening, November 11, when the number-one rider in the world, Kent Farrington of the United States, will look to defend his 2016 title.$50,000 Weston Canadian OpenRider / Hometown / Horse / Faults/Time1. Beezie Madden / United States / Breitling LS / 0/50.032. Nicola Philippaerts / Belgium / Inouk P / 0/51.973. Francois Lamontagne / St. Eustache, QC / Chanel du Calvaire / 0/54.424. Sharn Wordley / New Zealand / Caiman des Sequoias / 0/56.325. Vanessa Mannix / Calgary, AB / Chemas / 0/56.676. Hardin Towell / United States / New York / 4/50.397. Daniel Coyle / Ireland / Fortis Fortuna / 4/51.238. Adrienne Sternlicht / United States / Toulago / 4/53.539. Ian Millar / Perth, ON / Vittorio 8 / 4/56.9610. Erynn Ballard / Tottenham, ON / Royale du Rouet / 4/56.9711. Leslie Howard / United States / Gentille van Spieveld / 4/60.2612. Keean White / Rockwood, ON / Corette / 4/61.84 Tags: Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Royal Horse Show, eezie Madden, SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Horse Sport Enews
iStock/Thinkstock(BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C.) — A white former North Carolina police officer, who was captured on body camera video in 2017 beating and using a stun gun on an African-American man stopped for jaywalking, was the subject Thursday in a criminal arrest warrant for assault and communicating threats, the Buncombe County district attorney announced.The warrant against Christopher Hickman was issued by Chief Magistrate D.L. Cowan on charges of assault by strangulation, assault inflictin serious injury and communicating threats, according to a press release from District Attorney Todd Williams.The announcement, which also said no further comment would be forthcoming, comes days after the Asheville Police Department, where Hickman worked at the time of the alleged assault, submitted the results of its investigation into Hickman’s actions.The announcement comes after the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, which had declined to open its own investigation into the matter, said the FBI had launched a criminal investigation into the case.Federal agents were asked by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to conduct the criminal probe against Hickman, officials said.Patty McQuillan, a spokesman for the state Bureau of Investigation, said the decision to bring in the FBI was made after discussions with the Buncombe County District Attorney’s Office.“The SBI director has discussed this with the district attorney and has declined to open a separate state investigation at this time given that the SBI is already assisting with a federal criminal investigation which will encompass most, if not all, of the issues set forth in the district attorney’s request,” McQuillan said in a statement to ABC News. “A second state investigation would likely duplicate much of the results of the ongoing federal investigation.”That did not deter Williams from asking the SBI director for a probe as late as March 2, according to a letter tweeted by the D.A. after the disturbing video was leaked to a news organization.The criminal probe stems from an incident on Aug. 25, 2017, when Hickman and a partner he was training stopped 33-year-old Johnnie Jermaine Rush for allegedly jaywalking in Asheville.Video taken by Hickman’s body camera, which was leaked to the Citizen Times of Asheville, shows he and his partner stopping Rush and telling him they had warned him four times to use a crosswalk instead of jaywalking and trespassing on private property.“I don’t care. I just got off of work, man,” Rush told the officers.Rush went on to tell the officers, “You ain’t got nothing better to do besides mess with me, and I’m trying to go home?”Hickman eventually ordered Rush to put his hands behind his back, but Rush backed away and started to run, the video shows.As Hickman ran after Rush, he radioed a dispatcher, saying, “black male, tank top, thinks its funny.” Then he yelled at Rush, “You know what’s funny is you’re going to get f—– up hardcore on the ground.”Hickman tackled Rush and the two men wrestled before Hickman’s partner and at least two other back-up officers helped hold Rush down.The video shows Hickman punching Rush in the head repeatedly and then shooting him with a yellow stun gun.As officers held Rush on the ground and handcuffed him, Rush is heard on the video screaming in pain and yelling, “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe.”Rush is shown in the footage being put in the back of a police car and paramedics checking his bloodied face and head.As the footage continued, Hickman told an arriving supervisor that Rush “tried to drag the Taser out of my hand.”“I beat the s— out of his head. I’m not going to lie about that,” Hickman is heard saying.Rush was arrested on suspicion of trespassing, impeding traffic and resisting a public officer.In a report to the Asheville City Council on Monday, City Manager Gary Jackson wrote, “The use of force shown in the recordings is, understandably, a source of great anger and concern within the community.”“I am concerned that the public does not presently have access to all of the information necessary for it to judge the City’s response to this officer’s actions, and that absent that information, this matter will continue to negatively impact the community’s perception of its police department and the way which the city responds to misconduct by its employees,” Jackson wrote.Jackson wrote that as soon as Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper saw the video on the night it was taken, she ordered Hickman to “to turn in his badge and gun.”On Sept. 15, 2017, Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams dropped all charges against Rush.Jackson wrote that Hickman ordered a review of all body camera footage taken by Hickman while on duty. He said 58 hours of footage was reviewed and “revealed four other instances where Hickman displayed discourteous and rude conduct to members of the public.”“The administrative investigation into Hickman’s arrest of Rush concluded that Hickman had engaged in excessive force in violation of [Asheville Police Department] policy, as well as unbecoming conduct and failing to meet the responsibilities of duty,” Jackson wrote.Chief Hooper fired Hickman on Jan. 5, according to Jackson.“The community deserves to know that the City takes Hickman’s misconduct seriously, and that APD employees who engage in excessive force will be held accountable.”Efforts by ABC News to reach Hickman for comment were not successful.During a community meeting Wednesday night, many Asheville residents said Hickman should have been arrested and charged with assault.“This is a human rights issue, and Hickman should’ve been charged from day one,” DeLores Venabel, local Black Lives Matter leader, said during the meeting. “If no one would’ve leaked it [the video] or said something, we would be in the dark.”During the meeting, Hooper repeated an apology to the community she first publicly issued on March 1, saying, “I am happy to resign if that will solve the problem.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. 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It has been almost 20 years since photographer Felice Frankel started working with scientists by helping them illustrate the intricate geometries of physical worlds too tiny to see.From the beginning, she was struck by one thing: To explain their ideas, scientists always start by drawing them.That gave Frankel an idea — “Picturing to Learn,” a project that requires students to draw basic concepts so that a senior in high school might understand them. Why is the sky blue? What do ions do?“The process itself is a learning experience,” said Frankel. “There is something about getting what your mind is imagining on paper.”Explanations often involve what she called a “metaphor of activity” — hugging ions, for instance, or molecules excited by rising heat.“Picturing to Learn,” now in its second phase of funding from the National Science Foundation, has been used in 11 undergraduate courses so far.Frankel, a one-time landscape photographer and biology researcher, hopes it will become a permanent feature across campus. (She’s a senior research fellow at Harvard’s Initiative in Innovative Computing, where she directs the Envisioning Science program.)Pen in hand, undergraduates learn more about concepts like ionization or energy transfer by having to explain them to nonexperts, she said. And their teachers can look at the drawings and get a sense of how well students understand what they’re trying to explain.There’s a database of more than 3,000 images so far, said “Picturing to Learn” project manager Rebecca Rosenberg — most of them from 17 individual homework assignments at five universities.“You don’t have to be talented,” said Frankel, who admits she can’t draw “for beans.” “We have some wonderful drawings with stick figures that are brilliantly explanatory.”Some of the explanatory images came from three workshops — at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, and (most recently) at Harvard. (Project partners also include Duke University and Roxbury Community College.)The idea: Give scientists and designers the same concept to illustrate. Mix them in groups, document the process, and discuss the results.“We see the value of various disciplines coming together,” said Frankel, whose Harvard workshop was on March 14.The event, at the Monroe C. Gutman Library, brought together six undergraduate science concentrators and six students from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD).Three groups of four — half designers, half budding scientists — retired to classrooms to grapple with the day’s challenge: A mixture of hydrogen gas and oxygen gas will stay stable indefinitely. But introduce a spark, and the same mixture will explode. Draw an explanation.Both metaphor and scientific language are allowed, explained psychologist Helen Haste, a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and part of Frankel’s “Picturing to Learn” team.Think of the Hindenburg disaster, said Vinothan N. Manoharan, an assistant professor of chemical engineering and physics at Harvard. In the 1937 accident, a catastrophic fire consumed a hydrogen-filled rigid airship in just seconds.Or the idea of hydrogen-fueled cars, said Logan S. McCarty ’96, Ph.D. ’07, assistant dean of Harvard College and a lecturer on chemistry and chemical biology. The problem, he said, has real-world value.Both Manoharan and McCarty, on hand for the chemistry workshop, use “Picturing to Learn” assignments in the classroom.As the three groups (A, B, and C) scattered for the assignment, Rosenberg offered a final reminder: Collaborate as a group of four, she said, “not as parallel pairs.”In the future, Haste reflected, creative work in the sciences and other disciplines will break academic boundaries — and will break boundaries of expression too. Visual elements, for one, will increasingly support the traditional paradigm of text.Group C headed for a sunny corner room on the fourth floor, where a long table, pens, and a stack of numbered paper awaited. A videographer stood to one side, her camera aimed.Undergraduate chemistry concentrators Filip Zembowicz ’11 and Miguel Jimenez ’11 teamed up with designers Julia Grinkrug GSD ’10 and Matt Storus GSD ’11.By noon, the group had run through a novel’s worth of metaphors. To explain the calm, violence, and calm of hydrogen-oxygen pairing they considered riot, revolution, wind gusts, megaphones, and a raft blowing between two islands dubbed “Milk” and “Cookies.”“You can very easily make this too childish,” said Jimenez, sparking a brief debate about emoticons and facial expressions. Maybe something with “a goatee or piercing,” offered Storus. That got nowhere.Then another group sketch: wide boxes, faces, hands, dialogue balloons. How to express time? What will represent the spark? Ideas converge. Storus asked, “Do we want to prototype this?”After a quick lunch, the group settled on an image of population dynamics: a crowd of faces expressing happiness, surprise, confusion, and fear. A brief chaos is animated by a “spark” (a shout over a megaphone). But in their postexplosion world, hydrogen and oxygen bonds combine into stable atomic pairs. They gaze at one another contentedly.“We’re so responsive to faces,” McCarty observed later, when Group C — presenting last — displayed a final drawing on screen. Chaos segues into peaceful bonding, he said, and in the end “everyone is water. It’s a very effective idea.”Group A settled on dominoes as an explanatory metaphor. But these are gases, not solids, observed Manoharan. True, said McCarty, but dominoes are “cool” for representing mechanical states.Group B tried out crashing airplanes and sinking ships as metaphors, and even considered dominoes. But it was hard to figure out “how dominoes with hands can run up a hill, then recombine with each other,” said GSD student Dk Osseo-Asare. (The group settled on a crowd-and-hill image.)In the end, Grinkrug liked the pairing of science and design students in pursuit of a suitable image. “It was refreshing,” she said. “It breaks boundaries.”
As childhood obesity continues its 30-year advance from occasional curiosity to cultural epidemic, health care providers are struggling to find out why — and the reasons are many. Increasingly sedentary environments for both adults and children, as well as cheap and ubiquitous processed foods no doubt play a role, but researchers are finding more evidence that the first clues for childhood obesity may begin as far back as early infancy. A new study led by researchers in the Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, as well as Children’s Hospital Boston, has found that rapid weight gain during the first six months of life may place a child at risk for obesity by age 3. “There is increasing evidence that rapid changes in weight during infancy increase children’s risk of later obesity,” says lead author Elsie Taveras, assistant professor in the HMS Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention and co-director of the One Step Ahead clinic, a pediatric overweight prevention program at Children’s Hospital Boston. “The mounting evidence suggests that infancy may be a critical period during which to prevent childhood obesity and its related consequences.”These findings appear in the April issue of the journal Pediatrics.Most prior studies examining the relationship between infant weight gain and later childhood obesity focus primarily on body weight. However, measures of length, in addition to weight, together reflect body fatness better than weight alone. In this study, Taveras and colleagues in the HMS Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention examined how weight and body length, or weight-for-length, in infancy can influence later obesity. The team mined self-reported data from Project Viva, an ongoing study led by Matthew Gillman, senior author on the paper, of more than 2,000 pregnant women and their children. They isolated a subgroup of 559 mother/child pairs and studied patterns of weight gain in infancy and their subsequent three-year effect. In addition to looking at static weight and length measures, the team also looked at weight gain as a dynamic process, measuring not only how much but how quickly an infant gained weight. The connection between rapid infant weight gain and later obesity was striking, even after adjusting for factors such as premature babies or those underweight at birth. Take for example two infants with the same birth weight who, after six months, weigh 16.9 pounds and 18.4 pounds, 1.5 pounds difference. According to study estimates, the heavier of these two infants would have a 40 percent higher risk of obesity at age 3 (after adjusting for potential confounders).While this study confirms earlier ones examining the relation between infancy and childhood weight, there were certain limitations. For example, the researchers weren’t able to examine social and behavioral interactions around feeding between parents and infants. And while families in the study represented various ethnic backgrounds, they were fairly homogeneous socioeconomically, so there may be some question regarding how widely the results can be generalized. Still, when seen in the context of other research, the relationship between infant and childhood weight is compelling. “There is still a lot more we need to understand about the mechanisms of how this all fits together,” says Taveras. “But this data clearly shows how the earliest interventions might actually have very long-term benefits.” Taveras also points out that these findings provide initial evidence that our cultural affirmation of infants who top the growth charts, and even our notions of appropriate weight gain during pregnancy, may prove to be excessive.“At first it may seem implausible that weight gain over just a few months early in infancy could have long-term health consequences, but it makes sense because so much of human development takes place during that period – and even before birth,” says Gillman, director of the department’s Obesity Prevention Program. “Now we need to find out how to modify weight gain in infancy in ways that balance the needs of the brain and the body.”This research was funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Last week, as most students were returning for their second semester of the 2019-2020 academic year, 16 new undergraduates were beginning their very first semester at Notre Dame, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions reported.“In the fall, the entire University is welcoming new students — new first-year students, new transfer students — we’re all thinking there are new people here,” said Erin Camilleri, the director of transfer enrollment. “In the spring, people are kind of in their zone and doing their thing. So I always think that it’s a little bit harder to transfer in the spring. It takes a student who has a really strong desire to be here.”A wide variety of students choose to matriculate spring semester. Some of these students, Camilleri said, are student-athletes who are starting their athletic training early, the semester before their freshman season begins. Others are students who were admitted for enrollment in the fall but, due to personal circumstances, chose to defer their enrollment until spring semester.A third category of spring enrollees, however, are selected from a separate pool of applicants. These students have attended a different college or university for at least three semesters, Camilleri said, and they have chosen to enroll at Notre Dame halfway through the academic year. Camilleri estimated that about 100 students apply from this third category each year. This year, only four students enrolled from that pool of applicants. The selection process, she said, is highly competitive.When looking at the applications of spring-semester transfers, the University considers how these students will handle the unique transition. First, the University must ensure that these students’ previous coursework will transfer smoothly, keeping the students on track to graduate with their credits, Camilleri said.“The further you get on [in school], the more difficult it is to align a different institution’s curriculum with our curriculum,” Camilleri said. “So we’re really looking to see [the] students get slotted in nicely.”Additionally, Camilleri said the admissions committee considers whether the students will be able to quickly immerse themselves in the Notre Dame community, making connections and friendships even though they are arriving on campus later than most students.“They need to bring a sense of adventure and excitement with them,” she said. “And it takes a student who’s willing to be flexible — [a] student who really want[s] to be here.”New students arriving in the fall begin the semester with four days of programming that’s designed to build community and adjust students to campus life. But for new students arriving in the spring, that Welcome Weekend programming is distilled into only a day and a half, Camilleri said. The spring Welcome Weekend is coordinated and overseen by other transfer students who have already been through the transition.“‘Transfer Nation,’ so to speak — the people who call themselves ‘Transfer Nation’ — they really do look out for one another,” Camilleri said.Junior Nyakeh Tuchscherer transferred after three semesters at St. John’s University, which he attended until the fall of his sophomore year before opting to transfer to Notre Dame. His decision to transfer was largely fueled by his academic interests — Notre Dame offered more resources for research and international opportunities, Tuchscherer said. But the transition — environmentally and socially — was somewhat challenging. Moving from New York City to South Bend, he was not initially prepared for the Notre Dame culture, which is more insular and homogenous than St. John’s, Tuchscherer said. Nevertheless, he’s glad he made the decision to transfer.“I have no regrets [about] transferring, even though it’s totally different and it’s not what I expected,” Tuchscherer said. “I wouldn’t have the opportunities that I’ve been getting today if it weren’t for Notre Dame, so I’m very thankful and glad to be here. That’s a privilege.”Camilleri said students who transfer tend to be highly involved, picking up extracurriculars that help them meet other students and connect with the campus community. Bringing fresh perspectives and strong school spirit, she said they add unique value to the school.“It takes a special person to be a transfer student,” Camilleri said. “I think one of the best things about them is that they have a wonderful sense of excitement for the University. I think that transfer students, as a whole, enrich the student body tremendously.”Tags: Transfer Nation, transfer students, Welcome Weekend
Greater Clements Judith Ivey(Photo provided by Rinaldi PR) View Comments Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 19, 2020 Lincoln Center Theater has announced the world premiere staging of Greater Clements, a new work by Lortel winner Samuel D. Hunter (The Whale), slated to play the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater this fall. Two-time Tony winner Judith Ivey (The Heiress) will star in the production, directed by Davis McCallum, scheduled to begin previews on November 14 and open on December 9.The play follows the once-proud mining town of Clements, Idaho, which is rapidly disintegrating. As Maggie (Ivey) prepares to close one of the town’s last remaining businesses, a visitor (played by James Saito) arrives on her doorstep, resurrecting long-buried hope and shame rooted in her family’s past and the town’s history. Now, for the first time in nearly 50 years, Maggie is forced to consider if the life she envisioned for herself at 17 might still be possible today.Joining Ivey and Saito in the cast will be Edmund Donovan, Andrew Garman, Nina Hellman, Kate MacCluggage and Haley Sakamoto.Greater Clements will feature scenic design by Dane Laffrey, costume design by Kaye Voyce, lighting design by Yi Zhao and original music/sound design by Fitz Patton.The production is scheduled to play a limited engagement through January 19, 2020. Judith Ivey
Middle Atlantic Products (a brand of Legrand | AV) announced Tuesday the release of the new LundHalsey Visionline 24/7 control room consoles. Visionline is the latest console family directly available from Legrand | AV and manufactured by solutions partner U.K.-based LundHalsey — a company that designs, manufactures and installs control room furniture solutions. Visionline features the same design and durability introduced in LundHalsey’s Kontrol family, but in a smaller footprint and in straight, concave and convex options to fit a control room of any size.“No two control rooms are exactly alike in size, function, or setup,” said Paul Dolynchuk, director, product management at Legrand | AV. “The new compact, modular Visionline console provides greater design flexibility for organizations who need customized multi-console configuration options in width, stand-alone, back-to-back, concave or convex arrangements. We’re excited to offer this new console directly from Legrand | AV.”The Visionline family includes two models: Visionline Air sit/stand console and Visionline fixed height 24/7 control room console. Visionline Air is a console designed to provide a sit/stand environment that includes an adjustable height between 26-47 inches. The work surface can be moved at the touch of a button or remotely via the mobile app. The Visionline fixed-height console is designed for use in any modern 24/7 control room. Designed to ISO 11064, the international ergonomic standard for control room design, the fixed-height model is supported by a frame that provides cable management and active equipment integration.Both models feature a modular steel bay system architecture and a .5-inch-thick compact laminate work surface. Every console can be configured with single or side-by-side articulating monitor arm options that fully adjust to any user height and reach as well as with a range of accessories, including operated status control LEDs, corner LEDs, universal PDU, wireless charger, touch-sensitive desktop PDU and a dimmable LED task light.Customers will also receive complimentary custom design services. A dedicated project manager at Middle Atlantic will work with customers throughout the project — services will include concept drawings and 3D renderings.