What you need to know about the Africa Investment Forum

first_imgUnlockingprivate sector capital, therefore, must be accompanied by resolving policy andregulatory issues, and other systemic bottlenecks, in order to create the rightconditions for energy investments from outside and within Africa. BRICS “Last year we achieved remarkable results with over $36 billion of investments interests that were signed or were being closed. We are hoping that this year it is going to be even better,” said Vuyelwa Vumendlini, Deputy Director General of the National Treasury of South Africa. Finance and Policy As the Africa Investment Forum kicks off in Johannesburg today, the organisers have assured that this year’s edition will be short on talk and heavy on deals. Sharing similar sentiments, Mduduzi Mbapa, senioradvisor to the Premier of Gauteng noted that the biggest take away from lastyear’s edition was the need for greater interconnection on the continent. “Infact, many have been writing about Africa rising. Through this Forum, we aremaking sure that our continent does rise and it contributes to the growth ofthe world,” he said. Day 1⃣ of the #AfricaInvestmentForum. This unique, multi-stakeholder platform was designed by the African Development Bank and its partners to fill the continent’s vast investment gap and kick-start its development agenda.Stay tuned for live updates throughout the day. pic.twitter.com/FngiJm7tI3— African Development Bank Group (@AfDB_Group) November 11, 2019 AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector “We will also engagefurther on mobilising climate finance through the Africa Financial Alliance forClimate Change in order to shift portfolios of African financial institutionstowards climate-friendly projects across the continent,” stated Shonibare. Key focus areas at the forum The impetus to mobilise and scale upprivate investment into the energy sector is what makes the Africa InvestmentForum such a critical platform for the continent’s energy future. Read more on funding models The multi-stakeholder transactional marketplace is aimed at raising capital, advancing projects to bankable stage and accelerating financial closure of deals.center_img Shonibare furtherrevealed that the AfDB will also continue discussions on the roll-out of theBank’s transformative Desert to Power Initiative following its endorsement atthe G5 Sahel Heads of State Summit on 13 September in Burkina Faso. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter Organised bythe African Development Bank (AfDB), the SouthAfrican government and key partners, the second edition of the Forum, will take place from place from 11 to13November 2019. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The AfDB noted that investors recognise the opportunities in the energy sector, yet multiple barriers stand in the way of transformational private sector participation – including non-creditworthy utilities, the absence of cost-reflective tariffs, and capacity constraints throughout the energy sector value chain. During various boardroom sessions, Shonibaresaid his team will focus on a range of projects, including the Inga Dam in theDRC, the Baynes hydro plant in Angola and Namibia, and the Tulu Moye geothermaldevelopment in Ethiopia. “By leveraging the bank’s convening power to facilitate public-private dialogue, we will move closer to our goal of universal energy access, primarily through reforms and financial instruments to de-risk transactions, enhance bankability, and fast-track project closure,” stated Wale Shonibare, the bank’s acting Vice-President, Power, Energy, Climate Change & Green Growth. Generation UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development TAGSAFDBeconomic growtheconomic transformationfundingSouth Africa Previous articleScientific collaboration on climate change and energy transitionNext articleSouth Africa: Local content to boost wind energy capacity Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA last_img read more

Kevin Spacey accuser didn’t report alleged assault for 15 months, contradicting prosecutors

first_imgChris Francescani/ABC News(NEW YORK) — Three years to the day since a boozy encounter in a summer resort bar, a young man who has accused actor Kevin Spacey of felony sexual assault that night testified in a Nantucket courtroom for the first time on Monday, acknowledging that he did not report the alleged assault to police for 15 months, rather than the three months prosecutors have been contending since filing charges against the actor in January.The lead investigator in the case testified Monday under questioning from Spacey’s defense attorney that the one-year difference was the result of a “typo.”A spokeswoman for the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News on the investigator’s testimony.After a series of significant blows to the prosecution’s case against Spacey during the daylong hearing, the presiding judge noted that it was unclear whether the case would “continue or collapse.”The accuser — who is not being named because he said he was the victim of a sexual assault — arrived in the courtroom wearing khaki pants, a blue blazer and a pink shirt that matched his mother’s blouse, and sat in silence waiting for the Spacey case to be called, tapping his right foot and flanked on either side by his father and mother, Heather Unruh, a former New England television anchor at ABC affiliate WCVB in Boston.The lead investigator in the case also acknowledged for the first time Monday that he did not advise the accuser or his mother to preserve the contents of the phone for evidence, and that he took Unruh at her word when she said some “frat boy activities” she deleted from her son’s phone before turning it over to police were not relevant to the criminal case against Spacey.“If she had said I deleted things related to this investigation, that would have been different story,” Massachusetts State Police trooper Gerald Donovan testified under questioning from Spacey defense attorney Alan Jackson. “I didn’t think that Heather Unruh would be lying to me, so yes, I did take her at her word.”Donovan also testified that he did not make a record of the fact that Unruh had told him when she turned over the phone to him that she had deleted material from it until just last month — nearly three years after the alleged incident.Meanwhile, a civil attorney for the accuser told Judge Thomas Barrett that the phone authorities apparently returned to the alleged victim’s family has been irretrievably lost.“We could not locate the phone,” attorney Mitchell Garabedian told the judge, before going on to say that the accuser and his parents do not recall ever receiving the phone back from police.No receipt was issued, Donovan testified.“Unfortunately I was remiss and I didn’t have them sign for a receipt,” he said from the witness stand.Jackson contended that text messages and other data exculpatory to his client were deleted from the phone, and without the actual device, he could not complete a forensic examination of the device to recover material deleted from the phone.“The government can’t point to any documentation that follows or tracks that phone and now that it’s missing it’s on them,” he told Barrett.“They’re pointing fingers at each other, there’s no receipt or documentation and guess who loses? Us,” Jackson said, referring to his client and defense team. “Where is the actual phone? That’s what we want that’s what we’re entitled to and we still don’t have it.”Garabedian also told Barrett that a civil lawsuit against Spacey over the incident was filed last month and dropped last week because the accuser is emotionally overwhelmed.“There was a civil suit filed, but because of the emotional rollercoaster my client is on, the civil suit is dismissed,” he said. “He only wanted one roller coaster ride at a time.”Yet the civil lawsuit was dismissed “with prejudice,” meaning it can’t be refiled. Garabedian declined during a break in the hearing to explain his comments in court.Authorities launched an investigation into the former “House of Cards” actor after the young man contacted them by phone in October 2017 and alleged that Spacey plied him with beer and whiskey in July 2016 after meeting him at the Club Car bar and restaurant in Nantucket, where he had worked that summer as a busboy, and sexually assaulted him.In a subsequent face-to-face interview with detectives, police say the young man told them he hung around the bar after he finished work on July 7, 2016, talked to Spacey and got an autograph from the actor for himself and his girlfriend.In the fall of 2017, a week after her son first reported the alleged incident to police, Unruh held a press conference to allege that Spacey had forcibly stuck his hand down her then-18-year-old son’s pants and groped his genitals, tearfully calling the actor a “sexual predator.”The alleged victim, who told police he lied to Spacey about his age, saying he was a 23-year-old college student at Wake Forest University, also told investigators he “had at least four or five beers before Spacey allegedly suggested that they should switch to whiskey,” according to court records.Spacey, according to the complaint, allegedly told the busboy, “Let’s get drunk.”The alleged victim told investigators “things started to get a little fuzzy when he and Spacey went over to the piano” at the Club Car, according to the criminal complaint in the case. At one point during the night, he and Spacey were near the bar’s piano when he alleges that Spacey started rubbing his thigh and then unzipped the victim’s pants and began groping his genitals.The busboy told detectives that “he wasn’t sure if Spacey went into his pants through the open zipper” or if the actor groped his genitals over his pants and boxer shorts.The alleged victim said while Spacey was touching him, he was texting and communicating with his girlfriend on Snapchat and sent her Snapchat video of Spacey groping him, according to the complaint. He alleged the inappropriate touching occurred for about three minutes, the complaint reads. Those texts and videos have been a key focus of previous hearings in the case.After being questioned by Jackson on the witness stand about whether he was aware that it is against the law to delete potentially exculpatory data from the phone, the case took a recess and the accuser informed the judge he was going to exercise his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination by declining further testimony.Barrett noted that his testimony would be stricken from the record as a result. Jackson sought an immediate dismissal of the charge against Spacey.“This entire case is completely compromised” by the accuser’s decision to take the Fifth, he said. “He’s the sole witness than can establish the circumstances of his allegations.”Barrett declined to immediately dismiss the charge after an assistant district attorney asked for a week to confer with his office, but acknowledged that “without him, the Commonwealth will have a tough road to hoe.”He said it remained unclear whether the case would “continue or collapse” without the testimony of the accuser himself.The accuser’s mother is currently testifying about what she deleted from his phone before turning it over to police.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Executive Director / Assistant Dean of Career Development

first_imgPhysical Requirements Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment inwhich students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, socialactivities, governance, and all other aspects of campus lifereflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. TheUniversity community recognizes and values the many similaritiesand differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we arecommitted to preparing students to understand, live among,appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and worldmade up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds,military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status,cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and genderidentities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a communitythat celebrates and models the principles of diversity andinclusivity. Application Deadline Full Consideration By Job Posting Date02/12/2021 Job #036813 DepartmentLaw College-Dean In addition to completing an online application, please attach aresume and cover letter. Posting Details Application Instructions Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-actioninstitution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassmentbased on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, nationalorigin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability,sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteranstatus, or any other status protected by applicable law to theextent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy coversadmissions, employment, and access to and treatment in Universityprograms, services, and activities. Qualifications LocationSyracuse, NY Quick Linkhttps://www.sujobopps.com/postings/86026 Hours Job CategoryStaff Job TypeFull-time Title to be based upon experience, the College of Law ExecutiveDirector / Assistant Dean for Career Development serves as a leaderat the College, and will provide innovative and comprehensivecareer placement assistance for current students and alumni.Leading a team of professionals, the Executive Director / AssistantDean will model creativity and leadership, forming and buildingrelationships with students and a wide variety of employers. Thisperson will cultivate and maintain an expansive nationwide networkof high-quality externship and employment placements in a varietyof settings, including private legal practice, public interestlegal services, business and industry, and government. TheExecutive Director / Assistant Dean will develop and implementrelevant programming for students. Job Description Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic centerof New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New YorkCity. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. Thearea offers a low cost of living and provides many social,cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums,festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shoppingvenues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range ofseasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing andsnow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites,visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trailsalong the Erie Canal. Responsibilities Tools/Equipmentcenter_img Syracuse University is a private, international research universitywith distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and anundeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New YorkState, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history,Syracuse University offers a quintessential collegeexperience.The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: apioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges;nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more thana quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a studentpopulation from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For moreinformation, please visit www.syracuse.edu. Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans Standard University business hours8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)Hours may vary based on operational needs. Message to Applicants Pay RangeCommensurate with Experience • Bachelor’s degree required; J.D. or other advanced degreepreferred.• Minimum of five (5) years relevant experience in law-firm basedlegal recruiting, law school career services, emerging legalservices employment, etc.• This role will require the skills to help students think aboutand pursue legal careers of the future. Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and themilitary-connected community through its educational programs,community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II,Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans toour campus, and those veterans literally transformed SyracuseUniversity into the national research institution it is today. TheUniversity’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on thishistorical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiativesfocused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to thepost-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed toposition Syracuse University as the employer of choice for militaryveterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military familymembers. Develop high-quality career opportunities for Lawstudents:• Manage the process of securing successful employment for the vastmajority of College of Law students• Lead the effort to increase the number of high-quality employersinterviewing SU Law students• Market the College and SU Law students to a wide range of privateand public sector employers• Track trends and respond to changes in the legal marketplace,work with students on innovative job search strategiesOversee robust externship program:• Supervise and promote the College’s externship program as meansof developing meaningful work experience for students thatstrengthens their professional résumés and leads to employment upongraduation• Coordinate student-facing programs among other Collegedepartments to provide rich and innovative programming• Connect students with alumni and other potential mentors- Track individual career and experiential search progress• In partnership with College marketing and communications team,develop and produce a library of high-quality virtual careerresources for studentsLead responsive Career Development department:• Oversee collection of data on a variety of student employmentvariables, create reports to guide the efforts of thedepartment• Continually improve the student and alumni programs and servicesoffered, obtain feedback from students and interviewing employers,identify targeted areas for improvement• Ensure timely and accurate compilation and submission of reports,including ABA, NALP, and University initiatives• Provide mentoring and development of department professionals,maintaining a culture of professionalism, productivity, innovation,and collaborationCareer Development department marketing andcommunications:• Research industry trends and implement appropriate means ofstudent engagement• Ensure timely and effective communications, which could includesocial media, publications, website, etc. CampusSyracuse, NY Department Code21701-2100 EEOC Unionized Position CodeNot Applicable Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community Job Specific Qualifications About the Syracuse area Job TitleExecutive Director / Assistant Dean of Career Development About Syracuse University • The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record ofleadership, effective communication, and the ability to develop andapply innovative solutions.• The Executive Director / Assistant Dean must be familiar withlegal, business, technological, cultural, and marketplaceinfluences impacting legal hiring.• This person will need a broad knowledge of court systems, lawfirm hiring, and the ability to cultivate a strong network ofcontacts in law firms, businesses, government agencies, thejudiciary, emerging technologies, public interest groups, and otherprospective employers.This role will be central to developing a nationwide network ofprospective placements and employers. Travel will be requiredthroughout the United States to meet with employers, developexternship placement sites, and network with alumni. FLSA StatusExempt Staff LevelS6last_img read more

Ryan Blaney rolls to XFINITY Series win at Dover

first_imgRELATED: Race results | Detailed breakdown | Full schedule for Dover, Las VegasDOVER, Del. — Once Ryan Blaney got the lead in Saturday’s “Use Your Melon. Drive Sober 200” at Dover International Speedway, it was “game over” in the second NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff race of the season.After Playoff driver William Byron led every lap of the 60-circuit first stage and banked a playoff point, Blaney took the lead off pit road under caution on Lap 64. Blaney kept his No. 22 Team Penske Ford out front the rest of the way, except for one lap led by Daniel Suarez on pit road under caution after the conclusion of Stage 2.Playoff driver Justin Allgaier charged from fourth to second on the Lap 128 restart that began the final stage, which ran under a green flag to the finish. Though Allgaier was able to hold off Byron, his JR Motorsports teammate, and hold the series lead, he had nothing for Blaney, who finished 4.852 seconds ahead of Allgaier’s No. 7 Chevrolet.“It’s really hard to get a car like that, and, to be honest, we didn’t have it in the first run,” said Blaney, who will try to advance to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Round of 12 in Sunday’s Apache Warrior 400 (on NBCSN at 2 p.m. ET). “We were a little bit off on the first run. We made some great changes after the first stage to get it better to where it needs to be.“We actually got it better for the last run… As a driver, that’s all you can ask for, great changes throughout. It’s awesome to get to Victory Lane with (sponsor) Fitzgerald. This is really cool. We were close the first race this year and just didn’t quite get it. Definitely learned a lot for tomorrow.”The victory was Blaney’s sixth in the series, his second this season and his first at the Monster Mile.Though he couldn’t catch Blaney over the final run, Allgaier also had reason to celebrate as the highest finishing series regular. Heading to Charlotte 54 points above the current cut line for the second round of the XFINITY Playoff, Allgaier is a virtual lock to advance.So is Byron, who chased Allgaier for the final 73 green-flag laps but couldn’t find a way past his teammate. Byron is 51 points above the cutoff with the Playoff field scheduled to be pared from 12 to eight drivers next Saturday at Charlotte.“I was trying to put it in Victory Lane,” Allgaier said. “We just needed a little more. I ran high some, low some. There at the end we made a great adjustment, and I was able to run the bottom, where I wanted to run all day.“It paid off. Obviously, second place is not quite Victory Lane, but in the points battle we’re playing, it’s pretty darn close.”In the battle to survive the Playoff cutoff, Brendan Gaughan gained ground with a 10th-place finish. Facing the elimination race at Charlotte, Gaughan is ninth in points, two behind eighth-place Ryan Reed, who finished a lap down in 16th-place at Dover.Playoff drivers Daniel Hemric, Brennan Poole and Matt Tifft came home fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, to improve their chances to make the Round of 8. Daniel Suarez ran seventh, joining Blaney as the only non-XFINITY regulars to finish in the top 12.Rookie Cole Custer and regular-season champion Elliott Sadler, both well above the current cut line, ran eighth and ninth respectively.last_img read more

Experts Devising Cyanide Antidote

first_imgHeavy cyanide exposure can kill within minutes, said Steven Patterson, associate director of the university’s Center for Drug Design and principal investigator in the cyanide research, which appears in today’s issue of the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. Whatever the scenario, University of Minnesota scientists say they have discovered a faster antidote to cyanide poisoning that could save lives. Patterson said the new antidote works with the body’s natural protections to convert cyanide to a nontoxic substance. Researchers say they have produced a treatment, effective on mice, that neutralizes the cyanide, can be administered within three minutes and can bring recovery much faster than standard drugs. They hope to start human trials within three years. Cyanide’s effects often are blamed on carbon monoxide poisoning, but the burning of plastics, rubber, asphalt and other products means “firefighters are routinely being exposed to dangerous levels of cyanide at fires without realizing it,” the report noted. Cyanide is a toxic compound that cripples the body’s ability to use oxygen. Poisoning can trigger headaches, a loss of motor function, coma and death. It’s particularly dangerous when released in building fires or other confined spaces. U researchers hope their discovery eventually will become part of a standard kit given to first responders in a fire or other crisis. The body is naturally able to detoxify the small amounts of cyanide that surface in pitted fruits and other foods. Unlike current cures that have to be administered intravenously, the university’s antidote can be administered orally or through injection, Patterson said.center_img Although terrorism might be the first application that springs to mind, firefighters might benefit most of all from the research. There’s overwhelming evidence that cyanide is present in fire smoke more often and in greater quantities than previously believed, the Providence (R.I.) Fire Department concluded last year when several firefighters were diagnosed with cyanide poisoning after a building fire. Paul Tosto covers higher education and can be reached at [email protected] or 651-228-2119. U professor Herbert Nagasawa conceived the idea of the antidote in the late 1980s, Patterson said. It got new life after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, when the idea of chemical terrorism became frighteningly real. Last year, the university received a $2.5 million federal grant to study possible antidotes. One tricky question: How will they test the antidote on humans without poisoning them first? Patterson said the university will look toward two groups that already have cyanide in their bodies: people who have taken an FDA-approved drug designed to reduce dangerously high blood pressure, which contains a little cyanide, and smokers, who take in hydrogen cyanide through cigarette smoke. ST. PAUL, Minn. — Cyanide poisoning may seem like the stuff of Cold War spy novels. But it’s a danger firefighters face daily and a dreaded fear in the fight against terrorism.last_img read more

Rattlesnake Hides in Paramedic’s Truck

first_imgThe snake slithered down the wheel well of his truck while it was parked at the Spring Hill Ambulance Corps headquarters on Brick Church Road – much to the surprise of landscapers who were mowing the lawn Tuesday morning. HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Tim McCarty didn’t intend to give a hitchhiker a ride to work with him as he traveled from his Orange County home to his job as a paramedic in Rockland. Unbeknown to McCarty, a rattlesnake stowed away in the engine compartment of his pickup truck. Click here to read more. But apparently that’s what he did.last_img read more


first_imgBe sure to obtain a letter of credit from your utility companies prior to moving to avoid paying a deposit when you connect utilities at your new place. ElectricityGeorgia Power Company901 N. Patterson St. Valdosta, GA 31601 (888) 660-5890http://www.georgiapower.com Colquitt Electric Membership CorporationValdosta District Office273 Norman DriveP.O. Box 219Valdosta, GA 31603 (800) 342-8694http://www.colquittemc.com Colquitt EMC is a not-for-profit consumer-owned electric distribution system that serves 40,000 members in Lowndes County and six other counties. GasGeorgia Natural Gas ServicesP.O. Box 440667Kennesaw, GA 30160 (877) 850-6200http://www.georgianaturalgas.com     Infinite Energy Inc. 1862 Independence SquareAtlanta, GA 30338 (877) 529-9908http://www.infiniteenergy.com MX Energy ServicesP.O. BOX 659583 San Antonio, TX 78265 (877) 677-4355http://www.mxenergy.com SCANA EnergyP.O. Box 100157Columbia, SC 29202 (877) 467-2262http://www.scana.com/en South Georgia Propane Inc. 1801 E. Park Ave. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 253-8811Walton EMC Natural GasP.O. Box 1347Monroe, GA 30655 (866) 936-2427http://www.waltonemcnaturalgas.com Cable and Satellite TV ProvidersCharter Communications503 Industrial Blvd. Dublin, GA 31021 (800) 955-7766(888) 438-2427http://www.charter.com  Mediacom275 Norman DriveValdosta, GA 31601 (229) 244-3852(800) 239-8411http://www.mediacomcc.com Direct TV(800) 347-3288http://www.direct.tvTelephone ServiceAT&T1835 Norman DriveValdosta, GA 31601 (229) 293-9309http://www.att.comlast_img read more

Review: Superleggero Leggera Silk Scarf – On and Off the Bike

first_imgBecause of their small packed size, one has spent the better part of the last 4 months in a pocket on almost every one of our rides. During summer riding we mostly forgot and left it it the pocket, but pulled it out on a couple of cool, wet mountain bike rides and several times as a tiny extra layer hanging around after a ride. It really came into its own as autumn rolled around and early morning and evening rides came with cold winds. With cyclocross season in full swing it has been great both before the race while pre-riding the course at lower speeds, as well as post-race when we were sweaty but cooling down fast. My wife’s has even been on a couple of Masters podiums in the past month. One of our other testers here in Prague proclaimed his love for it with a couple of expletives, and saying it was “so light, feels so very nice on the skin, and keeps the wind and cold at bay but didn’t ever get sweaty. It’s on a totally different level than any of the buffs I’ve used.” We’ve generally been surprised at what seemed more like a fashion accessory when it showed up in the mail. But now have used them for a few months, the scarf has been added to the list of favorite autumn accessories here, along with Rapha leg warmers and Sealskinz grippy gloves. Our only suggestion to Supperlegero now, is to make a fluorescent yellow one since it is getting a lot of use in those morning and evening road rides where a little extra visibility would be great.Now for some detail, these scarves are 100% silk produced entirely in Lombardia, Italy giving them the ‘Seta di Como’ designation. They come in several colors to suit your fashion sense: azzurra (sky blue), bianca (white), ciclamino (magenta), rosa (pink), grand prix (TdF yellow, green, and polka dotted), grimpeur (white with red dots), and critérium (red with white dots.) The four basic solid colors also have an Italian tricolor accent stripe. Our scarves measured 130×26.5cm / 53×10.5”, which is just long enough for one and a half full loops around the neck or a Parisian knot loop. The company developed the scarves (along with a separate line of merino/cashmere accessories) to address the problems of riding in the mountains where temperatures change quickly and differences from high mountain to low valley riding can be extreme. A silk scarf stays cool in warm summer temps, but provides a great wind and cold buffer when the weather changes. At just 13g the scarves are quite thin and lightweight (something like ~36g/m2 to give you an idea), meaning they pack down very small and effectively take no room in a jersey pocket. Over the summer we received a few silk scarves from a small company based out of the Swiss Alps called Superleggero, that touted them as both a versatile transition season neck warmer and all-season fashion accessory. We liked their look and soft feel against the skin, but didn’t think we would really change our wardrobe to benefit from their luxury, fashion side. However, when the weather turned first wetter, then cooler they started to join us on almost every ride, as we tried to see what fine silk really had to offer. Follow past the break to see what our tests revealed… The silk scarves are priced at 90€, and available direct from their web store. They ship worldwide for 10€ or less, with free shipping on bigger orders.Superleggero gives care instructions on their site for hand washing, drying, and ironing the silk scarves. We’ve been following that with a couple, and treating one a bit more like a cross bike to see how they wear. The nicely cared for ones look perfect several months on, and the biggest benefit of ironing seems to be that it still folds down so incredibly thin (think ~9x16cm x6mm thick.) The machine washed one (30°C, gentle cycle) still looks pretty good, but having never been ironed its wrinkles make it pack down a bit less neatly and thicker (~10×16.5cm x25mm.) Even at a pretty expensive pricepoint, we can probably get behind Superleggero’s final care instruction: Wear often.Superleggero.comlast_img read more

Seymour-Screen Excellence Debuts Adjustable Ratio Theater (ART) Motorized Masking System

first_imgSeymour-Screen Excellence’s Adjustable Ratio Theater (ART) is what the company calls a “luxury,” reference-grade, acoustically-transparent, motorized masking system which, at its largest, spans 20-feet tall and 30-feet wide with 350-inches of viewable image width. Available with either two- or four-way masking, the system is built on-the-wall rather than the traditional method of assembling, lifting and hanging, making for such vast sizes and easier installation.The largest of the company’s three masking screen platforms, it’s available in two- or four-way masking, with removable velvet fascia and 4:3 ratio with masking up to 120-inches per side. The systems are compatible with all home control systems and ART offers unlimited intermediate masking panel positions including all the way down to 4:3. The unique design of ART allows the installer to build the screen on the wall, as opposed to the traditional method of assembling on the floor, lifting and hanging. ART’s components are not required to be shipped in wooden crates like those of the larger TAM systems which may be shipped completely or partially assembled. Additionally, certain size film screens whether received onsite pre-assembled or not can be difficult to negotiate corners or floors to reach the cinema room. ART solves these issues. For extra rigidity, pure carbon fiber bars are utilized in the assemblies.Options include two-way masking (side masking panels for constant height, or top/bottom panels for constant width) or four-way independent masking. Image widths range from 160-inches to 350 with custom sizes available. Price ranges from $26K to $142K depending on size. Motor control cards/boxes and IR, 12V and RS232 control accessories and installation are extra. Here are all the details.last_img read more

What I Learned at AVEC 2019

first_imgEarlier this month I had the amazing opportunity to be the master of ceremonies at AVIXA’s AV Executive Conference (AVEC). I’m still not sure why they entrusted a room full of leaders and executives to me, but I’m so happy they did because I had an amazing experience.Why was it amazing? Well, for one, unlike trade shows, the emphasis of the conference wasn’t on products. Yes, many manufacturers sponsor the event, and many attend as well, but the content is not product-focused at all, and rather focuses on the business strategy side of AV as opposed to the technical execution of projects.As someone who returned to integration in 2019 as a sales director, it gave me the opportunity to meet or reconnect with many exemplary leaders. It gave me an opportunity to learn new skill sets and share ideas, as well as an opportunity to reflect on my career and those who have shaped it over the years.I only thought it would be fitting to credit a few individuals here, ones I met at AVEC who taught me new things and those I reconnected with that reminded me of the value they gave me along the way.Robyn BenincasaRobyn was a new connection for me and the first keynote speaker of the conference.  She was truly inspiring, (see her story here). Her talk on leadership gave so many great lessons, but there were a couple that stood out. One was to field your best TEAM not your best PLAYERS. I remember the Olympic Dream Teams that took All-Stars from every NBA team and put them on the court vs. other teams in the Olympics. It’s funny how arguably the best players on the planet didn’t always bring home the gold medal. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Miracle on Ice hockey team took players, who weren’t standouts in their own right, beat the best team in the world. As a new leader building a a team, I’m extremely grateful for Robyn’s emphasis on focusing on the right players, not necessarily on the best players.Steve DurkeeIf you don’t know Steve Durkee from Legrand AV, you definitely need to make an effort to get to know him. I loved working for Steve for the four-and-a-half years I was on his team. He is a very personable and approachable leader, and I’ve taken a lot away from his leadership including his focus on integrity and customer relationships. While on stage, I apparently let a Durkee-ism slip when I told the audience to spread out, meet new people and stop “clumping” with those they already knew. It was a subconscious reference to something Steve used to tell us as a team before InfoComm, and that was to avoid “clumping” together in the booth as employees, and instead engage visitors. He playfully called me out on stealing his term at the AVEC cocktail party, so I thought I’d give him his proper due here.See related  Rants and rAVes — Episode 1021: Why You Need to Register for Next Week’s AVIXA + DSF D=SIGN EventSara AbronsAs managing editor and co-owner, Sara is an integral part of rAVe [PUBS] and THE rAVe Agency. I was able to sit with her during the conference and I am always impressed by her insights, acumen and AV knowledge. She would even send me texts with takeaways from the talks and she wrote her own take on AVEC as well. She has helped me develop creatively over the last six-and-a-half years in my time writing for rAVe. Through blogging and podcasting opportunities, I have been able to hone my skills to a dull edge. I credit her friendship and professional relationship with assisting me in developing my voice and increasing my industry profile.David LabuskesAs the CEO of AVIXA, Dave Labuskes has spearheaded a shift in the industry association over the last few years. If you’ve met him in person, you know how personable he is and — no offense to anyone in a similar role — but you typically wouldn’t expect his level of friendliness and warmth from a C-Level, former IT executive. I had the opportunity to chat briefly with Dave at AVEC, and any time I do, I am encouraged about our industry’s future. We spoke about a few of their initiatives and goals as an association and when we parted, Dave graciously offered his support and advice for anything I may need assistance with in the future. I’m humbled by his offer and may take him up on it.Of course there were countless more connections and re-connections with additional impact. I can’t reference them all here, but the point is, AVEC is a place to connect and gain value from the others attending.Robyn Benincasa asked us to raise our hands if we ever felt “lucky” in our careers. I think everyone in the room raised their hand, and she reminded us that luck was where preparation met opportunity. AVEC is another opportunity to connect and share. I hope to be “lucky” enough to be there again next year.last_img read more