The impact of the amyloid plaques that appear in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease may extend beyond the deposits’ effects on neurons — the cells that transmit electrochemical signals throughout the nervous system. In an article in the Feb. 27 issue of Science, Harvard researchers from the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease (MGH-MIND) report that amyloid plaques may also increase the activity of astrocytes, star-shaped nervous system cells traditionally considered to provide a supporting role in normal brain function. They also show that amyloid-induced astrocyte hyperactivity extends throughout the brain rather than being confined to regions directly adjacent to plaques. “Our work suggests that amyloid plaques might have a more complex role in altering brain function than we had thought,” says Kishore Kuchibhotla of MGH-MIND, lead author of the Science article. “Plaques develop rapidly and have been shown to cause relatively acute, localized neurotoxicity. We show that astrocytes could provide a network mechanism that may stretch the impact of plaques to more distant areas of the brain.” Astrocytes were long considered to provide passive support to neurons, but in the early 1990s it was discovered in cell culture that they also could transmit signals by means of transient increases in calcium levels that move from cell to cell in a wavelike manner. These calcium waves travel relatively long distances in response to a variety of external stimuli. Since astrocytes are so abundant — making up about half the volume of the brain — and found throughout the brain, the MGH investigators hypothesized that their function may also be affected by the presence of amyloid plaques. Using cutting-edge imaging techniques that give a real-time view of the activity of brain cells in living mice, the investigators labeled astrocytes with a dye that lights up when a cell is active and shuts off when it is not. They were surprised to see astrocytes flicker on and off at much higher rates in transgenic mice with an abundance of plaques than in plaque-free animals. The plaque-associated astrocyte activity appeared to be synchronized and passed to distant areas of the brain in a wavelike fashion. Another imaging technology revealed that resting calcium levels were elevated throughout the astrocyte network of animals with plaques but not in normal mice. Blocking the activity of neurons did not reduce astrocyte activity, indicating that amyloid’s known impact on neuronal activity was not responsible for its apparent effects on astrocytes. “This is the first clear evidence in a live animal model that amyloid plaques perturb calcium signaling across the astrocyte network via a neuron-independent mechanism,” says Kuchibhotla. “It has been suggested that these intercellular calcium waves, which previously had been observed only in response to some sort of external stimulus, indicate the existence of or response to a traumatic insult. Our data support this hypothesis, but whether the calcium signals we observed actually protect or harm cells remains to be determined. “We’ve only begun to scratch the surface of how plaque deposition impacts astrocyte function,” he adds. “One key question will be how increased astrocyte signaling impacts neuronal function, and another will be whether astrocyte activity limits or intensifies plaque deposition.” Brian Bacskai of MGH-MIND, senior author of the Science report, says, “This study not only provides insight into the role of astrocytic networks in the brain, it also suggests new opportunities to manipulate these networks to treat or prevent Alzheimer’s disease as well as other neurological disorders. Further studies of pharmacological compounds that interact with astrocytes may someday lead to potential new therapies.” Kuchibhotla is a Harvard University doctoral candidate in biophysics, working in Bacskai’s laboratory. Additional co-authors of the paper are Carli Lattarulo and Bradley Hyman, both of MGH-MIND. The study was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health.
Cage The Elephant has shared a Zoom music video for “Black Madonna” that goes far beyond anything we’ve seen from the genre born of necessity.The song comes from the band’s 2019 album Social Cues. The song follows a remixed version “Broke Boy”, which featured vocals from Iggy Pop, as the latest release from the London-based alt-rock hitmakers.Related: The Growlers Imagine An Alternate Reality In “Dream World”, Regain Cynicism On “Random Everyone” [Listen]The video was directed by frontman Matthew Shultz and puts a new spin on the Zoom screen formatting that is becoming more and more ingrained in this isolated lifestyle. Using a mix of previously recorded footage alongside videos of the members from their respective homes, Shultz edited the video to give it a kind of nostalgic, home movie feel. One of the fortunate results of this effect is that, at least for three minutes and 55 seconds, it almost feels like this Zoom/quarantine life is a distant memory. The grainy old footage blends perfectly with the alternative sound Cage The Elephant has built up over the past 14 years.The band said of the video,The project started when COVID-19 began gaining traction and forced remote production so we repurposed a lot of existing never-before-seen footage/up-cycled content to make something new. Additionally, we worked with 15 collaborators over the past 8 weeks to have them contribute or create content, also while in isolation.Watch the new music video for “Black Madonna” from Cage The Elephant.Cage The Elephant — “Black Madonna” (Official Video)[Video: Cage The Elephant]Cage The Elephant was set to headline Hangout Music Festival this month, however that event has been canceled due to COVID-19. The band was also scheduled to embark on a summer tour throughout the United States, U.K., and Europe, and while that it is not officially canceled yet chances are high considering the progression of the virus. Visit the band’s website for any announcements.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreContinuing its program of environmental stewardship, Dell became the first major computer manufacturer to commit to neutralizing the carbon impact of its worldwide operations. “Leadership starts at home, which is why we are going carbon-neutral to make a difference for the Earth we all share,” said Michael Dell, the company’s chairman and CEO. Dell issued a challenge to its peer companies to do the same, and to join a new program called Plant a Forest for Me that enables organizations worldwide to join together with Dell and facilitate the planting of millions of trees in sustainably managed reforestation projects. This program is a continuation of the Plant a Tree for Me program for consumers. The founding members of Plant a Forest for Me include Dell, ABN AMRO, AMD, Ask.com, Salesforce.com and WellPoint. Each company has committed to offsetting part of their carbon output by purchasing trees for Plant a Forest. Dell partners with The Conservation Fund and Carbonfund.org, non-profit organizations that facilitate the tree planting. Carbon neutrality involves taking inventory of an organization’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and then implementing strategies to reduce and eliminate those emissions. To meet its carbon-neutral commitment for Dell operations, the company will pursue an aggressive strategy of driving additional energy-efficiencies, maximizing purchases of renewable power and offsetting remaining impacts. “Dell’s continued efforts to raise the bar for environmental performance are commendable, and we are pleased to see a concentrated effort on addressing climate impacts throughout its business, products and supply chain,” said Mindy Lubber, President of Ceres, a national network of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups working to address global sustainability challenges. ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ “What’s particularly impressive is the company’s focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy as primary mechanisms for addressing climate change, and we look forward to working with Dell as additional environmental initiatives are developed.” Carbon Neutral Dell Operations In June, Dell committed to an aggressive, long-term goal to be the “greenest technology company on the planet,” an initiative that includes teaming with “The ReGeneration,” people of all ages who care about the environment. The company’s progressive climate policy focuses on minimizing both direct and indirect emissions impacts, including supplier operations and customer product use. Dell is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a member of the EPA’s Climate Leaders Program on an inventory of the company’s GHG emissions from U.S. operations. Dell’s commitment to carbon neutrality in its operations primarily involves emissions impacts created by electricity use and facility heating and cooling. The company will also offset the emissions impact of employee business travel. Increasing Energy Efficiency and Reducing Electricity Demands. Dell is implementing a company-wide power management program that automatically powers off machines at night and during periods of inactivity. The company estimates this will result in savings of about 13 million kilowatt hours of electricity, equivalent to avoidance of 8,500 tons of CO2 and savings of $1.8 million annually.The company recently replaced office lighting in its Central Texas operations, resulting in approximately a nine percent reduction in electricity demand at the campuses. Similar programs will be implemented on other Dell campuses within the coming year.Dell’s new facility in Halle, Germany, included energy-saving features such as enhanced insulation and use of LCD monitors at workstations. As part of its climate stewardship commitment, a company priority is to invest in energy from renewable sources, such as wind, where available and economically feasible. Approximately 10 percent of the energy needs of the company’s Austin, Texas, operations come from renewable sources. Although Dell cannot currently source all its energy needs from renewable sources, company officials will work with government partners to investigate how incentives may support the private sector implementing energy-efficiency operational improvements and support energy producers making additional power from renewable sources available. Dell will offset the emissions impact of the remaining energy the company uses and cannot source from renewable sources. Dell is working with stakeholders to shape its offset strategy, which will help ensure that offsets are invested in projects that can be monitored and verified. Projects will be evaluated for their long-term viability and assurance that the carbon savings are real. Supplier Partnership In June, Dell announced the requirement for its major suppliers to identify and report their emissions impacts. The move is the first step in a long-term strategy to work with suppliers to minimize emissions from supply-chain operations, one of Dell’s indirect climate impacts. Additional projects under way or completed include: Requiring that logistics suppliers use biodiesel fuel sources for a portion of their energy needs within a year.A pilot program at Dell’s Penang, Malaysia, facility, in collaboration with the Malaysia Department of the Environment, that evaluated emissions from buses and delivery vehicles. Repairs to supplier vehicles with unacceptable levels of emissions were required within 10 days. Product Energy Efficiency Dell has committed to designing energy-efficient products with the maximum performance per watt. Minimizing the energy needed to power its own products addresses Dell’s primary indirect climate impact. Most recently Dell introduced a desktop computer that is up to 78 percent more energy efficient than the model it replaces. Product Recycling and Chemical Use Dell recently announced 2006 results of its responsible product recovery and recycling program – an increase of 93 percent over the previous year – putting the company on track to meet its goal of recovering nearly 275 million pounds of equipment by 2009. Dell’s progressive chemical-use policy has committed the company to remove the use of all brominated flame retardants and polyvinyl chloride from products by 2009. For more information on Dell’s carbon neutral commitment, visit Dell.com/earth. (source: press release)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
When faced with cold temps, slushy wet roads, and trails that cycle between freeze & thaw the biggest obstacle we face to continuing riding through winter is our feet. But it seems like this year more than we can remember there are more options for performance road and mountain bike winter cycling shoes. Sidi is the latest to hit us up with new cold weather options in their Zero Gore road & MTB Frost Gore shoes. Now these aren’t for super subzero expeditions. For that you’d be better served looking for something a bit more insulated.Zero Gore waterproof road bike winter shoesBoth Sidi’s winter road shoe and their waterproof mountain bike shoe are built with the same tech and on the same last. They share a traditionally Italian shaped upper made from a mix of synthetic leather and mesh, with a reinforced heel. Don’t be too worried by the mesh. Underneath there is a full Gore-Tex membrane for waterproofing, and the mesh helps keep them breathable. But there isn’t really additional insulation, so maybe size up for a heavier merino sock.The road boots get Sidi’s Millennium 5 injection molded carbon-reinforce nylon sole. It offers respectable pedaling stiffness, and includes a replaceable heel tread block.MTB Frost Gore waterproof mountain bike winter shoesClosure on both shoes is a combination of a velcro toe strap and a double loop of a wire closure with Sidi’s Tecno-3 dial buckle. Then around the ankle a large neoprene cuff closes over the widely gussetted tongue, tight against your leg with velcro to hold it in place.The mountain bike shoe gets Sidi’s MTB Competition sole which is nylon with mostly non-replaceable rubber tread blocks. The small front toe block that tends to wear out fastest, is replaceable though, and can accept screw in toe spikes.MTB Breeze Rain waterproof mountain bike winter shoesA cheaper MTB Breeze Rain model be a better option for colder mountain bike rides. It drops the more expensive but breathable Gore-Tex and mesh upper for more synthetic PVC based fabric that still claims to offer weather protection, and adds in a Raintex wind & waterproof membrane.Sidi.com
US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin joined representatives of IBM, Sandia National Laboratories and the US Department of Energy to launch the Vermont Photovoltaic Regional Test Center on the IBM campus in Williston. The center will research ways to cut the cost of solar power and integrate solar energy into Vermont’s statewide smart grid.’ The Regional Test Center is a $3 million project funded by the US Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, which aims to reduce the cost of solar energy by 75 percent by 2020 and make solar power account for at least 15 percent of America’s electricity generation by 2030.’ ‘ The Regional Test Center is one of five such facilities in the United States and will provide critical performance data on solar photovoltaic systems, including determining the effectiveness of operating in a climate with harsh winters, significant precipitation and dramatic weather changes.’ ‘We have a bold vision here in Vermont and across the country for an energy transformation phasing fossil fuels out as quickly as possible in favor of clean, renewable energy. Solar energy is a central part of that vision,’ said Sanders, who serves on the Senate energy and environment committees. ‘People understand that solar has huge potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create good jobs.’ (Click here for the Sanders’ prepared remarks.)’ Sanders, clearly frigid on a cold, bright and breezy day, led the effort to site the facility in Vermont. The solar collectors, meanwhile, will not mind low temperatures. Photovoltaic panels are more efficient under colder conditions.‘With Vermont No. 1 per capita in private-sector green jobs and ninth in the nation in solar energy installations, the Department of Energy picked our state to host a regional solar test center,’ Governor Peter Shumlin said. ‘I am so proud that, through the efforts of Sen. Sanders and with partners like Sandia National Laboratories and IBM Essex, Vermont, will be playing a leading role in critical research and development to advance clean solar power.’’ ‘ The seven-acre testing site is on IBM-owned land in Williston and will accommodate up to 300 kilowatts of solar power. Construction of the facility will continue throughout the fall.’ Solar manufacturers, selected by a competitive process, will install photovoltaic systems at the Regional Test Center where they will be rigorously monitored by Sandia for performance and reliability. The testing site also will support collaborative research on integration of solar technologies into Vermont’s statewide smart electric grid, built with $69 million in federal funds and matching contributions from the state’s utilities.’ ‘Thanks to the vision of Senator Sanders, the leadership of the Department of Energy and technical commitment from IBM, this Regional Test Center will help realize a national vision for research, demonstration and testing of cutting edge solar technology,” said Steve Rottler, Sandia National Laboratories Vice President. ‘ ‘ ‘This program brings together the unique skills and resources at IBM Vermont with Sandia to address how to improve the cost and efficiency of solar energy,’ said Janette Bombardier, senior location executive for IBM in Vermont. ‘The development and expanded use of alternative energy sources is a key goal for Vermont and the nation, and IBM’s smart electrical grid, technical expertise, data management experience, and regional partners make IBM Vermont the right location to achieve the goals of the SunShot initiative.’The Regional Test Center is a collaborative effort, funded by the US Department of Energy, led by Sandia National Laboratories, and hosted by IBM with support provided by Green Mountain Power, the University of Vermont, and the State of Vermont.‘The goal is to see Vermont at the cutting-edge in research and development of solar energy,’ Sanders said.WILLISTON, Vt., Nov. 4, 2013
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has released a guidance to assist Data Brokers in complying with Vermont’s new Data Broker Regulations, Act 171 of 2018. These regulations go into effect on January 1, 2019. The new law requires Data Brokers to register with the Secretary of State annually and maintain certain minimum data security standards. The deadline for registering is January 31, 2019, and, starting in January registration can be completed on the Secretary of State’s website(link is external).A copy of the registration form is also attached to the guidance and may be completed and delivered by mail or in person to: the Vermont Secretary of State, Corporations Division, 128 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633-1104.Businesses that are unsure whether they fall within the definition of “Data Broker” should review the guidance, and may contact the Attorney General’s Office with questions.The “Guidance on Vermont’s Act 171 of 2018 Data Broker Legislation” can be found here(link is external) or on the Attorney General’s Data Broker website: http://ago.vermont.gov/blog/2017/12/05/data-brokers/(link is external).Source: Vermont AG 12.13.2018
Vermont Business Magazine The Scott Milne for Lieutenant Governor campaign announced today the endorsement of former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas. Douglas continued, “I know how important it is for a governor to have a partner as a lieutenant, and Scott Milne will make a terrific teammate for Gov. Scott as they work to bring us through the pandemic, jumpstart our economy, and put Vermonters back to work.” “I am pleased to offer my enthusiastic support for Scott Milne to be our next lieutenant governor,” said Douglas. “Scott’s experience as a small businessperson and job creator is sorely needed in Montpelier as Vermont works to defeat COVID-19 and reopen the economy.” Governor Douglas joins Governor Phil Scott and 38 currently elected Republican legislators to have endorsed Scott Milne for Lt. Governor ahead of the August 11th primary. Jim Douglas was governor of Vermont from 2003 to 2011. Source: North Pomfret – The Scott Milne for Lieutenant Governor campaign 8.3.2020 “I am honored to have the support of Governor Douglas, who is a model of competence, civility, and service,” said Milne. “In both style and substance, Governor Douglas demonstrated the best of what our political leaders should be.”
Events.com has today unveiled its suite of mobile-first cloud-based applications for event organizers. With offices in La Jolla, Newport Beach and Ottawa, the company aims to offer ground-breaking solutions for bridging the gap between event organizers and their participants.The first phase of the event management solution includes actionable insights & analytics, super-fast payments, a toolkit for social affinity, and mobile-first registration technology. In addition, Events.com is expanding its arsenal to include a customizable app.This latest development is the result of ‘assembling an A-List team as well as partnering with industry leaders to develop their best-in-class event management bundle.’Events.com has made a number of key hires in recent weeks:Last week, Events.com confirmed that former ACTIVE Network executive Steve Mazza had joined the company as Director of SalesIn January, former Ticketmaster exec James Revell joined the company as Vice President of Global MarketingAnd, in late December, Events.com confirmed that former ACTIVE exec and the ‘Voice of Ironman’Mike Reilly had joined the company as Executive Vice President of Global Sales.Events.com’s bundle provides actionable insights & analytics that enable event organizers to track, analyze, and visualize performance metrics in order to better manage and monetize event lifecycles. Rapid payment integration affords event organizers the ability to get paid quickly and seamlessly.With access to funds in as little as two days along with enhanced retrieval of payment processing data, Events.com believes that it can assist event organizers with cash flow. Meanwhile, the social toolkit allows for organic event promotion through social channels.Event goers can share and celebrate the events important to them, fostering community engagement with a single point for multiple social media feeds, all presented in a mobile-first approach.With its customizable app, Events.com will provide an end-to-end registration solution that ‘does more than just reach audiences; it provides a content management system which allows event organizers to send out strategically targeted messages in real time, gather insights, and manage the entire lives of events with one single easy-to-use platform.’“Innovation is our focus at Events.com,” said Gregg Parise, CEO of Events.com. “We are building products to support the ever-changing needs of our clients and users.”Events.com feels that it takes a new and more personal approach to event technology with a mission to create human connections and lasting memories around the events that shape people’s lives. The company partners with organizers to improve the event management process, enabling valuable engagement with attendees. It provides event goers with a place to socially explore and share experiences.Parise continued, “The reaction of the endurance industry folks to our product has been exciting. Because of our team’s hard work and ingenuity, we are proud to showcase our event management technology to the world.”Events.com is a mobile-first, socially-focused suite of cloud-based applications that aims to provide an ideal solution for event organizers and event goers alike. Organizers benefit from a dashboard that features the necessary tools to manage, market, and monetize their events: detailed analytics, robust reporting with actionable insights, integrated marketing and outreach tools, enhanced payment options, and comprehensive functionality to create interactive communities and affinity around their brands.Event goers get access and inspiration via the Events.com site—which is positioned as a place to explore experiences based on interests, discover aggregated social content, and share the experiences that matter most to athletes.www.events.com Related
Johnson County Park and Recreation District is adding a new inclusive playground to its park system. The new playground is at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road. Photo courtesy of Johnson County Park and Recreation DistrictJohnson County Park and Recreation District is opening a new inclusive playground next month at Shawnee Mission Park.The $1.2 million inclusive playground is designed to go “well beyond” requirements of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, said Deputy Director Jeff Stewart. The purpose of the playground, which is sometimes called a universal playground, is to enable and encourage all to play together without physical or social barriers.Stewart said the Shawnee Mission Park Inclusive Playground will be the second within the JCPRD park system. The first opened in September 2018 in Stilwell Community Park. Another inclusive playground also opened a couple of years ago in Leawood.“Each playground has a unique design that offers experiences that all ages can enjoy,” Stewart said.Notable features include:Access rampsAdaptive swingsLow platformsClimbing elementsSensory play elementsAn area with musical instrumentsSmooth and textured surfacesA rolling slide table that participants can pull themselves alongSloped play areas with double-wide slidesShade structure with water mistersThe project also includes a restroom building with four extra-large stalls meant to provide more space for someone to be able to assist youth with special needs.A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the inclusive playground takes place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 6 at the park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa. The free event, which continues until 1 p.m., will include comments from JCPRD leaders and other local officials, plus giveaways and a hot dog lunch.The inclusive playground at Shawnee Mission Park as well as the one at Stilwell Community Park were both included in JCPRD’s 2018 capital improvements budget.Stewart said the majority of the project was funded by the capital improvement plan, but several groups also contributed to either or both of the inclusive playground projects, including:Helen S. Boylan FoundationJohn and Marney ShermanRoyals CharitiesSprouts Healthy Communities FoundationSunderland FoundationOverland Park South Rotary ClubReece Nichols Real EstateMcKee FoodsPlanning and Development Manager Cliff Middleton said ensuring the playgrounds are fun for all participants was a major goal for the projects.“Hopefully, lots of families will come there, whether they have special needs children or not; they’re just going to come because they’re really fun playgrounds,” Middleton said. “Of course, having something that accommodates kids with special needs will be popular, too.“There are some common elements between the two (JCPRD inclusive playgrounds), but we did try to make them different enough that you might want to take your family to one on one weekend, and you might want to go to the other the next weekend.”
Quantum, Ovi, and WR Series loudspeakers provide powerful, articulate sound and the ideal aesthetic fit Tempe, AZ – October 2020… Spanning 14 floors and featuring unique dining options, a gym, more than 3,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, and a rooftop pool with a terrace bar, cabanas, and a fire pit, the Canopy by Hilton Downtown is a boutique lifestyle hotel that re-defines elegance. And to ensure the best possible sound reproduction throughout the venue, management invested in the installation of a healthy assortment of loudspeaker systems drawn from catalog of Valencia, Spain-based DAS Audio. ‘Skinny’ Greg Gilman, who is involved in a wide range of music and sound endeavors, including both work as a DJ and as an AV installation professional, was contracted to manage the Canopy’s sound system installation. Working in conjunction with Oakland Park, FL-based TM Sound, an AV design/build firm, the combined team deployed an assortment of DAS loudspeakers that drew from the company’s Quantum, Ovi, and WR Series catalogs. Gilman discussed the project. “The hotel’s entrance is equipped with two black DAS Quantum Q-43-T loudspeakers and, due to installation limitations, we got creative and installed them facing the building so they reflect in the high-rise entryway,” Gilman reports. “Just past the front desk is the lobby, which also doubles as the first restaurant/bar. This space was fitted with ten white Ovi-12s, suspended 14 feet above the concrete floors and 2 feet from the ceiling, providing equal coverage for Alter Ego (the restaurant & bar) and Myrtle Corner (a lounge/waiting area)—without the undesired reflections from a nearby large room with glass garage doors. We also managed to hide four Q-10 subwoofers and tuned them perfectly so they wouldn’t disrupt guests calling or checking in. Further, just outside the aforementioned garage doors, we placed two Q-23-T loudspeakers with IP Kits for the outdoor patio dining area.” “Moving into the display kitchen area,” Gilman continued, “is an optional private dining space where we hid two more Q-10 subs and four Q-43-T loudspeakers to match the room’s décor. Exit the elevator on the 14th floor and turn left, and you enter Alibi, a cozy top level bar surrounded by one of the best views of Arizona. Here, there are six Q-23-T loudspeakers, which provide coverage right up to the bar. This way, the bartenders don’t have to constantly ask guests to repeat their orders, and yet the energy remains high. Two Q-10 subwoofers are hidden behind the bare columns of the room.” “Just outside of the bar on either side, we placed two DAS WR-8826 enclosures for the outdoor dining area on the East Patio or outdoor lounge on the West,” Gilman added. “While the East Patio has a dedicated Q-10 Subwoofer with an IP Kit tucked away in a corner, another Q-10 with an IP Kit that is custom mounted to the ceiling is shared between half of the pool area and the West Patio. Exiting the West Patio lands one on the pool deck, which features two Q-43-T loudspeakers joined as one unit above the white cabanas on each side of the deck, amounting to a total of four loudspeakers pointing at the rooftop pool. Finalizing the design, there are two Q-10 subwoofers with IP Kits in black that are hidden in the planter area. These provide the other half of the low-end for the pool deck. Of course, DAS Audio power amplifiers drive the entire setup.” The Canopy hotel’s overall design is intended to be flexible to accommodate a wide range of activities in each area. To address this with the audio equipment, Gilman made special reference to the fact that, “all zones can be tied to whatever activity is taking place because of the sound system’s overall flexibility.” While Gilman is enthusiastic about DAS loudspeakers, he also made special reference to the company’s power amplifiers, “While we usually praise the loudspeakers, I must admit that I believe the champions of this installation are the power amps at the back of house. The flexibility and multiple models of the DAS IA Series amplifiers are responsible for a cost effective and space saving design. The amps played a huge role in this system’s versatility.” The Canopy by Hilton Downtown installation was completed in August 2020. Since that time, Gilman reports the system is drawing rave reviews, “In the end, the project came out even better than expected. Between the power and flexibility of DAS amplifiers and the fact that DAS has a wide range of loudspeakers that enabled us to make the perfect match to the various spaces, we created a versatile system that sounds terrific throughout the venue. Equally important, the Miami-based DAS Audio team not only believes in their products, they genuinely care about the installers and the end users—and that attitude always makes DAS the perfect fit!”