Lennar’s Stuart Miller and Sunnova’s William J. “John” Berger (iStock)Lennar Corp. plans to sell its residential solar division to Sunnova Energy International in a deal worth over $358 million.As part of the agreement, Houston-based Sunnova will become Lennar’s exclusive residential solar provider for new home communities across the country as demand for solar energy grows.Miami-based Lennar agreed to sell the solar division known as SunStreet in exchange for 7.22 million shares of Sunnova common stock, which closed at $49.64 on Wednesday, for a total of $358.4 million. About 3.3 million shares will be paid out at closing and the rest will be paid once certain milestones are met, according to a joint press release from the companies.“This agreement will allow Sunnova to increase customer growth, further scale the business, and develop smart microgrids for communities across the U.S.,” William Berger, CEO of Sunnova, said in a statement.LenX, a Lennar subsidiary, and Sunnova are also planning to continue to develop new energy technologies, such as home storage and community microgrids, according to the release.Along with installing solar on new homes, Sunnova said it could upsell many of the 250,000 existing homes built by Lennar in the last decade.The deal is expected to close in the second quarter, according to the release.Led by Stuart Miller, Lennar is one of the largest homebuilders in the country, and is known for its no-thrills, efficient single-family home communities.The company has performed exceptionally well during the pandemic, as more people sought to buy new homes due to record low mortgage rates. In 2020, Lennar received 56,000 new home orders, up 9 percent, year-over-year, according to the company’s fourth quarter earnings. Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink lennar Tags Share via Shortlink
Facebook Previous articleMan, 56, charged with public nudity in parking lot of Michigan City hospitalNext articleHuman skeletal remains found in North Liberty Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Man found shot to death in car at Indiana & Kendall in South Bend identified Google+ Twitter By Jon Zimney – November 28, 2020 0 744 Pinterest Google+ IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Pinterest A 32-year-old man was found shot to death just before 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27, near the intersection of Indiana Avenue and Kendall Street in South Bend.When officers arrived, they found a vehicle with gunshot defects and saw Vincent Lockett-Johnson of South Bend seated in the driver seat. Officers discovered Johnson had suffered gunshot wounds.Officers attempted C.P.R. but were unable to resuscitate Johnson. He was pronounced dead at the scene.A representative of the St. Joseph County Coroner Office was contacted and per protocol, the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit was activated and is handling the investigation.An autopsy will be conducted and update will be provided when more information is available for release.Anybody with information is asked to contact the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit at 574-235-5009 or Michiana Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP.
Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP will be visiting the Ben Kinsella Trust today to see first-hand how the Trust is working to educate young people away from knife crime.In 2012, the charity launched the Ben Kinsella Exhibition and workshops, which are designed to help young people appreciate and understand the lasting damage that knife crime can have on them and those around them.The charity was awarded £11,437 of government funding in 2017 to deliver two holistic and hands on programmes to two groups of up to 20 parents who are concerned about knife crime.Solicitor General Robert Buckland said: Knife crime has truly devastating consequences for families and local communities. To tackle it, we need to change young people’s attitudes so they are not tempted to carry a knife in the first place, and ensure they understand that they risk inflicting injury or even a loss of life if they do. The government’s Serious Violence Strategy puts a greater focus on early intervention, so it’s great to see the work happening at the Ben Kinsella Trust to educate young people about the dangers of carrying knives. We were really pleased to see that the Government’s new Violent Crime Strategy recognised the important role that prevention and education has in reducing knife crime. No child is born with a knife in their hand, it is a learned behaviour. Through education we help young people learn positive ways to stay safe and turn away from knife crime. In April, the government published its first Serious Violence Strategy. The Strategy strikes a balance between prevention and robust law enforcement with an £11 million Early Intervention Youth Fund for community projects to help young people live lives free from violence.Patrick Green, CEO of the Ben Kinsella Trust said:
Earlier this week, Justin Timberlake announced his fifth solo album to date, Man of the Woods. In a teaser video, the pop sensation is pictured in his home state of Tennessee and describes the album’s intentions, inspired by “my son, my wife, my family, but more so than any other album I’ve ever written, where I’m from.” Later in the clip, a female voice, presumably his wife’s, described the album as “mountains, trees, campfires, like wild west, like now.” Today, Timberlake reveals the first track, and it has nothing to do with any of those.“Filty” features Justin Timberlake in a large conference hall, delivering a presentation with a robot. The robot mirrors Timberlake in demonstrating its fluid ability to move, shake, wow, and inspire. With heavy electronic beats and gritty synths, the song is accompanied by a visually pleasing video directed by Mark Romanek. The song was co-written and co-produced by Timberlake, Timbaland, and Danja. James Fauntleroy and Larrance Dopson also received writing credits for “Filthy”, which reveals an exciting new direction for Timberlake–especially considering the dichotomous sounds of the album’s teaser video.Timberlake will release three more songs and videos from the album ahead of its February 2nd release–two days before he headlines the Super Bowl LII Halftime Show. The forthcoming releases will each have their own individual style and color from three different directors, according to CoS. Check out the teaser video and full tracklist, which includes songs with Alicia Keys and Chris Stapleton, below.Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods Tracklist:01. Filthy02. Midnight Summer Jam03. Higher, Higher04. Wave05. Supplies06. Morning Light (feat. Alicia Keys)07. Say Something (feat. Chris Stapleton)08. Hers (Interlude)09. Flannel10. Montana11. Breeze Off the Pond12. Livin’ Off the Land13. The Hard Stuff14. Young Man
Bridget Hoyt, curator of education at the Snite Museum of Art, led a discussion Friday of photos by social documentary photographer Sebastiao Salgado at the biweekly Labor Café meeting.Two of Salgado’s photo series, of the gold mines of Serra Pelada in Brazil and the oil field fires in Kuwait, were selected and presented by Hoyt at the meeting, which the Higgins Labor Studies Program and the Center for Social Concerns (CSC) sponsored.Michael Yu | The Observer Daniel Graff, director of undergraduate studies for the history department, said by making something into art, the very nature of the thing is changed.“The way that it’s shot and the way that it’s framed ennobles it,” Graff said. “I think it’s interesting that there’s this sort of tension when films or photographs show us these things we think of as ugly when, even still, the act of making them into art seems to ennoble them.”Junior accounting major Sebastian Morelos said the photo display raises questions about issues of ethics and exploitation.“[This] would bring up the question of if he is exploiting the workers by putting [the pictures] in a gallery,” Morelos said.Hoyt said one of the photographs was valued at approximately $10,000.As the discussion focused on the ethical nature of Salgado’s photographs and similar artists, graduate student Srishti Agnihotri said these types of pictures garner criticism from many people in other countries.“I come from a country where there’s a lot of criticism of the West engaging in what people call ‘poverty porn,’” she said. “They go to these countries, and they glorify these images of poverty. But I think that when photographers take these pictures, they are telling their stories.”The suffering of others has shaped the nature of all types of art, Agnihotri said, and problems arise when they are not shown.“It’s just that when communities predominantly have suffering, if we see art as something that diverts from that, then we are depriving them of their stories and their art, and that has been a problem with history,” she said.The Labor Café is open to all students, faculty and staff to discuss contemporary issues related to work and social justice. More information regarding these and other events can be found at the Higgins Labor Studies Program’s website. Tags: Kuwait, Labor Cafe, photographer, Sebastiao Salgado, Serra Pelada, Snite Museum
At the National Congress in Brasilia on 19 August, the U.S. company Boeing presented its F-18 E/F Super Hornet simulator, modeling one of the competitors in the FX-2 request for bids issued by the country for the acquisition of new fighter planes. In order to explain the plane’s technology and operation to interested Brazilian senators and members of Congress, the American company brought pilot Ted Hermann to the country, a Vietnam and Gulf War veteran with 3,900 hours of flight time and numerous decorations who is currently serving as a business development manager for Boeing’s international operations. With this exhibition, the firm aims to promote the selection of its plane in the competition for the acquisition of 36 fighter planes, in which it is competing against the French company Dassault and its Rafale and the Swedish Saab and its Gripen NG. The Boeing simulator has almost all the elements of a real F-18. It is equipped with a force feedback system that transmits the weight of the force of gravity and aerodynamic forces to the aircraft’s controls, enabling a simulation that is closer to a pilot’s actual sensations and reactions. In addition, with a 180-degree projection screen, the simulator can offer images of land, sea, cities, forests, highways, and buildings, as well as enemy planes, making it possible to simulate conventional operations not only on land runways, but also on aircraft carriers. Equipped with two seats, the simulator can recreate missions for both the one-seat and two-seat versions. At present, Super Hornet planes are part of the fleets of the U.S. Marines and the Australian Air Force, countries in which their use is supported by programs running through 2035. According to Boeing executives, a series of improvements and modernizations will maintain these versatile fighter planes in perfect condition until the end of their useful lives. Another point in favor of the American jet is the fact that it is a plane designed for and used on aircraft carriers, something that might point toward the possible selection of F-18s by the Brazilian Navy to replace the veteran AF-1s (A-4K Skyhawks) operating from the aircraft carrier São Paulo. By Dialogo August 23, 2011
New legislation makes hazing a criminal act New legislation makes hazing a criminal act Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Florida lawmakers passed what many consider one the toughest anti-hazing statutes in the nation this year.The Chad Meredith Act, now awaiting the governor’s signature, makes hazing in high schools and colleges a crime — even if the victim is a willing participant.Kill or injure someone in a hazing incident, go to jail for up to five years. Even if no one is hurt, the hazer could face up to a year in prison for the act. Meredith, a University of Miami student, drowned in 2001 in a hazing incident.Rep. Adam Hasner, R-Delray Beach, said he filed the legislation to stem what he considers a “growing epidemic” on school campuses.“There is no reason any student should have to risk life or limb in order to gain entry into an organization,” said Hasner, a lawyer who served in leadership positions with Phi Delta Theta while at Florida State University and after he graduated. “It is very narrowly tailored to prohibit and criminalize hazing that results in substantial physical injury.”The act defines hazing as “any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student” and includes “pressuring or coercing the student into violating state or federal law, any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug, or other substance, or forced physical activity that could adversely affect the physical health or safety of a student.. . . ”“I will make myself available to visit any college campus in Florida — at my own expense — to educate the students at the universities on this issue,” said Hasner, adding current law did not do enough to discourage “these senseless acts.”The bill was two years in the making, Hasner said, because he had to educate his legislative colleagues that the administrative remedies available on campuses weren’t strong enough to stem the problem. Even when students were hurt in hazing incidents, he said, perpetrators were able to use the consent of the victims as a defense, which hampered prosecution for what might otherwise be considered battery.Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamerac, sponsored the Senate companion measure.Miami lawyer David Bianchi, who represented the Meredith family in a civil case, said he saw a newspaper story on the hazing bill and called Hasner to see if he could help.Chad Meredith was 18 years old when he enrolled at UM and pledged for Kappa Sigma Fraternity. On November 4, 2001, while in the company of the fraternity president and two upper-class fraternity brothers, Meredith drank alcohol until his blood alcohol level was nearly two times the legal limit. Then, at the urging of the president and fraternity brothers, Meredith jumped in a campus lake. As the group swam across, Meredith fell behind and drowned. Chad’s parents sued those involved and the jury’s verdict included an award of $14 million for the mental pain and suffering for William and Carol Meredith as a result of the death of their son. The jury found the fraternity president 45 percent at fault and the former fraternity vice president 45 percent at fault. The jury found Meredith, the decedent, 10 percent at fault. While the case was being appealed, the sides entered into a confidential settlement, according to Bianchi.“The more I learned about how prevalent hazing was in this country the more upset I got about the fact it was still going on. I was also, frankly, upset that nothing was really done [criminally] with the two students we sued who were involved in Chad’s death,” Bianchi said. “The fraternity didn’t do anything to them; the university didn’t do anything to them; and the state attorney’s office didn’t do anything. Had it not been for the lawsuit, they would have escaped scot-free. That really bothered me.”Rep. Hasner invited Bianchi to review the bill and together the two lawyers crafted language which specifically addressed issues raised by defense lawyers in the Meredith civil case that Bianchi knew would also be raised in any criminal prosecution of hazing incidents. The result was a provision that specifically spells out that it is not a defense to a charge of hazing that consent of the victim had been obtained; or that the conduct that resulted in the death or injury was not part of an official organizational event or sanctioned by the organization; or that the activity that resulted in the death or injury was not done as a condition of membership.Bianchi and the Merediths also testified before legislative committees in support of the bill.“Until now there has not been enough in Florida law to discourage fraternity members from hazing pledges,” Bianchi said, adding he hopes the new law will be thoroughly discussed in every fraternity and sorority house in the state this fall.Hasner insists the law is not anti-fraternity and contends hazing is out of line with Greek values.“Hazing in itself is not the type of activity that I believe creates brotherhood and creates friendships,” he said. “It’s demeaning and demoralizing and in many instances dangerous and potentially deadly.”The bill, which cleared both chambers with only one dissenting vote, also picked up the support of some national fraternal organizations.“The legislation takes the same zero-tolerance approach to hazing that Sigma Chi announced when we unveiled our own anti-hazing policy on February 1, 2005,” said Sigma Chi International President Lee Beauchamp. “We support all efforts to end hazing that demeans or physically threatens any individual. While hazing has been characterized as a tradition by critics of fraternities, we believe there are better ways to instill a sense of brotherhood within our organization. We fully support the Florida legislation.” June 1, 2005 Managing Editor Regular News
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SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf to Pennsylvania: We Must Stay the Course, We Must Follow the Law May 11, 2020 Press Release, Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today reminded Pennsylvanians that the state’s actions to stop the spread of COVID-19 are working and that we must stay the course and follow the law or there will be negative consequences.“Pennsylvanians are fighting for our lives,” Gov. Wolf said. “We have fought this deadly virus in the best way we can, and sacrificed in ways we could never have imagined. It has been a new kind of heroism – in many ways a quiet heroism. These heroic acts deserve to be met not by surrendering, but by staying the course.”The governor reiterated that reopening too soon can cause COVID-19 to spread, for cases and deaths to spike and for closures to be reinstated perhaps for much longer.Reopening decisions are based on the advice of scientists, medical professionals, and the state’s epidemiologists. Factors that inform decisions include case counts, modeling, geographic location, contact tracing and testing capabilities for individual counties, regions, and the state. Each county is considered individually before deciding on placement into the red, yellow or green phases. Yellow counties have a lower risk of virus spread. Red counties have a higher risk of virus spread.“I cannot allow residents in a red county to get sick because their local officials can’t see the invisible risk of the virus in their community,” Wolf said. “So, I must, and I will impose consequences if a county locally lifts restrictions when it has not yet been given the go-ahead by the state.”The governor outlined the following consequences to counties that do not abide by the law to remain closed:Counties will not be eligible for federal stimulus discretionary funds the state receives and intends to provide to counties with populations of fewer than 500,000.Businesses in counties that do not abide by the law will no longer be eligible for business liability insurance and the protections it provides. The Pennsylvania Department of Insurance released details of this earlier today.Restaurants that reopen for dine-in service in counties that have not been authorized to reopen will be at risk of losing their liquor license.County residents receiving unemployment compensation will be able to continue to receive benefits even if their employer reopens. Employees may choose not to return out of concern for personal safety and safety of co-workers.“This is not a time to give up,” Wolf said. “This is a time to rededicate ourselves to the task of beating this virus. I intend to keep fighting, and I believe that the overwhelming majority of my fellow Pennsylvanians intend to keep fighting it too. With that unity, I know we can win.”View this information in Spanish.
Marine Energy Wales has released a new report at its annual conference, revealing that £96.2 million has been invested into the Welsh economy.The new ‘State of the Sector’ report outlines findings from a survey carried out by the Welsh industry body, and provides an update on a previous report published in 2017, outlining developments taking place in Welsh waters.The report covers wave, tidal stream and tidal range sectors across Wales and demonstrates that marine energy is fast becoming a dynamic and exciting part of the Welsh economy.The report finds that there has been an increase of £27.9 million worth of investment in Wales over the last 2 years, a £50.8 million increase since 2015. The sector is playing a vital role in attracting inward investment for Wales, and is spurring low carbon, economic growth in coastal regions across the country.There are currently 16 marine energy developers actively progressing projects in Wales and strategic developments are taking place across the country to ensure that infrastructure, testing and demonstration facilities are in place to support the sector.Wales has the potential to establish an early mover advantage in an export market worth an estimated £76 billion by 2050, exporting marine energy technologies, skills, knowledge and intellectual property across the globe. The Welsh supply chain has the capability and ambition to deliver marine energy projects, and the sector is providing diversification opportunities to encourage supply chain resilience, Marine Energy Wales wrote.First Minister, Mark Drakeford, said: “Wales’ natural resources place us in a unique position to harness the significant potential of marine energy. This report clearly demonstrates how the sector is already bringing wide-ranging economic and environmental benefits.“I’m pleased Welsh Government support has resulted in international inward investment for marine energy projects, ensuring sustainable economic opportunities in coastal areas of Wales.“Wales has the potential to achieve even more and I am frustrated at the missed opportunities caused by the UK Government’s wilful disinterest in the development of marine energy projects in Wales. We continue to press it to rethink its energy policy to allow Wales to provide the mix of renewable energy required to benefit our communities.”David Jones, project director of Marine Energy Wales added: “This report clearly demonstrates the positive impacts marine energy is having in Wales, particularly in coastal regions such as Anglesey and Pembrokeshire that are most in need of economic regeneration. It is pleasing to see that Wales is playing an important role in keeping the UK at the forefront of this global low carbon innovative sector.”