Paul Sprawl returned to Arcosanti to provide musical entertainment on Friday and Saturday evening. Other entertainment highlights were music by David Whitley and a Fire performance by Flam Chen. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa] The event took place in the lovely setting of the Colly Soleri Music Center. A report on the Arco Team follows on 6/3. [Photo & text: sa] June 2, 2005 The 5th Annual POETRY SLAM was organized by Jewel Blackfeather and Ira Murfin, and once again with Grandmaster Dan Seaman in charge of the microphone. The competition was fast and furious, with some of the most intense poetry. Team X-Hosts from Mesa, team Mesa National, team Hang-over Express from Phoenix, team Loose Nuts from Phoenix, team Justice League from Phoenix, team Tucson, Prescott, team Flag Slam from Flagstaff, team NORAZ and the Arcosanti team competed for bragging rights and a trophy poured in bronze during a night pour in the Arcosanti Foundry on this same day. [Photo & text: sa] The audience was treated to a very funny Comedy Improv Feature by the Worlds Greatest Shakespeare Company. [Photo & text: sa]
03Mar In-home stair lifts will be more accessible, affordable under Pscholka/Nesbitt bills Categories: News The House Commerce and Trade Committee today approved a package of bills to remove regulations on residential stair lift installation, after hearing testimony from local state Reps. Al Pscholka and Aric Nesbitt on how removing the regulations could provide more affordable access for Michigan residents while still maintaining safety standards.Rep. Pscholka’s House Bill 4163 and Rep. Nesbitt’s House Bill 4162 clarify that residential stair lifts are not subject to the same regulatory standards as elevator installations. Currently, Michigan law regulates residential stair lifts in the same way that it oversees commercial elevators. This misclassification means that state inspectors and commercially-certified contractors are required to install simple stair lifts, which is more expensive for the homeowner. Their bills require that the installer be a licensed elevator contractor or certified by the manufacturer of the residential lift.“The current law requiring stair lifts to be installed by commercial contractors puts Michigan residents at a major disadvantage and costs nearly double that of surrounding states,” said Rep. Pscholka, R-Stevensville. “This is especially of detriment to our seniors, disabled veterans, and mobility-impaired individuals, as it keeps them from being able to afford a simple tool that allows them to stay in their homes.”Rep. Nesbitt, R-Lawton, said: “These burdensome roadblocks hinder local job creators and, in some cases, increase costs on Michigan residents. This legislation maintains effective safety standards, while also making the common sense reforms necessary to ease a burden facing many senior and disabled homeowners who use these helpful tools to stay in their homes.”Both bills were approved by the committee and now head to the House floor for further legislative action.
European countries in the top 10 average internet speed countries globally recorded significant improvements in 2013, according to CDN provider Akamai’s annual state of the internet report.South Korean continued to lead globally on average connection speeds, with a connection speed of 21.9Mbps. Among European countries in the top 10, number three-ranked the Netherlands achieved a 38% increase in average speeds to reach 12.4Mbps in 2013, while sixth-ranked the Czech Republic and seventh-ranked Sweden saw average speeds rise by 30% to 11.4Mbps and 10.5Mbps respectively.Eighth-ranked Latvia saw average speeds rise by 11%, while Ireland at number nine saw an impressive 59% rise in average speeds to 10.4Mbps.Global average peak connection speeds recovered from a small decline in the third quarter of 2013 with an impressive improvement of 30% to 23.2Mbps in the fourth quarter, according to Akamai.In Europe, Romania led the way on average peak connection speeds, with an 11% rise in the fourth quarter taking it to 50.6Mbps. In Europe, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the UK, Belgium and Sweden exceeded 40Mbps average peak connection speed.In terms of adoption of high-speed services, defined as services with a speed of above 10Mbps, the Netherlands saw adoption rise to 45% by the end of the year, while Switzerland recorded adoption of 42%.The Czech Republic, Belgium, Denmark, the UK and Sweden saw adoption of 10Mbps and above by over 30% of connected households.