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.
Pay TV operator NTV+ has secured the rights to French Ligue 1 football in Russia.The operator will show matches from the French championship on its Match TV channel and across the thematic sports channels on the platform.NTV+ CEO Alexander Vronsky said that the deal was in line with the c company’s strategy of acquiring premium sports content.In July, NTV+ secured the rights to top-tier Russian domestic football for the next three seasons and unveiled plans to broadcast some matches in 4K before the end of this year.
Argentinian pay TV service providers CableVideo and Cosecor have turned to Kudelski Group-owned Conax to provide security services and technology.The regional operators have chosen to adopt technology and services from Conax and regional partner, BOLD MSS, to drive expansion in pay TV and multi-DRM content offerings.CableVideo is migrating its existing security platforms to a new system from Conax including OTT services.Colsecor, a cooperative made up of operators from around Argentina, has deployed a pay TV platform secured by Conax Contego content protection, giving its members the flexibility to develop OTT consumer offerings in the future.Ricardo Lima, CEO of BOLD MSS, said: “We believe these deployments will strengthen service providers’ ability to add more and more popular content and value added services to adapt changes in viewing behaviour and provide the best viewing experience to the end-consumer – and ultimately tap new market share.”Jose Alcacer-Mackinlay, director, Lat Am sales, Conax, said: “With a consumer market eager to adapt the latest choices for accessing desired content, we are pleased to be selected to support CableVideo and Colsecor as they deploy new, enhanced service offerings. In addition, the cooperation with BOLD MSS provides significant value for the operators providing a highly skilled integration and services organisation.”