July 4, 2003HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY: To this reporter it seems important to acknowledge the steady, every day persistence in good solid work as the true basis for any independence. Whether the insistence to be free of oppression, or simple daily toil, only consistency in the approach yields any result. Here at Arcosanti our foundry crew is a good example. The production of bells is a tough job, especially in the hot summer month. The foundry crew produces bells five days a week with 3 or 4 heats [bronze pours] every day, molding, pouring, cleaning, drilling and assembling. [Photo & text: sa] Crewmember Jim Huth impresses a design into the silt form. [Photo & text: sa] Design detail. [Photo & text: sa] The crew at work. [Photo & text: sa] Crewmember Melinda Barnadas. [Photo & text: sa] The crew takes turns to pour the bronze. This time Andrew Kle [middle] is guiding the crucible with Melinda tailing. [Photo & text: sa] Tom Sargent and James Moscovic are shoveling, a stand-by security incase any bronze tries to escape. [Photo & text: sa] >>left>> The bells get cleaned, brushed and extra flashing is ground away. >>right>> Crewmember Sarah Merando assembles some of the bells. [Photo & text: sa] With beautiful designs and a clean sound, Soleri bells are a trademark all over the world of a courageous endeavor. There is not much romance in a repetative job, but the steady labour of this foundry crew insures in large part the ‘Independence’ to continue a dream, the slow but steady building of Soleri’s ‘Urban Laboratory’ here at Arcosanti. [Photo & text: sa]
02Jul Rep. Griffin measure eliminates an outdated, irrelevant law Categories: Griffin News A plan removing an obsolete section of Michigan law proposed by state Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, has been signed into law by the governor.Griffin’s new law removes a 1931 act that references the criminal sentencing guidelines in regard to ship officers making a false protest about a ship or its cargo with intent to defraud an insurer. Individuals who injure, deceive or defraud someone today would be charged with fraud rather than making a false protest.“The impact of cleaning up the books helps government run much more efficiently – which is something I know every hard-working taxpayer desires,” Griffin said. “While building on all the work we’ve accomplished already this legislative session, it is important we reduce unnecessary regulations in the process.”House Bill 5763 now becomes Public Act 285 of 2018.
Germany’s migration from the DVB-T digital-terrestrial TV standard to the more modern DVB-T2 format provided a bonanza for set-top box sales in the first half of this year, according to the latest figures released by consumer electronics industry association the GFU.According to the outfit’s Hemix home electronics market index for the two quarters to June, the value of set-top box sales jumped by 255% to €349 million, while the volume of boxes sold grew by 172% to 3.4 million.The number of TV sets sold meanwhile grew by 3.4% to 3.4 million, while the value of TV sets sold grew by 3.1%.In addition to the switch from DVB-T to DVB-T2, sales of boxes and TV sets was boosted by the shutting down of analogue cable transmissions in three Federal states.Overall, Germanys’ consumer electronics market saw sales growth of 2.4% in the first half to €12.5 billion.Other categories of CE goods had mixed fortunes over the same period. Videogame consoles saw sales rise by 43.6% in value terms and by 53.7% in unit terms, while audio and video accessories saw sales grow by 21.2% in value terms. Smartphone sales increased by 3.9% in value terms, while the number of units shipped declined by 3.4%. Wearables saw sales grow by 32.9% in value terms, and by 19.6% in units.The value of digital camera sales grew by 4%, despite a decline in the number of units sold of 16%.Sales of PCs continue to decline sharply, by 10% in value terms.
The US video and TV industry saw a 1% rise in consumer spend in 2018, taking the market to US$133 billion, according to Futuresource Consulting.The research firm estimates that the US market accounted for 53% of the global industry total last year and predicted modest annual increases for the coming years, reaching US$136 billion by 2022.“There’s no doubt that 2018 was a significant year for the US video and TV industries,” said David Sidebottom, principal consultant at Futuresource Consulting. “The entertainment landscape was redefined with companies changing their strategies and undergoing some major M&A activity.”“Disney’s proposed acquisition of Fox and confirmation of its direct-to-consumer service, Disney+, along with the completion of AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, were key moments in a turbulent twelve months.”Futuresource claims that subscription video-on-demand spend by consumers exceeded that of transactional video for the first time in 2018, growing by about 30% for a sixth consecutive year.By comparison, pay TV revenues declined by an estimated 2% to US$97 billion in 2018. They will decline by an average of 1% per year for the forecast period, as consumers spend more on SVOD services, but will still account for more than two-thirds of total entertainment spend in 2022, according to Futuresource.“There’s no doubt that US pay TV operators are under pressure, with many services placing greater emphasis on broadband delivery, third party services and pay TV lite operations to help maintain overall revenues,” said Sidebottom.“At the same time, key players are protecting their high value customers, by continued investment in premium content and rolling out advanced Set-Top Boxes to provide the ultimate TV viewing experience.”
“So help us to help you by only coming to the Emergency Department with serious and urgent conditions.“Please think carefully about what service is best for you.”TRUST: KEEP EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY was last modified: February 12th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet THE Western Trust has urged the public to keep the emergency department at Altnagelvin Hospital as it faces another winter pressure on beds and resources.In a statement, the Trust said: “Our Emergency Departments are busy today.“We want to treat everyone as quickly and safely as possible. ALTNAGELVIN HOSPITALhealthTRUST: KEEP EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS FOR EMERGENCIES ONLYWESTERN TRUST