Pictured here is Paolo Soleri, and his publicist and editor, Lissa McCullough, Ph.D. Lissa acted as a facilitator for this wonderful dialogue on the implementation and implications of sustainable living. [photo & text: Logan Bier] July 8, 2011A group of 25 individuals from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona visited Arcosanti as part of a four week program titled “Rethinking the Land Ethic”. The group, comprised of participants from across the country, spent an hour in the Soleri Archives to discuss sustainability and the concept of Arcology with Paolo Soleri. Represented were perspectives from ethicists, philosophers, art teachers, and other educators. Read more about NEH, NAU and their programs on sustainability here: http://tinyurl.com/3btzsf9 The group was led by co-directors Joan McGregor, Professor of Philosophy at Arizona State University, and Dan Shilling, with the ASU Institute for Humanities Research. [photo & text: Logan Bier]
Categories: News,VanderWall News 25Jun Rep. VanderWall-supported law gives high school students credit for internships State Rep. Curt VanderWall today announced a new state law will allow high school students to earn course credit for completing an internship or work-study program, citing the need for expanding education beyond the classroom.“We have to give our state’s future generations more opportunities to learn and gain real-world experience, not just expect success because they completed 12 years of education in a classroom,” said VanderWall, of Ludington. “Whether a student is set to go to college or start a career right after earning their diploma, an internship can be invaluable for deciding what is best for themselves. This will help the students and our local businesses to prepare for their respective futures.”Michigan Department of Education guidelines already allow work-based paid or volunteer internships in grades 9-12, but this new law cuts through the state administrative hurdles by giving the local district board of education authority to approve and oversee the internship for course credit. The new law also protects funding, allowing school districts to count anyone participating in an internship or a work experience program off campus as a full-time student.“Giving local schools more say is crucial because matching the right students to the right program has clear educational benefits,” VanderWall said. “If a high school junior has an interest in being an electrician, how does it not help to spend five hours a week on a construction site while helping a journeyman electrician? That’s on-the-job training and skill development that is not available in every high school. Opening that door is all about opportunities with it being up to the student, their family and the school to work together.”House Bills 4106 and 5676 are now Public Acts 184 and 185, respectively, of 2018.#####
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.”
Swedish cable operator Com Hem has filed a claim with Guinness World Records after it provided internet access at a speed of 1.6Tbps during the DreamHack Summer weekend event in Jonkoping.The cable operator said it was providing DreamHack Summer with a connection of 1.6Tbps through a direct link to the backbone, which is also used to supply broadband to Com Hem’s 700,000 broadband customers.Com Hem used dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) over a 300 kilometres link between Stockholm and Jönköping, which the operators said was “most likely” the first time a connection this fast has been set up at such a distance for this type of event.It said a speed of 1.6 Terabits per second corresponds to 16,000, 100 Mbps connections, which is the most frequently used broadband service delivered by Com Hem to Swedish households.“Beating the world record and providing the world’s fastest internet connection is a milestone in Com Hem’s history and have been made possible by our modern network and our outstanding employees. It is important that a major broadband provider such as Com Hem has a stable, fast and flexible network that has more capacity to offer our customers when they need it. Today, we have demonstrated that we have this,” says Thomas Helbo, CTO of Com Hem.“It is wonderful to be involved in breaking a world record and that Com Hem chose to do this with us at DreamHack Summer. Our visitors and participants are very discerning when it comes to connectivity and want it to work seamlessly, so it feels great to let them experience the world’s fastest internet access. We love to break records, and look forward to continuing our partnership with Com Hem and to together deliver powerful experiences and the best connectivity to our participants,” says Marcus Lindmark, CEO of DreamHack.
The mergers of Comcast-Sky and Disney-Fox mean that two in every 10 dollars spent on content worldwide will be by one of these two companies, according to Ampere Analysis.The research firm estimates that the combined content spend of the two merged players will reach US$43 billion (€38 billion) by the end of 2018 – more than the combined spend of the next 10 largest content spenders in the US, including OTT providers Netflix and Amazon.Disney-Fox is tipped to spend some US$22 billion on originated and acquired content in 2018, while Ampere estimates that Comcast-Sky will spend slightly less at US$21 billion. By comparison, Netflix is expected to spend more than US$8 billion on a profit and loss basis by the end of the year.“Prior to the recent mergers, Netflix was on course to catch – and overtake – the top Hollywood studios by content spend. However, in light of the two new combined entities, Netflix would now need to triple spend to achieve this this feat,” said Ampere analyst, Daniel Gadher.Ampere noted that the ‘mega-mergers’ of Comcast-Sky and Disney-Fox will strengthen each entity’s position in the global market while also protecting against “the rising strength of online video,” with Disney set to launch its own Netflix-rivalling SVOD service next year.However, Ampere also sounded a note of caution over the implications of such consolidations on independent producers. “With a shrinking number of content acquirers in the market, the competition for rights will diminish,” said Gadher. “This will inevitably impact the indie sector’s ability to negotiate favourable deals.”