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November 17 2004 Arcosanti alumnus Tony Brown for

first_imgNovember 17, 2004Arcosanti alumnus Tony Brown formally founded the Ecosa Institute in 1996. The goal he defined for the Institute was to bring innovative thinking, new pedagogical models and a complexity to design education that used nature as its underlying model. The vision for the Arcosanti alumnus Tony Brown formally founded the Ecosa Institute in 1996. The goal he defined for the Institute was to bring innovative thinking, new pedagogical models and a complexity to design education that used nature as its underlying model. The vision for the Soleri Archives houses the collection of Paolo Soleri’s work. Archive staff and interns are in the process of cataloging and digitizing the work of Soleri, as well as the construction history of Cosanti and Arcosanti. Staff member Sue Anaya unrolls one of Soleri’s dramatic scroll drawings. The collection includes over 200 scrolls of length from 5 feet to about 170 feet. [PhotoYuki Yanagimoto & text: sa]last_img read more

Rep Miller Local residents will benefit from budget

first_img More funding for schools, public services in plan 27Apr Rep. Miller: Local residents will benefit from budget Categories: Miller News,Miller Photos,Newscenter_img State Rep. Aaron Miller today voted in favor of the state budget, joining his colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee in approving the fiscal blueprint and sending it to the full House for consideration.Miller, of Sturgis, who serves as chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State Police, said local K-12 classrooms will see more money and local governments will see modest increases in revenue sharing and dollars from the Michigan Transportation Fund, enabling them to improve vital services to residents.“As a teacher, I am disappointed the House budget does not continue to give extra to our schools, which are all at the lowest per-pupil funding in the state. However, I am extremely pleased that we are at least funding a $100-per-student increase, taking steps to ensure our children are prepared for a global workforce,” Miller said. “And not only does this budget put more state police troopers on the roads throughout Michigan, but this budget continues to pay down debt and save for future hard times, something I’m proud of.”Highlights of the bill:Helping make life better in communities across Michigan by adding money for road repairs, public safety departments, parks and other programs to improve our daily lives. Revenue sharing payments to local governments will rise by $12.4 million under our plan, more money than in the past five years.Michigan’s K-12 public schools would get record funding at $14.3 billion, with a priority on keeping more money in the classroom to benefit students. School districts across the state would get $100 more per student at each grade level, equating to a $143 million increase.Funding for career and technical training would increase through competitive grants for equipment upgrades and for intermediate school districts to hire counselors. The programs are designed to help prepare Michigan students for jobs of the future.Building a better economic future by paying down school retiree debt and adding to the state’s main savings account for tough times, pushing the emergency fund above $1 billion.Continuing to tighten our belt by eliminating waste and inefficiency in state government.Our goal is to spend less state money in the next budget year than we are today, and we achieved that with a 2.2 percent reduction in the general state budget.#####last_img read more

Rep VanderWall announces July coffee hours

first_imgThursday, July 269 to 10 a.m. in the Benzie County Board of Commissioners Room, 488 Court Place in Beulah. Categories: VanderWall News State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington invites residents to join him for July coffee hours.“I look forward to meeting with the community to hear their questions and ideas about state government,” VanderWall said. “I invite all residents to attend coffee hours.”Rep. VanderWall will be available at the following times and locations:Monday, July 239 to 10 a.m. in the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners Room, 8527 E. Government Center Drive in Suttons Bay; 19Jul Rep. VanderWall announces July coffee hours Wednesday, July 259 to 10 a.m. in the Manistee County Board of Commissioners Room, 415 Third St. in Manistee; and Tuesday, July 248 to 9 a.m. at Scottville City Hall, 105 Main St. in Scottville; No appointment is necessary to attend coffee hours. Anyone unable to attend during the scheduled times may contact Rep. VanderWall at his office at (517) 373-0825 or CurtVanderWall@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

Settop provider Altech Multimedia has extended it

first_imgSet-top provider Altech Multimedia has extended its partnership with Opera Software to bring the Opera TV Store application platform to a number of its boxes, beginning with models in Australia. Altech has already deployed the Opera Devices SDK and the Opera hybrid TV software in Europe and will also now extend these to Australia.Altech will offer audiences hundreds of HTML5 apps via the Opera TV Store for connected TVs and set-top boxes. The store, which features video on demand, sports, music, games, social media and news, will subsequently be rolled out to Altech boxes in other markets.Altech will also launch the Opera hybrid TV option on its Australian set-top boxes to support the HbbTV standard, recently deployed in Australia.“Integrating Opera’s TV web services is key in differentiating our product for viewers, by adding new functionality and entertainment services,” said Russell Futter, Managing Director APAC, Altech. “It is important for Altech to work with an established browser vendor who provides support for premium content and the rapidly evolving standards in the interactive TV space.”last_img read more

UK service provider Sky is reportedly planning to

first_imgUK service provider Sky is reportedly planning to launch a next-generation set-top box in the spring that will support ultra high-definition, 4K content.According to a Telegraph report, the box has been developed as part of a major overhaul of Sky’s TV technology, with cloud programme storage and multiscreen viewing on smartphones and tablets to also be supported.News first emerged last year claiming that Sky had set up an internal unit to work on the new set-top box initiative, dubbed ‘Project Ethan’, which included plans to move recorded programmes from customers’ DVR hard-drives to a central data centre.The new Telegraph report claims that while Sky had initially planned to launch the new set-top box last year, it is now due to introduce the update in spring alongside a major marketing push, in a bid to fend off pay TV and broadband competition from BT.A Sky spokesperson told DTVE: “Innovation is at the very heart of Sky’s business. We have a proven track record of leadership in the industry as we continually strive to find new ways to enhance the customer experience”.last_img read more