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December 12 2008 This Wednesday Arcosanti res

first_imgDecember 12, 2008 This Wednesday, Arcosanti residents had our annual Christmas Party at the Cafè level of the Crafts III building. About 50 people gathered in a jovial atmosphere of good food and high spirits. Some of the gourmet specialties included chicken soup, chicken puffs and chicken salad, all made with Arcosanti raised poultry. [Photo: Alfonso Elia & text: dkt] Each table had the heavy task of opening at least one bottle of champagne. [Photo: Alfonso Elia & text: dkt] Everybody was presented with a little Christmas gift and a big hug from Paolo Soleri. [Photo: Alfonso Elia & text: dkt]last_img read more

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Rep Frederick casts vote to lower car insurance rates

first_img Categories: Frederick News 09May Rep. Frederick casts vote to lower car insurance rates House approves historic reforms after decades of gridlockThe Michigan House tonight approved a landmark plan to fix our state’s much-maligned car insurance system and reduce rates for all Michigan drivers, state Rep. Ben Frederick announced.Frederick voted in favor of the plan which allows for the best life-saving medical benefits in the nation, provides seniors and those with other health insurance coverage the ability to opt out of personal injury coverage, rein in medical costs, and fight fraud – features designed to end Michigan’s long-standing tenure as the state with the most expensive car insurance rates in the nation.Frederick has played a key role at leading reform efforts as a member of the House Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates Committee, the special panel solely dedicated to crafting a long-lasting solution that cuts down drivers’ rates.“The high cost of auto insurance is crushing families in mid-Michigan and across the state,” Frederick, of Owosso, said after the vote. “We needed a plan which saved Michigan drivers a significant amount of money while protecting families and their loved ones injured in auto accidents. As a member of the special committee, it was a pleasure being a part of the reform process. We spent over three months poring over every aspect of this issue to secure the right reform path. The House-approved plan does just that and delivers real, guaranteed savings to all drivers.”The sweeping legislation passed in a bipartisan vote and now advances to the Senate for consideration.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Ben Frederick address the full House body on Thursday in favor a House plan to bring relief to Michigan drivers through lower car insurance rates.last_img read more

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Mobile and tablet viewing represented more than 21

first_imgMobile and tablet viewing represented more than 21% of all online video plays in the first quarter of 2014, up from 9% in Q1 2013 and 3.4% in Q1 2012, according to a new report.The Ooyala Q1 2014 Global Video Index said there had been a “year-over-year increase of 532% since 2012,” with mobile plays in Europe and Latin America outpacing those in North America, as a percentage of all online video plays.The report found that while the majority of videos viewed on tablets were short-form content, 48% of overall viewing time was spent watching videos of 30 minutes or more. In total, tablet viewers spent 77% of their watching videos of at least ten minutes in length, said Ooyala.It added that despite Android’s greater smartphone market share, iOS still dominates viewing in terms of smartphone video plays.“The statistics in our Global Video Index continue to affirm our belief that mobile is in large part the future of video and TV consumption. We see the acceleration of mobile video consumption happening globally, as consumers in every region adopt mobile and tablet video faster, and interact with it longer,” said Jay Fulcher, chief executive officer at Ooyala.last_img read more

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Mai Fyfield Sky has urged Ofcom to separate BT and

first_imgMai FyfieldSky has urged Ofcom to separate BT and its infrastructure arm Openreach in its final submission to the UK broadcast regulator as part of its strategic review of the UK’s digital communications market. In a statement explaining its stance, Sky argued that as BT has sole control over Openreach its decisions about investment in national infrastructure “reflect the interests of BT rather than the whole industry and the businesses and consumers that use its service”.“Openreach’s ownership structure means that companies that compete with BT, like Sky and TalkTalk, cannot work with Openreach on innovations like fibre to the home,” said Sky’s chief strategy officer, Mai Fyfield, discussing Sky’s Ofcom submission.She also claimed that “the national network run by Openreach relies heavily on copper wires and delivers unacceptable levels of faults and service problems for consumers and businesses.”Fyfield said that it makes sense for BT to use the existing copper network for as long as possible. However, with “no prospect” of BT’s retail arm using an alternative high-speed fibre network to deliver services, there is “limited scope for new infrastructure entrants as they would only be able to compete for Sky and TalkTalk’s business.”“The separation of Openreach from the rest of BT will allow it to form part of a more competitive market solution as an independent company. For example, if BT’s retail arm could purchase network services from alternative suppliers, an independent Openreach would be motivated to respond with investment and innovation of its own,” said Fyfield.“As a standalone FTSE 100 company, Openreach would be highly attractive to long-term investors and able to raise fresh capital to invest on the back of future growth from the whole industry.”The comments come after the chief executives of Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone UK called for an “urgent need for increased competition” and urged Ofcom to ask the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to “undertake a full market investigation,” in an open letter published last month.The Financial Times reported this week that Vodafone would also call for the break-up of BT, ahead of the Ofcom consultation deadline of October 8. It quoted Vodafone’s head of regulatory affairs, Matthew Braovac, as saying: “we want to see a separate Openreach whose business is selling network connectivity and access for all.”last_img read more