After a delicious lunch, Arcosanti crew-members taught a hands-on silt workshop. Each person was able to make his or her own ‘silt-carved’ artwork, have it poured in plaster and take with them. For more information on the availability of SPECIAL TOURS, call or e-mail the Arcosanti Public Relations office. [Photo: Siobhan Watts & Text: sa] March 25, 2004During a three-day conference, for employees of the Hotel business in Phoenix, a one-day ‘team-building’ workshop at the Arcosanti site was offered. A group of 34 participants started with an intensive tour of the site. [Photo: Siobhan Watts & Text: sa]During a three-day conference, for employees of the Hotel business in Phoenix, a one-day ‘team-building’ workshop at the Arcosanti site was offered. A group of 34 participants started with an intensive tour of the site. [Photo: Siobhan Watts & Text: sa] A rare highlight for this group was a question and answer session with Paolo Soleri, held in the Colly Soleri Amphitheater. [Photo: Siobhan Watts & Text: sa]
MORE INFO: Room 519, House Office Building, downtown Lansing. Rep. Gary Glenn, chair of the House Energy Policy Committee, is concerned about an upcoming MPSC ruling that potentially threatens to violate state energy law and raise costs for utility customers. The Michigan House Energy Policy Committee will meet Tuesday morning in downtown Lansing to discuss a Michigan Public Service Commission case. More information about the hearing: See Rep. Glenn’s news page on the Michigan House Republican webs WHERE: Michigan House Energy Policy Committee and interested parties. #### WHEN:Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 9 a.m. WHAT: WHO: WHY:Committee hearing to discuss the Michigan Public Service Commission’s local clearing requirement case. Categories: Glenn News,News 11Sep Rep. Glenn, House Energy Policy Committee to discuss MPSC case Tuesday
UK movie channel Sky Movies HD has acquired the rights to air the entire James Bond film catalogue after striking a deal with MGM.This move means that Sky has usurped commercial broadcast rival ITV, which previously held the rights to show old Bond movies. The deal will see 22 titles from EON Productions including Dr No and Quantum of Solace and two non EON-produced titles Casino Royale (1967) and Never Say Never Again air on the high definition movie channel from October 2012. The upcoming Bond film Skyfall, which is released later this year, will also be part of the deal and will air on Sky Movies Box Office in the spring of 2013.“We are simply delighted to have secured the Bond films for our customers. Everything about these films is iconic – whether it’s the cars, the gadgets or the catchphrases. What’s more, they’ve become hugely significant culturally; demonstrating the best of British film. It’s an honour for us to have all of them for our customers, and we will ensure that we do them justice across Sky Movies, giving our customers the best possible experience in watching them. It’s an exciting time for Sky Movies and this is just one of many exciting plans we have coming up in the months ahead,” said Ian Lewis, director of Sky Movies.
TV revenue growth across the world’s major countries outperformed other communications industries last year, and the UK led across a range of metrics amongst European countries, according to Ofcom’s International Communications Market Report.According to the report which drew on a variety of sources to compare the communications sector – telecoms, TV, postal communications and radio – across 17 countries, the overall sector turned in revenues of £1,228 billion (€1,464 billion) globally in 2012, growing by 2.5% year-on-year.Telecoms saw the biggest absolute increase in revenue of £22 billion or 4.1% to £865 billion. However, TV revenues grew the fastest – by 4.1% in 2012 to £252 billion, with the BRIC countries leading the way, but a decline in revenues in Europe and Canada.Global TV subscription revenues were up 4.4%, while net advertising revenues grew by 4.6% in 2012.The UK was the leading European country for TV revenues, with £11.7 billion compared with £11 billion in Germany and £9.5 billion in France.Germany and France were both ahead of the UK in the number of homes signed up to pay TV services with 64% each, according to Ofcom’s definition, compared with 54% for the UK.The UK, Spain and Italy were the only three major countries where all main TV sets in households received digital signals. Almost half of UK homes received HD TV, higher than the 33% average for the major European countries. UK homes also had the highest propensity to own DVRs, with 41% of households owning a device, and UK consumers were most likely to access TV content over the internet, with 36% of internet users claiming to do so every week.The UK also led on catch-up viewing on smart TVs, mobile phones and tablets, with 77% of smart TV owners accessing catch-up TV on that device, and a third of tablet owners and 12% of smartphone owners using their devices to watch catch-up content. A third of UK homes with games consoles also used that device to access catch-up content, much higher than the proportion doing so in other European countries.Smart TV ownership averaged out at 19% across the countries studied. UK smart TV ownership stood at 17%, compared with 21% in Germany and 9% in France.The UK had higher than average linear TV viewing, with the average home watching four hours of linear TV a day, 19 minutes more than the international average.Revenues from the sale of UK TV programming to international markets stood at £1.22 billion in 2012, up 4% year-on-year, with the US remaining the largest international market.The UK led the international field in the number of respondents receiving a bundle of services from their broadband supplier, with 77% of UK respondents doing so. Prices in the UK compared favourably with other countries, with Italy and France also performing well.The report compares the UK with 16 countries – France, Germany, Italy, the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Ireland, Poland, Brazil, Russia, India and China.