September 12, 2002 Concrete batch planthas been an integral part of our construction history for many years.[Photo & text: T] Conveyer belt movessand, gravel and cement into the transit mixer truck. [Photo & text: T] Breaking cement bagsby hand is indeed a hands-on-in-dust experience for Arcosanti workshop participants. [Photo & text: T] We are back! Weapologize for the whole week of absence while our web and mail serverswere down. We missed a few of the Daily Progress postings too. Soplease check the last few we posted with this announcement. [Photo &text: T]
January 29, 2016The Facilities Maintenance department repairs physical structures and equipment while monitoring mechanical systems and our recycling program.from left:Brent Scott, maintenance coordinator,Lorenzo Mastino,Jeff Fisher,Patrick Louie…… and Pete Seiter works in the maintenance department part time.Brent Scott: “The Arcosanti Maintenance crew is committed to quality work. Every repair we do is done to the best of our ability with correctness, quality, serviceability, and longevity.Every aspect of the physical plant is within the realm of the Maintenance Department. We strive to correct original mistakes in construction and design or previous maintenance to upgrade the situation to meet the criteria of the department in correctness, quality, serviceability, and longevity.”[photos by Sue Kirsch]Also part of the maintenance department, but mostly dedicated to carpentry, here is long-time resident Randall Schultz.Workshop participants that are interested in being part of the maintenance crew: Students can expect a learning experience with electric, plumbing, gas, carpentry, tile, masonry, painting and metal work.
Arris reported year-on-year drops in revenue and profits in the third quarter, citing “headwinds” related to “telco capex, industry consolidations and the strong US dollar”.Commenting on the results, Arris chairman and CEO, Bob Stanzione, said that he remained “confident about our future business prospects” and said that Arris’ pending takeover of Pace will make the company “even better positioned for future growth.”“Last week the shareholders of both Arris and Pace approved the combination and we continue to work to satisfy the remaining regulatory conditions to close the transaction,” said Stanzione.Overall in the quarter, Arris’ revenues came in at US$1.22 billion (€1.11 billion), down 13.1% year-on-year. Net income attributable to the company was US$26.3 million, compared to US$54.6 million a year earlier.“Our third quarter results were in line with our expectations and are lower than the third quarter of last year when we were launching an unprecedented number of new products,” said Stanzione.
Sky Deutschland will add Netflix to its Sky Q offering tomorrow as part of a new Entertainment Plus package, with Netflix recommendations and search integrated as part of the Sky Q experience.The new package, which will be available to Sky subscribers in Germany and Austria, will combine Sky original productions, international series, Sky box sets and a range of linear channels as well as Netflix, according to the operator.Entertainment Plus will give access to the Netflix standard offering, which provides up to two simultaneous HD streams, bringing shows including Narcos, Stranger Things and upcoming German-language original Dogs of Berlin to Sky Q users.Non-Netflix shows available as part of Entertainment Plus include Sky originals Das Boot, Der Pass and Acht Tage as well as HBO’s Game of Thrones simultaneously with its US broadcast.All box sets and complete series will also be available as part of the Sky Go mobile TV offering.Recommendations from Netflix will be displayed on the home page of Sky Q and in the series section of the UI. Netflix content will also be integrated in to Sky Q’s text-based search capability.Sky is selling the new package at a discounted rate of €32.99 with a 24-month contract. Subscribers who wish to upgrade to Netflix Premium, offering 4K UHD and four simultaneous streams, can pay an additional €3, with the option to upgrade or cancel this at any time during the contract period.Marcello Maggioni, Sky Deutschland’s chief commercial officer, said that Sky was working with Netflix to enable customers to “find all their favourite programmes in the same place” with an offering that will enable them “to get their money’s worth more than ever”.Sky made Netflix available on Sky Q boxes in the UK market at the beginning of the month, integrating the streaming offering direct into its TV guide as part of a new Ultimate On Demand package, priced at £10 a month with access to Netflix and Sky box sets. In the UK, Netflix’s 4K option is available as part of the premium Sky Q Experience package.Sky Italia is expected to add Netflix to its Sky Q offering next year.
The restrictions on the viewing window for content available on the BBC iPlayer form a major barrier to the pubcaster meeting its remit of delivering a universal service as audiences turn to digital platforms, and regulator Ofcom’s approach runs the risk of “tying ourselves up in red tape and regulation at a time when media organisations need to be fast and agile”, according to BBC chairman Sir David Clementi.David ClementiSpeaking at the Oxford Media Convention yesterday, Clementi said that the BBC’s ‘meet the audience’ events, where members of the viewing public are given the chance to express their views on what the corporation is doing well or badly, had shown that people were increasingly expecting to be able to binge-watch complete series.“The BBC is not felt to be meeting this desire well, especially because of the perceived limitations in the viewing window for BBC iPlayer,” he said.“The lack of ability to watch series all in one go, the wait for episodes to be uploaded, and the relative speed at which episodes and series expire and are no longer available on iPlayer, all are felt to be particularly frustrating.”Clementi said that the pace of change, especially among younger viewers, was “remarkable”, with 16-34 year olds now spending more than half of their screen time each day watching non-broadcast TV.Clementi said that not being able to meet changing expectations because of out-of-date restrictons threatened the BBC’s mission to deliver a universal service.“The principle of universality is fundamental to the BBC’s public service remit, and always at the forefront of our thinking.We are acutely aware of our responsibility to ensure that the BBC not only continues to reach everyone with its public service mission, but also offers value to everyone,” he said.“And it is obvious that, increasingly, it’s through our online services that audiences will expect to receive more value for their licence fee. More and more, they will see BBC iPlayer as the front door to our content offer. And, in the on-demand world, it is clear that the 30-day viewing window, for example, offers less and less public value.”He said that the iPlayer service was no longer simply a catch-up offering but a destination in its own right, and that the BBC’s plans to make programmes available for 12 months or more, and to make series box-sets available for returning series were crucial to this.Clementi said that delays to the BBC’s planned changes to iPlayer as a result of regulator Ofcom’s decision to order a Public Interest Test, in the face of the BBC Board’s view that such changes did not constitute a material change, meant there was a “risk of lagging even further behind audience needs and expectations”.The BBC chairman said that it was important that UK public service broadcasters “are not disadvantaged against large global competitors”.He said that there was a danger of Ofcom taking “a narrow view of the market place” by focusing only on competition with other broadcasters and Sky’s Now TV rather than Netflix and Amazon. He said that those two companies now had a joint market share of 55% of the VOD market, while iPlayer’s share had fallen from 40% to 18% in four years.He said that Ofcom should only step in to intervene “where there is actual evidence of harm” rather than an “analysis of hypothetical competition risk”.Clementi said that the eight month time limit for Ofcom to consider changes the BBC makes also needed “to be looked at again”, given the pace of change in the market.“I urge the Government to take legislative action, and to take action to strengthen the PSBs as and when they get the chance,” he said.