January 16, 2008 Foundry Manager, Jim Hornberger puts the finishing touches on a Special Assembly bronze chandelier. The piece, prepared for a client based in Los Angeles, originates from the foundry at Cosanti, where it was likely poured and assembled in the late 1960s. For the restoration, Hornberger gave the chandelier a modern twist by using bells created at Arcosanti, effectively including more recent foundry artists in the new version. [Photos: sa & text: Amber Klatt] The piece, when it arrived in August, with the majority of the chain links attached and the electrical components in … sad disarray. [Photos: sa & text: Amber Klatt] Here it hangs. Amidst another day’s work by two foundry staff, Gabriel Hendrix (l) and Nile Fahmy (r). At present the piece waits for departure from beneath the canopies of the Arcosanti Foundry. [Photos: sa & text: Amber Klatt]
21Jun Rep. Maturen: New state budget saves taxpayers money while improving roads, public safety Categories: News Governor signs one of two main budget billsState Rep. David Maturen joins Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative colleagues for a bill-signing ceremony today.State Rep. David Maturen today said the newly signed state budget plan reins in government spending while investing in top priorities such as road repairs, public safety and health care.“I’m pleased we were able to come up with a spending plan that respects Michigan’s hardworking taxpayers,” Maturen said after attending a bill-signing ceremony with Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative colleagues. “The new budget increases investments in the programs that matter most while making our state government more efficient, effective and accountable and spending less money than the previously enacted budget.”The governor today signed Senate Bill 848, a budget bill covering multiple state departments and agencies. A separate bill that provides funding for K-12 schools and higher education remains under consideration.Highlights of the legislation signed today include:Savings for taxpayers and smart financial planning. Spending from a fund that covers multiple state departments and agencies – called the general fund – is projected to be less next budget year than during the current year. A prison will be closed and budgets for several state departments will decline as state government becomes more efficient and eliminates waste. Maturen noted the new budget pays down debt and puts more money into the state’s main savings account, key steps that will continue to reduce the burden on Michigan’s hard-working taxpayers in the future.Road repairs. The state continues to accelerate its timeline for reconstructing roads and bridges with a record-high $4 billion investment. State-level funding will be $1 billion higher than just a few years ago, with more measures to make sure projects are done on time and on budget with strengthened warranties.Public safety. The bill signed today includes grants to make school buildings safer across the state and also expands Michigan’s OK2SAY confidential tip reporting program. The plan funds training for 155 new Michigan State Police troopers.Health care. More resources will fight the opioid abuse crisis and boost community mental health services.Maturen, of Vicksburg, played a key role in retaining funding for the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program after its previous funding source was eliminated. The program supports volunteers who monitor water quality in local lakes and document changes in lake quality. A number of local lakes, including Gull Lake, Indian Lake, Little Long Lake, Barton Lake, West Lake and Duck Lake, participate in the program.“The Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program plays a vital role in training and assisting volunteers to ensure that reliable water quality data is available,” Maturen said. “The information they provide helps shape management plans that protect our lakes and ensure our kids and grandkids will be able to enjoy Michigan’s natural resources long into the future.”###
Thomson Video Networks has announced a strategic partnership with Jünger Audio that will bring Jünger’s audio loudness technology to Thomson’s ViBE encoding platform.Jünger Audio’s audio leveling technology delivers broadcast audio that complies with current loudness regulations. The company’s Level Magic algorithm provides a series of level controls that address issues broadcasters face, particularly with audio coming from a wide variety of sources.“We have chosen Jünger from the key players in this arena because the Level Magic algorithm is very highly regarded by broadcast sound engineers for the outstanding results it delivers,” said Claude Perron, chief technology officer of Thomson Video Networks. “Audio quality is a key criterion for our customers and an important part of the viewer experience, and with this collaboration we can combine the leading loudness solution with the leading encoding technology.”Thomson Video Networks and Jünger will work jointly to integrate Level Magic into the ViBE platform, and the technology will be incorporated into new ViBE products from Q3 2012.
Netflix is imposing a blanket price increase for its basic service in the 41 territories it currently operates from today, at the sametime as introducing new subscription tiers.The subscription streaming service will up the price of its standard HD-quality service in the UK from £5.99 to £6.99. However, existing subscribers will be exempt from the price increase for a two-year period.At the same time a Netflix spokesperson confirmed that it is introducing a new £5.99 (€7.30) plan that will allow viewers to access SD-quality content, as well as an £8.99 offering that will give subscribers access across four screens – dubbed its ‘super HD option.’The new three-price structure will be replicated in Ireland, where the standard option, previously priced at €7.99, will go up to €8.99. The SD and multiscreen options here will be introduced at prices of €7.99 and€11.99.Across the rest of Europe and its international markets Netflix will impose price changes along the same lines, with the standard service going up in each market by the same approximate margin.“Prices in US are not yet announced. But expect them to be inline with other price rises,” a Netflix spokesperson said. An official blog post announcing this is expected out of the US later today.Netflix first said last month that it will increase its base monthly rate for new subscribers later this quarter by “a dollar or two”.In its letter to shareholders announcing record revenue for Q1 2014, Netflix said a price increase trial in Ireland from €6.99 to €7.99 a month had resulted in “little impact” to subscriber numbers, and therefore an increase was now forthcoming for subs in all territories, with the amount varying in each country it operates in.“As always, members can change plans at any time without penalty or commitments. New members get a free trial of whichever plan they prefer,” said Netflix.