October 3, 2008 We continue the report from 10/01/08 on the construction of the handicap-accessibility ramp at the Arcosanti entrance. Starting at 6am, Construction crew leader David Tollas introduces the process of concrete mixing and pouring as well as safety considerations. After the concrete is mixed in a batch plant on site, the concrete truck takes the load to the ramp site. Construction and landscaping crewmembers, with the help of interns , workshop participants and volunteers, transport the wheelbarrows. [Photo:Lissa McCullogh & text: Darina Trendafilova ] Once the concrete meets the ground, it is moved with shovels, and then screeded and vibrated. [Photo: Lissa McCullogh & text: Darina Trendafilova] After the surface is leveled, Landscape coordinator Ron Chandler and Construction intern Kyle Engoian set grooves into the pavement. As this section is nearly finished, the crew continues pouring the next level. This report continues with the completion of the pour for level 1 ramp. [Photo:Lissa McCullogh & text: Darina Trendafilova]
03Oct Rep. Frederick testifies on plan to ensure access to road funding Categories: Frederick News,News State Rep. Ben Frederick (right) with state Rep. Gary Howell this week testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of a plan to allow counties, cities and villages to legally utilize funds from the State Infrastructure Bank to fix Michigan roads. The reform was brought forward to Frederick by the Village of Morrice in Shiawassee County.
Rep. Joe Bellino today voted in favor of legislation designed to help Tenneco preserve employment in Monroe County.The bipartisan plan approved by the House would allow Tenneco to keep Michigan Economic Growth Authority credits originally awarded to Federal-Mogul. Tenneco finalized a deal to acquire Federal-Mogul in 2018, and transferring the already approved credits will help Tenneco preserve Michigan jobs – including those with Monroe Shocks and Struts – without any additional costs to taxpayers.“This is a common-sense plan that will help preserve good, local jobs as company ownership changes,” said Bellino, of Monroe. “It’s a smart move that will help the Monroe economy, along with several other communities in Michigan. And it’s all done without costing taxpayers another penny.”The MEGA credit was included as part of the Tenneco/Federal-Mogul deal. The legislation approved today makes it clear the credit may be transferred to the company’s new owner.The MEGA credit involved in this legislation was previously awarded and is capped at $12 million. The tax credit can’t be amended to last longer or cost more.The legislation applies only to the Tenneco case. The Legislature will maintain oversight on a case-by-case basis moving forward, because each company acquisition is unique.House Bills 4189-91 advance to the Senate for further consideration. Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance is one of the primary sponsors of the legislation. 22May Rep. Bellino, Michigan House approve plan benefiting Monroe County economy Categories: Bellino News,News ###
ITV has taken a majority stake in Cirkus, the best-of-British on-demand service.The UK broadcaster was already a minority shareholder, but has now upped its ownership level in the streaming service.Financial details were not broken out but Martin Goswami, ITV director of pay and distribution, said: “Cirkus is an important part of ITV’s international pay television distribution strategy.“We look forward to accelerating the growth of the business through investment in exclusive content rights and supporting its development as it expands into new territories.”Cirkus was launched in 2013, as first reported by DTVE sister title TBI, and ITV’s initial investment was made a year after. The platform packages UK content from a range of suppliers including BBC Worldwide and Endemol Shine Group.ITV Studios is also a supplier, giving titles including Poldark, Vera and Lewis to Cirkus for its British-flavoured on-demand service that pay TV operators can add to their line-up as they compete with the likes of Netflix.Cirkus has launched services with Boxer and Com Hem among others in the Nordic region, and has branched out from drama to factual with the launch of the Curio brand.In recent times it has started to take exclusive rights to shows including ITV-distributed Victoria and Content Television’s Line of Duty.Cirkus bosses Mark Bradford and Hugh Williams jointly said: “ITV’s decision to step-up its investment is a tremendous vote of confidence for Cirkus.“Being the Nordic on-demand TV business of one of Europe’s largest and most successful vertically integrated content and television businesses will strengthen our position in the market enormously.”