February 18, 2005Construction at Arcosanti currently focusses on installing utilities for the East Crescent complex. This phase of the Arcosanti project includes a new classroom, meeting room and a number of residential units. The construction crew consists of February 6.Construction at Arcosanti currently focusses on installing utilities for the East Crescent complex. This phase of the Arcosanti project includes a new classroom, meeting room and a number of residential units. The construction crew consists of February 6. workshop participants, Arcosanti crew leaders and volunteers. From the heat duct tunnel underneath the building, construction volunteer Mika Kawai and local contractor Sean Wright pull electrical wiring through the walls. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: Jacob Schwartz] The community library is located in one of the first floor rooms of the East Crescent. From here, crew leader Michael Bittman and workshop participants April Braly and Kelley McLaughlin feed the wires. More on this on 2/21. [Photo: Scott W Riley & text: Jacob Schwartz]
Categories: Berman News 30May Rep. Berman: Auto insurance reforms to bring Oakland County drivers savings, protections Long-overdue auto insurance reform supported by Rep. Ryan Berman was signed into state law today, guaranteeing lower rates for drivers in Oakland County and across Michigan.The bipartisan reforms – approved earlier by Berman and the Legislature – give drivers more choice on personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, combat fraudulent claims and take steps to rein in medical costs. Berman said depending on the PIP coverage level chosen, motorists could see hundreds of dollars or more in cost savings each year.“During the last five months I’ve heard from countless people about the need to reform our state’s no-fault system,” said Berman, of Commerce Township. “This bipartisan plan guarantees rate reductions for all Michigan drivers and reduces medical costs for auto accident victims.”Michigan has had the most expensive auto insurance in the nation mainly because it was the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance, without any cost containment. The new law will provide drivers more affordable options while allowing those who currently use the unlimited coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it.Starting in July 2020, many drivers will be able to opt out of personal injury protection altogether, including seniors with retiree health coverage such as Medicare and those with health insurance policies that cover auto accident-related injuries. Others will be able to continue with unlimited coverage or choose PIP limits of $250,000 or $500,000. A $50,000 option will be available for drivers on Medicaid.Other reforms include:A fee schedule to rein in runaway costs that result from medical care providers charging far more to treat auto accident victims than other patients.Non-driving factors, such as ZIP codes, home ownership, and educational level, cannot be used to determine rates.An anti-fraud unit will help crack down on those abusing the system, helping further lower auto insurance rates.
Swisscom has made its TV 2.0 experience, initially launched this spring, available in all packages by adding the Vivo light, XS and S packages to its Vivo range.Swisscom said that 130,000 users had signed up for its TV 2.0 offering in the five months since it was launched and that surveys showed the choice on offer and enhanced options including cloud-based recordings and seven-day catch-up are the features that are most valued by customers. The figure shows strong growth of the offering since June, when the Swiss telco reported 77,000 TV 2.0 custtomers.According to Swisscom, customers with a Vivo 2 or Vivo 3 package can now benefit from upgrading to Vivo XS or S, as they will receive more channels and options for the same price.Customers who don’t wish to sign up for a catch-up service can opt for a TV 2.0 light offering, which features about 85 channels includincg 40 in HD.
Sports streaming service DAZN has announced plans to launch in Spain early next year, having secured the rights for English Premier League football and MotoGP motorcycle racing.Spain will mark DAZN’s eight country launch following recent rollouts in the US, where it aims to transform the fight sports landscape, and Italy, where it is offering Serie A football.The Premier League has awarded DAZN broadcast rights for all games from 2019/20 to 2021/22, amounting to more than 235 live games a season. The deal will make the Premier League available to watch via streaming for the first time in Spain.DAZN has also secured broadcast rights for every session of MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3 and MotoE qualifiers and races from 2019 to 2022, though some live and highlights coverage will also be made available to free-to-air television.The SVOD service said that more rights deals are due to be announced soon, along with details of the launch date and pricing of the service in Spain.“We’re expanding at an incredible pace with our unique approach, breathing new life into sports with long and distinguished heritages and growing audiences,” said Simon Denyer, CEO of DAZN Group.“We give fans what they want; affordable and flexible access to the sport they love. We’re delighted to partner with these progressive rights holders to launch another big European market and look forward to unveiling more first-class sport before we go live in 2019.”Premier League executive chairman, Richard Scudamore, said: “Football supporters in Spain are known around the world for their passion for the game. We are very pleased to be working with DAZN over the next three seasons to make the best Premier League coverage available to fans across the country.”DAZN first launching in August 2016, debuting in Japan, Germany, Austria and Switzerland before going live in Canada in 2017 and in Italy and the US in 2018.