April 3, 2004It rained all night and continues through the day, a rare occasion here at Arcosanti. [Photo: Yuki & Text: sa] The Civil Engineering students from Osaka go over their drawings, to wait out the rain to continue their surveying. [Photo & Text: sa] For rainy day activity the work-shoppers help in the foundry. [Photo & Text: sa] For rainy day activity the work-shoppers help in the foundry. [Photo & Text: sa]It rained all night and continues through the day, a rare occasion here at Arcosanti. [Photo: Yuki & Text: sa] The parched desert breathes an almost audible sigh of relief. [Photo & Text: sa]
Categories: Cole News,News State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona today voted in favor of legislation to safeguard the retirement benefits of police and firefighters.The bills approved by the Michigan House will help identify local governments most at risk of bankruptcy or severe financial hardship due to underfunded retirement plans. The legislation is designed to help local governments avoid financial crisis, so they can continue to pay for promised retiree benefits and public services.“Our goal is to protect the benefits promised to the people who spent their careers protecting us. We want to preserve retiree benefits – not take them away,” Cole said. “That’s why we must do something to address this developing crisis. If we do nothing, police and fire department retirees will be at far greater risk of losing the benefits they’ve worked hard for and deserve.”Michigan’s local government employee retirement systems have unfunded liabilities fast approaching $20 billion.The legislation approved by the House seeks to help communities improve their plans’ finances, mirroring recommendations from a task force assembled by Gov. Rick Snyder earlier this year.The legislation calls for communities to make a minimum level of payments related to retirement systems for new hires. It creates a reporting system with uniform financial and accounting standards for local government retirement plans. An early detection system will help identify potential funding problems so local governments act quickly to mitigate them. Communities will be vetted through a state treasurer’s fiscal impact evaluation and retirement systems will be flagged as underfunded when municipalities aren’t meeting set criteria to alleviate their debts.“The state is not intervening in local plans through this proposal,” Cole said. “Instead, we are working to give local communities the tools they need to fix the financial situation on their own.”House Bill 5298 and companion legislation advance to the Senate for consideration. 07Dec Rep. Cole: Reforms needed to protect retiree benefits for police, firefighters in Michigan
20Feb Rep. Yaroch to host spring listening tour State Rep. Jeff Yaroch of Richmond will host a ‘Spring Listening Tour’ to connect directly with people throughout the community. Rep. Yaroch will also be visiting local boards and councils.“Talking to my neighbors and listening to their concerns about state government continues to be one of the most important parts of my job,” Yaroch said. “This listening tour is a great opportunity to directly hear your thoughts and questions about state government and I hope that you will join me.”Rep. Yaroch will be available at the following times and locations:Saturday, March 2 from 11 a.m. to noon at Clinton-Macomb Public Library North Branch, 16800 24 Mile Road in Macomb Township;Monday, March 18 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Richmond City Hall, 36725 Division Road in Richmond;Wednesday, March 27 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Clinton-Macomb Public Library North Branch, 16800 24 Mile Road in Macomb Township;Tuesday, April 2 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Memphis City Hall, 35095 Potter St. in Memphis;Monday, April 22 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Clinton-Macomb Public Library North Branch, 16800 24 Mile Road in Macomb Township;Monday, May 6 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Lenox Township Hall, 63775 Gratiot Ave. in Lenox Township; andMonday, May 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Clinton-Macomb Public Library North Branch, 16800 24 Mile Road in Macomb Township.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend or who have questions related to state government may contact Rep. Yaroch’s office by calling (517) 373-0820 or by email at JeffYaroch@house.mi.gov. Categories: Yaroch News
HBO’s Game of ThronesRussian service provider VimpelCom, which operates under the Beeline brand, has launched local producer and channel provider Amedia’s premium channel and subscription video-on-demand service, Amedia Premium HD.The Amedia service will be available for RUB299 a month (€6.25), enabling viewers to watch their favourite shows and movies an unlimited number of times.The addition of Amedia Premium HD will bring content including HBO shows Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire to Beeline viewers. Amedia has said it plans to expand the range of content available on the service, including the introduction of home produced Russian series.
Polish telecom operator Netia’s TV base grew by 18% year-on-year to reach 152,000 by the end of June, meaning that 37% of the company’s broadband base use its TV service.Netia said that it had prioritized growth of the TV base through selling TV services to new customers this year, either via its up-to-date next-generation access network or via its acquired Aster HFC net.Netia had 771,000 broadband customers at the end of June, a decline of 7% year-on-year. The operator lost 9,100 broadband customers in the quarter to June. The company said it was focusing on services provided via its own network rather than those provided under regulated access on third-party networks.Netia posted revenues of PLN769.1 million for the first half of the year, down about 10%. Second quarter revenues amounted to PLN380.3 million, down 2%. The decline overall was mostly attributed to lower subscriber numbers.Adjusted EBITDA was PLN223.1 million for the first half, down 14%, while EBITDA for he quarter was PLN109.8 million, down 3%.Netia is currently in the process of integrating TK Telekom, the enterprise-focused operator whose acquisition was completed on July 21 for about PLN222 million.