October 25, 2000In the Arcosanti Cafe,the changing of one garment to another signifies the changing of the season andthe coming of winter. A large, long tubular garment hangs down from the Gallerylevel of Crafts III building to the Cafe down below. Its purpose is to circulatethe warmer air that rises to the Gallery down to the Cafe in the building. Lookinginside the air tube, a fan creates a downward draft inside the winter garment. Looking inside the air tube, a fan creates a downward draft inside the wintergarment. Photo by: DoctressNeutopia
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A plan to cut unnecessary regulations standing in the way of volunteer efforts to restore precious wetlands, spearheaded by Rep. Gary Howell and Rep. Joe Bellino, was signed into law by former Governor Rick Snyder as one of the last statutes he approved before leaving office.“Previously, the laws on the books treated volunteer organizations who wanted to restore our wetlands the same as big developers with plans to disrupt natural features,” Howell, of North Branch, said. “This plan removes the obstacles to good stewardship of our wetlands and encourages conservation volunteerism.”“Many of the regulations faced by volunteer groups simply don’t fit, and it made no sense to create needless complications and delays because the laws treated volunteers as though they were big development corporations,” Bellino, of Monroe, said. “I am pleased to see this plan to help restore our wetlands signed into law.”The plan laid out in House Bills 5854 and 5855, now Public Acts 561 and 562 of 2018 establishes a voluntary wetland restoration permit process that allows the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to better consider the effects of a proposed project as it relates to the health of the entire ecosystem.“This is a smart solution that will help restore more wetlands and benefit all of our fish and wildlife population,” Bellino said.“Public policy should reward and incentivize good stewardship of our natural resources, not serve as an obstacle, and that is exactly what this bill achieves,” Howell said. Categories: Howell News,News 03Jan Reps. Howell and Bellino: New law clears the way for wetlands restoration
State Rep. Julie Alexander’s plan to ensure victims and witnesses of sexual assault are not silenced was approved today by the Michigan House with overwhelming support.Alexander, of Hanover, said the measure is part of a comprehensive bipartisan plan to solve problems brought to light by the House’s inquiry into the handling of the Larry Nassar sexual assault investigation.“The Nassar case made it clear that very serious cases of sexual assault can go unreported,” Alexander said. “We must take steps to fix the problems brought to light and prevent sexual predators from preying on our children.”Alexander said current Michigan law only covers the use of physical force in preventing the reporting of sexual assault to authorities. House Bill 4374 would make it crime for an individual to intentionally use their professional position of authority to prevent such a report.“We must never allow someone to use their position of authority to convince a subordinate not to report a crime,” Alexander said. “People who try to silence survivors of sexual abuse must be held accountable.”The plan now advances to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: Alexander News 19Jun House approves Rep. Alexander’s plan to protect survivors of sexual assault
Graham McWilliamSky’s group director, corporate affairs, Graham McWilliam, has taken to Twitter to defend Sky’s record expenditure on Premier League rights, following its £5.14 billion (€6.9 billion) deal.“Sky went in hard to get the result. Yes, paid big. That’s what it takes. We can and will absorb it #premierleague,” McWilliam tweeted.McWilliam also used Twitter to argue that only Sky had achieved its objectives and that a comparison of prices paid ignored the value gap between the operator and its rivals. He said the addition of Friday night games to Sunday and Monday night football had been a huge prize for the broadcaster. McWilliam said the deal had given Sky Sports better match selections than before, including three quarters of first and second picks.He also argued that Sky was right not to chase Champions League rights held by BT as a £300 million spend would only guarantee rights to 26 matches with British teams and that the Premier League mattered more to football fans.Officials from other European football leagues have meanwhile expressed disquiet about the potential impact of the deal internationally.Javier Tebas, the president of Spain’s La Liga, has warned that Real Madrid and Barcelona’s top players could move to English clubs as a result of the deal.Tebas said the Sky deal represented a “serious problem” for the Spanish league and called for a switch from individual clubs negotiating their own rights packages to a system of collective bargaining.Waldemar Kita, the president of FC Nantes, meanwhile told French sports paper L’Équipe that it would be necessary for French teams to renegotiate their TV rights with Canal+ and BeIN Sports,w hich he said had an objective interest in making Ligue 1 an attractive proposition. He said the gap between the English Premier League and other European leagues was likely to grow inexorably.Philippe Diallo, head of French clubs union the UCPF said that average Premier League clubs would be in a position to take the best French players and that there the economic power of English Premier League clubs was “unstoppable” in a totally free market.German Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert has said his league may have to look at fresh options to compete, such as changing kick-off times and running matches on Monday evenings. A substantial proportion of German matches are currently concentrated on Saturday afternoons.
The BBC reported a “record-breaking” 66.8 million live and on-demand requests on BBC iPlayer and BBC sport for this summer’s Russia World Cup, which concluded at the weekend.The BBC said that England’s quarter-final match against Sweden became the BBC’s highest online-viewed live programme ever with 3.8m (3.9m including on-demand) live requests on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport.Across the whole tournament, the UK public broadcaster achieved a record 56.3m live-stream match requests – up from a total of 15.9 million during the Brazil 2014 World Cup.Unique browser numbers for the BBC’s World Cup web pages also climbed from 32.3 million UK unique browsers in 2014 to 49.2 million this summer.Other stats revealed by the BBC were that its VR app was downloaded more than 400,000 times, and more than 2.5 million people signed up for a BBC Account – a requirement for watching live and on-demand content via the iPlayer.“This World Cup has seen a huge increase in people following the action over the internet, through BBC Sport and BBC iPlayer,” said Neil Hall, head of sport product, BBC Design and Engineering.“We continue to improve things behind-the-scenes and create new experiences that make these major events even more engaging for our audiences.”In total the BBC said that audience reach for its World Cup coverage – at 15 minutes or more watched – came to 44.5 million people. This was up from 40.7 million for Brazil 2014.“We have just witnessed one of the most memorable World Cup tournaments ever which has captivated football fans across the United Kingdom,” said Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport.“The interest in the tournament and the achievement of England winning through to the semi-finals has been proven in the record-breaking figures for TV and online. It shows the impact that top quality sport can have when made freely available to everyone.”