January 8, 2003Archive intern Malcolm Sutherland gathered these images of ancient petroglyphs during a hike in the desert surrounding Arcosanti. [Photos: Malcolm Sutherland & text: sa]
23Apr Rep. Howrylak invites residents to April, May office hours State Rep. Martin Howrylak invites local residents to meet with him during his office hours in April and May.Office hours will be held in both Troy and Clawson; the first will take place on Saturday, April 25, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Troy Public Library, located at 510 W. Big Beaver Road. The second will be on Monday, May 4, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Blair Memorial Library in Clawson.“I look forward to meeting with residents and hearing their thoughts and ideas on state government,” said Rep. Howrylak, R-Troy. “Meeting with residents of the 41st District provides great feedback that I use to better represent our community in Lansing.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Howrylak toll-free at 877-248-0001 or by email at MartinHowrylak@house.mi.gov.### Categories: Howrylak News
State Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, has sent letters to the chairmen of the House Committee on Appropriations and Appropriations Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Affairs seeking $6 million to provide more robust oversight of the state’s two veterans care facilities.Her request comes following three joint-committee meetings involving the House Committee on Oversight and Ethics and House Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, to review the mid-February report by the State Auditor General’s office regarding resident care and conditions at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.“One idea that came up to address a perceived lack of oversight of the homes by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs was to instead have the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) provide oversight,” wrote Rep. Hughes in her letter to state Rep. Al Pscholka, chair of the Committee on Appropriations, and state Rep. Larry Inman, chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Affairs. “My understanding, however, is that there are currently some physical limitations with each of the homes that must be addressed in order for them to be certified by CMS. Much of the $6 million that I am recommending would be used to make the necessary modifications. The additional funding would allow the new leadership team at the homes to hire additional staff on a short-term basis to address the immediate issues brought forth by the audit.”During the most recent committee hearing, Rep. Hughes, vice-chair of the House Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, implored her fellow committee members to support more funding for veterans.“We can, and we must, do better for our veteran heroes at the state level,” Rep. Hughes added in her letter. “Funding this request would be a great first step to ensuring that happens.”The joint committee issued a 10-item list of recommendations on Thursday, following the third day of testimony from state veterans officials and Home for Veterans administrators and residents. 22Mar Rep. Hughes requests $6 million to address veterans’ home changes Categories: Hughes News,News
Orange France saw a boost from its Livebox Play combined set-top and gateway offering in the first quarter, with over 300,000 subscriber signing up in the first two months. The service, which launched on February 7, priced from €39.90 a month as part of a new multi-play package, includes a range of new features, such as the ability to browse the internet and access multiple application stores, and interact on social networks direct from their TVs.Orange France saw its TV customer base grow 14.3% year-on-year to the end of March to 5.208 million. The company reported 5.067 million TV subs at the end of last year.Orange’s French fixed broadband customer base rose 2.7% year on year to 9.934 million subscribers at the end of the quarter. The company now has 206,000 fibre subscribers.In Poland, Orange’s TV subscriber base grew by 5.4% year-on-year but fell quarter-on-quarter to 699,000 customers, while the broadband base remained stable year-on-year with 2.333 million subscribers. Orange Poland reported 706,000 TV customers at the end of December.
Telefónica has offered €295 million to acquire Mediaset’s 22% stake in Spanish pay TV operator Canal+. The move to take full control of Digital+ follows Telefónica’s announcement of its agreement for the acquisition of Spanish media group Prisa’s 56% stake in the operator, formerly known as Digital+, for €750 million at the beginning of the month. The telecom giant revealed its offer in a statement to the Spanish financial regulator the CNMV yesterday. This morning it said it would also pay €30 million to Mediaset if it accepted the offer, in compensation for the latter’s waiver of its right of first refusal for Prisa’s stake, and a further €10 million on completion of Telefónica’s acquisition of the latter. Under the shareholder agreement for DTS, the holding company for Canal+, Mediaset has a right of first refusal or co-sale rights to Prisa’s stake in the company.Under Telefónica’s proposed deal, Mediaset could also gain €20 million after four years depending on the future performance of the Spanish pay TV market, meaning it could receive a total of €355 million for the stake.Mediaset’s response is unclear. The Italian media company has just announced that its board and that of Spanish unit Mediaset España have authorised the evaluation of their plan, unveiled earlier this year, to integrate the group’s combined pay TV activities in a single standalone company, unifying the 22% held by Mediaset España in Canal+ with Mediaset Premium, the group’s Italian pay TV unit.The company said that the evaluation would “examine international development potential, possible synergies, the expansion of over-the-top services, as well as the eventual involvement of industrial and/or financial partners in the newco”.
Sky Deutschland has appointed Paul Sexton-Chadwick, who previously worked at Sky subsidiary The Cloud WiFi, as its new vice-president for business solutions. Sexton-Chadwick takes over from Uwe Müller, who left the company at the end of June.In his new role, he will be responsible for expanding sales of Sky in restaurants, hotels, fitness centres and other business areas.At The Cloud, a provider of WiFi hotspots in the UK and Germany, Sexton-Chadwick was director of sales. Prior to this he was director of retail for BSkyB in the UK.