October 16, 2006 Arcosanti produce won many awards at this years Yavapai County Fair. Foundry staff Joan Lundell, among others, helped to set-up at the recent Fair. Arcosanti produce won many awards at this years Yavapai County Fair. Foundry staff Joan Lundell, among others, helped to set-up at the recent Fair. [Photo: Sarah Beth Kurzhals text: Rafael Carvao] Sarah Beth Kurzhals, the present Agriculture Manager, is collecting some of the Arcosanti produce for the fair. Vegetables and fruit from the gardens are served in the meals prepared in the Cafe, and also sold during farmers market in the Arcosanti cafe, once a week, for visitors and residents. [Photo: Sarah Beth Kurzhals & text: Rafael Carvao] On a beautiful night, in the Camp Gardens last week, all of the community had the pleasure to enjoy the good atmosphere and all home-made dinner prepared with the award winning produce grown in the Arcosanti Gardens. [Photo & text: Rafael Carvao]
26Jan Rep. VanderWall selected to serve on key House committees State Rep. Curt VanderWall, of Ludington, will serve as vice chair of the House Insurance Committee, Speaker Tom Leonard announced today.The Insurance Committee deliberates on various issues related to insurance, including private health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, and auto insurance, among other issue areas.VanderWall will also serve as Vice-Chair of the Tourism and Recreation committee and a member of the Natural Resources and Financial Services Committees.“The issues that will come before these committees will directly impact the lives of the citizens back home,” said the freshman legislator. “It’s an honor to represent the voice of the communities in my district at the Capitol and I look forward to working with my colleagues to create solutions for our state.”House committees will have their first meetings in the coming weeks.### Categories: VanderWall News
Google has launched its new Daydream View VR headset in five markets, along with Daydream and YouTube VR apps.The Daydream View headset and controller is available in the Google Store and via retailers in the US, Canada, UK, Germany and Australia and is compatible with any Daydream-ready phone – currently just Google’s new Pixel handset.Users can experience VR by opening the Daydream app, which will house a number of virtual reality services – including the YouTube VR app.YouTube VR lets viewers experience the entire library of YouTube videos on a ‘virtual big screen’ and experience “hundreds of thousands” of immersive videos.“We want to continue to provide you with new ways to engage with the world and with your community, and we believe virtual reality will play an important role in the future of storytelling,” said YouTube in an official blog post.“More than just an amazing new technology, VR allows us to make deep, human connections with people, places and stories. That’s why we’re committed to giving creators the space and resources they need to learn about, experiment with, and create virtual reality video.”Other Daydream apps available at launch are: Google Arts and Culture, which lets users enter a virtual gallery and view artworks from more than 50 museums; and a Google Street View, which lets users experience 150 of the world’s “most amazing places”.BBC Research & Development’s experimental The Turning Forest VR fairy tale also launches next week for Daydream. The VR story was produced by BBC R&D in collaboration with VR studio VRTOV and will be available for free.The Turning Forest was created as part of the BBC’s ongoing work exploring emerging technology and new storytelling mediums for future audiences.“Our goal with Daydream is to bring high quality, mobile VR to everyone. And this is just the beginning. There will be even more apps and games coming to Daydream in the next few weeks and even more Daydream-ready phones available over the next few months,” said Google.Google unveiled its new Pixel smartphones – the first devices that are compatible with Google’s Daydream virtual reality platform – early last month.The internet giant Google originally announced its Daydream platform at its I/O developer conference in May and said at the time that Samsung, Alcatel, Asus, Huawei, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, and ZTE will all launch Daydream ready smartphones.
Altice has said it “does not agree” with a European Commission notice that the media and telecoms group may have ‘jumped the gun’ on approval of its purchase of Portugal Telecom by implementing the acquisition of the Portuguese telco before it had officially received a green light.The EU’s merger regulation requires that acquiring companies notify transactions prior to their implementation and do not being to implement the deals before they are cleared by the Commission – a requirement known as the ‘standstill obligation’.Altice notified the EC of its plans to acquire PT Portugal in February 2015 and received a conditional green light in April.The EC has now taken the view that Altice actually implemented the acquisition prior to the adoption of the Commission’s clearance, and in some instances, prior to its notification.In particular, the EC believes that the purchase agreement between the two companies put Altice in a position to exercise decisive influence over PT Portugal before notification or clearance of the transaction, and that “in certain instances” Altice exercised decisive influence over the telco.The Commission has sent a ‘statement of objections’ to Altice pending the outcome of a full investigation.Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “If companies jump the gun by implementing mergers prior to notification or clearance, they undermine the effective functioning of the EU merger control system. The Statement of Objections sent to Altice shows how seriously the Commission takes breaches of the rules designed to protect the merger control system.”Altice strongly rejected the accusation that it had ‘jumped the gun’. “Altice does not agree with the European Commission’s preliminary conclusions, and will submit a full response to the statement of objections and contest all the objections. The sending of a statement of objections does not prejudge the final outcome of the investigation,” the company said.If found guilty, Altice could ultimately face a large fine of potentially up to 10% of its total annual turnover.This is not the first time the company has found itself in trouble over ‘jumping the gun’ on clearance of an acquisition. In November last year it received a €80 million fine from France’s domestic competition watchdog, the Autorité de la Concurrence, for doing the same at the time of its acquisition of SFR and Virgin Mobile France.The regulator said that documents showed that Altice had exercised a controlling influence over both companies before it received regulatory permission to move forwards.