October 19, 2015On Friday October 9th four Arcosanti residents; Alix Dewald, Hildemar Cruz, Jonas Fister and Lorenzo Mastino, set out to the West Coast Communities Conference held at the ecovillage Groundswell located in Yorkville, CA. The conference gathered over 120 people from all over the nation that live in ecovillages, sustainable communities, artist collectives and other alternative living styles.[photos and text by Soleri Archives volunteer Hildemar Cruz]On Saturday the 10th representatives from the different communities had an opportunity to present information about their respective sites at the communities salon. Arcosanti had the chance to share information about Arcology with budding groups. In a time when collective society is eager to find efficient, intelligent and fulfilling modes of living, representing an alternative model for the city really broaden the perspectives of many participants of the conference. Some of the workshops offered during the conference include; Creative and Constructive Conflict resolution in community, Reaching Across the Generations in Community, and Community in Crisis Interactive Theatre Workshop.
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
Categories: Marino News,News 18Oct Rep. Marino introduces bill helping teachers finance classroom supplies Michigan public school teachers who buy their own classroom supplies would be eligible for an income tax credit through legislation introduced today by state Rep. Steve Marino.“From pencils and paper to iPad headphones, more and more Michigan teachers are spending money out of their own pockets to supply their classrooms every year,” Marino, of Harrison Township, said after introducing his legislation. “Their salaries aren’t covering these extra expenses. They deserve some help on their taxes to offset these work-related costs.”The legislation would provide a state income tax credit of up to $1,000 for a single filer and $2,000 on a joint return for those with adjusted gross incomes equal to or below the average salary for a Michigan teacher, which currently is $61,875.Classroom supplies eligible for the deduction would include books, computer programs and accessories such as headphones, art supplies, student awards and other materials needed for classroom projects.National and Michigan-based surveys indicate the average teacher spends hundreds of dollars of their own money on classroom supplies each year, and the costs are rising.“Our public school teachers are working hard and making sacrifices to help build a better future for Michigan,” Marino said. “The way this bill is designed, it will teachers who need the help the most.”###The legislation is House Bill 5136.
Prisa-backed Portuguese media group Media Capital has signed a deal with Microsoft to make video content available on MSN in Portugal.The agreement will give MSN’s three million unique monthly users access to about 1,200 videos each month, covering fiction, news and entertainment. Media Capital will be responsible for the commercialisation of advertising opportunities on its content.
UK telco BT now has just over 60,000 TV customers with YouView connected TV boxes, the company has revealed. BT said it signed up 21,000 BT Vision customers in the quarter to the end of December. The company ended its fiscal third quarter with 770,000 BT Vision customers.YouView is a joint venture between service providers BT and TalkTalk, transmission services provider Arqiva and broadcasters the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.BT is proceeding with its multicast rollout and now offers 18 standard-definition linear and four HD linear channels, available to customers for an additional £2 (€2.33) a month.The telco added 122,000 retail broadband customers in the quarter, and added 200,000 customers to its high-speed fibre offering.BT’s retail division posted revenues of £1.8 billion for the quarter, down 3%, and EBITDA of £474 million, up 5%.