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August 10, 2019

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first_imgDecember 31, 2010This concludes our report of the opening and dedication of the PAOLO SOLERI BRIDGE AND PLAZA. On-site construction of the bridge started in March, 2010. It is a Scottsdale Public Art project with construction managed by Howard S. Wright Constructors with assistance from Scottsdale architects, structural engineers and landscape architects and off-site work at Cosanti. The 130 foot long pedestrian bridge connects the Scottsdale Waterfront District and Old Town, spanning the Arizona Canal west of Camelback and Scottsdale Roads. It is 18 feet wide on the north bank widening to 27 feet on the south bank where it opens into the Soleri Plaza.[photo: YoungSoo Kim] The sloped plaza has soil retaining “drip walls” constructed with the help of another innovative technique developed by Paolo Soleri for the building of Cosanti. As a final stage in construction, concrete slurry is used allowing gravity to create a drippy surface.The design and construction of the Paolo Soleri Bridge and Plaza has been a once-in-a-lifetime project, uniting the will of a community, the intent of an artist, and the skills of many construction professionals.[photo: sue] 11 pre-cast concrete panels were created at Cosanti, delivered and installed at the plaza, ten along one edge of the south plaza and one double panel on the north bank. The 8-ft-high, 5-ft-wide panels are hand-carved and earth-cast, a process Paolo Soleri developed in the creation of the famous Soleri wind-bells and the buildings of Cosanti. The panels are unique artwork installations during the day, mysterious at night. [photo left: YoungSoo Kim]center_img The 22,000-sq-ft plaza is a gathering place with walkways and lawns, shade, seating and art to enjoy- a Soleri bell assembly and a collection of colorful “earth-cast” panels.The four pylons of the bridge are clad in elegant, brushed stainless steel. The shorter pylons are hollow and reveal a large Soleri bell assembly. The 10-ft- high bell assembly was first  cast in 1969 and displayed at the Goldwater Department Stores before it found a new home in the plaza.[photo: YoungSoo Kim]last_img read more


The World Teleport Association WTA has granted s

August 7, 2019

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first_imgThe World Teleport Association (WTA) has granted satellite operator Eutelsat full Tier 4 certification for its Paris-Rambouillet teleport under its recently launched teleport certification programme.Eutelsat said that the Paris-Rambouillet teleport was the first in the world to achieve this level of certification.The Certification programme involves a rigorous assessment of teleport facilities, technology and operating procedures, which together form the foundation of quality of service.José Sanchez, Eutelsat’s Director of Service Operations, said: “The achievement of the Tier-4 WTA certification represents new international recognition of Eutelsat’s customer service standards, complementing our ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 certifications. To be awarded this highest level of certification shows the commitment of our teams to providing the highest quality of service to our customers and the remarkable performance of our facilities at the Paris-Rambouillet teleport in terms of infrastructure, security and operational procedures.”last_img read more


Vivendi is close to finding an agreement with Ital

August 6, 2019

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first_imgVivendi is close to finding an agreement with Italian regulator AGCOM over the fate of its shares in Mediaset, according to press reports.Vivendi, which currently holds a 28.8% stake in the broadcaster, has proposed transferring its holding above the 10% threshold mandated by AGCOM into a blind trust, according to Reuters, citing unnamed sources.According to the news agency, the regulator will study the terms of the agreement ahead of its news meeting on September 13, but a final decision is not expected before April next year.The idea of placing the holding in a blind trust was initially reported by Italian press in August.Vivendi will have one year to meet conform with AGCOM’s ruling that it must reduce its holding, or face a fine of up to 5% of its revenue.AGCOM ruled earlier this year that Vivendi’s position in Mediaset was in breach of the Testo Unico dei Servizi di Media Audiovisivi e Radiofonici (TUSMAR) regulation that determines that electronics communications companies with a market share in excess of 40% cannot control more than 10% of a Sistema Integrato delle Comunicazioni (SIC) – meaning a large TV, radio and publishing outfit, such as Mediaset.The ruling arose because Vivendi simultaneously holds a 24% stake in Telecom Italia.Vivendi is appealing against the AGCOM ruling, while working to meet its demands at the same time.Despite the ongoing hostility between Vivendi and Mediaset, with the latter claiming additional damages in June related to Vivendi’s decision to pull out of a deal that would have seen it take over the Italian company’s pay TV arm, there has been considerable speculation in the Italian press this week that the pair could still come to some sort of agreement. This has centred on the idea that Mediaset could participate in the planned premium content JV between Vivendi and Telecom Italia, creating a more powerful pay TV competitor to Sky with distribution via Telecom Italia’s network.last_img read more


Highspeed broadband services of at least 30 Mbps

August 6, 2019

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first_imgHigh-speed broadband services of at least 30 Mbps were available to 75.9% of EU households by mid-2016, according to European Commission research.The study, which was conducted by IHS Markit and Point Topic on behalf of the EC, found that in the 12 months to the end of June 2016 some 12.8 million new EU households gained access to high-speed broadband delivered via next-generation access (NGA) networks.Very-high-speed-DSL (VDSL) continued to be the “key driver” of next-generation coverage growth across the EU – increasing 7.1 percentage points and reaching 48.2% of EU homes.However, there was still found to be a significant gap between rural and national NGA coverage with only 39.2% of rural households across the EU having access to high-speed broadband services.This stands in contrast to the near-ubiquity of 4G LTE networks, which expanded at a fast pace and covered 96% of EU households by the end of June 2016.“Availability of 4G LTE services has become near-universal in many study countries,” said Alzbeta Fellenbaum, principal analyst at IHS Markit.“In 11 countries, LTE coverage reached 99% of households and overall, LTE coverage now reaches similar levels to those of 3G HSPA networks. This is a major improvement compared to just four years ago, when 4G LTE services were available to only 59.1% of EU homes.”last_img read more