December 29, 2008 On 9/15/08 we reported on a long-standing mystery that has finally been solved. Alum from the late 1970’s and early 1980’s will remember this beautiful painting. It was on display on the back wall of the original Arcosanti café for many years. On 9/15/08 we reported on a long-standing mystery that has finally been solved. Alum from the late 1970’s and early 1980’s will remember this beautiful painting. It was on display on the back wall of the original Arcosanti café for many years. [Photo & text: sa] The painting was done by artist and alumna Paula Wittner, commissioned in 1977 by alum Russ Adams and it disappeared in the mid 1980’s. Apparently it was stored in Phoenix and the storage company had gone out of business. The painting reappeared in Prescott, at Drake Station Trading Company. Their owners, trying to trace the origin of the painting, got in touch with Paula Wittner just recently. [Photo & text: sa] This prompted Russ Adams and Paula to visit the new owners and Russ Adams bought the painting back. It has been stored in the Arcosanti Soleri Archives, and now facilities manager Randall Schultz built a crate to ship the beautiful painting back to Russ Adams. [Randall Schultz and Cliff Hersted] [Photo & text: sa]
EU decision makers should give citizens “the keys to enjoy more TV and radio programmes” from across Europe, according to the EBU and BEUC.At an event yesterday at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) supported the adoption of draft copyright licensing rules relating to broadcasters’ online transmissions and retransmissions.The draft rules would provide broadcasters and rightholders with new licensing tools to offer more TV programmes and services online and across borders.At the same time, they would not alter the principles of contractual freedom and territorial licensing, which the EBU said are of “utmost importance” for Europe’s audiovisual sector.“Our proposal will make it significantly easier for broadcasters to offer online programmes across borders, but also incentivise the broadcasters to use this possibility,” said European Commission vice-president, Andrus Ansip.“My goal is to double the content available to consumers so that everyone across Europe can get the most out of our rich cultural diversity within the Digital Single Market.”EBU director general, Ingrid Deltenre, described the absence of adapted copyright licensing rules in a digital age as “an anachronism”. She said: “Subject to some improvements, the new rules can give more access to TV and radio programmes online in the EU Digital Single Market and they will not weaken rightsholders’ and broadcasters’ contractual freedom.”BEUC deputy director general, Ursula Pachl, added: “Current copyright rules hamper consumers’ ability to enjoy the full breadth of Europe’s cultural diversity.“When recent studies show that 82% of Europeans want to watch and listen content through legal offers instead of trying to circumvent access barriers, EU legislators should vigorously take the path of more choice rather than upholding artificial borders.”The draft rules were first put forward by the European Commission in September 2016 and are inspired by the 1993 Cable and Satellite Directive.
Polish service provider Netia is launching a new transactional video-on-demand service that it says will be available to all customers.The new VOD service is available via the existing Netia VOD application on the Netia Player decoder and can be used by all Netia TV customers.Movies will be available for rental from PLN4.99 to PLN9.99 for between 24-72 hours.Netia customers will be able to choose from a catalogue initially comprising over 100 titles, including Sama przeciw wszystkim (Miss Sloan), Pitbull. Niebezpieczne kobiety, Planeta Singli, Gwiazdy, Misiek w Nowym Jorku, The Circle and Amok.Nwetia said that the catalogue would be increased in the near future to over 500 titles, including comedies, dramas, cartoons, action movies and documentary features.