Peña Station, currently a remote rail station south of Denver International Airport, may be the location of one of the most futuristic smart city developments.Denver Mayor Michael Hancock expressed his desire for Peña Station to be more than just a transit hub and earlier this year Panasonic jumped at the chance to make it a thriving community, outfitted with the latest in smart technologies.See Also: Xerox beacon technology brings retail to commutersPanasonic has moved its Enterprise Solutions Division headquarters to Peña Station and this month started installing LED street lights in the city-to-be, which are 60 to 70 percent more energy efficient than standard street lights.The LED street lights may be even more efficient as people begin to move to Peña Station, due to Panasonic’s Internet of Things (IoT) lighting platform, which dims the lights when the street is empty or during a full Moon.Panasonic also plans to create an energy grid at Peña Station that uses solar power for the day and batteries at night. This is similar to Fujisawa, a sustainable smart town in Japan that Panasonic has worked on since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2012.Panasonic starting with environmental sensorsPanasonic will begin to deploy environmental sensors that monitor air particles, cloud coverage, noise, temperature, and humidity. Argonne National Laboratory will develop the sensor, Panasonic will deploy it throughout Peña Station.Next year, Panasonic will also deploy the first self-driving shuttle, built by EasyMile. The EZ10 shuttle will provide access to Denver International Airport and travel at a top speed of 15 mph. As part of the deal, EasyMile will open its own North American headquarters inside Panasonic’s hub, providing Peña Station with more engineering jobs.MGL Partners, a Denver-based real estate development, will start construction of a 219-apartment unit next year. Other developers are looking at Peña Station as a possible destination for new construction.Panasonic has not set a time range for when Peña Station should be “complete”, but if the company is aiming for a few hundred residents, it may reach its target in a few years just from employers of various engineering firms. Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Tags:#Denver#Internet of Things#IoT#panasonic#Peña Station#smart city How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Related Posts David Curry For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…
In this video tutorial, learn to create a powerful, modern slideshow animation with these amazing After Effects techniques.With the many ways to create motion graphics in After Effects, it’s important to understand the style you’re trying to create — especially when it comes to slideshow presentations. Knowing what style you’re going for before you get started will set your project up for success. Looking for more After Effects tutorials? Check these out.How to Create a Motion Graphics Template in Adobe After EffectsVideo Editing 101: How to Export Your Project in After Effects3 Typography Motion Graphics Tips | After Effects TutorialCreate An Animated Website Presentation Using After EffectsVideo Tutorial: Animate a 2D Mobile Device with After Effects So What Elements Are in a Modern Slideshow?To begin with, the modern style is always evolving, so we’ll stick to popular techniques.Clean GraphicCreating shapes is a good way to improve your project with a little bit of detail. You can use consistent shapes as a background texture — or even overlay them on top of your footage.Simple TypographSans serif typefaces will keep your titles clean and easy to read. Don’t go flashy or over-the-top. The white space in your titles is a huge element of your project. Either large or small will work. Just be consistent.Background DistortionBackground distortion is a common trend at the moment. Adding some activity to your background with clean cuts will lend the design some personality.Focused MotionEvery graphic or animation you create should lead your viewer’s eyes to what is important on screen. If you’re using shape animation, make sure it drives attention to your titles or to the important section of your footage.What to Take Away from This After Effects Tutorial?In our Modern Slideshow tutorial, you will learn how to create and animate shapes that focus on your titles. You’ll also learn how to create clean typography that sticks out to your viewers. Learn how to create background distortion with your own custom shapes. Lastly, you’ll also learn to create a sliding transition.And if you’re looking for inspiration, here are some great slideshow examples from RocketStock.com:Metropolis.Sierra.Exposé.
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now You can’t see your potential from where you are now. It isn’t visible to you.There is a reason that you should spend time and develop relationships with people who are more successful than you are now. But before we get into all the reasons this is true, we need to cover a few important issues.First, success is personal. It isn’t measured on a curve. Your definition of success and my definition of success might be vastly different. They may even be at odds. In fact, you living my definition of success might make you miserable, while me living your definition of success might not make me the least bit happy.Second, success can get a bad rap, and some people make the very pursuit of success a divisive issue. Success shouldn’t be divisive, and the idea that you need to surround yourself with people who have a greater level of success is not a judgment of the people you love and care about that aren’t experiencing the same level of success as the people you will need to spend time with.The reason you need to spend time with people who are more successful than you is because you can’t see your real potential from where you are now.Your potential is far greater than anything you can imagine. The only limit on your real potential is the limit of your awareness of what is possible for you. Your potential isn’t visible to you.Think about where you were years ago, when you weren’t as successful as you are right now in some area of your life. Your beliefs and behaviors were different than they are now. And even though you weren’t conscious of how they were limiting you, they acted as a governor on your success. At some point, you gained an awareness of what these beliefs and behaviors and changed them.Someone standing higher up on a mountain can see further than you can. They can also more easily see the path that is available to you, even if it isn’t yet clear to you. They have a greater view of your potential. By spending time with people who are more successful, you start to become conscious of what you believe and how it limits you. You also gain the advantage of transforming faster by finding people whose beliefs and behaviors you can model.Develop relationships with people who are more successful than you. Find mentors. Develop a mastermind group of people who have something you want, whatever that is, be it financial success or being a great parent, or whatever you call success.
England and Russia are the big beasts of Group B and, though each would love a winning start when they meet on Saturday, the fear of losing could well become all-pervading and lead to a cagey encounter. (Euro 2016 – Full Coverage) With games against Wales and Slovakia to come, and the potential for three teams to qualify with two guaranteed, a point at the Velodrome might look a very useful result in a couple of weeks. (Also read: England must ignore Euro expectations, says Adam Lallana)ENGLAND START FAVOURITES England, on the back of winning all 10 qualifiers, not to mention a rare victory in Germany in a friendly, start favourites and will expect to make the running in front of a 60,000 crowd that will be predominantly behind them. (Also read: Inexperience may cost Jamie Vardy Euro 2016 starting spot, says Arsene Wenger)However, despite that great run of form, England are anything but a settled side as Roy Hodgson struggles with the question of how to shoe-horn his form players into an established system.VARDY, KANE DEMAND SELECTION Strikers Jamie Vardy, fresh from leading Leicester City to the most unlikely Premier League title, and Harry Kane, the Premier League’s top scorer, seemingly demand selection. (Also read: England’s youth is a strength at Euro, says Daniel Sturridge)But Hodgson is adamant Wayne Rooney, the captain and most experienced squad member, should get a starting berth, leaving the coach experimenting with his attacking options right up to the last minute.At least he is picking from strength in that regard as his, and England’s more pressing concern is in central defence where any combination of Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling and John Stones has looked vulnerable and remains England’s Achilles heel.advertisementIMPRESSIVE STATISTICSEngland have not lost in 90 or 120 minutes in 22 Euro matches in finals and qualifiers, going back to a 3-2 defeat by Croatia in November 2007.The impressive statistics are skewed, however, as they lost on penalties to Italy in the 2012 quarter-finals and failed to qualify in 2008.Russia reached the semi-finals that year with a side full of passion and pace but they were disappointing in 2012 and in the 2014 World Cup and the current crop are not a group to have fans on the edge of their seats.TECHNICALLY ADEPT They are, however, a well-organised and technically adept squad and coach Leonid Slutsky has quickly developed a strong team spirit since taking over from Fabio Capello last August.He has, however, been forced to change his plans somewhat after injuries ruled midfielders Alan Dzagoev and, after last week’s 1-1 draw with Serbia, Igor Denisov out of the tournament.With that to deal with and winnable games on the horizon, Russia are unlikely to take too many risks on Saturday, leaving it up to England to decide whether to open up in all-out pursuit of victory or indulge in 90 minutes of cautious chess.
Abu Dhabi, Oct 29 (AFP) Israeli minister Miri Regev on Monday shared a video on Facebook of her touring a famed mosque in the United Arab Emirates, in an unprecedented visit by a cabinet member.The culture and sport minister, known for controversial comments about Arabs, was dressed in a red abaya with a white scarf covering her hair at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.”I toured the site,” Regev told the camera, in Hebrew, surrounded by a group of people in traditional Emirati dress.”This is the first time that an Israeli minister is here on a visit.” Regev, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party, visited the mosque on Sunday, according to her spokesman.Her country does not have diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates.Israeli officials publicly toured landmark sites in the UAE at the weekend, the first such visit, days after Netanyahu travelled to the neighbouring Gulf state of Oman.The delegation, which includes the country’s communications minister, was in Dubai for the International Telecommunication Union Plenipotentiary Conference this week.”We arrived the day (Sunday) before the conference. We went around the town, and we visited the mall,” a member of the delegation told AFP.”We were impressed, and we didn’t expect the town to be like this, this beautiful,” she said on condition of anonymity.The visit came a day after Israel’s national anthem was played at a judo tournament in Abu Dhabi after one of its athletes won gold – believed to be the first time the anthem has been played publicly in an Arab Gulf state.advertisementNetanyahu visited Oman on Thursday for talks with the country’s ruler, Sultan Qaboos, on regional security issues, according to official statements by both countries.And at a cabinet meeting on Sunday, Netanyahu said of his Oman visit: “There will be more.” Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz is scheduled to visit Oman next week for a transportation conference, according to his office.Netanyahu has long sought a rapprochement with other Arab states, citing in part concerns over their common enemy Iran.But Israel currently has full diplomatic relations with only two Arab states, Egypt and Jordan, as Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory remains a major obstacle to official recognition by Arab countries. (AFP) MRJMRJ
APTN National NewsIn New Brunswick dozens of people are gathered around a sacred fire along a rural highway.The fire was set to mark a peaceful protest against seismic testing in the eastern region of the province.Amy Sock recently put out a call for people to join in. Sock spoke to APTN about the ongoing protest.
To make the World Cup every four years, the United States men’s national team needs to do the bare minimum — that usually entails not being worse than teams from a couple of Central American or Caribbean countries that have a GDP roughly 0.1 percent the size of ours. In Honduras on Tuesday night, the USMNT delivered on that promise: They accomplished the bare minimum.A late Bobby Wood goal secured a 1-1 draw, salvaged a crucial road point and calmed anxiety about the U.S. qualifying for next summer’s World Cup. According to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index, the U.S. now has a 69 percent chance of qualifying. Of course, those odds are more a reflection of the forgiving nature of the Hex, the round-robin CONCACAF World Cup qualification tournament, than the U.S. men’s skill. Six teams enter, three leave with a World Cup bid, and the fourth-place team can still score a spot by beating the fifth-place Asian qualifier.The path to qualification is easy, so it’s still likely that the U.S. team will be off to Russia next summer, but they’ve used up much of their margin for error. As it stands, there’s no scenario in which the U.S. can qualify for the World Cup before the final match in Trinidad and Tobago. The last time the U.S. was still hoping to clinch a spot entering its final game was heading into the 1990 World Cup, basically the dawn of modern American soccer. Even if things go perfectly next month, when they take on Panama and Trinidad and Tobago, this will still go down as the team’s worst modern qualifying campaign.Now the U.S. is faced with two simple questions. What the heck is wrong with this team? And can it be fixed?Where the U.S. went wrongThe problem right now isn’t so much that the U.S. team is bad. It’s not. The problem is that the U.S. was really bad last year when this phase of qualification started, and it hasn’t really ever made up for it. Jurgen Klinsmann was fired two games into the USMNT’s final-round qualifying bid, after a home loss against Mexico and a 4-0 thumping away to Costa Rica. The team was a mess, and Bruce Arena was brought in to stabilize the ship. And he did. In his first four games in charge, he led the team to two home wins and two road draws, the exact kind of record that leads to easy qualification. But the record didn’t earn back any of the points the team dropped in its first two games. Arena stopped the bleeding, but he didn’t fill in the hole that Klinsmann had dug.That left that the men’s team vulnerable to a single bad match — like the match last Friday, in which Costa Rica beat the U.S. 2-0 in New Jersey. Realistically, Arena’s team didn’t play all that badly. The USMNT outshot its opponents 14-9 and produced a 1.26 to 0.62 expected goal advantage. Arena’s men conceded an early goal thanks to some poor positioning from central defenders Geoff Cameron and Tim Ream and some questionable goalkeeping from Tim Howard. Then they were denied a second-half equalizer when Costa Rica’s goalkeeper, Keylor Navas, made an absolutely inhuman save on a shot from U.S. midfielder Christian Pulisic that took a wicked deflection. If either the blown defense or the amazing save had gone slightly differently, the game looks different, the qualifying campaign looks different, and the answer to the question of “What is wrong with the team?” is basically “Nothing.” This team as currently constituted is just about good enough to qualify for the World Cup. The problem is that it isn’t much better than that.Fixing what’s wrongArena’s emergency stabilization job was built around two main pillars. First, he handed the keys of the attack to teenage superstar Pulisic, and second, he narrowed midfielder Michael Bradley’s responsibilities, shifting him from the hub of the team to a more traditional deep-lying playmaker. Everything around them has been in flux. Personnel has changed, formations have changed, tactical approaches have changed.Without much continuity, the team ends up in trouble when the game plan breaks down. Against Costa Rica last week, the defense was badly exposed without protection from midfield. Cameron and Ream were both called upon to step into midfield frequently and neither were able to do the job. And against Honduras this week, the attack sputtered when Pulisic wasn’t able to get on the ball. Since starting to play with the senior national team, he’s averaged 53 touches per 90 minutes, but against Honduras he only got 42, and the U.S. struggled to create chances without his influence.The defensive problems will likely sort themselves out eventually. The team is currently missing half of its starting defense, as both John Brooks and DeAndre Yedlin are injured. If they get healthy and back on the field, the defense will immediately take a step in the right direction.On the attack side, the solution is less clear-cut. Pulisic is the team’s crown jewel, and it’s Arena’s job to figure out which players in his fairly deep attacking talent pool best complement the young star. Arena has yet to settle on the best combination. Pulisic has played as a winger in a front three, as a wide midfielder with two strikers in front of him, and as the attacking midfielder at the tip of a diamond. In the last two games alone, he played with four different strikers in Wood, Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris. Settling on a more consistent lineup might not only help get the best out of Pulisic but also allow the U.S. to develop a more effective plan B for those times an opponent is able to take Pulisic out of the match.Arena is facing the same challenges all managers do. He has to balance the need for short-term results against the desire to develop a team that over the medium term can steadily improve and peak at the right moment. Up until this week, it seemed like he had gotten the balance mostly right, winning enough to put the U.S. solidly on course while also developing a basic plan. This week, that plan broke down. Now October’s matches can’t serve as a platform to help build the team for the future; instead, they’re all about short-term goals.There’s nothing wrong with this team that time can’t fix. But with two must-win games on the horizon, time is the one thing this team doesn’t have.
Even after final exams this week, the No. 6 Ohio State women’s basketball team might not take its toughest test until Dec. 19. That’s the day the Buckeyes will get their shot at the No. 1 team in the nation: Connecticut. The Huskies are riding an 86-game winning streak. A win against the Buckeyes could extend the streak to 88, which would tie the 1971-74 UCLA men’s team for the longest winning streak in college basketball history. The game will be played at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, N.Y. OSU coach Jim Foster said he’s looking forward to the location of the game more than he is the opponent. “A lot of people watch really interesting matchups, regardless of who it is. I think where it is is a little more significant than who. Connecticut is Connecticut, there’s no two ways about it,” Foster said. “But Connecticut at Madison Square Garden? That’s a historic building.” Connecticut will try to match OSU’s star power of center Jantel Lavender and guard Samantha Prahalis with its own duo in forward Maya Moore and guard Tiffany Hayes. All four players are members of the preseason watch list for the John R. Wooden award, which is given to the most outstanding player in college basketball each season. Moore won the award in 2009 and is Connecticut’s career leader in scoring. Prahalis said knocking off Connecticut would be a big moment for the OSU women’s basketball program. “Playing UConn and playing to our potential, and hopefully coming out with a victory, that would make our mark,” Prahalis said. The Buckeyes’ matchup with the Huskies will be the last marquee game of what has been a murderer’s row of a non-conference schedule for OSU. The Buckeyes will have already faced LSU, Virginia, Oklahoma and Syracuse before they take on Connecticut. Prahalis said the Buckeyes are always prepared for each opponent’s best effort. “Anytime we go somewhere to play, or that they come play us, they give us their best shot,” Prahalis said. “We wouldn’t expect anything less. We treat every opponent as they’re going to try their hardest, because they are.” The Buckeyes are 8-0 following an 95-84 win over Oklahoma. Foster said his team this year could perhaps be the best he’s coached in his nine seasons at OSU. “Maybe,” Foster said. “You can’t answer that question today, but I think we’ve got some depth that we haven’t had.”
Ohio State freshman forward Kaleb Wesson (34) works his way into the paint in the first half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Dakich made three of four three point attempts in the first half aiding Ohio State to a 91-69 win. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 13 Ohio State (18-4, 9-0 Big Ten) has survived a few scares. On Jan. 17, it came within four points of losing to Northwestern in the final minute in an eventual 71-65 win and was trading leads with Nebraska Monday, until pulling away late to a 64-59 win.Now it welcomes a struggling Penn State (13-7, 3-4 Big Ten), which has lost four of its past six games, to the Schottenstein Center at 8 p.m. Thursday, with eyes set on a 10-0 start to Big Ten play.Projected StartersPenn State:G — Jamari Wheeler — Freshman, 6-foot-1, 170 lbs., 3.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.0 apgG — Tony Carr — Sophomore, 6-foot-5, 204 lbs., 18.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.8 apgG — Shep Garner —Senior, 6-foot-2, 196 lbs., 10.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.4 apgF — Mike Watkins — Redshirt sophomore, 6-foot-9, 254 lbs., 13.3 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 0.7 apgF — Lamar Stevens — Sophomore, 6-foot-8, 226 lbs., 15.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.0 apgOhio State:G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 13.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.4 apgG — Kam Williams — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-2, 185 lbs., 7.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.5 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 19.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.3 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.8 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 11.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.1 apgScouting Penn StateThe Nittany Lions have been involved in plenty of close games this season. Nine of their 21 games have been decided by single digits, and two have gone into overtime.Part of the reason they are in so many close games has been their defense. Penn State has the 43rd-best defensive efficiency in the country and has held opponents to just a 47 percent effective field goal percentage (37th-best), according to the advanced statistics website KenPom.com. It also ranks in the top 25 in blocking and steal percentages.However, this defense matches up poorly against Ohio State. It typically plays man-to-man, a type of defense Ohio State has flourished against this season. The best way to slow down Ohio State’s 31st-best offensive attack has been to run a zone defense. Penn State’s offense also will not match up well against Ohio State’s defense. Though the Nittany Lions have shot 37.4 percent from the 3, they generate 54.4 percent of their offense from inside the arc, the 57th-highest rate in the nation.Teams that have been able to beat Ohio State do so from long range, with 36.4 percent of opponents’ points coming from 3-point range, 36th-highest in the country. Opposing teams have mustered only the 257th-highest 2-point percentage in its point distribution at 46.9 percent.Monitoring Kaleb Wesson’s minutesOhio State has relied heavily on freshman center Kaleb Wesson this season. After sophomore center Micah Potter injured his ankle in the fourth game of the season, Wesson took over as the starter and has not let up.As a starter, Wesson has averaged 11.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 21.6 minutes per game. While the numbers don’t jump out, Wesson has become a better defender and has avoided foul trouble more. He has fouled out three times as a starter, but only once in his past 10 games.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said that even though Wesson has shown improvements and has been a key cog in the team’s success this season, he still does not want to put much pressure on his young big man by playing him too much.“It’s a lot to expect a kid of his size as a freshman really even to play 20 minutes,” Holtmann said. “I think his minutes are probably where we’d like for them to be. I think sometimes he could play a little more, sometimes a little less depending on how he’s playing. He’s done a very good job with the minutes, but I wouldn’t want to put 30 minutes on him right now as a freshman.”Wesson’s conditioning has improved, but it is clear after five minutes on the court that he gets worn out. He starts to breathe heavily and is slower to post and seal, meaning the team needs to bring in a fresher defender to maintain solid interior play. As he continues to develop and adjust to the workload, Wesson will turn his raw tools into game skills and be able to keep using those tools later into games, Holtmann said.“He’s so gifted with his hands and I think his feet can get better,” Holtmann said. “They’re not bad right now, but they’ve got to get a lot better in the offseason. His explosiveness, his movement. But I think that you can tell pretty early on when he’s [tired].”
AS Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco has opened up about losing out to Barcelona on the race to sign Malcom.Di Francesco has revealed that the Italian club have accepted their fate after missing the chance to sign the Brazil winger from French club Bordeaux.The Giallorossi defeated the Spanish champions 4-2 in their International Champions Cup friendly in the United States despite Malcom scoring his second goal in as many games in a Barcelona shirt.During the post-match conference after the game the Roma gaffer was questioned about losing the signature of Malcom to the Catalans, and he said, according to Calciomercato:“I experienced the whole saga surrounding Malcom’s transfer with great tranquility.”What is wrong with Sampdoria? Taimoor Khan – September 3, 2019 Things just aren’t going the way Sampdoria had planned with the club now having conceded 7 goals in the opening two games of the…“He is a fantastic player and if Barcelona were also after him, it shows we scouted well. I wish him all the best with them.”“I’m happy with the players I’ve and we can’t do anything about the fact that the player has chosen to play for another team.”Roma continue preseason preparations in the International Champions Cup in the USA, with their next match coming against European champions Real Madrid.The Rome based club have already added nine players to their squad this summer as they prepare for another season of Champions League football after making it to the semis last season.
Listen Currently, most of The Woodlands’ tax revenues go to Montgomery County. Those revenues make the wealthy community an attractive target for annexation by the City of Houston or the City of Conroe.Rice University political scientist Mark Jones said that voting to make The Woodlands a city would protect it from annexation and let it hold onto more of its tax receipts. “The cost to this,” Jones said, “is generally that by incorporating, residents will likely pay more in property taxes than they’re presently paying. They’ll get more services, and they’ll have more control over the quality and the nature of their services, but they are going to pay more.”At present, The Woodlands is governed as a township. It has regional participation agreements with Houston and Conroe that prohibit the two cities from annexing the township until 2057. Last year, the Texas Legislature passed a law requiring cities get consent from residents before annexing territory. Jones said that the participation agreement and the law make it more difficult to annex The Woodlands, but not impossible.Matrix Consulting Group, which conducted the study, is set to publish the results online by Friday. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Photo: The Woodlands Township via FacebookThe Woodlands has started a study on its potential incorporation, which would mean the master-planned community created by George Mitchell in the mid-1970s would formally become a city with its own municipal government.This week, The Woodlands will take another step towards a vote on whether to incorporate as a city with its own municipal government. The master-planned community, located 30 miles north of downtown Houston, is preparing to publish the findings of a study for residents on the pros and cons of incorporation. 00:00 /00:43 X
January 27, 2014Last Thursday, January 23., the Cosanti Foundation Executive Committee held its second Strategic Planning Retreat in a conference room at the nearby Orme School, with ALT, the Arcosanti Leadership Team and some of the department managers and staff. Attending were Mary Hoadley, Cosanti Foundation director and treasurer;Roger Tomalty, Cosanti Foundation director, and director of Cosanti Originals and Soleri Scupture Studio; Cosanti Foundation director, and director of the Soleri Archives, as well as director of Design, Tomiaki Tamura; Cosanti Foundation President Jeff Stein; Utilities manager Scott Riley;Ron Chandler, manager of Grounds keeping and Welding; Maintenance manager Randall Schultz; Andy Chao, Foundry manager; David Tollas, Foundry and maintenance staff; Nadia Begin, Ceramics studio staff; Kip Hersted, Maintenance and Tourism; Kate Bememsderfer, PR and Development; Travis Shappell, Planning coordinator; Ali Sadiqui, Cafe manager; Danny Derosiers, Cafe staff; Jane Tellini, Ceramics Studio manager; Travis Neal, AIS Network and Phone services; and taking the photo was Hanne Sue Kirsch, manager of the Soleri Archives.
Tomasz ZuranskiPolish cable operator Vectra has abandoned its attempt to secure a one third stake in alternative telco Netia.Vectra launched a tender for a 33% stake in Netia for about PLN609 million (€146 million) at the beginning of July and subsequently upped its offer from PLN5.31 a share to PLN5.41 a share and extended the deadline for acceptance.The company has now withdrawn the bid after failing to reach the minimum threshold of acceptances.Vectra CEO Tomasz Żurański had said the bid for Netia shares was a financial investment opportunity rather than part of a plan to combine the two companies operationally.