Guy, and three A&M students, wheelbarrow the mix to the construction site. June 1, 2011A group of students of the Texas A&M University College of Architecture visit Arcosanti for an afternoon of assisting the construction crew in forming a new set of steps for the Energy Apron project. Here, the students learn about the plan for the construction of the Energy Apron’s first full-size greenhouse. Guy Flagg [right of center], Arcosanti resident and crew leader in construction, explains the work to be done. [photo & text: Logan Bier] [photo & text: Logan Bier] [photo & text: Logan Bier] [photo & text: Logan Bier] Two A&M students become thoroughly engaged in shoveling silt for the concrete mix.
August 25, 2014photo by Tomiaki TamuraThe recent summer storms have blanketed the desert landscape with sprouting green all around Arcosanti. This timely gift from heaven gives our dedicated groundskeepers much needed relief from their daily watering routines.[photo & text by Tee]
Categories: Afendoulis News 01Nov Afendoulis opposes auto insurance proposal, urges legislative leaders to seek beneficial reform State Representative Chris Afendoulis (R-Grand Rapids Township) today announced his opposition to House Bill 5013, which seeks to amend Michigan’s Auto No-Fault system and is currently being debated by the Michigan House of Representatives. The bill would effectively dismantle the policy which has provided Michigan’s motorists with the best coverage in the nation for nearly 40 years.“Without question, this bill is a bad deal for my constituents. While drivers may temporarily pay a little less in premiums, they’ll receive far fewer benefits and take on far greater risks. I simply cannot support this bill as it stands today.”“It’s plain to me and many of my colleagues that this bill works only for the benefit of auto insurance companies and trial lawyers. It claims to offer rate reductions, but provides huge loopholes to protect the bottom lines of auto insurance companies.”Afendoulis added, “As someone who believes in free markets, I can’t support a bill where the government mandates prices and fee schedules between private parties. This bill shifts costs to taxpayers and Medicaid without lowering rates.”The bill also puts seniors at risk, Afendoulis said. “Senior citizens need to be aware that Medicare does not cover many of the benefits covered by Auto No Fault. The risk for seniors is that they will need to spend their own money for care they receive now under the current system.”“I am eager to consider reforms which would save drivers money – things like meaningful measures to root out fraud and abuse, transparency initiatives which would finally open the books on the $20 billion catastrophic claims fund, and changes to attendant care policies.” Afendoulis noted that several bills have been introduced which would address these concerns. The bills have been referred to the House Insurance Committee, but to date have not been given a hearing.Afendoulis says he is urging legislative leaders to take a second look before they pass legislation with such far-reaching negative implications.“Without question, auto insurance rates are too high. Without question, we need to make changes to the system. And without question, I believe this legislation is not the solution.”
“This is a massive boost to Donegal and to Donegal tourism. This isn’t just about the film crew bed nights this summer, it’s also about the massive following of the Star Wars franchise and getting them to come to Donegal to see where it was filmed.“I am so pleased or everyone involved in tourism in Inishowen and the county generally. It’s a boost to the Wild Atlantic Way in a week when a new hotel has opened in Dunfanaghy and another will open outside Dungloe.”Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys said: “We have already seen how the most recent Star Wars film has brought Sceilg Mhichíl and southwest Kerry to a global audience. Now, further locations around the Irish coast will experience similar exposure, providing untold benefits to the tourism and film sectors.”Star Wars: Episode VIII is set for worldwide release on December 15, 2017.STARS WARS VIII TO BE FILMED IN DONEGAL, DIRECTORS CONFIRM was last modified: March 20th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: DIRECTORS CONFIRMMalin headSTARS WARS VIII TO BE FILMED IN DONEGAL The chief executive of the Irish Film Board, James Hickey, said it was “delighted to welcome the production of Star Wars: Episode VIII to some of our most spectacular locations along the Wild Atlantic Way”.Candice Campos, vice-president of physical production at Lucasfilm, said the company was “thrilled” to return to Ireland to film several sequences for the next chapter in the Star Wars saga.“We want to thank the people of Ireland for their warm welcome and continued support. Ireland has become an important part of Star Wars history,” she said tonight.Joe McHugh, junior minister who has been kept abreast of developments, told us: “I knew when Donegal Daily reported this last autumn but I was sworn to secrecy and wanted to make sure everything was sorted out. Stunning Malin Head as captured by Ronan McLaughlinTHE producers of Star Wars have finally confirmed they are returning to Ireland this year to shoot scenes for the next film in the blockbuster series – at Malin Head.Lucasfilm is preparing to film sequences for Star Wars: Episode VIII in May at the western tip of the Dingle Peninsula, where contractors are installing a 1.5km metal roadway to facilitate the transport of gear and crew.Plans are also underway to film at Malin Head in Donegal, where a number of B&Bs and rental homes have already been booked out for the production for May. ShareTweet