April 18, 2002 California musiciansPaul Sprawl and Jaia Suri stopped by the Arcosanti Amphitheater for oneof the intersecting dates on their eight-month parallel U.S. tours.Arcosanti Community Council sponsors many impromptu concerts like thisoutside of the CollySoleri Music Center programs throughout the year. [Photo: RL &text: Ira Murfin] Jaia playedbeautiful songs and even graced us with a little poetry as she strummedher guitar and got wonderful and surprising new sounds out of thebanjo. For her CDs,info and tour schedule. [Photo: RL & text: IM] Paul gave us bluesy,haunting tunes that really showed off the versatility of the guitar, asa percussion instrument among other things. He improvised a song oftribute to the heater which kept his fingers nimble on the drizzly andchilly spring evening. For his CDs, info andschedule [Photo: RL & text: IM] A bluegrass/reggaeconcert was hosted at Arcosanti on Saturday. The High Grass Pickersplayed until sunset. [Photo & text: RL] Kindred, a reggaeband from Tempe, provided a mellow mood in the vaults. This was theirthird show here at Arcosanti. Check for more information aboutArcosanti Events. [Photo & text: RL]
Satellite operator SES has selected Airbus Defence and Space to build its latest satellite, SES-10, which it said will “significantly grow SES’s capacity to serve the thriving markets of Latin America.”The communications satellite will provide direct-to-home broadcasting, enterprise and broadband connectivity services across the Latin America and Caribbean regions.The satellite is due to be positioned at the 67 degrees West orbital position, in accordance with a deal with the Andean Community of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, and is slated for launch on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle.“SES-10 will provide our customers in Latin America with new, high power satellite capacity for multiple applications at an established orbital slot. We are delighted to broaden our partnership with the Andean Community with a satellite built specifically for use in the Simon Bolivar 2 satellite network, offering opportunities for expanded commercial, economic and social benefits for the Andean region,” said SES president and CEO Romain Bausch.The news comes as rival satellite operator Eutelsat said that its new Eutelsat 3B satellite has arrived in Long Beach, California, from Toulouse, France and has been transported to the Sea Launch facility ahead of a planned April 15 launch.
Prime time hour is ‘set to die’, claims a new report from Sony.In the recently published ‘Evolution of the Living Room’, the company surveyed 6,000 European consumers on their attitudes and behaviours. It found that while the average viewer watches over 15 hours a week, only 6% of people make a point to watch the latest top TV shows live, instead opting for catch up services. The report found that people now prefer streamed content over watching scheduled TV. Reasons given for this include the flexibility streaming offers rather than be restricted to the show on TV (50%), fitting programmes in around longer working hours (32%) and being able to watch with friends or a partner (31%).Emma Kenny, a UK TV psychological expert and media commentator, said: ‘Television isn’t simply a medium that enables you to enjoy a variety of content. It represents so many different variables, and reaches individuals in completely unique ways.Whilst society has changed significantly since the introduction of the first TV to the present day, many of our social behaviours remain the same. We’re still social beings who value family time, and with a certain nostalgia linked to ‘TV time’ across Europe, it doesn’t surprise me that families continue to enjoy TV together as a shared experience.”The report also points out that over a third of people now want a TV over 55 inches and 16% desire a 65+ inch set, a statistic that will no doubt benefit TV manufacturers like Sony. However, vendor plans to shift TVs in greater numbers are to be deflated by a difficulty in securing monitors, claims industry analyst IHS Markit. According to the research firm, the intensifying U.S./China trade war has made the TV makers more hesitant about issuing firm demand forecasts. “There’s an increasing risk of a demand correction in the second quarter in light of several negative indicators from TV brands, including rising inventories, order cuts and increasing tariffs,” said Deborah Yang, director of display supply chain at IHS Markit. “These signs imply a slowdown in the market and a possible downward trend for panel prices.”