June 16, 2014Here are additional photos of last week-ends event of terrific jazz.Awesome bassist Harrison Bankhead came from Chicago.[photo by Sue Kirsch]Festival organizer Milt Cannon of Charles McPherson on sax was a definite highlight of the event, here with Harold Landon on piano, Harrison Bankhead on bass and on drums the amazing Buddy Banks.[photo by Sue Kirsch]Charles McPherson.Most recently Charles McPherson composed, arranged and produced the gorgeous musical extravaganza “Sweet Synergy Suite” – a Jazz Ballett, in coorporation with the San Diego Dance Co. under the direction of choreographer Javier Velasco.It was aired live on ‘jazz88’ on March 9. 2014 to a  minute standing ovation with overwhelming internet response.[photo by Sue Kirsch]Here is Charles McPherson with Harold Landon, Harrison Bankhead, Anthony Reed on trombone, Brian Messenger on guitar and Buddy Banks on drums.[photo by Sue Kirsch]Anthony Reed, in the background is Miles Dalto on piano.[photo by Steven Bochinski]One really cannot say enough about the level of excellence that this years performers brought to the Arcosanti stage. It was an absolute treat!
25Sep MESVIC reform package unanimously approved by Senate committee Categories: Iden News,News A legislative package designed to protect the state from a potential $200 million liability has been approved unanimously by the Senate Committee on Economic Development, announced state Rep. Brandt Iden, who sponsored a bill in the package.House Bills 4195, 4196 and 4365 were introduced to reform the funding mechanism of the Michigan Early State Venture Capital Investment Program (MESVIC). MESVIC was created with goals of promoting investment in certain businesses and creating a healthy economic climate in the state. The creation of MESVIC also allowed Michigan to enter into agreements with investment corporations to reach these goals. To raise capital for the program, the state issued tax vouchers to serve as collateral against the capital issued by banks.“The venture fund program was created with great intentions,” said Rep. Iden, R-Oshtemo. “However, the funding mechanism was not in the best interests of Michigan taxpayers.”As a result of the tax vouchers and payments due on loans that the state took, Michigan faces a potential liability of up to $200 million over the next four years. Amongst other measures, HB 4365 – which was authored by Rep. Iden – limits the total amount of tax vouchers that can be issued to $450 million.“There is a difference between good intentions and effective policy,” said House Appropriations Chair Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville. “This bill, and the package as a whole, help to make certain that the investments we make with our state dollars are the investments that are good for our state.”HBs 4195, 4196 and 4365 now go before the full Senate for further consideration.###
Canal+ is using Telestream’s Vantage workflow automation platform running on Lightspeed Servers with Pipeline encoding appliances for deployment of a new VOD catch-up service.The opportunity to expand services at Canal+ arose in 2012 when Canal+’s two new free-to-air channels became available on the French DTT platform, with regulatory approval in September, a contract signed in October, and an on-air date before the end of the year.“We needed to generate four different H.264 outputs, plus four HLS files for Apple devices and others, and an MPEG-2 transport stream,” said Charles Lesoil, project manager at Canal+. “We needed to strip out commercial breaks for the online version, do some content replacement where needed for rights management, and we wanted to insert logos and PG ratings where required.”“This is an excellent example of the power and speed that Vantage offers,” said Paul Turner, VP of enterprise product management at Telestream. “Vantage provides a wide range of content production functionality for Canal+ such as logo insertion, trimming, and resizing as an inherent part of the transcoding processes. In addition, Canal+ utilized Vantage system intelligence to develop workflows using advanced logic based on the metadata to reduce the number of different workflows for simplicity and reliability.”Telestream is exhibiting at IBC on stand 7.C12