August 26, 2009 This report continues from 8/24. Here we see the pour of the heat duct tunnel wall in full swing. The construction crew laid a bridge on the scaffolding to facilitate the workers and equipment during the course of the pouring process. Many people came from different departments to help with the pour. [photo & text: Anna Tran] The mixed concrete was placed into wheelbarrows and buckets and shuttled down to the scaffolding to be poured into the formwork. Here we see the entire work in process. [photo & text: Anna Tran] The crew disassembled the wall forms after the concrete cured. The next section of the wall will be under way with erection of the formwork and we will continue to report on this next week. [photo & text: Anna Tran]
11Dec Rep. Bellino: Line 5 tunnel best option for Michigan families, job providers Categories: Bellino News,News Representative supports plan forming new tunnel oversight panelState Rep. Joe Bellino said a plan approved today in the Michigan House with bipartisan support is a key step toward energy security for Michigan residents and the creation of thousands of jobs for Michigan workers.Bellino, of Monroe, said agreements with Enbridge Energy to build a multi-use utility tunnel will allow for the decommissioning of the current Line 5 segment in the Straits and greatly reduce the risk of an oil spill between Michigan’s peninsulas. It will also provide energy security for Michigan families and businesses.“The Great Lakes are critical to our economy and way of life in Michigan. Ensuring families and businesses have access to safe, reliable energy is also essential,” said Bellino, a member of the House Energy Policy Committee. “This solution makes Line 5 safer while it continues to deliver resources to heat Michigan homes and power our economic growth.”The plan laid out in Senate Bill 1197 creates a new, independent authority to provide oversight and take ownership of the proposed tunnel. The new body will be called the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority.Bellino said Enbridge, not taxpayers, will pay for 100 percent of the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the tunnel. Once the company reaches an agreement with the newly created Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority, the authority would own the tunnel and provide proper oversight, including a public, transparent process for ongoing operation of the tunnel.“The tunnel project will put people to work, protect our natural resources and heat Michigan homes and businesses – and taxpayers won’t pay a dime for the construction,” Bellino said. “This is a win-win-win for Michigan families, workers and businesses.”###
Al Jazeera-owned French sports broadcaster BeIN Sport has acquired the rights to the World handball championships for both men’s and women’s events for the 2015 and 2017 competitions.International Handball Federation president Hassan Moustafa and beIN Media Group CEO Nasser Al-Hhelaifi signed a deal at the IHF’s HQ in Bâle, Switzerland.beIN Sport will be responsible for TV production and international distribution of the competition.The men’s 2015 championship is set to take place in Qatar, while the women’s competition will take place in Denmark.The men’s 2017 competition will be held in France, while the women’s event will be held in Germany.The championship has until now been broadcast in France by Canal+.BeIN Sport already holds the rights to men’s and women’s Champions League handball for the 2012-13 season.Canal+ retains the rights to the French championship.
UK DTT platform Freeview is set to launch a new connected TV service, with support from four of the seven backers of existing rival YouView. The Freeview-branded service will launch in partnership with Digital UK – an organisation owned by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Arqiva – and is designed to make “the best of broadcast and on-demand TV available free for everyone.”The connected TV proposition will be developed and marketed as part of a five-year plan that will see Freeview offer broadcast and on-demand TV, along with “a range of popular catch-up players”.“The aim will be for manufacturers to launch a new range of connected Freeview HD televisions and boxes which consumers will be able to buy in store. People will be able to watch the service via their TV aerial and current broadband provider without being tied to a contract,” said Freeview and Digital UK.With the announcement, Freeview managing director Ilse Howling has been appointed as managing director of connected TV at Digital UK and will lead a new team dedicated to developing the product specification for the new service – in cooperation with manufacturers and industry bodies.At the same time, Freeview’s marketing communications director, Guy North, has taken over as managing director of Freeview. He will lead the team responsible for TV advertising and marketing campaigns for the Freeview brand and product portfolio.“I’m delighted to be joining Digital UK to lead development of the new connected service. The company is well placed to develop the next generation specification and work with the supply chain to support a new, mass market service to make connected TV available free, for everyone,” said Howling.Jonathan Thompson, Chief Executive of Digital UK, added: “This announcement marks a critical step in the next stage of the platform’s development, ensuring that it will remain as relevant, important and valued by viewers in the future as it is today.”Some industry watchers will see the move as a direct shot at YouView, which was originally conceived as a ‘next generation Freeview,’ but has had most of its uptake driven by the pay TV offerings of its two ISP partners, BT and TalkTalk – not from high street set-top sales.Though YouView’s seven shareholders – the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva – recently agreed to support the platform for at least five more years, the BBC Trust also called for the introduction of new specifications to loosen BT and TalkTalk’s grip on the platform.The BBC’s governing body said last month that YouView was still complying with the terms of its approval for the BBC’s involvement in the project, but said that “some areas of improvement” needed to be delivered as a condition for its continued support for the UK internet-connected TV service. The main condition was that YouView must “promptly” introduce new specifications to allow content providers to deliver content without being required to use BT or TalkTalk’s delivery network.