With uncertainty looming over how the state and federal budgets will affect local schools, school district officials said developing their own budgets will likely come down to the last minute.It’s not a new story for local school districts, which have had to compile and approve their budgets in the weeks following special overtime sessions in Olympia before. Districts are supposed to put out their budgets for public comment by July 10, with adoption in August. The 2015 legislative session broke a record for the longest in a year with three special sessions dragging work into July, and the session adjourned at the end of June in 2013. Both occasions left few days and limited staff working at district offices to complete school budgets.“There is a statutory need for the budget to be available by July 10, but they’ve kicked that down the road,” said Brett Blechschmidt, chief financial officer for Vancouver Public Schools. That district’s general fund budget was about $285 million this year.But there’s extra uncertainty this year as the state grapples with how to fully fund K-12 education under the 2012 McCleary decision, and administration changes at the federal level with the appointment of school choice advocate Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education.“It’s a very crazy time,” said Mike Merlino, chief operating officer for Evergreen Public Schools. Evergreen has a $329 million budget this year.If the state’s budget makes significant changes to the way schools are funded, that could pose fundamental changes to the way the district compiles its own budget, Merlino said. What if, for example, the Legislature opts to have districts develop their own salary schedules for teachers rather than a standardized state schedule? What if changes are made to the ways districts provide Time, Responsibility and Incentive Pay, time paid for teachers to work outside the classroom? And what if the state shrinks class sizes, forcing the district to hire with weeks before school starts?
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Consultations on Health & Agriculture launched Related Items:appropriations committee, blood test machine, hon. john phillips, interhealth canada, ministry of health Exercise Design Training Workshop 22nd – 26th February 2016 HOA Opens, slew of Health Bills on Agenda; Key questions to Border Control Minister Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Aug 2015 – Ministry of Health wants to tap into the contingency fund to buy a machine for the Blood Bank. During the Appropriations Committee meeting last week, it seems legislators on that Committee are poised to authorize the funding for the purchase of an immunoassay analyzer which will be set up in Providenciales and will be owned by the public. Currently, the Ministry of Health and Human Services says it is reliant upon and has access to the one blood testing machine at the TCI Hospitals ran by Interhealth Canada. Health officials are asking for $80,000 more in the health budget to buy the immunoassay machine. Among the questions put to the team from the Ministry making the request was one from Appropriations Committee member, Hon. John Philips who enquired about trained personnel; it was assured there is trained staff but that there would be a special session run on the specific machine when it is being installed after being purchased.
KUSI Newsroom Categories: California News, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 8:36 AM KUSI Newsroom, June 19, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Richard Rider, Chairman San Diego Tax Fighters joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss the new gas tax increase going into effect on July 1st.The increase will go from 41.7 cents to 47.3 cents per gallon, a 5.6 cent increase in the price of fuel. Posted: June 19, 2019 California’s latest gas tax increase goes into effect in July
ASA is aware of soybean storage issues around the country and that many growers are not harvesting their crop, leading to questions about eligibility for Market Facilitation Program payments.ASA has confirmed with FSA that MFP payments will be made on bushels that are mechanically harvested. Crops do not need to be stored in bins or a local elevator for farmers to estimate production. FSA will accept a producer’s record of bushels harvested. Also, severe quality loss is not a factor in determining eligibility for the payment, just the volume of production.Background:On August 27, USDA announced that, producers of soybeans and six other farm commodities with prices impacted by China’s 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans could apply for payments under the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). The initial payment of $1.65 per bushel for soybeans is available on one-half of 2018 production. Producers should not apply until they finish harvesting their crop. The deadline for applying for this initial payment is January 15, 2019. There will be no pro ration of payments based on the number or volume of total applications. One-half of every farmer’s 2018 production will receive the $1.65 payment.Eligible growers can apply in person at local USDA service centers, or download a PDF form here.USDA is expected to announce whether an MFP payment will be made on the second half of 2018 production by December 3. If a payment is made, producers who have already applied at FSA will not need to do so again.Please pass this information along to growers as you see fit.
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRaffle To Benefit Boston Children’s Hospital, In Honor Of Wilmington’s Ceili Kinneen, Set For Nov. 8 At TremezzoIn “Community”NEW RESTAURANT ALERT: Tremezzo Pizzeria To Open Soon In WilmingtonIn “Business”OBITUARY: Ceili Ann Kinneen, 12In “Obituaries” WILMINGTON, MA — In 2017, Wilmington 12-year-old Ceili Kinneen passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.To honor Ceili, her family is hosting a Music Bingo Night on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Tremezzo Ristorante (2 Lowell Street).“Together with friends, family and the community, we will celebrate the life of our sweet Ceili with three things she enjoyed so very much: love, laughter and music!,” said Kristen Wiercinski, Ceili’s aunt and one of the event’s organizers. “Our Music Bingo event will have several big music bingo games with fantastic prizes from local businesses as well as many raffles with wonderful items to win.”Tickets cost $35. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the One Mission Resource Room at Boston Children’s Hospital.“My brother and sister-in-law have requested that the funds raised go specifically to the One Mission Resource Room at Children’s,” added Wiercinski. “Their little family received compassionate care and support through the Resource Room when Ceili was a patient at Children’s and they would like to use this fundraiser as a way to give back to other families of sick children.”The One Mission Resource Room allocates funding to programs and services that help families to cope on a daily basis with the many emotional and financial challenges that childhood cancer brings. These include family-centered care initiatives that:Make the journey easier during treatment and hospitalization.Provide emotional support to patients, parents and siblings.Make the hospital experience less scary and stressful.Provide financial relief to families in need.Help to ease the daily toll of hospitalization.Bring smiles to the faces of sick children.If you cannot attend the fundraiser, but would like to support the One Mission Resource Room in honor of Ceili, make a donation to the CeiliStrong page HERE.Event organizers are also asking local businesses to consider making a prize donation to the event’s raffle table.“No donation would be considered too small as we endeavor to raise funds to support families faced with the unthinkable: the fear and uncertainty of childhood illness,” said Wiercinski.To purchase a ticket, make a donation, or ask a question, email Wiercinski at firstname.lastname@example.org.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.
By The Associated PressSNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Two teenage suspects, including one who is still being sought by police, are facing charges in connection with the fatal shooting of a Georgia police officer who was killed while responding to a suspicious vehicle parked near a school, authorities said Sunday.Authorities said they believe 18-year-old Tafahree Maynard fatally shot Officer Antwan Toney on Saturday afternoon in the Snellville area, Gwinnett County Police said in a statement. Maynard remained at large early Sunday and should be considered armed and dangerous, police said. He faces charges of aggravated assault and felony murder.This undated photo provided by the Gwinnett County Police Department on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 shows Officer Antwan Toney. On Saturday, Toney was killed after being shot while responding to a suspicious vehicle parked near a middle school. (Gwinnett County Police Department via AP)“Tafahree Maynard needs to turn himself in,” Gwinnett County Police Chief Butch Ayers said at a press conference.Police said Maynard wasn’t found in a house in the county that was searched Sunday evening. Reports said a SWAT team had deployed to the house but few details were provided.A second suspect, 19-year-old Isaiah Pretlow, was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly pointing a firearm at an officer during the pursuit after Toney’s fatal shooting, police said.These undated photos provided by Gwinnett County Police Dept. shows Isaiah Pretlow (l) and Tafahree Maynard (r). Authorities say the two suspects, including one still being sought by police, have been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Georgia police officer, Antwan Toney. (Gwinnett County Police Department via AP)Toney died at a hospital from his injuries, police said. The 30-year-old from Southern California had been with the Gwinnett County Police Department for nearly three years. It was his first police job.“The people that worked with Officer Toney on a daily basis recalled a very jovial person who was dedicated to his job and dedicated to his community,” Ayers said.Toney and other officers responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle near a school, police said. When the officers approached, someone in the vehicle opened fire and Toney was hit. Then the vehicle sped off.According to police, Pretlow drove the vehicle from the scene following the shooting, crashed a short distance away and fled along with other occupants. An officer who was searching the area later encountered Pretlow about 3 p.m. Pretlow pointed a gun at the officer, who fired shots. Pretlow was not hit and fled into a wooded area. He was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals about 11:30 p.m.The shooting happened near Shiloh Middle School, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Atlanta.___This story corrects typo from George to Georgia in 1st paragraph. Adds additional information about initial shooting. Changes headline and summary.
Sri M’s spiritual journey from a curious young Pathan to a yogi, has already been detailed in his autobiography titled- ‘Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master- a Yogi’s Autobiography’, as he continues to inspire people with his endeavour to achieve communal harmony. Born as Mumtaz Ali Khan in Kerala, Sri Madhukarnath began his spiritual journey at the age of 19 as he fled to the Himalayas. After the demise of his master, he started to share his experiences and knowledge with the mass. Sri M is married, has two children and spends his time teaching and heading Satsang Foundation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’You began your journey to become a Yogi at a very young age…I happen to be the only child of my parents who were Pathans following Islam in Kerala. Seeing me go in a different direction definitely upset them. Even though there were some problems, it did not escalate much… they understood me as they were educated people. Somehow I sailed through (laughs). I ran away from home at the age of 19, and wandered in the Himalayas for three years. I made no contact with my family, thinking that if they came to know of my existence, they might take me back! I had to face a lot of difficulty as at times I had to starve, or suffer otherwise. There was a time when people thought of me as a loafer. But whenever I entered an ashram, nobody objected because I belonged to a different religion, rather they were interested because I was serious about my journey… Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHow far did you undergo formal education?I went to one of the best schools in Thiruvananthapuram, and then I studied English at college. But before completing it, I ran away. At one point I realised that one can survive without any formal education, so I rolled all my degrees up and threw them into the Ganga at Uttar Kashi and I never went back looking for a duplicate copy. I have survived throughout without my degrees.Post your autobiography, are we expecting a new book based on the ‘Walk of Hope’? Yes, definitely. There are three books in the pipeline. I want to finish the second part of my autobiography where every chapter will be independent. I’ll write another book on Neurology and spiritual experience, based on my personal experiences and the research I have done on Psychiatry and Psychology. The third will surely be on the ‘padyatra’. It would not be a travelogue, but more like the journey of life.Unlike all the other spiritual guides you lead a different lifestyle, why?It is a need for the art that spiritual development goes simultaneously with a normal life. It was also Babaji’s (Mahavatar Babaji) wish that spiritual teachings should be for everyone. Besides I think it puts an end to a frank discussion when the concept of godman comes in. ‘Atmano mokshartham jagat hitaya cha’, ‘Moksha’, for the soul and welfare for the earth, this was what I have learned.What did you aim to achieve through this walk?One of our major objectives is communal unity, and I think I am qualified to talk about it as I have seen and studied many religions and their essence is not very different. Apart from that I feel very sorry when women are considered subordinates, or are discriminated. Swami Vivekananda said that any nation that discriminates against women cannot develop. I wanted to walk and disseminate these messages to the common people. We used to meet new people every day in the evening and discuss these matters with them to spread our objectives.How far do you think the walk has been successful?Only the seeds have been sown, it requires a lot of follow up. Now it is time for us to rest for a while. During this resting period, we’ll gather everyone involved, for a conference and have a brain-storming session on how to continue this and how to nourish the seeds we have sown. The walk has not ended, it has just started. When I die somebody has to take over. My wife and my children did not object to the walk. If they had not supported me emotionally, I couldn’t have done it.It was also beautiful to see how people from different religions welcomed us into different religious places without any disruption. Not a single Gurudwara, Mosque, Temple or Church stopped us. That gives us hope that there is communal harmony in the country. I refuse to believe that there are communal problems, it is a facade behind which there are vested interests and political compulsions.
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “I know that we’re capable of putting a lot better performance offensively,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said Thursday. “Our defense kept us in the game well into the third quarter.“And we didn’t carry our water.”No, they didn’t, and many of the team’s issues Sunday were similar to those it faced last season. Shaky play along the offensive line afforded the quarterback little time to make his reads, which then led to mistakes and missed opportunities. “You’ve got to do a better job of protecting the quarterback,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. “Because you know, when he’s protected, the ball gets delivered.”That quarterback, Carson Palmer, has completed 57.9 percent of his passes for 762 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions. Sunday’s effort in New Orleans was by far his worst of the young season, but his struggles have been attributed largely to the line’s inability to keep him upright.Goodwin believes if that can change, the offense can get back on track.But as Fitzgerald sees it, there are plenty of reasons why the offense has not quite fired on all cylinders. Top Stories If nothing else, the Arizona Cardinals were supposed to at least be improved on the offensive side of the ball.Last season, the team topped the 20-point mark just once over its final 12 games. Through the first two games of this season, it appeared the changes the team made at head coach and quarterback were paying off, as the Cardinals had scored 24 and 25 points, respectively.However, the Cardinals mustered just seven points in a Week 3 loss to the Saints. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “It’s blown assignments to missed blocks to occasional dropped passes,” he said. “It’s a lot of guys making mistakes, but it’s encouraging that there’s things we can clean up. It’s not something that you want to be discouraged about because I know we can improve on it.“We’re going to improve on it — we have to.”The Arizona Cardinals Broadcast Department contributed to this report Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
08Sep Rep. Poleski welcomes local lieutenant to Capitol for 9-11 ceremony Categories: News First Lt. Kyle Bowman (left), post commander of Jackson Michigan State Police joins state Rep. Earl Poleski (right) in the Capitol rotunda as his guest during the annual House of Representatives 9-11 Memorial Ceremony. House members invited first responders and members of the military from their communities to be their guests for the service. The ceremony included the ringing of a fire bell for those who died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2015 throughout Michigan. “I’m incredibly thankful for the first responders in our community,” said Rep. Poleski, R-Jackson. “Lt. Bowman and his department deserve to be recognized for their selfless service.”State Rep. Earl Poleski (center) introduces First Lt. Kyle Bowman (left) to House Speaker Kevin Cotter (right) prior to the House of Representatives’ annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on Thursday.###
30Apr Rep. Whiteford: Michigan must learn from Nassar case Plan establishes clear guidelines for sensitive medical treatmentsState Rep. Mary Whiteford, right, testifies before the House Judiciary Committee in support of her plan to better protect patients who receive sensitive medical procedures. She is joined by state Rep. LaTanya Garrett (D-Detroit).State Rep. Mary Whiteford today testified before the House Judiciary Committee, saying Michigan’s laws must be updated to fix deficiencies brought to light during the House’s inquiry into the handling of the Larry Nassar sexual assault case at Michigan State University.A plan introduced by Whiteford, a registered nurse from Allegan County’s Casco Township, would establish clear standards for sensitive medical procedures.“We can’t fix the awful things that happened to the survivors in the Larry Nassar case, but we can learn from this horrible situation and make policy changes to better protect the people of Michigan,” Whiteford said. “We must work together to improve patient safety and ensure our citizens are properly cared for when they seek the help of medical professionals.”Whiteford said the House’s 2018 inquiry found that medical records were never kept for many of Nassar’s “treatments” and numerous records that were kept lacked any reference to the sensitive nature of the treatments. Additionally, no polices were in place to prohibit such conduct.Whiteford’s plan would:Require state medical boards to establish guidance material on treatments involving vaginal or anal penetration, and make the information available to the public;Require medical treatments involving vaginal or anal penetration to be referenced on the patient’s medical record;Require all medical records that reference vaginal or anal penetration to be retained for at least 15 years; andRequire health care facilities to preserve a patient’s medical record for at least 15 years if the patient files a sexual misconduct complaint against an employee.“This solution will set very clear standards so the medical community, as well as patients and their families, know what procedures are acceptable,” Whiteford said. “It will also ensure sensitive medical procedures are thoroughly documented in case clarification is needed in the future.”The plan has bipartisan support, with a large number of both Republicans and Democrats co-sponsoring the legislation.House Bill 4370 remains under consideration by the House Judiciary Committee.### Categories: Whiteford News
South Africa-based pay TV content provider M-Net has named Mandy Roger as sales and business development manager.Roger, who will be responsible for sales across all platforms as well as pushing new business development and strategy in new ventures including formats and channel sales, was previously senior sales executive covering UK and Ireland TV sales with BBC Worldwide.
BBC America has signed a deal with Twitter to offer branded videos on the site, tied-in with its entertainment series. Announcing the agreement on Twitter, BBC America, which is the US home to many popular BBC shows like Top Gear and Doctor Who said that through the deal it would offer the first “in-Tweet branded video synced to entertainment TV series.”No other details were given, though the news follows reports a report earlier this week, claiming that Twitter close to signing deals with TV networks in a bid to bring more TV content and clips to the site.According to a Bloomberg report, the social network has also held talks with Viacom about hosting clips on its site and selling ads alongside them, and held content partnership discussions with NBCUniversal.
News channel France 24 is now available on digital-terrestrial TV in Tanzania following a distribution deal with local operator Sahara Media.The English version of the French international news channel is available as part of Sahara Media’s Continental offering, comprising seven national and four international TV channels.The service is currently available to households subscribing to the service in the cities of Dar es Salaam and Mwanza and will be available nationwide in the coming weeks.France 24 is already available to Tanzanian viewers via the Star Times terrestrial pay TV service and Zuku satellite service. The French version can be received as part of the MultiChoice Africa satellite offering.
Olivier LaouchezTrace, the French youth-focused thematic channel provider, is to launch a new personalised, interactive streaming music service, MyTrace, and a mobile phone brand.The music service will launch, initially in France, in the autumn and will be rolled out to other territories thereafter.The new mobile service, Trace Mobile, is a branded mobile phone service that will initially be available in Africa. The company is making significant investments in the continent – Laouchez himself has been based in Johannesburg for about a year – and will launch the first Trace Africa Music Awards in Libreville, Gabon on December 11 as well as a mobile song contest that invites young people to record songs over a mobile connection, with the winner to be given a recording contract with Universal Music.Trace CEO Olivier Laouchez told DTVE that MyTrace would be a “personalised music service” with a subscription-based revenue model that will be rolled out on a range of connected devices, both in partnership with service providers and direct to consumer via iOS and Android apps.Laouchez said the service would be something between a streaming and an on-demand service. MyTrace will learn what music users like and don’t like and allow them to choose the genre of music they prefer. It will also allow users to create playlists, skip between tracks, link to their Facebook accounts and set a preference for how much “surprise” content will be streamed to them.“It will work on all connected devices – TVs, tablets, mobile phones, games consoles and PCs – but given that it requires a lot of bandwidth, we have also created an audio-only version that just shows a picture of the artist,” said Laouchez.Trace, which operates the Trace Urban music channel, has access to Universal Music’s catalogue for the service. According Laouchez, MyTrace will deliver music across different genres, not only urban music.MyTrace will be a paid for service, with subscriptions expected to be between €4-5 a month, giving access for up to five users. “We don’t believe the advertising supported model is strong enough,” said Laouchez. He said Trace did not intend to compete with the likes of Deezer or Spotify. The service will initially be available in France in partnership with cable operator Numericable. However, Trace also plans to offer it as a direct-to-consumer proposition.MyTrace will be launched in partnership with technology company Fair Play Interactive, which will power the service. In 2009, Fair Play Interactive was responsible for the launch of Zoond on the Numericable platform, an earlier iteration of the personalised music channel concept that shared much of the functionality of MyTrace.Numericable will launch the service in September or October, said Laouchez, who added that he had received “about 40 expressions of interest” from other players in territories as far afield as Germany, India and the US.No timeframe has been fixed for the direct-to-consumer launch as yet, which the launch schedule likely to be dependent on a number of factors, including the availability of rights.Laouchez said Trace was also making significant investments in Africa, which it saw as a strong growth market.In December the group will launch the first Trace African Music Awards in Libreville, Gabon. Trace is also launching Trace Mobile, a branded mobile phone service in partnership with local operators, initially in South African with plans to roll out across the rest of the continent and then elsewhere.“Mobile in Africa is the number one way to get access to content and internet connectivity,” he said. Mobile operators will be given the opportunity to license Trace’s brand to sell services on the basis of a revenue-sharing deal. “Mobile operators will use our content to reach a youthful audience and bundle telecom services with added value services.” These added value services could include, for example, the audio version of MyTrace.Trace is kicking off its mobile drive with the launch of a ‘mobile song competition’ in partnership with South Africa’s number three mobile operator Cell C. Entrants can record a song using their mobile phones and the winner will be awarded a recording contract in partnership with Universal Music.Laouchez said he expected Trace Group’s revenue base to change as its mobile activities ramped up. He said he expected mobile operations to represent up to one third of the group’s revenue within the next three years.Separately, Trace is rebranding its flagship sports channel as Trace Sport Stars to convey more accurately that the channel is about sports celebrities and lifestyle rather than a sports events channel.Laouchez said Trace’s new activities were currently being funded out of existing revenues. However he said that the company was also open to discussion with potential strategic and financial investors to support its growth in the future.“We are now starting some preliminary discussions with partners who have expressed interest in accelerating the growth of Trace but it’s at an early stage,” he said.
Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Slovakia is adding two new music channels to its line-up.The operator has added music channel Šláger TV, which airs folk songs and brass band music from the Czech Republic and Slovakia. A second channel featuring Czech favourites will be added from today.Today also sees the withdrawal of ESPN America from UPC Slovakia, following ESPN’s decision to wind down its international business.
Thomas StaggsThomas Staggs has been named COO of The Walt Disney Company, positioning him as likely successor to incumbent Bob Iger.Staggs assumes the role while retaining his post as Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman until a replacement is found.The move means he is know perfectly positioned to succeed Iger in mid-2018, when his current contract expires and he retires, as has been widely tipped.It also throws a question mark over the future of Disney CFO Jay Rasulo, who has also been mentioned as potential heir to Iger.Disney’s senior management – with the exception of Rasulo, its general counsel, chief communications officer and HR boss – will now jointly report to Iger and Staggs.Staggs joined Disney in 1990, and rose through the ranks to run the theme parks business having previously been senior executive VP and CFO of the wider group.He is credited with playing key roles in the acquisitions of Capital Cities/ABC, Pixar Animation Studios and Marvel Entertainment.“Tom is an incredibly experienced, talented and versatile executive who has led Parks and Resorts during a time of unprecedented growth and expansion, including the construction of Shanghai Disney Resort,” said Iger.“His proven ability to lead a business as well as his successful tenure as Disney’s former CFO make him an ideal chief operating officer, expanding his portfolio into all the company’s businesses.”
Arris is working with The Weather Channel in the US to deliver its Local Now streaming service to Sling TV customers.The over-the-top Local Now service offers personalised weather, news, traffic and sports information based on a subscriber’s location and will be available to all of Sling TV’s ‘Best of Live TV’ customers at no additional cost.Arris Global Services will provide end-to-end management of the service – from design to integration, test validation, deployment, customized HTML software development, and managed services.“We’re pleased we were able to work with Arris to bring this service to life in an easy-to-use application that we can deploy quickly on a variety of platforms and mobile devices,” said John Menzies, vice-president, local systems development at The Weather Channel.
Netgem has agreed global deals with Wuaki and Hopster, offering the over-the-top services to telecoms operators as part of its network of channels and content.With the agreements, consumers will be able to rent or buy films and TV shows through Wuaki.tv on a pay-as-you-go basis via Netgem’s telco TV offering.The deal with kids OTT service Hopster marks an extension of its partnership with Netgem, which will now be able to supply the Hopster programme globally.“By establishing international partnerships with world-class content owners like Wuaki.tv and Hopster, we are establishing a first class platform that enables telecoms providers to launch TV services with ease, and without the worry of having to source their own content partnerships, therefore drastically reducing their time and cost to launch a multiscreen HTML 5 service,” said Netgem Europe managing-director, Sylvain Thevenot.
US pubcaster PBS is launching a US-wide PBS Kids channel for the first time.The free service will feature 24/7 kids content including Bob the Builder, Caillou, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Dinosaur Train, Ready Jet Go!, Sesame Street, Thomas & Friends and Wild Kratts.Currently, PBS kids programming is shown throughout the US in a daytime block on the main PBS channel.“As the only free national 24/7 kids’ TV service in the U.S., the PBS Kids channel will be a game changer for all families – especially our nation’s most underserved, many of whom do not attend preschool and rely solely on over-the-air television for media content,” said PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger.Other announcements made at PBS’s TCA winter tour event included the commission of special Beyond a Year in Space, which is coproduced with Time Inc. and follows on from A Year in Space. Both are adapted from mag publisher Time’s digital video series following astronaut Scott Kelly’s 12-month stay on the International Space Station, and what itwill take to send humans to Mars.Meanwhile, PBS has come onboard upcoming BBC One six-part drama Press.The series – from Deep Indigo, Lookout Point and BBC Studios – will premiere on the PBS Masterpiece strand after a deal with BBC Worldwide, with PBS’s Rebecca Eaton now an executive producer.Press is set in the world of contemporary newspapers, incorporating elements of the British phone hacking scandal that brought down News Corp’s bid to buy Sky in 2011, the 24-hour news cycle, and the industry’s battle with digital migration.Mike Bartlett wrote the scripts, with Nigel Stafford-Clark developing it for TV and now executive-producing alongside Eaton, Lookout Point’s Faith Penhale, and BBC Studios’ Bethan Jones.PBS is also working with Tangled Bank Studios to produce The Farthest (WT), a two-hour doc about the success of the NASAVoyager mission, which began 40 years ago this August.
UK public broadcaster the BBC wants its flagship network, BBC One, to have a “demonstrably broader range of genres in peak time” than its rivals.The pledge was one of a number the BBC made yesterday in its Annual Plan, with the most notable takeaway being the extra £34 million handed to BBC Children’s over the next three years.Though the channel already targets the mass market, the BBC plans for it to include more talent “from every genre”. It wants to be the top broadcaster for 16-34s in the UK.“BBC One’s role is more important than ever in reaching out to audiences who consume BBC content and services the least,” the BBC said in its report. “It will continue to connect with young and diverse audiences, opening up more space in the schedule for programming that appeals to them and with talent that reflects them.”Meanwhile, online-only channel BBC Three, will see “more than 90% of long-form commissions” coming from the UK. The plan is for the network to reach 5-10% of 16-34s a week (using a monthly average).Around 25% of long-form shows will be factual-focused, while around five new comedies will be commissioned in order to break new talent and form a “substantial scripted” slate.BBC One will also continue to include arts and music content this year, with some of the 45 dedicated hours coming in primetime. There will also continue to be new, original programmes in daytime, which has seen significant cuts to other BBC channels.Around 75% of BBC One’s output is original UK programming, with that figure rising to 90% in peak. this equates to 4,000 hours of originals overall.Meanwhile, the BBC is lining up a landmark natural history season, Civilisations.This will comprise a nine-part series on BBC Two about masterworks of great beauty throughout the ages presented by classicist Mary Beard, historian and writer David Olusoga and art historian Simon Schama.There will also be an accompanying Uncivilised season on BBC Four that documents barbarism within those cultures.The BBC has been wrestling with how to react to the threat of subscription VOD services and industry-wider ratings dips, and has put in place many of its latest plans in response.“While we respond to these strategic challenges, we must not lose sight of the simple aim of the BBC – to make great programmes and services,” he said, “so 2017/18 will also be a year of high creativity and distinctive output.