Prime Minister visits Antiquities Monuments and Museum Corporation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 22, 2017 – Nassau – The construction and/or renovation of a National Museum of The Bahamas has tremendous potential in terms of not only preserving the country’s history for future generations of Bahamians, but also in generating job and wealth creation opportunities for Bahamians of all walks of life, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis said Wednesday.Just last week, the Prime Minister proposed the construction of a National Museum of The Bahamas not only for the benefit of Bahamians, but also as a heritage experience for tourists. The Prime Minister said the construction of a National Museum of The Bahamas would reap great dividends for the country.On Wednesday (June 21), Prime Minister Minnis said whether the National Museum of The Bahamas will be constructed as a free-standing facility or through the renovation of existing space at “Centreville” (where the Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation is currently located in the old Ministry of Education Headquarters Compound on Shirley Street and Collins Avenue) is a matter that will be up for discussion with officials at the Corporation which is headed by Dr. Keith Tinker, Ph.D., Director of the National Museum of The Bahamas, the Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation (AMMC).“The Bahamas has great potential in terms of our history and our historic sites and we have to grasp the opportunity,” Prime Minister Minnis said. “It’s unfortunate they (Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation) do not have a proper museum within which to display that history. That must be dealt with as we move forward because Bahamians are losing a lot of their history.“We must see to it that a proper museum is either constructed or renovated in order to give Bahamians and visitors alike an opportunity to see these artifacts being displayed properly so that they will be able to get a glimpse into our great Bahamian history.“Whether we will construct a free standing museum or renovate what is here now, is a discussion they and I will have going forward, but the bottom line is we must have a proper museum to display the various artifacts found within The Bahamas – plus its an excellent attraction for both tourists and residents.”Prime Minister Minnis made his comments while visiting facilities at the site of the Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation. The tour was part of the Prime Minister’s ongoing familiarization visits to government corporations, ministries and departments that fall under the purview of the Office of the Prime Minister.Prime Minister Minnis’ most recent visit was to the Department of Lands and Surveys. Officials there say it was the first time a Minister at any level had visited the Department in almost thirty years. As with all of his previous familiarization visits, the Prime Minister was accompanied by Mr. Jack Thompson, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister.“I am an ardent believer in culture. I think it has a great role to play in terms of attracting cruise and airlift tourists to our shores and expanding economic opportunities for Bahamians while also increasing revenue,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“Ours is a richly textured culture. Our history, music, food, dance, art, craft and our folkways are distinctly different. We must fully capitalize on our culture and heritage to add a more vibrant visitor experience.”Prime Minister Minis said twenty-first century travelers are seeking more than the proverbial sun, sand and sea experience.“They travel in search of unique and authentic experiences. The Bahamas has a rich culture that can provide those experiences and should be tapped into to generate additional tourism revenue.”Prime Minister Minnis encouraged executives at the Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation to develop a Master Plan for the development of the National Museum of The Bahamas – one that would allow for job and wealth creation for a larger number of Bahamians.“Government obviously does not have all of the necessary resources to do certain things and I am an ardent believer in privatization because through privatization you expand wealth,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“When I say privatize, I am not suggesting privatizing to any select group, but the kind of privatization that will create wealth and expand wealth to give everybody an opportunity. Individuals can have great ideas, but not necessarily the resources. Government’s responsibility should be to create opportunities for them so that you can create wealth, but not confine it (wealth) to one location. If you do that with the multiple forts that we have for example, then you would be surprised at the amount of jobs you create, the amount of opportunities you create and that’s the type of privatization I prefer, the kind that expands wealth and create job opportunities for more Bahamians,” Prime Minister Minnis added.Press Release: BIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

USS Carl Vinson to return to San Diego after successful threemonth deployment

first_img 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 Settings April 12, 2018 Updated: 9:53 AM Posted: April 12, 2018 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) — Sailors from aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) are scheduled to return to Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, April 12, after a successful three-month deployment.During the deployment, more than 5,000 Sailors from Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 conducted routine operations in the Indo-Pacific to maintain security and stability in the region.Carl Vinson visited Guam, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The visit to Vietnam was the first by a U.S. aircraft carrier in more than 40 years resulting in strengthened bilateral ties.Sailors will greet awaiting family members and friends upon their return. Ed Lenderman USS Carl Vinson to return to San Diego after successful three-month deployment Ed Lenderman, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: USS Carl Vinson FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_img May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend 32 Photos Comments Review • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 review Enlarge ImageSomething tells me this wouldn’t pass a NHTSA crash test. Andrew Krok/Roadshow Two years ago, Chevrolet unveiled a life-size Lego Batmobile to help celebrate The Lego Batman Movie’s debut. Now, with another Lego movie on the horizon, Chevy’s back to its old tricks, but with a decidedly trucky twist.Chevrolet kicked off the 2019 Detroit Auto Show’s public days with the debut of a full-scale 2019 Chevy Silverado made of Lego. Cheyv also brought the plastic truck to the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, giving even more Midwesterners a chance to see it. Meant to commemorate the forthcoming launch of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, it’s just as wild as the Batmobile was, but it’s a little more relevant to everyday life.Building the model required the help of 18 Lego Master Builders. Over the course of 2,000 hours, the group assembled the 334,544 pieces required to make this 1:1-scale plastic truck in Connecticut. And while the plastic itself is cool, it also sports working lights, which is a nice touch. Detroit Auto Show 2019 Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better reading • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago Tags Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show • See All More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Trucks Car Culture Chevy’s 1:1 Lego Silverado is more brickup than pickup 4 The full model weighs 3,307 pounds, which is actually about 1,000 pounds less than the real thing. It’s a full 6 feet tall, 20 feet long and 8 feet wide. According to the automaker, the most common brick used in the truck is the 2×8 stud brick in red. The video above shows a time-lapse of the model’s construction, showcasing the kind of effort required to build such a model. It’s probably still fun, but it’s also hard work.Of course, there’s a deeper tie-in than just having fun with bricks. There will be a special “mini-build” of the 2019 Silverado High Country in the forthcoming movie, which opens in theaters on Feb. 8. Detroit Auto Show 2019 Chevrolet Share your voice Preview • 2019 Chevy Silverado: Tougher, lighter, techier More about 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Chevrolet Legolast_img read more

first_img Lego’s weirdest new robots are heading to schools It’s compatible with Lego Boost, Lego Technic sets and classic Lego pieces, but not with Lego’s previous Mindstorms accessories. Lego Mindstorms EV3 is remaining alongside Lego Spike Prime in Lego Education’s lineup, and looks like it’s aiming more at the high school crowd, while Lego Spike Prime could bridge to that higher-end projects.spike-lifestyle-1hy2019-45678-10Lego Spike Prime will work with Scratch, and support Python by end of year. Lego Education The Spike Prime set is created specifically for grades six to eight. It uses an app that uses visual Scratch programming and aims to adopt the Python programming language by the end of the year, according to Lego Education executives.The robots made by Spike Prime look cute, and Lego Boost-like, but not necessarily as complicated as some Mindstorm one’s called the Break Dance Model. Lego Education The central processing hub that drives the Lego Spike Prime robotics creations has six input and output ports, and connects with sensors including an RGB color and light sensor, a force-sensitive touch sensor, and an ultrasonic distance sensor for measurement and navigation. The hub also has a six-axis accelerometer and gyroscope, a speaker and a 5×5 LED screen. The hub has a 100MHz M4 320 KB RAM 1M FLASH processor.Lego Education already has competition in the school STEAM space, including Sphero (whose expandable RVR robot is arriving later this year), and LittleBits, which already has plenty of kits. The company behind the kid-safe plastic-printing 3Doodler pen is also making a big education push this year to incorporate the product into more school lesson plans. Could Spike Prime be a hint of a future Lego Boost kit? It certainly looks like it could be the inspiration for a future Boost sequel. Lego’s only targeting schools with this product, though, not homes. Could there eventually be a home crossover component, or is Boost meant to be that kit already? We’ll follow up with more impressions from Lego Education’s New York press event later today. CNET’s Bridget Carey contributed to this report. Tags 1:36 0 Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Steam Robots Lego Toys and Tabletop Games This robot’s called “The Coach.” Lego Education Colorful dancing robot men and weird Lego robot creatures are coming… but not to Lego stores. Lego Education’s new Spike Prime is a kit aimed at classrooms looking to incorporate Lego into lesson plans, targeting kids aged 11 to 14. The new STEAM robotics kit was announced today at an event in New York City.Lego Mindstorms have been around for years. The Mindstorms EV3 robotics kit remains a staple of many learning centers and robotics classrooms. Lego’s newest kit looks more like Lego Boost, a programmable kit that aimed to win over families in 2017 and was compatible with regular Lego bricks. Share your voicelast_img read more

Will Smith Shares YouTube Video of His First Bungee Jump Leading Up

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Will Smith is looking to conquer his fears with his much-hyped bungee jump over the Grand Canyon next week — all to benefit an educational charity.Before he officially accepted the Grand Canyon challenge, Smith and his crew last year traveled to Africa’s Victoria Falls, the famous 355-foot waterfall in Zimbabwe, for his first-ever bungee jump. On Thursday, the actor-comedian-rapper shared a video documenting the experience (at this link), which involved towels being wrapped around his ankles.“You know, you say ‘yes’ to things long before you actually know what they are,” Smith says in the video. He also rode a motorcycle for the first time as part of gearing up for “The Jump.”“Will Smith: The Jump” will take place on Sept. 25, the actor’s 50th birthday, and will be live-streamed on his YouTube channel. He’s doing the stunt to raise awareness and donations for international advocacy organization Global Citizen’s education campaigns, through a contest in which one winning fan and a guest will attend “The Jump” in person with him next Tuesday.center_img How did Smith, an action-movie star on the big screen, end up starring in the real-life daredevil stunt? The story is that the creators behind YouTube channel Yes Theory challenged Smith to bungee jump from a helicopter. He accepted on the condition that the jump be done for charity.The Yes Theory guys — Matt Dajer, Thomas Brag, and Ammar Kandil, who met at Canada’s McGill U. — started the YouTube channel as a way to challenge themselves (and viewers) to get out of their comfort zones. Previously, the trio had teamed with Elisabeth Murdoch’s Vertical Networks in 2015 to host a show on Snapchat Discover, and four other series. Since Smith accepted their challenge, Yes Theory has been promoting the Grand Canyon jump. The channel last month invited people to submit videos about their fears and to take the pledge to overcome it by running one mile; Yes Theory received more than 27,000 submissions and the resulting video compilation has more than 500,000 views.Details of the timing for YouTube’s “Will Smith: The Jump” live-stream on Sept. 25 have yet to be released. Smith’s Westbrook Entertainment will produce the live stream in conjunction with Fly on the Wall Entertainment.Smith launched his YouTube channel in December 2017 and has amassed nearly 3.4 million subscribers to date.Watch Smith’s first bungee jump, over Victoria Falls:last_img read more

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first_img by Rogers Media Posted Jul 20, 2018 7:55 am PDT Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is a familiar cartoon face to at least two generations of The Simpsons’ viewers. But some believe the South Asian Kwik-E-Mart owner is reinforcing cultural stereotypes that are more hurtful than they are funny.Simpsons creator Matt Groening says that wasn’t the show’s intention, but how much does that matter? It can seem difficult to find the line separating comedy from offensive stereotypes, but is it lazy to think that way? Will Simpsons fans ignore the issues? Or is it time to find a new punch line?Sadiya Ansari covers issues of race, representation and stereotyping in popular culture for a number of publications. In today’s “Big Story” podcast, she offers a fresh perspective on an aging character.Growing up, she was a Simpsons fan.“I watched it as a kid because it was one of the ‘bad shows’ we could watch with our parents, not really noticing — they just thought it was a cartoon,” she says.“I’m South Asian,” she notes. “I remember thinking as a kid, it was distasteful. I think as I grew older, it became more and more distasteful. I think that’s probably one of the reasons I stopped watching it. I think I found it to be grating. I mean, a lot of things about The Simpsons are grating, and they can be fun for awhile — and then they’re not. So, I feel like it was part of the reason I stopped watching.”You can hear the full episode and subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also hear it online at Related Stories The Big Story: When everything goes to HelsinkiThe Big Story: Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. What’s happening to Star Wars?The Big Story: The wheels come off in the West simpsons|The Big Story The Big Story: How do you defend a 30-year-old stereotype? Matt Groening’s trying THE SIMPSONS, l-r: Homer Simpson, Marge Simpson, Manjula, Apu Nahasapeemapetlion in ‘Much Apu About Something’ (Season 27, Episode 12, aired January 17, 2016). TM and Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved./courtesy Everett Collection AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Laiki bondholders hold protest

first_imgBank bondholders protested the loss of their assets during the banking on Friday morning following what they perceived to be the preferential treatment shown to the President of the supreme court Myron Nicolatos whose sister and daughter got out-of-court settlements with Bank of Cyprus.The bondholders assembled at the BoC HQ first, which is adjacent to the central bank, before taking their protest outside the supreme court.They held signs that said ‘They stole from us, they destroyed us’ and ‘The Bank of Cyprus is guilty’.“In this country, we have abolished everything,” demonstrators said in a statement, adding that some government institutions, unfortunately, instead of correcting wrongdoings they seemed to allow and encourage improprieties.The association called on the government to protect its citizens.“We are focusing on the thieves of halloumi and leaving the thieves of billions at large, and in the worst cases the state did not even try to find out who is guilty and bring them to justice,” bondholders said.They also said those who were guilty were not found and punished. No investigation was carried out and what was left of Laiki’s assets were destroyed.Laiki Bank, the island’s second largest, was shuttered in 2013 as part of the island’s bailout. BoC seized 47 per cent of customer deposits over €100,000 to recapitalise.“Six years later, we are still looking for ways not to repay the ones we robbed but to throw them bones to keep them quiet,” the statement said.Recently, the statement added, the last stronghold of democracy, that of justice, seems about to collapse in a reference to nepotism allegations against supreme court judges.Laiki depositors and bank bondholders whose investments were wiped out in the 2013 bail-in have since asked for compensation.The March 2013 events saw the loss of €7.7bn in deposits (amounts over €100,000). In addition, anywhere from €1.2bn to €1.5bn in contingent securities were converted into equity (bank shares) of practically zero worth.  You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Daley will be making annual March is Reading Month visits to local

first_img03Mar Daley will be making annual ‘March is Reading Month’ visits to local schools Categories: News Lawmaker to once again promote March is Reading MonthState Rep. Kevin Daley will read to students in area schools to promote March is Reading Month in the coming weeks.“This is one of the more rewarding parts of this job, as I not only get to promote education and reading, but it is just plain fun to visit schools and students in our area,” said Daley, R-Lum. “The kids always ask such good questions, and it gives me an opportunity to explain to them what I do as an elected official and tell them a little bit about how state government works.”Local teachers and schools are encouraged to contact Daley if they would like him to visit their school. To contact Daley at his Lansing office, call 1-517-373-1800, or e-mail read more

Rep Bellino welcomes input at upcoming monthly coffee hours

first_img Categories: Bellino News,News 03Oct Rep. Bellino welcomes input at upcoming monthly coffee hours State Rep. Joe Bellino has announced his latest monthly coffee hour schedule, which will take place on Monday, Oct. 22.Bellino, of Monroe, will meet with residents one-on-one if they wish to share comments or concerns at the following times and locations:• 9-10 a.m. at Tim Hortons of Monroe, 404 S. Monroe St., Monroe; and• 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Biggby Coffee, 26614 Telegraph Road, Flat Rock.“Talking with the people I represent allows me to hear their concerns or ideas and better understand the issues they want addressed in Lansing,” Bellino said.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend during the scheduled times may send their questions and ideas to Bellino via email at or by calling his office at 517-373-1530.last_img read more

A Bad Bargain in Baltimore HUDs RAD Plan for Public Housing Challenges

first_imgShare7TweetShare16Email23 SharesJune 1, 2015; WYPR, Baltimore National Public RadioHUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program was primarily created to permit local Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) to gain access to private capital for rehabilitation or reconstruction of old public housing units. But some believe that although it has been established to answer one set of problems, it may create and intensify others. As a report from WYPR public radio states, “RAD’s proponents say it will bring a long-overdue investment from private developers into under-funded public housing in poor neighborhoods. But critics say it will let private businesses control a federal program that should remain just that—publicly funded.”The WYPR story, “After 80 Years Of Public Housing, The State Of Low Income Housing In Baltimore,” accurately captures the dilemma: Capital improvement funding from Congress has not kept pace with the rehabilitation needs in public housing that have been created by years of neglect and mismanagement. Instead of investing more public money, this program encourages the use of private development capital. HUD states that this makes the program “cost neutral” for the government. For tenants, the change is kind of like going from a defined benefit pension to a defined contribution (403b) pension. The tenant who is used to the stability of public housing sees new uncertainties.Anti-RAD activists in Baltimore and around the country focus on fears of a loss of affordability and increased scrutiny at the point of screening, which will eliminate housing opportunities for many who formerly qualified. (These same concerns were noted in a previous NPQ newswire, “New Public Housing In New Orleans Touches Local Lives and National Policies.”) Beneath those specifics lies a historic memory that goes back as far as the treatment of Native Americans by Western European settlers and continues through the federal urban renewal policies of the 1950s, which were frequently reviled as “Negro removal.” Assistant Professor Lawrence Brown of Morgan State calls the land that the public housing sits upon “a gold mine” of potential gentrification.Stability is key for renters everywhere in the U.S. With few exceptions, the watchword in conventional rental housing is, “If you don’t like it, move” but tenants in federally assisted housing have more protections. Federally assisted tenants have a “no cut” lease based on the principle of “just cause” termination. In other words, if you pay your rent and follow the rules, your federally assisted ease continues indefinitely. Public housing offers an additional layer of security because PHAs are locally governed with additional tenant protections, including a formal “due process” grievance procedure and other regulatory protections. The civil service mentality of public housing officials is often in sharp contrast with the private enterprise mentality of real estate developers, even those who receive federal subsidies.Stories like the plight of the tenants at Hampshire Park Towers in Takoma Park, Maryland fuel the sense that privately subsidized rental housing is just not secure. Household stability is why people who are over the income threshold sometimes cling to their public housing units. But, the argument goes, the social costs of this household stability are racial and economic segregation and “multigenerational poverty.”Reducing residential segregation is the thrust of many new HUD initiatives. Public housing is part of the “architecture of segregation” described in a New York Times editorial this past weekend:As things stand now, federally subsidized housing for low-income citizens, which seems on its face to be a good thing, is disproportionately built in poor areas offering no work, underperforming schools and limited opportunity. Zoning laws in newer suburbs that rest on and benefit from infrastructure built with public subsidies prevent poor, moderate-income and minority families from moving in. Discriminatory practices exclude even higher income minority citizens from some communities.RAD comes into this culture of public housing stability with new regulations, new players (private developers and their management company), and new neighbors. In its several iterations of this program concept, HUD has fine-tuned the protections to reassure tenants. One example of such bridging is that tenants in a RAD project have the rights both of tenants in federally-assisted private housing and the traditional rights of tenants in public housing. Some of the voices in the WYPR story illustrate this bridging between a traditional Resident Advisory Board (a regulated tenant organization) and the more freewheeling advocacy efforts of the Right to Housing Alliance. In traditional public housing, there’s no room for input from any residents outside of the formal Resident Advisory councils.Here’s the tradeoff for tenants: better conditions in new or rehabilitated units and new amenities, but maybe less security if Congress backs away from supporting Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contracts that will finance the new RAD subsidies. Could that happen? Yes. The reality is that Congress can fail to provide funding for these contracts. The current funding levels for HUD HAP contacts may not be adequate to renew all the current contracts. HUD’s spin on this issue is, “In RAD, units move to a Section 8 platform with a long-term contract that, by law, must be renewed. This ensures that the units remain permanently affordable to low-income households.”In some places, RAD may also bring the hope for real mobility because RAD permits developers to choose either project-based rental assistance (subsidy tied to the unit) or project-based vouchers (subsidy that moves with the tenant after a specified period of time).Is this coming to a city near you? Transforming the public housing model from “social housing” to “free enterprise” is not just a Baltimore issue and not just the “demonstration” the name suggests. In Fiscal 2015, Congress raised the RAD program cap of 60,000 to 185,000 units, which is more than enough to fund all the applications in the pipeline.We would love to hear from readers on this trade-off.—Spencer WellsShare7TweetShare16Email23 Shareslast_img read more

Utah to Allow Schools to Hire Unlicensed Teachers

first_imgShare39TweetShareEmail39 SharesAugust 15, 2016, Washington PostCritics of shortened teacher training—the outcomes of which have been dicey at best—will likely be alarmed by a new Utah initiative approved by the state board of education in June. The state’s school districts and charter schools may now hire teachers without any teacher training at all.This policy was created to recruit non-teachers into education and fill Utah’s public school vacancies—a tough task, as Utah’s Office of Education says that 42 percent of new teachers quit within their first five years, while enrollment has increased by nearly 10 percent. The state Office of Education has made clear its intention to analyze the causes of the profession’s high turnover with the help of external researchers. Some teachers say that the reasons behind teachers leaving are no mystery, with low pay and high-stakes testing placing stress on those in an already stressful profession.The new licensing route, called the Academic Pathway to Teaching, allows any individual with a bachelor’s degree who passes the state’s content knowledge test to receive a teaching license valid for three years. Upon hiring, the new teacher must be mentored by a veteran teacher, complete a support program, and teach for three years before upgrading his or her teaching license.Utah isn’t the only state to recruit non-teaching professionals into public schools; nearly every state offers some type of non-traditional pathway to licensure. In Ohio, for example, a bachelor’s degree–holder can earn the state’s Alternative Resident Educator license, which allows a new teacher to teach specific subjects under a temporary license, after passing a test, earning 25 hours of field experience and completing an academic training course. New York offers a temporary license after a 200 clock-hour course, two certification tests and 40 field hours.Utah’s temporary license differs from these alternate pathways in that it requires no pedagogical coursework or field hours prior to placement in the classroom. However, the state isn’t alone in allowing unlicensed teachers their own classes. Since January, Alabama has allowed for the hiring of “adjunct” teachers with a high school degree or higher, and no teacher training. Kansas ruled earlier this summer to allow unlicensed teachers to be recruited by six high-need school districts, but seems to be keeping the scope of that ruling fairly small.An analysis of the new Utah rule by the Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss points out that these state initiatives would have failed to fulfill the “highly qualified teachers” requirement of 2001’s No Child Left Behind law, which required all active teachers to hold a bachelor’s degree and state certification. A later ruling from the U.S. Department of Education declared that the “highly qualified” moniker could be applied to trainees in state alternative licensure programs, including alternative programs like Teach for America.When the Every Student Succeeds Act replaced NCLB last year (which takes full effect in the 2017–18 school year), the “highly qualified” requirement was dropped completely and was replaced by a requirement that teachers meet “the applicable State certification and licensure requirements.” It’s likely that those state requirements will raise more questions in cases such as Utah’s.—Lauren KarchShare39TweetShareEmail39 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgUEFA has struck a raft of soccer rights deals in Europe.Greek free-to-air broadcaster ERT has renewed its deal to air one Champions League match per week as well as the final and the UEFA Super Cup, while pay TV broadcaster Nova will air the remaining Champions League matches as well as all Europa League games.In Portugal, TVI gets one match per week and pay operator Sport TV will air four of the other games and both channels will share the finals and the UEFA Super Cup. 
All of these deals will run through the 2015 season. 
These deals follow a move by British free-to-air broadcaster ITV has snatched the UK rights from commercial rival Five.last_img read more

first_imgGeorgette Schlick is replacing Eric van Stade as chief executive of Dutch broadcaster SBS Broadcasting.Van Stade has left the company following the channel’s purchase by Talpa Media and Finnish media firm Sanoma earlier this year. Schlick joins from technology company Dutchview, where she has been chief executive for three years.“Sanoma and Talpa are happy to get Georgette Schlick as part of our team. We unanimously agreed that Georgette should be the one to lead SBS. She is friendly and decisive at the same time. Exactly what we need at SBS to conquer the challenges that the company faces now and in the years to come to increase its market share,” said Dick Molman, CEO, Sanoma Media Netherlands.last_img read more

The number of customers taking Deutsche Telekoms

first_imgThe number of customers taking Deutsche Telekom’s Entertain TV service, went up by 34% last year to to 1.6 million. Entertain Sat, the DTH platform that DT launched in September, accounted for 97,000 of the 177,000 new Entertain customers in the fourth quarter.In DT’s fixed network, the number of line losses was 21% lower than in 2010. Retail broadband customers numbered 12.3 million, a 2.6% year-on-year increase.last_img

first_imgBBC Worldwide has promoted Claude London to digital director, consumer products.In his new role, London will continue to execute an international eCommerce strategy for the business, as well as driving growth in the digital delivery of BBC Worldwide’s consumer products video output – both download-to-own and electronic sell through. He was previously senior vice-president, global digital properties at BBC Worldwide, in which role he was responsible for pioneering the group’s work with social media platforms.last_img read more

Gulliermo Farré Turner Broadcasting System has app

first_imgGulliermo FarréTurner Broadcasting System has appointed Gulliermo Farré to the new role of head of general entertainment channels for Africa.Farré will oversee all editorial content for TBS’s channel bouquet across Africa, and the creation of the job comes as the continent becomes an increasing pay TV focus.He will also be in charge of general strategy, programming, acquisitions, operations, creative and marketing.Farré will also retain his duties as director of content at TCM and TNT in Spain, a role he has held since 2012.In both roles, he will report to Jaime Ondarza, TBS’s senior VP, southern Europe and Africa.This comes after Ondarza landed his new role in February, replacing the long-serving Domingo Corral as part of an EMEA restructuring that now sees Ian McDonough running its northern Europe unit.Concurrently, Pierre Branco was promoted to VP, southern Europe and Africa and general manager, France and Portugal.“Guillermo has extensive knowledge of the industry and of content for film and TV” said Ondarza. “With this appointment we’re looking to utilise his experience in order to give our brands a big boost in Africa. Furthermore, the decision to create this synergy is an acknowledgement of how fantastically TCM and TNT are doing in Spain.”Farré said he was “confident in the fact that I can count on the support of the global structure of a specialised company that has been producing and distributing quality TV content for years”.Farré joined Turner in 2007 just as TNT was being launched in Spain. He held the role of coordinator of programming and acquisitions until 2012, when he was promoted to content chief of TNT and TCM.He has also worked at companies including Localia and Odisea Channel, where he ran programming and acquisitions for Spain and Portugal.TBS operates around 160 channels and 32 brands around the world.last_img read more

UK ondemand service BBC iPlayer will launch a pop

first_imgUK on-demand service BBC iPlayer will launch a pop-up channel that represents the first time it has offered third-party content on the platform.A ‘Shakespeare Live’ portal had been created to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of celebrated British playwright William Shakespeare.This will include content from the Royal Shakespeare Company, the British Film Institute and other arts organisations, marking the first time non-BBC programming has featured on the service.This will include the RSC’s Richard II production, which stars David Tennant, from 10.30pm GMT on Saturday (April 23), with other stars such as Ian McKellen, Adrian Lester, Germaine Greer, Ralph Fiennes, Simon Russell Beale, Lauren Cuthbertson and Edward Watson contributing.The BBC and the British Council will co-curate Shakespeare LivesVarious reports in recent months have suggested executives in charge of the iPlayer are increasingly open to allowing content from rival broadcasters such as ITV to stream on the platform.“For the first time, the BBC will be showcasing the great talent we have in our leading cultural institutions on BBC iPlayer. It’s another step towards an open BBC – something we all believe in,” said BBC director general Tony Hall.Last month, the BBC was said to be in talks with ITV and NBCUniversal about launching a streaming service to rival SVOD platforms such as Netflix.last_img read more

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat1 is pulling its t

first_imgGerman broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 is pulling its three pay TV channels from the Sky platform after failing the pair failed to strike a satisfactory agreement.Kabel Eins Classics, Sat.1 Emotions and ProSieben Fun will disappear from Sky’s channel listings in a few weeks.As reported by local press, the pair attributed the move to them taking different strategic directions.From July, the three channels will only be available via Deutsche Telekom’s Entertain platform and via the offerings of cable operator Unitymedia and city carrier NetCologne.last_img read more

Sky in Germany and Deutsche Telekom have teamed up

first_imgSky in Germany and Deutsche Telekom have teamed up to deliver Sky channels to hospitals across the country as part of Telekom’s Entertain for Hospitals offering.Under the terms of the deal between the pair, Entertain for Hospitals will now include up to seven Sky channels. Hospitals, clinics and retirement homes that subscribe to the service will be able to select up to seven channels from the pay TV operator, including sports, entertainment, movie and factual offerings.Entertain for Hospitals serves up TV for around 4,000 hospital beds in Germany, with plans to expand the offering further.Telekom Healthcare Solutions sales and marketing director Arndt Lorenz said the deal could help provide hospitals with a competitive advantage by enabling them to provide an attractive entertainment offering.last_img read more

21st Century Foxs £117 billion €132 billion t

first_img21st Century Fox’s £11.7 billion (€13.2 billion) takeover of European pay TV operator Sky is likely to be referred to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority.Karen BradleyThe UK government’s secretary of state for culture, media and sport, Karen Bradley, made the surprise announcement earlier today after consulting with media regulator Ofcom.She pointed to “material influence” that Fox owners the Murdoch family would gain in the British news market from the deal, and was therefore “minded” call for a ‘phase two’ investigation on grounds of media plurality.The takeover had been plain sailing for Fox until this point, with other European and, most recently, Irish media watchdogs waving it through with few concerns.Rupert Murdoch’s previous attempt to take over the shares in Sky that it doesn’t already own was derailed in 2011 after the phone hacking scandal at Murdoch-owned news publisher News International broke.Should Fox acquire Sky, it would own the UK’s largest pay TV operator; four newspapers: The Times, Sunday Times, The Sun and News of the World; and news channel Sky News.In its report, Ofcom identified “a risk of increased influence by members of the Murdoch Family Trust over the UK news agenda and the political process, with its unique presence on radio, television, in print and online”.Bradley and Ofcom see this as potentially posing problems for both the British news media and political process.“We consider these concerns may justify the secretary of state [referring the deal] to the Competition and Markets Authority. I am minded to refer to a phase two investigation on the grounds of media plurality,” said Bradley.Bradley said she was not minded to refer on grounds of commitment to broadcasting standards, the other factor considered by Ofcom.Ofcom has meanwhile ruled that the “overall evidence” did not provide “a reasonable basis” to conclude that a Fox-owned Sky would not be “a fit and proper” holder of a broadcast licence.This was a separate probe carried out by the regulator in parallel with the public interest investigation, and included a consideration of the recent sexual harassment scandals that have plagued Fox News in the US.“Our assessment finds that Sky would remain a fit and proper licence holder in the event of the merger,” said Ofcom. “As fitness and properness is an ongoing duty, we can re-examine our position if new evidence comes to light.”In its response, Sky noted that Bradley was “not presently minded to accept undertakings offered by 21st Century Fox, which provide for the continued editorial independence of and current levels of investment in Sky News”.It also noted that Bradley will “consider further representations” before making a final decision. Sky has until July 14 to make its case.last_img read more