The vacant four-story building at the corner of Main Street and Evergreen Boulevard — formerly Evergreen International Plaza — is slated to receive an overhaul, modernizing it into a retail and office building that the developers plan to call The Quinn.Cascadia Development Partners, a Vancouver-based commercial real estate development company, is leading the project with the Fuller Group serving as the Realtor for the interior spaces. Plans for the proposed remodel are outlined on the company’s website.The two upper floors of the 40,000-square-foot building would become offices, while the 10,000-square-foot ground floor would be available for retail. The 10,000 square feet in the basement would be converted into an underground parking garage.Some of the ground-floor retail space might include sliding retractable window panels to create storefronts, and Cascadia’s website describes the spaces as ideal for “restaurants, coffee shops, bank branch and high impact retailers.”The redesigned building would have a “modern urban” feel, the website says, with high open ceilings, exposed mechanical ducts and original wood floors. But the project would add a number of updated features including a new elevator, bigger windows, a modern ventilation system, new skylights on the third floor and a rooftop deck and terrace for office employees.
By Modou S. JoofA Senior official of the Regional Education Directorate for Region 1 (Banjul and Kanifing Municipality) has declined to speak on how his office will implement the free education policy that was announced in August this year.The Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) said last month that students in all upper basic schools are to benefit from a free education initiative that will start when schools resume after the summer holidays.On Monday, a Senior Officer at Region 1 said he cannot comment on the issue. “That is a policy issue, I think you should book an appointment to talk to the permanent secretary about it,” said the officer.In introducing the policy the Minister of Basic and Secondary Education indicated that the newly created free education initiative will be a step forward from the free education package for pupils from lower grades.Free education has also been announced for Senior Secondary Schools from 2015. Officials said the policy will cover all students in government-run schools, including non-Gambians.When approached to shed light on the issue regarding his school’s readiness to implement this free education policy on Tuesday, 22 September, the Vice Principal of Latrikunda Upper Basic School declined to make any comment, claiming that civil servants are not allowed to talk to the press.Foroyaa will approach the Ministry to find out how this free education programme is going to be implemented so that parents would know who is covered. ]]>
During an event in the University of Naples, Carlo Ancelotti revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo is not the prima donna that everybody thinks in the dressing room.Carlo Ancelotti lived a great time during the time in which he managed Cristiano Ronaldo, the Italian manager has coached many incredible players but CR7 is by far the best he’s ever managed.The nearly two years that the two football legends shared time together, were good enough to finally break the curse of not winning the Champions League since 2002 and both Carletto and Ronaldo were essential parts of this conquest.Now that the Portuguese player is proving that he is still one of the greats in Italian football, it’s only natural that the press tends to ask Ancelotti about his time coaching him and about his personality.The Italian manager is currently trying to keep Napoli relevant against the powerful Juventus, an Italian giant that has won a staggering seven consecutive Serie A titles and seems to be going for the eighth Scudetto this season now that Ronaldo is playing on their side.When his squad faced Juventus earlier this season in Serie A, it was a stellar performance by Cristiano Ronaldo what gave the victory to the Bianconeri.#SerieA 🇮🇹 | Ancelotti: “Cristiano Ronaldo tiene el mismo trato que todos en el vestuario” https://t.co/pOUr7ficiz pic.twitter.com/RLhyvDSHA5— Diario SPORT (@sport) January 15, 2019The Italian manager attended the University of Naples for a lecture this Tuesday, where he discussed several topics related to his new job as the Napoli manager.The Italian spoke in depth about the difficulties that are presenting during his first year as the boss, he believes that despite not winning any Serie A titles in recent memory, Napoli has actually built a winning project that cannot really compete against the massive projects that other clubs in European football have.But despite the honest answer about Napoli’s inability to win trophies, Carlo Ancelotti remains hopeful that he can help the club win a Serie A title very soon due to his experience in the area.But by far the most interesting topic he discussed was the competition that “smaller” clubs have against the bigger institutions, specifically when it comes to signing the most talented players such as Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.He was questioned about Ronaldo’s fame of being a “prima donna”, something that Ancelotti doesn’t see.https://t.co/anEqdUgxbI @unicampaniaLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.— Antonio Fuccillo (@prof_afuccillo) January 15, 2019“First of all, what do you understand when you hear the term “prima donna”?” said Carlo via La Repubblica.“To everyone, CR7 is a “prima donna” but he has never behaved that way inside the dressing room.”“This term is mostly for the media outlets to use, for the press. You have to treat Ronaldo just like you treat everybody else.”“Then, of course, there are players who have certain characteristics who may be more selfish or driven to win.”“A manager needs to know how to keep the balance with those players by telling the one who is selfish that sharing is important and vice-versa,” he added.“When it comes to competing against the bigger squads on the market, we have to say that there are three major voices in the biggers squads that have a major impact in the business side of things: TV rights, sponsors, and the people who actually own the players,” continued Ancelotti.“The Italian league is forbidden to cross a certain TV rights line and sponsors as well. The Asian market attracts a lot of money and the English clubs benefit greatly from this.”“Bayern has a packed stadium all the time and the sell 30k liters of beer per match, this obviously affects taxing. Everything that gets consumed will obviously get affected by victories, but sometimes it’s not enough,” he concluded.RIVALES EN LA SERIE A. El único error que ha cometido Cristiano Ronaldo según Carlo Ancelotti: https://t.co/lfNuYlIhN2 pic.twitter.com/9ubm36eguw— Invictos (@InvictosSomos) October 23, 2018What do you think about Carlo Ancelotti’s analysis of Cristiano Ronaldo’s fame of being a “prima donna”? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
BATTLE GROUND — Before approving the city’s 2013-14 biennial budget Monday, with its 1 percent property tax increase, the Battle Ground City Council voted to scrape together every last penny it could to pay for transportation projects.It was the latest sign that finances are tight for Clark County’s second-largest city.The council voted unanimously to use an extra $30,000 from its economic development fund on street striping, minimal lighting repairs and sidewalk improvements. Still, it’s “not nearly enough” to pay for the city’s street-repair projects, said City Manager John Williams.Overall, the $46.9 million budget represents a financial contraction for Battle Ground.The city will lay off three employees and raise its property taxes to mend the budget gap.With those measures set to take effect at the beginning of the year, the budget received a split vote from councilors.They voted 5-2 to pass the budget, with councilors Alex Reinhold and Philip Johnson voting against it.Reinhold said he felt rushed in reviewing the budget in its entirety and voted against it because he didn’t want to give a nod of approval to something he didn’t thoroughly understand.Johnson said he opposed increasing property taxes.Battle Ground’s current property tax rate is $1.97 per $1,000 of assessed home value. The city estimates the tax rate will increase to $2.06 per $1,000 of assessed home value at the beginning of the year, resulting in a $412 bill for homes valued at $200,000.Councilors passed the budget at a time when the city’s financial outlook has been complicated by decreasing property tax revenue. Those decreases have been further compounded by reductions in state revenue-sharing dollars.
22 Photos The Audiophiliac Tags Test your music system with these great rock tracks 4 The amp also boasts two-way Bluetooth aptX HD so it can receive Bluetooth signals from your computer or phone, and the D 3045 can also send Bluetooth streams to headphones or speakers.The amp measures a trim 2.8 by 9.3 by 10.4 inches (70 by 235 by 265mm) and it weighs 7.9 pounds (3.6 kilograms). The small remote control handles basic functions like volume, input selection, mute, bass boost and so on. I didn’t like that the remote’s bass boost button is so closely spaced to the volume down button — I accidentally pressed it several times when I instead wanted to lower the volume. I really liked the D 3045’s fresh look, but the mostly plastic chassis and big plastic volume control knob were disappointments, they felt cheap for a $699 component. ListeningI started with the amp on the Magnepan .7s, but they’re power-hungry flat panel speakers and the D 3045 was a tad underpowered for the job. The sound wasn’t bad, just lackluster. Switching over to KEF LS50 speakers things picked up a lot, so I stuck with that combination for the bulk of my listening tests. The bass boost feature pumped up the bass alright, but it’s too bad NAD didn’t see fit to provide adjustable bass and treble controls, like the ones on my NAD C 316BEE amp. Enlarge ImageRear panel of the NAD D 3045 amplifier NAD I cued up the A Day in the Life: Impressions of Pepper, in which an assemblage of young jazz musicians deconstruct the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s, to put the D 3045 through its paces. The music moves — there’s nothing nostalgic about it. And pairing the D 3045 with the LS50 gave the tunes free reign.Radiohead’s Amnesiac was loaded with atmospheric textures and Thom Yorke’s soaring vocals made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. As I continued listening I noted the sound was a little bright and grainy, but the D 3045 could play the LS50s loud, bass and dynamics had impressive impact for speaker’s the LS50s size. The D 3045 also saw desktop duty with my Adam Audio F5 speakers listening to MQA high-resolution audio files streamed on Tidal. I love my job!If you don’t need all of the D 3045’s up-to-date features check out the $399 (£249, AU$465) NAD C316BEE v2 stereo amp. It’s a no-frills design and the two amps sounded nearly the same, but I’d still give the nod to the D 3045. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the full-size Outlaw RR 2160 stereo receiver. It outdoes the D 3045’s feature complement, except for Bluetooth. The RR 2160 is a Class AB amp rated at 110 watts per channel for 8-ohm speakers and 165 watts per channel for 4-ohm speakers. I didn’t have it on hand for comparison, but as I recall the RR 2160’s sound clicked with both the 0.7 and the LS50 speakers!The NAD D 3045’s up-to-date functionality, compact size, and clean sound should all appeal to discerning audiophiles. Bluetooth Comments Enlarge ImageNAD’s feature-packed D 3045 amplifier NAD While I sometimes still think of NAD as the company that turned the affordable audiophile market upside down in the late 1970s, NAD is hardly resting on its considerable laurels. It’s building audiophile gear for our time, over a wide range of prices.Let’s take a look at its new D 3045 stereo integrated amp. Where the NADs of old were Spartan affairs, this 60-watt-per-channel Class D amplifier is loaded with useful features including MQA high-resolution PCM audio, DSD and a 3.5mm headphone jack. More inputs than everThe D 3045 is an update on the D 3020 we looked at in 2014. Likewise its connectivity extends beyond most stereo amps including both an HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel) input and a moving-magnet phono input for turntables. In addition you get a 3.5mm stereo input, stereo RCA, two optical digital and one coaxial digital audio input, one USB input, stereo preamp-subwoofer RCA outputs, sturdy five-way speaker cable binding posts and a 3.5mm 12-volt trigger port. The built-in digital converter handles hi-res PCM formats up to 384 kHz/24bit, but DSD resolution isn’t specified. Audio Home Entertainment Share your voice
The seal of the state of Alaska in the governor’s temporary offices in Juneau, June 19, 2016. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)Gov. Bill Walker met Monday with the three nominees for the now vacant District 40 seat for the Alaska House. The district covers the North Slope and Northwest Arctic boroughs and is open because former Rep. Dean Westlake resigned after allegations of sexual harassment. Walker may make a decision soon.Listen nowTwo of the nominees, Sandy Shroyer-Beaver and Eugene Smith, have years of experience on Kotzebue’s city council. The other, Leanna Mack of Utqiagvik, said her community involvement makes up for her relative lack of political experience.Shroyer-Beaver said her more than 30 years in politics have prepared her. She has served on city council and the school board and worked with regional tribal organization Maniilaq Association.“I’m just a normal person,” she said. “I’m from Kotzebue. I wasn’t born there, but I was raised there. I lived there my whole life. I’m a mom. I have five children. I have four grandchildren. I work with kids. I’ve loved that for years. I worked for Maniilaq in the foster care program. Everybody knows me in our region.”Shroyer-Beaver said she’d like to increase public safety in rural Alaska, including in North Slope and Northwest Arctic boroughs. She also said she’d focus on education and protecting Alaska Permanent Fund dividends.“We have people who are counting on these funds they get every year because we have a shortage of employment opportunities,” she said.Both Shroyer-Beaver and Smith are on Kotzebue’s city council.Eugene Smith also has decades of experience in the city’s politics and has served as the mayor and with Maniilaq Association.“Well, I’ve been on city council for 21 years straight and took a hiatus and now I’m back on the council,” he said. “I’ve also got tons of management experience, being the CIO (chief information officer) for the health corporation for many years, so I do understand budgeting.”Smith said he would listen to constituents to determine his priorities. He said he would work closely with the mostly Democratic House majority on a plan to close the multi-billion dollar state budget deficit.“It makes a lot of sense to look at all the means possible to trying to resolve the state’s situation,” he said. “I just believe by working together, you know, in a nonpartisan way, I think that we can solve this problem.”Leanna Mack is the only nominee who hasn’t served in political office. She’s the deputy adviser to North Slope Borough Mayor Harry Brower, focused on regulations that affect borough residents.Mack doesn’t feel that drawing from permanent fund earnings will solve the state’s budget problem.“I think that’s just a short-term solution and a long-term solution needs to be looked at, as well as all the other industries that are in Alaska and that are starting to ramp up,” she said.Mack also has worked as a volunteer in the community. She works with local cheerleaders. And she’s become heavily involved in suicide prevention since the death of her brother’s best friend.“The last several years, we’ve had the largest team during the community walks and we’ve also been the top fundraisers for the community walks,” she said. “And I think it’s another way for all of us to get together and catch up with one another, as well as continue to celebrate our friend’s life and the time we were able to spend with him.”The district Democratic Party nominated the three candidates from a group of eight applicants. Walker has nine days to fill the vacancy. Kiana Democrat Westlake resigned after he was accused of inappropriate behavior with female aides and women outside of the Legislature.Walker also must fill the vacancy caused by Sen. Mike Dunleavy’s resignation. Dunleavy resigned to focus on running for governor.
On Twitch, TotalBiscuit created the “LUL” emote, a picture of himself laughing, which he began offering to users on his channel with keyword “cynicallaugh.”Twitch issued a statement Thursday about his death: “John Bain’s opinionated game critiques and sense of humor led to him becoming one of the most prominent voices in the gaming industry. The emote bearing his face represents the indelible mark that he has left on Twitch. Thank you for everything, TotalBiscuit.”Other tributes to TotalBiscuit poured out from friends, fans and partners following the news of his death: John Peter BainJuly 8, 1984 – May 24, 2018 pic.twitter.com/XchUMNDYXC— TotalBiscuit. (@Totalbiscuit) May 24, 2018 Popular on Variety Really sad about @totalbiscuit passing. I always admired his way of cutting through the bullshit – how he was never afraid of anyone or anything. He helped us get started and promoted the first Jingle Jam, and I’ll never forget laughing together as we were blown up by ARSE mines.— Lewis Brindley (@YogscastLewis) May 25, 2018 TotalBiscuit lived way longer than his doctors predicted he would, through sheer stubborn refusal to let his illness control him. Salute, sir— Dan Bull 🍐 (@itsDanBull) May 25, 2018 John, thank you for everything. We will miss you. pic.twitter.com/wbmuqNAQem— Blizzard Entertainment (@Blizzard_Ent) May 25, 2018 TotalBiscuit, the online handle of John Bain — a popular and influential British video-game critic, esports commentator and YouTube creator — has died. He was 33.Bain revealed in 2014 that he had bowel cancer, and this past April announced that the disease had spread to the point where he would be retiring from reviewing games. He died on Thursday.TotalBiscuit’s YouTube channel has 2.2 million followers, and his videos have been viewed 867 million times to date. He also was a frequent presence on Twitch, the game-broadcasting service. TotalBiscuit began posting gameplay videos on YouTube after he was laid off from his job at a financial-services firm in 2010.His wife, Genna Bain, posted the text of “Love Constant Beyond Death,” a poem by Francisco de Quevedo, in a tribute to him on Thursday. ×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 Truly saddened to hear we have lost @Totalbiscuit. He was a giant in our industry and will be sorely missed.R.I.P John Bain <3— PLAYERUNKNOWN (@PLAYERUNKNOWN) May 25, 2018
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck’s still playing the waiting game.On Monday, two days after being activated from the physically unable to perform list, the Indianapolis Colts’ franchise quarterback was ruled out of Sunday’s season opener against the Los Angeles Rams.The decision was no surprise considering Luck hasn’t taken a snap or thrown to a teammate since having January surgery on his throwing shoulder. But now, it is official. “Every player needs to practice,” general manager Chris Ballard said. “They need to be with their teammates. They need to practice. Andrew’s going to need the same thing.”Ballard did not say how many weeks of practice Luck might need before returning to game action — though it’s likely to be fewer than the six weeks he would have been out had he started the regular season on PUP. Thus, it’s unknown whether Luck will be available for the Colts’ Week 2 meeting with the Arizona Cardinals.Coach Chuck Pagano was scheduled to take questions Monday afternoon. Luck is not expected to hold his first media availability since players reported to training camp July 29 until at least later this week.With Luck out, veteran backup Scott Tolzien is likely to make his fourth career start. He is 0-2-1.Indy added another backup Saturday when it traded receiver Phillip Dorsett, Indy’s 2015 first-round draft pick, to New England for third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett. Indy released its No. 4 quarterback, Stephen Morris, on Sunday and re-signed undrafted rookie Phillip Walker to the practice squad.The other unknown is whether Luck will work out with his teammates Monday when Indy usually holds a light session. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Injured Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Luck has been dealing with shoulder problems since the third game of the 2015 season, when he was injured during a comeback win at Tennessee. Luck missed nine games that season, the last seven with a lacerated kidney, but opted not to rest the shoulder rather than undergo offseason surgery.The shoulder problems continued in 2016 even though the Colts gave Luck an extra day off to rest each week.Somehow, Luck managed what was arguably his best statistical season as a pro, completing a career-high 63.5 percent, throwing for 4,240 yards and 31 TDs while reducing his interception total to 13. He missed one game in 2016 while he was in the concussion protocol.Luck started throwing a tennis ball the week before training camp. Since then, the only time he’s been seen near the practice field was while he was doing stretches.“I’m being a little extra conservative,” Ballard said. “We want to make sure when we get Andrew back, he can practice every day. We don’t want to jeopardize a little short-term (gain) here over the long haul.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 17 Comments Share Top Stories
15Apr Department of Natural Resources awards funding for Niles dam removal, improving safety for anglers via City of Niles (www.ci.niles.mi.us)The newly formed Aquatic Habitat Grant Program from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources today granted funding to the City of Niles to remove the potentially unsafe Pucker Street Dam, announced state Rep. Dave Pagel, R-Oronoko Township.“Safety has been a big concern when deciding the fate of the Pucker Street Dam,” Pagel said. “At the end of the day, the city can’t make take the necessary steps without financial resources. I’m so glad the DNR found this project worthy of execution, because the district’s safety is always a top priority in Lansing.”The more than 80-year-old Pucker Street Dam originally generated electricity, but is no longer operable due to structural degradation. It became a popular fishing location, however it poses a safety threat to those around it in the case of collapse. Proposed restorations were deemed economically infeasible, so the city sought state and federal funding to assist with its removal.“The DNR put serious thought and consideration into this $200,000 award, and I’m very grateful for that,” Pagel said. “The Pucker Street Dam has been possibly hazardous for some time, and now the City of Niles will be able to make a difference for area anglers by improving safety.”This is the first grant cycle of the program since its inception in January, which aims to protect and rehabilitate Michigan’s aquatic resources and develop self-sustaining aquatic communities to promote recreation and economic growth. The Pucker Street Dam Removal is one of eight projects being funded by the program in 2014, which total a $1 million investment in Michigan’s natural resources.The Aquatic Habitat Grant Program is funded with revenue from the sales of newly simplified hunting and fishing licenses. More information about this and other Department of Natural Resources grants is available online at michigan.gov/dnr-grants.### Categories: News,Pagel News
Categories: News State Rep. Amanda Price this week participated in a Capitol news conference to reveal important priorities for the current legislative session, including an increased focus on connecting students with a quality education to ensure they are equipped with the tools they need to succeed.House Republican lawmakers outlined their top priorities as the 2015-16 legislative session gets under way. Price, R-Park Township, said the plan includes placing a stronger focus on ensuring third-graders are proficient in reading.“Michigan has consistently experienced a growth in employment and competitiveness, however, to continue this momentum it is vital to establish a solid foundation for a quality academic experience,” Price said. “House Republicans have identified teacher evaluations, improving school accountability, and promoting grade level reading proficiency as top priorities.“I am excited to continue working with my colleagues to develop sound and reasonable legislation that ensures the success of our children and, in turn, our state.”Last session Price sponsored House Bill 5111 and co-sponsored House Bill 5144, two bills to increase early literacy by emphasizing reading intervention in grades K-3.The new House Education Committee chair said she is continuing to work on this legislation and plans to reintroduce it later this year.The GOP’s Action Plan for the new legislative session can be accessed at www.gophouse.org.#### 06Feb Rep. Price applauds Action Plan’s focus on reading proficiency
Categories: Hornberger News 25Jun COLUMN: New state spending plan makes smart investments in Michigan schools Ultimately, Michigan can’t succeed without healthy schools. Building a better future for our state requires smart, sensible investments in education to prepare our children and grandchildren for success.As a former teacher now serving in the Michigan House, I’m proud to say the $14.8 billion K-12 school budget the Legislature adopted last week is the largest investment in Michigan history – encompassing more than a quarter of our total budget. We are adding to our record investments in K-12 education with an additional $120 to $240 in funding per student – the largest increase in 15 years.But it’s not just about the money. By investing in smarter ways, we’re creating more opportunities for students to learn and succeed in all aspects of life.I realize that college isn’t for everybody, but that doesn’t mean those students don’t have what it takes to be successful. We added $100 million more to create better training programs and give more young people greater opportunities to learn the skills they need to build careers in the trades.There’s nothing more important than keeping our kids safe, and that’s why our overall budget plan will spend roughly $60 million to improve school security across the state. This includes grants to help schools improve security and funds to expand the OK2SAY confidential tip program.Overall, this spending plan respects hard-working Michigan taxpayers by reining in government spending wherever possible and spending less money than the previously enacted budget.We have lowered taxes, eliminated driver responsibility fees and taken other steps to make sure Michigan residents can keep more of their own money. We’re cutting inefficient programs and eliminating waste, proving state government can live within its means just like Michigan families are forced to do.We want a brighter financial future for our children and grandchildren. That’s why we are paying down debt and putting more money into the state’s emergency savings account. In the long run, these investments will lower the burden on Michigan’s hard-working taxpayers.Our state’s economy is healthy, and I’m confident that life here will keep getting better with smart investments to improve our schools and help young people find jobs.###State Rep. Pamela Hornberger of Chesterfield Township is serving her first term representing portions of Macomb and St. Clair counties in the Michigan House. Prior to taking office, Rep. Hornberger spent 23 years teaching in the East China School District and also served as a trustee for the L’Anse Creuse Public Schools Board of Education.
Share22TweetShareEmail22 SharesBy Freimut Bahlo (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsFebruary 12, 2016; SFistIt’s been a busy couple of weeks for faith-based organizations in San Francisco. On Monday, NPQ reported on the settlement of a dispute between Third Baptist Church and a nonprofit subsidiary, and last week NPQ featured a story about the Fraternite Notre Dame Mary of Nazareth Soup Kitchen’s losing the lease to the store where they live and serve their homeless neighbors. The dramatic increase in rents in San Francisco is at the root of the problems.Now, according to the website SFist, San Francisco’s iconic Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church (SJCAOC) in the Fillmore District may be forced from its home because of rent increases. The church has responded with an online petition to elected officials asking that an agreement with the landlord, West Bay Conference Center, be extended. The petition to Mayor Lee and Supervisor London Breed says, in part:The present political climate of profit over people continues to devastate the African American population of the Fillmore, leaving the “Coltrane Church” to stand alone as the sole historic proprietors of the music and culture of jazz as a means to enlighten. The managers of the West Bay Conference Center are seeking to DOUBLE the amount of our rent and our lease is up, leaving us with our backs against a wall.San Francisco’s KQED is pessimistic about the prospects for the church and the community. “Since the closure last year of the jazz club The Addition, the John Coltrane Church is also the only jazz presenter in a neighborhood San Francisco has named the ‘Fillmore Jazz Preservation District.’”The SJCAOC affiliated with the African Orthodox Church denomination in 1982. The denomination was founded in Chicago in 1921 by a group of African Americans as an offshoot of the Episcopal Church and has evolved to embrace a wide range of religious practices and beliefs in the U.S., the British West Indies, and Africa. It’s entirely appropriate for the AOC to canonize John Coltrane, one of the 20th Century’s most important jazz musicians. Like most of his peers, Coltrane was “raised in the church” and by all accounts had a fairly traditional relationship with the church that led him to his best-known spiritual expression, A Love Supreme, recorded in 1964. However, just a year earlier, Coltrane recorded Crescent, a tribute to Islam, and between 1963 and 1966, he recorded Selflessness and Om, both nods to his wife, Alice Coltrane’s, embrace of Hinduism. In the final two years of his life, Coltrane recorded purely African music like Kulu Sé Mama. SJCAOC could not be a better memorial to the spiritual legacy of this landmark African-American musician who died of liver cancer at the age of 40 in 1967, nearly 50 years ago.While the SJCAOC is fighting for its institutional location in the Fillmore, Coltrane’s childhood home in Philadelphia and the John Coltrane House in Dix Hills on Long Island are charities seeking support for preservation and restoration of a physical landmark. Neither of the Coltrane homes sponsors regularly scheduled musical events. At SJCAOC, Coltrane’s music is a part of a liturgy every Sunday. And that could be a barrier to the SJCAOC finding sufficient funding to maintain its present location.The church doesn’t quite fit into the charity landscape, since it has elements of a neighborhood landmark, a performing arts venue, and a church. Then, too, the attitude of the Church founder, Archbishop Franzo King, seems not as “warm and fuzzy” as the nuns who run the soup kitchen that was rescued by Tony Robbins following publicity about their impending displacement.“I’m a black man,” Archbishop King told SFist. “I’m born in debt and I’m gonna die in debt.” King says he’s willing to raise more funds to pay for the lease, but he has strong limits: “This is what this church is all about. We don’t bow, we don’t cow, we ain’t going along to get along.”Archbishop King’s approach seems much more like the leaders of Third Baptist Church in its struggle to preserve an affordable housing development: Win in the court of public opinion!Thanks to Lynda Carson for sharing this news and helping to fill in the gaps. Lynda is a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. You can sign the petition to save the church’s location at Change.org.—Spencer WellsShare22TweetShareEmail22 Shares
Broadcaster Chello Zone is launching kids channel JimJam and outdoor activity network Outdoor Channel in Africa.The Liberty Global-owned company has signed a deal with DTH platform ZAP for carriage in Angola and Mozambique. ZAP already carries Chello’s Extreme Sports Channel, Fine Living and Food Network channels.Louise Cottrell, vice-president affiliate sales for Chello Zone, said: “We are thrilled to extend our relationship with ZAP. The launch of two of our best loved channels, Outdoor Channel and JimJam, certainly marks this progression and we’re sure the audiences in Angola and Mozambique will embrace them.”
Hollywood studio Disney is to launch a subscription video-on-demand service in Spain after striking a deal with digital platform Wuaki.tv.The move is the studio’s second SVOD service in Europe after its launch via Portuguese cable operator Zon earlier this month.The deal will see The Walt Disney Company launch its Disney Movies on Demand service on the site and will offer feature films including Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Toy Story and Dumbo.“Launching a Disney-branded SVOD movie library service in Spain is a logical next step in our distribution strategy, complementing our existing agreements with other linear and non-linear broadcasters and platforms,” said Simon Amselem, country manager, The Walt Disney Company Spain & Portugal. “Through working with innovative clients, such as Wuaki.tv, we are able bring our audiences our compelling storytelling in more flexible ways, to further enhance their viewing experience.”Jacinto Roca, Wuaki.tv CEO, said: “We are very pleased to have closed this deal with The Walt Disney Company, and to be the first in Spain, and one of the first in Europe, to offer Disney Movies on Demand. This agreement is in line with Wuaki.tv’s priority of pioneering the best premium content distribution via the internet, allowing consumers to choose what they see, when they want to see it, directly on their TV or game console.”
Netflix is not a threat to broadcast network CBS, according to its CEO and president Les Moonves.He added that CBS is in talks with Netflix about making an original show for the streaming service.“When you look at the Netflixs of the world and the Amazons of the world doing new production, we welcome that,” Moonves told analysts in the wake of fourth quarter results at CBS. “Until they are doing 22 hours a week of premium content, we don’t look at them as a competitor, but rather another place to put our content, whether it’s original or buying our libraries as they have [done].”Speaking about the CBS network in the wake of strong overall results, Moonves said that a strong slate of returning shows would help keep programming costs down this year.“We’re only going to be doing 16 pilots this year,” he said. “Some of our competitors are doing over 30 pilots. So in certain instances, I would state that our development expenses are less than those of some of our competitors by over US$100 million [€75 million].”CBS reported full-year revenue of US$14.1 billion compared with US$13.6 billion. Operating profit increased to US$3 billion from US$2.6 billion across the same period.Separately, a lawsuit accusing Netflix of misleading investors has been dismissed by a US court.A group of shareholders in the US-listed streaming and delivery service had alleged it had hidden costs while insiders sold stock.However, Reuters reports, a district judge in a San Francisco court ruled on February 12 that the shareholders had not demonstrated they had been misinformed about costs and accounting methods.Specifically, the judge said company CEO Reed Hastings had not misinformed investors on a 2010 conference call following quarterly results in which he addressed subscriber acquisition and operating costs.The shareholders have a month to amend the terms of their suit, Reuters reported.
Russian state-backed telecom operator Rostelecom reported a 12% year-on-year increase in pay TV subscribers to 6.6 million, it announced. Detailing its Q4 and full-year 2012 earnings, the firm added that since launching its single interactive TV platform in May 2012, its number of subscribers doubled to 1.4 million giving Rostelecom a 49% share of the Interactive TV market.“In 2012 all managers’ and employees’ efforts were focused on strengthening Rostelecom’s competitive position. We started to actively explore breakthrough areas of the business, such as – mobile broadband and pay-TV,” said of Rostelecom senior vice president Pavel Zaitsev.For the full year, Rostelecom’s revenues were up 7% year-on-year to RUB 321.3 billion (€8 billion). However, revenue came in at RUB35.2 billion, down from RUB42.5 billion a year earlier.
Tesco-owned UK video-on-demand store Blinkbox has launched a dedicated app for the Sony PlayStation 3 console.Blinkbox is already available via Microsoft Xbox games consoles, as well as on PCs, Macs, Android and Apple tablets, selected set-top boxes and Blu-ray players and on Samsung, LG, Phillips and Toshiba smart TVs.Blinkbox said that the PS3 app would give almost 6 million homes access to its movie and TV series offering and demonstrates its “commitment to delivering stellar entertainment to as many people as possible, on a wide variety of devices.”
Adam CrozierUK public broadcaster the BBC has slammed commercial rival ITV, rebuking a number of claims made over the running and structure of the organisation.Debate of the future of the BBC is raging as concerns over its budget, public service remit and relationship with government emerge ahead of charter renewal next year.ITV CEO Adam Crozier yesterday told a government panel that closing “very distinctive” youth-skewed channel BBC Three was a mistake, and again complained that BBC One was being “aggressively” scheduled against ITV.Crozier suggested merging BBC Two and BBC Four, closing international channels, reducing management overheads and selling its London headquarters would make better savings.“When there are general calls for more efficiency there is a habit to trot out a number of things people wouldn’t like to see closed and threaten to close them when there is a whole list of things, some of which I mentioned may be right some of which may be wrong, that could be done to save a lot of money,” Crozier told the Commons Culture, Media Sport committee.BBC director of policy James Heath said that while the public broadcaster recognised ITV’s call for it to be more distinctive, he did not “recognise the problem diagnosed… Regulation of the BBC must be effective but not prescriptive and paralysing. Regulation shouldn’t tell us how to do our job, rather than the job we should be doing.”Heath claimed ITV wanted to “freeze the BBC in aspic with very detailed regulations”, which could lead to “a real danger that you end up with a diminished BBC”.He also claimed it was actually ITV scheduling against the BBC, and used the ITV’s decision to strip I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here across its primetime slots last week to demonstrate the BBC was more distinctive.Against a previous ITV call for the BBC to be banned from acquiring any international formats, Heath said: Perhaps this proposal should be re-named: ‘The BBC can’t have these programmes, because ITV wants them’,” and added it would “reduce competition in the programme supply market”.He also claimed that using the expected £30 million freed up by closing BBC Three as a linear channel to fund more high-end BBC One drama was justified.He added that while ITV’s advertising revenues had increased and profits risen by “more than 550% since 2009 to over £700 million in 2014”, investment in high-end original UK content had reduced over the same period.“With the BBC’s funding under pressure in real terms, ITV faces less of an incentive to invest,” said Heath.“Does ITV want the freedom to continue this investment trend in key genres like drama, while at the same time constraining the BBC’s ability to respond? Far from crowding out commercial investment, we need a strong BBC as the cornerstone of PSB and the main driver of investment across the system.”Crozier’s testimony was scathing about the debate around the BBC, calling for “calm” ahead of charter renewal.“In many ways we have had a very, very odd public debate so far where as soon as anyone raises their head above the parapet to begin that debate it is sort of shouted down with ‘we’ll close BBC Two, we’ll get rid of Strictly, you don’t want us to be popular’. I don’t think anyone has suggested any of those things,” he said.“Everyone needs to just calm down and have a proper debate about how do we ensure that that public money, a great deal of public money, is properly and wisely spent over the next five to ten years.”However, he criticised government plans that include potentially selling off the UK’s other public service broadcaster, Channel 4, claiming: “Anything that impacts negatively on their remit would have to be very carefully looked at. We are big supporters of Channel 4; they are really important part of the ecology of the UK market.”
Closing Mediaset Premium would be the worst of the choices on offer to the Italian broadcaster, but the status quo is not an option for Mediaset either, according to a report by financial analysts at Berenberg.Having previously worked on the assumption that a fresh deal between Mediaset and Vivendi would ultimately be agreed, Berenberg is now basing its assessment on no such agreement being struck – but its analysts believe the pay TV unit will either be sold, scaled back, or closed nevertheless, with a sale still the preferable option.Mediaset and Vivendi are currently engaged in a ferocious legal battle following the French media company’s decision not to go ahead with the acquisition of the Italian broadcaster’s loss-making pay TV unit – a deal agreed in April that Berenberg believes is legally binding, but which now seems unlikely to happen given the rancour surrounding the case and the size of the gap between the two parties.“It is our opinion that Mediaset will not tolerate losses at Premium forever. Rather, we see various options open to the company: selling the business to Vivendi or Sky; scaling it back (eg by not renewing the Champions League rights) to the small-scale pay business that was profitable before this foray into sports rights; or even closing it,” said Berenberg.Berenberg said that a sale to Sky Italia, something that has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks, “would make a lot of sense”, removing pressure on rights costs in the Italian market and eliminating losses for Mediaset. It said such an outcome would “be a major positive for Mediaset” and that “even a valuation of zero could represent a positive scenario compared with the current situation, in our view”.In the case of closure, Berenberg estimates that shutting the service down next year after the UEFA Champions League season ends would involve a total cost of €842 million before tax, including operating losses sustained thus far. Shutting the service down in 2018 when rights agreements have expired would cost €448 million, which it believes is the worst-case scenario for the broadcaster.However, even in the case of a 2018 closure, Berenberg believes that Mediaset is undervalued currently, reflecting its estimate of a current enterprise value of about €1.5 billion when debt is factored in.The analysts set a price target of €3 for Mediaset’s shares, down from the €4.10 it set when it assumed a deal would be struck with Vivendi, but higher than the current price of about €2.29.Berenberg estimates that Mediaset Premium will make a loss of about €223 million in EBIT terms this year, worse than previous forecasts because of additional operating expenditure related to meeting Vivendi’s demands for additional programming content as part of the original deal and because of a failure to grow its customer base – itself mostly a consequence of the dispute with the French media giant.
Zee Media-owned international English-language news channel, WION (World is One News) has formally launched with a 360-degree marketing campaign headlined “WION – Be One With the World”.The move follows a soft launch of the India-based service in August.The multi-city campaign will take off across various platforms including TV, print, radio, DTH TV and digital platforms.The first phase of the marketing campaign will focus on the India market, gradually extending to other markets across the world in a second phase.WION is described by Zee as a global news network that brings news from around the world but with a South Asian view. The goal of the channel is to engage and empower viewers through balanced and extraordinary storytelling. The channel aims to explore and understand the stake of South Asian region in world affairs by pushing the boundaries of innovation on digital, mobile and television platforms.The channel will have bureaus in 37 global locations, and has staked a claim to be the first India based network to have its presence in regions including the UK, USA, China, Russia and Africa.In addition to hard news, WION will offer general entertainment content covering genres including lifestyle, human stories, animals, food, environment and fashion among others. It is also placing emphasis on user-generated content through a Citizen-Journalism App.Rajiv Singh, executive director and COO, Zee Media Corporation Limited said: “A revolutionary product from the Zee Media stable, WION represents a sophisticated transition from the usual ‘Breaking News’ phenomenon. WION brings exclusive and insightful content that often escapes popular media. Targeting upscale viewers in India as well as the Indian diaspora, our endeavour is to showcase content that truly represents the spirit of South Asia with focus on India. Embracing our philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – The World is My Family’, through WION we believe that news will be the common thread that binds us all together.”Rohit Gandhi, editor-in-chief of WION said: “In an increasingly divided and violent world, the content at WION is carefully curated keeping in mind the sensitivities of all regional identities. While the news genre already has different filters – American, British and Middle-East, there is no South Asian lens that helps the world understand the South Asian perspective on world affairs; WION aims to bridge this gap. WION targets a generation that is global, social, value-oriented, visual and technologically savvy. We tell stories relevant to a wider global audience and to the millennial generation that consumes news on the go. The news at WION is easy to consume without sacrificing in-depth analysis of issues.”