BOSTON, MA — Below is a statement from State Senator Bruce Tarr regarding his attempts to reduce drunk driving and permit the use of interlock devices for first-time offenders. Massachusetts now stands alone as the only state that does not have a law for these offenders:“Now is the time to authorize the use of interlock devices for first-time OUI offenders. We have already waited too long to authorize this important tool which can prevent tragedy on our state’s roadways. While we can no longer avoid being the last state in the nation to adopt this smart approach to public safety, we still have an obligation to take action now so that we can stem the pain and harm from the senseless loss of life at the hands of a drunk driver that could have been prevented with time-tested and road tested technology.Federal government data shows that interlocks reduce repeat drunk driving offenses by 67 percent. I urge the Joint Committee on Transportation to move in the right direction with legislation that is before them.”Tarr also noted that Massachusetts requires interlocks for all REPEAT offenders. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 2016 and 2018 studies found that states with first-time offender ignition interlock laws saw drunk driving deaths decrease by 15 and 16 percent. Over the past dozen years, interlocks have prevented over 39,000 attempts to drive drunk in Massachusetts.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.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Senator Bruce Tarr’s Bill Honors World War II Era Cadet NursesIn “Government”Tarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”State Senator Bruce Tarr Reminds Residents Of Animal Welfare Laws & Pets Left In Warm CarsIn “Government”
Tehran: Iran on Sunday slammed as “provocative” a British proposal for a European-led naval mission to escort tankers in the Gulf, amid soaring tensions over the seizure of ships. “We heard that they intend to send a European fleet to the Persian Gulf which naturally carries a hostile message, is provocative and will increase tensions,” government spokesman Ali Rabiei said, quoted by ISNA news agency. Britain said on Monday it was planning a European-led force for shipping in the Gulf in response to Iran’s seizure of a UK-flagged oil tanker on July 19. Also Read – UK, EU Brexit teams to meet twice-weekly in September Advertise With Us The seizure of the Stena Impero came two weeks after British authorities detained an Iranian tanker — the Grace 1 — off its overseas territory Gibraltar on allegations it was breaching EU sanctions on Syria. In his comments on Sunday, the Iranian government spokesman said Iran believed the security of the oil-rich Gulf had to be maintained by countries in the region. “We are the biggest agent of maritime security in the Persian Gulf,” said Rabiei. There have been a number of attacks on tankers in the Gulf since May, when the United States boosted its military presence in response to what it called indications of a “credible threat” from Iran.
Share Photo: KTRK-ABC Channel 13 via Twitter @ abc13houstonThe Navasota Independent School District reported on April 18 that 25 students and five adults were being transported to hospitals in the Houston area because of a traffic accident that involved two school buses and a CenterPoint utility truck.The Houston Fire Department (HFD) reported Wednesday that 29 people were transported to four hospitals located in the Houston area because of a traffic accident that involved two school buses from the Navasota Independent School District (NISD) and a CenterPoint utility truck. The HFD detailed in a news release sent at 4:28 p.m. that the people who were transported were in “stable” condition.29 total transports from school bus accident on 290.— Houston Fire Dept (@HoustonFire) April 18, 2018The HFD detailed the accident occurred in the morning near the intersection of Highway 290 and Fairbanks North Houston Road, northwest of downtown Houston.In a post of its own published on its Facebook page, the NISD said that 25 students and five adults had been transported to local hospitals. The school district posted its update on Facebook earlier than the HFD’s tweet.“At this time the injuries appear to be minor, but for precautionary measures they are being sent for further evaluation,” noted the Facebook post.According to information that was also posted on Facebook by the NISD, two school buses were involved in the accident as 5th grade students from John C. Webb Elementary were traveling to Houston for a class field trip.There were a total of 94 students or staff traveling on three buses, two of which buses were involved in the accident, also according to the school district. One bus was rear ended by the truck, causing it to collide with the bus in front of it.According to the HFD news release, 43 students were uninjured.
XL Games CEO and executive producer of Civilization Online, Jake Song, revealed a bunch of new details regarding the venerable franchise’s move into the MMO space. You may remember Civilization World, an online Facebook version of the Civ franchise that didn’t surprise anyone when it failed. It would seem Civ Online isn’t that, thankfully.In an interview with Massively, Song reveals that Civilization Online will not simply be an online version of the turn-based gameplay we all know and love (akin to those browser-based city builder games), but instead will be more of an MMORPG, where the player assumes the role of a single character within a civilization, and will help their civ progress.The game will begin with four civilizations at launch (with more added later), and players will create an avatar for a civ of their choice, aiding their civ from the usual staple of ages — from Ancient to Modern.The Civ Online world won’t be a static, persistent world inherent to the MMO genre, but will be different sessions that can be won once a civ reaches the usual victory conditions — a domination victory, achieving space travel, and so on. When a session is completed, certain character aspects will carry over, while others will reset. All of the core elements of the franchise remain intact, but will be performed differently. An example given sit that instead of just waiting to accrue resources then clicking a structure’s icon to build it, players will have to go out and collect resources, then build the structure. It wasn’t made clear how building will work — whether it’s in a Minecraft block-by-block style, or a quicker-but-boring Savage or Natural Selection style where players attack a ghosted building, helping its progress bar speed along.Instead of classes, players will choose careers (and can freely switch between them) in the vein of the usual civ citizen careers, such as researching technology, constructing buildings, conducting espionage, or going to war. Almost everything will be created by the players, from clothing and weapons, to individual buildings and the layout of an entire city. Any successful civilization needs leaders and commanders, and systems will be in place to help elect and overthrow the leaders.As for PvP mechanics, Song states that PvP will scale, and players can either go have a one-on-one brawl somewhere in the corner of the world, or can gather 100 civ-mates and try to take over a city, though the starting city will be safe. When a player dies, they will spawn in front of their town hall; there will be no corpse runs or loss of items, though there will be some penalties. The maps between civilizations will slowly open up, so you actually won’t know what level advancement a civ is currently at without running into them.Song is anti-grind, and doesn’t want it to appear in Civ Online, so that’s a relief. In that same vein, all items will either be bought from merchants or crafted, so we won’t have to deal with insanely low pop rates for a sword that drops from a rat for some reason. The team is also considering player-run, personal storefronts, ideally more tolerable than the train wreck of a marketplace in games like MapleStory.For those worried about the game, Sid Meier perused the details of the project, and gave the team his blessing. The game runs on CryEngine 3, and Song said the team is mulling over making it free to play, with no solid timetable for a release at this time.[Image credit: Massively]
More information: Straight as an arrow: humpback whales swim constant course tracks during long-distance migration, Biol. Lett. Published online before print April 20, 2011, doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0279AbstractHumpback whale seasonal migrations, spanning greater than 6500 km of open ocean, demonstrate remarkable navigational precision despite following spatially and temporally distinct migration routes. Satellite-monitored radio tag-derived humpback whale migration tracks in both the South Atlantic and South Pacific include constant course segments of greater than 200 km, each spanning several days of continuous movement. The whales studied here maintain these directed movements, often with better than 1° precision, despite the effects of variable sea-surface currents. Such remarkable directional precision is difficult to explain by established models of directional orientation, suggesting that alternative compass mechanisms should be explored. Jump in whale deaths blamed on krill, ship traffic Published in Biology Letters, lead author Dr. Travis Horton explained how they fitted these 16 whales with satellite tracking and followed their migratory path from the east coast of Brazil, the Cook Islands and New Caledonia. The tracking provided precise position data and enabled the largest detailed long-term migratory data to date.Traveling over 6000 kilometers into Antarctic waters, they discovered these whales traveled from 100 to 2000 kilometers at a time in a straight line, never deviating off course by more than a single degree.While it is believed that most migratory animals navigate with the use of compass clues from the sun or the Earth’s magnetic field, these shift by several degrees. Given the fact that the whales maintain a straight course, regardless of weather or currents, researchers believe that they cannot be using one of these alone. As the researchers have said, the Earth’s magnetism varies and in water, solar navigation cannot be relied on. They believe it is possible that the whales could be using both together.Horton also believes that the whales could be using the moon and stars to aid in navigation. Another researcher, John Calambokidis from the Cascadia Research Collective believes there could be another tool aiding the whales. He believes that by using long distance sounds, or songs, the whales may be using these as navigational cues.While they are only beginning to understand the migratory process of the humpback whale, understanding the mechanism they are using to remain on this straight course will take time. Horton and his team intend to continue with their research. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Humpback whale migration as straight as an arrow (2011, April 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-humpback-whale-migration-straight-arrow.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Humpback whale. Credit: NOAA. (PhysOrg.com) — Over the last eight years, researchers from the University of Canterbury have been tracking 16 radio-tagged humpback whales through their migratory paths and learned that these whales follow a straight line for thousands of kilometers.
LeBron wins with average, Westbrook can’t win with greatThe new look Cavs soundly beat the Thunder last night, and LeBron seems to has so seamlessly adapted to his new teammates that most people think they’re the clear favorite in the East.With LeBron looking poised to make a title run with teammates he’s had for five minutes, Colin noted that Russell Westbrook continues to struggle to figure out how to win with the significantly better supporting cast of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.LeBron is the master of adapting, but Westbrook always forces players to adapt to him. Colin doesn’t think the Thunder will ever seriously contend for championships with Westbrook leading the way and doesn’t get the fawning media obsession. Also:-Boston has done everything right in their rebuild, but still can’t surpass LeBronGuests:Joe Vardon – Cleveland.com Cavs beat writer joins the show to talk the revamped Cavs; a happier LeBron; and if LeBron’s relationship with Dan Gilbert is stillPhil Savage – Senior Bowl Director joins the show to give the scouting report on Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen; andTom Tolbert – KNBR host and former Warrior joins the show to explain why Steve Kerr not coaching shows how well he’s prepared the team; if Golden State is burnt out;Ric Bucher – Sirius XM host joins the show to talk Cavs moves; and why the Suns shouldn’t be bad enough to get beat by a team without a coach. Green Bay’s Super Bowl window is closedGreen Bay’s season effectively ended when Aaron Rodgers went down with a fractured collarbone, but even with a healthy Rodgers returning next season, Colin thinks Green Bay’s Super Bowl window is closed.Not only do the Packers have one of the toughest schedules in the NFL, there are teams like the Rams and Eagles that have significantly better, younger rosters that are poised for the foreseeable future.Aaron Rodgers is a hall of famer, but he’ll end with one ring.
Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman Qantas Frequent Flyers now have another way to request an upgrade, with the launch of a new online invitation-only bidding system and is set to be gradually introduced across the Qantas network from this week. Bid Now Upgrades allows invited Frequent Flyers booked in Economy and Premium Economy to make an offer for a Business upgrade using a combination of money and Qantas Points. The system will be allocated after all Classic Upgrade Rewards have been processed, and it ranks below Classic Upgrade Rewards in terms of priority and value, but gives members the flexibility to supplement points with a cash payment. Qantas Loyalty chief executive officer Lesley Grant, said Bid Now Upgrades will provide greater opportunity for customers to travel in Qantas’ premium cabins. “As Australia’s leading loyalty program we are always exploring new ways for our Frequent Flyers to redeem their Qantas Points and we know that upgrading to a more premium cabin is something that many of our members aspire to,” Ms Grant said. While many other airlines offer similar upgrade bidding processes, Qantas’ Bid Now Upgrades is unique in the market being the only system to offer customers an upgrade option using a combination of points and money. The new upgrade option follows other changes by Qantas to unlock revenue opportunities, including a significant increase in aircraft utilisation that has seen new routes and extra services added to its network.
“A lot of people had a part in the development of me as a person and a player,” Wilson told Doug and Wolf Thursday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “This award speaks volumes about the people that helped me along the way.”Wilson hasn’t played an NFL game in three years, and has officially retired as a Cardinal. But that doesn’t mean he still doesn’t have the sport coarsing through his veins.“I still miss the violence,” he said with a laugh. “I can’t lie about that. I still miss the violence. Obviously, being out there at practice every day and seeing those guys prepare, you know, just keeping your mind sharp and keeping your mind focused on the things you need to focus on leading up to a game — I think I miss that more than anything else.”During his career, few players in the NFL cut a more intimidating figure on the field. That will not be the case Sunday, as he expects to be overwhelmed by the moment and the honored bestowed upon him.“I’m definitely going to cry. It was a few years ago when I wasn’t in touch with my emotional side, so to be able to break out of that shell and show your emotions and just be thankful for everything that you’ve been through and everything you’ve accomplished in your career — those things are emotional, and there’s no need to hide that,” Wilson said. Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Adrian Wilson, Former Cardinals safety Your browser does not support the audio element. Arizona Cardinals’ Adrian Wilson announces his retirement, Monday, April 20, 2015, at the Cardinals team facility in Tempe, Ariz. The five-time pro bowler played 12 seasons for the Cardinals. (AP Photo/Matt York) “I think my numbers are very comparable to a lot of the guys that are going into the Hall of Fame,” he said. “I think the only thing that I don’t have is obviously the Super Bowl championships and the team success. That’s some of the things that the voters look at.”There haven’t been a lot of safeties honored in Canton. In fact, the last two — Rod Woodson in 2009 and Ronnie Lott in 2000 — spent good portions of their careers playing cornerback. “If it happens, it happens,” he said. “Sunday, I think that’s my Hall of Fame, the Ring of Honor. So, I’m going to take that and be very happy and grateful for it.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Wilson was released by the Cardinals in March of 2013. He would sign with the New England Patriots, but spent the season on injured reserve before getting cut. In 2014, he landed in Chicago with the Bears, but was released during training camp, meaning he never played in a regular-season game wearing another uniform. When Wilson was drafted in the third round out of North Carolina State, the Cardinals were far from a model franchise. In fact, they were coming off a wretched 3-13 season in 2000. But Wilson became one of the key figures in turning around a long suffering team and his presence was a big factor in the Cardinals winning an NFC championship and playing in their first Super Bowl in 2009. He’s proud of being a factor in that organizational turnaround.“That sticks out to me — we turned the corner as a franchise in terms of how people look at us,” he said. “I think, more so than anything, perception is reality.”There could be more honors in the future for Wilson, namely the Pro Football Hall of Fame. After all, Wilson is one of only six players in NFL history with 25 interceptions and 25 quarterback sacks in his career. While he’s hopeful to get that Canton call some day, he’s not necessarily expecting it. Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals Ring of Honor is getting its newest inductee.Former safety Adrian Wilson, who played for the Cardinals from 2001 to 2012, will become the 15th member of the franchise’s exclusive club when he’s inducted at halftime of Sunday’s game against San Francisco at University of Phoenix Stadium.Wilson doesn’t think this is an individual achievement. He credits the many people in his life that help shape him to make the honor possible. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
(AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The two broadcasts were the most-watched programs in the Phoenix market during their week. – / 44 The Arizona Cardinals set records for local television viewership in each of their Week 1 and Week 2 games.In a 23-21 loss to the New England Patriots, Arizona reached 562,000 homes and had a 30.4 rating, both club records. That game ranks eighth all-time for viewership of a Cardinals regular season broadcast.When Arizona beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 40-7 on Sunday, it set the record for the most-viewed Week 2 game. According to the NFL and The Nielsen Company, the Cardinals appeared in 435,000 homes in the Valley, a 6-percent increase from the previous record set in 2015, a 48-23 win against the Chicago Bears. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
Review: Janice Dean shines in ‘Mostly Sunny’ This cover image released by Harper shows “Mostly Sunny: How I Learned to Keep Smiling Through the Rainiest Days” by Janice Dean. (Harper via AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lincee Ray, The Associated Press Posted Mar 4, 2019 7:32 am PDT “Mostly Sunny” (HarperCollins), by Janice DeanMost people may recognize Janice Dean as the morning meteorologist on “Fox and Friends.” Her bubbly personality and willingness to partake in any and all food segments makes her a crowd favourite. But there is so much more to Dean than what we see on television.In her book “Mostly Sunny,” readers get an honest, inside look at Dean’s life outside the spotlight. Her stories span an array of topics, including women navigating a man’s world, working mothers, the pitfalls of being a public figure, sexual harassment in the workplace and what it looks like to live with multiple sclerosis.Dean began her career in Canada, where she worked at a classic rock radio station. After a short stint in Houston, Dean accepted a position with “Imus in the Morning,” becoming the news editor and entertainment reporter for the long-running New York-based radio program. In 2004, Dean joined the Fox News Channel as a daytime weather reporter. A year later, she went back to school for credits to apply for the American Meteorological Society’s “seal of approval” and has been in front of the green screen to this day.Working as an on-air personality did not shelter Dean from hardships. In a time when sexual harassment is no longer swept under the rug, Dean speaks openly about sexist bosses and inappropriate comments in the workplace. She’s also honest about the pressures of staying fit and looking young for the camera. Dean details a painful story of how a cosmetic procedure almost cost her job.Dean also shares her battle with MS. She chronicles her life from the moment she found out she had the disease, to the trepidation she felt when admitting the news to Fox management. It’s clear that Dean has definitely chosen to see the silver lining in what others may consider a pretty dark storm cloud. With the help of amazing medical professionals, modern medicine, and the support of family and friends, Dean is tackling the disease one day at a time with high doses of positivity. And viewers notice.At the core of “Mostly Sunny” are the loves of Dean’s life. Her husband and two sons are clearly the most important people in her orbit. She may forecast the weather every day, stand strong beside the women in her community, and champion those with MS, but it’s evident that above all else, Dean is a wife and mother. Those three men provide the love she needs to be a ray of sunshine to others.Lincee Ray, The Associated Press
July 31, 2013Congratulations to the June 23. 2013 workshop participants upon their graduation: DeeAnn Morgan-Holt, Matthew Carras, Liliana Fisher, Jesse McCormick and Michael Martrich.[photo by archive intern Julia Dorn-Giarmoleo]
Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides sought to clarify on Thursday that the Greek Cypriot side only opposed maintaining Turkish troops and Turkish guarantees after a solution, and was not pushing for zero troops and guarantees, as was being suggested by the other side.“Our position is zero Turkish troops and zero Turkish guarantees,” he said in a lunchtime interview with state broadcaster CyBC.He added that the Greek Cypriot side would not oppose UN or EU guarantees.The foreign minister said the Greek Cypriots wanted a timeframe for the gradual withdrawal of Turkish troops aside of UNFICYP staying for a few years post-solution and a multinational police force.“Our position is zero Turkish troops not zero troops,” he said. “Let us not fall into the trap of Turkish propaganda.”You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
06Nov Rep. Canfield supports passage of historic roads legislation Categories: Canfield News State Rep. Edward Canfield applauds the passage of legislation that earmarks $1.2 billion annually to fix the state’s transportation system.The plan, approved this week by the House and Senate, calls for setting aside $600 million every year from the General Fund and raising an additional $600 million annually through modest increases in vehicle registration fees and fuel taxes.“This is a good, balanced compromise which will guarantee safe roads for Michigan’s families and commerce,” Rep. Canfield said. “It’s a simple, elegant solution that recognizes the concerns on both sides of the debate.”The legislation will also expand the Homestead Property Tax Credit to provide tax relief to low- and middle-class residents and seniors across the state.Rep. Canfield said the plan builds on funding already re-prioritized for road projects during the past five years.“We already put $1.2 billion into our roads,” said Rep. Canfield. “Now that same figure is going to be an annual investment.”The legislation also:Puts an emphasis on stronger warranties to guarantee that the work will last for years to come; andIncreases diesel taxes to be equal to gas taxes, while also instituting a process to tax alternative fuels.The bills now go to the governor for consideration.
Categories: Hernandez News,News 31May Hernandez leading fight to eliminate unnecessary state licenses State Representative Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) today introduced legislation aimed at eliminating an unnecessary state license.Currently, individuals who use the title “landscape architect” must pay a $280 fee to the state every two years in order to renew their license. As Governor Snyder’s Office of Regulatory Reinvention noted in its 2012 report, this does not prevent anyone from choosing a different title and performing “all the same tasks as a licensed architect, as long as you do not use the title.”The bill package sponsored by Hernandez, Rep. Sue Allor (R-Wolverine) and Rep. John Reilly (R-Oakland) would eliminate the licensing requirement and the fee associated with it.“As a state, we should be making it easier for people to start a small business,” said Hernandez. “I am curious how many people know they are allowed to provide the same services, and avoid paying thousands of dollars, as long as they use a different title.”Rep. Hernandez is working with other legislators interested in authoring bills targeting other unnecessary licenses and the associated fees workers and businesses must pay for them.“I fully expect those who charge $1,780 for the four-part examination required to obtain this unnecessary license will oppose our legislation,” Hernandez continued. “However, for our state economy to move forward, legislators must be willing to do what’s right for the taxpayers of Michigan regardless of which special interest groups want to protect their turf.”
25Apr Senate approves Kahle’s bill repealing unnecessary law Categories: Kahle News The Michigan Senate today unanimously approved legislation from state Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian that will remove an unnecessary law from the books.Under current law, any person who knowingly assists an inmate escaping from the former Adrian Training School (ATS) for girls can be convicted of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine of $1,000, imprisonment for one year or both. However, the Adrian Training School was permanently closed in 2009 and the law is outdated.“It is time to get rid of this unnecessary and obsolete law,” Kahle said. “The state closed this facility in 2009 and it makes no sense to still have this law on the books.”The ATS was a juvenile justice facility established in 1881 by the state Legislature. The facility provided out-of-home care for young women between the ages of 12 and 21. Many of the young women referred to ATS struggled academically, displayed criminal behavior, or had history of substance, sexual or physical abuse. ATS offered counseling, education and medical care with the goal of helping the women successfully reenter the community.House Bill 5215 now moves to the governor for consideration.Photo Information: State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian testifies in support of House Bill 5215 before the House Oversight Committee Feb. 8.
09Jan Rep. Vaupel ceremoniously sworn into office PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Hank Vaupel of Fowlerville was ceremoniously sworn into his third term of office on Wednesday by Michigan State Supreme Court Justice Mary McCormack. He was joined in the House chambers by Fowlerville News and Views owners Steve and Dawn Horton. Rep. Vaupel represents the 47th District, which includes the village of Fowlerville, townships of Conway, Cohoctah, Deerfield, Hartland, Howell, Handy, Iosco, Unadilla, Oceola, Marion, and Tyrone; the city of Howell, and part of the city of Fenton. Categories: Vaupel News
The BBC is consult on proposals for a redundancy and severance pay cap of £150,000 (€176,000) from September 2013 for all BBC senior managers.Under the proposals, changes will be made to redundancy, severance entitlement and notice periods for all senior managers including the BBC Director-General.BBC Director-General Tony Hall said: “The BBC cannot be deaf to concerns about BBC staff pay-offs. These are difficult economic times for people across the country and the BBC is not immune from them. The financial settlements of the past cannot be justified in the future. We will consult on these proposals over the coming weeks but I believe they represent a fair way forward for staff and for licence fee payers. I appreciate that making changes to existing contracts is never easy. But it is to the great credit of the senior leadership team at the BBC that there is broad recognition of the need for change.”The proposals would entitle senior managers to redundancy of one month’s pay for each year of service up to a maximum of 12 months’ salary or £150,000 – whichever is the lower.As part of the new guidelines, all BBC Executive Board members would have their notice period reduced from 12 months to six months. Where staff resign or are made redundant they would be expected to work their notice in full.
Lithuanian service provider TEO has appointed Tetra Pak executive Kęstutis Šliužas as its next general manager. Šliužas is due to take up his role on November 1 following a long stint at the food processing and packaging firm, which he joined in 1996.From January 2011 Šliužas was Managing Director of Tetra Pak Ukraine, prior to which he worked for the firm in Lithuania, Italy and Russia and has been responsible for product development, marketing management, sales and leading other departments.He will take over from acting General Manager Giedrius Vegys who took on the TEO top job following the departure Arūnas Šikšta in February.
Analysts estimate that up to two million people in the UK are streaming content via Netflix.The US-listed streaming service rarely breaks out subscriber information by territory and never details viewing figures despite a huge investment in acquired and original content. However, having launched in the UK and Ireland it did say soon after launch that it had passed the million customer mark.UK research house Enders Analysis estimates that Netflix’s UK streaming numbers are “edging towards” two million in the UK.“Although Netflix releases no international streaming data by country, there is some evidence to suggest it is edging towards two million in the UK,” Enders noted. “But it is still on a tightrope as it races to add subscribers and revenues to cover its fast growing and somewhat shrouded content obligations.”The forecasts are covered in new Enders research on Netflix. Across all of its international services, Netflix has 7.75 million paying subscribers across all of its international services at last count. In the US it has 29.75 million streaming customers.
The Walt Disney Company has made the largest investment a traditional media giant has yet gambled on a digital multichannel network (MCN) by acquiring Maker Studios.The Mouse House has agreed to pay an initial US$500 million (€360 million) to acquire the US-based YouTube channels operator, whose shareholders will also receive an additional performance-related US$450 million if targets are met.The deal comes as traditional media conglomerates look ever more closely at YouTube channel operators and digital businesses in order to reach younger audiences and Millennials, who increasingly pass over TV networks for online video. Disney’s bet is by far the biggest made yet.Maker has more than 55,000 channels, 380 million subscribers and 5.5 billion views per month, according to Disney.Along with Fullscreen, it is among YouTube’s top channel operators and its best ranking nets include PewDiePie, which until recently was the most subscribed to YouTube channel.Disney CEO and chairman Bob Iger said the acquisition would place it at the “centre of this dynamic with an unmatched combination of advanced technology and programming expertise and capabilities”.For the past year, Maker has been lead by former Endemol CEO Ynon Kreiz, who said: “Disney is synonymous with the best entertainment and is the ideal partner for us, strengthening our position as the leading player in online video.”Maker Studios will report into Disney CFO Jay Rasulo, while remaining headquartered in Culver City, California and with bases in New York and London.Maker’s current investors include Time Warner Investments, who lead a US$36 million financing round in 2012. Other investors include Kreiz himself, French pay TV giant Canal+ and Singaporean telecoms firm and paycaster SingTel.Time Warner-owned Warner Bros. recently invested US$18 million in another MCN, Machinima, while last year DreamWorks Animation bought Brian Robbins’ AwesomenessTV in deal potentially worth US$117 million.The Disney deal is subject to regulatory approvals and expected to close in Disney’s third fiscal quarter.