Regulator renews TV licences imposes roadblocks for shutting local stations

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s big TV ownership groups will have to jump over new hurdles if they want to shutter any of their local TV stations, according to licence renewals granted Monday by the country’s broadcast regulator.Station owners will have to give 120 days notice of an intended closure, during which time the regulator will open the proposed shutdown to public hearings, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said in issuing five-year licence renewals for the major TV conglomerates.The process could result in the regulator denying permission for closing a station, said a CRTC official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. However, there are no guarantees that a station earmarked for going off the air would remain open, the official acknowledged.“This is essentially something that is a safety net of some sort to ensure that we receive advice and that we be in a position to actually consult Canadians by our usual means,” the official said, noting that none of the broadcasters appearing before the regulator in the last year proposed station closures.The public would be consulted through open hearings and social media if a closure were to be proposed, the regulator said.However, it wasn’t clear how public concerns over a proposed shutdown would be weighted against a TV group’s financial pressures.During hearings last year into the viability of local TV, the CRTC was warned that nearly half of the country’s local stations could be off the air by 2020 without a boost in revenues to pay for local programming.Like other media players, conventional, private TV stations have seen revenues decline over the past decade. And many stations that are holding their own for now could close over the next few years, potentially costing nearly 1,000 jobs, said a report jointly prepared by the consulting firm Nordicity and communications lawyer Peter Miller.The CRTC also announced Monday that TV stations owned by large English-language groups will be required to air six hours per week — three hours in smaller markets — of so-called “locally reflective news and information” as part of their overall commitments to broadcast 14 hours of local programming in larger markets and seven hours in non-metropolitan communities.The TV groups must also spend a minimum of 30 per cent of gross revenues on Canadian content, with 11 per cent set aside specifically for local news and information, said the CRTC, a requirement that was unchanged from the last time licences were renewed.Officials said the regulator will monitor news broadcasts, and will require annual reports from stations, to verify that the requirements are being met.The new requirements are part of licence renewals for Bell Media Inc., Corus Entertainment Inc., and Rogers Media Inc., as well as French-language Groupe TVA and Groupe V, which take effect in September.The regulator also issued a call for applications for a national, multilingual multi-ethnic television service, saying there is “an exceptional and immediate need” for programming to serve Canada’s ethnically diverse communities.At the same time, it approved an application by Rogers in the interim to operate such a service under the name Omni Regional as a mandatory distribution channel.“Canada’s ethnic and third-language communities do not have access to enough news and information programming in multiple languages from a Canadian perspective,” CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said in a statement.“By approving the licensing and mandatory distribution of Omni Regional, we are addressing a pressing need.”Officials, however, said Omni Regional’s licence was limited to three years over concerns that the service proposed by Rogers wouldn’t fully meet the needs of Canadians.Still, Rogers appeared content with the decision.“Canadians will get access to quality multicultural and multilingual programming no matter where they live, and Omni Television will receive a stable revenue source to build a strong voice for all ethnic audiences,” said Rogers Media senior vice president Colette Watson.— Follow @tpedwell on Twitterlast_img read more

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Jilly Cooper Wants To End Experiments On Cats And Dogs

first_imgOne of Britain’s most beloved authors, Jilly Cooper, has posed with one of her two pet greyhounds in support of Our Best Friends, a BUAV campaign calling on the Government to end the use of dogs and cats in experiments.Jilly Cooper supporting the BUAV’s Our Best Friends campaignCredit/Copyright: Judy ZatonskiJilly said: “My two greyhounds truly are my best friends and I adore sharing my home with them and enjoy our adventures together. It is utterly appalling to hear about the high numbers of dogs still used in experiments in the UK who never experience the love of a family or the joy of playing in a park. I am supporting the BUAV’s Our Best Friends campaign to call on the UK government to ban this hideous experimentation on dogs and cats and I urge you please to do the same.”In 2012, 3,214 dogs and puppies suffered in 4,843 tests in Great Britain. This is a 6% increase in the number of dogs used compared to the previous year (2,865 in 2011), and a rise of 12% in the number of experiments carried out (4,552 in 2011).Most experiments carried out on dogs are for toxicity testing. The dogs may be injected with or force fed drugs and chemicals and then observed for signs of adverse (toxic) effects including vomiting, diarrhoea, internal bleeding and organ damage, seizures, paralysis – even death. They are killed at the end of the experiment.The BUAV Chief Executive, Michelle Thew, said: “Over 11 million families in the UK share their home with either a dog, or a cat yet these much loved animals are still being used in cruel and unnecessary tests. We thank Jilly for her support and urge the public to join our campaign to end these experiments. Please sign our petition today and help us consign this cruelty to history.”Other celebrities who have backed the campaign include Ricky Gervais, Kimberly Wyatt, Helen Skelton, Dave Spikey, Wendy Turner Webster and Chris Packham.last_img read more

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Tax Education Day in Grand Turk

first_img Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Related Items:bohlale rakuone, caribbean organizationof tax administrators, department of finance, grand turk, HJ robinson high school, revenue department, tax education day Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, 17 Nov 2014 – A tax education day is for residents in the nation’s capital, Grand Turk and its economic hub, Providenciales on Friday seemed to go well… Hosted by the Revenue Department of the Ministry of Finance, the hope is that residents will want to know how government makes money and what government does with money once it gets it in. The open house on Taxpayer Education was being held at the Town Center Mall in Provo and at Hibiscus Square in Grand Turk. The social media campaign and new jingle were rolled out Friday and the essay competition winner was awarded by the Caribbean Organization of Tax Administrators (COTA) … that winner: 15 year old Bohlale Rakuone of H.J. Robinson High School, Grand Turk. Recommended for you RBC Team off to Grand Turk with EZ Paylast_img read more

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Solskjaer praises Tottenhams Pochettino and Kane

first_imgAs next Sunday’s Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United match approaches, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to praise Pochettino and Harry Kane.Despite doing a great job so far at Manchester United, caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has never stopped hearing the constant connections between his current position and manager Mauricio Pochettino.With the Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United match approaching, it was only natural that members of the press would question the Norwegian manager about the links but he doesn’t seem to mind about them.In fact, Solskjaer has a demeanor that exudes humbleness and he has no problem in praising the Argentine manager for the work he’s been doing for Spurs in the last few years.As a sane person would react to these links, the Red Devils’ current boss knows that people are talking about Pochettino possibly taking on the role in the future because he is currently part of an elite group of coaches who are being considered in case he doesn’t cut it.But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to have won over pretty much all of the players, as he took the whole squad to a mini-camp in Dubai in order to get decompressed after the hell everybody went through with Jose Mourinho.Solskjaer acknowledges Pochettino speculation and offers cryptic Man Utd transfer update https://t.co/wuaVLAZzBS pic.twitter.com/PuMN9EW0I4— Cleansheet (@Cleansheet) January 10, 2019The results for Manchester United presented themselves quickly, the Red Devils are a completely different squad than they were under the Portuguese manager and the Norwegian coach is the person who can be deemed responsible for this achievement.All the players have been responding very well to the new treatment they are getting from their new boss, Ole is even making his best attempt to recover players such as Alexis Sanchez or Romelu Lukaku, who seemed like lost causes at this stage of the season.But the time to get a little more serious is upon the novice manager, he knows that the moment of truth will be on Sunday against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium.When asked about the links between Pochettino and the Red Devils, Solskjaer responded with grace: “It’s not my job to rate different managers but he has done a very good job,” said Solskjaer via BBC Sport. “The speculation is there for a reason.”“Harry Kane? He’s not bad is he?” added the Norwegian.“He is a fantastic goalscorer, one of the best in the world. From the outside, it looks like he never misses chances really. We have to make sure he doesn’t get any against us.”“They are a top, top side and if we want to get close to them or go past them we will need a good result,” he concluded.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…”The speculation is there for a reason.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had some big praise for Mauricio Pochettino.More here: https://t.co/ElO1vdJnI1 pic.twitter.com/aBAnYN4SlN— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 10, 2019Now that things seem to be working properly, the Red Devils have returned to Manchester from their flash trip to Dubai with their hopes on getting some points they lost back and become one of the title contenders as soon as they possibly can.The result from next Sunday’s match at Wembley will be a great indicator of what could happen to the manager’s future at the club, but the Manchester United players have another idea in mind for their visit to Spurs.None of them have forgotten about the match during the first half of the season they lost at Old Trafford, more than one of them are eager to prove a point and get those three points back from Wembley.We are bound to see how key players like Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, or Anthony Martial react to this new challenge.Every single one of those footballers has recovered their best form, we might get a glimpse of it against another one of the most competitive sides in English football today.🗣 “He’s [Pochettino] done a very good job. The speculation is there for a reason because he’s done well but it’s not my job to rate different managers. My focus is on me and my team.”– Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Mauricio Pochettino. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/6vdZG6lbQS— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) January 10, 2019What do you expect from the match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium next Sunday? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Two San Diego breweries named in the Brewers Associations top 50 fastestgrowing

first_img April 12, 2018 Posted: April 12, 2018 Two San Diego breweries named in the Brewers Association’s top 50 fastest-growing small breweries in nation KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Two San Diego County businesses are included in the Brewers Association’s inaugural list of the top 50 fastest-growing small, independent breweries in the nation.Chula Vista-based Novo Brazil Brewing and Bay City Brewing in Point Loma were ranked as the 8th and 28th fastest-growing small breweries, respectively.Median growth for the top 50 fastest-growing breweries between 2016 and 2017 was 216 percent, according to the Brewers Association. The median growth rate for those breweries was 679 barrels each.Bay City co-owner Greg Anderson welcomed the recognition and noted its location in the “craft brewery capital of the world.”“At Bay City … our priority has always been to grow community first — the families, friends and loved ones that want to make memories with good beer. It’s what we owe our fast growth to, despite the ultra-competitive industry,” he said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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