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Amazon to sponsor Great British Bake Off

first_imgAmazon has secured headline sponsorship on The Great British Bake Off’s upcoming second season.Amazon’s biggest UK television purchase yet, the deal is reported to be worth around £5m, according to The Guardian, casting GBBO as one of the most valuable entertainment sponsorships in the UK – in the league of The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. It will take the opportunity to promote its Echo speakers and Alexa voice assistant within the show’s advertisement breaks.GBBO attracted the largest audience among 16- to 34-year-olds of any TV show in the UK last year – one of the retailer’s biggest consumer groups – with the finale reaching 11 million viewers.The sponsorship arrangement includes spin-off programming Bake Off: An Extra Slice, festive episodes, and Bake Off: The Professionals. Channel 4 paid £75m last year to poach the show from the BBC, restarting the series after it had run for seven seasons on the Beeb.Initially, Channel 4 struggled to generate advertiser interest, and ended up splitting its headline sponsorship package between baking brands Dr Oetker and Lyle’s golden syrup, which paid £2m each.The GBBO deal comes as Amazon’s rival Netflix has snapped up the first seven series of the show, making the early seasons available on its service in time for Easter.The second Channel 4 series will be screened later this year. The show’s judges, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood, will return alongside hosts Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig.last_img read more

Department of Human Services Kicks Off Supporting Families Initiative by Awarding Regional Grants

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Department of Human Services Kicks Off Supporting Families Initiative by Awarding Regional Grants Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Human Services,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Human Services (DHS) today kicks off its Supporting Families Initiative by awarding $5,000 grants to 19 regional collaboratives committed to encouraging families of individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism to have high expectations of full and purposeful lives.“The goal of the grants is for communities to acknowledge the opportunity for everyone, including individuals with a disability and their families, to live well-rounded lives that include: meaningful jobs in the community, friendships, health and safety, and social and spiritual opportunities,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “We invited counties to submit proposals about how they would create partnerships and collaborations to better support local families throughout their lifespans. People living in each area know their region’s strengths, diversity, and needs best.”The collaboratives will partner with a variety of local stakeholders and resources: faith communities, businesses, schools, child care facilities, civic organizations, social media, and other families acting as mentors. Regional collaboratives can be individual counties or a number of counties whose communities naturally blend together.Family is the primary source of support for most people throughout every stage of life. Nationally, 75 percent of people with intellectual disabilities live in their communities without any formal disability services. Of the 25 percent who are receiving services, most live with their families.“As DHS provides services and supports to more individuals to live, work, and thrive in their own communities, we want to recognize and support the strengths of families so those family members with intellectual disabilities or autism can live the everyday lives they envision for themselves,” DHS Secretary Ted Dallas said. “As part of this initiative, families will begin to use various tools to help them create their vision for their family members and realize the importance of experiences and opportunities at every life stage.”Three specific strategies that emphasize collaboration between communities and the systems that provide services to individuals with disabilities include: making it easier for families to find information about the disability and resources at every life stage, providing connections for peer support and networking with other families, and identifying appropriate services and supports.The collaboratives are being encouraged to discover opportunities both within and outside the formal disability service systems that can support the concept of everyday lives for all citizens in the community.In February 2016, Pennsylvania was accepted into the National Community of Practice: Supporting Families throughout the Lifespan, which provides leadership, training and technical assistance to develop a statewide strategic plan to support families of individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism. Pennsylvania is one of 18 states taking part in this Community of Practice, where states can learn from one another using the same principles and framework, but unique approaches to supporting families.In addition to the grants, DHS will offer the regional collaboratives an ongoing schedule of technical support and learning opportunities.“People with disabilities want to have a good life, to live and work in the community, like everyone else, and we are creating opportunities and initiatives to help do that,” Dallas said.The 19 collaboratives include:Central Region:Blair CountyCentre, Clinton, Lycoming, and Northumberland countiesCumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and Perry countiesFranklin and Fulton countiesNortheast Region:Bradford, Sullivan, and Tioga countiesCarbon, Monroe, and Pike countiesLackawanna and Susquehanna countiesLehigh CountyNorthampton CountySchuylkill CountyWayne CountySoutheast Region:Bucks CountyChester CountyDelaware CountyMontgomery CountyWestern Region:Allegheny CountyArmstrong, Beaver, Butler, Indiana, and Lawrence countiesCameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, and Warren countiesMercer and Venango counties January 04, 2017last_img read more

Beachside apartments set to rise on Gold Coast

first_imgRender of the 16-level Mali development at Mermaid Beach, which will offer 55 bespoke beachside apartments.A COLLECTION of bespoke beachside apartments that are due to hit the market within the next week have already attracted an “overwhelming” number of inquiries from potential buyers.The new residential tower, called Mali, will be built at 4-6 Alexandra Ave, Mermaid Beach.Ray White project sales manager Dean Muldoon said it was being developed by Dankav, which was also building the 51-apartment eight-level Ivy 95 tower. “It’s going to be 55 units over 16 levels,” Mr Muldoon said.He said they would have one, two and three-bedroom luxury residences with high-quality finishes and panoramic beach and city views. The building would also have shared pool facilities as well as a club lounge for residents to enjoy.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMermaid Beach, Gold Coast.“There’s going to be two penthouses on the top … (and) a full residence lounge on the 9th floor,” Mr Muldoon said.Mr Muldoon said Ray White had been running an expressions of interest campaign for a few weeks in the lead up to the apartments hitting the market to generate interest.“They will officially be on the market by the end of the month,” he said.He said prices for each of the apartments would be revealed at a later date.“We’ve had a lot of interest so far – we’ve had an overwhelming response from (the expressions of interest campaign),” Mr Muldoon said.He said the project would officially start once Dankav had finished the construction of Ivy 95, which was expect to be in late July or early August.last_img read more

Growth needs costly for Hart

first_imgShe estimated that the average local taxpayer in 2006-07 was paying about $24 per $100,000 of property value to repay the 2001 bonds. The report recommended taking a look at the list of pending construction projects, ranking them by priority and considering changes in the scope of some. For example, the district could save about $2 million on the performing arts centers at Canyon and Saugus high schools if it cut the number of seats at each from 500 to 400. Paul Rivas, Hart’s facilities director for modernization projects, has cut some costs by switching construction methods. He suggested paring frills to keep costs down. “If we keep building our high schools to these set models, two years down the road our $150 million school will become a $240 million school,” Rivas said. “We need to look at educational space when we talk about educational equity, not the d cor inside any given principal’s office and the grandness of their ceilings. “We want quality schools and we won’t sacrifice that quality, but if there are ways to save money we will explore them.” But some board members said they are unwilling to compromise on new schools. “Keep in mind these are just suggestions and no decisions have been made yet,” Superintendent Jaime Castellanos said. “In four short years, we built two high schools and a junior high school and we almost finished the modernization of three more schools.” [email protected] (661) 257-5254 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the past five years, the district built two high schools and two junior highs and began modernizing three campuses, managing a rate of growth one consultant called unheard-of in California. Now there are plans to build a high school in Castaic and performing arts centers at Canyon and Saugus high schools. And more renovation projects are proposed, but will be reviewed at a later date. On Monday, the Dolinka Group financial consultants cited various ways the district could narrow its funding gap, including placing a bond measure on the June 2008 ballot. Ann Feng-Gagne of the Dolinka Group said such bonds would not increase the previously approved tax rate of $30 per $100,000 of assessed property value and would be adjusted against new, and appreciated, home values. “In 2001, voters approved a $30 tax per $100,000 worth of property value, which totaled to a $158 million bond, but since then house sales have gone up, and total assessed values have gone up,” Feng-Gagne said. SANTA CLARITA – Faced with a possible debt of more than $100 million in the next few years, the Hart Union High School District board is looking at options that include floating a bond measure next year and selling off some assets. At a special board meeting of the district Monday night, staffers and board members met with developers, financial consultants and the community to discuss ways to manage an anticipated shortfall of $124 million by the 2009-10 fiscal year. Skyrocketing construction costs coupled with the increased scope of building projects and a reduction in state funding are largely to blame for the shortfall. “A few years ago we could build an entire high school for under $80 million, and now construction costs have ballooned and to build that same school two years from now will cost 175 million (dollars),” said Rob Gapper, the district’s chief operations officer. “This is not a problem unique to the Hart district. School districts across the state are now faced with the same challenges.” last_img read more