Vermont Public Television plans new magazine show

first_imgVermont Public Television, Vermont’s statewide public television network, is making plans for a new, locally produced magazine program on air and online with the working title ‘Green Mountain Guide.’ VPT aims for an early 2012 launch of a weekly showcase for interesting people, regional culture, outdoor experiences, local history and important public issues.  Audiences will notice a few other changes to VPT’s production landscape. The call-in program ‘Public Square’ will not return this fall. While VPT plans to continue its examination and discussion of important issues, they will be handled during the magazine show or through more prominent special reports.VPT will continue to broadcast its venerable interview program, ‘Profile,’ each week but does not plan to produce new episodes for the fall. ‘‘Profile’ has introduced us to some fascinating people,’ Scott said, ‘but after a decade in production, we want to change things up. This doesn’t mean we will end our conversations with interesting people or our long relationship with ‘Profile’ host Fran Stoddard. There will be room for both in VPT’s new local production plans.’ ‘We know Vermonters love Vermont,’ said Kathryn A. Scott, chief content officer for VPT, ‘And we know our audiences have a real thirst for information and entertainment that enlightens and enriches their understanding of the world. With ‘Green Mountain Guide,’ we hope to give them a slice of what they crave: even greater knowledge and appreciation of the people, places and ideas that make Vermont unique.’‘We intend to offer a combination of timely reports, in-depth conversations and fascinating stories you won’t find anywhere else,’ Scott said. VPT hopes to make the ‘Green Mountain Guide’ a permanent part of its lineup but will begin with a short-term commitment and then assess audience response and options for longer-range support.‘Green Mountain Guide’ will be just part of a new approach at VPT. ‘We want to get even more from our production efforts around the region,’ Scott said. ‘We are mindful that our supporters literally invest in our efforts, so our team works hard to be practical, frugal and nimble in our approach to storytelling.’‘We are more than a statewide television network. VPT provides an extensive public media system which can help people make real, human connections throughout New England,’ Scott said. ‘Vermonters are active people with busy lives. We need to offer our content where and when it’s convenient for them. For example, we routinely make our programs available online or out in the community, sometimes even before airing them on TV.’New projects in the pipeline include a focus on some of Vermont’s summer music workshops and festivals, including the KoSA International Percussion Workshop, the Manchester Music Festival, the Vermont Youth Orchestra and Grace Potter’s Grand Points North festival. Short video stories from these events will air during local slots that are part of the new PBS Arts Fall Festival beginning in October. Expanded versions will appear in ‘Green Mountain Guide’ and a locally produced performance special.Also coming in October, VPT-produced stories about bootleggers and rum-runners in Vermont will debut as companions to ‘Prohibition,’ a new PBS film from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Then, new episodes of VPT’s award-winning ‘Emerging Science’ will kick off PBS Science Wednesdays to complement new seasons of ‘NOVA’ and ‘Nature.’This approach is designed to make it easier for audiences to find new content right next to similar programs they already enjoy. It also will give VPT a chance to cover many more topics without the heavy commitments required when undertaking lengthier documentaries or single-subject series.VPT. 9.14.2011last_img read more

Manchester United vs Arsenal is no rivalry – just two mediocre teams in need of a win

first_imgRoy Keane and Patrick Vieira had many memorable Premier League clashes in midfield (Picture: Getty)Doubtless that the rivalry between Keane and Vieira will be a point of much discussion this evening, and perhaps they might even try to compare a similar battle in the midfield tonight. But is anyone really expecting Granit Xhaka and Scott McTominay to start a scrap in the centre circle or confront each other in the tunnel at half-time?And if they do, will either be able to back it up with a barnstorming performance on the pitch to gain bragging rights and an invaluable three points? It does not seem likely. Perhaps Matteo Guendouzi will briefly start shouting at someone. That is the best we can hope for.AdvertisementBoth sides have spent a decade trying to replace their antagonists in midfield, a decade failing. It is fair to say that the game has moved on and that the type of player they both were does not necessarily exist in the same way, but even the modern equivalent – the N’Golo Kante, whose running and covering is the new version of Keane’s no-nonsense tackling – has eluded them.Paul Ince said this week that he could dominate the game tonight – ‘I’d love to play against this Arsenal midfield, absolutely love it’ – while Dimitar Berbatov accused United of being ‘too soft’ in big games. Neither are wrong. How the mighty are fallen.Both teams can prove something to the other this evening, that they still have stomach for the fight. But will we be talking about this clash for years to come? Somehow, I doubt it. We probably will have forgotten it by Thursday.Who will win at Old Trafford?Arsenal0%Manchester United0%Draw0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMore: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Comment Advertisement No fourth official relished separating Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson (Picture: Getty)It did not take long for the two to clash as Wenger questioned changes to the fixture list because it allowed ‘Manchester United to rest and win everything’. Ferguson responded that the newcomer from Japan – Wenger’s previous job had been with Nagoya Grampus Eight – should ‘keep his mouth shut’.United had been winning everything of course and Ferguson was unused to being challenged on anything, inside his own dressing room or outside, all of a sudden had a rival whose new-fangled ideas threatened his Premier League autocracy.Compare that rivalry to the two men who will shake hands on the touchline tonight at Old Trafford, Unai Emery and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Both are interesting characters but hardly strong ones: Solskajer’s chief management policy appears to be publicly praise every player he possibly can, while contradicting those words with his selection and transfer strategy. Emery meanwhile relies on Freddie Ljunberg to make himself understood to the players and has five different captains, the leader of whom is perhaps his least reliable player in his squad.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsAnd that is part of the problem. Everything that gets flashed up during Sky’s two-hour pre-game – featuring Roy Keane in person – will be increasingly grainy footage of Keane himself getting angry in the tunnel, Patrick Vieira squaring up to anyone who will dare to stand his ground and Martin Keown celebrating in Ruud van Nistelrooy’s face. It will be an hour of men in their 40s reminiscing about times gone by, when football was football and men were really men.It is not an edifying prospect. In all likelihood, they will not spend that long talking about the game at hand – and who can blame them? Both teams sit in mid-table with three defeats and four draws between them already in the Premier League this season. Once upon a time, these two sides would have been aiming to end the season with figures like that next to their name.But instead, the modernity of Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and even Chelsea has seen them left behind.center_img James GrayMonday 30 Sep 2019 11:21 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link229Shares Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Unai Emery have little rivalry to speak of (Picture: Getty)Manchester United vs Arsenal used to be the one we all put into our diaries.When the fixtures came out, even if you weren’t a Red Devil or a Gunner, you would do anything you could to make sure that your partner had something else do, the kids had a play-date at someone else’s house and no-one was getting married – if they were, they’d better have Sky at the reception.The TV networks would create montages of montages, set to epic music with as many pop culture references as they could jam into 90 seconds, and the build-up to ‘Super Sunday’ or ‘Manic Monday’ or occasionally ‘Wild Wednesday’ would usually dominate proceedings for at least a week.AdvertisementAdvertisementThat, at least, has not changed. In an increasingly crowded sports entertainment market, TV companies will cling onto any semblance of rivalry or ‘beef’ in an effort to stand out from the crowd and draw more eyes.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThey always have, and we would tolerate it for United vs Arsenal because it was a massive game. Now, the hype surrounding the fixture is no more deserved than when Sky schedule Bournemouth vs Norwich for 4pm on a Sunday and insist that you need to stop whatever you are doing to watch it.The seeds of this rivalry were sewn in the enmity between Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.Ferguson had arrived at United with the express purpose of taking on the all-conquering Liverpool and ‘knocking them off their perch’. By the time Wenger strode into English football, the perch had been burned to the ground and United were dancing all over the ashes.The Frenchman brought with him a whole host of new ideas and new players, and frankly could not have been much more polar opposite to Ferguson, with his economics degree, his linguistic skills and his ideological football. It was old school vs new school, homegrown vs imported, fire and brimstone vs cunning and guile. Manchester United vs Arsenal is no rivalry – just two mediocre teams in need of a winlast_img read more

No special committee on medical marijuana, governor says it’s not needed

first_imgDES MOINES — Top Republican lawmakers at the statehouse have denied a request from Democrats to start a special committee to study the state’s medical marijuana program. Republican Governor Kim Reynolds vetoed a bipartisan bill passed this year that would’ve allowed for more potent medical marijuana products.Representative John Forbes, a Democrat from Urbandale, says it would help with crafting a proposal to expand the program.   “The thought was if we could have this interim committee meeting, bring public members in and voice their opinion and concerns, I think that strengthens our bill and allows other legislators the opportunity to be able to hear what their constituents are saying too,” Forbes says.Governor Reynolds says she isn’t interested in an interim legislative committee. Reynolds says there already is a process for reviewing the rules that was included in the initial law.  “They put in place as part of that an advisory board…. and they were very prescriptive about who served on that advisory board so we have the expertise to make decisions going forward,” Reynolds says.Reynolds says she vetoed the bill over the provision that would have let more potent cannabis pills, oils and creams be produced and sold in Iowa. Something that was not approved by the advisory board. “So out of the eight or so policy pieces that were included in that bill — seven of them, my numbers may be off — but every one but one was a recommendation of the policy board. So that’s an indication to me that it’s working,” Reynolds says.Reynolds says she wants to see what the advisory board thinks before signing off on expanding the potency of the medical marijuana. “There is a great big range between where we are at right now and what was proposed last year. And I would be interest again in hearing what the advisory board that the legislature put together and passed and was signed into law, I would be interested in their input as well,” she says.Reynolds says lawmakers should work through the policy board to make changes instead of another committee.  “They created it, it’s already there, so work with them,” Reynolds says. “This is legislation that passed both chambers that was sent to the governor an signed into law. So, it seems to me that that’s the role of this policy board that they put into place.”Reynolds made her comments Wednesday following an event. Lawmakers failed in an attempt to get enough votes to call a special session to override the veto.last_img read more