News channel Al Jazeera Arabic has launched a new look with a complete redesign of studios and graphics and has launched on HD on the Nilesat satellite platform.Ahmed bin Jassim al Thani, director-general of Al Jazeera Media Network, said that the move was the first phase of a plan that also included the lauc of new programmes.“The Al Jazeera screen is part of people’s homes, so we’ve exerted a great deal of effort to modernise our presentation and look. We have employed the best and latest technology in the industry to maximize the production value. Al Jazeera has distinguished itself through outstanding news coverage and reports. Today, it adds more to its account through the new look,” said Al Thani. “This is the first phase of a comprehensive progression plan for the network which includes launching new programs. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to our audience, and all staff for their dedication to continuously perfecting the performance of our network.” He said the move to HD took “the high quality production standards of Al Jazeera to a new level”.
Clubcard TV has picked up a raft of classic ITV drama series and cooking shows.Clubcard TV is the free OTT service for UK retailer Tesco’s 16 million loyalty card holders and is run by the people behind Blinkbox, the electronic sell-through service that Tesco bought in 2011.It has inked a deal with ITV and taken rights to a selection of the UK commercial broadcaster’s scripted series. Titles include A Touch of Frost, Above Suspicion, Cracker, Inspector Morse, Lewis, Miss Marple, Cold Feet, The Darling Buds of May and Prime Suspect.Clubcard has also bought several of ITV’s cooking shows including Hell’s Kitchen USA, Britain’s Best Dish, Eat Yourself Slim with Rosemary, Great British Food and Marco’s Great British Feast.The deal covers 160 TV episodes in all.Scott Deutrom, managing director of Clubcard TV, said: “It’s great news for fans of quality drama that some of ITV’s best loved shows are coming to Clubcard TV. This is a significant new deal for us as many of the shows added will appeal to our heartland audience.”
“Currently nurses and doctors are worked to the bone. The stress and strain facing our health service workers is abominable. These are the people we are asking to save lives yet we are asking them to pay the human cost.“There is also significant financial cost, with our health service shelling out tons of cash on agency and locum staff instead of delivering adequate staffing for our services at an affordable rate.“Training more nurses and midwives is certainly a welcome move however, it is crucial that we focus on retaining our workers. Only if we move to deliver pay parity here in Northern Ireland will we hold onto our skilled workers.“It’s not rocket science and it is a long term task – but to successfully tackle the challenges we face here we need to plan adequately now. A sticking plaster approach will not work; we need a much more ambitious future plan for our health service. To do that, we need politicians to step up. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTHDurkan calls for more ambitious future planning for Health Service staffFOYLE MLAMark H DurkanSDLPworkforce planning ShareTweet “Once again the SDLP calls on the British and Irish Governments to get their act together and convene the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference to clear the decks so we can all get back to work.“Our patients, workers and the very future of our health service cannot wait,” added the former Environment Minister. Durkan calls for more ambitious future planning for Health Service staff was last modified: May 14th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: SDLP Health Spokesperson Mark H Durkan has welcomed the investment of £15 million that will go towards workforce planning in the health service, including the recruitment of almost 100 extra nurses and midwives. The Foyle MLA however said that the announced plans would not be sufficient to deal with pressures and called for a more ambitious plan.Mr Durkan said: “It is good to finally see investment coming to deal with the pressures facing our front line health service workers.“However, it would be irresponsible to pretend that this small package will solve the staffing problems in our hospitals.“The lack of workforce planning over the years and the very short-sighted decisions in the past have played a major part in bringing our health service to its knees.