Monday, July 27, 2015

RI Senators Grade 2015 GA Session This Week on A Lively Experiment (July 24 2015)

Dyana Koelsch – moderator
Sen. William J. Conley, Jr. (D) East Providence, Pawtucket; Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Agriculture; Member, Senate Committee on Judiciary
Sen. Donna Nesselbush (D) Pawtucket, East Providence; Vice Chairwoman, Senate Committee on Health and Human Services; Member, Senate Committee on Judiciary
Sen. James Sheehan (D) Narragansett, North Kingstown; Chairman, Senate Committee on Government Oversight
Sen. Elaine Morgan (R) Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, Richmond and West Greenwich; Member, Senate Committee on Commerce and Education

  • Reviewing this past legislative session 
  • Senate business for proposed Fall session 
  • Raises for Cabinet members
A Lively Experiment airs on WSBE Rhode Island PBS (36.1) Fridays at 7 p.m., with rebroadcasts on Saturdays at 7 p.m. on WSBE Learn (36.2), and Sundays at noon on WSBE Rhode Island PBS.

WSBE Rhode Island PBS transmits standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) programming over the air on digital 36.1; on Rhode Island cable: Cox 08 / 1008HD, Verizon FiOS 08 / 508HD, and Full Channel 08; on Massachusetts cable: Comcast 819HD and Verizon FiOS 18 / 518HD; on satellite: DirecTV 36 / 3128HD, Dish Network 36 / 7776.

WSBE Learn transmits over the air on digital 36.2; in Rhode Island on Cox 808; Verizon FiOS 478; Full Channel 89; and in Massachusetts on Comcast 294 or 312.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Inside Claridge's Offers Exciting Look into Exclusive Londond Hotel of the Rich and Famous

Inside Claridge's is a three-part series documenting a year behind the scenes at Claridge's, the five star luxury hotel in the heart of Mayfair renowned for catering to the rich, the royal, and the famous.

Claridge's, in the heart of London's Mayfair, is a five star luxury hotel favored by royalty and celebrities. For the first time in its long history, this famously discreet institution has opened its doors to documentary cameras. Director Jane Treays has spent a year behind the scenes, upstairs and downstairs, following staff and their guests, some of whom are prepared to pay the price of a small family car for one night's stay.

Cameras are with the chambermaids and housekeepers as they spend days transforming the entire third floor into a palace for foreign royalty who could cancel at a moment's notice. Also in the episode, viewers observe the annual two week stay of the Melchors from California, who have been coming for more than 40 years, re-kindling their relationship with personal butler Michael Lynch; the episode also follows the energetic general manager Thomas Kochs as he travels to New York to drum up new business from the top U.S. travel agents.

Opened in 1854, Claridge's is famed for its art deco interiors and traditional service. Many staff, such as Roman the doorman, have worked there for more than 30 years, giving guests continuity and the sense they might be living in a different century.

The Crown Prince of Yugoslavia is a regular guest, and he returns to stay in the suite where he was born in 1945. Joan Collins, Stephen Fry and the Emperor of Japan also come to visit, as well as 85-year-old Gerry Parker, an ex-East End bookmaker who has breakfasted at Claridge's for the last 40 years.

Given this weight of tradition and expectation, general manager Thomas Kochs takes any change very seriously, and no decision - from new alarm clocks to a £10 million renovation plan - escapes his obsessive attention to detail.

It is mid-summer madness at Claridge's, and it appears the whole world is coming through its doors.

Thirty delegations from around the world are arriving for the Olympics. The red carpet is rolled out five times a day for heads of state and Noma, ranked the world's number one restaurant, is setting up as a pop-up in the Ballroom. With the kitchen stuffed with hay and wood sorrel, Claridge's chefs are faced with turning their back on the traditional fare to provide Nordic foraged food to thousands of guests who have paid £195 per head to sample - among other delights - live ants.

Bill and Laura fly in from Atlanta for the wedding of their dreams, and Stephen the butler prepares a suite for one of the hotel's most regular guests by bringing his furniture, hat boxes and 20 suits out of storage, all for one night's stay.

Life on the Reef on Rhode Island PBS in August

The three-part series Life on the Reef examines the breathtaking beauty of one of the richest and most complex natural ecosystems on earth, the Great Barrier Reef. Rhode Island PBS presents this three-part series on consecutive Mondays at 8 p.m., beginning August 3.

Covering 214,000 miles (344,400 km) and stretching along 1.430 miles (2,300 km) of coastline, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the richest and most complex natural ecosystems on Earth. Home to a stunning array of animals, from microscopic plankton to 100-ton whales, it is one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. 

Along the idyllic coastline, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Rangers work together with Traditional Owners, police, border protection, search and rescue crews, lifeguards and scientists to safeguard the fragile reef and protect the millions of residents, tourists, divers and fishermen that visit each year. It’s a monumental task - the reef and its hundreds of islands and quays covers an area bigger than the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Holland combined. 

Life on the Reef will combine the strongest elements of observational documentary story telling with blue chip natural history, presenting unique, fresh and authentic stories of Australia’s greatest natural icon through the eyes, actions, challenges and adventures of the people who live there. 

EPISODE 1 (Monday, August 3 at 8 p.m.)
Tourists flock to the reef as humpback whales arrive to give birth; fire destroys a luxury yacht and a critical salvage mission is launched; and 20,000 green sea turtles arrive to nest at the biggest turtle rookery on Earth. 

EPISODE 2 (Monday, August 10 at 8 p.m.)
Spring brings an explosion of life to the reef as corals spawn, sea birds nest, and turtle hatchlings erupt over the beaches in tens of thousands. Manta rays swoop in to feed on the nutrient rich seas. 

EPISODE 3 (Monday, August 17 at 8 p.m.)
It's summer, the change of season. Animal and human residents prepare as a Category 5 cyclone threatens the coast. How will the reef respond to threats that challenge its delicate balance?

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Rhode Island PBS Comes to Middlesex and Worcester Counties in MA

The fix is in. And for residents of central Massachusetts, it’s a welcome fix indeed. In an inspiring  example of persistence paying off, one woman’s crusade to get her cable company to carry her favorite public television station in her community is about to come to fruition. Starting July 30, Comcast will carry Rhode Island PBS into 25 towns in Middlesex and Worcester counties, from Framingham north and west to Winchendon at the New Hampshire border.

Leslie Fleischer of Framingham, Massachusetts, could not understand why Comcast carried Rhode Island PBS in surrounding communities but not in her town. The electronic program guide on her television screen promised the programming “soon,” but months passed with the same message and no service.

After several calls to Comcast and to Rhode Island PBS, Leslie enlisted the local assistance of Annabel Dodd, chair of Framingham’s Cable Advisory Committee, and Bill Rabkin, Access Framingham (AF-TV) board president. Together, their requests for upgrades, fixes, and adjustments to technical services and programming caught the attention of the Philadelphia-based cable giant, who coincidentally is currently in negotiations with town officials over renewing its cable services contract.

“This is great news,” Ms. Fleischer said in a recent telephone interview. “I give much of the credit for this victory to Annabel and Bill for their efforts. I’m thrilled to hear I will be able to watch my favorite shows on Rhode Island PBS.”

“We’re happy to have such enthusiastic support in central Massachusetts,” said David W. Piccerelli, president of WSBE Rhode Island PBS. “Changes in service areas as well as changes in the way consumers are viewing television content all play a role in the speed of rolling out services. We’re glad to see Comcast’s cable services extended, and we welcome this opportunity to share our schedule and to expand viewing choices for residents in Middlesex and Worcester counties.”

Fleischer said what she finds so appealing about Rhode Island PBS is that its schedule is different from other PBS stations in the area, and she prefers the programs Rhode Island PBS offers.

“Next, we’ll work on getting [Learn and Vme] on Comcast, too,” Fleischer said.

WSBE Learn is the station’s second channel, featuring an expanded schedule of children’s programming, national programs and series from PBS, APT, NETA, as well as local independent films and original programming by Rhode Island PBS. Although there are similarities, Learn’s schedule is different from the Rhode Island PBS schedule. WSBE Vme transmits Spanish-language programming over the air on 36.3 and over select cable channels.

WSBE Rhode Island PBS will be found on different channel numbers in the Comcast system, depending on ZIP code. Residents in the following newly added towns are advised to check local listings for the actual channel number: